Take a read through the latest Premier League transfer news for today with Football Whispers! All possible transfers are rated out of 5, based on their likelihood.
It’s official guys – the 2021 transfer window is open for business, and rumours are already circulating over who is going where. Since it’s still early doors, there are few moves that are already locked in, but the EPL transfer news stories are revealing themselves almost daily! Below, we’ve covered some of the hottest EPL rumours and transfer news – so do read on and enjoy.
Today's Premier League (EPL) Transfer News and Rumours
Man City to make extra effort to sign Kane and Grealish this week
The Sun are reporting that Man City will step up their efforts to sign Jack Grealish and Harry Kane this week, ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.
Man City have been linked with these two players since the end of the last campaign but no moves could be made while the two players were busy helping England progress to the final of Euro 2020. Now that both players have enjoyed a rest following the final and just before they are due to regroup with the rest of their current teammates for pre-season training, Man City are apparently ready to make offers for the pair.
If Man City can get the deals done before the 31st of August then it will be very difficult to see anyone in the Premier League stopping them from claiming yet another title, while their ambitions to be the best team in Europe will also greatly improve.
West Ham could make a move for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
West Ham are ready to make a move for Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer according to reports from the Express.
Klopp had hoped to keep the former England international as a squad player but understands that Oxlade-Chamberlian may wish to make the move back to London in order to be guaranteed first-team football. It has been said that the Hammer s were readying a loan bid for the player but that Liverpool would prefer to cash-in on him as they look to reshape their own squad.
West Ham are also keeping tabs on Ross Barkley's situation at Chelsea and could be close to signing Matheus Periera from West Brom after he impressed in the Premier League last season. Oxlade-Chamberlain would certainly add some talent and experience to the West Ham midfield, but you have to question his injury record.
Brighton eye Osdonne Eduard as the answer to their scoring issues
All the talk for the last two seasons at Brighton is how they need a natural goalscorer to be able to challenge for a top-half finish, and that is just what they could be about to get according to the Daily Mail.
Celtic forward Osdonne Edouard looks set to leave the Scottish capital this summer and it is rumoured that he will be allowed to leave following the 2nd leg of their Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland. The French forward has proven himself as a goalscorer in the Premiership but as with any of these transfers across the border, it is yet to be seen if he will be able to adapt to the Premier League.
A fee of £20m has been mooted for the striker, which doesn't seem too much of a risk because if he does succeed in England then his value will be at least double what Brighton are about to pay for him next season.
Newcastle could offer Ross Barkley a way out of Chelsea this summer
Another story from the Daily Mail who are suggesting that Newcastle will make a move for Ross Barkley if they fail to secure another loan deal for Joe Willock.
Barkley's future at Stamford Bridge looks certain to be coming to an end after he has failed to force his way into the first team on a regular basis since leaving Everton. The midfielder can be very frustrating to watch at times and yet he can also do things with the ball that no other players can, but getting consistency out of the former England international seems almost impossible.
At the age of 27, it's now or never for Barkley who needs to find a home and start playing football week in, week out, but that appears much easier said than done. Arsenal appear keen to keep hold of Willock following his impressive displays for Newcastle last season, which could leave the door open for Barkley to make the move to the North East.
Man Utd consider Jules Kounde as an alternative to Raphael Varane
Last but not least, man Utd are apparently keeping tabs on Sevilla defender Jules Kounda in case their attempts to sign Raphael Varane end in vein, so say the Daily Mail.
Man Utd have become a little worried by the time Varane is taking to make a decision on his future and now fear he may be using the Premier League club to get a better contract from Real Madrid. If this does prove to be the case, then Solskjaer will make a move for 22-year-old Sevilla centre-back, Kounde, who is a fellow countryman of Varane.
Man Utd may even decide to buy both players this summer if they can raise enough funds and get both players through the door before the 31st of August.
Past Premier League Transfer News
PSG looking to sell players in order to bring Pogba to Paris
Paul Pogba's time at Manchester United could well be coming to an end as the French international midfielder only has 1-year left on his current deal, which means that if the Premier League side want to make any money on the 28-year-old then they have to sell him this summer.
The Mirror are reporting that PSG are ready to offer the bumper deal he has been looking for as it is believed that Mauricio Pochettino is very keen to work with the talented midfielder. A fee of around £50m has been quoted and the rumours are that PSG are already looking to sell a few of their squad players in order to raise the funds for the Pogba transfer.
The Ligue 1 runners-up are also interested in resigning Moise Kean from Everton after an impressive loan spell and we're hoping to sign the young forward on-loan once again but the Toffees are keen to cash in on their hot prospect instead.
Varane itching to get deal with Man Utd done and dusted
Raphael Varane is due to link back up with his Real Madrid teammates this week but the rumours are that he would prefer to get his transfer to Manchester United over the line before that happens, according to as.com.
