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 are dreaming of bringing Paul Pogba back to Turin, despite recent rumours linking the Manchester United midfielder to Paris Saint-Germain, according to Calciomercato.
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.
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20.24 BST: Here’s a big one to watch…
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has learned that Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are in “advanced talks” over a swap deal that would see Antoine Greizmann return to Atletico Madrid and central midfielder Saul Niguez go the other way and move to the Camp Nou.
Barcelona and Atletico are in advanced talks for swap deal between Saúl and Griezmann! Both players gave the green light in the last hours. 🇪🇸🔄
Barça and Atléti now negotiating on price tags. Barça want money included.
Liverpool and Chelsea keen on Saúl if deal will collapse.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 14, 2021
Barcelona are asking for money in addition to the 26-year-old Saul, with the club needing to shed salary and cut into its massive debt. Griezmann, 30, previously played at Atletico between 2014-19, scoring 133 goals in 257 games before joining Barcelona for €120 million. Atletico Madrid recently signed Rodrigo De Paul so are looking to move on from Saul.
19.56 BST: Celtic have signed Israeli winger Liel Abada from Maccabi Petah Tikva.
🆕 Our new 𝔹𝕙𝕠𝕪 🟢⚪️
Welcome to #CelticFC, Liel Abada! 🙌#WelcomeAbada 📝
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 14, 2021
The 19-year-old, who made his senior debut for Israel earlier this year, joins on a five-year contract. Abada scored 13 goals, as well as chipping in four assists in 38 games last season for Maccabi Petah Tikva.
Also capable of playing a bit of centre-forward, Abada, becomes Celtic’s third arrival under new boss Ange Postecoglou.
19.02 BST: As expected, PSG have signed goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer.
Le Paris Saint-Germain est heureux d’annoncer l’arrivée dans son effectif de Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Le gardien de but italien a signé un contrat de cinq ans et est lié au Club jusqu’au 30 juin 2026.#WelcomeGigio
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) July 14, 2021
The Italy international, whose contract at AC Milan recently expired, will sign with the Parisiens through 2026. Still just 22, Donnarumma already has a wealth of experience, having made 251 appearances for Milan over the past six seasons. Donnarumma is expected to start the season behind Keylor Navas, with the Italian viewed as Navas’ replacement long-term.
Donnarumma was recently named the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2020 after backstopping Italy to the title.
18.38 BST: Reported Liverpool and Arsenal target Donyell Malen has agreed to personal teams with Borussia Dortmund, German outlet Bild Sport reports.
The 22-year-old forward is one of the highest-rated young players in Holland, and is fresh off a season in which he bagged 27 goals and added 10 assists in 45 games for PSV. Malen also played this summer with the Netherlands at Euro 2020, appearing in four games and picking up a pair of assists.
Dortmund are keen to add a forward or two with Jadon Sancho joining Manchester United and Erling Haaland’s future still a mystery.
17.54 BST: Barcelona have transfer listed backup goalkeeper Neto, as the club looks to shed salary to cut into their massive debt.
The 31-year-old, who formerly was the No. 1 at Valencia, cost Barcelona €26 million plus €9m in add-ons when he was signed in 2019. The Brazilian has made just 17 appearances for the Blaugrana since arriving from Valencia but has a strong reputation as a very capable goalkeeper.
Arsenal have previously been linked with the Brazilian, who is keen for a bigger opportunity to prove himself ahead of next year’s World Cup.
17.07 BST: Orlando City have signed veteran Argentine Emmanuel Mas for the remainder of the season.
Now in purple: Emmanuel Mas #VamosOrlando pic.twitter.com/lfaZ45EP9l
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) July 14, 2021
The 32-year-old was a free agent, having seen his contract with Boca Juniors expire on July 1. Capped eight times for Argentina, the left-back has also played in Argentina with San Martín de San Juan and San Lorenzo, and Trabzonspor in Turkey.
“We are really happy to welcome Emmanuel to Orlando and are excited about the experience and technical skill that he’ll add to our team at this crucial point in the season,” Orlando City EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi said in a statement. “Our goal as a club is to win titles and we believe the move to bring in a high-caliber player like Emmanuel is another step towards that end.”
16.31 BST: Barcelona aren’t the only team in financial trouble in Spain. Real Madrid reportedly face a new La Liga wage cap of €300m (down from €473m) which The Mirror says could see them under pressure to move on a few players this summer.
They will have Gareth Bale, Brahim Diaz, Luka Jovic, Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard back from loan, while Raphael Varane and Eden Hazard face uncertain futures.
New manager Carlo Ancelotti has recently said: “We have a very big squad, and the first thing we have to do is evaluate the players we have and reduce it a bit. We’ll have to see how we do that. I know the squad very well, the young players too, and those coming back from loans. We have many options in the squad, [and] need to calmly evaluate everything.”
16.00 BST: After a summer full of international tournament action on multiple continents begins to draw to a close, focus shifts back to the domestic game as players report back for preseason training.
While many jet in after playing for their countries, some are returning, perhaps reluctantly, to their parent clubs after much longer absences. Some may even struggle to find the training ground!
Take Loris Karius for example, who caught many Liverpool fans off guard when he suddenly appeared at the club’s camp in Austria having spent the past three years on loan elsewhere. Indeed, the sight of Karius limbering up in a Liverpool kit came as a shock to many who were surprised to discover that the German goalkeeper is still on the club’s books, having not made a competitive appearance since 2018.
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15.35 BST: Arsenal have been interested in signing Manuel Locatelli but the Italy midfielder seemingly has his sights set on Juventus.
