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FST’s Daily Transfer News and Updates – Summer Edition

The 2019 summer transfer window officially opened on Thursday, May 16th, kicking off what is certain to be a high-octane, money-spinning scramble for the best talent on the market over the next few months.

To help you keep track of all the latest movers and shakers, FST will use this page to bring you daily updates on latest confirmed transfers and most interesting rumours.

Check out the latest updates below:

25th June

DONE DEAL

Josip Drmic – Norwich City

Norwich City have announced that Swiss international striker Josip Drmic will join the club on a 3-year contract from July 1.

The 26-year old spent the last 4 seasons with German side Borussia Monchengladbach, though an injury hit campaign in 2018/19 restricted Drmic to just 2 Bundesliga starts all year.

Drmic has 32 caps and 10 goals for Switzerland, and he represented his country at 2 World Cups.

Benitez to leave Newcastle

Rafael Benitez will leave Newcastle when his contract with the Magpies expires on June 30, the Premier League club have announced.

The 59-year-old had been in talks with the Newcastle hierarchy over a new deal for months but an agreement couldn’t be reached.

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley, who also turned down a new deal last summer, was tasked by owner Mike Ashley to handle negotiations with Benitez – Charnley’s contract expires on the same day that Benitez does.

The Magpies have already started the search for Benitez successor – take a look at the latest odds on the Newcastle’s next permanent manager here.

RUMOURS

Liverpool swoop in late for Bruno Fernandes?

Liverpool have moved in to 1/9 favourites to land in-demand Portuguese start Bruno Fernandes.

The midfielder posted a photo on Instagram last night of him and his family on a plane, with a caption thanking Sporting CP fans for their support underneath, fuelling rumours that his transfer away from the club is close to completion.

Tottenham and Manchester United were both thought to be vying for the 24-year old’s signature, though it looks as though Liverpool have stolen a march on their rivals.

Arsenal make Zagadou move

Arsenal are weighing up a move for young Borussia Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou, according to reports in France Football.

The 20-year-old has broken into the Bundesliga side’s first team over the last 2 seasons, having moved to Germany from PSG’s academy in 2017.

Zagadou started 15 times in the league for Dortmund in 2018/19, and the centre-half has represented France from U16 right through to U20 level.

Spurs monitoring exciting winger

Tottenham are keeping tabs on 19-year-old Denmark youth international Andreas Skov Olsen according to reports.

The exciting winger, who plays for FC Nordsjaelland in his homeland, is valued at around £15m by his current club.

Olsen scored 23 times in 34 domestic and continental appearances for his club last term.

Blades dip into the transfer market

Sheffield United are close to completing their first signing of the summer, according to Sky Sports.

The Blades have been working on a deal to sign QPR’s Luke Freeman in a transfer that is expected to cost the Premier League new boys around £3m.

The former Arsenal academy player enjoyed an impressive season at Loftus Road in 2018/19, landing the supporters’ Player of the Year award, and the 27-year old is reportedly keen to move to England’s top tier.

Premier League rivals battle it out for Firpo

Premier League rivals Liverpool and Man Utd will reportedly go head to head for Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo, according to rumours surfacing in Spain.

The 22-year old, who is valued at around £35m, enjoyed a productive season in La Liga in 2018/19, notching 3 goals and 4 assists in 22 starts for Betis overall.

With Andrew Robertson and Luke Shaw firmly established as the first choice left backs at Liverpool and United respectively, we’re not sure this rumour has legs.

Managerless Newcastle still shopping

Reports from France this morning suggest that Newcastle are still active in the transfer market despite Rafa Benitez imminent departure, and that Nice attacker Allan Saint-Maximin is at the top of their list of targets.

The highly-rated winger has a number of suitors across Europe however, and Newcastle will have to move fast to tie up a £22m deal for the 22-year old.

Wolves line up Cameroon striker

Wolves will meet with representatives of French club Angers SCO to discuss a deal for Stephane Bahoken, according to fresh reports today.

French outlet ​L’Equipe say that the meeting is scheduled to take place in Egypt, where Bahoken and Cameroon are competing in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 27-year old striker hit 11 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions list term, and is seen as competition for Mexican striker Raul Jimenez.

PSG propose stunning swap deal

The Sun are running a huge story that suggests French champions Paris St. Germain have offered their Brazilian superstar Neymar to Manchester United in a straight swap deal that would involve Paul Pogba moving the other way.

United are believed to have rejected the proposal however, citing Neymar’s insanely high salary as the main stumbling block.

Pogba has expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford for a new challenge this summer with former club Juventus and Spanish giants Real Madrid thought to be in the running to sign the World Cup winning midfielder.

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