Transfer News LIVE: GREALISH + KANE TO CITY IMPOSSIBLE, LEEDS WANT TRAORE, WEST HAM'S ZOUMA PROBLEMS
Updated: 6 hours ago
• Jack Grealish to City but no Harry Kane
• Traore wanted by two PL clubs
• Milenkovic West Ham's cheaper Zouma alternative
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By Kieran Horn
BOTH KANE AND GREALISH TO CITY NOT POSSIBLE
Manchester City will end their pursuit of Tottenham striker Harry Kane if they are able to sign his England teammate Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
In the past few days City have submitted an official bid of £100m for Grealish and negotiations are now underway to reach an agreement.
Earlier in the transfer window, City felt they had a good chance of signing both Kane and Grealish but now the English champions have set their sights on the latter.
Meanwhile for Kane, who has not reported for first team training this morning, is still trying to push for a move away but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has said his star striker is not for sale.
Pep Guardiola must be quick with this deal as a new contract is on the table for Grealish at Villa Park if the deal is not completed this week.
Villa have already signed Emi Buendia in this window and recently acquired Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen, possibly suggesting they are building for life without Grealish.
LEEDS AND SPURS AFTER TRAORE
Wolves winger Adama Traore has attracted the attention of two other Premier League in Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United regarding a possible transfer.
The Spanish international, who went to Euro 2020 but played no minutes, has been with Wolves since 2018 earning 28 goal contributions in 131 games.
The interest from Tottenham could stem from the fact that his former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is now the manager of Spurs, while Leeds have become interested after new contract talks with Wolves stalled.
Traore is valued at around £30m but it's unlikely a bid near that region would be accepted by Wolves as his impact would be hard to replace.
WEST HAM STRUGGLE FOR ZOUMA DEAL
West Ham United remain in talks with Chelsea for defender Kurt Zouma but with the deal seeming difficult to complete, Fiorentina's Nikola Milenkovic has emerged as a more realistic option.
The French centre back is thought to be very interested in a move to the London Stadium, but the difficulty lies within the valuation regarding the fee and Zouma's wages.
Therefore, Fiorentina defender Milenkovic is seen to be a much cheaper alternative valued at around £15m due to only having one year left on his current contract.
Milenkovic, 23, has been linked with Spurs in this window but that deal is considered a back-up if they can't sign Cristian Romero.
Chelsea are continuing to push to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla whether Zouma is involved in that deal or not and it could potentially see him become Chelsea's 5th choice centre-back.
By Nathan Smith
VILLA EYE GREALISH REPLACEMENT
With Aston Villa ready to accept Manchester City's £100m bid for star man Jack Grealish, the attention will turn to who will have the task of filling his boots.
That man is Todd Cantwell, who has been linked with a move away from his current club Norwich City for a number of years now.
Cantwell enjoyed a good season in the Championship, helping the Canaries reach the Premier League at the first time of asking, and was a shining light in a miserable 19/20 season for Norwich.
While he's obviously not Grealish, Cantwell is someone with a high ceiling and a lot of ability and if Dean Smith can get the best out of him, Villa have a player on their hands.
PALACE SET FOR NELSON LOAN
Patrick Viera has identified Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson as his number one target for the wide positions.
Nelson is available for loan, having struggled for minutes at Arsenal last season.
The Eagles have also considered bringing in Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig, but the price may put Viera and co off.
Palace are currently undergoing a rebuild, and Nelson could be the next step for that.
STONES CONTRACT TALKS PROGRESS AS STERLING STALLS
As Manchester City look to strengthen their ranks with both Jack Grealish and Harry Kane, contract talks are ongoing with two of England's other standouts from Euro 2020.
On one hand, negotiations with centre-back John Stones have progressed as he is close to signing a new £175k a week deal.
After a tough few years, Stones has re-emerged as one of the best defendders in the Premier League after a strong 20/21 season.
On the other hand, talks with Raheem Sterling have stalled, and despite having two years left on his deal, the club planned to extend his deal this summer.
