LIVE Transfer Talk: Newcastle in for Napoli’s Kvaratskhelia

ESPNJul 17, 2023, 6:45 AM ET7 minutes of reading

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is one of the best young talents in Europe and has strong interest from Newcastle United in the Premier League.Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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, completed deals!

TOP STORY: Newcastle make Kvaratskhelia close

Newcastle United have made a €100 million ($107 million) bid to sign the Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Kvaratskhelia, 22, was a standout player for The Blues last season. He contributed 22 goals in 34 league games to help his team to victory Scudettoand it is rumored that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have been among the clubs in Europe interested in his services.

But after the Magpies acquired the Serie A midfielder Sandro Tonali from AC Milan for €64m, it seems the Saudi-backed Premier League club are now keen to land another player from Italy’s top flight.

Newcastle are already preparing another bid should they see their opening bid rejected.

Kvaratskhelia has four years left on his contract after joining Napoli last summer from Dinamo Batumi for €12m on a deal until 2027, but the Italian side are trying to get the Georgia international to sign new terms.

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11.01 BST: Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka could leave the club this summer, according to Sky Germany.

Goretzka, 28, is set to be moved on by new Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel this summer for a fee of around €45m. Joshua Kimmich and Konrad Laimer his preferred duo in the center of midfield.

Man United are reportedly interested and could sign Goretzka as a replacement for Scott McTominay or Peace.

10.22 BST: Inter Milan are turning their attention to signing the Arsenal and USMNT forward Folarin Balogunsay Gazzetta dello Sport.

Balogun, 22, scored 22 goals for Reims on loan at the Ligue 1 side last season but is not prepared to make another temporary move. He featured in Arsenal’s preseason friendly against Nuremberg and is on the club’s summer tour of the United States, but has Eddie Nketiah and gabriel jesus ahead of him in the pecking order.

AC Milan, Marseille, Monaco and RB Leipzig have all expressed an interest in signing Balogun, who Arsenal value at €55m. Romelu Lukaku under interest from Juventus.

09.44 BST: Manchester City midfielder Calvin Phillips is a target for Liverpool, according to Sky Sports.

Phillips, 27, has not settled at City after a £45m move from Leeds United in 2022 and made just 21 appearances in all competitions as Pep Guardiola’s side won the treble last season.

Liverpool must sign at least one new midfielder like both Jordan Henderson and Fabinho considering lucrative transfers to Saudi Arabia.

England international Phillips is on the list, while the report adds that Bayern Munich are playing the main role Ryan Gravenberch and Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat is also tracked.

09.02 BST: ICYMI – Dutch midfielder Xavi Simons has left PSV Eindhoven to complete a move back to Paris Saint-Germain, the Eredivisie club announced on Sunday.

The former Barcelona academy player joined PSV on a five-year deal from PSG last summer at the expiry of his contract.

Sources have told ESPN that the deal to return to PSG includes a €12m re-signing clause.

“Xavi Simons is leaving the training camp with immediate effect to complete the transfer with Paris St Germain,” PSV said in a statement.

08.41 BST: Chelsea have completed the signing of the Brazilian teenager Angel Gabriel from Santos as new manager Mauricio Pochettino looks to add talented youth to his squad.

The 18-year-old winger, who became the youngest player in the history of Brazil’s national championship when he made his senior debut at the age of 15 years and 308 days, made 129 first-team appearances for Santos.

Gabriel’s fee and the length of his contract have not been confirmed, although reports have suggested he has cost the Premier League club around £13m.

08.30 BST: Manchester United have agreed a deal with Inter to buy a goalkeeper Andrew Onan, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

The Cameroon international must have a medical before completing a €50m move to Old Trafford.

United are hopeful Onana will replace David De Gea as the club’s No. 1, will be available to travel with the squad for the preseason tour of the United States, which starts with a stop in New York this week.

Sources have told ESPN that once Onana is officially a United player, Dean Henderson will be given permission to join Nottingham Forest in a permanent move.

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Aston Villa have identified the Stade Rennais winger Jeremy Doku as a potential alternative if they don’t land Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby, writes Fabrizio Romano. Villa saw their €35m bid to sign Diaby rejected recently and could soon turn their attention to 21-year-old Doku, who contributed eight goals in 28 Ligue 1 appearances last season.

– Newcastle aim to relieve Allan Saint-Maximin to help them sign the Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes, reports TalkSPORT. Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli are reported to have opened early talks to sign the 26-year-old, while the Magpies will have to pay £35million if they are to sign Barnes. Saint-Maximin has also been linked with AC Milan.

– Internazionale are set to sign the wing-back John Square by free transfer, reveals Gianluca Di Marzio. The 35-year-old has agreed a one-year deal with Nerazzurri, and moved from Juventus after his contract expired last month. He made 41 appearances across all competitions last season and contributed five goals.

– There is growing optimism from Al Ahli in their pursuit of the Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, reports CBS journalist Ben Jacobs. A deal in the region of £30m. is believed to have been agreed, with the Saudi Pro League side already making arrangements for the 32-year-old’s medical. Mahrez made 30 appearances in the Premier League last season, contributing 15 goals in the process.

– Talks are set to begin between Bayern Munich and Manchester City about a move for a defender Kyle Walker, reports Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg. Walker, 33, is said to have already agreed personal terms with the Bundesliga champions and an offer of around €15m would be enough to convince City to part with him.

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