Jose Mourinho is on his way to Manchester – and he is ready to bring some big names with him.
The Portuguese has agreed terms to take over at Old Trafford after Louis van Gaal was finally put out of his misery.
He looks set to make Zlatan Ibrahimovic his first signing and there will be plenty more to follow.
Meanwhile at Arsenal, Granit Xhaka is on his way while Liverpool have also started spending with a deal for goalkeeper Loris Karius.
The window might not be open yet but there is still plenty of gossip to dig your teeth into.
Join us here for all the latest transfer news , gossip and done deals throughout the day.
Leicester target transfer of Nice star as Kante replacement
Claudio Ranieri wants £12million Nice star Nampalys Mendy to replace N’Golo Kante.
The Leicester boss had an £8m bid for the holding midfielder rejected last summer — even before swooping on another French club, Caen, for Kante.
Now, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain all battling to land prize asset Kante, Ranieri is planning for life without him.
Mendy has had an impressive season at Nice, helping them to a fourth place finish in Ligue 1 that means they will play Europa League football in the new campaign.
But they have subsequently had a change of manager and a number of key men are expected to leave.
A deal of sorts for Spurs – but it pales in comparison to Chelsea
Tottenham have reportedly signed a kit deal with Nike worth £25million-a-year, £35million-a-year LESS than that of London rivals Chelsea.
Spurs are set to announce the deal which will commence in 2017 and go towards paying for their new stadium, according to The Sun.
Manufacturer Under Armour currently only pays Spurs £10million-a-year, but the £15million annual rise will still see the White Hart Lane outfit trail the Premier League’s other big-hitters.
Chelsea earn more than double the £25million Spurs will apparently rake in, being paid £60million every season by Nike.
Manchester United get £75million-a-year, while Barcelona top the list of Europe’s giants, earning £77million annually.
Thursday’s transfer gossip round up
Incoming Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is willing to spend £60million to take Chelsea player of the season Willian to Old Trafford.
That’s double what the Blues paid for the Brazilian, but according to the Sun, the Special One wants the ex-Shakhtar ace with him next season.
That and more transfer gossip from Thursday’s papers here
Who next for the Gunners, after sealing Xhaka signing?
Arsene Wenger is determined to carry on spending now he has completed a £30million deal for Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal boss Wenger is keen on Napoli’s Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly as he looks for a top-class centre-half.
The Gunners have also identified Juventus forward Alvaro Morata as their No1 striker target this summer and are preparing to take their spending this close-season towards the £80m mark.
Oh Yaya! Toure rejects TWO mega money China bids
Yaya Toure has turned down TWO mega-bucks offers to move to China.
The Manchester City midfielder will also snub the chance to go to Italian giants Inter Milan, led by his ex-Blues manager Roberto Mancini, this summer.
Ivory Coast international Toure , who has one year left on his current £230,000-a-week deal at City, is determined to stay in the Premier League and does not want to leave English football.
Mirror Sport understands that there is no problem between Toure and incoming City boss Pep Guardiola , even though the Spaniard was in charge when he was sold from Barcelona in 2010.
Salop keeping it interesting
It’s never too late to announce a new signing.
But why was the picture from earlier in the day?
Did we miss something?
Skrtel’s Anfield stay almost over
Martin Skrtel’s agent claims it is “90 per cent” certain that the axed defender will quit Liverpool this summer.
Skrtel, 31, wants to leave because he has lost his starting place under Jurgen Klopp and his representative Karol Csonto says Besiktas are interested in the Slovakian international.
Csonto told TV Markiz in Slovakia:
“Besiktas is one of those interested in Martin, but we haven’t reached a point where I can confirm Martin is going there, or anywhere else.
“But I can say that it is 90 per cent sure Martin will leave Liverpool, but it is far from closed.”
Forest on course for new owners
Nottingham Forest are on course to be taken over by a Greek consortium next month.
The Championship club’s Kuwaiti owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi admitted earlier this year he could sell up.
Al-Hasawi has grown tired of criticism from fans after going through six managers since buying the club in 2012.
He has failed to win promotion again and the club are managerless once more after dispensing with caretaker Paul Williams at the end of the season.
