Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer stories from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond ahead of the opening of the summer window
USMANOV ATTEMPTS ARSENAL TAKEOVER
Uzbek-born billionaire Alisher Usmanov has attempted to take control of Arsenal from major shareholder Stan Kroenke, according to the Financial Times .
The metal magnate currently owns 30 per cent of the London club, and has offered Kroenke £1 billion to buy the American’s 67 per cent stake. Kroenke has been involved with Arsenal since 2007 and is unwilling to sell his share to Usmanov.
MAN UTD MAKE FIRST SIGNING
Manchester United have secured their first signing of the summer, agreeing a deal for Espanyol midfielder Arnau Puigmal, according to Sport .
The 16-year-old, fancied as one of Spain’s most promising players, will link up with his new Old Trafford team-mates once the window officially opens.
Espanyol had hoped Puigmal would remain at the club and were willing to hand him a spot in the first team, though a switch to the Premier League with United’s reserves has now reportedly been completed.
MARSEILLE WANT ZOUMA LOAN
Chelsea wish to offload Kurt Zouma on loan in the summer and Marseille are willing to move for the France international, L’Equipe reports.
Zouma has struggled to win game time since returning from serious injury and OM could offer him that as they seek to build a side to challenge PSG and Monaco.
ATLETI REBUFF JUVE OVER CARRASCO
Juventus have been put off a summer move for Atletico Madrid ace Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, Tuttosport reports.
The Spanish side want Juve to meet the player’s release clause, which stands at €110 million, so the Turin giants are seeking other options.
Federico Bernardeschi of Fiorentina, Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar are on the tables now.
GIROUD EYES ARSENAL EXIT
Olivier Giroud is ready to quit Arsenal this summer in order to keep his 2018 World Cup dream alive, reports the Daily Mirror .
The France international has struggled for starts at times this season and will push for a move if further striking reinforcements are brought in when the transfer window re-opens.
CHELSEA STEP UP BAKAYOKO BID
Chelsea will look to push on with their efforts to sign Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko before the window opens, according to the Telegraph .
The Blues are ready to spend £43 million on the 22-year-old after handing Antonio Conte a £200m warchest to strengthen the Premier League champions.
OBLAK WANTED BY MOURINHO
Manchester United are ready to fight for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak if David de Gea leaves the club, reports the Daily Mirror .
Goal revealed on Thursday that Real Madrid are also looking to raid their local rivals in their search to find a reliable shot-stopper.
MAN UTD WANT NAINGGOLAN
Manchester United have joined Premier League rivals Chelsea in the pursuit of Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, reports Sky Sports .
The Blues are reported to have seen several bids for the Belgian knocked back in 2016, and United intend to pip them to a highly sought-after signature when the window re-opens.
CHELSEA JOIN AUBAMEYANG HUNT
Chelsea have entered the chase for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to TMW .
The Gabon international, who has netted 37 times in all competitions this season, is said to be valued at around the £50 million mark.
ARSENAL LINKED WITH MIDFIELDER
Arsenal are preparing a £20 million bid for Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina in the summer transfer window, according to a report from the Standard .
The Gunners are in search of a central midfielder and have narrowed their search to the 23-year-old, who has been likened to Manchester United star Paul Pogba.
Lemina, who has made just 15 Serie A starts since joining the Turin club from Marseille in 2015, is thought to be available should Juventus receive an adequate offer.
BELLERIN OUT, DANILO IN?
Arsenal are lining up Real Madrid right-back Danilo as a replacement for Hector Bellerin, Don Balon reports.
Barcelona are said to be on the verge of sealing a deal to bring the Spaniard back to Camp Nou, while Arsenal see the Brazilian as a decent alternative to the 22-year-old.
DE GEA REAL’S TOP PRIORITY
Real Madrid have made David de Gea their number one transfer target for the summer, the Daily Mail reports.
It is said that while the club may be quiet on naming potential incomings, they are working hard on ensuring there is no repeat of their very public failure to land the Spain international in 2015.
AC MILAN WANT MODRIC
AC Milan are eyeing Luka Modric as they look to build a team capable of challenging for the Serie A title once again, Don Balon reports.
The Rossoneri feel that Modric still has plenty to offer, and that his age, 31, could actually be a positive in that Madrid may be more willing to let go of a player past his prime years.
NEWCASTLE AGREE ATSU DEAL
Newcastle have agreed a £6.5 million deal to make permanent Christian Atsu’s move to St James’ Park, according to the Mirror .
The report claims the Ghana international winger will sign a four-year contract after impressing for the Magpies during their promotion-winning Championship campaign.
ZABALETA SET FOR WEST HAM
Pablo Zabaleta is set to swap Manchester City for West Ham in the summer transfer window, TYCsports reports.
The 32-year-old right-back is not part of Pep Guardiola’s long-term plans and leaves the Etihad Stadium with six pieces of silverware to his name.
NEWCASTLE EYE GRAY SWOOP
Newly-promoted Newcastle United are considering a move for Burnley frontman Andre Gray, the Shields Gazette reports.
Gray has only one year left on his contract at Turf Moor and the Magpies feel the striker’s pace would be a helpful addition to the club’s Premier League campaign.
CHERRIES WANT CHELSEA DUO
Bournemouth are hopeful of signing both Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake from Chelsea, the Telegraph reports.
The article suggests the Cherries are eager to wrap up a deal for the goalkeeper within two weeks of the Premier League season’s end, and will look to broker a permanent deal for Ake, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Dean Court.
CHELSEA MAKE VERRATTI BID
Chelsea have made a £55 million bid for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, according to The Sun .
The Italy international does not want to leave the French capital, but Antonio Conte is hoping he can persuade him to change his mind.
ARSENAL KEEN ON TOLISSO
Arsenal are interested in signing Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso, according to the Daily Mirror .
The 22-year-old has impressed in Ligue 1 this season and would likely cost in excess of £30 million.
SPURS TRIO WANT TO LEAVE
Tottenham trio Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose all want to leave the club this summer, according to The Sun .
Manchester United have turned Dier’s head by offering to double his wages while Walker is set to join Manchester City.
Rose, meanwhile, is less likely to move after undergoing knee surgery but is also wanted by both Manchester clubs.
EVERTON TO MAKE IHEANACHO BID
Everton are preparing to make a £20 million bid for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, according to The Sun .
The Nigeria international has struggled to make an impact under Pep Guardiola, and Toffees boss Ronald Koeman believes Iheanacho could help replace Romelu Lukaku.