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TRANSFER NEWS is picking up with the domestic football season on the verge of reaching its conclusion.

The window is now OPEN and will close in October, following the restart of the new campaign on September 12.

Follow all the latest gossip and rumours below…

  • FINANCIAL FERR PLAY

    Man City boss Pep Guardiola is lining up a double transfer to help win back the Premier League title.

    The Spanish manager saw his City side surrender their crown to runaway leaders Liverpool this season and is set to dip into the owner’s pocket to try and get back on top.

    And Guardiola could be given a huge £300million transfer war chest to dethrone Jurgen Klopp’s side.

    A priority signing is a central defender to partner the impressive Aymeric Laporte at the back.

    All faith in John Stones seems to have been lost and a potential return to Everton is on the cards.

    And with Eric Garcia wanted by Barcelona and Nicolas Otamendi error-prone, reinforcements are needed.

    One man who could fit the bill is Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

  • 'LITTLE DREAM'

    Timo Werner says the prospect of working with Frank Lampard was the “main” reason behind him joining Chelsea after watching him in the 2012 Champions League final.

    The German star, 24, sealed his £53million move from RB Leipzig last month.

    He has now begun training with his new team-mates, and afterwards he revealed his decision to snub some of Europe’s most elite clubs to sign for the Blues.

    Speaking to the club’s official website, Werner said: “I know of the players before when they won the Champions League with (Didier) Drogba, with my new manager Frank Lampard, Petr Cech as the technical advisor. 

    “It is like a little dream for me but I want to become, not a same player like them, but I want to be part of a new era here so I will play to try to give my best.”

  • MAD SAVERS

    Real Madrid reportedly hope to sell James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez in order to launch a £270million move for Kylian Mbappe next year.

    For months it has been claimed that 2021 is the year Los Blancos will make their move for the 21-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker when he enters the final 12 months of his contract.

    However, they know the World Cup-winning striker will still cost a huge sum to bring to the Bernabeu.

    According to Deportes Cuatro that could be as high as £270m including both his fee and wages – and the LaLiga champions are already starting to save up for it.

    Due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Madrid president Florentino Perez has already confirmed no major arrivals will be heading to the Spanish capital this summer.

    However, the 13-time European kings are already putting their plan in place to try and pinch every penny during the crisis in an effort to be able to afford Mbappe.

  • CHIL OUT

    Ben Chilwell is reportedly planning to tell Leicester City this week that he wants to quit for Chelsea.

    The Mirror claims the England star is set to snub interest from Manchester United because he sees his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

    The reports that his intention to move is based upon where he sees himself playing for the next five-six years.

    Blues boss Frank Lampard is keen to add the left-back to his squad for next term alongside new signings Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

    The 23-year-old has been at Leicester since aged 12 and is under contract until 2024 but looks set to quit the club this summer.

    SunSport previously revealed that the Foxes’ failure to secure Champions League football was the final straw for Chilwell.

  • SHANG-BYE

    Brazil star Hulk is listening to offers from the Premier League ahead of a free transfer in January when his contract in China comes to an end.

    The former Porto star, 34, moved to the Chinese Super League in 2016 to link up with Shanghai SIPG in a shock career move.

    But Hulk has revealed he still dreams of playing in Europe again.

    The muscular Brazilian – who looks even more ripped post-lockdown – even admitted he “has offers from England, Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal”.

    Hulk has already revealed he will NOT renew his contract in the Chinese capital.

    His current deal expires on December 31.

    And he will have no shortage of suitors ahead of a free move in January.

    Hulk told Brazilian outlet Lance: “I am listening to many proposals from Brazil and many places including in Europe.

    “[I have offers from] Turkey, Portugal, England, Spain, Italy, Germany – and I also have an offer from China.

  • SUAR AND STRIPES

    David Beckham’s Inter Miaimi are trying to prise Luis Suarez out of Barcelona.

    The newest club in America’s MLS are dangling a lucrative four-year deal in front of the former Liverpool striker, who is now 33 years old.

    Beckham, 44, has seen what an amazing impact Zlatan Ibrahimovic had on LA Galaxy and hopes Suarez can do the same in Miami.

    And he believes Uruguayan striker Suarez would have massive appeal to the city’s large South American population, according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

    Suarez is understood to be keen to move to the MLS.

    Recently he said: “You never know. I have a contract with Barcelona but in the future it’s an attractive league. The USA is a nice option.”

  • CAV SOME OF THAT

    Bayern Munich have emerged as shock contenders to sign Edinson Cavani this summer, according to reports.

