EPL: Chelsea hijacks Arsenal’s bid to sign Raphinha
Arsenal are set to lose out in their bid to land Raphinha from Leeds United because they wasted time haggling over his player.
This is according to Sky Sports’ Melissa Reddy. Reddy tweeted: “Leeds were confident of getting their valuation of £55m+ for Raphinha given the interest in him. Arsenal had a head start, but Chelsea have worked themselves into pole position by agreeing a fee rather than haggling.”
Raphinha, 25, has become one of the most wanted forwards in Europe.
Barcelona were long-time admirers, while Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea were also keen on the Brazilian.
Leeds were understood to be demanding a fee far in excess of £50m.
Arsenal were the first from the English clubs to test the waters, lodging a bid below £40m.
Chelsea on Tuesday stepped in to hijack the deal with an offer worth an initial £60m, potentially rising to £65m through add-ons, with the main part of the fee due to be paid up front and immediately.
Man Utd: Erik ten Hag issues new Shirts numbers to two players
Manchester United pair, Alejandro Garnacho and Alvaro Fernandez have been handed new shirt numbers, according to SportingLife.
Academy graduates Fernandez, 19, and Garnacho, 17, this week joined senior training.
The two teenagers made their first-team debuts last season.
On Monday, they worked with new manager Erik ten Hag, who is getting familiar with the Red Devils’ squad.
Garnacho donned the number 49 in training after wearing 75 last season.
Fernandez wore number 42, having been assigned 74 last term.
It is understood this will be the players’ new matchday shirt numbers.
I’m really happy to be back in Inter Milan- Romelu Lukaku admits as he leaves Chelsea
Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku, has said he is happy to be back in Inter Milan, as he prepares to seal a one-year loan deal.
Lukaku only left Inter to return to Stamford Bridge last summer in a £97m transfer.
However, the Belgium striker has endured a tough year back with the Blues and was keen to move back to Serie A.
According to Italian transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, Lukaku has now arrived in Milan on Wednesday morning to sign the contracts.
Romano tweeted: “Romelu Lukaku has just landed in Milano, 6.30am Italy time: I’m really happy to be here. It’s gonna be his day to sign contracts for a comeback to Inter Milan.
Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp refuses to accept club’s latest transfer business
Jurgen Klopp has refused to accept Takumi Minamino’s time at Liverpool did not work out.
Minamino sealed his Anfield exit to Monaco last night for a fee that could reach up to £15.5 million.
The Japan international joined the Reds in January 2020 from Red Bull Salzburg – but was a peripheral figure for much of his time on Merseyside.
Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and most recently Luis Diaz were all ahead in the attacking pecking order.
However, Minamino did finish as Liverpool’s top scorer on the road to both FA Cup and Carabao Cup glory last season.
And because of those contributions, coupled with the high levels he displayed in training, Klopp insists Minamino was a ‘manager’s dream’ to work with.
Arsenal : Ready to sign Real Madrid star, Marco Asensio
Arsenal are willing to make an offer for Marco Asensio with the Gunners one of the sides most interested in signing the Real Madrid star this summer, according to a report from Cuatro.
Asensio looks set to leave Los Blancos in this window. His contract has one year remaining. And Cuatro reports that Real have not offered an extension.
It is possible that he could yet stay and leave on a free. But Jorge Mendes is also working on a potential sale in this window.
Lolo Ijeoma Njoku Obinwannem News Writer / June 28, 2022