Man City plot double signing, Chelsea's Kounde move 'HIJACKED', Mane's Liverpool exit imminent | The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY are plotting a raid on two Premier League clubs as Pep Guardiola revamps his title-winning squad.

The Citizens are chasing Brighton's Marc Cucurella and Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Barcelona could hijack Chelsea's move to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

The Spanish giants' financial situation has drastically improved, and the club are reported to be preparing a €60m offer plus an unnamed player in exchange.

Elsewhere, Sadio Mane appears on the verge of leaving Liverpool.

Bayern Munich are preparing an improved £42.5m offer for the Senegalese forward, who has scored 120 goals for the Anfield side in 269 appearances.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Liverpool to re-sign Spearing

    In one of the stranger transfers of the summer window, Liverpool are preparing to resign their former midfielder Jay Spearing.

    The 33-year-old made 55 appearances for the Reds between 2008 and 2013 before dropping down the leagues.

    In the time since, Spearing has played for Bolton, Blackburn and Blackpool, and is now a free agent following two seasons at Tranmere.

    The Telegraph report that Spearing will return to Anfield in order to play for the under-23s in an 'innovative development role initiated by youth director Alex Inglethorpe'.

    Spearing will undertake a dual role of playing and coaching the younger age groups, while providing academy assets with valuable knowledge and experience of the journey to the first team.

  • Sam Dymond

    It’s Asensio ‘at all costs’

    Arsenal have been busy putting their disappointment of missing out on the Champions League behind them, and have been making strides in the transfer market.

    A deal for Porto’s Fabio Vieira has been all but confirmed, talks for Gabriel Jesus are progressing, and, now, they are pushing hard for Marco Asensio.

    According to Sport (via Sports Witness), the Gunners want to sign the Spanish international ‘at all costs’.

    Asensio has been in talks with current club Real Madrid regarding a contract extension, but is aware that a place in the first team at the Bernabeu is far from guaranteed.

    The 26-year-old is eager for game time ahead of November’s World Cup, and would consider a move to the Premier League – and sources close to Madrid understand that Arsenal are best placed to make a move for the forward.

  • Sam Dymond

    Odds slashed on Eriksen's United move

    Christian Eriksen is said to be considering his offers after it was revealed that he would be moving on from Brentford this summer..

    The Dane's former club Tottenham had looked in pole position for a reunion, but Manchester United have since emerged as favourites to land the midfielder.

    The odds on Eriksen moving to Old Trafford have been slashed in the past week, tumbling from 13/2 to 6/5.

    Who will Eriksen join before September 3?

    • Manchester United 6/5
    • Tottenham 6/4
    • Newcastle 12/1
    • Everton 25/1
    • Man City 33/1
    • Leicester 33/1
    • Liverpool 33/1

    Odds from Betfair correct at time of post publication.

    • Sam Dymond

      City working on double swoop

      English champions Manchester City are preparing to raid two other Premier League clubs for a double summer swoop.

      Transfers expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the Cityzens are preparing offers for Brighton's Marc Cucurella and Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips.

      It is stated that an opening bid for left-back Cucurella will be submitted imminently, while England international Phillips is seen as the long-term replacement for Fernandinho in midfield.

      City have already brought in Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund for more than  €60m.

    • Sam Dymond

      Hugo potential? Ekitike to join Toon

      Teenage French sensation Hugo Ekitike is close to agreeing personal terms with Newcastle, according to Sky Sports.

      The 19-year-old Reims striker rejected a move to St James' Park in January, but is now ready to sign a lucrative deal with the north-east club.

      Ekitike is currently on holiday, but it's understood that if the Magpies and the player's representatives can reach a deal, then the player will travel to Newcastle next week for a medical.

      The France U20 international scored an impressive ten goals in 23 Ligue 1 apps last season.

    • Sam Dymond

      Blues have ‘real’ City target

      Chelsea are set to miss out on Gabriel Jesus, but reports suggest it’s another Manchester City player that is truly in their sights.

