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🚨 Next Kane-Bayern bid, more Saudi signings, how ten Hag lured Mount to Man Utd, major Chelsea updates, and more

Today's transfer headlines, featuring Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and more!

Good morning guys and welcome to my latest Daily Briefing - thanks for reading and hope you enjoy! :-)

Today’s top stories:

AC Milan

  • AC Milan have opened official talks with AZ Alkmaar for Tijjani Reijnders. More to follow in the next days, opening verbal bid expected to be around €19m. Talks will continue between clubs this week.

Al Ahli

  • Roberto Firmino has completed the first part of his medical tests as a new Al Ahli player, as expected. The former Liverpool star now set to check and sign all documents, club statement will be the next step. Firmino will join Edouard Mendy at Al Ahli. Here we go confirmed.

Al Ittihad

  • Official, confirmed. Al Ittihad sign Jota on permanent deal from Celtic, as called last week. The deal is worth £25m, three year contract. Jota joins Kante and Benzema at Al Ittihad.

Al Nassr

  • Marcelo Brozovic has signed contracts as new Al Nassr player. Deal valid until June 2026. €18m final fee to Inter. Here we go, officially confirmed by the club.


  • What’s the hold up with Declan Rice? Important clarification on reports here.

  • Granit Xhaka has had an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen since May. Bayer Leverkusen have an agreement with Arsenal since May. The deal is expected to be completed once Declan Rice joins, just waiting for the green light.

Aston Villa

  • Aston Villa yesterday signed the documents for the Pau Torres transfer from Villarreal — it’s now done and sealed.

  • It is also my understanding that Aston Villa have completed the signing of Rico Richards from West Brom, here we go. Agreement in place on a two year contract. The talented 19-year-old attacking midfielder joins Villa on a free.

  • Aston Villa are open to listen to offers for Leander Dendoncker despite his longer running deal. He's rated by Emery but there's lot of competition. French and Italian clubs already asked for info; player open to any kind of proposal. PL clubs also keen.

Atletico Madrid

  • Official, confirmed. Javi Galan has joined Atletico Madrid on a three-year deal from Celta Vigo. Diego Simeone has a new left-back now.


  • Barca president Joan Laporta: “Ansu Fati? Let him continue here. He has to earn Xavi’s trust, but Ansu can do it with his talent.”

  • Laporta: “We have received offers for Christensen, for Gavi, for Pedri, for Araujo, for Ter Stegen, for Ansu, for Raphinha, for Balde...But we are not a selling club. We have no intention to sell our stars.”

Bayern Munich

  • When can we expect Bayern to bid again for Harry Kane?

  • Kim Min-jae will undergo medical tests with Bayern this week, currently scheduled on Wednesday. Bayern will trigger the release clause from Napoli right after, could be this week too. Here we go since last week, confirmed.

Borussia Dortmund

  • Official, confirmed. Felix Nmecha has joined Borussia Dortmund on a permanent deal for €30m package, add ons included. He’s signed a deal until June 2028.


  • Official, confirmed. Brighton have announced Bart Verbruggen as new goalkeeper, it’s done and signed.

  • Mohammed Kudus deal - no change at this stage. He’s on Brighton list since ten days ago but it’s not close yet. Kudus remains on Brighton’s list.

  • Official, completed. Joel Veltman has signed a new long term deal at Brighton valid until June 2025.


  • Burnley are now closing in on a deal for Soumaila Coulibaly - it’s going to be a loan from Borussia Dortmund with a mandatory buy clause. The value of the deal is expected be around €15m in total.

  • Burnley are closing in on a deal for James Trafford. Talks are at a very advanced stage and expected to be done soon for a fee of £14m plus add-ons. It’s almost done, here we go soon. Negotiations are underway between the two clubs with the player keen on the move.


  • Mauricio Pochettino wanted to keep Mason Mount, so what went wrong? Full details here.

  • Brazilian talent Angelo will travel to England this week in order to complete medical tests and then sign six year deal as new Chelsea player. All documents are in place with Santos set to receive €15m fee.

  • Could another top young Brazilian talent be next for Chelsea? More info here.

  • Moises Caicedo and talks with Brighton - the latest here.

  • It’s now over for Abdul Rahman Baba at Chelsea. Contract set to be terminated on mutual agreement and he’s joining Greek side PAOK.

  • Pochettino on his first official day as Chelsea head coach: “It was easy to say yes to Chelsea. We'll work hard, play in a way the fans can enjoy football. The history of Chelsea is to win and be at the top. We can’t have up and downs. In the last 10, 12, 15 years, Chelsea is the greatest team in England.”

Crystal Palace

  • Official, confirmed. Roy Hodgson stays at Crystal Palace manager as he signs new deal valid until June 2024. Backroom staff also confirmed: Paddy McCarthy as assistant manager, Ray Lewington as coach and Dean Kiely as goalkeeper coach.

Inter Miami

  • Sergio Ramos has been approached by Inter Miami — one more option on the table as the defender waits to pick his next club. There are two Saudi clubs also keen on signing Ramos — the decision will be up to him together with his family.


Manchester City

Manchester United

Newcastle United

  • Official: Sandro Tonali was yesterday announced as a new signing for Newcastle in a €70m deal with add-ons included. AC Milan will also have 10% sell-on clause. The midfielder has signed a contract until June 2029. It’s record sale for AC Milan — as Tonali becomes most expensive Italian player in the history of the game.


  • Rangers have completed Cyriel Dessers deal with Cremonese — it will be done and sealed on Tuesday. My understanding is that Rangers will pay €5m fee plus €1.5m in add-ons.

Sporting Lisbon

  • Viktor Gyokeres deal latest - I understand the agreement is getting closer for the Swedish striker to move from Coventry City to Sporting Lisbon, bid has been improved. Sporting did best efforts, not done yet due to Coventry high requests — but it’s definitely getting closer. Parties believe a deal could be done later this week.


  • Has Harry Kane asked to leave Tottenham? Latest details here.

  • Barca president Joan Laporta: “I think that we will reach an agreement for Lenglet with Tottenham.”

  • Tottenham are speaking to Wolfsburg about Micky van de Ven. Negotiations ongoing for option revealed here last week. Both Tapsoba and van de Ven remain on Tottenham’s list, with talks ongoing.

Union Berlin

  • Union Berlin are set to sign Brenden Aaronson, an agreement is at the final stages with Leeds United. The deal will be completed on loan until the end of the season.


  • Official, confirmed. Ilias Akhomach has joined Villarreal on three year deal valid until June 2026. He’s joined as a free agent from Barcelona.

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