The Gunners were rocked by club captain Laurent Koscielny going on strike yesterday, with the Frenchman refusing to join the pre-season tour to the US. Koscielny has been offered a three-year deal by Bordeaux, while Rennes are also interested, and he wants the club to allow him to leave on a free transfer in return for his nine years of service.
Manchester United meanwhile met with representatives of Inter Milan yesterday to discuss a potential loan deal with an obligation-to-buy for wantaway striker Romelu Lukaku. Talks are still at an early stage, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have received a boost in their pursuit of Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes after the Portuguese club signed Aleksandar Trajkovski who is seen as a direct replacement. Over in Europe, Barcelona are expected to finally trigger Antoine Griezmann’s release clause today in one of the biggest transfers in football history. Follow all the latest news throughout the day here:
Manchester United youngster Mipo Odubeko has turned down a new deal with the club, believing that he will develop quicker elsewhere.
The 16-year-old scored 35 goals for United’s academy last season, and is already the subject of interest from Newcastle United and Burnley, according to The Daily Mail.
Bayern Munich may face competition from PSG for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
The Ligue 1 champions will find themselves in need of a winger if Neymar succeeds in forcing a return to Barcelona.
But can Barca afford Neymar after spending €120m on Antoine Griezmann, with Atletico Madrid claiming that the Catalan club should fork out an extra €80m?
Here’s more on the latest chapter of the Atletico-Barcelona-Griezmann transfer story:
“Atletico de Madrid believes that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet [Griezmann’s] buy-out clause, since it is obvious that the player committed to FC Barcelona before the aforementioned clause was reduced from €200 to €120m,” a statement from Atletico read.
“Atletico de Madrid believes that the termination of the contract occurred before the end of last season due to events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player, and that is why the club has already started the procedures it considers appropriate for the defence of its legitimate rights and interests.”
Everton defender Luke Garbutt has joined League One side Ipswich on a season-long loan.
The full-back, 26, made his debut at Goodison Park in 2012, but has not appeared for the Toffees since May 2015, having been on loan at Fulham, Wigan, Cheltenham, Oxford and Colchester.
The deal between Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt and Juventus is done, according to De Telegraaf in the Netherlands.
The newspaper claims that de Ligt will not travel to Austria with Ajax for pre-season training, as Juve have finally offered the Dutch club the 19-year-old’s price of €70m.
So, Antoine Griezmann has joined Barcelona. At long last, the saga is over. Well… not quite.
Atleti claim that the La Liga champions clearly reached an agreement with Griezmann back in March, when his release clause was €200m.
The Catalan club should therefore be paying that full amount, according to Atletico.
What happens next?
Cardiff are contemplating putting in a bid for 35-year-old striker Glenn Murray, hoping that the Brighton man can help them achieve instant promotion back to the Premier League, The Daily Mirror have reported.
Murray has 35 Premier League goals to his name.
Bayern Munich signing Benjamin Pavard has admitted that he “should have transferred straight after the World Cup.”
The Frenchman, who scored one of the goals of the tournament last summer as France worked their way to the Jules Rimet trophy, agreed a deal in January to leave VfB Stuttgart come the end of the season.
But while the defender said he is grateful to Stuttgart for making him the player he is today, he admitted that his ambition of a Bundesliga title should have led him to leave even sooner after becoming a world champion.
Much of the focus on West Ham this summer has been on their travails in trying to sign a striker, but the Hammers are also looking to recruit in other positions.
Ajax defender Joel Veltman, 27, is on the east London club’s list of targets and is keen on a move to the Premier League, according to The Daily Mail.
Newcastle United and newly promoted Sheffield United are among the Premier League teams to have expressed an interest in Coventry’s Tom Bayliss, Sky have reported.
The promising 20-year-old’s contract contains a £3m buy-out clause, which could easily be met by a number of the interested parties.
As a result, Coventry hold little hope of hanging on to the England U19 international.
Bayern Munich are in the market for a winger, and if it doesn’t end up being Leroy Sane, it could be 21-year-old Dani Olmo of Dinamo Zagreb.
The Spaniard’s agent said of the Bundesliga champions’ interest: “Bayern have the best scouts in the world and when a club like that shows interest, the situation is clear.
“They’re a big club and there’s not a player on the planet who wouldn’t want to play for a side like that.”
Griezmann’s former club Real Sociedad will receive €24m of the 28-year-old’s transfer fee due to a clause drawn up when the Frenchman joined Atletico in 2014.
Griezmann joins Barcelona on a five-year deal, and the 2018 World Cup winner’s release clause is a staggering €800m.
The La Liga champions will likely present their newest addition this weekend.
Antoine Griezmann is officially a Barcelona player.
The French forward signs with the Catalan club from Atletico Madrid for £107m.
Brighton defender Lewis Dunk is reportedly set on a transfer to Leicester this summer and would be heartbroken if a move does not go ahead, according to The Daily Mirror.
The Foxes have identified Dunk as a replacement for Harry Maguire, should the England centre-back depart for either Manchester United or City.
Paul Pogba featured in Manchester United’s new away kit launch today, despite continued speculation around his future at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman is linked heavily with a move to Real Madrid, with Juventus having apparently withdrawn their interest in the midfielder this morning.
Arsenal, Saint-Etienne and William Saliba were extremely close to agreeing on the terms of a transfer to the Emirates, but Tottenham have re-entered the picture and are trying desperately to pull the rug out from under Arsenal, RMC Sport are reporting.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has revealed that the Scottish champions have received no new offers for 22-year-old Kieran Tierney.
The left-back has been linked with both Arsenal and Napoli, but as things stand the Scotland international won’t be going anywhere this summer.
Borussia Dortmund were hoping to sign promising Romanian youngster Ianis Hagi, who shone at the U21 Euros earlier this summer, but the 20-year-old has seemingly elected to move elsewhere.
The FC Viitorul attacking midfielder prefers the idea of a move to Belgium side Genk, SportBild have reported.
Barcelona and Ajax were among the other clubs to have shown an interest in Hagi.
Everton’s bid for England U19 goalkeeper Billy Crellin has been rejected.
Fleetwood turned down the Toffees’ £200,000 offer earlier today, according to The Daily Mail.
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