Transfer news: The latest reaction as the summer window ends


Transfer Window REACTION: All the latest news after a stunning 12 weeks of transfers draws to an epic close

After an astonishing 12 weeks, the summer transfer window has now officially come to a close.

The future of England captain Harry Kane was a storyline that dominated much of the window, but Daniel Levy and Tottenham remained strong as they held onto their talisman.

But while Kane was a major talking point, his stay was perhaps dwarfed by the stunning bombshells that Lionel Messi joined PSG from Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo completed a stunning return to Manchester United.

Meanwhile, the British transfer record was smashed as Manchester City shelled out £ 100million for Jack Grealish, while Chelsea also brought back a former forward in Romelu Lukaku, for the measly sum of £ 98m.

Sportsmail will keep you up-to-date with all the latest reaction below.

Bayern Munich ‘fear wantaway Robert Lewandowski will simply TEAR UP his contract and leave for just £ 20.5m’, by using the rarely-used 2004 ‘Webster ruling’ which allows players over 28 to buy out their deals

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Bayern Munich are growing increasingly concerned that star-striker Robert Lewandowski will take legal action as he continues to push for a move out of Germany. The Polish striker has made his desires to leave the club clear with the Bayern hierarchy, having refused to extend his current contract that comes to an end summer 2023. But with Lewandowski trying to force an exit this summer, with Barcelona interested in his services, the German club are worried the striker will take actions that not many have taken before.

Who can FINALLY fix Manchester United’s midfield? The Barcelona star who Ten Hag knows VERY well, a £ 100m Englishman looking to step up and long-standing targets at Wolves and Lazio are all summer options as they search for stars

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It’s Manchester United’s most pressing need as the Erik ten Hag era at Old Trafford gets underway. A midfielder, or ideally two, to replace the departing Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata, finally solving a shortcoming in the United squad that has festered for several years now. Their lack of a top class defensive or central midfielder – with Fred and Scott McTominay the usual combination – has been brutally exposed by quite a few opponents in the underwhelming season that has just finished. Sportsmail assesses some of the possible targets in this problem position and United’s chances of signing them.

Argentina star Lautaro Martinez reveals he wants to STAY at Inter Milan as he’s got a ‘clear plan’ … handing suitors Chelsea and Tottenham a summer transfer blow

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Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez has revealed he hopes to remain at Inter Milan, ending speculation about a potential move to the Premier League this summer. The 24-year-old had been linked with Chelsea and Tottenham – where he would have joined up with former boss Antonio Conte – but it appears he will now not be moving to England this summer. ‘The Bull’ scored his 20th goal for Argentina in just 38 games on Wednesday as his country lifted the Finalissima trophy with victory over Italy at Wembley, and has always had plenty of admirers since breaking onto the scene.

Manchester United scouts rave over their OWN player Andreas Pereira after being sent to Brazil to pursue a transfer target … with the on-loan midfielder catching the eye of the Red Devils’ talent-spotters

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Manchester United scouts sent to watch a potential transfer target in Brazil have returned to report that their one of their own players was the most impressive on the pitch. United’s talent-spotters were sent to watch 21-year-old midfielder Joao Gomes play for Flamengo recently – but instead highlighted Andreas Pereira as the most notable performer on the night.

Chelsea reunited in Madrid: Thibaut Courtois welcomes Antonio Rudiger to European champions Real after star defender followed his path from Stamford Bridge to the Bernabeu

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The Real Madrid goalkeeper took to twitter to congratulate the German defender after his long-speculated move from west London was made official on Thursday. Rudiger is now the second Blues defender to leave the club after rejecting a new contract, with Andreas Christensen already having departed Stamford Bridge. The German international had announced his decision to leave the club prior to the end of the season, and had already issued an open letter to Chelsea fans after five years and 203 appearances.

Alvaro Morata insists joining Juventus on a permanent deal is ‘NOT up to me’ as he speaks out on his future after his two-year loan from Atletico Madrid ended … as he pleas to a club who ‘is interested in playing me’

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Spain forward Alvaro Morata (main and right inset) has spoken out on his Juventus future after his loan spell at the Italian club ended. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid man had spent the last two years on loan in Italy from Atletico Madrid, but it seems he will be forced to return back to the Spanish capital this summer. That’s at least in the meantime, with the forward having plenty to work out regarding his future next season and beyond. The £ 50million man, who scored Spain’s only goal as they drew with Portugal on Thursday, has been a favorite of Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri during his stay, so his comments are perhaps aimed at Madrid manager Diego Simeone (left inset), who loaned him out and is yet to give the forward an appearance since he joined the club permanently from Chelsea in 2020.

‘I can not speak …’: Romelu Lukaku keeps his cards close to his chest (for once!) As he’s asked about quitting Chelsea to return to Inter Milan, after telling his old club he’ll take a 50% pay cut to end his £ 97.5m nightmare in London

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Romelu Lukaku has refused to be drawn on his future amid speculation that he will end his disappointing stay at Chelsea to return to Inter Milan. Lukaku has been strongly linked with a move back to Italy after struggling in England following his club-record £ 97.5million transfer to Chelsea last summer. The 29-year-old Belgian striker has four years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge but is keen to end his time with the club to re-sign for Inter, who he left to join Chelsea in August.

Transfer news LIVE: Juventus ready to offer Paul Pogba £ 135,000 a week deal after his Manchester United exit, while Frank Lampard ‘eyes up Chelsea duo Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour for Everton’

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Here is Sportsmail’s daily live blog for all the latest transfer news and rumors with a number of high-profile players set to be on the move this summer.

Frank Lampard ‘is looking to use his Chelsea connections to lure Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour to Everton’, with rising stars’ long-term futures unclear

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Both players were sent out on loan last season, with Gallagher dazzling at Crystal Palace and Gilmour enduring a more difficult time at Norwich. Their long-term futures at Stamford Bridge are unclear, and it appears that former Blues hero Frank Lampard, now in charge of the Toffees, could move in for them. Indeed, talkSPORT have said Lampard will look to use his ‘connections’ at Chelsea to lure Gallagher across to the blue half of Merseyside. The midfielder picked up Palace’s Player of the Year award for his stunning 2021/22 campaign, and chairman Steve Parish has admitted he would like to keep him.

Paulo Dybala puts Man United, Spurs and Arsenal on red alert by revealing he would ‘like to know’ the Premier League, as he prepares to leave Juventus on a free transfer this month

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Dybala, 28, will become a free agent later this month when his contract with the Turin giants runs down, and bid an emotional goodbye to fans after his final home game. However, his presence in the market has left the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Inter Milan on red alert and prepared to swoop in. While Dybala is not getting carried away with the speculation, he has openly spoken about what may lie in store for him next, which could include a switch to England. It is unlikely that Dybala will remain without a club for too long this summer.

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