- Ibrahimovic may remain in Man Utd
- Chelsea sign Bakayoko
- Sanchez: I want CL
- Wenger: No bid for Mbappe
- Leicester reject Mahrez bid
- Sevilla agree Nolito deal
- Huddlestone joins Derby
- Wenger: Ox 100 per cent staying
- Porto play hardball over Pereira
- Liverpool plan new Keita bid
- Redknapp wants Keane, Downing, Cole
- Roma sign Fazio from Spurs
- Premier League ins and outs
Jose Mourinho has admitted Manchester United are considering re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the Swede returns to full fitness.
“It’s possible, it’s open,” said Mourinho. “Of course we want him to be honest and open and let everything be there for him to make a decision in case his desire was to leave, so there was not a new contract.”
Elsewhere, Chelsea are closing in on a £65million swoop for Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
The move is set to spark a striker merry-go-round as Dortmund have now entered formal talks with Arsenal for France striker Olivier Giroud after.
HUDDLESTONE MAKES RAMS MOVE
Tom Huddlestone has completed his move from Hull to Derby, signing a two-year contract with an option for a further year for a fee of £2m.
SEVILLA REACH NOLITO AGREEMENT
Sevilla announce they have reached an agreement with Manchester City to sign Nolito and he will undergo a medical today.
He is set to sign a three-year deal with the La Liga club.
SANCHEZ: I WANT CL FOOTBALL
Alexis Sanchez has stated his desire to play in the Champions League and says he is waiting for Arsenal to make a decision over his future.
“I’ve already taken my decision, but now I depend on Arsenal and to see what they want,” Sanchez said.
“My idea is to play in and win the Champions League. It’s a dream that I’ve had since I was small. For now I’m at Arsenal and my contract finishes in another year.”
TEIXEIRA LEAVES CHARLTON
Charlton Athletic have confirmed that Jorge Teixeira has joined Sint-Truiden in a permanent deal.
The 30-year-old centre half joined the Addicks from Standard Liege in 2016 and scored six league goals in his 39 league games for the club.
NEW CHELSEA DEAL FOR ZOUMA?
Newspapers report that he will sign a new two-year deal as he looks for more game time for the 2017/18 season.
BAKA WATCHES ON
New Chelsea signing Tiemoue Bakayoko was in the Cobham stands to watch the Blues’ 8-2 victory against Fulham earlier today, hours after his move was confirmed.
‘NO MBAPPE BID’
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have not made any offers to Monaco for Kylian Mbappe, who he expects to stay with the Ligue 1 club this summer at least.
When asked about the mooted £100m bid for Mbappe, Wenger said: “That’s not true. People have a big imagination. What we know now is that Mbappe is over £100m and after that it’s free to imagine what you want.
“We have not made any offer. I think he will stay, it looks like that. One more season. Maybe he has too much choice. In the end, people don’t move.”
REDKNAPP WANTS EX-PL TRIO
Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed his interest in Ashley Cole, Robbie Keane and Stewart Downing.
“Ashley Cole, for me, was best left-back in the world a few years ago. He was just a fantastic player,” he said. “He’s out in America. I don’t know what Ashley’s plans are. His name was mentioned to me. When you have a chance to get someone like him, if he’s available, he has to be of interest.
“Stewart Downing is a proper player, got a great left foot, he’s fit as a fiddle. Whether we could afford him I don’t know. Wage-wise I don’t know where we would go with it, I haven’t got a clue what he earns, and he belongs to Middlesbrough, but I think they’ve said he can go on a free, so he’s of interest.
“Robbie Keane is a proper player; a great professional and infectious character. He’s a great trainer. He would be wonderful around the dressing room, showing people how you become a top-class pro for so many years.
“He knows he wouldn’t play every week but just to have him around… I’m sure he’d fight tooth and nail to get a regular place in the team. They’re all interesting but till you speak to them, you don’t know.”
INTER INTEREST IN NAINGGOLAN CONFIRMED
Luciano Spalletti has confirmed Inter are trying to buy Radja Nainggolan from Serie A rivals Roma.
