Transfer news LIVE: Raphael Varane ‘ready to accept’ Man United offer, plus Liverpool, Arsenal rumours
The best of Varane at Real Madrid
The new season is just a few weeks away and clubs are starting to ramp up their interest in targets during this transfer window following a short break after Euro 2020.
Manchester United have made a significant push this summer, agreeing a deal for Jadon Sancho, while Raphael Varane is another key target to elevate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side towards title contention.
In other news, Leicester are hopeful of fending off Liverpool to retain midfielder Youri Tielemans, per The Telegraph, and the Daily Mirror report that Tammy Abraham could be used by Chelsea to boost a trade deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. Meanwhile, Euro 2020’s player of the tournament, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, has signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain. He joins the French side from AC Milan. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip below.
Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer close to £13.5m Brentford switch
Kristoffer Ajer has completed a medical at Brentford and is close to joining the club from Celtic on a £13.5 million deal, Sky Sports News are reporting.
The Norway international centre-back was left out of Celtic’s squad to face FC Midtjylland in their Scottish club’s Champions League qualifier this evening as the final details of the transfer are being completed.
Ajer, 23, arrived at Celtic in 2017 and has made 170 appearances for the club, winning the Scottish Premiership title three times.
The newly-promoted Premier League side announced the signing of Nigerian international midfielder Frank Onyeka earlier today.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta offers update on further transfer targets
Arsenal have made two signings so far this window, bringing in left-back Nuno Tavares and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.
The club have also been linked with a move for Ben White and Arteta has said he is also on the lookout for “senior players” with “leadership qualities”.
When asked about the profile of players Arsenal are trying to sign, the Arsenal manager said: “We need some senior players, players with different types of leadership in the team, with different qualities, people that complement each other.
“At the end of the day it is about the cohesion of the team so we need a squad that is cohesive that can develop and adapt, that offers different qualities to change games, protect games when we need to and this is what we are trying to build.”
Manchester United to target “one more major signings” after Varane deal
Manchester United will look to add at least one more major signings once their deal for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane is complete, the Manchester Evening News reports.
United are interested in potentially bringing England right-back Kieran Trippier to Old Trafford in order to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while the opportunity to sign 18-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga may prove too good to turn down.
Atletico Madrid insist Trippier is not for sale and it is believed it would take a big bid to bring the defender back to the Premier League after two seasons at the La Liga champions.
Camavinga may prove a more straightforward deal, but United would face certain competition from a number of Europe’s top clubs after Rennes’ president said they would be “open” to offers for the centre midfielder.
Varane is expected to join the club from Real Madrid in the coming days, along with England winger Jadon Sancho, whose £72.9 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund is a formality at this stage.
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba ‘close to PSG agreement’
Paul Pogba’s representatives are close to an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain over a potential transfer, according to reports in France.
Canal Supporters maintain that Pogba is close to agreeing personal terms with the Ligue 1 club, and would become the team’s highest earner behind Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
L’Equipe reported earlier today that PSG are preparing a €50 million bid for the France international, who has a one-year deal on his contract at Old Trafford.
There is an understanding, however, that PSG would have to raise funds for an offer through player sales – after already signing Georginio Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma on free transfers, as well as Achraf Hakimi, for €60m.
Tottenham are close to agreeing a deal that will see midfielder Eric Lamela join Sevilla in a swap deal for Bryan Gil, Fabrizio Romano has tweeted.
Spurs will reportedly include €25m in the deal for the 20-year-old Gil, who spent last season on loan at Eibar in La Liga. Lamela has been at Spurs since 2013 and is one of the club’s longest serving players.