Premier League transfer news and rumours
Danny Rose: Spurs to Man United
When Jose Mourinho goes on the hunt for full backs this summer, Spurs defender Danny Rose will be top of his shopping list, says The Guardian.
This season he has relied on converted wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young in the wide defensive positions, with the likes of Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw falling out of favour.
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But Valencia and Young are both well into their 30s, and Mourinho wants to bring reinforcements as he plots a way to bring down Manchester City.
His pursuit of Rose may not be straightforward, warns the Guardian. “Daniel Levy has a reputation for being a difficult negotiator and Tottenham’s chairman may be loath to allow a sale of a prized asset to United, who he would consider a direct competitor.
“However, [Kyle] Walker was allowed to leave for Manchester City last summer for £53m – at the time a world-record fee for a defender – and Rose, who is under contract until 2021, would command a similar price.”
Mauro Icardi: Inter Milan to Chelsea
The Italian club’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has denied that Chelsea target Icardi will be sold this summer, even if Inter fail to qualify for the Champions League. It had been claimed that if Inter failed to make the Champions League they would be forced to offload players, including striker Icardi, in order to balance the books. (TalkSport)
Jorginho: Napoli to Manchester City
Pep Guardiola has identified the Napoli midfielder as the man to replace Yaya Toure at the Etihad this summer. The Man City boss was impressed by the 26-year-old’s performances in the Champions League, and believes he can provide competition for Fernandinho, who will be 33 by the start of next season. But the Italian side will demand at least £52.5m for the player. (The Guardian)
Franco Cervi: Benfica to Newcastle
The Argentine forward has emerged as a £20m target for Newcastle this summer, but Rafa Bentitez faces competition from Premier League rivals Brighton, West Ham and Swansea in the race to sign the 23-year-old. The Newcastle boss wants to sign a left winger and Cervi fits the bill if he cannot keep Kenedy, who is on loan from Chelsea (The Sun)
Jay Rodriguez: West Brom to Burnley
Burnley are interested in West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez and will make a move if, as seems likely, the Baggies are relegated. Rodriguez was born in Burnley and grew up supporting the club. He made 128 appearances, scoring 41 goals, for the Turf Moor club before being sold to Southampton for £7m in 2012. Manager Sean Dyche wants to strengthen his squad, particularly if Burnley qualify for Europe, and believes Rodriguez would be a good fit, (Daily Mail)
Premier League news and talking points
Arsenal: New boss may only get £50m
Arsenal’s new manager could find his hands tied in the transfer market this summer and might have to offload players before bringing in new stars.
The club have spent heavily over the past two years and committed to big money contracts, meaning that the days of austerity may return to the Emirates.
The Daily Telegraph says the situation at Arsenal will not be like that at the two Manchester clubs after new managers arrived. The man who replaces Arsene Wenger may be given a summer kitty of just £50m.
“Arsenal have spent more than £100m on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the past two transfer windows alone, but, also hugely significant, is how they committed themselves to three huge contracts in January for Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan,” says the paper.
“The summer before, in 2016, was also the biggest total spend in Arsenal’s history following the signings of Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding and Lucas Perez.
“It suggests that, although the new manager should be able to make one major signing this summer, other significant additions are likely to come down to a choice between sales or working to improve the existing group.”
No punishment after Man City pitch invasion
Manchester City are set to escape punishment for the pitch invasion at the end of their game against Swansea on Sunday as fans celebrated winning the Premier League. “The FA has written to City asking for their observations on what happened but it is understood that they will not face any punishment. City and Swansea players were on the pitch at the time of the invasion but Pep Guardiola played down the incident,” reports The Times.
Everton beat Newastle, but fans are unhappy
A second half strike from Theo Walcott earned Everton a 1-0 victory over Newcastle at Goodison Park last night. The result could secure a top ten finish for the Toffees, but manager Sam Allardyce was once again forced to defend his side’s style of play after the game.
“Allardyce has taken Everton to mid-table safety from just above the relegation zone, but there has been growing discontent among some supporters at what they perceive to be a negative playing style,” reports the BBC.
“There were calls for Allardyce to be sacked during the 1-1 draw at Swansea earlier this month, with some fans unhappy with their side’s display – and his critics were unlikely to be appeased by this performance.”
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