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Transfers on the spot

England women’s manager Phil Neville is the USA’s number one target to replace their World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis. (Mail)

A text message from Lionel Messi may have sparked the transfer saga of the summer, with Barcelona’s attempt to re-sign Brazil forward Neymar, 27, from Paris St-Germain ultimately failing to come off. (L’Equipe – in French)

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi would only have let Neymar leave this summer if a world record 300m euros (£272m) bid had arrived. (Le Parisien, via Sport)

Borussia Dortmund’s England forward Jadon Sancho, 19, has left the door open for a move to Manchester United by saying he “wouldn’t mind” a return to his homeland. (Mirror)

Manchester United sent scouts to Benfica’s match against Braga on Sunday to watch two Portuguese players – defender Ruben Dias, 22, and 20-year-old midfielder Florentino Luis. (Mirror)

Atletico Madrid’s Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic, 31, has joined Roma on a season-long loan deal, with the Serie A side sending Czech forward Patrik Schick, 23, on loan to RB Leipzig. (Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)

Croatia striker Ante Rebic, 25, has left Eintracht Frankfurt to join AC Milanon a two-year loan deal, with Portuguese forward Andre Silva, 23, heading the other way. (Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)

Liverpool fan site has urged the Reds to sell Egypt striker Mohamed Salah, 27, in order to fund the purchase of 20-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe from Paris St-GermainBorussia Dortmund’sSancho or Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 20, of Bayer Leverkusen. (Mirror)

Brazil midfielder Rafinha Alcantara, 26, signed a contract extension with Barcelona before joining La Liga rivals Celta Vigo on a season-long loan deal. (Marca)

Royal Antwerp sign Belgian midfielder Steven Defour, 31, two days after his contract with Burnley was cancelled by mutual consent. (Het Laatste Nieuws – in Dutch)

Atalanta replaced 34-year-old former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel – whose contract was terminated after just 24 days with the Serie A club – with Denmark centre-back Simon Kjaer, 30, from Sevilla. (Goal)

Tottenham’s 20-year-old English winger Marcus Edwards – once dubbed “mini Messi” – has left the north London side for Portuguese top-flight club Vitoria on a permanent deal. (Sun)

Spanish second division side Almeria trolled Manchester United on social media after beating them to the £8m signing of England Under-19 winger Arvin Appiah, 18, from Nottingham Forest. (Sun)

Leeds’ Belgian left-back Laurens de Bock, 26, said that watching the Netflix series Sunderland ‘Til I Die helped convince him to join the League One side on loan. (Sun)

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