Tottenham planning defensive shake-up
The Mirror are reporting that Serge Aurier could be on his way out of Tottenham as part of a defensive shake-up.
Aurier will follow Jan Vertonghen out the exit door at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – leaving Tottenham with no senior right-back.
Therefore Jose Mourinho will offer Inter Milan Tanguy Ndombele in exchange for a centre-half, Milan Skriniar.
17:00 – Arsenal redundancies include scouts
Arsenal have made some rather controversial redundancies as a result of the coronavirus pandemic today, and some of their scouting department have fallen foul of their restructuring.
16:50 – Jadon Sancho and the evolution of the English transfer record
Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand have held the title, so too Andy Carroll and Raheem Sterling, but now Jadon Sancho looks set to become the most expensive English footballer of all time.
Some 41 years ago history was made when Trevor Francis became the first £1m signing when moving from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest in 1979.
Fast forward to 2020 and the record for an English player now stands at £80 million, with United supposedly ready to eclipse the figure they paid for Harry Maguire in 2019 to secure Sancho’s arrival at Old Trafford.
It has been some journey from Francis to Maguire (and we suspect Sancho soon), and we take a look at the evolution of transfer fees with regards to English players…
16:40 – No Bale in Real squad to face Man City
16:25 – Brentford set price for BMW
Brentford want in excess of £50m to sell Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins, according to various reports in the media.
The Bees value each at more than £25m following their stellar campaigns in a front three with Bryan Mbuemo. The ‘BMW’ scored a combined 57 goals in the 2019/20 and while the club insists there will be no firesale after Tuesday’s play-off defeat to Fulham at Wembley, they know there is considerable interest in both players and are open to strong offers.
16:10 – Debut under Van Gaal, but now Riley joins Carlisle
15:55 – Hojbjerg edging closer to Spurs move
Tottenham are poised to make Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg their first summer signing, with Kyle Walker-Peters set to move the other way in a separate deal, according to the London Evening Standard.
The clubs are close to finalising a £15million deal for Hojbjerg, while a £12m fee has been agreed for full-back Walker-Peters, who spent the second half of the season on loan at St. Mary’s.
Hojbjerg has made it clear that he wants to join Jose Mourinho’s side and personal terms are expected to be a formality once the clubs have settled the finer details of the deal.
15:40 – United stance remains the same on Sancho
15:25 – Kepa with a point to prove?
15:10 – Dybala nears new Juve deal
Juventus are reportedly close to agreeing new terms with Paulo Dybala, who looks set to extend with the Bianconeri until June 2025.
The Argentine, named Serie A’s MVP for 2019-20, is in ongoing talks with the club and Tuttomercatoweb claims the Old Lady will soon announce a new deal with the 26-year-old.
Dybala is currently recovering from a thigh injury he suffered when Juventus won their ninth consecutive Scudetto against Sampdoria last month.
14:55 – Japanese star off to Villarreal
14:40 – Bale is ‘very important’ to Real
Gareth Bale has the full support of the Real Madrid squad, and the Welsh forward is still “very important” to the club, says Casemiro.
As Real celebrated their 34th La Liga title this season, Bale remained very much on the periphery, with his trophy-laden seven years in Madrid looking set to be coming to an end.
Casemiro, though, backed his team-mate, and hailed the impact Bale has made on the club.
14:25 – Havertz better than Ballack
Chelsea target Kai Havertz is a better player in terms of ability than former Blues midfielder Michael Ballack, says Ilkay Gundogan.
In my opinion, Havertz is even better than Ballack in terms of his playing ability. He was a top player of the previous generation – a b*****d on the pitch, in a positive sense. Kai isn’t like that.
14:10 – Manchester United right to play hardball for Jadon Sancho
Having been taken for a ride too often in the transfer market, playing hardball for Jadon Sancho is overdue, as long as Manchester United get their man in the end, even if that means waiting six months.
Do you agree? Can United afford to miss out on Sancho? Let us know:
13:55 – The forgotten signing from Liverpool departs…
13:40 – Ter Stegen to sign new deal
According to Mundo Deportivo, Marc-Andre ter Stegen is nearing a new five-year deal at Barcelona.
The club wants to keep hold of him, he wants to stay. Money is the problem, although it is also true that, according to negotiating sources, the difference is not insurmountable.
13:25 – Euro Papers!
Barcelona can sign Lautaro Martinez… IF they sell big star…
Ake in Manchester for medical
12:55 – Machin in at Alaves
Deportivo Alaves have appointed former Sevilla and Espanyol manager Pablo Machin as their new head coach to replace Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz, the La Liga club announced on Wednesday.
Muniz had taken charge of Alaves at the back end of the 2019-20 season and guided them to a 16th-place finish despite managing just one win in four games.
12:40 – The vultures are swooping in
12:25 – Are Arsenal making a mistake?
Signing a player of Willian’s calibre on a free is something that would appeal to many an Arsenal fan, but giving the Brazilian a three-year deal could be foolish. What do you think? Is three years too long for a soon-to-be 32-year-old? Let us know:
12:10 – Arsenal make Willian three-year offer
Arsenal have made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian, edging them in front of Chelsea in the race to sign the Brazilian winger, according to Sky Sports.
With Chelsea unwilling to give Willian a three-year deal, Mikel Arteta is primed to swoop. The report suggests Arsenal have made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian, but it is still some way short of the terms offered by Barcelona and Inter Miami.