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Transfer news LIVE updates – Monday, June 17

  • Premier League done deals: Every confirmed transfer in the top flight this summer
  • Liverpool have bid £40m for Bruno Fernandes
  • Chelsea are closing in on appointing Frank Lampard as their new manager
  • Manchester United have £45m swap offer for Issa Diop turned down
  • Arsenal have agreed a deal with William Saliba

2.30pm UPDATE: Antoine Griezmann to Liverpool?

Antoine Griezmann will not make the switch to Liverpool this summer despite the Reds being linked to the Frenchman.

That’s according to Liverpool icon John Aldridge, who believes Griezmann’s wages and demands would prove too much.

Griezmann confirmed he will leave Atletico Madrid this summer with Barcelona and Manchester United linked with a move for the World Cup winner.

“With Sturridge leaving the club and his huge wages coming off the weekly bill, it opens up the opportunity for Klopp to sign an out-and-out goalscorer who could offer something different if one of the front three is injured or out of form,” Aldridge wrote for The Sunday World.

“Antoine Griezmann has been mentioned as a possible target, but he would be a very expensive option as his transfer fee and wages would be extravagant for a player who would expect to start every week.”

Transfer news LIVE: Antoine Griezmann has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United (Image: GETTY)

2pm UPDATE: Man Utd have bid for Issa Diop rejected

Manchester United have seen an opening £45million swap deal offer for Issa Diop rejected by West Ham, it has been claimed.

The Red Devils are desperate to strengthen their side this summer after finishing way down in sixth in the Premier League.

United have been linked with a raft of defenders including Matthijs de Ligt, Harry Maguire and Kalidou Koulibaly.

But now French TV channel TF1 claim West Ham have rejected an initial offer for Diop.

United are said to have offered £45m plus an unnamed player to the Hammers.

Transfer news LIVE: West Ham star Issa Diop is wanted by Manchester United

Transfer news LIVE: West Ham star Issa Diop is wanted by Manchester United (Image: GETTY)

1pm UPDATE: Real Madrid set Paul Pogba deadline

Real Madrid want Paul Pogba signed before they set off on their pre-season tour of North America, reports say.

Real are flying to Canada on July 8 and The Mail claim manager Zinedine Zidane is keen to have him in his squad before then.

Pogba is currently set to return to Manchester United on July 1 as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a gruelling pre-season regime planned.

However, the midfielder might not be there for long if the two clubs can agree on a price for him to make the switch.

Pogba remains United’s record signing having returned to the club from Juventus in an £89million deal.

They are said to be holding out for £133m but the report says Real are reluctant to pay such a hefty fee.

Their summer spend already stands at around £190m after the signings of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy.

Transfer news LIVE: Paul Pogba could leave Man Utd for Real Madrid

Transfer news LIVE: Paul Pogba could leave Man Utd for Real Madrid (Image: GETTY)

12pm UPDATE: Rangers boss Steven Gerrard given advice

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has been told to seek out more proven quality if they are to overcome Celtic in the Scottish Premiership title race next season.

That’s the view of former Rangers defender David Weir.

He told the Daily Record: “I know a little bit about them and I have watched a lot of games in England and all over the place.

“You can see from the profile of the players the ones they are going for. They are younger, more up and coming and there is value in them.

“But the ones that are going to change their team are the ones they really need. They need ones to make them significantly better because they have got a good solid base.

“It’s a massive step up from Oldham to Rangers, there is no doubt about that. People underestimate Scottish football and look at some of the games and say maybe the quality isn’t there.

“But the intensity, the physicality of the game up here is really difficult and a lot of players have come here and really struggled.”

Transfer news LIVE: Steven Gerrard has been given some Rangers advice

Transfer news LIVE: Steven Gerrard has been given some Rangers advice (Image: GETTY)

11.40am UPDATE: Matthijs de Ligt to Liverpool not happening

Liverpool will not be signing Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax this summer with the centre-back’s financial demands proving too much, says John Aldridge.

A partner for Virgil van Dijk at centre-back could be a priority for Jurgen Klopp this summer.

Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all spent time in the centre of defence this season as Liverpool finished second in the Premier League.

