Man City step up interest in Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka
The summer transfer window is approaching, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Man City step up interest in Arsenal’s Saka
Saka, 20, has been one of the league’s top young players this season and is tipped for a bright future after scoring 12 goals and laying on seven assists in 43 games.
The England international has a contract which expires in 2024 and has yet to agree terms over an extension, with City keen to pounce if he moves on.
Liverpool have also earmarked Saka as a future target, while Arsenal would be looking for a transfer fee in excess of £70 million before even starting negotiations.
“You have to stay calm. I’m fine where I am, I still have a year of contract. I’m not in a hurry at all,” the 25-year-old said. “When you change clubs, you don’t change to change. You change because there is a great project on the table. For a football player, the most important thing is to play. It will be up to me to take the right decision regarding my future this summer.”
21.12 BST: Edinson Cavani‘s Manchester United contract will expire at the end of June, and Liga MX side Toluca have held serious talks with the striker about bringing him in this summer, reports ESPN Mexico. While Cavani is considering the Mexican club’s offer, it is said that he is prioritising a move within Europe as the Uruguay international wants to be in the best condition ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
20.39 BST: Reims striker Hugo Ekitike has held positive talks with Newcastle United about a possible move, reports Sky Sports, with the two clubs negotiating a €30m transfer fee. The Magpies are also searching for a right winger this summer and are looking at Bayer Leverkusen‘s Moussa Diaby and Watford‘s Ismaila Sarr.
20.06 BST: Amid reports linking Juan Cuadrado with a move away from Juventus, the Colombia international has taken to Twitter to say: “I feel very good at Juventus, at no time have I refused any proposal, because there has never been any negotiation. I have great respect for my club and my teammates.”
The 34-year-old joined Juve permanently from Chelsea in 2017 following two loan spells with the Serie A club, and his contract has another 12 months left to run.
19.33 BST: Bayer Leverkusen are in agreement with 21-year-old midfielder Mykhaylo Mudryk about the terms of a move from Shakhtar Donetsk and are in agreement with the club, reports Kicker, although nothing is yet finalised.
19.00 BST: Liverpool are confident of completing a £4m move for Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay, according to the Mail. It is expected that the 18-year-old will come in as backup for Trent Alexander-Arnold, though this does bring up questions about the future of Neco Williams, who spent last season on loan at Fulham.
18.27 BST: Having earned promotion to Serie A, Monza are beginning to look at strengthening their squad by signing Inter Milan‘s Andrea Pinamonti and AC Milan‘s Alessio Romagnoli, reports Sky Sport Italia, with the former returning from his loan with Empoli while the latter is a pending free agent attracting considerable interest from Lazio. They are also considering moves for Junior Messias of Crotone, who spent the season with Milan, and Napoli‘s Adam Ounas.
17.48 BST: Despite Nottingham Forest earning promotion to the Premier League, 28-year-old No. 1 Brice Samba is said to have dealt them a blow, with the Athletic reporting that he’s told the club he will not be signing a new contract and intends to leave this summer. The Congo-born goalkeeper has one year remaining on his deal and had been offered a new one by Forest, but he deemed it to be unacceptable — and yet this decision is not said to be financially motivated, instead being about respect for his achievements, importance and popularity within the club.
17.05 BST: AC Milan are keeping an eye on attacking midfielder Adil Aouchiche, according to Calciomercato, after being relegated to Ligue 2 with Saint-Etienne. The Frenchman initially joined Les Verts from Paris Saint-Germain reportedly because he wanted to feel like a protagonist, so if Milan are to bring him in, it is likely they would need to guarantee space to grow.
16.18 BST: Last season’s Supporter’s Shield winners and MLS single-season points record holders the New England Revolution have agreed a $10m transfer that will send 25-year-old Poland forward Adam Buksa to Ligue 1 outfit Lens, according to the Boston Globe.
15.31 BST: The future of Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea is very much up in the air, with a loan move to Inter Milan being considered, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Lukaku, 29, moved back to Chelsea for €115m last summer but has only managed 15 goals in 44 games.
Now Chelsea are looking to move him on and new owner Todd Boehly will reportedly speak with manager Thomas Tuchel on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week to sanction his exit.
Lukaku has four years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge so a potential loan deal is really the only option if he wants to head back to Inter.
14.21 BST: Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign AS Monaco to sign midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni for around €100m, says The Athletic.
Tchouameni, 22, has three goals and two assists in 35 Ligue 1 games this season and is viewed as one of the top young players in Europe.
The France international has seen interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Manchester United, but reportedly only wanted to move to Madrid.
14.10 BST: Bild reports that Bayern Munich are considering withdrawing their contract offer to winger Serge Gnabry, or they may set a deadline for the player to accept it or leave.
Gnabry, 26, has been in negotiations over new terms for a while now without finding an agreement.
Bayern are keen to bring in Sadio Mane from Liverpool, which could see Gnabry depart, with his former club Arsenal keen to bring him back to London.
The Germany international began his career with Arsenal before joining Werder Bremen and then Bayern Munich.
13.21 BST: Gareth Bale needs a new club this summer as he will leave Real Madrid once his contract expires this month.
Bale, 32, would have retired if Wales hadn’t reached the 2022 World Cup finals, but the winger will now need to keep his fitness up until November and could sign a short-term deal somewhere.
Championship side Cardiff City remain current favourites to sign him, while MLS teams have also shown an interest, but Bale won’t be rejoining his former club Tottenham, according to the Telegraph.
12.05 BST: Chelsea striker Armando Broja is being tracked by West Ham, according to The Daily Mail.
Broja, 22, scored nine goals in 38 games on loan at Southampton, but has now returned to his parent club where he faces an uncertain future.
