TRANSFER GOSSIP: Mohamed Salah ‘tells Liverpool that he wants to LEAVE’, Man United ‘target two Premier League defenders’, and Crystal Palace ‘are close to tying down Eberechi Eze to a new contract’
Finally, we enter the last week of the summer transfer window. One that has seen a remarkable shift in world football’s pecking order.
The window threatens to end as it began with shock departures to the Saudi Pro League, while top Premier League sides continue to identify targets that could make the difference between Champions or Europa League football.
Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are all still scrambling to get vital deals after convincing to varying degrees in their opening league fixtures.
In the Merseysider’s case, the very real danger of losing talisman Mohamed Salah looms while there are several managers looking to shift the deadwood before squad registrations have to be in.
Mail Sport rounds up all the latest transfer gossip on Sunday morning.
Al-Ittihad are reportedly ready to make the 31-year-old the highest paid player in the world
Manchester United have made a surprise inquiry for Chelsea full-back Marc Cucurella
Conor Gallagher has started the first three games of the 2023-24 campaign but could be dumped out of Mauricio Pochettino’s side
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According to Italian journalist Rudy Galetti, Mohamed Salah has informed Liverpool that he wants to join Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad this summer. The outfit are reportedly ready to make the 31-year-old the highest paid player in the world and another marquee name to touchdown on their shores. (Rudy Galetti)
Manchester City are preparing an improved bid for Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes, but are prepared to walk away if the price goes too high. Kevin De Bruyne’s serious injury, coupled with the departure of Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona this summer, has left the Treble winners in need of another option in the middle of the park. (Mail Sport)
Manchester United have made a surprise inquiry for Chelsea full-back Marc Cucurella. The Spanish international has failed to provide sufficient competition to Ben Chilwell since his arrival from Brighton last season and may be of use to the Red Devils. No bid or concrete talks have taken place as of yet. (Fabrizio Romano)
Luke Shaw’s injury, which is more serious than first thought, appears to have led to some creative thinking as Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon is also being considered for the gig. Diogo Dalot started at left-back against Nottingham Forest today with Alvaro Fernandez on the bench. Tyrell Malacia is also out injured. (Sky Sports)
Chelsea want a loan fee of between £8m and £10m to let Romelu Lukaku leave the club. The Blues have been attempting to move the Belgian on from the club throughout the summer but have faced stumbling blocks on many potential transfers. The club also do not want to pay a percentage of his £325,000-per-week wages. (The Telegraph)
Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has emerged as a potential target for newly promoted Luton Town
Crystal Palace are ready to offer Eberechi Eze a bumper new £5m-per-year contract
Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has emerged as a potential target for newly promoted Luton Town. Hayden still has three years left on his contract with Newcastle, but is training with the Under-21s side after being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Eddie Howe. (Mail Sport)
Conor Gallagher wants to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea and will reject interest from other clubs amid reports of an approach from Spurs. The 23-year-old has started the first three games of the 2023-24 campaign but could be dumped out of Mauricio Pochettino’s side by new signing Romeo Lavia in coming weeks. (Football Insider)
Arsenal duo Folarin Balogun and Kieran Tierney are both set for medicals ahead of their prospective moves away from the Premier League. Striker Balogun will undergo medical tests ahead of his £38.5m move to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco after impressing in the same league last year. (Mail Sport)
Crystal Palace are ready to offer Eberechi Eze a bumper new £5m-per-year contract to deter immediate interest from Manchester City. The Eagles could include a fixed release price in his deal that would leave the door open for the likes of City and Barcelona to buy him later in his career. (Sun)
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