A transfer rumour trolley dash, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Newcastle, and more
All the latest Premier League transfer news. Kind of.
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Okay, so, here’s a quick peak behind the 3 Added Minutes curtain; I’m taking the next few days off. (Do I have anything nice planned? No. Thanks for asking.) My next shift isn’t until Monday, and that means two things. Firstly, dear reader, you have five whole nonsense-free days ahead of you. Enjoy them while they last, for they will be gone all too soon. Secondly, and more pertinently to the content of this specific article, I will not be personally covering our daily Premier League transfer rumour round-up for a little while.
But fear not, because I am still absolutely committed to delivering my full quota of speculation for the entire week. So buckle up, because instead of our usual triumvirate of whispers, we’re aiming for a hearty 15, all in one sitting. Here we go...
Chelsea want Ivan Toney, according to GiveMeSport. Will this happen? Well, they’ve signed everybody else in European football, so sure, why not? Fichajes also suggest that the Blues are keen on Toney’s Brentford teammate David Raya. Will this happen? I implore you to see the answer above.
Across London, Tottenham may have to field interest from Real Madrid for Brazilian striker Richarlison, as per ESPN. The man is developing quite the knack for falling upwards. Elsewhere, Fabrizio Romano has told Caught Offside that while West Ham are not yet working on a deal to sign Kalvin Phillips from Manchester City, that could all change if they sell Declan Rice in the summer. Conclusive.
According to talkSPORT, Southampton could be looking at a trio of England legends as they continue the search for their next permanent manager. Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and, erm, Wayne Rooney are all in the running. The Saints’ relegation rivals Leeds United also need a new boss, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost sight of the fact that long-term target Ola Aina is angling for a move at the end of the season. That update comes courtesy of Inter Live.
Up in the North East, Newcastle United are set to make an offer for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Calcio Mercato, while Football Insider claim that the Magpies and Tottenham will have to pay more than £50 million if they are to snap up Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie. They can probably afford it.
Let’s see, what else? Ah yes, over in Italy, La Gazzetta dello Sport report that Manchester United are pushing to sign Dutch international Denzel Dumfries, but frustratingly, there is radio silence on a prospective bid for Plymouth Argyle’s Brendan Galloway. Do the right thing, Erik. Think of the potential headlines. The Red Devils are also said to be totally smitten with loanee Marcel Sabitzer, who could be available for a permanent transfer in the summer, as per Florian Plettenberg.
At the Emirates, transfer insider Dean Jones is of the opinion that Arsenal will be willing to break their own transfer record to sign Declan Rice in the coming months, but of course, they will face competition from everyone’s favourite oniomaniacs, Chelsea. The Blues could look to free up funds, and coat hangers in the Stamford Bridge dressing room, by offloading Christian Pulisic. The American international is attracting interest from Atletico Madrid - or so says Football Espana, at least.
Okay, how many is that? Thirteen. Erm. Errrrrrrm. Ooh, more Leeds news. The Daily Mail claim that Nuno Espirito Santo is now a priority target for the vacant manager’s job at Elland Road, while rival publication the Daily Mail argue that the aforementioned Steven Gerrard could be a contender.
And with that, we should be done for the week. Fifteen rumours to be portioned out over the next five days. Ration them wisely, you lovely lot. See you on Monday.