Frenkie De Jong to Manchester United?
Talks between Manchester United and Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong are at an advanced stage according to Shay Lugassi.
The Barcelona midfielder has caught the attention of Manchester United who are looking for a replacement for Juventus-bound Paul Pogba who announced he would be leaving the club this summer as his contract expires.
De Jong won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona, as well as scoring 13 goals in 140 appearances for the Spanish club.
With Barcelona’s financial struggles coming to light over the past few months, it comes as little surprise their willingness to sell a player with such high potential for future seasons.
It has been said that United are prepared to submit an improved bid of around €65m, though Barcelona are waiting for a minimum of €75m before considering agreeing to the deal.
The Dutchman would be a huge improvement for United’s squad. The midfield area is currently running thinly, with Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata all leaving the club in this window.
This leaves a large hole that will need to be filled this summer if United want to go back to challenging for silverware. De Jong appears to be the most wanted player to start to fill the void.
There have also been rumours suggesting Manchester United are interested in Christian Eriksen and Ajax winger Antony.
So far, United have had no luck in finding new signings, but there are plenty of rumours and news emerging from Manchester, so there is no doubt that there will be plenty of new additions to the squad by the time the new season starts.
Clément Lenglet to join Spurs?
Lenglet has agreed personal terms with Spurs according to Fabrizio Romano, with Antonio Conte eager to work with the defender.
Barcelona and Tottenham are still finalising details for the loan move before Lenglet can commence with his medical for the North London club.
The centre half struggled for game time last season, making 21 appearances for the Spanish club in La Liga last season. Barcelona manager and legend Xavi opted for Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo as his centre back duo for the most part of last season.
This loan move for Lenglet should be an opportunity to show his talent in a squad where he will likely get some more playing opportunities. The 27 year old will be looking to make a statement to show that he still deserves to play for a top club in Europe after making 160 appearances in 5 years at Barcelona.
Spurs are taking their transfer business very seriously since Conte’s arrival, signing Ivan Peresic, Fraser Foster and most recently Richarlison in this transfer window.
The North London club are now looking at Championship player Djed Spence as another target alongside Lenglet.
Gabriel Jesus to Join Arsenal?
The City forward looks to be heading to Arsenal after 5 years in Manchester.
It has been reported that the two clubs have agreed on a £45m deal for the Brazilian who will be seen as the replacement for Alexzandre Lacazette, who made his return to Lyon on a free transfer after 5 years at Arsenal.
Jesus often found himself battling for a place in Pep Guardiola’s prestigious squad, the likes of Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez being the main competitors.
The 25 year old looks to be completing personal terms with the North London club, with a 5 year deal set to be signed.
It comes as little surprise to see Gabriel Jesus heading through the exit doors. The forward tallied just 21 Premier League starts last season, and it would’ve been a certainty for that number to decrease for the Brazilian thanks to City’s recent signing of Erling Haaland.
Jesus is an exceptional player, so it is only right for the forward to go to a club where he will be given more opportunities to show his real talent.
The 25 year old registered 16 goal involvements in the Premier League last season in 28 appearances, so it’s intriguing to see just how well he can play in a squad that lacks the quality and depth of the Premier League champions.
Arsenal are looking to regain their mojo and become one of the biggest clubs in England as they used to be, so some big summer signings are necessary for the North London club if they want to start being competitive once again.
There is no doubt that Jesus will bring the goals that Arsenal have been lacking, with just 61 goals scored in last seasons Premier League (compared to Man City’s 99).
After Arsenal narrowly missed out on Champions League football to their rivals Tottenham, fans around the world will be hoping that Gabriel Jesus will be one of the final pieces in their puzzle to help them return to glory.