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Transfer news - LIVE!

The summer transfer window will soon open and, already, deals are being done.

Arsenal could be the biggest spenders in the entire market with Bologna defender Aaron Hickey reportedly the subject of a bid from the Gunners.

Amid their search for a striker, Arsenal have stepped up their pursuit of Gabriel Jesus. Alvaro Morata is also a top target for a surprise loan move from Atletico Madrid.

Todd Boehly’s takeover at Chelsea is set to go through today 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.

Leipzig is a popular hunting ground, it seems, with both Nkunku and defender Nordi Mukiele of interest to Manchester United. There has even been talk of a shock move to Barcelona for Harry Maguire.

Harry Kane is open to the idea of a new contract at Tottenham as Antonio Conte starts to map out his summer transfer plans but reports this morning report that Liverpool are interested in the striker.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland is expected to be unveiled by Manchester City today and his arrival could force Gabriel Jesus out.

Follow all of the action LIVE below with Standard Sport’s transfer centre!

Latest news and rumours

  • Arsenal and West Ham duel for Aaron Hickey

  • Chelsea and Man United battle for Christopher Nkunku

  • Gabriel Jesus latest

  • Marquinhos to Arsenal hit by legal battle

  • Liverpool hold talks with Harry Kane

  • Harry Maguire linked with shock Barcelona switch

Newcastle set to bid for Moussa Diaby

12:13 , Marc Mayo

Newcastle have emerged as a key contender to sign Moussa Diaby this summer.

L’Equipe detail plans to make an offer for the Bayer Leverkusen winger in the coming days.

Diaby has hit 17 goals and contributed 14 assists this season.

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West Ham close in on Nayef Aguerd

12:01 , Marc Mayo

West Ham are nearing their first major business of the summer in the shape of Nayef Aguerd.

The Mail report on a £15million deal being in the offing for the Moroccan defender from Rennes.

The position is one the Hammers are in need of back-up with Arthur Masuaku a target for a summer exit to Fulham.

Harry Maguire to Barcelona?!

11:48 , Marc Mayo

There have been rumours circulating of a potential surprise switch to Barcelona for Manchester United defender Harry Maguire.

Alas, transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the deal is “not realistic” despite the LaLiga giants’ attempts at signing a new centre-back this window.

Andreas Christensen of Chelsea is set to arrive at the Camp Nou for a free-transfer move from Chelsea.

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Ousmane Dembele agent reveals situation

11:42 , Marc Mayo

Ousmane Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has made a statement on his client’s future amid interest from Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and a potential renewal with Barcelona.

“Ousmane’s future remains open,” he is quoted as saying. “We are and have always been very respectful to all clubs and this will continue to be the case while the process is ongoing”.

“When it is the right time to make a decision, Ousmane will consider the best option for his future.”

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Arsenal man wanted by second-tier clubs

11:29 , Marc Mayo

Millwall and QPR are among several Championship clubs interested in signing Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard, writes Standard Sport’s Simon Collings...

Ballard, who excelled on loan at Millwall last season, can leave Arsenal permanently this summer if the right offer is made.

Interest is already high in the 22-year-old, who is a senior Northern Ireland international and had a good loan at Blackpool during the 2020-21 season.

Read the full story.

Bayern confident of Sadio Mane deal

11:14 , Marc Mayo

Sky in Germany claim that Bayern Munich are confident of a £42million deal for Sadio Mane ahead of his Liverpool contract expiring in 12 months’ time.

Bayern transfer chief Hasan Salihamidzic has reportedly made the winger his top priority for the summer, having held talks with the player’s camp.

Mane is set to reveal his plans for the future after the Champions League final.

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Mauricio Pochettino makes statement on future

11:08 , Marc Mayo

Mauricio Pochettino has stated his intent to continue at Paris Saint-Germain.

The coach told Spanish radio station Cope: “As of today, I’m staying as Paris Saint-Germain manager.

“As of today, nothing has changed and I [want to] stay here 100 per cent. I’m focused on PSG. I’m under contract until June 2023 and I want to continue here.”

Juventus seeking Arsenal defender

10:58 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal have reportedly told Juventus to fork out £40million to sign Gabriel.

The Brazilian defender has been a mainstay in Mikel Arteta’s defence but is a target for the Bianconeri.

According to Tuttosport, the Gunners are currently pricing Juve out of a deal.

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Mkhitaryan on the move

10:50 , Marc Mayo

Henrikh Mkhitaryan could sign for Inter Milan this summer.

The former Arsenal and Manchester United man, who recently won the Europa Conference League with Roma, La Gazzetta dello Sport have detailed advanced negotiations over a two-year switch when his contract expires next month.

Palace near Johnstone deal

10:37 , Marc Mayo

Crystal Palace are the clear frontrunners to sign Sam Johnstone after holding talks with the England goalkeeper.

Johnstone is a free agent this summer after turning down the chance to sign a new contract at Championship club West Brom.

The goalkeeper has been the subject of plenty of interest, but he is now closing in on a move to Palace.

Standard Sport reported Palace’s interest in Johnstone earlier this week and it is understood talks have taken place since then.

Read the full story.

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Nkunku latest

10:27 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United could make a formal transfer offer for Christopher Nkunku next week.

Sky in Germany claim that both Erik ten Hag and Ralf Rangnick are big fans of the Frenchman, although RB Leipzig will hold out for a big fee.

Chelsea are another team strongly linked with Nkunku.

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Marquinhos to Arsenal update

10:21 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal’s £3million move for Brazilian teenager Marquinhos faces the threat of becoming a legal battle after it was claimed the player had already agreed to join Wolves this summer.

The Gunners have agreed a deal with Sao Paulo for the winger, who has also given the green light over a move to Emirates Stadium.

There could however be issues as, according to reports in Brazil, a legal battle may ensue amid claims Wolves had already agreed a pre-contract with Marquinhos. Arsenal and Wolves declined to comment when contacted by Standard Sport.

