Transfer news LIVE: Man City want FOUR more signings – Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, Aston Villa, Newcastle updates – The Sun
MAN CITY have confirmed their second signing of the other, snapping up Bournemouth's Nathan Ake to add to the acquisition of Valencia's Ferran Torres.
And Atletico Madrid could be making one of the biggest name signings of the summer, luring James Rodriguez from rivals Real for just £13.5m.
Follow all the latest gossip and updates with our live blog below…
Chelsea had a 72-hour window to bid for Nathan Ake after Manchester City offered £41million for the ex-Bournemouth defender.
The Dutchman, 25, completed his move to the Etihad after signing a five-year deal.
Pep Guardiola moved quickly to sign Ake after the Cherries were relegated to the Championship.
But Manchester United and Chelsea both had doubts over the Dutchman’s lack of physicality, according to the Athletic.
It is cited as the main reason why neither Frank Lampard nor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were interested in moves for Ake.
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Ollie Watkins is wanted by a host to top-flight clubs, including Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Leeds and Sheffield United.
It has been suggested the 24-year-old is available for £18million due to a clause in his contract – though Bees sources insist this is not the case.
Meanwhile £20m-rated team-mate Said Benrahma is understood to be interesting Villa and West Ham.
The duo and fellow strike partner Brian Mbeumo hit a combined 57 league goals this term.
Alexis Sanchez will finally – and officially – leave Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
The £505,000-a-week flop's horror spell finally ends after the United boss revealed a deal was done.
Speaking after his side beat LASK 2-1 to confirm their safe passage into the Europa League quarter-finals, United boss Solskjaer was asked about the Sanchez transfer.
The Norwegian said: “I can confirm that.
“Alexis has had a good time over there, he's a good player and we wish him all the best.”
Man City want to sign FOUR more players before the new season starts on September 12.
Pep Guardiola is staying at the Eithad for another season at least and has seen the club respond to a trophyless campaign by making two signings already.
Nathan Ake has completed his £41m switch from relegated Bournemouth, while Ferran Torres will replace Leroy Sane after joining for an initial £20.8m plus add-ons.
But City still want more defenders, prioritising a left-back and another centre-back.
Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly is a top target, while further up the pitch the Citizens need to find long-term replacements for departing David Silva and ageing Sergio Aguero.
GOOD MORNING FOOTIE FANS
With the futures of Jadon Sancho and Willian still on a knife-edge, at least Manchester City finally tied up a major signing – £41million Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake.
And that seems certain to mean John Stones exiting the Etihadafter a hellish 18 months.
Manchester United's pursuit of Borussia Dortmund's England frontman Sancho, 20, is at a crawl as the clubs haggle over if and how the £108million asking price should be paid.
Meanwhile, Arsenal still seem sure to land Chelsea winger Willian 31, on a three-year deal, although there's been no clear development over the past 24 hours.
Elsewhere, Ryan Fraser's decision to walk out on Bournemouth could backfire.
The Scotland winger rejected a Cherries deal of around £67,000-a-week — but Crystal Palace are offering closer to £50k a week.
Interest from Arsenal and Tottenham seems to have cooled, giving hope to admirers like West Ham, Newcastle and Fulham.
The Magpies are also said to be keen on Fraser's Bournemouth team-mates Josh King and David Brooks.
And Alexis Sanchez should finally leave Old Trafford today on a permanent switch to loan club Inter Milan.
'NOT BEEN GOOD ENOUGH'
Of Jesse Lingard, United legend Paul Scholes told BT Sport: “I do think when he's playing well he has something to offer.
“I think lately he hasn't been good enough really.
“Is he a starting XI player if you're going to go on to win the league and big trophies at Man United? I'm not sure he is.
“When Ole took him off after an hour, I thought it was a sign that Ole is probably thinking of moving him on.
“When you've got fringe players and you need to get them games, tonight was the perfect opportunity for 90 minutes.
“I don't think he was particularly great in the game. I don't think there's any way in the world he will start the game on Monday.
“I think that was a sign, possibly with Fred as well, maybe the situation. He might be thinking of offloading the pair of them.”
JESSE MIGHT NEED TO GO
Paul Scholes thinks Jesse Lingard's days are numbered at Manchester United.
The 27-year-old scored against LASK as the Red Devils progressed to the Europa League quarter-finals.
It marked the first time Lingard has scored in back-to-back games for United since 2018.
But he was hauled off in the 63rd minute and replaced by Paul Pogba.
Scholes in convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to take him off is a huge sign that he is on his way out.
STONES TO BE THROWN OUT
Pep Guardiola hopes Nathan Ake can help solve the back problems that have plagued Manchester City for more than a year.
