Transfer news LIVE: James Rodriguez £13.5m Atletico Madrid fee AGREED, Ake joins Man City – Liverpool, Spurs updates – The Sun
MAN CITY have confirmed their second signing of the other, snapping up Bournemouth's Nathan Ake to add to the acquisition of Valencia's Ferran Torres.
And Atletico Madrid could be making one of the biggest name signings of the summer, luring James Rodriguez from rivals Real for just £13.5m.
Follow all the latest gossip and updates with our live blog below…
STONES TO BE THROWN OUT
Pep Guardiola hopes Nathan Ake can help solve the back problems that have plagued Manchester City for more than a year.
Bournemouth centre-back Ake, 25, arrived at the Etihad last night to put the finishing touches to his £41million move.
And with the Dutchman’s arrival, it seems inevitable John Stones will now leave after a nightmare 18-month spell.
From the minute they lifted the FA Cup to complete the domestic Treble in May 2019, City have had a gap at the heart of their defence.
That day, skipper Vincent Kompany announced in the Wembley dressing rooms he was leaving after 11 glorious years.
Pep wanted Harry Maguire last summer but City were not willing to pay Leicester’s £85m asking price — and rivals United were.
FRASER WALK-OUT MIGHT BACKFIRE
Ryan Fraser's decision to walk out on Bournemouth could backfire.
The Scot rejected a Cherries deal of around £67,000-a-week — but Crystal Palace are offering closer to £50,000 a week for the winger, who had hoped to earn a move worth at least double that.
Fraser, 26, is available on a free and was being tracked by elite clubs such as Arsenal and Tottenham after his stellar 2018/19 campaign, when he scored seven Premier League goals and 14 assists.
After failing to repeat that success, neither club has made a move.
It means Fraser’s options could be limited to Palace and West Ham, with Newcastle and Fulham also reported to be showing interest today.
And with the pandemic affecting football finances everywhere, the wages on offer may not be as lucrative as before Covid-19 struck.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic took a moment during his sun soaked holiday to keep fit on a yacht in the Med.
While his family frolicked on the boat and in the water, the Swedish forward worked out with resistance bands and press-up routines.
Ibrahimovic's partner, Helena Seger, also enjoyed a session on the yacht's fitness equipment.
In between workouts, she topped up her tan with Zlatan, 38, seen applying sun tan lotion to his beau as they floated near the French resort of Saint-Tropez.
The couple's two sons, Maximilian and Vincent, are understood to have been among the family members relaxing on the boat.
There has been much speculation over where Ibrahimovic will be playing his football next season.
Leeds and the striker's own club Hammarby have been linked with moves but AC Milan are reportedly ready to sign him up once again.
Out of contract, Ibrahimovic was nonetheless featured in the Rossoneri's kit release for the upcoming campaign.
TOON CHASE CHERRIES
Newcastle are eyeing Bournemouth duo Josh King and David Brooks.
Toon boss Steve Bruce wants to bolster his attacking options in this summer's transfer window.
And dreams of signing global superstars such as Kylian Mbappe are now dead following the collapse of their £300million Saudi takeover.
Instead, according to The Telegraph, Newcastle are looking at Norway striker King, 28, and Wales midfielder Brooks, 23.
ALEXIT DAY FINALLY ARRIVES
Alexis Sanchez will finally – and officially – leave Manchester United tomorrow morning.
The £505,000-a-week flop's horror spell finally ends after Inter Milan confirmed they had signed him for free.
Chile star Sanchez, 31, has been on loan with Antonio Conte's side all season and looked much more the player United expected when they signed him in January 2018.
His future now lies in Serie A, with Old Trafford chiefs no doubt relieved to get his massive salary off the wage bill.
Inter CEO Beppe Marotta confirmed Sanchez had put pen to paper on a three-year deal.
Speaking before Inter's Europa League clash against Getafe in Germany, he said: “Unofficially, we’ll make it official tomorrow morning.
“The player is entirely owned by Inter. We have a contract with him for three seasons.
“We believe in him, that he can be a strong part of this squad and are happy to have concluded this deal.”
PARTNER IN GIME
Chelsea hope around £60million could secure their top defensive target – Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez.
Attacking options have benee boss Frank Lampard's apparent focus so far.
Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech might soon be followed in by Kai Havertz.
But a tough centre-back like Uruguay star Gimenez and possibly a new keeper are also on the agenda.