Read the full story.

Cucurella in demand

10:06 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham have been told to fork out £45million to land Brighton wing-back Marc Cucurella.

The Spaniard has been a revelation on the south coast since arriving from Getafe.

According to The Sun, the Blues are most interested ahead of selling Marcos Alonso in the coming months.

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Milan push for Botman

09:44 , Marc Mayo

AC Milan could become major players in this summer’s market if the proposed takeover by US investment firm Red Bird comes off.

TuttoMercatoWeb detail plans to bring in Domenico Berardi, Renato Sanches and Sven Botman plus the already-sealed signing of Divock Origi once the deal is done.

Newcastle have been big fans of Botman for some time but Milan are said to be in pole position for the Lille defender.

Breaking news

09:28 , Marc Mayo

West Ham have confirmed the departures of Ryan Fredericks and Andriy Yarmolenko as David Moyes continues to plot for a summer rebuild at the London Stadium.

Yarmolenko had previously stated he was “95 per cent” certain to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of next month and will be available on a free transfer, having scored 13 times in 86 appearances for the Hammers.

Fredericks is expected to return to newly-promoted Fulham, from whom he joined West Ham in 2018, as Moyes looks to upgrade his options at full-back during the window.

Gabriel Jesus latest

09:18 , Marc Mayo

As Standard Sport reported yesterday, Arsenal are stepping up their bid to sign Gabriel Jesus.

Jesus has just one year left on his contract at City, who are inclined to sell him this summer if he will not agree an extension.

Tottenham and Juventus are also interested.

Read the full story.

Arsenal transfer guide

09:02 , Marc Mayo

Standard Sport’s Simon Collings delivers his comprehensive guide to Arsenal’s summer window...

“Gabriel Jesus and YouriTielemans look the prime targets for Arsenal, but they have been linked with many others. In attack, Darwin Nunez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jonathan David and Tammy Abraham have all been scouted, while in midfield they have also tracked Ruben Neves in the past too.

“When it comes to full-backs, Aaron Hickey has been heavily linked with Arsenal, but they are fans of Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence too - who excelled on loan at Nottingham Forest this season.

“When it comes to wide forwards, Arsenal are known admirers of Cody Gakpo, while a move to bring Serge Gnabry back to the club has been touted too.”

Read the full story.

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Chelsea face competition for Koulibaly

08:50 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea remain in the hunt for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Today’s edition of Tuttosport outlines interest in the Senegal star from several clubs as he enters the final year of his contract.

Juventus are tipped to pique their interest in the coming weeks while Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, who have already signed Andreas Christensen, remain in the hunt.

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Aaron Hickey latest

08:38 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal have launched a bid of £21.5million for Bologna defender Aaron Hickey, according to reports in Italy.

The left-back is seen as an ideal back-up to Kieran Tierney having broken out with the Serie A club.

However, La Gazzetta dello Sport detail rival interest from West Ham in the Scot.

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Perisic holding out for Premier League switch

08:22 , Marc Mayo

Inter Milan are optimistic of securing Ivan Perisic to a new contract.

Corriere della Sera report on the Croatian winger currently pondering whether to wait for the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham, or commit to an extended stay at the Giuseppe Meazza.

A two-year contract worth over £80,000-a-week is said to be on the table from Inter.

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Arsenal eye Zinchenko

08:04 , Alex Young

Mikel Arteta is looking for a double raid on former club Man City.

According to the Mail, Arsenal will not settle for Gabriel Jesus and are also interested in a move for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

But Arteta has a plan to play the Ukrainian in midfield rather than his more recognised full-back role at the Etihad.

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Kane to Liverpool?

07:37 , Alex Young

Harry Kane’s future has been a hot topic this week.

Standard Sport understands the striker is open to a new contract at Spurs but this morning is being linked with a move to Liverpool.

Rob Gutmann of The Anfield Wrap podcast ‘The Gutter’ claims Kane and Liverpool have held talks.

Pinch of salt, and all that.

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Nkunku race hots up

07:27 , Alex Young

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.

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ICYMI: Arsenal identify top target

06:55 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal will step up their pursuit of Gabriel Jesus after Mikel Arteta made the Manchester City striker his top forward transfer target.

The Gunners are close to tying down Eddie Nketiah to a new five-year contract, worth around £100,000-a-week, and are ready to press ahead with a move for Jesus.

Representatives for the 25-year-old Brazilian have been in England this week for talks over his future, with Tottenham and Juventus also interested.

Read the full story.

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ICYMI: Tottenham summer transfer guide

06:25 , Marc Mayo

Rarely has there been so much optimism at Tottenham ahead of a summer transfer window.

The club is back in the Champions League, Harry Kane wants to stay and could even sign a new contract, and chairman Daniel Levy is preparing to hand Antonio Conte a summer warchest following an unprecedented £150million injection from owners ENIC.

Spurs still face the small matter of convincing Conte to stay - with the head coach due for a crunch meeting with managing director Fabio Paratici - and actually spending the money astutely, but all the signs point to this being a potentially pivotal summer in the club's recent history.

Read the full story.

ICYMI: Latest Chelsea plans

05:55 , Marc Mayo

Today should see Todd Boehly’s Chelsea takeover completed with a £200million transfer warchest to be handed to Thomas Tuchel once the American is handed the reins to the club.

Read the full story.

ICYMI: Harry Kane open to Tottenham contract talks

03:45 , Marc Mayo

Harry Kane is happy at Tottenham and open to signing a new contract with the club.

Kane pushed to join Manchester City last summer and is thought to have rejected a contract extension shortly after reluctantly conceding that he would be staying at Spurs.

But the England captain is now said to be excited by Spurs' progress under Antonio Conte and increasingly hopeful he can fulfil his ambitions of winning a trophy with his boyhood club next season.

Read the full story.

