Arsenal plotting swoop for Leicester’s James Maddison

Arsenal plotting swoop for Leicester’s James Maddison

James Maddison is reportedly a transfer goal for Arsenal, however will Leicester be tempted by a cash-plus-players deal? Plumb Pictures/Leicester Metropolis FC by way of Getty Pictures

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: Gunners circling Maddison

Arsenal could be set to offload a number of players as they step up their pursuit of Leicester City playmaker James Maddison.

The Daily Mail reports that Mikel Arteta views the 24-year-old as a key target this summer following the departure of loanee Martin Odegaard back to Real Madrid.

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It is believed that the Foxes wouldn’t be willing to listen to a £50 million bid at this stage, but a move that included a player going the other way could tempt them.

Maddison has impressed many since joining Leicester in 2018 from Norwich City for just over £20m. He’s made 98 Premier League appearances in that time, having a hand in 38 goals. The performances managed to win over England boss Gareth Southgate in 2019, who gave him his first senior international cap against Montenegro.

The two Arsenal players reportedly available in any deal are Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Both academy graduates have had top flight experience and, while a deal including the two may be difficult, the Gunners believe it could be done.

Nelson, 21, has made 22 appearances in the Premier League and 23 Bundesliga appearances on loan at Hoffenheim but is yet to fully break into the Arsenal squad despite his potential.

Maitland-Niles, 23, spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, making 26 appearances in a campaign that ended in relegation.

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16.07 BST: Everton are keeping tabs on Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, according to The Sun.

Lingard has returned to Old Trafford following his loan spell at West Ham during the second half of last season, when he reinvigorated his career with nine goals in 16 Premier League appearances.

New Everton boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly keen to recruit more wide attacking players, having already signed Andros Townsend and nearing a deal for Demarai Gray.

However, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said earlier this week that Lingard is part of his plans for next season.

14.52 BST: Arsenal are preparing a £30m bid for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, talkSPORT experiences.

Ramsdale took over the No. 1 spot at Bramall Lane final season following Dean Henderson’s return to Manchester United on the finish of his mortgage spell, however he was unable to assist the Blades keep away from relegation.

Nonetheless, that didn’t cease the previous Bournemouth goalkeeper being known as as much as England’s Euro 2020 squad after Henderson withdrew via harm.

talkSPORT experiences that Arsenal have already had two bids for the 23-year-old rejected, however the Gunners are decided to get their man.

13.59 BST: The agent of Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite has angrily denied experiences that his consumer is about to affix Wolves.

Braithwaite is one in every of a number of gamers linked with strikes away from Camp Nou with a view to liberate house on the wage invoice in order that they’ll afford Lionel Messi’s new contract and register their new signings in compliance with La Liga’s monetary honest play guidelines. Nonetheless the Denmark worldwide’s consultant, Hasan Cetinkaya, hit out on the experiences and slammed agent Jorge Mendes, who has a detailed relationship with Wolves.

“The whole lot’s s—, all these tales are false,’ he mentioned, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo. “Jorge Mendes has nothing to do with Martin Braithwaite. Jorge Mendes has no gamers at Barcelona. He can focus on Wolves, however I deal with my gamers at Barcelona.

“Martin Braithwaite performs for the most important membership on this planet and works with probably the most vital coaches on this planet. From day one till now, he is exceeded expectations by way of enjoying time and wellbeing on the membership, and he is very glad. He was the most effective gamers on the European Championship with unbelievable statistics, and he’ll proceed with Barcelona.”

13.20 BST: Actual Madrid’s first summer season signing David Alaba says he would like to play alongside Raphael Varane because the France centre-back seems to be extra more likely to depart the Spanish giants and be part of Manchester United.

Varane, whose contract at Bernabeu is because of expire in June 2022, is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s prime defensive goal and sources have informed Football4cast’s Rob Dawson that United are closing in on his signing.

“After all I’d like to play with Varane,” Alaba mentioned throughout his unveiling on Wednesday. “For a few years he has performed glorious football and never simply now. He is an excellent defender and has nice qualities.”

12.33 BST: Given how most of the world’s prime gamers — together with Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba — have contracts which are because of expire in 2022, would golf equipment be greatest off ready till subsequent 12 months to make their large strikes?

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Alejandro Moreno cautions golf equipment when which gamers could possibly be on the market through the summer season of 2022.

11.58 BST: Chelsea could possibly be able to let striker Tammy Abraham be part of Arsenal on mortgage to get him off the wage invoice this summer season, The Solar experiences.

Abraham wished by the Gunners and their London rivals Tottenham and West Ham, however the £40m transfer charge that Chelsea need for the 23-year-old is making a everlasting transfer out of Stamford Bridge much less doubtless.

A mortgage transfer would get Abraham’s £80,000-a-week wage off the books, and permit Chelsea to focus on strengthening Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

11.22 BST: AC Milan will make an improved bid to Manchester United to take Diogo Dalot on mortgage, in response to Sky.

Dalot, 22, has a contract with the Purple Devils till June 2023. The versatile full-back signed for United for £19m three years in the past, however made simply 11 appearances throughout all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet within the 2019-20 marketing campaign. However he reinvigorated his profession final time period on mortgage at Milan, making 33 appearances in all competitions.

The Rossoneri are eager to have Dalot again for one more season and need to embrace a everlasting choice as a part of the deal. They’d an preliminary provide turned down by the Purple Devils, who need a mortgage charge of at the least €4m. Milan are working on a brand new provide for the Portugal worldwide.