MirrorSport understands Al-Hasawi has now agreed a deal to sell and Forest officials expect it to go through next month.
Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis is believed to be the figurehead of the new group who are buying an 80% stake.
Marinakis, 48, took over the Greek top flight side in 2010 and under his ownership they have won five titles on the bounce as well as three National Cups.
He has a working relationship already with Al-Hasawi over the signings of Djamel Abdoun, Rafik Djebbour and Matt Derbyshire.
PSG enter Kante race
N’Golo Kante’s future remains in doubt, with a host of suitors chasing the Leicester midfielder.
Reportedly leading the pack now are French champions PSG, the Daily Mail reports.
Kante has a release clause in his contract set at £20million and has interest from Manchester City, United and Arsenal.
Leicester also want to give him a bumper new deal.
But the French international’s representatives are being courted with the player on international duty.s
Could Thomas Vermaelen depart Barcelona?
“It’s not that I want to leave Barcelona but the last few weeks and months have been a bit disappointing because I haven’t been getting a lot of playing time,” he told Sky Sports News.
“It’s not that I’m thinking about leaving at the moment. I’m just focused on my national team.”
That’s Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen.
Will he leave Camp Nou?
Bayern to move for Schalke starlet Leroy Sane
An interesting one from over in Germany now.
Bayern Munich, who have already strengthened with Renato Sanches and Mats Hummels this summer, are keen on Leroy Sane.
Of course they aren’t the only ones, with Barcelona, Man City both also interested.
But Bild reports that Bayern are willing to leave him at Schalke for 2016-17.
Could that be the factor that sees Schalke say yes?
“A fine decision” – Jogi Low on Gotze rejecting Liverpool
Germany boss Joachim Low has hailed Mario Gotze’s choice to stay with Bayern Munich rather than join Liverpool as ‘a fine decision’.
The World Cup winning forward was touted as a potential summer signing for the Reds having worked under Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.
Gotze had starred under his compatriot at the Westfalenstadion and rumours of a reunion between the pair gathered pace as the season drew to a close.
The 23-year-old had struggled to hold down a first-team place under Pep Guardiola in Bavaria, but new boss Carlo Ancelotti has given his squad a clean slate.
“I’ve been in constant contact with Mario and he’s kept me informed all the time,” Low said at a press conference on Wednesday.
“He’s had a long talk with Ancelotti and I think a few falsities were said about that, but a coach can never give a guarantee and he told Mario that everybody starts from scratch from the start of the season under him.
“Mario has had offers, but I always felt he is in Munich with his heart and he wants to prove himself there.
“He told me he wants to stay in Munich and take his chance with the new coach and I think that’s a fine decision because it’s what his feeling tells him to do, so it’s the right decision for him.”
United to finally offer frustrated veteran new deal
Manchester United are ready to hand Michael Carrick a new one-year deal.
United were holding off making a final decision on Carrick’s future until their managerial situation was resolved.
But with Jose Mourinho on the brink of being confirmed as their next boss United have now decided they want to retain Carrick for another 12 months.
The veteran midfielder, 34, had been left in limbo over his future with his contract up this summer.
He was resigned to moving on having received no assurances from United but attracted interest from a string of clubs at home and abroad.
Dani Alves to Juventus?
Reports in Spain tonight that Dani Alves has played his last game for Barcelona.
According to Cadena Ser, the Brazilian defender has agreed a three-year deal to join the Italian champions on a free transfer this summer.
Alves has been a key part of Barca’s dominance in the last eight/nine years, since joining from Sevilla.
But he has had a strained relationship with the club’s hierarchy in recent times.
Barcelona are refuting claims, reports Mundo Deportivo on what would be a surprise departure and – whatever else is said – a blow for Luis Enrique.y
Who should Rafa keep and who should he sell? Player-by-player guide
Rafa Benitez will make it tough for Newcastle ’s most valuable stars to leave this summer.
Massive offers might tempt the relegated Magpies to cash in on their biggest assets, but boss Benitez won’t leave himself short after committing to steering them back up, and wants to retain a powerful squad.
Players who were happy to sign long-term deals in the Premier League could be held to them now the club are back in the Championship .
