Transfer news LIVE: John Stones to West Ham EXCLUSIVE, Nathan Ake to Man City UPDATES – Liverpool, Spurs, Everton gossip – The Sun

TRANSFER NEWS is picking up with the Premier League season having reached its conclusion.

With the window now open, Man City are making the early running by agreeing a £41m fee with Bournemouth for Nathan Ake.

Follow all the latest gossip and rumours below…

  • RAU-TE ONE

    Wolves have reportedly set a price of £60million for Manchester United to sign Raul Jimenez.

    The Mexican forward has been one of the stars of the Premier League since arriving on loan from Benfica in 2018, a move made permanent for £30m last summer.

    With 26 goals and 10 assists in all competitions last season, Jimenez is rumoured to be a target for several of the continent's giants.

    According to Bleacher Report, Wolves will want between £60m and £70m if the 29-year-old wants to leave.

    However the Molineux side are believed to be incredibly reluctant to sell their star forward, even though they are on the brink of signing a potential replacement.

    Braga forward Paulinho is strongly linked with a £27m from the Primeira Liga side in the coming weeks.

    Reports in Portugal suggest United are intent on sealing a deal for Jimenez.

  • THE GIR AND NOW

    Saturday's FA Cup final may be Olivier Giroud's last outing in a Chelsea shirt with the striker open to “another challenge” this summer.

    After spending the first half of the season out of the first-team picture, the Frenchman seemed destined to leave in January.

    However, the Blues' failure to sign a replacement led to a spell in the side and a new contract, until 2021.

    Giroud nevertheless knows that Chelsea may try and move him on after the season ends amid Frank Lampard's attempts to revamp the squad.

    The 33-year-old told L'Equipe: “I still have one year to run on my Chelsea contract.

    “If [I stay at] Chelsea, I’ll be happy. If this is not the case, another challenge will be presented to me.

    “I can still play in a top league for another two years. I don’t set any limitsfor myself.

    “I remember a discussion I had with Arsene Wenger. He told me that he saw me playing well until the age of 35 because, as I get older, my game would not be penalised since it is not based on speed.”

  • PHILLIPE FLOP

    Arsenal are reportedly in talks with Barcelona over a loan deal for Philippe Coutinho.

    Catalan radio station RAC 1 say the two clubs are discussing a possible loan deal which would see them share the financial burden of the player's wages.

    Brazil international Coutinho spent this season with Bayern Munich, but the Bundesliga giants passed up their opportunity to sign him.

  • TRANSFER NEWS

    Raul Jimenez is said to be “on his way” to Manchester United after Wolves reportedly sealed a deal for his replacement.

    Sergio Romero wants to hold showdown talks with Manchester United over his future – with Dean Henderson heading back to Old Trafford.

    Kepa fears he has played his last game for Chelsea.

    The troubled keeper expects to be left out of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal and Willy Caballero, 38, to get the nod.

    And the £71.6million club-record signing is convinced he will not win his place back for the last-16 Champions League tie at Bayern Munich a week later.

    Arsenal have reportedly joined the race for Jack Grealish after Manchester United cooled their interest.

  • ROLLING STONES

    John Stones could be set for a reunion with former boss David Moyes at West Ham as Manchester City begin a clear-out.

    City have seen their £40million bid for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake accepted.

    That means England defender Stones, 26, looks certain to leave City – and he could be available for just £20milion.

    That has sparked interest from West Ham, who are managed by ex-Everton chief Moyes.

    Stones joined Everton from Barnsley in a £3m deal in January 2013 but Moyes moved to Manchester United a few months later.

    Despite signing for City for £47.5million in 2016, Stones’ career at City looks over and his contract runs out in 2022.

    Arsenal are also interested but the London club will have to sell before they can buy.

  • ON YER BIKE

    Olivier Giroud thought he was going to be on his bike from Chelsea in the transfer window.

    But after discovering the joy of cycling back home in France during the lockdown, Giroud is pulling on the blue jersey for matches under Frank Lampard knowing he is now starting again.

