TRANSFER NEWS LIVE – Thursday June 13
– Manchester United are making plans to replace goalkeeper David de Ge air he leaves this summer
– Chelsea have opted not to pursue Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho
– Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Sant-Etienne’s William Saliba
Premier League fixtures
Away from transfer news, the Premier League fixtures have been released.
The Premier League season gets underway on Friday, 9 August with Liverpool kicking off proceedings at Anfield when Championship winners Norwich are the visitors.
Champions Manchester City begin the defence of their title in the early kick off on Saturday (12.30pm) when they travel to West Ham.
But all eyes will be on Sunday’s mouthwatering tie as Chelsea and Manchester United go head to head on the opening weekend.
Man Utd’s £40m plan
Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is drawing up a plan in case David de Gea quits the club this summer.
De Gea is about to enter the final year of his contract and talks over an extension are going nowhere.
The Spaniard is one of the club’s most valuable assets and they won’t want to lose him for nothing.
The Sun report United boss Woodward is drafting up a contingency plan which include Ajax’s Andre Onana and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
Onana would the cheaper option at around £40m with Oblak coming in at more than the world-record £71m Chelsea paid for Kepa Arrizabalaga last year.
It’s claimed United would rather lose De Gea for free next summer rather than flog him now.
Coutinho to Chelsea?
Chelsea have decided against signing Philippe Coutinho after initial discussions with Barcelona, it has been claimed.
Chelsea were looking at the Brazil international as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard who has joined Real Madrid for an initial £89million.
But any move for Coutinho would mean the Blues’ transfer ban would have to be frozen or lifted.
FIFA have stopped Chelsea from signing players in the next two windows for breaking rules when it comes to signing young players.
The Sun claim the Blues have given up on Coutinho though as they are resigned to the fact their transfer ban will not be resolved in time to complete a deal.
Arsenal close in on Saliba
Arsenal are close to securing a deal for Saint Etienne defender William Saliba, according to reports.
The Gunners have been monitoring the 18-year-old’s situation following a strong campaign for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Saint Etienne want £26m for Saliba this summer.
And Le10 Sport are reporting that Arsenal are willing to pay that fee – but may be forced into loaning the youngster back to France for another season.
The French publication claims both parties are still locked in negotiations.
However, a deal is still close enough that it could be finalised in the next few weeks.
Lovren asking price
Liverpool want £25m for Dejan Lovren this summer – with AC Milan linked with a swoop for the Croatian star.
The Reds star warmed the bench regularly last term with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip both impressing alongside Virgil van Dijk.
And The Times reporter Paul Joyce now reports Liverpool have put a fee of £25m on Lovren’s head should any deal be done.
Milan are yet to make a formal move for the centre-back, however.