The summer transfer window is approaching, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Inter reject PSG offer for Skriniar
Paris Saint-Germain have had their first transfer offer of €50 million turned down for Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar, reports Foot Mercato.
The Ligue 1 side have identified the Slovakia captain as a key reinforcement for this summer, but despite the Nerazzurri being keen to raise funds to bring back Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, Simone Inzaghi’s side aren’t prepared to part with the 27-year-old defender unless they receive a transfer fee that reflects their valuation.
Inter are reportedly seeking a fee of around €80m, but could be prepared to negotiate slightly below that figure. With Skriniar deemed to be a priority target for PSG this summer, it is expected that they will return with an improved offer.
10.19 BST: The Guardian reports that Arsenal are set to announce the signing of Brazilian winger Marquinhos — not be confused with the 28-year-old Paris Saint-Germain defender of the same name — in £3m deal from Sao Paulo.
The 19-year-old is to sign a five-year contract at the Emirates and will link up with his new teammates this summer, but it likely to be loaned out for the 2022-23 season. The report says that Marquinhos has been capped by Brazil through to under-17 level, and he has made 41 appearances, mostly as a substitute, for his club.
There could be controversy, however, as Wolves thought that they held a valid precontract agreement with the player.
09.40 BST: Sevilla general manager Jose Maria Cruz de Andrés has told Sport Witness that Jules Kounde could join Chelsea this summer after the Premier League side failed to sign the centre-back ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Kounde, 23, was expected to move to Stamford Bridge but Sevilla rejected all transfer offers and held on to the France international. But Chelsea might be successful this time as the player wants to further his own career.
“In the case of Kounde, it is not a matter of money, It’s a matter of him wanting to play in a more competitive team than Sevilla FC,” he said. “I am sure he is a player that is attractive for teams like Chelsea, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich and these types of teams. He wants to play in a more competitive team.”
09.00 BST: Barcelona will listen to offers worth €100m for midfielder Frenkie de Jong after holding formal talks with Manchester United over a transfer, sources told ESPN’s Sam Marsden Moises Llorens.
Barca are prepared to let De Jong leave this summer to help balance the books amid an ongoing financial crisis at the club, but sources have told ESPN that does not mean they will allow him to leave on the cheap.
They are willing to negotiate the breakdown of the fee, such as how much of the price is upfront and how much is in add-ons, but they want the total package to be around €100m.
– Arsenal are ready to return to the negotiating table for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, reports Corriere dello Sport. The Gunners are keen on taking the 27-year-old Serbia international to the Emirates, though it could take a transfer fee of around €60m to persuade the Serie A side to sanction his exit.
– Juventus are keen to add an attacking threat this summer, and are weighing up moves for Nicolo Zaniolo of AS Roma, Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi, and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic, writes Gianluca Di Marzio. The Bianconeri are plotting their rebuild as they look to challenge for the Serie A title again, and Massimiliano Allegri is wasting no time in drawing up a shortlist of potential targets.
– Eintracht Frankfurt are interested in signing Burnley striker Wout Weghorst, according to SPORT1. The Netherlands international is looking to leave Turf Moor after their relegation, and Frankfurt hope to take him back to Germany’s top flight and a reunion with manager Oliver Glasner, whom the 29-year-old worked with at VfL Wolfsburg.
– Despite rumours linking Mauro Icardi to River Plate, Fabrizio Romano reports that the 29-year-old striker has no intention of returning to Argentina this summer. Icardi made just 10 league starts for Paris Saint-Germain last season, and has also been linked with a potential return to Serie A, where he spent six seasons with Inter Milan and two-and-a-half at Sampdoria. He still has two years left on his PSG deal.