Arsenal close to sealing deal for Zubimendi
According to Spanish outlet AS, Real Sociedad's midfield star Martin Zubimendi is close to accepting an offer to sign for Arsenal as their first signing this summer. The Spaniard maestro has caught the eye of several top European clubs, including the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea, thanks to his exceptional performance in La Liga. Now, it seems Arsenal have stolen the march on their competitors, and won the race for his signature.
Wolves offer €30m plus Neves for Fati
In a piece of sensational news story, Relevo jounalist Toni Juanmarti is reporting that superagent Jorge Mendes has offered Barcelona a chance to swap Ansu Fati for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves this summer.
Wolves have proposed a player-plus-cash deal including €30m cash alongside playmaker Neves, and it is said that the Camp Nou hierarchy are considering the proposal, with the deal helping them manage their ongoing financial difficulties. Fati, 20, has fallen down the pecking order under Xavi Hernandez, and could be moved on this summer, while 26-year-old Neves is set to enter the final year of his contract next season.
The Portuguese midfielder has been on the Barcelona radar for months, but the Catalan giants think that players like Martin Zubimendi and Sofyan Amrabat are more suited for the pivot position, albeit both are less feasible alternatives.
Bayern Munich interested in signing Kai Havertz
Chelsea attacker, Kai Havertz, has been gathering interest from German giants, Bayern Munich, according to a report in 90min. The Bavarians see the Chelsea forward as a replacement for Thomas Muller in the future. Havertz has 32 goals in 133 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea.
Howe: Newcastle can't just recruit Ronaldo and Neymar
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has hinted the club wants top young players rather than big names such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. Both players have been linked with moves away from their clubs - Al Nassr and Paris Saint-Germain respectively - and as one of the richest clubs in the world, Newcastle have been linked with the pair.
Asked about potential moves for Ronaldo and Neymar, Howe said in his press conference: "It [the speculation] has been there since day one of the takeover.
"Naturally everyone has assumed the biggest names are coming, but we can't recruit that way. We can't just pick a name and bring them in, and can't sign players we don't want - we need to recruit wisely. Am I able to park it until the summer? I have to really.
"Those two players [Ronaldo and Neymar] are incredible. But I don't waste time over speculation. I know the direction I want to takethe team in and what we can and can't do in the market. A lot of the names aren't accurate. But I understand people have a job to do. We want to discover them before they explode onto the world stage. We need to go underneath, find them young."
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