Transfer news LIVE! Aubameyang to Chelsea talks, Cucurella drama; Tottenham make Udogie bid; Arsenal latest

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Transfer news LIVE!

Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham remain very active as we enter the final month of the summer transfer window. Thomas Tuchel is scrambling for further signings, with Chelsea closing in on a £52.5million deal with Brighton for Marc Cucurella and opening shock talks over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chelsea are also plotting a new offer for Inter Milan starlet Cesare Casadei to go along with their imminent signing of Carney Chukwuemeka. They also seem to have hijacked Manchester United’s move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and are also battling the Red Devils for Benjamin Sesko.

Elsewhere, Tottenham have opened talks with Udinese over Italy Under-21 left-back Destiny Udogie and are rumoured to have made a fresh move for Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo, though former boss Jose Mourinho stands in their way.

Arsenal remain keen on Youri Tielemans and could use the money recouped from several player exits to finally fund a deal for the Leicester midfielder this month. Meanwhile, the Gunners have sanctioned the loan departures of Charlie Patino and Folarin Balogun. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip with our live blog below!

Latest transfer news and rumours

  • Chelsea open Aubameyang talks

  • Chelsea close to £52.5m Cucurella deal

  • Brighton deny Cucurella transfer agreed

  • Tottenham make move for Udogie

  • Onana prefers Everton to West Ham move

  • Done deal! Patino leaves Arsenal on loan

Chelsea open Aubameyang talks

Wednesday 3 August 2022 23:09 , George Flood

Well, it’s fair to say that Fabrizio Romano has just dropped a late night transfer bombshell.

Of course it concerns busy Chelsea, who have arrived at a shock name in their pursuit of a new striker.

Romano claims that the Blues are now considering a surprise swoop for former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joins the likes of Red Bull Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko on their list of attacking targets.

What’s more, it is said that talks have already begun with Aubameyang, but no bid has yet been made to Barcelona, with whom the Gabon frontman signed a three-and-a-half year contract after his unceremonious exit from Arsenal in January.

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Onana prefers Everton over West Ham move

Wednesday 3 August 2022 23:03 , George Flood

West Ham still have no agreement over personal terms with Amadou Onana, reports suggest.

Earlier today, the Hammers saw a £33.5m offer for the 20-year-old Belgian midfielder accepted by French club Lille.

However, settling on a contract is likely to prove problematic for David Moyes and Co, with Fabrizio Romano suggesting that Onana would prefer a move to Premier League rivals Everton.

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Tottenham step up Milenkovic chase

Wednesday 3 August 2022 22:06 , George Flood

Tottenham are said to be leading the race for Nikola Milenkovic.

Italian outlet Tuttosport suggest that Spurs have stepped up their pursuit of the versatile Serbian centre-back, who plays his club football in Serie A with Fiorentina.

Indeed, Tottenham are believed to be pressing ahead with talks with the 24-year-old’s agent as they look to further strengthen their defence following the arrivals of Djed Spence and Clement Lenglet so far this summer.

Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster are the other arrivals to date from a busy window in N17.

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Brighton deny Chelsea agreement for Cucurella

Wednesday 3 August 2022 20:49 , George Flood

Has everyone spoken too soon?

Brighton have just released the following terse statement denying any agreement over Marc Cucurella.

The Seagulls said on social media: “Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella.”

Chelsea include £50m buy-back clause in Colwill sale

Wednesday 3 August 2022 20:11 , George Flood

Chelsea defender Levi Colwill is on the verge of joining Brighton, reports Nizaar Kinsella.

The fee for Colwill is thought to be around £25m with a buy-back clause set at approximately £50m, with the final details still being thrashed out. Chelsea were reluctant to let him go permanently so negotiated the clause.

Brighton are now set to beat Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leicester in the race for the 19-year-old academy graduate, who spent last season on loan in the Championship at Huddersfield.

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Levi Colwill in action versus Charlotte (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea wrap up Cucurella deal

Wednesday 3 August 2022 20:03 , George Flood

Here is Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella on that Chelsea agreement for Marc Cucurella...

Chelsea have completed the £52.5million signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton, pending a medical.

The Blues have agreed a fixed fee with no add-ons and a contract until 2028 for the left-sided defender and Spanish international.

It follows Manchester City walking away from protracted talks over Cucurella after seeing their £40m offer turned down to work on other potential targets.

Thomas Tuchel has long been an admirer of the wing-back, who has been scouted and of interest to Chelsea since before the German was appointed as manager.

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Done deal! Patino joins Blackpool on loan

Wednesday 3 August 2022 19:43 , George Flood

Blackpool have now announced the signing of Arsenal wonderkid Charlie Patino.

The highly-rated Hale End graduate will spend the 2022/23 season on loan at Bloomfield Road, having impressed Mikel Arteta during pre-season.

Patino made two senior appearances for Arsenal in the cup competitions last term, scoring on his first-team debut against Sunderland.

He will now get to test himself in senior football week in, week out in the Championship, where Blackpool got off to a winning start against Reading on opening weekend.

“This is a great opportunity for me, and I think I’m ready to take this on. It’s the next step of my career and I’m really excited to get going,” said Patino.

“I spoke to Danny Ballard and Dujon Sterling before coming to the Club and they were full of praise and said it’s an amazing place to be where everybody is welcome.

“They also mentioned the fans, the Tangerine Army, who are always on their feet at home and away games. I’m just buzzing to play in front of them and show them what I’m about.”

Chelsea agree £52.5m Cucurella deal

Wednesday 3 August 2022 19:31 , George Flood

Chelsea have now agreed a deal with Brighton for Marc Cucurella.

That news comes courtesy of Fabrizio Romano, who says the Seagulls have accepted a bid worth £52.5m for the versatile Spanish full-back.