    The Uruguayan hitman is a free agent after letting his contract at Paris St Germain expire.

    As one of the most prolific strikers on the continent over the last decade, it’s little surprise clubs are fighting for his services.

    Portuguse giants Benfica are firmly in the hunt, while Premier League new boys Leeds have let their interest be known.

    Now, French publication Le10Sport report that German champions Bayern Munich are eyeing a deal.

    It’s claimed they are seeking a back-up to main man Robert Lewandowski and Cavani, 33, has been identified as fitting the bill.

  • SILVA LINING

    Lazio have made a shock swoop for Manchester City legend David Silva on a free transfer.

    The 34-year-old Spaniard received an emotional send off at the Etihad when he was subbed off in the final stages of Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing over Norwich.

    That was his 309th and final Premier League appearance for the club after a decade of service that delivered four titles, two FA Cups, five League Cups and icon status for the attacker.

    Now AS claims that Serie A’s surprise package of the season have made their move to convince the veteran to continue playing at the top level.

    Silva was believed to be mulling over a money-spinning move to the Middle East.

  • INTO THE FRYING SAN

    Borussia Dortmund have reportedly told Manchester United that they must complete a deal to sign Jadon Sancho by August 10.

    A hotly-anticipated £110million switch remains far from certain and the Bundesliga club are determined to plan for next season with the winger in their ranks.

    With Dortmund's pre-season beginning on Thursday, they then head to Switzerland for a training camp in 12 days' time.

    According to Bild and the Mail, Borussia want Sancho's future sorted by then, allowing them to properly prepare for another Bundesliga title challenge.

    Whether United can break through in negotiations so soon remains to be seen.

    Varying reports of offers and valuations have been circulated, namely over an initial £89m bid by the Red Devils.

  • LATEST TRANSFER NEWS

    Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly demanded a move for Ciro Immobile.

    90min report the Italian boss has asked for substantial backing in the transfer market from club execs.

    And one of his No1 targets is Lazio striker Immobile who has bagged 34 goals in Serie A with two games still to play.

    In other news, Kai Havertz reportedly wants to seal his Chelsea transfer by next week following the club’s successful Champions League qualification.

    According to Sky Sports, the German has already agreed terms on a move to West London, with a fee between Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen all that remains to be settled.

    The Bundesliga side value their star attacker at around £90million but the Blues are hoping to lower the figure by around £20m with add-ons.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly had an offer of £22.7mi plus Matteo Guendouzi for Thomas Partey rejected by Atletico Madrid.

    According to the Guardian, Arsenal’s first offer of £22.7m plus a player was turned down by Atletico earlier this month.

    The report adds that the Gunners have since returned with a new bid of £22.7m plus Guendouzi but that has also been rejected.

    And finally, Philippe Coutinho wants a return to the Premier League, according to his agent.

    His agent Kia Joorabchian told TalkSPORT: “It’s no secret he wants to come back to the Premier League.

    “It’s still very much open. There is a lot of genuine interest.”

  • SPURRED ON

    Tottenham are reportedly eyeing FOUR transfers this summer – including Southampton star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

    The Standard claims Jose Mourinho wants reinforcements to build a “more balanced” squad after securing Europa League football with a sixth-place finish on Sunday.

    It’s reckoned Saints midfielder Hojbjerg could be the first arrival this summer despite interest from Everton.

    Spurs have also enquired about Beijing Guoan’s South Korean centre-back Kim-min Jae after bidding farewell to Jan Vertonghen.

    And versatile Atalanta full-back Timothy Castagne could yet make the move to north London.

    Mourinho would also like to add another forward to support Kane.

    And it’s claimed he sees Bournemouth’s David Brooks as a viable option following their relegation to the Championship, even though the Welshman has been primarily used as an inside-forward on the right wing, while Cherries striker Callum Wilson is another option.

  • FIS BILL

    Sheffield Wednesday have swooped to sign rookie Manchester City midfielder Fisayo Dele-Bashiru.

    Dele-Bashiru, 19, has agreed personal terms on a three-year contract and passed his medical.

    He is a graduate of City's academy with the exact nature of the deal due to be announced this week.

    Speaking to the Wednesday website, the teenager said: “I’m honoured to sign for Sheffield Wednesday and I’m excited to be here. I’m at an age now where I want to be playing first team football and I am confident it will fall into place for me here.

    “I know there are other players in the same position but competition for places is a positive. My game is about power, strength and pace, I like to go box to box and I like taking on a shot too.

    “The manager has shown a desire to bring me to the club and that means a lot. He has a good CV and I’m sure this is the right platform for me at this stage of my career.”