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Thursday 26 May 2022 22:56 , Marc Mayo

RB Leipzig right-back Nordi Mukiele has been the subject of an approach from Manchester United, according to L’Equipe.

Ralf Rangnick is known to be a big fan of the France international, who could be available for under £10m ahead of the final year of his contract.

Atletico Madrid have previously been linked with a move.

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Barcelona ahead of Arsenal in Aston Villa starlet race

Thursday 26 May 2022 22:50 , Marc Mayo

Carney Chukwuemeka is wanted by Arsenal and Barcelona.

The Spanish club held initial talks with the teenager’s representatives this week on a summer transfer, according to Sport.

Aston Villa may be forced to cash in on Chukwuemeka if they cannot tie him down to a new contract soon, with his existing deal expiring in a year’s time.

Manu Kone enters United’s radar

Thursday 26 May 2022 22:29 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United are among the clubs taking an interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Manu Kone.

According to L’Equipe, Leicester, Atletico Madrid and Juventus are keen on the Frenchman.

Gladbach signed Kone from Toulouse last summer and his debut year in the Bundesliga received high praise.

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Madrid take lead in Rafael Leao race

Thursday 26 May 2022 22:17 , Marc Mayo

A blow for Liverpool, Newcastle and Arsenal with Real Madrid now reportedly the frontrunners to land Rafael Leao.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reveal a £102million bid is being put together by Los Blancos after missing out on Kylian Mbappe.

The striker was a key man in AC Milan winning their first Scudetto in 11 years this month.

Dembele fight is back on

Thursday 26 May 2022 21:57 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea and Bayern Munich are monitoring Ousmane Dembele, according to Foot Mercato.

It is claimed that the chances of the French winger agreeing a new contract with Barcelona are not over yet.

However, he will become a free agent in a month’s time with the duo plus PSG keen on entering the bidding.

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Out of Luc

Thursday 26 May 2022 21:39 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira may well end up back at the club next season as he struggles to reach an agreement with loan club Fiorentina.

Agent Pablo Bentancur has revealed on Italian radio that hurdles in talks over personal terms have left his permanent switch to the Viola hanging by a thread.

“The margins for Lucas to stay in Florence are very small even if it’s not over yet,” he stated.

“The issue between him and the Viola is a contractual problem, it doesn’t take much to clarify with Fiorentina and my priority is to find an agreement with the Viola club.

“For now, he’s not thinking about other teams because he was very happy in Florence and is loved by fans. The problem is only contractual, commissions have nothing to do with it.”

Read the full story.

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United enter race for youngster

Thursday 26 May 2022 21:24 , Marc Mayo

Derby's Malcolm Ebiowei is a target for Manchester United.

Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano reports on interest in the young striker from a number of clubs, including Crystal Palace, Twente and Monaco.

The Mail add that Tottenham are keen on the 18-year-old after he scored once in 16 appearances for the Rams last season.

Arsenal boost in Aaron Hickey pursuit

Thursday 26 May 2022 21:08 , Marc Mayo

The path is about to be cleared for Arsenal to sign Aaron Hickey.

The Gunners’ chief rivals for the Scottish left-back were Napoli, who were also long-term fans of the Bologna man.

But the Serie A side are on the verge of landing Getafe defender Mathias Oliveira - handing Arsenal a clean route to bolstering their left-back position.

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Calvin Bassey in demand

Thursday 26 May 2022 21:01 , Marc Mayo

Having shelled out £26million for Diego Carlos earlier today, Aston Villa have another defender in their sights.

Rangers left-back Calvin Bassey is said to be a target in a deal which would have to top the figure paid to Sevilla for Carlos, so say Sky Sports.

The Europa League runners-up are keen to keep hold of the Nigerian, who is reportedly content at Ibrox but would be open to a Premier League switch.

The latest down at Chelsea

Thursday 26 May 2022 20:46 , Marc Mayo

Todd Boehly will personally oversee Chelsea’s transfer drive this summer after agreeing with Thomas Tuchel that a rebuild is needed to return them to the top, writes Standard Sport’s James Robson...

The American plans to spend much of the summer in the UK to ensure his new club are in a position to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool from the start of next season.

Boehly has made it clear he wants Chelsea to be in immediate contention for the Premier League title, and is prepared to give Tuchel all the backing he needs to make that happen.

Read the full story.

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Fredericks in demand

Thursday 26 May 2022 20:31 , Marc Mayo

Southampton are considering a move for West Ham’s soon-to-be out-of-contract defender Ryan Fredericks.

Fulham have also been linked with the 29-year-old but Saints will remain without Tino Livramento for the rest of the year and could do with competition for Kyle Walker-Peters.

Torres prefers United to Spurs

Thursday 26 May 2022 20:17 , Marc Mayo

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.

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Sven Botman a key target for Newcastle

Thursday 26 May 2022 20:03 , Marc Mayo

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.

Done deal!

Thursday 26 May 2022 19:51 , Marc Mayo

West Brom have snapped up Reading’s ex-Chelsea playmaker John Swift after his contract expired.

Arsenal and Real Madrid fight for Gnabry

Thursday 26 May 2022 19:44 , Marc Mayo

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

Thursday 26 May 2022 19:33 , Marc Mayo

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.

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No Chelsea announcement expected tonight

Thursday 26 May 2022 19:22 , Marc Mayo

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

Thursday 26 May 2022 19:13 , Marc Mayo

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.

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Man United to battle Chelsea for Nkunku

Thursday 26 May 2022 18:57 , Marc Mayo

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.

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Could Chelsea swoop for Neymar?

Thursday 26 May 2022 18:42 , Marc Mayo

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 Brazilian 30-year-old 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

Thursday 26 May 2022 18:34 , Marc Mayo

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.