Cucurella will sign a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge, having already agreed personal terms earlier this week. He is due in London to undergo a medical on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Levi Colwill’s permanent switch from Chelsea to Brighton in a separate deal is still being discussed.

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Tottenham bid £20.9m for Destiny Udogie

Wednesday 3 August 2022 19:08 , George Flood

A little bit more information has emerged on Tottenham’s move for Destiny Udogie.

According to Sky Italia, Spurs have lodged a bid with Udinese worth around €25m (£20.9m) including bonuses.

Antonio Conte is said to view Udogie as a talent for the future and, as we mentioned, is willing to let him stay in Serie A on loan for the season.

The 19-year-old only joined Udinese on a permanent transfer last summer, having impressed on loan from Hellas Verona.

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Done deal! Schmeichel leaves Leicester after 11 years

Wednesday 3 August 2022 18:53 , George Flood

The end of an era at Leicester, who have now confirmed the departure of goalkeeping stalwart and club captain Kasper Schmeichel.

The veteran Danish international has joined French club Nice in a deal believed to be worth £1m, penning a three-year contract.

Schmeichel spent 11 years in total at Leicester after joining from Leeds in 2011, making nearly 500 appearances across all competitions and lifting four trophies - including the Premier League title in 2015/16 and the 2020/21 FA Cup.

A true Foxes legend!

Tottenham open talks over Udogie

Wednesday 3 August 2022 18:38 , George Flood

Tottenham have reportedly opened talks over a deal for Udinese defender Destiny Udogie.

Fabrizio Romano reports that negotiations between the clubs are at an early stage, with plenty of interest mounting in the teenage Italy Under-21 international.

He suggests that Tottenham could be willing to sign left-back Udogie now and then loan him back to Udinese for the 2022/23 campaign.

Manchester City have also been linked with the 19-year-old in recent days.

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Telles set for Sevilla medical

Wednesday 3 August 2022 18:34 , George Flood

One player on his way out of Manchester United is Alex Telles.

Widespread reports confirm that the Brazilian full-back is on his way to Spain conduct a medical with Sevilla.

Telles will join the LaLiga outfit on loan for the 2022/23 campaign, with Sevilla paying €2m of his salary.

The deal does not include an option to buy on a permanent deal.

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Chelsea hijack Man United move for De Jong

Wednesday 3 August 2022 18:12 , George Flood

Chelsea are just a little bit busy at the moment aren’t they?

Not merely content with rivalling Manchester United for Benjamin Sesko, they may also have hijacked their long-awaited deal for Frenkie de Jong.

Per The Times, Chelsea are now frontrunners in the race to land Barcelona’s versatile Dutch midfielder before the transfer deadline.

They report that De Jong wants to move to London and play in the Champions League, with his agent due to meet Barcelona today.

Chelsea would have to pay a fee of around £71m for the 25-year-old.

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Chelsea await Brighton answer on Cucurella bid

Wednesday 3 August 2022 17:59 , George Flood

Chelsea are still waiting for Brighton to make up their minds over Marc Cucurella.

That is per Fabrizio Romano, who says that a £50m offer submitted last night for the Spanish left-back remains on the table.

Cucurella is said to fancy the move to Chelsea and has already struck an agreement over personal terms.

Brighton also want to sign Levi Colwill on a permanent transfer, though that is a separate deal.

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Arsenal aim to fund Tielemans move this month

Wednesday 3 August 2022 17:52 , George Flood

The latest on the Youri Tielemans to Arsenal saga now.

The Belgian midfielder is a long-term target for Mikel Arteta, who is believed to remain keen on adding him to his squad before the September 1 transfer deadline.

football.london report that Arsenal are looking to save around £19.24m per year on wages if they can sell unwanted trio Lucas Torreira, Hector Bellerin and Pablo Mari this month, money that could help fund a deal for Tielemans.

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Tottenham in fresh move for Zaniolo

Wednesday 3 August 2022 17:47 , George Flood

Tottenham are lining up a fresh new bid for Nicolo Zaniolo at Roma, according to the latest reports.

Spurs have been heavily linked with the versatile Italy attacker, who is said to be a favourite of Antonio Conte’s.

However, Roma and ex-Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho do not want to lose Zaniolo, particularly for anything less than €50m-€60m.

La Repubblica report that Spurs are making a fresh play for the 23-year-old, with players proposed in part-exchange said to include Japhet Tanganga and Tanguy Ndombele.

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Chelsea plot new Cesare Casadei bid

Wednesday 3 August 2022 17:39 , George Flood

Mr Romano also has the latest on Chelsea’s pursuit of Cesare Casadei.

The Blues want Inter Milan’s teenage midfielder to join Carney Chukwuemeka at Stamford Bridge this summer as part of a long-term succession plan for N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.

Fabrizio reports that Chelsea are now “seriously working” on a deal, with presumably another offer forthcoming after an initial bid was rejected by the Nerrazzuri, who want to keep him at the San Siro.

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Chelsea battle Man United for Sesko

Wednesday 3 August 2022 17:32 , George Flood

Chelsea are set to battle Manchester United for the signing of Benjamin Sesko.

United have been trying to clinch a deal for Red Bull Salzburg’s teenage striker, whom they evidently believe has a huge future in the game.

However, Chelsea have been on a youth drive of late after signing the likes of Gabriel Slonina and Omari Hutchinson, while also agreeing terms for Carney Chukwuemeka and eyeing Cesare Casadei - more on him in a moment.

Fabrizio Romano now reports that the Blues met with Sesko’s agents last week as the race for the Slovenian international heats up.

United are said to have held more than one face-to-face meeting with Sesko, who will decide his future in the coming days amid more interest from another unnamed club. Newcastle have also been linked with a player whom Salzburg want to keep until next summer.

