The summer transfer window is here, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Liverpool prepare for Salah exit
Mohamed Salah is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of the 2022-23 season as a free agent, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 30-year-old winger will enter the final year of his contract on Thursday, but despite the club’s efforts in recent weeks to secure a new deal with Salah, the latest indicates that the Reds are now preparing themselves for his exit.
As reported in May by ESPN, Salah confirmed that he would definitely stay at Liverpool next season, though that would now see him become available on a pre-contract agreement in January if his representatives cannot change their expectations in any contract talks before then.
The Egypt international contributed to 36 goals in 36 Premier League games last season, and recent speculation has suggested that Jurgen Klopp’s side have placed a £60 million price-tag for his transfer, should any clubs look to test the waters during the current window.
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11.45 BST: With three days to run on his Barcelona contract, all eyes are on France winger Ousmane Dembele this week with a decision expected on his next move.
Dembele’s five-year deal at Camp Nou expires on Thursday. Coach Xavi Hernandez has been pushing for him to stay and an offer to extend remains on the table, but sources says it is short of what the player expects.
Diario Sport, meanwhile, reports that, including Barcelona, there are five clubs in the running for the forward’s signature.
Chelsea, at the behest of Thomas Tuchel, Dembele’s former coach at Borussia Dortmund, are thought to be the best placed to sign him if he decides to leave Barcelona. Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Liverpool are the other three teams said to have an outside chance of landing Dembele on a free transfer this summer.
11.03 BST: Manchester United have received an offer from Fulham for Andreas Pereira and also expect Dean Henderson to finalise his loan move to Nottingham Forest, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Fulham have made a bid of €10m for Pereira, who is on loan at Brazilian side Flamengo. Sources have told ESPN that United have given Fulham manager Marco Silva permission to speak to Pereira and that the 26-year-old has been impressed with the plans that were laid out.
Erik ten Hag has told Pereira he would like to assess him during the preseason tour of Thailand and Australia but the Brazil international is keen for regular first-team football and will have to decide whether he is more likely to get it at Fulham. Fenerbahce have also registered an interest but are yet to make a formal offer.
Meanwhile, United are set to let Henderson join Forest on loan for the season. The 25-year-old goalkeeper struggled for opportunities at Old Trafford last season and is keen for regular football in the Premier League in a bid to force his way back into the England squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
Sources have told ESPN that United expect more outgoings before the transfer deadline. The club are willing to listen to offers for Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alex Telles and Anthony Martial although they have not received anything concrete at this stage.
10.21 BST: Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will step down from his role as technical and performance advisor at the end of June, the Premier League club said on Monday, the latest staff member to leave Stamford Bridge following the takeover led by Todd Boehly.
Cech, who was appointed to the role in 2019 following his retirement, spent 11 years at Chelsea between 2004-15 and won 13 major trophies, including four Premier League titles and the Champions League.
Cech’s departure follows that of director Marina Granovskaia, who will leave at the end of the transfer window. Chairman Bruce Buck is moving into a senior advisor role after June 30.
“It has been a huge privilege to perform this role at Chelsea for the past three years. With the club under new ownership, I feel now is the right time for me to step aside,” Cech said in a statement.
09.59 BST: Rayo Vallecano have confirmed that Radamel Falcao will remain at the club next season but ruled out the arrival of Edinson Cavani.
Falcao, 36, joined Rayo from Galatasaray as a free agent last summer on a one-year contract. Rayo exercised the option to extend his contract for a further year.
Amid reported interest from Mexican clubs on the Colombian forward, Rayo sporting director David Cobeno has reassured the club fans that Falcao is staying put.
“It’s 100% he stays, for sure,” Cobeno said. “I know that he is happy at Rayo and he is not going to leave the team at all.”
Cobeno, meanwhile, denied reports that Cavani will jon the LaLiga outfit this summer. The Uruguay forward had a two-year spell at Manchester United and is a free agent. The former Paris Saint-Germain striker scored 17 goals in 39 games during his first season at United but only managed two in 20 matches in his second.
“Right now there are no possibilities that Cavani comes here,” Cobeno said.
Cavani, 35, wants to continue playing in Europe but his priority is to arrive to the World Cup in good form.
09.26 BST: Real Madrid have signed 19-year-old forward Noel Lopez from Deportivo la Coruna. The Spain U19 international, who scored four goals in 28 league appearances for Deportivo’s first team last season, will join up with Real Madrid’s Castilla B team.
“Noel Lopez puts an end to his training career at RC Deportivo to continue at Real Madrid CF,” Deportivo said in a statement. “Respecting the will of the player in his penultimate year of his amateur contract, both institutions have reached an agreement for the transfer of the footballer, in addition to agreeing on different variables depending on how the professional career of the Galician striker develops in the future.”
08.42 BST: Brisbane Roar have signed former Premier League striker Charlie Austin as they attempt to return to the A-League Men’s upper echelon.
Austin most recently played in the English Championship but previously scored 34 goals in 111 Premier League appearances for Queens Park Rangers, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion.
The Roar missed the finals last season and coach Warren Moon met Austin, who played in the Championship for QPR last season, in London to secure the striker to lead his attack.
08.00 BST: Manchester United have told Cristiano Ronaldo he is not available for transfer this summer despite the Portugal forward’s representatives assessing interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Ronaldo has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but sources close to United insist they “want and expect” the 37-year-old to remain at the club next season.
He has a year left on his contract at Old Trafford with the option of another season. Ronaldo scored 24 goals in all competitions last season but could not prevent United from missing out on qualification for the Champions League after finishing sixth in the Premier League.
Sources have told ESPN that Ronaldo is keen to spend the remaining years of his career playing in the Champions League and has doubts about United’s ambitions after failing to make a signing so far this summer.
However, new manager Erik ten Hag, who is set to lead his first day of preseason training at Carrington on Monday, is banking on having Ronaldo in his squad next season.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– A number of clubs across Europe are interested in Ukraine international striker Artem Dovbyk, reveals Ekrem Konur. The 25-year-old is reported to be on the radar of Fenerbahce, as well as clubs in England and Germany, with Nottingham Forest and Bayer Leverkusen also believed to be tracking him. Dovbyk was a standout performer for Dnipro last season, scoring 15 goals in 18 matches.
– West Ham United are considering a move for Arnaut Danjuma, according to Sky Sports. Having recently agreed a five-year deal with keeper Alphonse Areola, the Hammers could now turn their attention to the 25-year-old Villarreal winger who impressed in the Champions League last season. It is understood that he has a £40m release clause in his contract.
– Crystal Palace are confident of landing midfielder Cheick Doucoure, according to The Athletic. The 22-year-old made 34 appearances in Ligue 1 last season, and it is reported that the Eagles are confident that personal terms won’t be an issue once a fee is agreed with Lens.
– AS Roma are eyeing a move for Juventus midfielder Arthur, writes Cesar Luis Merlo. It is reported that Jose Mourinho has identified him as a target this summer, though Juventus are reluctant to agree to a deal without a significant fee, after they parted ways with €72m in 2020 to sign him from Barcelona. The 25-year-old made 25 appearances for the Bianconeri across all competitions last season.
– AC Milan are planning to reward Rafael Leao with a new five-year contract, reveals Gazzetta dello Sport. The 23-year-old was a key player for the Rossoneri last season, contributing to 19 goals in 34 Serie A appearances. While his performances saw interest sparked from Real Madrid, it is reported that Milan are confident they can reach an agreement with him.
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