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Transfer Talk! Romero and Griezmann to Spurs; Hazard to Chelsea


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 and PSG 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, while they have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Antoine Griezmann. 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 as well as a swap deal involving Sevilla’s Bryan Gil and Erik Lamela.

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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Spurs agree Romero terms

Tottenham – and new sporting director Fabio Paratici – are not messing around!

Terms have been agreed with hopeful defender signing Cristian Romero, with the club now negotiating with Atalanta – reports Fabrizio Romano.

The fee could be in the region of £50m.

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Van Gaal goes Dutch again

Louis van Gaal is set to return as coach of the Netherlands with his appointment for a third spell in charge expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

The 69-year-old will replace Frank de Boer who stepped down after the Dutch were beaten by the Czech Republic in the last 16 of the European Championship last month.

Van Gaal will name former Netherlands coach Danny Blind and Henk Fraser from Sparta Rotterdam as his assistants and appoint Frans Hoek as his goalkeeper coach, multiple media reports said on Thursday.

Patrick Lodewijks, who was the goalkeeper coach since 2018, expressed disappointment in a newspaper interview on Thursday at being told he would be replaced while Sparta have confirmed the approach to Fraser, who would continue in a dual role.

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Smith Rowe gets five years

Arsenal love a “long-term” deal, but our very own Simon Collings has the real figure.

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Arteta: Smith Rowe key to progress

Mikel Arteta says Emile Smith Rowe’s new contract is key to his vision for Arsenal.

“As we all saw last season, Emile is an intelligent player with excellent ability,” the boss said.

“His sharpness on the turn and exceptional vision have already made him a key player for us. His attitude and willingness to learn have also been very impressive.

“Huge credit to our team in our academy who have given Emile a great education and have worked superbly to help with his development through the age groups.

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“Along with the first team staff, huge credit also goes to our senior players, who have played such an important role to help Emile develop, gain confidence and perform the way he did last season. I know the fans will join us in being delighted that Emile has committed his future to the Club.

“We’re now looking forward to helping him develop further and seeing him become even more important to the strong young team we’re building.”

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‘He represents the future of the club’

Arsenal Technical Director Edu on Emile Smith Rowe’s new long-term contract: “This is another important step forward for us and we’re all delighted that Emile has signed a new long-term contract.

“It’s great to see another young player develop through our academy system to become a key part of our first team.

“Emile is a player who represents the future of the club and this is why we have given him the No10 shirt.

“We have trust in Emile and we know he has the potential to be a beautiful player for many years to come.”

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Smith Rowe signs new long-term Arsenal contract

Emile Smith Rowe has ended speculation around his future by signing a new contract with Arsenal.

The midfielder has agreed a long-term deal and has also been handed the No10 shirt.

Smith Rowe has been a target for Aston Villa this summer, who have failed with two bids of £25million and £30m.

Arsenal were always adamant they had no plans to sell the 20-year-old, who came through their academy, and he has now ended talk of him leaving.

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Barcelona monitoring Sterling situation

Barcelona are monitoring Raheem Sterling’s situation at Manchester City, according to reports in Spain.

There are question marks over Sterling’s despite his brilliant form with England at Euro 2020 and Tot Costa reports that he has identified as a potential replacement Antoine Griezmann if he leaves the Camp Nou.

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No offers for Rice

West Ham are yet to receive any bids for Declan Rice.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for the 22-year-old England international but at this stage there have been no offers for him.

Manchester United also have an interest in Rice, who has turned down two contract offers from West Ham and wants to be informed of any bids.

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West Ham goalkeeper Trott joins Nancy

West Ham have confirmed that young goalkeeper Nathan Trott has joined French second tier side AS Nancy Lorraine on a season long loan.

The 22-year-old, who has previously spent time on loan at AFC Wimbledon, made his first team debut as a substitute in the FA Cup last season but is well down the pecking order under David Moyes.

Lukasz Fabianski extended his contract last season while Moyes is on the hunt for competition and a successor to the Pole with talks over a move for Alphonse Areola continuing.

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It emerged earlier today that Gary Cahill has rejected a contract offer from Crystal Palace and he is now being linked with a move to Rangers.

The Sun are reporting that Steven Gerrard has made a move for the 35-year-old and that he could join the Scottish Premiership champions.


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