The summer transfer window will soon open and, already, deals are being done.
Erling Haaland is set to be unveiled by Manchester City later today and his arrival could force Gabriel Jesus out. Arsenal, amid their search for a striker, have stepped up their pursuit of the Brazilian. Alvaro Morata is also a top target for a surprise loan move from Atletico Madrid.
Harry Kane is open to the idea of a new contract at Tottenham, while Erik ten Hag is reportedly close to making his first signing at Manchester United in the shape of Ajax defender Jurrien Timber.
Sadio Mane, meanwhile, has refused to discuss his Liverpool future following Mohamed Salah’s revelation that he will stay at Anfield next season despite no developments over a new contract.
Todd Boehly’s takeover at Chelsea is set to go through and Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig is thought to be an early target as Thomas Tuchel attempts to immediately catch up to Manchester City and Liverpool.
With the window open next week, things are certainly heating up.
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Torres prefers United to Spurs
Manchester United are the frontrunners to complete a £ 42.5million deal for Pau Torres.
The Villarreal defender is said by Cadena SER to have rejected an advance from Tottenham amid interest from Manchester City, Chelsea and United.
Old Trafford is claimed to be Torres’ preferred destination with his agents ready to travel to England in the coming days to thrash out a deal.
Sven Botman a key target for Newcastle
Newcastle are chasing a pair of deals to kick off their summer spending, according to the Telegraph.
Long-term target Sven Botman is once again on their radar, along with Leeds midfielder Jack Harrison.
West Brom have snapped up Reading’s ex-Chelsea playmaker John Swift after his contract expired.
Arsenal and Real Madrid fight for Gnabry
Real Madrid have made Serge Gnabry a surprise target for a summer transfer swoop.
However, Arsenal are also said to be keen on the Bayern Munich winger who came through the Gunners’ academy ranks.
The Bundesliga giants are said by Bild to be in talks over a new contract ahead of the last 12 months of his remaining deal, and a deadlock in negotiations may lead to a sale.
The United agenda
Manchester United will NOT splash the cash during Erik ten Hag’s first summer at the club.
The Mail report on concerns of debt rising £ 52m at the club in the latest financial figures, despite a 29 per cent rise in revenue.
Bringing through youth is instead their focus under the new boss with the likes of Ajax duo Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez targeted, plus Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
No Chelsea announcement expected tonight
According to the BBC, Chelsea will not make a public statement on the sale of the club to Todd Boehly tonight.
The final details are being hammered out as the American looks to purchase the team from Roman Abramovich – but the green light is not expected until tomorrow.
Eddie Nketiah latest
Arsenal always had multiple plans up their sleeve coming into this transfer window, writes Standard Sport’s Simon Collings …
Different factors have impacted them, such as whether they were playing in the Champions League or Europa League next season and whether certain players leave. Keeping Eddie Nketiah will certainly make Arsenal think carefully about what they do next.
It is no secret that Mikel Arteta wanted Nketiah to stay. On multiple occasions he has spoken publicly urging the striker to stick around, admitting he had not given him the game-time he deserved.
Read the full story.
Man United to battle Chelsea for Nkunku
Christopher Nkunku is a major target for Manchester United with the forward’s representatives said to be in talks with the club over a summer switch.
Chelsea and Real Madrid have also been linked with the RB Leizpig star, and the Bundesliga side are said to be weighing up a new contract offer as they look to keep him.
But Sky Germany say that Nkunku is not convinced by staying at the club and talks are underway over joining Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
Could Chelsea swoop for Neymar?
Kylian Mbappe’s new contract at Paris Saint-Germain has opened up the possibility of Neymar leaving the club.
Goal claim that the Ligue 1 champions will contemplate offers for the 30-year-old Brazilian with Barcelona in the mix, while the newly-enriched Newcastle have also been talked up as a prospect and a move from Chelsea is also said to be on the cards.
Arsenal linked with Alvaro Morata
Juventus’ hesitancy in paying £ 29million to keep Alvaro Morata could lead to Arsenal swooping for the Spanish striker.
Still under contract at Atletico Madrid, he is said by Sport to be wanted by the Gunners for around £ 25m.
The ball could still be in Juve’s court as they seek to keep the striker but Morata would be available to leave Atleti if his loan in Turin ends, with Arsenal very much on the lookout for a striker.