Chelsea Haaland BID, Giroud to AC Milan, Blues also make Chiesa offer, Messi 'new deal AGREED' – transfer news live

CHELSEA have had a bid for Erling Haaland turned down by Borussia Dortmund, according to reports from Germany.

And the Blues are also reported to have made an offer for Federico Chiesa of Juventus while allowing Olivier Giroud to leave for AC Milan.

Lionel Messi is on holiday after winning the Copa America with Argentina but has reportedly agreed a five-year new deal with Barcelona.

And Gianluigi Donnarumma has followed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in joining PSG from AC Milan.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    GARD OF HONOUR

    Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Manchester United star Jesse Lingard, according to reports.

    According to 90min.com, Lingard, who has returned to pre-season training, is a summer transfer target for Atletico.

    United reportedly want £25million for the player, who has just a year remaining on his current deal.

    Lingard is believed to be interested in moving abroad, following in the footsteps of Sancho and his Dortmund team-mate Jude Bellingham.

    Atletico could use Kieran Trippier to negotiate a move for Lingard, with United close to completing a move for the former Tottenham defender.

    A swap deal is unlikely but the Red Devils may be willing to drop their price for Lingard if the LaLiga club let Trippier complete a return to England.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROUD NOT TO

    Olivier Giroud was happy to wave to the press ahead of his medical.

    AC Milan are expected to announce his signing shortly on an initial two-year deal.

    It is understood Milan will pay the Blues around £850,000 for the 2018 World Cup winner.

    Olivier Giroud is set to join AC Milan on an initial two-year dealCredit: AP
    World Cup winner Giroud has already agreed personal terms with the Serie A outfitCredit: AFP
  • Jake Lambourne

    WHEN IN ROME

    Roma are interested in Chelsea wing-back Emerson Palmieri, according to reports.

    The Italian hardly featured for the Blues last season under Frank Lampard or Thomas Tuchel.

    But his stock remains high in his home country, especially after he helped Roberto Mancini's Azzurri side win Euro 2020.

    Napoli have been most heavily linked with the 26-year-old this summer.

    But according to Calciomercato, Roma could try to re-sign him.

    Emerson played in the Italian capital for three years between 2015 and 2018, before joining the Blues for an initial £17.6million

    Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri could leave Stamford Bridge this summer
  • Jake Lambourne

    AOUAR OF NEED

    Arsenal have been joined by Tottenham in the race to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

    After failing to bring the player to the Emirates last summer, Mikel Arteta reportedly made landing him this year one of his priorities.

    But they now face losing out on the France international to their rivals, who can offer the player European football next term.

    Journalist Julien Laurens tweeted: "Being told that Tottenham have now also entered the race for Houssem Aouar.

    "Arsenal are still keen on the Lyon playmaker but Spurs are in the conversation too now."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GREAL DEAL

    Manchester City are reportedly confident a deal will soon be reached with Aston Villa to sign Jack Grealish.

    The Villans star, who recently modelled the Midlands outfit's new home kit, has been heavily linked with a move this summer.

    And according to The Athletic, a deal is ready to be completed to bring the England international to the Etihad.

    They are believed to be prepared to trigger Grealish's buyout clause, though Villa have never disclosed the details of his contract.

    And City remain desperate to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, with the Premier League champions to fork out between £175m-£215m for the pair.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROUD AWAKENING

    Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has arrived for his medical ahead of his switch to AC Milan.

    Personal terms have already been agreed with the France international.

    It has been claimed he has agreed a deal until 2023 at the San Siro, with Milan having the option to extend his stay for a further year.

    He will compete with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a starting spot.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KRIS CROSS

    Kristoffer Ajer is poised to complete a £13.5million move to Brentford.

    The Celtic defender is set to undergo a medical in London on Friday after a fee was agreed.

    Ajer, 23, has already thrashed out personal terms with the Premier League new boys. 

    And he is expected to become The Bees’ record signing in the next 24 hours after they gazumped Bayer Leverkusen for the Norwegian.

    SunSport can reveal the Bundesliga outfit hoped to secure a deal for Ajer this weekend.

    They had even started making plans for him to join their pre-season training camp in Austria.

    But the Germans were left stunned when Brentford instead thrashed out a fee with Celts to secure Ajer

    Kris Ajer is expected to complete Brentford move within 24 hours
  • Jake Lambourne

    ANGEL GABRIEL

    Juventus appear ready to firm up their interest in Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

    And that would give Etihad boss Pep Guardiola another forward-line headache with the new season just over four weeks away.

    City have made Tottenham’s England captain Harry Kane their top target but know they may have to be patient to sign him.

