Thursday Transfer News: Done Deals, Mbappe and Ronaldo swap

Bernardo Silva could be one of several Manchester City players sacrificed in order to fund the purchase of a new striker.

City are looking to replace Sergio Aguero and have been linked with Harry Kane, with Pep Guardiola’s squad likely to dominate football as a result of the rebuild. City has five first-team players with two years left on their contracts, indicating that they may try to raise money for the rebuild.

Tottenham Hotspur are in advanced talks with Antonio Conte.

Spurs have yet to find a successor to Jose Mourinho, who was fired in April. There was talk that chairman Daniel Levy was trying to entice Mauricio Pochettino back to the club.

Romelu Lukaku breaks Chelsea’s heart claims he is staying!

The Blues were reportedly planning a sensational re-signing of their former striker as part of a £200 million war chest.
Lukaku, on the other hand, has stated that he will not be leaving any time soon.

Arsenal consider Lokonga as alternative to Bissouma

Arsenal are planning a summer transfer for Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga. According to Nieuwsblad, the Gunners see the 21-year-old as a cheaper alternative to Yves Bissouma of Brighton & Hove Albion, who is valued at around £40 million.

Lokonga is of Congolese descent, and his brother, DR Congo international Paul-Jose M’Poku, followed a similar international path before switching to the African country in 2015.

One of the summer’s most stunning transfers could see Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo swap places.

Mbappe’s future at PSG is still up in the air, with his contract expiring in a year and reports that he is delaying signing a new deal with the French giants.

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He’s been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, and reports in Italy claim he could join the Bernabeu this summer, with Cristiano Ronaldo taking his place.

Mbappe is a ‘gift’ for new Real manager Carlo Ancelotti, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, and the Spanish giants hope to sign him for a lower fee with only a year left on his current contract.

Mbappe and Ronaldo

Carlo Ancelotti has opened the door for Gareth Bale to return to the Bernabeu

Bale spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Tottenham Hotspur, where he scored 11 goals in the Premier League. Bale recently stated that he cannot reveal his plans for next season because they could ‘create chaos,’ but Ancelotti has hinted that he wants to have Bale available next season.

Ancelotti said on Wednesday, “Gareth hasn’t played much in the Premier League.”

“However, he scored a lot of goals and was very effective in recent games when he was given the opportunity to play.

“He’s coming back, and from what I’ve seen of him, he’ll be motivated to play better and have a fantastic season.”

Barcelona is growing increasingly optimistic that Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with the club.

Messi’s current contract is set to expire this summer, less than a year after he publicly stated his desire to leave the LaLiga club. Sergio Aguero, a close friend and compatriot, appears to have sealed the deal on a free transfer from Manchester City.

Barcelona is working on the final details and clauses of a new two-year deal for Messi, according to reliable transfer guru Fabrizio Romano. Joan Laporta, the club’s newly elected president, has pledged to do everything in his power to keep Messi at the club.

Benteke signs new cystal palace deal

Crystal Palace have extended Christian Benteke’s contract by two years.

In 2020/21, the Belgium international, who joined Palace for a club record fee five years ago, scored 10 goals in 30 league appearances.

Gillingham complete permanent deal for Lee

Following the end of his contract at Hearts, Olly Lee has completed a permanent move to Gillingham after three loan spells there in recent seasons. Lee has already made 59 appearances for the Gills, scoring five goals in 25 games last season, and manager Steve Evans was overjoyed to complete the deal.