The summer transfer window is here, and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: Harry Kane’s reps in talks with Bayern Munich to replace Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich spoke to Harry Kane‘s representatives on a potential move to the club. That’s according to BILD, who report that the England captain’s side haven’t firmly refused a move to Germany, opening up the possibility of a transfer.
It comes as the Bavarian outfit attempt to replace Robert Lewandowski, who left the club this summer for Barcelona. The 33-year-old scored 344 goals in 375 appearances during his eight-year spell.
While Bayern signed Sadio Mane from Liverpool, they may lack the presence left behind by someone like Lewandowski. Tottenham striker Kane has been touted as an option, having the experience to lead a line and the goalscoring attributes that could replace the Poland international.
The 28-year-old has two years left on his contract after a failed move to Manchester City last summer. However, talks are reportedly expected over a new deal which could see him stay in north London and add to his 247 goals in 385 appearances for Spurs.
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann told reporters on Friday, while in the United States on the club’s pre-season tour: “He’s very expensive, that’s the problem – but a player brilliant, one of two or three who can play as a centre-forward [as well as a] No 10, but it is very strong, brilliant with [his] head and both feet.
“He could score a lot in the Bundesliga, I don’t know the price, but it’s really difficult for Bayern Munich. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
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12:57 BST: Brahim Diaz said he was “happy, both personally and professionally” at AC Milan as he prepares to spend another year on loan at the club.
Diaz helped Milan win Serie A last season, scoring three goals in 31 appearances in his second year in Italy.
The club have the option to make his move permanent, while parent club Real Madrid have also retained the right to bring him back in 2023 should they wish.
“I want to give everything for (Milan) and keep growing,” Diaz told AS in an interview on Saturday. “It was great. We knew we had a very talented team and it was possible to write history (win the league) and in the end we did it.”
12.11 BST: Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea told ESPN he would like to stay at the club for the rest of his career.
De Gea, 31, is preparing for his 12th season at Old Trafford, with Erik ten Hag the eighth manager he has worked under during this time.
The Spain international almost joined Real Madrid in 2015 but, he told ESPN’s Rob Dawson in an extensive interview in Perth during United’s pre-season tour of Australia, he is ready to end his playing days at Old Trafford.
Yeah, if it’s possible, of course,” De Ge said. “If they let me stay here, I’ll stay here for sure. I’m really comfortable, really happy and I hope that before leaving, we can win something.
De Gea has a contract until 2023 with an option for another year, but talks are yet to open on a new deal.
“I haven’t spoken with anyone yet, but of course I would be really happy to be here as long as they want because I want to be here for more years,” he said.
11:24 BST: The problems that delayed the arrival of Nahuel Molina for Atletico Madrid have now been resolved, Marca report, with the deal expected to be formalized in the coming days.
Molina was Atletico’s first choice as a right-back this summer but negotiations have been held up over details of the deal which will see the centre-back Nehuen Perez joining Udinese as part of the move.
Udinese will receive €10m, plus €5m in variables, with Perez valued at a further €10m, in a deal worth a total of €25m.
10:38 BST: Barcelona and AC Milan are both interested in signing the young attacking midfielder from Aston Villa Carney Chukwuemeka but could be forced to wait until next summer, reports The Athletic.
Chukwuemeka, 18, scored three goals as England won the European Under-19 Championship in Slovakia earlier this summer.
The Villa Academy graduate has one year left on his contract, attracting interest from top clubs in England and Europe.
However, Villa are demanding a fee of around £20m for a player who would only cost around £400,000 in compensation if he moves once his contract expires.
09:51 BST: Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel admitted he was ‘a bit’ annoyed with Barcelona over their handling of the defender’s pursuit Cesar Azpilicueta.
The 32-year-old Chelsea captain has a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge but wants a move to Camp Nou this summer.
However, Tuchel doesn’t believe Barca are offering Chelsea what the Spain international is worth, which makes the issue drag on as the new season approaches.
Asked by journalists on Friday if the saga bothered him, Tuchel replied: “Perhaps a little.”
He added, when asked about Azpilicueta’s future: “It’s a difficult question because I don’t know if I want to give Azpi what he wants. At some point, it’s about what we want. I just made the comparison for how much we fought. [Kalidou] Koulibaly, who is a national team player and around the same age.
“He’s a hugely important player for Napoli but we have a Spanish international who is the captain at Chelsea. I may see him at the same level but Barcelona don’t see him at that level. So I don’t know if I want to. give him what he wants because he is a great player.
“We don’t think so much about other clubs. The focus is on us and what we need. I’ve told him and I’m telling you that I understand on a personal and professional level. But I’m not just in this role to give him what he wants. I’m a Chelsea manager who wants to do what’s best for Chelsea. “He doesn’t like it but he understands. It’s hard for him because the other club is always on him. On September 1, when things calm down, then he can play at his highest level.”
09:00 BST: Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder has told ESPN that the winger Anthony is expected to stay at the club despite interest from Manchester United this summer.
Antony has been linked with a meeting with his former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford, but a deal between the two clubs has failed to materialise.
Speaking to ESPN Netherlands on Friday, Schreuder said the 22-year-old was unlikely to leave the Dutch champions.
“I really think he’s going to stay,” Schreuder said. “Of course we’ve sold a lot of players now. That hasn’t happened in recent years.
“We also bought players. But we sold so many players that I guess nobody will leave.”
When asked if he had agreed on a deadline for the players to leave, he replied: “No, we haven’t discussed it. But we talk to each other on a daily basis.
“I guess nobody leaves. If we sell one more key player, it wouldn’t be good for us.”
– Cesar AzpilicuetaThe Spaniard’s transfer to Barcelona has been planned for quite some time now but Sport claim that the Spaniard’s move to Camp Nou is ‘imminent’. He says the 32-year-old has already agreed personal terms and the two clubs are close to agreeing a fee of around €5m plus surcharges.
– Another exit could soon come from Chelsea as well – Sky Germany say that Thomas Tuchel is looking to change striker Timo Werner this window. The 26-year-old made just 21 Premier League appearances last season, scoring four and continuing his rocky streak since the move for around £50m in 2020.
– Sticking with the Barcelona and Chelsea theme, it looks like the Blues managed to beat the Blaugrana until the Sevilla defender was signed Jules Kounde. This has led to the LaLiga side opting for an alternative, with Mundo Deportivo claiming it is Athletic Bilbao. Inigo Martinez. Contact has reportedly taken place between the presidents of the two teams and with just one year remaining on the player’s contract, he could make the switch.
– Arsenal have offered the winger and academy graduate a new long-term deal Bukayo Saka, according to the Daily Mail. The 20-year-old has impressed since his breakthrough at the club, attracting interest from Liverpool and Manchester City with just two years remaining on his contract. However, the Gunners are hoping to tie him down for a longer one, fending off interest while increasing his salary to match his current status in the team.
– Brighton and Atalanta interested in Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavaresreports fabrice romano. The 22-year-old joined the Gunners last summer but struggled when called upon to Kieran Tierneyhis absence. The latest addition of Oleksandr Zinchenko prompted a possible loan move, with Atalanta leading the race.