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Done deal! Arsenal loan out Balogun again

Wednesday 3 August 2022 16:29 , George Flood

Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has completed his latest loan exit, heading to France to join Reims.

The 21-year-old will spend the entire 2022/23 campaign in Ligue 1, having been pushed further down the attacking pecking order at Emirates Stadium under Mikel Arteta.

At one stage, it had looked like Balogun could be set for a huge opportunity over the summer and in the early stages of the new season, with Arsenal seemingly resigned to losing both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah on free transfers having also bid farewell to former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in February.

However, while Lacazette did eventually depart for former club Lyon, Nketiah performed a contract U-turn after a strong end to last season and was quickly joined by the £45million arrival of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.

Balogun went on to play a bit-part role for Arsenal during pre-season, coming off the bench in the friendly win over Nurnberg in Germany but failing to register an appearance on their successful tour of the United States.

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Neves coy on Man United links

Wednesday 3 August 2022 16:04 , Matt Verri

Manchester United could turn their focus to Ruben Neves if a move for Frenkie de Jong does not materalise.

Neves continues to be put forward as an alternative option, with Chelsea now reportedly interested in De Jong, and the Wolves midfielder refused to rule out a move earlier this summer.

“Everyone knows about what football is about, what our lives are about,” Neves told The Athletic. “Our careers are really short, we need to take the opportunities we have.

“Of course, all of us have dreams and we need to live those dreams in a short space of time. Let’s see what happens. I cannot say too much about it.”

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Chelsea betting big on youth

Wednesday 3 August 2022 15:20 , Matt Verri

Chelsea’s pursuit of two of the best young talents in Europe is part of a mantra from their new owners to give people they believe in what they want, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

Their academy was already being overhauled by its boss Neil Bath as part of a ‘Vision 2030’ strategy and the club is now signing players for the future who he has recommended.

Carney Chukwuemeka will become the highest-paid teenager in English football, laying down a marker for the club’s strength and strategy.

The 18-year-old, Gabriel Slonina and Omari Hutchinson have been sold a pathway into the first team, with sources indicating there will be more similar expensive youth signings.

Read the full story!

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PSG interested in Silva

Wednesday 3 August 2022 14:59 , Matt Verri

PSG could join the race for Bernardo Silva.

Barcelona have been linked with the Manchester City midfielder as a replacement for Frenkie de Jong, should they Dutchman leave the club this summer.

However, Foot Mercato report that PSG are also interested Silva and could rival Barcelona for him in the weeks ahead. It’s likely to cost either club close to €85m.

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Wijnaldum set for Roma move

Wednesday 3 August 2022 14:36 , Matt Verri

Gini Wijnaldum is close to agreeing a move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma side.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Roma will pay PSG €5m as part of Wijnaldum’s salary, with the former Liverpool midfielder expected to join on loan with an option to buy next summer.

It has not worked out for Wijnaldum at PSG, so he will be hoping to make an impact in Italy.

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Sevilla push again for Reguilon

Wednesday 3 August 2022 14:16 , Matt Verri

Sevilla are planning one last attempt to bring Sergio Reguilon back to the club.

The left-back is expected to leave Tottenham this summer and Mundo Deportivo report that Sevilla are desperate to seal a deal for Reguilon, who spent the 2019/20 season on loan at the club.

Reguilon himself is said to be putting pressure on Spurs to lower their demands and let him join the club. Sevilla are close to wrapping up a loan deal for Alex Telles, but would prefer to get Reguilon if possible.

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Chelsea offer Fofana huge wages

Wednesday 3 August 2022 13:55 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are willing to offer Wesley Fofana £200,000-a-week should he join the club this summer.

Leicester are holding out for at least £85m and are reluctant to sell the centre-back, but it’s likely they will sell at least one of their stars in the coming weeks.

Chelsea are hoping to persuade Fofana to leave the Foxes, and the Daily Mail reports that the Blues have lined up a huge salary should an agreement be reached with Leicester over the fee.

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Man United consider Dest move

Wednesday 3 August 2022 13:23 , Matt Verri

Manchester United are interested in a move for full-back Sergino Dest.

Barcelona are keen to offload some players this summer, as they look to fund a number of signings, and Sport claim that the club would be willing to accept a bid of €20m for Dest.

The 21-year-old played under Erik ten Hag at Ajax, so it’s no surprise to see United keeping tabs on the situation.

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Tottenham back in for Zaniolo

Wednesday 3 August 2022 13:11 , Matt Verri

Tottenham are prepared to make a new attempt to sign Nicolo Zaniolo.

La Repubblica report that Spurs are refusing to give up on the Roma man, despite a valuation in the region of €60m.

It’s claimed that Tottenham were willing to include Japhet Tanganga and Tanguy Ndombele in a potential deal, but Jose Mourinho rejected this and asked for Oliver Skipp instead. Spurs do not want to include Skipp though.

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Ramsdale given No1 shirt

Wednesday 3 August 2022 12:48 , Matt Verri

Aaron Ramsdale will wear the No1 shirt for Arsenal after the goalkeeper was given a new squad number ahead of the Premier League season getting underway.

Bernd Leno previously had the number, despite being back-up to Ramsdale, but with the German’s move to Fulham now confirmed, that has been freed up.

The Gunners have wasted little time in announcing the change, with Ramsale moving from his previous number 32.

Read the full story!

Chelsea set price for defensive duo

Wednesday 3 August 2022 12:36 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are believed to want €25m from Barcelona for Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta.

The La LIga side want to bring both of the defenders to Spain this summer, but according to Sport are currently unwilling to pay more than €10m for either of them.

With Chelsea now pushing to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, a deal could be reached that suits both parties.

