Transfer Talk: Chelsea linked with Lille’s Jonathan David

The summer transfer window is open for the Premier League and is set to open across Europe soon, and there are plenty of moves in the works and gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Chelsea eyeing Lille’s David

Chelsea have turned their attention to Lille striker Jonathan David, reports The Athletic.

The Blues are reported to have made contact with the 24-year-old’s representatives, having placed him high on their wishlist in the search for a forward.

He is set to enter the final year of his contract at the end of the month, and the Ligue 1 side are reported to be open to moving him on if they receive a “reasonable offer.” Club president Oliver Letang previously stated that David would be allowed to leave this summer, with Premier League sides as well as AC Milan also linked with him.

David, who played 90 minutes in Canada‘s Copa América opener against Argentina on Friday, has scored 84 goals in 183 matches for Les Dogues.

PAPER GOSSIP

– A new approach for Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite is being prepared by Manchester United, reports the Daily Mail. The Red Devils are expected to improve on their previous offer of £43 million, though it is unclear whether they will come close to meeting the Toffees’ previous demands of £70m. Manager Erik ten Hag is keen to reinforce his defence this summer, with Raphaël Varane set to leave Old Trafford at the end of the month.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Xavi Simons has informed the club of his desire to leave this summer, reports Fabrizio Romano. It is reported that the 21-year-old will be given a one-year loan move away from the Parc des Princes, with Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig among the clubs interested in him.

– Multiple clubs are tracking Benfica midfielder João Neves, reports Ben Jacobs. Paris Saint-Germain are reported to be one of the sides at the front of the queue for the 19-year-old Portugal international alongside Arsenal and Manchester United, but they are said to be reluctant to meet his release clause of €120m. PSG are currently only willing to make an offer in the region of €70m.

Real Madrid are only open to a move for Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies if a deal can be secured for €35m, reports Relevo. The Bundesliga club are said to be looking for more, but they could face uncertainty with the 23-year-old closing in on the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena. It is reported that there is some distance between both over a new deal, with Davies looking for around €20m-per-year.

– Three top Premier League clubs are interested in Athletic Club forward Nico Williams, says Nicolo Schira. The 21-year-old has been in bright form for Spain at the European Championship, and it looks as though interest in his signature is beginning to surface. He has previously been linked with both Barcelona and Real Madrid, while a release clause in his deal allows him to be signed for a fee of €58m.