July 5, 2020

Transfer Talk: Chelsea prepared to offer Man United’s Gomes ‘persuasive’ contract

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Chelsea to make ‘persuasive’ Gomes offer

The Independent reports that Chelsea are prepared to make a move for Manchester United midfielder Angel Gomes once he leaves the club.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has all but confirmed the 19-year-old will leave Old Trafford when Gomes’ contract expires on Tuesday, after the England under-20 international rejected the Red Devils’ £25,000-a-week contract offer, and now it appears as if there is potential for the Blues to swoop in and sign the attacking midfielder to a contract described as “persuasive.”

The teenager is said to have offers on the table from a handful of clubs across world football, with Chelsea among Valencia, Benfica and Hamburg in the leading sides chasing Gomes’ signature.

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09.47 BST: Barcelona youngster Marc Jurado has confirmed his departure from the Catalan club after running down his contract ahead of a move to Manchester United this summer.

ESPN revealed in May that Jurado, who has been at Barca for almost a decade, had turned down several offers to stay at Camp Nou in favour of a switch to the Premier League club.

The right-back’s non-professional terms expired on June 30 but he has been eligible for a professional contract since he turned 16 in April. Barca offered him a three-year deal that would have been worth €100,000 annually by the end of the contract, with a €200,000 bonus included if he made his debut for the B team. However, Jurado turned down the chance to stay with the club and will instead try his luck in England with United, who will only have to pay development rights as he is out of contract.

09.23 BST: It’s widely reported in Italy that Achraf Hakimi will undergo a medical in Milan today before signing a five-year contract with Inter Milan.

Real Madrid have reportedly accepted Inter’s €40m offer, plus €5m in add-ons, for the Morocco international. The deal will not include a buy-back option for Madrid but will allow the Spanish giants the possibility to equal any future offer for the 21-year-old right-back.

Achraf has played on loan at Borussia Dortmund for the past two seasons. He has scored five goals and set up 10 more in 33 league appearances this season.

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Sid Lowe doesn’t understand why Real Madrid is letting 21-year-old Achraf Hakimi go back to Dortmund.

08.54 BST: Sky Italia reports that Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Chelsea and Manchester United to extend the loan deals of Victor Moses and Alexis Sanchez until the end of the Serie A season.

However, the agreement will only apply to Serie A and not the Europa League. United are still on course to win the Europa League and will take a few more weeks to decide whether or not to allow Sanchez to remain in Milan until the end of August.

Inter will reportedly not exercise the option to buy Moses from Chelsea this summer. The Nigerian defender moved to Inter in January and has made six league appearances.

However, Inter have not ruled out the possibility of extending Sanchez’s loan spell for a further season and including in the deal a buyout option to be made effective in the summer of 2021. Sky Italia reports that Inter CEO Giuseppe Moratta and Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio are working on it, despite the fact that an ankle injury has limited Sanchez to just one goal in 19 appearances for Inter.

08.30 BST: Atletico Madrid have pulled out of the race to sign PSG striker Edinson Cavani, Diario AS reports.

The Uruguay forward’s contract expires this summer and, according to his brother, he has many offers on the table. The Rojiblancos tried but failed to lure Cavani to Madrid in the winter transfer window as his wage demands were considered too high for the Spanish club, which has now turned its attention to signing Napoli’s Polish forward Arkadiusz Milik.

According to AS, Roma are front of the queue to sign Cavani and are willing to offer the 33-year-old a three-year contract while making him the highest paid player in the squad. Inter and Manchester United are also reportedly interested in the former Napoli star.

Cavani, who joined PSG from Napoli in 2013, is the fourth highest paid player at PSG behind Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Thiago Silva.

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Julien Laurens explains Matteo Guendouzi’s situation at Arsenal after he was left out of their FA Cup squad.

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Arsenal and Newcastle want Weghorst

Arsenal and Newcastle United are just two of several Premier League clubs chasing the signature of Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst, according to a report by Bild.

The report states that the 27-year-old Dutch international will be available for about €35 million after a campaign that saw him score 16 goals and provide three assists in the Bundesliga.

Hakimi rejects Man United

Real Madrid starlet Achraf Hakimi has rejected a potential move to Manchester United, the Manchester Evening News cites AS as reporting.

Hakimi, who has spent the past two years on loan at Borussia Dortmund, has been unable to convince Zinedine Zidane that he can dislodge Dani Carvajal as the first-choice right-back at the Bernabeu. As a result, he’s now on the verge of completing a move to Inter Milan, with the Red Devils being left in the dust.

The report states that in addition to United, Bayern Munich also made an offer for Hakimi, but the Westfalenstadion veteran ultimately opted for a move to the San Siro.

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Leicester City youngster Dennis Gyamfi is set to leave the club on when his contract expires on Tuesday, the Leicester Mercury reports. The young Dutchman has stunned the Foxes with his decision to leave, with the club expecting him to sign a new deal and potentially work his way into the first team. A new contract had been offered to the 18-year-old, but in the end, he decided that his future lies elsewhere.

The Daily Mail writes that Newcastle United are contemplating a move for young Montpellier forward Thomas Robert — the son of former Magpies star Laurent Robert. Newcastle are one of many teams monitoring his situation after the 19-year-old turned down a new three-year contract with the French club, with Nice and Rennes both making offers to keep him in Ligue 1.

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