The summer window is open and clubs are stepping up their efforts to sign and sell players.
Manchester United have finally signed long-time no1 target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, for a ‘fixed transfer fee of £73million’. The young Englishman could be joined at Old Trafford by Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, while talks are advancing with Rennes over French starlet Eduardo Camavinga.
Manchester City are ready to once again splash the cash as they target huge deals for both Harry Kane and Jack Grealish, though managing to prise the pair away from Tottenham and Aston Villa respectively will prove difficult, with Villa confident of Grealish agreeing fresh terms to stay put and Spurs holding firm.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are set to return with a third offer for Brighton’s Ben White. Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares is flying in for a medical and the Gunners are also set to agree a deal for Albert Sambi Lokonga. They have also been linked with another bid for Lyon star Houssem Aouar and Wolves’ Ruben Neves.
Liverpool are believed to be considering an offer for Saul Niguez with Porto’s Otavio and Nicolo Barella of Inter Milan also firmly on the radar as well as a potential deal for Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, while Erling Haaland is said to be interested in a move to Chelsea this summer.
Tottenham’s transfer activity will step up a gear now Nuno Espirito Santo has been confimed as their new manager and they are trying to sign Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna. Nuno reportedly wants to meet Kane for talks over his future before the striker goes on holiday after Euro 2020.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip below!
City buying Messi would be ‘financial doping’
LaLiga chief Javier Tebas has claimed Manchester City could not sign Lionel Messi on his previous Barcelona terms without the aid of “financial doping”.
Speaking at a press conference, the president of the Spanish top-flight competition said: “He won’t be able to sign with the same conditions of the former contract, that would be absolutely impossible.
“I don’t think any European club would be able to pay that amount – not just Barcelona. I don’t think any club would be able to pay that amount of his former contract.
“If City have lost 270million euros, obviously they wouldn’t even consider signing up Messi, and PSG have had big losses – they just can’t take into account signing up Messi.
“If they do it, then they will continue to do what I say – it will be the financial doping.
“I told (City manager Pep) Guardiola this too, and I directly said that to him – would you have won as many titles without as much economic doping?
Kane going nowhere
As Harry Kane continues to shine for his country, his club are digging in their heels.
The striker wants to leave Tottenham this summer but the Manchester Evening News insist that simply won’t be happening.
Manchester City are leading the queue for him, and have made a first bid, but Spurs will reject any and all offers for the England captain.
Arsenal make Neves move
It’s been a busy few days for the Gunners.
Journalist Nicolo Schira claims a five-year contract has been offered to Ruben Neves as talks with Wolves continue.
He would be a replacement for Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal agree White fee
Ben White has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and Brighton prepare to accept a deal worth £54m for the centre-back.
The Transfer Window Podcast claim talks have progressed between the two clubs and an agreement is close.
Arsenal need a defender after allowing David Luiz to leave at the end of last season.
Berba: United should target Phillips
Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov has urged his old club to follow their signing of Jadon Sancho by bringing in another of Gareth Southgate’s England squad – Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
“Kalvin Phillips stood out again too [in the 2-1 semi-final win over Denmark],” Berbatov said. “He’s been one of the players of the tournament and, sooner or later, I expect him to leave Leeds for a bigger club.
“Offers will come in for him after the tournament. He is playing with maturity, agility, knowing when to run with the ball and when to pass.
“I would like to see him sign for Manchester United.”
Mata on new Man United deal
Juan Mata has been talking about his decision to sign a new one-year contract at Manchester United and has admitted it was not a done deal.
“To be honest, you have to think about it.
“Of course, because I was a free agent at the end of my contract and, as is normal in the football world, you receive some calls from different clubs and think about maybe potential new stages in your career but, on the other hand, the feeling of being at this club and especially because of how last season went, probably the most difficult season in my life, it didn’t feel natural to me to leave that way.
“Of course, also I’m staying because I still believe I can give so much to the team and I think the club believes the same.
“I’m very, very hopeful and excited to still win trophies here. It’s very special to be a player at this club and it’s even more special to win trophies and that’s why I’m here and all the players are here.”
Giroud closing on Milan switch
It sounds like Olivier Giroud’s proposed move to AC Milan is drawing ever closer.
Sky Sports say the Frenchman is set to travel to Italy for a medical ahead of a €2m move, with potential for another €1m in add-ons.
Locatelli latest – hope for Arsenal?
There may be hope yet for Arsenal in their rumoured pursuit of Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli.
Juventus are firm favourites to seal a deal for the 23-year-old but Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has revealed another club, from overseas, are well in the hunt.
“We’re in talks for Locatelli with one club from abroad… and it’s really advanced. We’re gonna meet with Juventus in the next days, but there are no negotiations yet with Juve as Italian clubs are in difficult financial situation”
A bit more news to bring you from the continent…
Marseille have confirmed the loan signing of Roma goalkkeper Pau Torres, with the French club holding an option-to-buy.
Simeone signs new Atletico deal
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has signed a new three-year contract at the club.
Simeone guided Atletico to the LaLiga title for the second time in his reign last season, and his new deal sees him commit his future to the Wanda until 2024, by which time he will have been in charge for 13 years.