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Transfer Talk! Gollini AND Romero to Tottenham; Varane, Pogba latest


The summer window is starting to hot up as clubs step up their efforts to sign and sell players.

The biggest splash of the window so far has seen Manchester United finally land long-time target Jadon Sancho in a deal worth £73million. The transfer is expected to be finalised this week with a medical completed. Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga are also priority targets, while Barcelona are eyeing Paul Pogba.

Chelsea also want to sign a superstar from Dortmund and are reportedly ready to bid £150m for Erling Haaland, looking to beat the fierce competition for a striker who is available for half that price next summer, but could turn to Robert Lewandowski as frustrations grow.

Tottenham’s transfer activity has stepped up a gear now Nuno Espirito Santo has been confirmed as their new manager. Danny Ings remains their priority signing with the club determined to keep Harry Kane. In defence, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jules Kounde are reported targets, with Lyon’s Houssem Aouar also of interest as Spurs close in on Atalanta duo Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini.

Manchester City are once again ready to splash the cash as they target huge deals for both Kane and Jack Grealish, though managing to prise the pair away from Tottenham and Aston Villa will prove difficult. Villa are confident of Grealish agreeing a new contract, while Spurs have repeatedly ruled out selling their prized asset.

Liverpool have been linked with Saul Niguez, Youri Tielemans and Nicolo Barella as well as a potential deal for Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches as they look to replace Gini Wijnaldum, while big doubts have emerged over the future of captain Jordan Henderson.

Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip below!

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Atleti weighing up Trippier options

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Are we about to see a domino effect of transfers involving right-backs?

It has been well reported that England’s Kieran Trippier is keen on a move back home.

Well, the latest from Spain says that Atletico Madrid are adamant the 30-year-old is not for sale amid interest from Manchester United.

However, if he did go, it is said that the Spanish club would replace him with Wolves and Portugal right-back Nelson Semedo, 27, or Napoli and Italy right-back Giovanni di Lorenzo, 27.

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Mendes the man for City?

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It has been a problem position for Manchester City down the years – but have they identified a new left-back?

Reports from Europe suggest they are interested in Sporting Lisbon and Portugal defender Nuno Mendes, 19, but are unwilling to meet the £50m asking price.

That is a lot of money for a teenager.

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Chelsea set to lose young trio

Chelsea are on the verge of losing three of their most highly-regarded young prospects, reports suggest.

The Athletic claim that Lewis Bate, Valentino Livramento and Myles Peart-Harris are all attracting strong interest from Premier League suitors.

All three teenagers are out of contract at Stamford Bridge next summer, with Leeds reportedly pushing hardest for midfielder Bate.

Peart-Harris is expected to join newly-promoted Brentford, while Aston Villa and Southampton are both said to be keen on Livramento.

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Barcelona want Pogba deal

These seem like rather farfetched rumours given Barcelona’s well-documented financial struggles that are delaying confirmation of Lionel Messi’s new deal, but reports suggest that the club have set their sights on signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

More specifically president Joan Laporta, who is eager to make a big splash this summer to win over the press and wants to sign Pogba, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Pogba has entered the final 12 months of his current contract at United and once again his Old Trafford future is subject to significant speculation.

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Chelsea eye striker Kalajdzic

Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic is on Chelsea’s radar, reports claim.

Per The Athletic, the Austria international – along with Southampton contract rebel Danny Ings – is a potential candidate to arrival at Stamford Bridge if the reigning European champions fail in their high-profile pursuit of Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland this summer.

Kalajdzic, 24, has scored 18 goals in 42 appearances for Stuttgart since joining from Admira in the summer of 2019.

He was part of the Austria squad at this summer’s European Championship, scoring in the 2-1 extra-time last-16 defeat by eventual winners Italy at Wembley.

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Gollini to Tottenham move imminent

Pierluigi Gollini’s rumoured move to Tottenham has now got the “confirmed and here we go” treatment from Fabrizio Romano!

Romano says it’s an initial season-long loan deal that includes the option for Spurs to extend by another year or sign the 26-year-old Atalanta goalkeeper permanently for a fee of €15m.

He adds that certain targets being achieved could lead to that buy option becoming an obligation.

Gollini has one senior cap for Italy and was previously on the books at Manchester United, while he also made 20 appearances for Aston Villa between 2016-18.

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He will provide competition for Hugo Lloris, who turns 35 later this year and has entered the final 12 months of his Tottenham contract.

Joe Hart is currently the only senior back-up to captain Lloris in N17 after Paulo Gazzaniga’s release last month.

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Gollini to Tottenham

It seems that Pierluigi Gollini to Tottenham is now just a matter of time, according to this tweet from Italian transfer specialist Gianluca Di Marzio…

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Spurs on verge of double deal for Romero and Gollini

Tottenham are on the verge of signing two players from Serie A side Atalanta, reports suggest.

According to football.london, Spurs are in advanced talks to sign Argentine defender Cristian Romero and Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.

The duo would become the first players recruited by Tottenham during the reign of new manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

It is claimed that Atalanta intend to activate their option to buy Romero for €16m, having signed the player on a two-year loan from Juventus last summer.

They then reportedly intend to quickly sell him on to Tottenham for a profit.

It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see Spurs raid Serie A for new players this summer, having appointed former Juventus stalwart Fabio Paratici as their new managing director of football in June.

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Mills: Ben White is ‘better than Arsenal’

After completing deals for Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga, Arsenal look poised to add Ben White to their list of summer signings next, once the England defender has returned from a post-European Championship vacation.

The Gunners agreed a £50m deal in principle with Brighton for the 23-year-old centre-back last week and he is expected to undergo a medical in north London once he finishes a vacation in Greece.

But former England, Leeds and Manchester City full-back Danny Mills has questioned why White would want to join Arsenal at this stage as well as expressing suprise that the likes of Manchester United have not swooped for the former Leeds loanee as they also hunt for a new centre-half to play alongside skipper Harry Maguire.

“I think he’s better than Arsenal right now,” Mills told talkSPORT.

“I just wonder what his ambitions are. I’m surprised bigger and better clubs with more of a chance to win something haven’t come in for him.

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“I think he is better than that at the moment. What is he going to win at Arsenal? The League Cup if he is lucky. Maybe the FA Cup?

“It’s going to be a while before Arsenal win a Champions League. Winning the Premier League, you’re looking probably seven or eight years down the line, he might be retiring before that stage.

“I think he is an exceptional player and a fantastic signing for Arsenal, I’m just a little surprised Manchester United, who are looking for a centre-half, haven’t come in for him.”

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Done deal! Milan seal Brahim Diaz return

AC Milan have successfully secured the return of Brahim Diaz from Real Madrid.

The ex-Manchester City youngster, 21, spent last season on loan at the San Siro, where he scored seven goals and provided four assists in 39 appearances across all competitions.

Attacking midfielder Brahim, who made his senior Spain debut last month, has now returned to Milan on another loan deal lasting for two further seasons.

He will inherit the no10 shirt recently vacated by Turkish playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu, who recently joined rivals Inter on a free transfer.


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