Man City complete Ake deal

Manchester City have sealed a move for Nathan Ake, the club announced.

The defender joins from Bournemouth in a deal worth an initial £40 million ($53m).

“City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,” Ake told City’s official website.

“Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players. Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree.

“Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself. The success he’s had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me.

“I know I’m going to have to work hard to get into the side, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ll do whatever I can to make an impact and help the team win silverware.”

Arsenal nearing Coutinho deal

The Brazilian could be heading back to the Premier League

Philippe Coutinho’s move to Arsenal is in an “advanced” stage, according to Sport.

The Brazilian has returned to Barcelona after a season on loan at Bayern Munich, and he appears to be on his way out of the Catalan side.

Barca are looking to raise funds as the transfer window opens, with Martin Braithwaite and Jean-Clair Todibo also likely to be on the way out.

Fulham keen on bringing Sessegnon back on loan

Fulham are keen on bringing Ryan Sessegnon back to Craven Cottage from Tottenham on loan – according to ESPN.

The 20-year-old is open to joining up with the Cottagers again for the duration of the 2020-21 season, after seeing them win promotion back to the Premier League.

Sessegnon has struggled for regular playing time at Spurs since joining the club from Fulham for £25 million ($33m) last summer.

Ter Stegen set to sign new five-year deal with Barca

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will soon put pen to paper on a new five-year contract with Barcelona – according to Mundo Deportivo.

Talks over an extension for the German goalkeeper were put on hold when the season was postponed due the coronavirus outbreak, but the club are now determined to ensure he remains at Camp Nou beyond 2022.

Ter Stegen has recorded 15 clean sheets in 44 appearances for Barcelona this term.

Man Utd target Telles

Brazilian full-back touted for Old Trafford switch

Manchester United have identified Porto left-back Alex Telles as a transfer target – as Portuguese publication A Bola reports.

The Red Devils want the 27-year-old to come in and provide competition for Luke Shaw, who is currently sidelined through injury.

Chelsea have also been linked with Telles, who only has one year left to run on his existing contract at Porto.

Aurier open to Milan move

Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier is open to joining AC Milan, claims Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Serie A side have identified the 27-year-old as their top choice at full-back this offseason, and the player is keen to move to Italy.

Spurs will hold out for €20 million (£18m/$24m) for Aurier, with Milan hoping to negotiate the price down.

Juventus line up possible Sarri replacements

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Juventus are lining up possible replacements for manager Maurizio Sarri, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

Though Juve won Serie A in Sarri’s first season in charge, they could exit the Champions League at the last-16 stage on Friday should they fail to overturn a one-goal deficit against Lyon.

If the club falls in Europe, Sarri could be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino, Simone Inzaghi, Gian Piero Gasperini, or Luciano Spalletti.


Villa aim to keep Grealish with massive pay rise

The midfielder has long been linked with a move to Man Utd

Aston Villa will offer Jack Grealish a new contract worth £100,000 per week, claims The Sun.

Manchester United have been tipped to move for the Villa captain, who is currently on £70,000 per week.

But Villa will do their best to keep hold of Grealish, along with Tyrone Mings and John McGinn, after the club secured Premier League football for 2020-21.

Arsenal leading chase for Gabriel

Arsenal are leading the race for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, reports France Bleu Nord.

The 22-year-old is in high demand after impressing in Ligue 1, with Manchester United, Everton and Napoli all looking to seal a move.

But the Brazil youth international could now be on the verge of a move to north London.

Fraser considering big-money offer from Crystal Palace

Ryan Fraser is considering a £50,000-per-week offer from Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Mail.

Fraser is a free agent after leaving Bournemouth, who were relegated after the 2019-20 season.

The 26-year-old would make nearly double what he made with the Cherries should he accept the offer from Palace.

Emery wants reunion with Guendouzi at Villarreal

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Villarreal are considering a bid for Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, reports Foot Mercato.

Guendouzi appears to be on his way out of north London after two seasons, following a bust-up with manager Mikel Arteta.