And the Blues want Atletico to sell the 25-year-old for way below his £110m release clause.
WERDER EYE TAHITH
Werder Bremen have stated their interest in taking Manchester United winger Tahith Chong on loan.
The Red Devils were near to losing young star Chong, 20, on a free before he signed a new contract in the spring.
And with a first-team spot not within his reach at this time, a temporary spell away looks most likely.
German club Werder have made their claim with director Frank Baumann telling Weser Kurier that the Dutchman is a target.
He stated: “[Chong] is very fast, he comes in from the wing – he fits our profile.
“We can add two or three more players. Borrowing guys from top clubs like this can make sense to us.
“Because of our situation, he's a player who could be interesting.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reportedly wants at least three major signings.
That's £27million-rated Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes – as we've been hearing all day – plus Chelsea winger Willian.
Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho has shot up the list of contenders this week.
And Atletico Madrid anchorman Thomas Partey remains a preferred recruit – for a problem position.
Three out of those four wouldn't be bad…
FULHAM JOIN RYAN FIGHT
Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser seems sure to stay in the Premier League next season – and most likely in London.
Arsenal, Crystal Palace and now promoted Fulham are reportedly keen.
PALACE IN FOR ARSENAL TARGET FRASER
Long-term Arsenal target Ryan Fraser is now rated more likely to join Crystal Palace.
With the Gunners closing on Chelsea winger Willian, it seems Bournemouth winger Fraser might opt for a better chance of more regular first-team football.
It is thought the relegated Cherries have offered the 26-year-old a pay rise and new deal to stay.
But the Scotland star is still tipped to move on and stay in the Premier League.
ALREADY GOM OUT ON LOAN
Angel Gomes has joined Portugal's Boavista on loan – days after the 19-year-old midfielder left Manchester United for Lille.
ALEXIS ON BRINK
Alexis Sanchez's three-year deal with Inter on £6.3m a year is all but sealed, according to the Italian giants' CEO.
Beppe Marotta told Sky Italy of the Manchester United striker: “He is not official yet, but unofficially he is ours for three seasons.
“We believe in him a lot and we are happy.”
Marotta also claimed the in-form loan star could complete his permanent move by Thursday.
NOT ON BORU'D TIME
Borussia Monchengladbach star Matthias Ginter added: “Of course I heard of the enquiries and was flattered by this attention.
“But I’ve said often enough how good things are for me in Gladbach.
“The current team has great potential and the coach has brought a huge added value for us.
“The club is in the process of building something with the great fans and the environment.
“I also have big goals with the club and of course I’m still tied into a contract.”
CHELSEA TARGET GINTER GLAD TO STAY
Chelsea transfer target Matthias Ginter says he is “flattered” by their interest – but has ruled out a summer switch.
The Borussia Monchengladbach defender confirmed the Blues had enquired about his availability this summer.
Stamford Bridge boss Frank Lampard has already raided Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for star striker Timo Werner.
And he is desperate to conclude a deal for Ginter's fellow German top-flight star Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen.
But Ginter says he has no interest in moving to London and is content staying in his homeland.
Ginter, 26, who helped Gladbach qualify for next season's Champions League, said: “I’m definitely staying in Gladbach.”
'NATHAN'S A LEADER'
Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain has hailed Nathan Ake's £41m arrival from Bournemouth
Begiristain told City's website: “Nathan is a quality defender. He was a leader during his time at Bournemouth, and I am so pleased we’ve managed to bring him here.
“He’s strong and quick, and we feel he has the technical and intellectual attributes needed to excel in Pep’s setup.
“Working with this squad, which is full of world-class players, will raise his level, and we are looking forward to seeing what he can achieve here in the coming years.”
UTD MUST SORT OUT No1 PROBLEM
Rene Meulensteen told talkSPORT: “They first need to get clarity about the goalkeeping position because now there’s a debate about De Gea and the rumours with Schmeichel, but also Henderson is there.
So that needs to be solved to make sure that’s clear. People are on De Gea’s back, but he’s still a very good goalkeeper; he’s had a few blips this season, he needs to sort that out.
They also need someone next to Harry Maguire to strengthen that [defence].
The 56-year-old added: “They’re bringing Jadon Sancho in, but more than anything, I would have gone for a more prolific out-and-out striker, somebody like Harry Kane.
