The biggest transfer news of the week in the Premier League is the reported Manchester United bid for highly-rated Lyon striker Moussa Dembele as per various UK media outlets. It was stated that the Red Devils have made a €70m bid to sign the French attacker in the summer.
Manchester United have made the signing of a new striker one of their transfer priorities this summer. Several names have been linked including the aforementioned Dembele who has adequate English football experience. He was formerly on the payroll of Fulham and Celtic.
Moussa Dembele is a striker target for the Red Devils alongside Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane and petite Inter Milan attacker Lautaro Martinez.
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Manchester United have striker Odion Ighalo in their ranks but that has not prevented the club from chasing the aforementioned strikers. Ex-Super Eagles striker Ighalo is on loan at the club from Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League and his long-term future is not certain.
Ighalo and the club are willing to make the deal permanent after his instant success at the club but they have to contend with Shanghai Shenhua who has directed the player to return to the club for the start of the Chinese top flight in July. The club has slammed a £20m transfer fee on Ighalo for the loan move to be made permanent.
Manchester United are not the only Premier League side keen to sign Moussa Dembele with top four rivals Chelsea also in the mix. The clubs were linked with the Frenchman in the last transfer window but Lyon were adamant that the striker is not for sale.
Lyon’s position on the player has changed in a few months after the club failed to qualify for Europe in two decades. To this effect, Manchester United have a good chance of signing him as long as they can fend off rivals Chelsea.
Transfer Ratings for Moussa Dembele to Manchester United: 7/10.
PSG Eye Double Raid On Chelsea
French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are targeting a double raid on Chelsea as they bid to beef up their squad before the transfer window ends in the coming days, according to Sky Sports.
The Champions League finalists are said to be targeting loan deals for two Chelsea players namely Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger.
French midfielder Bakayoko is not in the immediate plans of Blues boss Frank Lampard and the club wants to sell him.
The player has two years left from the five-year deal that he signed in 2017 when he joined from French club AS Monaco.
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After a largely underwhelming first season at Stamford Bridge, Bakayoko was sent out on loan to AC Milan where he impressed but the Rossoneri opted to make his loan deal a permanent one.
He went out on loan to former club AS Monaco for last season and he’s back at Chelsea after that loan spell in France.
AC Milan and PSG have been linked with the midfielder but the latter is only interested in a loan deal for him alongside German international Antonio Rudiger.
Rudiger has been transfer-listed at Chelsea following the arrival of Thiago Silva on a free transfer.
London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and PSG are keen on signing the ex-AS Roma centre back.
Report: Liverpool Told Kylian Mbappe Price
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Kylian Mbappe could leave the club if he fails to sign a new deal with the Parc des Princes outfit with the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool actively pursuing a deal for him.
Mbappe, 21, is into the final two years of his PSG contract and he has shown signs that he wants to stay with the French champions for the long haul.
French publication L’Equipe revealed that Premier League champions Liverpool are in constant contact with the representatives of the player and that they have been told that £91m will be enough to sign him.
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However, former Real Madrid player Paco Buyo believes that Kylian Mbappe has decided to join his former club in 2021.
Paco Buyo told Spanish media house El Chiringuito that the Frenchman has made up his mind and that he will team up with his idol Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
Kylian Mbappe was a key player for PSG as they got to the Champions League final last season before they were beaten by Bayern Munich.
They had won three trophies before the Bayern game.
PSG and Mbappe were declared the French Ligue 1 winners shortly after the league was stopped because of the dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic.
The club added the French Cup and the French League Cup to that league title earlier this summer.
EPL: Arsenal take another big step in chase of their long-term target
North London outfit Arsenal are keen on the signature of their long-term target, Houssem Aouar and they are reported to be preparing an improved bid that would be submitted to French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.
Houssem Aouar has been the target for the Gunners for the past months and there has not been any breakthrough with both clubs failing to agree on a fee.
The Gunners had earlier proposed a swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi but that was rejected by the French Ligue 1 outfit. A recent bid of £32 million was also submitted for Houssem Aouar and it was rejected as well.
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Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that the North London outfit are keen on the signature of Houssem Aouar but their bid is far from what they demand the player, adding that the midfielder will have to remain with the club this season.
However, football.london has reported that the Gunners are now preparing a higher bid that could convince Lyon into releasing Houssem Aouar before the end of the summer transfer window.
According to the report, Arsenal will now submit an offer of £36.5 million and £9 million add-ons with the hope that a deal will be concluded as the player has already agreed to join the North London club.
