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Amid all of the motion at Euro 2020 and the Copa America, the summer transfer window has opened, 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: Arsenal join PSG, Atleti in Aouar chase
Arsenal have been long-time admirers of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and are now taking action in an attempt to sign him, Le 10 Sport reports.
There were plenty of sides linked with the Frenchman in previous windows, including Juventus and Barcelona, but nothing ever came to fruition.
The Gunners have reportedly already made an offer for the 23-year-old, with Lyon hoping to make between €20-€25 million for the midfielder, and the Gunners are close to matching that fee.
Lyon will let their talismanic figure leave if an offer they feel is suitable comes in for the man with a contract that runs until 2023. The Ligue 1 side are hoping to offload Aouar and use the money to help their recruitment drive this transfer window.
Arsenal shouldn’t get too excited just yet, though, as it is suggested that other European clubs are looking at the midfielder. Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has shown plenty of ambition this window and is a fan, while Atletico Madrid have also made enquiries.
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12.57 BST: Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale could retire from club football when his contract at the Bernabeu expires at the end of next season, according to the Daily Mirror.
However, the report adds that the Wales captain could still represent his country at the 2022 World Cup even if he is without a club by then.
Bale scored 19 goals during his loan spell at Tottenham last season, but it is unclear where he features in the plans of Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, who is returning for his second spell in charge at the club.
The 31-year-old commented on his future following Spurs’ final-day victory over Leicester City, stating: “I know what I am doing but it will just cause chaos if I say anything.”
12.09 BST: Now that Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of Achraf Hakimi (see 09.00 BST), how soon before we see the next new arrival at the Parc des Princes unveilled?
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11.38 BST: David de Gea will return to preseason with Manchester United determined to fight for his place at Old Trafford, sources have told Football4cast’s Rob Dawson.
De Gea competed with Dean Henderson for the No. 1 spot last season and with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer yet to make a decision on who will be his first-choice goalkeeper, the Spain international is keen to stake his claim for the gloves rather than immediately look for a move away.
Sources have told Football4cast United have yet to receive any concrete interest in the 30-year-old, who still has two years and a 12-month option on his £375,000-a-week contract.
De Gea is set to return late to preseason. He will be granted a holiday after being part of Spain’s squad at Euro 2020. United kick off their Premier League campaign against Leeds United at Old Trafford on Aug. 14.
10.54 BST: England midfielder Kalvin Phillips “has no desire” to leave Leeds United despite impressing with his performances at Euro 2020.
Phillips, 25, helped his boyhood club gain promotion the Premier League last year, and he quickly established himself in Gareth Southgate’s England team to the point where he has started all five of his national team’s games at the tournament so far. However, agent Kevin Sharp insists his client wants to stay at Elland Road for next season.
“Before Kalvin signed his last contract, we had good interest so we sat down and explored all the pros and cons,” Phillips told the i. “His desire was never to leave, it was to be rewarded and stay and play for the team he supported as a kid.
“Within the contract he signed in September 2019, we included provisions within it for if Leeds reached the Premier League, so it’s all set up for the top flight. We knew it was a bit of a gamble, but we knew Leeds would get there under Bielsa and obviously they did.
“There may be clubs who are actually looking at Kalvin now because the more successful you are — playing for England in big tournaments — naturally breeds interest. “But Kalvin is happy at Leeds and has no desire to move whatsoever. It’s more a case of ‘carry on what you’re doing for club and country.'”
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10.26 BST: South Africa striker Thembi Kgatlana has signed a two-year deal with Atletico Madrid Femenino, leaving fellow Spanish top flight side Eibar after a successful spell.
Kgatlana was a frustrated star player for Eibar in the 2020/21 season, scoring 10 goals in 21 league fixtures as the team finished 14th out of 18 with only nine wins.
Her new side, however, finished fourth, a good distance behind league winners Barcelona, who also won the women’s Champions League.
09.57 BST: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said his club cannot afford to sign a top striker this summer.
Premier League champions City have been linked with interest in Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, both of whom would likely cost more than £100m in transfer fees.
“At the prices [quoted] we are not going to buy any strikers,” Guardiola said. “It is impossible, we cannot afford it.
“All clubs are struggling financially; we are not an exception. We have Gabriel [Jesus] and Ferran [Torres] who have been incredible in this position. We have young players in the academy and we play many times with a false No. 9. There is more of a chance we aren’t going to buy a striker for next season.”
City are yet to replace Sergio Aguero, who left to join Barcelona on a free transfer after a decade in England, following the expiring of him contract.
09.00 BST: ICMYI — Paris Saint-Germain completed the signing on Tuesday of Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan on a five-year contract.
Football4cast reported last month that the Serie A champions would receive up to €70m, bonuses included, for the Morocco international.
Sources told Football4cast that personal terms were agreed between PSG and Hakimi more than a month ago and that the full-back pushed for the move to happen.
Champions League winners Chelsea were also interested in signing Hakimi this summer but sources told Football4cast that they never made a concrete offer.
The defender played a key role in helping Inter claim their first league title in 11 years last season, contributing seven goals and 11 assists in Serie A.
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– Juventus have not yet begun any negotiations to sign Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic, reports Fabrizio Romano. This comes with the suggestion that Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli stays their precedence with regards to including somebody to the guts of their midfield.
– AS Roma are Borussia Monchengladbach’s Ramy Bensebaini as a attainable substitute for Leonardo Spinazzola, stories La Gazzetta dello Sport. The Italy worldwide faces months out after present process an operation on his Achilles, which has led Jose Mourinho and his team to look elsewhere. The Bundesliga aspect are searching for €20m, however the deal could possibly be a mortgage with an obligation to make it everlasting.
– Internazionale and Lyon are each seeking to signal Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, stories Calciomercato. The Scudetto winners are hoping to attend till subsequent 12 months when the Cameroonian’s contract can have come to an finish, whereas Lyon need to transfer instantly. The choice is now all the way down to Onana, as he has to say whether or not he’d like to go away now or subsequent summer time.
– Arsenal are set to finish a take care of Anderlecht for Albert Sambi Lokonga, stories Fabrizio Romano. It’s prompt that non-public phrases have been agreed for a deal that may final till 2026 and negotiations are of their last phases, with the price set to be €17.5m plus add-ons.
– Calciomercato have set out an inventory of AC Milan’s record of midfield targets for the summer time transfer window. It’s prompt that they are Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara, Bologna’s Jerdy Schouten and Actual Madrid’s Dani Ceballos.
– Crystal Palace are hoping to signal Manchester Metropolis teen Morgan Rogers as newly appointed supervisor Patrick Vieira goals to decrease the common age of his squad, stories the Day by day Mail. It’s prompt they might want to spend round £7m to usher in the 18-year-old, who spent final season on mortgage at Lincoln Metropolis.