Transfer round-up August 6: PSG reject Al-Hilal's Marco Verratti bid, Nottingham Forest closing in on Arsenal's Matt Turner

During the summer transfer window 2023, football fans around the world are experiencing various emotions as clubs make surprising changes to their teams.

Marco Verratti in a file photo; Credit: Twitter@MarcoVerratti1
By Animesh | Aug 7, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

During the summer transfer window 2023, football fans around the world are experiencing various emotions as clubs make surprising changes to their teams. Players are leaving and joining clubs, making it an emotionally busy time for fans. Among all the news, one thing has caught everyone’s attention – something big and interesting happened in the world of football. Manchester United agreed to pay a reported amount of £64 million plus potential add-ons of £8 million to Atalanta for Rasmus Hojlund’s transfer, surpassing their initial £60 million limit. Hojlund has signed with Manchester United until June 2028, potentially extended by a year based on international clearance. A minor injury from Atalanta’s pre-season prevents him from participating in Manchester United’s upcoming pre-season matches, but he’s been training and should regain match fitness in a few weeks.

According to reports, Manchester City acquired Croatian center-back Joško Gvardiol from RB Leipzig for approximately €90 million, ranking him among football’s most expensive defenders. Nicknamed “Little Pep,” the 21-year-old impressed at the World Cup and signed a five-year deal with City. Chelsea signed goalkeeper Robert Sanchez from Brighton reportedly for £25 million, with a seven-year contract. He strengthens Chelsea’s goalkeeping after Mendy’s departure. Under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea aims for a resurgence following a disappointing 12th-place finish last season.

Read more- Transfer round-up August 5: Manchester United unveil Rasmus Hojlund, Josko Gvardiol joins Manchester City

PSG reject Al-Hilal’s Marco Verratti bid

Paris Saint-Germain has been extremely active this summer and they have reportedly rejected a €40 million offer from Al Hilal for Italian midfielder Marco Verratti. PSG is allegedly seeking around €70-80 million for the player. Reports suggests that Verratti had already agreed to personal terms with Al-Hilal, including a contract until 2026. However, PSG is contemplating the midfielder’s future and might consider his departure if an offer in the range of €70-80 million arrives, as reported by Italian Journalist Matteo Moretto. The midfielder’s potential move to the Saudi Arabian side seems uncertain due to these negotiations and the differing valuations.

Nottingham Forest closing in on Arsenal’s Matt Turner

Nottingham Forest’s pursuit of Arsenal’s Matt Turner has clouded Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s potential move to the club. Forest’s recent bid for Turner has introduced uncertainty around Henderson’s transfer, despite previous interest. Turner, the 29-year-old American, is close to leaving Arsenal after limited appearances under manager Mikel Arteta. Forest’s proposal for a permanent move for Turner is progressing well. This move could also impact Arsenal’s plans, potentially paving the way for them to pursue Brentford’s David Raya as Turner’s replacement. The situation prompts questions about Turner’s move, his role at Forest, and its implications for the ongoing transfer window.

Franck Kessie set for Al-Ahli medical

Franck Kessie is reportedly scheduled for a medical examination with Saudi Pro League’s Al-Ahli on Sunday, finalizing his transfer from Barcelona. The Ivorian midfielder’s decision to depart comes after Xavi indicated reduced playing time in the upcoming season. Kessie joins the trend of players moving to the Middle East, with Italian Journalist and Transfer Expert Fabrizio Romano confirming his medical check and contract signing for Al-Ahli. This transfer offers Barcelona financial gains as Kessie arrived on a free transfer last year and will now leave for a profit.

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Transfer round-up August 4: Arsenal submit their first bid for David Raya, Axel Disasi joins Chelsea FC

Transfer round-up August 3: Juventus closing in on Romelu Lukaku, PSG inching closer to Ousmane Dembele

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