10.24 BST: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone needs Antoine Griezmann to achieve success at Barcelona, amid negotiations that Griezmann might return to Atletico in a swap deal that will see Saul Niguez be part of Barca.

Simeone mentioned: “Moreover all that he gave to Atletico, I would like him to do effectively at Barcelona. He’s a unprecedented participant. At Barca, having skilled seasons the place he was not common, he hasn’t gone down from 20 objectives. These are vital numbers and I hope he can consolidate because the participant we noticed at Euro 2020, on the World Cup and the 5 years he was with us. I do not count on something apart from for him to triumph at Barcelona.”

Requested if he has pushed for Griezmann’s return, he mentioned: “I’ve spoken to the membership and there are issues we have to strengthen the team, we want a striker. If Griezmann would not come, another person will. The membership will determine what’s greatest for its financial system.”

On the chance that midfielder Saul might depart on this transfer window, with Premier League golf equipment additionally interested by buying the Spanish midfielder, Simeone mentioned: “I’ve spoken to him and we will not disregard what’s being rumoured. in the event you keep, you’ll work as you could have achieved up to now and in the event you depart, the door will open in the very best approach.

“We have been collectively for eight years and I feel I’ve given him every little thing as a coach and he as a participant. If he stays, he must work with out being gifted something as there’s numerous competitors in midfield and if he goes, I’ll give him a hug and need him one of the best…whether or not it is at Barcelona or every other membership.”

09.42 BST: Tottenham have entered negotiation with Sevilla to signal Spanish midfielder Bryan Gil, in response to COPE radio.

Spurs have made a €25m provide plus variables and included Argentine midfielder Erik Lamela within the deal to lure Gil to the London outfit.

Gil, 20, has attracted the eye of quite a few golf equipment after scoring 4 objectives and organising three extra in 29 league appearances whereas on mortgage at Eibar from Sevilla final season. His contract with Sevilla runs till June 2023. Earlier this summer season, Valencia had approached Sevilla to signal Gil on a season-long mortgage with a purchase order choice included within the provide. Nonetheless, the deal didn’t materialise.

Gil, who has made three appearances for Spain’s senior team, is among the many 22 gamers named by Spain coach Luis de la Fuente to compete on the Olympics.

09.00 BST: Rennes president Nicolas Holveck has mentioned the membership are “open” to discussing a deal to dump Manchester United goal Eduardo Camavinga this summer season.

Sources have informed Football4cast that United are monitoring the 18-year-old’s state of affairs at Rennes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can be eager so as to add a midfielder to his squad.

Camavinga has one 12 months left on his Rennes contract and the membership president mentioned they’re keen to let the midfielder depart for the precise worth.

“One of many priorities is to cut back the squad,” Holveck informed French radio station RMC. “We nonetheless have eight or 9 gamers who want to go away. There additionally stays the state of affairs with Eduardo.

“Discussions are nonetheless ongoing, every little thing is open, both for a departure throughout this transfer window — if a proposal satisfies everybody — or to increase [Camavinga’s deal]

“He will not depart for affordable, we have had numerous discussions however nothing is full a method or one other.”

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PAPER GOSSIP

– Paris Saint-Germain have made Paul Pogba their precedence as a marquee signing this summer season in response to the Mirror. The France worldwide would have the ability to talk about shifting to a brand new membership overseas this January because of his dwindling contract, placing additional stress on Manchester United to maneuver him on if an settlement can’t be reached this summer season. PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be trying to elevate funds via participant buying and selling with a view to put in a proposal for Pogba this summer season. It’s reported that round £50m could possibly be sufficient to safe the midfielder from the Purple Devils ought to an settlement not be met.

– Arsenal are interested by Barcelona goalkeeper Neto in response to Mundo Deportivo. The 32-year-old is one in every of many gamers allowed to go away the Nou Camp this summer season because the Catalonian outfit look to free wages with a view to register new signings. Barca are mentioned to have requested for round €14m for the participant when approached for him a number of months in the past. The Brazilian’s representatives consider that the Gunners are essentially the most viable choice. Tottenham have been one other facet linked however the arrival of Pierluigi Gollini at Spurs may have diminished any probability of that transfer.

– Lyon have elevated their valuation of Houssem Aouar forward of a possible battle for the midfielder’s signature this summer season. Le10sport experiences that the unique valuation was at €20-25m however after a lot gathered curiosity within the participant, that has elevated to €30-35m. Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are golf equipment which were linked with the extremely coveted 23-year-old. The Gunners are believed to be main the pack with a primary provide despatched a number of weeks in the past however no new provide has been despatched since discussions started.

– Juventus have set a £35m valuation on defender Merih Demiral in response to Objective. The 23-year-old has been linked with a transfer to Everton because the arrival of Rafa Benitez and, following a season of sporadic appearances, Juve might let the centre-back go. Roma and Atalanta are two golf equipment who’re additionally linked with the Turkey worldwide.

– Liverpool have set a valuation of £15m for Harry Wilson amid curiosity from Fulham in response to the Athletic. The 24-year-old has been linked with a lot of golf equipment together with Benfica, Brentford and West Brom however discussions between the Reds and Fulham for the winger have been ongoing. The Wales worldwide has spent the previous few seasons on mortgage which included spells at Bournemouth, Derby and Cardiff and his spectacular numbers within the second tier have prompted curiosity because the Cottagers look to bounce again to the Premier League on the first time of asking.



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