Transfer news and rumours UPDATES: Manchester United made €90m offer for Pepe

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Posted Saturday, August 10, 2019 by

Transfer news and rumours UPDATES: Manchester United made €90m offer for Pepe

McGinn 'had a little chuckle' at Manchester United links

John McGinn may have been linked to Manchester United this summer, but the Aston Villa midfielder says he "had a little chuckle?" at the reports before getting back to work.

McGinn landed a new five-year deal with Villa on Thursday ahead of the new season, and claims he was happy to continue his growth at his current club.

"I had a little chuckle at it to be honest," McGinn told Sky Sports. "I'm sure a lot of people did.

"It is up to me to go and prove it is justified. At that point, my whole mindset was on Villa and being successful here."

Kompany nearly moved to Chicago Fire

The Chicago Fire nearly signed former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany this summer, reports Yahoo Sports.

Kompany eventually decided to return to Anderlecht rather than move to the U.S. as he joined his former club as a player-manager.

But the Belgian was close enough to sealing a move to MLS that Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and head coach Veljko Paunovic flew to Europe to meet with him.

Manchester United made €90m offer for Pepe

The Ivorian could have gone to Old Trafford rather than the Emirates

Manchester United made a €90 million (£85m/$102m) offer for Nicolas Pepe before his move to Arsenal, reports Le10Sport.

United's offer was contingent upon them selling Romelu Lukaku but, as the Belgian's sale to Inter didn't come until the final day of the transfer window, they were unable to snatch Pepe from Lille before the Gunners did.

Atletico Madrid also made an offer larger than Arsenal's eventual bid of €80m (£72m/$89m) that landed them Pepe.

Balotelli closing in on move to Flamengo

Mario Balotelli has come to an agreement with Brazilian side Flamengo on a salary, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

Balotelli, who is a free agent after leaving Marseille, now only needs to reach an agreement with Flamengo over his image rights.

The 28-year-old striker has spent the past three seasons in France, playing two and a half campaigns for Nice.

Skrtel signs with Atalanta

Veteran defender Martin Skrtel has signed for Serie A side Atalanta.

Skrtel, 34, has spent the past three seasons with Fenerbahce after leaving Liverpool in 2016.

The Slovakian has been brought on for his experience ahead of Atalanta's first Champions League campaign this season.

Emery tells under-fire Mustafi he can leave Arsenal

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has told under-fire defender Shkodran Mustafi that he can leave the club.

Mustafi has come under heavy criticism for a series of high-profile errors, and his playing time looks likely to be reduced this season with Calum Chambers and now David Luiz in front of him.

Monaco have been rumoured to be interested in the 27-year-old German.

Atalanta and Cagliari chasing Pellegrini

Atalanta and Cagliari are both interested in a loan move for Juventus full-back Luca Pellegrini, Calciomercato reports.

Pellegrini joined Juve this summer from Roma, but appears unlikely to receive much playing time with the Serie A champions this season.

The 20-year-old is believed to prefer a move to Atalanta, who have qualified for the Champions League for the first time this season.

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