Amid all the action at the Euros and Copa America, the summer transfer window has opened for some leagues with Europe’s biggest clubs looking to make a splash in the transfer market. Check out the latest gossip below, and see see all official deals here.
TOP STORY: Liverpool keen to sign Gladbach star Neuhaus
The report from Germany claims that the Bundesliga club are expecting an offer to be made from Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp set to make the final decision on a player rated at €40m. Talks over a deal are expected to run for the duration of Euro 2020, with the report confirming that Neuhaus will not decide his future until after returning from international duty with Germany.
Liverpool have been looking for a midfielder since Georginio Wijnaldum decided to leave for PSG at the end of his contract, and club owners Fenway Sports Group appear to be continuing their transfer strategy of targeting young players who they believe have high potential.
Neuhaus’ performances this season have seen the 24-year-old quickly advance through the Germany national setup to the senior team. He contributed to 11 goals in 30 starts for ‘Gladbach in the Bundesliga last season.
08.37 BST: Inter Milan want left-back Marco Alonso included in any transfer deal for Achraf Hakimi to Chelsea, according to Sky Italia.
Chelsea are leading the race ahead of Paris Saint-Germain to sign the Morocco international right-back but are negotiating over Inter’s €80m demands.
Hakimi, 22, joined Inter in a €40m transfer from Real Madrid in September and scored seven goals and set up 11 more in a total 45 appearances for the Serie A champions. He is under contract with the Nerazzurri until June 2025 but is expected to leave this summer due to Inter’s financial woes.
Chelsea are looking to reduce Inter’s asking price by offering one of their own players as part of the deal and Inter would welcome the arrival of Alonso, who has already played in Serie A with Fiorentina from 2013-2016.
08.20 BST: Sergio Ramos has insisted that he “never wanted to leave Real Madrid” and claimed he would have accepted the club’s offer of a one-year contract extension, but was told it had expired.
Madrid announced on Wednesday that captain Ramos, 35, will leave when his deal runs out at the end of this month.
The defender broke down in tears during a farewell ceremony on Thursday — attended by club president Florentino Perez, board members, club staff and Ramos’ family — at the Real Madrid City training complex.
“I never wanted to leave Real Madrid, I always wanted to stay here,” Ramos said. “In the last few months the club made me an offer of one year, with a pay cut. I want to highlight that money has never been a problem, the president knows that.
“It wasn’t a financial problem. They offered me one year, I wanted two. I wanted calm and continuity for my family … In the latest conversations, I accepted the offer with a pay cut, and I was told there was no longer an offer. I was told that despite having given the OK to the proposal, it had an expiry date and I didn’t realise … It surprised me.”
Julien Laurens jokes that Aston Villa’s ambitious transfer window may be a sign they have agreed to part with Jack Grealish.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– Leicester City have won the race for FC Salzburg hitman Patson Daka, claims Fabrizio Romano. The Foxes fought off interest from multiple clubs with Liverpool, Chelsea and RB Leipzig all recently connected with the striker. The 22-year-old’s prolific form has seen him at the heart of speculation throughout the transfer window, having scored 42 goals in his last 59 games.
– Conor Coady could leave Wolves with Everton
– Calciomercato reports that former Crotone goalkeeper Alex Cordaz has agreed a deal to join Internazionale. The Italian goalkeeper has signed a one-year deal with Inter until 2022 and will play a backup role to Samir Handanovic. The 38-year-old is one of Simone Inzaghi’s first signings as manager, and will add plenty of experience having started 36 games in the Serie A last season.
– AC Milan will have to double their offer if they are to secure the signing of Marseille‘s Boubacar Kamara. That’s according to Calciomercato, which says the Serie A club are keen on the defender, who could cost around €25m to sign. The 21-year-old has established himself in Ligue 1 since joining Marseille in 2017, becoming a regular in the first team that has seen him attract interest from around Europe.
– Jerome Boateng‘s next career move could be in France with AS Monaco on the lookout for a centre-back. Le10 Sport says the Ligue 1 club are keen to add an experienced player to their ranks, and that the German defender has already received a contract offer from Niko Kovac’s side. The 32-year-old remained a key feature in Bayern Munich‘s title run last season, as well as starting six games in the Champions League.