The report suggests that Atletico Madrid are ready to sell Antoine Griezmann in order to release funds for a deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. Atleti are desperate to fund the deal and want to offload Griezmann to raise the money needed. Meanwhile, Juventus are reportedly keen on hijacking Chelsea’s bid for Jules Kounde. And finally, there’s rumours linking Lucas Paqueta to a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Antoine Griezmann set to be sold to fund Cristiano Ronaldo move
Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid after his contract was up at the end of last season. The Frenchman was mediocre last season, scoring eight goals in all competitions, but has recently been linked with a loan move to Atletico. The French side are reportedly considering Griezmann’s options, including a move to PSG, but are unlikely to make a bid for him, given their high wage bill.
Barcelona have refused to sell Antoine Griezmann unless Atletico reduce their wage bill. Last week, Atletico offered Griezmann to Paris Saint-Germain, but the Ligue 1 club turned him down. Despite being a top scoring option for Barcelona, Griezmann has failed to impress in the competition. His performances have left Atletico in a difficult situation. However, Atletico are now offering Griezmann to other clubs.
Atletico Madrid are reportedly keen to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and have a clause in the deal that will allow the club to sell the Frenchman. In return, the club will be able to move Griezmann for a fraction of his current salary. It is understood that Ronaldo’s agent has informed the Frenchman that the sale is being arranged as a way to free up salary for Atletico.
Atletico Madrid have reportedly placed Antoine Griezmann on their transfer list to raise the funds needed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United are rumoured to be interested, though the Portuguese international has been unable to take part in the pre-season tour. The Red Devils claim this is a family issue. Bayern Munich and Chelsea have also been linked with a potential move.
If Atletico manage to find a new team for Ronaldo, they are likely to sell Antoine Griezmann to help finance the deal. Atletico have a wage bill of over £100k, and they need to clear some space on their wage bill so they can make room to sign Ronaldo. The Frenchman has not returned to the club since the summer break, and he has been left out of United’s pre-season tour.
According to reports, Atletico Madrid want to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United. The Portuguese superstar has said he wants to leave the Premier League for a Champions League team. Manchester United finished sixth last season and will compete in the Europa League this season. Despite his recent statement, Atletico Madrid are still keen on signing Cristiano Ronaldo and Griezmann as a replacement for the injured Neymar.
Juventus looking to hijack Chelsea’s bid for Jules Kounde
Sevilla have reportedly told Chelsea they are interested in signing midfielder Jules Kounde. The defender has been with the Spanish side since 2015, but the Blues are in the running for a replacement for Diego Carlos, who is set to join Aston Villa. But if Chelsea want to sign Kounde, they will have to pay a large fee, with Roma reportedly being keen on the Belgian’s services.
Sevilla have been trying to hijack Chelsea’s bid for Kounde for quite some time, but it is possible that their stance will soften as they sign more players. If Chelsea have to wait for the summer transfer window to end, they may want to go back to Sevilla and reopen the negotiations. However, desperation can creep in at this late stage of the window.
The Italian giants are preparing a deal to sign the Senegalese defender. His current contract ends next year, but he has reportedly agreed to a contract extension. The Senegalese international is also expected to earn less than the PS106,000 a week he earns with Sevilla. Juventus’ bid may be a good one for the Senegalese player – despite the fact that Kounde is a very good player.
If Chelsea do sanction the move, Kounde is likely to join the French side. However, if they cannot secure cover for the transfer, Chelsea will not sanction it. The defender’s future is in doubt until the club secures a new deal for him. The French club have also expressed interest in Presnel Kimpembe, but have not publicly announced their intentions.
In the meantime, Barcelona have been linked with Kounde. However, the move fell through due to the lateness of the Chelsea bid. However, there is a good chance that they could make the move if they keep Frenkie de Jong. According to sources, Xavi is a big fan of Kounde, and the club already have a strong backline with Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen, and Eric Garcia.
Moreover, Chelsea are also interested in a player called Timo Werner. The German striker has had a tough time settling in England, having arrived for PS53m in 2020. He has played in 56 Premier League matches and scored ten goals, but has failed to convince Tuchel of his qualities. If Juve do make a move for De Ligt, they will demand a much higher fee. According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, De Ligt is a top three centre-back choice.
Arsenal rumours linking Lucas Paqueta with Emirates Stadium move
As part of their ongoing transfer saga, the Gunners are reportedly interested in signing Brazilian striker Lucas Paqueta. However, the deal seems unlikely to take place, even though the Brazilian has attracted interest from a number of European sides. The Argentine has already made one big transfer this summer, with the PS45m acquisition of Gabriel Jesus. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal are able to land the player and ensure that he makes the team stronger in the long run.
There are a number of reasons why an Arsenal transfer is unlikely to work out. Firstly, the player’s transfer value has dropped considerably over the summer. Arsenal are aiming to offload seven more players this summer. Pepe, meanwhile, is struggling to find a new club and has dropped his asking price to PS25m. They fear being stuck with a flop Pepe this summer.
Other potential transfers to the Emirates Stadium include Inter Milan defender Dimarco. Arsenal are looking for a left-back to provide support to Kieran Tierney. However, Inter Milan have demanded PS20m for the Brazilian. Another player Arsenal have been linked with is RC Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure. But a move to RC Lens will not necessarily mean a move to the Emirates Stadium.
The Brazilian’s wages are dwarfed by several players in the league. In fact, his wage would double if he joined Arsenal. In addition to that, he has recently been linked with a move to Manchester United. It is unclear if this move will materialise or not. If it does, it will be a huge boost to the Arsenal squad. The club need to sell players to raise funds for the club’s new signings.
In addition to signing Paqueta, Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City. The club has reportedly been in contact with the forward’s agent for six months. The player’s agent has indicated that he is open to a move to the Gunners. Gabriel Jesus has one year left on his contract with Man City and is demanding PS50m.
Meanwhile, there are reports that the Gunners could make a bid for Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans. Meanwhile, there is no certainty on whether or not Xhaka will leave this summer. However, the Gunners could still make a move for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, with the latter reportedly weighing up a loan deal with the club.
According to a report in Eindhoven’s Dagblad, PSV have also shown interest in Gakpo. However, it’s likely to take some time for the deal to be finalised. However, the player has been linked with the Emirates Stadium in the past. Despite this, the move is unlikely to take place before the end of this month.