Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are pushing hard to strengthen their squads ahead of the new season.
Mikel Arteta’s side remain interested in Raphinha, also wanted by Spurs. Gabriel Jesus is in the middle of a tug of war between the two north London rivals, with Antonio Conte looking to swoop for the Gunners’ number one attacking target. Tottenham have also been given a boost in their pursuit of Alessandro Bastoni.
Chelsea are kicking into gear too and want to make Raheem Sterling the marquee signing of their new era under Todd Boehly’s ownership while Richarlison has emerged as another attacking target. Reports also suggest Torino defender Gleison Bremer is a key target for the club and a proposal has been made in an attempt to replace Antonio Rudiger. With the international football schedule now over, the Premier League rumour mill is ramping up so watch this space!
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Raum a wanted man
Hoffenheim left-back David Raum is reportedly a target for Manchester United.
Sky Sports in Germany detail talks between the two clubs over a deal worth approximately £30m.
Borussia Dortmund are another side said to be monitoring the situation. Raum is also a long-term target of Tottenham’s.
Chelsea eye Richarlison
Chelsea are not just chasing Raheem Sterling, as Richarlison is now also a target.
The Everton striker is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham with the Toffees demanding at least £50million for the Brazilian.
The Mail report on Chelsea joining the race for Richarlison alongside their pursuit of Sterling, with Romelu Lukaku due to leave.
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Raphinha to Arsenal latest
Arsenal are set to follow Tottenham and Barcelona in making an enquiry over Leeds winger Raphina.
The Brazilian is valued at over £50m by the Premier League side amid his desire to join Barcelona.
But the Blaugrana’s lack of funds, until they sell players including Frenkie de Jong, is constraining their ability to make the purchase.
The Times report on Raphinha’s agent, Deco, holding talks with Arsenal transfer chief Edu over a potential move.
Ryan Giggs is to stand down as Wales manager, the PA news agency understands.
Giggs has been on leave from his post since November 2020 and faces a domestic violence trial in Manchester on August 8.
The 48-year-old former Manchester United star is accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against his former girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.
Giggs is also accused of assaulting Ms Greville, causing her actual bodily harm, and of the common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020.
Giggs has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
What next for Toni Kroos?
Toni Kroos has asked Real Madrid for more time before committing his future to the club.
Out of contract next summer, a renewal for another season is on the table for the 32-year-old.
Cadena SER report on Real being confident that he will put pen to paper, eventually.
West Ham want Broja
Armando Broja is the subject of talks between Chelsea and West Ham as the Hammers target a new striker.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims the Blues will be open to selling the young forward for around £25m.
An agreement is reportedly not close yet but West Ham are described as hard at work in their bid to sign the former Southampton loanee Broja.
Inter driving hard Lukaku bargain
Inter Milan president Steven Zhang has told the club to keep trying to lower the loan fee required to sign Romelu Lukaku.
Reports suggest Chelsea are happy to lower their initial £21million asking price for the Belgian yet Sky Sport Italia outline Zhang’s hopes of paying around £8m.
Rekik makes Sparta Rotterdam loan move
Arsenal defender Omar Rekik has joined Sparta Rotterdam on loan.
Rekik will spend next season at the club, who will cover his full salary. The 20-year-old will hope that regular first-team football will solidfy his place in Tunisia’s World Cup squad.
“Omar is well regarded as a talent at Arsenal, but it is not easy to break through there,” Rotterdam’s technical director Gerard Nijkamp said.
“He trained with the first team, but it is important for his development to make minutes at the highest level, a chance that is greater at Sparta.
“Omar is a central defender who is strong in football, but also leads the way in battle and does not shy away from duels. There was a lot of competition to attract him, but we are happy that he chose Sparta.”
Salah demands not met
Liverpool continue to appear unlikely to meet Mohamed Salah’s contract demands.
The Egyptian, who is out of contract at the end of next season, wants a new deal worth £400,000-a-week but the Reds are not willing to offer him that amount.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the club fear doing so would bring Salah out of proportion with the rest of the squad, resulting in a number of other players asking for huge increases.
While talks are continuing, Liverpool are willing to accept losing him for free next summer.
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Arsenal cool interest in Tielemans
Arsenal have reportedly taken a step back from pursuing a deal for Youri Tielemans.
The Leicester midfielder has just a year left on his contract and it has been claimed in recent weeks that he was close to sealing a £25million move to the Gunners.
However, Goal claim that Arsenal have put any move for Tielemans on hold while they focus their attentions elsewhere, with Gabriel Jesus a top priority.