    That has not stopped Juve coach Max Allegri making Brazilian Jesus, 24, his No 1 target, but the club face a financial mess.

    City want cash up front as they chase Kane, 27, and Villa’s Jack Grealish, 25.

    Kane remains Guardiola’s preferred choice – with club sources dismissing links with Antoine Griezmann, Danny Ings and Robert Lewandowski.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FOOTIE LIFT

    Boris Johnson unveiled £50 million yesterday for 185 new top quality football pitches.

    And the cash will improve 5,000 other local playing fields to find the next generation of England heroes.

    FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham said: “Grassroots football facilities play a vital role in the heart of our communities and investment in them has never been more important.

    “This £50 million from the Government, as part of their £550 million election commitment, will help to change and improve lives.

    More quality facilities around the country will help us find and inspire the next generation of England stars.

    “This funding will also play an important part in helping to get people active again and improving the mental and physical health of the nation as lockdown restrictions are lifted.”

  • Thomas Blow

    TRANSFER LATEST

    Manchester United are closing on £68million duo Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier – while there are new twists over the futures of Robert Lewandowski and Paul Pogba.

    Old Trafford chiefs expect to land Real Madrid's France centre-back Varane for £50m, plus Atletico's £18m-rated England full-back Tripper.

    And Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann claims rivals clubs are "putting out feelers" for strike legend Lewandowski.

    Manchester United and Chelsea are known admirers of the Polish 32-year-old

    And Premier League champions City have also been linked with Lewandowski – especially if their pursuit of Tottenham's £150million-rated England skipper Harry Kane proves too difficult.

    Meanwhile, it's claimed United midfielder Pogba would be "thrilled" to join home country giants Paris Saint-Germain.

    The 28-year-old’s Old Trafford deal runs until next summer.

    Chelsea frontman Olivier Giroud, 34, is in Italy to seal his £2million move to AC Milan.

    And Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga is said to favour a LaLiga move rather switching to the Prem.

    United, Arsenal and PSG have been monitoring the midfielder, 18.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD CLOSE ON VARANE AND TRIPPIER

    EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United are close to completing a double defensive swoop for Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier.

    Both deals are all but done with announcements expected towards the end of next week.

    United look set to hand Real Madrid a £50million fee for Varane, 28, despite the French international centre-back having just one year left on his Bernabeu contract.

    England full-back Trippier, 30, wants the move to Old Trafford after two successful years at Atletico Madrid — and a transfer worth £18m is in the final stages.

    The two deals will take United’s spending to more than £140m this summer with the arrival of winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m.

    Spanish giants Real initially wanted £60m for Varane but have to sell now to get a fee having lost Sergio Ramos to Paris Saint-Germain on a free.

    Varane’s representatives are understood to have negotiated terms over a five-year deal.

  • Ian Tuckey

    I’LL ED FOR SPAIN

    Eduardo Camavinga is set to snub Premier League interest in favour of LaLiga, according to reports.

    The Rennes wonderkid has drawn admiration from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

    But according to The Telegraph, Camavinga has his ‘heart set’ on a move to Spain.

    Neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona are well placed to make a bid for the 18-year-old, given their financial woes.

    But both are expected to be better placed next summer – when Camavinga’s contract at Rennes expires.

    Man Utd and the Gunners have been asked to be kept in the loop regarding the midfielder’s transfer status this summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PREM GIANTS ON RED ALERT FOR LEWANDOWSKI

    Bayern Munich legend Robert Lewandowski has clubs ‘putting out feelers’ over a transfer.

    That’s according to the Poland striker’s new boss Julian Nagelsmann, who is unhappy Lewandowski’s future remains uncertain.

    The 32-year-old is reportedly considering his options after seven trophy-laden seasons with Bayern.

    Chelsea are thought to be interested, despite making £150million-rated Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland their No1 target.

    And Lewandowski has also been linked with Manchester City as an alternative to Tottenham star Harry Kane.

    Lewandowski’s Allianz Arena contract runs until 2023. And club chiefs are hopeful he will stay despite seeing head coach Hansi Flick leave.

    However, new gaffer Nagelsmann has revealed that Lewandowski is yet to fully commit himself due to interest from other teams.

    The former RB Leipzig boss said: “I think it’s normal for someone who scores so many goals that almost every club puts out a feeler.

    “I’ve already spoken to him and texted him. I’m not very fond of the first official act with a player being to immediately discuss his contractual situation.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    WHO CAN KONATE MEAN?

    New centre-back Ibrahima Konate has got Liverpool fans guessing by hailing his No5 shirt as "important" because "a great player had this number before me".

