Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea continue to play a major role in the early stages of the summer transfer window as all three London clubs push for high-profile deals.
The Gunners are poised to announce the signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto, while they are also said to be closing in on Leeds winger Raphinha as Gabriel Jesus’ agents travel to the UK to finalise his move and Manchester United enter the race for Lisandro Martinez.
Tottenham have not given up hope of beating Arsenal to Jesus, however, with both rivals plus Chelsea also locked in a battle for Everton forward Richarlison. Spurs are also rivalling United for Antony at Ajax, though Old Trafford is looking like Christian Eriksen’s next destination.
Chelsea are pressing to sign Raheem Sterling, with Romelu Lukaku on his way back to Inter Milan and West Ham preparing to bid for Armando Broja. However, they continue to be frustrated in their long-running pursuit of Jules Kounde and will bid farewell to transfer chief Marina Granovskaia after 12 years. Follow all the latest transfer updates below.
Mane arrives for medical
Sadio Mane has just been spotted by Bayern Munich reporter Phillip Kessler in Bavaria ready for his medical!
That £35million switch from Liverpool is almost complete…
Tottenham and Arsenal are ready to battle Barcelona for Raphinha in a transfer tug-of-war that could see Leeds demand up to £60million for the Brazil forward, writes Standard Sport’s Giuseppe Muro…
Chelsea are also showing an interest in the 25-year-old, who is keen to the play in the Champions League after impressing in his two seasons in England.
Raphinha is believed to favour a move to Barcelona and is thought to have already agreed personal terms with the Catalan giants.
But Barcelona’s financial situation complicates matters and their move has stalled because they are unable to fund a deal.
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Sterling advised to join Chelsea
Raheem Sterling should sign for Chelsea to enjoy a change of scenery – with a £40m fee representing an utter bargain for the Blues.
That is according to former Chelsea hero Andy Townsend, who told talkSPORT: “I don’t think it would be a bad thing now for Raheem to have a change.
“I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all for him, to move to a club like Chelsea. It’s always an added bonus to come and play for a London club, living in London and being around London is what top players would prefer of course.
“He’s shown at City that he can operate at the very top. If Chelsea can get that done at £40million they should bite City’s hand off.”
Juve pushing to tie up De Ligt
Chelsea and Liverpool are reportedly monitoring Matthijs de Ligt as his Juventus future becomes a serious topic of conversation.
The Old Lady want to start contract talks this summer with two years left on his deal.
Tuttosport state that De Ligt wants to drop his release clause from £107m to £69m, a figure Juve want to work on.
Lazio eye Torreira
Lucas Torreira has made himself available for a loan switch to Lazio after his move to Fiorentina collapsed.
Maurizio Sarri wanted the Arsenal midfielder last year but missed out, before he enjoyed a fine stint in Tuscany.
After Fiorentina failed to agree a deal to make Torreira’s stay permanent, Il Messaggero report on Lazio seriously considering a swoop.
PSG hijack Barcelona move for Lewandowski
Could Paris Saint-Germain swoop to scupper Barcelona’s move for Robert Lewandowski?
The Polish captain is poised to depart Bavaria after eight years, scores of major silverware and an incredible 344 goals in 374 appearances this summer as he seeks a new challenge.
Presumably an exit will now be accelerated with Bayern wrapping up their deal for Sadio Mane.
Barcelona has long been considered as Lewandowski’s most likely next destination with an agreement already reached over personal terms, though PSG and Chelsea have also been credited with an interest.
Per Foot Mercato in France, new PSG sporting advisor Luis Campos is now working hard to steal the player away from Barca, with the club said to have a strong relationship with agent Pini Zahavi.
Watch this space!
Man United close to Antony deal
Manchester United look to have won the race for Ajax winger Antony.
Tottenham were also believed to hold an interest in the Brazilian wideman, but it seems as though he will likely become Erik ten Hag’s first signing at Old Trafford.
The Sun claim that United representatives are travelling to Amsterdam today to seal a transfer worth approximately £40m.
Antony, 22, scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 33 appearances across all competitions last term as Ajax picked up another Eredivisie title under Ten Hag.
However, it is said to be looking increasingly unlikely that team-mate Jurrien Timber will follow Antony to Manchester.
Mane set to complete Bayern switch
Today is the day for Bayern Munich in their pursuit of Sadio Mane.
The Senegal forward is due to travel to Bavaria this afternoon to undergo a medical and officially sign a three-year contract that is rumoured to be worth a cool £250,000 per week.
Bayern will pay £35.1m for a player who was entering the final 12 months of his contract at Anfield.
Mane is expected to be unveiled by the reigning Bundesliga champions tomorrow.
Transfer chief Granovskaia set for Chelsea exit
There will inevitably be more questions about Chelsea’s recruitment drive amid Marina Granovskaia’s imminent exit from Stamford Bridge.
The Blues’ transfer chief is set to follow chairman Bruce Buck and other senior board members out of the club after 12 years.
New owner Todd Boehly is expected to take up the reins as chairman and likely present a new strategy in terms of closing deals.
Head of football operations David Barnard and technical and performance advisor Petr Cech could step up on the transfer front with Granovskaia gone, Goal report.
West Ham set to launch £30m Broja bid
West Ham made their first signing of the summer yesterday with the £30m capture of Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd.
Now David Moyes appears to have set his sights on bolstering the Hammers’ attack and finally providing some support and competition for lone striker Michail Antonio.
Per Sky Sports, West Ham are poised to table an official offer to Chelsea for Armando Broja worth in the region of £30m.
The Albanian international has apparently been identified as Moyes’ top attacking target in this window after a great season on loan at Southampton.