Sterling has had an exceptional summer, being England's main man for much of Euro 2020, and the Citizens want to keep the winger through his peak years.
By Oliver Barefoot
POGBA SET TO STAY
Manchester United are now confident that Paul Pogba will not leave the club this summer, but risk losing the player for free in 12 months.
Paul Pogba is believed to be excited by the long-term plan United are looking to build, with the new signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
Sky Sports have reported that the midfielder 'loves the club' and is 'excited' by the direction the club are going in, but is not ready to decide his future.
It is believed that the player will wait until January to decide where his future lies, basing his decisions on Manchester United's early season form.
Interest is thought to be high in the French international, with PSG leading the race if the player was to leave Old Trafford.
SPURS ANNOYED WITH ROMERO DEAL
Tottenham are growing more and more angry with Atalanta over the dealings of defender Cristian Romero.
A deal for the Argentinean defender seemed guaranteed after rapid progress was made earlier this week, but talks have since stalled.
Spurs have offered around €50M for the player, but Atalanta have still not accepted the Premier League outfits bid.
The London based club are now growing increasingly worried that they are being used in a bidding war, as Barcelona are reportedly lining up a bid for the clubs star player.
The Spanish club have not yet made any official bid, but an offer is expected to be made soon.
UNITED END INTEREST IN CAMAVINGA
Manchester United have ended their interest in Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga, after the player made it clear he would prefer a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was reportedly a huge fan of the young midfielder, but will not sign players more interested in other clubs.
The move comes as the club continue with their cultural reset, as they only eye players dedicated to the badge.
VILLA BID FOR GREALISH REPLACMENT
Aston Villa are already planning their replacement signings, if Jack Grealish leaves in a £100M transfer to Manchester City.
The fresh move from Man City has seen Villa make a fresh bid for Southampton star man James Ward-Prowse.
However, reports suggest that Southampton have rejected the clubs most recent £25M offer.
The 26-year-old has been a long-term target for Villa all summer, as Dean Smith believes the player to be the perfect Grealish replacement.
Just one year older than 25-year-old Grealish, Ward-Prowse has similar leadership qualities that the club would lose if the £100M deal went through. He can also play in the attacking midfield role that Grealish would sometimes occupy.
Looking further up the pitch, and Dean Smith could push Ollie Watkins out wide to make space for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
The London outfit are looking to offload the English International and are willing to lower their £40M asking price.
Aston Villa are rumoured to be interested in the out-of-favour striker and believe Watkins could fill the inside forward role Grealish occupied last season.
By Nathan Smith
VILLA TO OFFER GREALISH NEW DEAL
The Jack Grealish saga is set to take another twist as Aston Villa are willing to restart talks over a new contract to halt any interest from Manchester City.
City have already begun negotiations in terms of signing the playmaker and are expected to make a decision on whether to pursue the deal or not in the next few days.
The asking price is believed to be at least £100m and while Manchester City can afford it, Villa do not need to sell as they are one of the richest teams in the Premier League.
Aston Villa believe that they can build the team around Grealish but the allure of playing for Manchester City won't be going away any time soon.
WEST HAM IN £20m ZOUMA SWOOP
West Ham are set to bid £20m for the services of Kurt Zouma as his Chelsea future looks bleak.
The Blues had wanted to use the Frenchman as a makeweight in the Jules Kounde which would see Zouma head to Sevilla.
It is believed that the defender would rather move across London but it is also alleged that West Ham's bid will be rejected as it's below the valuation.
Zouma has made 150 appearances for Chelsea, but since Thomas Tuchel's arrival he has struggled for appearances and a move to West Ham could kickstart the prime of his career.
NEWCASTLE LEAD TUANZEBE RACE
Newcastle United have overtaken Aston Villa in the race to sign Axel Tuanzebe as Manchester United look to loan out the defender.
