Transfer News LIVE: Ramos PL bound, Everton battle Inter for Dumfries, Trippier bid rejected + more
Updated: 13 hours ago
• Ramos leaves Real Madrid
• Netherlands star set for Prem switch
• United fail to meet Trippier price
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By Kieran Horn
RAMOS DEPARTS MADRID AFTER 16 YEARS
Real Madrid announced yesterday that their captain Sergio Ramos will be leaving the club this summer after reaching the end of his current contract.
Ramos, who joined Madrid from Sevilla in 2005, went on to make an incredible 671 appearances for the club and amazingly as a defender amassed over 100 goals.
The 35-year-old struggled with injuries this season, making just 15 La Liga appearances, however he was still considered to be one of the best defenders in the world and was a huge cog in the Real Madrid machine that won three consecutive Champions League titles.
After not being picked for the Spain squad by Luis Enrique for Euro 2020, Ramos can now take his time to choose the club he wishes to play for next season.
Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Manchester United and Sevilla are all rumoured to be interested in the Spaniard but it’s now been confirmed the latter will not be looking to bring Ramos back to the club where he started his career.
INTER AND EVERTON BATTLE FOR DUMFRIES
PSV Eindhoven’s Denzel Dumfries is set for a move away from the Netherlands this summer after impressing this season, with both Everton and Inter Milan interested.
Voetbal International, a Dutch news outlet, are reporting that the 23-year-old has some admirers in Serie A and the Premier League after helping PSV finish second in the Eredevise.
Dumfries, who captained PSV for the majority of last season, only missed five games throughout four competitions, making 41 appearances in total, contributing four goals and nine assists.
Both interested clubs are in desperate need of a new right back; Inter’s Achraf Hakimi is seemingly off to PSG or Chelsea, while Everton have been forced to play centre-backs Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey at full back for large portions of the season.
Dumfries is currently away with the Dutch national squad for Euro 2020 and even scored the winning goal in their opening group game against Ukraine and PSV will be hoping his impressive performances continue as it will therefore subsequently raise his value.
BERGE EMIRATES BOUND
Sheffield United may be forced to sell Sander Berge this summer to Arsenal as the Norwegian has outlined his ambition to play Champions League football again.
Berge who joined the Blades from Belgian league side Genk in January 2020 for £20.7m endured a difficult campaign after an injury in December ruled him out for the rest of the season.
With Sheffield United heading back to the Championship it is expected they may lose a few of their best players, with Berge being one of them.
Arsenal have expressed their interest in signing the 23-year-old but the two clubs are currently negotiating on a fee with United not budging from their £35m asking price.
However, to ensure the situation doesn’t heavily impact their pre-season plans, the club are open to relaxing the fee paid up front by Arsenal and then stretching the full payment out over the next couple of seasons.
By Alejo Parada
UNITED FALL SHORT OF TRIPPIER PRICE
La Liga champion Kieran Trippier appears to be Manchester United's choice to take the right-back spot, a place the Reds have suffered all season without finding a player who imposes himself in the position in a clear way.
Trippier is currently international with the England national team, he has experience in Premier League with Burnley and Tottenham, after making his professional debut at Barnsley.
He has had two good years at Atletico Madrid, despite his 10-week sanction last season, for being involved in betting related to Premier League matches.
He has evolved in his game under Cholo Simeone’s command and is now a much more valuable player for the market.
Atletico Madrid put a price on him of £30 million while Manchester United's offer is £21.5 million, it is not known if the Reds will return to the charge, there may be more options for that position on the pitch, but if they really want to sign him, they should know that the Spaniards will not move from that figure.
BEN WHITE BIDS
The 23-year-old defender Ben White has put in great performances in the last season in which Brighton was spared relegation, becoming a key player for the side, but because of his performances, age and potential, it will be difficult to retain him.
After different loans, the defender seems to be in a moment to make the jump to a more important team. In this situation, Arsenal was the first to step up.
A £40 million offer didn't seem to be enough for Brighton, they know what kind of player White is and they know that bigger deals may come, from Arsenal itself or even from other Premier League teams.
Arsenal is expected to return to the charge for him, considering the number of players leaving the club in that position. But the transfer window is long and Brighton will have to move the cards well in order to get the most out of their future star.
By Nathan Smith
MANCHESTER UNITED OFFER CR7 £17m A YEAR
Cristiano Ronaldo may be on his way back to Old Trafford as Manchester United are reportedly preparing a £17m per year offer for their old superstar, in a move that could see Paul Pogba return to Juventus.
The 36 year-old is currently angling himself for a move away from Juventus, after a tough season saw them just about qualify for the Champions League.