Locatelli, 23, plays for Sassuolo at club level and caught the eye after starring at Euro 2020 with Italy. He has previously been linked with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, but Arsenal are the only team to have made a concrete offer, according to Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali.
“I have not really thought about it [a transfer],” Locatelli told Sky Sport Italia. “I’ve been playing for the national team and giving my best at the Euros. I’ve had to give it my all for the Italians who have been following us, even those from afar. After these celebrations then we will see.”
On Juventus, who recently re-appointed Massimiliano Allegri as head coach, Locatelli added: “They’re a great team. The interest is pleasing, I’ve always said that. But right now I am here with the national team, still cheering on Italy.”
14.51 BST: San Lorenzo brothers Oscar and Angel Romero have been linked with a move to Inter Miami FC in recent days, but ESPN Argentina reports that the Argentine team are yet to receive any formal offers.
Angel, 29, joined San Lorenzo in 2019 following a successful spell in Brazil with Corinthians, while his twin brother, Oscar, also arrived at the Argentine side two years ago after playing in La Liga for Deportivo de Alaves and Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League.
The Paraguay internationals could move together again and head to MLS.
14.18 BST: Marca claims that Sevilla defender Jules Kounde has turned down a move to Tottenham.
Kounde, 22, has been linked with Chelsea, Man City and Real Madrid but could also be a transfer target for Man United if they can’t land Real defender Raphael Varane.
Sevilla are looking for around €70m from clubs looking to sign Kounde, but the player himself is reportedly not keen on a move to Spurs and would only join United if he were to head to the Premier League.
13.54 BST: Lionel Messi and Barcelona have reached an agreement for the forward to sign a new five-year deal with the Catalan club, sources have confirmed to ESPN. Sources added Messi has accepted a significant wage reduction to prolong his stay.
Messi was a free agent after his contract at Barca expired and he had courted interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City since first revealing a desire to end his 20-year relationship with Barca last summer. The 34-year-old’s previous contract was worth over €500m ($594m) and that expired at the stroke of midnight on July 1.
However, with the return of Joan Laporta as president in March, Messi grew more open to staying at Camp Nou. An official announcement is expected in the coming days.
Laporta had hoped to finalise an agreement before Messi’s previous terms expired. Barca’s financial problems made that impossible, though, with their gross debt over €1 billion. Cutbacks have been essential, in terms of transferring players out, reducing the wage bill and getting Messi to accept a lower salary.
La Liga president Javier Tebas had warned Barca they would not be allowed to register Messi’s new deal if they were unable to reduce spending to comply with the league’s financial fair play rules. Barca’s spending limit has been reduced from over €600m to €347m since the coronavirus pandemic, with further reductions expected to be imposed for the upcoming season.
13.17 BST: Dortmund are looking for at least €180m from clubs to sign striker Erling Haaland, but can Chelsea go that high? And would Dortmund even consider it now Jadon Sancho is leaving for Man United?
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12.45 BST: The Daily Telegraph says that Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann could move back to Atletico Madrid in deal involving Saul Niguez going in the opposite direction.
Barca need to raise funds to deal with their €1.2bn gross debt and Griezmann is their highest earner outside Lionel Messi.
The France international would be happy to move back to Madrid, while Saul is keen to move on in search of a new challenge.
12.21 BST: Adana Demirspor president Murat Sancak has confirmed that the Turkish club are in negotiations to sign former Arsenal and Chelsea star David Luiz.
The 34-year-old defender is a free agent after his contract with Arsenal expired last month.
“We are in talks with David Luiz. Let’s see how his signing can happen,” Murat Sancak said.
David Luiz could become Demirsport’s second big signing this summer after they recently completed the transfer of former Manchester City, Liverpool, Inter and Milan forward Mario Balotelli.
11.55 BST: West Ham are looking to sign PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan as David Moyes looks to add competition for Lukasz Fabianski, says the Evening Standard.
Areola, 28, spent last season on loan at Fulham but was not included in France’s squad for Euro 2020, despite winning the World Cup in 2018. He won’t return to PSG, who are set to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer from AC Milan and already have Keylor Navas as their No. 1.
Fabianski, 36, had a fine season for West Ham but the club need a backup. The Hammers are also reportedly keen on Ukraine international Heorhiy Bushchan and West Brom’s Sam Johnstone.
11.27 BST: Manchester United are hoping Marcus Rashford will recover from shoulder surgery in time to feature in a crucial run of fixtures for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at the end of October, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Rashford is set to undergo surgery on his left shoulder after being hampered by it since November. The 23-year-old could be ruled out for as long as 12 weeks but there is hope he could recover in time to play in a tricky stretch of games starting against Leicester in mid October.
United are also expected to officially announce the signing of winger Jadon Sancho this week.
The 21-year-old underwent a medical on Tuesday and his €85m move from Borussia Dortmund has been completed.
Sancho has been granted a three-week holiday following his time with England at the European Championship and is not expected to begin training at Carrington until August. He could feature in United’s final preseason fixture against Everton at Old Trafford on Aug. 7 before the new Premier League season kicks off on Aug. 14.
11.02 BST: Chelsea have reportedly offered €100m to sign Juventus winger Federico Chiesa, says Bild.
Chiesa, 23, was one of the stars of Euro 2020 for champions Italy and has raised his profile across Europe with some stellar performances.
However, it gets a bit confusing here because Chiesa is on a two-year loan from Fiorentina and Juventus have an obligation to sign him permanently for €40m plus €10m in add-ons in 2022.
So it’s anyone’s guess who Chelsea submitted their offer to.
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.
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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.
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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.