Premier League Transfer Roundup: Kovacic close, Rodriguez on Man United’s radar, Newcastle draw up manager shortlist

The Premier League’s 20 clubs continue to work behind the scenes as they prepare for the upcoming campaign. Thursday’s Premier League transfer roundup includes Chelsea’s pursuit of Mateo Kovacic, Manchester United’s potential move for James Rodriguez and the situation at Newcastle as the Toon look for a new manager.

Chelsea agreement with Real for Kovacic

Chelsea may be under a two-window transfer ban, but that hasn’t stopped them trying to bring in players during this summer transfer window. And it seems they may have been successful in finding a loophole. According to Sky Sports News, the Blues have reached an agreement with Real Madrid in regards to the transfer of Croatian Kovacic.

The fee agreed is €45m (£40.3m). The 25-year-old central midfielder spent last season on loan at Stamford Bridge and made 51 appearances in all competitions for the club. Chelsea, it has emerged, can sign the player as he was registered with them last season, but they must complete the move before June 30 for it to go through.

Rodriguez on United radar

Manchester United have been busy during this summer transfer window, having already completed the signing of Dan James. Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks to be incoming soon as well. United are unlikely to stop there, however, and new reports claim that the Red Devils have held talks with Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez.

The Colombian, who is currently at the Copa America with his country, played the last two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, but the Bavarians decided not to use their purchase option. It is reported that the former Monaco and Porto player would be interested in a move to the Premier League.

Newcastle managerial targets

Newcastle United’s managerial situation is still up in the air but, as to be expected, there is no lack of names being linked with the job in the North-East.

According to the Telegraph, Nice’s Patrick Vieira, Rangers’ Steven Gerrard and Mikel Arteta, who is Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Premier League champions Manchester City, are all on the club’s shortlist. However, none of them have yet been contacted. Nice have confirmed that there has been no contact made for Vieira, and according to Sky Sports, they would not welcome an approach for the former Arsenal midfielder.

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