With Euro 2020 done and dusted, the focus of the football world turns to the transfer market.
The big news is that Lionel Messi has reportedly agreed a new five-year deal with Barcelona, which will seemingly involve the captain taking a huge pay cut due to the financial difficulties that the club are experiencing.
Barca teammate Antoine Griezmann could be on his way out, potentially returning to Atletico Madrid in a swap deal for Saul Niguez. Earlier this week the rumours were that the France international might be heading to Chelsea on loan, but a return to Atletico looks much more likely at his point.
Elsewhere, Jadon Sancho’s long-awaited move to Manchester United could be confirmed at any moment, with the young England winger having completed his medical a few days ago, and the Old Trafford club seems to be the preferred destination for Three Lions teammate Kieran Trippier. The defender is reportedly keen for a Premier League return from Atletico Madrid.
In other news, Leicester are hopeful of fending off Liverpool to retain midfielder Youri Tielemans, per The Telegraph, and the Daily Mirror report that Tammy Abraham could be used by Chelsea to boost a trade deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Meanwhile, Euro 2020’s player of the tournament, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, has signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain. He joins the French side from AC Milan.
Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip below.
Spurs keen on Southampton striker Ings
The Telegraph reports Tottenham have earmarked Southampton forward Danny Ings as their primary transfer target.
Spurs are looking for the 28-year-old to feature alongside Harry Kane who the club are determined to keep.
Could Ings be on his way to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
Chelsea youngster Chalobah wanted by Brentford and West Brom
Chelsea prospect Trevoh Chalobah has attracted interest from Brentford and West Brom, according to The Sun.
The youngster will not be let go on a permanent transfer, but is likely to be sent out on loan by the Blues.
And while Premier League sides Brentford and West Brom are in the running, French side Lorient are also keen to acquire the 22-year-old, who can play centre-back and defensive midfield.
Rui Patricio completes move from Wolves to Roma
Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio has joined Roma from Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee.
The Premier League club confirmed the deal, which Roma stated to be for an initial £9.8million, on Tuesday evening.
Patricio, 33, becomes Jose Mourinho’s first signing since the former Tottenham boss was appointed as head coach at Roma in May.
“Roma is a big club and a new challenge and I’m excited to try and help the club achieve its targets,” Patricio said on www.asroma.com.
“In Jose Mourinho we are talking about one of the greatest coaches in the world and I am excited to start working with him and doing everything I can to help the team.”
West Ham to try and tie Rice down to new deal
West Ham are set to use some of the wages freed up by the sale of Felipe Anderson to Lazio to tie down Declan Rice.
The England international midfielder has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium this summer.
But according to The Sun, West Ham now have the funds to provide Rice the contract he wants to stay at the London club.
Man Utd receive Varane transfer boost
Manchester United have received a boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.
According to The Athletic, financial problems stemming from the coronavirus pandemic are set to force the Spanish club to slash their wage bill from £403 million down to just £225m.
This could free up Varane for a move to Old Trafford as Madrid look to trim their huge 35-man squad before the start of the new season.
Benitez says Everton fans have been ‘very supportive’ of appointment
Rafael Benitez has said Everton fans have been “very supportive” after he was appointed manager of the Premier League club.
The Spaniard was appointed on a three-year deal following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure for Real Madrid at the end of last season but the move threatened to be an unpopular one with Everton supporters given Benitez’s achievements with rivals Liverpool, who he managed from 2004 to 2010.
Merseyside Police also investigated an anti-Benitez banner hung close to his home on the Wirral prior to his appointment.
But the 61-year-old said he was not worried about the response of the fans and said he had been welcomed back to the city by supporters on both the blue and red sides of Liverpool.
“Evertonians around my place, they are quite happy and very supportive,” Benitez said at his first press conference as Everton manager.
“Even the Liverpool fans were very accepting of this opportunity for me to return to the Premier League, to compete for something. So it was a good feeling.
“Talking about the banners, we can talk about one or two people, you never know. I think it’s better to think about the positives, how a lot of people were encouraging me to do well and I’m happy with that.”
Chelsea planning loan move for Griezmann
Chelsea are reportedly making plans to sign Antoine Griezmann on loan from Barcelona.
The Daily Express says the Blues could use the 30-year-old’s France team-mate Kurt Zouma to help set the platform for a potential move in the summer.
Chelsea used the same tactic last year, enlisting Antonio Rudiger as a mediator to help bring in Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
Brentford among clubs keen to sign Wales international Johnson
Several Premier League and Championship clubs are aiming to sign Brennan Johnson from Nottingham Forest, with newly-promoted Brentford among them.
Offers have been made to Forest for the versatile attacker, who came through the Academy system at the City Ground and made his debut in the 2019/20 season, playing a handful of games in the Championship.
At least one offer has been put to Forest so far for Johnson, who has two senior Wales caps to his name after playing in friendlies against USA and Mexico last season.
Domestically, he was on loan at Lincoln City for the entirety of 20/21 and played a key role for them in reaching the League One play-off final, where he featured for the full 90 minutes at Wembley in an eventual defeat to Blackpool. He scored 13 goals in all competitions, mainly playing from the sides of the attack but also featuring from a central attacking midfield role at times.
Johnson signed a long-term contract with Forest in 2019, but the length of the deal was not disclosed.
Donnarumma signs five-year deal at Paris St Germain
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has signed for Paris St Germain on a five-year deal.
The 22-year-old joins PSG after reaching the end of his contract with AC Milan with whom he had been since 2013.
Donnarumma was handed his Milan debut aged 16 in 2015 and ended up making over 200 Serie A appearances for them.
Confirmation of his move to PSG comes three days on from Donnarumma, holder of 33 senior caps, helping Italy win Euro 2020 and being named player of the tournament.
His efforts included keeping three clean sheets and saving one penalty in the shootout in the semi-finals against Spain and then two more in the one that settled Sunday’s final as the Azzurri got the better of England at Wembley.
Messi extends Barca deal, per reports
Lionel Messi has agreed a significant pay cut in order to remain at Barcelona and will sign a five-year contract in the coming days, according to reports.
Messi, 34, has been a free agent since his previous four-year deal expired on June 30, but though the Argentinian was widely linked with Manchester City and Paris St Germain last summer, it had been anticipated that a deal would be reached for him to extend his 20-year association with Barca.
Messi’s relationship with former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu had become strained after the club’s 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich last season, but he has been happier since the re-election of Joan Laporta in March.
Finding a solution has not been straightforward, however, given Barca’s crippling debts and need to cut costs in order to meet LaLiga’s Financial Fair Play rules.
But according to reports in Spain and beyond, Messi has agreed to take a 50 per cent pay cut compared to his previous contract, which was worth more than 125 million euros (£105million) per season, while continuing his playing career until 2026 at least.