The summer transfer window is kicking into gear with big names making moves and managers swapping clubs around Europe.
While Euro 2020 could see deals for top players delayed for a few weeks, the tournament also offers clubs and fans the deal chance to scout some exciting talent for next season.
Harry Kane is the most high-profile player looking to make a move, with the Tottenham striker determined to leave amid interest from Man City, Chelsea and Manchester United. Spurs have been targeting a new manager, but with Antonio Conte out of the running as of Friday night, it would take somebody special to convince Kane to stay in north London now.
Man United are certainly interested in Kane, but with rivals City favourite for his signature, finally landing Jadon Sancho from Dortmund looks a more realistic prospect for the Red Devils. Kieran Trippier, Raphael Varane and Saul Niguez are also on the wishlist, but Bayern Munich may end up landing the latter.
As for Arsenal, it promises to be a big summer for the Gunners with plenty of ins and outs. Norwich star Emi Buendia is a target along with Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, but Mikel Arteta will likely have to raise funds before he can splash out.
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Conte, Spurs latest
Dan Kilpatrick with more on the background now…
Spurs are pushing ahead with plans to appoint Fabio Paratici – who worked with Conte at Juventus – as director of football, but the breakdown in talks with the former Chelsea coach is the latest blow in their search for a permanent successor for Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on April 19.
Spurs could now make a final attempt to prize former manager Mauricio Pochettino back to the club from Paris Saint-Germain, or turn to Ajax’s Erik ten Hag.
Tottenham’s first choice to replace Mourinho, Julian Nagelsmann, agreed to join Bayern Munich last month, while his predecessor as the Allianz Arena, Hansi Flick, held talks with the London club but is set to take charge of the German national team after Euro 2020.
Another Spurs target, Brendan Rodgers, has indicated he wants to stay at Leicester City.
Conte to Tottenham OFF
More from Dan Kilpatrick now…
Tottenham have ended their interest in Antonio Conte, leaving the club’s search for a new manager at an impasse.
Spurs have been locked in talks with the out-of-work former Inter Milan and Chelsea coach over their vacant manager’s position, but have decided against making Conte an offer amid concerns over his demands including a reluctance to work with young players.
Reports in Italy have suggested Conte had his own concerns over Tottenham’s ability to challenge for top trophies immediately, and was frustrated by the club refusing to allow him more than four members of coaching staff.
BREAKING: Conte to Spurs in doubt
Antonio Conte to Tottenham “is not happening as it stands”, according to our chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick.
Winks to Man Utd?
This one has caught us slightly unawares… Harry Winks could be a target for Manchester United.
According to United fan blog Stretty News, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on Tottenham midfielder Winks – and Spurs would reportedly consider a £25m offer for the 25-year-old.
Winks fell out of favour with Jose Mourinho, and that – plus a combinations of injuries – lost his England squad place. Still, the midfielder has a great passing range, and United have struggled to break teams down who sit deep.
A relatively inexpensive move for an English midfielder with good distribution to bulk up the squad would certainly make sense.
Mourinho aims Spurs barb with Kane talk
Jose Mourinho believes that Harry Kane will be driven to lead England to glory at Euro 2020… because he’s not winning anything at Spurs.
Mourinho told The Sun: “Harry is the one that has on his shoulders a lot. The country expects a lot from him. He expects a lot from himself.
“He’s the captain and he wants to win something. He’s not doing that with the club, so, of course, he’s going to try everything he can to do it with the Three Lions.
“This is a generation full of good players, even the young players. The squad is amazing. England has to go with everything.
“The group phase is at home. The semi-finals and final is at home. It has to be now, because it was in 1966. I think they have to push with everything.”
Eight players leave Man Utd
Manchester United have confirmed that eight players have left the club.
Goalkeepers Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira are leaving along with six members of the academy: Jacob Carney, Mark Helm, Iestyn Hughes, Arnau Puigmal, Max Taylor and Aliou Traore.
Ramsey back to Arsenal?
Could Aaron Ramsey be about to make a sensational return to Arsenal?
Accprding to Sky Sport reporter Gudy Galetti, Juve are considering a swap deal whereby they would offer Arsenal Welsh star Ramsey plus €8million for Hector Bellerin, who looks likely to leave the Emirates this summer.
That would represent something of a good deal for Arsenal, you feel – especially if Ramsey can shake of his injury frustrations and find his best form again in north London.
Soumare set for Leicester
Boubakary Soumare has been linked with a Premier League move in recent months, and now it appears as though the Lille title winner will join Leicester City.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Leicester have agreed a deal for the 22-year-old midfielder, with the transfer announcement now just a matter of time.
Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane are in the same lineup!
the Spurs star recently said the one player he would love to play with is the Man City playmaker, fuelling speculation that he will push for a move to the Etihad.
The duo have both been rewarded for fine seasons with spots in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, with City dominating with six players making the cut.
(4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Shaw; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Bruno Fernandes; Salah, Kane, Son