The transfer rumor mill is back in full swing as we prepare for the summer window and an inevitable spate of high-profile deals in the Premier League and beyond.
Tottenham are set to reunite Ivan Perisic with former Inter boss Antonio Conte, while Alessandro Bastoni could soon go his way from Milan to north London.
Liverpool are said to have entered the race for Ousmane Dembele and also have an eye on his Barcelona team-mate Gavi, with Sadio Mane still heavily linked with Bayern Munich.
Arsenal have been in talks with Gabriel Jesus and Victor Osimhen as they look to significantly bolster Mikel Arteta’s attack, with Álvaro Morata another potential target, along with Bologna full-back Aaron Hickey.
Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is expected to become Chelsea’s first summer signing amid interest in Robert Lewandowski, although Manchester United face attention from beloved midfielder N’Golo Kante, who is out of contract in 2023.
United are also hot on the trail of several other targets, including Frenkie de Jong, Ruben Neves, Pau Torres and Darwin Nunez.
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Liverpool enter Dembélé’s career
Liverpool are among the teams vying to sign Ousmane Dembele this summer.
Dembélé’s future at the Camp Nou is once again subject to massive speculation, with his current contract expiring next month.
Despite his rebirth with Xavi, it has been reported that the Frenchman rejected Barca’s final offer and will leave.
Paris Saint-Germain are considered the favorites to sign Dembélé this summer, but the Daily Mail publishes reports from Spain that suggest Liverpool are also in the running.
Chelsea have also been linked with the 25-year-old, whom Barca signed for £105m from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
Table Arsenal offer Hickey
Arsenal are going ahead with their attempts to sign Aaron Hickey, reports suggest.
The Scottish left-back, who plays his club football in Italy with Bologna, is drawing admiring glances from several Premier League clubs this summer.
His biggest fans include Mikel Arteta, with Gazetta dello Sport reporting that Arsenal have put in a bid for Hickey believed to be worth around £21.2m.
Tottenham wants Bastoni
Ivan Perisic is not the only Inter Milan player who could make it to Tottenham this summer, of course.
Antonio Conte also seems to have his eye on Alessandro Bastoni.
Indeed, the 23-year-old, 11-cap Italian international is reported by the Daily Mail to be Spurs’ top defensive target ahead of a busy summer.
Bastoni is rumored to be valued at around £60m by Inter and remains under contract at San Siro until the summer of 2024.
ICYMI – Aston Villa agree Diego Carlos deal
Aston Villa are certainly not wasting any time in this summer’s transfer market.
Steven Gerrard swooped in early last week to close the impressive signing of highly-rated Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a five-year deal.
Then came the news that Villa had also struck a deal with Sevilla to sign Brazilian defender Diego Carlos for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £26m.
Carlos, previously a key target for Newcastle, is in England to agree personal terms and undergo a medical.
Arsenal, close to negotiating with Morata
Despite all the focus on Gabriel Jesus, could Álvaro Morata be the first striker to sign for Arsenal this summer?
Despite the U-turn of Eddie Nketiah’s contract, the Gunners are still expected to go ahead with signing a couple of high-profile strikers in the coming months.
The likes of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen have also been linked, but Sport en Espana say Arsenal are now close to a surprise deal for Morata.
The north Londoners could apparently spend around £25m to bring the former Chelsea boss back to English football from Atletico Madrid, following his loan spell at Juventus.
Perisic to Tottenham ‘here we go’
Ivan Perisic to Tottenham has received the ‘here we go’ treatment from transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
Romano says the full deal on a two-year deal will be signed, and that Inter Milan have been informed of the player’s final decision.
A medical for Perisic at Spurs could take place next week.
Abramovich says goodbye to Chelsea: “It has been the honor of a lifetime”
Roman Abramovich said goodbye to Chelsea after Todd Boehly was given the final green light to complete his takeover of the Premier League club.
Approval has been given for the American investor, co-owner of MLB giants the Los Angeles Dodgers, to buy the Stamford Bridge team three months after Abramovich made the surprise decision to sell it.
The 55-year-old Russian oligarch has promised to pay off the debt the club owed him and put the proceeds into a new charitable foundation. It was previously said that those funds went specifically to the victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but no such comment appeared in Sunday’s statement.
“Almost three months have passed since I announced my intention to sell Chelsea FC,” Abramovich wrote.
“During this time, the team has worked hard to find the right custodian for Chelsea FC who would be best placed to successfully lead the club into its next chapter.”
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ICYMI – Chelsea confirm final Boehly acquisition deal
A new era is officially set to begin at Chelsea, who have now publicly confirmed that a final agreement has been reached to sell the club to a consortium led by Todd Boehly.
In a short 52-word statement posted via their official website on Saturday morning, the Blues said they expected the record £4.25bn sale that will end Roman Abramovich’s successful 19-year tenure at Stamford Bridge. be fully completed on Monday (May 30), before the deadline set by the Government.
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm that a final and definitive agreement was reached last night to sell the Club to the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Capital consortium. The transaction is expected to be completed on Monday,” Chelsea said. “The Club will be updated further at that time.”
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Harry Maguire to Barcelona ‘unrealistic’
Harry Maguire has been linked with a surprising move to Barcelona.
The England defender’s place in Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United revolution remains open to debate, with suggestions the Dutchman could opt to implement a new captain at Old Trafford.
There have been various rumors linking Maguire to a possible exit after his torrid 2021/22 campaign, with Camp Nou mentioned as a surprise destination.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, however, Fabrizio Romano says such an arrangement is currently unrealistic.
Will Chelsea make Man United target Kante available?
Perhaps Chelsea might be willing to sell N’Golo Kante this summer after all, amid interest from Manchester United.
According to The Athletic, the Frenchman is expected to be available at a reduced cost with his Stamford Bridge contract due to expire in June 2023.
Kante could also be a casualty for Thomas Tuchel who wants to radically shake up his midfield, with questions about Jorginho’s future.