Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are all playing leading roles as the transfer window heats up ahead of pre-season.
The Gunners have reportedly reached an agreement with Manchester City to sign Gabriel Jesus, as that moved nears completion. Spurs have already been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer window thus far and could yet add one of Richarlison or Raphinha to their list of recruits, though Leeds may be even more unwilling to sell with Calvin Phillips on his way to Manchester City. Tottenham’s attempts to bring Djed Spence to north London continue to make little progress.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are yet to make a men’s first-team signing but fresh reports claim Todd Boehly has promised manager Thomas Tuchel SIX new additions as they chase Matthijs De Ligt and top target Raheem Sterling. Arrivals are expected at both ends of the pitch. Follow all the latest news with our LIVE blog below.
Liverpool business done, says McManaman
Steve McManaman is not expected any further additions to his former club Liverpool’s squad in the coming weeks.
“I do not believe Liverpool need to make more signings this summer,” McManaman said via the Liverpool Echo.
“Where would you put them? They’ve made three signings already this summer.
“They’ve brought in Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay, who are two players for the future and they’ve also brought in Darwin Núñez, who’s another player for the future to a certain extent but has cost them a lot of money.
“Players will have to leave as there is not enough space to fit everybody in. Keeping the players happy now is as hard a job as it is to jam all of these players into the team. ”
Barcelona in for Koulibaly
Every club appears to be interested in the same few players this window!
Barcelona are keen on Chelsea target Jules Kounde, but are considering turning their attentions to Kalidou Koulibaly instead if they cannot land the Sevilla defender, according to Diario Sports.
Koulibaly is seen as a cheaper and more realistic target, considering Barcelona’s financial woes.
Raphinha deal now more difficult?
Could Kalvin Phillips’ imminent move to Manchester City have an impact on Leeds selling Raphinha?
There’s certainly no need for Leeds to sell the Brazilian, with City buying Phillips for £ 42million.
With Chelsea likely focusing on Raheem Sterling, it looks to be a straight race between Arsenal and Tottenham for Raphinha – but any hopes of driving the price down seem to have ended.
Arsenal agree deal with Man City for Jesus
Arsenal have reached an agreement with Man City to sign Gabriel Jesus for a guaranteed £ 45million, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The Gunners are now set to complete a move for the Brazilian, seeing them win the race for Jesus that has dragged on for weeks.
Personal terms are now being discussed, which are expected to be swiftly agreed too.
Chelsea focus on Sterling
Chelsea still see Raheem Sterling as their top priority in the transfer window.
Fabrizio Romano reports that although the Blues have shown interest in Raphinha, it’s Sterling who they really want to bring to Stamford Bridge.
He has just 12 months remaining on his Manchester City contract and it’s believed Pep Guardiola is willing to sell the Englishman.
Tottenham told Zaniolo fee
Roma have been told to cash in on Nicolo Zaniolo should a bid worth € 50million (£ 42m) come in for the midfielder amid links with Tottenham.
Reports in Italy claim Spurs manager director Fabio Paratici is looking into bringing the 22-year-old to the Premier League.
Former Roma striker Roberto Pruzzo told Il Messaggero: “If someone’s willing to spend € 50 million on Zaniolo, I’ll think about it. But then, you’d need to find somebody who scores more than him. ”
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Company looking for quick additions
Vincent Kompany is hoping to add to his Burnley squad as quickly as possible after taking charge.
James Tarkowski and Nick Pope are just two players to leave the Clarets after their relegation, and Kompany revealed there will be some replacements arriving in the near future.
“We’re close to bringing in a few players but until the medicals have been finalized and contracts are signed, there’s nobody we’re brining in officially today,” Kompany said at his first press conference.
“In general, we’ve been close to players and set up a few medicals, and hopefully in the next 24 or 48 hours we can start making the first announcements.”
Botman on his way to Newcastle
Newcastle have had an offer of £ 39million accepted for Sven Botman, according to reports.
The Magpies tried to bring the defender to England in January but were unsuccessful – they look set to get their man now though.
Lille are content with the bid and Botman’s medical is expected to take place in the coming days.
Jesus to Arsenal ‘in next ten days’
Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Gabriel Jesus in the next ten days.
That’s according to The Daily Mail, who report that a £ 50million deal is almost done and the Brazilian is expected to make the switch to the Emirates.
City look to already be putting that money to use, after agreeing a fee with Leeds for Kalvin Phillips.
New Martinez talks for Arsenal
Arsenal continue to push for Lisandro Martinez this window.
Fabrizio Romano reports there has been new contact between the Gunners and Martinez’s agent, though Ajax are still reluctant to sell.
Should the Gunners get a move over the line, Nuno Tavares could well be leaving the Emirates this summer.