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Drinkwater says sorry to Chelsea fans

Thursday 26 May 2022 18:24 , Marc Mayo

Danny Drinkwater has issued a public apology to Chelsea fans at the end of his tumultuous time at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues paid £35million to sign the midfielder from Leicester in 2017 and reunite Drinkwater with N’Golo Kante, the pair having won the Premier League title together at the King Power Stadium.

However he struggled to find form while injuries and off-pitch incidents impacted his playing time, resulting in several loan moves and his contract expiring this summer.

“My time at Chelsea has come to an end… actually feels really strange writing this,” he posted on Instagram.

Read the full story.

Done deal!

Thursday 26 May 2022 18:09 , Marc Mayo

Napoli have sealed the signing of Frank Zambo Anguissa from Fulham after his loan spell with the Serie A team.

The Cottagers will receive around £12.5million for the midfielder, who cost over double that fee when signing from Marseille in August 2018.

Manchester United man moves on

Thursday 26 May 2022 17:57 , Marc Mayo

Lee Grant has announced his retirement from football after making over 500 appearances in the English game, and “fulfilling a boyhood dream” of playing for Manchester United.

The Red Devils signed the veteran goalkeeper as a back-up in 2018 and he made only two appearances for the club, in the Carabao Cup and Europa League, before hanging up his gloves on Thursday.

“After 511 appearances, I’ve decided it’s the right time to move into the next stage of my career,” he told the club website. “There have been so many fun moments mixed in with the odd challenge, but I’m grateful for each and every one.”

Read the full story.

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Done deal!

Thursday 26 May 2022 17:41 , Marc Mayo

Leeds have confirmed the signing of Brenden Aaronson from RB Salzburg.

A fee of around £25million will be paid for the attacking midfielder and the deal will go through on July 1 subject to international clearance.

The United States international, 21, worked with Leeds boss Jesse Marsch in Austria having come through the ranks at Philadelphia Union.

Tottenham transfer guide

Thursday 26 May 2022 17:21 , Marc Mayo

Evening Standard Spurs reporter Dan Kilpatrick has delivered his guide to Tottenham’s summer activity...

“Spurs are set to turn their attentions to a centre-half. Conte admires Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni and Spurs are confident of being able to compete with Chelsea for Gleison Bremer.

“Their wing-back targets include Europa League winner Filip Kostic and Inter Milan veteran Ivan Perisic, while Yannick Carrasco of Atletico Madrid has also been mentioned.

“Conte likes the profile of Chelsea's Jorginho and could look for a similar player in midfield, while Leicester Youri Tielemans has been linked. Gabriel Jesus's ability to play out wide or through the middle makes him a potentially attractive option, although Spurs would face competition from Arsenal for the Man City forward.”

Read the full story.

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Done deal!

Thursday 26 May 2022 17:07 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa have confirmed an agreement with Sevilla to sign Diego Carlos for £26million.

The Brazilian defender will fly to England tonight to complete a medical and finalise personal terms.

Mitchell delivers Chelsea and Man United blow

Thursday 26 May 2022 17:04 , Marc Mayo

Monaco director of football Paul Mitchell will remain with the Ligue 1 club for the new season despite interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Sun quote a report which states that the British transfer chief will continue to work with Monaco president Dmitry Rybolovlev in the principality.

Both Chelsea and United are undergoing major overhauls this summer as Todd Boehly and Erik ten Hag get their feet under their respective new tables.

Update from Wolves

Thursday 26 May 2022 16:51 , Marc Mayo

Wolves are on the verge of landing a fresh Portuguese midfielder for their ranks.

Joao Palhinha of Sporting CP has been the subject of an approach from the Premier League club, according to the Telegraph.

Brenden Aaronson nears Leeds switch

Thursday 26 May 2022 16:40 , Marc Mayo

Jesse Marsch is set to bring over one of his former stars to Leeds.

Aaronson is currently undergoing a medical ahead of a £25million switch from RB Salzburg.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder was said to have been a key target for the club back in January.

A Crystal Palace homecoming on the cards?

Thursday 26 May 2022 16:30 , Marc Mayo

Crystal Palace are in the hunt for Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Transfer journalist Dean Jones has reported that the Eagles would be keen to do a deal however the finances would have to be right for the Red Devils to take a hit on their player, who will also have to be convinced that a return to Selhurst Park is his best bet.

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West Ham latest

Thursday 26 May 2022 16:18 , Marc Mayo

The Telegraph report on Maxwel Cornet entering David Moyes’ radar for a move to West Ham this summer.

Burnley’s relegation to the Championship means the Ivory Coast winger is available for a £17.5million release clause while Everton are also said to be keen.

Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis plus Rennes centre-back Nayef Aguerd are other targets for the Hammers.

Arnaut Danjuma: Manchester United make transfer enquiry

Thursday 26 May 2022 16:05 , Jonathan Gorrie

After impressing amid Villarreal’s run to the Champions League final, Arnaut Danjuma is a man in demand.

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for the former Bournemouth attacker, although it is Manchester United who have reportedly made the first steps to sign him.

90Min say they have asked about a potential deal for the Dutch international deal as Erik Ten Hag attempts to rebuild a squad to have seriously underperformed.

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Ousmane Dembele: What’s the latest on Barcelona star's contract?

Thursday 26 May 2022 16:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

The saga could well becoming to an end.

While Xavi is keen to keep the 2018 World Cup winner at the club this summer, Diario AS claim the Frenchman is likely to leave the Camp Nou on a free transfer.

Despite Barca’s attempts to keep him, Dembele is thought be close to a move to PSG after accepting their latest contract offer, with the French champions needing a replacement for Angel Di Maria.

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Aurélien Tchouaméni: Liverpool and Real Madrid in ‘direct’ contact with agents

Thursday 26 May 2022 15:44 , Jonathan Gorrie

Aurélien Tchouaméni is a man who will frequently feature in gossip columns this summer.

The Monaco and France midfielder has been linked with pretty much every big club going, with Real Madrid often touted as favourites to land him.