Unfortunately for Manchester United fans, CR7's preferred destination is French giants PSG, although that deal is allegedly dependant on what happens with Kylian Mbappe.
If Mbappe remains at the club, it is entirely possible that Ronaldo heads back to the theatre of dreams, although a move as expensive as that may rule Manchester United out of future transfers for this season.
YOUNG SET FOR VILLA REUNION
After winning Serie A with Inter Milan, the club's treacherous financial position means that experienced full-back Ashley Young has been allowed to leave the club.
A few teams are interested, including Watford and Burnley, but it is Aston Villa who look most likely to sign the Englishman.
Young made 157 appearances for Villa from 2007 to 2011, and in that time he was made vice-captain of the club, before leaving for Manchester United.
Following the departures of Neil Taylor and Ahmed Elmohamady, Villa lack depth and experience in the full back area and Young provides both, so this signing seems a no-brainer for Dean Smith.
NORWICH AND SOUTHAMPTON BATTLE FOR ARMSTRONG
Coming off a great season for Blackburn Rovers, demand is high for striker Adam Armstrong, who is valued at £8m.
With one year left on his contract, Tony Mowbray's side will be looking to earn some money from the former Newcastle striker, and with interest from Norwich and Southampton, they may be set to do just that.
Armstrong scored 28 goals in 40 games for Rovers last season, and with Norwich looking to bolster their attacking force, we could see the striker line up at Carrow Road next season.
Southampton are reportedly looking to secure left back Romain Perraud from Stade Brest before trying to secure the services of Armstrong.
By Oliver Barefoot
CHELSEA TAKE LEAD IN GREALISH RACE
Thomas Tuchel is set to overtake both Manchester clubs in the race to sign the England and Aston Villa star.
Chelsea are eyeing another season of mass transfers, in what will be Tuchel's first squad overhaul.
Both Manchester United and City have been put off a deal for the England international, following Villa's pricing of the ace at £100M.
However, the London club are set to hand their new boss a war chest this summer in order to sign top targets, Grealish and Haaland.
The club will be looking to raise some funds for these moves though, with fellow Englishman Tammy Abraham looking likely to leave, alongside French striker Olivier Giroud.
TARKOWSKI SET FOR BURNLEY DEPARTURE
Following a failed attempt last year, West Ham have reentered the race to sign Burnley defender James Tarkowski.
The former Brentford man is reportedly keen to return to London and is looking to quit Turf Moor.
West Ham failed to sign to the English defender last year, following several failed bids accumulating to £30M, but are keen to try again this summer.
With only one year left on his current Burnley deal, it is likely the Hammers will be able to sign him for a lower price this time around.
SANCHO DEAL DONE IN UNITED BREAKTHROUGH
It is believed that a transfer has been agreed between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, following a breakthrough in negotiations.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the English winger has told the England camp that he is "confident" he will be joining the Old Trafford club this summer.
The news will come as relief to many United fans, following the unsuccessful and long talks between the sides, dating back to summer last year.
Sancho's statement comes just days after Dortmund reportedly rejected the Manchester clubs latest offer, leading to speculation that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer side increased the price immediately afterwards.
A deal of around £77M plus add-ons is rumoured, with the transfer being paid over four years.
By Nathan Smith
LEICESTER PLOT COUTINHO MOVE
As Coutinho’s future at Barcelona remains up in the air, Leicester may be putting together a £17m bid to reunite the Brazilian with former manager Brendan Rodgers.
Having both worked together at Liverpool, it is not an unlikely target for the Foxes, especially when you consider their growth as a football club in the past five years.
The former Liverpool man played some of his best football under the Northern Irishman’s management, and a move to the King Power stadium could be just what’s needed to revitalise the midfielder’s career.
While an official bid has yet to be put together, £17m represents a good price for a player we all know has plenty of ability, but Leicester are also considering a loan, which may be more financially viable considering Coutinho’s hefty wages.
ANCELOTTI WANTS WERNER
New Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has set his sights on a new striker, and that appears to be Chelsea’s Timo Werner.
This has come as a surprise to many as Werner has not exactly been the most clinical man this season, struggling to find the back of the net numerous times for the Blues.
However, since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, Werner has proven that he can still play a big part for Chelsea, but he will need to add goals to his game quickly if he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge.
A change of scenery could help the German striker, and Ancelotti is interested, but it is unlikely that Chelsea will sell him for cheap, considering he has only been there for one season.
LIVERPOOL LEAD ROMERO RACE
Liverpool have overtaken Manchester United in the race to sign Juventus centre-back Cristian Romero, who has impressed many following a two-year loan spell at Atalanta.
The price tag for Romero is reported to be £50m, and if Liverpool can get him, he will add to an already stacked Liverpool backline.
