Arsenal back for Vlahovic
Arsenal are looking to rekindle interest in Dusan Vlahovic, a year after missing out on the Juventus striker.
Corriere dello Sport report that interest from the Gunners is back on the table following the injury of Gabriel Jesus, although Manchester United also cannot be ruled out as they seek to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
It remains to be seen whether Juventus decide to cash in on a player they spent £62m on last January, but it looks like he has plenty of suitors if they do.
Man Utd back for De Jong
When will they learn?
According to the BBC and Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are ready for the second round with Frenkie de Jong and want to pair him with Jude Bellingham in the center of their midfield.
The Barcelona midfielder – who has shown no signs of wanting to leave this summer – remains a top target for Erik ten Hag after missing him in the summer.
Bellingham is a longer-term target after failing to sign him from Birmingham before the player joined Borussia Dortmund two years ago.
Southgate remains in place
An interesting line on Gareth Southgate now he should stay on as England manager.
As reported by standard sports earlier this week, Southgate considered quitting after England’s World Cup quarter-final exit.
Following England’s exit, Southgate has admitted to spending a difficult 18 months in the job – including the boos he and his side suffered in a 4-0 home defeat to Hungary at Wolverhampton earlier this year .
This is understood to have greatly affected Southgate, who were unwilling to continue beyond the World Cup without the support of the English faithful.
Man United are plotting with Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann is a name that figures prominently in transfer dispatches today.
The Atletico Madrid star played a starring role for France in Qatar on their last trip to a World Cup final, tormenting England in the semis when they largely ended the threat by Kylian Mbappe.
Now Griezmann is once again linked with a high-profile move to the Premier League, with French news outlet Mediafoot suggesting Manchester United are considering a new swoop for the 31-year-old.
Griezmann almost joined United in the past… could it finally be the time for the transfer?
Cristiano Ronaldo could ‘retire from football’
Cristiano Ronaldo’s future remains the subject of fierce speculation, with the Portuguese superstar looking at a career-ending crossroads following his country’s agonizing exit to the quarter-finals of the World Cup (where he was benched ).
He remains independent at club level after that acrimonious early departure from Manchester United last month and trained with former club Real Madrid this week in a bid to stay fit, with a big salary rumored to be in Saudi Arabia has yet to officially materialize.
Now former United team-mate Patrice Evra has caused a stir when he raises the prospect of his friend quitting altogether.
“When I spoke to him, I didn’t talk about what he’s going to do next,” Evra told Sky Sports. “We talked more about life and family.
“But I do not know [what he will do next]. Messi says he will retire [from the World Cup]but I don’t know if Ronaldo will retire, because sometimes when you receive so much criticism, especially at the end of your career, you say to yourself ‘OK, I think it’s time to stop’.
“It must be a feeling, especially when you’re not in your national team’s starting XI, because that’s what Cristiano wanted; to play, be fit and win the World Cup with his country. was his dream; now he doesn’t have that dream.
“While I won’t speak for Cristiano, I wouldn’t be surprised if he says he’s retiring. Now all Cristiano does is a ‘bad person’, a ‘bad player’ or whatever. whatever. I wouldn’t be surprised if he decides to retire.”
Chelsea complete Nkunku deal
Christopher Nkunku will be a Chelsea player this summer, reports have confirmed.
The RB Leizpig and France striker was expected to move to Stamford Bridge this summer in a high-profile switch.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports that such a deal is now 100% sealed on both the club and player side, with all relevant documents and contracts signed.
Bundesliga top scorer Nkunku will move to Chelsea in July amid speculation the move could be brought forward with Graham Potter now light on the forwards following Armando Broja’s season-ending knee injury.
Saka’s fear of Arsenal subsided
Manchester City could be forced to pay a huge fee for Bukayo Saka.
Pep Guardiola’s recent contract extension has put the Arsenal winger and Jude Bellingham high on their transfer wishlist, according to 90min.
Saka’s contract expires in 2024, but football.london claim Arsenal can extend Saka’s contract by 12 months with an option on his existing contract, amid talks over a renewal.
With little risk of him leaving for free, the Gunners would be free to demand a huge price tag.
What future for Maatsen?
Chelsea youngster Ian Maatsen has said he will decide his future at the end of the season.
Currently on a “perfect” loan at Burnley and tipped for a permanent stay, he told LancsLive: “We will see after the end of the season what I will do and what the options are.
“I’m still keeping my options open, but time will tell. I came up with a plan to give my 100% and show my dedication to my career, the Burnley fans and the club.
“It’s been going pretty well and everyone has made me feel welcome and it’s the perfect loan I would say.”
O’Hara wants Maguire on Tottenham’s radar
Tottenham have been asked to agree a cut-price deal for Harry Maguire.
Former Spurs player Jamie O’Hara believes Manchester United are destined to accept low pay for the England star, opening the door to his former club.
“Manchester United are going to lose money,” he told talkSPORT.
“Let’s say Spurs come for him in January, I would take him to Tottenham. We need a centre-half.
Chelsea learn of Rafael Leao fee
Chelsea will have to pay £70m to sign Rafael Leao in January.
Italian outlet Calciomercato name the fee AC Milan will demand during the contract negotiations with the Portuguese striker.
Dusan Vlahovic, Tammy Abraham and Cristiano Ronaldo are named as other potential targets in the Blues’ hunt for a striker.