New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has reportedly urged Georginio Wijnaldum not to sign a new contract at Liverpool.
The midfielder’s Anfield deal expires next summer and Koeman could take advantage of the stalling in negotiations between the player and club.
Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad reports that Wijnaldum is ‘very high’ on Koeman’s transfer wishlist.
Wijnaldum and Koeman have a good relationship, having worked together when the latter was manager of the Dutch national team.
The 29-year-old could be viewed as the ideal partner in midfield for Frenkie De Jong, who’s failed to stamp his authority at Barca since joining from Ajax last summer.
Chelsea have completed the signing of 18-year-old centre-back Xavier Mbuyamba.
He’s signed a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge, having left Barcelona after just a year due to a lack of playing time.
The Dutchman, who has been likened to Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk, will join up with Chelsea’s development squad ahead of the new season.
He was understood to be on Chelsea’s radar last summer but the club’s transfer ban prevented them from signing him then.
But Mbuyamba then joined Barcelona last summer and played for their Under-19 side, making three Uefa Youth League appearances.
Manchester United have entered the race to sign Arsenal target Gabriel Magalhaes.
The Lille defender looked all set for a move to north London with multiple reports suggesting that he was having an Arsenal medical.
However, Gianluca di Marzio has reported that the Red Devils are looking to hijack the Gunners’ bid for the defender.
It’s also understood that Champions League finalists PSG have entered the race to sign the Brazilian.
Lille president Gerard Lopez told talkSPORT earlier today that it was between Arsenal and Napoli to sign Magalhaes.
When asked about the interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Napoli, Lopez told talkSPORT: “That and a couple of more clubs. I think he’s narrowed it down.
“I think it’s fair to say that Arsenal are a high interest to him, Napoli is a high interest to him.
“We’ve given him plenty of time to make up his mind. We’ve always said, ‘look if we have an agreement with two clubs or three clubs and the agreements are the same then we are not going to create a bidding competition’.
“It’s always fair. We always say ‘whenever we have the number that we want you are free to choose’.
“And that choice, I don’t think I’m giving up too much if I tell you that that choice is probably today or tomorrow.
“I’m unable to tell you what that choice is. We’ve given him some recommendations but we don’t like to talk about it in public because we don’t want people to feel bad.
“We’ve talked about where he should go but at the end of the day he and his environment make a choice and we support that.”
Arsenal have reportedly made an offer in the region of £16million for Benfica midfielder Gabriel Appelt Pires.
A Bola claim a host of clubs in England and Spain are interested in Pires, as well as Turkish giants Galatasaray.
While Benfica would like to keep the Brazilian on their books, they are prepared to sell him for the right price.
Pires started his senior career with Juventus in 2011 and after a series of loan spells, he left Turin in 2016.
He joined Spanish club Leganes before joining Benfica two years later.
Philippe Coutinho would be well-suited to Arsenal and Chelsea if he was to make a Premier League return, believes John Barnes.
The Barcelona midfielder is reportedly looking for a new club having struggled to adapt to life at the Camp Nou.
He’s currently on loan at Bayern Munich, and is one win away from a first Champions League winners’ medal as the German club take on Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s final.
However, it’s unlikely Bayern will keep him on which has left the door open for the Brazilian to make a Premier League return.
Coutinho’s been linked with a return to Liverpool, who he left to join Barcelona, but Barnes believes the player should consider Arsenal or Chelsea.
Barnes told Bonus Code Bets: “It is an exciting watch with what is going to happen with Philippe Coutinho this summer, they are many teams that are wanting to sign him.
“I don’t think Tottenham would be interested, as I don’t know if the way that José Mourinho likes to play will suit him, as he likes the ball and having a lot of possession, whereas Mourinho doesn’t necessarily play that way.
“Arsenal could be the best club with the style of football they play. Chelsea could be another good match, because of the way Frank Lampard sets up his team, so with that in mind, Arsenal or Chelsea would be the best solution for him.
