As teams return to training with the start of the new season just around the corner, the transfer market is really rolling. Blockbuster moves such as Jadon Sancho to Manchester United has already been completed, but the city of Manchester continues to be the center of soccer's transfer show. Here we go!
City await Grealish response
Manchester City are working with all their energy to close the Jack Grealish deal. The negotiations with Aston Villa are underway and are now at crucial hours because after they made an approximate £100 million offer. The agreement must be concluded by this week, otherwise Aston Villa will be able to get Grealish to sign a new deal to stay with an improved salary. City remain optimistic about the deal and have already prepared the contract for Grealish and scheduled medical examinations in case the signatures arrive in the next few hours.
Aston Villa have already prepared their moves: After buying Emiliano Buendia in competition with Arsenal, the club has an agreement in principle with Bayer Leverkusen for Leon Bailey. The figure will be £30 million and the signatures will arrive this week because there are no problems on personal terms (June 2026).
Tottenham insist Kane is not for sale
Tottenham insist the situation around Harry Kane remains calm so far, though it may have been exacerbated Monday after he failed to show up to Spurs preseason training camp. Kane was of the belief he had a gentleman's agreement with the club to give him the freedom to leave this summer. Manchester City dream of landing a striker like Kane and even made an offer in June, but Tottenham refused and insist he's not for sale, with club chairman Daniel Levy and managing director Fabio Paratici confident in their mission to keep their prized star in north London.
Confirmed. Harry Kane has NOT shown up for Tottenham training, as @skysportspaulg revealed. Been told it’s Harry Kane choice and not related to Covid test. ⚪️ #THFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 2, 2021
Kane is assuming that he has had a ‘gentlemen agreement’ with the club since one year to leave Spurs this summer.
Varane to United almost official
Manchester United from this week will be able to officially announce the purchase of Raphael Varane. The player will be in England in shortly and undergo quarantine and then will officially sign his contract until 2025 with the option to extend until 2026.
This summer's market has been dominated by central defenders, and now Chelsea are in talks to buy Jules Koundé from Sevilla. Kurt Zouma is still the subject of discussions between clubs as a counterpart in the deal, but even if he were to be sold to another club, Chelsea still want to prioritize landing Koundé.
In other Chelsea news, Borussia Dortmund continue to insist that they have not received any official offer from the Blues for Erling Haaland. The situation remains settled and only a "mad" offer by Roman Abramovich can change the summer of the Norwegian striker. Dortmund are convinced that he will stay.
No offer from Liverpool for Chiesa
Liverpool will soon enter the heart of their window, once other sales such as Xherdan Shaqiri's is completed. Meanwhile, Alisson Becker will be one of the next players in line to renew his contract after Trent Alexander-Arnold. In addition to the new deals, there has been no offer to Juventus for Italian winger Federico Chiesa, who is considered untouchable by the club. At this point, there is not a real possibility of Chiesa switching teams this summer.
Juventus shop in Brazil
Instead for Juventus, Kaio Jorge will arrive from Santos in the next few days and sign a contract until 2026. The agreement with Santos has been reached for €1.5 million, which was paid immediately. There's also €1.5 million paid in case of Champions League qualification and €1 million in future add-ons based on the number of appearances made. Born in 2002, the Brazilian striker was a top target of the board of the club that closed the deal.