TOP STORY: Arsenal want to sign Ajax winger Promes
With ESPN sources telling James Olley that Arsenal are on the brink of bolstering their attacking options with the acquisition of Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer, it seems that the Gunners have quickly set their sights on another exciting forward.
The 28-year-old struck an impressive 16 goals and five assists before the Eredivisie came to a premature end in March, including one against Chelsea in a thrilling Champions League encounter that ended 4-4.
The Netherlands international returned to his homeland from Sevilla just last summer in a £14 million deal, but is believed to be keen on a switch to the Emirates, with the outlet quoting a source "close to the player."
The report goes on to suggest Ajax would be willing to part ways with Promes, who has also attracted attention from Liverpool in the past.
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22.49 BST: Inter Milan have taken a major step to signing the 'New Pirlo,' according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Italian outlet reports that Inter have offered Brescia phenom Sandro Tonali a five-year contract worth €3.5 million per season, amidst the youngster's desire to join the Nerazzurri. The 20-year-old midfielder had an extremely impressive debut season in Serie A despite Brescia's relegation, and is regarded as one of Italy's brightest talents.
Tonali has also been linked with Juventus and PSG but Corriere dello Sport understands that the midfielder's heart is set on joining Antonio Conte's exciting project.
22.06 BST: Shifting to MLS, the Houston Dynamo are closing in on a deal for Costa Rica and ex-Los Angeles Galaxy striker Ariel Lassiter, according to Costa Rican TV outlet Teletica,
The 25-year-old is coming off a breakout season at Costa Rican side Alajuelense, where he scored 21 goals and assisted on 14 others. The son of former MLS Golden Boot winner Roy Lassiter, Ariel was a United States underage international before switching his allegiance to Costa Rica, the country of his birth, in 2015.
After a prolific period with LA Galaxy II, Lassiter graduated to the Galaxy's first team in 2015 and went on to play 30 times between 2015-18 for the club, scoring five goals during this span.
21.33 BST: Leeds have reportedly entered the race for West Ham and Crystal Palace target Eberechi Eze, according to the Mirror.
One of the top players in the Championship last season with QPR, the attacking midfielder, 22, is wanted man by Premier League clubs. The England Under-21 international is valued at around £20 million, which may prove too steep for newly-promoted Leeds.
Crystal Palace reportedly have already had a £10m bid rejected for the 14-goal, 8-assist man.
20.42 BST: Galatasaray have made their third signing of the summer in winger Emre Kilinc.
The 25-year-old joins from Sivasspor, where he scored eight goals and assisted on five others in the Super Lig.
19.54 BST: Juventus have announced that French midfielder Blaise Matuidi's three-year spell with the club has come to an end.
The 33-year-old is expected to join David Beckham's Inter Miami CF, although the club has yet to officially announce the World Cup winner.
"The French midfielder leaves Juventus after three years and five trophies won at the club," Juventus said in a statement
"Blaise is someone who will always be in our hearts and we wish him all the very best for the future."
Matuidi has won three French Ligue 1 titles, three Serie A crowns and the 2016 World Cup.
19.08 BST: We hinted at this earlier but Southampton have now made their signing of Mohammad Salisu official.
The 21-year-old defender joins the Saints on a four-year contract after an impressive debut season in La Liga with Real Valladolid.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl told the club's official website the following:
"This is an important signing for us. Mohammed is a player who fits our profile well. He is young and has a great amount of potential, but he is also someone who has the qualities to come in and help the team as soon as he is up to speed with our way of playing.
18.23 BST: As expected, Real Sociedad loan star Martin Odegaard will be returning to parent club Real Madrid next season.
La Real confirmed the fact on Twitter, thanking the Norwegian starlet for his season at the club and saying goodbye with a lovely tribute video. The midfielder, now 21, enjoyed a breakout season for Real Sociedad, factoring in 10 goals (four goals and six assists) and controlling possession in midfield for the Europa League qualifiers.
Odegaard, who was signed in 2015 at age 16, has played just twice for Real Madrid's first team to date, having spent time on loan at Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad.
17.36 BST: Austin FC, who will begin play during the 2021 MLS season, are set to sign their second ever player in Paraguayan winger Cecilio Dominguez.