And some may not complain, with the prospect of continuing to work under a leading European manager — and the chance to put right a terrible 12 months — a significant lure.
Find out what our man thinks right here
“When we brought Rafa to the club in March, we knew he was a phenomenal manager and everything we have seen from him since has only served to reinforce that.
“We are therefore delighted to have secured his services for the next three years and I believe with Rafa as manager it gives us the best possible chance of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking and delivering success for this football club beyond that.
“It is clear that Rafa has connected deeply with the club’s supporters and we do not underestimate the role they have played in his decision to stay.
“He has captured the hearts and minds not just of the fans, but of everyone who has had the pleasure of working with him at the club thus far.
“As a world-class manager we had no doubt in our minds as to the importance of retaining him at Newcastle United.”
Huge news on Tyneside!
Rafa Benitez has SIGNED a three-year deal to remain at St James’ Park as manager.
The Spaniard, will now spearhead the Magpies promotion charge next season as the side begin to plan for life in the Championship.
The club announced the news ahead of a press conference on Wednesday evening, with Benitez stating:
“I am extremely pleased to be staying at Newcastle United.
“The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence for me in my decision to stay, as was my relationship with Lee Charnley and all the staff.
“This is a huge club and I wanted to be part of the great future I can see for Newcastle United.”
Full story here
How Chelsea are delaying United’s Mourinho announcement
Chelsea’s ownership of the copyright of Jose Mourinho’s signature, is one aspect holding up a deal for him to become new Manchester United boss.
The Red Devils will now not announce the Special One as their new manager until Thursday at the earliest.
Personal terms have been agreed between Mourinho and United, with lawyers now scrutinising the finer details of the three-year agreement.
It is understood the issue of intellectual property rights, in particular the Blues’ ownership of the copyright of Mourinho’s signature, is causing the hitch.
In full here
Blues refusing to give up on Antoine Griezmann
Chelsea are refusing to give up on Atletico Madrid goal machine Antoine Griezmann.
The deposed champions have also been given a huge boost in their pursuit of the 25-year-old France forward – scorer of 32 goals in over 50 games in all competitions.
Griezmann, under contract until 2020, has so far indicated that he will sign a new deal to remain with Atletico.
But his sports advisor, Eric Olhats, said:
“Contrary to certain claims announcing that Antoine will be at Atletico next season without fail, nothing has been decided or endorsed.
“We are currently listening to different clubs who also offer real interest and attraction.”
Ross County have a new goalkeeper.
Ex-Wolves stopper Aaron McCarey has joined the SPL side on a two-year deal.
But why does a goalkeeper pose with an outfield shirt?
Manchester City are closing in on a £20million deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan.
Gundogan will become the first signing under new City boss Pep Guardiola – despite being out with a dislocated knee.
The Germany international will miss Euro 2016 after suffering the injury, which was initially feared to sideline him for five months.
But a revised diagnosis has suggested Gundogan, 25, could return to action by the end of August, just two weeks into the new season.
City are hoping to tie up a deal for Gundogan in the next few days, before moving on to other targets including Everton’s John Stones, with local rivals Manchester United also in the race for him.
Ryan Mason a £4million target for Crystal Palace
Ryan Mason is a £4million target for Crystal Palace – with the Tottenham midfielder heading for the exit door.
Palace boss Alan Pardew is keen to sign the 24-year-old England man, who has been deemed surplus to requirements by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs are offering Mason as a makeweight in potential swap deals, including a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.
But Mason, a home-grown Spurs player with four years left on his White Hart Lane deal, will only agree to move to the right club.
And FA Cup finalists Palace could prove an attractive option – although Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is said to value the player at closer to £8million.
Press Conference At the Toon
So I wonder what this will be then?
Logic dictates it will revolve around Rafa Benitez.
The question is: Will he be staying, or is he leaving?
We’ll soon find out.
Wolves fighting losing battle for Hibs star Cummings
Wolves are continuing to eye Hibernian striker Jason Cummings, the striker who scored 25 goals in 49 appearances for the Scottish Cup winners this season.
However, they face a fight to prise him away from Easter Road.
