English Premier League

Phil Hay: Bielsa ‘very keen’ on summer target but Leeds face competition to land him

The Athletic’s Phil Hay has claimed on Twitter that Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is “very keen” to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea on loan this summer. The popular journalist has also added that the Argentine admires the player’s skillset and attributes. Bielsa is very keen on him. Likes his attributes and skill set — Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) July 24, 2021 Last week, The Athletic reported that Leeds had made an approach to sign the 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder. The Whites have already signed Lewis Bate from Chelsea, but the youngster is expected to join the U-23 ranks. Gallagher, who spent the last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, is seen as a player who can make a useful contribution to the senior team. Leeds are looking to bolster their midfield this summer, with Bielsa keen t...

Goal machine reportedly makes transfer decision amid interest from Chelsea

Chelsea are in the market for a striker this summer. The European Champions are looking to add a seasoned number 9 to their ranks to bolster their goalscoring numbers. One of the targets mentioned is Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku. However, according to The Express, the Belgian is happy to stay at the Italian club as they bid to defend their title next season. In an interview with Sportmediaset (via Goal), Inter CEO Beppe Marotta clearly stated that their star man is not for sale this window. “From our side, we can (say) yes absolutely – Lukaku is not for sale,” he said. “Lukaku is an important piece on the chessboard available to Simone Inzaghi.” He was one of their key players last season, scoring 30 goals in 44 appearances for the Nerazzurri and a vital cog in Antonio Conte’s Scudetto winn...

Newcastle interested in 29-year-old Premier League star, Steve Bruce is an admirer – report

Newcastle United are one of the clubs interested in signing Manchester United defender Phil Jones on a free transfer, 90min reports. Jones did not make a single competitive appearance for the Red Devils last term as he was recovering following an operation for a knee injury. He still has two years left on his £100,000-a-week contract, but the club are eager to release him on a free transfer this summer. Magpies boss Steve Bruce is an admirer of the England international, and the club were linked with Jones’ services earlier last year. The Tyneside outfit would welcome the possibility of signing him for free, but United may have to pay off Jones for him to accept a pay cut. Aside from the Magpies, Everton, West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Burnley have also been credited with an inte...

Arsenal lining up deal for versatile teenage forward, could be signed for just £1m

Arsenal are lining up a move for Pacos Ferreira teenager Matchoi Djalo, The Sun reports. The 18-year-old made his first-team debut during the 2019/2020 season, but he has since registered only eight appearances for his club. Despite the limited exposure, he has caught the Gunners radar through his performances for the reserves and the Portugal Under 19s. He is available for just £1 million. The Gunners see him as a long-term prospect. Sportslens view: The Gunners have recently found success from their academy with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe standing out with the first-team squad. Folarin Balogun is a player to watch out for this term. There are several other youngsters, who could make the grade in the coming years. Djalo is a left winger by trade, but he has also played as a sec...

‘Paperworks time’: Manchester United set to land their second summer signing

Manchester United are set to land the signature of Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane, reputed Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano reports. The Red Devils had already agreed personal terms with the France international, and they have now reached an agreement with Los Blancos to sign him. The final details including paperwork are being completed. It could be a matter of time before the clubs formally confirm the transfer. Raphaël Varane to Manchester United, here we go! 🔴 #MUFC Agreement almost done between Man Utd and Real Madrid, just final details to be completed and then paperworks time. It’s a “matter of hours or days”. Here-we-go. 🇫🇷 Varane has a total agreement on personal terms too. 🤝 — Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 26, 2021 Sportslens vie...

Tottenham confirm €25m signing of 20yo Spain international

Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of Sevilla winger Bryan Gil. Gil has been at Sevilla since the age of 11, arriving in the academy in 2012. He spent six years in the youth teams and one season in the reserves before earning his first appearance for the senior team in January 2019. The 20-year-old has spent the majority of the last two seasons out on loan at Leganes and Eibar. It was at the latter where he caught the eye, scoring four and assisting three for the bottom-placed side. This form has earned him three caps for the Spain national team and a place in Luis Enrique’s preliminary squad for the European Championships. Now he has completed his much-anticipated move to Tottenham, as confirmed by the club on Twitter. The fee is believed to be worth €25 million, with winger Eri...

