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: Harry Kane reps in talks with Bayern Munich, who need to replace Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich have spoken to Harry Kane‘s representatives over a potential move to the club. That’s according to BILD, which reports that the England captain’s camp didn’t give a firm no over a switch to Germany, opening up the possibility of a move.
It comes as the Bavarian outfit attempt to replace Robert Lewandowskiwho left the club this summer for Barcelona. The 33-year-old scored 344 goals in 375 appearances in his eight-year stint.
While Bayern have signed Sadio Mane from Liverpool, they may lack the presence left by the void of someone such as Lewandowski. Tottenham forward Kane has been touted as an option, having the experience to lead a line and the goal scoring attributes that could replace the Poland international.
The 28-year-old has two-years remaining on his contract following a failed move to Manchester City last summer. However, talks are said to be planned over a new deal that could see him stay in north London and add to his 247 goals in 385 appearances for Spurs.
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann told reporters on Friday, while in the U.S. on the club’s preseason tour: “He’s very expensive that’s the problem — but brilliant player, one of two or three who can play as a centre-forward [as well as a] No 10, but he’s very strong, brilliant with [his] head and both feet.
“He could score a lot in the Bundesliga, I don’t know the price, but it’s really tough for Bayern Munich. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
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13.24 BST: Several clubs in top leagues across Europe are interested in 16-year-old Portuguese wonderkid Roger Fernandesaccording to Diario AS.
Winger Fernandes, who plays for Braga, has already broken records as the youngest goal scorer in the club’s history and the second-youngest to feature in the Europa League.
AS reports that Atletico Madrid would be willing to offer three players in exchange for Fernandes, with Newcastle United, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax also all keen.
12.57 BST: Brahim Diaz has said he’s “happy, both personally and professionally” at AC Milan as he prepares to spend another year on loan at the club.
Diaz helped Milan win Serie A last season, scoring three goals in 31 appearances in his second year in Italy.
The club have the option to make his move permanent, while parent club Real Madrid also retained the right to bring him back in 2023 if they choose to do so.
“I want to give my all for (Milan) and keep growing,” Diaz told AS in an interview on Saturday. “It’s been great. We knew we had a very talented squad and that it was possible to make history (winning the league) and in the end we did it.”
12.11 BST: Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has told ESPN that he would like to stay at the club for the rest of his career.
De Gea, 31, is preparing for his 12th season at Old Trafford, with Erik ten Hag is the eighth manager he has worked under in that time.
The Spain international almost joined Real Madrid in 2015 but, he told ESPN’s Rob Dawson during a wide-ranging interview in Perth during United’s preseason tour of Australia, he is set on finishing his playing days at Old Trafford.
Yeah, if it’s possible, of course,” De Ge said. “If they let me stay here, I will stay here, for sure. I’m really comfortable, really happy and hopefully, before I leave, we can win something.
De Gea has a contract until 2023 with the option of another year, but talks are yet to open over a new deal.
“I haven’t talked with anyone yet, but of course I would be really happy to be here for as long as they want, because I want to be here for more years,” he said.
11.24 BST: The problems that have held up the arrival of Nahuel Molina for Atletico Madrid have now been resolved, Marca reports, with the deal set to be made official in the next few days.
Molina was Atletico’s first choice signing at right-back this summer, but negotiations have been held up by the details of the deal which will see central defender Nehuen Perez join Udinese as part of the move.
Udinese will receive €10m, plus €5m in variables, with Perez valued at another €10m, in a deal worth a total of €25m.
10.38 BST: Barcelona and AC Milan are both interested in signing Aston Villa’s young attacking midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka but could be forced to wait until next summer, The Athletic reports.
Chukwuemeka, 18, scored three goals as England won the European Under-19 Championship in Slovakia earlier this summer.
The Villa academy graduate has one year left on his contract, leading to interest from top clubs in England and around Europe.
However, Villa are demanding a fee of around £20m for a player who would only cost around £400,000 in compensation if he moves once his deal expires.
09.51 BST: Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted he is a “little bit” annoyed by Barcelona for the handling of their pursuit of defender César Azpilicueta.
The Chelsea captain, 32, has a year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge, but wants to move to Camp Nou this summer.
However, Tuchel does not think that Barca are offering Chelsea what the Spain international is worth, leading to the issue becoming drawn out as the new season approaches.
When asked by reporters on Friday if the saga was annoying for him, Tuchel replied: “Maybe a little bit.”
He added, when asked about Azpilicueta’s future: “It’s a tough question because I am not sure if I want to give Azpi what he wants. At some point it is about what we want. I just made the comparison about how much we fought for [Kalidou] Koulibaly, who is a national team player and roughly the same age.
“He is a hugely important player for Napoli but we have a Spanish international who is the captain at Chelsea. I see him maybe at the same level but Barcelona don’t see him on that level. So I am not sure if I want to give him what he wants as he is a huge player.
“We don’t think so much about other clubs. The focus is on us and what we need. I said that to him and I say it to you that I understand on a personal and a career level. But I am not only in this role to give him what he wants. I am a manager for Chelsea who wants to do what’s best for Chelsea. “He doesn’t like it but he understands. It is tough for him because the other club is permanently on him. On September 1 when things calm down, then he can play on his highest level.”
09.00 BST: Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder has told ESPN that winger Antony is set to remain at the club despite interest from Manchester United this summer.
Antony has been linked with a reunion with his former Ajax coach Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford but a deal between both clubs has failed to materialise.
Speaking to ESPN Netherlands on Friday, Schreuder said it is unlikely that the 22-year-old would leave the Dutch champions.
“I really think he will stay,” Schreuder said. “Of course, we have sold a lot of players now. That has not happened in recent years.
“We have also bought players. But we have sold so many players that I assume nobody will leave.”
When asked if he has agreed on a dateline to allow players to leave, he replied: “No, we did not discuss that. But we do talk to each other daily.
“I assume that no one is leaving. If we sell one more key player, it wouldn’t be good for us.”
– César Azpilicueta‘s move to Barcelona has been worked on for some time now, but Sport say that the Spaniard’s switch to the Nou Camp is “imminent”. It states that the 32-year-old has already agreed personal terms and that the two clubs are close to agreeing a fee of roughly €5 million plus add-ons.
– Another exit could soon come from Chelsea as well — Sky Germany say that Thomas Tuchel is looking to move on striker Timo Werner this window. The 26-year-old made just 21 Premier League appearances last season, scoring four and continuing his tough streak since the roughly £50m transfer in 2020.
– Staying on the theme of Barcelona and Chelsea, it appears as though the Blues have managed to beat the Blaugrana to the signing of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde. This has led to the LaLiga side opting for an alternative, with Mundo Deportivo saying that is Athletic Bilbao’s Iñigo Martinez. Contact is said to have been had between the two team’s presidents and with only one-year remaining on the player’s deal, he could make the switch.
– Arsenal have offered a new long-term contract to winger and academy graduate Bukayo Sakaaccording to the Daily Mail. The 20-year-old has impressed since his breakthrough at the club, reportedly drawing interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City with just two-years remaining on his deal. However, the Gunners are hoping to tie him down to a longer one, fending off interest while increasing his salary to match his current status in the squad.
– Brighton and Atalanta are showing interest in Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavaresreports Fabrizio Romano. The 22-year-old joined the Gunners last summer, but struggled when called upon in Kieran Tierney‘s absence. The latest addition of Oleksandr Zinchenko has prompted a possible loan move, with Atalanta said to be leading the race.