The summer transfer window will soon open and, already, deals are being done.
Erling Haaland is set to be unveiled by Manchester City later today and his arrival could force Gabriel Jesus out. Arsenal, amid their search for a striker, have stepped up their pursuit of the Brazilian.
Harry Kane is open to the idea of a new contract at Tottenham, while Erik ten Hag is reportedly close to making his first signing at Manchester United in the shape of Ajax defender Jurrien Timber.
Sadio Mane, meanwhile, has refused to discuss his Liverpool future following Mohamed Salah’s revelation that he will stay at Anfield next season despite no developments over a new contract.
Todd Boehly’s takeover at Chelsea is set to go through and Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig is thought to be an early target as Thomas Tuchel attempts to immediately catch up to Manchester City and Liverpool.
With the window open next week, things are certainly heating up.
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West Ham ‘step up efforts’ to sign Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd
David Moyes is expected to be backed this summer after taking West Ham to the Europa League semi-final.
As impressive a season as it was, few would doubt the lack of options in his squad did come back to haunt Moyes, who blasted his team after the loss to Brighton on the final day.
Issa Diop could be sold this summer as West Ham reportedly line up a move for Morocco international, Nayef Aguerd.
The Rennes defender could cost as much as £15m and, according to the Daily Mail, the club have stepped up talks.
Jamie Carragher: Manchester United must sell Cristiano Ronaldo
The Cristiano Ronaldo debate goes on. While undoubtedly a brilliant goalscorer, whether or not a modern team can cater to his needs is a question to have lingered over the Portuguese great all season, even despite his 18 Premier League goals.
Erik Ten Hag is through the door at Old Trafford and has spoken about keeping the 37-year-old at the club, although Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes the Dutchman should make a major call on his future.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, and I’m seen as criticising him – Ronaldo is a million times better than I could ever be, I couldn’t lace his boots, obviously, but I’m not saying that to be disrespectful to him, he’s amazing,” he told Sky Sports’ The Overlap.
“But Ronaldo has never played in a team this bad, he’s played in some of the best teams and has the attitude of wanting to be the main man, trying to get the goals, driving people on, and when you’re in a great team, that’s something I’m seeing as a positive.
“When you’re not playing in a great team it can be something that is seen as a negative, and I think it has been a negative this season.
“Manchester United can’t go into next season with a centre forward who is going to be 38, even if he does score goals that’s not right for Man United.”
AC Milan buyout talks break down
While success has been delivered on the pitch after winning Serie A for the first time in over a decade, AC Milan’s potential buyout has collpased.
Reuters last week reported that Investcorp had put on hold its plans to purchase the club, which is owned by Elliott, clearing the way for U.S. investment firm RedBird to pursue a deal.
“We had discussions with Elliott about a potential investment in AC Milan. As can be the case with premium deals, a commercial agreement wasn’t reached, and we have mutually decided to end talks,” Investcorp Executive Chairman Mohammed Al Ardhi said on Twitter on Thursday.
He did not give reasons for the failure of the talks but added: “We wish AC Milan the best for next season and beyond”
Investcorp was last month in exclusive negotiations to buy AC Milan from U.S fund Elliott, who took over the club in 2018 when Chinese businessman Li Yonghong failed to meet some obligations linked to a financing package after the purchase of the team from Silvio Berlusconi the year before.
Charlton close in on new boss
Charlton are in talks with Swindon Town manager Ben Garner, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
The Addicks are understood to be close to agreeing a deal with the 42-year-old and a compensation package with Swindon, although the South London club insisted on Thursday morning that they remain in talks with other potential candidates.
Garner came through the coaching ranks at Crystal Palace and worked under the likes of Ian Holloway, Tony Pulis, Neil Warnock and Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park.
He has previously managed Bristol Rovers and led Swindon to the League Two play-off semi-finals this season, where they lost on penalties to Port Vale.
You can read more on Chartlon’s managerial hunt here.