    Giroud said: “There were talks with the manager. There had been quite a few before the winter transfer window.

    “Every morning before training I went into his office to see what thesituation was, to tell him again that I wanted to leave because I wasn’t happy with the situation.

    “He told mehe understood buthe needed a back-up. It was quite weird because at that point I was No 3 in the order.

    “We had some good talks, got to know each other more and he told me that if I stayed he would give me my chance.

    “I had to trust him. I’m religious, it’s destiny. You always have to believe.”

  • GARNERING ATTENTION

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will decide this week on which of his young stars he is willing to loan out next season.

    The Mail claims James Garner is one young man on the fringes of the Man Utd first-team that is gathering much attention elsewhere.

    Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster Rovers have shown an interest – as well as play-off hopefuls Cardiff City and Swansea City.

    Axel Tuanzebe, Daniel James and Tahith Chong are among the other young players that United will have to make decisions on in the coming weeks.

  • WAITE AND SEE

    Martin Braithwaite is set to be sold by Barcelona just six months after they controversially signed him from Leganes.

    The Danish international was allowed to join the Catalans as an emergency signing in February.

    That was despite timing being outside the transfer window as they met his £15million release clause following Ousmane Dembele’s injury lay-off.

    But the deal was met with huge criticism.

    Leganes were not allowed to sign a replacement for the forward, which seriously hindered them in their unsuccessful fight against relegation.

  • CLOUD NINE

    Nine Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool tried to stop Manchester City overturning their European ban.

    City were slapped with a ban from all Uefa European competitions for two seasons after “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play in February.

    Pep Guardiola's side were also hit with a £27million fine.

    But the Court of Arbitration for Sport controversially overturned the ban earlier this month.

    CAS also reduced the fine to £9m after City's appeal and today released a 92-page document with full details from the case.

    Within the pages CAS revealed the reasons behind their decision which split opinion.

  • SAFE HENDS

    Dean Henderson’s Manchester United future will reportedly become clear within a fortnight as contract talks enter a “crucial stage”.

    The 23-year-old wants long-term assurances from Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his playing time.

    England U21 international Henderson has seen his value rocket to £55million after two stunning seasons on loan at Sheffield United.

    That has caught the eye of Chelsea, with Frank Lampard hoping to make him their new No 1 goalkeeper.

    The Blades would also love to have the stopper back next season.

    To thwart off interest, United have been in discussions with Henderson over a new deal that would make him one of the best-paid goalies in Europe.

    Talks have been ongoing for a number of weeks but no agreement has yet to be reached.

  • XHAK IT IN

    Granit Xhaka admitted he was “very, very close to leaving the club” following horrific abuse from his own fans.

    Xhaka was booed by sections of the Emirates support as he was substituted against Crystal Palace earlier this season.

    He then told fans to “f*** off” as he made his way to the touchline.

    Speaking ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup final this weekend, the 27-year-old told BT Sport: “I have to be honest, I’m very honest with everyone. I was very, very close to leaving the club.

    “Until that moment [the Crystal Palace incident] I had a great, great time in this football club.

    “But after this, I was a bit down because I did not expect that from the people, from the fans.”

  • BOG OFF

    Ex-Chelsea forward Jeremie Boga is reportedly wanted by Everton in a £35million deal just two years after leaving the Blues for £3.5m.

    Sky Sports report Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen on bringing the 23-year-old to Goodison Park.

    The 61-year-old manager was interested in bringing the winger to Napoli during his time in charge of the club.

    But now faces competition from his old employers, with Gennaro Gattuso's side still in the frame to snap up the former Blues star.

  • CON ARTIST

    Conor Gallagher admits his Chelsea future is uncertain after seeing Swansea miss out on the Championship play-off final.

    The 20-year-old midfielder moved to Wales in January after spending the first half of the season at Charlton.

    Reflecting on his time at Swansea, Gallagher said: “I am not thinking about (the future) now. I had a great second half of the season with Swansea and I have enjoyed it so much.

