London’s Premier League clubs are beginning to step up their efforts in the transfer market.
Chelsea are targeting up to six additions this summer, and are expected to announce their first signing of the summer on July 1.
Romelu Lukaku and Tiemoué Bakayoko are the leading targets for Antonio Conte, while the Blues have seen a £52million bid for Alex Sandro rejected.
Arsenal have secured the services of Sead Kolašinac, but have so far failed in their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe. The Gunners failed with an informal £87million for the Monaco man, but could return with a package that includes Olivier Giroud as makeweight.
Tottenham must look to balance ambitions of silverware with their move to Wembley as they look to build a squad capable of competing in the Champions League, while West Ham and Crystal Palace must build to avoid another difficult start.
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Arsenal have agreed a blockbuster new deal with…Universal Pictures.
The partnership could see the club’s players appear in promotional videos for the latest blockbuster films.
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TAMMY TO WALES?
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is a summer target for Swansea, the club’s chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed.
“Tammy does not have Premier League experience, but we are interested.”
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Sean Dyche would be interested in the Crystal Palace job if he is approached about taking over at Selhurst Park.
Palace have been interviewing candidates over their managerial vacancy but it is understood they have not made contact with Dyche, despite the Burnley boss being under consideration.
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Joe Cole says Chelsea’s summer shopping list should only contain a select few targets…
“The financial structure of it and the cost… I wouldn’t look outside of Lukaku, Sanchez and Aguero. [Alvaro] Morata is another one but he has never played in England so there is a little question mark there. Certainly they would be the players to look at.”
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You get the feeling that Alexis Sanchez is the type of player who would happily try to run off a broken leg – and Arsenal fans may not be best pleased to see their star player Instagramming a picture of what appears to be his swollen ankle after playing for Chile last night.
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Arsenal have signed… a new fitness chief.
Arsenal have appointed Darren Burgess in a new head of high performance role created within manager Arsene Wenger’s backroom staff – but this lower-level role will be interpreted by many as a victory for the Gunners boss, who will retain control of Arsenal’s scouting and recruitment system with no director of football planned as of yet.
James Olley has more here.
More good news for Chelsea fans courtesy of Standard Sport – Chelsea are hopeful of finalising deals for Tiemoue Bakayoko and Romelu Lukaku soon.
Antonio Conte is looking to make six signings this summer and has identified Lukaku as a priority target, while he hopes to partner Bakayoko with N’Golo Kante in midfield next season.
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Juventus have offered Alex Sandro a new deal in a last ditch bid to convince him not to join Chelsea.
However, Chelsea are set to iprove on their original £52m offer – already rejected by Juve – as the defender nears a move to Stamford Bridge.
Simon Johnson has the latest on Sandro’s future here.
That’s how much Manchester United are willing to part with in order to land Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the Mirror. In the upside-down world of transfer news, that deal would theoretically make sense – but is such a deal really worth United losing one of the best goalkeepers in the world for?
Ronaldo is currently on international duty with Portugal, and the most likely outcome will be him signing a new deal to stay in Madrid. But if there’s even a slight possibility he’s available, United surely have to try…
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