The summer transfer window opens today but has already firmly kicked into gear across Europe.
While Euro 2020 could see deals for top players delayed by a few weeks, the tournament also offers clubs and fans the chance to scout some exciting talent for next season.
Harry Kane is determined to move this summer, with Man City leading the race amid interest from Chelsea and Manchester United – and City are also chasing Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish. Tottenham, meanwhile, remain in the hunt for a new manager after pulling out of talks with Antonio Conte last week, but Fabio Paratici is poised to arrive as sporting director soon
Lage appointed new Wolves boss
Wolves have appointed Bruno Lage as their new head coach following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo.
Nuno left the club at the end of this season and Wolves have been searching for a successor since.
They have opted to appoint Lage, who joins the club following a good spell with Portuguese side Benfica.
The 45-year-old led the club to the Primeira Liga title in his first season in management and he has a growing reputation within the game.
“It’s a big opportunity. I’m very happy because I’ve returned to this country, and to be the manager of a big team,” said Lage.
“It’s a team and a club that wants to do history and a chance to compete in the Premier League. So, I’m happy, excited, with a big ambition to do great things for this club.
“I’ll be trying to know everyone, to see what the club has to offer, and my first idea is to try to link everyone together.
“I want to create a good dynamic of group, with my staff, with all the departments of the club. I have tried to link all together to start to build up the new cycle.
“I think it’s a good opportunity to understand what Nuno did in these four years and my ambition is to continue and to improve what he did
Mourinho: Kane should stay in Premier League
Speaking of Mourinho, the Portuguese has encouraged Harry Kane to stay in the Premier League next season.
“He is one of the top strikers in the world. I did enjoy it (working with Kane) very much,” Mourinho told The Sun.
“I think he has to play where he is happy. And I think he is happy in England. He is a very Premier League guy.”
Roma close in on Rui Patricio
Roma are confident of tying up a deal for Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio for a fee of around £6m.
The Italian club are backing new boss Jose Mourinho in the transfer market and are also working on a deal for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Patricio is on Mourinho’s wishlist as well and, according to multiple reports in Italy, an agreement for him is close.
Paratici to draw up Tottenham shortlist
Tottenham have reportedly gone back to the start in terms of their search for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho.
Spurs – who sacked Mourinho after 17 months in April and placed Ryan Mason in interim charge – had been in talks with ex-Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, only for those discussions to end last weekend.
And now The Telegraph report that incoming sporting director Fabio Paratici will be asked to draw up a new managerial shortlist when he arrives at the club this week.
Gilmour eyes Chelsea loan exit
Billy Gilmour could leave Chelsea on loan this summer.
The teenage playmaker is highly-rated at Stamford Bridge, though has played just three times since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in the managerial hotseat in January.
And according to The Sun, Gilmour is considering a temporary exit from Chelsea, with the hopes that an impressive showing for Scotland at the Euros could increase interest in his signature.
Arsenal set Bellerin asking price
Yesterday we brought you the news that Arsenal could offload Granit Xhaka to Jose Mourinho’s Roma by the end of the week as they seek a deal for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.
It appears that the Gunners are also trying to find a new home for long-serving right-back Hector Bellerin, with CBS Sports reporting that they have set an asking price of £20m.
It is said that Atletico Madrid are interested in the Spaniard as a potential replacement for England’s Kieran Trippier, who is being pursued by Manchester United.
LaLiga rivals Real Betis are also credited with an interest in Bellerin.
West Ham to step up Lingard chase
West Ham are primed to increase their efforts to sign Jesse Lingard.
The Manchester United midfielder rejuvenated his stalled career during a hugely successive loan spell in east London in the second half of the season, playing an instrumental role in David Moyes’ side achieving Europa League qualification.
West Ham have made little secret of their desire to sign Lingard on a permanent basis, though he is still under contract for another year at Old Trafford and is expected back by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
According to The Sun, the Hammers will step up their attempts to sign Lingard after he was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s final 26-man England squad for Euro 2020.
It is thought that could help West Ham to sort out a deal over the coming weeks.
Ek poised for second Arsenal bid
It seems that Daniel Ek has far from given up on his desire to buy his beloved Arsenal.
The Swedish billionaire and Spotify CEO has already seen one £1.8billion offer for the Gunners rejected by the Kroenkes, despite having the support of club legends such as Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.
However, Ek appears undettered, with the Daily Mail now reporting that he will return with a second proposal that is expected to be worth more than £2bn.
Under rejects Fenerbahce move
Cengiz Under has turned down a move to Fenerbahce after his loan spell at Leicester City expired.
Under was on loan at the Foxes for the past season, but they have rejected the chance to sign him permanently from Roma.
The Turkey international is now attracting interest but, according to Corriere dello Sport, he has turned down a switch to Fenerbahce