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It may only be in the infant stages, but already the transfer window is sparking into life. Clubs are wasting little time in getting their squad business under way, knowing that the longer the window stays open, the higher the prices go.
Liverpool are today set to formally announce the arrival of record signing Darwin Nunez, after the 22-year-old completed the latter stages on his eye-watering move from Benfica – just a day after arch title rivals Manchester City confirmed the official arrive of wonderkid Erling Haaland.
Elsewhere, Manchester United are back in the market after already missing out on several targets – including Nunez. Now, however, the Red Devils look poised to go up against Liverpool once again as both teams very much like the look of an emerging Italian prodigy.
Gabriel Jesus now appears ever closer to signing on the dotted line for Arsenal. The Brazilian ace is not short of suitors, though a potential lucrative La Liga switch to Real Madrid has now found itself in hot water. With options being shutdown, Jesus is in a prime position to once again link up with his former coach Mikel Arteta, this time wearing the red of the Gunners.
The cash is soon to be flashed on a major scale as Everton find themselves subject of a takeover bid, which could see a familiar face in the world of Premier League chiefs making a return to England’s top division.
Follow all the unfolding action throughout the day with Express Sport below.
That’s all for today
It was another busy day in the summer transfer window, but that’s your lot for tonight.
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Klopp on Darwin
Jurgen Klopp has explained what he ‘loves’ about Darwin Nunez after persuading club chiefs to shell out an initial £64million for him.
“It’s important we all recognise we are getting a ‘work in progress’ with Darwin,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website after Nunez put pen-to-paper on a six-year deal at Anfield.
“He recognises that himself, for sure. I love how much focus and humility he has.
“Darwin is a wonderful player – already really good but so much potential to get even better. That’s why it’s so exciting, to be honest. His age, his desire, his hunger to be even better than he currently is. His belief in our project and what we are looking to do as a club.”
Liverpool confirm Darwin
Darwin Nunez’s big-money transfer to Liverpool from Benfica has finally been confirmed by the club.
The Uruguayan joins for an initial fee of £64 million rising to a potential £85 million if he reaches every milestone possible – ranging from scoring goals to winning the Champions League. The player has signed a six-year contract.
Chelsea in Lukaku exit blow
Chelsea’s hopes of offloading Romelu Lukaku back to Inter Milan have suffered a major blow after the Nerazzurri agreed to sign Paulo Dybala on a free transfer from Juventus, according to reports.
Talks have taken place between the two clubs and Lukaku’s lawyer over an immediate move back to Inter but the switch now seems unlikely.
Gianluca Di Marzio recently reported that it’s one or the other as far as Inter are concerned when it comes to signing Lukaku or Dybala.
The Italian giants cannot afford both and it would also make little sense given that Lautaro Martinez is of huge importance.
Yet now TyC Sports journalist Cesar Luis Merlo, who is one of the most reliable when it comes to South American transfers, suggests Dybala’s move to Inter is as good as done.
Arsenal ‘on course’ for Tielemans
Arsenal remain confident and ‘on course’ to complete the signing of Youri Tielemans following Tottenham’s deal to buy Yves Bissouma from Brighton.
Spurs continued their transfer hot-streak by finalising an agreement for the Mali international midfielder with the Seagulls on Tuesday morning worth an estimated £25million.
But according to CBS Sports Ben Jacobs, Spurs’ move for Bissouma will only help bolster Arsenal’s chances of landing Tielemans.
“But Bissouma’s incoming arrival will allay fears Spurs could hijack the deal. Tielemans is one of Arteta’s top priorities.”
Spurs in for Raphinha
Tottenham are believed to be keen on rivalling Arsenal for Leeds winger Raphinha.
The Brazilian has been strongly linked with Barcelona this summer, but the Catalans’ financial situation could rule them out of a deal.
The Gunners were believed to be keen on taking advantage, but according to The Athletic Spurs are now also monitoring the star.
Brighton eye Udinese youngster
Brighton are interested in signing 19-year-old Udinese wing-back Destiny Udogie as a potential replacement for Marc Cucurella amid interest from Manchester City.
His agent Stefano Antonelli has just met with Inter Milan to discuss a summer transfer with the Nerazzurri understood to be the favourites for the Italian prodigy.
Tottenham are also in running for the teenager, who Udinese have signed permanently following a successful loan spell from Hellas Verona last season.
“It was an initial, pleasant chat with Inter, we’ll meet again to update the situation,” Antonelli said. “This was just the introductory meeting.”
Man Utd make Eriksen offer
Manchester United have made an initial offer to bring Christian Eriksen to Old Trafford, according to The Athletic.
Eriksen is set to leave Brentford as a free agent after reportedly turning down a new deal with the Bees earlier this month.
United and Tottenham have been credited with a shared desire to land Eriksen, who is likely to have no shortage of options to consider before the new campaign gets underway.
Roma confirm Matic arrival
Roma have officially announced the signing of Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic on a free transfer until the end of the upcoming campaign.
The 33-year-old spent five years at Old Trafford but failed to sign a new deal at Old Trafford prior to the expiry of his contract and revealed in April that he would be leaving the club this summer.
Kenny joins Hertha Berlin
Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny has signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin after rejecting the offer of a new deal at Goodison Park, according to The Athletic.
