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: Man City turn to Guerreiro
Manchester City are set to switch focus in their search for a left-back after failing to agree a transfer fee with Brighton & Hove Albion for Marc Cucurella.
Sources have told ESPN that Man City will not pay the Seagulls’ £50 million asking price for the Barcelona youth product and that they are now actively looking at alternatives
The Athletic reports that Borussia Dortmund star Raphael Guerreiro, a target that they have previously been linked with due to his ability to contribute high up the pitch, has been escalated up Man City’s shortlist. The 28-year-old contributed to eight goals in 23 starts across the Bundesliga and Champions League for BVB last season, and he has also impressed while representing Portugal at international level.
Having moved Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal, City are expected to ramp up their transfer efforts next week, with hopes of landing a replacement before their Premier League campaign begins on Sunday against West Ham United.
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10.00 BST: Cesc Fabregas will be unveiled by Serie B club Como this afternoon. The veteran midfielder spent the last three seasons at Ligue 1 side Monaco and is a free agent. Fabregas, 35, turned down a move to Spanish second division club Las Palmas and has reportedly agreed a two-year contract with Como. The Italian club reportedly convinced the former Arsenal and Chelsea star to join them by including in the offer the possibility to coach the club once his playing career is over.
09.20 BST: Lionel Messi has wished his good friend Luis Suarez the best of luck in his new chapter of his career.
Suarez was unveiled on Sunday at Nacional, the club where the veteran striker had made his debut as a professional footballer 17 years earlier. Thousands of fans turned out at Nacional’s Gran Parque Central Stadium in Montevideo to welcome home the former Liverpool and Barcelona star.
— National (@National) July 31, 2022
Messi, who played with Suarez at Barcelona, said in a video posted by Nacional: “You are there. I want to send you a big hug and wish you all the best in this stage. I know how important it is to be there, to return to your home, to return to live in your country after so long, to prepare for the World Cup. I wish you the best.”
I salute you, gentlemen 👋🏼😄
— National (@National) July 31, 2022
Suarez, 35, who has joined Nacional until the end of the year as a free agent after two seasons at Atletico Madrid, said during his official presentation: “To all the Uruguayan people, first of all, thank you because I am here because of you. II know there is no place that I would be happier than here. I’ve come here to win and to fight for all the titles. This is a big club and I’m convinced that if we do thing in the right way , we can win all the remaining titles.”
08.44 BST: Sport reports that RB Leipzig’s Angelino could become a transfer target for Barcelona.
The 25-year-old has been at Leipzig since 2020, having joined the German club from Manchester City, but appears surplus to requirements with David Raum having been signed from Hoffenheim.
Angelino is said to have been offered both on a permanent deal or on loan, with a return to Spain his preferred destination. The left-back / midfielder was born in Spain and came through the youth system at Deportivo La Coruna, and has also had loan spells at Girona and Mallorca.
08.00 GMT: Everton are pushing to bring Idrissa Gueye back from Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent basis.
Gueye, 32, left Goodison Park for Ligue 1 three years ago in a £30m deal, and has made 111 appearances for PSG.
The Times reports that Gueye has one year left on his contract and is no longer needed by the French champions.
– Several clubs in Serie A are considering making a move for Miralem Pjanic, writes Sport. Juventus, Napoli, and Lazio are all reported to be interested in the 32-year-old midfielder, but while Barcelona are keen to let him go, it is understood that Pjanic’s preference is to remain at Camp Nou this season. The former Bianconeri star spent last season on loan at Besiktas, but is still contracted with Barca until next summer.
– Aston Villa are facing a race for the signature of Alphonse Sampstedreveals Ekrem Konur. The 24-year-old Bodo/Glimt right-back is reported to be on the radar of clubs across Europe, with Bayer Leverkusen, Lyon, and Lazio all keen on securing his services. The Iceland international has been in strong form this season, and scored in his club’s recent Champions League qualifying win over Linfield.
– Brendan Rodgers has no plans to allow Wesley Fofana to leave this summer, according to BBC Leicester journalist Owynn Palmer-Atkin. The Leicester City boss sees the 21-year-old centre-back as a key part of the Foxes squad next season, and will look to keep him at the King Power Stadium despite reported interest from Chelsea.
– Chelsea are exploring the option of making a move for the Internazionale defender Milan Skriniarunderstands Sport Italia journalist Rudy Galetti. The Blues are continuing their search for a centre-back after they missed out on Jules Kounde, but they could have to challenge Paris Saint-Germain for the 27-year-old Slovakia international, with the Ligue 1 champions also keen on his services. The The Nerazzurri are looking for a fee in excess of £60m to part ways with the defender.
– Manchester United are considering a move for the Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic, reports the Daily Mail. With the Red Devils facing difficulty with trying to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo to remain at Old Trafford after he left early during the club’s preseason friendly against Rayo Vallecano, the search for a striker is expected to intensify next week. Kalajdzic, 25, contributed to 21 goals in 33 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, and has also been on the radar of Bayern Munich.