Still, Fabrizio Romano has claimed Monaco will simply not sell for less than 80m euros, despite the fact Tchouaméni has told teammates he is keen on a move to the Spanish capital.

They, along with Champions League rivals Liverpool, are said to be in direct contacts with his agents.

Diego Carlos a wanted man

Thursday 26 May 2022 15:33 , Jonathan Gorrie

90Min claim Newcastle United are not giving up in their attempts to sign Sevilla defender, Diego Carlos.

The Brazilian was strongly linked in January and the Premier League side saw a number of bids rejected, with Sevilla standing firm.

Now, however, they are thought to be prepared to rival Aston Villa and Arsenal in attempting a fresh bid to bring the Brazilian international to England.

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Juventus target another loan deal for Alvaro Morata

Thursday 26 May 2022 15:23 , Jonathan Gorrie

As is so often the case, Alvaro Morata continues to be linked with Arsenal, although Juventus are reportedly eager to keep him at the club.

Currently on loan from Atletico Madrid, Juve are - according to Tuttojuve - trying to strike a deal where would sign the former Chelsea forward on a permanent basis.

If they cannot stretch that far amid the looming arrivals of Paul Pogba and Angel di Maria, it is said they will attempt to secure another loan move.

Arsenal one of several Premier League clubs watching Cheick Doucoure

Thursday 26 May 2022 15:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are just one of many Premier League clubs casting keen eyes over Lens midfielder, Cheick Doucoure.

The 22-year-old has impressed this season, scoring once and registering a further four assists and is said to be eager to test himself in England.

Arsenal are thought to be keen on a transfer as Mikel Arteta looks to pad out his squad with more options, although they will not have it easy.

Everton, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Wolves are also believed to retain an interest in the Mali international.

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Why Barcelona could sell Frenkie De Jong to Man Utd

Thursday 26 May 2022 14:56 , Jonathan Gorrie

Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona would be willing to sell Frenkie De Jong if it helps them land either Robert Lewandowski or Bernardo Silva.

The Dutch midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, which would see him reunite with former Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag.

While president Joan Laporta has stressed Barca are not actively looking to sell De Jong, they could look to raise funds to land attacking targets.

Silva is understood to want a new challenge despite all of the success with City, while Lewandowski has asked to leave Bayern Munich.

Ligue 1 fire back

Thursday 26 May 2022 14:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

Ligue 1 have written to La Liga president Javier Tebas to complain about his “attacks on Paris Saint-Germain’s finances” after Kylian Mbappe’s huge new deal.

After Mbappe signed a new three-year contract at Qatari-owned PSG, Tebas said the Spanish league would file complaints to UEFA, the European Union and French administrative and fiscal authorities because it believes the "scandalous" agreement attacks the economic stability of the sport.

"We want to express in the strongest possible terms our disapproval, and also our incomprehension, of your latest attacks against Ligue 1 and one of our clubs," French league chairman Vincent Labrune said in a letter to Tebas on Wednesday that was obtained by The Associated Press.

"The fact that you publicly and repeatedly take this position against Ligue 1 on this topic and denigrate our league and our clubs is both unacceptable and manifestly false."

Tebas has long questioned the reliance of PSG on Qatari sponsorships, which he said are of "doubtful valuation," and doubted how the club could comply with rules given heavy losses.

Labrune wrote, "Your attacks on Ligue 1 and one of our clubs Paris Saint-Germain and one of our players Kylian Mbappe are based around your own interpretation of financial unsustainability and competitive imbalance, which you repeatedly attribute to Ligue 1 and one of our clubs."

Labrune pointed out that the European Court of Justice ruled Real Madrid and Barcelona benefitted from illegal state aid and how Spanish top division clubs have spent almost a third more on players than the French league in the last 10 years.

Labrune highlighted how Tebas in his role as a UEFA executive committee member helped to create new European financial sustainability rules. The replacement for Financial Fair Play has no rules blocking funding of clubs from sovereign wealth funds like Qatar.

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Real Madrid eye Rafael Leao as Mbappe alternative

Thursday 26 May 2022 14:35 , Jonathan Gorrie

In the wake of Kylian Mbappe’s decision to stay at PSG, Real Madrid are looking elsewhere.

Gazetta dell Sport claim the Spanish champions have turne their attentions to Rafael Leao after his starring role in AC Milan’s Serie A title win.

A first offer of around £102m is being prepared following the forward’s 36 goal involvements in all competitions this season.

Christopher Nkunku update

Thursday 26 May 2022 14:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

Sky Germany transfer reporter Florian Plettenberg claim it is Manchester United who could make the first formal offer for the RB Leipzig forward, despite interest from Chelsea.

Consultant Ralf Rangnick has previously recommended the club make signings in the attacking department, an area Thomas Tuchel is also desperate to strengthen.

Still, United are understood to be preparing a big offer to bring the Frenchman to Old Trafford.

Your move, Chelsea.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan close to Inter Milan move

Thursday 26 May 2022 14:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari claims the Roma star is set to join Inter Milan.

Mkhitaryan’s contract in the Italian capital expires this summer and, while Jose Mourinho’s are also thought to be keen to keep him, Inter are reportedly close to signing him on a free transfer.

Paul Scholes: Edinson Cavani a ‘disgrace’ at Manchester United

Thursday 26 May 2022 13:54 , Jonathan Gorrie

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has labeled Edinson Cavani a ‘disgrace’ after a video emerged appearing to show the striker swearing at supporters.

The forward will leave Old Trafford this summer after a miserable campaign, one in which he made only 20 appearances across all competitions.

“Cavani I think was a disgrace this year, he hardly ever played. He pulled out of the Middlesbrough game because he had to travel back from wherever he was.

“Funnily enough, since that Middlesbrough game I think I heard last night United have won only five out of 18 games or something since then.

