The transfer window is two days old and clubs are watching, following, interested and keeping tabs as if their lives depended on it.
The city “ready” to bite the bullet
Kalvin Phillips is valued by almost all of the top Premier League sides, but it looks like Manchester City are more than happy to meet Leeds’ assessment of the English midfielder.
The 26-year-old quickly went from ‘Liverpool target’ to ‘Manchester United target’ to ‘Manchester City target’, and the latter seems to have stuck, especially after Fernandinho confirmed that he would leave City at the end of the season. Leeds have slapped a £60m valuation on Phillips and the Premier League champions are more than happy to oblige, according to the Daily Mail, which says Pep Guardiola’s side will pay what Leeds want to clinch the one of his main targets.
City aren’t kidding this summer having already signed deals for Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez. If they get Phillips through the door, they will no doubt turn their attention to a new left-back as they don’t have a first-team player whose natural position is on the left side of defence. Marc Cucurella has been heavily linked and the Brighton man would be a decent signing, although he is very much a box-to-box, marauding on the wing, type player, as opposed to Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko, who both love to slot into a central midfield position during games.
One player who seems destined to join England is Lyon playmaker Lucas Paqueta. A transfer to Newcastle seems to make a lot of sense, and given his bromance with Bruno Guimaraes, Toon fans are literally foaming at the mouth at the thought of the Brazilians reuniting in the northeast.
Unfortunately for the Magpies, Tottenham are believed to be ‘tracking’ the 24-year-old, who can operate on both flanks, as an attacking midfielder or centre-forward. It depends soccer londonwhich give us a good idea of what North Londoners are watching.
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Antonio Conte appears to have the freedom to bring in his goals this summer, something no other Spurs boss has really been allowed to do. They are believed to be in ‘advanced talks’ with perfect right-back Djed Spence and have also brought in Ivan Perisic.
Other targets include Villarreal’s Pau Torres, Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni, Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol, Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi, Juventus’ Weston McKennie, Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, Leicester’s James Maddison and Manchester’s Gabriel Jesus City. If they get their first target, or even their second choice, in every position Conte wants to improve, Spurs could be a force to be reckoned with next season…
Arsenal want Raphinha, but priorities…
Arsenal’s name is thrown around like there’s no tomorrow when it comes to the transfer window. That said, two names that have stuck are Gabriel Jesus and Youri Tielemans. The Premier League pair are the Gunners’ main targets this summer, with Mikel Arteta identifying central midfielder and centre-forward as two positions he desperately needs to tackle this summer.
Although he is interested in a lot of players, it always comes down to Jesus and Tielemans; for example, Fabrizio Romano has responded to the club’s apparent desire to sign Raphinha, confirming that there is “genuine interest” from the Arsenal side, however, “there is no offer or negotiation” with Leeds, who are stubborn with their 55 million euro valuation of the Brazilian winger.
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Meanwhile Arteta is watching Zinchenko but he is ‘not a priority’, another is Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca, whom the Spaniard likes but Jesus is the Gunners boss’ guy really wanna.
Luckily for North London fans, there is plenty of talk that Arsenal are “confident” they will land Jesus and Tielemans but are, understandably, considering alternative transfer options.