Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are pushing to strengthen their squads ahead of the new season.
With the Premier League fixtures out, it is the Spurs who are steaming ahead in the transfer market, adding Yves Bissouma to the signings of Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster. At Arsenal, meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus is reportedly asked to be sold to join the Gunners, with Fabio Vieira to be announced soon.
Things at Chelsea have been somewhat slower of late as Todd Boehly waits to make his first signing for the men’s team although fresh reports from Italy suggest they have tabled an “important proposal” for Torino’s Gleison Bremer in an attempt to Antonio Rudiger. It promises to be a huge summer for a number of Premier League clubs and the rumor mill is starting to go into overdrive. With the international football schedule now over, it’s going surely going to ramp up in the coming days.
Jesus asks to join Arsenal
Goal Brazil claim Gabriel Jesus has now asked Manchester City to let him join Arsenal.
The Brazilian is Mikel Arteta’s leading attacking target this summer and is believed to be keen on the idea of a move to the club, with Arsenal said to be the only interested party to have actually made a bid.
A £ 43m offer is thought to have been made and, now, Jesus is ready to make the switch.
United chief in De Jong faux pas
Barcelona will be rubbing their hands after hearing Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold’s latest comments.
The two clubs are currently in negotiations over a deal for Frenkie de Jong, with United hoping Barca lower their demands. However, Arnold was filmed saying, “Money is not a consideration on who we want. The manager wants (De Jong) and they have actually done the work. He’s a great player.”
Barca won’t be dropping their demands anytime soon, you’d think.
ICYMI: Chelsea make bid big for Bremer
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims Chelsea have made an “important proposal” for Gleison Bremer.
The defender has been linked to the Blues, Tottenham and Inter Milan but it is Thomas Tuchel’s side who has made an early move, with the player recently admitting he is considering offers.
Lisandro Martinez bid rejected
Arsenal have seen an opening bid for Lisandro Martinez rejected, claims TyC Sports.
The defender won Ajax’s Player of the Year award last term and Mikel Arteta wants to bring him to the Emirates Stadium despite returning loanee William Saliba.
Ajax have turned down the bid but Arsenal are expected to come back with another.
Haaland to Madrid?
An interesting line in AS this morning.
Real Madrid are already plotting to sign Erling Haaland in two years time, despite the striker only last week joining Manchester City.
They claim there is a € 150m (£ 128m) release clause in Haaland’s contract which becomes active in 2024, and that it plays “perfectly into Real Madrid’s hands”.
Well, well, well.
ICYMI – Hector Bellerin prepared to give up final year of Arsenal salary to seal Real Betis move
According to Estadio Deportivo, Hecot Bellerin is prepared to take quite the step to leave Arsenal.
The Spaniard enjoyed a loan spell at Real Betis last season, winning the Copa del Rey and representing the team his father supported.
Such is his desire to return to La Liga next season, the defender is reportedly ready to give up the final year of his Arsenal salary in order to push a deal over the line.
Chelsea will have to pay £ 45m to sign Rayan Aït-Nouri
According to The Sun, the Wolves are ready to slap a £ 45m price tag on Rayan Aït-Nouri.
Chelsea and Man City have both been linked with a move for the Frenchman after his impressive season at Molineux.
Troy Parrott sends a Tottenham message
Troy Parrott has vowed to “do all I can to impress” Tottenham manager Antonio Conte.
The 20-year-old striker met up with the Republic of Ireland earlier this month having spent what he hopes was a breakthrough season in League One with MK Dons, during which they scored 10 goals in all competitions.
He carried that form into Ireland’s Nations League fixtures, capping a fine individual display with an assured finish in a 3-0 victory over Scotland and impressing as Stephen Kenny’s men drew 1-1 with Ukraine in Lodz to bring down the curtain on a gruelling run of four games inside 11 days.
Parrott’s time at Spurs to date has seen Mauricio Pochettino depart and Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo come and go as he has tried to stake his claim, but asked if he needed stability on that front to do so, he said: “I can ‘ t control what goes on there. That’s out of my hands.
“All I can do is try to impress whoever is there, and that’s what I fully intend doing when I go back there for pre-season.”
Parrott endured difficult loan spells at Millwall and Ipswich during the 2020-21 season, but prospered in Milton Keynes during the last campaign.
Read his quotes in full here.
ICYMI – Gabriel hits out at ‘ungrateful’ Arsenal fans
Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes has hit out at supporters who questioned the club’s decision to hand Eddie Nketiah a new contract.
The forward ended the season in a brilliant form, scoring five goals in the last seven Premier League games after ousting Alexandre Lacazette in Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup.
A target for both West Ham and Crystal Palace, the Hale End graduate penned a new five-year deal at the club and was handed the iconic No.14 shirt, previously worn by Thierry Henry.
Such is the insatiable nature of the transfer window, however, sections of the support on Twitter weren’t overly enthused.
Clearly, that is not an accurate barometer of fan sentiment as a whole, but with a striker needed following the exits of both Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the past two windows, some supporters were eager to see more.
Read his comments in full here.
ICYMI – Ousmane Dembele confirms desire to stay at Barcelona
Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele issued a response to the transfer speculation surrounding him this summer.
The Frenchman has been strongly linked with moves to Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain now his contract is into its final few days, with Thomas Tuchel keen on attacking signings.
Dembele has struggled to live up to his billing as one of the most expensive players in the history of the game, although impressed last season, with no player in La Liga beating his 13 assists.
Tuchel worked with the 25-year-old at Borussia Dortmund prior to his move to the Camp Nou for £ 135m in the summer of 2017 after Neymar had left for PSG.
Dembele was tracked by Chelsea in January and continues to be touted as a potential target with Tuchel eager to make improvements to his frontline after a difficult season.
Read his comments in full here.