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Transfers LIVE! Sancho to Man Utd; Arsenal close in on £50m White

The summer transfer window is well underway, and we are starting to see the top clubs across Europe step up their efforts to spend some cash and refresh their respective squads for the upcoming 2021/22 season.

Reports now suggest City – also battling with Chelsea for Jack Grealish – are ready to wait for a year to sign a new striker if they can’t get Kane this summer, while Tottenham are supposedly chasing Denmark starlet Mikkel Damsgaard.

Arsenal are reportedly reigniting their interest in long-term target Houssem Aouar of Lyon, while Kieran Tierney is set to sign a new five-year deal in a major boost to Mikel Arteta’s side as they look to sign Ben White.

Liverpool and Arsenal are both being linked with the likes of Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma and PSV Eindhoven’s Donyell Malen, while the Reds are also said to hold a real interest in Aston Villa’s John McGinn.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are planning for life with Jadon Sancho after submitting a new £72m bid to Borussia Dortmund, while their centre-back search is narrowing to either Real Madrid star Raphael Varane or Villarreal defender Pau Torres.

Staying in Spain, Barcelona could also been on the lookout for a sensational deal for Cristiano Ronaldo, with AS reporting that the Blaugrana want to partner him in attack with Lionel Messi, whose future remains very uncertain with just six days left on his current contract.

Keep up to date with today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip below!

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West Ham waiting on Lingard… decision could hinge on Sancho

West Ham are waiting on a decision from Jesse Lingard as to where he sees his future but remain intent on pushing ahead with a move for the Manchester United midfielder, writes Jack Rosser.

The 28-year-old is a top target for David Moyes but is yet to make a call as to where his future lies. Lingard wants regular football and it is thought his first choice would be to remain at Old Trafford, where he has one year left on his current deal.

Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho could change his position and West Ham do not expect any deal to be done over Lingard until a move for the Borussia Dortmund winger has been completed.

Manchester United increased their offer for Sancho to £72million this week and, while no deal has been struck, all sides are now confident it will happen, leaving Lingard potentially further down the pecking order.

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Moreno targeted as Chelsea’s Plan B

Chelsea have identified Gerard Moreno as their ‘Plan B’ for Erling Haaland, reports the Mirror.

Thomas Tuchel is desperate to sign a striker as the Blues look to launch a Premier League title bid next season.

Haaland is top of the list, followed closely by Harry Kane, but Villarreal’s Moreno is now also a target.

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Arsenal want Malen back

Arsenal are looking into bringing Donyell Malen back to the club but face competition from Liverpool, according to reporters.

The PSV Eindhoven forward, 22, who was originally sold by the Gunners in 2017 after joining from Ajax two years earlier.

Malen has since impressed hugely in the Eredivisie and is currently with the Dutch side at Euro 2020, where he featured in all three of their Group C wins over Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia, starting the latter contest.

Borussia Dortmund are also tracking Malen closely, according to reports from Germany.

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Arsenal close in on £50m White

Big news coming from The Athletic’s David Ornstein, who reports that Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Brighton and England centre-back Ben White.

Brighton are holding out for £50m and the Gunners have offered £45m plus a further £5m in add-ons.

The report adds: “Face-to-face talks have taken place & negotiations continue over add-ons, payment structure etc. No other bidders yet.”

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ICYMI: Liverpool keen on McGinn

Liverpool are interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn, according to reports.

McGinn has shone since joining Villa from Hibernian in 2018, becoming an absolutely instrumental figure in midfield.

The 26-year-old is also a key player for Scotland, starring alongside Billy Gilmour during last week’s Euros Group D draw against England at Wembley.

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Real Madrid to battle Arsenal for Isak

Arsenal are reportedly battling with Real Madrid for the signing of Alexander Isak.

The Real Sociedad forward has played a key role in guiding Sweden to the top of Group E at the Euros, where they now face a last-16 tie against Ukraine in Glasgow on Tuesday night.

Isak’s consistent performances have led to frequent links with Arsenal, who are looking to strengthen their striking options this summer.

However, AS in Spain now report that Real Madrid are also interested in the 21-year-old, who is said to have a release clause worth £59m written into his current Sociedad contract.

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Man United want Sancho to add new attacking dimension

Here’s more from James Robson on Manchester United planning for life with Sancho, including a big chance for Mason Greenwood to establish himself as a conventional striker at Old Trafford….

Solskjaer and his coaching staff have remained determined to bring Sancho to Old Trafford and have openly discussed what he can bring to a team that finished second in the Premier League last season.

They consider him one of the brightest talents in world football and capable of adding a new dimension to their attack.

His arrival also gives Solskjaer the chance to play Mason Greenwood as an orthodox centre forward, which United hope could solve their long-standing striker issue – particularly after Edinson Cavani signed on for another year.

The club’s transfer committee have been searching for a prolific centre forward since selling Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan in 2019. They missed out on Erling Haaland last year.

The Norwegian remains a long-standing target, along with Harry Kane, but those deals are seen as unlikely with both valued in the region of £150m.

There is hope within the club that Greenwood can establish himself as a 20-30-goal-a-season striker and he will be given more opportunities to play at the point of attack once Sancho arrives.

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Liverpool in for Malen?

A lot of Donyell Malen links flying around today, but the original source of said speculation isn’t particularly clear.

Both Arsenal and Liverpool are being linked with the PSV Eindhoven forward, 22, who was originally sold by the Gunners in 2017 after joining from Ajax two years earlier.

Malen has since impressed hugely in the Eredivisie and is currently with the Dutch side at Euro 2020, where he featured in all three of their Group C wins over Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia, starting the latter contest.

Borussia Dortmund are also tracking Malen closely, according to reports from Germany.

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Man United planning for life with Sancho

An update now on the Jadon Sancho to Manchester United front from Standard Sport’s James Robson….

Manchester United are already planning for life with Jadon Sancho after lodging a second bid worth £72m for the England international.

That is still £5m below Borussia Dortmund’s asking price, but there is confidence on all sides that a deal will be done – two years after United first identified him as a target.

With Sancho’s camp happy with personal terms that were on the table last year, it is now a case of agreeing the finer details of the overall package.

Dortmund are believed to want around £4m in add-ons to get the deal over the line, with Sancho’s heart set on the move. 

United are already much further ahead in their pursuit of Sancho than they were last year when their refusal to meet Dortmund’s asking price of more than £100m saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer miss out on his top target.

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Liverpool confirm new Kelleher deal

Caoimhin Kelleher has put pen to paper on a new contract at Liverpool.

The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, 22, has signed what the club only describe as a “long-term deal”.

Kelleher made five senior appearances for Liverpool last season and will hope to become the undisputed back-up to first-choice custodian Alisson Becker, though Adrian also signed a new contract earlier this month.

“I am happy to get it over the line and finally done; it was in the pipeline for a few months with negotiations and stuff, so I am delighted to get it done,” Kelleher told Liverpool’s official website.

“For me, it was a positive moment to commit my future to the club for the next few years. It’s such a big club and it’s an honour to be a part of it, so when I got the chance to sign for a few more years I was obviously delighted. I just want to keep my progress going at the club, really.”

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