Chelsea’s move for Romelu Lukaku has been knocked back by Inter striker Mauro Icardi. The Belgian international is reportedly keen on a return to the Premier League with the Blues, but Inter are not willing to let him go.
Chelsea’s move for Romelu Lukaku was knocked back by Inter striker. The Belgian international has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge but it looks like he is staying in Milan.
The summer transfer season is open now that Euro 2020 and the Copa America are finished, giving Europe’s top clubs the opportunity to make an impact in the market. Check out the newest rumors below, then go here to view all of the official agreements.
Lukaku isn’t interested in returning to Chelsea, according to Inter.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has turned down a return to Chelsea.
After failing to make any progress in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, the Blues have allegedly inquired about a €100 million transfer for their former striker. Despite a wage offer of €10 million per year (which is more than his present contract of €7.5 million), Lukaku turned down the opportunity to return to Stamford Bridge, according to the source.
The 28-year-old has already expressed his desire to remain in Milan, and his rejection of a major transfer further cements that desire. According to the article, the striker is more happy in Serie A, where he has 65 goals in 95 appearances, and has no desire to return to the Premier League after his disappointing time with Manchester United.
Despite Inter’s need to generate money in the midst of a financial crisis, the striker is seen as an essential member of the team. The Nerazzurri have already sold a few players, the most notable of which being full-back Achraf Hakimi, who was sold to PSG for €70 million.
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12.34 BST: According to The Athletic, Arsenal are planning to give midfielder Granit Xhaka a new contract this summer if he does not sign a new deal with Roma.
Xhaka, 28, seemed to have his heart set on joining Jose Mourinho in Italy, but the two teams are unable to agree on a price.
“Balancing the amount of money required to replace him against the qualities he brings both on and off the pitch, qualities that have been highly regarded by every manager he has ever played for, Arsenal have come around to the idea that keeping him could be an efficient solution during what they hope will be a very busy window,” according to the report.
12.17 BST: According to Marca, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will soon sign a new deal until 2023.
Due to financial limitations, the club has already committed Luka Modric (until 2022), Nacho (until 2023), Lucas Vazquez (until 2024), and Dani Carvajal (until 2025) to long-term contracts.
Raphael Varane of Real Madrid was at the training field this morning to say farewell to his old colleagues at 12:04 BST.
Manchester United will pay an initial €41 million for the defender, with an additional €8.2 million in add-ons. Madrid has agreed to give Varane’s former club Lens a solidarity payment.
11.50 BST: According to Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali, Juventus, Arsenal, and another English side are in negotiations to sign Italy international midfielder Manuel Locatelli.
The 23-year-old was a standout for the Azzurri at Euro 2020, scoring twice in a 2-0 victory against Switzerland in the group round.
“On Friday, we’ll talk with Juventus. Arsenal and another English team are also on our radar “Carnevali informed Sky Italia about the situation. “He wants to go to Juventus. However, if other teams contact him, he will have to weigh the options, since Juve’s offer is not certain to please us. Otherwise, he may remain at Sassuolo if all three sides are in accord.”
Locatelli joined Sassuolo from AC Milan in 2018 and has quickly established himself as one of the best midfielders in Serie A.
According to ABC, Joselu of Deportivo Alaves is on the brink of becoming Sevilla’s third summer acquisition.
Sevilla are seeking to bolster their attack, and Joselu, whose contract with Alaves ends next summer, is the frontrunner. In 37 league games, he scored 11 goals and assisted on three more to help Alaves escape relegation from LaLiga last season.
Joselu’s agent, Felipe Martinez, said, “Sevilla is the greatest choice.” “This summer, Joselu wants to leave Deportivo Alaves.”
Joselu is set to sign a three-year deal with Sevilla after paying Alaves approximately €10 million for the former Stoke City and Newcastle striker.
This summer, the club has already acquired Marko Dimtrovic and Erik Lamela to its roster.
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10.42 BST: According to Santos’ transfer adviser Sergio Canozzi, the club will consider bids in the area of €15 million for teenage attacker Kaio Jorge.
Juventus, AC Milan, and Benfica have all been linked with 19-year-old Kaio Jorge. This season, the Brazilian has made 10 league appearances for Santos.
Canozzi told Sky Italia: “Kaio Jorge has a contract with Santos until 2023, not until the end of this year, as has been widely reported.” “What’s going on is the consequence of a blunder on the part of the player’s agent. We are in talks with many teams and waiting for offers. Kaio Jorge has a contract with Santos until 2023. We know that in a normal scenario, he might be worth €25 million, but we may entertain a €15 million offer right now.”
Mauricio Pochettino, the PSG coach, believes Kylian Mbappe would be treated “like a player with five years left on his contract.”
