Arsenal may have made the big early move today, with Martin Ødegaard signed and sealed before the Mill had emerged bleary-eyed from beneath a crumpled stack of tabloids. The hot gossip within said stack is largely focused on rivals Tottenham, though. Spurs are being linked with a whole host of new names – it’s almost as if they are expecting to receive a huge wad of cash at some point in the next 11 days.
Victory over Manchester City and defeat to Paços de Ferreira will have shown Nuno Espírito Santo that squad depth is urgently needed, and the taciturn Tottenham coach could start with Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar. Spurs’ new transfer guru, Fabio Paratici, has been keeping tabs on Serie A – particularly Fiorentina hot-shot Dusan Vlahovic. The 21-year-old Serbian striker is also a reported back-up option for City should that deal fail to transpire.
Paratici also has eyes trained on Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nández and Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, names likely to send Spurs fans off down a YouTube rabbit hole. Club scouts are also watching their former youth player Noni Madueke, now impressing at PSV – but they’re not alone. Manchester United, Wolves, Leicester and a host of European heavyweights reportedly sent scouts to PSV’s Champions League tie with Benfica to run the rule over the highly-rated English winger.
Manchester United are also working on outgoings, with Andreas Pereira shipped out to Flamengo on loan and Amad Diallo a loan target for Sheffield United. Jesse Lingard is also prepared to leave Old Trafford permanently if he isn’t given game time – news that will be music to the ears of David Moyes. West Ham are also chasing Sevilla forward Luuk de Jong, with the Spanish side set to prise Rafa Mir away from Wolves, who will in turn reinvest that cash with a move for Barcelona teenager Ilaix Moriba.
In fact, mid-table Premier League clubs are queuing up to ease Barça’s debt crisis, with Everton eager to shore up their defence with Samuel Umtiti. Elsewhere in the European elite, Bayern Munich are unwilling to sell Robert Lewandowski this summer, but have an eye on Erling Haaland’s contract clause, likely to be around £76m next summer. Of course they do. They’ve played us all for fools again!
In other news, Brighton want to continue their attacking evolution with Darwin Nuñez and are prepared to pay £25m for the Benfica winger. Chelsea look set to rival United for Monaco midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni, while Tieumoué Bakayoko could escape Stamford Bridge for good by joining Milan. The Rossoneri are chasing Monaco striker Pietro Pellegri and Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi, with the latter also interesting Leicester and Liverpool.
Having signed Ødegaard, Arsenal are “looking for solutions” for Willian, Héctor Bellerín and others, according to Fabrizio Romano. One man not leaving the Emirates is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, one of a host of players deciding to stay put this summer. Leeds’ Patrick Bamford and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse have signed new long-term contracts, Ismaïla Sarr is happy at Watford, and Bernardo Silva has said thanks, but no thanks to joining Spurs as a makeweight in you-know-what.