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
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – to Real Madrid – 2.5/5
Everton and England striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been linked with a shock move to Real Madrid, accord to The Sun.
Everton lost manager Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid a few weeks ago, so it is no surprise to hear that Real Madrid are now interested in signing an Everton player. However, Calvert-Lewin has only had one good season in the Premier League so it would seem a little premature for Real Madrid to be chasing his signature when they have the likes of Hazard, Benzema, Vinicius Junior, Mariano and Rodrygo at the club.
We don't think Everton fans should be too worried by this rumour as the England striker is still yet to prove he can score goals on a regular basis and we believe next season will be a big one in the England international's career. A fee of £50m has been suggested but Everton would probably want more than that considering that Calvert-Lewin top-scored for the club last season and is considered an integral part of the squad.
Andre Silva – to Arsenal – 4/5
As rumours of a possible Arsenal spending spree take the air, we're taking this talk with a pinch of salt given Stan Kroenke's history when it comes to reaching into his deep pockets. The latest player to be linked with a move to the Gunners is frankfurt and Portugal striker, Andre Silva.
The Express are reporting that Arsenal will make a move for the Portuguese international who is thought to be available for £34m. Arteta is looking to revamp his squad for the upcoming season and has apparently been promised a £250m war chest to finally shape his team how he wants them to look. It hasn't been made clear as to whether or not Arteta will have to sell some players to raise money towards this so-called ‘war chest' but Bellerin, Leno, Torreira and Lacazette have apparently been told they can leave the club and those sales would certainly raise a decent amount of money and free up some wages.
Ryan Christie – to Leicester – 4.7/5
The Daily Mail are linking Celtic's Ryan Christie with a move to Leicester this summer, linking him back up with his former manager, Brendan Rodgers. Nice are also keen on signing the Scottish international and with his contract running out in January, Celtic will be keen to tie him down to an extension or sell him this summer instead of losing him on a free transfer.
The 26-year-old midfielder played 46 times in all competitions for Celtic this season, netting 7-goals, but the season before he scored a whopping 20-goals and has really proven himself to be score of goals just as much as he is a provider of them. Rodgers knows what he is getting with Christie and that will be more than enough to convince the Leicester board to back a deal for the Scot, who is thought to be available for around £10m.
Joe Willock – to Newcastle – 4.5/5
Joe Willock enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell at Newcastle last season, so it is no surprise to hear that the Toon Army are hoping to resign the young English midfielder, according to chroniclelive.co.uk.
Newcastle are apparently willing to make a player plus cash deal for Willock, with goalkeeper Freddie Woodman going in the other direction. Arsenal are apparently interested in signing the Brighton dup of White and Lamptey, so selling Willock would be one of the ways towards raising any money they need for their own summer signings. However, Willock played so well for Newcastle that many thought Arteta would want to give him a try in the Arsenal first team this season and that still might be the case.
If Willock is allowed to leave this summer then surely Newcastle will face some stiff competition for the talented Englishman, with Everton also thought to be keeping an eye on his situation.
Odsonne Edouard – to West Ham – 4.3/5
Football Insider believes that West Ham are the front runners to sign Celtic's French forward Edouard this summer, now that Leicester are close to completing the signing of Patson Daka.
Arsenal and Dortmund have also been linked with the Frenchman but West Ham look like they have turned their interest into some concrete. The Hammers certainly need a new frontman and Edouard looks like he could be a real game-changer for the Londoners. Michail Antonio did a great job last season leading the line when he was fit but he is traditionally a midfielder.
Obviously, signing anyone from the Scottish Premiership is a risk as it is one thing scoring tons of goals in Scotland and another repeating that in the toughest league in the world. This could be a great transfer for West Ham if they can get it over the line this summer but if Arsenal and Dortmund step up their interest then you would imagine the player would choose to go to either of those clubs instead.
Past Premier League Transfer News
Philippe Coutinho – to Leicester – 4.7/5
Philippe Coutinho has been linked with moves away from Barcelona this summer and was even tipped with a return to Liverpool. However, mundodeportivo.com believe that the Brazilian international could be on his way to the King Power Stadium as Leicester have thrown their hat into the ring.
The Foxes manager, Brendon Rodgers, knows all about Coutinho from the pair's time at Liverpool where the Brazilian arguably played his best-ever football. Rodgers and Coutinho have worked well together in the past and while this wouldn't be a typical Leicester City signing, it would show the club's intentions going forward and could be the missing piece to the puzzle in their attempts to qualify for the Champions League.