The 20-year-old shone for Hibs during the season, and Rangers boss Mark Warburton is also interested in taking him to Ibrox this summer.
But Hibs can now offer European football and Cummings has indicated that he is keen to remain for the final year of his deal.
That leaves Hibs in a catch 22 situation, needing to decide whether to cash in now or risk losing him for a nominal fee in 12 months time.
Wolves, where finances are tight this summer with no more parachute payments and with the club up for sale, had hoped to play on the latter factor to take Cummings to Molineux this summer, as they eye striking reinforcements.
Liverpool have joined the race to sign West Ham’s teenage talent Reece Oxford.
The Merseysiders failed with an ambitious attempt to snatch the 17-year-old away from the Hammers last summer before he had even made his senior debut.
But they are back in the hunt after being made aware that Oxford is available for around £10million after rejecting West Ham’s offer of a new contract.
The Reds face stiff competition from both Manchester clubs. But Jurgen Klopp is hoping that his reputation for putting his trust in young players will persuade Oxford to opt for Anfield.
Oxford’s versatility – he can play centre-back or as a defensive midfielder – is a big plus for Klopp as he looks to strengthen his Liverpool squad.
The player is looking to get his future sorted before he reports for England Under-19 duty next week.
Aidy Boothroyd’s young Lions are embarking on a two-game trip to Mexico as they prepare for next month’s junior Euros in Germany.
One that may interest Liverpool fans
Over in Germany, FC Koln have earlier today completed the signing of a new leftback – Darmstadt’s Konstantin Rausch.
He has joined on a permanent deal – which is news that may well interest Liverpool fans.
That’s because he has been signed as a replacement for club captain Jonas Hector – the Germany leftback who Jurgen Klopp is particularly keen on.
Could this lead to the end of Alberto Moreno at Anfield?
Confirmed: Leicester SELL Andrej Kramaric to Hoffenheim
Occasionally, Leicester City do get it wrong.
The Foxes club record signing, Andrej Kramaric, failed to settle at the King Power and was dumped on loan to Hoffenheim in January.
Now, the Croatian forward has completed a permanent move to the German club.
He signs a deal until 2020, replacing club favourite Kevin Volland – who has agreed to join Bayer Leverkusen.
New deal for Chris Day as player coach
Heading down into League Two.
Stevenage player-coach Chris Day has signed a new deal at the club.
The 40-year old, who has played approaching 350 games for Boro, will continue as both player and goalkeeper coach.
Five years of Swiss
Granit Xhaka has been speaking about his Arsenal move, talking to Swiss paper Blick.
And the new Gunners midfielder, bound for Euro 2016 with his country, has revealed that it is a FIVE year deal he has penned at the Emirates.
And the Swiss star has revealed that his move to the Emirates has been 12 months in the making.
Asked when Wenger first made contact, Xhaka said:
A year ago, I was almost speechless when he called.
I look forward to the challenge at Arsenal.
This is the change that I always wanted. I felt I needed a new challenge.
PROFILE: Who is Liverpool target Yacine Brahimi?
Yacine Brahimi’s name reappeared in the summer transfer frame this week.
According to reports in Portugal, the Porto winger is attracting interest from a number of top European sides. Liverpool are among the clubs said to have made an approach for the Algerian.
We get the lowdown on him from Tom Kundert of the excellent PortuGOAL site :
When Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui was appointed FC Porto coach in the summer of 2014. it led to an influx of big names from La Liga.
Barcelona’s Cristian Tello and Atletico Madrid’s Oliver Torres were the headline names, but another Spanish-based player, Brahimi , outshone them all.
The Algerian settled immediately and was exceptional in his first six months at the Portuguese club, but perhaps Brahimi’s mesmerising dribbling skills should not have taken people by surprise. In his final season in La Liga before switching to Porto he finished top of the “successful dribbles” statistics chart in Spain, ahead of Lionel Messi (164 to 143).
He immediately became Porto’s key creator, providing plentiful assists and scoring freely, as his tight control, jinking movements and lightning shifting of the ball into space saw him dazzle, both in Portugal and beyond.
