Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has reportedly told his team-mates he wants to leave the German champions and join Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has told ESPN that he is considering a move to Real Madrid.
The summer transfer season is open now that Euro 2020 and the Copa America are finished, giving Europe’s top clubs the opportunity to make an impact in the market. Check out the newest rumors below, then go here to view all of the official agreements.
TOP STORY: Lewandowski to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich?
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is interested in joining Real Madrid this summer, with the German club searching for a successor.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Lewandowski, 32, wants to play for Los Blancos. His contract with Bayern expires in 2023, and the club is worried that he may request a move next year, when the transfer price would be lowered.
Last season, Lewandowski scored 41 goals in the Bundesliga, surpassing Gerd Muller’s record of 40 goals in a single season, demonstrating his continued prolificacy. Despite the squad finishing last in their group with one point, the Poland international scored twice for his country at Euro 2020 this summer.
Bayern Munich are seeking to replace the striker and are allegedly interested in signing PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo, who is 22 years old. Despite the fact that Gakpo is primarily a winger, new manager Julian Nagelsmann may use him as a false No. 9 in the same manner that RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo was used.
Gakpo made his first debut for the Netherlands at Euro 2020, coming off the bench against North Macedonia. He has 65 Eredivisie appearances to his belt, with 29 goal involvements.
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17.36 BST: Chelsea, the reigning WSL champions, have allegedly agreed to a record transfer fee with Manchester United for striker Lauren James.
Chelsea would pay £200,000 upfront and potentially to £300,000 in add-ons for the 19-year-old, according to the Athletic, making it a record deal between WSL teams. Over the last three seasons, the talented young striker has scored 28 goals in 56 appearances for Manchester United, and will now join his brother Reece at Chelsea.
James has only played for England at the Under-21 level thus far, although she was invited up to the senior camp last November and did not make her debut.
17.00 BST: According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are preparing to make a £50 million bid for Brighton’s Ben White.
White, 23, has returned from England’s Euro 2020 squad, and Arsenal is looking to complete a deal as soon as possible.
Arsenal had a £45 million bid turned down a few weeks ago, but may reach a deal shortly.
16.15 BST: Tottenham is on the lookout for defenders, and Takehiro Tomiyasu of Bologna is a target.
The 22-year-old Japan international wants to go to London, according to Corriere dello Sport, and it’s just a matter of time until the two teams reach a deal.
Spurs are reportedly interested in Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, whose contract ends in 2022, according to La Nazione.
A proposal for the Serbian international was rejected, but the club will try again with a higher offer.
Southampton striker Danny Ings has been linked with Manchester City, according to Football Insider at 15:40 BST.
After turning down a new contract offer from Southampton, Ings, 28, may leave this summer after scoring 13 goals in 33 appearances last season. According to the Daily Telegraph, he is Tottenham’s first option to serve as a backup to Harry Kane next season and would cost £20 million to sign.
City, on the other hand, is interested in replacing Sergio Aguero up front.
14.57 BST: Arsenal has been closing in on Lyon player Houssem Aouar, but they may lose out to Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs are now on the hunt for Aouar, as well as Lille star Renato Sanches, who has also been linked with the Gunners, according to Le10 Sport.
14.30 BST: After excelling at Euro 2020, which players might earn a huge transfer this summer? Tor-Kristian Karlsen looks into it.
As Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Euro 2020 Golden Boot, Gab and Juls question whether assists are a fair tiebreaker.
13.56 BST: According to Marca, AC Milan is considering James Rodriguez and Isco as replacements for Hakan Calhanoglu.
Calhanoglu, 27, joined Inter on a free transfer, leaving a hole in the creative midfield to fill.
Real Madrid are expected to let Isco go this summer, while Everton may need to persuade Rodriguez to stay due to his outstanding play last season.
Daniel Sturridge, a former Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City striker, is scheduled to train with La Liga side Mallorca, according to the club.
After departing Turkish club Trabzonspor in 2020, the 31-year-old former England international is a free agent.
12.35 BST: According to RMC Sport, AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will travel in Paris on Wednesday to sign a five-year deal and finalize his free transfer.
