Paper Talk: Arsenal’s deal for £35m Portugal star well under way

Date published: Sunday 6th June 2021 8:25 - Matthew Briggs

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Arsenal are lining up a move for Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, while Manchester United have been told the price tag on top target Jadon Sancho this summer, all in the papers.

ARSENAL MOVE FOR NEVES

Arsenal are trying to sign Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves after the Portuguese star was made available.

Mikel Arteta is looking to wheel and deal in the summer market, while Wolves are aiming to raise transfer funds for their incoming manager Bruno Lage.

Neves, Pedro Neto and Adama Traore are all “to be marketed to leading European clubs” this summer as Wolves look to develop overseas talent with lower transfer fees.

That is the verdict from The Times with Arsenal now working on a deal for Portugal international Neves this summer.

The end of Dani Ceballos’ two-year loan from Real Madrid will leave Arteta with a hole to fill and it seems Neves, 24, fits the bill.

The Athletic have previously stated that Neves could leave Molineux for £35m this summer and Arsenal could well be prepared to pay that for the former Porto star.

Neves has two years remaining on his Molineux contract and his value has reduced. Wolves’ owners Fosun International rejected an offer of €60m for Neves after his first season in the Premier League.

CHELSEA TO SELL ZIYECH

Hakim Ziyech celebrating with Chelsea teammate Timo Werner, FA Cup semi final v Man City, April 2021

Chelsea are reportedly willing to sell Hakim Ziyech for the right price this summer. (Calciomercato)

Massimiliano Allegri reportedly turned down approaches from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United before returning to Turin. (Il Bianconero)

Everton duo James Rodriguez and Richarlison are reportedly considering leaving the club following Carlo Ancelotti’s sudden departure. (The Athletic)

Leeds and Brighton have joined the race to sign Sparta Rotterdam’s Abdou Harroui (Football Insider)

Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba is in line to receive a new contract from the club (Marca)

Tottenham Hotspur are turning their attention to Ajax Amsterdam manager Erik Ten Hag (Mirror)

SANCHO FEE LOWERED

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Borussia Dortmund have lowered their asking price for Jadon Sancho’s services with the Bundesliga club set to demand a fee of £81.5m for any clubs interested in landing in-demand England winger. (Mirror)

Carlo Ancelotti has set his sights on Sevilla FC defender Jules Kounde as one of his first signings as Real Madrid manager (Foot Mercato)


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Bournemouth are considering adding left-back cover with Colombian full-back Gabriel Fuentes on the radar (The Sun)

Duncan Ferguson, 49, has turned down a job on Carlo Ancelotti’s coaching staff at Real Madrid because he wants to become Everton boss. (Sun)

West Ham are confident David Moyes will sign a new long-term contract after talks with the 58-year-old manager, who has been linked with a return to Everton. (Football Insider)

Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier, 30, has told England colleagues he is keen to join Manchester United this summer. (Mirror)

Barcelona are considering making an improved offer to Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, who is set to leave Liverpool on a free transfer, after PSG eclipsed Barca’s initial offer. (Marca)

If Barcelona do not complete the signing of Wijnaldum and Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 27, from Lyon next week it could hold up deals to sell up to four players. (Sport)

MOURINHO EYES KEEPERS

Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris pondering Tottenham exits

New Roma coach Jose Mourinho wants to sign one of three goalkeeper targets: Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, 34, Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny, 31, or Wolves’ Rui Patricio, 33. (La Gazetta dello Sport)

Arsenal’s Swiss international Granit Xhaka, 28, remains Roma’s top target in midfield. (Corriere dello Sport)

Leeds United have been offered the chance to sign former loanee Eddie Nketiah this summer, with Arsenal wanting £20m for the English centre-forward, 22. (Football Insider)

Atletico Madrid are expected to make a new offer for Udinese’s Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul, 27, who has also been linked with Liverpool and AC Milan. (Mundo Deportivo)

Leicester are closing in on the signing of French midfielder Boubakary Soumare, 22, from Lille and remain interested in Tammy Abraham if the English striker, 23, leaves Chelsea this summer. (Leicester Mercury)

Burnley and Norwich are among several Premier League clubs who have asked Liverpool about taking Wales right-back Neco Williams, 20, on loan next season. (TEAMtalk)

Brentford will bid to sign left-back Gabriel Fuentes, 24, from Junior FC in his native Colombia. (Sun)

West Brom have told Brazilian midfielder Matheus Pereira, 25, he can leave the Championship club this summer, if they are offered at least £15m. Aston Villa and Brighton are among those who have made enquiries. (TEAMtalk)

After Barcelona confirm Ronald Koeman will stay on as coach, their former midfielder Xavi Hernandez, 41, says he turned the job down for a second time, with the Al-Sadd coach saying “it was not the moment”. (La Vanguardia via Sport)

Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton, 45, is the new frontrunner for the West Brom job, after the Baggies called off plans to appoint Chris Wilder. (Football Insider)

Bournemouth boss Jonathan Woodgate, 41, is in danger of being sacked, with Fulham boss Scott Parker, 40, top of the Cherries’ wanted list to replace him. (Sun)

Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, 43, turned down Celtic as he is willing to bide his time for the Southampton job to come available. (Football Insider)

RASHFORD SURGERY

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Marcus Rashford is planning to undergo surgery after Euro 2020, leaving Manchester United fearing their star striker will miss the start of next season if England make it all the way to the final at Wembley next month. (Mirror)

Manchester City are confident that club captain Fernandinho will still be at the Etihad next season. (Mirror)

Manchester United are thinking of playing Aaron Wan-Bissaka at centre-half in a defensive reshuffle. (The Sun)

Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell should start ahead of Manchester United star Luke Shaw for England at the Euros, according to former Arsenal left-back Nigel Winterburn. (The Sun)

Manchester United are set for a ‘huge windfall’, after a savvy piece of business, should Wilfried Zaha leave Crystal Palace this summer. (Daily Star)

Celtic have sealed the deal for Ange Postecoglou to be their new boss. (Scottish Sun)

Ex-Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson looks poised to replace Derek Adams as Morecambe boss. (Scottish Sun)

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