The summer transfer window is officially open and clubs across Europe are wasting no time sorting their business.
While Euro 2020 – which starts today – could see deals for top players delayed by a few weeks, the tournament also offers clubs and fans the 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, Juventus and Manchester United – and City are also chasing Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish. Tottenham, meanwhile, are drawing up targets for new players with an agreement reportedly now reached with managerial target Paulo Fonseca.
Chelsea are keen to sign a striker as well as moving for wing-back Achraf Hakimi, though Kane looks unlikely and they have been knocked back by Romelu Lukaku – but they are stepping up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland, who is said to be interested in a move… but it may cost £155million.
Man United appear to be getting closer to finally bringing Jadon Sancho back to England from Dortmund, but have reportedly had an opening offer rejected despite agreeing personal terms. Kieran Trippier, Raphael Varane, Cristian Romero 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 with plenty of ins and outs. After missing out on Emi Buendia to Premier League rivals Aston Villa, the Gunners have been linked with Wolves’ Ruben Neves, Brighton’s Yves Bissouma, Tyler Adams at RB Leipzig and Real Sociedad forward Alexander Isak.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are seemingly trying to sign either Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini or Fabio Vieira after already adding Ibrahima Konate to their squad, while Barcelona are eyeing a shock summer swoop for Raheem Sterling.
Keep up to date with today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip via Standard Sport’s live blog below!
Nuno set for Everton
Days after talks with Crystal Palace collapsed at a late stage, Nuno Espirito Santo is set to take over at Everton – according to the Daily Mail.
The former Wolves boss has been top of the list of replacements for Carlo Ancelotti following his shock return to Real Madrid.
Nuno was set to replace Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park until Tuesday night, when talks were almost finalised before collapsing after a string of late demands.
Kylian Mbappe has hinted that his future may lie away from Paris Saint-Germain next season.
The French side are desperate to keep hold of the fierce forward, who has attracted interest from across Europe.
Asked about his future by France Football, Mbappe said: “I have to make the right decision, which is difficult, and give myself every chance to decide well. I am in a place where I like myself, feel good. But is it the best place for me? I don’t have the answer yet.”
Arsenal readying move for White
Arsenal are preparing a move for Brighton defender Ben White, The Athletic report.
The 23-year-old, who was added to the England squad for Euro 2020 after Trent Alexander-Arnold dropped out, has impressed during his first full Premier League season on the south coast.
White is contracted until 2024, but the report adds that Brighton will not stand in his way should the fee be acceptable – and that could be up to £50million.
Chelsea and PSG offer swaps for Hakimi
Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are both reportedly battling over Inter Milan’s highly rated Achraf Hakimi.
According to Tuttomercatoweb both sides are keen to offer a player plus cash deal for the full-back.
Thomas Tuchel has a bloated squad on his hands at Stamford Bridge and has managed it well so far, but if the German wants to add then players are going to have to leave.
Chelsea in for Varane
Chelsea have made Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane a priority this summer.
That’s according to Foot Market, who say French side Paris Saint-Germain are also in for the central defender.
The Frenchman has just one year left on his contract, and Manchester United are also said to be keen.
West Ham facing Italian competition
West Ham have long been linked with a move for Barcelona full-back Junior Firpo.
David Moyes has always been keen on adding depth at left-back, though Aaron Cresswell’s performances over the past year have eased that desire a touch.
Whether they move for Firpo this summer or not is to be seen, but if they do they will not be alone. Southampton have shown an interest and now Italian site Transfer market are reporting that AC Milan are in talks over a loan deal.
Young to Watford off?
Ashley Young had been in talks Watford over a move back to Vicarage Road, though Sky Sports are reporting that it could be off.
The Hornets are in talks with former Tottenham man Danny Rose over a contract after he left Spurs at the end of his contract, and it’s now being reported that a deal for the left-back could scupper talks with Young.
The report adds that Young has a one-year deal offer on the table from Inter Milan and interest from three other Premier League clubs.
Dortmund to open Bellingham contract talks
The Mirror say that Borussia Dortmund are set to open talks with England youngster Jude Bellingham over an improved contract after his stellar debut campaign.
The 17-year-old arrived from Birmingham last summer and signed a three-year contract, which the Bundesliga side are now said to be keen to extend until 2025.
The report claims Bellingham is set to double his wages, while the contract would likely include a sizeable new buyout clause.
One man Watford have already signed is Ashley Fletcher – the former West Ham man was unveiled a little earlier on.
Watford ‘in Rose talks’
Sky Sports are reporting that newly-promoted Watford are in talks with former Tottenham defender Danny Rose.
The full-back is a free agent having left Spurs when his contract expired the end of a season in which he did not make a single appareance, after being left out of both the club’s Premier League and European squads.