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Leno discusses Fulham move

Wednesday 3 August 2022 12:25 , Matt Verri

West Ham give up on Kostic

Wednesday 3 August 2022 12:05 , Matt Verri

West Ham have reportedly decided to end their pursuit of Filip Kostic.

David Moyes had been keen to sign the Frankfurt winger as the Hammers look to continue their summer business, but Calciomercato report that Juventus are now interested in Kostic.

It’s claimed that West Ham have been in contact with the player’s camp and it’s been agreed that a move will not take place.

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Patino set for Blackpool move

Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:52 , Matt Verri

Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino is set to join Blackpool on loan.

The 18-year-old midfielder is tipped for a big future at Emirates Stadium and Arsenal believe a season in the Championship is the right move for his development.

Patino made his Arsenal debut last season when he came off the bench to score in a 5-1 win over Sunderland in the Carabao Cup in December.

Read more on that here

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Erik ten Hag slams ‘unacceptable’ Ronaldo

Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:41 , Matt Verri

Erik ten Hag has hit out at Cristiano Ronaldo and other Manchester United players who left a pre-season friendly early.

Ronaldo made his first appearance of the summer over the weekend, starting the 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano before he was replaced at half-time.

The 37-year-old was pictured leaving Old Trafford before the end of the match, along with Diogo Dalot, and that inevitably led to further talk on his desire to secure a move away from the club.

Ten Hag said: “I certainly don’t condone this. This is unacceptable. For everyone. We are a team and you have to stay until the end.”

Read the full story!

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Arsenal ‘expected’ to make Tielemans move

Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:23 , Matt Verri

Arsenal could be set to finally make an offical bid for Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners have been linked with the Leicester midfielder for much of the summer, but the Guardian report the Foxes are now expecting an offer to come in soon.

With Tielemans entering the final year of his contract, and Leicester unwilling to sell the likes of Wesley Fofana and James Maddison, Arsenal appear to have a strong chance of landing Tielemans.

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Henderson slams Man United treatment

Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:02 , Matt Verri

Dean Henderson has hit out at his treatment by Manchester United, after joining Nottingham Forest on loan.

“The conversation I had coming out of the Euros squad was ‘You’re coming back here to be the number one’,” he told talkSport.

“I got Covid-19, came back, so I should have still been the number one but then nobody followed through with what they had told me.

“It was frustrating, because I turned down so many good loans last summer for that reason, and they would not let me go. To sit there for 12 months, it is criminal really, at my age, I was fuming.

“I told the hierarchy that I need to be playing football and to let me go, and I was almost gone before the manager (Erik ten Hag) came through the door. I have not spoken to him since.”

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West Ham close in on Onana deal

Wednesday 3 August 2022 10:39 , Matt Verri

West Ham have struck a deal worth £33million to sign Lille midfielder Amadou Onana, writes Malik Ouzia.

David Moyes is keen to bolster his squad with new signings ahead of the new season and the Hammers have reached a breakthrough in talks with Lille over the 20-year-old.

The Hammers will pay an initial £29m for Onana, plus a potential £4m in add-ons, and will now look to secure personal terms.

Read the full story!

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Telles set for Man United exit

Wednesday 3 August 2022 10:22 , Matt Verri

Alex Telles is on the verge of sealing a loan move away from Manchester United.

Fabrizio Romano reports that a deal between United and Sevilla has been agreed for a season-long loan move, which does not include any buy option next summer.

The deal is likely to go through later this week when contracts have been signed.

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Chelsea target teenager Casadei

Wednesday 3 August 2022 10:10 , Matt Verri

Chelsea want to follow their move for Carney Chukwuemeka with the signing of Inter teenager Cesare Casadei as part of a succession plan to replace N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The Blues have agreed to pay £20million for highly rated Aston Villa midfielder Chukwuemeka, who was a star of England Under-19s’ European Championship success this summer.

Chukwuemeka has travelled to London to discuss personal terms and the 18-year-old is set to move to Stamford Bridge on a long-term contract.

New owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital are keen to invest in young players and are ready to make another big-money move for Casadei, who could also cost £20m.

Read the full story!

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Agent Odegaard fails in Haaland attempt

Wednesday 3 August 2022 09:59 , Matt Verri

Erling Haaland delivered a blunt reply to Martin Odegaard’s attempt to persuade the striker to sign for Arsenal.

The Gunners captain has detailed his friendship with his fellow Norway international, which led to Odegaard sending fans’ social media messages onto Haaland in a bid to bring him to north London.

“We speak almost every day, we have a group on Snapchat with some of the guys from the team so we speak there a lot,” Odegaard told talkSPORT.

“When all the Arsenal fans were posting pictures of him and me, I would send it to him. I tried but unfortunately it wasn’t enough… he just laughed.”

Read more on that here

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Mari nears Arsenal exit

Wednesday 3 August 2022 09:47 , Matt Verri

Pablo Mari is set to become the latest Arsenal player to leave the club this summer.

The centre-back is expected to sign for Monza in the coming days, with Sky Sport reporting that it will a loan deal with an obligtion to buy should the Serie A side avoid relegation this season.

With Bernd Leno joining Fulham and Lucas Torreira close to agreeing a move to Galatasaray, the Gunners’ summer clearout continues.

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Newcastle consider third Maddison bid

Wednesday 3 August 2022 09:35 , Matt Verri

Newcastle are weighing up whether to make a third bid for James Maddison.

The Chronicle reports that the Magpies are unwilling to be forced into spending well above their own valuation of Maddison, and with Brendan Rodgers insisting Leicester don’t want to sell it remains to be seen whether Newcastle continue in their push for the midfielder.

“I love him as a young guy, seeing him grow from when I first came in to a 25-year-old father; seeing him change in life and his football life,” Rodgers said.

“He is really pivotal to us. There is no way I would want to sell him.”

