Feyenoord turn down Rangers’ bid for striker Danilo; Ibrox side in talks with Brighton to sign forward Abdallah Sima on loan; Michael Beale has already added Sam Lammers, Jack Butland, Dujon Sterling and Kieran Dowell to his squad
Danilo (left) and Abdallah Sima (right) are of interest to Rangers as Michael Beale looks to add to his squad
Rangers have had an opening bid for Feyenoord striker Danilo rejected.
The Ibrox club remain interested in signing the Brazilian – who scored 14 goals across all competitions last season – but are yet to agree a fee.
However, manager Michael Beale could yet add to his squad this week, with talks ongoing over a loan deal for Brighton forward Abdallah Sima.
The 22-year-old – who played against Rangers twice in 2021 for Slavia Prague – then moved to the Amex for around £7m, but has yet to make an appearance for the Premier League club.
Sima, a Senegal international, spent his first year on loan at Stoke City, before joining Angers last season where he scored six goals in 37 appearances.
He has two years left on his current Brighton deal and while nothing has yet been agreed, could complete his move to Glasgow this week.
Beale has already added Sam Lammers, Jack Butland, Dujon Sterling and Kieran Dowell to his squad and is understood to be pleased with the business done by the club so far.
Rangers are working on deals for several additions this summer, with Cremonese striker Cyriel Dessers and Los Angeles FC midfielder Jose Cifuentes still of interest.
There has also been interest in several Rangers players including the likes of Scott Wright and Glen Kamara, who could depart the club this summer.
‘We are ahead of schedule’
Speaking after the arrival of Lammers, Beale was positive about the club’s transfer business this summer.
“I am delighted with our progress so far in this summer transfer window,” he said.
“We have worked extremely well to recruit Jack Butland, Dujon Sterling, Kieran Dowell and Sam Lammers. We are ahead of schedule in our plans.
“The coming weeks will see more trading both in and out of the squad as we prepare for the season ahead. We have key areas of focus and we are close to securing our targets in those positions.”
The Croatian midfielder has spent the last five years at Stamford Bridge, joining from Real Madrid back in 2018; Kovacic won four trophies with Chelsea, including beating Man City in the 2021 Champions League final; Kovacic joins on an initial £25m deal, plus £5m in add-ons
Manchester City unveil their new signing Mateo Kovacic
Mateo Kovacic has completed a move to Manchester City from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
The fee is understood to be worth an initial £25m guaranteed plus £5m in performance-related add-ons.
He will wear the No 8 shirt recently vacated by Ilkay Gundogan, who has joined Barcelona.
Kovacic had been at Stamford Bridge since joining from Real Madrid – initially on loan – in the summer of 2018.
The 29-year-old Croatia international won four major trophies during his time at Chelsea – including his fourth Champions League at the expense of Pep Guardiola’s side in 2021 – while going on to make 221 appearances for the club.
Kovacic said: “This is a brilliant move for me, and I cannot wait to get started with City.
“Anyone who has watched this team under Pep knows how good they are – for me, they are the best in the world. The trophies they have won are clear for all to see, but they are also the best footballing side out there.
“To be joining this squad really is a dream for any footballer. I still have plenty of learning and developing to do, and I know under Pep’s management I can become a better player, which is really exciting for me.
“My plan now is to rest for a few weeks before coming back to Manchester to prepare for the new season. I want to help this club stay at the top and win more trophies.”
Man City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “Mateo is an excellent footballer.
“He can play as a six or an eight, has plenty of experience at top level clubs and he understands the Premier League. It was a very simple decision to bring him to City because he has the tactical and technical qualities we are looking for in a midfielder.
“He is someone we have monitored for a very long time and always we were impressed whenever we watched him.
“I am delighted he is here. This is a great signing for this club, and I am very excited to watch what he can do with Pep and the rest of our backroom team.”
Bayern Munich interested in Tottenham striker Harry Kane; Spurs understood to have rejected verbal offer of £60m from Bundesliga champions; Kane has one year remaining on his contract
Tottenham striker Harry Kane is the subject of interest from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich want to sign Harry Kane, and have had a verbal offer of £60m plus add-ons rejected by Tottenham, in Germany.
Tottenham have told that no official bid has been made for Kane, and the club’s stance is that any bid will be rejected.
Tottenham do not want to sell Kane – who has one year remaining on his contract – but Bayern and manager Thomas Tuchel appear to be ready to test the club’s resolve.
Kane broke Tottenham’s all-time goalscoring record in February with the winner against Manchester City.
It saw Kane move beyond Jimmy Greaves’ tally of 266 goals for Spurs, which had stood since 1970.
The next target in Kane’s sights is Alan Shearer’s record Premier League haul of 260 goals.
After a fine individual campaign in which he scored 30 goals, despite the north London club finishing eighth and having three head coaches, the forward is now only 48 away from passing Shearer’s tally.
‘A significant development over Kane’s future’
“One source had told me that offer [from Bayern] did go in, but Tottenham say no official bid has gone in, and their position remains the same: Kane is not for sale.
“Of course, bids can be done in various ways; official, written, phone conversations, verbal. It’s difficult to prove one way or the other unless you are in the room. But the facts are that Bayern Munich would very much like Harry Kane.
“Things have certainly moved on from the earlier part of the window where we were reporting Manchester United were interested. Today is a significant development because we do know Bayern Munich are very interested in Harry Kane.
“Tottenham are not prepared to entertain any offers and, as far as Daniel Levy is concerned, Kane will be a Spurs player next season.”
Spurs set sights on further signings after Vicario deal
A new centre-back and an attacking midfielder are the next priorities for Tottenham after completing the signing of goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba andWolfsburg’s Micky van de Ven are of the centre-backs they are interested in.
