Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd Branthwaite twist, Chelsea £68m double deal, Van Dijk to Saudi

Virgil van Dijk and Jarrad Branthwaite feature in today’s transfer news. (Image: Getty.)

The Premier League’s summer transfer window has officially opened today (Friday) and clubs in England’s top flight are already moving to improve their squads. One eye will be on Euro 2024, which kickstarts tonight with Germany vs Scotland, and an array of talent hoping to put themselves in the shop window.

Manchester United, having committed to Erik ten Hag, have reportedly agreed terms with Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite over a big-money signing. However, they still need to reach an agreement with the Toffees, who are holding out for a fee in the region of £70million for their star man.

Arsenal are putting the finishing touches on the permanent signing of goalkeeper David Raya, who spent the season on loan at the Emirates, while Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu also attempt to bring in another striker to compete with Kai Havertz and Gabriel Jesus.

Chelsea are looking to steal a march on United for Crystal Palace’s in-demand winger Michael Olise. They are now in direct conversation over the Frenchman, in what could be another big summer for the Blues.

Follow all the latest news, gossip and updates concerning the transfer window in England and across the globe below….

Tottenham submit £42m Kubo bid

Tottenham have reportedly submitted a £42million bid for exciting Real Sociedad winger Takefusa Kubo.

That’s according to TEAMTalk, though the offer falls short of his £50m release clause.

If Spurs’ initial bid is rejected, Ange Postecoglou is thought to be ready to return with another bid, closer or at Kubo’s release clause.

Aston Villa are also thought to be interested in the Japanese star after an impressive La Liga campaign.

Tottenham target Takefusa Kubo in action for Japan. (Image: Getty.)

Crystal Palace done deal

Crystal Palace have confirmed the arrival of Barcelona defender Chadi Riad on a deal until 2029.

The Moroccan has joined for a reported £12.6million and Oliver Glasner is hoping to see a second addition shortly, through Daichi Kamada.

“I’m really happy to join Crystal Palace,” he said. “I was interested in coming here because of the history of the club, and the league in which it plays. They have been telling me how they played this year and I think it complements perfectly the way I play.

“The club has high-level players who are young and I have come here to follow their same trajectory, to grow as they have grown.”

Everton to play hardball over Jarrad Branthwaite

Though Manchester United may have agreed personal terms with Jarrad Branthwaite, they could be set for some difficult negotiations with Everton for their star man.

The Daily Mail claim that discussions over the centre-back are unlikely to be straightforward, despite Everton’s financial concerns.

The Toffees are likely to demand a fee in the region of £70million, and ask for a preferred payment plan, while United would seek a discount in order to continue strengthening Erik ten Hag’s squad elsewhere.

Liverpool enquire for Bundesliga defender

Liverpool have reportedly asked about Stuttgart centre-back Waldemar Anton with the view to signing him this summer.

German outlet Bild claim that the Reds hope that their strong relationship with Stuttgart can prove fruitful, having also signed Wataru Endo from the same club a year ago.

Whether the enquiry comes after doubt that Virgil van Dijk will stay at Anfield amid interest from Saudi Arabia remains to be seen…

Waldemar Anton in action for Germany. (Image: Getty.)

Newcastle get green light for two transfers

Newcastle are planning two more incomings after announcing the free transfer of ex-Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly yesterday.

A plan is underway to make Lewis Hall’s loan stay permanent, having joined from Chelsea last season with a £26million option to buy.

Eddie Howe also wants to add to his goalkeeping ranks through Burnley’s James Trafford, and may need to pay as much as £20m for his services.

The Shields Gazette claim that despite concerns over the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules, Newcastle are able to press on with two deals.

Tottenham braced for Real Madrid approach

Tottenham are braced for a Real Madrid attempt to sign key defender Cristian Romero in the future.

That’s according to ESPN Argentina, who claim that the centre-back is on Real Madrid’s shortlist to become their next big signing after Kylian Mbappe.

Romero has become a mainstay in the Spurs backline under Ange Postecoglou and the Aussie boss will be fearing the worst if Romero is persuaded to leave north London.

Virgil van Dijk to Saudi Arabia

Virgil van Dijk is one of Saudi Arabia’s big transfer targets this summer, with the Liverpool captain contracted to Anfield for just one more year.

Spanish outlet Marca claim that Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr want to make Van Dijk the highest-paid defender in world football.

They are said to have met with Van Dijk’s representatives on Tuesday evening and will prepare an offer to Liverpool.

Virgil van Dijk has considerable transfer interest from Saudi Arabia. (Image: Getty.)

Double Chelsea swoop

Chelsea are hoping to land the double signing of Michael Olise and Brazilian wonderkid Pedro Lima.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims that a £8.5million deal for Lima is set to be confirmed this week, through BlueCo and Chelsea sister club Strasbourg.

And Chelsea also believe that their chances of triggering Olise’s £60m release clause won’t be hampered by not qualifying for the Champions League, according to The Telegraph.

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