“While I said in last week’s Sunday World that a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk’s Dutch central defensive partner Matthijs de Ligt would be great for Liverpool, the money he and his agent appear to be demanding means he will end up elsewhere,” Aldridge told The Sunday World.

“Klopp needs to focus his defensive reinforcement by signing cover at left-back following the departure of Alberto Moreno, as a longterm injury to Andy Robertson would be a major blow given they don’t have a quality stand-in.”

Transfer news LIVE: Matthijs de Ligt has been linked with Liverpool and Man Utd

Transfer news LIVE: Matthijs de Ligt has been linked with Liverpool and Man Utd (Image: GETTY)

11.20am UPDATE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer determined on Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly hammered home the importance of signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Ed Woodward.

Manchester United duo Solskjaer and Woodward are currently pressing ahead with the club’s transfer plans as they plot a route back to the summit of the English and European game.

The Red Devils have already signed one player in the form of Daniel James, who touched down from Swansea in a £17million transfer last week.

Manchester United are eyeing as many as six new faces this summer after a nightmare campaign where they finished sixth in the Premier League table.

Two midfielders are on his radar – regardless of Paul Pogba’s future – as well as a new forward should Romelu Lukaku leave for Inter Milan.

And the Evening Standard say United are determined to make Wan-Bissaka another signing for the summer.

It is claimed the Red Devils are hopeful of landing the 21-year-old for a fee close to £50million.

Transfer news LIVE: Aaron Wan-Bissaka could join Manchester United this week

Transfer news LIVE: Aaron Wan-Bissaka could join Manchester United this week (Image: GETTY)

11am UPDATE: Maurizio Sarri wants two Chelsea stars at Juventus

Maurizio Sarri is keen to take Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri with him to Juventus, according to reports.

Sarri recently left Chelsea to take over the Italian giants and The Times claim he has urged his new employers to move for the pair.

Midfielder Jorginho is a big favourite of Sarri who worked with at Napoli and took him to Chelsea in a £57million deal last summer.

Emerson became first-choice left-back at Stamford Bridge under Sarri and put in a string of impressive displays after breaking into the team.

Jorginho struggled at times last season and became a scapegoat among a section of Blues supporters after taking N’Golo Kante’s role at the base of midfield.

However, he remains crucial to Sarri’s style and Chelsea could now recoup most or all of what they paid to sign him.

Sarri spent just one season at Stamford Bridge and guided the club to third in the Premier League and the Europa League trophy.

Transfer news LIVE: New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri wants to raid Chelsea

Transfer news LIVE: New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri wants to raid Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

10.40am UPDATE: Arsenal agree William Saliba deal

Arsenal have reached an agreement over the signing of William Saliba, it has been claimed.

The central defender has reportedly come to terms with the Gunners over a contract at the Emirates.

French outlet L’Equipe claim Saliba has agreed a five-year contract with the Premier League side.

Arsenal will now try to come to an understanding with Saint-Etienne over a transfer fee.

The reports claim Unai Emery could loan Saliba back to the French side for the upcoming season.

The 18-year-old impressed in his 19 appearances in all competitions last campaign.

Transfer news LIVE: William Saliba has agreed to join Arsenal

Transfer news LIVE: William Saliba has agreed to join Arsenal (Image: GETTY)

10.20am UPDATE: David Neres linked to Everton

Everton star Richarlison says he has spoken to Brazil team-mate David Neres over a possible move to Goodison Park in the summer.

Asked about Everton’s links, he said: “Yeah, I read something about that.

“I’ve spoken to him about it already. I told him the doors are open for him there, and that he could help us a lot.

“I hope he comes. He’d be very welcome there. I’ve known him since we played together for Brazil’s U20 side, and he’s a guy I get along with really well. Hopefully I’ll see him there.

“He’s a player who really attacks defenders and runs at his marker, so he’s got the right profile. With me and Bernard there, it would work really well.”

Transfer news LIVE: Everton are eyeing David Neres from Ajax

Transfer news LIVE: Everton are eyeing David Neres from Ajax (Image: GETTY)

10am UPDATE: Timo Werner to Liverpool latest

RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick has revealed the club are yet to receive an offer for striker Timo Werner but has urged him to try and find a new club.

Werner has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer and Rangnick believes it would be best for all involved if he left.