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Liverpool have contacted Porto over Brahimi but are yet to make a bid
Liverpool have contacted FC Porto over winger Yacine Brahimi but are yet to make a concrete bid for the Algerian winger.
Brahimi was a rare bright spot in a disappointing campaign for the Portuguese giants, and is expected to depart the club this summer.
Porto want over £30million for the tricky 26-year-old, but the Reds have scoffed at such an asking price.
Any deal for the Algeria international would be complicated by 50% of the player’s economic rights being owned by a third party, but sources insist an agreement between the club and stakeholders would allow Brahimi to leave without much dispute.
Liverpool have already been put off one major deal this summer by the involvement of a third party after they walked away from a £9.5million deal to sign River Plate forward Lucas Alario.
West Ham sign Quina
West ham have confirmed the signing of young Portuguese forward Domingos Quina.
Quina, 16, will join up with the club in July and has agreed to sign a professional contract when he turns 17 ion November.
“Attracting a player of Domingos’s quality and potential to the Club is recognition of the stature with which the West Ham United Academy is held,” said Academy director and head of player coaching and development Terry Westley. “Domingos spent a month training with us before heading to the European Championship finals and he has seen what we are all about, the way we work and the pathway and plans we put in place for our young players.
“Domingos is an exciting young player and he has seen that we can help him to develop and make the most of his many talents at West Ham United. He wants to come on our journey the same as the likes of Martin Samuelsen, Reece Oxford and Reece Burke see their futures here.
“Slaven Bilic personally met with Domingos during the time he spent training with us and his interest in the player and the discussion they had undoubtedly helped to persuade him that West Ham was the right place to continue his development.
“This is a big signing for the Academy and for West Ham United.”
Matthaus: Gotze right to reject Liverpool
Germany legend Lothar Matthaus believes Mario Gotze made a wise decision by turning down Liverpool.
The Bayern Munich forward was made Jurgen Klopp’s top transfer target this summer in a bid to link up wit his former Borussia Dortmund sensation.
However, 23-year-old World Cup winner Gotze has confirmed his desire to stay at the Allianz Arena and impress new boss Carlo Ancelotti, reports Joe Rimmer of the Liverpool Echo.
Matthaus, who won seven league titles and three German cups in two spells with Bayern, says that Gotze would have been making a mistake in moving to a club outside of the Champions League.
“I don’t know whether there was indeed an offer from Liverpool,” Matthaus told TZ.
“But why would he join a club that do not even play in the Champions League?
“He would have taken the easy solution with a move to Liverpool. But the easy solution is not always the right solution.”
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Rafa Benitez has arrived at St James’ Park where he is expect to iron out the final details before being confirmed as Newcastle’s manager in the Championship next season.
The former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss has travelled from Merseyside to meet Magpies managing director Lee Charnley to conclude talks between the two partiesthat began in the aftermath of Newcastle’s Premier League relegation earlier this month.
An agreement is understood to have been reached and the club are poised to confirm the news later on Wednesday afternoon.
It is believed that Benitez will revamp the Toon’s scouting system and that board member and chief scout Graham Carr could leave the club after six years in the role.
Benitez replaced Steve McClaren at St James’ in March, when he penned a three-year deal which included a release clause which he has chosen not to activate.
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Arsenal’s top 10 most expensive signings
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Granit Xhaka for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £30million.
But where does that fit within their top 10 most expensive signings?
- Mesut Ozil – £42.5m
- Alexis Sanchez – £35m
- Granit Xhaka – £30m
- Jose Antonio Reyes – £18m
- Santi Cazorla – £16.5m
- Danny Welbeck – £16m
- Calum Chambers – £16m
- Andrey Arshavin – £15m
- Sylvain Wiltord – £13m
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – £12m
Antoine Griezmann is still open to offers to leave Atletico Madrid, his agent has revealed.
The French forward has enjoyed an incredible season, leading to interest from PSG and Chelsea.
Reports suggest he has agreed a new deal with Atleti but agent Eric Olhats admits he would consider a move.
Contrary to certain claims announcing that Antoine will be at Atletico next season, nothing has been decided or endorsed .
We are currently listening to different clubs who also offer real interest and attraction.
