Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea all play major roles in the summer transfer window so far.
Spurs have landed Yves Bissouma as their recruitment plans intensify, with Antonio Conte now chasing three more signings as he looks for a serious challenge in his first full season. At Arsenal, meanwhile, Mikel Arteta is reportedly looking to follow up on the signing of Fabio Vieira with a move for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.
For Chelsea, the main story revolves around Romelu Lukaku as Inter Milan prepare a loan move for the striker, who has made no secret of his desire to return to Serie A. Thomas Tuchel is said to be on the hunt for attacking signings after a difficult season for his front row, with Ousmane Dembele one of the biggest names in his sights. If a deal can be reached with Lukaku, perhaps the first window of the Todd Boehly era will kick in.
Arsenal confident of signing Gabriel Jesus
Arsenal are working on a deal for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and are increasingly confident they can reach a deal on the signing, writes Simon Collings.
City have made it clear they want £50million for the Brazilian striker, with the two clubs currently separated in their respective valuations.
Further discussions are expected to take place in the coming days and it is hoped that a compromise can be found, with add-ons bringing Arsenal closer to the fee City want.
Jesus is set to leave the Premier League champions this summer as he wants more regular first-team football. City are happy to go along with his wishes, especially as they have already brought in Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez this summer.
Tottenham want up to four additional signings
Conte wants four more additions before the transfer window closes, with Bissouma satisfying his desire for a central midfielder. The Italian also wants to add a centre-back, a striker and a right-back.
Djed Spence is Tottenham’s main target for the right-back spot but they face competition from six or seven clubs for the Middlesbrough youngster.
Borussia Dortmund and Roma are also keen on the 21-year-old, who left on vacation yesterday after a long season. He and his representatives are now weighing his options before weighing his next move.
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Fabio Vieira: Porto’s decision to sell star to Arsenal criticized
Former Porto presidential candidate Fernando Rio has criticized the club’s decision to sell Fabio Vieira to Arsenal.
A deal worth an initial €35m plus €5m in add-ons should certain clauses be met in the future was agreed relatively off the cuff on Thursday, with the Portuguese giants confirming terms of the transfer.
The 22-year-old, however, reportedly had a release clause of more than €50m, and Rio voiced their criticism, saying Porto’s decision to accept a lower fee could have an impact on the club. future of manager Sergio Conceicao.
You can read his comments in full here.
Heung-min Son’s trials before Tottenham
Now one of the Premier League’s main stars, it looks like Heung-min Son tried his luck in England before joining Tottenham in 2015.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the South Korean star revealed he had trials at Portsmouth and Blackburn in 2009, although he felt he was too young to move at the time.
“I had a trial at Portsmouth and one at Blackburn too.
“They put me in a guest house. But I was a child and I knew nothing.
“So that’s my first memory of England and it’s a bad memory.”
Double blow for West Ham
UEFA have banned David Moyes and Declan Rice after West Ham’s Europa League semi-final loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Moyes, who received a one-game suspension, was sent off for appearing to throw the ball directly at a ball boy when his team was already down 3-1.
Aaron Cresswell was sent off earlier in the game and Rice – who will miss West Ham games alongside UEFA games – was seen berating match official Gil Manzano in the tunnel after the defeat.
You can read the full story here.
Chelsea enter race for Milan Skriniar
Tuttomercatoweb claims that Chelsea are now firmly in the running to sign Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan.
The defender is believed to have agreed personal terms with PSG as he prepares to leave the San Siro, although interest from Chelsea could change that.
With Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger having left the club, Tuchel is said to be keen on the star who could be sold for up to £68million.
Antonio Conte Impacts Daniel Levy, Says Jamie O’Hara
Tottenham’s aggressive summer recruitment drive is proof of Antonio Conte’s influence over Daniel Levy, according to Jamie O’Hara.
On Friday, Yves Bissouma became the third player to sign for Spurs, signing a four-year contract following the signings of Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster.
Conte, who was assured he would be backed by both Levy and Fabio Paratici before agreeing to stay at the club, has always spoken of his desire to compete with the Premier League’s top sides.
The Italian’s appointment was seen as a major blow for Levy after a difficult period during Mauricio Pochettino’s final season and a half, a period during which the Spurs chairman was frequently criticised.
Unafraid to vent his frustration with those working above him at his previous clubs, Conte is overseeing a busy summer with up to three more signings targeted following Bissouma’s arrival.
You can read his full comments here.
Crystal Palace could land Bayern Munich man Chris Richards
Sport1 claim Bayern Munich could sell Chris Richards for just £13m this summer.
The 22-year-old has rarely featured for the German giants since leaving FC Dallas and has reportedly attracted interest from Crystal Palace and Southampton.
Patrick Vieira’s side are yet to sign this summer but have watched the United States international as he tries to strengthen his defensive ranks.