The Premier League season has barely finished but it is already time to look ahead to what is expected to be an enthralling summer transfer window.
Champions Manchester City have already wrapped up a deal for superstar striker Erling Haaland and are now on the hunt for a new midfielder, while Liverpool will again need to bolster their squad just to keep up and are trying to sign Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni.
It’s another new dawn at Manchester United under Erik ten Hag, and plenty of new faces are expected at Old Trafford, while Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has already hinted at new attacking signings once Todd Boehly’s takeover at Stamford Bridge is completed.
Tottenham must add more quality to their squad now they are back in the Champions League, while Arsenal are expected to back Mikel Arteta again after performing above expectations to qualify for the Europa League. Reports suggest the north London rivals are battling for the signature of City star Gabriel Jesus.
The future of Robert Lewandowski will also be a major talking point as he prepares to leave Bayern Munich amid links to Barcelona, though Kylian Mbappe has announced he is staying put at Paris Saint-Germain and not joining Real Madrid after all, leaving LaLiga furious.
The window opens on June 10 and runs until 11pm BST on September 1.
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Man United want to sell Wan-Bissaka and Bailly
Manchester United still intends on selling both Eric Bailly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fabrizio Romano reports
Edinson Cavani’s exit is already set and now United will listen to offers for the two defenders.
It remains to be seen if there are any interested parties.
Aouar again of interest
It would not be a transfer window without Houssem Aouar.
Still at Lyon, the former Arsenal and Juventus target is being looked at by Copa del Rey winners Real Betis.
According to Foot Mercato, Betis want to link Aouar up with another former Premier League target in Nabil Fekir and hope to agree a deal of around £ 15m.
Liverpool agree Tchouameni deal
Liverpool have agreed a deal with Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, reports suggest.
The French international, 22, has been rumored as a key transfer target for Jurgen Klopp and was previously on the radars of both Manchester United and Chelsea.
French outlet RMC Sport now report that both Liverpool and Real Madrid have agreed personal terms with Tchouameni, who now faces a choice of who to join.
Neither side has yet agreed a fee with Monaco, who are said to be holding out for around € 80m for a prized asset still under contract until 2024.
Tottenham to rival Arsenal for Gabriel Jesus
Tottenham and Arsenal look set to do battle for Gabriel Jesus this summer.
Former Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta is known to be keen on a reunion with the Brazilian striker, with the Gunners having held promising discussions with agent Marcelo Pettinati.
Jesus has remained an important figure for Premier League champions City this term and started yesterday’s dramatic, title-clinching win over Aston Villa, though is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract and will be pushed down the Etihad pecking order by the imminent arrival of Erling Haaland.
On Monday, The Telegraph reported that Spurs are set to rival Arsenal for the signature of Jesus as they look to further bolster a potent attack containing Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski, who will arrive on a permanent transfer from Juventus.
Kane looks set to stay put in north London after Tottenham’s return to the Champions League, though the fate of manager Antonio Conte remains unclear despite that significant achievement.
Quite how City will respond to Spurs’ pursuit of Jesus given their frustrating failed chase for Kane last summer remains to be seen also …
Ten Hag press conference
Erik ten Hag will be officially unveiled as Manchester United’s new manager at 12pm BST.
He was at Selhurst Park on Sunday to watch his new team lose to Crystal Palace.
You will be able to follow it live with us.
Villa win Boubacar race
Aston Villa have moved quickly to seal a deal for Olympique Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara.
The highly rated 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and, according to widespread reports, Villa Park will be his next destination.
He told Telefoot on Sunday: “I’ve now decided to leave OM and join a new league … You’ll know my new club soon.”
Spurs have Perisic boost
Tottenham are looking into signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic on a free transfer, according to ESPN.
The 33-year-old is out of contract next month and remains locked in talks with Inter over an extension, though an exit is expected.
Juventus currently lead the race for his signature but a move to Spurs reportedly interests Perisic due to the prospect of reuniting with Tottenham.
Lewandowski talks confirmed
Barcelona coach Xavi has confirmed talks are underway to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern.
“It’s a possibility that he could come, yes,” Xavi said at a press conference over the weekend.
“He has said it publicly as well. There are negotiations, but it will not be easy, he has a one-year contract with Bayern.”
Arsenal make £ 76m Osimhen bid
Arsenal have failed with a huge £ 76million offer for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to reports from Italy.
Mikel Areta is reportedly ready to break the club’s transfer record on the Napoli forward, who has impressed in Serie A this season after joining from Lille.
Italian outfit Calciomercato claim Napoli have no interest in cashing in on the young striker, who Arsenal have long admired.
Good morning and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the summer transfer window.
With clubs in far stronger financial footing after the pandemic and many in need of reinforcement ahead of a season which, for the first time, includes a World Cup, we should be treated to a huge few months.
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