Transfer news LIVE – Tuesday June 4
– Arsenal are close to securing their first signing of the summer in a deal for Gabriel Martinelli
– Manchester United are in pole position to sign Leicester star James Maddison
– Philippe Coutinho will SNUB a move to Chelsea over fears the club won’t be able to match his Barcelona salary
Real Madrid DONE DEAL
Real Madrid have completed the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic in a deal worth a reported £52m.
The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a six-year deal.
A statement from Los Blancos read: “Real Madrid CF and Eintracht Frankfurt have agreed to the transfer of player Luka Jović, pending the medical examination.
The player remains linked to the club during the next six seasons, until June 30, 2025.
Sarri’s Juventus hint
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has dropped a fresh hint that he will return to Italy and manage Juventus this summer.
Sarri is now being talked about as the next Juventus manager, following the departure of Massimiliano Allegri.
For us Italians the call of home is strong,” he told Vanity Fair when asked about the Juventus speculation.
“I feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year.
“I begin to feel the weight of distant friends, elderly parents I rarely see.
“But at my age I only make professional choices. I won’t be able to train for 20 years.
“It is the registry office that says it – It’s hard work, the bench.”
Conte eyes Arnautovic
West Ham are considering letting go of Marko Arnautovic this summer to Inter Milan as they are linked with three potential striker signings.
According to the Sun, Arnautovic is at odds with several figures at the London Stadium after they blocked his move to China in January.
The Austrian was the subject of two bids worth over £40m in the winter from an unnamed Chinese Super League side.
And newly appointed Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is hoping his discontent in the capital could persuade Hammers bosses to let Arnautovic go at a cut price of £30m.
West Ham are already said to be looking at potential replacements in the form of Maxi Gomes, Salomon Rondon and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Arsenal deal close
Arsenal are close to securing a deal for Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano – and he could make his debut next month.
The 17-year-old has impressed for the Sao Paolo side and Edu, alongside head of international recruitment Francis Cagigao, has engineered a deal to sign the striker.
Italian journalist Nicolo Schira tweeted: “The first purchase of Edu for Arsenal will be an amazing young talent: Gabriel Martinelli.
“Gunners agreed to a deal which will see the Brazilian striker arrive in the summer from ItuanoFC after he will turn 18.”
A work permit will not be required due to the player’s Italian heritage.
Man Utd lead Maddison chase
Manchester United are leading the race to sign Leicester star James Maddison.
The 22-year-old returned 14 goals and assists and he provided the most goalscoring chances in the league.
The Independent say Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham are all interested in the midfielder but it’s United who are in ‘pole’ position to sign him.’
Leicester want to keep hold of their prized asset though and it will take an offer of close to £60m to get the Foxes to even consider opening talks.
Coutinho to snub Chelsea
Philippe Coutinho will snub move a move to Chelsea despite Barcelona being ready to cash in.
The former Liverpool playmaker has been touted for a return to the Premier League following a poor 18 months at the Nou Camp.
Chelsea will need a top-quality replacement for Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard.
According to Spanish newspaper SPORT, Coutinho’s decision over Chelsea’s interest is down to the potential salary he would earn.
Coutinho still has four years left to run on his deal with Barcelona, and the Blues cannot assure him of similar wages to what he currently earns.
The attacking midfielder is reportedly on £200,000-a-week, and Chelsea would need to not only match that but fork out at least £100m.
Pochettino eyes double transfer
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon and Leicester ace James Maddison, according to football consultant Ian McGarry.
McGarry insists the 47-year-old will want chairman Daniel Levy to conduct Spurs’ transfer business early, which ‘will be an issue that will be bugging him’.
“I know for a fact as well that in those conversations with Levy in Madrid last week ahead of the final, Pochettino also reiterated his very strong interest in Fulham’s young left wing-back/midfielder Ryan Sessegnon, as well as James Maddison, who is a candidate for Manchester United,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.
“Again, young players, Pochettino’s prided himself in the majority of developing and bringing players into the team who may have potential rather than guaranteed form behind them and letting them express themselves and play.
“I think it will be a very interesting summer for Spurs in terms of the transfer market, ‘cos Levy in the past has shown himself to be a very hard negotiator, which generally translates to deals get done in the last week of the window.
“Pochettino gets frustrated by that ‘cos he wants to work with new players in pre-season and set his team up and his squad up to do things properly from the get go in August.”