The Hard Tackle takes a look at the latest transfer news surrounding Premier League giants Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
A few high profile moves have really set the transfer market in motion, especially in England, as clubs rush to make their final acquisitions before the Premier League gets underway this weekend.
Arsenal are among the clubs hoping to seal a few more breakthroughs, despite bringing in the likes of Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga. It appears Mikel Arteta hasn’t lived up to his promise of overhauling the entire squad, but the team still has time on their hands.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are in the process of offloading some of their unwanted players in an attempt to make space for new arrivals. With still over three weeks remaining until the transfer window slams to a shut, the reigning European champions have an opportunity to make a couple of big hauls.
The same can be said for Liverpool, who are desperate to challenge for the Premier League once again following a disappointing title defence last season. The Reds have most of their injured players back to full fitness, but there is no doubt that Jurgen Klopp will be keen on making some moves, preferably before the season starts.
Here at The Hard Tackle, we will delve into the latest transfer happenings surrounding these Premier League bigwigs.
Chelsea agree €40 million deal for Tammy Abraham
Our first story in today’s transfer roundup is about Chelsea. And in what could be the most bizarre story this month, it seems AS Roma are closing in on the capture of Tammy Abraham. The Giallorossi, coached by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, have agreed a whopping €40 million deal for the star forward, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.
Roma are expected to pay €5 million upfront, while the remainder of the amount will be paid next season. It is a shock revelation indeed, as the forward, deemed surplus to the requirements by Thomas Tuchel, was majorly linked with a move to Premier League clubs. The claim is quite conflicting as well, with recent reports from English media suggesting that West Ham are leading the chase to sign the forward.
Regardless of Abraham’s destination, however, a move away from Stamford Bridge could be advantageous for Chelsea as they look to make some space for Romelu Lukaku. They have agreed a deal with Inter Milan over the Belgian international, who has set his destination to London today, as per Di Marzio.
Valencia interested in Chelsea whizkid Trevoh Chalobah
Tammy Abraham won’t be the only player to leave Stamford Bridge in this final month of the summer transfer window. According to Goal, youth player Trevoh Chalobah could be the next victim of the club’s transfer policy that is focused on bringing in stars players from defence to attack. This time, the youngster is even courted by Valencia, though Chelsea are only interested in sanctioning a loan deal.
The club’s desire to keep hold of the youngster is unsurprising, as he has made quite an impression in the camp with his performances in pre-season. Tuchel, in particular, is fond of the 22-year-old. Besides, the Blues are already on the verge of sanctioning the departure of Kurt Zouma, who could follow Fikayo Tomori with a permanent move away from west London amid interest from West Ham.
Zouma’s departure, coupled with the loan of Chalobah, should finally give Chelsea the opportunity to bring in Jules Kounde. The Sevilla starlet is the club’s top defensive target this summer and the player himself is hopeful of completing the deal within the coming days.
Arsenal, Everton have offers for Joaquin Correa rejected by Lazio
Moving on from Chelsea, a report from Transfer Market Web has shed some light on the future of Joaquin Correa. The Lazio attacker has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Everton, but the club has rejected both their offers, which were too low. The capital club from Italy value Correa around €25-30 million.
Involved in Argentina’s Copa America winning campaign this summer, the Lazio forward was one of the first attackers to be exclusively linked with a move to Arsenal this summer. However, the Gunners’ hefty purchase of Ben White appears to have caused problems when it comes to funding move for other targets, causing them to fail in meeting Correa’s valuation.
As for Everton, they are in desperate need of attacking reinforcements, with the Argentine emerging as an ideal option. Unfortunately, they too are finding it difficult to match Lazio’s demands. As such, they may have to shift their attention to other available alternatives. Josip Brekalo, for one, could be an option as he available for just €15 million, but the Toffees may face stiff competition from arch-rivals Liverpool.
Lyon set to table offer to sign Xherdan Shaqiri
However, in order to make a move for Brekalo, Liverpool have to sanction the departure of one of their unwanted players in Xherdan Shaqiri. And according to Rudy Galetti, they may have found a suitor in the shape of Olympique Lyon.
The French club, experiencing a financial crisis, are expected to table a surprise offer for Shaqiri, who had confirmed his desire to leave Anfield in the summer. His excellent performances in Euro 2020 appears to have attracted the interest of the Ligue 1 giants, as they prepare for life without one of their creative forces in Houssem Aouar.
The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Arsenal, among many other top European clubs this summer. Unfortunately, the midfielder’s poor 2020/21 season will force the club president to let him go for a cut-price while the player himself is hoping for other clubs to come and get him.
While it remains to be seen how much Aouar costs, Lyon’s desire to sign Shaqiri could be a sensible one as he can offer them valuable experience. And with Memphis Depay joining Barcelona in the summer, he could be an ideal figure to lead the club forward in the post-Covid era.