The first weekend of the Premier League is in the books and the champions Man City slipped up to lose to Tottenham, while Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea made title claims with impressive wins.
Newcomers Brentford shocked Arsenal, while Watford also won on their return to the top tier against Aston Villa, who were beginning life without Jack Grealish.
But despite football’s return, there is still focus on the transfer market, with many managers reiterating their desire to add to their squads before this window’s deadline.
Arsenal are the latest club to be linked to Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan, with Tottenham also linked to the Argentine, though the Nerazzurri recently sold Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea for £97.5m and may be reluctant to sell another star forward amid fan unrest.
Paul Pogba’s future is silently becoming an issue at Old Trafford, despite four assists in the fine win over Leeds, with the Manchester United midfielder’s contract now just one year away from expiring and The Independent has learned that Paris Saint-Germain, after adding Lionel Messi on a free transfer, would be keen to strike another colossal free transfer next summer by doubling the Frenchman’s salary.
Follow all the latest news and rumours ahead of the opening weekend of the new Premier League season:
West Ham still hope to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United
West Ham will make another attempt to sign Jesse Lingard before the end of the transfer window, according to the Times.
Lingard had a successful loan spell at the club over the second half of last season as he scored nine goals in 16 appearances and saw a recall to the England squad.
West Ham have yet to sign an outfield player this window and have packed schedule this season with Europa League games to consider.
Lingard was absent from Manchester United’s squad on the opening weekend of the season after contracting Covid-19.
Barcelona linked with surprise move for Arsenal’s Aubameyang
Barcelona president Joan Laporta admitted yesterday that the club was in a “very worrying” financial situation as he revealed debts of over £1 billion.
But that didn’t stop the club from being linked with a move for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has three years left on a bumper contract at the Emirates.
Aubameyang missed Arsenal’s first game of the Premier League season through illness and Barcelona are reportedly seeking a part-exchange that would see former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho move back to the Premier League, according to Sky Sports.
Arsenal make Martin Odegaard progress in pursuit of fresh deal
Arsenal appear to be edging closer to a move to bring Martin Odegaard back to the Emirates from Real Madrid.
That’s because the player’s agents have arrived in London for talks.
Another loan with the Gunners possessing a first option to make the deal permanent at around £30m next summer is being negotiated now, report the Mirror.
Tottenham target Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez
Tottenham are in the running to sign Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez, reports Fabrizio Romano.
Spurs are considering the Uruguayan to upgrade their midfield.
No bid has been made yet, but the Sardinians value the player at between £21.3-25.6m.
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