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Transfer news - LIVE!
We are edging closer to the official opening of the transfer window and rumours are already starting to pick up.
Romelu Lukaku is reportedly willing to take a significant pay-cut in order to seal a return to Inter Milan after his nightmare season back at Chelsea, although it is still unclear as to whether or not the Italian giants can afford a deal.
Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, has dropped a major hint over his Manchester United future by hailing Erik Ten Hag and calling for patience with the new manager as he begins yet another rebuild at Old Trafford.
Over at Arsenal, they are said to be confident of signing Gabriel Jesus this summer and will hope to ramp up talks after the international break, with Alexandre Lacazette now having returned to former club Lyon.
The biggest news might come from Tottenham. Showing ambition under Antonio Conte, they are thought to have turned down a move for Paulo Dybala due to his wage demands.
Follow all of the latest transfer news LIVE below with Standard Sport!
Latest news and rumours
Tottenham turn down Dybala
Tottenham TURN DOWN chance to sign Paulo Dybala
09:18 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to The Daily Mail, Tottenham have TURNED DOWN the chance to sign Paulo Dybala on a free transfer.
The forward has been linked with a move to Inter Milan after leaving Juventus at the end of his contract, years after he was touted as a potential target for Spurs during Mauricio Pochettino’s time in charge.
Tottenham, however, are reportedly not interested in a move due to the Argentine’s huge wage demands, believed to be in the regio of £280k-per-week.
Inter Milan return is Romelu Lukaku’s priority
Friday 3 June 2022 17:10 , Marc Mayo
Romelu Lukaku is determined to force a return to Inter Milan, according to the Telegraph.
Having last year forced a return to Chelsea from Inter, the Belgian’s underwhelming season at Stamford Bridge has led to an apparent desire to end his second Blues stint.
Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello, is reportedly set to be ditched by Lukaku with his lawyer, Sebastien Ledure, to lead talks.
Inter will prefer a loan deal for the coming season including an option to sign the striker permanently.
Germany boss speaks out on Serge Gnabry future
Friday 3 June 2022 16:47 , Marc Mayo
Germany boss Hansi Flick has given his take on Serge Gnabry’s rumoured move to Liverpool or Arsenal.
He told reporters: “Serge can play in attack in various positions, he is very versatile. After [Robert] Lewandowski he is the one who scored the most Bayern goals in the Bundesliga.
“He will know what to do, he feels good at Bayern, then he will evaluate his reasons. The environment, the economics, the future - these are all aspects that he will evaluate. He thinks about his future and he is right and I have little advice to give him. I hope he can play in a club, in a league, where he can assert his qualities.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to Alexandre Lacazette exit
Friday 3 June 2022 15:28 , Marc Mayo
The duo were big pals in the Arsenal dressing room and Aubameyang has paid tribute to Lacazette’s Gunners career with a post on Instagram.
Bellingham to Liverpool latest
Friday 3 June 2022 15:03 , George Flood
Could Jude Bellingham end up at Liverpool this summer?
The Reds are known to hold an interest in the highly-rated young England midfielder, whose career trajectory has sky-rocketed since he moved to Borussia Dortmund from Birmingham in 2020.
However, The Athletic state that Liverpool have accepted that a deal would be very difficult to pull off in the coming transfer window.
It is reported that Dortmund could demand as much as £80m for Bellingham, having lost top marksman Erling Haaland to Manchester City for a cut-price fee.
Asensio addresses future amid Man United links
Friday 3 June 2022 14:59 , George Flood
In case you missed it last night, El Chiringuito report that agent Jorge Mendes has offered Manchester United the chance to sign Marco Asensio.
The Spanish winger is entering the final year of his contract at Real Madrid and is rumoured to be one of several fringe players that could be offloaded this summer.
Discussing his future in an interview with Diario AS, Asensio said: “I have one more year in my contract yet here we are talking about me leaving Real Madrid. This is an important moment for me, I will not deny it.
“I am more mature and not only on the field, this is an important moment and I will have to make important decisions. Me and my family know that I have to keep growing and moving forward. I want to achieve important things in football and they help me do that.”
He added: “Considering how this season went and what I experienced during my career, it’s true that I want more, I’m hungry for more and I would retire if it wasn’t like this, but I have many more challenges to achieve.
“I want to be the best player I can become and that’s why I keep working. I think this season it paid off even though I probably didn’t play many minutes. I want to play more and contribute more to the team.
“It’s true that I didn’t have the time to think and consider many things because of the Champions League final and the celebrations, but when these next two weeks with the national team end, we will talk about it all. This is something that my agent is taking care of.
“When the upcoming games with Spain are over, we will have to think about it. I want to keep growing and I want to achieve more things.”
Man United scouts rave over their OWN PLAYER in Pereira
Friday 3 June 2022 14:49 , George Flood
Not Manchester United’s finest moment, this.
ESPN have recounted how the Red Devils recently sent scouts to Brazil to watch transfer target Joao Gomes play for Flamengo.
Instead, those talent-spotters reportedly sent back raving reports on one of United’s own players in Andreas Pereira, who is currently back in South America on a year-long loan deal.
Everton confident over Tarkowski deal
Friday 3 June 2022 14:00 , George Flood
James Tarkowski looks poised to make a swift return to the Premier League.
The centre-back suffered a heartbreaking relegation to the Championship on the final day of the season, with Burnley’s six-year stay in the top-flight brought to a close.
But Tarkowski and defensive colleague Ben Mee are both expected to depart Turf Moor on free transfers this summer in what will come as a huge double blow to the Clarets.
According to the Daily Mail, Everton are confident of wrapping up a deal for the former when he returns from holiday, having moved ahead of Aston Villa and Fulham in the race for his signature.
Lacazette explains Arsenal exit and hints at future return
Friday 3 June 2022 13:54 , George Flood
Alexandre Lacazette has been discussing his imminent Arsenal departure during an interview with the club’s official website...
“With the club we decided to go apart,” he said. “The club is taking a new direction and we are at the end of my contract as well. Now it is time for me to have a new experience, a new adventure.”
The striker added: “I’m really happy to have played for five years for Arsenal. I’ll keep in contact with my team-mates, with the coaches, with the club.
“I supported Arsenal since I was young, so obviously I’m going to keep supporting them. I know I will come back to the stadium as well.”
Liverpool in advanced talks over Calvin Ramsay
Friday 3 June 2022 13:29 , George Flood
Calvin Ramsay looks set to move to Liverpool this summer.
The Reds have earmarked Aberdeen’s teenage right-back as a star of the future and are determined to bring him to Anfield.
Leeds are also eager to sign Ramsay, but Football Insider report that Liverpool have been granted permission to speak to the player after a breakthrough in talks with his club.
It is thought they will have to shell out around £3m for the Scottish football sensation.
