The summer window is already hotting up with big names making moves as new managers swap clubs across Europe.
With a draining 2020/21 campaign complete and many top players busy preparing for a busy summer at the European Championships, it could be a disjointed window as clubs attempt to improve their squads in the midst of a huge tournament.
Harry Kane is intent on leaving Tottenham, with the likes of Man City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all interested.
That’s before we throw in the chance of Mauricio Pochettino returning to north London and convincing Kane to stay, which may be unlikely – but we understand Spurs are close to appointing Antonio Conte.
Speaking of Inter and Premier League returns, Romelu Lukaku says he’s staying despite interest from Chelsea… though their first choice always was Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Erling Haaland.
Don’t rule out a summer move for Jadon Sancho with Man Utd set to return with another offer for the England winger, while the club have also been linked with another Three Lions international in Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier.
Liverpool have already made their move in the market by signing RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate, and may not stop there as they bid to regain their Premier League crown after being deposed by Man City, with a move for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans now being mooted.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s failure thus far to agree a new long-term contract with Emile Smith Rowe has Premier League rivals including Aston Villa circling.
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Inter confirm Inzaghi appointment
As expected, Simone Inzaghi has been officially named as Antonio Conte’s successor at Inter Milan.
The former Lazio boss has signed a two-year contract at the San Siro.
Kane puts club future on hold until after Euros
Harry Kane has put his club future on hold until after the Euros, with the Tottenham striker determined to focus on winning the tournament with England, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Kane has asked to leave Spurs and had wanted his future resolved before the tournament, which begins for England against Croatia in just 10 days.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all contacted Kane’s representatives but the forward is now resigned to no major developments until after the tournament and is said to be in ‘Euros mode’ and ignoring all outside distractions.
While talks could still continue behind the scenes, Kane will not be involved in discussions and he is preparing to give short shrift to questions about his future during the finals.
It remains to be seen if Tottenham’s move to appoint Antonio Conte could help persuade Kane to stay put, with the 27-year-old’s situation sure to have been raised in discussions between the Italian and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy this week.
Conte would be impressive Tottenham coup
In Antonio Conte, Tottenham are close to appointing one of the top coaches in the world and the best available free agent to fill their vacant manager’s position, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Conte’s profile may feel uncomfortably close to his predecessor Jose Mourinho, but Mourinho’s last league title was six years ago and the Italian’s less than six weeks ago.
Conte’s appointment would be an impressive coup for Spurs and a show of ambition, immediately returning them to relevance and easing the mounting pressure on Daniel Levy.
And yet the appointment would also suggest that Levy remains caught in two minds about the direction of the club, a dilemma summed up by the chairman’s dalliance with former manager Mauricio Pochettino before turning to the former Inter Milan and Juventus coach.
In switching from Pochettino to Conte, it feels like Spurs are simultaneously pulling in opposite directions and unsure about where they want to end up.
Sarri favourite for Lazio role
Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is the favourite for the Lazio job.
Sarri, who has also been linked with Tottenham, is in talks with the Serie A side about replacing Simone Inzaghi, who is due to replace Antonio Conte at Italian champions Inter Milan.
Ex-Napoli boss Sarri has been out of work since 2020 after leaving Juventus.
Broja set for Chelsea contract talks
Chelsea are on the lookout for high-profile striking reinforcements this summer, but could they already have a future star in the position already at the club?
Teenage Albanian international Armando Broja shone on loan at Eredivisie side Vitesse last season, scoring 11 goals in 36 appearances.
According to Sky Sports, Chelsea are now set to open talks with Broja – who made his senior Blues debut last year – over an extension to a first professional contract that is due to expire next summer.
The report adds that Thomas Tuchel is even considering him for a place in the first-team squad for 2021/22 despite interest from across Europe, with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the coming months.
Crystal Palace discussing Zaha replacements
Here’s the latest on the Wilfried Zaha front from Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser…
Crystal Palace are braced for another summer of turmoil over the future of Wilfried Zaha and have been exploring potential replacements in recent weeks.
No big deals will be sanctioned until a new manager is in place at Selhurst Park, but conversations over potential targets to replace the Palace winger have been held.
The Eagles previously considered former Chelsea man Jeremie Boga – now at Sassuolo in Serie A – as a good option but it is unclear at this stage as to whether or not they would move for him again.
Parish hails ‘outstanding professional’ Benteke
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has praised Benteke as an “outstanding professional” whom he is delighted will be staying at the club.
“Christian has been an integral part of consolidating our position as an established Premier League club over the last five years,” he said.
“He is an outstanding professional and has more than proven that he still has the quality and the hunger to perform for our club at the highest level, and I couldn’t be happier to see him in red and blue for another two seasons.”
Benteke ‘proud’ after extending Selhurst Park stay
Here’s what Benteke had to say after penning fresh terms at Crystal Palace…
“I’m happy and proud to commit my future to Crystal Palace. Five years already and still a lot more to come.
“We have a great group of players and staff, and I’m looking forward to the season ahead and playing in front of our fans again.”
New Palace deal for Benteke
Crystal Palace have just announced a new contract for Christian Benteke.
The Belgian striker was among a number of Eagles players set to see their deals expire this summer, but he’s now put pen to paper on an extension that will keep him at Selhurst Park until 2023.