Euro 2020 and the Copa America are over and the summer transfer window is open, leaving Europe’s biggest clubs clear to make a splash in the market. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.
TOP STORY: Juventus join PSG in Pogba pursuit
Juventus and PSG are reported to be the two clubs at the front of the queue for the midfielder, but the report says the Frenchman will be considering all options for his future. A decision is expected to be made by the end of the week.
Pogba left Juventus to join Manchester United back in 2016 for £89.3 million, but Juventus have had the 28-year-old in their sights for some time. With winger Jadon Sancho arriving at Old Trafford from Dortmund and a deal for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane reported to be edging closer, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could demand a significant fee from any clubs wishing to tempt Pogba away, though his contract does expire in 2022.
The France star has made 137 appearances in the Premier League for the Red Devils, scoring 28 goals and registering 29 assists.
10.30 BST: PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas is likely to stay at the club when Italy No. 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma joins as a free agent, sources have told ESPN.
Italy international Donnarumma, 22, will join after turning down a new contract at AC Milan, where he made 251 senior appearances.
PSG had not planned to recruit a goalkeeper this summer, preferring to remain with Navas, but the opportunity to sign Donnarumma on a free agent deal was considered too good to turn down. However, Navas is expected to start the campaign as the first-choice goalkeeper.
Shaka Hislop addresses the conundrum PSG could face having both Gianluigi Donnarumma and Keylor Navas in the squad.
09.32 BST: Colombia international striker Carlos Bacca has become Granada’s first summer signing, the La Liga club announced.
Bacca, 34, will replace Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, who recently left Granada to join Levante.
He scored 43 goals in his four seasons at Villarreal before leaving the Europa League holders earlier this summer. The veteran has signed a one-year contract with the Andalusian club with an option to extend the deal for a further season.
Granada are also expected to announce the arrival of Spanish midfielder Ramon ‘Monchu’ Rodriguez from Barcelona on Wednesday.
Monchu, 21, played last season on loan at Girona from Barca. The former Barcelona B captain is set to sign a three-year contract with Granada.
09.03 BST: Valencia will make a move to acquire Sevilla midfielder Bryan Gil should Goncalo Guedes leave the club this summer, according to El Partidazo de COPE.
Guedes is under contract with Valencia until June 2023 but the Portugal winger is widely expected to leave.
Gil, 20, has attracted the attention of numerous clubs after scoring four goals and setting up three more in 29 league appearances while on loan at Eibar from Sevilla last season. His contract with Sevilla runs until June 2023.
Valencia will offer Sevilla the chance to sign Gil on a season-long loan with an option to sign him permanently included in the deal. Gil was among the 22 players named by Spain coach Luis de la Fuente to compete at the 2021 Olympics.
08.49 BST: Real Madrid have started talks with Manchester United regarding Raphael Varane‘s move to Old Trafford, Cadena Ser radio reports.
The France centre-back, who has been with Los Blancos for a decade, has a contract with the Spanish giants until June 2022 but wants a new challenge.
Varane, 27, has not signed a contract extension with Madrid and has his eyes on a move to the Premier League. Manchester United are among the clubs that have monitored him, while Madrid are keen to get €60m in this transfer window to avoid the player from leaving as a free agent next year.
08.30 BST: United States goalkeeper Ethan Horvath signed with Championship side Nottingham Forest, the English club announced on Tuesday.
Horvath joins Forest as a free agent from Belgian side Club Brugge, where he had made 64 appearances across all competitions since 2016. He also played at Norweigan side Molde, where he was on the books from 2013-16.
The 26-year-old’s deal with Forest will be for three years.
Gab & Juls explain why there’s almost no chance of a side taking Antoine Griezmann off Barcelona’s hands.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– Arsenal have been in touch with the agent of Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves over a potential move this summer. The Sun writes that there is constant communication between Gunners technical director Edu and Jorge Mendes, with a figure of around £35m proving to be a stumbling block in the negotiations. The 24-year-old has been a key figure in the Wolves midfield, scoring five goals from 36 appearances last season.
– Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is continuing his movement in the transfer market with Manchester City‘s Claudio Gomes on the radar, according to Eurosport. The 20-year-old is a defensive midfielder and has represented France at multiple age-groups. It is reported that Pep Guardiola’s side would be open to letting the player go on a loan deal, having already seen him play for PSV’s reserves in the 2019-20 season.
– Yannick Bolasie is receiving attention, with two clubs from Turkey interested in the winger’s services. Fabrizio Romano says that Adana Demirspor and Rizespor are keen to add the 32-year-old to their ranks with the former Crystal Palace and Everton star currently a free agent. The winger is believed to be prioritising a move to one of Europe’s top leagues with a number of clubs already sending in offers.
– Mikel Arteta’s recent quotes suggested that both Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe could be set to stay at Arsenal this season amid interest from Newcastle United and Aston Villa, respectively. Asked whether Smith Rowe’s future is at the club after Tuesday’s 2-1 friendly loss to Hibernian, Arteta said: “Without a question, yes. 100%.” The Gunners manager also said that Willock was “part of plans” for next season. The 21-year-old finished the end of the Premier League campaign with a goal in seven consecutive games while on loan at Newcastle.