Arsene Wenger is planning a mass clear out to fund an improved bid for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. According to the Daily Mail, Wenger is ready to sanction the sale of up to eight fringe players to acquire the signature of the French international for whom Monaco want close to £80 million including add-ons.
One of the players who might leave the Emirates is England international Jack Wilshere. Sky Sports report that Serie A side Sampdoria have bid £6 million for the midfielder who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth. Sky Italy, though, say that Arsenal have rejected the offer and are demanding £9 million for Wilshere.
The Birmingham Mail suggest that Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs is wanted by West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis. Gibbs has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal after the arrival of Sead Kolasinac from FC Schalke and Arsene Wenger will allow Gibbs to leave for £8 million.
Another Gunner rumoured to leave the club is goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who spent the last two season on loan at Serie A side AS Roma. The Guardian report that Serie A champions Juventus are set to sign the Polish international for around £10 million.
Meanwhile, new Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer wants to strengthen his defensive options by signing Arsenal defender Calum Chambers. The Telegraph report that Palace will offer Arsenal £16 million for the English international who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough.
In some shocking transfer news, Premier League champions Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. Sky Sports say that Chelsea have identified Aguero as an option to replace Diego Costa who has been axed from the team by the Blues boss Antonio Conte. The move seems unlikely to happen as City will be reluctant to sell one of their best players to a rival.
Chelsea’s search for a striker has seen them court Europe’s best strikers but the Daily Star suggest that the Blues will not pay through their nose for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and if La Gazzetta dello Sport are to be believed, AC Milan are ready to offer the Spaniard a 10 million per year contract to swap the Santiago Bernabeu for the San Siro.
If reports are to be believed, the Rossoneri are also negotiating a deal with Bayern Munich to bring Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches to Italy.
Italy's Tuttosport claim that Juventus have rejected a 100 million bid for striker Gonzalo Higuain from Chelsea. Yes, you heard it right, 100 million for a 29-year-old striker! We’ll let former England striker Gary Lineker express his thoughts on this.
He's nearly 30. If anyone pays anywhere near that then the game has gone completely mental. https://t.co/xqcYhH8p2R
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 17, 2017
After selling defensive stalwart Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan in probably the most surprising deal of the transfer window, Juventus have shut the door on any deal that will see Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro leaving the club, the Evening Standard reports. This is bad news for Chelsea as they have been chasing the defender all summer and even had bids of up to0 £60 million being rejected by Juventus.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are all set to acquire the left-back of their choice after agreeing on a deal for Hull City’s Andy Robertson. The Liverpool Echo, regarded as a mouthpiece of the Merseyside club, report that defender reportedly left Hull's training camp in Portugal to complete a £8 million move to Anfield.
In the blue half of Manchester, despite signing Ederson from Benfica for 35 million, City are reportedly in the market for another shot-stopper and have reportedly made a move for Napoli’s Pepe Reina. The Mirror are confident that the Serie A side have rejected a £2.6 million bid for former Liverpool keeper Reina. Reina had previously worked under Pep Guardiola who had brought the veteran keeper to Bayern Munich.
Well, in the red half of Manchester, United’s bid to sign Croatian winger Ivan Perisic may have been dealt a blow after manager Luciano Spalletti included Perisic in Inter Milan’s pre-season tour to China. Reports in England had stated that United were close to agreeing on a deal for 44 million for Perisic.
Spanish media outlet Marca report that Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a world record €222 million bid to bring Barcelona forward Neymar to the Parc des Princes. The report states that the bid will be placed only if Neymar sanctions it.
Updated Date: Jul 18, 2017 22:22 PM