It is believed that Coutinho would welcome a return to the Premier League and a move to Leicester could be the perfect fit. Coutinho was a star at Liverpool but in the Barcelona side he was just another squad member, so a move to the Foxes would make the Brazilian feel like an important member of the team once again and could revitalise his career.
Maxwell Cornet – to Leeds – 4.5/5
Leeds are apparently in the race to sign Lyon defender Maxwell Cornet, according to The Sun.
The pacey left-back plays for the Ivory Coast and has become an important member of the Lyon squad, which is why the club are apparently holding out for £20m for one of their prized assets. Leeds are expected to make a number of changes this summer, removing some of the deadwood that perhaps aren't at Premier League level and replacing them with the likes of Cornet.
The 24-year-old full-back would apparently be interested in a move to the Premier League and Bielsa's style of play would fit in perfectly with this speedy, energetic full-back that likes to attack down the left flank.
Archaf Hakimi – to Chelsea – 4.8/5
The Express believe that Chelsea are interested in signing the Inter Milan full-back Archaf Hakimi this summer and would be willing to offer Emerson Palmieri as part of the deal.
Hakimi moved to Inter Milan last season from Real Madrid after having a successful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, and now Chelsea want to bring the Moroccan international to the Premier League. It is believed that Inter Milan are keen on signing Emerson from Chelsea so a deal between the two clubs with Hakimi coming the other way might just be on the cards.
However, Inter would want a player plus cash deal for their 22-year-old, Spanish born, defender. Chelsea have apparently made one offer for the youngster that was rejected but are set to go in with a second bid in the next couple of days which would include Emerson and money.
Albert Elis – to West Ham or Southampton – 4.2/5
Boavista striker Albert Elis is being linked with a move to the Premier League by A Bola.
The Portuguese outlet have suggested that the 25-year-old Honduran forward has attracted the attention of both West Ham and Southampton, with Watford and Brighton also monitoring the player's situation. Obtaining a work permit for the player shouldn't be too difficult as he is a regular with the Honduras national team, scoring 11-goals in 46 caps.
However, whether or not any of these Premier League sides would take a risk on a striker who moved to Boavista from MLS side Houston Dynamo and is untested at a high level of European football is a big question. Clearly, Elis has impressed Premier League scouts but as of yet not offers have been made to the Primeira Liga side.
Nabil Fekir – to Arsenal – 4.4/5
Arsenal have been linked with a move for French international Nabil Fekir according to as.com.
The French playmaker currently stars for Real Betis and it is believed that the La Liga side don't want to sell and will be demanding a big fee for the former Lyon man. Fekir was really sort after in 2019 and almost moved to Liverpool, but in the end, he surprised us all by signing for mid-table Spanish side Real Betis. Since then the Frenchman has scored 12 league goals in 65 appearances but has lost his place in the national team.
Arsenal are known to be looking for midfield reinforcements this summer and Fekir would offer Arteta creativity and goals. A move to London would suit Fekir as he looks to regain his spot in the national team, so far he has 25 caps and 2-goals between 2015-2020. This might be a deal Arsenal chase if their pursuits for other players don't come off as we all know they are desperate to resign Odegaard after his impressive loan spell.
In case you missed it, before we jump into the latest and most relevant transfer stories today, check out some of the deals that have already been reported. Note – many of these rumours are still ongoing, meaning that you can still bet on them at the UK’s top betting sites.
Joan Laporte – to Barcelona – 4/5
A number of sources including sport.es are reporting that Man City defender Joan Laporte could join Barcelona this summer.
Man City have already seen two of their players join Barcelona this summer with Garcia and Aguero both moving once their contracts expired, but a deal for Laporte would cost a fair amount of money and possibly even a player. Guardiola is said to be keen on bringing Barcelona's utility man Sergi Roberto as part of any deal between the two clubs over Laporte.
Laporte didn;t play as many games as he would have liked for Man City this season with Guardiola preferring to go with Dias and Stones, but it will be interesting to see whether Laporte wants to move away from Man City just after they have won the Premier League title and finished as runners-up in the Champions League.
James Ward-Prowse – to Aston Villa – 3.5/5
The Guardian are reporting that Aston Villa want to sign James Ward-Prowse from Southampton this summer.
