The summer transfer window is here, and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: Atletico want to bring Ronaldo back to Madrid
Atletico Madrid hope to make room in their squad for Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo By moving Antoine Griezmann out of the club, according to The temperature.
Los Rojiblancos are one of the big European sides who have always been linked with interest in signing Ronaldo, who has told United he wants to leave this summer in order to play in the Champions League next season. The Mail reported this week that the 37-year-old would be interested in joining Atletico, despite spending nine years with arch-rivals Real Madrid.
The Spanish club could free up funds to fund a Ronaldo deal by removing Griezmann from their wage bill. The France international is preparing for the second season of a two-year loan from Barcelona, a deal which includes an obligation to make the move permanent for €40million next summer.
As Atletico attempt to move Griezmann, the Mirror reports that United could let Ronaldo go on loan for a season to satisfy his desire for Champions League football in exchange for extending his contract for a year until 2024.
Ronaldo has yet to join Erik ten Hag’s squad for pre-season training, and the Guardian reports that United will seek to clarify the No.7’s situation this week before making a decision on his future.
11:39 BST: Neymar reiterated his desire to stay at Paris Saint-Germain but said he was unsure what the club planned to do for his future.
Earlier this month, sources told ESPN’s Julien Laurens that PSG were open to letting him leave the club this summer with Chelsea interested in the striker. Neymar, 30, featured in the second half of PSG’s 3-0 pre-season win over Urawa Red Diamonds on Saturday. After the game, he opened up about his future plans.
“I still want to stay at the club,” he said in his post-match interview. “So far the club haven’t told me anything, so I don’t know what their plans are for me.”
The Neymar quotes came moments after new PSG manager Christophe Galtier said in his post-match press conference that he was not sure the Brazil international would stay at the club.
“Neymar has been working well since the start of the season,” Galtier said. “He also seems happy to me and he is very fit. I spoke about his situation at a press conference.
“What will happen in the near future, at the end of the transfer market, I don’t know… I haven’t had a personal interview with him on this aspect. But he doesn’t tell me. seems unperturbed about what people say about him or his club situation [with how he acts] through the practices and the joy he has when he practices.”
10:52 BST: Leicester City have told Newcastle United they will not leave the midfielder Harvey Barnes go for less than £50m, The sun reports.
Barnes, 24, has scored 22 goals and registered 24 assists in 112 Premier League appearances since making his first-team debut for the club in 2018.
Newcastle are interested in signing the former England international, with Everton’s Anthony Gordon another target as they look to bolster their options in wide attacking roles.
10:00 a.m. BST: Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte says Bayern Munich were ‘disrespectful’ for talking about the possibility of signing Harry Kane in the future.
Last summer Kane attempted a move to Manchester City, although he remained in north London, scoring 17 goals in 37 Premier League games last season as he helped Spurs qualify for the Champions League.
German newspaper BILD reported on Saturday that Kane’s representatives have been approached by Bayern, with the striker’s team refusing to rule out the possibility of a transfer.
Bayern are without a striker following the departure of long-serving striker Robert Lewandowski, who completed a move to Barcelona on Tuesday.
Speaking after Spurs’ 2-1 pre-season win over Rangers on Saturday where Kane netted twice, Conte expressed his disappointment with Bayern when speaking publicly about his striker.
“I do not know why [Kane is linked with Bayern.] The situation is very clear at Tottenham and Harry is a very important part of the project. I don’t like to talk about players from another club. Maybe it’s a bit disrespectful to the other club” Conte said.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Abbie Bingham)
– Manchester United are close to making an offer for Inter Milan Denzel Dumfries after unloading Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to Gazetta dello Sport. The 26-year-old joined the Nerazzurri last summer and he has three years left on his contract. The Serie A side have included the defender in negotiations with Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku, but the Blues rejected the wing-back as part of the loan deal. The Red Devils are reportedly looking to fund the signing of the Dutch international by selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Although Roma are reportedly interested in the 24-year-old defender, they have yet to make a formal offer with Crystal Palace also considering a move for the England international.
– Juventus are looking to part ways Adrien Rabiot this summer, and that could involve a swap deal with PSG for Leandro Paredes, according to Tuttosport. The Bianconeri are reportedly asking for a transfer fee of between £12.7m and £17m for the 27-year-old, who is one of the highest earners in the squad. The midfielder, who has one year left on his current contract, is tipped for a move to France, with Lyon apparently the main interest. However, the France international could return to PSG after leaving on a free transfer in 2019, as the Italian side seek to acquire Paredes from the Ligue 1 champions.
– Bayern Munich have secured a £24.3m deal for the teenage Rennes striker Mathys Phone under a five-year contract, reports Sky Sports Germany. The Bundesliga champions had three offers rejected for the 17-year-old, before reaching an agreement with the Ligue 1 side. The France U17 international is expected to undergo a medical in the coming days and would join the German club when of his pre-season tour of the United States.
– Nice approached Leicester to Kasper Schmeichel after failing to secure Yann Sommer, according to L’Equipe. The 35-year-old goalkeeper is said to be interested in a move, but only if he can part ways with the Foxes amicably after 11 years. The Danish international has just one year left on his contract, as the Ligue 1 side look for a replacement Walter Benitez following his free transfer to PSV Eindhoven.