Exclusive: Fabrizio Romano’s Daily Briefing – Did Liverpool really bid for Valverde? Plus Potter impact at Chelsea, and more

Posted by

Hello and welcome to my latest Daily Briefing – the biggest transfer stories all in one place, featuring Kylian Mbappe, Federico Valverde, and more.

AC Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “I will be back soon. I’m not gonna retire, I’m coming back and I won’t give up.” He extended his contract until June and he will return from injury in 2023.


Mohammed Kudus is catching the eye in the Champions League with this stunning goal against Liverpool to follow up another brilliant solo effort against Rangers last week.

Is Kudus the next top talent who could leave Ajax for big money? Which Premier League club came close to signing him in the summer? Click here to read my exclusive column and find out all you need to know.


How are Arsenal progressing in talks over a new contract for Bukayo Saka, and who else is in line for new deals? Click here for my latest exclusive update.

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo on Antoine Griezmann: “We have not met with Barcelona nor do we intend to do so. Griezmann story is pretty clear. At the moment we are at the same point, nothing has changed with FCB on Griezmann – same as beginning of the season.”


Here we go – Gavi has signed a new contract. Full agreement now 100% completed with Barcelona. It’s done and sealed after breakthrough reported last week. He’s earned a pay rise, with his new deal valid until June 2026, plus a release clause of €1billion.


What kind of impact is Graham Potter having at Chelsea? And which players could benefit most from his arrival? It’s all here in my exclusive column.

How did Chelsea end up pipping Manchester City to the signing of Marc CucurellaClick here for my deep dive into this story.

Red Bull Salzburg’s Christoph Freund is emerging as a candidate for the sporting director job at Chelsea, but who is he and why is he so highly regarded? Find out more in my exclusive column.

Todd Boehly: “Tuchel is extremely talented and had great success, our vision for the club was finding a manager that wanted to collaborate with us. But we weren’t sure Thomas saw our vision the same way we saw it, we didn’t have a shared vision.”

Reports around Tiemoue Bakayoko leaving Chelsea for Olympiacos and then to Nottingham Forest are wide of the mark, as I understand it.


Did Liverpool really make a late bid for Real Madrid midfielder Federico ValverdeClick here to find out what I’ve been told.

Manchester United

What’s the latest with new contracts for Marcus Rashford and four other Manchester United players? Click here for my exclusive update.


Pajtim Kasami is in talks over a potential return to Olympiacos on a free transfer. He’s a free agent after recently leaving Basel.


No decision is imminent on Lionel Messi – he is focused on PSG and then the World Cup with Argentina. For all the talk of a return to Barcelona or a new contract with PSG, the player will not proceed before 2023.

Rayo Vallecano

It’s finally a done deal – Raul de Tomas has signed as a new Rayo Vallecano player from Espanyol after lengthy negotiations. This important signing has finally been agreed and completed.

Real Madrid

Ancelotti on Kylian Mbappe: “Kylian contract? Again with this? [laughs] We are delighted with our players… we’re very happy with Vinicius and Rodrygo. We are not thinking about anyone else. Asensio has chances to play tomorrow, he’s training very well.”

More Stories Antoine Griezmann Bukayo Saka Fabrizio Romano federico valverde Gavi Kylian Mbappe Marc Cucurella Marcus Rashford Mohammed Kudus Raul de Tomas Tiemoue Bakayoko Zlatan Ibrahimovic