Edu hails departing Lacazette
Friday 3 June 2022 12:59 , George Flood
Arsenal technical director Edu has also paid glowing tribute to the departing Lacazette...
“A big thank you to Laca from everyone at Arsenal,” the Brazilian said.
“He’s been really important for us. He will always be part of the Arsenal family and we wish him well for everything in the future.”
BREAKING: Arsenal confirm Lacazette exit
Friday 3 June 2022 12:41 , George Flood
Arsenal have now officially confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette will be leaving the club when his contract expires on June 30.
The French striker departs having scored 71 goals in 206 appearances across all competitions, winning the FA Cup in 2020.
He is now expected to rejoin former club Lyon on a free transfer.
“Laca has been a fantastic player for us,” said manager Mikel Arteta.
“He’s been a real leader on and off the pitch and has been a very important influence to our younger players.
“His commitment with us has been exceptional and we wish him and his family success and happiness.”
🔥 For the 206 games and 71 goals
💪 For your dedication to The Arsenal
Thank you for 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴, @LacazetteAlex ❤️
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 3, 2022
Bailly and Tuanzebe to join Man United exodus
Friday 3 June 2022 12:34 , George Flood
The Manchester United departures just keep on coming.
The respective exits of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata have already been confirmed this week, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic also on their way out.
Fabrizio Romano now reports that defenders Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe will also exit Old Trafford this summer.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka could also leave, though it seems that fellow full-back Diogo Dalot is staying put.
Tottenham reject Ajax Bergwijn bid
Friday 3 June 2022 12:17 , George Flood
Steven Bergwijn is expected to depart Tottenham this summer.
The Dutch winger has been limited to a bit-part role under Antonio Conte and has been heavily linked with a return to the Eredivisie once the transfer window reopens for business.
Ajax are known to be targeting the former PSV Eindhoven star, having tried to bring him to Amsterdam in January.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf now report that the reigning Eredivisie champions have now failed with an opening summer bid for his services.
Tottenham and Chelsea battle for Bremer
Friday 3 June 2022 11:37 , George Flood
Gleison Bremer’s future is subject to plenty of speculation just at the moment.
The Brazilian centre-back is attracting interest from a host of clubs after a superb season at Torino that culminated in him winning the Serie A Defender of the Season award.
Chelsea are said to have scouted Bremer as a potential replacement for the Real Madrid-bound Antonio Rudiger, with Leicester also linked along with both Milan clubs.
Calciomercato, meanwhile, claim that Tottenham are ready to bid up to £43m for the 25-year-old as a contingency plan in the event that they cannot convince Inter to part with Alessandro Bastoni.
Barcelona eye Lukaku as Lewandowski alternative
Friday 3 June 2022 11:16 , George Flood
Barcelona could be switching their transfer focus from Robert Lewandowski to Romelu Lukaku.
The Camp Nou was widely believed to be Lewandowski’s next destination as the Bundesliga goal machine calls time on his trophy-laden career at Bayern Munich.
However, Mundo Deportivo suggest that Lukaku could instead be the object of Barca’s affections, while Bayern could also look at Chelsea’s record signing if their move to replace Lewandowski with Liverpool star Sadio Mane doesn’t come off.
Lukaku endured a miserable first season back at Stamford Bridge following his £97.5m switch from Inter Milan and is known to be keen on a return to the San Siro.
The 29-year-old is currently on international duty with Belgium, where he told reporters that he “can’t talk about the future”.
Arsenal bid for Scamacca rejected
Friday 3 June 2022 10:20 , George Flood
Gianluca Scamacca is a new name on the Arsenal striker front.
Journalist Alfredo Pedulla claims that the Gunners made an offer worth €40m plus bonuses for the Sassuolo and Italy frontman.
However, that bid was quickly rejected, with Scamacca believed to be keen to remain in Serie A amid interest from AC Milan and Napoli.
Inter have been considered the front-runners for the 23-year-old, but are currently busy trying to sign Paulo Dybala, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Gleison Bremer, while they have also been linked with a Romelu Lukaku reunion.
Tottenham still keen on Adama Traore signing
Friday 3 June 2022 09:55 , George Flood
Is Adama Traore to Tottenham a deal that could potentially be revived this summer?
Antonio Conte was known to be keen on a deal for the Spanish winger in January, with a view to converting him into a wing-back.
However, Spurs ultimately missed out on a deal with Wolves, with Traore instead opting to return to Barcelona on loan.
Barca will not take up their option to sign the 26-year-old permanently at the end of the season, though he is still expected to leave Molineux with his contract expiring in 2023.
Newcastle have been linked with Traore, while 90min.com report that Tottenham remain interested, along with Leeds.
Danjuma wants Liverpool move this summer
Friday 3 June 2022 09:33 , George Flood
Liverpool are inevitably being linked with a host of new attackers with Sadio Mane wanting to leave for Bayern Munich and the futures of Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino in doubt.
One such reported target is Arnaut Danjuma, who has continued to go from strength to strength since leaving Bournemouth for Villarreal in a £21m deal last summer.
Spanish outlet El Periódico Mediterráneo report that the Dutch international wants to move to Anfield after only one season in LaLiga.
Villarreal are said to be holding out for a fee of around £34m for Danjuma, who is also rumoured to be of interest to the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.
Arsenal and Chelsea offered Gakpo deal
Friday 3 June 2022 09:09 , George Flood
Chelsea have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race to sign Cody Gakpo.
The Dutch winger is believed to be on the radar of a whole host of top clubs across Europe after shining for PSV Eindhoven.
Arsenal’s interest in the versatile Gakpo has been long reported, though CaughtOffside now claim that the player has been offered to both Mikel Arteta and Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel.
PSV are believed to want around €30m for the 23-year-old, who Chelsea could use to replace Marcos Alonso.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are said to view him as support and competition for the oft-injured Kieran Tierney.
West Ham’s Soucek ‘offered to Tottenham'
Friday 3 June 2022 08:49 , George Flood
Now here’s a rumour that is sure to rile West Ham fans.
Football Insider are reporting that Tottenham - of all teams - have been offered the chance to sign Tomas Soucek.
The Czech midfielder is a key figure under David Moyes, though talks over a contract extension at London Stadium have stalled, leading to suggestions that he could depart this summer.
The latest reports suggest there is a real prospect that Soucek could be sold with tensions behind the scenes, with agents offering his services to fierce rivals Spurs.
The chances of West Ham allowing such a deal to come to pass would surely be zero, however.
Brentford offer Eriksen long-term contract
Friday 3 June 2022 08:33 , George Flood
An update on Christian Eriksen’s future now.
Tottenham and Manchester United are among the clubs to have been linked with a potential free transfer for the Danish playmaker this summer.
However, Sky Sports report that Brentford have now offered Eriksen a long-term contract to stay in west London, where he resumed his career on a short-term basis from January after recovering from the cardiac arrest suffered on the pitch at Euro 2020.