“It’s been embarrassing, this manager [Erik ten Hag] now needs backing. Who’s going to help him do that? The club upstairs is still a bit of a mess, we don’t really know.”

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(Man Utd via Getty Images)

Frank Lampard eyeing Chelsea raid

Thursday 26 May 2022 13:47 , Jonathan Gorrie

The Liverpool Echo claim Everton boss Frank Lampard is keen to raid former club Chelsea after keeping Everton in the Premier League.

Armando Broja, Billy Gilmour, Ethan Ampadu and Conor Gallagher are all understood to have been eyed by the Goodison Park boss as he attempts to build.

Still, Thomas Tuchel has spoken of his desire to keep Broja and Gallagher.

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Robert Lewandowski admired by Chelsea

Thursday 26 May 2022 13:38 , Jonathan Gorrie

Thomas Tuchel is keen on making attacking signings this summer and admires one of Europe’s most feared marksmen, writes James Robson.

The Bayern Munich forward has gone public in his desire to leave the club after eight wonderful years, with Barcelona linked.

You can read more about Chelsea’s transfer plans here.

Juventus in no hurry over Paul Pogba

Thursday 26 May 2022 13:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

After reportedly rejecting Manchester City, Paul Pogba has been strongly linked with a return to Juventus.

Staying at Manchester United appears out of the question at this stage, although Juve aren’t believed to be prepared to rush into anything.

Both Gazetta Dello Sport and Tuttomercatoweb say the Turin giants have left the Frenchman in somewhat of a limbo, in that they have not offered anything fresh after initial talks.

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Bayern Munich ramp up Sadio Mane chase

Thursday 26 May 2022 13:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

According to German outlet BILD, Bayern are prepared to around £25m to bring him to the club.

Liverpool, however, will likely only consider offers of around £40m, with Mane’s contract set to expire next summer.

The player himself stressed he will not discuss his future until after the Champions League final and is in excellent form, even despite the arrival of younger options in Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz.

Crystal Palace to suffer transfer blow

Thursday 26 May 2022 12:52 , Jonathan Gorrie

Given Eddie Nketiah’s strong end to the season, Crystal Palace fans may have been dreaming.

The Eagles tried to sign the striker last summer, but talks broke down over personal terms after they agreed a fee with Arsenal.

Palace had been ready to return for Nketiah this summer when he was a free agent, but he is now close to staying at the Emirates Stadium.

The inside story as Eddie Nketiah prepares to sign new Arsenal contract.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Jules Kounde expected to become Chelsea’s first signing of the Todd Boehly era

Thursday 26 May 2022 12:44 , Jonathan Gorrie

Todd Boehly will personally oversee Chelsea transfer recruitment this summer, writes Standard Sport’s James Robson.

The American is planning to spend much of the summer to ensure the club can close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is expected to be the first signing under him, at a cost of £68m, with Tuchel also interested in a host of other defenders including Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig, Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Jose Gimenez from Atletico Madrid.

You can read more from James Robson here.

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Barcelona waiting for Ousmane Dembele’s final decision

Thursday 26 May 2022 12:33 , Jonathan Gorrie

Noted transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has claimed Barcelona are still waiting on Ousmane Dembele in regards to a decision on his future.

The French forward is believed to be of interest to PSG - along the two other clubs - and has to be one of the highest profile free agents on the market this summer.

How will Tottenham spend their £150m cash injection?

Thursday 26 May 2022 12:29 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham announced a £150million injection from owners ENIC on Tuesday, with Antonio Conte set to be handed the majority to spend on new players -- provided he is happy to stay.

The head coach is thought to be targeting up to six new signings, including a centre-half, two wing-backs, a midfielder and a forward.

Veteran goalkeeper Fraser Forster yesterday underwent a medical at Spurs and is set to be their first signing of the summer on a free transfer from Southampton, with the 34-year-old set to deputise for club captain Hugo Lloris next season.

Pierluigi Gollini will return to Atalanta after spending the campaign on loan.

Among Conte’s targets are centre-backs Andrea Bastoni and Gleison Bremer, who is also interesting Chelsea, while they are thought to be monitoring Inter Milan’s Ivan Perišić, who is out of contract this summer, and Frankfurt wing-back Filip Kostic.

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Lee Grant retires from football

Thursday 26 May 2022 12:21 , Jonathan Gorrie

The 39-year-old has spent the last few years as Manchester United’s third-choice goalkeeper and has now called an end to a career that began all the way back in 2000.

Grant started his career with Derby County and played almost 200 games for them over two spells, also pitching up at Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley and Stoke City.

“After 511 appearances, I’ve decided it’s the right time to move into the next stage of my career,” he said.

“There have been so many fun moments mixed in with the odd challenge, but I’m grateful for each and every one.

“Fulfilling a boyhood dream of playing for Manchester United was something I thought was out of reach, so to have achieved that fills me with great pride and emotion!

“Although I haven’t played as many games in the last four years, I’ve given everything to the group every single day on the training pitch and in the dressing room.

“The opportunity to join the biggest club in the world was one I could never turn down and I’m so grateful for the lessons learned and the friends I’ve gained.

“The opportunity to challenge, set standards and ultimately learn from some truly exceptional players and staff has been so valuable.”

Erling Haaland to Manchester City: The least romantic of the mega deals?

Thursday 26 May 2022 12:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

The Premier League‘s biggest signing of the summer was agreed before the curtain had come down on the season. Manchester City last week announced the capture of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

On the face of it, the deal should be exciting and even romantic. Joining City is a homecoming of sorts for Haaland, who was born in England and is returning to the club best associated with his father, Alf-Inge.

English football never had Cristiano Ronaldo in his prime and Lionel Messi is almost certain not to play on these shores, so the arrival of one of their natural successors in the Premier League, with his best years still ahead, should be intoxicating for most supporters.

Yet, the deal is not in the least bit romantic and is less thrilling for the English game than ominous; the only suitable reaction - for non-City fans at least - is a sigh and a shrug.

