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 rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Chelsea near deals for Sterling and Ake
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has long been linked with a move to Chelsea, and Fabrizio Romano has reported that the City has provided the final approval for the move to go through.
According to ESPN sources, the England international is expected to move for a figure in the region of £45 million, plus add-ons, and will become the Blues’ highest-paid player.
Since joining Man City from Liverpool for £49m in July 2015, Sterling has represented the club 337 times, scoring 131 goals and assisting a further 94, but hasn’t always been a starter in recent times.
Chelsea aren’t ending their business with Man City just yet, as the clubs will also negotiate a transfer for defender Nathan Ake after the Sterling deal is completed, Roman adds.
Sources had previously told ESPN that the 27-year-old Netherlands international is keen for a return to Chelsea after joining the club as a 15-year-old from Feyenoord. One source suggested City are seeking around £50m for Ake’s transfer.
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12.44 BST: USMNT midfielder Luca de la Torre has signed for Celta Vigo from Heracles, but is it a wise move?
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11.38 BST: Chelsea have been linked with the Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldobut The Daily Mail claims manager Thomas Tuchel is not keen.
Ronaldo, 37, scored 24 goals in 38 games last season but United missed out on the Champions League and sources told ESPN that the Portugal international wants to leave the club. He has a contract with the Red Devils until June 2023, with an option to extend it for a further year, but has now asked to be transferred.
However, Chelsea boss Tuchel doesn’t want to upset the balance of his team by bringing in Ronaldo.
11.07 BST: Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic is of interest to Sporting CP, says AS.
Pjanic, 31, spent last season on loan at Besiktas, having moved to Camp Nou from Juventus in a €72m swap deal with Arthur where he was valued at €60m.
Barca want to offload the Bosnia and Herzegovina international this summer, with Sporting CP reportedly willing to pay €10m for 50% of the player’s rights.
10.28 BST: Wayne Rooney would be open to the possibility of returning to DC United to manage the MLS team, sources have told ESPN, with the club still looking to hire a permanent replacement for Hernan Losada, who was fired in April.
Rooney, who spent 14 months with the Washington, DC-based team between 2018 and 2019, resigned as Derby County manager last month after being unable to help the club overcome financial problems and avoid relegation from the EFL Championship last season.
Sources have told ESPN that the former Manchester United and England captain is now enjoying time with his family before deciding his next career move.
But sources have also said that the 36-year-old is considering options, including a return to DC, who are second bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference after winning just five of 17 games this season.
10.02 BST: Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of the left-back Omar Richards from Bayern Munich.
Richards, 24, joins for a reported €10m transfer fee and has signed a four-year contract, having only moved to Bayern last summer on a free transfer from Reading.
“I’m thrilled to return to England by joining Nottingham Forest at such an exciting time,” Richards said. “The club has enjoyed an incredible last few months and there are great ambitions for the Premier League return.
“I’ve played against Forest in the past and they get such great backing from their fans, whilst the City Ground is an amazing place that I can now call home. I can’t wait to join up with the squad this week and start preparations for the new season.”
09.28 BST: TalkSPORT reports that Manchester United are closing in on a deal for former Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
Strakosha, 27, left the Italian club on a free transfer this summer and is ready to become backup to United’s No. 1 David de Gea after Dean Henderson joined Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan.
The Albania international has also been linked with Fulham, Forest, Leicester and Chelsea.
09.00 BST: Manchester United remain convinced Christian Eriksen will move to Old Trafford despite suggestions from Brentford that he could still choose them, sources have told ESPN.
Eriksen has verbally agreed a three-year contract with United but was not part of the squad which left for their tour of Thailand and Australia on Friday.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank also suggested he has not given up hope of the midfielder re-signing with them after a successful spell there last season, but sources have told ESPN that Eriksen’s mind is made up. The Denmark international is set to undergo his medical shortly and could still join United’s tour in Melbourne.
Meanwhile, United’s interest in striker Brian Brobbey is not a signal that their stance is on Cristiano Ronaldo has softened, sources have told ESPN.
Erik ten Hag is an admirer of Brobbey after he scored seven goals in 13 games on loan at Ajax last season and although Ten Hag would like to bring him to United, there is a growing feeling at Old Trafford that he is set to make a permanent move to the Dutch side from RB Leipzig.
Sources have told ESPN that even if the move for Brobbey is successful the club will remain firm in their stance that Ronaldo is not available for a transfer.
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
– Arsenal are considering a shock attempt to sign the Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and are hopeful that it could work, according to The Daily Star. This is because the Frenchman only has one year left on his Blues contract, is one of Chelsea’s top earners and suffered injury setbacks last term.
– Paris Saint-Germain’s admiration for Stade de Reims striker Hugo Ekitike is unanimous as they hope to sign the 20-year-old, reports Foot Mercato. On the other hand, they are not willing to match Newcastle United’s €40m offer.
– Marseille are hoping to sign Lens right-back Jonathan Clauss and have started negotiations, as reported by L’Equipe. However, the two clubs’ valuations are very far apart, and Marseille are currently facing financial limitations that could make the deal difficult to complete.
– Newcastle United are weighing up a bid for Leeds United winger Jack Harrisonaccording to The Daily Mail, who add that the Englishman is seen as a cheaper alternative to Bayer Leverkusen’s €70m-rated winger Moussa Diaby. Leeds have already added Luis Sinisterra but are expected to lose Raphinhaand are also looking at Club Brugge’s Charles de KetelaerePSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Adama Traore.
– Torino wants Internazionale to include Cesare Casadei in the deal that will see defender Bremen join the The Nerazzurri, according to Calciomercato. Inter want the midfielder’s inclusion to be worth between €7m-€8m, and while Torino want it to be less there is scope for negotiation. Inter also want to include a clause that would allow them to re-sign the 19-year-old for around €18m.