Yesterday’s Premier League transfer roundup consisted of news on Arsenal’s pursuit of a Real Madrid midfielder, an update on the future of a Ligue 1 winger and an Argentina international being chased by Manchester United. Today’s edition divulges information on Newcastle’s new signing, a fresh deal for a Chelsea youngster and comments from a 24-year-old.
The most former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was able to spend on one player whilst at St. James’ Park was around £20m. New boss Steve Bruce, however, has doubled that with his first signing. The Toon confirmed last night that they have completed the capture of Brazilian forward Joelinton, with the fee reportedly being a club-record £40m. The 22-year-old joined from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim and will wear the famous number nine shirt for the North-East outfit. “I’m really happy to be here,” he said upon putting pen to paper. “I know it’s a large investment that the club has made in me, and that comes with a huge responsibility.”
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been a target for Bayern Munich since January, but it seems that his future still lies at Stamford Bridge. The 18-year-old and Chelsea are close to agreeing a new contract, according to Sky Sports. The England international will soon sign a long-term deal with the Blues which will be worth £180,000 a week following a “crucial breakthrough” in the last 48 hours between Marina Granovskaia and Hudson-Odoi’s representatives. Whilst the salary appears to have been agreed, some of the finer details are still to be further discussed, such as what shirt number he will wear and whether the contract will be four or five years in length.
Bruno Fernandes has been heavily linked to a move away from Sporting Lisbon this summer, with Manchester United particularly mentioned, and the 24-year-old has now given the strongest indication yet that a switch to the Premier League is on the cards. When asked about a potential move following his club’s penalty shootout defeat in their pre-season friendly against Club Brugge, the Portugal international said, “Will this be the last match for Sporting? I don’t know, it’s the coach who decides. I told you I’d like to play in England, but that’s not what interests me. It may be when the club decides”. The Red Devils’ interest comes following a breakout season during which the midfielder scored 32 goals and provided 18 assists.