The summer transfer window is well underway, and we are starting to see the top clubs across Europe step up their efforts to spend some cash and refresh their respective squads for the upcoming 2021/22 season.
Manchester United are finally set to sign no1 target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, with the deal set to get the signed and sealed ‘here we go’ approval from Fabrizio Romano imminently. Raphael Varane also wants to swap Real Madrid for Old Trafford, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may yet opt for Villarreal’s Pau Torres with wonderkid Kamaldeen Sulemana also linked.
England captain Harry Kane still dominates the transfer headline and Manchester City have made their first official bid for the striker worth over £100m, as they also target Chelsea’s Reece James in a surprise new development along with Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.
Arsenal are in advanced talks with Brighton over England defender Ben White in a deal that could be worth more than £50m, while Mikel Arteta has reportedly made Eduardo Camavinga his next priority target, while Alexander Isak and Yves Bissouma could also be on the wishlist.
Chelsea and Tottenham could go head to head for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, while Spurs have turned to ex-Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo on their prolonged manager search, though Rangers’ Steven Gerrard is also on the radar.
Liverpool are said to have opened talks over PSV Eindhoven star Donyell Malen amid links to the likes of superstar Kylian Mbappe, John McGinn, Renato Sanches, Ryan Gravenberch and others, though Jurgen Klopp has missed out to Leicester in the race to sign Patson Daka from Red Bull Salzburg.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip below!
Hakimi to join PSG
Chelsea were linked with Achraf Hakimi, but the Blues will not be signing him.
Fabrizio Romano report that PSG are signing the right wing-back, with an agreement reached tonight and medicals set for next week.
PSG will pay Inter 60m euros plus another 10m in add-ons – that’s a great deal for the Serie A champions given they are struggling financially.
Leonardo Spinazzola is impressing once again for Italy. The left wing-back has been the biggest threat for the Azzurri so far against Austria, but it remains 0-0 at half-time at Wembley.
If Italy go through and Spinazzola continues in this form, it won’t be long before clubs are being linked with the AS Roma defender – though Jose Mourinho will presumably be watching this and have the 28-year-old marked out as a key player to keep for next season.
Kane would ‘slot right in’ at Man City
Nigel De Jong believes Tottenham striker Harry Kane would slot straight into the Man City set-up as his former club look to fill the “huge” void left by all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero.
De Jong, a former team-mate of Aguero at City, is interested to see how Pep Guardiola chooses to move forwards with Kane a top target this summer.
“It all depends on what Pep is really looking for,” the former Dutch international told PA. “We’ve been talking about a striker that City is missing but knowing Pep he just played with a false nine the whole season again.
“It’s all about what he really wants in his team and what he thinks that it’s giving this team. This little bit more energy and a little bit more quality up front. Of course the loss of Sergio Aguero, for me, is huge – not only as a player but also as a person in the dressing room.
“It’s quite clear you have to fill that gap, I think with a striker. Could it be Harry Kane? Could it be even (Erling) Haaland? That’s also a possibility. There’s certain areas, certain positions that he will think to boost up during the season or during the summer.
“But of course Harry Kane is a great player for City and also in the Premier League. He knows the Premier League, he has experience in the Premier League. I think he will slot right in in that squad, but nothing is done yet.
“This is all speculation and rumour and so on, so we just have to wait to see what the owners are going to do.”
Sancho ‘here we go’ soon
A reminder now that with Manchester United and Dortmund edging closer to a deal for Jadon Sancho, we should get a ‘here we go’ soon from Fabrizio Romano… and it could be as early as today.
The two clubs are said to be down to the single-digit millions in terms of their talks, with the structure of the deal now the subject of negotiations – but both sides want the deal along with Sancho.
ICYMI | Man City want Reece James
In case you missed it earlier, the biggest transfer story of today relates to Reece James.
Per The Athletic, Manchester City are interested in signing the England right-back, with Pep Guardiola said to be a huge fan of his talent.
It is speculated that Chelsea’s dogged summer pursuit of Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi could suggest that they are not completely sold on James as their undisputed first-choice option in the long-term.
Werner agent ‘can’t rule out’ future Bayern switch
The agent of Chelsea striker Timo Werner has left the door open to a potential reunion with Julian Nagelsmann at Bayern Munich in future.
Werner thrived under Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig, yet struggled in his first season in the Premier League following a £53m transfer last summer, scoring just 12 goals in 52 total appearances.
Nagelsmann is set to replace Hansi Flick as Bayern boss next month and although Karlheinz Forster believes his client will stay at Stamford Bridge for now, he hasn’t ruled out the prospect of the pair linking up again one day.
“He feels comfortable there. A move will not be an issue in the foreseeable future,” Werner’s agent Forster said.
“Julian let Timo play in a different position at Leipzig. A bit like Thomas Muller at Bayern.
“Julian and Timo appreciate each other. Of course, I don’t yet know what will happen in three or four years. Football is fast moving.”
Barcelona ‘raise urgency’ in Messi contract talks
Perhaps it’s just me, but the fact that Lionel Messi’s current Barcelona contract expires in just four days’ time with no extension yet announced isn’t getting quite as much attention as you might expect.
The BBC and Guillem Balague report today that Barca have now “raised the level of urgency” over getting a complicated two-year deal over the line, but that claims over a complete agreement are wide of the mark at this stage.
Messi had previously signalled his desire to leave Camp Nou after two decades amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Major League Soccer, though he now appears content to stay after plenty of changes behind the scenes.
Negotiations are ongoing between Barca president Joan Laporta and Messi’s father and agent Jorge, though Balague reports that the club must lower their wage bill by around €200m to make it work financially.
Aston Villa pondering second Smith Rowe bid
You have to admire Aston Villa’s sheer gumption on this one.
After already seeing a £25m bid for Emile Smith Rowe rejected by Arsenal earlier this month, reports suggest they may well try again.
The Express and Star report that Villa are undettered in their pursuit of the talented young playmaker and are considering another offer.
Villa – who beat Arsenal to the £40m signing of Norwich’s Emi Buendia, remember – are also reported to be tracking Burnley winger Dwight McNeil as they fight to keep star captain Jack Grealish at the club.
Grealish, Kane to Man City update
We may just need to slow down a tad on the Jack Grealish front.
Speculation regarding the Aston Villa captain and England playmaker has gone haywire over recent days, with reports of Manchester City plotting an imminent £100m deal and suggestions of new contract discussions at Villa Park.
Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano now says that there are no talks between City and Villa over Grealish, despite the former’s strong interest in securing his services this summer.
Romano adds that City consider deals for “top targets” Grealish and Harry Kane complicated and will make a final decision on those pursuits after England’s involvement at the European Championship ends.
Tottenham eye West Ham target Dragowski
Tottenham reportedly want to pip fierce rivals West Ham to the signing of Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski.
Florence-based newspaper La Nazione reports that Spurs are interested in the Polish international, who has previously been linked with a move to London Stadium.
Tottenham appear to be searching for a long-term successor to captain and long-time no1 Hugo Lloris, who is entering the final 12 months of his contract and was previously mentioned in connection with a move to PSG.
Dragowski reportedly wants to leave Fiorentina and has a price tag of just €15m.