The Harry Kane saga rumbles on with the striker not involved in Tottenham’s Premier League opener against Manchester City… the very club he is trying to join. However, The Times reports that Spurs are set to keep Kane for another season with Daniel Levy intent on resisting City’s +£100million bids.
In one of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window – and any transfer window, come to think of it – Lionel Messi been officially unveiled as a PSG player after Barcelona were unable to afford a new contract. There could be trouble on the horizon though, with reports from France suggesting Kylian Mbappe still wants to leave Paris, and will either be sold to Real Madrid this summer or leave for free in 2022.
In another huge deal, Chelsea have re-signed Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for £97.5m and want to add Sevilla defender Jules Kounde to their ranks. As for Manchester United, they unveiled Raphael Varane before Saturday’s 5-1 rout of Leeds, while £73m Jadon Sancho made his debut off the bench. Next on their list could be Erling Haaland, but they may have to wait until next summer to sign the Dortmund sensation.
Arsenal have made one big move in £50m Ben White, and want another in the former of Martin Odegaard, with the Gunners now having entered into early talks with Real Madrid. They are also reportedly willing to listen to offers for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Liverpool, meanwhile, want to sign Belgian forward Jeremy Doku from Rennes as they also eye Atletico Madrid stalwart Saul Niguez, while Tottenham are being linked with a double swoop for Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, who has been chased by West Ham.
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Courtois signs new deal
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has signed a contract extension to keep him at the Bernabeu until 2026.
Pearce: Hammers still want Lingard
West Ham coach Stuart Pearce says the club are still hoping to sign Jesse Lingard this summer, despite what we heard earlier on about the Englishman being part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans at Man United.
“We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year,” Pearce told talkSPORT.
“The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.
“He’s a special lad and was very good around the players, the players really like him. His ability shone out last year and gave us a great option in our squad.
“You never know, but at this moment in time it looks like he is fighting for a place in the United line-up.”
Bellerin pushing for Arsenal exit
The Athletic say that Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin is unhappy at the club and is pushing to leave before the end of the transfer window.
Bellerin was expected to leave the club this summer but, like midfielder Granit Xhaka, so far no move has materialised.
However, while Xhaka started Friday’s season-opener against Brentford, Mikel Arteta stuck with Calum Chambers at right-back.
Torres rejects Spurs switch
Spanish outlet Marca claim that Villarreal defender Pau Torres has turned down a move to Tottenham because they are unable to provide Champions League football.
Torres, who was part of the Spain side that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020, helped his hometown club win last season’s Europa League, subsequently qualifying for this year’s Champions League.
Spurs, meanwhile, are playing in the new third-tier European competion, Uefa’s Europa Conference League.
Chelsea eye up Bellingham move
This would throw the cat amongst the pigeons in the final few weeks of the transfer window.
Eurosport are reporting that Chelsea are considering a move for Jude Bellingham before the month is out, if they cannot prize Declan Rice away from West Ham.
Bellingham enjoyed a breakout season in his first campaign at Borussia Dortmund, breaking into the England squad for the European Championships.
Nuno: We must be ready to act if Kane goes
Nuno Espirito Santo says Tottenham do not expect Harry Kane to leave the club before the end of the month but must be “ready to act” in the event he does.
The England captain was left out of the squad as Spurs got the Nuno era off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win over Kane’s suitors Manchester City.
Kane is hoping City up their interest this week with a bid that would persuade Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to come to the table, although the London club have maintained throughout the summer that he will not be sold before the August 31 transfer deadline.
“The decision [to leave out Harry] was made on Saturday, the day we prepared for the match,” Nuno said. “We have to make decisions, it’s our job.
“Harry is [training] with us, he worked on Sunday morning and he’s getting ready to help the team. We don’t expect [something to happen before the transfer deadline but] we have to be ready to act if necessary because until the 31st anything can happen in football.”
Lingard to play ‘big part’ for Man United
West Ham’s hopes of signing Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal this summer look to be fading, with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggesting the Englishman has a “big part” to play at Old Trafford this season.
Lingard missed United’s 5-1 thrashing of Leeds as he works back to fitness after testing positive for Covid-19, but afterwards Solskjaer warned: “Don’t forget Jesse Lingard who has re-invented himself and has come back the man that we know he is with the quality. He is going to play a big part as well.
“Of course there could be more rotation. We will be fresher. We will have to have a big and strong squad to be competitive in this league. It’s the best league in the world and we also have to be lucky with injuries, but I am looking forward to working with all these players.
“We have to work hard and see who is fit and available. There will be a few fit and available definitely [against Southampton next Sunday].”
Mbappe turns down PSG deal
Kylian Mbappe is reportedly set to meet the PSG hierachy today after rejecting a new six-year contract at the club.
Marca claim that the Frenchman is still hopeful of sealing a move to Real Madrid this summer, though given he is now into the final year of his deal, the Spanish giants would surely prefer to wait until next summer to nab him on a free.
PSG’s summer transfer activity has been the envy of Europe, but it looks as if they still have a very key issue to iron out before the window closes.
Gunners still keen on Martinez
One transfer rumour from earlier in the window that has resurfaced today is Arsenal’s supposed interest in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Argentine, who is also said to be wanted by Tottenham as a potential Harry Kane replacement.
Tuttomercato say Arsenal are still hoping to seal a deal before the transfer window closes, though how easy that will be given Inter have already sold one star striker in Romelu Lukaku remains to be seen.
Henderson ‘agrees new Liverpool deal’
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has agreed a deal in principal to sign a new contract at the club, according to The Athletic.
Henderson is into the final year of his deal and having seen Gini Wijnaldum walk away for nothing this summer, the Merseyside club were understood to be desperate to avoid a repeat.
The report claims Henderson has now agreed to sign a three-year deal that has an option for a fourth year depending on the number of appearances he makes.