How can you still think about England’s result when there are so many transfer gaps to get past?
We start with Romelu Lukaku’s desperate attempt to leave Chelsea for Inter Milan. The Belgian striker’s first season at Stamford Bridge was, to put it politely, a frustrating one. Lukaku supposedly told Chelsea he only wanted to play for Inter, and the two clubs are discussing a loan fee to move him to Serie A as soon as possible. Chelsea paid him £97.5m last summer, so he will want to have all his salary off their books and some bonuses in their back pockets.
Another man returning to Italy with his tail between his legs is Paul Pogba, who will sign a four-year contract with Juventus. In the end, the Frenchman was left with relatively few options, so the old lady’s comfortable hug was as good as it would have been after a long-forgotten stint at Manchester United.
Christian Eriksen is said to have a deal from Manchester United on the table following his triumphant return to football with Brentford in the latter half of the season. “I have different offers and options; we study them, then make a decision,” he told Viaplay. “I would like to play the coming Champions League football again. I know how fun it is, but it is not necessary for me.” It’s unnecessary if you want to move to Old Trafford, Christian.
Another name with Ajax links that could be heading to United is Anthony. The winger just won the Eredivisie under the new man at Old Trafford, Erik ten Hag, so it seems like the logical choice to join his former manager. Frenkie de Jong may be even harder to break down as Barcelona is not too keen on letting him go, which means talks with United over a transfer have stalled somewhat. “You always get flattered when teams show an interest in you as a player,” de Jong said after Holland’s win over Wales on Tuesday. “I’m at the biggest club in worldwide right now, and I feel fine there, so no news.”]
Jesse Marsh’s revolution is accelerating in Leeds after the signings of Brenden Aronson and Rasmus Christensen. Next on the list is Marc Rocca, who could arrive from Bayern Munich for £10m after the two clubs reached a verbal agreement, which is not worth the paper written on, for the former Espanyol scheme. Ravenna is one man who can exit through the exit door of Elland Road. Arsenal and Tottenham are flying after Barcelona failed to find the little rabbit to snatch the Brazilian.
Finally, in David Moyes’ fateful era, Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United’s great hope, prepares to bring the squad back together at West Ham. The Belgian, now 27, is available on free after he departs from Real Sociedad and could be keen to replace San Sebastian with Stratford.
London understands that Tottenham’s managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, had also tried to sign Eriksen on several occasions when he was at Juventus and has been in touch with Dane’s camp since the end of the season about a return to this North London. In the summer, however, the word coming from Spurs now appears to downplay any potential return of the midfielder.
Understandably, Eriksen, who is now on vacation after his international duty, has yet to make up his mind with plenty of options to choose from for his next destination.