the Daily Briefing: Monday 8th August - Cristiano Ronaldo, Timo Werner, James Maddison, and more
My exclusive round-up of the latest transfer news, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, departures at Chelsea, an update on James Maddison, and more.
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Today’s top stories:
Despite reports, Arsenal are not interested in Valencia winger Goncalo Guedes, who is set to join Wolves instead. The Gunners were never in the race.
📰 In other news, Arsenal are among the clubs interested in Wolves winger Pedro Neto this summer (Football London)
Xavi has spoken again about Frenkie de Jong’s future, saying: “I don't know what will happen to Frenkie de Jong. Until August 31st anything can happen. He knows what I think and what the club want and need. Of course I'm counting on him, he's a great player.”
Barca president Joan Laporta has also said: “Frenkie’s our player and we want him to stay at Barcelona, he wants to stay too. With him and his teammates, we have a very powerful midfield. He has offers, but we want him to stay.”
Bayern director Hasan Salihamidzic on the Leroy Sane Manchester United links: “There's no truth to that. He’s an important player for us. There’s nothing to say about that at all.”
As I wrote yesterday, with Robert Lewandowski gone I believe that, Sane could have a bigger role for Bayern in the season ahead. For now, they certainly don’t want to sell, so it won’t be an easy deal for Premier League clubs even if they are interested.
Edinson Cavani prefers a move to La Liga as he eyes up an experience in Spain. He has communicated this to Boca Juniors, who made an approach to him in the last 48 hours.
📰 In other news, Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked to leave Chelsea on loan, with Leicester City and Southampton interested (Guardian)
After a difficult summer and an opening day defeat, things are looking up for Everton - the Toffees are preparing to complete moves for Conor Coady and Amadou Onana, while they’re also confident of bringing Idrissa Gueye back to the club.
Juventus are hopeful of completing the signing of Filip Kostic this week. Personal terms have already been agreed, but Juve and Eintracht Frankfurt remain slightly apart on the transfer fee, with negotiations progressing.
Kayky looks set to leave Manchester City for a loan move to Pacos de Ferreira. He’ll undergo a medical today ahead of a year-long switch to the Portuguese club.
An opening bid for Marko Arnautovic has been turned down, with the player’s brother confirming an offer from a big Premier League club.
Alexis Sanchez will join Marseille this week on a deal running until 2024. Inter Milan just need to finalise terminating his contract, something which was already agreed a few days ago.
📰 In other news, Newcastle are prepared to try again for Benjamin Sesko (Northern Echo)
Red Bull Salzburg
Benjamin Sesko is not for sale this summer, with Salzburg preferring to keep him until 2023 at least, despite interest from big Premier League clubs.
A deal has been agreed for Isco to join Sevilla on a free transfer after his contract expired at Real Madrid. Julen Lopetegui wanted him for a long time.
Villarreal are confident of signing Giovani Lo Celso from Tottenham. A fresh round of talks will take place soon in order to reach a full agreement for a player who is one of Unai Emery’s priority targets.
Said Benrahma and Nikola Vlasic should both be on their way out of West Ham in the coming days. The Hammers are prepared to let both players go, with Torino interested in Vlasic.
Goncalo Guedes is edging closer to joining Wolves from Valencia for €30/32m plus add-ons. A medical is being scheduled, and a long-term contract being prepared for the player.