The summer transfer window is here, and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: Christian Pulisic’s move to Man United could hinge on Harry Maguire swap deal
Chelsea have made a shock investigation into Harry MaguireThe centre-back’s availability amid growing doubts over the centre-back’s future at Manchester United, according to a report by the Daily Mail. The England international has come under a lot of criticism lately but is of interest to the Blues as they struggle to complete a deal with Leicester City. Wesley Fofana.
Chelsea have even floated the idea of Maguire moving to Stamford Bridge as part of a swap deal that would see the USA captain Christian Pulisic towards Old Trafford. As ESPN’s James Olley reported earlier this week, Manchester United have expressed interest in Pulisic, 23, on a possible loan deal.
Pulisic is set to hold talks with Chelsea over his future, which could include Pulisic pushing to leave the club despite having two years remaining on his contract. It comes as Pulisic has found himself moved to Chelsea and doesn’t appear to be a big part of manager Thomas Tuchel’s plans ahead of the World Cup in November.
Fofana still remains the priority signing for Tuchel’s side, with optimism growing that a deal can be struck after the Frenchman asked to be dropped from Leicester’s squad to face Southampton on Saturday. Even so, Chelsea’s interest in Maguire will be seen as a very interesting development due to questions surrounding whether or not the 29-year-old is in Erik ten Hag’s plans.
The report even suggests that it was seriously considered that Maguire could not be chosen to face Liverpool on Monday. It comes with Raphael Varane pushing for a place in the squad after watching from the bench as United have had a terrible start to the season, losing to Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford.
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10:37 BST: Casemiro posted a farewell message to Real Madrid and the club’s fans ahead of his proposed move to Manchester United:
“I have lived a more wonderful story than I could have ever imagined. I hope to one day return to what will always be my home. Not in a thousand lifetimes could I give back everything that Real Madrid and the fans gave me. Forever… Hala Madrid!”
10.11 BST: Leicester City have announced that the striker Jamie Vardy has signed a contract extension that commits him to the club until 2024.
Vardy, 35, scored 164 goals for the Foxes in 10 years at the club. helping them win their historic Premier League title in 2015-16.
The former England international was the league’s top scorer in 2019-20 with 23 goals, while in March this year he became the player with the most goals in the Premier League after his 30th birthday.
– Leicester City (@LCFC) August 20, 2022
09:48 BST: Chelsea manager Thomas Tuché confirmed he was in talks with the club to extend his contract.
The 48-year-old has been in charge of Stamford Bridge since January 2021 and led the club to Champions League glory at the end of that season.
The former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager’s current contract at Stamford Bridge runs until 2024.
“My people talk to the owners and take care of everything else. You know how happy I am to be here and how much I like it,” Tuchel said. “There are discussions but I think given the situation where we come from and where we are in the middle of the transfer window, I think it’s best if I focus on my team and on the sport and on competitiveness.
09:00 BST: Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign the Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro for £60m, with a further £10m possible in performance-related add-ons, but is he the player to save the club?
Casemiro, 30, is widely regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and won almost everything at Madrid after leaving Sao Paulo in 2013.
With just over 500 career appearances (and 47 goals), the Brazilian international won the Copa Sudamericana (2012) with Sao Paulo and many other trophies with Madrid, including; three La Liga titles (2017, 2020, 2022); a King’s Cup (2014); three Spanish Super Cups (2017, 2020, 2022); five UEFA Champions Leagues (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022); three UEFA Super Cups (2016, 2017, 2022); three FIFA Club World Cups (2016, 2017, 2018.)
With Brazil – for whom he made 63 senior caps – he won a Copa America (2019), as well as the South American U-17 Championship (2009), the South American U-20 Championship (2011) and the FIFA U-20 World Cup (2011) at youth level.
So what can Man United expect?
– Everything you need to know about Casemiro bound for Man United
PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
– Paris Saint-Germain still dream of signing Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, according to L’Equipe. The Ligue 1 champions ran into tough negotiations but came back with Luis Campos wanting to sign him and Christophe Galtier believing he would have liked to have had the Portugal international available for Lille’s game on Sunday.
– Barcelona are looking to sign a new right-back and Foot Mercato have suggested that Stade Rennais Hamari Traore is one of the players they are considering signing for the position. He attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt, Crystal Palace and Qatari clubs this summer, but none have taken action, meaning Barcelona would face little competition if he does. opted for the Malian international.
– West Ham United are closing in on a deal for Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmierireports fabrice romano, who adds that the two clubs are ready to agree a fee of £13m plus an additional £2m. The Italy international will now discuss personal terms ahead of a permanent departure from Stamford Bridge, with some details still to be clarified over the weekend before a deal can be agreed.
– Aston Villa have approached Southampton over a possible transfer for the centre-back Jean Bednarek following the injury of Diego Carlos, reports The Athletic. Saints are ready to let the Poland international leave this summer, although there could be competition for Villa as he has attracted interest from across Europe.
– Negotiations are still ongoing between Club America and LAFC to Brian Rodriguezas reported by Tom Bogert. The two clubs are getting closer but have not yet reached an agreement, the final agreement should be in the region of 6 to 7 million dollars with a clause entitling LAFC to a part of the funds raised during any move future.