Each morning, Football Whispers pore over Europe’s major transfer news outlets in search of the latest transfer reports relating to your club. We then assess the reliability of the rumours, determine the likelihood of the moves, and analyse where the potential signings would fit in.
Today’s edition of the European round-up includes reports of Everton looking to continue their summer spending, Crystal Palace making their first moves with Frank De Boer at the helm and Chelsea letting a striker leave Stamford Bridge.
Premier League Clubs Shopping In Portugal
According to Portuguese news outlet Record, big spending Everton have had a £39million bid for Benfica forward Raúl Jiménez rejected. It goes on to suggest the Portuguese club are holding out for closer to £44million for the 26-year-old.
It’s an odd stance given the striker started just the six matches for the club in the league last season, making a further 13 appearances off of the bench. He did finish the campaign with seven goals.
Perhaps the Portuguese club are holding out for money money due to the fact the former Atlético Madrid man has three-years remaining on his deal.
Jiménez, who has previously been linked with West Ham United and Liverpool, could be seen as a replacement for Chelsea transfer target Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian has been continually linked with a return to Stamford Bridge and recent links to Olivier Giroud and now the Benfica man hint at the 24-year-old departing from Merseyside sooner rather than later.
Record are also claiming that Crystal Palace are interested in signing William Carvalho. Newly appointed manager Frank De Boer is yet to make a big move in the market and signing the 25-year-old would be a coup.
The midfield destroyer has been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City in the past but moves failed to materialise.
West Bromwich Albion saw a £26million bid turned down for the Portuguese international last summer.
However, with three-years left on his existing deal it’s unlikely Sporting Lisbon will cash in on their academy graduate unless he pressed for a move.
French strikers on the move
Alexandre Lacazette is set to complete his move to Arsenal today. The Gunners, who have reportedly been chasing the French star for a decade, have agreed to pay a fee close to £52million for the Ligue 1 marksman.
L'Équipe claim Arséne Wenger was a driving factor behind the move and it was his involvement which convinced the 26-year-old striker to make the move.
He was set to join Diego Simeone's Atlético Madrid which would have seen him line up alongside Manchester United transfer target Antoine Griezmann.
The La Liga side, though, had their transfer ban upheld and it left Lacazette with a big decision to make.
With his arrival, it appears as though Arsenal have made peace with Alexis Sánchez, a rumoured Manchester City target, leaving the club this summer after the Chilean rejected their latest contract offer.
Chelsea forward Loïc Remy is on his way back to Ligue 1 according to reports in L'Équipe today. The 30-year-old, who has a prolific 2013/14 season with Newcastle United, spent a disappointing campaign on loan at Crystal Palace during the 2016/17 campaign.
A knee injury disrupted his spell at Selhurst Park and he's unlikely to get any minutes next season.
Rennes have contacted Chelsea about a move for Remy and Antonio Conte is unlikely to block it.