The 30-year-old is said to be settled with the Bees, though is keen on a return to Champions League football.
We await his decision!
Nunez urged to snub Man United for Liverpool
Friday 3 June 2022 08:24 , George Flood
Darwin Nunez has been urged to join Liverpool rather than Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp is also likely to be pursuing new forward targets this summer, with Sadio Mane agitating to join Bayern Munich and the likes of Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino also entering the final year of their respective contracts.
Nunez would be quite a signing to pair with the impactful Luis Diaz, with former defender Jose Enrique hoping his old club can get a deal over the line.
“I hope this is not true and he come to us instead,” the Spaniard wrote on Instagram next to a report suggesting United could sign Nunez.
“Top player that can become world-class under Klopp if we sell Sadio Mane.”
Chelsea star Pulisic ‘wants more playing time’
Friday 3 June 2022 08:17 , George Flood
Christian Pulisic has admitted that he wants more playing time at Chelsea.
The American international endured something of a frustrating season under Thomas Tuchel, making just 13 starts in the Premier League.
A tweet sent by Pulisic’s father Mark earlier this season also did not appear to help matters much.
Addressing his situation while away on international duty with the USA, Pulisic Jr insisted he was happy to stay at Chelsea as the new Todd Boehly era begins, but admitted he wants more chances.
“As far as right now, I'm obviously just focused on what I'm doing here. And I'm super excited to be here. And yeah, that's it,' he said.
“Of course, I want to get more playing time. I want to be on the field as much as I can and be the sharpest I can be and fit as well.
“I think I still got a lot of games, but it’s always something that I’m working at and trying to be regular at club level as well to put myself in the best position to be fit when I come here with the national team.”
Man United offered Asensio deal
Friday 3 June 2022 08:12 , George Flood
Staying with Manchester United for a second, could Marco Asensio make the switch to Old Trafford this summer?
Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito reports that the Spanish winger has been offered to Erik ten Hag by super agent Jorge Mendes.
“I have one more year in my contract yet here we are talking about me leaving Real Madrid. This is an important moment for me, I will not deny it,” Asensio recently told AS.
“I am more mature and not only on the field, this is an important moment and I will have to make important decisions.
“Me and my family know that I have to keep growing and moving forward. I want to achieve important things in football and they help me do that.”
ICYMI - Man United target Benfica star Nunez
Friday 3 June 2022 08:06 , George Flood
Manchester United are hot on the trail of Benfica marksman Darwin Nunez.
New boss Erik ten Hag is trying to instigate a major squad overhaul in his first summer at Old Trafford after the club’s worst-ever Premier League campaign.
He is targeting new additions right throughout the team, including up front, where United are lacking with Edinson Cavani departing.
According to talkSPORT, United have joined the likes of Tottenham and Real Madrid in the race for Cavani’s fellow Uruguayan Nunez, who has made quite a name for himself after scoring 34 goals across all competitions this term.
Nunez is expected to cost around £68m, with reports that he is eager to move to United.
Arsenal ‘convinced’ over Tielemans deal
Friday 3 June 2022 07:58 , George Flood
Arsenal also remain firmly in the hunt for Youri Tielemans it seems.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano insists that interest has not waned despite a seeming lack of progress, with negotiations with Leicester set to be protracted across the summer.
However, it is said that Tielemans has definitely made up his mind to leave the King Power Stadium, where he is out of contract next summer.
Two other clubs are also said to be tracking the Belgian midfielder... could Manchester United be one of them?
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror says that Mikel Arteta is “convinced” that Arsenal can sign Tielemans.
Arsenal step up Gabriel Jesus chase
Friday 3 June 2022 07:53 , George Flood
Arsenal are stepping up their efforts to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.
The Gunners want to bolster their frontline with at least one marquee signing this summer, a need that has become more urgent despite Eddie Nketiah’s contract U-turn with Alexandre Lacazette on his way back to Lyon.
Jesus has long since emerged as their top target, with City seemingly prepared to let him go as he enters the final year of his contract and they prepare to welcome Erling Haaland to the Etihad.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are ramping up their pursuit of the Brazilian international, who is keen to reunite with former Pep Guardiola assistant Mikel Arteta in north London.
Arsenal will reportedly have to spend around €50-€60m to land Jesus, who scored for Brazil in yesterday’s 5-1 friendly win over South Korea and is also of interest to rivals Tottenham, among other clubs.
Marco Asensio refuses to rule out Real Madrid exit
Thursday 2 June 2022 22:05 , Marc Mayo
Marco Asensio has given an interesting update on his future amid interest from Manchester United.
He told AS: “I have one more year in my contract yet here we are talking about me leaving Real Madrid.
“This is an important moment for me, I will not deny it. I am more mature and not only on the field, this is an important moment and I will have to make important decisions.
“Me and my family know that I have to keep growing and moving forward. I want to achieve important things in football and they help me do that.”
Interest in Hector Bellerin high
Thursday 2 June 2022 21:47 , Marc Mayo
Hector Bellerin has interest from Italian clubs Fiorentina and Roma after leaving Real Betis.
The LaLiga side are keen on signing the right-back once again after a solid loan spell in Spain yet his £100,000-a-week wage demands are thought to be an issue in the deal.
Seeing out his final year at Arsenal is not said to be on Bellerin’s agenda.
Emerson eyes Chelsea return
Thursday 2 June 2022 20:55 , Marc Mayo
Emerson Palmieri has spelled out his desire to return to Chelsea this summer.
After a loan spell at Lyon, the Italy international could replace Marcos Alonso in the Blues squad amid reports of the Spaniard’s imminent exit.
“I have a contract with Chelsea,” he told Goal. “I played there for three seasons and I have a lot of friends there.
“If I come back, I’ll be happy. It’s a good place and club for me. Let’s see what can happen.
“Lyon said no [to a return in January] so I didn’t come back. It didn’t depend on me. Those conversations were between the clubs. But now I will go back to Chelsea in the pre-season I think and let’s see what happens in the next month.”
Cody Gakpo offered to Arsenal
Thursday 2 June 2022 20:05 , Marc Mayo
Cody Gakpo has been offered out for a summer move away from PSV Eindhoven.
Arsenal are thought to be leading the clubs tracking the forward, according to Caught Offside.
A fee of £25million would be demanded by PSV.
Thursday 2 June 2022 19:18 , Marc Mayo
Standard Sport’s Simon Collings delivers the latest on Alexandre Lacazette...
#afc As reported in France, Lacazette closing in on a return to Lyon. Should be wrapped up in coming days.
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) June 2, 2022
Not the worst idea, as ideas go!
