Premier League clubs are wasting no time welcoming new faces as Liverpool watch.
The Reds acquired Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai and Jurgen Klopp wrapped up their affairs before pre-season preparations began for the rest of the team.
Manchester United welcomed their first fresh face through the door at Old Trafford this week as they ended the Mason Mount saga. The Red Devils ended the Chelsea midfielder’s 18-year affinity with the Londoners when they lured him away from Stamford Bridge for £55 million.
Newcastle United have announced the arrival of Sandro Tonali from AC Milan. Meanwhile, Arsenal are on the verge of making their second and third signings of the summer ahead of their pre-season tour of the Americas.
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It remains quiet at the Etihad Stadium after Manchester City welcomed Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea. However, there are departures at City with Shea Charles almost the latest academy candidate to join Southampton.
The Manchester Evening News reports that the under-21 captain is on the verge of signing for the Championship side for a fee that could be as high as £15 million.
Arsenal bolstered their defensive ranks on Friday as they tied William Saliba to a long-term contract. The Frenchman had one year left on his current contract, but has now signed a four-year extension.
It is said that he will earn £190,000 a week with Mikel Arteta’s side. The Gunners sensed the defender’s importance when he suffered an injury that ruled him out of the Premier League title challenge that Manchester City eventually won.
According to the Evening Standard, Declan Rice passed his medical before moving to the north London club. Both capital parties agreed a fee of £100 million initially for the West Ham captain, with a further £5 million in add-ons.
He is part of the influx of the £200 million talent arriving at the Emirates Stadium following Kai Havertz’s takeover from Chelsea, while Jurrien Timber is on the verge of completing a £37.5 million move from Ajax.
The Guardian reports that Manchester United are approaching their second and third signings this summer. Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana and Atalanta’s Rasmus Holjund are about to be welcomed by the doors at Old Trafford, it is said.
In their report, the Red Devils are moving “quickly” to finalize the deal for the Cameroonian bullet stopper and strengthen their attack with Dane Holjund.
Following Mount’s £55 million arrival, Erik ten Hag is said to have spent part of his budget replacing David de Gea. They are looking to sign the former Ajax goalkeeper at a discounted rate and are said to have made significant progress in talks with the Champions League finalists in recent days.
Holjund would have been rated around £85.4 million, but United are looking to start the bidding at around £50 million as it remains to be seen what it would take to convince the Bergamo side to sell. Harry Kane was previously linked, but Tottenham Hotspur would be adamant that their captain stays in place.
Newcastle United are close to signing for a second time this summer. Harvey Barnes is about to return to the Premier League.
The 25-year-old looks set to follow former Leicester City team-mate James Maddison from the Foxes after their relegation to the Championship.
Barnes has been targeted by West Ham and Aston Villa, with the Hammers previously at the front of the line, but Eddie Howe’s side marched ahead, the Telegraph reports.
Newcastle are thought to be looking to pay closer to £35m, as opposed to Leicester’s £40m.
According to Corriere dello Sport via Metro, the Magpies intend to hold talks with Federico Chiesa’s agent and rival Liverpool.
The Italian has been linked with a departure from the Serie A giants this summer after a difficult season in Turin. During a tumultuous spell at Juventus, they have been embroiled in a legal battle that resulted in a points deduction, missing out on Champions League football.
It has been repeatedly argued that they will be forced to sell some of their biggest earners, including Dusan Vlahovic and former Reds mercenary Arthur Melo.
However, the latest reports suggest Chiesa’s agent will fly to the capital to hold talks with the Reds and Newcastle. In recent weeks, figures of up to £50 million have been touted for the attacker’s services.
Another exit is imminent at Stamford Bridge, as American star Christian Pulisic is close to signing a contract with AC Milan. The Chelsea midfielder is likely to follow Ruben Loftus-Cheek at San Siro after the England youngster made a permanent move to Italy earlier this week.
Fabrizio Romano says the deal is worth more than €20 million with add-ons as the 24-year-old pushed for a move from south London.
In a tweet, he said: “The excellent relationship between Chelsea and AC Milan was crucial to finalizing the deal with Pulisic today. Player had been pushing to join Milan since Monday, disregarding any other club or destination.
“Deal worth more than € 20 million with add-ons. After Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic has also been done.”
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