Despite a flurry of early deals, there is still plenty of room left in the summer transfer window. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has agreed to sign Kylian Mbappe, while Mohamed Kudus and Romeo Labia have also been targeted in a plan to sell a number of backup players. Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal are said to be preparing a world-record offer for Mbappe, while Chelsea are also rumored to be preparing a bid.
The Blues are still in the race for Moisés Caicedo, but manager Roberto De Zerbi has issued a warning not to touch the midfielder at Brighton’s £100m valuation. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joined Marseille on a free transfer and Conor Gallagher has attracted attention from both Tottenham and West Ham.
The Spurs have decided to move forward with the acquisition of Mickey van de Ven and are reportedly close to signing Ashley Phillips from Blackburn. Andre Onana is now officially a Manchester United player and Liverpool are missing both Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, despite the club having Randall Kolo-Muani and Rasmus Hoylund on their striker shortlist.
Jordan Henderson transfer news
Come on, Liverpool fans!
Jordan Henderson is now close to joining Al Etifaq for £12million.
According to The Athletic, the England midfielder underwent a medical in Manchester on Saturday.
Fulham make new transfer bid
Fulham have made a £3.5m offer for Fode Valo Toure but it remains to be seen if AC Milan will accept the deal. Nizar Kinsella writes.
Pep Guardiola responds to Bayern Munich’s interest in Man City star Kyle Walker
Pep Guardiola says Kyle Walker is still thinking about his future amid interest from Bayern Munich.
The England defender has been a key target for Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel as he enters the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City star Walker was initially ruled out of Guardiola’s system change after last season’s World Cup, but has fought back to regain his position.
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Sheffield United eye Chelsea U21 captain Alfie Gilchrist as Tino Anjorin visits Portsmouth
Sheffield United interested in signing Chelsea’s Alfie Gilchrist on a full deal Nizar Kinsella writes.
The 19-year-old could be given a chance to play for the Premier League club’s first team next season, but has also been offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea Under-21 captain is currently training with 30 of Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the United States.
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Kudus’ move to Arsenal could accelerate further
Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for Ajax’s Mohamed Kudus.
Journalist Charles Watts reports that the Gunners could step up interest in the second half if some release is confirmed.
Kudus’ versatility is considered particularly attractive to Arsenal, with the 22-year-old also able to play a more central role, covering for Bukayo Saka on the right wing.
Anju Postecoglou reacts candidly to Bayern Munich reporter prank
Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou was unimpressed by German reporters at his pre-match press conference on Saturday.
The Spurs manager gave a speech in Bangkok ahead of Sunday’s pre-season friendly with Leicester City and was presented with a Bayern Munich jersey with Harry Kane’s name and the number 9 on the back.
Bayern have submitted two offers for the England forward and remain interested in signing the 29-year-old. Paris Saint-Germain has also emerged as a potential suitor, but the Frenchman is believed not to consider the French champions a potential destination.
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PSG hope Chelsea interest in Mbappe
PSG believe Chelsea will approach signing Kylian Mbappe next week.
The Frenchman has been put up for sale and PSG are looking for a buyer to ensure he leaves on a free transfer next summer.
The newspaper reported that Chelsea and Saudi Arabia clubs are believed to be interested in signing Mbappe, with Real Madrid also a possibility.
Madison hits back at Kane shirt claims
James Maddison has dismissed rumors that he will be giving away the number 10 shirt from Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
Maddison shared footage earlier this week of him playing golf with England captain Kane, but it remains to be seen how long the two have been teammates at Tottenham.
Kane, who is in the final 12 months of his current contract, continues to be linked with a move this summer, with Bayern Munich making clear they want to bring him to Germany.
Asked about Kane’s desire to stay with the Spurs, Maddison said, “I’m not going to go into detail about Harry’s situation.”
“People have talked enough about it and it’s really out of my hands, but from my point of view, I would really love to play with him. He’s a world-class centre-forward, the best number nine in the world, a great role model and a super-professional guy. Whatever happens, it happens.”
Asked if he could become the club’s new number 10 if Kane leaves, Maddison said: I don’t know what to say or what not to say to that question. ”
The race for Hudson-Odoi continues
Lazio are keen to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer.
The Chelsea winger is entering the final 12 months of his current contract and faces an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge.
Italian journalist Alfredo Pedura has claimed that Lazio are considering a move for Hudson-Odoi and that Fulham are also interested.
Is Kane preparing for a move to Bayern?
Harry Kane, who is entering the final year of his contract with Tottenham, has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich.
Bild claimed that his wife, Katie, and other family members were in Munich this week to consider potential homes and schools for their children.
Imagine Daniel Levy thinking differently…