The club were relegated to the Championship this term and face a battle to keep hold of the likes of Nathan Redmond.
However, chairman Ed Balls insists they want things in place for a crack at promotion.
Everybody at the football club wants to keep all of our players – and our best players – with us into the Championship next season.
As (manager) Alex Neil has said, the reality is there are going to be people looking at what’s happening at Norwich.
But we have no need to make any short-term, foolish decisions that are bad for the best interests of the football club – and we’re not going to be doing that.
Here is Rafa Benitez arriving at St. James’ Park.
An announcement is expected from Newcastle later this afternoon.
A quite incredible 12 months for the Spaniard.
The club have moved for three new signings – but have also announced a couple of departures.
Ahead of their inaugural National League season, Salford have brought in Brad Barnes, Mike Phenix and Michael Nottingham.
They have also offered new deals to Stephen O’Halloran and Richie Allen among others.
However, star of Class of 92 documentary, Gareth Seddon has left the club.
Seddon leaves after scoring 31 goals in 74 appearances.
Arda Turan’s agent has insisted the Turkish international will remain at Barcelona .
The former Atletico Madrid midfielder has disappointed since his switch to the Nou Camp and struggled to force his way into the starting line-up even when Barca’s form dipped.
With interest from China, the Middle East and Turkey , Barcelona are known to be considering selling the 29-year-old to make space for likely summer additions Denis Suarez and Kevin Gameiro.
But Turan’s agent, Ahmed Bulut, told radio station RAC1 that there is no chance of his client giving up on his Barcelona dream just yet.
“There is a 0% chance that Arda isn’t at Barcelona next season.”
The Yugoslavian left AC Milan at the end of last season but has wasted little time in getting back into the game.
He has agreed a two-year deal with the Italian club.
Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric is set to make a permanent move to Hoffenheim.
Kramaric spent the second half of last season with the Bundesliga club and scored five goals to fire them to safety.
Hoffenheim have first refusal on the Croatian and want to complete a deal before Euro 2016.
Kramaric doesn’t have a future at the King Power and is free to depart.
The club are desperate to bring in a big-name forward this summer to kick-start the new era at the Olympic Stadium.
Alexandre Lacazette has been linked, along with Christian Benteke, but as yet no deal has been agreed.
Here is the latest from David Sullivan’s son.
The 22-year-old was training with the club at the end of last season and will link up ahead of next term.
“We brought Danzell in for a few days last month, he trained and played with us – and he is a player capable of playing in various positions, with an awful lot of potential,” boss Brian McDermott said.
Here is what Xhaka has had to say after joining Arsenal.
He is their first summer signing.
A statement of intent from the Gunners.
Now it’s official. From next season on I will play for @Arsenal. I want to thank everyone at @borussia. Together we brought the club back to where it belongs, to the Champions League. I will always look back with pleasure to that time. But from now on I’m totally focused on playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world. It’s a big honour for me to wear the Arsenal jersey, as well as it has been an honour to play for Gladbach in the last four years. I hope we see each other again in the Champions League! ✊🙏🙌 #Xhaka #GX34 #PremierLeague #Thanks
A photo posted by Granit Xhaka (@granitxhaka) on May 25, 2016 at 3:49am PDT
But Gary Lineker can’t resist having some banter at the expense of Arsenal’s new signing.\Wenger talks
He is delighted to get the midfielder in his squad.
You’d expect there would be more to follow…
Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience.
We have been watching him for a long time now and he is a player who will add quality to our squad.
We wish Granit a good Euro 2016 with Switzerland and look forward to welcoming him to Arsenal ahead of next season.
Arsenal complete Xhaka deal
Arsenal have completed the signing of Granit Xhaka.
We expected an announcement after the midfielder was pictured in an Arsenal kit over the weekend.
The fee is thought to be around £30m with Xhaka penning a long-term deal.
Xhaka is Arsenal’s third biggest signing after Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and Arsene Wenger is keen to rush it through to try and lift the mood at the Emirates.
They also want a top class striker and centre half as major signings while younger targets like Maxi Romero, Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney could take spending towards the £80m mark.
“I’m very proud to be joining Arsenal. I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League,” he said.