It is believed that Dean Smith wanted the 23-year-old to provide cover to his centre-backs, and that has led to Newcastle going ahead as they can offer a starting role.
With Manchester United signing Rapheal Varane, Tuanzebe has moved down the pecking order and is left needing a loan move.
At 23, this could be a make or break season for the centre-back as he looks to build a future at Manchester United.
By Kieran Horn
Kounde set to join Chelsea
European Champion Chelsea have opened negotiations with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after his move to Spurs fell short once he discovered the latter were not in the Champions League.
Thomas Tuchel's Blues went completely under the radar regarding their move for Kounde but now consider him their main target at centre-back.
Kounde has already agreed personal terms with Chelsea with his contract running until 2026, and it is now up to the two clubs to agree the payment.
As opposed to a full fee, it looks increasingly likely that Kurt Zouma would be used in the deal to bring Kounde to Stamford Bridge but talks are still ongoing regarding that deal.
Sevilla and Spurs were close to agreeing a potential swap deal for Kounde with Davinson Sanchez + a substantial fee going the other way.
However, due to Spurs not qualifying for this season's Champions League Kounde was not interested in joining them.
There was brief talks about Real Madrid making a move for Kounde but they never materialised, while Manchester United focussed their efforts on signing Raphael Varane.
Spurs after Milenkovic & Romero
Tottenham Hotspur are looking to make a double swoop for Serie A centre-backs Cristian Romero and Nikola Milenkovic in attempt to bolster their defensive options ahead of the new season.
Following the departure of long-serving centre-back Toby Alderweireld, Spurs are in desperate need of reinforcements at the back and they look to have found some in Italy's top flight.
Romero is the main target, however Spurs are slightly off the price tag set by his club Atalanta which is 55m Euros.
However, Romero having already agreed personal terms and being very excited about playing in the Premier League, means he could push for a move away.
As for Milenkovic, the deal to sign him from Fiorentina on the surface seems very straightforward as he only has one year left on his contract, he's available for 15m Euros.
Tottenham will be hoping to land their priority signing in Romero but have a plan B which would be to sign three centre-backs which would include the aforementioned Milenkovic, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kurt Zouma.
But with Zouma potentially joining Sevilla, plan B could be a difficult one, however it is possible that Spurs sign both Romero and Milenkovic.
Arsenal interested in Martinez
Mikkel Arteta's Arsenal are set to launch an ambitious move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.
The Gunners have been on the look out for a striker all summer, most recently enquiring about Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham, but are now interested in bringing Martinez to the Emirates.
While this seems very unlikely, with Martinez having just won the Scudetto with Inter and having a large price tag, Arsenal have a player in their ranks who could make the deal possible.
Hector Bellerin is wanted by Inter following Achraf Hakimi leaving to join PSG and it's very possible a player plus cash deal could tempt Inter to allowing Martinez to leave.
Inter have made no secret of their financial troubles and a significant fee for Martinez could go some way to solving that, however the higher-ups at the club have ensured new manager Simone Inzaghi that he will not lose any more of his star players ahead of the new season.
By Nathan Smith
UNITED BACK IN FOR KOUNDE
Manchester United’s centre-back spending spree is not set to end with Raphael Varane, as they look to reignite their early window interest in Jules Kounde.
Kounde has been linked with a various number of clubs including Tottenham and Real Madrid but it seems that United have concrete interest in the Frenchman.
It seems as if Kounde will not be at Sevilla come the end of the transfer window, but whether he will remain in Spain or come to England is unknown.
With Varane’s United move edging closer, this is proving to be a great window for the Red Devils, as they look to secure their first league title post-SAF.
NEWCASTLE TURN ATTENTION TO BARKLEY
With Joe Willock set to remain at Arsenal, Steve Bruce and co have turned to Ross Barkley to fill the attacking midfield player void.
Barkley is coming off a poor season with Aston Villa, in what many thought was a make-or-break season for the Englishman.
However, it appears Newcastle would be willing to give Barkley a chance although they have not given up hope with Willock, as it is believed the player wants the move.
