The Transfer Rundown #2: Darwin Núñez becomes an option, Allegri wants Jesus ‘immediately’ and more
In a big week for transfer news, here's the latest on some of the biggest developments.
New Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri wants Gabriel Jesus 'immediately'.
After a month of links for a Gabriel Jesus move to Juventus, it has been reported by calciomercato.it that Massimiliano Allegri wants Gabriel Jesus 'immediately'. Those at the head of Juventus would like to pay for him in 2022, instead of a move now. This comes after Martin Blackburn of The Sun reported that Juventus appear ready to ‘firm up’ their interest in Gabriel Jesus.
Juventus are in touch with Man City and have offered to sign Gabriel Jesus on loan with the option to buy. City want to earn a fee from Jesus’ departure this summer in order to fund a move for Harry Kane or any other striker option, reports calciomercato.it.
Gabriel Jesus is currently valued at £54 million on Transfermarkt.
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Darwin Núñez becomes a striker option for Man City
Benfica striker, Darwin Núñez alongside the well-know names like Erling Haaland and more have been named as a Man City back-up option in case the club aren't able to sign Harry Kane this summer, as per a Football London article. The Uruguayan has netted 14 goals in all competitions last season.
Benfica manager, Jorge Jesus discussed the links on SportTV:
"All this decision-making ability, finishing and speed. He was Benfica's most expensive purchase, and when there is no pandemic, he will be the most expensive sale. He will be a world-class player." - Jorge Jesus, Benfica manager.
Jorge Jesus stated that Núñez will be Benfica's "most expensive sale". Benfica spent £20.5 million on Núñez and their most expensive sale currently is João Félix who cost a bank-breaking £113 million - meaning Darwin Núñez would cost more.
Though, Darwin Núñez is valued at £18 million on Transfermarkt, less than what Benfica bought him for.
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Nuno Espírito Santo sends defiant message but Harry Kane could rebel
Nuno Espírito Santo took to the press in his first public outing as Tottenham Hotspur manager to try quell any claims of a Harry Kane move.
"Harry is our player, period. There is no need to talk about anything else. Now is the time for him to rest. When he returns we can have a good conversation. I am looking forward to him joining the group." - Nuno Espírito Santo.
According to Matt Law, Harry Kane’s England team-mates believe he could refuse to return to pre-season training with Tottenham to try to force a move to Manchester City this summer. A report by MEN a stated that Spurs 'privately agreed' to deny Harry Kane of a move this summer. Though, The Athletic says Man City remain interested in signing Harry Kane, but multiple sources doubt whether they are prepared to pay the price to tempt Daniel Levy to sell Kane this summer.
Harry Kane is valued at £108 million on Transfermarkt.
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Jack Grealish agrees personal terms and has buy-out clause, says The Athletic journalist
Sam Lee who is a journalist for The Athletic has said that Jack Grealish has agreed personal terms with Manchester City. There is also word of Grealish having a secret buy-out clause in his Villa contract he extended last year. The contract is supposedly hidden from the public but is known by the player and Aston Villa. Manchester City are also said to be fully prepared to trigger the buy-out clause if it proves to be true.
City are also said to want to sign both Harry Kane and Jack Grealish not neither which will cost Man City an estimated £175m-£215m which largely (if not wholly) will be raised by sales of both youngsters and possibly senior players. A Harry Kane deal is said to need patience and will be tricky. Grealish talks are advanced but he could sign a new Aston Villa deal, says The Athletic journalist, Sam Lee.
Though, Jack Grealish is said to be having 'second thoughts' about a move. Someone close to Grealish's camp texted Alex Crook that the Grealish was 'having doubts' and could go on to extend his contract at Aston Villa.
Image from Riyad Mahrez's Twitter (@Mahrez22).
Riyad Mahrez expected to get a new deal after positive comments
Riyad Mahrez joined YouTube channel, Oui Hustle, where he was asked if he had any aspirations of going to a club 'higher' than Manchester City and his response is set to earn him a contract extension.
"What if I want to go higher? I do not see what is higher [than Manchester City]. To try another championship [elsewhere]? No. I really love England and English football is wonderful. I don't want to leave. I still have goals to pursue here. When you see [Pep] Guardiola wants you, it's flattering. The acclimatisation here was not easy, but our relationship today, everyone knows [it is great]." - Riyad Mahrez.
Riyad Mahrez's reaffirmation of his love for the club has delighted Manchester City. Attention will turn towards a new contract for Mahrez as City are keen to confirm his commitment, as per Simon Bajkowski from MEN.