AC Milan are looking to conclude Olivier Giroud’s transfer as soon as possible, after reaching an agreement over personal terms. According to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Gianluca Di Marzio (via Sempre Milan) and Gazzetta dello Sport, Giroud’s signing has become even more crucial for Milan in light of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s knee surgery, but the Rossoneri are still unwilling to pay a transfer fee for his signing.
Milan are banking on Giroud personally taking the matter up with Roman Abramovich, with whom the Frenchman seemingly has an excellent relationship, with the contract renewal said to be only done to prevent him from going to other Premier League sides. In case a deal for Giroud doesn’t eventually pan out, Milan would make efforts to sign AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko instead, as per Gianluca Di Marzio (via The AC Milan Offside).
Manchester City have been making a strong push to sign Harry Kane, but that might have little impact on the final outcome. As per the Telegraph, Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy is determined to keep hold of Tottenham Hotspurs’ marquee player.
“One of the items that Fabio [Paratici] will have to deal with when he comes in is which players are going to be retained, which will be asked to look for other clubs. There is a market out there. What we want and what other clubs want is not always possible to achieve. We will do whatever is right for the club.”
-Daniel Levy; Source: The Guardian
Despite the gentleman’s agreement that stipulates a departure for Kane should he wish to leave, there is no formal agreement for the same, and Spurs are not obligated to sell him. As such, Man City are unwilling to get drawn into a prolonged transfer saga, and it is understood that City are reluctant to fight until the final days of the summer transfer window to strike a deal.
The latest name to feature in Chelsea’s centre forward rumor mill is Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad. According to Noticias de Gipuzkoa, Mundo Deportivo and Diario AS, a number of sides have taken a keen interest in Isak’s strong performances at the club-level, as well as the Euros, with the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona, AS Roma, Chelsea and especially Liverpool all interested in signing him.
Borussia Dortmund had a €30m buy-back option on Isak, but as Sport1, Diario AS, Mundo Deportivo and Marca note, Real Sociedad have now bought out the clause. Sociedad are also working towards extending the 21-year-old’s contract from 2024 to 2028, with the La Liga side aware of the interest that the Sweden international is generating. In any case, Sociedad are unwilling to sell the youngster, and the only way to sign him is by triggering his €70m release clause.
El Borussia Dortmund deja de ser un peligro para Alexander Isak— Diario AS (@diarioas) June 19, 2021
"Acepta que siga en la Real", dijo Aperribay, que llega a un acuerdo para eliminar la cláusula de recompra por 30 millones, y será de 70 para todos https://t.co/vwKEqSilxB
Despite Kingsley Coman pushing for a Premier League move this summer after rejecting all contract renewal offers from Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga side are seemingly unwilling to sell him. According to Goal, the France international forms part of Julian Nagelsmann’s plans for the 2021-22 season.
Bayern are pretty relaxed about Coman’s future, although an offer of €80m or above could convince them to sell. Manchester United and Chelsea are the two clubs linked with an interest, but as the report notes, the former are prioritizing a move for Jadon Sancho, and the latter have no concrete interest.
Kingsley Coman's wage demands (€12m net per year) are considered 'outrageous' within the club and do not match the player's performances. Bayern would be willing to negotiate if an important offer of €80-90m comes in for the Frenchman [@SPORTBILD] pic.twitter.com/i986PoqtSe— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) June 15, 2021