Inter reject PSG offer for Milan Skriniar; Chelsea and Spurs lurking

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The summer transfer window is approaching, 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: Inter reject PSG offer for Skriniar

Paris Saint-Germain have had their first transfer offer of € 50 million turned down for Inter Milan center-back Milan Skriniarreports Foot Mercato.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be tracking the player and could sneak in if PSG fail to meet Inter’s demands.

PSG have identified the Slovakia captain as a key reinforcement for this summer, but despite the Nerazzurri being keen to raise funds to bring back Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, Simone Inzaghi’s side aren’t prepared to part with the 27-year-old defender unless they receive a transfer fee that reflects their valuation.

Inter could also use Chelsea’s interest in Skriniar to drive a deal for Lukaku.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are seeking a fee of around € 80m, but could be prepared to negotiate at € 70m. With Skriniar deemed to be a priority target for PSG this summer, it is expected that they will return with an improved offer.

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15.16 BST: Could Marco Asensio be about to swap Real Madrid for Manchester United?

Mundo Deportivo reports that United have first refusal on the 26-year-old, who made 19 La Liga starts last season but has fallen behind Federico Valverde in coach Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

The striker is said to have a transfer value of € 50m and agent Jorge Mendes is said to have held talks with United. He started his career with Mallorca before joining Madrid in 2014.

14.42 BST: The Daily Telegraph reports that Jay-Z could have an important role to play in the future of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

The 29-year-old is keen to return to Inter Milan after a poor season back at Chelsea, but the Serie A side will struggle to make the deal work financially.

Last year, new Chelsea owner Ted Boehly teamed up with Roc Nation, of which Jay-Z is the founder and chairman, to invest in Fanatics, a sports merchandise company. Roc Nation is also in charge of Lukaku’s commercial interests.

Chelsea have already indicated Lukaku can leave Stamford Bridge if the deal is right, although journalist Fabrizio Romano insists that so far there has been no contact between the two clubs.

Could the relationship between Boehly and Jay-Z help pave a way to the San Siro?

14.05 BST: Atletico Madrid are leading the race to sign Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, according to reports in AS.

Soler has one year left on his Valencia contract and is expected to leave this summer, with plenty of suitors.

The Spain international has been a long-term target of Barcelona, ​​but the Catalan club cannot afford Soler’s transfer. Juventus have also monitored Soler’s situation but want to wait until next summer to sign the player as a free agent.

Valencia want Soler to remain but should the player reject a contract extension, they want to transfer him before he leaves next year for free. Atletico are prepared to negotiate with Valencia the arrival of Soler on a permanent deal.

Soler, 25, scored 12 goals in 38 appearances across all competitions this past season.

13.23 BST: Are Bayern Munich any closer to agreeing a deal for Liverpool striker Sadio Mane? The Daily Mail reports that the Bundesliga giants still need to find another £ 8.5m if they are to sign the Senegal international.

Mane, 30, is about to move into the final year of his contract at Anfield and has dropped several hints that he intends to move on this summer. Bayern will almost certainly be his new club, if they can agree a transfer deal with Liverpool.

Liverpool have reportedly turned down two offers and want £ 42.5m for the striker, but Bayern have do far only tabled a deal which is worth £ 35m. Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann has been in contact with Mane as a deal edges closer.

Bayern are also trying to resolve the future of Robert Lewandowski, who is also into the last 12 months of his deal and wants to join Barcelona. Any transfer fee received for the Poland international would be invested into the Mane deal.

12.45 BST: DONE DEAL! Real Madrid have announced the signing of the highly rated France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco on a six-year contract.

The Champions League winners have agreed to pay a transfer fee of around € 80 million to sign Tchouameni, 22, after seeing off competition from Liverpool to land the player.

Tchouameni is seen by Madrid as a potential long-term replacement for Casemiro, 30, and will form part of a new midfield generation at the Bernabeu alongside Federico Valverde (23) and Eduardo Camavinga (19).

12.20 BST: The Daily Mail says that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is getting increasingly frustrated with the club’s lack of transfer activity.

Arteta is desperate to get the rebuild of his squad started, mindful that he is going to need more players for the Europa League campaign.

The Gunners were right at the front of the queue to sign Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus this summer, but their dithering threatens the deal as Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid are now all being linked.

The report says that Arteta must get all major deals approved by the American ownership before they can be completed – and that could cost them Jesus.

