The summer transfer window is here, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Roma hope to win race for Dybala
Paulo Dybala remains a free agent after leaving Juventus at the expiry of his contract at the start of the month, but AS Roma are hoping to beat Serie A rivals Inter Milan and Napoli to his signature.
Dybala, 28, was expected to sign for Inter, but talks over a contract failed to come to an agreement. Now Roma boss Jose Mourinho believes he can persuade the midfielder to move to Rome — even though he cannot offer Champions League football.
Corriere dello Sport reports that Roma will put a contract offer on the table in the next 24 hours after Mourinho personally spoke to the Argentina international on the phone on Saturday to sell the project to him. The club are growing increasingly confident that they can get him to join them.
However, Roma are not prepared to wait around for an answer and will switch targets to free agent Jesse Lingard or Atalanta’s Mario Pasalic if they are left hanging.
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10.12 BST: Bayern Munich have once again distanced themselves from a move for Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has made an official request to leave United this summer so he can continue to play Champions League football, sources have confirmed to ESPN.
Bayern were thought to be one of the few clubs in the Champions League that could afford the 37-year-old, but they have no intention of making an offer.
“I love Cristiano Ronaldo, a fantastic player, but each club has a philosophy and I am not sure if it would be the right signal for Bayern and the Bundesliga to send if we were to sign him now,” Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn said.
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “I have a lot of respect for Cristiano Ronaldo, but we are not interested in him.”
And coach Julian Nagelsmann joined the band of officials to deny the reports, saying: “I saw all of the rumours about my interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo, but it is not true.”
On Saturday, Bayern confirmed Robert Lewandowski will join Barcelona after the clubs reached a verbal agreement for his transfer on Saturday.
09:30 BST: ICYMI last night, Paris Saint-Germain completed the signing of striker Hugo Ekitike on loan from Stade de Reims.
Ekitike, 20, turned down a move to Newcastle United in favor of the switch to PSG, who he joins on a season-long loan with the option to make the switch permanent.
Paris Saint-Germain is pleased to announce the arrival of Hugo Ekitiké from Stade de Reims. ✍️
The French striker is on loan, with an option to buy, until the end of the season. 🔴🔵#WelcomeHugohttps://t.co/SSOzpWUXpq
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 16, 2022
– Barcelona have expressed an interest in Carney Chukwuemekaand now Aston Villa seem willing to part with the England Under-19 European Championship winner. Fabrizio Romano believes the Villains are looking for a fee of around £20m, but Barca face stiff competition from a number of other clubs. Chukwuemeka is entering the final year of his contract, which means Aston Villa must decide between facing the prospect of losing him for nothing next summer if they don’t offer him a new deal, or allowing him to leave for a fee this summer.
– Internazionale are pushing to finalise a deal for Torino centre-back Bremeraccording to Fabrizio Romano. Personal terms with the 25-year-old were already agreed in January, and now his members will meet with Torino in an effort to get the move sorted as early as Monday as Simone Inzaghi looks to complete his squad additions. Bremer has also interested Juventus and a number of English clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
– Nicolo Zaniolo has been in good goal-scoring form for AS Roma during preseason and Juventus are said to be monitoring the midfielder’s contract discussions. Calciomercato reports that, while the 23-year-old’s existing contract is due to end in 2024, he’s keen to renew, but only with an increase in salary. Talks are currently at a stalemate, which has interested the bianconeri. Juve could be able to tempt him to Turin for a fee of around €40-45m, with a percentage of any resale heading back to the Italian capital.
– Paulo Dybala’s future is still cloaked in uncertainty, but Calciomercato has revealed that Roma boss Jose Mourinho has called the Argentine playmaker in an attempt to beat off competition from Inter Milan and Napoli. They believe the 28-year-old would prefer a move to the San Siro but that he’s not prepared to wait much longer for an offer, and Mourinho believes his personal intervention will help push Roma to the front of the queue. Roma are offering Dybala around €6m a season for four years, a deal Napoli feel they can surpass.