August 13, 2022

The summer transfer window is here, and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumors, whereabouts and, of course, deals!

TOP STORY: De Ligt on Man Utd’s radar

Manchester United have contacted Matthijs de Ligt’Juventus representatives are looking to orchestrate a move for Juventus centre-back, reports BILD.

Having worked with the 22-year-old Dutch international during his time at Ajax Amsterdam, United manager Erik ten Hag is hopeful he can persuade de Ligt from Old Trafford, although the player has also been linked with Chelsea and Bayern Munich. .

The Bundesliga side have recently stepped up their pursuit of him, aware of his desire to leave in search of a new challenge this summer, but have still not reached an agreement over a fee with the Bianconeriwho would have set a valuation of 70 million euros.

The Red Devils would be able to make an official contract offer to De Ligt if they meet those requirements, but whether he accepts the terms at Old Trafford will depend on Bayern’s decision to match their offer.

De Ligt joined Juventus from Ajax in 2019 for an initial fee of €75million, and has two years left on his current contract.

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09:45 BST: Chelsea are set to open talks with Reece James on a new contract in the coming weeks, reports the i.

James, 22, has three years left to run on a five-and-a-half-year contract he signed in January 2020. However, the club’s new co-owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly is keen to secure the L’ long-term future of the England right-back at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea youth product was still a teenager when he signed that deal, worth £80,000 a week, and since then has become a first-team regular and helped them win the League champions in 2020-21.

The I reports that Manchester City and Real Madrid are both monitoring James’ contract situation.

09.07 BST: Ajax have finalized the signing of the winger Steven Bergwijn of Tottenham Hotspur, it was announced on Friday.

The 24-year-old underwent a medical at the Dutch champions on Wednesday before completing the deal, which sources say ESPN is worth around €30m.

The move marks a return to the Eredivisie for Bergwijn, who won the Dutch title three times with PSV Eindhoven before moving €35m to Spurs in January 2019.

Bergwijn has scored eight goals in 83 games for Spurs in all competitions, playing under three managers – Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte.

The Dutch international joins Ajax amid a turnover at the club. Striker Sebastien Haller joined Borussia Dortmund in a €36million deal, while the midfielder Ryan Gravenberch left the club for Bayern Munich. Head coach Erik ten Hag also left in the summer to join Manchester United and was replaced by Alfred Schreuder.

08:38 BST: Manchester City are yet to make a bid for Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Marc Cucurellaaccording to the club owner.

Cucurella impressed in his first season with the Seagulls, helping Graham Potter’s side finish ninth in the Premier League, their best ever league finish.

“Marc is a great player, a great person,” Bloom said. “He’s brilliant for the dressing room. The players love him, Graham and the coaches love him, I love him, the fans love him.

“He was unbelievably good last season, his first season in the Premier League. We hope more will come and we haven’t had an offer for him.”

The 23-year-old, who came through the Barcelona academy, has a contract with Brighton which runs until 2026 following his £15million move from Getafe last summer.

“The fact that there’s speculation and there’s interest in our players, I always see that as a positive. It wasn’t always like that,” Bloom added. “There are less than three or four clubs where certain players are not for sale.

“We have to be realistic if a certain offer comes in and the player wants to move, the player will move, but we’re not anticipating, we’re not looking for our best players to move on.

“If that happens and we get an offer, we have to look into it, but until then we carry on.”

08:00 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the Manchester United squad that travel to Thailand on Friday to begin their pre-season tour, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

The Portuguese striker has been given more time to sort out a ‘family issue’ and will not be on the flight to Bangkok, which is due to leave Manchester at 4.30pm UK time on Friday. Sources have told ESPN there is no deadline for Ronaldo to join the team.

After playing against Liverpool in Thailand on July 12, United travel to Australia for games against Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. They are due to return to Manchester on July 25.

Ronaldo wants to leave Old Trafford this summer to join a club playing Champions League football next season. United, however, insist the 37-year-old, who has one year left on his contract, is not for sale.

Ronaldo was due to return to Carrington on Monday, but the club have given the club permission to take an extended break for personal reasons. He was still absent from training on Thursday and will not fly to Bangkok on Friday.

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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

– Chelsea have contacted representatives of Robert Lewandowski as their new owners continue to seek a marquee signing this summer, writes TalkSport. The Blues are keen on signing a striker but aware of the 33-year-old striker’s desire to join Barcelona, ​​they are also considering the Napoli star. Victor Osimhen As an option. Osimhen, 23, scored 18 goals in all competitions last season, and reports suggest a sum of around €100m would be needed to persuade Napoli to part ways with him.

– Manchester City are preparing talks on a new contract for Riyadh Mahrezrevealed fabrice romano. As Rahim Sterling approaching a move to Chelsea, it looks like Pep Guardiola is looking to secure Mahrez a new long-term deal. The 31-year-old winger was a key player for the Premier League champions last season, contributing 16 goals in 28 games.

– Chelsea are interested in joining the race for Frankie de Jong, includes Sports. The 25-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a Camp Nou exit this summer as Manchester United continue to try to reach an agreement with Barcelona, ​​although the latest indicates they could now face competition from the side of Thomas Tuchel. , who are also looking to add to their midfield depth. De Jong is said to be available for a total fee of around £73million.

– Internazionale have met Torino as they try to strike a deal to bring Bremer at the San Siro, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. The 25-year-old central defender would prioritize a transfer to the Nerazzurri despite England’s interest, and Serie A sides have discussed the possibility of including the Inter midfielder Cesare Casadei under a player exchange agreement.

– Newcastle United want to land Marco Asensio, reports Sport. With Real Madrid looking to move the 26-year-old Spain international winger this summer, the Magpies have emerged as the latest open candidates to acquire him on a permanent transfer. Asensio has already been reported as keen on a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu as he seeks to earn regular minutes ahead of the start of the World Cup later this year.