HHave Manchester United signed anyone yet? Answer of course: no. Her supporters have spent the first few weeks of the transfer window getting very upset about this, even interrupting boss suit Richard Arnold’s lunch beer to show their frustration.
So progress? to put aside Frenkie deJong Boredom, there are also Feyenoord’s Tyrell Malacia, Christian Ericsenand Anthony and Lisandro Martinez from Ajax. A theme there, right, all Dutch connections. And considering that it’s not always easy for Eredivisie players in the Premier League, it’s all a bit risky. In the case of Martínez, there is the added complication that Arsenal want the Argentine defender. Will this make Arnold et al work faster? Let’s see. The asking price is £43m and the Gunners have already bid £38m.
The return can be cheaper Sergio Romerowho spent last season at Venezia but is seen as the main reserve for David de Gea, with Dean Henderson expected to leave the club. How could United pay all these new players? Not by cutting Cristiano Ronaldo from the payroll after Bruno Fernandes said he expected to see his pal in training on Monday morning. Arsenal, meanwhile, remain hopeful of a signing Youri Tielemans from Leicester. He prefers London to Manchester.
In the meantime, Raphinha is wanted by almost everyone and Barcelona, who the Leeds midfielder was linked with back then as he celebrated avoiding relegation in his shorts, appear to have found the money to sign him. Chelsea were previously favorites and Arsenal were also in the hunt but Barça will be able to snag £60m meaning Leeds will have redeemed the Brazilian Calvin Phillipswho will sign for Manchester City for £100m on Friday.
Trying to make his presence felt, new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is learning his new job as interim sporting director the hard way by having to contend with Juventus, one of the transfer market’s smartest operators, in order to win prizes Matthijs de Ligt a way. Juve want £102m, which is in the release clause of the Dutchman’s contract and no less.
Juve could be interested in a takeover Timo Werner‘s movement and stubborn finishing skills at Torino, giving Boehly some leeway. He is also involved in a Manchester City hunt Nathan Aké, a former Chelsea youngster, and City aren’t a club that likes to sell players so good luck with that, Todd. And also PSG’s Presnel Kimpembe, who might be a little easier to reach.
Another club looking into Juventus could be Liverpool. Juventus wants Roberto Firminis to follow Sadio Mané with the French playmaker from the club Adrian Rabiot come the other way. Because as all transfer window lovers know, swaps always happen.