The summer transfer window is finally open with Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea all getting heavily invested in revamping their squads for the new season. From hidden gems such as Marquinhos to young talent like Djed Spence, and even mega deals involving the likes of Raheem Sterling, it is all kicking off.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners in particular are showing plenty of signs of life as they pursue Raphinha, Gabriel Jesus, Youri Tielemans and Gianluca Scamacca. Back in the Champions League, Antonio Conte’s Spurs are taking a slightly different route with the defense their priority amid interest in Pau Torres.
Over in west London, Chelsea are finally free to do business and kick off the Todd Boehly era, and Sterling is a surprise target alongside the expected interest in Jules Kounde. There will also be plenty of action involving Liverpool, Manchester United and West Ham – so stay tuned!
Fulham in talks to sign Leno
Fulham are in talks to sign Bernd Leno from Arsenal, reports The Athletic.
The newly promoted side are on the market for a goalkeeper, with the 30-year-old the favored candidate.
Leno, who would prefer to stay in London, would provide competition for Marek Rodak and Paulo Gazzaniga.
Darwin Nunez, here we go!
Liverpool are closing in on a € 100m to sign Darwin Nunez from Benfica, Fabrizio Romano reports.
It will be a € 80m plus € 20m of performance-related add-ons. He will sign a five-year contract
Man Utd step up Antony talks
Manchester United’s move for Antony has stepped up, according to Goal.com
The Ajax player’s representatives in on the ground discussing terms with United.
Progress is expected over the coming days, with a deal likely worth around £ 50m.
Spurs in talks to sign Richarlison
Tottenham are in talks with Everton to sign Richarlison in a deal worth around £ 50million, according to reports.
Portuguese journalist Bruno Andrade claims the player has already discussed a contract with Spurs.
Other reports claim Harry Winks could be made part of the deal.
Cucurella is City’s top target
Manchester City have made Brighton defender Marc Cucurella their priority summer target.
According to journalists Albert Roge and Matteo Moretto, Pep Guardiola has requested the signing and the club are now preparing an opening bid.
Personal terms, you’ll be unsurprised to read, are not expected to be a problem.
Pochettino to be sacked
Talking of PSG, head coach Mauricio Pochettino is expected to be sacked in the coming days.
RMC Sport today report that new sporting director Luis Campos will dismiss the former Tottenham manager and then look to hire his replacement.
Zinedine Zidane has recently been linked with the role.
Done deal! Real Madrid sign Tchouameni
Official Communication! Real Madrid have signed Aurelin Tchouameni.
The midfielder joins from Monaco in a deal worth around € 100million, signing a six-year contract.
A statement adds: “Next Tuesday, June 14, at 12:00 at Real Madrid City, the presentation ceremony for Aurélien Tchouaméni as a new Real Madrid player will take place after the corresponding medical examination.
“Aurélien Tchouaméni will then appear before the media.”
Neville on United
Gary Neville has highlighted the four positions Manchester United must strengthen this summer.
“We know the areas they absolutely need to actually strengthen,” he said. “Central midfield is an absolute necessity. An absolute necessity. Manchester United need midfield players.
“They also need a center-forward. I know Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to stay and he’s an absolutely brilliant performer, but they need a center-forward. Center-forward is a must.
“I think there’ll need to be a wide player, just to beef up the squad, and I think full-backs are absolutely critical in the modern game. [There are] four full-backs there, it’ll be interesting to see which two, three or four of those are liked. ”
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Pogba’s Juve contract revealed
Paul Pogba is set to cost Juventus around £ 68million over four years, according to reports in Italy.
Juve are set to sign Pogba from Manchester United for a second time and have offered him a contract worth € 10million (£ 8.5m) net per season, made up of € 8m plus bonuses, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.
Adding in the agent fees and a signing-on bonus, among other further incentives, Juve expect the deal to cost around € 80m (£ 68m).
Chelsea set for ‘busy summer’
Chelsea technical and performance advisor Petr Cech says the club will have a “busy summer” as the transfer window opens.
He told Sky Sports News: “I live on the phone! It will be a busy summer.
“We will plan, prepare and try to be as strong as we can next season. I think everybody knows where we are in terms of the team. Of course, we will try to strengthen the team.
“We want to do the best possible and be ready to compete next season. “It’s going to be a tough season with a World Cup in between so we need to be ready for that.”