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Having been clandestinely filmed at his local pub telling a handful of fans that Manchester United have “[effing] money burnt”, when faced with a planned protest outside his home over the weekend, the club’s chief executive, Richard Arnold, managed to burn more money during his first transfer window in charge of the transfer kitty of the club. United want to sign the Brazilian striker evanilson but they had an initial offer of more than £50m rejected by Porto, who want much more.
Having also been brought down by Ajax’s central defender Jurrien Timberwho have no interest in leaving the Dutch champions ahead of the World Cup, United are ready to court the 20-year-old’s teammate Lisandro Martínez instead of. Heavily linked to Arsenal, who are believed to have a £26m bid for the 24-year-old rejected by Ajax, Martínez might enjoy teaming up with his former manager Erik ten Hag. In other United-related news, defenders Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been told they are in excess of Ten Hag’s requirements and are free to seek alternative employment elsewhere.
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Leeds is resigned to the loss of its star wing raphina, who is “very close” to signing a £43m deal to sign with Arsenal. With Kalvin Phillips also expected to leave Elland Road for Manchester City, Jesse Marsch needs replacements for two of his team’s best players. The American has already identified the Dutch winger from Club Brugge Noa Langwho is also sought after by West Ham and Milan as a replacement for Raphina, while the Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams he could be given the unenviable task of filling the big boots unoccupied by Phillips.
Chelsea has joined the orderly queue of clubs hoping to sign richarlison of Everton, but will have to beat Arsenal and Tottenham in the bidding war to guarantee the Brazilian striker’s doodle. Richarlison has made it clear he wants to leave Goodison Park and it seems likely he will, but his current employers are looking for a transfer fee in excess of £50m.
West Ham ready to offer £30m for Chelsea forward Armando Broja, who has just enjoyed a pretty impressive season on loan at Southampton. Saints manager Ralph Hasenhüttl is also keen to keep the Albanian international who scored nine goals in 38 games last season, although current uncertainty over who is currently in charge of signing and firing at Chelsea means his whereabouts next season will be over. unlikely. to be confirmed soon.
After unsuccessfully agitating for an exit from Manchester City last season, Bernardo Silva remains unstable and wants to leave the Premier League champions. While Pep Guardiola remains cautiously optimistic that the playmaker, so instrumental in City’s latest title win, will remain at the Etihad Stadium, he has hinted that he won’t stand in his way should he wish to move to Barcelona or elsewhere.
“Right now, I think Bernardo will stay with us,” he said on Monday, in the announcement of a charity friendly between the two clubs that will be played for two weeks into the season. “Our objective as a club is for him to stay with us, but I have always said that I don’t want players who don’t want to be with us. But Bernardo is important and I think he will stay. It’s true that he could be with Barça, I don’t know what will happen.”