The 25-year-old, who registered a half-century of Premier League appearances during his time on Merseyside, joined the Toffees at the age of nine and spent 16 years on the club’s books.
The full-back was offered fresh terms but ultimately decided to move on in pursuit of a new opportunity elsewhere.
Man City eyeing Phillips deal
Manchester City will aim to bring Kalvin Phillips to the Etihad Stadium before embarking on their pre-season tour of the United States next month, according to The Times.
Phillips has been heavily linked with a move away from Leeds United over the last few months and has been touted as Fernandinho’s potential long-term replacement at City.
He is likely to cost upwards of £50m, though, with his current deal at Elland Road set to run until the summer of 2024.
Burnley appoint Kompany
Burnley have confirmed the appointment of former Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany as their new first-team manager.
The 36-year-old left Anderlecht in May after two years in charge of the Belgian outfit and replaces Sean Dyche, who was sacked in April prior to Burnley’s final-day relegation from the Premier League.
Arsenal keen on Neto
Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto to succeed Bernd Leno as the club’s second-choice stopper next season, according to Sport.
Leno is reportedly close to joining Fulham and will need to be replaced if he leaves north London in advance of the new campaign.
Neto is said to be attracting no shortage of interest from across Europe and has been put forward as an option for Arsenal.
However, he would likely be forced to accept a pay cut in order to join the Gunners over the coming weeks.
Man Utd ‘making progress’ in De Jong talks
Manchester United are moving closer to striking a deal with Barcelona for the services of Frenkie de Jong, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
The Dutchman is said to be open to the idea of joining United in order to reunite with Erik ten Hag, who managed him at Ajax before his move to Barcelona in 2019.
It seems as though a move could soon be coming to fruition, with the Red Devils having made ‘progress’ with regards to a deal for the 25-year-old in recent weeks.
Eriksen ‘rejects new Brentford deal’
Christian Eriksen is set to leave Brentford for pastures new after turning down the offer of an extension with the Bees, according to The Sun.
The Dane has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham over the last few weeks as he weighs up his immediate future ahead of next season.
It is claimed that Eriksen is keen to ditch Brentford after just six months in order to play Champions League football, although he is said to be keen on staying in England.
Nunez spotted in Liverpool
It seems as though Darwin Nunez could soon be officially unveiled as a Liverpool player after he was spotted at the AXA Training Centre earlier this morning…
Leeds agree terms with Roca
Leeds United have reportedly struck an agreement on personal terms with Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca.
Fabrizio Romano claims that Roca has given the green light over a four-year deal at Elland Road, although talks are still ongoing at club level.
Bayern are said to be holding out for a fee in the region of £13m but it remains to be seen whether Leeds will aim to drive down Roca’s asking price in negotiations over the coming days.
Tottenham agree Bissouma fee
Tottenham have agreed to sign Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma for a fee in the region of £25m, according to The Times.
Bissouma has long been linked with a move away from the Seagulls, with Arsenal having been credited with a desire to snap him up for over a year.
However, it seems as though he could soon decide to join their north London rivals instead.
Tottenham are believed to be confident that personal terms will not be an issue and that a medical should be completed by the end of this week.
Kenyon in talks over Everton bid
Former Manchester United and Chelsea CEO Peter Kenyon is involved in a consortium who are in talks to buy Everton, according to The Telegraph.
Kenyon is said to be part of a group which also includes the chief executive of Minneapolis-based Talon Real Estate, Maciek Kaminski, and American businessman John Thornton.
They are being advised by investment specialist Michael Klein, along with the US law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges.
Kenyon joined Man Utd in 1997 and was promoted to the role of CEO in 2000 before he was appointed by Chelsea in 2003 at the start of Roman Abramovich’s spell as Blues owner.
Man Utd chasing De Ligt
Manchester United are one of several clubs with a desire to land Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Red Devils, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are said to be among those with a keen interest in the Dutchman, who worked under Erik ten Hag during his time at Ajax.
United are believed to be chasing the addition of a new defender in advance of next season to challenge the likes of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane for a regular place in the side.
However, it remains to be seen whether Juventus will be prepared to sell De Ligt before the new campaign finally gets underway in early August.
Arsenal handed Jesus boost
Arsenal could have a free run at Gabriel Jesus over the coming months in spite of Real Madrid’s interest in snapping up the Manchester City forward for themselves.
The newly-crowned European champions are said to be keen on Jesus, who is widely expected to leave the Etihad Stadium over the course of the summer transfer window.
However, they could ultimately be forced to pull out of the race as they already have four non-EU players in their squad, according to transfer guru Andre Hernan.
It seems as though Jesus will be unable to join Real Madrid as a result of the situation at the Bernabeu, which could potentially see Arsenal emerge as his next destination in the not-too-distant future.
Nunez set for Liverpool medical
Darwin Nunez is set to officially become a Liverpool player today once he undergoes the second part of his medical with the Reds.
The Uruguayan forward was in England on Monday to complete initial checks but the main chunk of the procedure will take place later on, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool are expected to pay an initial fee of £64.2m in exchange for his services, although the deal could eventually rise to around £85.6m when performance-related add-ons are taken into account.
Meanwhile, a six-year contract has been agreed with Nunez, who has emerged as one of Europe’s hottest talents over the last few years during his time at Benfica.
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