  • WILL POWER

    Storey told SunSport: “A £50million investment, above and beyond the acquisition, would be a minimum commitment.

    “The fans need to be excited and I want to make a statement with big names, both on and off the pitch.

    “I’ve been working on this for around four months and have already got four big-name Premier League players in mind that we could get quickly.

    “For the scale of investment required I need significant backing from some real big-hitters – which I have got.

    “Sunderland fans will be very impressed with the world class people I have pulled together.

    “The group is largely comprised of supporters and we have a long-term plan.

    “We are not corporate suits who want to get in and sell it on – we want to build it – Sunderland has unique potential if the right people are involved.”

  • WILL POWER

    William Storey has promised Sunderland fans a minimum of £50million to launch them back into the Premier League.

    The colourful owner of Rich Energy drinks came out of nowhere on Friday to throw his hat in the ring to buy out Black Cats owner Stewart Donald.

    A controversial figure in Formula One, Storey’s bid was largely met with derision and scepticism on Wearside.

    SunSport can reveal Storey faces a winding up petition in October over an alleged unpaid loan of £5.5million.

    But the shaggy-bearded Londoner insists he is no fly-by-night chancer, and has the best offer on the table to rescue the League One crisis club.

    Donald is desperate to sell for the £37.6million he paid Ellis Short in 2018, and while another unknown party has reportedly entered a period of exclusivity, Storey remains bullish.

  • CLOUD NINE

    Nine Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool tried to stop Manchester City overturning their European ban.

    City were slapped with a ban from all Uefa European competitions for two seasons after “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play in February.

    Pep Guardiola's side were also hit with a £27million fine.

    But the Court of Arbitration for Sport controversially overturned the ban earlier this month.

    CAS also reduced the fine to £9m after City's appeal and today released a 92-page document with full details from the case.

    Within the pages CAS revealed the reasons behind their decision which split opinion.

    And one was that almost half the teams in the Prem had written to them to oppose City asking for a “stay of execution” on their ban.

    Burnley, Leicester, Newcastle, Spurs and Wolves were the other sides to come forward.

    The statement read: “On March 9 2020, nine Premier League clubs filed an application for intervention…for the limited purpose of opposing any possible application by MCFC to request for a stay of execution of the Appealed Decision.”

  • CALL THE MOBILE

    Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has demanded a move for Ciro Immobile, according to reports.

    90min report the Italian boss has asked for substantial backing in the transfer market from club execs.

    And one of his No1 targets is Lazio striker Immobile who has bagged 34 goals in Serie A with two games still to play.

    The Italian striker has almost averaged a goal a game, with seven assists also coming in his 35 appearances so far this campaign.

    Immobile could finish the season with 40 goals in all competitions for the second time in the last three years.

    The 30-year-old has outshone and outscored Cristiano Ronaldo in the Italian league with the Juventus man trailing behind on 31 goals in 32 appearances.

  • FLOR BLIMEY

    Leeds are reportedly in talks with Benfica over a deal for Florentino Luis.

    Tancredi Palmeri claims Marcelo Bielsa wants to sign the 20-year-old defensive midfielder this summer and pair him with Kalvin Phillips.

    Luis only made his senior debut last year but has quickly emerged as one of Portugal’s top prospects.

    AC Milan and Real Betis are said to be very keen on snapping him up.

    But it looks like Leeds are in pole position after they sealed their Premier League return by winning the Championship title.

  • AUBA-SEAS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “happy” at Arsenal – but could ditch the Gunners for a move abroad, according to reports.

    Speculation over the 31-year-old's future is rife, with the Gabon international having entered the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract.

    The North Londoners are desperate to renew their skipper's contract, with boss Mikel Arteta having urged the club to get a deal done on more than one occasion in recent weeks.

    Aubameyang himself will make the final decision, however, as he weighs up key factors.

    The Athletic report that although he has an “excellent relationship” with Arteta and his team-mates, Aubameyang recognises that Arsenal are at the start of a rebuild and that as a player in his thirties, he may not be around long enough to enjoy the fruits of his new boss' labour.

    Head of football Raul Sanllehi is currently the man tasked with trying to convince Arsenal's No14 that the Emirates is the best place to spend the final years of his prime.

    Aubameyang will head to France on holiday after Saturday's FA Cup final with all this on his mind, unless he can come to a decision in the next few days.

  • INTER THE DRAGON

    Inter Milan owners appear to have hinted at a summer move for Lionel Messi by using his picture to advertise a Serie A game in China.

    Both Inter and Chinese streaming service PPTV are owned by the Suning group.

