All the top stories and transfer rumours from Monday’s newspapers…
Juventus and Bayern Munich Agree €80 Million Transfer of De Ligt
Romano said: “De Ligt to Bayern Munich, here we go! A verbal agreement has been reached tonight, as the two clubs have been in contact all day – Juve have accepted Bayern’s final offer, a package worth a total of over €80 million. “
The report then adds that Bayern have offered Juve a transfer fee of €70 million and a floating bonus of €10 million, some of which will be easier to reach. Juve have accepted the offer and the deal will be completed early this week.
Bayern’s official contract has also been sent to De Ligt and his agent, with both parties having agreed to sign until 2027.
Barca’s Official Video Announces Lewandowski’s Imminent Arrival
Lewandowski has now arrived in Miami, USA to join the full Barca squad and Barca have officially posted a video of Lewand in which he says: “Barca fans, I am very happy to join Barca, go Barca!”
According to previous news, Barca will unveil Lewan this Tuesday.
Chelsea 2-1 Club America
Chelsea played a pre-season friendly with Mexican side America in Las Vegas, USA. In the first half, Ziyech’s free kick was parried by Ochoa, Havertz missed a good chance and Thiago Silva’s header created a danger. In the second half, Werner struck twice to break the deadlock, Reece James headed back an own goal and Munter sealed the deal with a world strike. In the end, Chelsea beat America 2-1.
Arsenal 2-0 Everton
Arsenal took on Everton at the M&T Bank Stadium in the USA. Zacha hit the post with a header in the first half, before the play was followed by a corner from Cedric, which Jesus stopped perfectly and pumped home, before Jesus sent a cross through the middle for Martinelli to dab in and Saka to nod home at the back post. In the second half, Llewyn’s shot from midfield was narrowly saved by Turner, Iwobi drove the ball over the crossbar and Nketiah fired a low shot over the bar. The game ended 2-0 for Arsenal against Everton.
Manchester United are looking at a Deal For Frenkie de Jong, Still Hoping to Sign Ajax’s Anthony
Manchester United have reached an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of De Jong, with the transfer fee expected to be £63.6 million + £8.5 million in add-ons. United have agreed to increase the fixed fee by £8.4 million and reduce the add-ons, and will now wait to see if Barca are willing to use the proceeds of the transfer to repay some of the salary they owe De Jong.
Barca are considering keeping De Jong at home before flying to Miami at the weekend as a way of resolving the transfer issue. The transfer is unlikely to happen until De Jong’s wages are agreed, and Barca need De Jong to leave in order to free up more payroll space to complete the registration of new signings, with Rafinha, Christensen and Kessie signed this summer.
United also want to resolve the transfer issue as soon as possible and will continue to wait for things to develop, even if the transfer is not completed by August 7 against Brighton. Tenhag believes that De Jong will be a central part of his plans to rebuild United and he is convinced that the wait will be worth it. United insiders also believe that if De Jong had not been prepared to join them, things would not have come to this point, despite the local press in Barcelona stating that De Jong wants to stay at Barca.
Zinchenko transfer in final stages, he will sign with Arsenal until 2027
Arsenal’s ability to negotiate personal terms with Zinchenko is key to the deal after Arsenal and Manchester City agreed on a £30 million transfer fee for him.
Scilla has revealed that negotiations are in the final stages with Zinchenko set to sign with Arsenal until 2027.
As previously reported, Zinchenko is expected to officially join Arsenal early next week.
Raheem Sterling was photographed cold-calling a fan who asked for his autograph on a Manchester City shirt after signing for Chelsea.
Nani has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo has been avoiding his calls recently amid speculation about his future.
Manchester City youngster James Trafford has joked that he will be splashing out on “more ice cream” after signing a lucrative new contract with the Premier League champions.
PSV are hoping to sign defensive midfielder Ibrahim Sangare to a new deal amid growing transfer interest from abroad.
Mikel Arteta believes Gabriel Jesus is the ‘street-smart’ striker Arsenal have been missing.
Rangers are closing in on the signing of Liverpool defender Ben Davies.
Manchester City will strengthen their bid for Brighton’s Marc Koukoureira to replace Oleksandr Zinchenko.
EFL clubs will see the cost of using floodlights double due to rising energy prices.
Chelsea is increasingly confident of beating Barcelona to the signing of centre-back Jules Kunde from Sevilla.
Thomas Tuchel believes Kalidou Koulibaly could be the new Thiago Silva for Chelsea.
Mikel Arteta has admitted that the presence of the Amazon cameras was “harsh” after Arsenal’s entire 2021/22 season was filmed.