Grealish £100m to Man City latest updates, Kane developments, Chelsea closes in on Kounde deal – transfer news

Grealish £100m to Man City latest updates, Kane developments, Chelsea closes in on Kounde deal – transfer news

JACK GREALISH has landed in the UK as he closes in on a £100m move to Man City.

While Chelsea have reportedly agreed a five-year deal for Seville star Jules Kounde.

The Blues look to have moved ahead of Man Utd in the race for the Frenchman, with Kurt Zouma heading the other way.

We've also got an update on Romelu Lukaku, with Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta saying he is staying at the club.

Lionel Messi's new Barcelona contract is set to be revealed within the next week, while Cristiano Ronaldo is set to stay at Juventus.

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  • Thomas Blow

    NOT VERY FRIEND-LY

    Referee Kevin Friend got a cheer out of Aston Villa fans yesterday… by BOOKING them.

    The whistler was taking charge of Villa's pre-season friendly trip to Bristol City.

    And with the Premier League side's travelling fans in playful mood, they started giving Friend some lighthearted stick.

    With Villa set to take a free-kick, the fans started singing 'You're just a s*** Mike Dean' at Friend.

    They then followed up this chant by singing 'Kevin, give us a wave' at the experienced official.

    And much to their amusement, instead of a wave, they got a yellow card.

    Ref Kevin Friend gives crowd yellow card after they chant ‘you’re just a s*** Mike Dean’

  • Thomas Blow

    XHAK OFF

    Mikel Arteta insists that Granit Xhaka is staying at Arsenal after talks over a move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma collapsed.

    The 28-year-old Swiss international captain had his heart set on a move to Serie A after five years at the Emirates.

    But Arteta said: “Granit is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad and a player that we rate and value so much.

    “He only trained for two days but still wanted to play in this game and I think that is a very clear commitment from him that he wants to be here.”

  • Thomas Blow

    WHAT ZIYECH?!

    Hakim Ziyech had a moment to forget for Chelsea today, as he failed to convert an open goal against Arsenal.

    But Gunners fans are full of praise for new £50million defender Ben White for getting back to clear.

  • Thomas Blow

    LEAVING THE PACK

    Tottenham are interested in signing Wolves star Adama Traore, according to reports.

    New boss Nuno Espirito Santo likes the winger, having worked with him for three seasons at Molineux.

    Traore, 25, is expected to be on the way out of the Midlands club this summer, as chiefs look to cash in with the Spaniard's contract lasting just two more years.

    Leeds United, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in his services.

    But Spurs' Nuno factor could give them an edge.

    Although, according to the Mail, Wolves are expected to ask for a similar £45million fee that they received from Liverpool for Diogo Jota last summer.

    Traore has impressed Spurs first hand in the past, scoring a brilliant goal against them in a December 2019 defeat.

  • Thomas Blow

    OVER THE 'HILL

    Gary Cahill has confirmed his exit from Crystal Palace after two seasons with the Premier League club.

    Writing on Twitter, Cahill said: "After much thought and deliberation, I can confirm that I have left Crystal Palace after an enjoyable two years.

    "I have really enjoyed my time at the club and I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone involved at the club, especially the fans and staff who welcomed me into their South London family.

    "It’s been a privilege to play at Selhurst Park, especially in that first season where I got to experience the atmosphere that the Eagles fans create on a match day.

    "Playing in front of the Holmesdale Road stand is a memory that I will cherish in particular.

    "I would like to wish the club all the best for the future and wish them every success for the coming season."

  • Thomas Blow

    OVER AND OUT

    Andriy Shevchenko has announced his tenure as manager of Ukraine has come to an end.

    The former Chelsea and AC Milan striker, 44, confirmed his resignation in a post on Twitter.

    Shevchenko said: "Today, my contract with the Ukrainian Football Association came to the end. I spent five years with the National team.

    "It was hard work that proved that we are capable of playing modern football. I am grateful."

  • Thomas Blow

    PRICE SET

    Manchester United will reportedly demand a £20million fee for Andreas Pereira.

    According to journalist Ekrem Konur, the Red Devils have decided to cash in on the 25-year-old.

    The Brazilian Pereira spent last season on loan at Lazio, scoring once in 26 appearances in Rome.

    After an initially promising start to life at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, Pereira’s career has stalled in Manchester.