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Diop not a happy man...

Wednesday 3 August 2022 09:24 , Matt Verri

More social media fun from a Premier League centre-back.

West Ham’s Issa Diop has been linked with a move to Fulham, with his future at the London Stadium appearing uncertain.

Diop is not happy with something though, posting on Instagram: “Stop making up stories when you don’t know what’s going on in my life, thank you.”

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Fofana’s Twitter games

Wednesday 3 August 2022 09:11 , Matt Verri

Wesley Fofana remains a target for Chelsea and he’s been getting fans excited at his Twitter activity.

The centre-back removed ‘player at Leicester City’ from his bio, hinting at a possible move away from the King Power this summer.

But Fofana then liked a tweet from a Leicester fan’s account, which said removing that from his bio did not necessarily mean he was leaving.

Maybe Fofana was just bored yesterday.

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Barcelona push for Silva

Wednesday 3 August 2022 09:01 , Matt Verri

Barcelona have no intention of slowing down in the transfer window.

They are not yet able to register many of their new signings, but Sport report that the club are increasingly confident of bringing Bernardo Silva to the Nou Camp this summer.

It would require Barcelona to sell Frenkie de Jong first, but it’s believed they would then push hard to sign Silva as a replacement.

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Brentford closing in on Damsgaard

Wednesday 3 August 2022 08:51 , Matt Verri

Brentford are close to sealing a move for Denmark midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard.

It’s widely reported that a £16m bid has been accepted by Sampdoria, with Damsgaard discussing personal terms with the Beeds ahead of undergoing a medical in the coming days.

The 22-year-old will help fill the void left by international team-mate Christian Eriksen’s departure.

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Vardy attracting interest

Wednesday 3 August 2022 08:39 , Matt Verri

Chelsea and Manchester United are both keeping tabs on the availability of Jamie Vardy.

The 35-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Leicester and talks over a new deal have not yet begun.

According to 90min, Chelsea and United are watching the situation keenly, with the two clubs both in the market for a striker.

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Jamie Vardy (PA Wire)

Fulham in for Bailly

Wednesday 3 August 2022 08:25 , Matt Verri

Fulham are looking to bring Eric Bailly to Craven Cottage.

Football Inside report that the newly promoted side are determined to bring in Premier League experience, with Issa Diop and Malang Sarr among defenders they have shown interest in this summer.

It’s believed they have now submitted an offer for Bailly, though face competition from Roma and Sevilla.

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Tottenham keeps tabs on Traore

Wednesday 3 August 2022 08:16 , Matt Verri

Tottenham could turn to Adama Traore if they are unable to sign Nicolo Zaniolo.

Spurs remain keen on bringing the Roma man to north London, with Antonio Conte a big admirer. Reports have suggested the Italian could use Zaniolo as a wing-back.

Should Tottenham be unable to reach an agreement with Roma, 90min report that Traore is a likely alternative. The Wolves winger has an uncertain future after returning from a loan spell at Barcelona.

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(Getty Images)

Chelsea hopeful of De Jong deal

Wednesday 3 August 2022 08:07 , Matt Verri

Look away, Manchester United fans...

Chelsea are reportedly in direct talks with Barcelona over a move for Frenkie de Jong, with The Athletic claiming the Blues are “optimistic” of agreeing a deal.

Manchester United reached a £71m agreement with Barcelona for De Jong, so it will likely take a similar bid from Chelsea.

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(AP/Evening Standard)

Inter could be open to Dumfries sale

Wednesday 3 August 2022 07:54 , Matt Verri

Chelsea hope their good relationship with Inter Milan will allow them to seal a deal for Denzel Dumfries.

That’s according to, who report that Inter could be open to selling the full-back for €50m this summer. However, after allowing Romelu Lukaku return to the club, Chelsea hope they can get him for less.

While Inter are not keen to sell, it’s believed they would reluctantly do so if their valuation is matched.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea make £50m Marc Cucurella bid

Wednesday 3 August 2022 00:44 , George Flood

A major update on the Chelsea transfer front now.

Fabrizio Romano is reporting that the Blues have tonight tabled an official offer for Brighton’s Marc Cucurella worth in excess of £50m.

Chelsea have yet to receive a reponse to that bid but are said to be confident of an agreement, with the player pushing hard for the move.

Romano adds that Levi Colwill to Brighton has also been discussed as a separate deal.

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(Manchester United via Getty Images)

Tottenham make contact over Roma’s Zalewski

Wednesday 3 August 2022 00:40 , George Flood

Tottenham have reportedly been in pursuit of a Roma winger not named Nicolo Zaniolo.

Instead it’s Nicola Zalewski that seems to be of interest to Spurs, who have been heavily linked with his Italian team-mate over recent weeks.

Corriere Dello Sport report that both Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain have lodged enquiries with the player’s camp, with Antonio Conte particularly keen on a deal for Zalewski.

However, Roma and Jose Mourinho appear to have no desire to sell the 20-year-old Polish international.

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Arsenal wonderkid Patino set for loan exit

Tuesday 2 August 2022 23:30 , George Flood

Staying with Arsenal for a moment, Charlie Patino is reportedly on his way out of the club on loan.

The 18-year-old midfielder has long since been hailed as the next big thing at Hale End, making two senior appearances under Mikel Arteta in the cup competitions last term and scoring on his first-team debut against Sunderland.

Now he’s set for a switch to the Championship, with Jeorge Bird and Fabrizio Romano reporting that Patino will join Michael Appleton’s Blackpool for the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign.

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Leno: It’s been a pleasure to be at Arsenal

Tuesday 2 August 2022 22:53 , George Flood

A message for Arsenal supporters from Bernd Leno...

“Hey Arsenal fans, it’s time to move on for me,” he tweeted. “It’s been a pleasure to be part of this great football club for 4 amazing years.

