Transfer news, contracts, moves, rumours, gossip, Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, Manchester City, Kalvin Phillips
Arsenal have reportedly reached a tentative deal that would see Manchester City gunslinger Gabriel Jesus move to the Gunners.
While Arsenal are reportedly still working on personal terms with Jesus’ side, this would be the final step in getting the deal confirmed.
Prominent football insider Fabrizio Romano has tweeted that Arsenal and City have reached a full verbal agreement and the deal is worth a guaranteed £45m ($A65m).
The 25-year-old has one year left on his current contract and is set to leave City after five years with the Premier League powerhouse, scoring 96 times in 236 games at Etihad.
Jesus will play under Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who worked with him while he was Pep Guardiola’s assistant between 2016 and 2019.
LEEDS SUPERSTAR CITY SIGN
Manchester City have agreed to sign England midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds in a £45m ($55m) deal, according to reports on Friday.
Premier League champions City have reportedly made a bid of £42m, with a possible additional £8m in additional fees for Phillips.
The blockbuster transfer is subject to Phillips agreeing personal terms with Pep Guardiola’s side.
Guardiola chose Phillips to strengthen his midfield following the departure of long-serving Brazilian Fernandinho at the end of last season.
Phillips came through the youth ranks at Leeds and played a key role in their return to the Premier League two years ago.
He then established himself as an England international, taking part in their run to the European Championship final last year.
Phillips would become City’s second major addition since the end of last season following the arrival of Norwegian striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
Meanwhile, City academy midfielder Darko Gyabi will move to Leeds for around £5million.
The deal for Gyabi, an 18-year-old England Under-18 international who joined City from Millwall four years ago, was negotiated independently of Phillips’ transfer.
BUNDESLIGA GOALKEEPER BECOMES NEW CITY SUPPORT
Premier League champions Manchester City are set to sign Stefan Ortega from relegated Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld as a replacement for first-choice goalkeeper Ederson, according to reports on Thursday.
Kicker magazine and top-selling daily Bild claim the 29-year-old will join the Citizens on a free transfer as his contract with Bielefeld has expired.
Ortega was one of Bielefeld’s best performers last season, keeping six clean sheets in 33 league appearances, even as the club were relegated after finishing second from bottom in the German top flight.
He was on the sidelines in Germany’s squad for last summer’s Euro 2020 final as a fourth-choice goalkeeper on standby should Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp or Bernd Leno get injured.
THE POPE SIGNS AN AGREEMENT WITH GREAT MAGPIES
Newcastle signed England goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley on Thursday in a deal worth £10 million ($12 million).
Pope agreed to a four-year contract with Eddie Howe’s side after passing a medical at Tyneside.
The 30-year-old, who has eight England caps, has established himself as one of his country’s best keepers in 141 league appearances for the Clarets.
Newcastle moved for Pope after Burnley were relegated to the Championship last season.
“Now that I’m here, I can’t wait to get started,” Pope said.
“The deal took a few weeks to come through, but it happened very quickly and I’m delighted to be here and really looking forward to it.” Pope will provide fierce competition for current Newcastle first-choice goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
He kept nine clean sheets in the Premier League last season but couldn’t stop Burnley from dropping out of the top flight.
Pope’s early return to the Premier League improves his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar in November.
“Nick is an outstanding goalkeeper in the Premier League and internationally so I’m very happy to add strong competition to a very important position,” said Howe.
“There’s been a lot of interest in him from other clubs this summer, so I’d like to thank our owners and everyone behind the scenes for pushing us forward in the competition.”
EX-HAMMERS FLOP SET FOR DORTMUND MOVE
Ajax striker Sebastien Haller flew to Germany on Thursday to undergo a medical with Borussia Dortmund, where he is expected to replace Erling Haaland.
Haller was picked up by Dortmund officials after landing at the city’s airport and taken for his medical.
The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international is set to sign a four-year contract with Dortmund to replace Haaland, who has joined Premier League champions Manchester City.
German daily Bild said Haller’s transfer from Ajax is expected to cost Bundesliga runners-up Dortmund around €31m ($32.5m), including bonuses.
According to Kicker magazine, the transfer will be finalized in July so that Ajax can add the earned income to their books in the new financial year.
Haller was in superb form in the Champions League last season, scoring 11 goals in eight games, including four in a 5-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in Ajax’s first group game.
He scored in both games against Dortmund as Ajax beat the German club home and away in the group stage.
The Dutch champions retired in the round of 16, but Haller scored 21 goals in 31 Eredivisie games.
Haller is set to succeed forwards Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Haaland, all of whom have become top stars during spells at Dortmund.