Transfer News: Manchester United Chases Tottenham Star While Chelsea Finally Gets Target in Weekly Recap

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France, February 22. Christopher Lee/Getty

Spending in the Premier League reached more than £600 million (about $785 million) on Friday after more heavy spending. Here's a summary of the week that was.


After guzumping Chelsea to the signing of Romelu Lukaku the week before, Manchester United was being linked to Antonio Conte's top target Tiemoue Bakayoko. By Friday, the French midfielder was at Chelsea's training ground for a medical. His teammate in Monaco was being linked with a move to the Premier League, as Arsene Wenger looked to continue his spending at Arsenal having signed Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. Surprise spenders of the summer Everton looked set to continue delving into its pockets for Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, but the Merseyside club was given a price of £32 million for the Iceland midfielder.


Just 24 hours later, the price for Sigurdsson had increased substantially. Now, Swansea City was demanding £50 million for the Everton target. Manchester United was continuing its pursuit of Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic but the Italian club was also demanding £50 million for the 28-year-old. After missing out on Lukaku, Chelsea had turned its attention to Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.


Reports in France suggested Arsene Wenger had met with Monaco's 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe over a proposed move to Arsenal. It still hasn't happened. Chelsea was considering new full-back targets after looking to have missed out on Juventus' Alex Sandro, with Real Madrid's Danilo top of the list. Progress seemed to have been made in United's pursuit of Perisic, as reports suggested his move to Old Trafford would be complete by the time Inter Milan left for its pre-season tour of China on Tuesday. Mourinho's team also made Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier one of its main targets for the rest of the summer.


Tottenham was responding to United's targeting of Dier, claiming it would "not be bullied" by the large finances available to Mourinho. Talk of Kyle Walker moving from Tottenham to Manchester City accelerated, while across London Arsene Wenger was said to be "confident" of signing Thomas Lemar from Monaco. The 2016 Premier League champion Leicester City was reacting to its poor title defense by planning to sell six of the players it bought the previous summer, but it was also considering investing in Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho.


Manchester United was rocked by news that Real Madrid had reignited its interest in Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea. Mourinho's club was said to be "determined" to hold onto the 26-year-old, who has two years left on his contract. Kyle Walker completed his move to the Etihad Stadium from Spurs, in a deal said to make the England player the most expensive defender in the world. Liverpool was not having much luck in the transfer window as it was told by RB Leipzig that midfielder Naby Keita was not for sale.