Arsenal have made one big transfer move this summer in £50m Ben White, and now look to have clinched another with Martin Odegaard set to return on a permanent deal following his loan spell last season, while an agreement is set to be reached with Sheffield United over Aaron Ramsdale.
The Harry Kane saga rumbles on with the striker hoping Manchester City step up their bid to sign him this week. Kane rejoined the first-team squad for training for the first time this season, but reports suggest the striker is furious with Daniel Levy for preventing a +100m move to the champions.
It still seems slightly unreal, but Lionel Messi been officially unveiled as a PSG player after Barcelona were unable to afford a new contract. There is also mounting speculation that Paul Pogba could be headed to join him – but one megastar who won’t be on the move, it seems, is Cristiano Ronaldo – Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out a Real Madrid return for the Juventus star.
Tottenham are being linked with Pau Torres and Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic as well as Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic and Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez, while new reports say they are rivalling West Ham for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma and Arsenal for Houssem Aouar amid interest in a reunion between Nuno Espirito Santo and Wolves star Adama Traore.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!
Nuno ignoring constant Kane speculation
Nuno Espirito Santo says Tottenham are lucky to have Harry Kane and insists he is paying no attention to the speculation over the striker’s future, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Kane’s situation at Spurs is increasingly the subject of claim and counter-claim, as the England captain attempts to engineer a move to Manchester City in the final fortnight of the transfer window.
Kane has returned to training with the Spurs first team after missing Sunday’s win over City but was not included in the travelling squad for Thursday’s Europa Conference League play-off first leg against Pacos de Ferreira.
Speaking ahead of the game, Nuno revealed he had had breakfast with Kane before the flight to Portugal on Wednesday morning and insisted the club is paying no attention to the constant speculation.
Tottenham eye £45m Adama Traore deal
Tottenham are eyeing a potential reunion between Nuno Espirito Santo and Adama Traore, reports suggest.
Traore flourished under Nuno’s leadership at Wolves, who are now braced for a £45m offer from Spurs if Harry Kane joins Manchester City, per the Daily Mail.
Liverpool have also been linked with Traore this summer, with the Spaniard having two years left to run on his current deal at Molineux.
Jokanovic: Ramsdale ‘not in the right state of mind’ to play
How Sheffield United could have done with Ramsdale tonight – they currently trail West Brom 4-0 with half an hour of that game still to go.
Here’s what Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic had to say on his absent goalkeeper ahead of kick-off…
“We felt he’s not ready for the game tonight,” the Serbian said. “We take the decision not to use him.”
Asked if a move was coming, he added: “He’s simply not in the right state of mind and we prefer not to complicate things.”
Odegaard announcement coming
Back to Aaron Ramsdale to Arsenal, Fabrizio Romano now says that deal is completed.
He also adds that we will get a Martin Odegaard announcement in the next few hours… so watch this space!
Flamengo loan Chelsea’s Kenedy
Earlier we brought you the news that Flamengo had clinched an agreement with Manchester United to loan Andreas Pereira and were also on the trail of Chelsea’s Kenedy.
That latter deal is now official, with forgotten winger Kenedy heading back to his native Brazil on a season-long loan.
As is customary in these situations for Chelsea, and as we saw with Michy Batshuayi earlier today, the 25-year-old has extended his Blues contract before departing.
Kenedy – signed from Fluminense in 2015 – has previously spent time on loan at Watford, Newcastle, Getafe and Granada.
He has 27 senior Chelsea appearances to his name, but has not played for the club since January 2018.
There are plenty more loan exits from Stamford Bridge coming, with Emerson Palmieri expected to join Lyon.
According to Fabrizio Romano, AC Milan are in talks over Tiemoue Bakayoko and either Fiorentina or Atalanta are poised to move for Davide Zappacosta, while Ike Ugbo is choosing between Genk and Marseille.
Nuno uncertain over Kane involvement vs Wolves
Nuno Espirito Santo addressed the media a little earlier this evening as Tottenham prepare to face Pacos de Ferreira in the first leg of their Europa Conference League play-off tie.
Harry Kane – who has not travelled to Portugal – was inevitably a hot topic once again, with the Spurs boss yet to decide if he will play against Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday.
“I cannot answer that,” Nuno said.
“What I can tell you is he’s better. He’s getting his fitness better and better each day. He worked today, he’s going to work tomorrow and he’s going to join the group on Friday. And on Saturday we’re going to make a decision on who’s going to be involved in the next game.”
Asked whether he had spoken to Kane this week, Nuno added: “We speak with all the players on a daily basis. When we are with them, it is normal to speak with all the players.”
Arsenal-bound Ramsdale omitted from Sheffield United squad
Confirmation that Aaron Ramsdale has indeed been left out of Sheffield United’s squad to face West Brom tonight with that switch to Arsenal close.
Dutch understudy Michael Verrips makes his first league start for the Blades instead, with Wes Foderingham on the bench.
Juventus sign Locatelli
One player who won’t be joining Arsenal this month, however, is Manuel Locatelli.
The Italy midfielder had been strongly linked with the Gunners following his excellent displays at Euro 2020, but Juventus quickly took the lead in that particular transfer race.
Indeed, the Bianconeri have now officially wrapped up a deal that will see Locatelli move to Turin from Serie A rivals Sassuolo on an initial two-year loan that includes an obligation to buy for a fee of up to €35.5m.
Arsenal set to strike Ramsdale deal
Arsenal look poised to seal two high-profile transfers in the coming days.
With popular ex-loanee Martin Odegaard already set to return from Real Madrid in a permanent £30m deal, The Athletic now report that an agreement has almost been reached with Sheffield United over Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal will reportedly pay an initial £24m plus a possible further £6m in add-ons for the England goalkeeper, who is not in the Blades squad to face West Brom in the Championship tonight.
David Ornstein adds that Ramsdale will be offered a four-year contract by Arsenal that includes the option for an additional 12 months.
Fiorentina will consider €100m Vlahovic bid
Staying with Vlahovic for a second, Fabrizio Romano has tweeted the following quotes from Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso on the in-demand striker…
“I don’t know what’s gonna happen but I’m planning to keep Vlahovic this summer, I want him to stay,” he told Italian wire service Ansa.
“But if we receive a bid for €100m, I’ll think about it.”
Will any of Vlahovic’s reported suitors be willing to go that high?
Romano adds that defender Nikola Milenkovic is discussing a new deal with Fiorentina after talks collapsed with West Ham, with no bid forthcoming from Tottenham, who apparently stand no chance of enticing Pau Torres from Villarreal.