For months rumors have claimed that Real Madrid had been priced out of a move for Kylian Mbappe. After selling Alvaro Morata to Chelsea for $75 million, the club may have the funds – and enough offsetting cashflow to appease Financial Fair Play – to make a serious play for the 18-year-old superstar. In addition, the club has almost completed the slale of Danilo to Manchester City for $35 million, and James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich, although they see little return from that immediately, as the deal is a two-year loan with an obligation to buy at the end.
Having missed out on a place in this season's Champions League, the futures of Arsenal's star players have come into starker focus, with speculation building over whether the likes of Mesut Ozil will remain at the club. As the Gunners look to bounce back from their most disappointing campaign in over two decades, Arsene Wenger will require the strongest team he can possibly muster, but uncertainty hangs over Ozil's fate. The midfielder has previously spoken of his love of London and events during the off-season hint that he may stay, with promotional images depicting the midfielder showing off the latest Arsenal home jersey and rumours that he has renewed his executive box at the Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given Nemanja Matic permission to pursue a £50million transfer to Manchester United. It has emerged he will not even be allowed to train with Chelsea’s first team if he returns to their Cobham base, and that the troublesome forward asked to leave on three separate occasions last season, infuriating his manager and Chelsea officials to set up an acrimonious parting of the ways this summer.