“That is something the directors are working on,” Spalletti told reporters after Inter’s pre-season friendly defeat to Nurnberg on Saturday.
“As I said, we need to let certain situations mature and Nainggolan is one of them. It has been talked about and the directors are keeping that in mind.”
WENGER EXPECTS WILSHERE STAY
Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, will remain an Arsenal player next season, despite interest from Sampdoria among others.
“I think Jack will be with Arsenal next season, yes,” Wenger said. “I will give you a very focused answer on that; that he has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team.
“But once he is ready, when he comes back, he will not be far from practising with the team.”
THE RISE OF BAKAYOKO
As Chelsea announce the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko, we look at how Claude Makelele helped his career and where he could fit at Stamford Bridge.
The former Monaco midfielder, a £7m signing from Rennes in 2014, has become one of the most sought-after central midfield players after helping the French club to their first title in 17 years last season.
Antonio Conte has won the race to capture the 22-year-old’s signature – but where will he fit in at Chelsea? And how did Bakayoko become the player he is today?
WENGER HAS ‘POSITIVE’ SANCHEZ TALKS
Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez will remain at Arsenal beyond the summer and is confident the Chile star will sign a new contract.
“Of course (he will stay),” Wenger said as Arsenal began their pre-season tour with a win over Western Sydney Wanderers.
“There is not a lot to resolve with the player. I have spoken through text and it was very positive. My thoughts are always positive.”
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FOXES REJECT MAHREZ BID
Leicester have rejected £20m offer from Roma for Riyad Mahrez, Sky in Italy reports.
The Foxes are asking for £30m after Mahrez handed in transfer request in May.
The offer was made during meeting between Roma sporting director Monchi and Leicester head of senior player recruitment Macia.
BIGLIA ARRIVES FOR MEDICAL
Lucas Biglia is set for a medical at AC Milan ahead of his move from Lazio.
A video on the club’s Twitter page showed his arrival at the airport and the training ground with a deal expected to be announced shortly.
SUNDERLAND EYE McCORMACK
Sunderland are eyeing a move for Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack, according to British newspaper.
The Scotland international moved to Villa Park last summer but has failed to rediscover the same scoring form he had at Fulham, with new Black Cats manager Simon Grayson keen to add striking options to his ranks.
KLOPP QUIET ON TRANSFERS
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he will not talk about transfers as he cannot influence his targets or positively affect the outcome.
The Reds have so far signed Mohamed Salah from Roma and Dominic Solanke after his contract expired at Chelsea, but are reportedly interested in RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Hull left-back Andrew Robertson.
“If whatever would say here would change anything in a positive way, I would. It is not important what I say. No. I can’t say anything,” said Klopp after the 1-1 friendly draw with Wigan in which Salah scored in his first appearance.
JOSE PLEASED WITH NEWBIES
Man Utd get their pre-season matches underway this evening with each player set to get 45 minutes on the pitch, which means potential debuts for Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof.
Speaking about his new recruits, Jose Mourinho told the club’s official website: “They are lucky to be here, they are lucky to be with such a good group. It’s so easy [to settle here].
“Romelu is a bit English, Lindelof speaks perfect English which is a plus and helps, and I look at them and I don’t even think of them as new guys because the integration has been very good.”
PORTO HARDBALL OVER PEREIRA
Porto are playing hardball over Tottenham target Ricardo Pereira, with the Portugal right-back Spurs’ preferred choice to replace Kyle Walker.
A source involved with Pereira has said that Porto may accept an offer in the region of £16m, but another has said the club could hold out for the entire £22m release clause.
CELTA LAND LOBOTKA
Celta Vigo have announced the signing of Slovakian midfielder Stanislav Lobotka on a five-year deal.
He has spent the last two seasons with Danish outfit Nordsjaelland and becomes Celta’s second summer signing after the arrival of Maxi Gomez.
CUE MATIC TO UTD?
With another central midfielder in the ranks for Chelsea, it increases speculation that Nemanja Matic could be heading elsewhere this summer, with Kaveh Solhekol updating the situation regarding Man Utd’s interest.