The 26-year-old arrives from Argentine side Independiente, and is the second Paraguayan attacker to join the expansion side, following the signing of forward Rodney Redes last month. Dominguez, who has also spent time in Mexico with America, will join Austin for around a $4 million fee, according to ESPN Argentina.
17.00 BST: Chelsea have some transfer plans but they're already ahead of the rest.
16.07 BST: La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Roma could swap Amadou Diawara for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.
Torreira, 24, admitted earlier this month to Uruguayan radio station Sport 890 that "it will be for the best" if he leaves the Gunners, with AC Milan also keen.
Diawara made 30 appearances as Roma finished fifth in Serie A but the 23-year-old has been linked with a move away and Tottenham, Leicester and Leeds are monitoring him.
15.31 BST: Watford have been relegated from the Premier League but that won't stop them demanding top dollar for their best players.
The Evening Standard reports that Ismaila Sarr is of interest to Liverpool but the club want at least a club-record fee of over £40m for him, having spent £30m to sign Sarr from Rennes last summer.
Sarr, 22, has been tracked by Crystal Palace and Wolves but idolises fellow Senegal international Sadio Mane, so one assumes he would prefer a move to Anfield.
14.40 BST: Schalke's 21-year-old United States international Weston McKennie is attracting plenty of attention this window.
14.05 BST: Arsenal are really keen to land Sporting CP starlet Joelson Fernandes.
A Bola reports that the Gunners made a €20m bid, which was rejected, and have now returned with €32m. That was also rejected, with the Portuguese side holding out for his release clause of €45m.
It may help that the player's agent is Kia Joorabchian, who has a good relationship with the London club, while Barcelona and Juventus are reported to be showing an interest in the 17-year-old dubbed 'the new Cristiano Ronaldo'.
13.41 BST: Tahith Chong and James Garner are set to head the list of Manchester United loan exits this summer, sources have told ESPN's Rob Dawson.
The pair are training with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's senior squad in Germany during the Europa League mini tournament but will be granted temporary moves ahead of next season.
Dylan Levitt, Matej Kovar, Di'Shon Bernard and Ethan Laird are among the other United youngsters being considered for loan moves but defender Teden Mengi is set to remain at Old Trafford after making his first-team debut in the 2-1 win over LASK Linz.
Werder Breman are leading the chase for Chong, who has made 16 first team appearances since arriving from Feyenoord in 2016.
The 20-year-old, capped six times by Netherlands Under-21s, signed a new deal in March that could keep him at the club until 2023.
Garner, who has played for the senior team seven times, has been earmarked for a move to the Championship or League One.
13.02 BST: Update from this morning: Chelsea are willing to sell Tiemoue Bakayoko to AC Milan but are aiming to recoup almost all of the £40m they spent to sign the midfielder from Monaco in 2017, sources have told ESPN's James Olley.
Milan are keen on bringing Bakayoko back to the San Siro (where he spent time on loan) and although Chelsea are willing to do business, they would prefer a straight sale or a loan with an obligation to buy rather than an option.
One report in Italy suggests Milan are prepared to offer a £2.6m loan fee with an option to buy fixed at £31m. Those figures bring an overall deal close to Chelsea's valuation but further talks are expected.
12.46 BST: Manchester City midfielder David Silva looks set to continue his career in Italy.
12.10 BST: Barcelona winger Ansu Fati's name is back on Manchester United's radar, according to a report in Diario Sport, as the English side seek alternatives to Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.
ESPN reported on Tuesday that Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele is one of United's backup options, along with Bayern's Kingsley Coman and Juve's Douglas Costa, with Sport claiming Fati is also on that list.
United were linked with the teenager earlier in the year but their interest was immediately knocked back by Barca. The 17-year-old signed a new deal last year with a €170m release clause, which will rise to €400m once he's officially promoted to the first team.
Therefore, with Barca not wanting to sell, any deal for Fati would likely be worth more than one for Sancho, making it an avenue United are unlikely to go down.
11.49 BST: Diario Sport suggests Barcelona are interested in signing Valencia defender Jose Luis Gaya as they look to increase the competition for Jordi Alba.
Sources have told ESPN's Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens that Barca's are prioritising moves for Eric Garcia and Lautaro Martinez in the transfer window but they could look to move for another left-back if they sell Junior Firpo.
Gaya, 25, has a €50m release clause but Barca could look to take advantage of the institutional mess at Valencia, who have just sold midfielders Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin to Villarreal for around €10m.
