Latest Transfer News: Wednesday’s Top Stories
Here are the top transfer news stories making headlines on Wednesday, showcasing the latest developments in the football world as clubs continue to make moves in the summer transfer window:
Al- Ittihad confirm Kante signing
French World Cup-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante is set to join Saudi Arabian champions Al-Ittihad on a free transfer from Chelsea. After a successful seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge, Kante’s contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the month. Despite initial efforts to secure a new deal, Chelsea and Kante could not reach an agreement, leading to his move to Al-Ittihad on a three-year contract. The signing is regarded as a significant one for Al-Ittihad, as they aim to establish themselves as an attractive destination for top-class players in the Saudi Professional League. During his time at Chelsea, Kante won numerous trophies, including the Champions League and Premier League. However, injuries plagued his recent seasons, limiting his appearances. Kante joins compatriot Karim Benzema at Al-Ittihad and other Chelsea players making the move to the Gulf state.
Edouard Mendy and Koulibaly agree Al- Hilal moves
Two of Senegal’s star players, Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly, have agreed to join Al-Hilal, the Saudi Arabian club, in a surprising move that will boost Chelsea’s finances. Mendy, who lost his place as Chelsea’s goalkeeper to Kepa Arrizabalaga last season, and Koulibaly, who struggled to adapt to the Premier League since his arrival from Napoli, will join Al-Hilal for a combined fee of about €60m (£51m).
Hakim Ziyech agrees move to Al Nassr
Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech is reportedly set to leave the club and join Saudi Arabian team Al-Nassr. Ziyech has struggled to make an impact since joining Chelsea in 2020 and is under contract for another two years. After failing to impress under multiple managers, Ziyech is expected to be among the players leaving Chelsea this summer. Despite previous interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, and AC Milan, Ziyech’s wage demands have reportedly deterred potential suitors. However, a move to Al-Nassr appears to be on the horizon, as Ziyech has reached a verbal agreement and the clubs have agreed on an £8 million fee. He is set to join Al-Nassr on a three-year contract.
City reach agreement for Mateo Kovacic deal
Reports suggest that Manchester City and Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Mateo Kovacic. The Croatia international, who initially joined Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid in 2018, has been an integral part of the Blues’ squad, winning several major trophies during his time at the club. However, with Kovacic entering the final 18 months of his contract, a summer departure seemed likely. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has seized the opportunity to sign the midfielder, potentially as a replacement for Ilkay Gundogan. The two clubs have reportedly settled on a compromise fee, with City set to pay £25m upfront and an additional £5m in potential add-ons based on future achievements. Personal terms have already been agreed, and Kovacic is expected to undergo a medical with City in the near future.
Chelsea reject 2nd Manchester United bid for Mount
Manchester United has had an improved offer of up to £50 million for Mason Mount rejected by Chelsea. The bid consisted of an initial fee of £45 million, with an additional £5 million in add-ons. However, Chelsea countered with a demand for £60 million plus £5 million in add-ons. While an agreement is getting closer, it has not yet been finalized. Mount has one year remaining on his contract with Chelsea, but negotiations for an extension have been unsuccessful so far. Chelsea is willing to accommodate the player’s wishes, but Manchester United are unwilling to meet Chelsea’s price tag.
Arsenal reach agreement for Havertz
According to reports, Arsenal and Chelsea have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Kai Havertz. The German international, who has two years remaining on his contract, has shown no intention of extending his stay at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal’s initial bid of £50m was rejected, but they increased their offer to around £60m in hopes of striking a deal. The Athletic has revealed that Arsenal is set to pay approximately £65m for Havertz, with the clubs currently finalizing the payment structure. Personal terms have already been agreed upon, and Havertz is expected to earn close to £210,000 per week. Chelsea is open to the sale as they aim to reduce their wage bill after reporting a £121m loss. Havertz, who joined Chelsea in 2020, has scored 32 goals and provided 15 assists in 139 appearances for the Blues. Despite a relatively modest goal tally last season, he was Chelsea’s top scorer in the Premier League and offers versatility in different attacking positions. Arsenal sees him as a priority target to strengthen their midfield and attacking options.
Newcastle bid for Sandro Tonali
Newcastle United has reportedly made a bid of around €50 million for AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali. The club, under manager Eddie Howe, is looking to strengthen its squad after securing Champions League football for the upcoming season. Newcastle is specifically targeting midfield reinforcements, including a defensive midfielder and a versatile option. Tonali, who is also attracting interest from Chelsea, appeals to Newcastle due to his tactical flexibility. The 23-year-old, who will captain Italy’s Under-21 team in the European Championship, played a crucial role in Milan’s Scudetto triumph in 2022 and their impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals last season. Negotiations between Newcastle and Milan are reportedly progressing, and if a deal is reached, it could potentially match the club’s record transfer fee for Alexander Isak
Barcelona agrees deal for Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan, the midfielder who has enjoyed great success with Manchester City, is reportedly set to leave the club and join Barcelona. Gundogan has been an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s team, winning numerous trophies during his tenure at the Etihad Stadium. However, with his contract expiring at the end of June, his future has been uncertain. Barcelona, who are focusing on signing free agents this summer, have emerged as a potential destination for Gundogan. According to reports, he has agreed to a two-year contract with the La Liga champions, with the option for an additional year. Barcelona coach Xavi views Gundogan as a priority target and believes he would be a seamless fit in the team, especially with the departure of Sergio Busquets.
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