Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea continue to play a major role in the early stages of the summer transfer window as all three London clubs push for high-profile deals.
The Gunners are poised to announce the signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto, while they are also said to be closing in on Leeds winger Raphinha as Gabriel Jesus’ agents travel to the UK to finalize his move and Manchester United enter the race for Lisandro Martinez.
Tottenham have not given up hope of beating Arsenal to Jesus, however, with both rivals plus Chelsea also locked in a battle for Everton forward Richarlison. Spurs are also rivalling United for Antony at Ajax, though Old Trafford is looking like Christian Eriksen’s next destination.
Chelsea are pressing to sign Raheem Sterling, with Romelu Lukaku on his way back to Inter Milan and West Ham preparing to bid for Armando Broja. However, they continue to be frustrated in their long-running pursuit of Jules Kounde and will bid farewell to transfer chief Marina Granovskaia after 12 years. Follow all the latest transfer updates below.
Lazio eye Torreira
Lucas Torreira has made himself available for a loan switch to Lazio after his move to Fiorentina collapsed.
Maurizio Sarri wanted the Arsenal midfielder last year but missed out, before he enjoyed a fine stint in Tuscany.
After Fiorentina failed to agree a deal to make Torreira’s stay permanent, Il Messaggero report on Lazio seriously considering a swoop.
PSG hijack Barcelona move for Lewandowski
Could Paris Saint-Germain swoop to scupper Barcelona’s move for Robert Lewandowski?
The Polish captain is poised to depart Bavaria after eight years, scores of major silverware and an incredible 344 goals in 374 appearances this summer as he seeks a new challenge.
Presumably an exit will now be accelerated with Bayern wrapping up their deal for Sadio Mane.
Barcelona has long been considered as Lewandowski’s most likely next destination with an agreement already reached over personal terms, although PSG and Chelsea have also been credited with an interest.
Per Foot Mercato in France, new PSG sporting advisor Luis Campos is now working hard to steal the player away from Barca, with the club said to have a strong relationship with agent Pini Zahavi.
Watch this space!
Man United close to Antony deal
Manchester United look to have won the race for Ajax winger Antony.
Tottenham were also believed to hold an interest in the Brazilian wideman, but it seems as though he will likely become Erik ten Hag’s first signing at Old Trafford.
The Sun claim that United representatives are traveling to Amsterdam today to seal a transfer worth approximately £ 40m.
Antony, 22, scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 33 appearances across all competitions last term as Ajax picked up another Eredivisie title under Ten Hag.
However, it is said to be looking increasingly unlikely that team-mate Jurrien Timber will follow Antony to Manchester.
Mane set to complete Bayern switch
Today is the day for Bayern Munich in their pursuit of Sadio Mane.
The Senegal forward is due to travel to Bavaria this afternoon to undergo a medical and officially sign a three-year contract that is rumored to be worth a cool £ 250,000 per week.
Bayern will pay £ 35.1m for a player who was entering the final 12 months of his contract at Anfield.
Mane is expected to be unveiled by the reigning Bundesliga champions tomorrow.
Transfer chief Granovskaia set for Chelsea exit
There will inevitably be more questions about Chelsea’s recruitment drive amid Marina Granovskaia’s imminent exit from Stamford Bridge.
The Blues’ transfer chief is set to follow chairman Bruce Buck and other senior board members out of the club after 12 years.
New owner Todd Boehly is expected to take up the reins as chairman and likely present a new strategy in terms of closing deals.
Head of football operations David Barnard and technical and performance advisor Petr Cech could step up on the transfer front with Granovskaia gone, Goal report.
West Ham set to launch £ 30m Broja bid
West Ham made their first signing of the summer yesterday with the £ 30m capture of Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd.
Now David Moyes appears to have set his sights on bolstering the Hammers’ attack and finally providing some support and competition for lone striker Michail Antonio.
Per Sky Sports, West Ham are poised to table an official offer to Chelsea for Armando Broja worth in the region of £ 30m.
The Albanian international has apparently been identified as Moyes’ top attacking target in this window after a great season on loan at Southampton.
Tottenham still in Gabriel Jesus hunt
Gabriel Jesus is another in-demand Brazil star whose transfer could be wrapped up soon.
W reported reports suggest that the Manchester City striker’s agents will travel to the UK this week in order to try and finalize a move to Arsenal.
However, while transfer specialist Gianluca Di Marzio insists that Arsenal “will do everything” to get the deal over the line, he also reports that Tottenham have also not given up hope and will try to sign the 25-year-old.
Chelsea join Richarlison battle
In case you missed this news last night, Chelsea have reportedly joined the fight to sign Everton forward Richarlison.
Arsenal and Tottenham are known to be chasing Raphinha’s Brazilian international colleague, who wants to leave Goodison Park this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, that is now a three-way London fight with Chelsea attempting to revamp their forward line in Todd Boehly’s first transfer window in charge.
The Blues are said to want both Richarlison and Raheem Sterling as part of a more mobile attacking unit, with Romelu Lukaku on his way back to Inter Milan on loan.
Everton are willing to hear offers for Richarlison, under contract on Merseyside until 2024, but will demand in excess of £ 50m.
Arsenal to sign Raphinha ‘soon’
It’s all happening on the transfer front at Arsenal.
We should get official confirmation of Fabio Vieira £ 34m move from Porto later today, while reports suggest that the Gunners are also closing in on the signing of Leeds winger Raphinha.
Goal report that a deal worth around £ 43m could be completed as soon as this week, with Barcelona’s interest having apparently faded.
The Times report that Arsenal will now bid for Raphinha, who was keen on a move to the Camp Nou, with Tottenham also interested in his signature.