Lukaku’s Inter medical Underway
Romelu Lukaku’s medical with Inter Milan is currently ongoing according to multiple reports. A £77m fee with Manchester United Was agreed yesterday per sky sports.
The fee is worth an initial £65m with £12m in add-ons, and Lukaku will sign a five-year deal.
On Wednesday evening, Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello, posted an Instagram image of himself and the striker on a private jet with the caption: “Ready to take off…direction Milan”, and the location set at Brussels Airport.
Pastorello had been in the UK for crucial talks with United, while his client remained in Belgium where he has been training with former club Anderlecht.
Friendlies: Wins for Barcelona & Real Madrid
Eden Hazard scored his first goal for Real Madrid in sublime fashion as Zinedine Zidane’s team earned a welcome 1-0 pre-season victory at Salzburg.
Hazard, who arrived in the close season from Chelsea for a fee which could reportedly reach £130million, lit up proceedings in the 19th minute with a brilliant curling effort as Los Blancos continued their preparations ahead of their LaLiga opener away to Celta Vigo on August 17.
The Belgium international’s strike made it back-to-back successes for Madrid after victory over Fenerbahce in their previous outing, but they were far from their fluent best at the Red Bull Arena.
Ivan Rakitic scored the winner as LaLiga champions Barcelona overcame Napoli 2-1 in the first of two friendlies in the United States.
After Arkadiusz Milik’s embarrassing miss for Napoli, Barca midfielder Rakitic found the back of the net with an unstoppable 79th-minute half-volley in Miami Gardens on Wednesday.
Barca – who will face Napoli again in Michigan on Saturday – saw Sergio Busquets’ opener cancelled out by Samuel Umtiti’s own goal three minutes prior to half-time.
Spurs Secure €60m Lo Celso Deal
Tottenham have reached a deal to sign Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso in a deal worth €60 million (£55.4m/$67.4m).
The Spanish outfit are set to announce the Argentina international’s departure after a breakthrough was made in the negotiations between the two clubs.
Lo Celso, who was pulled out of Betis’ squad for their friendly with Las Palmas on Wednesday, has been a target of Tottenham’s all summer after his impressive loan spell from Paris Saint-Germain last season.
Betis took up the option to pay the €25m (£21.6m/$28.2m) clause to secure the 23-year-old’s services at the end of the campaign, and are now set to more than double their money in the space of three months.
A €70m fee, meanwhile, was agreed with Juventus to sign Paulo Dybala, though getting that one over the line is proving difficult.
Dybala’s image rights, which are owned by external company ‘Image Star’, have proven to be a major stumbling block while the ex-Palermo attacker’s salary demands could also see the deal collapse.
But reliable reports suggests The old lady pulled the plug on the move Earlier today
Real Madrid in Talks to Sign Neymar
Real Madrid are in talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the signing of Neymar, according to reports.
The Brazil forward is understood to have told PSG he wants to leave the club this summer, having joined from Barcelona in 2017, but the French champions have yet to receive a formal offer.
PSG are unlikely to sanction a sale unless they are able to recoup the £200m they spent on Neymar.
Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner said a move to re-sign the 27-year-old can be “ruled out” at this time and that opens the door to a controversial switch to their arch-rivals.
Real Madrid and PSG have yet to comment.
Neymar enjoyed four trophy-laden years in La Liga with Barca, winning two league titles, a Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.
Arsenal Agree Fee for Kieran Tierney
Arsenal have agreed a fee with Celtic over the transfer of Kieran Tierney, as per reliable reports.
The Scotland international left-back is on his way to London and looks set to sign ahead of Thursday’s Premier League deadline.
Arsenal’s initial £15m bid for Tierney was rejected in June, as was a second £25m offer, as it contained too many add-ons and was dependent on the Gunners qualifying for the Champions League.
The 22-year-old, who has won five Scottish Premiership titles, made 40 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops during the 2018/19 campaign.
If Arsenal are able to complete the deal for Tierney, he would be Unai Emery’s fifth signing of the summer window.
Spurs Expect to Sign Ryan Sessegnon ✍
Tottenham have agreed a fee with Fulham for Ryan Sessegnon and expect to complete the deal on Deadline Day, as per reports.
The 19-year-old has been a long-term target for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and the clubs have now agreed a deal worth £25m rising to £30m, with Josh Onomah moving the other way.
Sessegnon impressed during his debut season in the Premier League, scoring two goals and providing six assists in 35 appearances, and featured for England U21s during this summer’s European U21 Championships.
He missed Fulham’s opening-day defeat at Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship last Saturday due to a hamstring injury.
Tottenham have also agreed a £55m fee with Real Betis for midfielder Giovani Lo Celso while talks are ongoing with Sporting Lisbon over signing Bruno Fernandes.
Man City & Juve Confirm✅ Danilo-Cancelo Swap
Manchester City have completed the signing of full-back Joao Cancelo from Juventu,s with the Serie A champions receiving a transfer fee and Danilo as part of the deal.
The Premier League title holders will send €28 million (£25.8/$31.4m) and the Brazilian defender to Juve for Cancelo, who moves to City after just one year in Turin.
Cancelo moves to City on a six-year deal that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2025, becoming City’s third signing of the summer after Spaniards Rodri and Angelino.
The total cost of Cancelo comes to €65m (£60m/$72.9m), with Juve acquiring Danilo at a value of €37m (£34.1/$41.5m).
As for Juventus, Danilo has signed a five-year deal with the club until 2024 as he departs City after a two-season stint with the club.
Prior to his time in England, Danilo featured for Real Madrid, Porto, Santos and Atletico Mineiro while also earning 23 total caps for Brazil.
PSG’s Ander Herrera Suffers Injury Blow
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera is set to miss up to four weeks of action with a calf injury, the club announced on Wednesday.
Herrera, 29, is in his first season with the Ligue 1 champions, having left Manchester United on a free transfer after five-year stay with the Premier League club.
The Spaniard suffered the injury in training on Wednesday, meaning he will miss out on the start of the season with his new club.
PSG open their Ligue 1 campaign with a match against Nimes on Sunday, before taking on Rennes the following weekend.
Should Herrera make quick progress in his recovery he could be in line to make his PSG debut in the following match, a home game against Toulouse on August 25.
With Herrera out, PSG will rely more on its remaining crop of central midfielders, including Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes, and new signings Pablo Sarabia and Idrissa Gueye.
Sidibe Joins Everton on Loan from Monaco✈
Everton have signed France World Cup winner Djibril Sidibe on loan from Monaco for the season, with an option to buy the right-back at the end of the campaign.
Sidibe played a key role in Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph in 2016/17 after joining from Lille and scored six goals in 114 games in all competitions for the principality.
Sidibe becomes Marco Silva’s sixth signing of the summer, with goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin; and striker Moise Kean having already arrived at Goodison Park.
He came through the age groups with France before making his senior debut against Italy in September 2016.
Sidibe has gone on to win 18 France caps, with his one international goal coming in a 3-2 friendly win over England in June 2017.