What the papers say
Frank Lampard’s switch to be the new Chelsea manager could be hammered out by the end of the week, the Evening Standard reports.
Derby will reportedly demand £4million to let their boss terminate his contract early and have publicly stated that no approach has yet been made.
However, the former Blues star is said to be the first choice to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge. Currently on holiday in the Mediterranean, Lampard is also said to have informed Derby of his desire to take the opportunity if it arises.
The Blues may face having to deal with Jorginho’s desire to follow Sarri to Juventus, the Daily Mirror reports. The Italian playmaker arrived in West London just a year ago as part of a £50million deal, but he is ready to return to Serie A, the paper says. Joining Juve could be problematic for a former Napoli star, but his agent Joao Santos insisted he is a “professional”. Santo also said his client was happy at the club, but added “anything can happen in the transfer market”.
Romelu Lukaku’s exit from Manchester United has been confirmed in principle after he agreed a deal worth £180,000-a-week to join Inter Milan, according to The Sun.
The Belgian striker, who cost a reported £75million, could leave Old Trafford if the Italians stump up £70million, the paper reports. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to have earmarked Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks as a replacement. The £50million 21-year-old is said to also be on Tottenham’s radar.
United and Crystal Palace are yet to agree a deal for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Daily Mail reports. Contrary to rumours that the clubs had agreed terms on a £55million deal, the sides are said to remain locked in negotiations. Palace have reportedly told United that they will need to increase their original offer to £45million plus £5million in add-ons to land the 21-year-old right back.
Players to watch
Kieran Tierney: Arsenal have made the 22-year-old Scotland and Celtic full-back a summer target, according to the Mail.
Rodri: Manchester City might have to scrap with Bayern Munich if they want to land 22-year-old Spain midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid, AS reports.
Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season? We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictor, where we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.
Chelsea -> €60m -> Juventus
The centre midfielder’s agent has refused to rule out a reunion with mentor Maurizio Sarri at Juve, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Sarri and Jorginho have been joined together since the former arrived at Napoli in June 2015. The Brazil-born, Italy international is critical to ‘Sarri-ball’ – which makes links to his new club, Juve, make perfect sense. Jorginho’s unique talents may mean he is surplus to requirement when Frank Lampard, as expected, takes over at Stamford Bridge.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Juve continue to be linked with an ambitious move to bring back Paul Pogba from Manchester United, plus interest has reportedly already been registered in Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Will they want Jorginho, if either of those ambitious targets are attained? Chelsea’s transfer ban, subject to appeal, may also make them reluctant to sell any more players after the high-profile exit of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. Meanwhile, in Miralem Pjanic Sarri may already have the deep-lying playmaker he desires.
Transfer Predictor: 6/10
Atletico Madrid -> €70m -> Bayern Munich
Bayern are determined to compete with Manchester City and land the Spain international because of their determination to craft a Champions League-winning squad, according to AS.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: The defensive midfielder’s release clause and desire to depart Atleti, for a second time, mean an exit appears inevitable. Pep Guardiola’s philosophy was meant to appeal most to Rodri, but Bayern are pressing hard. They’ve already landed France defender Lucas Hernandez from Atleti this summer and want to make it a double. Bayern’s impressive rebuild is making them a team to fear, once again. Rodri would be central to this.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The Spanish connection at City must, surely, hold significant influence. Also, would you rather work with Guardiola or Niko Kovac? If it comes down to financials, City are also able to pay more in wages.
Transfer Predictor: 4/10
Celtic -> £20m -> Arsenal
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has identified the emerging Scotland international as his top target for left-back, according to the Daily Mail.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: The Gunners are targeting excellent young players, who can drive them back into the Champions League. Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac did not overly impress last term, meaning an improvement in the position is sought. Tierney has wowed at Celtic and at 22-years old, offers significant resale value.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: A limited summer budget for Arsenal is estimated at £45m – Tierney would take up nearly half of this amount. Left-back, also, is not a priority position for the club. Tierney has stated in the past he sees himself as a potential one-club man.
Transfer Predictor: 6/10
Ferland Mendy believes France team-maters Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba could easily join him at Real Madrid though he insists they have not discussed such a prospect.
The left-back was unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday after his €50 million move from Lyon.
“What can I say, why not? They [Mbappe and Pogba] are both excellent, top quality players but really we have not spoken about Real Madrid,” Mendy said.
“The only person I have spoken to about Real Madrid in the French national team is Raphael Varane.”
Mendy joins Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Rodrygo in moving to Madrid as part of a €300-million summer spending spree ahead of the new season.
“Varane told me that it was the biggest club in the world,” Mendy added. “He said he’ll help me to integrate into the group and in the dressing room.
“I am very happy to play for the best team in the world and to be able to wear this shirt. I hope to win many titles here.”