TRANSFER ROUNDUP: United’s DONE DEAL, Liverpool target Madrid man

Daily transfer roundup (Friday, June19)

MLS Rumours

Manchester City‘s Samir Nasri has reiterated his desire to play in Major League Soccer but for the meantime he is focused on regaining the Premier League title. (REPORT)

Franz Beckenbauer has urged Manchester United target, Bastian Schweinsteiger to ignore their interest as he would be better suited to a MLS move in the near future. (REPORT)

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Premier League Rumours

Manchester United have agreed a £13.1m fee for Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino and are negotiating personal terms for the highly sought after 23-year-old Brazilian. (REPORT)

Liverpool are closing in on a £15m move for out of favour Real Madrid man, Asier Illarramendi. The midfielder has had minimal playing time since joining the Spanish giants. (REPORT)

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Arsenal are close to signing Petr Cech after agreeing terms with the 33-year-old ‘keeper who wanted assurances that he would be Arsene Wenger‘s number one. (REPORT)

Done Deals

Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Burnley‘s Kieran Trippier on a five-year deal. (REPORT)

Derby County have signed West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Baird on a two-year deal. (REPORT)

Gael Kakuta has left Chelsea for Sevilla on a free transfer after his contract expired. The Frenchman played just 16 times for the club and had six different loan spells. (REPORT)



Chelsea and City to battle for £7m French defender

Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City will go head-to-head in the chase for Sevilla defender Timothee Kolodziejczak this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The 23-year-old Frenchman, who is also known as ‘Kolo’, only joined Sevilla last summer from Ligue 1 side Nice but could be on the move again, with a whole host of top clubs looking at swooping for the £7 million-rated star.

Chelsea and Manchester City have both been linked as they look to strengthen at left-back this summer, though Kolodziejczak can also operate in the centre of defence, making him even more appealing.

Jose Mourinho could let Filipe Luis depart after just one year as Cesar Azpilicueta is the first-choice left-back at Stamford Bridge, so a backup could be needed.

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While City will look to add at least one left-sided defender as Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov could both leave in the coming months.

Augsburg’s Abdul Rahman Baba is also being linked with a move to Chelsea and City, while the Citizens have reportedly lined up an approach for Tottenham’s Danny Rose.

Kolodziejczak was a target of Swansea and West Ham’s last summer before he ended up moving to Sevilla for just £3 million.

He has made 17 league appearances, scoring once, but could be on the move again if City or Chelsea step up their pursuits with an offer.

Would Timothee Kolodziejczak be a good signing for Chelsea or Manchester City? 

Arsenal Invincible linked with MLS switch

Sevilla winger Jose Antonio Reyes could be set to make the move to Major League Soccer with less than six months remaining on his contract.

A report by Inside Spanish Football claims that the 31-year-old Spaniard is the subject of interest from clubs in MLS and in Qatar.

Reyes started his career with Sevilla and returned to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in 2012. The Liga BBVA club are looking to extend his stay with the club as his deal expires at the end of the current season, but interest from MLS could see Reyes move on for the final chapter of his career.

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Clubs from Qatar are also tracking the former Arsenal and Real Madrid man but he is unlikely to be persuaded by those offers having already turned down a move to the Middle East last winter.

A move to the United States is thought to be more appealing to Reyes and he could follow fellow Spaniard David Villa to MLS if he agrees to move in the next few months.

Reyes has enjoyed success wherever he has played. He most recently won the UEFA Europa League with Sevilla last season and won the same competition twice with Atletico Madrid between 2009 and 2012.

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The winger was a part of the Arsenal Invincibles team that went unbeaten in the 2003-04 Premier League season and Reyes lifted the Premier League trophy with the Gunners that year.

He went on to win La Liga with Real Madrid after leaving Arsenal and would offer vital experience to any MLS club should he agree to leave Spain.

Reyes would probably have to be a Designated Player should he agree to a move stateside and could link up with fellow countryman David Villa at New York City FC as the MLS Expansion Franchise still have one DP slot available.

Would a move to MLS be a good move for Jose Antonio Reyes? Which club could he join?