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. 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!
Varane wants Man United move in coming days
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane reportedly wants his proposed move to Manchester United to be completed within the next few days.
Pogba’s France colleague has been earmarked as Harry Maguire’s new centre-back partner at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks to upgrade his defensive options for the 2021/22 campaign.
Per AS, Varane is eager not to have to begin pre-season with two different clubs this summer and is therefore looking for United and Madrid to end their apparent stalemate over an acceptable transfer fee post-haste.
The 28-year-old is out of contract in the Spanish capital next summer and has refused to sign an extension.
Pochettino wants Pogba as big summer signing
The Paul Pogba to Paris Saint-Germain talk is growing louder.
The Mirror report that PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to make the Manchester United midfielder his big summer signing.
Indeed, the Parisian giants are reportedly looking to sell players to raise the £50m they believe will be enough to secure a transfer over the coming weeks.
Pogba has now entered the final 12 months of his contract at United and his Old Trafford future is once again subject to massive speculation, with reports only yesterday suggesting that Barcelona president Joan Laporta wants to sign the Frenchman in a bid to win over the local press.
Chelsea ponder Bettinelli deal
Chelsea are eyeing a move for ex-Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, the Daily Telegraph report.
The Blues are looking for third-choice cover between the posts to provide support for Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga after veteran Argentine Willy Caballero was released following the end of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Bettinelli – who finished last season on loan in the Championship at Middlesbrough – is a free agent after leaving relegated Fulham in June and has been linked with the likes of Aston Villa and Arsenal in recent days.
Crystal Palace eye Ozan Kabak deal
Crystal Palace’s overdue rebuild under new boss Patrick Vieira is already taking shape following the impressive signings of young duo Michael Olise and Marc Guehi and goalkeeper Remi Matthews.
Now, according to The Guardian, they are also eager to sign former Liverpool loanee Ozan Kabak.
Ed Aarons reports that Palace, Leicester and clubs from both Germany and Spain are all interested in the Turkish international centre-back, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Anfield, making 13 appearances under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool did not take up their £18m option to turn Kabak’s loan into a permanent deal at the end of the campaign, but he is still expected to leave relegated Schalke, who are reportedly set to demand a lower fee of around £12m.
Atalanta chief warns Spurs over Romero
On the subject of Tottenham, here is the latest on their pursuit of Argentine centre-back Cristian Romero from Atalanta CEO Gianluca Percassi…
“Gollini has serious chances to join Spurs,” he said, per Fabrizio Romano.
“Romero? Tottenham interest is normal… but he’ll stay if we don’t receive the right bid, as he’s one of the best centre-backs”
Tottenham to sign Gil as Lamela heads to Sevilla
Tottenham get the coveted Fabrizio Romano ‘here we go’ treatment for the second time in as many days!
The Italian transfer specialist is reporting that the part-exchange deal that will take highly-rated Spanish winger Bryan Gil, 21, to Spurs and Erik Lamela to Sevilla is now agreed, with official paperwork all that is left to be completed.
Romano adds that LaLiga outfit Sevilla will also receive €25m as part of the deal.
So that’s Gil – who is in the Spain squad for the Tokyo Olympics – and Pierluigi Gollini both now on their way to Tottenham, with Cristian Romero potentially set to follow.
Things are certainly heating up on the transfer front in N17!
Everton sign Begovic
Another new arrival at Everton!
Following Andros Townsend’s signing, the Toffees have now confirmed the arrival of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth.
The 34-year-old has signed a 12-month deal at Goodison Park that includes the option for a further 12 months.
Begovic will provide competition and cover for England no1 Jordan Pickford on Merseyside after Sweden’s Robin Olsen returned to Roma following the end of his loan spell.
“When I first heard of the possibility of joining Everton, I was really excited,” Begovic told evertontv.
“Opportunities like this don’t come around every day so I’m honoured and pleased to be here.
“The ambition is to get this club to where it belongs. We want to be challenging for those European spots, challenging for trophies and being in that upper echelon of the league.
“With the squad we have, the fan base, and the tradition of the Club, everything is in place for us to be successful.”
Ajer undergoes Brentford medical
Brentford are closing in on their second big signing of the summer in quick succession.
Earlier today, the newly-promoted Bees confirmed the £8.5m arrival of Nigerian midfielder Frank Onyeka from Denmark’s FC Midtjylland.
Now they are also set to raid Midtjylland’s Champions League qualification opponents Celtic for Kristoffer Ajer.
Per Sky Sports, the Norway centre-back has undergone a medical ahead of a club-record £13.5m switch to west London.
Townsend bids farewell to Crystal Palace
A heartfelt farewell message from Townsend to Crystal Palace fans.
The 30-year-old spent five years at Selhurst Park, making 185 appearances.
Townsend joins Everton on two-year deal
Everton have now officially confirmed the signing of Andros Townsend.
The winger has penned a two-year deal at Goodison Park after leaving Crystal Palace following the expiration of his contract last month.
Townsend reunites with former Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez on Merseyside.
“I think everyone knows what Everton is. It’s a massive football club, it’s very ambitious, a club which has been trying to get back to where it belongs into Europe and beyond,” Townsend told evertontv. “I’ll be doing all I can to help the club do that.
“Everton is a massive football club and has big ambitions next season. As the old cliché goes, it was a no-brainer.
“Rafa is very experienced. He does a lot of work on the tactical side on the training pitch, he leaves no stone unturned.
“But more importantly, he’s a great man, a great man-manager, and he’s always talking to you. I’m sure he will be very successful here.”