      The Blues dipped their toe into negotiations when it became apparent that Arsenal were in advanced talks over the signing of Jesus.

      However, Sky Sports understand that ‘the City player Thomas Tuchel is keener on is Raheem Sterling.’

      The 27-year-old England international has a year remaining on his current deal at the Eithad Stadium, and has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

    • Sam Dymond

      Nketiah to pen new deal

      Eddie Nketiah is poised to put pen to paper on a new Arsenal contract, according to Fabrizio Romano.

      The young striker had looked destined to leave the Emirates this summer once his current deal reached its conclusion.

      However, a run of starts and important goals towards the end of the season prompted both parties to reconsider their position, and the 23-year-old now looks set to stay.

      Nketiah's new contract is expected to keep him at the Emirates until 2027, and will ward off interest from a number of Bundesliga clubs.

    • Sam Dymond

      United’s ‘concrete steps’ towards Rabiot

      Manchester United have taken ‘concrete steps’ towards signing Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to Calcio Mercato.

      The Italian outlet report that the 27-year-old French international is considering a move away from Turin, and his most likely destination if he leaves is either United or Paris Saint-Germain.

      With only one year left on his current contract with the Old Lady, Rabiot is likely to be available for around €15m.

      The article continues to state that such a transfer fee would ‘not be a problem’ for the Red Devils.

    • Sam Dymond

      Blackpool appoint Appleton as boss

      Championship outfit Blackpool have re-appointed Michael Appleton as their manager on a four-year contract.

      Appleton spent 65 days in charge of the Seasiders during the 2012-13 season, but jumped ship to take over at Blackburn.

      He rejoins the Bloomfield Road club after three seasons at Lincoln, in which he led the Imps to the League One play-off final.

      Blackpool had looked set to name Derby coach Liam Rosenior as their new boss, but the deal fell through following a disagreement over transfer budget.

    • Sam Dymond

      Atletico ready for Royal appointment

      Atletico Madrid are preparing an offer to take Tottenham's Emerson Royal back to Spain.

      The Brazilian right-back joined Spurs from Barcelona last summer for more than £25m, but soon fell out of favour in North London.

      Emerson's Premier League career began brightly, but he eventually slipped behind Matt Doherty in the pecking order.

      And with Antonio Conte ready to bring in Djed Spence, it appears as though the 23-year-old's time at Tottenham is numbered.

    • Sam Dymond

      Cooper to extend Forest stay

      Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper is set to pen a new long-term deal at the club, report The Telegraph.

      The 42-year-old coach took over at the City Ground last September, and transformed Forest from a team bottom of the Championship after seven games to play-off winners.

      The former England Under-17 boss now has the East Midlands club back in the Premier League for the first time in 23 years, and enjoys a growing reputation for being one of the best young coaches in the game.

    • Sam Dymond

      Everton agree deal with Tarkowski

      Everton have agreed a four-year deal with James Tarkowski, according to Sky Sports.

      The 29-year-old centre-back will move to Goodison Park on a free transfer when his contract at Burnley expires at the end of this month.

      Tarkowski made over 200 appearances in six years with the Clarets, having joined the club from Brentford in February 2016.

    • Sam Dymond

      Barca to hijack Kounde deal

      Barcelona's improving financial situation looks set to leave Manchester United's transfer dealings in disarray – and the same could soon be said of Chelsea.

      And that's because the LaLiga giants have emerged as favourites to land Sevilla Jules Kounde, according to reports in Spain.

      The French centre-back has long been courted by the Blues, but they were held back in their attempts to complete the signing while under government sanctions.

      Rather than matching Chelsea's €80m bid, Barca are preparing a €60m offer plus an unnamed player in exchange.

      It is thought that Kounde's preference would be a move to Catalonia.

    • Sam Dymond

      Breaking: Brighton sign Julio Encisco

      Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of Paraguayan teenager Julio Encisco.

