Liverpool have come late to the gossip-peddlar’s party this year but, having snared Thiago Alcântara for £27m on Thursday, Jürgen Klopp has rediscovered his love of retail therapy, and is thinking of boosting his not inconsiderable attacking resources with Watford’s Ismaïla Sarr. He won’t come cheap though, with the newly relegated Championship club slapping a £36m price tag on the Senegalese winger. Liverpool may also face competition for Sarr from their old pals Manchester United too.
The world and his spouse have been linked with Old Trafford of late, mind, and another reported United target is 2014’s Sami Khedira. The Sun reports that the Germany midfielder, not thought to be in suave new boss Andrea Pirlo’s plans, is set to have his contract terminated early by Juventus and United head up the list of suitors. You’ll want a list of other names currently linked with United won’t you? OK, pick one or more from Ivan Perisic, Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa.
Chelsea’s busy summer in the market is not yet done, with the Express reporting that Frank Lampard still hasn’t given up on bringing Declan Rice from West Ham over to the other side of London. West Ham are digging in to keep the midfielder, though, valuing him at a cool £73m. Chelsea are rather closer to sealing a deal for Rennes’ Senagalese goalkeeper Édouard Mendy, who will set them back a mere £27m.
Up in the West Midlands, West Brom are trying to derail Mbwana Samatta’s impending move from Aston Villa to Fenerbahce by making an 11th-hour bid for the forward, who despite having a difficult time at Villa Park since his arrival in January is said to be keen for an extended run in the Premier League.
While the world may be all a-quiver at the players coming in to Tottenham, a fair few others are going to be on their way out. Dele Alli is in the sights of Paris Saint-Germain and Internazionale, according to the Mail. And according to the Athletic, Spurs also want to unload Danny Rose, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga, Serge Aurier and Ryan Sessegnon in some way before the end of the current window.
And Sheffield United, eager not to be written off as one-season wonders after a few seconds of the 2020-21 season, are firming up their interest in bringing Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster to Bramall Lane on loan. “Rhian is one we have talked about,” cooed the Blades’ manager, Chris Wilder, after their Carabao Cup defeat by Burnley on Thursday.