Tottenham’s bizarre links to Kylian Mbappe have been explained, with two other deals set to go through, Liverpool will battle Man Utd for a Bayern Munich star, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims a world-record Man City transfer raid has been held up.
MBAPPE TO TOTTENHAM CLAIMS ‘BEING PUSHED’ BY PSG
Suggestions that Tottenham are looking to push through a staggering deal for Kylian Mbappe have been explained – and the rumours should be taken with the pinch of salt you should expect.
Ange Postecoglou’s side are gearing up for the departure of Harry Kane as speculation over a move to Bayern Munich continue to gather pace. His exit will leave Tottenham with a near-impossible hole to fill, with reports ramping up over who they could target.
Of those names, it appears the player at the top of their wanted list is Eintracht Frankfurt star Randal Kolo Muani. To that end, claims he could leave for a fee of around €80m would likely fall within Spurs’ budget.
Lately, however, reports in France have been trying to push the suggestion that Tottenham are also in the market to sign Mbappe.
The acclaimed frontman also finds himself at a career crossroads with PSG looking to move him on with his deal expiring next summer.
And the first club to make their interest known are Saudi sides Al Hilal, who are ready to spend a world-record €300m fee on acquiring his services on a one-year deal. On top of that, they are also willing to pay the player a salary worth a staggering €200m over that year.
After spending a year in Saudi, speculation suggests Mbappe would then be free to join Real Madrid on a free transfer.
But reports in France lately are trying to push the mantra that Spurs are also in talks over a deal. Their plan, it’s claimed, would be to sign Mbappe on loan, paying PSG a significant fee for the privilege.
Yet without European football on offer and unable to match the vast sums on offer in Saudi, few believe the links are creditable.
Now transfer journalist Graeme Bailey has explained where the links have emerged from.
And, speaking to the Talking Transfers podcast, he admits the rumours are being generated entirely from the French club’s point of view as they try and drum up more interest in the player.
“PSG what has happened over the past week is they have used intermediaries to touch base with every club possible, so those links to Man United and Tottenham, that all started with PSG, they are briefing other sources to say there is interest from these clubs, it is all from PSG this, it is all from PSG,” Bailey said.
Mbappe not happening, but Ibanez, Adarabioyo close for Tottenham
With Mbappe simply not even a possibility for Tottenham, Postecoglou is working on two targets who are realistic signings.
To that end, reports claim a double defensive deal is closing in for the Aussie.
Indeed, with interest in Micky van de Ven cooling for now, Spurs have turned their focus back towards Edmond Tapsoba.
But after learning Bayer Leverkusen have no wish to sell the Burkina Faso international, headway is now being made over Roger Ibanez.
Tottenham initially made an enquiry for the Brazilian earlier in summer, only to be dissuaded by Roma’s €35m asking price.
However, they have since dropped their valuation by €10m to €25m (£21.45m) – a fee which has aroused Spurs’ interests.
Now reports in Italy claim they will look to push his signing through once a deal to take Davinson Sanchez to Spartak Moscow is finalised.
He won’t be the only centre-half to sign either.
Spurs have also been looking at Blackburn’s Ashley Phillips, though Rovers’ demands appear to have scuppered a deal.
Instead, Tottenham are turning attention back towards Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo.
And amid reports he could be allowed to leave for just £18m (€21m), he is quickly emerging as a priority for Postecoglou.
The addition of the pair would set Spurs back a combined £39.5m (€46m) making the duo attractive options.
LIVERPOOL, MAN UTD, MAN CITY IN KIMMICH TRANSFER FIGHT
Liverpool, Man Utd and Man City are ready to battle for Joshua Kimmich amid claims Bayern Munich are ready to cash in on the versatile star for a fee of around €70m (£60m). (various)
Bayern Munich are looking into a possible deal to sign free-agent former Man Utd keeper David De Gea as a replacement for Yann Sommer. (Bild)
Chelsea have made a €25m offer for Montpellier striker Elye Wahi this week – and plan to loan him to Strasbourg next season. (various)
Barcelona would prefer to sell midfielder Franck Kessie to a Premier League club, after deciding they can get a better deal than currently proposed by Juventus. (Mundo Deportivo)
Unwanted Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix is in talks over a loan return to former club Benfica. (Mundo Deportivo)
Juventus sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli will travel to London this week to negotiate a deal for Romelu Lukaku with Chelsea. (Calciomercato)
LIVERPOOL LOOKING AT JAPANESE WINGER
Liverpool are among the clubs in the race to sign LASK star Keito Nakamura, who scored 17 goals last season. (Foot Mercato)
Giovani Lo Celso will not rock the boat or force an exit from Tottenham this summer following links to Napoli and Real Betis, but will accept his fate if Ange Postecoglou deems him surplus to requirements. (Mucho Deporte)
Lazio are closing on the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Djibril Sow and Dinamo Moscow’s Arsen Zakharyan – meaning a move for Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi now looks unlikely. (Sky Italia)
Arsenal are closing on the signing Gremio’s Brazilian midfielder Bitello, after Edu negotiated a discounted fee for the 23-year-old. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Daichi Kamada’s wage demands have now seen Lazio joining Roma and AC Milan in ending their interest in the free-agent Japanese playmaker. (Calciomercato)
Valencia are determined to hold out for a fee of €25m for Yunus Musah with the USA midfielder pushing to seal a move to AC Milan. (Relevo)
WORLD-RECORD MAN CITY TRANSFER HELD UP
Manchester City’s move for Josko Gvardiol is being held up by negotiations over ‘bonus payments’ with RB Leipzig only willing to sell in add-ons take the deal over the €100m mark. The possible deal would make the Croatian the world’s most expensive defender. (SportsBILD)
Borussia Monchengladbach are on the verge of sealing the signing of Leeds defender Max Wober on an initial loan but with an option to make the move permanent. (Rheinische Post)
Real Madrid teenager Julen Jon Guerrero is set to spend the 2023/24 season on loan with Roma after Jose Mourinho targeted the teenager as a possible signing. (Relevo)
Juventus striker Arkadiusz Milik says he hopes Dusan Vlahovic will stay at the club amid speculation the Serbian will be sold for €70m this summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Bayern Munich are edging nearer the signing of Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, paving the way for Inter Milan to sign Yann Sommer as Andre Onana’s replacement. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid are valuing Sergio Arribas at €10m amid claims Xabi Alonso wants to bring the 21-year-old to Bayer Leverkusen. (Relevo)
Bayern Munich are increasingly confident of signing Harry Kane, despite late moves from PSG with chief executive Jan-Christian Dreesen working on the deal. (various)