In one of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window – and any transfer window, come to think of it – Lionel Messi been officially unveiled as a PSG player after Barcelona were unable to afford a new contract. There could be trouble on the horizon though, with reports from France suggesting Kylian Mbappe still wants to leave Paris, and will either be sold to Real Madrid this summer or leave for free in 2022.
In another huge deal, Chelsea have re-signed Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for £97.5m and want to add Sevilla defender Jules Kounde to their ranks. As for Manchester United, they unveiled Raphael Varane before Saturday’s 5-1 rout of Leeds, while £73m Jadon Sancho made his debut off the bench. Next on their list could be Erling Haaland, but they may have to wait until next summer to sign the Dortmund sensation.
Elsewhere, Lautaro Martinez has emerged as a target for Arsenal and Tottenham, but Inter’s sale of Lukaku means they are under less pressure to sell. The Harry Kane saga rumbles on, meanwhile, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that Man City are preparing a new £127m bid… but Spurs must be open to selling, with the two clubs facing off this weekend.
Arsenal have made one big move in £50m Ben White, and want another in the former of Martin Odegaard, with the Gunners now having entered into early talks with Real Madrid. They are also reportedly willing to listen to offers for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Liverpool, meanwhile, want to sign Belgian forward Jeremy Doku from Rennes as they also eye Atletico Madrid stalwart Saul Niguez, while Tottenham are being linked with a double swoop for Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, who has been chased by West Ham.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!
Haaland sends timely reminder
During a transfer window in which some of the world’s top forwards have been changing clubs, it has been something of a quiet summer for Erling Haaland.
A scramble for the Norway striker’s signature had been expected between the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Man City, but Haaland now looks set to stay at Borussia Dortmund for another year – and that certainly suits BVB.
With his family among the 25,000 fans in the Westfalenstadion stands for Dortmund’s opening game of the 2021/22 season against Eintracht Frankfurt, Haaland was in lethal – and generous – form.
The young forward was involved in all five of Dortmund’s goals in a 5-2 victory, scoring twice and bagging three more assists to underline his star quality to take his tally to 62 goals in 61 competitive games for BVB.
PSG unveil Messi, summer signings
Now THAT’S a transfer unveiling.
PSG have introduced summer arrivals Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Gini Wijnaldum to fans at Parc des Princes ahead of tonight’s Ligue 1 clash vs Strasbourg.
Has any club ever had a better transfer window?
Varane unveiled at Old Trafford
Raphael Varane received an outstanding reception as Manchester United’s new signing was paraded in front of a packed Old Trafford before their Premier League opener against rivals Leeds.
Having announced a deal had been struck to sign the France international on July 27, the completion of the 28-year-old’s signing has been delayed by the need for a visa, isolation and medical.
Such delays meant Varane missed Saturday’s clash with rivals Leeds, but United announced just before kick-off that he had signed a four-year deal for a reported £34million fee, rising to £42million with add-ons.
The France international was introduced to the crowd nine minutes before kick-off and met by a wall of noise when he emerged from the tunnel holding his United shirt with the number 19 on the back.
No Liverpool bids for Saul Niguez… yet
Saul Niguez has just about been linked with every major Premier League power over the course of another window in which he has been a regular fixture in transfer dispatches.
The connection with Liverpool appears strongest, but AS now report that Atletico Madrid have yet to receive any formal bids for the Spain international with just two weeks to go before the deadline.
Are the Reds merely biding their time, or do they have someone else in mind to replace Georginio Wijnaldum?
Or perhaps Jurgen Klopp really is content to roll with what he has…
ICYMI – Arsenal in talks over Odegaard return
Something that might cheer up Arsenal fans, though, is the news that the club are actively now trying to seal the return to north London of popular former loanee Martin Odegaard.
In case you missed it yesterday, here is Standard Sport’s Simon Collings with the latest….
Arsenal have been alerted to the possibility of striking a deal for Martin Odegaard, holding preliminary talks with Real Madrid.
Odegaard spent the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal and impressed during his time in north London.
The attacking midfielder returned to Madrid this summer after his temporary spell at Emirates Stadium expired.
Odegaard had been expected to fight for his place under new Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, but his chances look limited.
Arsenal to entertain Aubameyang offers
Arsenal made a woeful start to the new season last night as they were beaten 2-0 by newly-promoted Brentford in the 2021/22 Premier League opener.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – along with fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette – missed that London derby due to illness, and The Times report that the Gunners are ready to listen to offers for their captain.
The Gabon star only signed a lucrative new £55m, three-year contract last summer, but has flattered to deceive ever since.
Harry Kane latest
Sticking with Spurs for now, there is more on the Harry Kane front this morning.
Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo said yesterday that he would wait until after today’s final pre-match training session to decide on the England captain’s potential availability to face transfer suitors Manchester City tomorrow.
According to the Daily Mail, Kane WILL make himself available to face the club he desperately wants to join before the deadline despite the possible risks involved in terms of injury, but obviously the final decision rests with Nuno.
The Manchester Evening News adds that City could submit another bid for the 28-year-old in the aftermath of the match.
Spurs to beat West Ham to Milenkovic?
Tottenham’s defensive weaknesses were plain for all to see during their struggles last term and they appear to be intent on an overhaul.
As well as the Pau Torres links, Sky Sports now report that Spurs are in talks with Fiorentina over a deal for Nikola Milenkovic.
West Ham had been trying to strike a deal for the Serbian international, but have reportedly stepped away from talks for now, while Wolves have also been linked.
But it is Spurs that seem to have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals as they attempt to negotiate a deal with Fiorentina, having also supposedly bid for Milenkovic’s team-mate and compatriot Dusan Vlahovic.
Tottenham plot Pau Torres move
Tottenham are ready to move for Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres, according to the latest reports.
Spurs remain in the market for defensive reinforcements this summer, having already signed Argentine international Cristian Romero from Atalanta.
They have been strongly linked with the likes of Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu.
However, The Times now report that Spurs are ready to move for Torres, who has also been watched by Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool and played in the Uefa Super Cup against Chelsea in Belfast on Wednesday night.
The Spaniard’s initial £46.8m release clause is now said to have risen to £55.4m due to the player reaching a certain number of senior international caps, but it is reported that Spurs are hoping Villarreal will accept a lower bid.
Arsenal could benefit from Willock sell-on clause
Simon Collings reports that Arsenal have included a sell-on clause in Joe Willock’s Newcastle transfer, ensuring they will be due a cut in case the midfielder makes a big move after this one – that’s good planning.