Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and around the world
Pereira set to complete Al Hilal move
Deal set to be completed between clubs – WBA are still checking final details, then it’ll be done. pic.twitter.com/n6NY503bre
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 5, 2021
Philadelphia Union give Sorenson homegrown deal
The Philadelphia Union have given Anton Sorenson a homegrown MLS deal, writes SBI.
Sorenson, 18, has been the starting left-back for Union II and now appears ready to make a first-team breakthrough soon.
Saints close in on Armstrong
Southampton are closing in on the signing of Adam Armstrong from Blackburn, claims Football League World.
With Danny Ings being sold to Aston Villa on Wednesday, the Saints are in the market for a new forward before the summer window closes.
Chelsea boss Tuchel refuses to be drawn on Lukaku links as Inter striker open to move
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has said that “a lot of players want to join”, but that he will not be drawn on reports that Romelu Lukaku could transfer to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Goal recently reported that the Blues are preparing a fresh bid for the Inter striker after seeing their original offer rebuffed, with Lukaku now open to returning to the club.
Tuchel, however, is keeping his cards close to his chest.
What has been said?
Speaking at a press conference following Chelsea’s 2-2 friendly draw with Tottenham, Tuchel told reporters: “I will not talk about players who don’t play in my squad. He’s a fantastic player but he’s an Inter player and I will not talk about him in this situation.
“You can imagine a lot of players want to come and join but we will not talk about that.
“The board isn’t offering players, that’s not how it works. We talk to the board about players, have our own opinions, and in the end we target players who in our opinion could make our squad strong, which is quite a challenge.
“There are some players of which we think they can be a good target and improvement in our squad. I will not comment on names as I don’t like it when other coaches speak about my players. So hopefully you understand that.”
Do Chelsea need a new striker?
Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham and Kai Havertz have all occupied the number nine spot under Tuchel, but none are seen as an out-and-out target man who can play with their back to goal.
Indeed, Tuchel admitted as much, adding: “With the exit of Olivier Giroud [to AC Milan], we could use a player who plays with their back to goal and it means we can add this direct style of play. It’s the sort of profile we don’t have in the squad that can be useful.
“But not for any cost and not panic. Whatever happens, we will be competitive and we have trust in our guys. We have young players in the offensive part of the game that we demand improvements from. We are relaxed and aware of our situation at the same time.”
Could a deal be struck for Lukaku?
Given Inter’s dire financial situation, even after the big-money sale of Achraf Hakimi, Goal understands that Chelsea are confident that a bid of €130 million (£111m/$154m) will be enough to coax the Nerazzurri into a sale.
For the player’s part, Lukaku himself recently told the Inter hierarchy that he is ready to return to Stamford Bridge if a fee can be agreed between the clubs.
Bolton announce Hutchinson move
? Wanderers goalkeeper Luke Hutchinson has joined @ACFC1916 on a youth loan until January.
?? Go well, Hutchy!#BWFC ??
— Bolton Wanderers (@OfficialBWFC) August 4, 2021
Crystal Palace new boss Vieira desperate to keep Arsenal-linked Zaha
New Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has declared he’s determined to hold onto star winger Wilfried Zaha heading into his first season in charge of the squad, despite the Arsenal-linked player reportedly informing management earlier this summer that he wants out.
Vieira said he’s “looking forward to working with him” after holding a “good conversation” with the attacker about his future.
The Gunners are just one of several Premier League sides who could register interest in Zaha in the next month, as the 28-year-old set a career-best with 11 goals in the Premier League last campaign and provides a level of creativity with the ball few others potentially on the market possess. However, rumours about the forward departing have gone quiet of late, which will boost Vieira’s confidence in keeping him through the 2020-21 campaign.
What has been said?
“I’m aware about Wilfried [Zaha and his situation] in the last couple of years but we had a really good conversation and I’m looking forward to working with him,” Vieira told Sky Sports.
“He’s one of the most talented players in this league and we don’t want to lose one of our best players.
“All the players are smart enough to see what the club is trying to build and where the club want to go – we’ve made some really exciting young player signings and I think that shows the direction the football club wants to take.”
Zaha’s previous comments
In June, the former Manchester United winger made it clear he would welcome a move from Vieira.
“I feel like I can have another shot at the top teams, because my dream is to win things,” Zaha told The Face.
“I’m good enough to go out there and compete with the best.
“If the opportunity came, I wouldn’t turn it down, because I feel like I deserve it. It’s so I can show my kids, ‘This is what daddy won.'”
Palace are in a period of transition following Roy Hodgson’s resignation, but Vieira, a former Arsenal great himself, believes big things are ahead for his new side. In Hodgson’s final year, they finished 14th in the Premier League.
As a result, losing a key forward like Zaha now would certainly hurt, particularly as the deadline draws closer, though this month could represent one of the last chances to fully cash in on his talents in the market.
19-year-old Baptiste gets Watford pro contract
Sandvej signs with Birmingham women
Villa want Cantwell to replace Grealish (Sky Sports)
The creative Norwich midfielder has continued to elevate his standing in pre-season action
Aston Villa want to sign Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell as a replacement for Jack Grealish if Grealish does depart for Manchester City in the coming weeks, according to Sky Sports.
Villa have already signed Emiliano Buendia from Norwich and have established a positive relationship with the club. Plus, Cantwell is entering the final year of his current contract (though there is an option for another season), and the Canaries may want to cash in now.
Norwich City's Todd Cantwell delivered a bicycle kick assist yesterday ?pic.twitter.com/2rYdzBD6GF
— Goal (@goal) August 4, 2021