Bournemouth centre-back Ake, 25, arrived at the Etihad last night to put the finishing touches to his £41million move.
And with the Dutchman’s arrival, it seems inevitable John Stones will now leave after a nightmare 18-month spell.
From the minute they lifted the FA Cup to complete the domestic Treble in May 2019, City have had a gap at the heart of their defence.
That day, skipper Vincent Kompany announced in the Wembley dressing rooms he was leaving after 11 glorious years.
Pep wanted Harry Maguire last summer but City were not willing to pay Leicester’s £85m asking price — and rivals United were.
FRASER WALK-OUT MIGHT BACKFIRE
Ryan Fraser's decision to walk out on Bournemouth could backfire.
The Scot rejected a Cherries deal of around £67,000-a-week — but Crystal Palace are offering closer to £50,000 a week for the winger, who had hoped to earn a move worth at least double that.
Fraser, 26, is available on a free and was being tracked by elite clubs such as Arsenal and Tottenham after his stellar 2018/19 campaign, when he scored seven Premier League goals and 14 assists.
After failing to repeat that success, neither club has made a move.
It means Fraser’s options could be limited to Palace and West Ham, with Newcastle and Fulham also reported to be showing interest today.
And with the pandemic affecting football finances everywhere, the wages on offer may not be as lucrative as before Covid-19 struck.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic took a moment during his sun soaked holiday to keep fit on a yacht in the Med.
While his family frolicked on the boat and in the water, the Swedish forward worked out with resistance bands and press-up routines.
Ibrahimovic's partner, Helena Seger, also enjoyed a session on the yacht's fitness equipment.
In between workouts, she topped up her tan with Zlatan, 38, seen applying sun tan lotion to his beau as they floated near the French resort of Saint-Tropez.
The couple's two sons, Maximilian and Vincent, are understood to have been among the family members relaxing on the boat.
There has been much speculation over where Ibrahimovic will be playing his football next season.
Leeds and the striker's own club Hammarby have been linked with moves but AC Milan are reportedly ready to sign him up once again.
Out of contract, Ibrahimovic was nonetheless featured in the Rossoneri's kit release for the upcoming campaign.
TOON CHASE CHERRIES
Newcastle are eyeing Bournemouth duo Josh King and David Brooks.
Toon boss Steve Bruce wants to bolster his attacking options in this summer's transfer window.
And dreams of signing global superstars such as Kylian Mbappe are now dead following the collapse of their £300million Saudi takeover.
Instead, according to The Telegraph, Newcastle are looking at Norway striker King, 28, and Wales midfielder Brooks, 23.
ALEXIT DAY FINALLY ARRIVES
Alexis Sanchez will finally – and officially – leave Manchester United tomorrow morning.
The £505,000-a-week flop's horror spell finally ends after Inter Milan confirmed they had signed him for free.
Chile star Sanchez, 31, has been on loan with Antonio Conte's side all season and looked much more the player United expected when they signed him in January 2018.
His future now lies in Serie A, with Old Trafford chiefs no doubt relieved to get his massive salary off the wage bill.
Inter CEO Beppe Marotta confirmed Sanchez had put pen to paper on a three-year deal.
Speaking before Inter's Europa League clash against Getafe in Germany, he said: “Unofficially, we’ll make it official tomorrow morning.
“The player is entirely owned by Inter. We have a contract with him for three seasons.
“We believe in him, that he can be a strong part of this squad and are happy to have concluded this deal.”
PARTNER IN GIME
Chelsea hope around £60million could secure their top defensive target – Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez.
Attacking options have benee boss Frank Lampard's apparent focus so far.
Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech might soon be followed in by Kai Havertz.
But a tough centre-back like Uruguay star Gimenez and possibly a new keeper are also on the agenda.
And the Blues want Atletico to sell the 25-year-old for way below his £110m release clause.
WERDER EYE TAHITH
Werder Bremen have stated their interest in taking Manchester United winger Tahith Chong on loan.
The Red Devils were near to losing young star Chong, 20, on a free before he signed a new contract in the spring.
And with a first-team spot not within his reach at this time, a temporary spell away looks most likely.
German club Werder have made their claim with director Frank Baumann telling Weser Kurier that the Dutchman is a target.
He stated: “[Chong] is very fast, he comes in from the wing – he fits our profile.
“We can add two or three more players. Borrowing guys from top clubs like this can make sense to us.
“Because of our situation, he's a player who could be interesting.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reportedly wants at least three major signings.
That's £27million-rated Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes – as we've been hearing all day – plus Chelsea winger Willian.
Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho has shot up the list of contenders this week.
