LIVE Transfer Talk: Madrid, Bayern, PSG monitor Vlahovic

ESPNJul 5, 2023, 5:42 AM ET5 minute reading

Gab Marcotti’s most exciting transfers this window

Gab Marcotti lists his best stories of this transfer window.

The summer transfer window is now open in Europe and there is plenty of gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, made deals!

TOP STORY: Vlahovic’s uncertain future

Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and various Premier League clubs are considering a move for the Juventus forward Dusan Vlahovicaccording to Transfer market.

With the 23-year-old’s future seemingly uncertain, there are plenty of suitors, but the Serbia international is not a priority for any of these clubs.

Juventus are open to letting the former Fiorentina frontman leave, especially as they have not been fully convinced by his performances so far, but it would take at least €90m for a deal to go through.

Bayern have considered Vlahovic after a move to Tottenham Hotspurs Harry Kane and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal color fell through, but their priority remains Kane.

Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal have all shown an interest in Vlahovic, but none have yet made a serious move.

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have also been mentioned, with Vlahovic seen as an alternative to Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe for The Whitewho want the move to be a loan in the first place.

So although there has been plenty of interest, it is unclear where a concrete offer will be made.

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10.39 BST: Sports picture reports that Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel met with the Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane last month as the Bundesliga champions appear to be closing in on a deal.

Kane is Bayern’s number one transfer target this summer and they hope to agree a deal with Spurs as the England captain is now in the final year of his contract.

The report says Tuchel traveled to London with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and met Kane at the striker’s home.

Bayern had an offer of €70m plus bonuses rejected last month, with Spurs said to be looking for €116m (£100m).

10.10am BST: Benfica are set to announce the return of Angel DiMaria to the club, It reports Ebola.

A 2022 World Cup winner with Argentina, the 35-year-old will re-enter the Portuguese outfit as a free agent 13 years after leaving the club. He is expected to sign a one-year contract.

Di Maria left Juventus at the end of last month after just one season in Turin, where he made 40 appearances in all competitions. The veteran winger also considered joining Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi at Inter Miami CF, but his priority was to remain in Europe. Di Maria spent three seasons at Benfica before joining Real Madrid in a €33m transfer in July 2010.

09.49 BST: Barcelona announced that he was going to buy a defender Inigo Martinez as a free agent on Wednesday following his departure from Athletic Club.

Martinez, 32, joins Barca on a two-year deal and will provide competition in central defense for Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen, Jules Konde and Eric Garcia.

09.11 BST: Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Athletico-PR’s Vitor Roque for around €40 million. ($43.6m), but it remains unclear when the Brazilian will be able to join the club, Sources have confirmed this to ESPN.

ESPN revealed in June that Barca were optimistic about landing Roque as they look for a backup and heir to veteran striker Robert Lewandowski, who turns 35 in August.

Roque, 18, ticked all the boxes and after negotiations led by new sporting director Deco, Barca have agreed a deal for the Brazil international.

But with Barca over their LaLiga-imposed spending limit and only able to spend 50% of anything they save or spend on signing new players, Roque will either arrive in January, next summer or in the current transfer window.

08.30 BST: Roberto Firmino has joined the Saudi Arabian club Al Ahli as a free agent after his contract at Liverpool expired at the end of last season, it was announced late Tuesday.

The forward, 31, has agreed a three-year deal with the Saudi outfit and joins former Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy at the Jeddah-based club.


– AC Milan are considering using some of the funds from Sandro Tonali’s departure to Newcastle United on a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s right-back Jeremy Frimpongaccording to Daily mail. That would put them in direct competition with Internazionale for the 22-year-old, while Arsenal and Manchester United are also interested.

– Inter have decided that they will approach Chelsea in an attempt to bring him back Romelu Lukaku once they have closed the deal for the Sassuolo midfielder David Frattesiaccording to Fabricius Roman. Negotiations will restart in the coming days for another loan for the striker, including a commitment to make the deal permanent.

– Newcastle United are interested in Crystal Palace’s centre-back Marc Guehi as manager Eddie Howe looks for strength in depth ahead of the Magpies’ Champions League campaign, reports Football Insider. Crystal Palace want £60million for the 22-year-old, with the value taking into account his breakthrough in the England national team.

– Borussia Mönchengladbach winger Jonas Hofmann will join Leverkusen after a clause in the region of €10m. was triggered, says Kicker. The clause was negotiated a year ago when the 31-year-old signed a new contract. Brest’s Franck Honorat is among the players Gladbach are considering as they look for a replacement.

– Southampton’s back Tino Livramento would rather join Newcastle than re-sign for Chelsea this summer, reports Daily mail. The 20-year-old is expected to leave Saints following their relegation and Chelsea have a clause that would allow them to take him back for £40m, while Newcastle have made an offer worth over £20m.

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