Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal ‘agree deal’ as United make new bid, 8am latest
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Monday’s transfer news, rumours and done deals. W ill any big transfers be completed today?
There have already been some big deals this transfer window. Manchester United wasted no time in snapping up Daniel James from Swansea City for £18m, while Eden Hazard finally completed his protracted move from Chelsea to Real Madrid, for a fee which could ultimately exceed £100m.
A number of big deals are meanwhile still in the pipeline. Both Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen have indicated that they want ‘new challenges’, while Matthijs de Ligt is a top target for just about every European super club. Where will he end up? Follow all of the latest below:
Liverpool’s striker blow
RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick says the Bundesliga club are yet to receive an offer for striker Timo Werner.
The Germany international has refused to extend his contract beyond June 2020 amid interest from Liverpool.
However it appears the Reds are yet to firm up their interest.
“Timo is of the opinion that he does not want to extend the contract,” Rangnick told Kicker.
“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.”
Arsenal ‘agree deal’ for target
The French media are this morning reporting that Arsenal have agreed a deal for France defender William Saliba.
The 18-year-old, who plays for Saint-Etienne, is also wanted by Manchester United and City, but Foot Mercato claim Arsenal have already agreed personal terms with the player over a five-year deal.
However they still need to agree a price with the Ligue 1 side, who value the teenager at £26m.
What you need to know about the Pogba situation
“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,” he said. “I am thinking of this: To have a new challenge somewhere else.”
It is an unsurprising development but an important one. Pogba was unsettled last summer but never publicly said so. He only ever hinted at the breakdown in relations with former manager Jose Mourinho. He described playing for Madrid as a “dream” in March, but in response to a leading question, and he was hardly the first player to ever do so.
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Arsenal are meanwhile set to push on with their first signing of the summer with a bid for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser set to be lodged. A new centre-back is high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priority list at United with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Leicester’s Harry Maguire both options. Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka is another on the Norwegian’s radar.
It won’t just be incomings at Old Trafford, however, with Pogba a high-profile target for Real Madrid and Alexis Sanchez on his way out with Inter Milan and Juventus fighting it out for his signature – if he drops his wage demands. And Liverpool could be active too as they look to go one better after failing to win the Premier League title by just a single point.