The summer transfer window is officially open and clubs across Europe are wasting no time sorting their business.
While Euro 2020 – which is now under way- could see deals for top players delayed by a few weeks, the tournament also offers clubs and fans the chance to scout some exciting talent for next season.
Harry Kane is determined to move this summer, with Man City leading the race amid interest from Chelsea, Juventus and Manchester United – and City are also chasing Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish. Tottenham, meanwhile, are drawing up targets with an agreement reportedly reached with managerial target Paulo Fonseca.
Chelsea are keen to sign a striker as well as moving for wing-back Achraf Hakimi, though Kane looks unlikely and they have been knocked back by Romelu Lukaku – but they are stepping up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland, who is said to be interested in a move… but it may cost £155million.
Man United are getting closer to bringing Jadon Sancho back to England, but have reportedly had an opening offer rejected by Dortmund despite agreeing personal terms. Kieran Trippier, Raphael Varane, Cristian Romero and Saul Niguez are also on the wishlist, but Bayern may end up landing the latter… or Chelsea, or maybe Man City!
As for Arsenal, it promises to be a big summer. After missing out on Emi Buendia to Aston Villa, the Gunners have been linked with Brighton’s Ben White, Wolves’ Ruben Neves, Brighton’s Yves Bissouma, Tyler Adams at RB Leipzig and Real Sociedad forward Alexander Isak.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are seemingly trying to sign either Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini or Fabio Vieira after already adding Ibrahima Konate to their squad, while Barcelona are eyeing a shock summer swoop for Raheem Sterling.
Keep up to date with today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!
Arsenal make Fekir bid
Arsenal have entered talks with Real Betis over signing midfielder Nabil Fekir, according to AS.
Mikel Arteta is keen to cut a deal for the 27-year-old and has submitted one bid, though it is expected to be knocked back
Betis are demanding a much higher fee, with negotiations ongoing as Arsenal look to make headway in the market after missing out on Emi Buendia.
Finland international Glen Kamara has been linked with a move this summer after a terrific campaign with Rangers, and he was excellent in difficult cirucmstances in that win over Denmark earlier on.
“You can see why [he’s linked with Premier League clubs],” said Martin Keown on commentary. “He’s very well disciplined.”
Levy addresses Kane’s future at Spurs
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has said he will do “do whatever is right for the club” when it comes to deciding Harry Kane’s future, insisting it is “not always possible” to please everyone in the transfer market.
Kane wants to leave his boyhood club for a Premier League rival and believes he has a gentleman’s agreement with Levy to allow to him to go this summer.
Levy said he shared Kane’s frustrations at the club’s lack of recent silverware and said incoming managing director Fabio Paratici would be responsible for deciding which players were sold and which kept.
But in a rare interview with Spurs’ in-house media team, Levy appeared to prepare the ground for a hard line on Kane’s desire to leave, saying any decision would have to be in the best interests of the club.
“I am never going to talk specifically about an individual player in public,” Levy said when asked about speculation over Kane’s future.
“All I would say is his frustrations of us not winning is shared by me and I am sure all the fans and the players. Clearly we all want to win.
“I think one of the items that Fabio will have to deal with when he comes in is which players are being retained, which players will be asked to look for other clubs.
“But obviously there is a market out there and what we want, and what somebody else wants, is not always possible to achieve.
“We will do whatever is right for the club.”
“What’s Italy like, pal?”
Levy delighted by Paratici arrival
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said of Fabio Paratici: “I’ve known Fabio for a number of years and he brings with him a wealth of experience in scouting, youth and football operations.
“He has an outstanding track record in assembling competitive squads. As we all know, Juventus have been a highly successful club and he has been a major part of that.
“He will be a great addition to the management structure. I am delighted that he will be heading up the football side of the club as we look ahead to next season.”
Spurs confirm Paratici arrival
Tottenham have announced Fabio Paratici as their new managing director of football.
Paratici comes with a big reputation from his time at Juventus, where he was dubbed something of a transfer guru.
The 48-year-old will begin work at Spurs on July 1 and will be responsible for managing and developing Tottenham’s sporting operations, facilities and footballing infrastructure.
Paratici has previously been with Spurs for 11 years, working first as Technical Area Coordinator before becoming Sports Director in 2011.
He has now made the move to Spurs and is relishing the challenge ahead of him in the Premier League.
“I am thrilled by this fantastic opportunity and I thank the club and the chairman for the trust in me,” he said.
“Tottenham is one of the top clubs in the UK and in Europe with an ambitious long-term plan. I will dedicate all myself to this new venture and look forward to working with the management team to write a new and hopefully successful chapter in the club history.”
That’s Moore like it for Wales
Breel Embolo put Switzerland in front after 49 minutes, his close-range effort full reward for their superiority.
But Moore claimed his sixth international goal 16 minutes from time with a brilliant glancing header.
Moore scored 20 goals for Cardiff in the Championship last season, and if he keeps this form up at the Euros, Premier League scouts will no doubt take notice of an in-form target man who could be available at a good price.
Barcelona ready to sell Coutinho
Barcelona are ready to cash in on Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to Sport.
The Catalan club have already bolstered their attack by signing Sergio Aguero and they’re expected to add Memphis Depay too.
Barca are aware they need to trim the squad, though, and Coutinho is reportedly up for sale.
Celtic interested in Ryan
Sky Sports say that Celtic are interested in signing Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan, who spent the latter half of last season on loan at Arsenal.
The Australian has just one year left to run on his contract at the Amex and will likely leave this summer, having fallen out of favour.
Celtic have recently appointed former Australia boss Ange Postecoglou as their new manager.
Marcelo coming to England?
The Mirror say that Marcelo could be in for a surprise move to the Premier League, having been deemed surplus to requirements by new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The Brazilian quotes Leeds United and Everton as potential landing spots and says Madrid would only be after a fee of £5million.