“I will give everything to help Arsenal win trophies and make the fans happy.”
READ MORE: Who is Granit Xhaka? Arsenal new signing profiled
Xhaka announcement coming!
Stay tuned Arsenal fans.
It would appear an announcement is on its way regarding Granit Xhaka.
They’re re-tweeting some fan messages, calling on them to announce the deal.
Rafa Benitez is on his way to Newcastle to finalise his deal with the club.
Benitez has been persuaded to stay on despite the Toon’s relegation to the Championship.
We will have any updates if he is confirmed later today.
Leicester launch Musa bid
Leicester have made a fresh bid of £22million to land CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa.
Mirror Sport revealed in January that the Foxes were targeting the Nigeria marksman to support Jamie Vardy up front. Musa has since told the Russian title winners that he wants to move to the King Power.
The 23-year-old hit 18 goals to help his side win the League ahead of FC Rostov.
CSKA rejected Leicester’s offer of around £17million during the mid-season transfer window, insisting they were not willing to lose him at that point.
They are now ready to do business, however, and CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutskiy has confirmed the Foxes have submitted a revised offer of €30m – £22.8m.
He told Match TV: “The British club offered a bit less than €30m.
“Musa came to me a few days ago and asked when he [Ranieri] is back for the holidays and I told him I do not know, I do not know Ranieri.’
Asked about the prospect of a transfer now happening, he added: “I do not know for sure. It is the work of our management but I think the probability is high.”
Barcelona could be set to lose a crucial piece of their team after reports emerged from Catalunya that Javier Mascherano has agreed a deal with Juventus.
Local newspaper Mundo Deportivo had suggested on Wednesday morning that the Argentina international, who was brilliant for Barca as they won the double, was mulling over his future as the Nou Camp club searched for a big-money central defender.
But rivals SPORT have gone one further, breaking the news of “an agreement in principle” for Mascherano to move to the Serie A champions.
Mascherano, who is known within the club as el jefecito (the little boss) for his manner and leadership qualities, has been a key part of the Barcelona team that has won seven of nine competitions entered under Luis Enrique.
Morata set for crunch talks
Arsenal target Alvaro Morata’s camp will meet with Real Madrid next week as they look to resolve his future.
The Juventus forward would prefer to know where he will be playing next season before heading to the European Championships with Spain, and agent Juanma Lopez will be among those in Madrid next week to find out if the Bernabeu club see a future for the 23-year-old.
Real Madrid have verbally communicated their intention to exercise their €30million (£24m) buyback clause on Morata, after selling him to the Italian giants two years ago, and are expected to lodge the official bid after discussions with the player’s representatives.
But while they are expected to immediately sell him for a significant profit, there remains a small chance that coach Zinedine Zidane decides to keep the Spanish international in Madrid.
Arsenal, both Manchester clubs and Chelsea are all interested in the striker, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Barcelona have turned their attentions to Deportivo La Coruña defender Sidnei after failing in a deal to bring Marquinhos to the Nou Camp.
The double winners’ sporting director Robert Fernandez has spent months scouting central defenders that could come in to improve the club’s depth at the position after Luis Enrique made it their number one priority for the summer.
Barca were hunting for a young central defender ready to step into the elite and originally were considering the likes of John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Marquinhos.
All three now appear to have fallen by the wayside , however, with the Paris Saint-Germain man the final player to be scrubbed from the list.
Marquinhos ended the season atop Barcelona’s shortlist but, even after convincing the player to vocalise his desire to leave Paris, found that PSG were not willing to consider selling the defender.
Dabo spent six months on loan at Blackburn in 2014 without making a senior appearance.
He has impressed for the Ligue 1 side and now L’Equipe are reporting he could be on his way back to the Premier League.
A £2m move has been touted.
Lionel Messi plans to return to Argentina when his time with Barcelona is up.
The Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with a move to Manchester City in recent times to link up with Pep Guardiola.
He has previously rejected the idea and insists he will only leave Barca to head home.
I grew up here, my life is here.
Barcelona gave me everything I have, but one day I’d like to go back to Argentina.
I didn’t really get the chance to enjoy growing up in Rosario with my family.
