The transfer window is now open and all of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are likely to be busy. The Gunners continue to push for top target Declan Rice, with a huge second bid prepared, and are now chasing a deal to sign Kai Havertz from rivals Chelsea in an eye-catching start to the summer transfer window.
The Blues, meanwhile, are in talks to sign Villarreal striker Nicolas Jackson and have received a boost in their pursuit of a new midfielder. Brighton star Moises Caicedo has been heavily linked with all the big clubs around but is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge, with Arsenal focusing on Rice, while Mauricio Pochettino is also keen to sign Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Over at Tottenham, James Maddison and Harvey Barnes have reportedly been the subject of a double bid following Leicester’s relegation. With all the latest on the potential Manchester United takeover too, it’s going to be a busy summer. Follow all the latest news, gossip and rumors below!
Chelsea leads the Caicedo race
Chelsea are in pole position to sign Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.
The Blues are in discussions over personal terms for the 21-year-old, who could leave the Seagulls for a fee in the region of £80m.
Caicedo wants to move to Stamford Bridge. He has a gentleman’s agreement with his manager Roberto De Zerbi to be allowed to leave should a bigger offer come along.
Arsenal are not in the race for the Ecuadorian due to the significant expenditure spent on their pursuit of Rice. They also want to sign Chelsea striker Kai Havertz, who could cost more than £60m.
Chelsea are willing to swap players for Caicedo but will not offer Levi Colwill. They insist the defender is not for sale and are prepared for a further £40m approach from Brighton, having rejected a £30m bid a fortnight ago.
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Mount will not sign the Chelsea deal
Mason Mount is likely to leave Chelsea on a free transfer next summer if talks with Manchester United collapse. writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The 24-year-old has a year left on his contract and remains unwilling to sign a new one after rejecting several offers. United have had an initial bid of £40m rejected but are returning with an improved offer as they attempt to bring him to Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag has made Mount his primary midfield target, but considers Chelsea’s valuation of £70m GBP as inflated.
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Nelson negotiations continue as Maitland-Niles departs
Arsenal have confirmed that Ainsley Maitland-Niles will leave the club at the end of the month as contract negotiations with Reiss Nelson continue.
Maitland-Niles joined Arsenal aged six, came through the club’s academy and lifted the FA Cup in 2020, starting at wing-back in the final. His contract in north London expires later in June.
Nelson is also out of contract this summer but remains in talks with the Gunners and it was reported that a verbal agreement is in place over a new four-year deal.
Zach Awe, Joel Ideho, George Lewis, Matt Smith and Tom Smith also leave as free agents, with Mana Iwabuchi, Rafaelle Souza and Fran Stenson leaving the women’s team.
Rice wants Arsenal to move
Declan Rice’s preference remains a move to Arsenal, with West Ham bracing for an imminent £100m bid closer to their valuation.
The 24-year-old has his heart set on joining Mikel Arteta at the Emirates despite an initial £80m bid from the Gunners being rejected on Thursday.
West Ham were also believed to be unhappy with the structure of the deal, but negotiations remain ongoing and productive.
Rice has been offered a prominent role at the heart of Mikel Arteta’s midfield and will not encourage approaches from any of Arsenal’s rivals.
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PSG are pushing for a Bernardo deal
PSG have made Bernardo Silva their top priority this summer.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who reported that PSG have made contact with the midfielder’s representatives to discuss personal matters.
However, no progress has been made with Man City over a fee and the Treble winners have no intention of letting Bernardo leave on the cheap.
Potential Maignan boost for Chelsea
Mike Maignan is now considering his future at AC Milan, following the sudden departure of technical director Paolo Maldini.
The goalkeeper has been linked with a move to Chelsea but had rejected that interest and was expected to commit his long-term future to Milan.
However, L’Equipe report that Maignan is now not convinced to sign a new contract, taking some time over a decision as Premier League clubs monitor the situation.
Benfica set Ramos’ price
Manchester United have been told they will have to bid at least £80m to persuade Benfica to sign Goncalo Ramos.
The 21-year-old has stepped up for the Portuguese side following the departure of Darwin Nunez last summer, and has been linked with a move to United after they accepted defeat in their bid to sign Harry Kane to Old Trafford.
The Mirror reports that Benfica will not sell for less than £80m. plus add-ons – no cheap options for United!
Russo is leaving Man United
Alessia Russo has confirmed that she will leave Manchester United as a free agent.
Arsenal made two world record bids for the England striker in January, with United holding firm, but Russo’s time at the club is now over.
The Gunners are favorites to sign the 24-year-old this summer.
City continue to push for Guardiol
Man City are making progress in their bid to sign Josko Guardiol this summer.
Fabrizio Romano reports that City are in successful talks with the defender’s representatives over personal terms, but are yet to reach an agreement with RB Leipzig.
The German club insist they will only sell the centre-back for a big fee as they are keen to keep him for at least one more season.
Beckham will stay at Brentford
Romeo Beckham is staying at Brentford after signing a one-year deal with the Bees.
The 20-year-old joined the club in January on loan from Inter Miami, and will now stay in London after signing a permanent deal.
He will continue to play for Brentford’s B team for another season before a decision is made on his future.