Thursday 2 June 2022 18:56 , Marc Mayo
Lewandowski ➡️ Liverpool? 👀 pic.twitter.com/eniDl27qr4
— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) June 2, 2022
Juan Mata bids farewell
Thursday 2 June 2022 18:19 , Marc Mayo
David De Gea has paid tribute to his “brother” Juan Mata after the midfielder’s exit from Manchester United was confirmed.
Mata, 34, is out of contract this summer after eight-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, all of which were spent alongside compatriot De Gea.
Following the announcement of the former Chelsea man’s departure, De Gea posted a heartfelt message to social media.
“Thought this would be a very difficult one to express into words but when I thought about it more, the main feeling I am left with is happiness,” he wrote on Instagram.
Thursday 2 June 2022 17:57 , Marc Mayo
Blackpool manager Neil Critchley has left the club to join Aston Villa as Steven Gerrard’s assistant.
Michael Beale left Villa Park earlier in the week to join Championship side QPR.
Steven Gerrard on the appointment of Neil Critchley.🗣 pic.twitter.com/X8Ae1Yls48
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) June 2, 2022
Spurs announce youth exits
Thursday 2 June 2022 17:42 , Marc Mayo
Tottenham also announced the list of academy players leaving the club when their contracts expire this summer.
J'Neil Bennett, Kacper Kurylowicz, Dermi Lusala, Thimothee Lo-Tutala, Josh Oluwayemi, Tobi Omole and Isak Solberg will leave the Under-23s at the conclusion of their contracts.
Under-18 players Jez Davies, Jordan Hackett, Khalon Haysman, Renaldo Torraj and Oliver Turner are also moving on.
Thursday 2 June 2022 17:11 , Marc Mayo
Well, we knew it was coming, but... Tottenham have confirmed Pierluigi Gollini’s return to Atalanta after his loan spell at the club.
Fraser Forster is set to sign from Southampton to replace the Italian.
We can confirm the departure of Pierluigi Gollini following the conclusion of his loan spell from Atalanta.
We wish Pierluigi and all the Academy players who are leaving us the very best for the future.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 2, 2022
Christian Pulisic touted for Anfield switch
Thursday 2 June 2022 17:06 , Marc Mayo
Liverpool are surprise candidates for Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic.
The United States international found himself in hot water last night after criticising a lack of support for the national team.
And he is said by the Mail to be a target for Jurgen Klopp, who briefly crossed paths with Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund.
Arnaut Danjuma and Serge Gnabry are also said to be on Liverpool’s radar.
Thursday 2 June 2022 16:46 , Marc Mayo
Bayer Leverkusen have snapped up talented Czech forward Adam Hlozek, despite reports linking him with Arsenal.
🚨 TRANSFER NEWS 🚨
19-year-old Adam Hložek joins the Werkself on a five-year deal.
Welcome to your new home Adam! pic.twitter.com/8Y2BNY0Llu
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) June 2, 2022
Arsenal target Fabian Ruiz yet to commit to Napoli
Thursday 2 June 2022 16:22 , Marc Mayo
Napoli are still waiting to hear back from Arsenal target Fabian Ruiz after offering the midfielder a new contract.
A renewal to 2024 has been proposed to the Spaniard, featuring a £26million release clause.
However, Corriere dello Sport report on a lack of communication from Fabian amid interest from the Premier League.
Ousmane Dembele update
Thursday 2 June 2022 15:58 , Marc Mayo
Barcelona will make no more attempts to persuade Ousmane Dembele to stay at the club ahead of his contract expiring.
Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo report on the Camp Nou club waiting for several weeks to hear whether the Frenchman will accept their offer of a renewal.
Dembele and his agent are said to have told Barcelona their demands for signing on again, amid interest from Chelsea and Liverpool with the two parties appearing increasingly separate.
Leeds winger Raphinha has reportedly given his verbal agreement to join the LaLiga giants if Dembele leaves.
Lautaro Martinez going nowhere
Thursday 2 June 2022 15:49 , Marc Mayo
Lautaro Martinez has committed his future to Inter Milan amid talk of a move to Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
The Blues were linked with Martinez after his fine season at the Giuseppe Meazza, scoring 25 goals in 49 matches before opening the scoring in Argentina’s Finalissima victory over Italy.
Italian media reports suggested Inter would be willing to accept a bid as low as £59million. However, speaking at Wembley, the striker insisted he has no intention of leaving Inter.
“My plan is clear,” he told reporters on Wednesday night. “I really want to stay at Inter next season.”
Robert Lewandowski urged to stay at Bayern Munich
Thursday 2 June 2022 15:23 , Marc Mayo
Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard has called on Robert Lewandowski to find a compromise with the club to remain in Bavaria, while also giving his take on France teammate Paul Pogba’s future.
“I would like Robert to stay, I think he will find a compromise with the club,” he told reporters.
“He scores many goals and is one of the best strikers in the world. Having said that, if he wants to leave and Bayern have no objections, why not?
“As for Paul, I'm sure he will find a project that will satisfy him.”
Pogba poised for Juventus reunion
Thursday 2 June 2022 14:24 , George Flood
Speaking of unsurprising returns to former clubs, it is now being widely reported that Paul Pogba will indeed head back to Juventus this summer.
Goal claim that he is ready to finalise his Turin comeback, with only one more meeting required in order to agree personal terms.
Pogba previously spent four years at Juve after his first Old Trafford departure in 2012, making 178 appearances across all competitions and winning a plethora of major silverware including four consecutive Serie A titles.
The French World Cup winner is out of contract at United this summer and yesterday the Red Devils confirmed that he would be leaving on a free transfer, along with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata.
Arsenal’s Lacazette set for Lyon return
Thursday 2 June 2022 13:59 , George Flood
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette looks to be heading back to Lyon.
The French marksman is out of contract at the Emirates this summer and is expected to depart, having not followed Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneny by penning fresh terms.
A return to Lyon always appeared a possibility, certainly according to club president Jean-Michel Aulas, with L’Equipe and Fabrizio Romano reporting that the free transfer is now set to be completed.
Mbappe ‘wants 14 PSG exits’ this summer - including Neymar
Thursday 2 June 2022 13:40 , George Flood
Kylian Mbappe is supposedly ready to wield his new-found power at Paris Saint-Germain, if reports are to be believed.
The French superstar infuriated Real Madrid and LaLiga by performing a dramatic U-turn to pen a lucrative £650,000-a-week contract extension at the Parc des Princes earlier this month.
Mbappe is believed to have gained greater influence behind the scenes at PSG, with the Daily Mail carrying speculation from Spain that he wants up to 14 names out the door this summer - a list that includes fellow star forward Neymar and under-pressure manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Mauro Icardiâ, Julian Draxler, Ander Herrera, Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredesâ, Thilo Kehrer, Danilo Pereira, Layvin Kurzawa, Pablo Sarabiaâ, Juan Bernat, Colin Dagba and Sergio Rico are also reported to be on his list of preferred exits.