    One supporter posted "Didn't realise he was a big Ronnie Whelan fan" while others mentioned Daniel Agger, Tommy Smith and Ray Kennedy.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KIT HAS MAS APPEAL

    Manchester United have been busy on social media showing off their new kit.

    And England striker Mason Greenwood, who missed out on Euro 2020 squad partly through injury, is the latest to get the treatment.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GIROUD ARRIVES TO SEAL AC DEAL

    Olivier Giroud is in Italy to seal his £2million move to AC Milan from Chelsea.

    The ex-Arsenal striker, 34, was pictured arriving in the fashion capital of the world on Thursday wearing a Milan-branded face mask.

    And having already agreed personal terms on a two-year contract, the Frenchman's transfer is expected to be confirmed on Friday.

    Chelsea gave permission for Giroud to fly to Italy after accepting a £2m offer from Stefano Pioli’s side.

    The Blues triggered an automatic year-long extension in Giroud’s contract earlier this year to prevent him from joining Milan on a free transfer.

    But with all parties still eager to do business, Chelsea have got a nominal fee and Giroud will now be lining up in Milan’s famous red-and-black kit.

    It remains to be seen how the World Cup winner fits into Pioli’s starting XI, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic already at the club.

    However, it appears that both could play in the same team after Milan legend and technical director Paolo Maldini branded Giroud a ‘champion’.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS WISH SALIBA WELL ON LOAN

    Arsenal say they agreed with William Saliba his loan move to Marseille was best for both them and him.

    France Under-21 centre-back Saliba shone during a six-month temporary spell with Nice last season, having yet to really break through at the Emirates.

    And Gunners’ technical director said: “Together with William, we have decided it will be good for his continued development to spend another season on loan.

    “William joined us as an 18-year-old, and he is still only 20, so he is still developing all the time. 

    “William is a player with strong natural ability and next season has the potential to be really beneficial for him at Marseille, a good club.

    “We will of course be keeping in close contact with William during the season and wish him all the best in France with Marseille.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARRESTED DAD BEGS RASHFORD TO FORGIVE HIM

    A dad arrested over a racist post to Marcus Rashford has admitted he may have sent it while drunk.

    Nick Scott, 50, originally denied sending the vile message after the Three Lions striker missed a penalty in Sunday’s heartbreaking final.

    But he has now admitted he may have “unknowingly” sent the offensive remarks while drunk.

    Scott also begged for the Utd striker’s forgiveness and revealed he benefited from the star’s free meals campaign.

    The football coach told The Sun: “I was hammered at the time and don’t remember doing it.

    “But if I did I want Marcus to know that I’m truly sorry and I apologise sincerely.

    “After everything he’s done for my kids and all the other kids in the country with the free school meals.

    “He’s absolutely brilliant. He’s helped my family and I can’t thank him enough.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SA REPLACES PATRICIO AS WOLVES No1

    Wolves have completed a £6.8million deal to bring Olympiacos goalkeeper Jose Sa to Molineux.

    Sa, 28, fills the gap left by Rui Patricio’s £10million move to Roma and he has signed a five-year deal.

    But the Portuguese keeper will have to quarantine before joining his new team-mates next week and then going on to Spain for pre-season.

    Sa is new boss Bruno Lage’s fourth signing of the summer.

    And he will be familiar to Wolves fans as he started one of the Europa League round of 16 ties for Olympiacos against them last year.

    Sa helped the Greek side to successive league titles.

    He played 124 times for them over three seasons after his move from Porto.

    Wolves technical director Scott Sellars said: “Jose is somebody who is very much coming into his peak years as a goalkeeper and has always been high up on our target list."

  • Ian Tuckey

    BLUES HAIL RETIRING ROBBEN

    Chelsea have saluted their former hero Arjen Robben after his second retirement.

    The former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich winger, 37, announced his decision following his second spell with home club Groningen.

    The Blues tweeted: "Enjoy your retirement, @ArjenRobben.What a player."

    Robben, who won 96 Holland caps, posted:  "I have decided to stop my active football career.

    "A year ago I announced my comeback as a FC Groningen player. I embarked on this adventure with great energy and enthusiasm.

    “I only had to deal with physical setbacks quite quickly, which prevented me from playing matches for a very long time. After a long road of trial and error I finally managed to play the last games of the season.

    “Looking back on the past season, I have to come to the honest conclusion that the number of match minutes was disappointing.

    “I knew in advance that this could happen, but I took up the challenge and gave everything to make it work. And not only me, everyone within the club and in my immediate environment has helped and supported me at all times.

    “I am also not unaffected by the warm reactions and support from all football fans.”