And Atletico Madrid anchorman Thomas Partey remains a preferred recruit – for a problem position.
Three out of those four wouldn't be bad…
FULHAM JOIN RYAN FIGHT
Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser seems sure to stay in the Premier League next season – and most likely in London.
Arsenal, Crystal Palace and now promoted Fulham are reportedly keen.
PALACE IN FOR ARSENAL TARGET FRASER
Long-term Arsenal target Ryan Fraser is now rated more likely to join Crystal Palace.
With the Gunners closing on Chelsea winger Willian, it seems Bournemouth winger Fraser might opt for a better chance of more regular first-team football.
It is thought the relegated Cherries have offered the 26-year-old a pay rise and new deal to stay.
But the Scotland star is still tipped to move on and stay in the Premier League.
ALREADY GOM OUT ON LOAN
Angel Gomes has joined Portugal's Boavista on loan – days after the 19-year-old midfielder left Manchester United for Lille.
ALEXIS ON BRINK
Alexis Sanchez's three-year deal with Inter on £6.3m a year is all but sealed, according to the Italian giants' CEO.
Beppe Marotta told Sky Italy of the Manchester United striker: “He is not official yet, but unofficially he is ours for three seasons.
“We believe in him a lot and we are happy.”
Marotta also claimed the in-form loan star could complete his permanent move by Thursday.
NOT ON BORU'D TIME
Borussia Monchengladbach star Matthias Ginter added: “Of course I heard of the enquiries and was flattered by this attention.
“But I’ve said often enough how good things are for me in Gladbach.
“The current team has great potential and the coach has brought a huge added value for us.
“The club is in the process of building something with the great fans and the environment.
“I also have big goals with the club and of course I’m still tied into a contract.”
CHELSEA TARGET GINTER GLAD TO STAY
Chelsea transfer target Matthias Ginter says he is “flattered” by their interest – but has ruled out a summer switch.
The Borussia Monchengladbach defender confirmed the Blues had enquired about his availability this summer.
Stamford Bridge boss Frank Lampard has already raided Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for star striker Timo Werner.
And he is desperate to conclude a deal for Ginter's fellow German top-flight star Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen.
But Ginter says he has no interest in moving to London and is content staying in his homeland.
Ginter, 26, who helped Gladbach qualify for next season's Champions League, said: “I’m definitely staying in Gladbach.”
'NATHAN'S A LEADER'
Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain has hailed Nathan Ake's £41m arrival from Bournemouth
Begiristain told City's website: “Nathan is a quality defender. He was a leader during his time at Bournemouth, and I am so pleased we’ve managed to bring him here.
“He’s strong and quick, and we feel he has the technical and intellectual attributes needed to excel in Pep’s setup.
“Working with this squad, which is full of world-class players, will raise his level, and we are looking forward to seeing what he can achieve here in the coming years.”
UTD MUST SORT OUT No1 PROBLEM
Rene Meulensteen told talkSPORT: “They first need to get clarity about the goalkeeping position because now there’s a debate about De Gea and the rumours with Schmeichel, but also Henderson is there.
So that needs to be solved to make sure that’s clear. People are on De Gea’s back, but he’s still a very good goalkeeper; he’s had a few blips this season, he needs to sort that out.
They also need someone next to Harry Maguire to strengthen that [defence].
The 56-year-old added: “They’re bringing Jadon Sancho in, but more than anything, I would have gone for a more prolific out-and-out striker, somebody like Harry Kane.
“There is so much creativity coming from midfield with Fernandes, [Paul] Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial… they can all contribute to goalscoring.
“But [they need] somebody in the middle who’s going to score 25-plus goals. That will close the gap for United.”
NEW STRIKER MORE IMPORTANT THAN SANCHO
Manchester United should prioritise other areas before signing Jadon Sancho, former coach Rene Meulensteen has warned.
A natural goalscorer such as Harry Kane is a better bet, the Dutchman believes, with the defence also a key area.
Reports suggest United are closing in on a £108million transfer, paid in installments, after agreeing personal terms with Borussia Dortmund star Sancho.
But attention is needed at the back with Dean Henderson set to challenge David De Gea for the No1 jersey next season and Kasper Schmeichel is a reported target.
Meulensteen wants to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pick a first-choice keeper and find a partner for Harry Maguire.
AKE COMPLETES 'DREAM' CITY MOVE
Nathan Ake has completed his “dream”£41million move to Manchester City.
The Holland and ex-Chelsea centre-back left Bournemouth for a five-year contract with Pep Guardiola's side.
Ake told the Etihad website: “City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade.
“Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players.
“Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree.
“Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he's done in the game speaks for itself.
“The success he's had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me.”
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