Here We Go: Manchester United pursue Raphael Varane, Arsenal find another defender, Venezia American boutique
With the Euro finally over, there will be plenty of movement in the transfer market this week, especially as some of the most important negotiations for top international clubs remain on the table. Welcome to this week’s Here We Go Transfer Book. Let’s dive right into:
Man United to announce Sancho soon
Finally, Manchester United will close the Jadon Sancho deal with the official announcement expected shortly. The latest signatures on the documents are still missing, but everything is almost over and Sancho has already signed with Manchester United until June 2026. Borussia Dortmund will receive € 85m (almost $ 101m) guaranteed as a fresh.
United are also suing Varane
As Sancho’s draw draws to a close, Manchester United will now look to their next target: Raphael Varane. The club are set to make an official offer soon, as Real Madrid will also clarify their assessment for the French defender whose contract is due to expire in June 2022. Varane has so far not responded to the extension offer of Real contract and its priority is a new experience and change of scenery. Varane is hoping for a Premier League opportunity and is ready to accept Manchester United’s contract offer until 2026.
Everything will depend on the clubs. Varane is waiting and if United can strike a deal with Real Madrid he will immediately become a new Red Devils player. Target # 1 is Varane now that Sancho is practically finalized.
Liverpool, Alisson near the extension
Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker is set to accept a contract extension with Liverpool in the coming weeks. It will still be some time before we see the signatures and the official announcement, as final clauses to be resolved are missing but the deal is ready. Without a doubt, Alisson will tie his future with Liverpool until 2026. He wants to stay and the club want him at the center of the project, as Jurgen Klopp adores Alisson and sees him as fundamental.
Arsenal strike deal with Brighton
Arsenal, on the other hand, have reached a deal with Brighton for a new defender as Ben White will come to a permanent deal for £ 50million, nearly $ 69million, with a personal terms deal until 2026. White has prioritized Arsenal and will undergo his medical examination when he returns from vacation. The club announced the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht (permanent contract of 17.5 million euros plus 4.5 million euros in add-ons … contract until June 2026) and Ben White from Brighton is expected to be announced in the coming days.
Juventus chasing Locatelli
The situation linked to Manuel Locatelli, one of Italy’s stars at Euro 2020, is complicated because he favors a transfer to Juventus, a club of which he has been a fan since childhood much like the rest of his family. Locatelli wants to play in the Champions League right away and is hoping for Juventus, but the € 30million (just over $ 35million) loan offer with obligation to buy has been rejected by Sassuolo. Juventus will make another approach and want to buy him back, in the meantime Arsenal are awaiting updates in the coming days, knowing that Locatelli has given priority to the Bianconeri.
AC Milan strike deal with Diaz
Let’s continue to whip in Italy: AC Milan have made the deal with Real Madrid for Brahim Diaz. The Spaniard arrives on loan (3 million euros in loan fees) for two years, with a purchase option of 22 million euros for AC Milan. Real Madrid will still have a € 27million buyout clause to keep control over Diaz’s future.
American Busio joins Tessman in Venezia
Surprisingly, Venezia moved for another American purchase after Tanner Tessmann. The deal was struck with Sporting Kansas City for € 4million plus additions for Gianluca Busio, a talented 19-year-old midfielder who will be in Italy in the coming days. He is one of the most promising players to have recently moved from Major League Soccer to Serie A.
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Messi-Barcelona a matter of days
All these moves while waiting for Lionel Messi’s announcement to stay at Barcelona with a new five-year contract. It’s only a matter of days, Messi will stay at Barca. There is no doubt.