Lyon President Confirms Rejected Arsenal Bid
Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has disclosed that Premier League giants Arsenal made a bid for club skipper Houssem Aouar.
The Lyon chief corroborated widespread media reports that the Gunners made a second offer to sign the 22-year-old Frenchman via his official Twitter account.
According to him, Arsenal are nowhere near their valuation of the player before adding that he expects the player to lead the club back into the Champions League.
Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals in the last campaign but they didn’t qualify for the competition this season.
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Arsenal made their first offer for Houssem Aouar at the start of this transfer window as confirmed by Lyon’s sporting director Juninho Pernambucano. The Gunners offered a player-plus-cash deal for their transfer target.
Matteo Guendouzi was offered to Lyon by Arsenal and the offer was turned down.
The second Arsenal bid was made last week but the €36m offer has also been rejected by the French Ligue 1 side.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to add a creative midfielder to his team in the form of Houssem Aouar.
The Spaniard also wants to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey this summer but the Gunners will have to pay his €50m release clause upfront.
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has given the go ahead for the club to make another bid for highly rated Lyon skipper Houssem Aouar.
Aouar, 22, is the top midfield target for Arteta and Arsenal as they attempt to beef up their squad before the transfer window ends in October.
The latest Arsenal bid was confirmed by French TV show Telefoot Chaine as it was revealed that the Gunners have made an offer of around €40m for the player.
It was also revealed that Gunners boss Arteta is keen to see the transfer through to a positive outcome.
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Houssem Aouar has made his decision to sign for Arsenal after the lack of approach from other interested clubs like Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus.
Various media outlets claimed that the player has already agreed his weekly wages with the Gunners and that the Premier League giants are in talks with Lyon over his transfer.
Houssem Aouar came through the ranks at Lyon and he’s one of their best players.
The Frenchman showed his quality in the Champions League last season and he was a big driving force behind the performances recorded by Lyon.
In eight Champions League outings, Aouar scored one goal in addition to four assists.
Why PSG not giving up on Hector Bellerin revealed
It has been revealed that French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain are still keen on the signature of Arsenal star Hector Bellerin and will still make an attempt to prise him away from the Emirates Stadium this summer window.
Hector Bellerin partook in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League opener and gave an impressive performance but that has not stopped him to be linked away from the club.
The Spanish right-back was not available throughout last season which led to the introduction of their legs, including Ainsley Maitland-Niles to the position which brought in the competition and leading to speculations.
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Apparently, he will not be lacking in options of suitors with the French Ligue 1 club keen and England again. What is unknown is if the North London outfit will accept any luring offer for the right-back.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint Germain are not alone in the bid to sign Hector Bellerin as Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are also in need of his service and they could be favoured by the fact that he was once in camp Nou as a youth player.
Howbeit, for Arsenal to sign some of their summer transfer targets, they will have to sell some of their old players.
Monaco send strong transfer message to Man United
French Ligue 1 giants Monaco have insisted that they will be keeping hold of Benoit Badiashile at the club for another season despite the interest coming from English Premier League side Man United.
Man United have been making moves to bring in a new centre-half to the club ahead of the new season and that has made them busier in this summer transfer window as they have a number of options in their books.
It is understood that the Red Devils have held talks with the French Ligue 1 club for a possible £22 million deal and that has been rejected by the club for the 19-year-old defender.
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However, Monaco’s boss has sent a message to the Red Devils, informing them that they will be having Benoit Badiashile in their team in the coming season with the hope that he will play more matches to be able to improve.
According to Monaco, Man United will have to make an Anthony Martial-like bid to be able to lure the player out of the club this summer transfer window.
This development means the search for Man United is unending as they will make moves to get a partner for Harry Maguire to be able to compete for titles in the coming season.
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Champions League finalists Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have reportedly turned down the chance to sign Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi this summer.
According to the Telegraph, the French champions were offered the chance to sign Matteo Guendouzi but they don’t have any interest in the player.
Arsenal are keen to offload several players to raise money for the transfer of new players and Guendouzi is said to be one of the players available for a transfer.
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Matteo Guendouzi was frozen out of the Arsenal team by manager Mikel Arteta for the majority of Project Restart at the end of last season. He was axed for his conduct during the Premier League clash at the home of Brighton and Hove Albion.
The young French player was involved in an altercation with Brighton striker Neal Maupay but he was able to escape a ban despite putting his hand on Maupay aggressively. He was then frozen out of the first team by Arteta after his failure to show remorse and apologise for his actions.
For now, Spanish La Liga side Valencia are the only team to show interest in him with a loan package plus option to sign at the end of the loan deal.