“Thank you very much for your support. Also a big thank you to my team mates and the staff behind the team. I‘m looking forward to seeing you soon!”

Arsenal pay tribute to ‘model professional’ Leno

Tuesday 2 August 2022 22:28 , George Flood

“It feels amazing to finally be here,” Leno told FFCtv. “I can’t wait to join the team, to train and play with the team.

“I’m relieved that everything is done. I’m just happy to be here. It took a little bit of time but in the end we made it, and that’s the most important thing.”

Fulham chief Tony Khan added: “Bernd Leno is the goalkeeper whom we have pursued steadfastly throughout this transfer window, and we’re very excited that we’ve reached a transfer agreement and he’s now fully committed to Fulham!

“He has played at the highest level, and he’ll bring this experience and his leadership to our team. He’ll be a great addition to Marco’s squad, who are all excited for the season ahead!”

Meanwhile, Arsenal paid tribute to the departing goalkeeper, calling him a “model professional” and “credit to the club”.

“We thank you Bernd for your contribution to the club during your four years with us,” the Gunners said.

“Everyone at Arsenal wishes Bernd and his family all the very best in their new chapter.”

Done deal! Fulham sign Arsenal’s Leno

Tuesday 2 August 2022 22:06 , George Flood

There we have it, confirmation as expected of Bernd Leno’s move from Arsenal to Fulham.

As explained by Standard Sport earlier this evening, the deal could be worth up to £8million, with £3m up front and a further £1m based on Premier League appearances.

Arsenal would receive a further £2m if Fulham manage to avoid relegation this season, and an additional £2m if they can do the same again in 2023/24.

Leno has signed a three-year contract at Craven Cottage, with Fulham retaining the option for a further 12 months beyond that.

Slonina delighted to join ‘best side in London’ Chelsea

Tuesday 2 August 2022 21:08 , George Flood

It’s fair to say that Gabriel Slonina is pleased about joining Chelsea, whom he calls the “best side in London”.

“Honoured to join such a massive club with so much history,” he tweeted.

“It’s a privilege to wear the badge of the best side in London. Thank you to all the fans for the warm welcome. Can’t wait to get started.”

He added: “Thank you to everyone at the club for making a childhood dream come true & thank you to the fans for an amazing warm welcome. The hard work starts now.”

Done deal! Chelsea sign Gabriel Slonina

Tuesday 2 August 2022 21:03 , George Flood

It’s all going on at Chelsea this evening!

After confirming their agreement with Aston Villa for Carney Chukwuemeka, the Blues have now announced another arrival.

Unlike Chukwuemeka, this one had been expected for some time, with teenage goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina completing his £12m switch to Stamford Bridge.

The American, 18, will return to Major League Soccer outfit Chicago Fire on loan for the remainder of the MLS season before joining up with Chelsea at the start of 2023.

He has signed a six-year contract until 2028.

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(USA TODAY Sports)

Leno close to sealing £8m Fulham switch

Tuesday 2 August 2022 20:42 , George Flood

Bernd Leno has almost sealed his transfer across London from Arsenal to newly-promoted Fulham.

Standard Sport understands that the German goalkeeper’s medical is now nearly complete, with an agreement potentially set to be announced either on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

The deal to take Leno to Craven Cottage could be worth up to £8million, with £3m up front and a further £1m based on Premier League appearances.

Arsenal would receive a further £2m if Fulham manage to avoid relegation this season, and an additional £2m if they can do the same again in 2023/24.

Click here to read the full story

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Huddlestone joins Man United academy in player-coach role

Tuesday 2 August 2022 20:00 , George Flood

Tom Huddlestone has now officially joined Manchester United.

The former Tottenham, Derby and Hull midfielder, 35, has joined United’s academy in a player-coach capacity.

He takes over the hybrid role performed by Paul McShane last year, with David Hughes also joining as professional development phase coach.

Huddlestone will have to pass a medical in order to play for United’s Under-21s side as one of five permitted over-age outfield players in Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy.

The BBC report that he is not expected to play as much as McShane did last term.

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Telles close to Man United exit

Tuesday 2 August 2022 19:06 , George Flood

Alex Telles is on his way out of Manchester United.

Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reports that Sevilla are closing in on a deal for the Brazilian full-back, who is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford under Erik ten Hag.

Telles is said to have accepted the switch to LaLiga, with an agreement set to be completed.

Rumours suggest it will be a loan deal that includes the option for a permanent transfer next summer.

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(Manchester United via Getty Images)

Tuchel meeting key

Tuesday 2 August 2022 18:09 , Matt Verri

More on Chukwuemeka move

Tuesday 2 August 2022 17:55 , Matt Verri

Aston Villa will receive £20m for Chukwuemeka, including add-ons.

His medical is scheduled for tomorrow, and the 18-year-old is expected to sign a six-year-deal.

Done deal!

Tuesday 2 August 2022 17:42 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have confirmed the shock imminent signing of Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa.

The Blues confirmed on Tuesday that the Premier League rivals had reached an agreement that would see the highly-rated teenage midfielder move to Stamford Bridge on a permanent transfer.

No fee was reported and the deal remains subject to Chukwuemeka agreeing personal terms and undergoing a successful medical.

Read more here!

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Man United remain interested in Neves

Tuesday 2 August 2022 17:31 , Matt Verri

Manchester United maintain their long-standing interest in Ruben Neves.

While United have spent the summer trying to bring Frenkie de Jong to Old Trafford, Sky Sports report that Neves is still a player the club admire.

It’s claimed that United believes the Wolves midfielder would prove to be a good fit in terms of style of play.