11.39 BST: Liverpool are in advanced talks with Benfica over the signing of Darwin Nunezsources told ESPN’s Adriana Garcia on Friday.

Nunez, 22, is set to break Liverpool’s transfer record, with the deal expected to be worth around € 80 million plus € 20m in add-ons. The agreement between the clubs has yet to be completed, but talks are progressing well.

Benfica were initially only willing to negotiate Nunez’s departure for around € 130m.

11.00 BST: Gareth Bale has ruled out a move to Madrid-based club Getafe this summer. Getafe president Angel Torres claimed earlier this week that they would consider signing the Wales international as a free agent after being offered to his club by the player’s representatives.

Bale’s nine-year spell at Real Madrid will come to an end once his contract expires at the end of this month. The former Tottenham winger played only seven games for Madrid last season.

“I’m not going to Getafe, that’s for sure!” Bale said at a news conference on international duty with Wales. “I just want to be playing going into the World Cup to be as fit as I can.

“Hopefully, I can enjoy my holiday and then decide where I want to be and what I want to do to try to play games to be as fit as I can for the World Cup. Once I get back into playing regular football, my body will get more robust and a bit better. “

10.19 BST: The Guardian reports that Arsenal are set to announce the signing of the Brazilian winger Marquinhos – not be confused with the 28-year-old Paris Saint-Germain defender of the same name – in £ 3m deal from Sao Paulo.

The 19-year-old is to sign a five-year contract at the Emirates and will link up with his new teammates this summer, but it is likely to be loaned out for the 2022-23 season. The report says that Marquinhos has been capped by Brazil through to under-17 level, and he has made 41 appearances, mostly as a substitute, for his club.

There could be controversy, however, as Wolves thought that they held a valid precontract agreement with the player.

09.40 BST: Sevilla general manager Jose Maria Cruz de Andrés has told Sport Witness that Jules Kounde could join Chelsea this summer after the Premier League side failed to sign the center-back ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Kounde, 23, was expected to move to Stamford Bridge but Sevilla rejected all transfer offers and held on to France international. But Chelsea might be successful this time as the player wants to further his own career.

“In the case of Kounde, it is not a matter of money, It’s a matter of him wanting to play in a more competitive team than Sevilla FC,” he said. “I am sure he is a player that is attractive for teams like Chelsea, FC Barcelona, ​​Bayern Munich and these types of teams. He wants to play in a more competitive team.”

09.00 BST: Barcelona will listen to offers worth € 100m for midfielder Frenkie de Jong after holding formal talks with Manchester United over a transfer, sources told ESPN’s Sam Marsden Moises Llorens.

Barca are prepared to let De Jong leave this summer to help balance the books amid an ongoing financial crisis at the club, but sources have told ESPN that does not mean they will allow him to leave on the cheap.

They are willing to negotiate the breakdown of the fee, such as how much of the price is upfront and how much is in add-ons, but they want the total package to be around € 100m.

PAPER GOSSIP

– Arsenal are ready to return to the negotiating table for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savicreports Corriere dello Sport. The Gunners are keen on taking the 27-year-old Serbia international to the Emirates, though it could take a transfer fee of around € 60m to persuade the Serie A side to sanction its exit.

– Juventus are keen to add an attacking threat this summer, and are weighing up moves for Nicolo Zaniolo of AS Roma, Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardiand Frankfurt’s Eintracht Filip Kostic, writes Gianluca Di Marzio. The Bianconeri are plotting their rebuild as they look to challenge for the Serie A title again, and Massimiliano Allegri is wasting no time in drawing up a shortlist of potential targets.

– Eintracht Frankfurt are interested in signing Burnley striker Wout Weghorst, according to SPORT1. The Netherlands international is looking to leave Turf Moor after their relegation, and Frankfurt hope to take him back to Germany’s top flight and a reunion with manager Oliver Glasner, whom the 29-year-old worked with at VfL Wolfsburg.

– Despite rumors linking Mauro Icardi to River Plate, Fabrizio Romano reports that the 29-year-old striker has no intention of returning to Argentina this summer. Icardi made just 10 league starts for Paris Saint-Germain last season, and has also been linked with a potential return to Serie A, where he spent six seasons with Inter Milan and two-and-a-half at Sampdoria. He still has two years left on his PSG deal.

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