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    BERTRAND SEALS FOXES' DEAL

    Ryan Bertrand says joining Leicester City matches his ‘inner ambitions’.

    The Foxes have confirmed Bertrand, 32 next month, has joined on a free transfer from Southampton.

    Ex-England defender Bertrand said: “I’m really happy to be here, joining Leicester really complimented my inner ambitions and what I still want to achieve in my career.

    “Leicester have built something amazing over the years, especially since Brendan Rodgers has come in.

    "It’s fantastic to be a part of this fantastic club and I’m going to give my all to try and do the fans proud.”

    Bertrand allowed his contract at St Mary’s to run down and becomes Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers’ third signing of the season.

    It marks a reunion for the pair as Rodgers coached Bertrand as a Chelsea reserve and youth player.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PAUL PSGBA?

    Manchester United’s France midfielder Paul Pogba is reportedly ‘thrilled’ at the prospect of joining Paris Saint-Germain.

    The 28-year-old’s Old Trafford deal runs until next summer.

    United are understood to be keen to tie him down to a new contract, but it remains to be seen whether Pogba will commit his long-term future to the Red Devils.

    PSG are believed to be keeping tabs on his situation, with a move to the Ligue 1 giants exciting the World Cup winner.

    According to RMC Sport journalist, Loic Tanzi, the ex-Juventus man favours a switch to Les Parisiens.

    Replying to a fan for news on Pogba, he tweeted: “The player is thrilled by the idea of coming to PSG but will never go to clash with Manchester United.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    GRANIT ROCKED BY JOSE INTEREST

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is reportedly on the verge of joining Roma for £15million.

    Forza Roma claims the Swiss star is desperate to ditch the Gunners for a link-up with Jose Mourinho.

    And after weeks of negotiations, a deal is said to be close.

    Mourinho apparently wants Xhaka, 28, to partner Italian Euro 2020 winner Bryan Cristante in a midfield pivot.

    Xhaka’s transfer to Rome would bring to an end his tumultuous five-year stay at the Emirates.

    The midfielder joined Arsenal from Gladbach in 2016 for around £30m and made 220 appearances, winning two FA Cups in the process.

    His influence saw him made Gunners captain before being stripped of the honour in 2019 after an infamous public falling out with fans.

    Xhaka would become Mourinho’s second signing of the summer, with Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio confirmed earlier this week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    EX-GUNNER GIBBS OFF TO MIAMI

    Kieran Ginbs is preparing to enter Inter Miami’s nightmare season after starting training with the MLS team.

    David Beckham’s Florida franchise have struggled near the bottom of the table and faced a huge fine for breaking financial rules.

    But the arrival of ex-Arsenal ace Gibbs will be seen as another piece in the jigsaw for the young club, in only its second season.

    The 31-year-old, released by West Brom, joins fellow English football exiles Ryan Shawcross, Brek Shea, and coach Phil Neville in the Inter ranks.

    Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi are also on board to provide much-needed experience and star power yet the French midfielder’s arrival has done little to help the Miami coffers.

    MLS fined the team £1.4million in May for incorrectly registering his arrival under targeted allocation funds, when he was meant to be a designated player.

    Inter chief Jose Mas was fined £176,000, amid a number of charges for the club, with Beckham and other co-owners cleared of any wrongdoing.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SANCHO CAN WARK TALL WITH NEW HONOUR

    England wideman Jadon Sancho is set to be given the freedom of his London borough – just days after teammate Bukayo Saka was recommended for the same honour.

    The south London-born superstar, 21, received vile racist abuse after seeing his penalty saved in Sunday's Euro 2020 final shootout against Italy – as did Saka.

    After helping the Three Lions to a first major final in 55 years, Southwark Council will award him freedom of the borough, if formally agreed, for "his exceptional contribution to sport".

    Manchester United-bound Sancho has also previously spoken out and acted upon horrific racism – something which "exemplifies the values that Southwark Council holds in highest regard".

    Mayor of Southwark Barrie Hargrove announced his intention to award the footballer with the highest civic award the Council can give during a meeting on Wednesday night.

    He said: "Watching Jadon play in the Euro tournament was incredible.

    "I felt, like many residents, that he is a diamond in Southwark’s crown and we could not be more proud of him and what he achieved for this country – the team brought everyone together and gave us hope and joy when we needed it most.

    "This is why I am recommending that he be considered for Freedom of the Borough, the highest accolade we can give.”

    Dortmund's Sancho was born in Camberwell, south London in March 2000 and helped Southwark under 11s win the football tournament at the 2011 London Youth Games.

    He joined Watford at the age of seven before developing at Manchester City's prestigious academy.

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