England Premier League transfer rumors
Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City get early start in summer transfer window
Premier League clubs tend to spend more and more cash on transfers every summer than ever before. The current window will probably be no different, with EPL clubs throwing huge amounts of money around as they look to bring in the most talented football players to their rosters from around the world to improve their squads. Last summer, English Premier League top tier clubs spent around £1.2bn on recruitment during the summer transfer window. During the 2016 summer window, Jose Mourinho’s Man United smashed the world transfer record to bring Paul Pogba back from Juventus to Old Trafford to join Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a studding £89m deal. This summer Manchester Utd have already begun their summer recruitment at the back with Victor Lindelof. After the 2016-17 Premier League campaign finished, the 2017 summer transfer window opens on July 1st, with EPL clubs able to make deals with potential players and their clubs until the close of this summer's window on August 31. Livefootballtickets.com will bring our readers all the latest signings made from the 2017-18 season's 20 clubs. EPL clubs have already gotten their early business done, with titan teams Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all strengthening their teams this summer.
It's that time of the year again when traditionally the England Premier League’s 20 top flight clubs throw a lot of money to correct various deficiencies ahead of the new campaign. Although the transfer window does not officially open until July 1, plenty of teams are already getting down to business, with plenty of blockbuster deals already announced. The transfer window may not yet be officially open but plenty of deals have already been struck. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is considering a move for Sevilla winger Vitolo. Conte, looking to add even more quality to his newly-crowned Premier League champions, is a big admirer of the 27-year-old. Vitolo has a £35million release clause in his contract after having won the Europa League three times with Sevilla. Although he is right-footed, he plays mainly on the left, and can also operate as a forward. His signing would lighten the load on striker Eden Hazard next season with Chelsea set to add Champions League football to their schedule along with defending their EPL title.
To date, Manchester City have struck deals for winger Bernardo Silva from Monaco, plus goalkeeper Ederson, with more deals surely set to follow as City manager Pep Guardiola is planning to build up his side. Dani Alves’ upcoming move to Manchester City isn’t about the money according to reports that say he was offered even more money to move to current Premier League champions Chelsea. The Juve star wants to be reunited with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad when his release from the Serie A champions is confirmed. The defender was offered two million euros more to join the Premier League title holders. When the Man City deal is finalized, Alves is set to be earning €5m (£4.4m) per season.
Manchester United are closing in a £35million signing of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea. United’s celebrity boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring his former midfielder to join him at Old Trafford. Chelsea are willing to let Matic join Man United as soon as they can conclude a deal for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. Personal terms are understood to have been agreed between United and Matic, with a four-year deal worth £150,000-a-week on offer. Mourinho signed Matic from Benfica in his second spell at Chelsea for £21m in 2014, although former United Sir Alex Ferguson had considered signing the Serb in 2012-13, his final season at United. Manchester United have agreed on personal terms with Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez. The Colombian has been told he is free to leave the Bernabeu after talks in the Spanish capital. Rodriguez has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer and has now reportedly agreed to make the switch. But Real and United are still to agree to a fee, with Los Blancos wanting to recoup the £61million they spent on Rodriguez in July 2014. Manchester United have moved to strengthen their defence with the acquisition of Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof. Nemanja Matic is close to a big-money move to Manchester United. Red Devil’s manager Jose Mourinho wants to bring in his former midfielder and will fork out £35million to sign him. The United boss re-signed Matic for Chelsea for £22million in January 2014 and the Serb has led the club to two Premier League titles. With Chelsea close to tying up a deal for Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, Matic is set to leave. Personal terms are understood to have been agreed between United and Matic, with a four-year deal worth £150,000-a-week on offer. Matic is set to become Mourinho’s second summer signing following the arrival of Victor Lindelof from Benfica.
There are rumors about Welshman Gareth Bale going around about his status with Real Madrid, with Paris Saint-Germain the latest side to be linked with the superstar. Bale’s Bernabeu future is in question after reports suggested that he would be the one to leave if Kylian Mbappe joins and French Ligue 1 champions PSG are interested. If not, then Sergio Aguero is another name linked with the French club. Injuries restricted the former Tottenham Hotspur star to just 19 La Liga appearances last season. Manchester United have reportedly been given a boost in their chase of Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale. Los Blancos hope to bring Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe to the Bernabeu, and the club have told the 18-year-old one of Real’s existing first-choice forwards, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema or Gareth Bale, will leave to make way. Ronaldo has threatened to leave the Spanish titan team due to being accused of tax fraud by the authorities in Spain.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both likely to splash some cash in the next few weeks, as they look to close the gap on Chelsea, who look to be closing in on a few new faces. And the future of superstar Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo is part of the gossip going around, after reports that the Real Madrid man wants to quit his Spanish La Liga club and Spanish football altogether. Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to hire one of La Liga’s hottest young talents from Barcelona for £2.6million. Central midfielder Carles Alena, 19, is currently rated as the most promising talent to have come out of the Spanish giants’ La Masia academy. He is refusing to sign a new deal with the Spanish giants with his current terms expiring in 12 months. Although he is left-footed, he is also comfortable on the right of midfield. Alena’s current deal has a release clause of just €3 (£2.6million). After July 1 that figure increases to £10.5million. So Pochettino could potentially sign Alena before the end of this month for a bargain fee. Alena was given his first-team debut by Luis Enrique last season and appeared a total of four times. He netted with a stunning strike in the 1-1 draw at Hercules in the Copa Del Rey in November.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are back in the Champions League next season and have added a key fighter to their powerful side last week in the shape of Mo Salah. Liverpool have already broken their transfer record with the £37million signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma. The Reds are in for a top-level central defender, plus a new central midfielder, with Salah’s transfer record set to be broken again, Klopp has been backed financially by owners Fenway Sports Group as he gets set for Liverpool’s biggest-ever summer spending spree. Manchester City are refusing to give up on their primary summer transfer target Alexis Sanchez, and are reportedly ready to go to extreme lengths to get their man. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger does not want to sell his star player to a Premier League rival, but there could be one way to tempt him. Man City may be willing to swap Argentina international and star striker Sergio “Kun” Aguero to sign Sanchez.
