LIVE Transfer Talk: Man City set sights on Barca’s Griezmann

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Amid all the action at Euro 2020 and the Copa America, the summer transfer window has opened, with Europe’s biggest clubs looking to make a splash in the transfer market. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.

TOP STORY: Man City ramp up Griezmann interest

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made a personal call to Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann regarding a possible move to the Etihad Stadium this summer. That was reported in French title Footmercato, which states that City are in “good contact” with the France international’s agent.

City and Griezmann’s representatives were said to be in touch last summer, though City’s finances — not helped by the coronavirus pandemic — prevented them from making a tangible offer. However, Barcelona’s own financial situation is at a critical point and they are now looking to trim their own wage bill, but City are still targeting Harry Kane as a priority.

City’s interest in Kane is said to have “cooled” due to the huge transfer fee needed to prise the England skipper away from north London, and so Griezmann could be the perfect solution.

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11.19 BST: Done deal! Arsenal have completed the signing of Nuno Tavares from Benfica on a long-term contract. Tavares, a 21-year-old defender, is a Portugal under-21 international. The Gunners are reported to be paying £7m for the transfer, with a further £2m in potential add-ons.

Manager Mikel Arteta told the club’s official website: “He is a young player with great promise who has developed very well with Benfica in recent seasons and has also shown his quality by being part of Portugal under-21s. Nuno’s arrival will give the squad extra strength and options in defence, particularly with this energy on the left side of the pitch. We look forward to Nuno’s arrival soon, his integration into the Arsenal family and playing in front of our fantastic supporters.”

10.43 BST: Could Arsenal face competition from Tottenham for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar? Earlier this week, ESPN sources revealed that the Gunners are considering reviving their pursuit of Aouar but will need to offload at least one more midfielder before making a formal offer.

Now Le10 Sport in France reports that Arsenal have made an opening offer for the 23-year-old, who Lyon valued at £55m last summer but are now willing to discuss a £25m transfer fee. Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be monitoring the situation.

10.00 BST: Harry Kane to Manchester United? Football Insider reports that the Red Devils have moved into pole position to sign the England captain. Tottenham want £100m AND two of United’s first-team players if they are to part with the striker. Can a deal be Done?

PAPER GOSSIP

Chelsea are looking to tie talented young striker Armando Broja to a long-term contract following his return from a loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem, reports Fabrizio Romano. The Blues board are said to be finalising a deal that would keep the 19-year-old Albania international at the club until June 2026. Broja scored 10 goals in the Eredivisie, and he now joins the Chelsea first team in preseason training.

Denmark centre-back Joachim Andersen is a target for Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Leicester City and Crystal Palace, according to The Sun. Andersen, who impressed while on loan with Fulham last season, is at French club Lyon, who paid £25m for the 25-year-old in 2019. Spurs and United are long-term admirers of the defender, who started his career at FC Twente and came on as a substitute against England in Wednesday’s Euro 2020 semifinal.

Real Madrid face competition from Tottenham for the signature of Sevilla FC’s in-demand centre-back Jules Kounde, according to Sport. It reports that while Los Blancos are desperate for cover in central defence following Sergio Ramos’s move to Paris Saint-Germain and the possible departure of Raphael Varane, Spurs could have bigger pockets than the Spanish giants. Spurs could be willing to pay €55 to €60m, which is more than Madrid are willing to pay. Kounde’s release clause is set at €80m, though Sevilla are willing to negotiate any offer of more than €70m.

– Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Benfica are edging closer to an agreement with Inter MIlan for midfielder Joao Mario. Mario, 28, spent last season on loan at Sporting CP and had been widely tipped to join the club on a permanent basis, but they were unwilling to meet Inter’s valuation. Benfica president Rui Costa is keen to get an agreement signed next week, despite the fact that Sporting are threatening legal action over what they believe is a clause preventing Inter from moving the player to any of Sporting’s domestic rivals.

Arsenal want youngster Kido Taylor-Hart to sign a long-term deal to fend off interest from other clubs in the Premier League, as well as Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, according to the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old’s contract expired earlier this month and other clubs have been circling, though Arsenal are said to consider left winger Taylor-Hart a key part of their future. As such, a three-year-deal has been offered, and he could join the first team on their preseason tour of Scotland and America.





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