Barcelona agree five-year deal with Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet

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The summer transfer window is upon us! As of May 17, the market for the Premier League has been activated.

The window opens on June 9 for France, July 1 in Italy and Germany, and July 2 in Spain.

Across the world of football, there are plenty of stories that have fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen this summer.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

CLEMENT LENGLET

Barcelona have reached an agreement with Clement Lenglet, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The 22-year-old will join the La Liga champions for the 2018-19 season on a five-year deal but the Catalans still have to agree a fee with Sevilla.

Lenglet did initially have reservations over the move as playing time was a concern but is prepared to fight for his place.

The transfer would also protect Barca in the event of Samuel Umtiti leaving this summer.

Clement Lenglet

Clement Lenglet

CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Tottenham are ready to meet the asking price for Christian Pulisic, Calcio Insider report.

The Borussia Dortmund winger has impressed in the Bundesliga since making his debut in 2016.

At 19, Pulisic is seen as further investment in a young Spurs side for Mauricio Pochettino as he aims to land a first trophy at the club.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

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Barcelona are prepared to offload Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool

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Soon to be a Red? Ousmane Dembele

The summer transfer window is upon us! As of May 17, the market for the Premier League has been activated.

The window opens on June 9 for France, July 1 in Italy and Germany, and July 2 in Spain.

Across the world of football, there are plenty of stories that have fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen this summer.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

OUSMANE DEMBELE

Barcelona are prepared to take a hit and sell Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool, according to Spanish radio station RAC1.

The La Liga champions signed the young Frenchman for £135m just last summer. However, even after returning to fitness, Dembele found first team opportunities hard to come by with former Red Philippe Coutinho being preferred on a regular basis.

Barca are closing in on the signing of Antoine Griezmann and would be open to a loan move for Dembele with a mandatory option to buy.

Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele

LEONARDO BONUCCI

Despite only joining AC Milan last summer, Leonardo Bonucci is looking for an escape route after the Serie A side failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich are understood to be the front-runners for his signature, according to The Sun.

Due to Financial Fair Play regulations, Milan could be forced to sell.

Leonardo Bonucci (r)

Leonardo Bonucci (r)

SOKRATIS PAPASTATHPOULOS

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is on Arsenal’s radar after deciding against Caglar Soyuncu who was proving to be too expensive, the Daily Mail claims.

The Gunners balked at Freiburg’s demand of £35 million for the Turkey international and have turned to the Borussia Dortmund defender instead.

Although the Greek international is eight years older than Soyuncu, he is valued at around £17.5m.

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Premier League clubs prepare to launch summer spending spree this week

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Hector Bellerin has been linked with a move away from Arsenal.

Domestic dealing can officially begin at one minute past midnight, giving buyers and sellers 12 weeks to do their business, in line with FIFA regulations, before the window closes on the new earlier date of August 9.

However, international transfers cannot be processed until June 8.

A statement on the governing body’s official website, www.premierleague.com, said: “The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs will open at 00:01 on May 17 2018.

“Before then, clubs are able to agree deals for the acquisition of players but, in the case of a domestic transfer, the paperwork cannot be processed until after midnight on May 17, once the window opens.

“The transfer of players from another national association may take place once the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) opens at midnight on June 8 2018.

“This means that any international transfers cannot be processed until the FIFA TMS transfer window opens.

“As agreed by the clubs in September 2017, the summer transfer window will close at 17:00 BST on Thursday, August 9 2018.”

The Premier League has brought forward the deadline in a bid to avoid the kind of disruption which surrounded the likes of Jamie Vardy and Gylfi Sigurdsson last year with the season already under way.

Fourteen of the 20 top-flight clubs at the time voted in favour of the shortened period.

It was a move which was supported by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.

He said: “As a football man, as somebody who wants to work with the team, work with players, I would prefer the window to close as soon as possible.”

Newcastle counterpart Rafael Benitez has insisted there will still be more than enough time for clubs to get their business done.

He said: “You had three months to do whatever you wanted to do, now you have two months. You can do whatever you want in two months.”

The Football League, whose window for permanent signings has already reopened, has also confirmed they will comply with the August 9 pre-season deadline.

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