Wenger Worries to Mourinho Deadlines: Premier League Transfers Recap of the Week

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Jose Mourinho, left, and Arsene Wenger at Old Trafford, Manchester, November 19, 2016. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty

There may still be eight weeks until the Premier League season starts, but English football's biggest clubs are already busy trying to spend their millions.

After finishing outside the top four last season, Arsene Wenger is busily trying to prevent his best players from leaving Arsenal while attempting to strengthen his squad with new additions.

Jose Mourinho has said he's staying out of Manchester United's transfer business this summer. Yeah, sure he is. United has already wrapped up one signing and has been, apparently, chasing plenty more over the past week.

Here, Newsweek takes you through all the news, rumors and whispers circling the Premier League over the last five days.


Last weekend, Manchester United confirmed the signing of Swedish center back Victor Lindelof from Benfica in a deal believed to be worth £30.7 million. On Monday, Jose Mourinho's team was already looking to bolster his squad further, linked to A.S. Monaco central midfielder Fabinho. Chelsea, meanwhile, was yet to add to its squad after winning the Premier League but Antonio Conte was reported to want Real Madrid's James Rodriguez as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas. Much excitement about who was signing who was swirling around on Monday, but the only confirmation was 25-year-old Jon Nolan making the switch from Chesterfield, which was relegated to League Two, to Shrewsbury Town in League One.


Mourinho was back in the gossip columns on Tuesday, after a different midfielder. Mourinho was looking to weaken his former club Chelsea by attempting to sign Nemanja Matic, the giant central midfielder, as well as Blues target Tiemoue Bakayoko who currently plays for A.S. Monaco. United's interest in Antoine Griezmann was brought to an end, while Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata became the club's main attacking target of the summer. Wenger, meanwhile, found out he would have to pay £60 million to sign the prolific Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, who has scored 91 goals in the last three seasons.

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Lacazette remained on Wenger's wishlist at Arsenal , but on Wednesday he was joined by Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, both of A.S. Monaco. Across London, Chelsea was looking to pounce on Willy Caballero, the Argentine goalkeeper released by Manchester City at the end of last season, while Mourinho was also beginning the Old Trafford clearout. Chris Smalling was reported to be on his way out of Manchester United while a change on the club website suggested Wayne Rooney's exit was imminent. Liverpool's long pursuit of former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah seemed to take a positive turn when the Egyptian told Roma he wanted to leave the club and move to Anfield.


From Morata becoming a clear United target on Tuesday, by Thursday there were suggestions that he could sign from Real Madrid by next week. Everton had been named among the clubs that could sign Chris Smalling, along with West Brom and West Ham. Gareth Bale's turbulent season in Madrid brought speculation over whether the Welshman could push for a move away from the Bernabeu this summer, but Bale reportedly didn't want to leave despite United's interest. Alexis Sanchez's future was again up in the air Thursday, with Arsenal desperate not to sell to a Premier League rival, such as Manchester City or Chelsea. But the Premier League's biggest spenders of the day—and week, it turned out—was Everton as the club announced the £30 million signing of Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen from Ajax for £23.6 million. Leicester City also had confirmation of a signing as Harry Maguire joined from Hull City after impressing during the last campaign.


Chelsea was said to be back in the hunt for Napoli center back Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Italian club believed to have rejected a £53 million offer from the Premier League champion. United was after a new target, with Friday bringing news that Mourinho wanted Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan, and he wanted him before the club went on its U.S. tour in July. The most staggering news of the week came on Friday afternoon when Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Real Madrid was thrown into doubt when multiple publications reported that the Ballon d'Or winner wanted to leave Spain. But to go where? Maybe we'll be able to tell you next week.

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