The summer is upon us as Premier League clubs turn their attention to bolstering their squads during the transfer window.
Arsenal are looking to make an early start to their business, having held talks with the likes of Victor Osimhen and Gabriel Jesus. Reports now suggest the Gunners are also keen on a return to the club for Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are eager to refresh their forward line and are reportedly ready to launch a bid for RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku to beat rival interest, while they have not given up hope of landing Aurelien Tchouameni.
Over at Tottenham, the situation is brighter. Fresh from a £ 150m cash injection from the owners, Antonio Conte is said to be keen on swoops for Eintracht Frankfurt wing-back Filip Kostic and Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni, while Harry Kane is ready to re-commit his future to the club. Fraser Forster is also set to join Spurs.
Jurrien Timber, meanwhile, is reportedly close to a move to Manchester United as Erik Ten Hag puts his plans in place for a rebuild.
Erling Haaland is set to be unveiled by Manchester City, who are also welcoming Julian Alvarez to the club and chasing a deal for Leeds star Kalvin Phillips.
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Man United on ‘brink’ of Jurrien Timber signing
Manchester United are reportedly close to the signing of Ajax defender, Jurrien Timber.
The £ 30m defender is believed to be a big target of Erik Ten Hag’s after impressing under him at Ajax.
With Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane struggling to convince, central defense appears to be the main area Ten Hag is focusing on improving and towering Timber could well answer that call.
Tammy Abraham refuses to rule out Premier League return
Tammy Abraham has enjoyed a wonderful season with AS Roma, scoring 27 times across all competitions and winning the Europa Conference League in his first year.
Still, the former Chelsea forward – who Arsenal have been linked with – refused to rule out a potential return to England.
“I would say I’m more than happy here,” he told BT Sport.
“Just the experience here, I had the experience of just the derby game. Derby games of course are big, but here they filled the roads weeks before the game. That’s all they were talking about.
“We had another game before it, they [the fans] weren’t even talking about that game, they were saying, “We have to beat Lazio”. Just the rivalry, the atmosphere in the stadium, just everything is incredible.
“So I’m happy here. You never know what the future holds, you can not write the future, but as far as it is I’m satisfied. “
A closer look at Julian Alvarez
Well, Erling Haaland is one thing but the other Manchester City striker have signed ahead of next season is not too bad himself.
Julian Alvarez, who will compete for a starting berth alongside Haaland, scored SIX for River Plate against Alianza Lima in the Copa Libertadores.
A worry for West Ham?
The Guardian claim West Ham’s talks with Tomas Soucek over a potential new deal have hit an impasse.
While the midfielder still has two years to run on his current deal, talks in regards to a potential pay-rise have stalled in recent weeks.
David Moyes is understood to be looking at both James Ward-Prowse and Kalvin Phillips, although convincing either to join could be difficult.
Julian Alvaerz’s future is at Manchester City
Perhaps lost in all of the Erling Haaland news, it’s easy to forget Manchester City had already signed one of the game’s most exciting young strikers.
Julian Alvarez, who has torn up trees with River Plate, will arrive in the summer and compete with Haaland for a strarting berth.
City SEO Ferran Soriano told Martin Blackburn: “We’ve had many offers from clubs to loan Julian Alvarez – but he is not going to leave.
“He will do pre-season with us and I think he will stay. Barcelona? No, Barça were not interested ”.
Chelsea want to keep BOTH N’Golo Kante and Jorginho
One of the first orders of business for Chelsea in the Todd Boehly era will be to tie down the future of players who will soon see their contracts expire.
Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have already been lost on free transfers, although Thomas Tuchel is eager to keep his midfield in-tact.
According to the BBC, the club are keen on extending the deals of both N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
The pair are entering the final year of their deals but there is a hope fresh contracts can be offered once the takeover goes through.
Could Lucas Paqueta join the Newcastle revolution?
The Times claim Newcastle are ready to break their transfer record and move for Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta.
Good friends with a certain Bruno Guimaraes, the Brazilian international has previously been spotted donning a Newcastle strip while visiting the man emerging as a cult-hero on St James’ Park.
With Joelinton also impressing, Newcastle’s South American contingent could grow further with the club’s backers now eager to wrap up the Paqueta deal for around £ 50m.
West Ham and Aston Villa eye Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The Daily Mirror claim Liverpool outcast Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is of interest to both West Ham and Aston Villa.
The midfielder has only made 17 appearances this season and has fallen further down the pecking order following the emergence of Harvey Elliott and the signing of Luis Diaz.
Even with Liverpool fighting across a number of fronts, Oxlade-Chamberlain has struggled for game time and could be offered a route out by either West Ham or Villa.
David Moyes will be granted money for a rebuild this summer as he attempts to build on another strong campaign, while Gerrard’s Villa are ambitiously spending having already wrapped up deals for Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara.
Exclusive: Kane ready to enter Spurs contract talks
Harry Kane is happy at Tottenham and open to signing a new contract with the club, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Kane pushed to join Manchester City last summer and is thought to have rejected a contract extension shortly after reluctantly conceding that he would be staying at Spurs.
But the England captain is now said to be excited by Spurs’ progress under Antonio Conte and increasingly hopeful he can fulfill his ambitions of winning a trophy with his boyhood club next season.
Kane is yet to hold talks with the club, with two years to run on his current deal, and has been focussed on securing Champions League qualification.
The striker is also waiting to discover the outcome of Conte’s crunch talks with managing director Fabio Paratici this week but, provided Spurs back the head coach as planned, Kane is thought to be happy to entertain an approach from the club when he returns for pre- season.
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Arsenal want Serge Gnabry return
Staying with Arsenal for a moment, could a return to the Emirates be in the works for Serge Gnabry?
German publication Bild’s head of football Christian Falk insists it is true that the Gunners are interested in taking the forward back to north London.
What’s more, he says Gnabry “can imagine” going back to Arsenal, the club he left amid a lack of regular first-team opportunities in 2016 before going on to star in the Bundesliga.
However, it is said that the deal is not realistic for this summer, with Mikel Arteta’s side having missed out on a return to the Champions League on the final day of the season.
Rather, next summer could be the ideal time for a move to occur, with Gnabry’s Bayern deal set to expire then.
Gnabry’s future could also have a big impact on that of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, who has been heavily linked to the reigning German champions.