At Euro 2020, Donnarumma, 22, was awarded player of the tournament. PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas, on the other hand, is expected to remain at the club when Italy’s No. 1 arrives, according to ESPN sources.
PSG had no intention of signing a goalkeeper this summer, preferring to retain Navas, but the chance to acquire Donnarumma on a free agency contract was too good to pass up. Despite this, Navas is anticipated to open the season as the starting goalkeeper.
12.31 BST: PSG has confirmed the acquisition of France U17 defender Lenny Manisa from Ligue 2 club EA Guingamp for approximately €400,000.
The 17-year-old has agreed to a three-year deal that will end in June 2024.
12.15 BST: Remi Matthews has signed a two-year contract with Crystal Palace.
Matthews, 27, is a former Sunderland player who has also played for Norwich City, Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, and Bolton Wanderers.
He said to Palace TV, “I’m excited to get started. I’m looking forward to working with Dean Kiely again because he helps me develop, and I have two excellent goalkeepers in Vicente Guaita and Jack Butland to look forward to. It’s fantastic to be a part of it, and I’m excited to get started.”
Goalkeepers Stephen Henderson and Wayne Hennessey have both been released by the club.
11.51 BST: This may have ramifications for Real Madrid in the future…
In an audio tape from 2006 that was released on Tuesday, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez called Iker Casillas and Raul Gonzalez the “worst frauds” in the club’s history.
Perez was speaking after quitting the position of Real Madrid president for the first time, a move he claimed was partially due to Raul in the leaked tape.
Both Casillas and Raul left the club during Perez’s second stint, but have subsequently returned after retiring from the game. Raul is the coach of Castilla’s B squad, while Casillas works for the Real Madrid Foundation.
“What do you want me to say?” “He isn’t good enough to play goalie for Real Madrid.” In the recording, which was originally published in El Confidencial, Perez says about Casillas. “No, he’s not. He’s never been that way.
“It’s the worst blunder we’ve ever made.” What’s occurred is that they’ve fallen in love with him and want to talk with him… I’m not sure. They go to great lengths to protect him. But, well, he’s one of Madrid’s biggest con artists. Raul is the second. Raul and Casillas are the two greatest con artists in Madrid.
“[Zinedine] Zidane is a fantastic person. And then there’s [David] Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo… Others, on the other hand, believe… well, let’s see. Raul is a deplorable person. He considers Madrid to be his, and he makes use of everything in the city, exploiting everything for his personal advantage. He and his representative. They are to blame for Madrid’s poor performance.
“Look, I left for a variety of reasons, one of which was him. Because, now that his time is up, he declares, ‘Before I leave, I’m going to finish Madrid.’ He is a pessimist who is undermining Madrid’s and the players’ morale to the point that many remark, “It’s because Madrid is terrible, not Raul.” It’s appalling how awful he is.”
Rodrigo De Paul could be a fantastic acquisition for Atletico Madrid, who are the current La Liga winners.
Gab Marcotti responds to Atletico Madrid’s bid for Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul, a Copa America champion.
Everton left-back Everton left-back Everton left-back Everton left-back Everton left- Thierry Small is said to desire to leave the club this summer, with Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Arsenal all interested.
The 16-year-old hasn’t returned to Everton training and has been “missing for the whole first week under new boss Rafa Benitez,” according to The Athletic.
Everton want to re-sign Small when he turns 17 on August 1, but the club’s youngest-ever first-team player wants to go.
09.45 BST: Jadon Sancho will have a physical before departing for his €85 million transfer to Manchester United, according to The Sun.
Sancho, 20, is expected to join United this summer from Borussia Dortmund, but the England winger needs a rest after competing for his nation at Euro 2020.
Sancho is likely to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team before the Premier League season begins on August 14.
It puts an end to a transfer drama that lasted almost 18 months. Sancho was Solskjaer’s top transfer target last summer, and despite his stated desire to join United, the two sides couldn’t agree on a price, with Borussia Dortmund demanding €120 million. This time around, the two teams’ negotiations have moved more swiftly.
09.35 BST: Norwich City has announced the three-year deal signing of Nice midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou for an undisclosed price.
