ADVERTISEMENT

Barcelona, ​​Arsenal surrounding Raphinha as Leeds await £75m

ADVERTISEMENT

The summer transfer window is here, and there’s a lot of gossip about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest news on rumours, comings and goings and of course closed deals!

TOP STORY: Barca, Arsenal surrounding Raphinha

There has been much speculation about the Leeds United winger’s future. raphinhaY Fabricius Romano has offered an insight into how things are progressing.

The journalist says that Barcelona have agreed personal terms with the Brazilian international, but have so far not agreed a fee with Leeds.

ADVERTISEMENT

He adds that Arsenal are in direct negotiations with Leeds as they have had an interest in the 25-year-old since March.

The Gunners have already brought in Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos in what has been a busy period for them, and this report suggests they’re not going to slow down in the transfer window.

London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also said to have been in contact with Leeds regarding a possible move.

Had the Yorkshire club been relegated from the Premier League they would have been in a weak position to collect a huge fee for Raphinha, but are now asking for up to £75m after beating Brentford on the final day to finish above Burnley. and avoid gout.

Raphinha played an integral role in Leeds’ Premier League survival, contributing 11 goals and three assists in 35 league appearances throughout the campaign.

– ESPN+ Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more (USA)
– Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (US only)
– Don’t you have ESPN? Get instant access

LIVE BLOG

10.01 BST: Executives from Sporting Lisbon will travel to Spain to open talks with Barcelona to sign the Portuguese winger Francis Trincao on loan, Register of reports.

Trincao, 22, made 30 appearances in all competitions while on a season-long loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers from Barca, but the Premier League club did not activate the €30m option for him.

Sporting want to sign Trincao on loan and include a permanent transfer option in the deal. Barça, for its part, prefers that the former Braga star leave permanently this summer. Trincao is reportedly willing to cut his salary to facilitate his move to Sporting.

Meanwhile, the Japan International Hidemasa Morita he is about to join Sporting Lisbon in a €3.8m transfer from Portuguese club Santa Clara.

According to Record, the 27-year-old arrived in Lisbon on Monday night and is ready to sign a four-year contract with Sporting.

The former Kawasaki Frontale defensive midfielder joined Santa Clara in January 2021 and made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Azores-based club.

Morita is Sporting’s third signing this summer after the arrivals of Ghanaian striker Abdul Fatawu and Dutch centre-back Jeremiah St. Juste.

09.18 BST: Diego Godin is set to join Argentine club Vélez Sarsfield as a free agent after leaving Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro.

The Uruguayan centre-back, who is expected to retire from international duty after the 2022 World Cup, terminated his contract with Mineiro by mutual consent.

The former Atlético de Madrid star will travel to Buenos Aires in the coming days to sign a contract with Vélez.

Godín, 36, wrote in an Instagram post: “I am leaving with the satisfaction of having always given my best at all times, with a lot of professionalism and having respected all those people that I will never forget.”

08.42 BST: Antonio Rudiger said it was “real [Madrid] or nothing” when he decided to leave Chelsea for a new challenge this summer, despite interest from LaLiga rivals Barcelona.

Rudiger, 29, was presented on Monday at Madrid’s training ground by president Florentino Pérez, signing a four-year contract at the club before posing in his new number 22 shirt and answering questions from the media.

ESPN reported in March that Rudiger’s agent and half-brother, Sahr Senesie, had met with Barca executives to discuss a possible transfer, before the player reached an agreement with Madrid a month later.

“Yes, there was interest from Barcelona,” Rudiger told a news conference on Monday. “But I told my brother it was Real or nothing.”

08:00 BST: Sterling Rahim is interested in moving to Chelsea after new owner Todd Boehly made the striker his top summer transfer target, sources told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

Sterling has entered the final year of his contract at Manchester City and is keeping his options open before making a decision on his next move. Sources have told ESPN that Chelsea have become a serious contender to sign the 27-year-old, who was already impressed by Boehly’s ambition after his inauguration at Stamford Bridge.

City would rather take a fee for Sterling this summer than allow him to go free in 12 months and value the former Liverpool winger at between £50m and £60m. Eager to prove himself in another of Europe’s top five leagues, Sterling is also attracting interest from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

According to sources, Sterling is well aware that his next contract will be the biggest of his career, and his reluctance to sign a new deal at the Etihad Stadium has focused on questions about whether he is central to Pep Guardiola’s plans for the future.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)

– Sky Sports Deutschland reported that Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic flew to Mallorca to persuade Robert Lewandowski stay at the club, although this does not seem to have changed the Polish international’s mind. The striker still wants to leave Bayern, with Barcelona willing to improve on their previous offer of €32m.

Fabricius Romano has dismissed reports that Liverpool are working on a deal to bring Georginio Wijnaldum back from PSG. He insists that the priority of the reds is to expand by naby keita contract instead, with talks scheduled to take place soon.

– Foot Mercato has offered an insight into new sporting director Lucas Campos’ vision for Paris Saint-Germain, beginning with the addition of Christophe Galtier as manager. He also wants to bring Internazionale Milan Skriniarfrom Lille Renato Sanchezfrom Bayern Munich Lewandowski and that of Sassuolo Gianluca Scamacca. Mauro Icardi, julian draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Layvin Kurzawa, Andrew Herrera, Daniel Pereira Y Wijnaldum all have been considered “the undesirables”, while neymar I might as well go.

– Manchester United have made initial contact with Christian Eriksen ahead of a possible move, according to Sky Sports, with the Dane’s Brentford contract ending. Erik ten Hag likes the midfielder and ultimately it will be Eriksen who decides whether he moves to Old Trafford.

– Borussia Dortmund are making a club record offer to Ajax Amsterdam for the Ivory Coast international sebastien haller, as reported by Sky Sports Deutschland, which adds that it could be worth 35 million euros taking into account the accessories. He is their first choice to replace Erling Haaland after the Norwegian’s transfer to Manchester City, although they could move to Stuttgart. Sasa Kalajdzic and Bayer Leverkusen lucas alario if Ajax can’t be tempted to sell.

– West Ham United are set to make Chelsea an offer in the region of £30m for Armando Broja, who impressed on loan at Southampton last season, according to Sky Sports. The Hammers have identified the Albanian international as their main target for this summer and intend to make a move despite doubts about the future of Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia.

sniloans