2019-06-25 by W.M.
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd renew Sancho move, Arsenal told Tierney fee, Neymar agrees Barcelona return
Follow the latest transfer news live with all the done deals, reports and gossip from the summer transfer window as the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool prepare for a busy few months.
United are set to be busy this summer and appear to be closing in on their second signing of the off-season. Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka appears close to a move after a breakthrough was finally reached between the two clubs that will see the England Under-21 international move to Old Trafford for upwards of £42m plus add ons. Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes could well be close behind with the Red Devils now the favourites to sign him too.
It won’t just be incomings, however, with Paul Pogba anxious to leave with Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain circling. Romelu Lukaku is all set to leave for Italy too while the club are desperate to get Alexis Sanchez’s £500,000 per week off the books. Follow the latest live news below.
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United’s second signing of the summer may not be who everyone expects it to be.
The deal for Wan-Bissaka is close to complete, but The Sun reports that United are on the verge of announcing a move for Mateo Mejia, a 16-year-old winger from Spanish club Real Zaragoza.
United are believed to be paying around £600,000 for the prospect, though that fee will increase dependent on how successful his time is at Old Trafford, and a deal could be announced in the coming days.
One reason why Inter Milan cannot afford Romelu Lukaku may be that they have lodged a whopping £80m offer for sought-after target Nicolas Pepe.
Liverpool are keen on signing the Lille winger, who is also attracting attention from Manchester United, but French newspaper L’Equipereports that Inter have marched ahead of their rivals with a big-money offer.
The Ligue 1 club have already admitted that they expect to lose Pepe this summer, such is the interest in his services, and Liverpool may now be forced into a move or risk losing out on his signature.
Manchester City are ready to make Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in the world.
The Mirror claims that City have beaten rivals Manchester United to the signing of the England defender, and will agree a deal THIS WEEK for £80m.
The fee is £5m more than what Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk two seasons’ ago, and would make him the most expensive defender on the planet as he is tasked with replacing Vincent Kompany.
Arsenal could look to send a statement to their north London rivals after entering the race for St Etienne youngster William Saliba.
Spurs have been linked with the defender throughout the year and were known to be keeping an eye on the Frenchman, but L’Equipe reports that Arsenal is the 18-year-old’s preferred destination and that personal terms were agreed between the two parties last week.
The same French newspaper now claims that Arsenal are ready to open talks by making an offer to St Etienne, though it is likely to be considerably under the €30m asking fee for Saliba (below, left)
One player who has been linked strongly with a Manchester United exit is striker Romelu Lukaku, but it appears his proposed move to Inter Milan may not be as simple as had been suggested.
The Belgian has been told that he is free to leave Old Trafford if an acceptable offer is received this summer, but Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Inter are still £22.3m shy of United’s valuation, meaning an agreement is almost certainly going to be impossible unless the Serie A side drastically up their offer.
It looks like Lukaku mat be staying at United after all.
Manchester United are keen on kicking on with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s planned revamp, but there is also a desire to tie down their brightest young talent that includes striker Marcus Rashford.
It may seem like Rashford has been around for donkey’s years after seeing Louis van Gaal, then Jose Mourinho and now Solskjaer as his manager, but the England star remains just 21 years old and is out of contract next summer.
However, The Sun reports that United will trigger a one-year extension clause in his current contract that will extend that stay until 2021 at least.
Arsenal are understood to be open to the prospect of letting Lucas Torreira leave the club, just one year after signing the Uruguay international from Sampdoria.
Torreira’s strong start at the Emirates last season faded as it wore on, and his admission that he preferred life in Italy compared to London triggered interested from Serie A side AC Milan.
Now, Italian outlet Sport Mediaset reports that Arsenal have received an offer from Milan and are yet to make a decision on whether the 23-year-old will be allowed to leave the club this summer.
Another player United are keeping an eye on is Real Betis defender Junior Firpo, but they will face familiar competition for the left-back.
Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Liverpool are ready to rival United in the battle for Firpo, who is just 22 years old and looks to have a bright future ahead of him.
The Spain Under-21 international made 16 league appearances for Betis last season and made his international youth debut towards the start of the season, having successfully applied for duel-nationality after being born in the Dominican Republic.
Liverpool are on the lookout for a replacement left-back after allowing Alberto Moreno to leave on a free transfer, while United are determined to strengthen what has become an unstable defensive back line.
Manchester United remain locked in talks with Crystal Palace over their move for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but it appears the club are starting to get restless with the lack of progress in negotiations.
United want to have Wan-Bissaka secured in time for him to feature at the start of their pre-season tour.
But the team are due to leave at the start of next week, meaning a breakthrough is needed in the next few days if Wan-Bissaka is set to be a United player by the end of the month.
Liverpool are set to complete the signing of 17-year-old Dutch centre-back Sepp van den Berg.
The PEC Zwolle teenager is highly sought after and attracted interest from Bayern Munich, PSV and Sampdoria, but it appears Liverpool have beaten off the competition, with The Telegraph reporting that the player will undergo a medical tomorrow.