Chelsea bid farewell to ‘passionate’ Rudiger
Thursday 2 June 2022 12:43 , George Flood
Chelsea have also confirmed Rudiger’s departure with a lengthy statement on their official website.
“We bid farewell to Antonio Rudiger as he departs Stamford Bridge with his Chelsea contract expiring, bringing to a close his five trophy-filled years with the club,” the club said.
“The German defender has left the Blues to join Real Madrid, having played a huge role in our successes in recent seasons.”
The Blues added: “Rudiger made 54 appearances in all competitions in his final campaign, all from the start, more than any other Chelsea player.
“He departs with 203 appearances and 12 goals to his name, in that time establishing himself as one of the most passionate characters to represent the club in recent memory.
“Chelsea Football Club thanks Toni for his contribution to our success over the last five years and wishes him well in his future career.”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 2, 2022
Done deal! Real Madrid announce Rudiger
Thursday 2 June 2022 12:40 , George Flood
Champions League winners Real Madrid have officially announced the signing of Antonio Rudiger.
The German centre-back will depart Chelsea when his contract expires this summer and head to the Bernabeu on a four-year contract.
Rudiger will be presented as a Real Madrid player at midday on Monday, June 20 before conducting an introductory press conference.
Spurs and Everton battling for Kim Min-jae
Thursday 2 June 2022 12:20 , George Flood
Tottenham and Everton are reportedly vying for the services of Fenerbahce defender Kim Min-jae.
Turkish newspaper Sabah report that the South Korean international is travelling to England and will complete a switch to the Premier League, just a year after arriving in Istanbul from Beijing Guoan.
It is suggested that Spurs and Everton have both made offers for Kim worth more than £17m.
Will it be Merseyside or north London for the 25-year-old centre-back?
Captain Mee leaving Burnley after 11 years
Thursday 2 June 2022 11:35 , George Flood
A key departure from Burnley following their agonising relegation from the Premier League.
Long-serving and beloved captain Ben Mee will exit Turf Moor this summer after 11 years when his contract expires.
The influential 32-year-old looks set to have plenty of suitors and will be expected to make a swift return to top-flight football.
Burnley will have to seek plenty of defensive recruits over the coming months, with Mee’s centre-back partner James Tarkowski also leaving for nothing.
Man United close to yelling Timber?
Thursday 2 June 2022 11:24 , George Flood
Frenkie De Jong is not the only player being actively courted by Manchester United early in the summer.
Erik ten Hag also appears to be prioritising defensive recruits after last season’s horrow show at the back.
He is keen to raid to former club Ajax for Jurrien Timber, who was a key performer at centre-back under his Dutch compatriot in Amsterdam and can also play at full-back.
Per The Guardian, United have opened talks with Ajax over Timber, who is said to be keen on a switch to Old Trafford.
The 20-year-old, who already has six senior international caps for the Netherlands, is said to be valued at around £43m, though Ajax have apparently offered him an improved contract.
Neymar to Chelsea ruled out
Thursday 2 June 2022 10:35 , George Flood
Any Chelsea fans expecting a superstar signing like Neymar to mark Todd Boehly’s first summer transfer window in charge are likely to be left sorely disappointed.
There had been fanciful whisperings that the Brazilian could rock up at Stamford Bridge in the coming months as a statement early arrival amid reports that Paris Saint-Germain want to sell him.
However, the chances of a deal of that magnitude happening look extremely unlikely despite Boehly’s takeover and transfer war chest.
“The one thing we’re told from this takeover is this will not be [Roman] Abramovich mark two,” transfer insider Dean Jones told GiveMeSport this week.
“With that in mind, I’m not expecting Neymar to arrive at Stamford Bridge as one of their first signings. I think they’ve got to be a little bit smarter than that.”
BREAKING: Man United confirm Mata departure
Thursday 2 June 2022 10:09 , George Flood
Another day, another Manchester United exit.
Following yesterday’s announcements over the imminent departures of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, the Red Devils have now also confirmed that Juan Mata will be leaving Old Trafford following the expiration of his contract this summer.
The Spaniard, who turned 34 in April, scored 51 goals in 285 total appearances for United after joining from Chelsea in a £37.1m deal during the short-lived reign of David Moyes back in 2014.
Mata won the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Europa League and Community Shield during his eight years at the club.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 2, 2022
Dybala opens door to Premier League switch
Thursday 2 June 2022 09:47 , George Flood
Could we potentially see Paulo Dybala in the Premier League next season?
The Argentine marksman, on target in last night’s comprehensive Finalissima victory over Italy at Wembley, is a free agent this summer as he bids an emotional farewell to Juventus.
Inter Milan are trying to secure a deal for the 28-year-old, who remains happy in Serie A having played there ever since first joining Palermo in 2012.
However, while Dybala is content to stay in Italy, he has not ruled out a potential switch to England or Spain in future.
“I am quite calm, the people who work with me are taking care,” he told ESPN. “In Italy, I am very comfortable. I would still like to know other leagues like the Premier League, LaLiga... but I’m happy in Italy.”
Tottenham set to confirm Forster signing
Thursday 2 June 2022 09:24 , George Flood
Tottenham are poised to announce their second signing of a pivotal summer transfer window for Antonio Conte.
Versatile and experienced Croatian international Ivan Perisic became Spurs’ first capture earlier this week after confirmation of his two-year contract in north London, where he will head after his deal with Inter Milan expires.
But Tottenham were also said to be hot on the heels of Fraser Forster, having turned their attentions away from West Brom’s Sam Johnstone in the battle to replace back-up goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini with a homegrown option to support Hugo Lloris.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Forster has now signed a contract until 2024, with the paperwork completed and an official announcement coming soon.
The former Celtic star is also available on a free transfer as his Southampton deal expires.
Newcastle close to £36m Ekitike deal
Thursday 2 June 2022 08:56 , George Flood
Newcastle are on track to bolster their strikeforce this summer.
Hugo Ekitike is a known target for the resurgent Magpies, who tried to sign the teenage Reims star back in January.
They were frustrated on that occasion, but it looks like the deal is on track to happen this summer despite competition from the likes of Borussia Dortmund.
According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle are close to agreeing a transfer for Ekitike worth £36m including add-ons.
The France Under-20 international is said to be eager for a move to St James’ Park and will apparently sign a five-year contract, having scored 11 goals this term.
Gerrard considers Suarez reunion at Villa
Thursday 2 June 2022 08:36 , George Flood
The burning question on many Villa fans’ lips will now be if Gerrard can marry the deals for Kamara and Carlos with a high-profile Luis Suarez reunion.
Links between Suarez and a return to the Premier League have been plentiful ever since his former Liverpool team-mate succeeded Dean Smith at Villa Park last November.
However, they are ratcheting up once again this week, with The Athletic reporting that the controversial Uruguayan is being considered as a target as he prepares to leave Atletico Madrid on a free transfer this summer.
