This is not a drill: Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich. Sky Sports reports this morning that the Poland international is disappointed not to have been offered a contract extension by the German giants, and is now open to leaving the club this month.
Lewandowski has two years left on his current deal, and given that he scored 361 goals last season, it’s not hard to imagine plenty of big clubs being interested in him, even if Bayern’s £100m-plus valuation may yet prove a stumbling block for even the richest of them.
The Pole, who scored in Bayern’s opening Bundesliga draw against Mönchengladbach last Friday, and twice in the Super Cup victory over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, is presumably calculating that he’s got one big-money move remaining in his career. North of £100m for a player of his age may sound a bit toppy, but the Mill reckons Lewandowski, who turns 33 on Saturday, still has several more years at the top.
With regards to another £100m-plus forward, Harry Kane, the Tottenham manager Nuno Espírito Santo is visibly losing the will to live with the incessant questions. “What matters is what is happening behind the doors, and what is happening behind the doors is Harry is our player,” he has patiently explained. The Mail reports that if Kane does leave Spurs, the north London club will bid for Adama Traoré from Wolves, while the Times reckons Tottenham are stepping up their chase for Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina, who would set them back about £13m.
Also in Italy, the former Chelsea forward Pedro is set to be reunited with his old Stamford Bridge gaffer Maurizio Sarri at Lazio after spending one fruitful season at Roma. Fabrizio Romano reports that the former Barça man will move across the Italian capital on a free transfer. José Mourinho has just taken the reins at Roma, and the Mirror reckons Mourinho was determined to get shot of Pedro after he made disparaging comments in an interview with the Telegraph that everyone else had forgotten.
The news from almost-permanent-crisis-club Arsenal is positive: the on-off deal for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is happening after all, for an initial fee of £24m. The deal to sign Martin Ødegaard full-time is also well on the way to becoming reality. Another Madridista, Marco Asensio, is also being touted as a potential target for Mikel Arteta and his sidekick Edu.
Manchester United remain keen to sign another midfielder before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month and a name that has reportedly appeared on their radar is the Monaco youngster Aurélien Tchouaméni. The 21-year-old defensive midfielder established himself in Ligue 1 last season and also impressed at the Under-21 Euros.
The 18-year-old Eduardo Camavinga, of Rennes, is another name that keeps cropping up and slightly bizarrely, some are saying this Instagram photo of his Rennes kit hanging in the changing room amounts to a cryptic goodbye. Brighton’s Yves Bissouma has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford. “I can’t control the future, I don’t know what’s going to happen, essentially,” the Brighton manager Graham Potter philosophised last week. “That’s the beauty of life and football.”
In other news, Premier League new boys Watford are going to buy Turkey international Ozan Tufan from Fenerbahce, reports the Athletic, while the Hornets have rejected a £5m offer from Crystal Palace for Will Hughes, says the Sun.
Newcastle’s midfield looks sets for a shake-up with Everton and Southampton both keen to buy Sean Longstaff. The Magpies are said to want £10m for the 23-year-old. The former Chelsea stalwart Gary Cahill will have a medical at Bournemouth today and will sign a one-year deal on the south coast.