We are now six days into the summer transfer window and already it is some familiar names that are dominating proceedings.
Jadon Sancho to Manchester United continues to be the biggest talking point of the summer, with the Borussia Dortmund starlet still Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No.1 target.
The German giants are standing firm over their price tag, while United chief Ed Woodward is under pressure not to drag his feet – particularly with Sancho seemingly also keen on champions Liverpool.
Speaking of the Reds, Bayern Munich’s Thiago is a name that won’t go away. The dazzling Spaniard has made clear his desire to leave Germany behind, with a move to Anfield seemingly top of his agenda.
Another ex-Liverpool man desperately looking for a new club is Philippe Coutinho, with Kia Joorabchian searching for his next club; Arsenal, where the agent has well-known links, are being touted as a potential £9million loan option for the Barcelona outcast.
Manchester City are busy, having agreed a £41m deal with Bournemouth for the signing of Nathan Ake on Thursday and with Ferran Torres closing on a move from Valencia.
Chelsea continue to pursue Kai Havertz, Wolves’ Raul Jimenez is being linked with a host of clubs and there’s plenty more across the Premier League and Europe
So what will take place on Saturday? After a busy first five days, don’t expect things to quieten down any time soon.
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More cash for Roman
Some guys have all the luck!
Roman Abramovich added to his considerable wealth this week – to the tune of another billion pounds!
Good news for big-spending Chelsea!
Toffees for Reguilon?
Everton have reportedly bid £18m for Real Madrid left back Sergio Reguilon, according to Sky Sports.
The 23-year old Real academy product was voted the best left back in La Liga last season while on loan at Sevilla.
What does this mean for Lucas Digne, himself being eyed by the likes of Spurs and Chelsea.
Watford battle to avoid transfer exodus
Watford are bracing themselves for a fight to hang on to their stars after their relegation from the Premier League.
Everton are set to return for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure after having two bids – one of around £40million – rejected last summer.
Winger Gerard Delofeu is another who could leave Watford, with AC Milan having already made contact with the Hornets.
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Wolves eye Watford winger as potential Traore replacement
Wolves have Watford winger Ismaila Sarr in their sights in case they lose Adama Traore.
Traore has attracted suitors after impressing with his displays, among them two goals in Wolves’ shock win at Manchester City and another in his club’s 3-2 home victory over Pep Guardiola’s side.
Barcelona ’s attempts to offload Philippe Coutinho could culminate in Arsenal paying just £9m up front for the Brazilian international.
The Catalan club remain keen on Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi and the Independent reports the out-of-favour youngster could move to the Camp Nou in a deal which takes Coutinho to north London.
Such a swap would see the Gunners pay an additional £9m, ending Coutinho’s Barca nightmare after Bayern Munich opted against making his loan move permanent this summer.
Coutinho has played just 54 games for Barcelona since joining from Liverpool in a nine-figure deal, but the £9m fee – even with a highly-rated Guendouzi thrown in – would represent a significant loss. Full Story here
Torres taking inspiration from Man Utd legend
Torres is understood to be on the brink of sealing a £24.5million move to City as a replacement for Leroy Sane, with the Spain under-21 star expected to sign a five-year contract.
And while he will join a City attack featuring world-class stars like Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, Torres admits his playing style is inspired by ex-United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Torres said: “For me, Cristiano above all is a great reference…. I would like to follow his steps.”
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Lacazette on Arsenal future amid Aubameyang exit fears
Alexandre Lacazette insists his Arsenal future does not depend on whether close pal Pierre -Emerick Aubameyang stays as he opened up on the relationship between the strike pair.
Many Gunners fans fear Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea could be Aubameyang’s final game for the club after the 31-year-old entered the final year of his contract.
Lacazette has also been the subject of transfer speculation as he has just two years left on his contract at the Emirates.
But while he admits he has not yet spoken to the club about a new deal, the French international has reassured fans that his fate is not tied up with that of Aubameyang.
Read the full story here.
Solskjaer fears Man Utd could miss out on Sancho
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is growing increasingly weary that Manchester United could miss out on top target Jadon Sancho.
While Borussia Dortmund want £100m for their man, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is playing a waiting game in the hope the Bundesliga club will drop their price.
It’s a risky strategy, as other top clubs are keen on Sancho, so could table the asking price for the 20-year-old.
Solskjaer is aware of this risk, prompting him to speak with Woodward, according to ESPN.
It has been reported that the Norwegian wants the United board to make a more serious bid for the forward, after a starting offer of £50m was made and quickly rebuffed.
