The summer transfer window is here, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Arsenal eye double deal for Paqueta, Zhegrova
Paqueta, 24, is believed to have turned down several clubs as he looks for a new challenge, having only joined Lyon from AC Milan in 2020 for around €20 million.
The Brazil international scored 11 goals in 44 games last season, but is keen to move on. The Gunners need depth in the centre of midfield and have also been linked with Leicester’s Youri Tielemans.
Meanwhile, Zhegrova is a surprise option in the wide positions for the Gunners. The 23-year-old, who has been likened to Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard in style, is seen as a more cost-effective option than Leeds United winger Raphinha, who the Gunners made a bid to sign earlier this month.
Arsenal spent €80m to sign Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille in 2019, before he flopped, so will be wary of doing the same again. Kosovo international Zhegrova joined Lille in January for €7m from FC Basel.
09.39 BST: ICYMI – Angel Di Maria has signed for Juventus after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, the Serie A club have announced.
Di Maria scored 92 goals in 295 appearances for PSG after joining from Manchester United in 2015, winning five league titles during his time in the French capital.
The Argentina winger left PSG when his contract expired this summer, and Juventus have now secured his signature.
09.00 BST: ICYMI – Luka Jovic has left Real Madrid for Fiorentina on a free transfer, three years after the LaLiga club paid €60m to sign the forward who was then among Europe’s most sought-after young stars.
Jovic, 24, joins Fiorentina on a two-year deal until June 2024. Madrid will retain the right to receive 50% of a transfer fee, should the Serie A club decide to move the player on.
The Serbia international will look to reignite his career in Italy after scoring just three LaLiga goals, and never finding the net in the Champions League, during a disappointing spell at the Bernabeu.
Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was keen to trim his squad this summer, sources have told ESPN, with both Jovic and Mariano Diaz viewed as surplus to requirements in attack.
Ale Moreno feels the time might be right for Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United to part ways.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Nick Judd)
– Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is looking to beat his former club Ajax Amsterdam to the signature of striker Brian Brobbey, according to the Times. Ajax had been in discussions with RB Leipzig, with whom Brobbey appears to have no future, but Ten Hag believes he can tempt the 20-year-old to Old Trafford. Brobbey played just 124 minutes in the Bundesliga before returning to Ajax on loan, and it was widely expected that he’d re-join his hometown club on a permanent transfer this summer. Brobbey would cost United in the region of €20m, and he scored 10 goals in 23 games under Ten Hag in his previous spell at the club.
– AS Roma are desperate to beat Internazionale to the signature of former Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, according to Corriere dello Sport. The Argentina striker’s contract with Juve ended on June 30 and he is yet to commit to his next move despite allegedly agreeing a verbal agreement with Inter. However, the Nerazzurri — while offering a contract Roma would find hard to match — need to offload one or both of Edin Dzeko or Joaquin Correa before they can make any further attacking additions, which has opened the door for Roma boss Jose Mourinho to steal a march on the 28-year-old Dybala.
– Paris Saint-Germain may need to increase their bid for Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca if they’re to add him to their attacking options, according to Sky Sports Italy. The French champions have offered Sassuolo €30m plus bonuses to sign the Italy international, but Sassuolo managing director Giovanni Carnevali is holding out for closer to €50m. The 23-year-old scored 16 goals in 38 appearances last term.
– Barcelona are keen to poach Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta before the Blues travel on their preseason tour this weekend, according to the Sun. The Catalan club are looking to add depth to their defence, and they see the experienced Azpilicueta as the perfect addition. The Spaniard’s contract at Stamford Bridge ended this summer but was automatically renewed for another season, which means Barcelona will need to negotiate a small fee with Chelsea if they’re to land the 32-year-old.
– Everton are keen to add Southampton full-back Kyle Walker-Peters and Chelsea forward Armando Broja to their ranks, according to the Mirror. Toffees manager Frank Lampard is a big fan of Walker-Peters, who has two caps for England, while Broja was at Chelsea while Lampard was managing the Blues. Broja, 20, has been on loan for the past two seasons, at Vitesse Arnhem and Southampton, but Chelsea are now keen to receive a fee for the striker.