You can read Dan Kilpatrick’s full column here.

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Arsenal cool interest in Jonathan David

Thursday 26 May 2022 12:14 , Jonathan Gorrie

Lille’s Canada star has been looked at by Arsenal as they attempt to bring in a new striker this summer but their interest has cooled, writes Simon Collings.

After helping his side win Ligue 1 in 2021 and following some impressive performances in the Champions League, David hit headlines as one of Canda’s key players amid their journey back to the World Cup.

Gabriel Jesus, however, is now understood to be the priority target.

You can read more on Arsenal’s striker search here.

Manchester United want Pau Torres ‘at all costs'

Thursday 26 May 2022 12:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

Spanish outlet Marca claim Villarreal defender Pau Torres is a target for Manchester United.

So much so, the club are said to want the Spanish international at ‘all costs’, with Erik Ten Hag having requested for a new centre-back as he begins his summer overhaul.

Quite where that would leave Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane remains to be seen, although Torres is believed to have emerged as a major target.

Indeed, the 25-year-old’s agents are thought to be ready to travel to Manchester this week to discuss the matter further.

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West Ham ‘step up efforts’ to sign Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd

Thursday 26 May 2022 12:04 , Jonathan Gorrie

David Moyes is expected to be backed this summer after taking West Ham to the Europa League semi-final.

As impressive a season as it was, few would doubt the lack of options in his squad did come back to haunt Moyes, who blasted his team after the loss to Brighton on the final day.

Issa Diop could be sold this summer as West Ham reportedly line up a move for Morocco international, Nayef Aguerd.

The Rennes defender could cost as much as £15m and, according to the Daily Mail, the club have stepped up talks.

Jamie Carragher: Manchester United must sell Cristiano Ronaldo

Thursday 26 May 2022 11:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

The Cristiano Ronaldo debate goes on. While undoubtedly a brilliant goalscorer, whether or not a modern team can cater to his needs is a question to have lingered over the Portuguese great all season, even despite his 18 Premier League goals.

Erik Ten Hag is through the door at Old Trafford and has spoken about keeping the 37-year-old at the club, although Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes the Dutchman should make a major call on his future.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, and I’m seen as criticising him – Ronaldo is a million times better than I could ever be, I couldn’t lace his boots, obviously, but I’m not saying that to be disrespectful to him, he’s amazing,” he told Sky Sports’ The Overlap.

“But Ronaldo has never played in a team this bad, he’s played in some of the best teams and has the attitude of wanting to be the main man, trying to get the goals, driving people on, and when you’re in a great team, that’s something I’m seeing as a positive.

“When you’re not playing in a great team it can be something that is seen as a negative, and I think it has been a negative this season.

“Manchester United can’t go into next season with a centre forward who is going to be 38, even if he does score goals that’s not right for Man United.”

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

AC Milan buyout talks break down

Thursday 26 May 2022 11:46 , Jonathan Gorrie

While success has been delivered on the pitch after winning Serie A for the first time in over a decade, AC Milan’s potential buyout has collpased.

Reuters last week reported that Investcorp had put on hold its plans to purchase the club, which is owned by Elliott, clearing the way for U.S. investment firm RedBird to pursue a deal.

"We had discussions with Elliott about a potential investment in AC Milan. As can be the case with premium deals, a commercial agreement wasn’t reached, and we have mutually decided to end talks," Investcorp Executive Chairman Mohammed Al Ardhi said on Twitter on Thursday.

He did not give reasons for the failure of the talks but added: "We wish AC Milan the best for next season and beyond"

Investcorp was last month in exclusive negotiations to buy AC Milan from U.S fund Elliott, who took over the club in 2018 when Chinese businessman Li Yonghong failed to meet some obligations linked to a financing package after the purchase of the team from Silvio Berlusconi the year before.

Charlton close in on new boss

Thursday 26 May 2022 11:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

Charlton are in talks with Swindon Town manager Ben Garner, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

The Addicks are understood to be close to agreeing a deal with the 42-year-old and a compensation package with Swindon, although the South London club insisted on Thursday morning that they remain in talks with other potential candidates.

Garner came through the coaching ranks at Crystal Palace and worked under the likes of Ian Holloway, Tony Pulis, Neil Warnock and Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park.

He has previously managed Bristol Rovers and led Swindon to the League Two play-off semi-finals this season, where they lost on penalties to Port Vale.

You can read more on Chartlon’s managerial hunt here.

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Patrik Schik signs new Bayer Leverkusen contract

Thursday 26 May 2022 11:38 , Jonathan Gorrie

Linked with the likes of West Ham and Newcastle, the Czech Repbulic international will be staying in Germany.

Schick scored 24 goals in 27 games as Leverkusen finished third in the Bundesliga this season. His existing contract was due to run until 2025 but now runs until 202.

"I extended my contract until ‘27, so really happy that I can continue in Bayer," Schick said in a video message on social media.

Re-signing the "world class" striker, sporting director Simon Rolfes said in a statement, "underlines the ambition that we all have."

Schick is a tall, powerful forward with 17 goals in 33 games for the Czech Republic and scored five goals at last year’s European Championship, level with Cristiano Ronaldo for the most at the tournament. He was awarded the prize for goal of the tournament for scoring from just inside the halfway line against Scotland.

End of an era at Manchester City

Thursday 26 May 2022 11:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

On Wednesday, it was confirmed that Caroline Weir would be leaving Manchester City after four years and, now, Lucy Bronze is set to follow.

Miguel Almiron ‘likely to leave’ Newcastle

Thursday 26 May 2022 11:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

The Daily Mail claim Miguel Almiron - once the great hope of the Newcastle United team during the final few years of the Mike Ashley era - could be set to depart.

While the club are expected to spend this summer, Eddie Howe has stressed FFP is something they must consider and, as a result, players could be sold.