ICYMI - Aston Villa complete Diego Carlos deal
Thursday 2 June 2022 08:19 , George Flood
Aston Villa are certainly not wasting any time on the transfer front this summer.
After a difficult end to a tough season, Steven Gerrard immediately set about strengthening his squad with an impressive deal for Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara.
That was swiftly followed by news that Villa had agreed a fee - believed to be in the region of £26m - with Sevilla for Brazilian defender Diego Carlos.
The club confirmed last night that transfer was now also wrapped up, with the centre-back having agreed personal terms on a four-year contract and passed a medical.
He will officially move to Villa Park when the summer window opens on June 10.
“I am really happy because the Premier League is one of the best competitions,” Carlos said. “I always want to do the best for the club and the shirt I’m wearing.”
“Even now I can’t believe I’m here because it’s a dream to compete in the Premier League,” he added. “And now I have a very clear opportunity, I hope to give it 100% my best, and to be able to play to the best of my ability.”
Aston Villa is delighted to confirm the transfer of Diego Carlos from Sevilla FC for an undisclosed fee! ✅
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) June 1, 2022
Liverpool eye Terrier as Mane replacement
Thursday 2 June 2022 08:07 , George Flood
Have Liverpool identified the ideal replacement for Sadio Mane?
The Senegal star remains adamant that he will be leaving Anfield this summer, with Bayern Munich still the likely destination as they seek to cover for the imminent loss of Robert Lewandowski.
But Liverpool won’t let Mane leave without a successor, with doubts also surrounding the long-term future of Mo Salah as he too prepares to enter the final 12 months of his contract.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Reds are tracking Martin Terrier, the 25-year-old French forward who notched 21 goals for Rennes in Ligue 1 this term.
Chelsea making new Kounde push
Thursday 2 June 2022 08:02 , George Flood
Chelsea are in discussions over finally signing long-term defensive target Jules Kounde.
That is per Catalan publication Sport, who claim that talks have been reopened with Sevilla over a summer transfer for the £50m-rated French international.
Kounde has long since been a top target for Chelsea, but a potential deal collapsed on deadline day last summer and was unable to be revisited in January.
However, there now appears huge confidence that it will finally happen over the coming months, with American billionaire Todd Boehly handing manager Thomas Tuchel a £200m transfer war chest after finally completing his £4.25bn takeover of the club last week.
Chelsea are desperate for new defenders, with Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger leaving on free transfers, potentially to be followed by the likes of Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta.
ICYMI - Man United in De Jong talks
Thursday 2 June 2022 07:57 , George Flood
Manchester United are pushing hard to make Frenkie de Jong the first high-profile signing of the Erik ten Hag era at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils’ midfield is in need of major surgery with Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard out the door, to be followed by the likes of Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata.
According to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, United have now entered direct talks with Barcelona over De Jong, who could be available for a fee of around £72.5m as Barca continue to deal with some well-documented financial issues.
However, Romano adds that the Dutch international remains reluctant to leave the Camp Nou as he wants to play in the Champions League next season.
Wednesday 1 June 2022 19:32 , Matt Verri
Aston Villa is delighted to confirm the transfer of Diego Carlos from Sevilla FC for an undisclosed fee! ✅
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) June 1, 2022
Chiellini off to America
Wednesday 1 June 2022 18:50 , Matt Verri
Giorgio Chiellini plays his last international match tonight as Italy face Argentina at Wembley.
The 37-year-old will leave Juventus this summer but his club career doesn’t appear to be done yet, with reports suggesting he will be making a move to the MLS.
Los Angeles FC currently appears to be the most likely destination.
Vieri tells Liverpool to sign Osimhen
Wednesday 1 June 2022 17:56 , Matt Verri
Christian Vieri believes Liverpool need to look to Serie A this summer as they look to bolster their forward options.
With Sadio Mane expected to leave and Mohamed Salah’s long-term future uncertain, Vieira is confident that Victor Osimhen would be an ideal signing for the Reds.
“If I were Liverpool, I would go and take Osimhen from Napoli,” Vieri said on Twitch.
“Everyone runs in Klopp’s squad, they go a thousand miles an hour. He would be perfect.”
Son misses out on shortlist
Wednesday 1 June 2022 17:22 , Matt Verri
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, but his team-mate Son Heung-min is a shock absentee from the six-man shortlist.
Son finished the season as the Premier League’s top scorer, winning the Golden Boot for the first time in his career.
The 29-year-old, however, has failed to be nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, with the fact voting takes place before the end of the campaign likely hindering his prospects.
Son had still enjoyed a fine season before then, though, and he is a surprise absentee from a shortlist dominated by Liverpool players.
Bayern make Sadio Mane bid
Wednesday 1 June 2022 16:46 , Matt Verri
It continues to look likely that Sadio Mane will leave Liverpool this summer.
Sky Germany reports that Bayern Munich have made an offer of €30m plus €5-10m in add-ons for the forward, as they look to bring him to the Bundesliga.
With Mane only having a year left on his contract, it’s unlikely Liverpool will be receiving a significantly bigger bid this summer.
Lingard leaves United
Wednesday 1 June 2022 16:03 , Alex Young
First Paul Pogba, now Jesse Lingard.
The midfielder leaves upon expiry of his contract. The academy graduate joined the club aged seven and went on to make 232 appearances.
He scored in the three games at Wembley, helping to win the 2016 FA Cup, the 2016 Community Shield and the 2017 EFL Cup.
Gnabry new deal
Wednesday 1 June 2022 15:50 , Alex Young
Serge Gnabry is a name that could be getting thrown around a lot this summer, with his future in doubt.
The winger has a year left on his contract at Bayern Munich and Fabrizio Romano reports that the Bundesliga champions have offered him a new deal worth €10m net a year. Gnabry has not yet responded and Bayern do not plan on increasing the offer.
Arsenal continue to be linked with their former player but no offer has yet been made.
How United can sign Ten Hag’s no1 target
Wednesday 1 June 2022 15:30 , Alex Young
Manchester United could be helped by a Premier League rival to land Frenkie de Jong, new manager Erik ten Hag's key summer target.
United are reportedly locked in talks with Barcelona over the Dutch midfielder with Ten Hag pushing the club to step up efforts in the face of hesitation from De Jong.
But a knight in shining armour could pave the way and save the day.
Phillips off City move
Wednesday 1 June 2022 15:12 , Alex Young
Kalvin Phillips has been warned off a move to Manchester City.
The midfielder, currently with England, is attracting plenty of interest, with Manchester United also keen.
He said: “Is he a better player than Rodri? I’m not sure," says former Celtic forward Alan McInally "He’s a wonderful, wonderful football player but I’m sorry I don’t see City going for him. With Rodri there I don’t see him being a starter, I genuinely don’t.
