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 rumors, whereabouts and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: De Ligt among six Chelsea targets in £200m spree
The Daily Telegraph claims Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel ‘has been promised up to six summer signings’ by the club’s new owner, Todd Boehly, who will hand him around £200m to fight again for the Premier League title.
In defense, the Blues ask for a reconstruction following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers. from Seville Jules Kounde has been linked with a €60m move, while Chelsea have reportedly offered to move on Timo Werner to Juventus in their negotiations for the central defender Matthijs de Ligtaccording to Gianluca DiMarzio.
De Ligt, 22, is under contract until 2024, which includes a release clause worth €120m, and Juve would be unhappy with a cash offer. Right rear lens Jonathan Clauss are also considered to strengthen the depth of the defense amid doubts over the captain’s future Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.
Upfront, sources told ESPN that Man City Rahim Sterling is the club’s main attacking target, but the Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele and Everton’s Richarlison are also reported on their shortlist.
Striker Romelu Lukakuwho only joined Chelsea last summer for 115 million euros, will return to Inter Milan on loan, and Bayern Munich Robert Lewandowski is interesting to replace it.
Meanwhile, the guardian Kepa told Marca his ‘clear goal is to play’ so they may have to find another backup for the No.1 Edouard Mendy.
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12.10 BST: Barcelona hope Tottenham can convince Clement Lenglet to move to the Premier League to start a summer move to the Catalan club, sources have told ESPN.
Tottenham and Barca have been in talks for weeks over a loan deal for the France international, which is not part of the club’s plans for next season.
Barca would prefer a permanent transfer but are ready to accept a loan as they seek to cut wage spending, with Spurs ready to pay a significant portion of Lenglet’s salary.
It’s still unclear if Lenglet wants to move to England, although he’s reportedly open to leaving Barca after opting to stay in previous transfer windows.
A source has told ESPN he could speak with Spurs manager Antonio Conte in the coming days to help him decide on his immediate future.
11:31 a.m. BST: Man City are closing in on another signing and they’ve had a very productive window so far.
Mark Ogden hails Manchester City’s agreement to sign midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds.
10:45 BST: Bayern Munich turned down a second offer from Barcelona for the striker Robert Lewandowskiaccording COPE.
Lewandowski, 33, scored 50 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last season but is keen to leave Bayern this summer. However, he is contracted until June 2023 and Bayern have no intention of letting the Poland international go, so he is unwilling to start negotiations with Barcelona or any other club.
Still, Barca stepped up their initial offer and reportedly offered €35m plus €5m in variables for Lewandowski which Bayern rejected.
Meanwhile, Bayern have denied being interested in signing Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
The Portugal captain scored 24 goals in all competitions for United last season, but the Red Devils recorded their lowest points tally since the Premier League opened in 1992.
Rumors have swirled that Ronaldo, who has one year left on his contract with United, could leave Old Trafford this summer. But Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was quick to brush aside rumors that his club are interested in the 37-year-old’s services.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a top player with an outstanding career,” Salihamidzic said. “However, the rumor going around is a rumor that has no truth.”
09:56 BST: Real Madrid winger Rodrygo will join his teammates Eder Militao and Vinicius Jr. by signing better contracts with the Spanish champions, according to AS.
The Brazilian trio played a central role in helping Madrid win the LaLiga title and the Champions League last season. They have all been offered contracts until June 2027, with the option of a one-year extension, while their release clauses will also be raised to €1bn.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti hopes Rodrygo, Militao and Vinicius will sign their new contracts before the start of pre-season on July 8.
Rodrygo scored nine goals and set up a further seven in 49 appearances in all competitions for Madrid last season. Militao and Rodrygo’s current deals expire in 2025, while Vinicius’ deal expires a year earlier.
09:34 BST: Luis Suarez has asked for an extra week to consider the offer he has from Argentine giants River Plate.
Suarez, 35, who is a free agent after his contract with Atletico Madrid ended this month, wants to stay in Europe but has not ruled out a move to River.
