Four-way fight for Aouar as Man United ward off Roma loan interest

As we hurtle, exhausted and terrified, towards the start of the Premier League season, the relentless bombardment of transfers, done deals, announcements and unveilings continues.

While transfer business was fairly slow during Euro 2020 and the Copa America , the pace has increased markedly.

There have been several high-profile moves over the last few days, with Felipe Anderson departing West Ham to return to Lazio, Gianluigi Donnarumma swapping AC Milan for Paris Saint-Germain and Ryan Bertrand joining Leicester on a free transfer.

Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane continue to dominate the headlines, though Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Tottenham seem determined to hold onto their respective forwards.

There’s been an update on Kane courtesy of Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo and it looks like bad news as far as Manchester City are concerned.

Here’s our Friday evening transfer round-up with all the latest developments.

Four-way fight for Aouar

Houssem Aouar is in high demand at the moment

Houssem Aouar is at the centre of a four-way transfer battle, according to Le10Sport .

While Arsenal and Tottenham have been competing for his signature, Liverpool and Manchester United intend to outdo them.

Arsenal have already submitted an initial offer, but it has yet to be accepted. Where the Gunners have bid less than €20m (£17.1m), Lyon are holding out for up to €25m (£21.4m).

Arsenal tried to sign Aouar last year but failed to meet Lyon’s valuation, while he almost joined Liverpool as a youngster. Having failed to qualify for the Champions League for the second season in a row, the Ligue 1 club will accept a lower fee than they would have last summer.

Man Utd ward off Roma loan interest

Alex Telles in action for Manchester United last season
Alex Telles in action for Manchester United last season

While it was reported earlier this week that Roma were keen to sign Alex Telles on loan as cover for the injured Leonardo Spinazzola, the Giallorossi may have to look elsewhere.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United aren’t interested in the proposal.

United signed Telles last October as competition for Luke Shaw but, owing to Shaw’s excellent form, he struggled to break into the team and made only nine appearances in the Premier League.

Nonetheless, he did feature regularly in the Champions League and Europa League and, as things stand, he could get another chance to impress next season.

Nuno bullish on Kane’s future

Harry Kane has made it clear he wants to leave Spurs this summer
Harry Kane has made it clear he wants to leave Spurs this summer

Nuno Espirito Santo has suggested that Harry Kane will stay at Tottenham next season.

At the start of the summer, Kane admitted he wanted to have “a good, honest conversation” with chairman Daniel Levy about his future. He has been persistently linked with the two Manchester clubs, with widespread reports that City saw a £100m offer rejected in June.

Asked about Kane in his first press conference as Spurs boss, however, Nuno was bullish. “Harry is our player,” he said. “That is period. No need to talk about anything else. Now is the moment for Harry to recover his energy and when Harry comes again we will have time to speak and have good conversations.

“I am looking forward to him joining the group and [for us to] start working together. I am excited to work with all the players, Harry is a top player. Harry is one of the best players in the world, that is all there is to say.”

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