“We’re forgetting one huge point here. Leeds United are a Premier League football team. He got into the England team playing for Leeds United, and Leeds will want to make their squad stronger.
“So does he have to move? Not particularly, because if he can play for Leeds, with the season they had, and still be involved with the England squad then there’s no real emergency to move."
Three battle for Zinchenko
Wednesday 1 June 2022 14:42 , Alex Young
Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko is a target for Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle.
That’s according to The Athletic, with the versatile left-back being looked at for a midfield role at the former two.
The Gunners may have the edge with the Ukrainian having previously worked with head coach Mikel Arteta.
Wednesday 1 June 2022 14:25 , Alex Young
Paul Pogba has now himself bid farewell to Manchester United, for the second time.
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) June 1, 2022
Bayern face competition for Mane
Wednesday 1 June 2022 14:19 , Alex Young
Sadio Mane is determined to leave Liverpool this summer but it may not be to Bayern, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The Senegal star has made up his mind and talks are planned with Bayern but the list of potential suitors continues to grow.
Big changes at Anfield this summer.
Spurs must make Kane an offer he can’t refuse
Wednesday 1 June 2022 13:58 , Alex Young
The arrival of Ivan Perisic should kick-start a pivotal summer at Tottenham, but the most important signing the club could make this off-season is still Harry Kane.
Unlike this time last year, there is no talk of Kane leaving Spurs, a reflection of their impressive progress under Antonio Conte and a new sense of ambition at the club (as well as a lack of obvious suitors).
Kane is entering the final two years of his contract but, as reported by Standard Sport last week, is understood to be open to discussions over a new deal — provided Conte is backed and Spurs appear in a position to win the trophies he craves.
New deal for Goldson
Wednesday 1 June 2022 13:28 , Alex Young
Fantastic news for Rangers.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 1, 2022
Liverpool monitor Bowen
Wednesday 1 June 2022 12:47 , Alex Young
West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen is on a list of possible targets for Liverpool, The Athletic reports.
With Sadio Mane likely to leave this summer, England’s latest call-up is of interest on Merseyside.
It is deeply unlikely that West Ham would even entertain talks.
United statement on Pogba
Wednesday 1 June 2022 12:30 , Alex Young
Read more on Paul Pogba’s departure here.
Pogba leaves United
Wednesday 1 June 2022 12:04 , Alex Young
Paul Pogba has officially left Manchester United on a free transfer, for a second time.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 1, 2022
Lukaku agrees terms for Inter return
Wednesday 1 June 2022 12:03 , Alex Young
An interesting update from Gazzetta dello Sport as Romelu Lukaku has reportedly agreed personal terms on a move back to the club.
Chelsea are keen to offload the striker this summer, and the player is likewise inclined, but it is up to the two clubs to sort out a deal between them.
As reported earlier, Chelsea will be unwilling to make a huge loss on the player but a loan-to-buy could be an option if Inter cannot afford a big fee this summer.
De Jong to United latest
Wednesday 1 June 2022 11:53 , Alex Young
Manchester United remain locked in talks with Barcelona over a move for Frenkie de Jong, but the player is not convinced, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The lack of Champions League football on offer at Old Trafford is a real sticking point, but Erik ten Hag is pushing United not to give up.
The proposed fee is €85million (£72m).
Race hots up for Saliba
Wednesday 1 June 2022 11:49 , Alex Young
William Saliba has no desire to return to Arsenal as four clubs line up for his signature, according to reports in France.
The defender is three years into his contract with the Gunners but has never played a competitive game, being sent out on a string of loan spells.
Saliba was recently named Ligue 1's Young Player of the Year after a fine spell with Marseille and now Get French Football News report that Atletico Madrid, Leicester City, Napoli and Newcastle United have all made enquires.
Newcastle in for Isco
Wednesday 1 June 2022 11:22 , Alex Young
Newcastle United are lining up a move to sign Isco on a free transfer, according to reports.
Isco has left Madrid following the expiry of his contract after nearly a decade at the club, making 353 appearances and boasting 53 goals and 56 assists.
Spanish outlet Fichajes reports that Newcastle are sniffing a bargain, along with La Liga sides Real Betis and Sevilla.
Gallagher focused on England
Wednesday 1 June 2022 11:16 , Alex Young
Conor Gallagher insists he is fully focused on England’s upcoming Nations League games and not his Chelsea future.
Gallagher spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace and excelled for the Eagles to the extent that he was also handed his senior England debut.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has confirmed the club would love to keep the midfielder, most likely on loan for another season, and Gallagher is due to have talks with Chelsea over his future.
“I have not really had time to think about it to be honest,” Gallagher told BBC Radio 5 Live when asked about his future. “The long season at Palace has only just finished really and then I have come here with England.
“That’s all I am thinking about, the next four games here. I want to do well. I have not really thought about it.”
Arsenal close in on £21m Hickey
Wednesday 1 June 2022 10:53 , Alex Young
Arsenal are closing in on a £21million move for Aaron Hickey, according to reports.
The 19-year-old is being tracked by a number of clubs, including Serie A winners AC Milan.
However, Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport reports today that Arsenal are the clear frontrunners to land the Glasgow-born Bologna defender.
Hickey moved to Bologna from Celtic in 2020 and the Italian side are set to make a step profit on their £1.5m outlay.
Bale pens Real Madrid farewell letter
Wednesday 1 June 2022 10:19 , Alex Young
Gareth Bale has bid farewell to Real Madrid after nine trophy-laden, rollercoaster years.
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) June 1, 2022
United rival Barca for Neves
Wednesday 1 June 2022 10:09 , Alex Young
Barcelona head coach Xavi has spoken to Wolves' Ruben Neves over a move to Camp Nou, reports Spanish publication Sport.
Manchester United are monitoring the situation, though, adds the Telegraph.
Neves is Xavi and Barcelona's first-choice for their midfield signing after admitting defeat in a deal to sign Aurelien Tchouameni, who looks destined for Real Madrid.
United and new boss Erik ten Hag would love Barca's Frenkie de Jong though Neves has long had admirers at Old Trafford.
Villa make Suarez decision
Wednesday 1 June 2022 09:55 , Alex Young
Aston Villa have put a pause on a decision over free agent Luis Suarez, according to The Athletic.
The striker and Villa boss Steven Gerrard have been in contact since January but the latter is keen to assess the options at his disposal before bringing in another striker.
Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings are first choice, while Bertrand Traore and Leon Bailey have stepped up to fille in and Cameron Archer and Keinan Davis are returning to the club after loan spells away.
Lukaku wants Inter return
Wednesday 1 June 2022 09:28 , Alex Young
Romelu Lukaku is keen to return to Inter Milan after a nightmare first season at Chelsea, reports Simon Collings.
The Belgian faces an uncertain future at Chelsea and is due to hold talks with the club about his role next season.
