Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea show no signs of slowing down as the summer transfer window starts with a bang as clubs push hard to get important signings over the line.
Arsenal have completed a £34m deal for Fabio Vieira from Porto, and now attentions turn to securing the arrivals of Raphinha, Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus. Tottenham have already signed Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster and will now hold fresh talks over Djed Spence, but also admire Arsenal’s three Brazilian targets.
Chelsea are pressing to sign Raheem Sterling, and are on the trail of Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, having agreed a loan deal to send Romelu Lukaku back to Inter Milan. West Ham keen to take Armando Broja from Stamford Bridge, while Manchester United step up interest in Antony and Frenkie de Jong. Follow all the latest transfer news and rumours with us.
Arsenal plot Rabiot swap deal
Arsenal want to swap Hector Bellerin for Adrien Rabiot
Calciomercatoweb claim Mikel Arteta senses an opportunity to sign the Juventus midfielder and could use Bellerin, who wants to leave Arsenal, as bait.
Rabiot is open to leaving and could be available for £13m.
Bale in Cardiff for talks
Gareth Bale was at Cardiff City’s training ground base today to discuss a move.
The multi-Champions League winner is out of contract and mulling over his next move, and spoke to manager Steve Morison according to WalesOnline.
Bale will now go on holiday for the next three weeks but a decision on his future is expected before then.
Chelsea sign goalkeeper
Chelsea have signed goalkeeper Eddie Beach, who will join the academy.
The 18-year-old is a Wales Under-19 international.
Jim Fraser, Chelsea’s assistant head of youth development and head of youth recruitment, said: “We are very pleased to bring Eddie to the club.
“He is a talented goalkeeper with good potential and will join our development squad for the coming season.”
Pau Torres ‘set for Premier League’
Pau Torres is very likely to move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United and Tottenham linked.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who said: “For Pau Torres, they know he has a release clause of around €60m (£52m), but they also know that Villarreal would be willing to negotiate for something less than this.
“It could be around €45m-€50m (£38m-£43m). So they have all the conditions set, and they have had some conversations with intermediaries working on this deal.
“I see Pau Torres playing in the Premier League next season because it’s a serious possibility, but at the moment, it’s still not something advanced between clubs.”
Mane wanted a new challenge
Sadio Mane insists he has moved to Bayern Munich for a new challenge having won everything with Liverpool.
“Obviously it is strange – really, really strange – to no longer be a Liverpool player,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “But of course I had a great time, an unbelievable time. We won a lot.
“My life is always (about a) challenge and when it came I said to the club that I want to leave, I want to go somewhere else to see a new challenge.
“It is not anything else, it is just a challenge because for me I want to always be challenging myself to get better and better.”
Fredericks to join Bournemouth today
Ryan Fredericks is set to finalise a move to Bournemouth today, according to Football Insider.
The defender, who left West Ham last season, completed a medical yesterday.
He will sign a two-year deal to stay in the Premier League and become the Cherries’ first summer signing.
Kounde heading to Barca
It’s a double Barcelona blow for Chelsea.
According to Mundo Deportivo journalist Ferran Martinez, the Sevilla defender – who has widely been expected to make a delayed move to Stamford Bridge this summer – is now closing in on a move to Barca.
Club president Joan Laporta is leading the talks due to his relationship with Sevilla.
Dembele in Barca U-turn
Ousmane Dembele “is one step away” from accepting extending his Barcelona contract.
According to AS journalist Javi Miguel, the Chelsea target is now ready to accept the same contract offer that has been on the table since December.
Xavi told president Joan Laporta to make one last push and Dembele was told it was that or nothing.
Everton open talks over Winks
Tottenham and Everton have opened talks over a deal for Harry Winks.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Frank Lampard has identified the midfielder as a key target.
There is confidence that an agreement can be reached and Winks will become Everton’s second summer signing.
Latest on Richarlison interest
An update on the three-way chase for Richarlison from the Daily Star.
According to journalist Paul Brown, the Brazilian’s representatives are looking for avenues out of Everton but Tottenham interest in a deal has been “exaggerated” and Chelsea are concentrating on other targets.
However, Arsenal maintain a good relationship with those involved as other clubs weigh up a bid.