Follow the latest updates live from the transfer window on Thursday as Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho continues and another winger leaves the Old Trafford club. After United’s second-leg Europa League victory over LASK on Wednesday night, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Alexis Sanchez’s permanent move to Inter Milan, where the Chile international has spent the season’s on loan.
Elsewhere, Arsenal are pushing on in trying to secure deals for Philippe Coutinho and Willian, despite having announced 55 staff redundancies on Wednesday. The Gunners have reportedly seen Willian agree to a three-year contract – something he wanted from Chelsea that the Blues were not prepared to give while they remain in talks for Philippe Coutinho.
Meanwhile, Man City are not done in the market yet. Pep Guardiola’s club announced the signings of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres this week, but they have a spending spree planned as they look to further strengthen their squad and regain the Premier League title next season. Eric Garcia won’t be part of it however, having turned down a new contract at the Etihad. Follow all of the latest news and rumours below:
Real Madrid have been “interested in Sadio Mane for three years,” says the Liverpool forward’s former agent.
Thierno Seydi says the Spanish side were keen to land the No. 10 and says there’s nothing left for him to win at Anfield.
No suggestion that a move is on the cards this summer, however.
You may have seen that Gareth Bale has been left out of the Real Madrid squad for their crucial Champions League second leg at Manchester City.
The Times are reporting that the Welshman now doubts he will ever play for Madrid again—at least while Zinedine Zidane is manager.
Still going to stay at the club, though, rather than seal a move…
Over in Italy, Corriere dello Sport suggest that Carlo Ancelotti is keen on a familiar face.
They say Everton want to sign Napoli defensive midfielder Allan, with a £22m bid needed to sign the tough-tackling Brazilian.
More on the Eric Garcia situation and his likely departure from Manchester City…
Liverpool have officially put in a bid for Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis.
That’s the line out of the Athletic this afternoon, who claim a £10m offer is in, plus a “substantial sell-on clause” included.
Norwich had been looking for around £20m for the 22-year-old.
Everton and Wolves have both been linked with Barcelona’s creative midfielder Rafinha.
Thiago Alcantara’s brother has been on loan at Celta Vigo this season, but the Premier League sides are keen to sign him for less than €16million, with one year left on his contract, report Mundo Deportivo.
Manchester City are interested in Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, according to reports in France.
Le Parisien say the Ligue 1 club will sell if a good enough offer comes in and City see him as a replacement for the outgoing David Silva.
That’s despite, of course, Pep Guardiola already saying there would be no direct replacement for the veteran playmaker – as Phil Foden is ready to step up instead.
Southampton and Tottenham have come to an agreement for the fee of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, say BBC Sport.
Several weeks of negotiations have resulted in a final figure of more than Spurs’ original £15m bid, but less than Saints’ £25m demands.
Let’s call it £20m for the midfielder, shall we?
West Ham could also be in line for goalkeeper reinforcements, with the Athletic suggesting the Hammers could “test the waters” with a bid for Stoke City’s Jack Butland.
Once seen as the future of the national team and rated at £20m, that sort of valuation is no longer feasible and West Ham could go in with a far lower offer this summer.
The Mirror say Brighton defender Shane Duffy is in demand, with West Ham at the front of the queue to sign the defender.
Brighton have landed Joel Veltman this summer and will also get Ben White back, leaving competition for places high and Duffy likely squeezed out of the pitcture.
Some transfer rumours from overseas, now.
In France, Le10Sport are claiming that Everton are in line to bid big for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar.
The French winger hasn’t made the expected impact under Diego Simeone after signing for more than £62m, and Atleti are ready to cut their losses.
The newly promoted Premier League side are reportedly preparing an offer for Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters, potentially scuppering Southampton‘s move for the 23-year-old.
This news had been rumoured for a while, but it’s now official:
The Ivory Coast international is likely to cost potential suitors approximately £35m, and there are already interested parties.
AC Milan and Monaco are both said to be monitoring the situation around the 27-year-old.
Journalist Mark Mann-Bryans just tweeted the following: “Understand more senior scouts from Arsenal’s European network have been let go today, joining the high-profile departures of [Francis] Cagigao / [Peter] Clark / [Brian] McDermott yesterday.
“Other departments expected to discover cuts by the end of the week.”
This news of course follows the announcement by the Gunners yesterday that 55 staff redundancies are to be made. Full story on that here:
According to PA, Premier League sides Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are both in the market for the 24-year-old, who scored 26 Championship goals last season for the Bees.
Prior to that, Watkins played predominantly as a winger.
Colombia international James Rodriguez may be in line to make the short trip across the Spanish capital for as little as €15m, according to El Golazo de Gol.
James joined Real in 2014 after an impressive series of performances at the World Cup in Brazil, but spent two years on loan at Bayern Munich from 2017 to 2019.
ESPN is reporting that the Chelsea winger has now agreed a three-year contract with the north London club.
The contract is said to be worth in the region of £100,000 a week.
PA understands that the Canaries are ready to listen to sensible offers and would make a huge profit on the £1.3 million they paid to sign Buendia from Getafe.
Norwich would be in a strong bargaining position, with the Argentine having four years left on his contract, and they could look for a fee in the region of £20m. Full story here:
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