West Ham are ready to break the bank to sign Olivier Giroud. Arsenal are likely to offload the France striker as they look to complete a £50m deal for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. West Ham are desperate to get Giroud and stop the Arsenal striker from returning to France either as part of the Lacazette deal or to another Ligue 1 club. West Ham are willing to pay £20m plus a staggering £130,000-a-week for Giroud which would make it the biggest deal in the club’s history. Giroud, who turns 30 in September, only signed a new deal in January on £120,000-a-week which takes him up until 2020.
It looks like Giroud and Walcott’s days are numbered at Arsenal. The Hammers face a battle ahead if they are to persuade the Gunners to accept their offer for the two forwards Giroud and Walcott. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger plans a major revamp of his squad this summer and is ready to sell some players. France international Giroud and England winger Walcott had inconsistent seasons with the Gunners and it is understood that Wenger will not stand on their way if they want to go to the Irons. Much depends on Wenger being able to bring in new faces. Wenger may spearhead a sensational swap deal with Manchester City with Alexis Sanchez going to City and Sergio Aguero joining the Gunners. Wenger would also love to sign Monaco’s 18-year-old teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe. But the young striker’s most likely destination if he leaves Monaco looks to be Spanish La Liga’s Real Madrid for a world-record fee of around £100m. Arsenal have been told by Lyon chief executive Jean-Michel Aulas they must come up with £57m if they are to land France international Alexandre Lacazette. Other players that will probably leave Arsenal are left-back Kieran Gibbs, who was made available by Wenger who reportedly is also ready to listen to offers for midfielder Francis Coquelin. The future is bright for Gunner’s favorite star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a new deal for the England footballer at The Emirates close to being finalized. Spaniard Hector Bellerin will stay at Arsenal for at least another year despite strong interest from Barcelona. So far Wenger’s only new addition to his squad is the free transfer signing of left-back Sead Kolasinac from German side Schalke. Arsenal have been told that they must lodge a bid of £57million if they are to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette . The France international has emerged as one of the Gunners’ chief transfer targets this summer, but Lyon CEO Jean-Michel Aulas has warned the Premier League side that hiring the striker will not be cheap. Aulas told Arsene Wenger that the Gunners will need to match Spanish Primera League Atletico Madrid’s offer for the 26-year-old. Atletico had agreed on a deal for Lacazette before they were slapped with a transfer ban that means they are unable to register new players until January 1. “I don’t have the intention to sell Alexandre quickly because there is still the will of Atletico Madrid to return on January 1. Now, I will listen also to what Alexandre says,” Aulas said.
Transfer rumors are flying at this point, so check back and we will bring you all of the latest transfer news, gossip, and completed deals. Here is a list of summer transfer deals that will be official on July 1, 2017.
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Sead Kolasinac - Schalke - Free
Asmir Begovic - Chelsea - Undisclosed*
Pascal Gross - Ingolstadt - Undisclosed
Josh Kerr - Celtic - Undisclosed
Mathew Ryan - Valencia - Undisclosed
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Jordan Pickford - Sunderland - £30m
Davy Klaassen - Ajax - £23.6m
Laurent Depoitre - Porto - Undisclosed
Harry Maguire - Hull City - £17m
Sam Hughes - Chester - Undisclosed
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Dominic Solanke - Chelsea - Fee by tribunal*
Mohamed Salah - Roma - £39m*
Bernardo Silva - Monaco - £43m
Ederson - Benfica - Undisclosed*
Victor Lindelof - Benfica - £30.7m
Christian Atsu - Chelsea - £6.2m
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Darren Fletcher - West Brom - Free*
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Tom Cleverley - Everton - Undisclosed
Will Hughes - Derby - £8m
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Pablo Zabaleta - Manchester City - Free*