Yesterday’s Premier League transfer roundup included La Liga interest in Alexandre Lacazette, more news on the future of Paul Pogba and a fee agreed between Newcastle and Leicester City for Ayoze Perez. Today’s edition features the confirmation of the new man at Chelsea’s helm, Manchester City’s new record signing and Arsenal’s pursuit of a Real Madrid defender.
Since Maurizio Sarri left Stamford Bridge last month, there has been one man at the front of the race to become the new Chelsea manager. And on Thursday, it was finally confirmed that Frank Lampard will be the new Blues boss. The London outfit’s record goalscorer has left Derby County and has signed a three-year contract with the club where he spent 13 years as a player. The Rams owner Mel Morris has confirmed that Phillip Cocu has flown to Florida to join up with the rest of the team as he prepares to take over from Lampard.
It was another one that had been talked about for a while, and on Thursday it was officially confirmed by Manchester City themselves: the Citizens have signed Rodri from La Liga side Atletico Madrid. The 23-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year deal with the club, with the Manchester outfit having paid £62.8m for the Spaniard, which is the highest fee they have ever parted with for a player. Rodri was with Atletico for just one season following his transfer from Villareal last year, scoring three goals in 47 games during his time at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Arsenal will need to be clever during this summer transfer window, as they have just a reported £45m to spend on new recruits. It is, therefore, a bit of a surprise to see the Gunners linked with Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, one of the biggest names in world football. The Brazilian has reportedly asked to leave Los Merengues this summer, and it already appears that he has no lack of potential suitors. Along with the Emirates outfit, PSG, Juventus and AC Milan are all mentioned to be in pursuit of the player. It remains to be seen what the future holds for the 31-year-old.