EPL news 2020, transfers, gossip, rumours: Aaron Ramsey, Jadon Sancho, Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal
The transfer window is well and truly alive with both Tottenham and Southampton fillings gaps in their squad for summer.
Meanwhile, the fight for Jadon Sancho may not be over just yet.
In other news, an Arsenal veteran is reportedly unwanted at Juventus and could be eyeing a Premier League return.
Here is the latest Rumour Mill.
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AARON RAMSEY EYES PREMIER LEAGUE COMEBACK
Aaron Ramsey could leave Juventus this summer, with the Serie A champions willing to listen to offers for the midfielder, according to Sky Italy.
The Wales international joined Juventus from Arsenal on a free transfer last summer following 11 years at the Emirates Stadium on a deal reported to be worth £250,000 a week ($A455,000).
Selling Ramsey is a possibility, but not a priority for new Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo, who was appointed as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement earlier this week.
Ramsey scored four goals in 35 appearances during an elongated 2019/20 campaign as Juventus claimed their ninth successive Serie A title and the 36th of their 122-year history.
The 29-year-old, who has been linked with a return to the Premier League, has three years remaining on his contract.
“I think his time in Turin could be coming to an end but I don’t think it’s by any means certain that he’s going to leave Juventus,” Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol wrote.
“The situation is that Juve need to cut costs, they need to reduce their wage bill. The easiest way to do that would be to sell Cristiano Ronaldo – but it doesn’t look like that will happen.
“Blaise Matuidi is set to join MLS club Inter Miami while it looks like Sami Khedira is going to leave as well as Gonzalo Higuain. Aaron Ramsey is another player who could potentially leave. Sky Italy are telling us it’s a possibility but not a priority for Juve to sell him this summer.
“He’s a fantastic player, he’s won the title with Juventus, and if they wanted to sell him, I’m sure a lot of clubs would be interested to sign him this summer.”
SPURS MAKE FIRST SUMMER SIGNING
Tottenham have completed the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton.
The Denmark midfielder has signed a five-year contract after completing a medical on Monday and becomes Jose Mourinho’s first summer signing, joining for a fee of around £15m plus bonuses.
Hojbjerg made 134 appearances for Southampton after joining from Bayern Munich in 2016, with the Dane going on to become Saints skipper before being stripped of the captaincy in June when he confirmed his desire to leave the club.
“What was very important for me was that I wanted to play at a club where I could see myself for many years, and Tottenham was just the one,” Hojbjerg told the club’s website.
“I’m very proud, very happy, excited. I think there is a fantastic future ahead for the club, and I wanted so much to be a part of that.
“Spurs has fantastic players, fantastic manager, a fantastic setup.
“I feel lucky and proud to be a part of it, and I want to give my everything, but I also want to learn a lot, to push for the next step, but still keeping that consistency.”
According to Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas Mourinho went after Hojbjerg to fulfill a very specific role within the Spurs side.
“Jose Mourinho has been in the market for a new – what he calls – ‘positional’ midfielder since attempts to adapt Eric Dier to the position proved unsuccessful and he was moved to centre-back,” he wrote.
“Mourinho likes to play a single ‘pivot’ in midfield – think back to the likes of Claude Makelele at Chelsea – who will protect the back four dependably and consistently.
“Hojbjerg is that specialist; ideal for the role and both young yet still very experienced at big clubs and at international level. For £15m, he could present a shrewd bit of business by Spurs and Mourinho.”
THE ‘CLEVER GAME’ UNITED MAY BE PLAYING IN SANCHO PURSUIT
Borussia Dortmund may have emphatically blocked any chance of Jadon Sancho switching to Manchester United but the Red Devils aren’t giving up the fight.
“Manchester United have not given up on this deal,” Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol wrote.
“They haven’t made an offer for him yet but it’s no secret he’s their No 1 target this summer.
“A lot of people are trying to work out why they haven’t made a bid yet despite Borussia Dortmund setting up this artificial deadline yesterday that United ignored.
“The window will remain open for two months and maybe United are playing a clever game.
“They know Jadon Sancho wants to come to United and they know no other club has the finances at the moment to do the deal, so maybe they’re just biding their time and will make a move when it suits them – rather than when it suits Dortmund or anyone else.”
Solhekol does admit though that not everything has gone to plan.
“Having said that, United are a bit frustrated with how things have turned out as Dortmund have wanted them to deal with these two agents [Sancho’s agent, Emeka Obasi, and Marco Lichtsteiner, brother of the former Arsenal defender, Stephan] and not deal directly with the club. The deal could’ve gone a lot smoother, but it’s not the time to be pressing the panic button.”
WALKER-PETERS ON BRINK OF TOTTENHAM EXIT
Saints new boy Kyle Walker-Peters has revealed his development under Ralph Hasenhuttl during his loan spell last season was a major factor in him moving to St Mary’s on a permanent deal.
Walker-Peters said: “I’m delighted to have signed here. The last few months on loan have been great for me and a lot of fun too. I’ve really enjoyed my football, the atmosphere here and also the style of play.
“The club definitely fits the way I like to play, and I hope that people were able to see that during the last month or so of the season.
“I feel like I’ve already developed in the time I’ve been here, and that’s a big part of wanting to stay too.
“Obviously, it’s a club with a great reputation for improving young players and, personally, I’ve found it really valuable working under the manager, with his ideas on the game and what he expects from you as an individual.
“I think the way we finished the season gives us real optimism about where we’re heading too, and it just feels like a really good place for me to keep developing as a player and make the best out of what I have.”