We are just one day away from the opening of the summer transfer window for business as clubs scramble to get those first key deals down the line.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in a shock move for Raheem Sterling this summer, while Richarlison could snub Arsenal for the Blues. Thomas Tuchel’s side are also linked with Lautaro Martinez and Ousmane Dembele as Inter Milan seek a return for Romelu Lukaku.
Elsewhere at Arsenal, there are updates on their pursuit of Gianluca Scamacca and Yves Bissouma, as well as their bid to keep Bukayo Saka. Tottenham join their neighbors as one of the suitors for Gabriel Jesus while their failed pursuit of Alessandro Bastoni has led them to Roma defender Roger Ibanez.
Liverpool remain stuck in talks over Darwin Nunez, although the sale of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich is progressing. Manchester United also want the Uruguayan, although Frenkie de Jong remains their main target during the early stages of Erik ten Hag’s rebuild.
Bale back to Wales?
Chief executive Noel Mooney has said the Football Association of Wales hopes Gareth Bale chooses to return home as he chooses his new club this summer.
“We are here at Cardiff City Stadium, and the FAW are at Vale of Glamorgan, which is not that far away,” Mooney told Sky Sports.
“So logistically, and the FAW being selfish about it, if he came back to that area – or anywhere near it to be fair – we would be thrilled because we would see him more.
“The more we see Gareth the better. It doesn’t have to be Cardiff City by the way, but if he comes back to that part of the world we would be very happy.
Bayer Leverkusen manager Simon Rolfes has revealed that the club haven’t yet received any offers for Moussa Diaby.
Newcastle have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old in recent weeks but that interest has yet to materialize into anything official.
“Of course we want to keep Moussa as long as possible,” Rolfes told the Daily Express.
“I know a lot of scouts sat on our stand during our games because we have a lot of interesting, exciting young players with great potential.
“So it’s the same with Patrik Schick. We don’t have any offers for him but we’re not even looking for that yet. We would like to keep him and play with him next year in the Champions League.
Bayern will respect Mane’s assessment
Liverpool are increasingly confident that Bayern Munich will match their valuation and sign Sadio Mane this summer.
According to the Telegraph, Bayern will pay the £40million fee and the deal is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
This will then help fund Liverpool’s move for Darwin Nunez, who can progress once the sale of Mane is complete.
Van Gaal backs Barcelona over De Jong
Louis van Gaal believes Barcelona are right to demand a huge fee from Manchester United for Frenkie de Jong.
The Dutch midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag keen to make him one of his first signings.
However, Barcelona are waiting for their valuation to be respected and Dutch boss Van Gaal was in no mood to help his former club United secure the player for less.
“Frenkie de Jong brings an extra quality, of course,” he said.
“That’s why he is also worth 112 million euros.”
Perfect summer window for Arsenal
A small squad caught up with Mikel Arteta and his players towards the end of the campaign, as did the big players’ injuries, and providing more depth in key positions will be a priority this transfer window.
There are also a number of players returning to the Emirates after loan spells, many of them unlikely to have a long-term future with the Gunners.
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Lacazette gives his first interview after his return to Lyon
Alexandre Lacazette speaks for the first time since the confirmation of his return to Lyon.
The striker joined the club on a free transfer after his contract at Arsenal expired and he is confident he can help send Lyon back to Europe.
“Even without Europe, the project is important,” Lacazette said.
“I felt useful in the locker room and on the pitch. It was the best decision to make.
“It took me a long time to make my decision. Football is a beautiful profession. It was complicated to follow Lyon’s last season from a distance because I couldn’t help it. I hope this period is over and that we will find a great Lyon.
“The priority is above all to help the club return to the top of the bill with European qualification.”
Encourages to look elsewhere for the central defender
Tottenham are set to explore other centre-back options after receiving a blow in their pursuit of Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni, writes Malik Ouzia.
Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Turin’s Gleison Bremer are among the players Spurs are interested in, as Antonio Conte looks to once again strengthen his backline following the successful arrival of Cristian Romero last summer.
Conte had identified Bastoni as his No.1 defensive target, having worked with the £50m-rated 23-year-old during his time at Inter. But the player’s agent, Tulio Tinti, claimed yesterday that he is likely to stay at Milan, where he is under contract until 2024.
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Danjuma clarifies transfer rumors
Arnaut Danjuma has responded to rumors linking him with a move to Manchester United or Liverpool this summer.
In a recent interview, the Villarreal man said he was made aware of Liverpool’s interest but has now clarified the situation and insisted he is happy in Spain.
“I’m aware of it because of the media but I’ve never confirmed Liverpool’s interest because the only one who confirms it to me is my team,” Danjuma told Sky Sports.
“I haven’t heard anything from my team and as things stand I’m enjoying my football at Villarreal. I’m really happy there. We’ve had a fantastic season.
“Unai Emery has been fantastic with me. The striking coach has been fantastic for me. The whole club has been amazing for me, so I would never downgrade the club I play for that way.
Chelsea interested in Sterling
Raheem Sterling is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract with Manchester City and a shock summer move could be on the cards.
The Telegraph reports that many top European clubs believe Sterling could leave the Etihad this window, with City keen to avoid losing him for free next summer.
Chelsea are the English club most interested in the striker, who are reportedly considering joining the Blues and see the chance to play in London as an attractive opportunity. Real Madrid and Barcelona are also monitoring the situation.
Karius leaves Liverpool
Divock Origi isn’t the only man to leave Liverpool this summer.
Loris Karius, Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn will also leave when their contracts expire at the end of June.
It ends Karius’ time as a Liverpool player – his last competitive appearance for the club was the 2018 Champions League final when he produced a disastrous display in a 3-1 loss to Liverpool. Real Madrid.
Announcing his departure, Liverpool called the match a “personal and collective disappointment”.