Chelsea defender in Sevilla radar; while Juventus set to cool Arsenal’s Szczesny and consider move for Real Madrid target instead. The Blues to announce mystery signing on July 1.
5. Chelsea to announce mystery signing on July 1
Chelsea have reportedly completed their first signing of the summer; but will not confirm the identity of the incoming player until July 1.
The Premier League champions have been linked with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer; with manager Antonio Conte reportedly keen to make up to six new signings.
The Evening Standard reports that they have already finalised terms with one new player; but have decided to delay the announcement until the transfer window officially opens on July 1.
It is thought that the mystery signing is goalkeeper Willy Caballero; who is a free agent having been released by Manchester City at the end of last season.
4. Atletico plan sale next summer to fund Sergio Aguero return
Atletico Madrid are reportedly plotting to use the funds from selling Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United next summer to re-sign Sergio Aguero.
United missed out in their long pursuit of Griezmann after he opted to stay at the La Liga club; signing a new contract with Atletico this week, tying him down until 2021.
But his buyout clause is said to have stayed the same at £86million; and that is set to see the 26-year-old finally move to Old Trafford in 2018.
According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, next summer could see big changes at the club with Aguero potentially returning to replace Griezmann.
The Manchester City striker’s future at the Etihad was under great speculation following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus.
The Argentinian’s place in their first XI is no longer a guarantee; with Pep Guardiola showing he is ready for Jesus to succeed Aguero.
3. Juventus set to cool Arsenal’s Szczesny and consider move for Donnarumma instead
Juventus have been in talks over a deal to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny this summer; but they decide to cool it down switching to AC Milan ace Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The Poland international is back at Arsenal after two years on loan at Roma but is tipped to return to Serie A.
But a fresh twist in Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s situation has reportedly led to Juve putting the Szczesny deal on ice.
According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus are monitoring Donnarumma’s situation closely.
Yesterday Milan released a statement confirming that Donnarumma would not be extending his contract at the San Siro.
The 18-year-old sensation is seen as the natural successor to Buffon in the Italy national side; and Juve also want him between the stick in Turin when Buffon retires.
Gazzetta and a host of other Italian newspapers claim Juve are pushing hard to sign Donnarumma.
2. Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma in Sevilla radar
Sevilla have reportedly made Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma their top target this summer.
According to Spanish outlet Diario de Sevilla, new Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo has identified Zouma as one of his top targets; as he looks to strengthen his defensive ranks.
Valencia are also said to be interested in the 22-year-old; but Sevilla have an advantage over their La Liga rivals as they can offer him Champions League football.
Zouma is said to be happy to stay at Stamford Bridge this summer; but he is keen to secure first-team football to boost his chances of making the France squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
1. Manchester United want £45m plus Alvaro Morata for David de Gea
Jose Mourinho values Manchester United star David De Gea at a staggering £100m; and is willing to cut a deal with Real Madrid if he can get Alvaro Morata in return.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly told Real Madrid that it would take a bid of £45m plus Alvaro Morata for them to sign David de Gea this summer.
De Gea has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Spanish and European champions during recent transfer windows; and was on the brink of completing the switch in 2015 before a mix-up with the paperwork scuppered the deal.
The 26-year-old still has two years remaining on his contract at Old Trafford; and the Daily Star reports that Mourinho values the shot-stopper at £100m.
United are understood to be interested in signing Madrid striker Morata this summer; though, and Mourinho would reportedly be willing to strike a deal which would effectively see Morata fetch a £55m price.