The transfer window is now open and all of Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United are likely to be busy. The Blues will soon have Mauricio Pochettino working and the Argentine could reunite with one of his former Paris Saint-Germain stars in Kylian Mbappe. Chelsea will reportedly register their interest as they pursue a deal for Brighton star Moises Caicedo, while the Blues have also opened talks with Villarreal as they eye striker Nicolas Jackson.
Arsenal are close to getting the Declan Rice deal over the line, are will then reportedly turn their focus to a shock move for Kai Havertz, though Chelsea are holding out for £70m/ Reports also suggest the Gunners retain an interest in Joao Cancelo of Manchester City.
Manchester United, meanwhile, are strongly linked with Napoli defender Kim min-Jae and could yet enter the Mbappe race should their Qatari takeover get over the line. Tottenham are thought to be closing in on a deal for David Raya – also a target at Old Trafford – and continue to track James Maddison, while Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Jude Bellingham. Follow the latest news, gossip and rumours below!
Arsenal keen on shock Havertz move
Arsenal reportedly have strong interest in a move for Chelsea forward Kai Havertz.
According to the Guardian, Havertz has told the Blues he wants to leave this summer and they are willing to sell, as he enters the final two years of his contract.
It’s claimed that Chelsea will out for £70m though and it remains to be seen whether they would be open to selling to a London rival.
Smith Rowe set to stay at Arsenal
Emile Smith Rowe is expected to remain at Arsenal next season.
The 22-year-old appeared to be out of favour under Mikel Arteta in the final months of the season, playing an extremely limited role in the run-in and he has been linked with a move away from north London.
However, the Mail report that Smith Rowe has been assured he is part of the club’s plans, and he is set stay as a result.
James Milner will officially join Brighton when his Liverpool contract expires at the end of the month.
The 37-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Seagulls, with the option to extend that for a further season.
Man United confident over Mount
Manchester United remain confident that Mason Mount will leave Chelsea ahead of the new season.
The Blues are holding out for £70million for the midfielder, who will be out of contract next summer, and that is a valuation United are unwilling to match.
The Telegraph report that United believe Chelsea will lower their demands rather than risking losing Mount for free, allowing them to complete a deal for the 24-year-old.
Nicolas Jackson: Chelsea target’s agent gives update
The Villarreal striker is of interest to Chelsea ths summer, as Standard Sport reported earlier.
Jackon’s agent has provided an update as to the forward’s future.
“Now we have offers on the table. We are in the process of evaluating them and, shortly, you will have news regarding the situation.”
Newcastle give contract update
Matty Longstaff and Ciaran Clarke will both leave Newcastle at the end of their contracts this month, however Longstaff will continue to be supported by the club in his recovery from an ACL injury.
In an update on other members of the squad, Newcastle said in a statement: “The club have triggered an option to retain Matt Ritchie‘s services for another season, while offers have been made to Paul Dummett and Loris Karius. The club have taken an option to extend Mark Gillespie‘s contract for another year, while Dan Burn has activated another year on his existing contract based on appearances.
“Chris Wood will make a permanent move to Nottingham Forest on 1st July after spending the second half of last season on loan at the City Ground.”
Kroos takes aim at Hazard
Toni Kroos is confident that Jude Bellingham will prove to be a success at Real Madrid, but warned that Eden Hazard “let his career die” after making a similarly high-profile move to the club.
Real officially announced the signing of Bellingham on Wednesday, with the England midfielder signing a six-year deal at the Bernabeu after leaving Borussia Dortmund for an initial £85.5million. That fee could rise to £115m depending on add-ons.
It is the second-most expensive signing in Real’s history, behind only Eden Hazard, who signed from Chelsea for a fee of £130m in the summer of 2019.
The Belgian will leave Real at the end of this month after agreeing to terminate his contract a year early, bringing an end to a largely miserable spell in Spain that was plagued by injury problems. Hazard managed just 76 matches during those four seasons, scoring only seven goals.
“We had another player who came for a lot of money and basically let his career die,” Kroos said. “It was a lot of money, I think everyone would say that wasn’t a good transfer. But let’s be positive.”
He added: “Jude is a very top player, who many teams wanted due to his quality and age. I usually have great confidence in our decision-makers. If Real Madrid has spent so much, this is a very good transfer for us.”
Pochettino backs Kepa
Mauricio Pochettino is happy to go into next season with Kepa Arrizabalaga as his first-choice goalkeeper.
Sky Sports report that while there have been linked with Andre Onana and Robert Sanchez, Chelsea are not prioritising a big-money signing in goal.
They may look to make a signing if Edouard Mendy leaves this summer, though that would be for a back-up to Kepa.
Exclusive: Chelsea hold talks over Jackson move
Chelsea have stepped up their search for a new striker and held talks over a move for Villarreal forward Nicolas Jackson, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The Blues want to bolster their frontline for new head coach Mauricio Pochettino and have identified 21-year-old Senegal international Jackson as a summer target.
Jackson finished the season in blistering form for Villarreal, scoring nine goals in eight La Liga matches to catch the attention of clubs around Europe.
Chelsea met his representatives last week to discuss a potential move. He is set to be available for around £30million this summer, making him a cheaper alternative to £100m-rated Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.
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Liverpool keen on Chiesa
Jurgen Klopp wants to bring Federico Chiesa to Liverpool.
That’s according to El Nacional, with it reported that Klopp has urged the Liverpool board to pay the asking fee of €60million for the Juventus forward.
Chiesa has already been linked with Arsenal this summer too – could be a man in demand in the weeks ahead!