The summer transfer window is now well underway and some major deals have already been signed. Catch up with all the latest news and rumours from the Premier League.
The biggest transfer news of this week is without a doubt Liverpool’s signing of Fabinho. The team have signed the Monaco midfielder for £43.7 million on a four-year deal.
Mais um sonho que se realiza! Muito feliz por fazer parte desse grande clube e por ter as pessoas que eu amo perto de mim nesse momento. Obrigado aos meus representantes que fizeram esse momento possível. Deus é fiel // Another dream comes true! Very happy for joining this huge club and for having the people I love next to me in this very special moment. Thanks to my representants for making this possible. God is faithful!
The 24 year old will be officially joining Liverpool on July 1st after he successfully completed a medical earlier this week. It is thought that Liverpool will be paying £39.3 million for the player plus a maximum of £4.4 million in add-ons.
Speaking after the announcement Fabinho said, “I am really excited about this move. This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional. A football club of this size coming after my services, I didn’t have to think that much about coming over. I will try to create my own history at this football club. Hopefully, on a personal level, I’m able to win titles with this club. I will try to grow and learn and improve myself, and to be part of the club’s history.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that he thinks Fabinho is the kind of flexible player that he needs to cover a number of positions for the team, “We have signed a fantastic player, but someone who is an equally fantastic person I think. His reputation as a character in the dressing room and his attitude in training has come through from everyone we speak to. He has a lovely family also, adding a person like this to our dressing room only makes us even stronger. What we have, in terms of our environment at Melwood and in the team, means anyone coming in must be of that build. They must be the highest quality person and player. He has ability and mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions. He can play ‘6’, ‘8’ and ‘2’. This is cool.”
In other Liverpool news, it has been reported that the team are interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. The team is anxious to bring in a top keeper this summer after Lorus Karius’ poor performance in the Champions League finals. Other options are thought to include Roma’s Alisson Becker and Atletico’s Jan Oblak. Barcelona are thought to be aware that Liverpool are keen to sign their second choice keeper, but they are so far insisting that he is not for sale. Cillessen is under contract until 2021 and he has a €60 million buyout clause in his contract.
Liverpool are also keen to sign Lyon’s Nabil Fekir but the club’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas seems to have ruled out the chance of a deal before the World Cup. Fekir has said that he is “not close” to a move to Liverpool but did admit that he is having discussions with a number of clubs.
Manchester United are heading for a battle with Chelsea to sign the Barcelona defender Jordi Alba according to recent reports.
United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly after a new left-back as Luke Shaw continues to play just a small role, while Chelsea are thought to want some competition for Marcos Alonso in the same position.
United is also holding talks to sign Porto full-back Diogo Dalot. Mourinho is looking for a right-back to compete with Antonio Valencia for a place in the team’s starting line-up and Matteo Darmian’s future with the club is unclear. It is thought that Porto’s Dalot, who is also a Portugal under 21 international, has a £17.4 million release clause in his contract, which doesn’t expire for another year.
Meanwhile, there are reports that Cristiano Ronaldo is keen to make a move back to Manchester United this summer, but the team are thought to be worried about meeting his wage demands and Real Madrid’s asking price. After the weekend’s Champions League final Ronaldo hinted at a possible move saying, “In the next few days I will give an answer to the fans that have always been on my side. It was very nice to be at Real Madrid, in the coming days I will talk about it more.”
Real Madrid are said to be asking for at least £148 million to let Ronaldo go, which would make Ronaldo the second most expensive player of all time, after Neymar. However, there are claims that Mourinho would rather sign Ronaldo’s teammate Gareth Bale, and that he isn’t prepared to pay such a high fee for Ronaldo.
Bale has also hinted at a move away from Real Madrid saying, “Obviously I need to play. That hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I was injured for five or six games and I’ve been fit ever since. I’ll have to sit down in the summer, discuss it with my agent and take it from there.”
It has been reported that United are prepared to pay as much as £122 million for Bale and triple his current salary paying him £26.2 million per year. However, they will be facing competition from other top teams including Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich.
Arsenal are busy pursuing a number of players at the moment including Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Caglar Soyuncu.
The Gunners’ new boss Unai Emery is keen to make his mark on the team and seems to be determined to start by overhauling the team’s defence. The team are thought to be very close to signing Juventus’ Lichtsteiner and Borussia Drotmund’s Papastathopoulos for £16 million. Meanwhile they sent scouts to watch Soyuncu in Turkey’s 2 – 1 win over Iran.
Lichtsteiner is now a free agent, having decided to leave Juventus after seven years, and the player has been holding talks with Mislintat and Emery in London.
The team are also thought to be considering a move for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira. However, they will be facing competition from Everton who are also interested in the 22 year old. Torreira reportedly has a £28.1 million release clause in his contract, which both teams are thought to be willing to pay.
In January Manchester City came very close to signing Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and now it seems that they are once again on the edge of completing a deal.
In January talks collapsed between the clubs when Leicester put the asking price up to £90 million, but now they are thought to be asking a more reasonable fee. Manchester City now think they can get the player for £60 million, which would still be a club record deal. Sources close to the deal say that an agreement could be reached in the next few days. However, it is thought that add-ons will put the price of the player up.
Meanwhile, City are also closing in on defensive midfielder Jorginho. They are hoping to secure Napoli’s Italy international for about £40 million, but the team are asking £52 million for him. Negotiations are ongoing, but it is thought that a compromise is close.
However, City have been trying to avoid a bidding war for the player, but as they continue to negotiate on the price there are rumours that Chelsea are preparing to make an offer. To make life more difficult for City, Napoli have postponed a meeting with Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, until later this week. Personal terms are thought to have been agreed, the only issue is the price of the player.
Guardiola is also thought to be interested in signing Leverkusen’s winger Leon Bailey and there is even talk of an attempt to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s on-loan star Kylian Mbappe. However, a deal for Mbappe relies on PSG having problems with Financial Fair Play rules and this is extremely unlikely.
Burnley are reportedly keen to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez, but are thought to be facing competition from Bournemouth, West Ham and Crystal Palace.
Following their relegation from the Premier League, it is believed that West Brom will put a high price on Rodriguez. He scored 11 times last season in all competitions, a significant proportion of the 31 goals that the team managed in the Premier League.
Rodriguez was born in Burnley and he started his career with the team. However, he still has three years left on his West Brom contract, after he joined from Southampton for £12 million last summer. It is expected that West Brom will now be asking at least £20 million if they are to consider selling.
Meanwhile Burnley’s forward Jonathan Walters has said that he is available for transfer after holding talks with manager Sean Dyche. Walters has only been with Burnley for one season, but he made just five appearances for the team. He suffered an injury in January, but he has been unable to break into the starting XI since his return to fitness.