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Here We Go: All eyes on Harry Kane as the summer transfer market enters its final two weeks

The end of the summer transfer market is around the corner. Some of the biggest European leagues have already shaken up their rosters and with only two weeks left, there are still many deals to be completed, with a few possible surprises left as we inch closer to the finish line. Let’s dive right into the key storylines.

All eyes on Kane

Harry Kane has been at the center of a difficult negotiation for months, culminating in him being left out of the squad as Tottenham started their season with a surprise win over Manchester City. City are preparing a new offer of €150 million, and are willing to negotiate in any way possible to buy the English forward who wants to play the Champions League. Tottenham have no intention of negotiating and continue to resist, the will is to keep Kane at the club. The poker game is in progress, but if Spurs do give the green light this week, Man City will be ready to close the deal immediately.

Serie Abraham 

Chelsea, on the other hand, after buying Romelu Lukaku, have completed the sale of Tammy Abraham to Roma in Serie A (you can catch Abraham, Roma and every Serie A match on Paramount+). The details are clear: Chelsea will receive €40 million guaranteed from Roma but paid in multiple installments, while an additional €5 million will be part of the negotiation as add-ons. Abraham has already signed his contract until 2026 and passed his medical tests, so expect an official announcement to come soon. Chelsea will maintain a buy-back clause for €80 million for Abraham, valid only from June 1, 2023, and therefore not next summer.

Odegaard the Gunner?  

Arsenal are working to bring Martin Odegaard back to London and negotiations with Real Madrid have begun. Odegaard loved his Arsenal loan spell last season and a return is a real possibility. Odegaard has always been Mikel Arteta’s first choice, and thanks to their strong relationship, Arteta will try to reach an agreement. Real Madrid wanted to keep the Norwegian and sell Isco, but there are no offers for the Spaniard, so Odegaard can leave if an agreement is reached with the Gunners.

Locatelli Juve-bound

With Odegaard likely Arsenal-bound, that also means that Manuel Locatelli definitely won’t be heading to north London. Instead, in a few days, the negotiations for the European champion midfielder will be concluded, and Locatelli seal his move to Juventus from Sassuolo. An agreement was reached for €35 million fee, plus add-ons, but the blueprint for the transfer is the final domino missing for this move to be completed. Once that’s done, Locatelli will join Juventus until 2026. 

Pogba to stay?

Elsewhere, Paul Pogba won’t be returning to Italy or France. Manchester United want to keep him and have been negotiating for months with Mino Raiola to try and renew his contract and they continue to look for a solution as soon as possible. There is still no agreement, but Manchester United remain ready to retain Pogba for this season after an extraordinary debut against Leeds.

Mbappe Watch continues

Lastly, as these two very important last weeks of the transfer market begin, keep an eye on Kylian Mbappe. PSG remain calm and sure that Kylian will remain for this season, even though he has not yet reached any agreement on the renewal of his contract. But if they change their mind, Real Madrid will certainly be ready even in the last days of the transfer market … or next summer, if Mbappe becomes free agent.



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