Reportedly, money isn’t an obstacle for the Uruguayan striker to join River. He scored 11 league goals for Atletico last campaign and helped Uruguay qualify for the World Cup, while he is currently on vacation in Spain with a friend. Lionel Messi.
09:15 BST: West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek interests Newcastle, Aston Villa and Everton, says The Sun.
Soucek, 27, has been one of the Premier League’s stars in recent years and is yet to agree terms on a new contract.
As a result, the Czech international could move on should West Ham receive an offer of around £30million.
09.05 BST: Nottingham Forest have signed the striker from Union Berlin Taiwo Awoniyi for a reported club record £17.5million.
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08:57 BST: Newcastle have agreed a £30m deal for the Lille defender Sven Botmansays the BBC.
Botman, 22, has been on manager Eddie Howe’s radar for some time but they have faced competition from AC Milan.
The Netherlands Under-21 international is highly rated and Howe will add him to a new defense which includes the former Atletico Madrid full-back. Kieran TrippierBrighton centre-back Dan Burn and Aston Villa left-back Matt Target.
08:34 BST: Manchester United and Ralf Rannick agreed to cut ties at the end of the season in part because of Erik ten HagThe German’s reluctance to work with the German in his proposed consultancy role, sources have told ESPN.
Rangnick spent the second half of last season as caretaker manager at Old Trafford and was due in a two-year consultancy role from this summer.
But just a week after the end of the campaign, United announced that Rangnick would make a clean break from the club and focus fully on his role as manager of the Austria national team.
Sources have told ESPN that United were behind the termination of the deal in consultation with Ten Hag, although Rangnick is already unhappy at not securing an official transfer with the new manager.
08:00 BST: Manchester City have reached an agreement with Leeds United to sign Kalvin Phillipssources told ESPN.
City are set to pay an initial fee of £42m to sign the midfielder with a further £3m due in add-ons. Man City U23 Midfielder Darko Gyabi18, will join Leeds in a separate deal worth £5million.
Phillips will then finalize personal terms with City before undergoing a medical. The 26-year-old is expected to complete his move to the Etihad Stadium in time to join Pep Guardiola’s squad for their United States tour.
The England international will become the club’s second major signing this summer after snapping up the striker for £51.2million. Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
Shaka Hislop says Gabriel Jesus should swap Manchester City for Arsenal if Mikel Arteta interest rumor is true.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Abbie Ingham)
– Gabriel Jesus is set to leave Manchester City and move to Arsenal, according to The Athletic. The 25-year-old is reportedly set to join the Emirates for £45million as the Gunners finalize personal terms. The Brazil international, who has one year left on his contract, will leave the Etihad after five years, where he scored 95 goals and assisted 46 in 236 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League champions.
– West Ham are close to signing permanently Alphonse Areole for £10.5m on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain, reports the Sun. The Hammers are expected to announce the deal next week, following the personal terms agreement. The 29-year-old goalkeeper has mainly been used as a replacement for Lukasz Fabianski in the Premier League but is reportedly set to take the No.1 spot next season.
– Christian Erikson decides whether to join Manchester United or stay at Brentford next season, according to Sky Sports. The 30-year-old, who trained with Erik ten Hag’s Ajax after his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, has reportedly received a more lucrative offer from the Red Devils. However, the Denmark international has reservations about his family’s move this summer, with his contract with the Bees expiring at the end of this month.
– Newcastle United have reached an agreement with Lille to Sven Botman, reports The Athletic. The Magpies had three offers to sign the 22-year-old turned down during the January transfer window and the centre-back is now expected to join for €37million including add-ons, with a medical to take place on next week. The Netherlands Under-21 international has made 79 appearances for Lille after joining Ajax in 2020.
– Arsenal and Tottenham are still in pursuit of Raphinhaas negotiations with Barcelona continue to stall, according to fabrice romano. Leeds are asking for £65million to sign the 25-year-old and have already rejected the Gunners’ opening offer. Although Leeds haven’t received any new offers for the winger, next week is set to be crucial. Chelsea are also reportedly interested in the Brazil international to play at full-back, but the Blues see Raheem Sterling as their priority for this transfer window.