The summer transfer window opens in two days but is already firmly kicking into gear across Europe.
While Euro 2020 could see deals for top players delayed for a few weeks, the tournament also offers clubs and fans the deal chance to scout some exciting talent for next season.
Harry Kane is determined to move this summer, with Man City leading the race amid interest from Chelsea and Manchester United – and City could also be in for Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish. Tottenham, meanwhile, remain in the hunt for a new manager after pulling out of talks with Antonio Conte last week, but Fabio Paratici is poised to arrive as sporting director soon.
Chelsea are keen to sign a striker, though Kane looks unlikely and they have been knocked back by Romelu Lukaku, but reports suggest they have now opened talks over Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland. Adama Traore, though not a striker, is also a target, along with Saul Niguez.
Man United appear to be getting closer to bringing Jadon Sancho back to England from Dortmund. Kieran Trippier, Raphael Varane and Saul Niguez are also on the wishlist, but Bayern Munich may end up landing the latter… or Chelsea, or maybe Manchester City!
As for Arsenal, it promises to be a big summer for the Gunners with plenty of ins and outs. After missing out on Emi Buendia to Premier League rivals Aston Villa, Mikel Arteta will step up attempts to bring Martin Odegaard back, and has been linked with a bid for Wolves’ Ruben Neves.
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Roma want Xhaka deal done this week
Roma are pushing to tie up a deal for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka before Switzerland begin their Euro 2020 campaign this weekend, writes Simon Collings.
The Italian side have identified Xhaka as a main target for this summer’s transfer window, with new manager Jose Mourinho keen to bolster his squad.
Roma hope they can sign Xhaka, who has two years left on his Arsenal contract, for around £15million but Arsenal are thought to want closer to £20m.
The Serie A club are pushing to complete a deal before Xhaka and Switzerland start their Euro 2020 Group A campaign against Wales in Baku on Saturday.
Xhaka has been at Arsenal since 2016 and is open to the prospect of a new challenge after five years at the club.
PSG beat Barcelona to Donnarumma and Wijnaldum
Paris Saint-Germain look to have won the race to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer.
Sky Sports report that the star AC Milan and Italy goalkeeper, 22, is poised to sign a five-year deal with the French giants worth around £10.3m per year.
Milan have already signed Lille’s Mike Maignan as a replacement.
Barcelona are among the clubs poised to miss out on Donnarumma, while it also seems that PSG have pipped the Catalans to Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Dutch midfielder was expected to head to the Camp Nou after his Liverpool contract expires at the end of June, but it is now being widely reported that he will opt for a better offer from PSG instead.
Not good news for Ronald Koeman.
Tottenham ‘would want cash-only deal for £150m Kane’
Tottenham are reportedly not interested in any part-exchange offers for wantaway talisman Harry Kane.
Spurs could lose the England captain this summer as he looks to move on in search of major silverware, though The Sun claim that Spurs would want at least £150m if they were to let him go over the coming months.
It is also said that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would want a cash-only deal, rather than any players sent in part-exchange.
Brighton slap £50m price tag on White
Transfer interest in Ben White is only set to increase now the defender has been added to Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 tournament squad.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked with the Brighton centre-back, who was added to England’s travelling group on Monday following the injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
In a bid to ward off any unwanted offers this summer, the Daily Mail report that Brighton have slapped a £50m price tag on White, who previously shone on loan at Leeds.
Leeds were interested in a permanent deal last year, but saw a £25m bid rejected.
Man City offered Saul/Bernardo swap
Saul Niguez is vast becoming a favourite name in transfer dispatches.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have all been strongly linked with the Atletico Madrid midfielder so far this summer, but could Manchester City be his eventual destination?
The Times suggest that Atleti have offered City the chance to sign Saul in a part-exchange deal that would also see Bernardo Silva join the LaLiga champions.
Such an offer is seen as a good solution for both players and clubs – the latter from a Financial Fair Play perspective.
Arsenal set to make Ruben Neves bid
Arsenal are primed to test Wolves’ resolve for Ruben Neves.
The Gunners are on the hunt for midfield reinforcements this summer and recently missed out on Norwich star Emi Buendia to Aston Villa.
Such a search has now led Arsenal to Neves, the highly-rated 24-year-old Portuguese international.
According to The Telegraph, Arsenal are set to submit an opening offer to Wolves, who are demanding a fee of around £40m.
Man United move closer to Sancho agreement
This is shaping up to be a tiring summer for Dortmund, isn’t it?
Not only are they facing so much inevitable interest in goal machine Haaland, but Manchester United finally look primed for success in their long-term pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
Indeed, The Times now report that United are moving closer to an agreement over the England winger after his valuation was dropped to around £80m.
Sarri eyes Loftus-Cheek reunion
Speaking of Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri wants to make Ruben Loftus-Cheek one of his first signings at Lazio.
Sarri is due to take charge at the Italian club this week and he is already planning his transfer targets.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Loftus-Cheek is one of the players that Sarri wants to bring to Rome.
The pair worked together when Sarri was in charge of Chelsea and he is now eyeing a reunion in Italy.
Loftus-Cheek has just finished a season on loan at Fulham and is due to return to Chelsea this summer.
Chelsea open Haaland talks
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have opened talks with Borussia Dortmund over top striker target Erling Haaland.
It is said that Tammy Abraham is among the names mentioned as potential swap candidates as part of a deal that could be worth close to £170m.
Don’t get too excited yet though Chelsea fans, as it appears despite their efforts,the club accept that any move will be difficult to pull off given Dortmund’s reluctance to sell.
However, it is reported that they are at least receiving plenty of encouragement from Haaland’s camp.
Paratici set for Spurs
Tottenham may have ended their interest in Antonio Conte, but they are closing in on another Italian expect.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Paratici is starting as Spurs’ new director of football this week with the deal ‘confirmed’ and his contract just waiting to be signed.