    “I am very thankful to the whole club and fans, I am not thinking about next season at the moment.

    “I don’t know what’s happening with me. I have loved it here.

    “I really enjoy working with him and he was a big part of the reason I came to Swansea and I am glad I did come.

    “It is a great club and why not (come back). It is a great club that I really enjoyed but I don’t know what’s happening next season.”

  • THE RAUL DEAL

    Raul Jimenezis said to be “on his way” to Manchester United after Wolves reportedly sealed a deal for his replacement.

    The striker, 29, has emerged as a top target for the Red Devils after scoring 20 goals and making nine assists this season.

    According to A Bola, United now have a clear path to sign Jimenez.

    Wolves are believed to have “practically concluded” a £27million move for Paulinho from Braga.

    The 27-year-old has proved his potential with 25 goals and nine assists this season.

    And his arrival at the Molineux Stadium would allow United to step up their pursuit for top target Jimenez.

  • CHRIS CROSS

    Manchester United passed up on the chance to sign Christian Pulisic before Chelsea bought the winger, a former scout has claimed.

    Jorge Alvial spent two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford after a long stint at Chelsea, where he also recommended a 13-year-old Pulisic.

    The American moved to Borussia Dortmund aged just 16 and quickly impressed at the Bundesliga club.

    As a long-term admirer of Pulisic, Chilean scout Alvial made him the first recommendation to United when he was hired by the club.

    He told Manchester Evening News: “When I first got hired one of the people that I recommended right away was Pulisic because I knew him and his background.

    “I knew how well he was developing in Dortmund and he was just going to keep coming up, and become a superstar because he was doing very well.

    “So it was many times that I did recommend him, but at the same time because I was only doing North America, it wasn't my region because he was playing in Germany.

    “We all had a list and I had him first along with Alphonso [Davies]. Highly, highly recommended for them to sign him, and I know also the German scout was very into him, he really liked him too.

    “It wasn't a case of, 'look at this kid'. It was, 'sign this kid'.”

  • SERGE AND RESCUE

    Sergio Romero wants to hold showdown talks with Manchester United over his future – with Dean Henderson heading back to Old Trafford.

    The United No2 – who is behind David de Gea in the pecking order – has just 12-months left on his deal, with the option of a further year.

    The 33-year-old has made no appearances in the Premier League this season, and has been used as a cup keeper and in the Europa League.

    SunSport understands he is being eyed by a number of clubs in his native Argentina, along with sides across Europe and in the MLS.

    And the ex-Monaco ace is keen to leave if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes it clear he has no first-team future at Old Trafford.

    Henderson will return to the Red Devils this summer after another successful season-long loan spell at Sheffield United.

  • KEP-T OUT

    Chelsea have reportedly made an offer for Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to replace flop Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    The Blues paid a world record £71.6million fee to sign the Spaniard from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 – but he has failed to live up to his billing.

    According to Spanish outlet Cadena Ser, the Blues have made a move to sign Ter Stegen.

    But Frank Lampard's side are set to face a fight from a number of “major European clubs” who have put offers on the table.

    Bayern Munich are also said to be chasing the highly-rated German stopper, whose contract expires in 2022.

    He has kept 14 clean sheets in 36 top-flight appearances.

  • BEN TEN

    Ben Chilwell will tell Leicester he wants to quit for Chelsea this week.

    The England defender is linked with United, but reportedly sees his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

    The Mirror say the decision comes not just following Leicester missing out on Champions League football by finishing fifth.

    But that the 23-year-old sees himself playing for the Blues – who landed Champions League football by finishing fourth – for the next five to six years.

  • GIFT OF THE GAB

    Manchester United are reportedly plotting a £20m swoop for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign long-term centre-back partner for Harry Maguire.

    According to Sky Sports, United are keen to add the 22-year-old to their exciting crop of youngsters, and have been swayed by his reasonable price-tag.

    The Brazilian’s scintillating form in France has drawn admiring glances from across Europe, with Everton and Napoli also linked.