    And after three loan spells in the last five years, Pereira may finally be permanently on his way out of Old Trafford.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SWAP DEAL

    Manchester City have offered Aston Villa 19-year-old Morgan Rogers plus £90million for Jack Grealish, according to ESPN.

    Rogers joined City two years ago from West Brom, and is thought to be highly rated at the club.

    The winger spent last season on loat at Lincoln, scoring six times in 25 games for the Imps.

    But with City keen to get a deal over the line for Grealish, Pep Guardiola is willing to let Rogers go should it tempt Aston Villa into letting Grealish leave.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PACK YER BAGS

    Tottenham are interested in signing Wolves star Adama Traore, ETIENNE FERMIE reports.

    New boss Nuno Espirito Santo likes the winger, having worked with him for three seasons at Molineux.

    Traore, 25, is suspected to be on the way out of the Midlands club this summer, as chiefs look to cash in with the Spaniard's contract possessing just two more years.

    Leeds United, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in his services.

    But Spurs' Nuno factor could give them an edge.

    Although, according to the Mail, Wolves are expected to ask for a similar £45m fee that they received from Liverpool for Diogo Jota last summer.

    FULL STORY

  • Giacomo Pisa

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    Tottenham have reportedly agreed terms with Atalanta regarding a deal for Argentinian defender Cristian Romero.

    A deal worth £43million plus add-ons has reportedly been agreed, with personal terms set to be negotiated in the coming days.

    Spurs are desperate for a replacement centre-back following the sale of Toby Alderweireld and wanted someone in before their season opener against Manchester City in two weeks time.

    And now it looks like they’ve got their man with Romero set to travel to England in the next week to sign a deal.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    XHAKA U-TURN

    After being strongly linked with a summer switch to Roma, Granit Xhaka will now STAY at Arsenal.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano the Swiss midfielder has been offered a new contract that runs until 2025 and includes a pay rise.

    It comes after the Gunners rejected a package from Roma worth around £13million for the 28-year-old.

    And speaking to talkSPORT after today’s loss to Chelsea, Arteta said:

    "Granit Xhaka is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SIGN EM UP

    Wayne Rooney's Derby County have just SEVEN registered outfield players ahead of their Championship season opener against Huddersfield.

    The Rams' season gets underway in just six days time, but a number of signings are needed if Wayne Rooney wants to get a team out.

    The club have been operating under a transfer embargo this summer but Wayne Rooney is confident there will be incomings in the next 48 hours, despite the embargo.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NEW BOSS

    Swansea City have appointed Russell Martin as head coach following the departure of Steve Cooper.

    The Swans lost out in the Championship play-off final to Brentford in June, with Steve Cooper and starman Andre Ayew since leaving.

    The 35-year-old Martin joins on a three-year deal after Swansea agreed a compensation fee with MK Dons for Martin's services.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NO JEROME

    Manchester United will not make a move for free agent Jerome Boateng, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    The 32-year-olds Bayern Munich contract expired this summer, with a number of clubs reportedly interested in his signature.

    But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be happy with his options at centre-back following Raphael Varane’s arrival at Old Trafford.

    The quartet of Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly are thought to be enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with a move for the German international Boateng looking increasingly unlikely.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ONE OR THE OTHER

    Manchester City will end their interest in Harry Kane this summer if they complete the signing of Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, KEALAN HUGHES reports.

    The Citizens have launched a £100million bid to sign the Villa captain, a move which would make him the most expensive British player ever.

    Grealish, 25, flew back to the UK this week following a holiday, but is still awaiting the green light from his club to grant a move to City.

    If a deal for Grealish does go through City will end their pursuit of Kane, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    Pep Guardiola is keen on the England captain but Daniel Levy is refusing to let him go for less than £150m.

    And that fee would be too much for City at present, and they would reportedly need to sell players if they want both Grealish and Kane.

    FULL STORY

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TUAN LOAN LATEST

    Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe is set to seal a loan move to Aston Villa.

    The 23-year-old has been linked with a loan move to Newcastle, but it's the Villans who are in pole position to snap him up.

    Tuanzebe spent 18 months on loan at Villa Park from 2018 to 2019, helping Villa to promotion to the Premier League.

    And with the arrival of Raphael Varane to Old Trafford, game time for Tuanzebe is likely to be limited, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself expecting Tuanzebe to be loaned out this season.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    KEEPING KARIM

    Real Madrid are set to offer starman Karim Benzema a new contract, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    Benzema has played over 350 games for Real Madrid in La Liga, with Romano reporting that Los Blancos consider Benzema "untouchable."

