Transfer Latest Round Up

It is very much silly season when it comes to Premier League transfer rumours and Jim Salveson is going to round up the best from across the week including big potential signings at Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.

The Transfer Rumours Mill is heating up nicely.As we head into the weekend here's our round up of the biggest stories….

Geplaatst door Sport Social op Vrijdag 21 augustus 2020

Arsenal face competition for Gabriel Magalhaes from Manchester United. The Brazilian defender was looking to make the switch from Lille to North London in a rumoured deal but a late swoop by Ole Gunnar Soljkear could derail the bid.

Jurgen Klopp is eyeing up a move for Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara who is said to be available for around £30million. The red need to move out some of the deadwood first and one of those players could be Georginio Wijnaldum who new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wants to bring to the Nou Camp.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is turning his attention from offence to defence in an attempt to sure up the back line that conceded 54 goals last season. He wants to do that with a trio of English recruits worth over £100million. Ben Chillwell (Leicester City), Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) and John Stones (Manchester City) are all reported targets.

Finally, Gareth Bale could be heading home. According to the Spanish media Jose Mourinho wants to bring the Welshman back to White Hart Lane but, as always, his wages are going to be an issue with 2 years still to go on his Real Madrid contract.

There is more transfer chat on the latest Football Social Daily podcast.

Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid in doubt after Covid-19 scare

City, who hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg which was played before lockdown, are due to play the second leg of the last 16 encounter with Madrid in Portugal on August 7.

However, there are now serious concerns as to whether the game can go ahead following Real Madrid’s confirmation that their Dominican striker Mariano Diaz has contracted coronavirus.

The original date for the second leg tie was scheduled for March, but that was postponed following news that a player from Real Madrid’s Basketball team – who share the same facilities as the footballers – returned a positive test.

Spanish radio reporter Fernando Burgos, who initially broke the news, tweeted that ‘the game against Manchester City is lost [translated]’.

The news comes just a matter of days after the UK added Spain to it’s quarantine list of destinations due to a rise in coronavirus cases, with anyone landing in the UK from Spain having to self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival.

Real Madrid insist that Mariano Diaz is in good health and displaying no physical symptoms of the virus – however, regardless of these claims UEFA have a decision to make as to whether the game with Manchester City will go ahead as planned.

Arsenal close to permanent Dani Ceballos capture from Real Madrid but hit snag in chase for Atletico’s Thomas Partey

The good news is that Dani Ceballos, who has been on loan at the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid this campaign, is reported to be close to penning a permanent contract at Arsenal.

Ceballos is said to not be in the plans of current Real coach Zinedine Zidane, and according to Spanish news outlet AS, the midfielder’s focus is to stay in North London for another season.

Other reports from Spain also suggest that Real Madrid’s need to make some cash this summer will encourage them to sell Ceballos to Arsenal, with newspaper Marca claiming €30-35m could be enough to make the switch permanent.

It is in the middle of the park where Arteta and Sporting Director Edu are seemingly keen to bolster their ranks, with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey on the Gunners’ radar.

Partey has been linked with a move to the Premier League for the past 18 months, with Arsenal supposedly in pole position for the 27-year-old’s signature.

The Ghana international has a release clause of €50m, and still has three years remaining on his current Atletico deal – but the Gunners remain confident they can land their man.

Earlier this month, The Guardian reported Arsenal had offered £23m for Partey’s services – approximately half of his €50m release clause – but that was rejected.
Now reports claim that out-of-favour midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was offered as a makeweight in order to up the ante, and tempt Atletico in to accepting a lower price for Partey.

Guendouzi reportedly had a bust-up with gaffer Mikel Arteta shortly after the Premier League’s resumption and hasn’t featured for Arsenal in the last 10 games in all competitions.

Despite the offer of Guendouzi, Partey won’t be leaving the Wanda Metropolitano any time soon it seems, as the player plus cash bid was also rejected.

In the past, Alexandre Lacazette has been of interest to Atletico Madrid – however it is unlikely that Arteta will use the Frenchman as a bargaining chip to secure Partey at the expense of weakening his forward line.