OSB – Transfer news and gossip – 9th July


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Arsenal set to sign Saliba in £26.5m deal

Arsenal are set to sign William Saliba from Saint-Etienne for £26.5 million ($33m), Goal understands.

The teenage defender has been targeted as the Gunners look to improve their defensive options ahead of next season.

Tottenham were also reported to be interested in Saliba, but he will complete a move to the Emirates.

City goalkeeper Muric joins Nottingham Forest

Manchester City shot-stopper Aro Muric has extended his contract with the Citizens for another three years until 2024.

The Kosovo international will also join Nottingham Forest on loan next season where he will expect to be given first team playing time.

Arsenal and Man Utd battle for Lemina

The two big Premier League clubs look ready to fight for the signature of Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, according to the Mail.

The former Juventus player has been left out of the Saints’ squad for their pre-season tour to Austria after reportedly telling the club he wants to leave.

And Ralph Hasenhuttl, the Saints manager, is apparently keen on cashing in on the 25-year-old this summer.

Roma prepare new bid for Bailey

Roma look set for a new bid Leon Bailey bid, reports Football Italia.

The Serie A side have been targeting the 21-year-old for some time and are now keen to sign him as a replacement for Stephan El Shaarawy, who moved to China last week.

But Leverkusen reportedly value the Jamaica international at €40 million (£36m/$45m).

Bayern resume pursuit of Sane

Following the departures of both Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben, Bayern are now looking for some big names as a replacement ahead of next season, and Leroy Sane is one of those.

The Bundesliga club looks set to continue their pursuit of the Manchester City winger, as reported by the Evening Standard.

The 23-year-old returns from holiday today, and while City are hopeful of a contract renewal, Bayern are desperate to tempt him away.

Sampdoria’s Praet chased by Valencia

Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet could be leaving Genova soon with the player reportedly in talks with La Liga side Valencia, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Belgian had been heavily linked with Arsenal, but it now seems like the Serie A side have agreed a fee of €15 million plus bonuses for the 25-year-old.

On the other hand, Praet is still not happy with Valencia’s contract conditions offered to him with the club viewing the midfielder’s demands as excessive.

Mancini on top of Roma’s transfer target list

Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini is the top target for the giallorossi as they look to replace departing Kostas Manolas.

It seems that new Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has individuated Mancini as the ideal replacement for the Greek centre-back.

The two clubs will contract each other in the coming hours as Roma hope to hammer out a deal for the 23-year-old Italy international.

Everton back in the race for Malcom

Everton are ready to make another attempt to sign Malcom after missing out on the winger last summer, report RMC Sport.

Barcelona won the bidding for Malcom in 2018 but he failed to impress last season at Camp Nou and could be headed for an exit.

But Everton are unwilling to match the £36.5 million ($46m) fee Barca paid for Malcom, and instead will only offer £31.5m.

Nainggolan interests Chinese clubs

The Belgian could be on his way out of Europe during this transfer window as Inter are looking to offload the former Roma midfielder.

China now seems to be one of the most likely destinations for Nainggolan, with Dalian and Shanghai Shenhua the two sides interested in his services.

The two clubs will now look to see if Nainggolan would be willing to accept their contract offers.

Zidane set for Racing Santander

Real Madrid goalkeeper Luca Zidane is set to join Spanish second-flight side Racing Santander on loan next season.

It was always going to be difficult for the manager’s second eldest son to find space in the starting lineup, especially with the possibility of Keylor Navas staying in Madrid.

The loan will be for one season and Zidane will extend his Real Madrid contract, which will expire next summer, before departing.

West Ham offered Balotelli

The Hammers are looking to replace Marko Arnautovic who officially left for Shanghai SIPG on Monday.

West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Mario Balotelli, though manager Manuel Pellegrini is not yet interested in the Italian, according to the Telegraph.

If the Premier League club had to decide not to go for Balotelli, the alternatives include Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, Torino’s Andrea Belotti and also Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson.

Napoli in a hurry for James Rodriguez

The Napoli sporting director, Cristiano Giuntoli, is in Madrid in an attempt to close the transfer of the Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez to Napoli, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.

While Giuntoli met with James’ agent, Jorge Mendes, it is unclear whether he also met with Real Madrid to hammer out a deal.

Napoli are accelerating talks in order to fend off interest from Real’s local rivals, Atletico, for the Colombian’s signature.