Sport reports that Watford's Pervis Estupinan, who impressed on loan at La Liga side Osasuna this season, is another option Barca are considering.
11.20 BST: Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele or Juventus' Douglas Costa...?
The two are completely different types of player, so it would be interesting to see what the United logic is other than 'we want to make a statement signing' but Havertz would be a quality addition to any team.
The pair are available at a bargain price, with Coquelin moving for a reported €8m, and Parejo for no initial fee, with various sums payable later based on performance.
Valencia are in a difficult financial situation and, needing to cut their wage bill, have put the majority of their squad on the market as they look to balance the books for next season.
10.03 BST: Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho is being linked with a loan move to Fenerbahce.
08.51 BST: Chelsea are looking to raise funds and unwanted midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is top of the list.
Bakayoko, 25, has spent two years out on loan after signing from Monaco for £40m in 2017. Now the Blues want to move him on and will reportedly accept offers in the region of £20m for the Frenchman.
08.23 BST: Martin Odegaard is expected to play for Real Madrid next season, multiple sources have told ESPN's Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez, after the club told Real Sociedad they want to end the 21-year-old's loan spell early.
The move is a shock for the Basque club, who had been convinced that the midfielder would spend a second season in San Sebastian.
08.00 BST: Manchester United will continue to pursue a deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho but have sounded out Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele as a possible alternative, sources have told ESPN's James Olley.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc cast doubt over the 20-year-old's long-anticipated move to Old Trafford when he said the club "plan on having Sancho in our team this season," adding that the decision on his future was "final."
Sources said that United have held informal talks over a move for Dembele, who has two years left on his contract. The 23-year-old has not played a competitive match since November and underwent surgery on his hamstring in February.
PAPER TALK (by Liam Wheeler)
Juventus willing to offer three players in deal for Lacazette
Juventus will reportedly make three players available to Arsenal as the Old Lady step up their pursuit of forward Alexandre Lacazette.
The Athletic had revealed the North London club might be forced to let the France striker leave to save money, with Juventus identified as potential suitors as new boss Andrea Pirlo looks to refine his squad ahead of the new campaign.
Winger Costa was reported as being a "non-starter" based on his wages and a lack of interest in linking up with Arteta's side, but Tuttomercatoweb says that's not the case, stating that the Gunners would be willing to agree to a swap deal.
Silva will join Lazio after UCL campaign
Rumours that Manchester City legend David Silva will head to Serie A at the end of the season have been building momentum over the past few days, with Lazio suspected to be the Spaniard's next destination.
According to a report in the Guardian, that deal is now pretty much done with Silva, 34, expected to sign a three-year-deal with the Biancocelesti when he finally leaves Manchester City after their Champions League campaign ends.
That would make Silva the ripe old age of 37 upon the end of his next contract, but the midfielder says he believes he has five more years in him at the highest level.
However, before that, there is still the small matter of a Champions League campaign to complete, with Silva determined to go out on the highest of highs ahead of a quarterfinal matchup with Lyon.
Meanwhile, Lazio are said to be close to extending the contract of star man Ciro Immobile and are in advanced talks to sign Vedat Muriqi from Fenerbahce in a £14m deal.
- Southampton are finally expected to announce the signing of Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu in the coming days, the Daily Mail reports. Saints paid the 21-year-old's £10.9m release clause last week, but the player was forced to spend 14 days in isolation prior to linking up with his new club.
- Newcastle's £300m takeover may be on hold, but the club are at least said to be close to their first signing of the summer. The Northern Echo reports that talks with midfielder Jeff Hendrick are at an advanced stage following the expiration of the 28-year-old's Burnley contract.
- This one might leave Chelsea fans angry. According to Sky Sports, West Ham have denied reports of a £50m bid from the Blues for Declan Rice and would "laugh off" any such offer. The Hammers are determined to keep hold of their star man, who is under contract until 2024, while West Ham also have an option of an extra year.
- In other news, the same outlet reports that Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara would "love to play for Jurgen Klopp." In fairness, who wouldn't? Sadly for Thiago, though, Liverpool aren't currently on the lookout for a midfielder, but the 29-year-old will be considered should that change. Thiago has already told his current employers that he will seek a new challenge when his contract expires next summer.