Almiron is thought to be high up on the list of potential departures after failing to wholly convince on Tyneside.

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Chelsea set for attacking overhaul?

Thursday 26 May 2022 11:25 , Jonathan Gorrie

Thomas Tuchel has previously spoken of his desire to improve his attacking options once Todd Boehly’s takeover is given the green-light.

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech could both depart, with Chelsea likely to get favourable returns on their investments for the pair.

Christian Pulisic continues to frustrate over his consistency and fitness, with the American also unhappy about the amount of opportunities Tuchel has given him.

But it would be a surprise for Boehly to sanction the sale of his countryman, who is such an iconic figure in the US.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is another who has failed to convince Tuchel, but there is an acceptance within the club that few suitors could meet his personal terms.

You can read more from James Robson here.

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(REUTERS)

Louis Saha: Manchester United should STILL be attempting to sign Harry Kane

Thursday 26 May 2022 11:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

The former Manchester United striker was speaking to Lord Ping and urged the club to go all out for the Tottenham man.

“I’m scared that Man City are going to be stepping up even more and become even more hard to catch as they now have Haaland, a player who allows them to play long balls and counter-attacking football.

“If Man United or even Liverpool need to catch up, you need those additions and Kane guarantees 25 to 30 goals a season and I’m sure it’ll be a nice partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo.

“You can see [Kane is] enjoying his time at Spurs. His partnership with [Heung-min] Son is unbelievable.

“They can achieve a lot of things and they have a great manager but United still remains a very attractive destination – even if they aren’t in the Champions League.”

Fresh insight into Manchester United’s managerial decision emerges

Thursday 26 May 2022 11:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

Erik Ten Hag beat Mauricio Pochettino to the Manchester United job because he was closely alligned to the identity of the club, writes James Robson.

United’s football director, John Murtough, has opened up on the decision to appoint the Dutchman, who saw off competition from a host of Europe’s top managers to land the role.

It is understood that Pochettino was his closest rival to take charge, with the Argentine also keen on a move to Old Trafford. But United opted for former Ajax boss Ten Hag, who was officially unveiled this week.

During detailed talks, Murtough revealed the new manager laid out a “long-term vision to build a successful, exciting team,” with “clarity and confidence.”

You can read more from James Robson here.

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Sadio Mane discusses Real Madrid move

Thursday 26 May 2022 10:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

With Kylian Mbappe having rejected Real Madrid, the La Liga winners have naturally been linked with all sorts of names as they scramble for an alternative.

Sadio Mane, who will line-up against them in Saturday’s Champions League final, is one of them.

Speaking ahead of the Paris showpiece, however, the Liverpool forward was in no mood to discuss his future.

“Good question [about a potential move], but what I want to say is that right now I am fully, fully focused on the Champions League [final]. For me and for Liverpool fans, that is the most important thing.”

BREAKING: Arsenal step up move for Gabriel Jesus

Thursday 26 May 2022 10:37 , Jonathan Gorrie

Arsenal will step up their pursuit of Gabriel Jesus after Mikel Arteta made the Manchester City striker his top forward transfer target.

The Gunners are close to tying down Eddie Nketiah to a new five-year contract, worth around £100,000-a-week, and are ready to press ahead with a move for Jesus.

Representatives for the 25-year-old Brazilian have been in England this week for talks over his future, with Tottenham and Juventus also interested.

Jesus has just one year left on his contract at City, who are inclined to sell him this summer if he will not agree an extension.

You can read more from Simon Collings here.

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(Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

A route out of Manchester United for Marcus Rashford?

Thursday 26 May 2022 10:33 , Jonathan Gorrie

The Daily Star claim Bayern Munich have added Marcus Rashford to their list of potential signings should Robert Lewandowski leave for Barcelona this summer.

While Rashford has endured a miserable season at Old Trafford, Bayern are believed to be weighing him up should they need to replace the great Polish forward, who has reportedly agree a three-year-deal at the Camp Nou.

Arsenal could offer William Saliba a new contract

Thursday 26 May 2022 10:19 , Jonathan Gorrie

It seems next season, at last, will be William Saliba’s first in the Arsenal squad.

Mikel Arteta has already confirmed the defender will be staying at the club next season rather than go out on loan and, according to Fabrizio Romano, Saliba could even be in line for a new contract.

Man United on ‘brink’ of Jurrien Timber signing

Thursday 26 May 2022 09:59 , Jonathan Gorrie

Manchester United are reportedly close to the signing of Ajax defender, Jurrien Timber.

The £30m defender is believed to be a big target of Erik Ten Hag’s after impressing under him at Ajax.

With Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane struggling to convince, central defence appears to be the main area Ten Hag is focusing on improving and towering Timber could well answer that call.

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Tammy Abraham refuses to rule out Premier League return

Thursday 26 May 2022 09:37 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tammy Abraham has enjoyed a wonderful season with AS Roma, scoring 27 times across all competitions and winning the Europa Conference League in his first year.

Still, the former Chelsea forward - who Arsenal have been linked with - refused to rule out a potential return to England.

“I would say I’m more than happy here,” he told BT Sport.

“Just the experience here, I had the experience of just the derby game. Derby games of course are big, but here they filled the roads weeks before the game. That’s all they were talking about.

“We had another game before it, they [the fans] weren’t even talking about that game, they were saying, “We have to beat Lazio”. Just the rivalry, the atmosphere in the stadium, just everything is incredible.

“So I’m happy here. You never know what the future holds, you can’t write the future, but as far as it is I’m satisfied.”

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A closer look at Julian Alvarez

Thursday 26 May 2022 09:17 , Jonathan Gorrie

Well, Erling Haaland is one thing but the other striker Manchester City have signed ahead of next season is not too bad himself.

Julian Alvarez, who will compete for a starting berth alongside Haaland, scored SIX for River Plate against Alianza Lima in the Copa Libertadores.

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