The Transfer Hub-June 26

The Transfer Hub-June 26
Andrew Gastelum analyzes the past week in the transfer window and how the latest additions and departures could affect your fantasy team.
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Southampton are thought to be honing in on their first signing in the reign of new boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

The had been attempting to sign Lech Poznan's centre-back Jan Bednarek prior to the appointment of the new manager, though it seems his arrival has only moved proceedings forward in this regard. Initially, the Saints were reportedly reluctant to meet Lech's valuation of the player, though it seems they have now made an agreement. The club were believed to be holding out until after the U-21 European Championships, where they thought Bednarek's reputation would be enhanced and his value increased. Instead, the Polish player had a poor championship, with the low point being conceding a penalty en route to getting sent off in a 3-0 defeat to England in the group stages. Even if Virgil Van Dijk leaves Southampton this summer, Bednarek is not being viewed as a replacement and more so as an investment in the future.
Jun 26 - 11:15 PM

Manchester United are expected to sign Chelsea's Nemanja Matic in the next week.

United manager Jose Mourinho is very keen to sign the player that he brought to Chelsea in 2014 for a fee thought to be in and around £40 million. Matic, who is 28, has reportedly agreed personal terms and a £155,000 per week contract with the Red Devils. The deal is expected to go through before United jet off on their pre-season tour in the USA on July 9th. Matic is being drafted in as a replacement for ageing veteran Michael Carrick, who is 36 in July and entering what is presumed to be the final season of his career after he signed a one year extension to his current contract. Matic is also viewed as a step up from Belgian beanpole Marouane Fellaini. Matic will not be able to replace Carrick's passing ability, however he is an accomplished defensively minded midfielder who is used to the pace of the PL. The move indicates that Antonio Conte will not be letting Cesc Fabregas leave the club this summer, and may pave the way for The Blues to sign Tiemoué Bakayoko from Monaco.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 11:01 PM

Bournemouth are in talks to sign former Blackburn winger Connor Mahoney, who is currently out of contract.

Mahoney, 20, made 14 appearances for Rovers last season in the Championship as they suffered relegation, making four starts. However, his deal at Blackburn expired at the end of the season, with the club resigned to the fact that the player would leave the club to play at a higher level. Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough since Garry Monk took the reigns have been linked with the Englishman, who is capped at youth level, but Eddie Howe's Cherries are now believed to be leading the race to secure his signature. While Bournemouth do not have to pay a transfer fee to Blackburn for the player, as he is under 24 years old they must agree compensation with the club or have a figure fixed by a tribunal.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 26 - 10:51 PM

Brighton and Hove Albion are exploring a number of options to beef up their left-back slot ahead of the upcoming season.

Albion, who were promoted to the PL as Championship runners-up in 2016/17, had relied upon Gaëtan Bong and Sébastien Pocognoli, on loan from West Brom, to fill that void last season. However, Pocognoli will not be at the AMEX Stadium next season as he is moving to Belgian club Standard Liege. Thus manager Chris Hughton is exploring alternative options. Their principal target is Ingolstadt player Markus Suttner, but the club are not keen to let the experienced set-piece specialist depart. Brighton have placed a bid for him, believed to amount to £2.2 million, but the club refuse to accept the bid and are rumoured to be holding out for a much improved offer of £3.5 million. They have tried to entice Suttner to stay by offering him a new three year contract. However, if Suttner's agent is to be believed, Suttner has no intention of staying. He says playing in the PL is his client's dream, and he is critical of Ingolstadt for refusing to sell the player.
Source: The Argus
Jun 26 - 10:39 PM

Huddersfield Town are believed to be on the verge of signing Montpellier forward Steve Mounie.

The Terriers broke their transfer record earlier this week to sign Belgium forward Laurent Depoitre from Porto and now look set to break it again with the arrival of Mounie. The Montpellier academy product scored 14 goals in 35 Ligue 1 appearances during 2016/17 campaign, and is expected to cost the Yorkshire club a fee in the region of £11million, according to The Sun. While Huddersfield have yet to officially announced the signing, Montpellier boss Michel De Zakarian claimed on Monday that the deal is all but done. "Steve Mounie has left. He will have a medical before signing in England," Der Zakarian said. If Mounie does sign then the fee will smash the record £4m Town paid for Depoitre last Friday.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 26 - 7:38 PM

After seeing their first approach turned down, Huddersfield Town are said to be preparing a second bid for Derby winger Tom Ince.

Huddersfield began their summer with the signing of Belgian striker Laurent Depoitre from FC Porto last week and now face a decide on whether or not step up efforts to add Ince—the son of former England captain Paul Ince. Town saw a £7.2 million bid for 25-year-old rejected by Derby earlier this month, according to Sky Sports, but reports suggest the Premier League newcomers are contemplating matching the £10 million asking price for attacking wideman. Though a deal would see the Terriers break their transfer record for the second time this window following the arrival of Depoitre (£3.5m), it would be a huge capture for David Wagner's side. Ince was Derby's leading scorer and provider last season with 15 goals and eight assists in 50 Championship appearances.
Source: HITC
Jun 26 - 6:44 PM

Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri wants midfielder Papy Mendy to join him at French side Nantes this summer.

The Italian took over at Nantes earlier this month after being sacked by the Foxes in February and now wants to bring Mendy back to France, according to French newspaper L'Equipe. Ranieri signed Mendy for Leicester last summer from Nice for £13 million, but an ankle injury on his debut limited him to just four Premier League appearances before undergoing season-ending surgery. While Ranieri is keen on being reunited with Mendy as he looks to strengthen the recently inherited Nantes squad, it remains to be seen whether or not the Foxes are willing to sell the midfielder just a year after his arrival at the King Power Stadium.
Jun 26 - 5:27 PM

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore has completed a permanent transfer to French side Lyon.

The Burkina Faso international joins Lyon on a five-year contract for a fee of €10 million, with the deal including a 15 per cent sell on clause for Chelsea should the Ligue 1 outfit decide to sell the striker in the future. The 21-year-old joined Chelsea in January 2014 and spent the first 18 months of his Blues career on loan at Vitesse, scoring 17 goals in 48 Eredivisie appearances. Traore returned to Stamford Bridge for the 2015-16 season and made 16 starts, scoring four goals, under Jose Mourinho and caretaker manager Guus Hiddink. But the arrival of Michy Batshuayi saw Traore sent out on loan to Ajax last season, where he turned heads with 13 goals in 39 appearances and shined on the club's run to the Europa League final. Traore becomes the third Chelsea player to leave this summer following the sale of Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) and Christian Atsu (Newcastle).
Jun 26 - 4:13 PM
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