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We are now just one day away from the summer transfer window opening for business as clubs jostle to get those key early deals over the line. Richarlison could snub Arsenal for London rivals Chelsea, who are also being linked with Lautaro Martinez and Ousmane Dembele as Inter Milan seek a return for Romelu Lukaku.
Elsewhere at Arsenal, there are updates on their pursuit of Gianluca Scamacca and Yves Bissouma, plus their bid to keep Bukayo Saka. Tottenham join their neighbours as one of the contenders for Gabriel Jesus while their failed pursuit of Alessandro Bastoni has led them to Roma defender Roger Ibanez.
Liverpool remain locked in talks over Darwin Nunez. Manchester United also want the Uruguayan, though Frenkie de Jong remains their top target during the early stages of Erik ten Hag’s rebuild. The Red Devils are also believed to be battling Chelsea for the signing of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahima Sangare.
Gennaro Gattuso, once tipped to become the next Tottenham manager, takes over at LaLiga side Valencia.
Gabriel Jesus race intensifies
Five clubs are in talks to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.
That is according to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims that the striker will “100 per cent” leave the Premier League champions.
A bid of around £45million is expected to be enough for the Brazilian, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid among those in discussions. Jesus will move forward in his decision in the coming days.
Minamino fee named
Liverpool have put Takumi Minamino up for sale for £15million.
The Athletic report on the Japanese winger being made surplus to requirements amid the Reds’ chase of Darwin Nunez.
It is thought Sadio Mane’s potential exit to Bayern Munich has been factored into their decision to sell Minamino.
Tottenham identify Bastoni alternative
With Alessandro Bastoni set to stay at Inter Milan despite interest from Tottenham, the club have moved onto another Serie A defensive target.
Calciomercato detail interest in Roma star Roger Ibanez.
The 23-year-old Brazilian arrived on an initial loan from Atalanta in January 2020 and helped Jose Mourinho’s side lift the Europa Conference League last month.
Roma would demand £25million for Ibanez, it is reported.
Players-plus-cash for Lukaku
Inter Milan are considering throwing Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries into their bid for Romelu Lukaku.
Italian outlet Corriere della Sera report on the Nerazzurri having set themselves a deadline of June 30 to complete the deal.
A loan transfer is still preferred by Inter, who are open to selling Milian Skriniar to Paris Saint-Germain to bring in funds.
Lyon have confirmed the return of Alexandre Lacazette after the striker left Arsenal at the end of the season.
Lacazette came through Lyon’s academy and scored 129 goals in 279 appearances before the club before moving to the Emirates in a £50million deal in the summer of 2017.
The France international’s contract in north London expired at the end of the campaign, allowing him to depart as a free agent, and he has now penned a three-year deal back with his former side.
Scamacca to Arsenal latest
An update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Gianluca Scamacca.
Transfer journalist Graeme Bailey has told the Talking Transfers Podcast that the Gunners are doing their homework on the striker - by calling up Italy boss Roberto Mancini.
The Azzurri head coach is said to have given a glowing review of the Sassuolo star, only encouraging Arsenal to make a move as interest in Scamacca intensifies.
His club have previously admitted that several teams are keeping track of his exploits, although no concrete bid has arrived yet.
Arsenal rival for Bissouma
Aston Villa are set to rival Arsenal for Yves Bissouma.
Steven Gerrard’s side have been active in the transfer window with Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara joining alongside loanees Robin Olsen and Philippe Coutinho arriving permanently.
The Athletic claim a midfielder is high on their list with Brighton’s Bissouma eyed.
Lacazette press conference
Alexandre Lacazette is set to be unveiled back at Lyon. They have called a press conference and everything, which kick off shortly.
The striker, who leaves Arsenal on a free following the expiry of his contract, completed a medical last night.
Watch this space.
Rudiger’s first interview
Antonio Rudiger has sat down with Spanish newspaper Marca after swapping Chelsea for Real Madrid.
He covers a lot of ground in a wide-ranging interview, but regarding his transfer here’s what he had to say: “I think that in football, as in life, everything is a chapter, and this is a new chapter for me. Obviously, this new chapter is a big one because it's a big step for me. It's probably the biggest of my whole career.
He added: “The first time I heard from Madrid it was like, 'wow'. They first contacted me in September or October I think. A club like this doesn't call you many times so it was amazing.”