What’s better than a cup of coffee and the latest transfer news? Join in as CBS Sports provides the latest updates from around the world and what they mean to your favorite teams. Quite a lot has happened as the Marc Cucurella saga drags on between Chelsea and Brighton. Maxwel Cornet is close to returning to the Premier League with West Ham United. Alexis Sanchez will be leaving Inter soon but will he end up in France or Turkey? Chelsea continues to be the most interesting club in the market now linked to Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and more.
Let’s get to the transfer moves:
In the six-yard box
The biggest transfer stories of the day. These are the deals that are happening, or at least on the verge of getting done.
The Marc Cucurella saga continues
While it seemed like Marc Cucurella’s move to Chelsea was all but done, the team released a statement saying, “Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella.”
All signs still point to Cucurella signing for Chelsea for more than £50 million to improve their defensive depth, but it seems like what is holding things up is Levi Colwill going the other way. Chelsea are open to moving the young defender but they would like a buyback clause. Since Manchester City won’t meet Brighton’s asking price publicly, it doesn’t seem like another team will come in for Cucurella and that Brighton wants to make sure the deal’s last details are ironed out before anybody gets ahead of themselves. On the pitch, Cucurella is quite a good addition whose versatility will improve the back line. Able to slot in at left back or as a left-sided center back, Cucurella is good insurance if Ben Chilwell goes down with another injury this season.
Entering the penalty area
These moves may not be imminent, but there’s a lot of transfer fire in all the smoke these players and teams might be blowing.
After Burnley‘s relegation to the Championship, it has been clear that Cornet wouldn’t play for the team as Vincent Kompany signed Scott Twine to replace him due to Cornet’s ambitions being at a higher level. He did also have a release clause of €21 million that Everton were reportedly open to paying but that didn’t come to be, and instead West Ham swooped, in according to Fabrice Hawkins. While Cornet struggled with injuries last season, his nine goals and one assist led the anemic Burnley attack, so he can add critical depth to West Ham. Adding Cornet to the attack will allow for rotation up top among Said Benrahma, Gianluca Scamacca, Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen, and Pablo Fornals to keep everyone fresh which was an issue last season. Personal terms won’t be an issue, so it’ll be down to completing a medical.
These moves might be speculative but they’re ones to keep an eye on.
Termination of Sanchez’s contract has been agreed to and is expected to be signed soon as Olympic Marseille would like to add him. The team is still heavily reliant on Dimitri Payet so adding another attacker would make sense but they face competition from Turkey. According to L’Equipe, the Istanbul clubs are interested but they can’t match the wages that Marseille can put on the table which complicates things. With his contract termination coming soon, a corresponding move may not be far behind.
With Barcelona looking to sell off players this summer, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang could be one of the outgoings after just arriving from Arsenal last season. While nothing is advanced, according to Matt Law, Aubameyang would be interested in the move and Chelsea does need a true number nine outside of Armando Broja. Kai Havertz can fill the role, but in Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3, his best role has been in a two supporting a proper striker. Tuchel is already familiar with Aubameyang as well from their time together at Borussia Dortmund so this could gather steam quickly.
Your daily quick hitters.
- Roma are preparing to sell Jordan Veretout to Marseille to facilitate adding Georginio Wijnaldum.
- Roma have wrapped up a loan with an option to buy for only €8 million to secure Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluca Di Marzio reports.
- Brugge lead the race for Jurgen Ekkelenkamp but Antwerp are trying to hijak the deal, pere Florian Plettenberg.
- Wolves chase reinforcements to the attack in Bordeaux’s striker Hwang Ui-Jo.
- After missing out on Renato Sanches, AC Milan could look to add Pape Sarr from Tottenham according to Calcio Mercado.
- West Ham struggle to agree to personal terms with Filip Kostic while Amadou Onana wants an Everton move over Hammers.
- Toronto FC will improve their defense with Richie Lareya returning from Nottingham Forest on loan, Steve Buffery reports.
- Monza look to add central defender Pablo Mari on a loan with an obligation to buy from Arsenal.
- Charlotte FC are adding Nathan Byrne from Derby County while also looking to add Adilson Malanda, 90 min reports.
- Bournemouth are looking to add center back Marcos Sensi from Feyenoord to improve their hopes of avoiding relegation.
- To make way for adding Kepa Arrizabalaga from Chelsea, Napoli are set to send Alex Meret on loan to Spezia.
- Chelsea bid €75 million for Wesley Fofana and it was immediately rejected by Leicester City, according to L’Equipe
- There is discussion between Saint-Étienne and LAFC over a transfer for winger Denis Bouanga, Nabil Djellit reports.
- Galatasaray look to secure the addition of Lucas Torreira from Arsenal for a fee of around €7 million.
- Newcastle United are sizing up a move for Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana, L’Equipe reports.
- Nottingham Forest are interested in Jizz Hornkamp of Willem II to improve their strike-force, according to the Athletic.
- FC Cincinatti are close to adding Matt Miazga from Chelsea, Alex Calabrese reports.
- LAFC are also interested in former Barcelona player Yusuf Demir, according to Florian Plettenberg.
- Cesar Azpilicueta will not join Barcelona after signing a two year contract extension, according to the Athletic.
- The New England Revolution look to acquire Ismael Tajouri-Shradi from LAFC, according to Tom Bogert.