Amid all the action at Euro 2020 and the Copa America, the summer transfer window has opened for some leagues, with Europe’s biggest clubs looking to make a splash in the transfer market. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.
TOP STORY: Man United eye Rennes star Camavinga
The Daily Mail reports that United representatives have made contact with the French club in a €60m move for 18-year-old Camavinga.
The midfielder only has a year left on his contract and is unlikely to sign a new one, meaning the Ligue 1 outfit could move him on to make sure they don’t lose him on a free next summer.
Further talks are set to be held between United, Rennes and Camavinga’s representatives in the coming week. However, the Old Trafford side aren’t the only ones interested in the player with Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal amongst the clubs interested — though Arsenal’s failure to secure European football may hinder their pursuit of one of Europe top young stars.
10.10 BST: Manchester City have been linked with a £100m move for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.
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10.00 BST: Fernandinho has signed a new one-year contract with Manchester City, the club have confirmed.
Fernandinho, 36, said he was motivated to sign another deal after losing last season’s Champions League final.
“In my head and my mind, the job is not done yet,” Fernandinho said. “And so that’s why I decided to stay here another year and try to help the team and the club to achieve the goals that they’re looking for. In my point of view, we can do that, there’s still places to improve and to get those targets. And obviously, for me and for my family it’s a pleasure to stay in Manchester for one more year.
“If I can keep doing the same way, leading them inside the pitch, off the pitch, to help them to improve and get better and to perform better during the games, I would be the most happy person there.”
09.18 BST: Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka gave a hint over his future after starring in Switzerland’s defeat of France on penalties at Euro 2020.
Xhaka, 28, is closing on a €15m move to Roma and the midfielder — who was named Man of Match on Monday — was asked by Sky Sport Italia if he would give his postmatch interview in Italian.
“Italian? Not yet…” was the response.
He was then told there are some good language schools in Rome and said: “It’s always interesting to learn a new language. I learned English, why not learn Italian? Let’s see what happens, everyone knows what Roma represents. Today I am an Arsenal player, then I’ll decide my future after the Euros.”
08.51 BST: Premier League side Leeds United are leading the race to sign Barcelona defender Junior Firpo, sources have told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.
Firpo, 24, is also wanted by Southampton and several Italian sides, but Leeds have stepped up negotiations with Barca over the last few days and the left-back is keen to make the switch to Elland Road.
Barca and Leeds are still in talks regarding the structure of the deal. They need to agree on a price and on whether the English side sign Junior outright or on loan with a clause to make the move permanent next summer.
Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta has played a key role in selling the club to Junior, who wants to leave Barca in search of regular action and feels he would fit well in Marcelo Bielsa’s system.
Southampton, who are looking for a replacement for Ryan Bertrand, have also sounded out a move for Junior this summer, while AC Milan and rivals Inter Milan are also interested. However, Barca prefer a permanent move to a loan and the English clubs are in the best position to pay a fee.
08.13 BST: Bournemouth announced on Monday that Scott Parker has been appointed as their new manager, after the former Tottenham and England midfielder had officially left his post at Fulham earlier in the day.
The 40-year-old had been mentioned among the many names linked with the Spurs vacancy, but instead he will take on the task of bringing Bournemouth back up from the Championship next season.
Parker was appointed caretaker manager in February 2019 with the club heading for relegation, but brought them back up to the Premier League last August for what proved to be a short-lived return as they were relegated again in May. Later on Monday, Bournemouth announced that Parker had accepted the top job at the Vitality Stadium.
Fulham said first team coach Matt Wells and goalkeeping coach Rob Burch were among a number of backroom staff who had also left the club.
07.30 BST: Sergio Ramos is assessing approaches he has received from Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich before taking a decision on his future, multiple sources have told ESPN.
The three European giants have all taken an interest in Ramos’ situation after it was confirmed that the veteran defender would leave Real Madrid on June 30 on a free transfer when his contract expires.
The 35-year-old is now weighing up the pros and cons of each option, sources said, with family considerations being an important factor in his decision-making.
ESPN reported last month that City were considering making Ramos an offer if he did not reach a renewal agreement with Madrid.
That interest persists, and the Premier League club would be willing to offer Ramos a two-year contract which would be reassessed in the summer of 2023.
Gemma Soler joins ESPN FC to talk the latest surrounding Lionel Messi’s contract renewal at Barcelona.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Luke Thrower)
– AC Milan have been offered James Rodriguez and Philippe Coutinho, according to Tuttosport. Both players have come off the back of a difficult season. Rodriguez, 29, joined Everton but was hampered by injuries following a strong start. The Toffees are said to be willing to move the playmaker on for around €10m. Coutinho, 29, made only 12 La Liga appearances for Barcelona last season, having moved for €160m from Liverpool back in 2018.
– Arsenal are interested in Torino striker Andrea Belotti this summer as they look to bolster their attacking options next season. Tuttosport reports that the London club, along with AC Milan, AS Roma, Fiorentina and Napoli, have set their sights on the 27-year-old. The Italy international only has a year left on his deal and could leave on a free at the end of next season. If the forward is set to depart, Torino have valued the player at €34m.
– Four Premier League clubs could be set to battle it out for Internazionale wonderkid Martin Satriano, according to the Daily Mail. Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and West Ham United are all interested in the 20-year-old, with the Serie A club willing to move players on amid financial troubles. The striker had 17 goal involvements in 27 appearances at youth level for Inter last season, impressing many with his performances.