    Gabriel is expected to leave Lille in the coming weeks, with the Ligue 1 club’s owner Gerard Lopez admitting as much.

    He told L’Equipe: “With Gabriel, we are talking and we’ve given him an exit pass. He will choose his club this week.”

  • SWAN DIVE

    Chelsea ace Conor Gallagher has opened on a return to Swansea next season.

    The midfielder has spent half the campaign on loan with the Championship club who were knocked out of the play-offs last night.

    Blues coaches rate him highly but he has been left in the dark over whether Frank Lampard plans to use him in his plans next season.

    He said: “Swansea's a great club, why not? I've enjoyed my time here,” said Gallagher.

    “I've had a great second half of the season which I've really enjoyed.

    “But I don't know what will happen next season with Chelsea.”

  • SERGE AND RESCUE

    EXCLUSIVE:Sergio Romero wants to hold showdown talks with Manchester United over his future – with Dean Henderson heading back to Old Trafford.

    The United No2 – who is behind David de Gea in the pecking order – has just 12-months left on his deal, with the option of a further year.

    The 33-year-old has made no appearances in the Premier League this season, and has been used as a cup keeper and in the Europa League.

    SunSport understands he is being eyed by a number of clubs in his native Argentina, along with ones across Europe and in the MLS.

  • ODD SAN OUT

    Manchester United could be forced into paying Inter Milan to take Alexis Sanchez off their hands over his mammoth contract.

    BBC Sport claim any deal between the two sides would almost certainly require some kind of pay off from the Red Devils.

    The report adds that Sanchez would also have to take a wage cut to seal a return to the San Siro.

    The 31-year-old has nearly two years left on a contract that is worth up to £505,000 a week including £300k in basic salary.

    The winger is due back at United on August 7 and the club have already ruled out sending him back out on loan.

    Inter boss Antonio Conte wants to make the Chilean’s loan move a permanent one after a rich vein of form towards the end of the season.

    Despite his slow start to life in Italy due to an ankle injury, Sanchez has scored three and assisted seven in his last nine appearances.

  • STAYING SUT

    Mesut Ozil's agent has thrown cold water over speculation of a move away from Arsenal this summer.

    But he is “90 per cent” sure that the German playmaker will leave the Emirates when his £350k-a-week deal runs out in 2021.

    The midfield maestro has fallen out of favour in North London, not making a single appearance since the Premier League restart in June.

    Ozil’s agent Erkut Sogut, is quoted by Fanatik, telling futblogiant: “I do not think there will be a change in the case of Mesut Ozil until the summer of 2021.

    “He has a contract. There is no change. He will remain in Arsenal.

    “90 per cent [he] will leave Arsenal in 2021. Mesut to Asia, America or Turkey? Yes, maybe.”

  • NO1 TARGET

    Chelsea have submitted a bid for Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, according to reports in Spain.

    Cadena Ser write how the Blues have made their opening move to land the Germany international and replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    SunSport told you how the Spaniard fears he has played his last game for Chelsea.

    Ter Stegen's current contract expires in two years time and has failed to come to an agreement with Barca to extend his deal.

  • TRANSFER GURU

    Aston Villa have appointed Johan Lange as their new Sporting Director – after raiding FC Copenhagen to head-hunt one of the top talent finders in Europe.

    Villa’s ambitious owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris have wasted no time in replacing Spaniard Jesus Garcia Pitarch, who parted company with the club on Monday after his relationship with chief executive Christian Purslow deteriorated.

    Pitarch, known as Suso, was axed 24 hours after Villa’s dramatic last day survival, after spending £140million last summer with less than impressive results.

    Now Villa have moved swiftly to appoint Lange (40), who has become known throughout Europe as FC Copenhagen’s transfer king.

    Few clubs in Europe can match the Dane’s hit rate. 

    Lange’s ability to find value in the market and turn quick profits, while continuing to win trophies domestically has helped Copenhagen reach the later stages of the Champions’ League – after knocking out Celtic.

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