    The 33-year-old is set to be rewarded with a bumper new deal which will keep him in the Spanish capital for another two years.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ROM ON HIS WAY

    Tottenham have reportedly agreed terms with Atalanta regarding a deal for Argentinian defender Cristian Romero.

    Adeal worth £43million plus add-ons has reportedly been agreed, with personal terms set to be negotiated in the coming days.

    Spurs are desperate for a replacement centre-back following the sale of Toby Alderweireld and wanted someone in before their season opener against Manchester City in two weeks time.

    And now it looks like they've got their man with Romero set to travel to England in the next week to sign a deal.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MISSING MARCO

    Marcos Alonso has been left out of Chelsea's Mind Series squad that are currently facing Arsenal, fueling rumours of a Blues exit.

    According to the Express, the 30-year-old is the latest Chelsea player to be offered to Sevilla as part of a player-plus-cash swap deal for Jules Kounde.

    Sevilla have reportedly already turned down offers for Kurt Zouma and Emerson, but are said to be interested in signing Alonso.

    Alonso's dad played for Sevilla between 1999 and 2000, with the family eager for him to follow in his father's footsteps.

    And with Alonso omitted from the Chelsea squad today, a deal with Sevilla may be on the cards.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TRIPP EYES MOVE

    Kieran Trippier is desperate to complete a move to Manchester United this summer, ETIENNE FERMIE reports.

    The England full-back has been linked with the Red Devils for weeks, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen on the former Spurs player.

    With two years remaining on his contract, Atletico Madrid are digging their heels in.

    They are reportedly holding out for a rumoured £34million release clause to be triggered.

    But according to Diario Sport in Spain, Trippier himself is now pushing to make the move.

    FULL STORY

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CLOSING IN

    West Ham United are keen on signing West Brom star man Matheus Pereira, according to reports.

    Italian journalist Ekrem Konur reports a deal is close to being agreed, with the Baggies prepared to let go of the 25-year-old for the right price.

    The Brazilian impressed for West Brom last season, scoring 11 goals and providing six assists in 33 Premier League games but despite his best efforts he couldn't save the Baggies from the drop.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OLE AT THE WHEEL

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's new deal could put Manchester United in pole position to land Erling Haaland next year, PHIL THOMAS reports.

    United narrowly missed out on the Norwegian hitman when he left Red Bull Salzburg for Borussia Dortmund 18 months ago.

    Haaland turned his back on the chance to move to Old Trafford then with so much uncertainty over whether Solskjaer would stay in charge.

    The 21-year-old has a close relationship with his fellow countryman and was unwilling to take the chance on moving to Manchester if the manager was about to be sacked.

    Both the striker and his father, former City star Alf-Inge, admitted they did not want to risk working under a boss they had no vibe for if Solskjaer was axed.

    FULL STORY

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PLANNING AHEAD

    Aston Villa are planning for life without Jack Grealish by submitting a bid for Southampton's James Ward-Prowse.

    Dean Smith's side had a £25million rejected by the Saints according to the Daily Mail, but are expected to submit an improved bid in coming days.

    The 26-year-old England international scored nine goals and bagged seven assists in all competitions for Southampton last season and is expected to replace talisman Jack Grealish as he looks destined to move to Manchester City.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LAST CHANCE SALOON

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek may be sent out on one more loan deal to try and spark his Chelsea career.

    The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Fulham and despite making 32 appearances he failed to make a real impression.

    But the Blues man could head out on loan to the Bundesliga in one last chance to prove his worth to the Chelsea first team.

    Southampton have also been rumoured as a possible destination, with Loftus-Cheek once again seemingly destined for a loan move away from Stamford Bridge.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SEE YA SOARES

    Fenerbahce are considering signing Arsenal star Cedric Soares, JON BOON reports.

    The Portuguese full-back, 29, joined the Gunners initially on loan in 2020, before it was announced the deal was made permanent that summer.

    However, he has failed to win a first team spot – having been mostly used as cover when Kieran Tierney was injured last term.

    And when the Scotland international returned, Soares couldn’t shift Hector Bellerin and Callum Chambers for the right-back berth.

    Soares’ lack of action has buoyed Fenerbahce, who have targeted the Portugal international.

    FULL STORY

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