Chelsea appear poised to be the biggest spender once again targeting a new striker, defender and midfielder. Erling Haaland and Harry Kane are dream signings, although both seem potentially out of reach, while Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish, Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Inter Milan winger Achraf Hakimi are also on their wishlist.
We’ve been in the summer transfer window for over a week and we are seeing clubs across Europe stepping up their efforts to spend some money and refresh their squad.
Manchester City are also set to sign a striker after Sergio Aguero leaves, with Kane most likely to fill that void. The new Tottenham manager – whoever he is – will desperately try to prevent this from happening, while also bolstering his own squad with at least one right-back and a center-back.
Jadon Sancho is set to join Manchester United again after agreeing to personal terms, although the club saw an opening offer rejected by Dortmund. Kieran Trippier, Raphael Varane and Saul Niguez are also on the wishlist, while Sergio Ramos – who left Real Madrid this week after 16 years – is a long-term target.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are apparently trying to sign Lorenzo Pellegrini, Florian Neuhaus or Pascal Gross after already adding Ibrahima Konate to their squad.
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Tottenham decided against appointing Gennaro Gattuso as their new manager amid a backlash from fans, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
The latest twist in the club’s protracted and chaotic search came on Thursday as talks with Paulo Fonseca, who reportedly agreed to a two-year contract, collapsed when Gattuso became available.
Very well well. Another day, another mess in Tottenham.
Let’s recap the latest news on their manager hunt, and beyond.
Harry Kane is fully focused on ‘being a part of something special’ with England amid speculation surrounding his future at Tottenham.
Kane is wanted by Man City, Manchester United and Chelsea, and wants national glory after failing with Spurs – but says winning for England has always been the number one target.
“I think winning with England has always been a dream, always been an ultimate goal,” he said ahead of Friday’s game against Scotland in Group D.
“I think every time you put on that jersey the goal is to win and obviously we haven’t won a major trophy for a long, long time.
“We all have this opportunity to be a part of something special and I relish this challenge, I love taking on this challenge.
“Of course there is a lot of hard work and big tournaments are not easy to win.
“But having this opportunity now is exciting for me and of course, like me and all the other players, we want to make our country proud, to make each other proud, to make our friends and family proud.
“Wearing this jersey does that and obviously winning a major tournament would do that too, so I’ll do anything and I know everyone will do anything to try to get there. “
An emotional Sergio Ramos has claimed that Real Madrid would rather not renew his contract as the club legend broke down in tears during his farewell press conference.
Ramos said he initially wanted a two-year extension instead of the year offered by the club, but eventually agreed to the one-year deal plus a pay cut that was already in the pipeline.
However, he said he and his representatives were surprised when the club said their offer had expired.
“Maybe I misunderstood, but no one told me the offer has an expiration date,” said the former Madrid captain. “In the last few conversations we had, I said I took the offer, but then they told me there was no more offer. “
Ramos admitted telling the club to plan for their future without him, but only because he felt that no one should be seen as superior to the club in a negotiation, and not because he wanted to leave.
“I never wanted to leave Real Madrid but a lot has happened,” said Ramos. “For me Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos were the perfect match, but things change in life and we have to accept it. “
Sergio Ramos broke down in tears as he said goodbye to Real Madrid.
The skipper will leave the Bernabeu this summer after 16 years at the club. His contract expires at the end of the month and he has not been able to strike a new deal.
Ramos has won four European Cups, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, five league titles, two Copa del Reyes and is Madrid’s second most decorated player in his history behind Paco Gento.
Speaking in a farewell press conference, the 35-year-old said: “You are never ready to say adios to Real Madrid but the time has come, see you soon because sooner or later I will return to the Real Madrid.
“I will always keep Real Madrid in my heart. A wonderful stage in my life has come to an end, but an exciting new future awaits me and I can’t wait to show my level and win more trophies.
“I would like to thank the fans, they have always carried me in their arms. I would have liked to say goodbye to the Bernabeu. But I will always carry you in my heart. “
He made 671 appearances for Madrid, but only 15 league starts last season after an injury-ridden season and was excluded from Spain’s Euro 2020 squad.
More details on the search for a Spurs manager here from Dan Kilpatrick …
Spurs had agreed in principle to a two-year deal for Paulo Fonseca to permanently succeed Jose Mourinho, with the option of an extra year, but were still sorting out the finer details of his job, including understood the composition of its staff behind the scenes.
Fonseca was the recommendation of new Spurs general manager Fabio Paratici, who is expected to take responsibility for the club’s football team from July 1.
Paratici also admires Gennaro Gattuso and spoke with the former AC Milan midfielder during his time at Juventus. Gattuso is a free agent after leaving his new post at Fiorentina following a row over transfer goals.
The club are said to have been reluctant to accept the signings offered by Italian agent Jorge Mendes and instead wanted to target cheaper alternatives.
Yes, you heard that right – Gennaro Gattuso is Tottenham’s new managerial target after Spurs decided not to strike a deal for Paulo Fonseca.
Standard sport Understand that Spurs’ decision not to hire Fonseca is not about the money after reports in Italy suggested “tax differences” between the club and the 48-year-old Portuguese.
Spurs have now turned their attention to Gattuso, who is leaving Fiorentina after just 23 days as head coach, and is said to be close to making a deal with the Italian.
Tottenham’s decision for Paulo Fonseca is highly questionable, confirms Dan Kilpatrick.
The next man on Tottenham’s shortlist? Gennaro Gattuso, says Fabrizio Romano.
Will it be the seventh choice?
I will immediately hand the floor over to Fabrizio Romano, because he summed it up perfectly with this first word.