The summer transfer window is here, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumors, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Barca, Arsenal circling Raphinha
There has been plenty of speculation over the future of Leeds United winger Raphinhaand Fabrizio Romano has offered an insight into how things are progressing.
The journalist says that Barcelona have agreed personal terms with the Brazil international but so far haven’t agreed on a fee with Leeds.
He adds that Arsenal are in direct negotiations with Leeds having held an interest in the 25-year-old since March.
The Gunners have already brought in Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos in a period that has been very busy for them, and this report suggests they are not about to slow down in the transfer window.
London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are said to have also been in contact with Leeds regarding a possible move.
Had the Yorkshire club been relegated from the Premier League, they would have been in a weak position to command a large fee for Raphinha, but are now asking for up to £ 75 million after beating Brentford on the final day to finish above Burnley and avoid the drop.
Raphinha played an integral role in Leeds’ Premier League survival, providing 11 goals and three assists from 35 league appearances across the campaign.
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– Sky Sports Deutschland have reported that Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic flew to Mallorca to persuade Robert Lewandowski to stay at the club, though it seems this has done little to change the Poland international’s mind. The striker still wants to leave Bayern, with Barcelona ready to make an improvement on their previous offer of € 32m.
– Fabrizio Romano has dismissed reports that Liverpool are working on a deal to bring Georginio Wijnaldum back from PSG. He insists that the Reds’ priority is to extend Naby Keita’s contract instead, with talks set to take place soon.
– Foot Mercato have offered an insight into new sporting director Lucas Campos’ vision for Paris Saint-Germain, starting with Christophe Galtier coming in as manager. He also wants to bring in Internazionale’s Milan SkriniarLille’s Renato SanchesBayern Munich’s Lewandowski and Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca. Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Layvin Kurzawa, Ander Herrera, Danilo Pereira and Wijnaldum have all been deemed “the undesirables,” while Neymar could also depart.
– Manchester United have made an initial contact with Christian Eriksen ahead of a possible move, according to Sky Sports, with the Dane’s Brentford contract coming to an end. Erik Ten Hag likes the midfielder, and it will ultimately be Eriksen’s decision as to whether or not he moves to Old Trafford.
– Borussia Dortmund are making a club-record offer to Ajax Amsterdam for Ivory Coast international Sebastien Haller, as reported by Sky Sports Deutschland, who add that it could be worth € 35m with add-ons taken into account. He is their first choice to replace Erling Haaland after the Norwegian’s move to Manchester City, though they could move to Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic and Bayer Leverkusen’s Lucas Alario if Ajax can not be tempted to sell.
– West Ham United are set to make Chelsea an offer in the region of £ 30m for Armando Broja, who impressed on loan with Southampton last season, according to Sky Sports. The Hammers have identified Albania international as their top striker target for this summer and intend on making a move despite doubts over the future of Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.