Chelsea are set to sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for £97m, with the Blues deciding against Erling Haaland this summer – and that should spark a scramble when his £65m release clause kicks in next summer.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!
The big news this morning is, of course, that Lionel Messi is set to address the media in a press conference at Camp Nou today at around 11am BST.
It seems hugely unlikely that Messi will spring a shock U-turn given that all of his Barcelona team-mates – and even coach Ronald Koeman – have tweeted their goodbyes and regrets, so it is likely to be a respectful farewell… and perhaps even confirmation of his impending deal with PSG.
Good morning and welcome back to our LIVE coverage of the summer transfer window!
Kane may still go
According to the Star on Sunday, Harry Kane may yet wear the sky blue of Manchester City this season.
Tottenham are reportedly still considering selling their star striker for £120 million plus another £20 million in add-ons.
But according to the Sunday Mirror, the deal hinges on Kane’s ability to convince club chairman Daniel Levy himself to allow the deal to go through.
How Lukaku deal will earn Man Utd millions
Romelu Lukaku’s impending £97m transfer to Chelsea will earn their Premier League rivals Manchester United a tidy windfall, writes James Robson.
While Chelsea will be signing one of the top forwards in European football, the deal also benefits United given the previous deal they struck with Inter.
When United sold Lukaku to the Italian giants back in 2019, they inserted a four per cent sell-on clause into his contract.
That means that United will receive a fee just short of £4m from the £97m Chelsea are paying Inter for Lukaku’s services.
Chelsea are also set to see a reduction of about £1.7m due to the solidarity payment they would be eligible for after developing the 28-year-old as a youth player.
Grealish on the bench for Man City
Jack Grealish is on the bench for today’s Community Shield against Leicester at Wembley, so Man City fans may well get a first glimpse of their new £100m man in action…
Man Utd to benefit from Lukaku deal
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Manchester United will earn around four million euros from Romelu Lukaku’s move to Chelsea.
Ornstein reports that United’s sell-on clause in their deal with Inter Milan relates to the total fee on the transfer rather than just the profit made, so the Red Devils are due a little windfall with Lukaku returning to the Premier League.
They’ll just have to hope he doesn’t score against them now…
Chelsea set to sign Lukaku for £97m
Big news for Chelsea fans from James Robson now…
Romelu Lukaku is set to return to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth around £97million.
The Belgium international will complete his move from Inter Milan once he undergoes a medical and signs personal terms.
But that is expected to be a formality, with the former Chelsea academy player having his heart set on a move back to the Bridge.
Negotiations gathered pace on Friday, with Inter finally relenting in their bid to command a fee in excess of £100million.
Chelsea had hoped to include a player in part exchange – but attempts to use Marcos Alonso as a makeweight were rejected by the Italian giants, who wanted a straight cash deal.
Read our full story here.
Koeman bids Messi farewell
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has bid farewell to Lionel Messi via Twitter, so it seems unlikely that there will be a U-turn tomorrow…
Messi press conference set
Barcelona have announced that Lionel Messi will give a news conference at the Camp Nou on Sunday at 11am BST, but have not specified what it is about.
Given that Barcelona have already farewell to Messi in statements and social media posts on Thursday, it seems highly unlikely that it will be a ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ U-turn… but watch this space.
After Tottenham’s men’s team secured Cristian Romero yesterday, the women’s team have secured the services of Australia international Kyah Simon on a two-year deal.
The 30-year-old forward recently competed for her country at Tokyo 2020 and helped them finish fourth after they knocked out Great Britain in the quarter-finals.
Simon moves to the FA Women’s Super League club subject to work permit clearance and following a season with PSV Eindhoven.
“I’m really excited to join Spurs, an incredible, historic club that is known around the world,” she told the official club website.
“Playing in the WSL has always been a dream of mine and I’m so happy to be joining such a big club. It’s a fantastic opportunity and a good challenge for me.
“The club is making strides on and off the pitch and I’m looking forward to meeting the team and helping them achieve success next season.”