Premier League transfers: All the stars linked with moves before the summer window closes
In the latest summer transfer news, Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered a way out of Manchester United – by former club Sporting Lisbon. The Independent understands that United’s disastrous 4-0 defeat to Brentford at the weekend triggered fresh discussions within the club over whether it would be better to part ways with the Portuguese forward – who is desperate to leave Old Trafford – and Sporting have emerged as a surprise suitor who can offer Champions League football and would be interested in a free transfer.
Meanwhile, United are one of a number of clubs interested in signing Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic on loan. The Independent report that Pulisic wants regular game time ahead of the World Cup and has also attracted interest from Newcastle United, Juventus, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid.
Elsewhere, Everton are weighing a move for Blackburn forward Ben Brereton Diaz, while Fulham have reportedly opened talks with former Arsenal and Chelsea winger Willian over a free transfer. Wolves have completed a club record £42.2m deal for Sporting midfielder Matheus Nunes as Leicester’s Wesley Fofana is annoyed at the club for pricing him out of a potential move to Chelsea. Follow all the latest news, rumors and done deals below.
Marcelo is no closer to finding a club
Former Real Madrid captain Marcelo is no closer to joining another club as the offers to continue his career are not attractive enough to him.
The Brazilian left-back played for Madrid for 15 years before leaving at the end of the 2021/22 season after winning 25 titles with Real.
According to a report in Marca, the 34-year-old has no interest in heading to Qatar or MLS in America despite offers on the table.
Other teams previously linked with a move for Marcelo included La Liga side Valladolid, French team Lyon, Italy’s AC Milan, or Turkish outfit Fenerbahce.
Maybe Manchester United might be interested given they are trying to build Real Madrid’s 2018 Champiins League winning team…
Jamie Braidwood18 August 2022 13:31
Chelsea still with several targets before the window shuts
While Chelsea met with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this afternoon, the club has also not given up on deals for Frenkie de Jong, Wesley Fofana and Anthony Gordon – in what would be close to an overhaul of Thomas Tuchel’s squad – according to reports.
Meanwhile, academy boss Neil Bath has been handed a central role in Chelsea’s transfer planning this summer.
The Blues are understood to be closing in on completing a £12 million deal for Inter Milan’s 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.
Chelsea have already recruited Aston Villa’s highly-rated 18-year-old midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka and the Blues are determined to continue chasing the game’s top young talents.
Chelsea academy boss playing key role in summer transfer plans
Chelsea’s new owners have handed major responsibility to experienced youth coach Bath amid the west London club’s wide-ranging overhaul
Jamie Braidwood18 August 2022 13:15
Casemiro now Manchester United’s ‘main focus’
Manchester United have identified Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro as their priority over the final two weeks of the transfer window, David Ornstein of The Athletic reports.
A pursuit of Frenkie de Jong ended in frustration and United have opened talks with Madrid over a deal for the 30-year-old Brazil international, who is under contract until 2025.
Casemiro is open to the move, according to reports, while Madrid also feels an opportunity to recover a sizeable transfer fee. The European champions have already signed Aurelien Tchouameni for around £60m this summer.
Jamie Braidwood18 August 2022 12:59
Supporters Trust react to Jim Ratcliffe interest
The Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) have insisted that any change in ownership of the club must be “the right change” amid growing optimism that the Glazer family could sell, Mark Critchley writes.
neither The Independent exclusively revealed on Wednesday, at least three consortiums are weighing up whether to submit formal bids for United in the belief that the Glazers would be willing to sell the club at a price of €6bn.
A spokesperson for billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, chairman of chemical company Ineos and Britain’s richest man, confirmed his interest in buying a minority stake in the club, with a view towards taking full control.
United have refused to comment on the speculation surrounding the club’s ownership, but the supporters’ trust have now stressed that any new owners must be committed to the “best traditions of the club”.
Manchester United Supporters Trust reacts to Glazers sale optimism
As revealed by The Independent, belief is growing that the Glazer family could finally sell the club
Jamie Braidwood18 August 2022 12:45
Casemiro open to ‘new challenge’ at Manchester United
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro would be willing to accept a “new challenge” at Manchester United, the Telegraph reports.
Casemiro is the latest midfielder to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, following Frenkie de Jong and Adrian Rabiot.
Real Madrid’s signing of Aurelien Tchouameni may influence Casemiro’s decision, according to Jason Burt.
And although the lack of Champions League football would be an obstacle, it is said Casemiro could be influenced by the right offer.
Jamie Braidwood18 August 2022 12:31
Done deal! City’s Delap joins Stoke on loan
Nor reported by The Independent’s Mark Critchley yesterday, Stoke City have won the race to sign Liam Delap on a season-long loan.
The 19-year-old had attracted interest from a host of clubs this summer, with Burnley and West Bromwich Albion both looking into a potential loan.
Delap will join Michael O’Neill’s side, however, following in the footsteps of his father Rory, who played for Stoke between 2006 and 2013.
Pep Guardiola confirmed last week that Delap would be allowed to leave on loan, with Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez set to be City’s options up front this season.
Jamie Braidwood18 August 2022 12:14
Bernardo Silva to remain at Man City
Manchester City will not be selling Bernardo Silva this summer, despite interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
The Times report that City will not entertain offers for the Portugal international, who has not told the club that he wishes to leave.
Silva started on the bench in both of City’s opening matches so far this season.
Jamie Braidwood18 August 2022 12:00
Chelsea set for crunch Aubameyang talks
Chelsea are set to meet with the representatives of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang today to discuss a move from Barcelona, according to Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard.
It has been reported that Aubemayang would prefer a move to Chelsea ahead of a potential switch to Manchester United if he leaves the Nou Camp this summer, but reports say there is still work to be done to convince the striker to leave Barcelona after just six months.
Jamie Braidwood18 August 2022 11:45
Done deal! Arsenal sign Swedish forward Lina Hurtig from Juventus
Arsenal have completed the signing of Swedish international forward Lina Hurtig from Juventus.
The Women’s Super League side have announced the transfer of the 26-year-old, who will link up with international team-mate Stina Blackstenius.
“Lina is an excellent forward who will bring power and dynamism to our game,” said Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall.
“She has shone in the Champions League and international tournaments and we are delighted that she will be lining up for Arsenal moving forward.”
Jamie Braidwood18 August 2022 11:31
Atletico reject United’s bid for Joao Felix
Manchester United have seen a £110m bid for Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix rejected, according to AS in Spain.
Atletico want to keep Felix, who wishes to remain in Spain according to reports, and have pointed United to the 22-year-old’s release clause of over £300m.
Meanwhile, Atletico appear to have poked fun at the speculation…
Jamie Braidwood18 August 2022 11:15