Atalanta will more than likely exercise their option to buy him but will reportedly listen to offers at the aforementioned valuation, and turn a profit on the young centre-back.
This move may see Liverpool attempt to move on some of their current defenders, with Nat Phillips being the most likely candidate, with plenty of interest from other Premier League clubs.
It is unknown whether Manchester United will attempt to go back in for the Argentinian, who allegedly had a £39m offer rejected, but as of now, the Reds are in pole position to land the defender.
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BUFFON SET FOR PARMA HOMECOMING
After 20 years away, Gianluigi Buffon is set for one last ride with the team where he began it all, Parma.
With ambitions to be in Italy’s 2022 World Cup squad, Buffon is looking for first team action, and while he received offers from multiple clubs, including Besiktas and Barcelona, it looks like he will head back home on a two-year deal.
After a miserable season, Parma were relegated from Serie A, finishing dead last on just 20 points, but they have their eyes sight on an instant return to the topflight under new manager Enzo Maresca, and securing Buffon’s signature is a big statement to the rest of Serie B.
At 43, this will more than likely be the goalkeeper’s last club, and with his and Parma’s ambitions clear, we may get to see Buffon grace Serie A one more time, come the 22/23 season.
By Kieran Horn
CHELSEA AND PSG IN HAKIMI BIDDING WAR
Having already secured the services of Georginio Wijnaldum, PSG are back in the market and this time are looking at Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi, however the European Champions also have their eye on the Moroccan.
In the last few days Chelsea have entered the race alongside PSG for the highly talented wing-back as they look to build from their Champions League triumph last month.
The 22-year-old was a massive part of Inter winning their first Serie A title in 10 years
Making 37 appearances and scoring seven goals.
Despite their domestic success, Inter are in financial difficulty and therefore offloading some of their best players to balance the books.
PSG’s first bid of 60m Euros was rejected by Inter as they value Hakimi at 80m Euros, while Chelsea are in early negotiations with his agent.
BRIGHTON AND SPURS AFTER STUTTGART’S GONZALEZ
Argentinian forward Nicolas Gonzalez could be set for a move to the Premier League this summer, with both Brighton and Spurs interested.
Gonzalez, 23, scored 14 goals for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.2 in what was an injury-plagued season for him.
Spurs were interested in Gonzalez last year but went no further than early talks, meanwhile Brighton are looking to offer the player a different route into the Premier League, however they both face stiff competition from Fiorentina.
The Serie A side have already reached an advanced stage of negotiations with Gonzalez’s camp and it could be very difficult to convince him to move elsewhere.
Spurs have recently appointed a new director of football in Fabio Paratici and he is one of the main reasons for the re-interest in Gonzalez, he attempted a similar hijacking regarding Gianluigi Donnarumma but was unsuccessful.
MARCELO AND ANCELOTTI SWITCH PLACES?
Carlo Ancelotti made the decision to leave Everton and join Real Madrid a few weeks ago and now it’s looking possible that Marcelo will be doing the opposite.
The legendary Brazilian left-back, who has made 528 appearances for Los Blancos, has reportedly been told by new manager Ancelotti that he is not in his plans, leading to interest from the Premier League.
Both Everton and Leeds are in the frame to sign the 33-year-old, who only made 16 La Liga appearances this season.
Marcelo would prefer a move to England over Italy and is asking for a minimum two-year contract and an asking price of around £5m.
By Oliver Barefoot
UNITED LAUNCH SECOND SANCHO BID
Manchester United are set to hand Borussia Dortmund an improved second bid for England star Jadon Sancho.
The Manchester based club had their first bid worth around £75M rejected earlier this week, with the German side reportedly wanting closer to £86M.
Sancho looks set to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's priority signing this summer, with the club hoping not to repeat last years fiasco.
The Red Devils are reportedly confident that the £11M difference will be sorted soon, as the side look to close the bridge with a larger bid.
Once again however, the Old Trafford based club have eyed Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman as an alternative option.
LEWANDOWSKI EYES NEW CHALLENGE
Bayern Munich could be set to lose their number one player this summer, as Lewandowski is considering his future, according to AS.
Lewandowski is reportedly open to the possibility of a new challenge, after achieving everything he can at the German outfit.
The Polish international is under contract until 2023, but it is unlikely the German club would stand in the way of one of their greatest ever players.
Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City and Manchester United are rumoured to all be interested in the player, as he is the perfect alternative to the more expensive Haaland.
ARSENAL ENQUIRE ABOUT UNITED FLOP
Donny Van De Beek has become the latest midfielder to be targeted by Arsenal this summer, as Arteta looks to bolster his squad.
The Manchester United player joined the club last year, but has failed to make his claim as a first team regular and is rumoured to be looking for a way out of Old Trafford.