Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are among the busiest sides as the transfer window heats up ahead of pre-season.
The Gunners have agreed a deal with Manchester City to sign Gabriel Jesus, who is Mikel Arteta’s key attacking target, and will now look to Leeds’ Raphinha, who is high on Spurs’ shortlist along with the striker. Everton Richarlison. The Blues, meanwhile, have made Raheem Sterling their top target and are focused on a deal to sign the striker from City on a cut-price summer deal.
Defense is also an area the three hope to strengthen, with Arsenal facing a fight to sign Lisandro Martinez, while Manchester United are also keen on the Ajax man, with Spurs frustrated in their pursuit of Djed Spence and a central defender, while Thomas Tuchel made Juventus stalwart Matthijs De Ligt one of the six goals of the summer. Follow all the latest news with our LIVE blog below.
AC Milan open talks with Ziyech
A number of changes are expected at Chelsea this summer, especially in attack.
Thomas Tuchel is keen on big signings this summer after a disappointing season for his front line, although players will have to leave for that to happen.
According to SemperMilan, Hakim Ziyech could be one of those to go.
They claim Italian champions AC Milan are eager to sign the striker and could make a bid to bring him to San Siro.
Chelsea offer Werner and cash for De Ligt
Chelsea have offered £38m plus Timo Werner to sign Juventus defender Matthijs De Ligt, according to Sky Italia.
De Ligt is Thomas Tuchel’s main defensive target and the Blues boss plans to make six new additions to his squad in a major summer overhaul.
Werner is happy to make the move, although Juve may not be similarly inclined given De Ligt’s £103million release clause.
Spurs deal for Spence stalls
According to The Sun, Tottenham and Middlesbrough remain fairly far apart in their assessments of Djed Spence.
Boro is reportedly looking for £15m plus add-ons for the England U21 international, who is a top target for Antonio Conte.
Spurs, however, would value him at over £10million.
Arsenal intensify talks with Martinez
Arsenal continue to push for Lisandro Martinez this window.
Fabrizio Romano reports that there have been fresh contacts between the Gunners and Martinez’s agent, although Ajax are still reluctant to sell.
Should the Gunners cross the line, Nuno Tavares could well leave the Emirates this summer.
Spurs in Lenglet loan talks
ESPN claim that Spurs and Barcelona have been in talks over a deal for Clement Lenglet for several weeks now.
It is claimed that the Spanish giants are hoping Spurs can convince the Frenchman to join them, as they try to free up wages.
Barca, however, are also said to be open to a loan deal.
Chelsea focus on Sterling
Chelsea still see Raheem Sterling as their top priority in the transfer window.
Fabrizio Romano reports that although the Blues have shown interest in Raphinha, it is Sterling they really want to bring to Stamford Bridge.
He has just 12 months left on his contract with Manchester City and Pep Guardiola is believed to be ready to sell the Englishman.
Man City to sign Phillips
Speaking of Leeds, Manchester City have agreed a fee of around £42m for Kalvin Phillips.
In a separate deal, Darko Gyabi will go the other way for a fee of around £5m.
West Ham had tried to sign the player in January but saw a £50m offer snubbed and now the Premier League champions appear to be closing in.
Raphinha case now more difficult?
Could Kalvin Phillips’ impending move to Manchester City impact Leeds’ sale of Raphinha?
There is certainly no need for Leeds to sell the Brazilian, with City buying Phillips for £42million.
With Chelsea likely focusing on Raheem Sterling, it appears to be a direct race between Arsenal and Tottenham for Raphinha – but any hopes of bringing the price down appear to have ended.
Arsenal strike deal with Man City for Jesus
Arsenal have reached an agreement with Man City to sign Gabriel Jesus for a guaranteed £45million, Fabrizio Romano reports.
The Gunners are now set to complete a move for the Brazilian, seeing them win the race for Jesus who has been dragging on for weeks.
Personal conditions are currently being discussed, which should also be agreed quickly.