The summer transfer window is alive and kicking as clubs throughout Europe look to cement their squads ahead of next season.
It’s the future of Tottenham striker Harry Kane that will dominate much of the headlines until the close of the window at 11pm BST on August 31.
Manchester City are the favourites to land the England captain, and Sportsmail also understands they are confident of securing a £100million move for Jack Grealish.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are on the verge of announcing Jadon Sancho’s move from Borussia Dortmund, while Arsenal have reportedly made progress in their attempts to sign Ben White after agreeing a £50m deal.
Sportsmail will keep you up-to-date with the latest negotiations, rumours and done deals below.
Chelsea are considering a swoop for 6ft 7in striker Sasa Kalajdzic as their move for Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland stalls… so, what could Blues fans expect from the Stuttgart giant who has named Man Utd midfielder Nemanja Matic as an inspiration?
Chelsea have reportedly identified Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic (left) as a potential transfer target if their move for Erling Haaland does not happen. Thomas Tuchel (inset, bottom) is understood to have had an opening player-plus-cash bid for Haaland rejected last week, which means the Premier League side may look elsewhere to add to their forward line this summer. Austrian international Kalajdzic (right) scored an impressive 17 goals in all competitions for the Bundesliga side last season, with Chelsea’s domestic rivals Tottenham and Dortmund – if Haaland leaves – also said to be interested. Below, Sportsmail runs the rule over the Stuttgart giant and identifies what Blues fans could expect from him if he were to move to Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool leading the way to sign Newcastle and England youth star Bobby Clark… with the Reds set to beat Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham to the 16-year-old’s signature
Liverpool are leading the race to sign Newcastle United prospect Bobby Clark. The 16-year-old midfielder, son of former Newcastle and Sunderland midfielder Lee, is regarded as one of the best schoolboy prospects at the club and has drawn attention from Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United, City and Bayern Munich in recent months. However, Liverpool have now emerged as frontrunners to sign the England youth international.
Hellas Verona ‘in talks to sign Ivan Ilic on permanent deal from Manchester City this summer’ after Serbian midfielder impressed on loan at Serie A side last season
Serbia midfielder Ivan Ilic spent the whole of last season on loan at Serie A side Hellas Verona from Manchester City and scored three goals in 30 appearances while in Italy. Sky Sport Italia now claim Verona are keen to turn the 20-year-old’s transfer permanent, and while the fee they are negotiating has not been revealed, it is claimed they are willing to make an ‘important’ investment. Ilic – signed by City from Red Star Belgrade in 2017 – has returned to the Etihad Stadium upon the completion of his loan and has entered the final 12 months of his contract with the Premier League champions.
Hector Bellerin ‘ready to leave Arsenal this summer after decade-long stay in north London… but club have yet to receive official offer for Spainard despite Bayer Leverkusen and LaLiga interest in past 12 months’
The right-back joined in the summer of 2011 from Barcelona’s La Masia academy and has gone on to make 239 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners. But the 26-year-old featured in just three of the last 13 Premier League games of the 2020-21 season for Mikel Arteta’s men, and The Telegraph claim he is now considering his future at the Emirates Stadium. The report adds that while no clubs looking for a right-back this summer have made an official bid for the Spain international, Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen as well as sides in his home country have been interested in him during the past year.
Florian Lejeune joins Alaves on a permanent deal as Frenchman ends Newcastle nightmare after two serious knee injuries restricted him to just 46 appearances in FOUR YEARS
The 30-year-old returns to the Spanish outfit after a successful season-long loan last term, in which he made 26 appearances in all competitions. Lejeune joined Newcastle in an £8.7million deal from Eibar in 2017 but was hampered by two serious knee injuries during his time at the club. He made 46 appearances for the club in all competitions and is the Premier League side’s fourth departure this summer, after Christian Atsu, Andy Carroll and Henri Saivet all left St James’ Park.
Emile Smith Rowe ignores interest from Aston Villa to sign a new long-term contract with Arsenal… and academy product is handed Mesut Ozil’s old No 10 shirt after becoming a key player for Mikel Arteta last season
Emile Smith Rowe has signed a new long-term Arsenal deal until 2026 – and been confirmed as their new No 10. Smith Rowe, a target for Aston Villa this summer, has committed his future to Arsenal and will also inherit the iconic shirt that has been vacant since Mesut Ozil’s departure in January. Attacking midfielder Smith Rowe’s previous deal was due to expire in 2023 and Villa were keen to tempt him away, making two bids of £25m and £30m.
