Good morning and welcome to my latest Daily Briefing – my round-up of exclusive transfer stories, featuring the latest from Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona, and more!
Antony will not be part of the Ajax squad to play Sparta Rotterdam this weekend as he’s desperate for the club to negotiate a transfer with Manchester United.
Talks are ongoing over Nicolas Pepe and a loan move to Nice. The Gunners are eager to find a solution and have told the player so. Despite some speculation, there is not currently any offer from Sevilla.
Aston Villa have had a bid accepted for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr. The Senegal international is yet to agree personal terms, but a deal is fully in place between the clubs, worth €25m plus add-ons.
Ismaila Sarr of Watford
Xavi on Aubameyang: “We don’t know what will happen. Right now he’s our player, he’s important but the circumstances will tell. At the moment neither Auba nor Memphis have left… now the priority is to register Kounde.”
Xavi on other transfers: “We wanted to sign Azpilicueta and it couldn’t be. We’ll have to see what we do. Sergino Dest? He knows about the situation”. Dest, currently out of Barca plans.”
Barcelona want to offload Sergino Dest and I’d keep an eye out on interest from Premier League clubs as we edge towards the end of the summer.
Serie A side Lecce have opened talks with Barcelona for the transfer of Samuel Umtiti.
Frenkie de Jong continues to make headlines – here’s an exclusive update on his situation as Manchester United move to sign Casemiro.
Wesley Fofana was not included in Leicester’s squad this weekend amid interest from Chelsea. Despite links with Harry Maguire, my understanding is that the Blues remain focused on Fofana as a priority.
In other news, Chelsea could join the race to sign Brentford striker Ivan Toney, with Man Utd and Everton also keen (Daily Mirror)
Everton want to extend the contract of Jordan Pickford, as confirmed by…