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Sarr snubs Fulham for Monaco move

Tuesday 2 August 2022 17:12 , Matt Verri

Chelsea‘s Malang Sarr has decided that he would prefer a move to Monaco over Fulham and is waiting for the Blues to green-light the deal, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The 23-year-old has prioritised his return to Ligue 1 since the offer arrived and would move on loan with an option to buy included.

Monaco have offered Sarr the chance to play as a starting central defender, which helped him make up his mind to leave the Premier League despite Fulham’s offer for both permanent and loan deals.

Read the full story!

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Tottenham eye Zalewski move

Tuesday 2 August 2022 16:56 , Matt Verri

Tottenham are linked with another Roma player - this time Nicola Zalewski is the reported target.

His team-mate Nicolo Zaniolo continues to be put forward as a potential option for Spurs, but Corriere Dello Sport report that Tottenham have also made contact with Roma about Zalewski.

However, Roma are believed to have no interest in selling the 20-year-old, who Conte is a big fan of.

Nicolo Zaniolo celebrates a goal with Nicola Zalewski (left). (REUTERS)
Nicolo Zaniolo celebrates a goal with Nicola Zalewski (left). (REUTERS)

Schmeichel on the move?

Tuesday 2 August 2022 16:41 , Matt Verri

Kasper Schmeichel has been discussing his time at Leicester, as it looks increasingly likely that he will leave the club.

The goalkeeper is expected to complete a move to Nice in the coming days, following Aaron Ramsey in joining the club.

Aguero: Man City make ‘strange’ decision with Sterling

Tuesday 2 August 2022 16:28 , Matt Verri

Sergio Aguero has questioned Manchester City’s decison to let Raheem Sterling join Chelsea.

The forward joined Thomas Tuchel’s side earlier this summer in a £47.5m deal, and Aguero was surprised his former club allowed Sterling to do so.

He said on Twitch: “I don’t understand the sale of Sterling. There are times [Man City] make strange decisions.”

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal clearout picks up pace

Tuesday 2 August 2022 16:12 , Matt Verri

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is closing in on a move to Galatasaray that could eventually be worth £7.5million, writes Simon Collings.

The Turkish club are in advanced talks with Arsenal and are ready to pay around £5m upfront, with a further £2m coming in the form of add-ons.

Torreira has one year to run on his current contract and had been attracting interest from clubs in Italy too.

The midfielder is one of a number of players Arsenal are looking to shift before the transfer window shuts and business is picking up.

Read the full story!

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Spurs eye Milenkovic

Tuesday 2 August 2022 15:51 , Matt Verri

Tottenham are believed to be interested in Nikola Milenkovic.

The Fiorentina defender has been linked with West Ham in the past, but Corriere Fiorentino report that it is Spurs now leading the race for the 24-year-old.

Inter Milan and Juventus are among the other clubs keeping tabs on Milenkovic, who could be available for around €15m.

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(Getty Images)

Chelsea in for Walker-Peters

Tuesday 2 August 2022 15:39 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are now expressing an interest in Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters amid a wide pursuit of various defensive targets, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The Blues had missed out on a host of options for their defence, with Matthias de Ligt, Presnel Kimpembe, Nathan Ake and Jules Kounde all not joining for various reasons, and have now reassessed their plans.

Walker-Peters is seen as the latest option in the wing-back and full-back positions after an approach was made to sign Brighton’s Marc Cucurella.

There’s also interest in Internazionale’s Denzel Dumfries with Thomas Tuchel still in desperate need for a central defender after losing both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Read the full story!

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(PA)

Done deal!

Tuesday 2 August 2022 15:21 , Matt Verri

Walker-Peters to Chelsea?

Tuesday 2 August 2022 15:02 , Matt Verri

Kyle Walker-Peters is the latest defender linked with a move to Chelsea this summer.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the Blues want to turn their attentions to right-back after wrapping up a deal for Marc Cucurella, with Denzel Dumfries still the top target.

But Inter are holding firm and so Chelsea are believed to have discussed turning their attention to Southampton full-back Walker-Peters as an alternative.

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(The FA via Getty Images)

Brighton line up Cucurella replacement

Tuesday 2 August 2022 14:46 , Matt Verri

Brighton are eyeing up a potential replacement for Marc Cucurella.

According to Sky Germany, RB Leipzig left-back Angelino has become a primary target, with Cucurella nearing a move to Chelsea as discussions continue.

West Ham have also been linked with Angelino, however, Brighton currently appear the most likely option.

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(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Loftus-Cheek wants to stay at Chelsea

Tuesday 2 August 2022 14:34 , Matt Verri

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has made clear his desire not to sell Fofana amid talk of an £85m price tag slapped on the French defender by the Foxes.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is one player who has been touted as a possible makeweight in the deal yet the Telegraph report that the midfielder has no desire to leave the club.

It leaves the transfer lookingly increasingly unlikely, withRodgers declaring: “He’s not for sale. He still has lots of improvements to make. He’s very happy here, he really enjoys being here.”

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(Getty Images)

Interest in Ndombele

Tuesday 2 August 2022 14:20 , Matt Verri

Tottenham continue in their attempts to find a buyer for Tanguy Ndombele.

The midfielder, who signed for Spurs in the summer of 2019 for £54m, spent the second half of last season back at Lyon on loan and is not part of Antonio Conte’s plans.

According to Sky Sports, Marseille and Galatasaray are both interested in Ndombele, while Villarreal have also been put forward as a potential option.

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

Dumfries keen on Chelsea move

Tuesday 2 August 2022 14:09 , Matt Verri

Denzel Dumfries reportedly wants to join Chelsea this summer.

La Repubblica claim that the full-back is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge, and is hoping the Blues can reach an agreement with Inter Milan.

It’s believed Inter are holding out for a fee of at least €35m if they are to sell Dumfries.