“What is undeniable is that Manchester United want to sign a central midfielder and one of their top targets is Nemanja Matic. Will Chelsea let him go now that they have Bakayoko?
“He is not going on their pre-season tour of China and Singapore next week but the big question is will Chelsea sell to Manchester United after what happened with Romelu Lukaku?
“I think it is much more lilely that Matic will go somewhere like Juventus or Inter Milan althoug United really, really do want him.”
REAL IN £500M RELEASE CLAUSE
Real Madrid have slapped a staggering €500m release clause on new signing Dani Ceballos to reportedly ward off any interest from Barcelona.
The 20-year-old made the move on Friday after impressing at the U21 European Championships, where he won the player of the tournament award.
KALINIC WANTS MILAN MOVE
Former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic could be set for a big move to AC Milan.
The Croatian striker, who bagged 15 goals Fiorentina last term, has his heart set on a move to the San Siro and La Viola have given the player four days to mull over his future.
DALBERT TO INTER?
Reported Liverpool target Dalbert is keen to leave to join Italian giants Inter Milan, according to L’Equipe.
The 23-year-old Brazilian impressed last season and claims more than ten European clubs have been in touch with his agent.
JUVE REJECT SANDRO BID
Juventus have rejected a £61m bid from Chelsea for defender Alex Sandro.
The Serie A champions have also lost two big names at the back in Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves and are said to be unwilling to let any more defensive players depart the club.
CITY LAND LUIZ
Man City have announced the signing of teenager Douglas Luiz from Brazilian side Vasco Da Gama.
The 19-year-old has signed a five year deal and is expected to go straight out on loan, with a the club’s official website saying: “The club will make a further statement about Douglas’ immediate development pathway in the coming days.”
PEREIRA TO SPURS?
Porto are playing hardball with Tottenham over right-back Ricardo Pereira.
Pereira is Spurs’ preferred choice to replace Kyle Walker, who joined Manchester City in a deal worth in excess of £50m this week.
Pereira has a release clause of £22m but Porto had previously indicated a willingness to negotiate a lower transfer fee for the 23-year-old because they needed to accrue funds.
‘MBAPPE TO STAY AT MONACO’
Bad news Arsenal fans: Arsene Wenger has said that Kylian Mbappe is staying at Monaco.
Arsenal have been linked with a record bid for the teenager but that has been denied by Wenger.
“We have not made any offers for Mbappe,” he said.
“It looks likely that he has too many clubs after him so in the end people don’t end up moving.”
KAGAWA’S NEW DEAL
Japan international Shinji Kagawa has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2020, the Bundesliga club has announced.
The 28-year-old midfielder first joined Dortmund from Cerezo Osaka in 2010 and, after a two-year stint at Manchester United, returned to Dortmund in 2014.
KENT TO HULL?
Hull City want Ryan Kent on loan as part of a deal to take left-back Andy Robertson to Liverpool.
The Reds are reportedly in talks with Robertson over an £8million deal.
John Terry appointed Aston Villa captain.
HOW WILL WALKER IMPROVE CITY?
Manchester City have signed Tottenham’s Kyle Walker – but how will he improve Pep Guardiola’s side?
BACK TO HIS ROOTS?
Tom Huddlestone set for £2m move back to Derby from Hull.
Former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic could be set for a big move to AC Milan. The Croatian striker, who bagged 15 goals Fiorentina last term, has his heart set on a move to the San Siro and La Viola have given the player four days to mull over his future. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
- Star of Leicester City’s dramatic Premier League win two seasons ago, Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez is a Roma transfer target. The capital club are keen to sign the Foxes star to replace Mo Salah who joined Liverpool earlier in the window. But Leicester want £50million for the 26-year-old.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s options became fewer late on Thursday evening when the Chinese Super League transfer window shut. The Chelsea transfer target had been subject of interest from Tianjin Quanjian but the 40-goal forward will not be moving from Borussia Dortmund to China.
SANCHES TO MILAN?
The future of Portugal international Renato Sanches looks to be away from Bayern Munich after the 19-year-old made just six Bundesliga starts for the champions last season.
The 19-year-old is the latest player wanted by Milan who could agree a €7million loan fee.