The dead-ball specialist featured for England in their 1-0 win over Romania but didn't make Southgate's cut for the tournament and is now set for a relaxing holiday before the start of the new Premier League season. Aston Villa have already stated their intent for the upcoming campaign by signing Buendia from Norwich and now want to strengthen their midfield even more with the purchase of Ward-Prowse.
Southampton have already stated that Ward-Prowse is not for sale this summer but every player has their price and if the player does request a transfer then Aston Villa could get their man. However, Ward-Prowse seems happy at the Saints and it will be interesting to see the player's response to all of this speculation. Ward-Prowse would certainly improve Aston Villa midfield and could reduce some of the damage that could be made if Grealish leaves the club this summer.
Ruben Neves – to Arsenal – 4.2/5
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves and the Daily Mail believe that the player himself wants the move to go through.
Neves is a very ‘Arsenal style' player and would do a good job for the Gunners, but many believe that Arteta should be investing in a solid defensive midfielder before looking into other positions that need strengthening. However, if the £34m fee is to be believed then that is a steal for a player of Neves quality and age. Wolves lost their manager Nuno Espirito Santo at the end of the season and it is now expected that a number of players will leave the club as well, which is concerning for the Midlanders.
Wolves are believed to be open to selling Neves for the right price but with Jota joining Liverpool for £41m, it is believed that the club would want an even bigger fee for their star midfielder. This is certainly a deal with potential but the question is, will Arsenal splash the cash?
Kieran Trippier – to Man Utd or Arsenal – 4.6/5
Kieran Trippier is currently on international duty with England but it is believed that he will move back to England this summer following the conclusion of Euro 2020, or at least England's participation in the tournament. The Metro have suggested that both Arsenal and Man Utd are the two main clubs chasing the England right-back, with United said to be the player's preferred choice.
Trippier won the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid this season but is believed to be keen on moving back to his homeland before the start of the new Premier League campaign. Trippier would be a solid choice at full-back for either of these two clubs but the deal involving Arsenal is said to interest Atletico Madrid more as it would involve Bellerin moving in the other direction and would reduce any transfer fee.
Martin Odegaard – to Arsenal – 4.7/5
Yet another link to Arsenal this week. martin Odegaard, who enjoyed some time on-loan at the Gunners is said to be the target of Arteta once again this summer. Arsenal are believed to want another loan deal for the player as Real Madrid still see him as a future first-teamer. However, Carlo Ancelotti is yet to decide on his plans for the player and that could ruin the Gunner's chance of securing the Norwegian for the 2021/22 campaign.
Football London believe that Arsenal will step up their interest in Odegaard and force Ancelotti's hand, as the player himself will want assurances of first-team football if he remains with Real this season and if not, then a loan move to the Emirates would be ideal for all parties.
Sergio Ramos – to Man City – 4.8/5
According to a number of sources, including ESPN, man City are preparing to offer Sergio Ramos a 2-year deal this summer when he leaves Real Madrid on a free transfer.
Guardiola will know Ramos all too well from his time in Spain and understands what this experienced defender could bring to his side. City do lack some leadership at the back and Ramos would be able to offer Guardiola's side that along with a winning mentality.
The 35-year-old defender had been linked with a move to Man Utd but it is thought that they will now focus their attention on signing another of Real's centre-backs, Raphael Varane. Ramos still turns out for the Spanish national team where he has 180-caps under his belt but only made 21 appearances across all competitions for Madrid this season due to injury.
Raphael Varane – to Chelsea or Man Utd – 4.6/5
Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Warane is being linked with a move to the Premier League as his contract dispute continues, with Chelsea and Man Utd reportedly keen on signing the French international this summer, so say defensacentral.com.
It is believed that the Spanish side are very keen on keeping Varane and have offered him an extension on his current deal but if the defender doesn't sign the deal then he will be put up for sale this summer so that the club can make some decent money on him.
Varane, 28, made the move to Real Madrid from Lens in 2011 and has gone on to make 360 appearances for the Spanish giants in all competitions, scoring 17 goals in the process. A defender of Varane's class and experience isn't going to come on the cheap, so Man Utd and Chelsea will have to be prepared to big their hands deep into their pockets to sign him.
We feel that it is unlikely that Real Madrid would lose both Varane and Ramos this summer and keeping the Frenchman would be their preference given the 7-year age gap between the two players.
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.