The summer transfer window is officially open and clubs across Europe are wasting no time sorting their business.
While Euro 2020 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, and prove a battle for Man City.
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!
Man City ready Haaland bid
Manchester City are prepping a £95m opening bid for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, according to reports.
The club need a replacement for Sergio Aguero and club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has come out to say he is “confident” star man will be joining.
According to journalist Ekrem Konur, City have put Haaland ahead of Harry Kane in their list of striker targets.
That’s bad news for Chelsea, who are also very keen on the Norweigan.
Man United hold more Sancho talks
A late update tonight on the Jadon Sancho to Manchester United saga.
Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reports that United have held more talks with the player’s camp this weekend.
He adds that discussions with Dortmund over their €95m asking price as well as the details of the payment structure and bonuses will carry on over the next few days.
Sancho was left out of the England matchday squad for their opening Euro 2020 win over Croatia at Wembley earlier today.
Crystal Palace plot bid for Chelsea’s Gallagher
Crystal Palace are reportedly plotting a bid for Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher.
According to The Sun, Palace – who are yet to appoint a managerial successor to Roy Hodgson after talks with former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo broke down – are poised to make a £15m offer for the England Under-21 midfielder.
The highly-rated Gallagher, 21, has impressed on loan at Charlton, Swansea and West Brom over recent seasons, with Palace unable to loan him for the 2020/21 campaign after already getting striker Michy Batshuayi on a temporary deal from Stamford Bridge.
Bellingham in talks over new deal
Borussia Dortmund are set to open talks with England youngster Jude Bellingham over an improved contract after his stellar debut campaign, reports the Mirror.
The 17-year-old arrived from Birmingham last summer and signed a three-year contract, which the Bundesliga side are now said to be keen to extend until 2025.
The report claims Bellingham is set to double his wages, while the contract would likely include a sizeable new buyout clause.
Arsenal join Locatelli race
After a fine showing for Italy on Friday, it’s no surprise that Arsenal have joined Borussia Dortmund and PSG in tracking Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli, according to reports in Italy.
Locatelli has had a fine season in Serie A and is expected to star for the Azzurri at the Euros this summer. He started well on Friday.
Scouts from several clubs will be watching the 23-year-old in action, but he is likely to command a transfer fee of around £35m.
Kylian Mbappe has hinted that his future may lie away from Paris Saint-Germain next season in surprisingly blunt quotes.
The French side are desperate to keep hold of the fierce forward, who has attracted interest from across Europe.
Asked about his future by France Football, Mbappe said: “I have to make the right decision, which is difficult, and give myself every chance to decide well.
“I am in a place where I like myself, feel good. But is it the best place for me? I don’t have the answer yet.”
Haaland to cost Chelsea £300m
Chelsea will have to part with £300m to sign Erling Haaland this summer, reports ESPN.
The Blues are reportedly prepared to smash the British transfer record – Paul Pogba’s £98 move to Man United in 2016, but Dortmund are confident Haaland is staying put.
To persuade Dortmund to sell, Chelsea will need to raise £155m for the transfer fee along, with almost that again in agent fees, wages and bonuses for the course of his contract.
Martial offered to Real Madrid
Anthony Martial has been offered to Real Madrid as Manchester United ramp up efforts to sign Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
A tough season at Old Trafford looks to extend into a long summer for Martial, missing out on Euro 2020 and facing an uncertain future.
According to the Express, Martial’s agent is looking to get ahead of an big incomings the club and offer his client to prospective new employers.
ICYMI: Liverpool keen on Neuhaus
Liverpool are lining up potential replacements for Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Dutch midfielder has signed a three-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain after his Anfield contract expired at the end of the 2020/21 season.
Attentions are now turning to new midfield recruits on Merseyside following the eye-catching addition of French defender Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, with the likes of Roma’s Italy international Lorenzo Pellegrini linked over recent days.
However, Sport1 in Germany now claim that Liverpool have a firm interest in Borussia Monchengladbach’s Florian Neuhaus, with talks underway with agents.
However, it is said that German international Nehaus’ previous €40m release clause is no longer active.
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.