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Football Rumours on Thursday 1st July 2021
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  • Arsenal have made a bid for Italy's 23-year-old midfielder Manuel Locatelli, says Sassuolo chief executive Giovanni Carnevali. But they must compete with Juventus for his signature.

  • Portugal Under-21 left-back Nuno Tavares, 21, will have a medical at Arsenal before joining the Gunners for £7m from Benfica.

  • With a deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho having been agreed, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 22, Villarreal's 24-year-old defender Pau Torres and Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 27, top Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's wishlist.

  • Manchester United are also interested in Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka, 26, whose contract with the Bundesliga champions is due to expire in 2022.

  • However, United and Liverpool are likely to be priced out of a move for French winger Kingsley Coman after Bayern set a £77m asking price for the 25-year-old.

  • New Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici has been told he must pay £51.5m for 26-year-old Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar this summer.
    (Daily Express)

  • Patson Daka has completed his transfer to Leicester City from Red Bull Salzburg, with the fee thought to be around £23m.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich remains confident the Blues can secure the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20, this summer.
    (Daily Express)

  • Barcelona have called Manchester City repeatedly in an attempt to sell Spaniard Sergi Roberto, 29. The Catalan giants are wary of losing the defender on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer.

  • Aston Villa have expressed an interest in Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse and are also monitoring Tottenham's Harry Winks and Norwich's Todd Cantwell.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is to have a medical at Norwich on Thursday ahead of a proposed loan deal.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Leicester face competition from AC Milan in the race to sign Sassuolo and Italy winger Domenico Berardi, 26, who has impressed for the Azzurri at Euro 2020.
    (Corriere dello Sport)

  • Newcastle United have made a £1.5m bid for Wolves defender Dion Sanderson as they compete with Sunderland to sign the 21-year-old English player.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz is wanted by Jose Mourinho at Roma after the buy-back option held by Manchester City expired.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • RB Leipzig will let Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer leave the club in a cut-price deal this summer, with Arsenal, AC Milan and Roma all interested in the 27-year-old playmaker.

  • Rangers captain James Tavernier is the subject of interest from Manchester United, Brighton, Norwich and Arsenal. The 29-year-old Englishman signed a contract extension in April, tying him to the Scottish champions until 2024.

  • Paris St-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, has told people at the club that, as it stands, he will not sign a contract extension. His current deal has one year to run.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Meanwhile, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has taken over from sporting director Leonardo in talks with Mbappe to try and get him to remain at the Parc de Princes.


  • Fulham are in advanced talks to appoint Marco Silva as their new head coach.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Tottenham have appointed Nuno Espirito Santo as their new head coach on a two-year deal.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Everton have appointed Rafael Benitez as their new manager on a three-year deal.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Patrick Vieira could return to Arsenal for a selection of young stars to bolster his Crystal Palace squad.

  • Joachim Low will consider projects to stay in football following his departure as Germany manager after 15 years.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Gareth Southgate faces a selection dilemma for England's European Championship quarter-final against Ukraine, with four players being one yellow card away from a one-match ban.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Italian officials plan to introduce checkpoints on roads from neighbouring countries and boost security at airports with direct links to the UK in a bid to catch crafty England fans sneaking in.

  • Former Manchester United, Ajax and Barcelona manager Louis van Gaal is reportedly ready to come out of retirement to be Netherlands boss for the third time.
    (Daily Mail)

  • After 15 years in charge and the high of World Cup glory in 2014, Joachim Low ended his reign by apologising for Germany's Euro 2020 exit at the hands of England.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Arsenal will finally get Mesut Ozil off their books completely as of July 1, when the Gunners will no longer have to subsidise the playmaker's Fenerbahce wages.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Manchester City are planning to hold talks with England forward Raheem Sterling over his future - the 26-year-old has two years left on his contract with the Premier League champions.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester United's new winger Jadon Sancho will be handed the number seven shirt at Manchester United, currently worn by Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, 34.

  • Manchester City will net a £11.2m windfall from Jadon Sancho's sale to Manchester United after their bitter rivals finally agreed a £72.9m deal with Borussia Dortmund for the England winger.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • The Premier League is to come under renewed pressure to fall into line with the rest of football and allow five substitutes next season amid growing concerns about players' workload which has come to a head during Euro 2020.
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