TOP STORY: Arsenal to grab Coutinho for ‘bargain’ price
Negotiations between Arsenal and Barcelona are in early stages, but victory in the FA Cup final against Chelsea (Stream LIVE on ESPN+: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, US only) will significantly add to Arteta’s budget and possibly pave the way for the deal.
A transfer is unlikely to be simple, though, given that Juventus are also interested in Guendouzi. The report states that Arsenal are exploring the possibility of a swap move with the Italian club also.
16.45 BST: Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is a real talent, it’s no wonder Man United want him.
Craig Burley assesses how Jadon Sancho will impact Manchester United’s squad should he end up at Old Trafford.
« Kalidou is a wonderful person and of course it’d be sad to lose him, » De Laurentiis told Sky Italia. « Everything has a time and a place, even when it comes to going our separate ways.
« Having said that, we don’t have €90m (£81m) on the table and in any case, it takes two to separate. »
14.55 BST: Oldham Athletic have appointed former Liverpool and Leeds United winger Harry Kewell as their new manager following the sacking of Dino Maamria.
The club announced on Friday that Maamria would be leaving the club after 10 months in charge where he won just nine matches out of 32.
Kewell has been given a one-year deal by the club with an option to extend it.
The 33-year-old could leave Barcelona when his contract expires in 2021, with the Serie A side putting together a €265m package for a four-year-deal.
However, it’s very unlikely that Messi will leave Camp Nou, or that Inter could raise that much cash.
13.56 BST: Where does Tanguy Ndombele‘s future lie? Probably not at Tottenham.
Stewart Robson explains why it’s time for Tanguy Ndombele to move on from Jose Mourinho and Spurs.
18-year-old Mexican midfielder Eugenio Pizzuto joins from Pachuca. Maybe he’ll be worth €70m in a few years.
13.00 BST: ESPN’s Insider Notebook has some interesting transfer angles this week.
– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to accelerate their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho in order to avoid a repeat of last summer’s protracted move for Harry Maguire, which resulted in the club paying a world record £80m for the Leicester defender.
Sources have told ESPN’s Mark Ogden that United are in pole position to sign Sancho this summer, but the lack of serious rivals for the 20-year-old’s signature has led to the Old Trafford hierarchy believing that they can drive down Dortmund’s £80m valuation of the former Manchester City youngster.
– Chelsea and Manchester City are closely following the development of Atletico Madrid’s Jose Maria Gimenez, sources have told ESPN’s Rodrigo Faez, but face a tough battle to land the €120m-rated centre-back.
– Lazio held talks with David Silva‘s camp in Rome last week in a bid to convince the Manchester City midfielder to join the club on a free transfer this summer, sources have told ESPN’s Moises Llorens.
12.34 BST: PSG have submitted a €30m offer to Bayern Munich for midfielder Thiago Alcantara, says Le10 Sport.
Thiago, 29, has been a target of Liverpool since he revealed he would not be signing a new contract at Bayern earlier this summer.
However, the Reds will not pursue a move for him, sources have told ESPN’s Mark Ogden, with the Premier League champions only likely to enter the transfer market if a significant member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad leaves Anfield.
Which leaves the path clear for PSG.
12.02 BST: Sergi Roberto‘s name has repeatedly come up in conversations between Barcelona and Manchester City this summer, according to Diario Sport. The two clubs have reportedly been talking about a number of possible deals, with City asking about Roberto as they eye a new right-back.
City and Barca loosely discussed a possible swap deal involving full-backs Nelson Semedo and Joao Cancelo, but Spain international Roberto, due to his versatility, is said to be of more interest to the Premier League team.
Meanwhile, Samuel Umtiti is digging his heels in and refusing to leave Barcelona, per a report in Sport. The French defender is one of a number of players the Catalan club are open to selling this summer but he wants to stay at Camp Nou.
Barca, therefore, are keen to sell Umtiti to bring in money to strengthen the squad elsewhere. But the centre-back is focused on regaining full fitness and winning his place back in Quique Setien’s team.
11.31 BST: Chelsea need a centre-back but do they have enough cash after their recent spending spree to land Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez?
Don Hutchison says Frank Lampard has to address the club’s back line amid links to Jose Gimenez.
Willian, 31, looks set to leave Chelsea as the club are only offering him a two-year deal where he wants three. Arsenal have been linked, while Barcelona are also reported to have made a bid to bring him to Camp Nou.
10.04 BST: Manchester City centre-back Eric Garcia has only just made the breakthrough to the first-team but he’s already being linked with a summer move.
Garcia, 19, is now Barcelona’s top transfer target according to Goal.
The Spanish teenager left Barca’s La Masia academy three years ago but is now tipped to make a return as his contract at City expires in 2022.
09.29 BST: Manchester United may be after Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho but Bild reports that the German club are eyeing up a familiar replacement.
The 26-year-old winger has impressed in France and is reportedly ready to take the next step in his career.
09.00 BST: Napoli have completed the signing of forward Victor Osimhen from Lille, the club announced on Friday.
« SSC Napoli are delighted to announce the signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille on a permanent transfer, » the Italian club said in a statement.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis told Gazzetta dello Sport the deal is for a club record fee of €70m plus another €10m in bonuses.
ESPN FC Steve Nicol explains a few reasons why Nathan Ake might not be the right fit for Manchester City.
PAPER TALK (by Shaun Reynolds)
Wilson to follow in Ake’s footsteps?
The Telegraph reports that Wilson, 28, has told his teammates that he considers playing in the Premier League to be crucial if he is to build his international career.
Wilson scored eight goals in 35 Premier League games last season.
Toffees’ £18m Regulion bid may tempt Madrid
Madrid fan-favourite Reguilon has attracted the interest of several Premier League clubs, but the Toffees’ latest bid could well tempt the Spanish club to part with their star academy graduate. Part of the reason behind Reguilon’s possible departure is finances, with reports that Madrid must raise £180m this summer to balance the books.
Meanwhile in Merseyside, Carlo Ancelotti wishes to sign Regulion as a replacement for the recently retired Leighton Baines.
– A not-so-warm Premier League welcome could greet Brentford if they beat Fulham in the Championship playoff final on Tuesday. That’s because club target Folarin Balogun — a 19-year-old striker at Arsenal — has been valued at £8m, according to Sky Sports. The Bees may see that as too steep a price for Balogun, is yet to make a senior appearance for the Gunners.
– Jeremy Ngakia seems to have raised some eyebrows at West Ham United as the youngster has reportedly decided to leave the side and join relegated Watford. According to the Guardian, the 19-year-old felt his future wasn’t at London Stadium and instead will try his luck with the Championship-bound club.
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