“There is so much creativity coming from midfield with Fernandes, [Paul] Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial… they can all contribute to goalscoring.
“But [they need] somebody in the middle who’s going to score 25-plus goals. That will close the gap for United.”
NEW STRIKER MORE IMPORTANT THAN SANCHO
Manchester United should prioritise other areas before signing Jadon Sancho, former coach Rene Meulensteen has warned.
A natural goalscorer such as Harry Kane is a better bet, the Dutchman believes, with the defence also a key area.
Reports suggest United are closing in on a £108million transfer, paid in installments, after agreeing personal terms with Borussia Dortmund star Sancho.
But attention is needed at the back with Dean Henderson set to challenge David De Gea for the No1 jersey next season and Kasper Schmeichel is a reported target.
Meulensteen wants to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pick a first-choice keeper and find a partner for Harry Maguire.
AKE COMPLETES 'DREAM' CITY MOVE
Nathan Ake has completed his “dream”£41million move to Manchester City.
The Holland and ex-Chelsea centre-back left Bournemouth for a five-year contract with Pep Guardiola's side.
Ake told the Etihad website: “City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade.
“Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players.
“Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree.
“Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he's done in the game speaks for itself.
“The success he's had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me.”
SAN UTD JUST LIKE 1999!
Jadon Sancho's proposed move to Manchester United will give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an awesome foursome – just like in 1999.
That is the view of Dimitar Berbatov, who reckons Sancho's arrival will spark a new generation of attacking talent at Old Trafford.
Berbatov likened Sancho – who would join Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial – to what Sir Alex Ferguson had in his Treble-winning side 21 years ago.
ack then, it was Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Andrew Cole and Teddy Sheringham who spearheaded Fergie's all-conquering side.
While Sancho's rumoured £100million-plus arrival could initially lead to one or two being dropped, Berba reckons it will benefit United in the long haul.
And he believes any short-term pain will be for long-term gain.
Berbatov also insists Solskjaer knows this all too well having lived and played through it already.
WAIT FOR FELIX
Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix is out of Manchester City's reach this summer.
That's the verdict of Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero after Etihad chief Pep Guardiola signed Valencia winger Ferran Torres to replace Leroy Sane.
KEBANO EXTENDS FULHAM DEAL
Winger Neeskens Kebano has agreed to add two more years to his Fulham contract after promotion.
The DR Congo star, 28, told the club website: “It has been a long journey since we started the season, we have been playing for over a year.
“We've been working very hard which has paid off with promotion to the Premier League.
“I have a lot of affection for this club, for the fans, so it's natural this decision to sign a contract when this opportunity was offered to me, and I'm very happy to be here for a couple of more seasons.”
STILL GUNNING FOR WILLIAN
Arsenal remain in pole position to sign Willian with the Chelsea winger reportedly telling friends he wants to become a Gooner.
Barcelona and Inter Miami are said to be competing with the North London club for Willian, who also has a contract extension on the table from Chelsea.
An agreement with the Blues has not been ruled out yet the Brazilian's priority is securing a three-year deal.
Out of contract at the end of the month, Willian has now informed friends of his preference to move.
The Mirror believe Arsenal to be the 31-year-old's preferred destination, as it will also keep his family settled in the capital.
David Beckham's new MLS club Inter are thought to have offered the winger the highest salary, on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
TELLES STILL ON LIST
Despite Chelsea reportedly making good progress in their pursuit of Ben Chilwell, they are still thought to be looking at cheaper alternatives for the left-back berth.
But Manchester United are said to have joined the Blues in monitoring Porto's Alex Telles.
CHERRIES FIGHT TO KEEP FRASER
Arsenal target Ryan Fraser has been offered a contract worth around £55,000 a week by Crystal Palace.
The Scottish winger, 26, is a free agent, having left Bournemouth before the restart in June.
The former Cherries ace was reportedly seeking a move to a bigger club and a deal of more than £100,000 a week.
It is understood Bournemouth were willing to offer Fraser a more lucrative, long-term deal but he decided to see his contract down.
He also rejected a short-term extension to play in the final nine matches of the season.
TOO MUCH PAY JUDE
Manchester United lost out on Jude Bellingham as they baulked at matching Borussia Dortmund's £65,000-a-week pay offer.
The Germans signed the 17-year-old midfielder from Birmingham for a fee that could eventually be £22.75million
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