Arsenal ‘will need to sell Alexandre Lacazette AND Eddie Nketiah’ to make room for the signing of Tammy Abraham from Chelsea, with ‘loan deal followed by £40m obligation to buy’ offer on the table for the wantaway striker
Arsenal will only complete a deal for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham ‘if Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah leave the Emirates Stadium this summer’. The Gunners are interested in signing 23-year-old England international Abraham, who has fallen dramatically down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. Manager Mikel Arteta is an admirer of Abraham and it has been Arsenal’s intention to bolster their strikeforce for several months now.
Bournemouth eyeing move for Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell after allowing Asmir Begovic to join Everton… with Newcastle keen to keep other target Freddie Woodman
Bournemouth could turn their attention to Burnley’s Bailey Peacock-Farrell in their search for a goalkeeper. The Cherries were keen on Freddie Woodman but Newcastle may hang onto him following injury to their first-choice Martin Dubravka. Dubravka had surgery last week on a foot injury picked up during the Euros and has admitted he is ‘highly unlikely’ to make the start of the season.
Ex-Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is ‘in line to manage Holland for a THIRD time after reaching an agreement with the Dutch FA’… in his first role in FIVE YEARS since being sacked by the Red Devils!
Louis van Gaal is set to return to management as the former Manchester United boss has reportedly agreed a deal to take charge of Holland once again. The 69-year-old Dutchman has been out of work since being sacked by the Red Devils five years ago. But he is now in line to begin his third spell as Holland boss after successful negotiations between himself and the Dutch FA, according to De Telegraaf.
Everton announce the £1.7m signing of Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year deal as Rafa Benitez seals his third new arrival… and winger insists he can ‘develop’ at Goodison after brief spell in Germany
Everton have officially announced the signing of winger Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year contract. Gray touched down in Florida, where the club are currently holding a pre-season training camp, on Thursday and successfully underwent his medical. He has put pen to paper on a deal that also includes the option of a fourth year, and has become Everton’s third new addition his summer.
Birmingham sign Wolves goalkeeper Matija Sarkic on a season-long loan after impressing manager Lee Bowyer during pre-season while Neil Etheridge continues to recover from Covid-19
Birmingham have beaten off competition from Sheffield Wednesday and clubs in the Scottish Premiership to sign Wolves goalkeeper Matija Sarkic on a season-long loan. Birmingham’s goalkeeper coach Andy Marshall, who worked with Sarkic at Villa, is understood to have been one key factor in their interest and the move.
David Luiz could link up with Mario Balotelli at Turkish side Adana Demirspor as president Murat Sancak reveals they are hoping to ‘reach an agreement’ with the free agent soon
Former Arsenal defender David Luiz could join Mario Balotelli at Turkish Super Lig side Adana Demirspor.
Luiz became a free agent after his Arsenal contract expired at the end of the season – bringing his two-year stay at the Emirates to a close. As a result, the newly-promoted Super Lig side are hopeful they will ‘reach an agreement’ with Luiz and sign him alongside Balotelli and Younes Belhanda this summer.
Leeds complete signing of Chelsea starlet Lewis Bate as England youth international puts pen to paper on three-year deal following £1.5m switch to Elland Road
England youth international midfielder Bate has signed a three-year deal after travelling to Leeds yesterday to finalise his move and undergo a medical. Official confirmation of his arrival was announced at 10am on Thursday morning. The club tweeted: ‘#LUFC are pleased to announce the signing of Lewis Bate from Chelsea’ alongside a photo of the youngster holding a Leeds shirt. Leeds are set to pay £1.5m plus add-ons for the 18 year-old. Chelsea have also secured a sell-on clause in the agreement though no buy-back clause.
Bryan Swanson leaves Sky Sports News after 18 years to become new Director of Media Relations at FIFA HQ in Switzerland as he thanks the broadcaster for ‘incredible journey’
Bryan Swanson is leaving Sky Sports News after almost two decades with the broadcaster to become FIFA’s Director of Media Relations. The channel’s Chief News Reporter is best known to millions of football fans for his frenetic updates on transfer deadline day. Swanson posted a Twitter message on Thursday morning to confirm his departure as he moves to Switzerland to take up his new position at world football’s governing body.
Everton winger Bernard ‘set for summer exit as he enters talks with UAE clubs’… with the Toffees looking to cash in on the Brazilian, who is in the final year of his deal
The 28-year-old fell out of favour under former Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti last season and started just three league games after struggling with consistency. Now in the final year of his deal, Everton are ready to cash-in on the player they signed for free in 2018, with UAE side Sharjah one of the club’s interested in Bernard, according to The Athletic. New Everton boss Rafa Benitez has been told to trim the club’s bloated wage bill and that Bernard will most likely leave if a suitable offer comes in.