It has already reported that Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo is also on the target list.
Tottenham want to sign at least one centre-back and how many they do will depend on outgoings.
Davinson Sanchez‘s future is particularly uncertain and Clement Lenglet – who featured prevalently last season – has already returned to Barcelona from a loan.
Tapsoba – a Burkina Faso international – made more than 40 appearances for Leverkusen last season, including five in the Champions League.
Netherlands U21 international Van der Ven played 33 times for Wolfsburg last season and is left-footed – an uncommon asset.
Adarabioyo wants to leave Fulham and can play both right and left centre-back.
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Celta Vigo announce Rafael Benitez is set to become club’s new manager; Celta confirm an “agreement in principle” has been reached for Benitez to take charge at the Balaidos Stadium from the start of pre-season training in July
Rafael Benitez is to become the new manager of Celta Vigo
Rafael Benitez is to become the new manager of Celta Vigo, the Spanish club have announced.
Celta have confirmed an “agreement in principle” has been reached for the former Liverpool, Newcastle and Real Madrid boss to take charge at the Balaidos Stadium from the start of pre-season training in July.
The Spaniard boasts considerable experience having also had spells at other clubs including Chelsea, Napoli, Inter Milan and Valencia. His successes include winning the Champions League, LaLiga twice, the Europa League, UEFA Cup, Club World Cup, FA Cup and Coppa Italia.
A Celta statement read: “Rafa Benitez is one of the most successful coaches in the history of our country and has coached world-class teams in the main European leagues.
“(In) our Centenary season, an unforgettable event for Celta’s fans, (we will have) a formidable leader on the bench.”
It added: “The Madrid coach has extensive experience on the bench with a career that is difficult to match.”
He will succeed Carlos Carvalhal, who left after narrowly avoiding relegation last season.
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Check below for a comprehensive list of all the Premier League ins and outs from the 2023 summer transfer window.
Fees include potential add-ons.ArsenalInOut
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Released
Pablo Mari – Monza, undisclosed
Youri Tielemans – Leicester, free
Jed Steer – Released
Ashley Young – Released
Caleb Chukwuemeka – Crawley
Justin Kluivert – Roma, undisclosed
Hamed Traore – Sassuolo, £20m
Jefferson Lerma – Crystal Palace, free
Jack Stacey – Norwich, free
Jordan Zemura – Udinese, free
Junior Stanislas – Released
Ethan Brierley – Rochdale, undisclosed
Mark Flekken – Freiburg, £11m
Kevin Schade – Freiburg, £20m
Pontus Jansson – Malmo, free
Tariqe Fosu – Released
Saman Ghoddos – Released
Joel Valencia – Released
Joao Pedro – Watford, undisclosed
James Milner – Liverpool, free
Mahmoud Dahoud – Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed
Alexis Mac Allister – Liverpool, £35m
Taylor Richards – QPR, undisclosed
Antef Tsoungui – Feyenoord, undisclosed
Jordan Beyer – Borussia Monchengladbach, undisclosed
Michael Obafemi – Swansea, undisclosed
Dara O’Shea – West Brom, undisclosed
Ashley Barnes – Norwich, free
Lukas Jensen – Lincoln, free
Matthew Lowton – Released
Will Norris – Released
Lewis Thomas – Harrogate, free
ChelseaInKendry Paez – Independiente del Valle, £17.27mChristopher Nkunku – RB Leipzig, £52mOut
Xavier Simons – Hull, free
Dujon Sterling – Rangers, free
Jayden Wareham – Released
Nathan Baxter – Bolton, free
N’Golo Kante – Al-Ittihad, freeCrystal PalaceIn
Jefferson Lerma – Bournemouth, free
Jack Butland – Rangers, free
James McArthur – Released
Luka Milivojevic – Released
Niels Nkounkou – St Etienne, undisclosed
Isaac Price – Standard Liege, free
Asmir Begovic – Released
Yerry Mina – Released
Andros Townsend – Released
Shane Duffy – Norwich, free
Sylvester Jasper – Portimonense, compensation
Joe Bryan – Released
Alexis Mac Allister – Liverpool, £35mOut
Naby Keita – Werder Bremen, free
Roberto Firmino – Released
James Milner – Released
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Released
Calvin Ramsay – Preston, loan
Harvey Davies – Crewe, loan
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Josh Neufville – AFC Wimbledon, free
Sonny Bradley – Released
Harry Isted – Released
Henri Lansbury – Released
Spike Brits – AFC Wimbledon, undisclosed
Terrell Agyemang – Middlesbrough, free
Di’Shon Bernard – Released
Ethan Galbraith – Released
Phil Jones – Released
Yankuba Minteh – Odense Boldklub, undisclosed
Chris Wood – Nottingham Forest, undisclosed
Yankuba Minteh – Feyenoord, loan
Chris Wood – Newcastle, undisclosed
Will Swan – Mansfield, undisclosed
Andre Ayew – Released
Cafu – Released
Jack Colback – Released
Jesse Lingard – Released
Jordan Smith – Released
Lyle Taylor – Released
George Broadbent – Doncaster, undisclosed
Kyron Gordon – Released
Jack O’Connell – Released
Billy Sharp – Released
Enda Stevens – Released
Dejan Kulusevski – Juventus, £25.6m
Lucas Moura – Released
Arthur Masuaku – Besiktas, undisclosed
Boubacar Traore – Metz, £9.5m
OutRuben Neves – Al Hilal, £47m
Diego Costa – Released
Luke Matheson – Released
Joao Moutinho – Released
Taylor Perry – Released
Michael Agboola – Released
Lee Harkin – Released
Jack Hodnett – Released
Jack Scott – Released