Varane has had his critics over recent seasons and has made some high-profile mistakes in major competitions but his overall quality is hard to argue about. The French international would be a huge coup for Man Utd as they look to build a team capable of challenging their local rivals Man City for the Premier League title and bringing in the likes of Varane is just the way to go about doing so.
A fee of around £50m has been bounded about and it will be interesting to see if Man Utd have to sell any players before they can push this deal through. One thing is for certain though, the Premier League looks forward to seeing Raphael Varane in the near future.
Gareth Bale is wanted by MLS clubs but looks set to see out his contract at Real Madrid
Tottenham have announced that Gareth Bale will not return on-loan next season and with 1-year left on his Real Madrid contract, the Welsh talisman could be forced to sit on the bench if he can't find a suitable transfer this summer.
The Mirror have reported that a possible move to the MLS is on the cards but that Bale would prefer to see out his final year at Real Madrid before finishing his career in the United States. Ancelotti might decide to use Bale as an impact sub this season or there is the option to find a loan to another high-profile club, but so far there have been no concrete offers.
At the age of 32-year and following a decent display at Euro 2020, it would be a shame to see Bale sat on the bench for another season, so we believe another Premier League loan could well be on the cards. However, with Spurs pulling out of any future loan deal it will be interesting to see who will make a move for the Welsh wizard.
Arsenal looking to bring Italy's Manuel Locatelli to the Premier League
After impressing at Euro 2020 it is no surprise to see Manuel Locatelli being linked with a move to the Premier League. The Evening Standard believe that Arsenal are looking to add the central midfielder to their squad this summer and have apparently already offered £34m for the Sassuolo star.
Juventus are also looking to make a move for the midfielder and have already offered £25m plus Nicolo Fagioli for the 23-year-old. It will be very interesting to see where Locatelli ends up because Juventus can offer him European football and a greater chance of winning silverware but the lure of the Premier League and living in London could seal the deal for the Gunners.
Bryan Gil in, Erik Lamela out as Nuno looks to make his mark on Spurs
Tottenham are looking to sign young Spaniard Hryan Gil from Sevilla this summer and skysports are reporting that Erik Lamela could go to the Spanish club as part of the deal.
A fee o around £21.6m plus Lamela has apparently been offered to Sevilla for Gil and it is believed that Sevilla are happy with the deal. Gil is a Spanish international and enjoyed a successful loan spell at Eibar last season, while Lamela has become a bit-part player at Spurs and his 8-year love affair with the club looks set to come to an end this summer.
EPL transfer news – FAQs
Are the betting markets currently open for transfer betting?
Yes, and they have been open even before the EPL transfer period actually opened up. At most leading betting sites, you’ll find options and quality odds for many of the news stories we’ve talked about, although the odds won’t stay as they are for very long.
How much longer can I bet on the transfer markets for 2021?
The markets you see on any betting site will only be available up until the news gets confirmed over which player is moving where. With that said, new EPL markets will be added as and when more stories get released, which could be today, tomorrow, and any other day during the transfer period.
Are any of the markets you’ve talked about here guaranteed to come through?
We’d love to say yes, but this would be a bit misleading. Unfortunately, we can only go from the information that is readily available online. But the respective odds provided by major bookmakers are also a good indicator of the likelihood that any particular transfer will ultimately happen.
Will the odds listed here change around as more news/rumours get published?
Yes, and that’s mainly because the football transfer market is very responsive to news stories and circulating rumours. As and when more stories come forward that would make any of the potential moves increasingly likely, it’s certain that the odds will change.
How old must I be to wager on transfer markets in the UK?
In the UK, you must be over the age of 18 to sign up with any licensed bookmaker, and you must also be a UK resident too.
Historic Premier League transfer news
In the spirit of the transfer window being open once again, we figured we’d have some fun and look back at some of the more historic transfers to ever occur in the Premier League.
Thierry Henry to Arsenal – 1999
It’s almost hard to believe that this was more than 20 years ago, but in terms of historic transfers, this is one of our all-time favourites. Henry made the move from Juventus to Arsenal for a fee of just over £14 million – one of the bargains of the century looking back. Wenger turned Henry from a dangerous winger into one of the best strikers of all time!
Cristiano Ronaldo to Man Utd – 2003
Come on, we had to mention the birth of one of the greatest strikers there has ever been, whether in the EPL or anywhere else. Back in 2003, Ronaldo moved from Sporting Lisbon to join United, under Sir Alex Ferguson, of course. And as they say, the rest is history!
Paul Pogba to Man Utd – 2016
This one is a little more recent, but the transfer fee at the time set a brand new record when Pogba moved from Juventus to United for £89 million. Sure, there are many other transfers today that have broken this record, but this was incredible news at the time.
Didier Drogba to Chelsea – 2004
Finally – Droga is one of the icons of the Premier League, yet it wasn’t always this way. Chelsea signed the Ivory Coast man in 2004, and he ultimately became one of the best strikers the EPL has ever seen, not to mention the number of trophies he won during his time there.