Fri. Jun 25th, 2021

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud looks all set to leave London for Turin, while the Blues have turned down a swap deal for N’Golo Kante and Arsenal have seen a move for a Brentford star rebuffed, all in the papers.



Olivier Giroud finally looks set to depart Chelsea.

The 33-year-old France forward arrived from Arsenal in January 2018, but has been threatening to leave over the last 12 months so he can secure more game time.

Now Sky Sports Italia report that Giroud has agreed a provisional contract with Juventus.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus and Giroud have agreed in principle a two-year contract that would see him earn €4.5m net a season in Turin.

The Italians champions have agreed to release Gonzalo Higuain, who looks set to join MLS sider Inter Miami.

They are finding it difficult to agree a deal withe Barcelona star Luis Suarez and so have turned to Giroud.

Giroud would have left in January had Frank Lampard been able to find a replacement, with Tottenham interested in taking the former Arsenal striker across the capital.

That never materialised and he was subsequently given more game time, scoring a decisive goal against Spurs in the race for the top four.

“I was supposed to leave in the January transfer window because I wasn’t playing much and I needed more game time to make the France squad for Euro 2020,” Giroud told the club’s official website.

“I very nearly left the club but I really think that God wanted me to stay at Chelsea.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea have rejected an offer from Inter Milan for N’Golo Kante. The offer from Inter included Croatia international Marcelo Brozovic, 27, in exchange, according to the Guardian.



David Raya TEAMtalk

Arsenal have been rebuffed by Brentford in their attempt to land David Raya, according to the player’s agent (Sport)

Stade Rennes defender Eduardo Camavinga has been a wanted man this summer with Real Madrid facing stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain (Marca)

Real Madrid have made contact with Riyad Mahrez’s team of representatives over a potential move for the Manchester City attacker before the new season (FootMercato)

Serie A side Genoa are attempting to prise Danny Rose away from Tottenham Hotspur (Sky Sports)

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez prefers a move to Atletico Madrid (Deportes Cuatro)


West Ham United are likely to terminate the contract of Jack Wilshere with less than 10 months remaining (Daily Mail)

Arsenal’s Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 31, will sign a new three-year deal which will make him the highest paid player at the club. (Athletic)

Manchester United’s English defender Chris Smalling, 30, has not been at training this week as he moves closer to a permanent move to Serie A side Roma, where he was on loan last season. (Telegraph)

David Beckham’s MLS side Inter Miami are on the verge of completing a huge transfer coup with Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, 32, set to join on a free after his Juventus contract is terminated. (Sun)

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 29, has held positive talks with manager Jurgen Klopp over his future at the club. The Dutchman has just one year left on his contract at Anfield. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal’s Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, 28, has agreed a four-year deal with Aston Villa, worth about £60,000 per week, with the clubs set to agree a transfer fee of more than £15m. (Independent)

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Manchester United and Brazil midfielder Fred, 27, has dismissed reports he could leave for Turkish side Galatasaray this summer. (Four Four Two)

West Brom are in talks to sign former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, 36, on a free transfer after the Russian left Zenit St Petersburg. (Telegraph)



Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta, 27, will be able to leave Aston Villa only eight months after joining the club. (Mail)

Former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison, 27, is in talks with Dutch clubs Vitesse Arnhem and Utrecht following his release by Sheffield United. (Mail)

England international Ainsley Maitland-Niles will prioritise regular first-team football as he agonises over his future at boyhood club Arsenal, with Wolves busy preparing a new offer for the full-back. (Mail)

Tottenham are willing to loan out highly rated England U21 international goalkeeper Brandon Austin this window. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool’s Wales striker Ben Woodburn, 20, is set to join Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam on a season-long loan deal. (Standard)

Newcastle have had a £32m bid rejected by Lille for 21-year-old French midfielder Boubakary Soumare. (Fabrizio Romano)

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is close to agreeing a new deal with the club (Daily Mail) 

Mason Greenwood was forced to train alone after reporting for Manchester United duty for the first time since his England shame. (Daily Mirror)

Gareth Bale TEAMtalk

Gareth Bale expects to return to fitness before the transfer window shuts, boosting his hopes of a potential escape route from Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham are looking to sign Benfica’s Portuguese midfielder Florentino Luis, 21, on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy for £27m. (Sun)

Porto have rejected a £22m bid from Wolves for winger Jesus Corona. The 27-year-old Mexico international has a £27m release clause in his contract. (Mail)

Manchester City have shown interest in Belgium forward Jeremy Doku and could use Vincent Kompany to land the teenager. (Telegraph)

Daniel Ayala was the subject of interest from Blackburn Rovers after he left Middlesbrough in the summer but they expect to lose out in the race for him as there are clubs in Saudi Arabia willing to offer a lucrative contract. (Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has ruled out a move for Arsenal’s French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 21. (Sun)

Barcelona could include Brazilian right-back Emerson, 21, who spent last season on loan with Real Betis, in a deal to sign Dutch forward Memphis Depay, 26, from Lyon. (Mundo Deportivo)

Southampton are in talks with former Bordeaux owner Joseph DaGrosa over a £200m takeover. (Mail)

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