Manchester United’s future transfer plans dependent on sale of £50m-rated star – report

Manchester United’s future transfer signings could depend on the potential departure of midfielder Paul Pogba, ESPN reports. The Red Devils have already signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73 million, and they are on the cusp of landing Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane. Varane’s arrival could take the club’s spending to around £113m that is beyond the allocated £100m budget by the Glazers this summer. It is now reported that the club need to cash in on players before they can look into more signings during the ongoing transfer window. The club have been credited with an interest in Kieran Trippier, Jules Kounde and Eduardo Camavinga, but they need to recoup money first. Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Axel Tuanzebe could head for the exit door, but Pogba is regard...

Liverpool to allow forward to leave with Serie A side poised to sign him

Liverpool are set to allow winger Xherdan Shaqiri to leave the club this summer. Shaqiri has been at Liverpool since 2018, arriving for an estimated £12 million fee following his relegation with Stoke City. Since then, he has made 63 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals and winning a Premier League title and a Champions League. Shaqiri helped Liverpool to the Champions League in 2019 However, he has never been a regular starter at Anfield, largely due to the incredible form of star man Mohamed Salah. He made just five league starts last season, with a further nine appearances coming off the bench. Nonetheless, there is no doubting his ability, which he proved at this summer’s European Championships. He scored three goals and registered an assist for Switzerland, as his coun...

Aston Villa allegedly want 27-cap France international but £50m price-tag makes deal unlikely

Aston Villa are keen to sign Manchester United ace Anthony Martial this summer, according to a report from The Daily Star. However, the Midlands outfit have been put off by United’s £50 million asking price for the 27-capped France international. Dean Smith seems to be intent on making his Villa side a real attacking force next season. The Villans boss has already brought Emiliano Buendia to Villa Park and has also been linked with moves to sign Todd Cantwell and Arnaut Danjuma (The Sun and The Sun print edition, July 20, page 51). Villa are allegedly keen to sign Martial from Man United this summer Aston Villa eyeing Anthony Martial swoop? The United man is on the Villans’ radar, according to the Daily Star. However, the 25-year-old’s £50m price tag is allegedly putting off Vill...

Premier League duo interested in Juventus midfielder

Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers are both looking to sign Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey, according to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Inside Futbol). Ramsey joined Juventus on a free transfer back in the summer transfer window of 2019. He was given a four-year deal worth a reported £400,000 per week, making him the highest-paid British player of all time. Ramsey in action for Juventus His time in Turin hasn’t always been successful. He helped the club to success in Serie A and the Coppa Italia but has failed to get past the round of 16 in the Champions League. He has made 65 appearances for the Italian giants, scoring six goals. The Bianconeri are apparently looking to get him off the wage bill this summer amid some financial trouble. La Gazzetta dello Spor...

Atletico Madrid keen on signing Arsenal forward, could be available for just £15m – report

Atletico Madrid have revived their interest in signing Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, Calciomercato reports. The La Liga giants are long-term admirers of the Frenchman, and they could lure him on a cut-price deal this summer. Lacazette recently entered the final year of his contract with the Gunners, and the club are prepared to sanction his sale. Sportslens view: Lacazette was the Gunners’ top-scorer last term with 17 goals in 43 games, but he could be on the move as he is no longer indispensable. The hierarchy have no plans of extending his deal, and it has been reported that he could be sold for a fee of around £15 million. The London club have their sights on landing Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham as his replacement but need to recoup funds first. Meanwhile, the interest from Diego...

Report: Tottenham keen to sign £250k-per-week winger from PL rival club this summer

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Anthony Martial from Manchester United, according to the Daily Star. Martial has become surplus to requirements at the club following the arrival of Jadon Sancho, and United are desperate to offload him this summer. The Red Devils confirmed the signing of Sancho earlier this week. The Old Trafford club paid £73 million to sign the 21-year-old winger from Borussia Dortmund. Martial joined United in 2015 from Monaco and has made over 255 appearances in all competitions, scoring 78 goals. United are now looking to offload him at the earliest opportunity to recoup some of the money spent on Sancho. Spurs are interested in signing the 25-year-old and are willing to match the £50m wanted by United. However, Martial’s £250,000 weekly...