Lees-Melou, 28, has 150 Ligue 1 games under his belt, as well as Europa League and Champions League experience. Last season, he scored five goals in 33 appearances across all competitions.
“I’m extremely pleased to join Norwich City and start a new chapter in my life with the club and its supporters.” He told the club’s website, “I can’t wait to play football in Norwich colors.” “I talked with Stuart [Webber] and Daniel [Farke].” We had a lengthy discussion about football and the team’s goals. I’ve heard a lot about Norwich’s football style and tactics, as well as the club’s passion and attitude. I adore it, and it has piqued my interest.
“I also discussed football in England with Morgan Schneiderlin and Yoann Barbet. They praised Norwich and the club’s current status and stature. I’m grateful for the chance to join this group, and I wanted to get the paperwork in order so I could get started right away. I’m looking forward to exploring a new country, learning a new language, and competing in the world’s most prestigious league.”
Marseille will not have the option to acquire Arsenal defender William Saliba permanently after his loan contract ends, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Saliba, 20, was bought for €30 million from Saint-Etienne in 2019 but has yet to play for the club, having been loaned out twice and now poised to join Marseille.
The Frenchman hasn’t finished his paperwork yet, but it seems he’ll be returning to London next year.
08.48 BST: Real Sociedad has announced that Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan has signed a two-year contract with Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion, with a one-year extension option.
Ryan, 29, returns to La Liga after four years at Brighton. He spent three years at Valencia from 2015 to 2017.
He had one season left on his Brighton contract when he was loaned to Arsenal in the middle of last season after losing his starting position to Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
08.30 BST: In case you missed it, La Liga winners Atletico Madrid announced on Monday that they have signed Argentina midfielder Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese.
De Paul has signed a five-year deal with Atletico. Since 2016, he has been at Udinese in Italy.
De Paul made his Copa America final debut for Argentina against Brazil on Saturday, which Argentina won 1-0.
“I’ll be joining the Spanish league winner, and I understand the magnitude of the task before of me,” he added. “It’s a significant step forward in my career.”
Gab and Juls discuss why there’s virtually no way a team can take Antoine Griezmann away from Barcelona.
GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Luke Thrower)
According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City have no interest in acquiring Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann. In recent weeks, the 30-year-old has been linked with a transfer to the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola seeks a successor for Sergio Aguero. Barcelona is in financial trouble and has to cut costs, and Griezmann has been linked with a transfer elsewhere. City, on the other hand, has informed Catalan club that they will not be signing the France international.
– Manchester United and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane are close to finalising personal terms. According to the Manchester Evening News, the 28-year-old is making headway toward a transfer to Old Trafford, with a deal expected to be completed in the coming weeks. The defender is presently on vacation and has shown an interest in joining Manchester City rather than joining Real Madrid for pre-season. Because the France international’s contract only has a year remaining on it, Madrid is more inclined to sell him rather than let him go for free.
– According to Fabrizio Romano, Wolverhampton Wanderers are poised to sign Fehevar right-back Bendeguz Bolla. The 21-year-old was a member of Hungary’s Euro 2020 team and is seen as a potential star. Wolves and Fehevar seem to have reached a deal now. Bruno Lage, the new manager of Wolves, has already made several fresh additions to his team, including the loan acquisition of winger Francisco Trincao from Barcelona.
– According to Calciomercato, AS Roma are interested in loaning Manchester United left-back Alex Telles this summer. With Italy’s Leonardo Spinazzola out of the lineup after an Achilles tendon rupture at Euro 2020, new Roma manager Jose Mourinho is looking for a first-team replacement. Due to the revival of Luke Shaw, Telles, 28, has seen limited playing time at Old Trafford, starting only seven games. A long-term agreement is doubtful, but a loan is conceivable.
– According to Football Insider, Leicester City have set their eyes on Club America defender Sebastian Caceres. The 21-year-old is worth £20 million and is regarded as a rising talent in Liga MX. Since joining Las Aguilas in January 2020, the Uruguay under-23 international has made 15 appearances in Mexico’s top flight.
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