Ozil’s absence from FA Cup final build-up says it all
If there is one thing that proves Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal future is all but over, it is the build-up to the FA Cup Final.
Mikel Arteta’s men face Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, looking to end the 2019-20 season with silverware.
The Gunners only finished eighth in the Premier League this season, but in his first managerial role, Arteta already looks to be building a platform that can lead to future success.
That future does not include World Cup winner Ozil.
The club’s main creator, who wears the No.10 shirt, is on the outside looking in now more than ever.
Ndombele wants Inter Milan transfer
Tanguy Ndombele wants to join Inter Milan.
Tottenham do not want to sell their £55million record signing after just a year but the 23-year-old is understood to be unhappy in London.
Inter boss Antonio Conte is a fan and the Italians believe they could tempt Spurs into a swap deal with Jose Mourinho an admirer of 25-year-old Milan Skriniar.
But Tottenham want him to follow the example of Son Heung Min, who tried to force a move in 2016 but eventually adapted and has since become indispensable.
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Napoli sign Osimhen from Lille for club-record fee
Napoli have signed striker Victor Osimhen from Lille for a fee that could rise to €81million (£73m), according to Eurosport.
The 21-year-old Nigerian striker becomes the Serie A club’s record signing after joining for an initial €50m (£45m) plus add-ons.
Osimhen scored 18 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions for Lille last season before the French football season was called off due to coronavirus.
In 2015 he helped Nigeria win the Under-17 World Cup, in which he was the tournament’s top scorer with 10 goals.
Lampard told who to sign after Havertz
Frank Lampard has been told who Chelsea should sign next after top transfer target Kai Havertz.
Bayer Leverkusen star Havertz is believed to be Chelsea’s next priority, with the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech already in the bag for a combined £89million.
But once Havertz is signed – which is set to cost Chelsea upwards of £70m – the next position they should target is a goalkeeper, according to former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Berbatov said: “They for sure need a goalkeeper and Jan Oblak would be a great option.”
Read more here.
Leeds eye Canaries’ Buendia
Leeds have made contract with Norwich City over the signing of Emiliano Buendia, according to The Athletic.
The two clubs are travelling in opposite directions, with the Whites promoted to the Premier League and the Canaries relegated to the Championship.
As such, Norwich are at risk of losing their biggest stars, including Buendia, who registered eight assists last season.
Napoli chief names Koulibaly price
Napoli president Aurelio Di Laurentiis confirms no bid has been received for in-demand centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Senegal international has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain.
Di Laurentiis also named the Serie A side’s asking price for Koulibaly.
He told Sky Italia: “Kalidou is a great person, I would be terribly sad to lose him. But there is a time for everything, even to move apart.
“But the €90million (£81million) is not on the table and so it takes two to make a deal.”
City and United to go head to head for highly-rated left-back
Manchester City and Manchester United are monitoring 19-year-old left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri.
That’s according to FootMercato, who add the Angers man recently visited the facilities at both clubs.
Frenchman Ait-Nouri made 17 Ligue 1 appearances last season and is contracted with Angers until 2023.
But he has attracted interest from across Europe and Atletico Madrid, PSG, Monaco, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton are all monitoring the situation.
Abramovich spending power boosted amid Chelsea’s Kai Havertz links
Roman Abramovich’s spending power has been buoyed as the Chelsea owner and his business partners sold their 40 per cent stake in Highland Gold on Friday.
The Russian-Israeli businessman has already opened his chequebook for manager Frank Lampard during a busy transfer window which has seen the Blues complete the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
But Chelsea’s transfer activity is showing no signs of slowing up and Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz is heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s pursuit of the Germany international is sure to be boosted by news their owner’s wealth has soared by selling the 40 per cent stake to Russian businessman Vladislav Sviblov, who valued the company at £1.4billion.
Oldham sack Maamria
Oldham Athletic have sacked head coach Dino Maamria after 10 months in charge, according to BBC Radio Manchester.
The Tunisian won nine of his 32 games in charge of the League Two side.
Oldham are now searching for their seventh manager since Moroccan Abdallah Lemsagam bought the club in 2018.
Everton bid £18million for Real Madrid’s Reguilon
The Toffees have tabled a bid of £18million for Los Blancos left-back Sergio Reguilon, report Sky Sports.
The 23-year-old Spaniard shone while on loan at Sevilla last season, making 31 appearances and catching the eye of suitors from the Premier League.