    And they have projected a picture of Messi on Milan’s Duomo cathedral to advertise tonight’s Serie A game between Inter and Napoli for their Far East audience.

    Messi, 33, has been strongly linked with a move to Inter after a rift emerged between him and Barcelona.

    Despite breaking 11 records this season, Messi saw his side lose their LaLiga title to Real Madrid.

    The Argentina forward criticised Barca’s style of play and mentality after a poor run of results during the restart.

    And it’s reckoned Inter are keen to sign Messi after his dad, who is his agent, also splashed out on a pad in Milan.

  • OB MAN OUT

    Jan Oblak will remain at Atletico Madrid despite interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, Enrique Cerezo has maintained.

    The Atletico club president believes his No1 is the “best in the world” and a deal will not be discussed with either side.

    SunSport reported on United's interest in the Slovenian last week amid David De Gea's struggles in goal.

    However it is Chelsea who are more desperate for a new shot-stopper with Kepa Arrizabalaga expected to be replaced in the summer market.

    But Cerezo is adamant that Oblak will remain at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

    The Atleti chief told Marca: “For me, Oblak, and I speak as a fan, is the best goalkeeper in the world. [Thibaut] Courtois is another great goalkeeper and, fortunately, both have worn our badge and with both we won many trophies.

    “I always say that Oblak has a contract with Atletico and is the best goalkeeper in the world. It is not strange that he has offers from great teams other than Atletico.”

  • AUBA EXCITED

    Arsenal fans think Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is close to signing a new deal after video crews were spotted filming next to Thierry Henry's statue.

    The striker's contract is set to expire next summer and he has not yet reached an agreement with the club to extend his stay.

    ut fans went wild after an image from outside of the Emirates did the rounds on Twitter.

    It showed a film crew recording footage next to the statue of Gunners legend Henry.

    As Aubameyang, 31, now wears Henry's iconic No14 jersey, supporters think an announcement video is on the way.

    One said: “Production crew at the Emirates today doing a video which includes Thierry Henry's statue. We all know who the current number 14 is.”

    Another supporter replied: “Epic spot. Why would FA Cup promo use smoke machines? Generally they just do fancy light work.”

    One Twitter user added: “The only reason they might use the Henry statue is the transition of the No14 jersey.

    “Auba sign that thing. It can't be a FA Cup promo video, the final is less than week, the video would have been done immediately after the victory over the Citizens.”

  • PUT A SOK IN IT

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reportedly told Sokratis Papastathopoulos he no longer has a future at the club.

    Football London claims that the Spaniard has bluntly told the 32-year-old that he will not be required next season.

    The report adds that Arteta believes Sokratis does not fit his tactical plan and he will not play significant games under him.

    Yet his stance has not prompted the Greek defender to consider leaving Arsenal and he hopes he can change his head coach’s mind.

    Sokratis still has a year left on his contract and his attitude in training means that he won’t be frozen out of the squad like Matteo Guendouzi.

  • CAUGHT NAP-ING

    Manchester United have been dealt a transfer blow with Arkadiusz Milik reportedly agreeing to team up with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.

    The Napoli striker, 26, was linked with a move to Old Trafford to provide another option up front for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Naples club, who are seventh in the league but beat Juventus in the Coppa Italia final, are reportedly willing to accept offers of £45million for their frontman.

    And Juventus have seemingly beaten off the competition and are closing in on Milik, one of their primary transfer targets.

    According to Gianluca Di Marzio, a deal between the player and the Old Lady is in place.

    However, Juventus are yet to finalise anything with their Serie A rivals just yet – with Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis determined not to sell to the champions.

  • PARTEY POOPERS

    Arsenal have reportedly had an offer of £22.7million plus Matteo Guendouzi for Thomas Partey rejected by Atletico Madrid.

    According to the Guardian, Arsenal’s first offer of £22.7m plus a player was turned down by Atletico earlier this month.

    The report adds that the Gunners have since returned with a new bid of £22.7m plus Guendouzi but that has also been rejected.

    Arsenal’s finances mean that they will struggle to pay Partey’s full release clause of £44m.

  • RUN OF THE MIL

    Manchester United have reportedly reignited their interest in Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the 25-year-old to team up with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the midfield.

    According to FootMercato, the Red Devils are plotting a summer swoop for the Serbian.

    United will face competition from the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Juventus and Real Madrid.

    Paris-Saint Germain are also interested, but their first bid of £54million was rejected.

    Last season Lazio demanded a fee in the region of £90m for the Serbia international but it is believed that £63m will be enough to secure his signature this summer.

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