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.
Arsenal, meanwhile, face a potential fight with Chelsea and Everton for Ben White. Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares is flying in for a medical and Arsenal have made improved offer for Anderlecht star Albert Sambi Lokonga. They have also made an opening bid for Manuel Locatelli and are rumoured to be chasing Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski as well as Leicester’s James Maddison.
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 Chelsea are rumoured to be pondering an approach for Barcelona outcast Miralem Pjanic after allowing Billy Gilmour to join Norwich on loan.
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.
Lionel Messi’s future also remains unresolved with PSG linked with an audacious deal after his Barcelona contract expired, with Sergio Ramos also reportedly on his way to Paris along with Achraf Hakimi.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip below!
Liverpool close to Renato Sanches deal
Liverpool are reportedly making good progress in their pursuit of Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches.
Indeed, it had been speculated over recent days that the Reds were battling rivals Arsenal to sign the 23-year-old, who has rediscovered his form with French champions Lille after a tough time at Bayern Munich that included a woeful loan spell in the Premier League at Swansea.
Reports from Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida now suggest that a deal worth an initial €37m with a further €3m in add-ons is close, with Sanches set to sign a five-year contract on €4.5m a year.
Arsenal target Johnstone expected to leave West Brom
Sam Johnstone has been linked with a move to Arsenal this week as a potential alternative to Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale as Mikel Arteta seeks cover and competition for no1 Bernd Leno.
And now new West Brom head coach Valerien Ismael has admitted that the highly-rated goalkeeper – currently part of the England squad at Euro 2020 – and Brazilian winger Matheus Pereira are both likely to depart The Hawthorns this summer.
“It’s not a secret, Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira are the two players who can leave. It’s my expectation they will leave,” Ismael said.
“I don’t need the best players, I need the right players and even if they leave we will find the right solution.
“After I signed I had some video calls with all the players and it was the first time I spoke with Matheus, we spoke openly about the situation. I don’t have a problem. It’s very simple, you are in or you are out. But, if you are in, you are 100 per cent. At the minute he is 100 per cent focused and I can’t say anything else.
“We will see (with Johnstone). As soon as he’s finished (at the Euros) we will see. I hope for everyone it will be very long until he comes back. At the minute the focus is on the Euros for him. We are really proud. We’ll have a talk when he comes back.”
Maguire excited by Sancho link-up at Man United
Harry Maguire is relishing the opportunity to play alongside England team-mate Jadon Sancho at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have long pursued the ex-Man City winger as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s no1 transfer target, with a deal worth £73m finally agreed last week.
Sancho will agree personal terms and undergo a medical after England’s involvement at Euro 2020 is over.
“Jadon’s a top player, an exceptional talent,” said United captain Maguire.
“A young lad with a lot of experience and his numbers speak for themselves, what he’s done over in Germany.
“So he’s a great player. I don’t think it’s a done deal yet. We can’t confirm he’s a Manchester United player. I know it’s close, but it’s he’s still a Dortmund player as it stands.
“But of course, it’s exciting times ahead and hopefully we can get it across the line.”
Runarsson set for Arsenal exit
Alex Runarsson is reportedly close to ending his short-lived spell at Arsenal.
Per Goal, the Icelandic goalkeeper is in talks to join Turkish outfit Altay Spor.
It is said that the transfer could be permanent, with Runarsson set to leave north London less than 12 months after joining from French side Dijon on a four-year contract.
The 26-year-old made just six appearances for Arsenal across all competitions last term, with Mat Ryan arriving on loan from Brighton in January to provide better back-up to no1 Bernd Leno.
Ryan has been linked with a return to the Emirates, but reports suggest the Australian is now set to join LaLiga’s Real Sociedad instead.
Kane still in contact with Mourinho
Kane is also still in contact with former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, who has now begun his new role as head coach at Roma.
“He’s great, he’s been texting me as well. It’s common knowledge we have a great relationship and got on really well,” Kane said of Mourinho.
“I really respect him as a manager and person. I wish him all the best at Roma. It is great to have one of the best managers in the world on your side.
“I will always respect him and hopefully be in contact with him for the rest of my career.”
Kane: Paratici comments make me feel loved
Kane also said that new Tottenham managing director of football Fabio Paratici’s recent comments makes him “feel loved” at the club.
Speaking to Sky Sport in Italy on Sunday, Paratici insisted Spurs’ goal this summer was to keep Kane, describing him as “incredible” and one of the best strikers in the world.
“Of course as a player you want to be wanted, you want to feel like you’re loved, which I do,” he said.
“I haven’t had the chance to talk to any of these people yet. I’m sure we’ll get to know each other after the tournament, have a phone call or two once I get a week or two of holiday.
“To get praise from big people from football is great, it gives you confidence, it gives you motivation, so of course it’s nice to hear.”
Kane yet to speak to ‘great manager’ Nuno
Harry Kane has been talking to talkSPORT this afternoon, praising new Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo as a “great manager” but insisting he has yet to speak to the Portuguese.
“Whenever a new manager comes in, I guess there’s a level of excitement around the club. Obviously, I’ve not been there and not had any contact with him,” Kane said.
“I’m away with England now and my full focus is on here. Hopefully, we’ve got a week left.
“He’s a great manager and did a great job at Wolves and got them playing a really good way.
“Let’s get back and I’m sure we’ll be in contact after the tournament.”
Alioski leaves Leeds
Leeds have confirmed the departure of Ezgjan Alioski.
The North Macedonia midfielder has left Elland Road after failing to reach an agreement over an extension to his expired contract.
Alioski spent four years at Leeds after joining from Swiss outfit Lugano in 2017, making 171 appearances and scoring 22 goals as he helped the club to end their 16-year exile from the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa.
“I knew Gjanni was going to be special the moment he walked into the building,” said Leeds director of football Victor Orta.
“The emotion I saw in his face and the face of his parents when signed his contract here at Elland Road was a beautiful moment and I was sure he was going to give everything for Leeds United.
“Even with this in mind he exceeded my expectations.
“Gjanni has been exceptional both on and off the field, his teammates will miss him greatly, as will all of the staff at Thorp Arch and Elland Road.
“We thank Gjanni for all of his efforts and we wish him every success for the future.”
Man City sign Losada
Manchester City Women have completed the signing of Spain’s Vicky Losada.
The former Arsenal midfielder has penned a two-year deal to return to English football after five years back at Barcelona, where she captained the side to a historic treble last season, including a rout of Chelsea in the Champions League Final in Gothenburg in May.
“I’m so excited for next season and to have been able to join one of the best clubs in the world,” Losada told mancity.com.
“As soon as I had the offer from Manchester City, I didn’t have any doubts about it – I knew that it was time to leave Barcelona and close that chapter of my career after one of the best years of my life.
“I’ve always said that I missed the English league – I feel like it brings out the best in me as a player. I am so excited to return to it now and be a part of this fantastic football club.”
Camavinga open to Man United move
Some additional information on Manchester United’s pursuit of Eduardo Camavinga now as they try to fight off rival interest from PSG.
According to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, the highly-rated French midfielder would be open to a move to Old Trafford in this window.
He adds that United want to get the deal done this summer rather than risk waiting a year, when most of Europe will probably be queueing up to sign the 18-year-old on a free transfer after his current Rennes contract expires.