But it is Everton who are in pole position to land Reguilon’s signature as boss Carlo Ancelotti aims to replace Leighton Baines, who retired earlier this week, and provide competition for Lucas Digne.
Arsenal demand £8million for Brentford target
Arsenal have set a price tag of £8million for Folarin Balogun, who is a target for Brentford, according to Sky Sports.
But the Bees – who face Fulham in the Championship Play-Off Final next week – are unwilling to meet the asking price.
Balogun, 19, is yet to feature for the Gunners’ first team and is happy to leave for free at the expiry of his deal next summer due to assurances of senior football not being met.
“Bored” Ozil tipped to leave Arsenal
Charlie Nicholas believes Mesut Ozil is destined to leave Arsenal because he will grow bored of receiving his “ridiculous” wage without featuring on the pitch.
German playmaker Ozil was made the Gunners’ highest-paid player when he signed a deal worth £350,000 per week in 2018, but he has made just 23 appearances this season.
“Ozil has made so much money and he will be bored,” Nicholas told Sky Sports. “He will be frustrated and fed up, and when he gets the right deal he will eventually move on.
“He won’t be sitting around with his little umbrella in the sunshine for much longer as it’s a habit of life! He wants to go and play.”
Caballero backs under-fire Kepa to stay at Chelsea
Willy Caballero has given his support to fellow Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has come under fire for his performances this season.
Arrizabalaga was dropped for the Blues’ 2-0 win over Wolves after conceding five goals to Liverpool in the previous game.
But Caballero hopes the 25-year-old stays and regains his form at Stamford Bridge.
“Of course I hope he stays,’ Caballero told the Daily Express.
“I have known him for two years. Last season was very good for him. This season there were some other things happening, but last year was fantastic.
“He is still the number one goalkeeper for Spain, and is a great goalkeeper.”
Real willing for Ceballos to extend Arsenal stay
The central midfielder has impressed this season, making 36 appearances and scoring twice.
Ceballos has been linked with a move to former club Real Betis, but is understood to be happy at the Emirates Stadium.
Karanka takes Birmingham hotseat
Aitor Karanka has been confirmed as the new Birmingham City manager.
The Spaniard – who previously managed Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest – succeeds Pep Clotet and joins the Blues on a three-year contract.
Karanka told Birmingham’s official website: “I’m delighted to be joining a club with the history and fan base that Birmingham City has.
“I share the excitement and determination of everyone here to start working together on all the challenges that lie ahead.
“I want to thank the Board for their willingness and the strong interest they showed in making me the Head Coach of this project.”
Talks between Roma and Man Utd for Smalling break down
Roma’s hopes of extending Chris Smalling’s stay in the Italian capital have all but disappeared as talks have reportedly broken down with Manchester United.
The centre-back has shone while on loan at Stadio Olimpico this season and Roma have made no secret of their desire to sign him permanently.
However, they are unwilling to meet United’s £25million asking price for the 30-year-old and talks have broken down, according to Sky Sports Italia.
Serie A rivals Inter Milan and Juventus are believed to be monitoring the situation but in the meantime, Smalling looks set to return to Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Gabriel’s representatives in UK amid Man Utd and Everton interest
The representatives of Gabriel Magalhaes are reportedly in the UK and are talking to two Premier League clubs.
Manchester United and Everton are interested in the Lille defender, according to Sky Sports, and it is believed the 22-year-old underwent a medical with the Toffees before lockdown.
Gabriel is expected to cost £27million and Lille are understood to have signed a replacement in Ajax centre-back Sven Botman.
Ex-Liverpool back-up hoping to re-sign with Reds
Former Liverpool back-up goalkeeper Andy Lonergan says he would welcome the chance to re-sign with the Reds.
But the 36-year-old – whose contract expired at the end of the season – says he will not turn down other opportunities in the meantime.
“At the moment I’m unemployed. At the moment, my time at Liverpool is up,” he told The Liverpool Echo.
“If I got the call [to re-sign for Liverpool], of course I’d answer it but obviously there are things I want to do in my career and I can’t afford to not take an option if it’s there.”
Arsenal told to make £20million John Stones transfer
Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to sign out-of-favour Manchester City defender John Stones this summer.
26-year-old Stones is linked with a number of Premier League sides and reportedly has a price tag of £20million.
Parlour told talkSPORT: “Arsenal are desperate for a centre-half… why don’t you take your chance and try and go in and bid for Stones?
“He’s had a bad time in recent years and he hasn’t really gone to where they thought he might go to.
“But you don’t become a bad defender overnight, he just needs that bit of coaching.”
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