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Lyon’s president has confirmed that Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette still wants to leave the club, but has insisted that he will not be sold until a suitable replacement is found.

On Monday the French side signed young Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore in a £10m deal, leading many to speculate that the club were paving the way for Lacazette’s departure.

But Jean-Michel Aulas has said that the club do not see Traore as a like for like replacement and would only sell Lacazette when they have recruited another forward – thought to be Real Madrid’s Mariano Diaz.

Summer Exodus Expected From The Emirates

Arsenal are ready to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool with as many as eight other first-team players following him out the exit door.

The England international is yet to agree a new deal with the club and with only a year remaining is likely to be sold this summer with Anfield understood to be his most likely destination.

Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer and is set for a busy summer as he attempts to build a squad capable of challenging both in the Premier League and in Europe where the Reds are back in the Champions League after a two-year absence.

Premier League Summer Transfers

zlatan-billboardWith the 2016/17 Premier League finished, the summer transfer window is now open, with clubs able to announce deals that will, in the case of those from outside England, be ratified from 10 June, 2017.

This summer’s window will close on 31 August and we will bring all the latest signings made from the Premier League as the 20 clubs are expected to spend over £1.5B this summer. s.

Sead Kolasinac (Schalke, free)

Takuma Asano (Stuttgart, loan)

Asmir Begovic (Chelsea, £10m)

Pascal Gross (Ingolstadt, undisclosed)
Josh Kerr (Celtic, undisclosed)
Mathew Ryan (Valencia, undisclosed)

We will have some blockbuster matches in the USA this summer and both the Champions League Winners and Europa League Winners will both be conducting their pre-season training in the U.S.

Manchester United will face Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the United States this summer as part of the International Champions Cup.

Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Roma and Tottenham will also take part in the tournament, which will also include a Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona in Miami.

Zlatan To Atletico?

According to reports out of England, Atletico Madrid want to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the January transfer window once their transfer ban is lifted.

The Swede is out of contract after Manchester United included him on the club’s list of released players at the end of the season after he picked up a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League.

There has been much talk about the striker’s next move, with teams in America and China heavily linked.

And now it appears Atletico have thrown their name into the mix with Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, managing a proposal from the Spanish club.

Is Arsenal Facing A Wage Cap Limit?

Interesting article in the newspapers this morning that Arsenal might he forced to sell players in order to lower their wage bill.

Arsenal are trying to sign Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to new contracts. But according to Premier League rules, signing their stars to big money deals could mean that Arsenal would be in violation of the short term cost control (STCC) measures which restrict teams to £7 million increases in total salaries each season.

Sanchez currently earns £130,000 per week and Ozil £140,000, and they have both been offered new deals of around £280,000-per-week. That translates to a £15m rise on Arsenal’s wage bill.

The transfer window finally sprung into life on the red side of Merseyside as Liverpool smashed their transfer record to sign winger Mohamed Salah from Roma.

Salah was one of Jurgen Klopp’s top summer targets and it is easy to see why. He has blistering pace, a tireless work-rate, electric feet and a strong vision and reading of the game.

But the question is where does Salah fit into the Liverpool line-up next season?

At £39m it is clear Salah has not arrived at Anfield to be merely a back-up and provide depth – he’s is a starter.

Barcelona To Spend Big This Summer

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has said the club will make “big-name signings” as they look to strengthen new coach Ernesto Valverde’s squad.

After missing out on the Liga title to Real Madrid last season and losing to Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinals, Barca understand that they need to refresh and strengthen a squad that looked a little jaded at times last season.

With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will both be 30 during the upcoming season, Fernandez understands that the Messi window is beginning to close.

So this is not a rebuilding project for Barcelona. They want to invest in players who can improve the team immediately.

Strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe have attracted a lot of attention already this summer with potential record breaking transfers to other clubs.

But the best striker potentially on the move this summer is Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, and the German giants are moving quickly to try and keep him at the Allianz Arena by threatening to go to FIFA if clubs approach Lewandowski without their permission, amid speculation that Manchester United and Chelsea have held talks with the striker.

Bayern have gone so far as issuing a statement to Sky Deutschland warning clubs over Lewandowski.

Wantaway AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has faced the backlash of angry supporters during Italy Under 21s’ recent clash with Denmark Under 21s at the European Championships.

News spread this week that the 18-year-old stopper would not be signing a new contract at San Siro and would instead be seeking pastures new.

Teenager Donnarumma was given his opportunity by Milan back in 2015 and has since established himself as first choice, though angry fans have greeted the latest news with a torrent of anger and the throwing of fake wads of cash.