What the papers say
The drawn-out saga of Harry Maguire‘s potential move from Leicester to Manchester United has taken another turn, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that the 26-year-old has been left out of the squad for a friendly with Atalanta. The paper says Brendan Rogers’ side are looking for £90millon, while the Independent reports the current offer stands at £80million.
Tottenham are looking at bringing in midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon if their attempts to sign Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso are unsuccessful, according to the Evening Standard.
Francois Kamano is wanted by Liverpool, with the Premier League side willing to splash out £20million for the Bordeaux and Guinea forward, reports The Sun.
Manchester City’s interest in Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo have been rekindled, the Daily Telegraph reports, while the Guardian says that Danilo could be heading the other way.
Victor Camarasa could be playing Premier League football next season, with Crystal Palace speaking to the Real Betis midfielder who spent last season on loan at Cardiff, Wales Online reports.
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Moise Kean: The Juventus teenager’s path to Everton was made clearer after Manchester United turned down the chance to sign the forward, 90min says.
Allan Saint-Maximin: Newcastle are on the brink of signing the French winger from Nice for £16.5million, reports Talksport.
Dani Alves: The Brazil right-back is on his way to Sao Paulo having recently left Paris St Germain, reports Goal.
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New Arsenal signing, Nicolas Pepe, said on Thursday that it will be an honour for him to play alongside world champion Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal when the Premier League season starts.
When asked who he was looking forward to playing with at the Emirates Stadium he said: “The French guys who play here.”
“Then I also thought of Mesut Ozil, the world champion, (Alexandre) Lacazette, (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang and many more. Of course, these are the players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille.”
“Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him and it will be an honour to play alongside him.”
“I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward,” he added.
Arsenal broke their transfer record to sign the winger from Lille as the London club tries to return to the Champions League.
The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international moved to the Premier League in a transfer deal worth a reported €80 million.
Pepe’s move, announced on Thursday, eclipses the Aubameyang signing in January last year as Arsenal adds another attacking option to a squad that finished fifth last season.
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We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why, or why not.
Manchester City -> Undisclosed -> Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich have submitted a first official offer to Manchester City for Leroy Sane, according to Bild+.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Sane has won everything there is to win in England and a return to Germany must be tempting especially in terms of keeping him in the frame for the national team. He missed out on the World Cup squad in 2018 despite being the PFA Young Player of the Year.
With high-earners Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery, Mats Hummels and James Rodriguez all off their wage bill, Bayern should be able to afford both Sane’s fees and a lucrative contract.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: This story has rumbled on for some time with Nico Kovac even having to apologise to City for speaking too candidly about Sane wanting to join Bayern.
If the Premier League champions weren’t irked already, a low-ball offer could see them exit negotiations. If they feel the need for a replacement, they may be concerned by the lack of time remaining to secure one.
Transfer predictor: 7/10
Leicester City-> £80m -> Manchester United
Manchester United are ready to make Harry Maguire the world’s most expensive defender, Sky Sports report.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: After initially balking at Leicester’s demands, United seem to have walked back to the table. Going into the new season without signing a quality centre-back would be a catastrophe for the Red Devils and Eric Bailly being sidelined for four to five months through injury only increases their need for reinforcements.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The £80m offer being quoted is still £10m short of what Leicester are said to value Maguire at. If the Foxes insist on being cunning and prey on United’s desperation, they risk the deal collapsing.
Axel Tuanzebe has shone in pre-season following an impressing loan spell with Aston Villa last term. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may decide to fast track his route into the first XI and hope for the best.
Transfer predictor: 7/10
GIOVANI LO CELSO
Real Betis -> €60m -> Tottenham
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: This move has looked inevitable all summer and with Betis recently securing the services of Nabil Fekir, it paves the way for Lo Celso to join Spurs.
The midfielder has the attributes to slot in nicely into Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield which has already been boosted by the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele. The Argentine’s introduction would offer Spurs good cover in the event of Christian Eriksen’s departure as well.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: A failed medical? It would take something pretty dramatic for the deal to fall apart now. Maybe Eriksen commits to the club and they decide to negotiate a better deal with Betis at the last moment only to see the whole transfer collapse. Drama!
Transfer predictor: 9/10