A move back to the San Siro would be complicated, though, given the finances involved in any deal. New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is also unlikely to want to take a hit on Lukaku, who would be unable to command the £97.5m fee he cost a year ago. The 29-year-old’s wages are equally problematic.
The possibility of a loan has been mooted however, if Lukaku were to leave, Chelsea would have to find a replacement.
Salah wants to stay in Premier League
Wednesday 1 June 2022 09:18 , Alex Young
Mohamed Salah would rather stay in the Premier League should he leave Liverpool, reports the Athletic.
The Egyptian star is entering the last 12 months of his contract and wants a huge pay rise, despite already being a top earner at Anfield.
Liverpool are unwilling to budge and could see Salah leave on a free next year, and the forward would prefer to remain in England should that happen.
Wednesday 1 June 2022 08:56 , Alex Young
Tottenham will prove the strongest competition to Nottingham Forest keeping Djed Spence this summer, reports the Telegraph.
Spurs want to add their second wing-back of the season in a £15million deal from parent club Middlesbrough while Forest want to turn their loan move into a permanent one.
Forest hope the lure of being a regular in the Premier League, over a squad player with the option of Champions League football, will tip the scales in their favour.
Arsenal still in for Tielemans
Wednesday 1 June 2022 08:39 , Alex Young
Arsenal remain interested in Youri Tielemans, though, plans have any deal is not imminent, says Fabrizio Romano.
The Gunners face competition from two clubs - one reportedly Spurs - and the offer of Champions League football could come into play.
Spurs beat Arsenal to fourth spot, as Ivan Perisic reminded everyone yesterday.
Chelsea eye up Dest
Wednesday 1 June 2022 08:29 , Alex Young
Chelsea have reignited their interest in Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest, reports the Mail.
With Barca keen on both Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta, the Blues are looking into taking the versatile defender the other way.
The 21-year-old American can play on either flank and Thomas Tuchel has been monitoring the player since January.
Man United eye shock Mount swoop
Wednesday 1 June 2022 07:36 , George Flood
Just a matter of days after it was revealed that N’Golo Kante was potentially being lined up for a move to Old Trafford, now comes news of another key Chelsea midfielder being tracked by Manchester United.
The Sun reports that new Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag is keeping a very close eye on Mason Mount’s contract situation at Stamford Bridge ahead of a possible ambitious swoop for his services.
The England star remains tied to Chelsea until 2024, although talks over an extension are said to have stalled, with United having registered their interest in a potential deal with Mount’s representatives.
Inter Milan interested in Romelu Lukaku reunion
Wednesday 1 June 2022 07:00 , Matt Verri
Inter Milan are reportedly pushing to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the club.
The Belgian striker has had a frustrating first season back at Chelsea after leaving the San Siro, and earlier this year gave an interview in which he revealed he would one day like to return to Inter.
With the Blues unwilling to take a big hit on the fee they paid, the Mirror reports that there are talks of a potential £20million loan fee for Lukaku to join Inter, with a £63million permanent deal to follow a year later.
ICYMI: Barcelona told they ‘cannot’ sign Robert Lewandowski
Wednesday 1 June 2022 06:30 , Matt Verri
La Liga president Javier Tebas has told Barcelona they not currently able to sign Robert Lewandowski.
The Bayern Munich striker is desperate to secure a move this summer, insisting his story with the Bundesliga champions ‘is over’, but his desire to make the switch to Barcelona could be hit by the club’s financial situation.
“They know what they have to do,” Tebas told Marca.
“They know perfectly well our economic control rules and their financial situation. The rules are there to avoid major economic problems. I don’t know if they will sell De Jong, Pedri or Pepito Perez.
“They know what they have to do - sell assets and earn more, this is what they have to do.
“Barca has had many accumulated losses in the last tax years, some which could have been avoided and they have to stock the pantry.
“Just as Madrid have stocked up, Barcelona have emptied it. Today they cannot sign [Lewandowski].’
Nottingham Forest plan to spend
Wednesday 1 June 2022 06:00 , Matt Verri
Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis insists manager Steve Cooper will be sufficiently backed in the transfer market as the club prepare to return to the Premier League for the first time in 23 years.
“Now is the time to give Steve all the ammunition he needs, to be able to not only survive but bring some good results,” Marinakis told The Telegraph.
“We have to invest more. Everybody talks about the television rights and money that comes in, but it is not enough for clubs in the first year.
“That’s why we must not be the poorer relatives of the Premier League. We need to buy some good players and some that will make the difference and have the experience who know the division.
“We need to be careful how we spend and make the right choices.”
ICYMI: Ivan Perisic signs for Tottenham
Wednesday 1 June 2022 05:30 , Matt Verri
Ivan Perisic has revealed he watched Tottenham’s run-in and says it was “obvious” his new club would finish above Arsenal and clinch Champions League football after winning the north London derby on May 12, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Spurs unveiled Perisic as their first signing of the summer on Tuesday, with the 33-year-old signing a two-year deal after leaving Inter Milan on a free transfer.
He suggested the move had been in the pipeline for several weeks, saying he was watched Spurs’ run-in as they completed a six-point swing on rivals Arsenal in the final three matches to finish fourth.
“I’m really excited to start with the Spurs family,” Perisic said. “When I got a call from the coach and sporting director, I said I really wanted to play in the Premier League since 2009 when I starting to play professional football in Belgium. This is the moment and I can’t wait.”
Harry Maguire confident of fresh start under Erik ten Hag
Wednesday 1 June 2022 05:00 , Matt Verri
Harry Maguire insists Manchester United are ready to make a fresh start under new manager Erik ten Hag.
The United captain struggled for form this season, as did many of his teammates, and there have been rumours about his future at the club.
But Maguire is adamant that the players will improve under Ten Hag and will benefit from the clean slate.
“We’ve had a really low season so for a new manager to come in, I’m sure the first day of pre-season everybody will be buzzing around, doing their best to impress and everyone coming back in shape because we have a big season ahead of us for sure,” Maguire said.
“We know we are going to improve. We’ve got to improve and we’ve got to do better because last season was nowhere near good enough. The new manager will bring in a lot of positive energy, the lads will go with that.
“As players, as individuals, as a team, the confidence of the team, you could see towards the end of the season, the confidence wasn’t there, and the belief in the group, and the belief to go and get results after results because that’s what the club demands. That’s what it expects.”
Yves Bissouma attracting interest
Tuesday 31 May 2022 22:31 , Matt Verri
With Yves Bissouma entering the final 12 months of his contract at Brighton, it’s no surprise to see the midfielder linked with a whole host of clubs.
Aston Villa have long been rumoured to be keen on Bissouma, while according to Sky Italia Roma have now entered the race.
Jose Mourinho is believes to be very keen on the 25-year-old and the Seagulls have a big decision to make this summer as they won’t want to risk losing him for free at the end of next season.
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