The midfield remains a must-strengthen area for Newcastle, and everybody knows there is a player in Ross Barkley, but can Steve Bruce find it?
PALACE AND BRIGHTON BATTLE FOR EDOUARD
After a move to Leicester fell through, Odsonne Edouard may still be heading to the Premier League as Brighton plan to launch a £20m bid for the striker.
However, they won’t be alone as Crystal Palace have also shown interest in the Frenchman as they continue their summer rebuild.
It was well known what Brighton’s problem last season was, as they failed to convert chances on many occasions, so a new striker would be welcomed.
Celtic would be willing to sell, as new manager Ange Postecoglou has stated he would be open to selling unsettled players.
By Kieran Horn
Madrid and United contact Goretzka
Both Real Madrid and Manchester United have made contact with Leon Goretzka about a possible move next summer when his Bayern Munich contract expires.
Goretzka, who moved from Schalke to Munich in 2018, will see his four-year contract with the current Bundesliga champions expire in 2022, alerting several top European clubs that he may available on a free transfer.
It's possible that the 26-year-old and Bayern will come to an agreement on a new contract, but there is irritation on the side of Goretzka over the progress of renewal talks.
Manchester United have offered a 'table-concrete £200k-a-week' for Goretzka to sign and possibly succeed Paul Pogba in the Red Devils midfield.
However, they will face tough competition from Real Madrid who have reportedly told Goretzka they will move for him if he lets his contract expire, as they did with David Alaba this summer.
Arsenal to make third Ramsdale bid
Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are set to go back to Sheffield United with an improved offer of around £30m for their goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
According to talkSPORT, the Gunners have made Ramsdale their number one transfer target ahead of West Brom's Sam Johnstone and will go back with a third bid for the former Bournemouth keeper.
The 28-year-old was relegated with Sheffield United this season and was also a late call-up as a backup goalkeeper for England in this summer's Euro 2020.
If Arsenal were to bring in Ramsdale it's unclear what this will mean for current Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno, there was talk of him leaving the Emirates this season but he has dismissed those reports and looks set to fight for his place if Ramsdale does join.
Dortmund edge closer to Malen deal
Borussia Dortmund are now in direct contact with Donyell Malen's agent Mino Raiola in an attempt to agree personal terms for a transfer move from PSV.
Malen has been on Dortmund's radar for several weeks now after Jadon Sancho's move to Manchester United was completed, and now it looks as though progress is being made.
The two camps will start by negotiating over a wage for Malen and any possible signing-on fee before then moving onto agreeing a fee with PSV.
If the personal term agreements are sorted quickly, agreeing a fee should be relatively straight forward due to the funds Dortmund have at their disposal.
Liverpool target Bowen
Jarrod Bowen has become the latest player to be linked with a move to Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the 2021/22 season.
After being priced out of moves Kylian Mbappe and Jadon Sancho, Liverpool have now highlighted West Ham's Bowen as a potential signing.
The 24-year-old moved to West Ham from Hull in last year's January transfer window and has become an important part of David Moyes' system, often playing as an inside forward.
While the signing of Bowen is hardly glamourous, it could be a very smart signing from Klopp as he fits the profile for Liverpool in terms of age, play style and versatility along with many believing he would have the potential to increase competition for places.
By Oliver Barefoot
PSG PLAN POGBA BID
Paris St-Germain are looking to bolster their team further this summer, as they target Manchester United and France star Paul Pogba.
The French outfit believe a bid of around £50M will be enough to complete the signing and are looking to offload several players to raise funds.
However, sources close to United owners, the Glazers, say that Pogba is not for sale, but a price of around £72M would be considered.
That would be a major price tag for a player with just 12-months left on Pogba's current contract, but signals the Old Trafford outfits determination to keep hold of their star man.
PSG have already completed three deals this summer, after Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Achraf Hakimi joined the club.
