Pre-season has begun and we’re only a week away from August.
For football clubs, the time for signings is now, giving their new arrivals ample time to settle in before the real business begins.
Transfer sagas are inevitable but that doesn’t mean the Premier League ’s sides are willing to let things rumble on.
Manchester United have officially secured the signing of Jadon Sancho but the summer’s remaining big moves are being discussed in boardrooms and hotel lobbies – or maybe the beach.
Here, Mirror Football round up the latest transfer news from around the Premier League.
Kane set for £160m move
Man City’s pursuit of Harry Kane is reportedly almost complete.
The Citizens are said to be at the front of the queue, but the 27-year-old will cost £160 million,
England’s captain has ‘shaken hands’ on personal terms, including a wage of £400,000-a-week and Kane is said to have told family and friends of his ‘impending’ transfer at his brother’s wedding last week.
Contrarily, though, the Manchester Evening News have described the news as ‘nonsense’ and claim that the Sky Blues would not pay such a fee.
Arsenal given Ramsdale price
Sheffield United have slapped a £30 million price tag on goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal are keen on signing the 23-year-old, who despite suffering his second successive Premier League relegation last term, made it into the Three Lions’ squad for the European Championships after Dean Henderson withdrew.
Mirror Football reported earlier this week that Ramsdale would cost the hefty fee amid the Gunners’ interest in West Bromwich Albion’s Sam Johsnon.
Athletic journalist David Ornstein has also reported the Blades’ stance, telling Sky Sports : “I think Sheffield United want around £30 million.”
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“There will be a little bit of a reluctance, from Arsenal’s perspective, to stretch that far.
Ornstein, known for his Arsenal connections, added: “However, he is clearly their number one target, he’s 23-years-old. If you look at his performances, if you speak to people who know goalkeeping… they speak very highly of him”
“I think it would be a welcome signing from a footballing and a character point of view – he’s home-grown as well.”
Watch this space, then.
Xhaka ‘one step away’
Sticking with the Gunners and one of the summer’s long-running transfer sagas now looks set to be completed.
Jose Mourinho’s no. 1 Roma transfer target, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, could soon be a Giallorossi player.
According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Roma have finally agreed to meet the Gunners’ £17m asking price.
The 28-year-old starred for Switzerland at Euro 2020 but has endured an up and down five years at the Emirates under Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta.
Now on the verge of his Serie A move, Xhaka has the opportunity to rekindle his career that started so promisingly at Borussia Monchengladbach.
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