Amid all the action at Euro and Copa America, the summer transfer window has opened for some leagues with Europe’s biggest clubs looking to make a splash in the transfer market. Check out the latest gossip below, and check out all the official offers here.
TOP STORY: Madrid consider Kounde to replace Ramos
Real Madrid explore options to replace Sergio Ramos, consider French defender Jules Koundé be the perfect candidate, according to Marca.
Kounde has been linked with a number of clubs this summer, including Manchester United, and Madrid are the latest to consider a move for his defensive skills.
However, the 22-year-old center-back has a € 80million buyout clause, which could be too much for Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Madrid are currently unable to afford the required premium fees and therefore have to replace Ramos with a limited budget.
The other concern is whether Kounde has the same leadership qualities as Ramos to help bring out the best in Raphael Varane and Eder Militao.
Speaking of Varane, his contract expires next year, and Spanish media say Madrid could allow him to leave this summer and release funds to sign Kounde.
Employers in Koundé, Seville, have shown little willingness to agree to anything other than its buyout clause.
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– Manchester United are increasingly concerned that Paul pogba will leave the club for nothing next summer, reports the Mirror. They believe the France international is ready to cancel his contract and leave Old Trafford as a free agent. United have been forced to trigger a 12-month contract extension on their existing contract, but they are now desperate to persuade the £ 89million-valued midfielder to sign a new contract.
– New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti could turn to his former club Everton in an attempt to bring in the striker Dominique Calvert-Lewin at the Bernabeu, reports the Sun. Ancelotti has described the 24-year-old forward as “the complete player”, and the Italian believes he can persuade the Toffees to let him go for £ 50million. Everton are under increasing financial pressure and owner Farhad Moshiri could be tempted to let the England international leave Goodison Park.
– Liverpool look set to beat Bayer Leverkusen for Ghanaian prodigy signing Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, according to an interview with the current club president of the player at Ghana football. In the interview, Steadfast FC president Haruna Iddisu says a deal has been reached between the two sides, despite Leverkusen having every chance of winning the 17-year-old’s signing race. Issahaku has scored eight goals in 13 games for his club, and he played for Ghana’s Under-20s at the U20 Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.
– Real Madrid hope to persuade Eintracht Frankfurt to sign Luka Jovic in order to free up essential funds to reach the main target Kylian Mbappé, reports AS. Jovic failed to settle in Madrid but Los Blancos remain confident they will receive acceptable offers for the Serbian international. Jovic joined Madrid for € 60million when he moved to the Spanish capital in 2019, but the club would be happy to get € 40million back for the 23-year-old. Frankfurt has expressed interest in Jovic, but in order to make an offer they must first find a new home for Andre Silva.
– On André Silva, Barcelona are looking to land a top-level center-forward to join the club alongside Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay, and sport thinks the 25-year-old Portuguese striker is the last name on their list. Silva was thought to be on Barca’s radar a few seasons ago when he was at Sevilla, but his 28 goals in 32 games last season convinced the Catalan club that now is the time to take a step. Frankfurt could be tempted to accept a € 35million offer, and agent Jorge Mendes is reportedly working on the deal. Manchester City and Atletico Madrid are also interested.
– Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic appear to be on their way back to Italy, with Juve as a likely destination, according to Corriere dello Sport. Juventus have been in contact to re-sign the Bosnian on a two-year loan deal, and the two clubs are now reportedly discussing his salary. Pjanic is out of sight under Koeman at Camp Nou, while Juve coach Max Allegri sees him as a potential replacement for Aaron ramsey and Adrien rabiot.