The Algerian striker has been linked with Leicester in recent times, while Tottenham are also thought to be keen.
But Portuguese TV station SIC Noticias claim Arsene Wenger is ready to move for the striker.
Arsenal are also keen on Alvaro Morata but may be put off by his price tag.
Ronald Koeman is set to sign a new two-year contract at Southampton – after changing agents.
The Saints boss has dumped Guido Albers, who also represents fellow Everton managerial target Frank de Boer, and replaced him with Rob Jansen.
Jansen has been in talks with the St Mary’s board to hammer out a deal whileKoeman, 53 , is on holiday in Portugal.
The Dutchman is currently scheduled to become a free agent next summer and was stalling on an extension, sparking fears he may leave at the end of his deal.
But he is now ready to commit to staying on the South Coast, with his annual pay rising from £2million to £2.5m.
Arsenal target N’Golo Kante has rejected a new contract from Leicester, according to Le Parisien.
But the Gunners will face stiff competition from French giants Paris Saint-Germain, who are alleged to be ‘desperate’ to sign him.
The France international is believed to have twice spoken to PSG’s representatives and they have another meeting planned.
But with Leicester reportedly resigned to losing their pint-sized midfielder this summer, Arsenal are likely to step up their interest.
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Liverpool are leading the race for Croatian sensation Ante Coric, according to Sportske.
The Dinamo Zagreb star has impressed in their title-winning season and has been linked with a £11million move to the Premier League.
The Reds will have to battle with Tottenham for his signature, however, but Dinamo are believed to prefer selling to Liverpool – as they will not come up against them in Europe this season.
Coric, 19, is expected to be in the Croatian squad for the Euros this summer.
Man United gossip round-up
Manchester United hope that Jose Mourinho’s arrival can help lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, according to the Daily Star.
Ronaldo is reportedly free to leave Real Madrid if an offer comes in which matches their £80million price tag.
The Portuguese winger works with agent Jorge Mendes, the man who has orchestrated Mourinho’s move to United in recent months.
United are in dire need of a new marquee signing – but their lack of Champions League football could thwart the deal.
Read more United gossip here.
Bale joined Tottenham as a fresh-faced teenage left-back.
He’s now one of the best players in the world.
The Belgian looks certain to depart Goodison Park this summer and appears to be eyeing a return to Stamford Bridge.
But new Blues boss Antonio Conte is not willing to pay Everton’s asking price.
According to the Express, Chelsea have told their Premier League rivals they will look elsewhere if they can’t be haggled do
Karius wants Liverpool No.1 spot
Loris Karius has said he wouldn’t have joined Liverpool if he didn’t believe he was capable of becoming the Reds’ No 1 goalkeeper.
The 22-year-old, who was once in Manchester City’s youth team, completed his medical at Melwood on Tuesday and will officially join the Anfield club when the transfer window opens on 1 July.
Liverpool have paid Bundesliga side FSV Mainz £4.7million for the young stopper’s services.
Karius’ main competition for a place in the team will be provided by current first-choice goalkeeper Mignolet, and the highly-rated German believes he has what it takes to take his place in the team.
“I’m confident. I’ve played almost 100 league games in Germany, so I’m young, but I’m experienced. I’m not afraid of anything.
Jose Mourinho wants to take John Stones to Manchester United.
The Everton defender was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea last summer, with the Blues having three bids knocked back.
He endured a disappointing season at Goodison Park but the big boys are set to circle again this time around.
City have also been linked and according to the Mail, Mourinho and Guardiola are set to go to war over him.
Barcelona are in the frame too and Stones has a big decision to make.
It’s barely been six months since Chelsea vanquished Jose Mourinho, but the Special One is set to return to the Premier League, this time in the Manchester United dugout.
The Portuguese is on the brink of replacing Loius van Gaal at Old Trafford and his arrival will likely be followed by a number of big-name transfers.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been strongly linked with a move, as Mourinho looks to build a squad in his own image.
Here are all the latest stories from Wednesday’s papers.
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Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to follow Jose Mourinho to Manchester United?
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And when will Arsenal seal their deal for Granit Xhaka?
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