Chelsea Reach Agreement To Sign Arsenal Target
Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement to sign Arsenal target Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid. A deal has not been signed, but the Premier League side are expected to pay in the region of €11million (£9.68m) fee, which is below what their La Liga counterparts initially wanted. There has been interest from Manchester United and Arsenal, but Felix is set to opt for Chelsea, having been attracted by their project. If all goes to plan he will be followed into the west London club by more reinforcements this month. They are especially keen to revitalise their attack.
Ex-Madrid Star Retires From Football
Gareth Bale has taken the decision to retire from both club and international football at the age of 33. The Welshman is much younger than the average retiring age but his career began to drift when he struggled to make the expected impact at Real Madrid after leaving Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs submit an offer for Brighton star
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly submitted a verbal bid for Brighton star Leandro Trossard according to Football Insider. The Belgian’s contract expires next summer but the Seagulls have the option to extend his stay by one more year. It is understood that despite Spurs’ interest Brighton are not ready to part ways with their star player.
Moreno move to Villa could be announced this week
Aston Villa are close to agreeing a deal to sign Real Betis left-back Alex Moreno for a fee thought to be worth £13m (€15m). Moreno has not travelled with rest of the Betis squad to Saudi Arabia for the Spanish Super Cup, and the move could be closed this week.
Everton not interested in loaning out Keane
Everton are not interested in loaning out Michael Keane. Sky Sports News understands Southampton have been knocked back in an initial inquiry about taking the centre-back to the south coast for the rest of the season. Everton would prefer to sell players to give them more funds to reinvest in the squad. Keane and fellow defender Mason Holgate are among the players they are open to listening to offers for.
DONE DEALS OFFICIAL: Westwood leaves Burnley to join Charlotte FC
Ashley Westwood has left Burnley to join MLS side Charlotte FC on a free transfer. The 32-year-old midfielder’s deal runs until 2024, with the American club having a further 12-month option on his contract.
OFFICIAL: Martinez named new Portugal coach
Former Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has been named the new manager of Portugal, the country’s football federation (FPF) has confirmed.
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