What could be better than a cup of coffee and a round of transfer rumors? Join us as CBS Sports brings you the most up-to-date news from around the world, as well as what it means for your favorite teams. Nottingham Forest are closing up on their first summer signing, as Jose Mourinho continues to rebuild Roma. Inter Milan are eyeing Milan Skrinar as a possible sale to help balance the books so Romelu Lukaku can return to the club.
Let’s get started with the transfers:
Inside the six-yard line
The most important transfer news of the day. These are the deals that are currently taking place, or are about to take place.
In Taiwo Awoiyi, Nottingham Forest are closing in on their first summer acquisition.
According to John Percy, the Tricky Trees have a lot of work to do after their promotion back to the Premier League, and they could be starting with the Union Berlin forward. He has a total of 15 goals, which was good for sixth best in the Bundesliga. Awoiyi will be familiar with Steve Cooper’s setup, as Union Berlin played most of their matches in a 3-5-2 formation identical to Cooper’s. With the possibility of teaming up with Brennan Johnson, this might be a powerful acquisition for under £17.5 million.
Forest’s pursuit of Mainz center defender Moussa Niakhate is set to continue, but with Dejd Spence unlikely to return, they may have to compete with Fulham for Liverpool’s Neco Willams. With preseason approaching, these are crucial days for the newly promoted side.
Getting into the penalty box
These moves may not be imminent, but there’s a lot of transfer fire in all the smoke these players and teams might be blowing.
Zeki Celik is getting closer to joining Roma.
Roma have been looking for a right back to join their rotation on the cheap and it seems like they’ll find their target in Celik as Lille look to raise funds yet again this summer. According to Gianluca DiMarzio, Roma are close to meeting Lille’s €8 million valuation on Celik and are also willing to include a future sale clause in the deal to close the gap. Scoring two goals while assisting three more last season, Celik is better at getting forward than he gets credit for, averaging about a key pass per 90 minutes during his career. He’s also solid on the ground while contesting possession which will help improve Roma as Jose Mourinho looks to build the club back into Champions League contenders.
Playing the build-up
These moves might be speculative but they’re ones to keep an eye on.
Could Spurs be cooling on a Christian Eriksen reunion?
According to Football London, while Spurs were in contact with Eriksen’s camp about a potential reunion a few weeks ago, they haven’t followed up since. In that time, Spurs have added Yves Bissouma to their midfield ranks and could be focusing on other targets. Eriksen’s list of potential suitors is also growing by the day with Manchester United, Everton, Newcastle, Leicester, and Brentford all getting contact from Eriksen’s camp. Ajax and a La Liga side have also reached out, according to the report. It’s impressive that Eriksen will have his pick of his next destination when it was in doubt on if he’d ever play soccer again after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch for Denmark last summer during the Euros, but that’s what one goal and four assists across 11 matches will do while he also controlled the game from deep for Brentford. Still, while he has his options, the door could be closing on a return to Spurs.
PSG raise their bid for Milan Skriniar
As Inter Milan look to secure Romelu Lukaku, they’ll have to sell someone and it looks like it will be Skriniar with PSG circling the central defender. The Parisians have upped their bid to €60 million plus add-ons. Inter are already planning their next move, as they would look to add the reigning Serie A defender of the year Gleison Bremer from Torino. Bremer wants to play in the Champions League while PSG want to improve their defense. Skriniar is certainly a luxury signing for PSG but when there’s no entryway for new additions in the attack thanks to the Kylian Mbappe returning alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar, exactly where else are PSG going to spend their money.
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