Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are among the busiest teams in the summer window so far and show no signs of slowing down. The Gunners are closing in on a record £105million move for Declan Rice as they complete a deal with West Ham ahead of the player undergoing a medical. A £65m deal for Kai Havertz was announced on Wednesday and a £40m bid for Jurrien Timber has been submitted.
Chelsea are currently clearing the decks before adding more new faces, which they hope will be Gabri Viega and Moises Caicedo, when mason Mount, who wants to join Manchester United, and AC Milan-bound pair Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic leave. Edouard Mendy left yesterday and will soon be joined by Hakim Ziyech in Saudi Arabia.
Tottenham have beaten Newcastle to £40m. the signing of James Maddison as their third signing of the window. Ange Postecoglou will then talk about his defence, with Edmond Tapsoba and Micky van de Ven of interest. United are looking to replace the departing David De Gea with Andre Onana and have been linked with Portuguese prodigy Joao Neves. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumors live below!
Arsenal in for Inacio
Arsenal are interested in Sporting defender Goncalo Inacio.
Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle United have also been linked with a player who has triggered a €45m release clause. (£39m).
Correio da Manha are reporting today that Inacio could be available for less than the release clause, with Sporting willing to negotiate a sale for the player who is currently not open to signing a new contract.
Why Tottenham finally signed Maddison
Tottenham’s capture of James Maddison effectively ends an eight-year interest in the creative midfielder, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
David Pleat, the former Spurs manager who has remained close to Daniel Levy, recommended Maddison to the chairman back when he was a teenager at Coventry and then again as the playmaker prepared to leave Norwich for Leicester in the summer of 2018.
Maddison remained on Spurs’ radar and Levy considered a move for the England international last summer before finally completing a deal worth £40m yesterday.
It’s shrewd business in this market, especially with Harry Winks set to move the other way for £10m in a separate deal.
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Arsenal confident of Rice compromise
Arsenal are today working to complete their £105m move for Declan Rice, writes Simon Collings.
The Gunners have agreed a fee with West Ham for the midfielder, which is an initial £100m, plus £5m in additions.
But the clubs are still ironing out the finer details of the deal and how the initial £100m will be paid.
West Ham want it paid within the first two years, while Arsenal want to spread the cost over four years.
There is confidence a compromise can be reached and Arsenal have a clear run in Rice after Manchester City pulled out of the race to sign the England international on Wednesday.
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Arsenal are close to signing Nwaneri
Arsenal are increasingly confident of keeping Ethan Nwaneri amid interest from Chelsea.
The youngster – who last season became the Premier League’s youngest ever player – has been in contract negotiations for some time and the Blues sensed an opportunity.
But the Gunners are finally making progress on terms and Nwaneri is expected to sign.
Postecoglou favorite not cut out for Spurs
Neil Lennon believes Kyogo Furuhashi is not ready to play at the “top end” of the Premier League amid links with Tottenham.
The Celtic striker has been linked with a move to Spurs after former boss Ange Postecoglou became the north Londoners’ new manager after being plucked from Japanese football by the Australian coach.
Furuhashi has smashed 54 goals in his two seasons in Glasgow, but former Celtic boss Lennon does not rate him on the same level as Heung-min Son, Dejan Kulusevski and the potentially outgoing Harry Kane.
He told the Mail: “I have my doubts, yes. I don’t think for a minute that he could replace Harry Kane, for example, if that were the case.
“He’s a good player. I like his style. I’m just not sure he could play consistently at the highest level in the Premier League from week to week.”
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Mourinho rejects Saudi money
Jose Mourinho has rejected a mega deal from Saudi side Al Hilal.
Fabrizio Romano claims Mourinho was offered an annual salary worth £26m after tax but will stay at Roma.
Juventus manager Max Allegri is now affected.
Bayern make second Kane bid
Bayern Munich are ready to increase their offer for Harry Kane.
The Bundesliga champions have already offered £60m for the Tottenham forward and sources in Germany have indicated they are unwilling to pay more than £86m (€100m).
Spurs want at least £100m but it remains to be seen whether an improved bid from Bayern would be tempting as Kane is in the final year of his contract and can leave for free next summer unless he signs a new deal.
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Man United join Joao Neve’s chase
Manchester United have joined the race to sign Joao Neves.
Young Benfica are impressing many across Europe, with Bayern, Chelsea and Wolves also linked.
Gianluca Di Marzio claims United have now joined the ever-growing list of admirers, but it remains to be seen whether a bid will come.
AC Milan are close to a double Chelsea deal
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is in Italy to complete his £17million move from Chelsea to AC Milan.
The 27-year-old is due to undergo a medical in Milan on Thursday and his departure from Chelsea is expected to be confirmed this week.
Chelsea will receive an initial £14m for Loftus-Cheek, with a further £3m available in performance-related add-ons.
Milan will next target Christian Pulisic, but the Serie A giants will not pay more than £17million for the winger, who has just one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
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Man United clear Onana bid
Manchester United are ready to launch a bid for Andre Onana.
With David De Gea heading for the exit door on a free, United director of football operations and Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilo have met in Ibiza to discuss a £45m deal.
Corriere dello Sport say a bid will come over the weekend, following De Gea’s exit.