RONALDO ADDED TO PSG SUMMER TARGETS
Along with Pogba, PSG have also identified Cristiano Ronaldo as a potential summer addition.
Juventus are keen to add PSG striker Mauro Icardi to their ranks this summer, and are eyeing a swap deal involving 36-year-old Ronaldo.
With both clubs seemingly happy with the players they would receive, it now rests on PSG's shoulders over whether they wish to lose 28-year-old Icardi.
Reports suggest both players are open to the moves.
BALE CARDIFF BOUND
In a shock twist, Gareth Bale could now become a Cardiff City player.
New Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo has ruled out a return for the Real Madrid man, with Cardiff now betting shops favourites to land the Wales Captain.
Sky Bet has cut their odds as low as 5/4, with the move seemingly picking up pace.
But, reports suggest the player would rather see out the final 12-months of his Real deal, before moving to the MLS.
SPURS SIGN BRYAN GIL
Tottenham Hotspurs have completed the signing of Sevilla's 20-year-old winger Ryan Gil.
The highly rated youngster will join the Premier League club in a money and player swap deal later this month.
Sevilla will receive long-term spurs star Erik Lamela, along with €25M plus add-ons.
Gil featured 30 times last season on loan at Eibar in all competitions, scoring four and assisting another four.
VARANE WANTS UNITED MOVE THIS WEEK
Raphael Varane hopes to complete a transfer to Manchester United this week, as he looks to push through his dream move to the Premier League.
The Real Madrid and French defender is currently on holiday, but hopes to travel directly to Manchester rather than returning to Real Madrid pre-season training next week.
United and Real are in early discussions regarding a deal for the player, but are yet to really progress with a disagreement over a final fee.
By Nathan Smith
JORDAN HENDERSON FUTURE UNCERTAIN
Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson faces an uncertain future at the club as contract talks stall, following negotiations over the off-season.
The 31-year-old has been an integral part of Liverpool’s success on and off the pitch for several years, and it came as a surprise to many that Henderson may be sold.
The Reds are keen to avoid another Gini Wijnaldum scenario and would prefer to sell their out of contract players instead of letting them leave.
Henderson was one of the main players to lead the revolt against the Super League, something Liverpool’s owners were huge advocates for, and that could possibly be another reason why talks are currently stalling.
SPURS IN ADVANCED TALKS WITH ATALANTA DUO
Managing director Fabio Partici has started his work at Spurs, as they close in on two Atalanta players, those being Pierluigi Gollini and Cristian Romero.
Gollini would be brought in as originally a back-up to long time starter Hugo Lloris on an initial loan, with a view to a permanent deal.
Romero has impressed many in Serie A, and would add some quality into the Spurs defence, and remains a cheaper target than their other defensive targets.
With Nuno Espirito Santo in charge, this summer may be one of change, and Partici is set to get Spurs off to a good start with these two signings.
BRIGHTON EYE WHITE REPLACEMENT
With Ben White heading to Arsenal, Brighton have picked out their replacement in 22-year-old Nat Phillips, who enjoyed a breakout year for Liverpool last season.
The Reds defensive crisis meant Phillips ended up playing 20 times last season, impressing many as he helped Liverpool secure a third-place finish.
With Liverpool strengthening at the back with the returns of Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, and the signing of Ibrahima Konate, it is hard to see a way in for the Englishman.
The price-tag is alleged to be £15m and with Brighton set to earn £50m from the White signing, they will have more than enough to snap up their replacement.
By Nathan Smith
ARSENAL ENTER AARONS RACE
Arsenal’s busy transfer window does not look like slowing down as they have reportedly identified Norwich City right-back Max Aarons as their ideal Hector Bellerin replacement.
The Spanish full-back has made no secret of the fact he wants to leave Arsenal and will leave the Gunners wanting a new right-back to boost their European aspirations.
There has been plenty of interest in the Englishman, with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United exploring the option, but there has yet to be anything concrete this window.
Aarons would cost around £25m, and having already sold Emi Buendia, N