The summer transfer window has not yet opened in Europe, but teams are preparing for it, and there is a lot of gossip. Transfer Talk provides you with the latest news about rumours, the comings and goings and of course closing deals!
Key story: Chelsea beat Arsenal for Caicedo
Chelsea is close to signing Moises Caicedo In a deal that could be worth up to £80m, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Blues have been vying with London rivals Arsenal for the signature of the Brighton midfielder however times Reportedly, Arsenal have withdrawn their interest in the Ecuador international after rejecting two bids by Seagulls in the January transfer window. Sky Sport Deutschland It was also reported that Bayern Munich was competing for Caicedo.
Arsenal are focused on securing a transfer for the West Ham United captain Declan Riceas well as the Chelsea striker Kai Havertz.
Caicedo impressed in 37 Premier League appearances last season as he helped Brighton to a record sixth-place finish, as they qualified for Europe for the first time in their history.
Caicedo is on contract until 2027 after signing a new long-term deal in March, but Romano adds that he is close to agreeing personal terms with Chelsea.
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11.08 GMT: Manchester City are close to completing a £34.2m deal to sign the Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacicsources told ESPN’s James Uley.
Talks between the two clubs have progressed well in recent days with a broad agreement on fees leading to more detailed talks on how to organize payments.
Although there are still some issues to be sorted out, sources have told ESPN that the expectation is for a deal for the 29-year-old to be finalized within the next two weeks. Kovacic has widely accepted personal terms and the transfer is likely to progress further after he finishes his international commitments with Croatia.
Their final match comes in the Nations League final on Sunday against Spain. Kovacic initially joined Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid in 2018 before signing a permanent contract for £40m a year later.
He played a total of 221 matches, scored six goals and won the Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.
10.32 GMT: Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata He rejected a lucrative deal to join the Saudi Al-Taawon Club, according to what he reported COPE Radio.
The Spain international is set to sign a contract extension with Atlético, with his current deal expiring in June 2024.
Morata, 30, scored 15 goals in 45 games for the Rojiblancos last season.
09.47 GMT: Romeo Beckham He is set to make his loan at Brentford from Inter Miami permanent this summer, according to Sky Sports.
Beckham, 20, was playing for Brentford B during his six-month stint at the club, during which he won the Premier League Cup.
Brentford will now pay Inter Miami a small fee to sign Beckham on a one-year contract with his second team.
09.09 GMT: Barcelona are keeping a close eye on the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovanni Lo CelsoAnd Mundo Deportivo reports.
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez is a fan of Lo Celso and considers the Argentine international an ideal addition to his side’s midfield.
Lo Celso, 27, has played the last two seasons on loan at Villarreal from Tottenham, with whom he has a contract until June 2025.
08.34 GMT: New signing with Real Madrid Jude Bellingham He said during his inaugural show at the club on Thursday that he would like to see him Kylian Mbappe Join him.
Madrid confirmed the deal to sign the England international – a deal that Dortmund said had an initial value of 103 million euros ($111 million), with the possibility of another 30 million euros ($32 million) due on Wednesday.
The midfielder, 19, has signed a six-year contract at the Bernabeu and will wear the number 5 shirt – previously worn by his superstar Zinedine Zidane – for Real Madrid next season.
At an event at the club’s Real Madrid training complex, club president Florentino Perez described Bellingham as “one of the best players in the world” as the former Birmingham City and Borussia Dortmund player posed for photos, before taking questions from the media.
“I can’t really comment, I don’t know his situation,” Bellingham said when asked about Madrid’s relationship with Mbappe. “If anything, my whole story has taught me that not everything you see is true.
“He’s a great player, whatever he chooses, all the best to him. Would I like to play with a player like Kylian Mbappe? Who wouldn’t?”
Ogden: Alessia Russo has “the world at her feet” for the summer move
Mark Ogden explains the impressive list of clubs interested in a move for Alessia Russo from Manchester United this summer.
08.00 GMT: Manchester United striker Alicia Russo He is considering a move to the US amid interest from NWSL side Washington Spirit, sources have reported ESPN’s Mark Ogden, despite attempts by Arsenal to sign the England international.
Lyon and an unnamed Spanish team are also preparing to offer the lioness a move abroad ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand on July 20.
The 24-year-old Rosso will become a free agent when her contract with United expires at the end of June and Arsenal are in pole position to sign the former Chelsea teenager who received a world record £450,000 ($569,655) bid that United rejected in January.
But while Russo is aware of the long-term interest from Arsenal, sources said she is open to returning to the US after spending two years with the North Carolina Tar Heels between 2017 and 2019.
Rousseau’s representatives traveled to the US last week and attended Washington’s 2-1 win over Angel City – a win that cemented Spirit’s place in second place in the Premier League standings.
Paper babbling (Abby Ingham)
– Tottenham Hotspur are not looking to sign the Leicester City duo James Madison And Harvey Barnesaccording Fabrizio Romano. Daily Mail I previously reported that Tottenham saw a £50m bid for the two midfielders rejected by Leicester. However, the north London club never sent a suggestion to his Foxes teammates, who contributed 23 goals and 10 assists between them last season as the East Midlands side were relegated. Madison’s contract expires next summer, so the club will be looking to avoid losing the 26-year-old on a free transfer at the end of next season, while Barnes’ deal does not expire until 2025.
Inter Milan prepares to face Tottenham Hotspur David RayaAnd Guardian reports. The 27-year-old Brentford goalkeeper, who saved more than one Premier League goal last season in 38 appearances, is a key target for Tottenham as they look to replace the departed Hugo Lloris. However, they are now facing competition from Nerazzurri, who is said to have inquired about the Spain international. It comes amid reports that Inter are the current goalkeeper Andre Onana Preparing for a move to the English Premier League, Chelsea and Manchester United are pressing hard for the 27-year-old Cameroonian international.
Milan are interested in Chelsea Ruben Loftus-Cheekreports Football from the inside. After observing the 27-year-old midfielder for a long time, the Italian club is preparing to make an official proposal to the Blues. It is said that this will be at the end of the month, after Paolo Maldini has stepped down as Milan’s sporting director. The England international, who made 155 appearances for the West London side, is the focus of interest from several Premier League teams, including Brentford.
Al-Hilal chases Leeds United Rodrigo Morenoaccording Akram Connor. The 32-year-old striker, who scored 15 goals in 35 games last season, has his contract expired in June 2024. However, with Leeds relegated from the Premier League, the Spain international has been directed to move away from that Elland Road route. summer.
Bayern Munich is preparing to beat Manchester United with a signature Kim Min Jaereports Fabrizio Romano. The 26-year-old defender only joined Napoli last summer, and helped the Serie A side win their first Serie A title in 33 years. The South Korean international has a clause in his contract, valid for the first 15 days of July, which allows him to leave Napoli if an offer of €60m is made. Kim is now said to be close to agreeing personal terms with the Bundesliga champions.