The German is about to enter the final year of his contract and Rangnick claims it will be ‘difficult’ for him to stay given his current situation.

However, he also says Leipzig are waiting to hear from interested clubs with Liverpool still the frontrunners to sign him.

“Timo is of the opinion that he does not want to extend the contract,” he said.

“So far, no club has reported their interest or said they would speak with Timo and want to sign him.

“It’s not a good idea for Timo to go into the final year of his contract, which could be difficult for his relationship with the fans depending on how his performance turns out.”

Transfer news LIVE: Timo Werner continues to be linked to Liverpool

Transfer news LIVE: Timo Werner continues to be linked to Liverpool (Image: GETTY)

9.40am UPDATE: Man Utd eye Barcelona duo Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic

Manchester United want Barcelona duo Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic to replace Paul Pogba, it has been claimed.

The Red Devils are looking to strengthen this summer after a dismal campaign saw them finish down in sixth in the Premier League.

And Pogba has admitted he thinks it could be time for a new challenge.

The World Cup winner said: “Like you said, there is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well.

“For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.

“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well… I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

“I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

Now Mundo Deportivo claim United want Coutinho and Rakitic from Barcelona to fill any void left by Pogba.

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd want Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd want Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona (Image: GETTY)

9.20am UPDATE: James Maddison responds to transfer rumours

James Maddison admits transfer gossip surrounding himself is a compliment but he won’t let it distract him.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham have all been linked with the 22-year-old.

He told Sky Sports: “No, you have just got to ignore that and take it all in your stride.

“As a 17 year-old boy I’d started five games for Coventry and saw on my phone that I was being linked with Tottenham and Liverpool.

“With transfer talk you need to take it as a compliment that people are even talking about you, it won’t distract me.”

Transfer news LIVE: James Maddison has been speaking on rumours

Transfer news LIVE: James Maddison has been speaking on rumours (Image: GETTY)

9am UPDATE: Tanguy Ndombele on Tottenham

Tottenham target Tanguy Ndombele has talked up Spurs ahead of a proposed move to the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino has been in talks with Lyon over a possible swoop for the Lyon midfielder.

But Serie A champions Juventus are also said to be interested.

Speaking to French publication Telefoot, Ndombele said: “It’s true that Tottenham are a great team – a big club. They finished fourth in their league, they were finalists in the Champions League.

“They are a big club like many others. Which player would not be interested in a big club?”

Transfer news LIVE: Tanguy Ndombele has talked up a move to Tottenham

Transfer news LIVE: Tanguy Ndombele has talked up a move to Tottenham (Image: GETTY)

8.40am UPDATE: Donny van de Beek to the Premier League?

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek is “keen” on a move to the Premier League – and that will be welcome news to five clubs from England’s top flight in particular.

That’s according to Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan, who says Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle have all scouted the star.

“Indeed, van de Beek is probably the biggest chance of having a move,” Van der Kraan said of the Ajax contingent who could depart Amsterdam this summer.

“If I had to put my money on one I’d say, Donny van de Beek will go at some stage this summer.

“He is a perfect back-up for many clubs. I know he’s not the number one for many clubs.

“I’ve seen scouts from Tottenham, Man Utd, Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle all at the Amsterdam ArenA looking at him.”

He added: “I think he’s keen for the Premier League, more than the German or Italian leagues.”

Transfer news LIVE: Donny van de Beek wants a move to the Premier League

Transfer news LIVE: Donny van de Beek wants a move to the Premier League (Image: GETTY)

8.20am UPDATE: Tottenham pull out of race for Youri Tielemans

Tottenham have pulled out of the race to sign Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, according to reports.

Spurs were said to be tracking Thielemans who impressed during a loan spell with Leicester in the second half of last season.

However, Football Insider say they have now been put off by his enormous asking valuation.

He is due to return to Monaco soon but is expected to leave for around £40million.

While Spurs might see that as too much, the news could be a huge boost to Manchester United as they have been heavily linked with a move as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to strengthen his struggling squad.

Midfield is one of Solskjaer’s priority areas and they look set to lose record signing Paul Pogba after he admitted he wanted to seek a new challenge elsewhere.

Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham have pulled out of the race to sign Youri Tielemans

Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham have pulled out of the race to sign Youri Tielemans (Image: GETTY)

8am UPDATE: Liverpool told to sign Wilfried Zaha

Liverpool should make a move for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha this summer with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp ideal to manage the winger, says John Aldridge.

“Maybe they [Liverpool] should look into the possibility of recruiting Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, who is rumoured to have made it clear he wants to move on to play Champions League football,” Aldridge wrote for The Sunday World.

“Zaha has given Liverpool some real problems in the last couple of years and Klopp’s ability to turn talents of his type into consistent performers has to make him the kind of player who could thrive at Anfield.”

Zaha scored 10 Premier League goals for Crystal Palace during the most recent season.

Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool have been told to sign Wilfried Zaha

Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool have been told to sign Wilfried Zaha (Image: GETTY)

7.40am UPDATE: Ed Woodward unhappy with Paul Pogba

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is unhappy at Paul Pogba for comments hinting at a transfer away, reports say.

Manchester United star Pogba is attracting interest from Real Madrid and Juventus after a testing campaign at Old Trafford.

On Friday, Pogba sent shockwaves around the club when he hinted he wanted to leave, saying: “Like you said, there is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well.

“For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.

“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well… I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.

“I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

And the Daily Mail say Woodward and other members of the United hierarchy have been distinctly unimpressed by the 26-year-old’s comments.

A source is quoted as saying: “It is safe to say that they are distinctly unimpressed with it.

“But as far as they’re concerned Pogba will be at the club next season.”

Transfer news LIVE: Ed Woodward is unhappy with Man Utd ace Paul Pogba

Transfer news LIVE: Ed Woodward is unhappy with Man Utd ace Paul Pogba (Image: GETTY)

7.15am UPDATE: Liverpool bid £40m for Bruno Fernandes

Liverpool have reportedly made a £40million offer for Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes.

The Portugal international is wanted by Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer.

Tottenham and Manchester City have also been linked with the Sporting Lisbon midfielder.

Portuguese publication Correio da Manha claim Liverpool have made a €45m (£40m) bid for the midfield star.

Klopp is looking to add more strength in depth to his squad for next season as his team look to challenge Manchester City once again in the Premier League.

Transfer news LIVE: The latest gossip from Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool

Transfer news LIVE: The latest gossip from Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool (Image: GETTY)

6.45am UPDATE: Frank Lampard backed to succeed at Chelsea

Frank Lampard will give young players a chance at Chelsea and stamp his authority on the club, according to Harry Redknapp.

“He will have real authority, he won’t stand any nonsense,” Redknapp told The Sun.

“Eden Hazard has left and he is a fantastic player.

“No disrespect to any of the rest of them who are left, but none of them can look at Frank and think ‘I’m a bigger, better player’.

“He’s been a better player for Chelsea than any of them have been.

“That’s not a bad starting point for him. There won’t be anyone there he can’t handle.

“It could be a fresh new Chelsea. We could see some real young stars emerging.”

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing three stars

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing three stars (Image: GETTY)

6.15am UPDATE: Arsenal told to spend

Arsenal boss Unai Emery needs to be given a higher transfer budget if he is to succeed in the Premier League next season, Robert Pires claims.

Emery is believed to have a transfer budget of just £40million this summer.

The Spaniard has acknowledged his need to spend, and Pires believes extra funds is the only chance Emery has.

“I read that Arsenal have a small envelope for transfers, only £40m,” Pires said.

“My opinion is that it isn’t enough. If you want to build a good team, you need to spend a lot of money, especially in the Premier League.

“I respect Arsenal’s position and the owner, but everybody knows that if you want to win the Premier League, you need to spend a lot of money.

“All the top clubs want to sign great players, but if you want a great player it costs a lot of money.”

Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to make new signings this summer

Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to make new signings this summer (Image: GETTY)

5.45am UPDATE: Man Utd eye three

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing three transfers this summer.

The Red Devils have already signed winger Daniel James from Swansea as Solskjaer looks to revamp his Manchester United side.

The United boss is looking to sign young British players to bolster his starting line-up.

And according to The Daily Telegraph, the Red Devils want two midfielders and a centre-back.

They say United boss Solskjaer is already in the market for two midfielders, however, they may need to add another to that list if Paul Pogba leaves Old Trafford.



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