Patrik Schik signs new Bayer Leverkusen contract
Linked with the likes of West Ham and Newcastle, the Czech Repbulic international will be staying in Germany.
Schick scored 24 goals in 27 games as Leverkusen finished third in the Bundesliga this season. His existing contract was due to run until 2025 but now runs until 202.
“I extended my contract until ‘27, so really happy that I can continue in Bayer,” Schick said in a video message on social media.
Re-signing the “world class” striker, sporting director Simon Rolfes said in a statement, “underlines the ambition that we all have.”
Schick is a tall, powerful forward with 17 goals in 33 games for the Czech Republic and scored five goals at last year’s European Championship, level with Cristiano Ronaldo for the most at the tournament. He was awarded the prize for goal of the tournament for scoring from just inside the halfway line against Scotland.
End of an era at Manchester City
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that Caroline Weir would be leaving Manchester City after four years and, now, Lucy Bronze is set to follow.
Miguel Almiron ‘likely to leave’ Newcastle
The Daily Mail claim Miguel Almiron – once the great hope of the Newcastle United team during the final few years of the Mike Ashley era – could be set to depart.
While the club are expected to spend this summer, Eddie Howe has stressed FFP is something they must consider and, as a result, players could be sold.
Almiron is thought to be high up on the list of potential departures after failing to wholly convince on Tyneside.
Chelsea set for attacking overhaul?
Thomas Tuchel has previously spoken of his desire to improve his attacking options once Todd Boehly’s takeover is given the green-light.
Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech could both depart, with Chelsea likely to get favourable returns on their investments for the pair.
Christian Pulisic continues to frustrate over his consistency and fitness, with the American also unhappy about the amount of opportunities Tuchel has given him.
But it would be a surprise for Boehly to sanction the sale of his countryman, who is such an iconic figure in the US.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is another who has failed to convince Tuchel, but there is an acceptance within the club that few suitors could meet his personal terms.
You can read more from James Robson here.
Louis Saha: Manchester United should STILL be attempting to sign Harry Kane
The former Manchester United striker was speaking to Lord Ping and urged the club to go all out for the Tottenham man.
“I’m scared that Man City are going to be stepping up even more and become even more hard to catch as they now have Haaland, a player who allows them to play long balls and counter-attacking football.
“If Man United or even Liverpool need to catch up, you need those additions and Kane guarantees 25 to 30 goals a season and I’m sure it’ll be a nice partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo.
“You can see [Kane is] enjoying his time at Spurs. His partnership with [Heung-min] Son is unbelievable.
“They can achieve a lot of things and they have a great manager but United still remains a very attractive destination – even if they aren’t in the Champions League.”
Fresh insight into Manchester United’s managerial decision emerges
Erik Ten Hag beat Mauricio Pochettino to the Manchester United job because he was closely alligned to the identity of the club, writes James Robson.
United’s football director, John Murtough, has opened up on the decision to appoint the Dutchman, who saw off competition from a host of Europe’s top managers to land the role.
It is understood that Pochettino was his closest rival to take charge, with the Argentine also keen on a move to Old Trafford. But United opted for former Ajax boss Ten Hag, who was officially unveiled this week.
During detailed talks, Murtough revealed the new manager laid out a “long-term vision to build a successful, exciting team,” with “clarity and confidence.”
You can read more from James Robson here.
- 1 Latest news and rumours
- 1.1 Live updates
- 1.2 West Ham ‘step up efforts’ to sign Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd
- 1.3 Jamie Carragher: Manchester United must sell Cristiano Ronaldo
- 1.4 AC Milan buyout talks break down
- 1.5 Charlton close in on new boss
- 1.6 Patrik Schik signs new Bayer Leverkusen contract
- 1.7 End of an era at Manchester City
- 1.8 Miguel Almiron ‘likely to leave’ Newcastle
- 1.9 Chelsea set for attacking overhaul?
- 1.10 Louis Saha: Manchester United should STILL be attempting to sign Harry Kane
- 1.11 Fresh insight into Manchester United’s managerial decision emerges