The summer transfer window is in its final month for the big European leagues, which means the biggest clubs are looking to make a splash in the market before the start of the new season. Check out the latest gossip below, and check out all the official offers here.
TOP STORY: Where is Ronaldo going now?
With sources confirming to ESPN that the former Barcelona star Lionel messi has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain, AS suggests his fellow superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will monitor the situation for a very different reason.
The Portuguese talisman has reportedly sought to leave Juventus, with frustration over their unsatisfactory Champions League results playing a role in his unease.
PSG are said to be one of the only clubs capable of signing the 36-year-old, but bringing in Messi would make any move for Ronaldo unfeasible even if there are no transfer fees to pay.
We also talked about Kylian Mbappé join Real Madrid, but it is believed that even moving the 22-year-old for a huge transfer fee wouldn’t be enough to help Ronaldo get to Parc des Princes.
So while the idea of Ronaldo and Messi playing on the same team is enough to excite just about any football fan, it looks like there is no way that will happen.
This makes things very complicated for Ronaldo as he plots his route out of Turin.
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09:59 BST: Arsenal midfielder Joe willock is set to join Newcastle in a deal worth up to £ 25million, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a successful loan from St James’ Park last season, scoring in seven consecutive Premier League games, and he is keen to ensure consistent first-team football.
The Gunners need to raise funds to reshape their squad and have decided to accept Newcastle’s offer for the England Under-21 international who made a total of 78 appearances for the club after being set up by the academy.
A deal has yet to be finalized with personal terms to be discussed, but all parties expect Willock to move in the coming days.
Sources told ESPN that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wanted to add more creativity to his squad with Leicester’s James Maddison and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar among those under consideration but had to sell first. a midfielder before chasing a specific target.
09.21 BST: After bidding his moving farewell to Barcelona on Sunday, Lionel messi is expected to travel to Paris soon before undergoing a medical examination at Paris Saint-Germain in the coming days, sources told ESPN’s Julien Laurens.
The Argentina captain is expected to sign a two-year contract with the option of a third season. It could be presented at an event at the Eiffel Tower in the coming days. Messi said he had received several calls from clubs since the news broke, confirming PSG’s interest, and several sources told ESPN he had already agreed to sign for Ligue 1.
The 34-year-old had agreed to a new five-year contract with Barca, but that would have meant the club’s payroll stood at 110% of his earnings. Their spending cap with La Liga has dropped from over € 600m in 2019-2020 to € 200m expected for the coming season, making it impossible to save Messi’s new deal even with a significant pay cut. His previous terms included a base salary of around 70 million euros gross without bonus.
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08.38 BST: Leicester City will seek to make up for Wesley Fofana’s absence by signing Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard, reports talkSPORT.
Fofana will undergo surgery on Monday that will keep him on the sidelines until next year after breaking his leg in a preseason friendly against Villarreal last Wednesday.
The center-half was injured following a thoughtless foul by Fer Nino de Villarreal, who Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers described as a “horrible challenge” in the aftermath of the game against the Europa League winners of last season.
This has led the Foxes to rekindle their interest in the center-back of the Saints Vestergaard, who they first attempted to sign last summer. The Denmark international could be available for around £ 15million, according to talkSPORT, as his contract at St Mary’s is set to expire next summer.
08:00 BST: Tottenham push to finalize transfer of Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez after indicating they were ready to reach the club’s valuation of € 71million, sources told ESPN’s James Olley.
Spurs and Arsenal are among the clubs following Martinez in hopes of making a deal with Inter, who are under pressure to offload players amid financial losses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
It is understood that Spurs believe they have agreed to a fee in principle, but sources close to Inter have dismissed suggestions they were ready to approve a transfer.
The situation was complicated by the pursuit of Chelsea Romelu Lukaku. Inter have seen Achraf Hakimi join Paris Saint-Germain before and have also agreed € 115million with Chelsea for Lukaku.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
– Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben formed one of the most feared winger duos of modern times when they were at Bayern Munich. As the Dutch half retired, Gazzetta dello Sport suggested Ribery could make a return to Bavaria as they sought a replacement for Kingsley Coman after the veteran was rejected by Fiorentina. There have been no negotiations yet, but the 38-year-old is training with Bayern and could be a profitable option at a time when the coronavirus has taken a toll on funds.
– Manchester United want to recoup the £ 50million they spent Antoine Martial in 2015 if he leaves, reports the Express. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a plethora of attacking talent at his disposal and this could see the Frenchman leave as United look to offload players. Both Internazionale and Everton are interested in the 25-year-old.
– AC Milan are hoping to sign a creative player and Calciomercato has offered a list of those they are considering. Atalante Josip Ilicic, that of Chelsea Hakim Ziyech, CSKA Moscow Nikola Vlasic, that of Real Madrid Isco and that of Everton James rodriguez are the named players.
– Arsenal are still watching Martin Odegaardthe situation at Real Madrid, according to Fabrice Romano. The Norwegian has always been their primary target to take the No.10 position, and the Gunners will make an offer if he and Los Blancos decides to separate definitively from the young man of 22 years.
– Kevin Campbell told Football Insider he expects Aston Villa to continue playing for the Southampton midfielder James ward-prowse after losing Jack Grealish to Manchester City. The former striker told them: “Villa won’t hold back, they know they have money but they want to spend it wisely.”