Good morning football fans
Chris Wood is amazed Newcastle paid Burnley £25million for him – while Manchester United could land Denis Zakaria for just £5m.
Wood became the Prem’s costliest-ever 30-something as the Toon shocked observers by triggering his release clause.
Meanwhile, competition for Borussia Monchengladbach anchorman Zakaria is hotting up.
Arsenal remain favourites for the Swiss 25-year-old but interim United boss Ralf Rangnick has thrust the Red Devils into contention.
Paulo Dybala is expected to leave Juventus this summer, having previously attracted strong interest from United, Tottenham or Barcelona.
And Chelsea flop Kenedy admits he is ‘surprised’ to be recalled from his Flamengo loan as Thomas Tuchel seeks reinforcements amid injury and Covid woes.
The Blues are also preparing a fresh bid to keep centre-back Antonio Rudiger.
On the pitch, Arsenal defied Granit Xhaka’s red card with superb defending to earn a 0-0 draw at Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.