“I don’t think he will go to Manchester City to be honest. Pep Guardiola would be able to get the best out of him but there are often times that he has been in a successful team already, and he hasn’t been able to show off as much as he would like.”
Liverpool reportedly have ‘dressing room concerns’ over signing Thiago Alcantara.
The Reds have been heavily linked with a summer move for the 29-year-old, who looks set to leave Bayern Munich with less than a year left on his contract.
The Independent claim Liverpool are ‘significantly interested’ in bringing Thiago to Anfield.
However, club officials are concerned another midfield addition could cause disharmony within the dressing room.
Liverpool already have Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum fighting for first-team places.
And the report claims that unless there are outgoings in the area, it is unlikely the signing of Thiago will happen.
Fulham have completed the signing of Wigan left-back Antonee Robinson for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old becomes the Cottagers’ second signing of the summer after a deal to make Anthony Knockaert’s loan from Brighton permanent was done in July – before their promotion to the Premier League.
“I am made up to be a Fulham player,” Robinson said on the club’s website. “I was really excited to get down here and get everything signed. When the lads get back in here, I can’t wait to get going.”
Manchester United and Arsenal are both scouting Dayot Upamecano ahead of the new Premier League season.
The RB Leipzig defender earned rave reviews during the German club’s Champions League run, and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to view Upamecano as a possible centre-back partner for Harry Maguire.
Arsenal have long been looking at the 21-year-old as well, though chances of a summer transfer dwindled when he penned a new three-year contract only last month.
This means Upamecano is now set to cost over £50m, although a £40m release clause will become active next summer.
Wolves are willing to listen to offers for £70million-rated Adama Traore, reports claim.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough 2019/20 season with six goals and nine assists as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side reached the Europa League quarter-finals.
Wolves suffered a late 1-0 defeat to Sevilla after Raul Jimenez missed a 13th-minute penalty.
But it was Traore’s run which caught the eye as he sprinted more than half the pitch to win the spot-kick when he was eventually hauled down by Diego Carlos.
It was another reminder of the Spaniard’s quality amid interest from Liverpool and Man City.
The Mail claim Wolves will ‘consider high offers’ for Traore, who joined the club for £18m from Middlesbrough in 2018.
With three years left on his contract, Wolves are not under any pressure to sell the forward, however, they have refused to rule out the idea of doing so.
Manchester United will reportedly have to pay £40million to sign Bournemouth star David Brooks this summer.
The 23-year-old is being viewed by the Red Devils as a cheaper alternative to Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho, who is valued at £108m.
Brooks suffered an injury-hit 2019/20 campaign, appearing just nine times as Bournemouth were relegated from the Championship.
However, he is on the radar of several Premier League clubs, including United, Tottenham and West Ham.
The Sun claim Bournemouth value Brooks at a whopping £40m, despite him playing just 39 Premier League matches.
The Wales international joined the Cherries for £11.5m from Sheffield United in 2018 and impressed in his debut season with seven goals and five assists.
New Bournemout boss Jason Tindall insists there will be no fire-sale at the club this summer, with Brooks, Callum Wilson and Josh King all linked with exits.
He said: “I think with any club that’s relegated from any division there’s always that speculation with players leaving or being linked with other clubs.
“It’s no different to what’s happened at this football club for probably the last three, four or five years.
“A number of our players are always being linked with moves away, you deal with that as and when it comes around.
“The one thing is, the players know what a good football club it is, it’s a club that wants to get promoted and I think the club is in a healthy position right now.
“I wouldn’t be sitting here now if I didn’t have assurances. If the club had said fire-sale, losing eight or nine players, I wouldn’t be sitting here now.”
Arsenal have made an offer for Houssem Aouar, the Lyon midfield starlet.
22-year-old Aouar caught the eye as Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals, and the French club expect to sell their talent this summer.
However, they’ve only received one offer as of yet, which is a part-exchange bid from Arsenal involving Matteo Guendouzi.
According to L’Equipe Lyon have not yet responded to the offer, and talks continue between the two clubs’ sporting directors, Edu and Juninho.