Amid all the action at the Euros and Copa America, the summer transfer window has opened for some leagues with Europe’s biggest clubs looking to make a splash in the transfer market. Check out the latest gossip below, and see see all official deals here.
TOP STORY: Barca to bid for German star Gosens
Germany and Atalanta left-back Robin Gosens has been linked with a switch to Barcelona this summer, reports Sport1.
Gosens — who had a Man of the Match performance against Portugal in Euro 2020 group stage action on Saturday — has impressed so much that the Catalan club have spoken to the 26-year-old’s advisor regarding a move to La Liga.
The player’s Atalanta deal runs until 2023, which the club can extend for a further year. However, according to the report, Atalanta withheld from doing so as they believe they can move him on this summer for upwards of €35 million.
However, Barca may have a battle on their hands to win his signature, with a number of Premier League and Serie A clubs also reportedly looking at the player for a possible move.
Gosens, who had a failed tryout with Borussia Dortmund as a youngster, has mentioned a desire to play in the Bundesliga in the past. He is a fan of Schalke 04, though a move to the club he supports is very unlikely following their relegation to the second division.
The defender, however, is not pushing for a move due to the guarantee of Champions League football next season with Atalanta. There is also the issue of Barcelona’s wage woes, with president Joan Laporta saying the club is a dire position financially.
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09.26 BST: Arsenal have reportedly got Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva on their radar, says The Transfer Window Podcast.
Silva, 25 scored 28 goals in the Bundesliga last season and is reportedly available for around €40m, with Manchester United and City also keen.
The Gunners are looking to move on Alexandre Lacazette, who has been linked with Atletico Madrid and Juventus, and need a replacement up front.
08.51 BST: Belgium captain and Real Madrid star Eden Hazard said his numerous ankle fractures meant it would never be the same as it was 10 years ago but he was determined to prove he could still perform at the highest level at the European Championship.
Hazard, who has struggled for Madrid since arriving for €100m (rising to €160m with add-ons) from Chelsea in 2019, will start for the first time in Euro 2020 in his country’s last Group B match against Finland in St. Petersburg on Monday, his coach Roberto Martinez confirmed. But the 28-year-old attacker said he might not be ready to compete the full 90 minutes.
“I never doubted my qualities, but whether I would be 100% fit for the European Championship was going to be a question. I broke my ankle three times, it will never be the same as 10 years ago. But I know that when I am in shape, that I can prove myself on the field and that’s what I’m working on now.
“I’m not 100% yet, but I’m ready to start. But that was the plan, to bring me along gradually. It’s especially important to be completely fit in the knockout phase. Then I have to be in top shape.”
08.30 BST: Paulinho has left eight-time Chinese Super League winners Guangzhou FC after the ex-Barcelona midfielder’s contract was terminated by mutual consent.
Guangzhou said on Sunday that Paulinho’s relationship with the club had been ended two years early due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, Paulinho has been unable to join up with the club and fulfil the contract,” the club said in a statement. “After a friendly consultation, the club and the player decided to terminate the contract.”
Gab Marcotti examines Raphael Varane’s situation at Real Madrid as reports link the defender to Manchester United.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Luke Thrower)
– Following on from previous reports stating Manchester United are ready to begin talks with Raphael Varane, Marca says that Paris Saint-Germain have also joined the race for the Real Madrid defender’s signature. The 28-year-old’s contract only runs until 2022, meaning Madrid will look to move him on should he refuse to sign a new deal. Real are said to be willing to listen to offers in the €50m region so as to not lose the France international on a free transfer next year.
– Jose Mourinho could be reunited with Sergio Ramos this summer as Calciomercato reports the new AS Roma boss wants to bring the defender to the Italian capital. The 35-year-old spent 16-years at Real Madrid, recently announcing his departure from the club as his contract expires this summer. Mourinho and Ramos’s paths crossed in Madrid from 2010 to 2013, where they won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup. For Roma there are both obstacles and opportunity in striking a deal with Ramos, mainly not meeting the defender’s ambition in Europe.
– Arsenal are frontrunners in the race for Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez, according to Marca. The 27-year-old has impressed in La Liga, missing just three games, and continues to shine in the Copa America with Argentina. Rodriguez scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Uruguay with an assist from Lionel Messi. Betis are said to have a release clause in the player’s contract that exceeds €80m and with three more years left on his deal, the club are unlikely to let him go for anything less than that.
– In more Arsenal related transfer news, the club are interested in Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny and Lille’s Zeki Celik as potential replacements for the outgoing Hector Bellerin. According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are working hard to secure another right-back if Bellerin departs, despite having cover in Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares. Kenny and Celik, both 24, are both seen as potential signings with a move for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Tariq Lamptey and Norwich City’s Max Aarons unlikely due to the club’s respective valuation of the players.
– Following an impressive few games at Euro 2020 for Italy, Manuel Locatelli is on the agenda of a few clubs. with Juventus most keen to make a move. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the 23-year-old is wanted by Massimiliano Allegri with an offer of €30m plus two players making the switch to Sassuolo on the table. There are four names stated in a possible move the other way, all of which are academy products. Those mentioned are defender Radu Dragusin, midfielder Hamza Rafia, striker Marco Da Graca, and forward Felix Correia.