The 21-year-old could be offered a lifeline by his former boss Unai Emery, who was recently appointed Villarreal manager.

Liverpool eye move for Lewis

The full-back is in demand after Norwich were relegated in 2019-20

Liverpool are eyeing a move for Norwich left-back Jamal Lewis, according to the Mirror.

The 22-year-old is in demand after impressing with the Canaries this season, despite the club’s relegation from the Premier League. 

Liverpool are hoping to pay £10 million ($13m) for Lewis, who would help back up Andy Robertson as he beds in at Anfield. 

Bologna looking to swoop for Hickey

Bologna are waiting on an answer after making an offer to Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 18-year-old is set to move on after impressing for Hearts in a season that saw the club relegated from the Scottish Premier League.

Hickey has also drawn interest from Bayern Munich and Aston Villa, among a host of clubs.

Man Utd prepared to walk away from Sancho transfer

Manchester United are ready to walk away from talks with Borussia Dortmund over a move for Jadon Sancho.

Goal understands the German side want €120 million (£108m/$142m) for the winger, a price the Red Devils are unwilling to meet.

Reports had widely suggested Sancho had already agreed personal terms with United, but it is understood discussions are continuing and no terms have been agreed. 

Willian tells friends he wants Arsenal move

The Chelsea winger is set to become a free agent

Chelsea star Willian has told friends that he will hold out for a move to Arsenal, according to the Mirror.

The Brazilian’s contract at Stamford Bridge has expired and he has thus far rejected offers of an extension. 

Although MLS side Inter Miami have made the most lucrative offer, Willian is set to turn down a move to the U.S. in favour of staying in London.

Burnley won’t sell Tarkowski for less than £50m

Burnley are set to hold out for £50 million ($65m) for defender James Tarkowski, reports the Daily Mail.

Leicester City have returned with an interest in the 27-year-old, one year after making an attempt to sign the England international.

But Burnley will hold out for the defender’s release clause, as the club do not feel they’ll be able to sign an adequate replacement on the market. 

Ex-Barca star Turan returns to Galatasaray after nine years

Galatasaray have confirmed the signing of Arda Turan, who returns to the club of his youth nine years after leaving to join Atletico Madrid.

The 33-year-old left Galatasaray in 2011 to sign with Atletico, and then moved on to Barcelona in 2015.

Turan has spent the past season and a half back in Turkey on loan with Istanbul Basaksehir.

Crystal Palace & Aston Villa to battle over Watkins

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Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are both keen on Brentford striker Ollie Watkins, according to The Guardian.

Watkins impressed in the Championship in 2019-20, scoring 26 goals in 50 games for the Bees. 

With Brentford losing to Fulham in Tuesday’s promotion play-off final, Watkins will have to leave the club if he wishes to play Premier League football next season.

Dortmund deny Sancho talks with Man Utd

Borussia Dortmund have denied holding any transfer talks with Manchester United over Jadon Sancho.

According to Goal, the Bundesliga side are said to be holding out for €120 million (£108m/$142m) for Sancho – a fee that would almost certainly be too high for United.

But Dortmund managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke said that the Red Devils haven’t even made contact over a move, increasing the chances Sancho will stay put in 2020-21.

Tindall interested in Bournemouth job

Jason Tindall is interested in taking over at Bournemouth following the departure of longtime manager Eddie Howe, reports Sky Sports.

The Cherries were relegated to the Championship this season, prompting Howe’s departure.

Tindall, who served as Howe’s assistant, would like to be considered as a replacement, and the club have added him to the shortlist for the job. 

Norwich holding firm on Lewis price amid Liverpool interest

Norwich are holding firm on a £20 million ($26.2m) price tag for Jamal Lewis amid interest from Liverpool, reports the Athletic.

The Canaries will point to their sale of James Maddison to Leicester as a benchmark for any and all big-money transfers this summer.

Liverpool are looking to bring Lewis from relegated Norwich, but are only willing to part with £10 million ($13.1m) for the fullback, who would serve as Andrew Robertson’s backup.

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