      The Seagulls have confirmed a deal for the 18-year-old striker, thought to be worth an eventual £9.5m with add-ons.

      Enciso has put to paper on a four-year contract with the south coast club, and is described by his new manager Graham Potter as 'an exciting young talent'.

    • Sam Dymond

      Breaking: Mane moving closer to Munich

      Sadio Mane's move to Bayern Munich is on the verge of completion, according to Sky Sports News.

      The Bundesliga giants are preparing an improved offer of £42.5m, a fee more in line with Liverpool's valuation of the Senegalese forward.

      Representatives of the two clubs are due to meet for talks today, and it expected that both parties will swiftly reach an agreement.

      Mane has scored 120 goals for the Anfield club in 269 appearances, but only has a year remaining on his current deal.

    • Sam Dymond

      Eagles eyeing Toffees target Winks

      Crystal Palace have entered the race to sign Tottenham's Harry Winks, report The Mail.

      Everton were considered favourites to land the £25m-rated midfielder, but the deal has been held up by talks of a takeover at Goodison Park.

      And that uncertainty may have presented the Eagles with an opportunity to swoop.

      The 26-year-old has made over 200 appearances for Spurs, and has won ten caps for England.

    • Sam Dymond

      De Jong deal in jeopardy

      Frenkie de Jong’s long-awaited transfer from Barcelona to Manchester United could be on the verge of falling through.

      The catalyst for the Dutchman’s proposed move to Old Trafford was the cash-strapped Catalans desperate need for income.

      However, a membership vote at the Nou Camp last night saw members green light president Joan Laporta’s plan to sell off sponsorship, ultimately putting the club back on a secure financial footing.

      The suggestion is that Barca will no longer need to sell to survive, and could pull the plug on the deal.

      However, the LaLiga giants could still be willing to move forward with the transfer if they can land Xavi’s preferred choice in midfield, Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva.

    • Sam Dymond

      Lukaku return to Inter 'imminent'

      The end of Romelu Lukaku's Chelsea nightmare is edging closer according to reports in Italy.

      The Belgian striker is on the verge of a return to former club Inter Milan with journalist Matteo Moretto describing the transfer as 'imminent'.

      Lukaku is expected to agree an initial loan deal with the Nerazzurri, a year on from leaving them to join the Blues for £97.5m.

      The 29-year-old struggled to settle back at the Bridge, however, and managed just eight goals during the Premier League campaign.

    • Sam Dymond

      Vieira to undergo Arsenal medical

      Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira will undergo a medical at Arsenal this afternoon ahead of a £30m move to the Emirates.

      The Gunners agreed a transfer fee for the 22-year-old earlier this week, and are also understood to have agreed personal terms with the player.

      Assuming his medical runs smoothly, Vieira will pen a five-year contract with the Premier League club.

      The Portuguese playmaker created a league-high 14 assists in the Primeira Liga last season, and was voted player of the tournament at last year’s European Under-21 Championship.

    • Sam Dymond

      Breaking: Roca to undergo Leeds medical

      Bayern Munich's Marc Roca will undergo a medical with Leeds United this afternoonahead of a £10m move.

      The Elland Road club have already agreed a fee with the German giants, and are now in the process of finalising the transfer.

      Roca, a 25-year-old midfielder, will become the Whites' third summer signing after RB Salzburg duo Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen.

      The Spaniard move to the Allianz Arena in October 2020, but has made only 24 appearances in all competitions since.

    • Sam Dymond

      No Timber date for United

      Dutch starlet Jurrien Timber looks set to stay at Ajax despite keen interest from Manchester United.

      The 21-year-old, who can play at centre-half or right-back, is regarded as one of the best young defenders in Europe, having excelled under the tutelage of Erik ten Hag in Amsterdam.

      Timber was widely expected to follow his former manager to Old Trafford this summer, but Dutch journalist Mike Verweij (via the Manchester Evening News) believes the player’s preference is now to remain in the Netherlands.

