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Saturday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal strike deal for £50m-rated defender

Saturday's transfer rumors - Arsenal strike deal for £50m-rated defender
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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Arsenal strike a deal in principle for White

The Gunners have struck a transfer agreement in principle with Brighton for Ben White. The two clubs have reportedly settled on a fee worth around £50 million after long negotiations. The deal is subject to a medical.

White impressed in his first Premier League campaign last season and won a late call-up to the England squad for Euro 2020. Chelsea, Everton, and Manchester City were reportedly interested in him. [The Athletic]

Bale to continue at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale is set to return to Real Madrid next week for pre-season training. The 32-year-old won’t be heading back to Tottenham after spending a season on loan at the north London club.

New Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed the news in a press conference on Friday with a brief comment: “He will not be part of our squad.” [Evening Standard]

Ronaldo to stay at Juventus?

Despite transfer links with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Cristiano Ronaldo is set to stay put.

The 36-year-old will reportedly see out the last season of his contract in Turin. He could even extend his stay by another year, which may include a pay cut. [Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian]

Man City’s top two targets for the summer

Tottenham ace Harry Kane and Aston Villa star Jack Grealish remain Manchester City’s top transfer targets.

The Premier League champions want both England internationals before the summer ends. Of course, Kane is open to leaving Spurs for a title-contending club. Grealish, meanwhile, remains a subject of heavy transfer interest after impressing at both club and international level. [Athletic – subscription required]

Premier League clubs reject Griezmann

Chelsea and Manchester City have both allegedly turned down the chance to sign Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona.

To comply with La Liga’s salary cap rules, Barcelona must reduce their wage bill. It’s left them unable to register their summer signings and risks their hopes of re-signing Lionel Messi. So Griezmann may have to leave Camp Nou this summer.

But Chelsea’s interest lies in Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, while City have eyes on England duo Harry Kane and Jack Grealish. Former club Atletico Madrid, therefore, could be Griezmann’s most likely destination at the moment. [Daily Star]