TRANSFER NEWS LIVE
– Manchester United have completed their first signing of the summer transfer window
– Arsenal could soon follow suit by capturing a Belgium international
– Liverpool are willing to sell one of their stars for £25m
– Callum Hudson-Odoi is prepared to extend Chelsea contract on one condition
James to Man Utd
Manchester United have completed the signing of Daniel James from Swansea City.
The 21-year-old winger has put pen to paper on a five-year contract, with the option of a further season.
“This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to,” James said.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is the perfect place for me to continue to develop as a player.”
In other transfer news:
Carrasco to Arsenal?
Arsenal are confident of signing Yannick Carrasco from Dalian Yifang.
The Chinese Super League club want £26m but the Gunners would prefer a loan deal.
Carrasco wants to return to Europe, and when asked about Arsenal, he said: “I can’t speak about the club.
“Now I am not the one who chooses, but my president. He decides if he lets me go or not, but I hope I can come back.”
Lovren to AC Milan?
Liverpool want £25m for Dejan Lovren this summer – with AC Milan linked with a swoop for the Croatian star.
The Reds star warmed the bench regularly last term with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip both impressing alongside Virgil van Dijk.
And The Times reporter Paul Joyce now reports Lvierpool have put a fee of £25m on Lovren’s head should any deal be done.
Milan are yet to make a formal move for the centre-back, however.
Hudson-Odoi to extend Chelsea contract?
Callum Hudson-Odoi is prepared to sign a new Chelsea contract – but only if he’s given assurances about his future at the club.
The winger impressed in his debut season, earning a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Bayern Munich tried to get him in January and Hudson-Odoi has so far refused to sign an extension to his deal which expires next summer.
The Sun report he’s now ready to change his mind and put pen to paper – if the club offer him guarantees about playing regularly.
Maguire to Man City?
Craig Burley believes Manchester United target Harry Maguire should join Manchester City.
“Would he be a good fit alongside somebody like Laporte? Absolutely, and really City are looking for people that are not frightened to take chances,” Burley said.
“That’s what City do and that’s what’s been successful for them.
“Now, the other name doing the rounds is Koulibaly who I think is a wonderful defender.
“Yes [he is a better defender than Maguire].
“But then there is a question mark about would he prepared and be comfortable to take as many chances as City are going to take?
“I think Koulibaly one on one, the power, the pace, the defending, the strength, is phenomenal.
“But then you’ve got to make a decision as a coach – where does the balance lie?
“So I think for that reason there’s a good chance if the money’s right, [Maguire] could happen.
“And if I was Harry Maguire and I was going to a team that will probably fighting for a quadruple next year, which they did this year, then I would be straight up to Manchester.
“Kompany’s gone, Stones has been in and out and he didn’t have a great season.
“I think [Nicolas] Otamendi’s out the door now, well he’s not first choice.
“So he’s going to play if he goes, he’s going to play, unless he has a bad time of it.
“It makes sense all round, he’s a good player.”