Fernandes' agents travel to England for talks with three clubs
Representatives of Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes will travel to England in the coming days for talks with Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur according to a report in Portugal.
The 24-year-old Fernandes is one of the hottest properties on the summer transfer market, following a standout season in Portugal in which he scored 32 times and provided 18 assists in all competitions. On a team level, the midfielder won both the Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga (Portugal's FA and League Cup equivalents) with Sporting CP and lifted the inaugural Nations League for his country on home soil.
A Bola say that 'top executives' of the company representing Fernandes will meet with Spurs, Liverpool and United to hear out their proposals, before taking the offers back to Portugal.
However, a sticking point seems to be in Sporting's valuation of Fernandes. The Lisbon club want to hold out for at least €60m (£53m) - a figure the English suitors are reluctant to stump up. Meanwhile, Correio da Manhā adds that while Sporting CP do need the money, they are reluctant to sell on the cheap after rivals Benfica got €120m for Joao Felix.
Arsenal beg owner Kroenke for more money ahead of new Zaha bid
Arsenal are ‘holding internal talks’ about increasing their infamously meagre transfer budget.
The Gunners have been linked with a host of players this summer as manager Unai Emery and the recruitment team look to improve a squad that failed to make the top four or win the Europa League last season. However, failure to qualify for the Champions League left the club with a budget of £40-45m (depending on whose report you believe) before player sales.
According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal’s transfer team are ‘prepared to appeal to owner Stan Kroenke’ to make more transfer funds available, as they look to return with an improved offer for Crystal Palace star man Wilfried Zaha.
Arsenal saw an opening bid of £40m quickly rejected for the Ivory Coast star, while the Gunners are also keen on Celtic left back Kieran Tierney and young French defender William Saliba. Previous reports have suggested that Arsenal may have to offload big names such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil to augment their budget but takers for either player are limited.
Man City star Sterling admits desire to play in La Liga one day
Raheem Sterling has revealed that he has always dreamed of playing football overseas with Spain a likely destination. However, he also insisted that he remains committed to Manchester City for now.
The 24-year-old, who signed a new five-year deal in November 2018, was one of Europe's top performers last season, firing City to the Premier League title with 17 goals and 12 assists.
Speaking to GQ, he said: “Ever since I was a kid, 100% it’s always been a dream of mine to play abroad somewhere. It would be nice one day to finish training and go home and sit in your garden and eat some dinner.”
Sterling went on to add that Spain could be a perfect destination for him, insisting that he would be able to learn the language easier than German, for example. "I would need to see where it’s minimum 17C or 18C constantly," he said. "German sounds very difficult. Spanish sounds like... 'Hola! Raheem!' I feel that one I can definitely catch on.”
Tottenham prepared to use Alderweireld to land Roma star Zaniolo
Roma’s interest in Tottenham Hotspur centre back Toby Alderweireld could help the club’s pursuit of Italian wonderkid Nicolo Zaniolo.
The Daily Mail reports that Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to sacrifice Alderweireld - who has just a year left on his current contract - in order to land 20-year-old Zaniolo. The Italian has been a revelation for Roma since his move last summer, winning Serie A’s Best Young Player award in 2018/19 and winning his first caps for his national side.
Roma will only listen to bids north of £40m for the midfielder, who has also been linked with Juventus and Arsenal, while Spurs are looking for ways to continue bringing in new players after splashing out on Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon. The report suggests Alderweireld - who has a release clause of £25m - could be used as a makeweight in a deal.
Best of the rest
Arsenal have been offered Malcom on an initial loan deal after a disappointing first season at Barcelona (Mirror).
Manchester United are ready to make another bid for West Ham centre back Issa Diop (L’Equipe).
West Ham want £40m for Marko Arnautovic after the striker handed in a transfer request (Standard).
Leicester are closing in on the club-record signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco (Telegraph).
Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are all keeping tabs on Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos (Marca).
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to offload both full backs Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose this summer (Mirror).
Laurent Koscielny wants Arsenal to allow him to leave for Bordeaux on a free deal this summer (L’Equipe).
Newly promoted Norwich want a loan deal for Schalke 04 goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann (Mail).
Bournemouth face competition from Celtic for Luton defender Jack Stacey (Mail).