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Clubs are stepping up their transfer plans as they prepare for the 2021-22 season. Manchester United have followed up the signing of Jadon Sancho by seemingly being close to adding Raphael Varane to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad. Manchester City, who are completing pre-season with a small squad, are hoping for news on Harry Kane and Jack Grealish this week. There might also be news on Chelsea’s pursuit of both Romelu Lukaku or Erling Haaland as boss Thomas Tuchel eyes a new striker. Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool could be busy, too. Express Sport brings you all the latest news throughout the day.
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Man City told to ditch Kane transfer and sign Abraham
9am update: The striker has been a fringe figure at Chelsea since Tuchel’s arrival in January.
Abraham scored just one of his 12 goals last season under the German and it was in an FA Cup tie at Barnsley.
Tuchel named him in the matchday squads for neither the FA Cup final nor the Champions League final and it looks like Abraham is running out of time to prove his worth, especially if the Blues sign one of Lukaku or Haaland.
Man City, in need of a striker following the departure of Sergio Aguero, have been told to join Arsenal in the race for Abraham by former forward Trevor Sinclair.
He said: “The season he had at Aston Villa and then he went back to Chelsea and did very well. He’s a handful, his pace, he looks to stretch the lines, he’s a finisher.
“No player’s perfect, especially at 22 or 23, but there’s a lot of growth there with Tammy. He’d be someone I’d be very interested to see at Manchester City.”
Haaland tells Chelsea his worth
8:30am update: Chelsea want to sign a striker this summer as Thomas Tuchel saw his side misfire at times following his January arrival.
Lukaku and Haaland have both been suggested as possible targets, although the latter would cost close around £150million this summer.
However, the Norwegian appears to disagree with Borussia Dortmund’s valuation of him.
Sky Sports Germany reporter Jesco von Eichmann says that Haaland asked him if there was any news about his transfer saga when they met at Dortmund’s training ground.
Von Eichmann told the 21-year-old that there were rumours of a £150m move, to which Haaland quipped: “I’m not worth that!”
Man Utd agree Varane transfer
8am update: The Red Devils’ pursuit of Real Madrid defender Varane is reportedly set to end this week as the two clubs have finally agreed a deal.
Varane is widely believed to be flying to England in the coming days and will undergo a medical ahead of a £39m move.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has wanted a new partner for centre-back Harry Maguire after neither Eric Bailly nor Victor Lindelof sufficiently convinced that they can be the England star’s long-term sidekick.
The deal for Varane will take United’s spending above £100m following the £73m arrival of Sancho from Dortmund.
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