      It’s the latest transfer blow to the Red Devils, who are enduring a frustrating summer after missing out on Darwin Nunez to Liverpool.

    • Sam Dymond

      Chelsea and United tracking Jones

      Several Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United are tracking the progress of Middlesbrough ace Isaiah Jones, report 90 Min.

      The 22-year-old earned rave reviews in the Championship last season after being converted from a winger to right wing-back under Chris Wilder.

      Indeed, his impressive performances were the main reason why Boro's decision to allow Djed Spence to leave on loan was not widely slammed.

      However, Jones appears content to remain with the Teessiders for now despite the lure of the top flight.

      He told Ur Fresh TV: "It's always nice to hear praise, but when people say to me, 'you should be in the Premier League' and 'you should leave Middlesbrough', I'm like, 'No, I really enjoy it here'. I'm improving here every day."

      Tottenham have also been linked with a move for the London-born star.

    • Sam Dymond

      Atalanta ‘considering’ loan of Tavares

      Serie A outfit Atalanta are said to be ‘considering a loan move’ for Arsenal misfit Nuno Tavares.

      According to Gazetta dello Sport (via The Mail), the Italians are weighing up whether to bring the left-back to Bergamo for the upcoming campaign.

      Tavares made 28 appearances during his first season at the Emirates – mainly as cover for Kieran Tierney – after arriving for £8m from Benfica last summer.

      However, the 22-year-old was often the scapegoat for some poor performances, especially after being hauled off early by Mikel Arteta on more than one occasion.

      The Gunners are unlikely to allow the Portuguese defender to leave without cover for the injury-prone Tierney – which may hint at the imminent arrival of another Scot in Aaron Hickey.

    • Jack Figg

      Good morning Transfer News fans

      Yves Bissouma has completed his medical ahead of a switch to Tottenham, report Sky Sports.

      Spurs have agreed a £25million deal with Brighton for the midfielder, which could rise to £35m depending on add ons.

      Bissouma is understood to have flown into the UK on Wednesday and stayed at the on-site hotel at Tottenham’s training ground.

      Elsewhere, Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is intent on adding three more signings to his squad after bringing in Yves Bissouma.

      Conte hopes to recruit a right-wing back, centre-back, and a striker to Tottenham’s squad this summer, according to The Evening Standard.

      And Nottingham Forest star Djed Spence is Conte’s top pick for the right-wing back role, the report adds.

      However, Spurs have to fend off interest from face competition from Borussia Dortmund and Roma for Spence’s signature.

      Meanwhile, PSG have reportedly asked Jorge Mendes to orchestrate a transfer for Mauro Icardi to Wolves.

      Corriere dello Sport claims PSG are desperate to offload struggling striker Icardi this summer.

      Also, Liverpool have reportedly completed the signing of Calvin Ramsey.

      The Reds and Aberdeen have signed a paperwork on a £4m deal, plus £2.5m in add ons, according to Fabrizio Romano.

      The transfer should be completed once Ramsey has a medical, with the midfielder set to pen a contract until 2027 with the Anfield giants, the report adds.

      Finally, West Ham are pushing to complete a deal for keeper Alphonse Areola amid interest from Newcastle.

      Hammers’ boss David Moyes wants to sign Areola permanently loan following his impressive season on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

      The three-cap Frenchman, 29, was second choice behind Lukasz Fabianski but starred in West Ham‘s run to the Europa League semi-finals.

      Now Moyes is keen to take up the £7.6million option included in the initial loan to clinch a move.

    • Justin Lawrence

      De Jong leans towards Man United

      Frenkie de Jong is leaning towards a move to Man United.

      That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth.

      He told Give Me Sport: “But, I think, the noises we’re hearing is that there’s a willingness from all parties to do a deal.

      “The fact that Erik ten Hag is at Manchester United, he’s their new manager and they’ve worked very closely together, and arguably he’s had the best form of his career under that manager.

      “I think there is maybe a leaning towards ‘yes’ – he would be open to making that move to Old Trafford.”

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