The Albania international has also been linked with Everton and Newcastle.
10.54 BST: Chelsea could see two key players depart this summer.
Julien Laurens says a move to Cardiff City makes perfect sense for Gareth Bale.
10.03 BST: Atletico Madrid could swoop for Pablo Sarabia and Carlos Soler this summer as Diego Simeone looks to strengthen a side that finished 15 points behind champions Real Madrid in LaLiga this season.
Sarabia, 30, is coming off the back of an impressive season on loan at Sporting Club in Portugal, where he scored 21 times in 45 appearances. Now back with Paris Saint-Germain, the French club are said to be willing to let him leave on a permanent basis to avoid losing him for nothing next summer, when his contract expires.
The attacking midfielder has been a regular for Spain under Luis Enrique, scoring seven goals in 20 caps, and is reportedly ready to return to his homeland, per Diario AS.
Meanwhile, Valencia midfielder Soler is another player on Atletico’s radar, with Mundo Deportivo claiming incoming coach Genaro Gattuso will sanction a transfer this summer.
Soler, 25, is out of contract in 2023 like Sarabia and could be available for anywhere between €15m and €40m, according to different reports. Barcelona have also been linked with the Spain international.
09.37 BST: Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has emerged as a possible target for Real Madrid after the Spanish club missed out on Kylian Mbappe, according to various reports.
Marca, confirming a story first aired on Cadena SER, say Jesus has been offered to Madrid as City look to make room for new signings Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez in attack.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly a fan of Jesus, who has a year to run on his contract in England, and Los Blancos are weighing up a transfer that would cost in the region of €50m.
However, Diario AS reveal a potential flaw in Madrid’s plans, with Ancelotti’s squad already containing three non-EU players in Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao, although they hope Vinicius will obtain a European passport soon.
AS add that could open the door for Chelsea, who, along with Arsenal and Tottenham, are also interested in signing the Brazil international this summer.
08.58 BST: Robert Lewandowski has given the biggest hint yet that he wants to sign for Barcelona this summer, having made it clear once again that he wants to leave Bayern Munich.
Since first revealing his desire to move on from Bayern, Lewandowski has been strongly linked with Barca, whose coach Xavi Hernandez has confirmed the Poland international striker is a target.
However, while Lewandowski stopped short of naming the Catalan club in an interview in his homeland on Tuesday, he suggested he has his heart set on a move to Camp Nou.
“I am not considering any other offers.” he told Onet Sport when asked about the ‘club everyone is talking about.’
In another part of the interview, he also revealed: “I already have a house in Spain and I speak a little Spanish.”
Lewandowski, 33, has said several times since the season ended that he wants to leave Bayern. He reiterated that request again, asking the German club to agree to an amicable exit.
“After various years at Bayern, giving my best, I now want to leave,” he added. “Something has gone out inside of me. I want to leave Bayern to find new emotions in my life. I want new challenges.
“I have had eight beautiful years here, I have met so many wonderful people and I would like it to remain that way. Loyalty and respect are more important than work. The best way [forward] is to find a solution for everyone.”
Sources have told ESPN that Bayern first want to find a replacement for Lewandowski, who only has a year to run on his contract, before negotiating a fee with Barca, who must work out how they will fund a potential deal.
08.30 BST: Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe is the most valuable football player in the world, according to Swiss research group CIES Football Observatory, followed by Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr. and new Manchester City recruit Erling Haaland.
Mbappe, who turned down Real and signed a new three-year deal at PSG last month, topped the list with an estimated transfer value of €205.6 million, beating Vinicius (€185.3m) and Haaland (€152.6m).
Mbappe’s PSG teammate Neymar holds the current transfer record. The French champions paid Barcelona €222m for his signature in 2017.
The top five was rounded off by Barca youngster Pedri (€135.1m) and Borussia Dortmund’s English midfielder Jude Bellingham (€133.7m).
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– Bayern Munich and Manchester United are both looking to sign Internazionale wing-back Denzel Dumfries, despite the former having already brought in Noussair Mazraoui, according to Calciomercato. Inter are willing to let the Dutchman leave if it means they don’t have to offload Alessandro Bastoni — who has been heavily linked with Tottenham Hotspur. As well as their established interest in Raoul Bellanova, the Nerazzurri see Lazio’s Manuel Lazzari, Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado, and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Dodo as possible replacements if Dumfries departs.
– Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been promised a move to Barcelona if he refuses a contract renewal at Anfield, as has been reported by The Mirror. The report claims that Barcelona have verbally promised to sign the 29-year-old, which is reported to be a major reason behind him stalling in committing to Liverpool.
– Sky Sports Deutschland have stated that Bayern Munich are ready to improve their offer for Liverpool forward Sadio Mane‘s services, raising it to between €30m and €35m. The Bavarians are offering the Senegal winger a three-year deal in an attempt to persuade him to leave Anfield, with the main potential stumbling block being the transfer fee.
– Paris Saint-Germain are closely monitoring Lens‘ Seko Fofana as they aim to strengthen their midfield this summer, as reported by Le Parisien. The middle of the pitch is the area they want to focus on the most, as Marco Verratti is the only player in that position who is deemed to have been completely satisfactory.
– PSG are also keen on Stade Rennais‘ Lovro Majer, according to Foot Mercato. There could be competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig, but PSG are still looking to test the waters to see if they could bring the Croatia midfielder in.
– Leeds United winger Raphinha will turn down any approaches from Liverpool as he would prefer a move to Barcelona, as reported by Diario Sport. The Reds would be able to make a stronger financial offering as well as including Takumi Minamino in a deal, which Leeds would like, but Raphinha has his heart set on Barcelona. Barca chief Mateu Alemany will travel to Leeds this week in order to resume talks.