Mbappe, a long-term Real Madrid target, has declined to renew his contract with PSG, which expires next summer.
When asked about the future of the French forward, Pochettino told Le Parisien: “What if Mbappe informed me that he will not be renewing his contract? Those are private exchanges. But he never mentioned anything to me. Is he available next season? I can’t exist only on the basis of my imagination. I don’t consider what may or might not happen. Only one thing is certain: he has one year left on his deal, and we will treat him as if he had five years left on his contract.”
09.47 BST: According to ABC, Sevilla are awaiting a formal offer from Chelsea for Jules Kounde.
According to ESPN, the two clubs have discussed a deal that would bring the France defender to Stamford Bridge this summer. The transaction is expected to be valued about €70 million, which is €10 million less than Kounde’s buyout clause. According to ESPN sources, Chelsea is contemplating adding Kurt Zouma in the deal to reduce the transfer price, although the Premier League club has yet to assign a value to the France defender.
While the clubs continue to negotiate, Kounde is training with Sevilla. After being benched in his team’s 2-2 friendly tie against PSG on Tuesday, it’s unclear if the player will play against Roma in Saturday’s warm-up friendly at the Algarve stadium.
09.09 BST: Real Madrid think Martin Odegaard has a bright future with the club, but multiple sources told ESPN’s Rodrigo Faez and Adriana Garcia that the club would not rule out his departure if the player insisted on leaving and a €50 million bid came in.
According to reports, the Spanish giants are still optimistic that Odegaard will change his mind and stay at Madrid to compete for a place in the team, and the next two weeks may be important in determining the player’s destiny. Due to a lack of playing time under then-coach Zinedine Zidane, the Norway international was loaned to Arsenal in the second part of last season.
Madrid is aware that Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta is interested in signing Odegaard if he becomes available, but insiders claim it is “very improbable” that the midfielder would go on loan because to the club’s financial problems during the epidemic.
According to several reports, there is a discussion at the Bernabeu over which choice is better for Odegaard. Some within the club believe he can start for Real Madrid on a regular basis, while others are worried that he is contemplating leaving rather than concentrating on competing for a starting spot.
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08.34 BST: According to rumours, Celtic are seeking to sign Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Joe Hart to Parkhead.
Since Ange Postecoglou came over as manager, the Scottish club has made numerous additions, but the Australian coach has indicated that he wants to do even more transfer business to improve his team after their Champions League qualifying defeat to Midtjylland.
Last summer, Spurs signed former England No. 1 Hart to a two-year deal, with all 10 of his appearances for the club coming in the FA Cup and Europa League.
Following the signing of Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta, the 34-year-old is expected to be demoted to third choice for the next season.
On Thursday at 08.00 BST, West Ham United announced the signing of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain, with the option to buy the Frenchman permanently next summer.
As manager David Moyes seeks to add depth to his squad ahead of a season in which they will participate in the Europa League, the 28-year-old is expected to be second-choice behind Lukasz Fabianski.
Areola, who was part of France’s World Cup-winning team, spent last season on loan at Fulham, where he won Player of the Year but couldn’t prevent the London club from being demoted to the Championship.
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GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Luke Thrower)
– Chelsea are said to be ready to lower their expectations for Tammy Abraham in order to offload him this summer. According to The Sun, the 23-year-deal old’s was worth about £40 million, but with teams reluctant to pay that much, the London club may be forced to lower it by at least £5 million.
– According to Tuttosport, Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta are interested in signing defender Merih Demiral. The 23-year-old is said to be out of favor at Juventus, and with the club seeking to save costs, Demiral may be one of the players let go. Due to their outgoing transfer activity, both Dortmund and Atalanta may match the €30 million asking price for the Turkey international.
– According to Calciomercato, Real Madrid has a price in mind for Isco as they seek to sell him this summer. The playmaker has been linked with a move to AC Milan, with Los Blancos allegedly demanding a €20 million price for him. He has a year remaining on his contract, and new manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to raise money as well as cash in on the player rather than risk losing him on a free transfer.
– According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher is poised to join Crystal Palace on loan after rejecting down other Premier League offers. Last season, the 21-year-old spent his debut season in the Premier League on loan at West Bromwich Albion. The midfielder is one of many players who will join Palace this summer as new manager Patrick Viera attempts to rebuild the team.
– According to Le10 Sport, Liverpool have been offered the services of Paul Pogba by his agency Mino Raiola, in an unexpected twist to the transfer season. Following the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum to PSG, Jurgen Klopp is said to be looking for a new midfield player, with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba being mentioned. Pogba’s contract at Old Trafford expires in a year, and rumours have connected him with a move away this summer as United try to prevent losing him on a free transfer. However, a transfer to Liverpool, United’s arch-rivals, is very improbable.
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