Derby County have confirmed that they have given permission to Chelsea to speak to Frank Lampard over becoming the club’s next manager.
The Blues legend is the favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri, who left for Juventus earlier this month, and the Championship club have issued a statement confirming that talks are underway.
Derby County have confirmed they have given Chelsea permission to speak to manager Frank Lampard.
Lampard is considered to be keen to take on the role with no other candidates currently being seriously considered by Chelsea.
“Derby County can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge,” a statement read.
Arsenal flop Denis Suarez is keen to continue his career in Spain, after a disappointing loan spell.
The Barcelona player was injured for almost the entirety of his time in North London and has instead set his sights on reuniting with Valencia coach Marcelino.
“I’ve said it before and I don’t mind saying again that Marcelino is the coach who has gotten the best out of me during my entire career,” Suarez said.
Suarez could also consider a return to Celta Vigo, where he began his career.
“I think I’ll return to Celta Vigo one day, but I don’t know if it’ll be this summer or in a few years,” he added.
Mateo Kovacic is still waiting to see whether Chelsea will sign him on a permanent basis or extend his loan deal with the club.
Maurizio Sarri was keen to keep the Croatian, who played 51 games for the Blues last season, but Frank Lampard – if his appointment is confirmed – may rely on Mason Mount who flourished under him on loan at Derby last season.
Chelsea can circumvent their impending transfer ban as the player is already registered with the club, but a decision must be made before July 1 and Kovacic has been left in limbo for the time being.
Philippe Coutinho has admitted he’s uncertain over his future at Barcelona.
The Brazilian is currently on international duty at the Copa America, but endured a turbulent season with the Spanish champions and was targeted with jeers by some supporters.
Manchester United have been occupied so far this summer with their attempts to sign Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but with that move looking close to secured, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned his attentions elsewhere.
Portuguese outlet Record reports that the United manager has made a ‘personal plea’ to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to go all out in signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The 24-year-old Portugal international is on the radar of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer and could leave Sporting if the club is offered the right price, and Solskjaer has urged United’s transfer guru to ensure the club are at the front of the queue if and when that happens.
Barcelona have reached an agreement with their former player Neymar to bring him back to the Nou Camp, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
The Spanish champions are yet to reach an agreed fee with Paris Saint-Germain, with rumours of players-plus-cash deals circulating, but news is rife in Spain that personal terms are all sown up.
It’s claimed that Neymar has agreed to a deal worth around €400,000-a-week, which will see him paid about £21,4m a year, and while that is still a ridiculous sum of money, it is more than £11m less a season than his current deal at PSG.
But Sport reports that Neymar agreed to the terms “without hesitation”, and that he is also willing to meet their demand to apologise to the club’s fans.
Ajax have started spending some of their earnings from reaching the Champions League last four and the sale of Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona by buying Dutch international Quincy Promes from Sevilla for a fee that could rise to €17.2m ($£15.3m).
Ajax have paid an initial fee of €15.7m (£14m) for Promes, who has signed a five-year contract, the club announced.
It is a return to the club for the 27-year-old forward, who was originally in their youth setup but was released and instead made his breakthrough at FC Twente and then Go Ahead Eagles, when Ajax coach Erik ten Hag was in charge there.
Promes, who has won 38 caps for the Netherlands, moved to Spartak Moscow in 2014 and Spain last year, where he had a contract until 2023.
Ajax won the Dutch league and cup double this year and reached the Champions League semifinal, ensuring an estimated 90 million euro windfall for the club.
Dutch reports said their next target was 21-year-old Steven Bergwijn from rivals PSV Eindhoven.
De Jong was sold to Barcelona for €75m (£67m) and according to local media Matthijs de Ligt and Donny van de Beek are expected to follow in the coming weeks in more lucrative sales for Ajax.
Norwich City have completed their second signing of the summer ahead of their return to the Premier League.
Having already landed Manchester City striker Patrick Roberts on a season-long loan, the Canaries confirmed the signing of Switzerland’s World Cup striker Josip Drmic late last night on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Drmic will officially join the club on 1 July when he becomes a free agent, having signed a three-year contract at Carrow Road.
Real Madrid’s talented young midfielder Dani Ceballos is impressing many at the European Under-21 Championship this summer, which could lead to a enquiry or two from a number of clubs.
But Madrid will not consider anything less than €50m (£47.7m) for the 22-year-old, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Tottenham are one of the clubs who have been linked with Ceballos and would certainly have the funds to move for the Spaniard following their run to the Champions League final, but Spurs are yet to make any formal offer.
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Meanhile, Arsenal are set to push on with their first signing of the summer with a deal for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney close. Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser and Belgian international Yannick Carrasco are also options being considered but money could be tight for Unai Emery and Co.
Champions Manchester City don’t have any such problems and look set to strengthen an already stacked squad. Leicester City’s Harry Maguire could arrive in a club record deal while Atletico Madrid’s Rodri and Juve’s Joao Cancelo appear near certainties to join him in what looks to be another busy summer at the Etihad.