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How Chelsea could line up with Cucurella

Tuesday 2 August 2022 13:47 , Matt Verri

Marc Cucurella‘s impending transfer to Chelsea has raised a lot of questions - most notably, where will he play?

The attacking full-back could soon find himself competing with Ben Chilwell, with the Blues in talks over a £50million deal to sign him from Brighton.

Although there is no doubting his quality, there are concerns about where Cucurella will fit in at Chelsea.

The equation will be a complex one for Thomas Tuchel to solve but, with the start of the new season just days away, he is keen to add as much quality as possible after missing out on several targets.

Read how he could fit in here!

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(ES Composite)

Hammers interested in Cornet

Tuesday 2 August 2022 12:59 , Matt Verri

West Ham have reportedly been in talks with Burnley over a move for Maxwel Cornet.

The winger has been linked with a move away from Turf Moor for much of the summer, and was left out of Burnley’s opening game of the Championship season.

Sky Sports report that the Hammers are interested in Cornet, who it’s claimed has a release clause of £17.5m.

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Update on Sarr...

Tuesday 2 August 2022 12:50 , Matt Verri

Fulham close in on Leno

Tuesday 2 August 2022 12:38 , Matt Verri

Bernd Leno is on the verge of completing his move to Fulham.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the Arsenal goalkeeper is set to undergo a medical later today, and will sign a contract straight after.

That should then wrap up an £8m move, with Leno signing a three-year contract with the option to extend for a further season.

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Jota signs new Liverpool deal

Tuesday 2 August 2022 12:15 , Matt Verri

Diogo Jota has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpol.

The 25-year-old, who has been out with an injury and will miss the start of the season, joined the Reds two years ago from Wolves.

“It’s obviously from the club’s perspective proof of the belief in myself as a player,” he told the club’s official website.

“For me, obviously it’s really good to establish I’ll be here for a while. So, the beginning of a new season, let’s do it.”

He added: “When you fight for everything, like we did last year, you just want to do it again and to do it better, because it’s possible.

“That drive is in me and I know it’s in my teammates and all the staff. We have everything to fight for those titles out there.”

Napoli dream of signing Ronaldo

Tuesday 2 August 2022 12:01 , Matt Verri

Cristiano Ronaldo’s attempts to find a new club this summer continue.

Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG are among the clubs to distance themselves from the Manchester United forward, with Napoli and Atletico Madrid the most plausible options.

Diario AS claim that Napoli dream of bringing Ronaldo to the club, while Atletico are not in a financial position to make a move yet.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal look to offload unwanted players

Tuesday 2 August 2022 11:51 , Matt Verri

An update on Arsenal’s attempts to get some of their unwanted players off the wage bill.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the Gunners have agreed Galatasaray’s bid for Lucas Torreira, but are waiting for the midfielder to accept the move.

Bernd Leno is on the verge of joining Fulham, while Pablo Mari is wanted by Monza and Verona.

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Leeds tie down trio

Tuesday 2 August 2022 11:44 , Matt Verri

Arsenal ‘need another forward'

Tuesday 2 August 2022 11:35 , Matt Verri

Arsenal must return to the transfer market and sign another new forward.

That is according to former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, who feels the Gunners are lacking in attack despite the £45million arrival of Gabriel Jesus.

Manchester City, from which Jesus joined Arsenal, and Liverpool both boast an embarrassment of riches up front and Campbell wants to see his old team push to build a similar array of forwards.

“We need another forward,” he told Football Insider ahead of the club’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on Friday.

Read more on that here

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(PA)

Werner to Leipzig talks continue

Tuesday 2 August 2022 11:10 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are in talks with RB Leipzig over a potential move for Timo Werner to return to his former club on loan, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

Chelsea would have to cover a portion of his wages or ask the German to reduce his salary to move back to the Bundesliga.

Those are the basis of the talks with Leipzig, having rejected a swap deal involving Werner for their star defender Josko Gvardiol.

Juventus and Newcastle have enquired about a possible move for Werner but Leipzig are favourites to sign him.

Read the full story!

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Suarez welcomed back to Nacional

Tuesday 2 August 2022 10:58 , Matt Verri

Luis Suarez joined Nacional’s youth side when he was 14, before going on to play for the first team.

Now, 16 years on from leaving the club to join Groningen, he’s returned. Quite the reception too...

Laporta sets out timetable

Tuesday 2 August 2022 10:46 , Matt Verri

Barcelona president Joan Laporta says the club must register their squad for the new season by August 13, handing Manchester United a deadline to sign Frenkie de Jong.

A fee has reportedly been agreed with Barcelona for around £65million, but the player continues to be unconvinced by a move to Old Trafford.

Barca, though, remain in financial difficulty despite splashing out on the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde, so it is understood they would welcome selling De Jong to help balance the books and, therefore, be able to register their new signings.

Speaking at Kounde’s unveiling, Laporta said: “We are doing everything possible to register the signings. We have to do it before August 13.”

Read more on that here

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Cucurella open to Chelsea move

Tuesday 2 August 2022 10:35 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are accelerating talks to sign Brighton full-back Marc Cucurella for around £50million, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

Cucurella has been angling for a move to Manchester City all summer but they refused to meet Brighton’s valuation for the Spaniard, which opened the door for Chelsea.

Talks will continue this week but Cucurella is thought to be open to a move to Stamford Bridge and Brighton are willing to sell him if their asking price is met.

Read the full story!

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(Getty Images/Evening Standard)

Mourinho blocks Zaniolo talks

Tuesday 2 August 2022 10:23 , Matt Verri

Jose Mourinho has reportedly blocked any negotiations for Nicolo Zaniolo after Tottenham’s latest approach for the Roma player.

Zaniolo continues to be linked with a move to Spurs, but Il Romanista claim that the Roma boss wants to keep him at the club and has no desire to sell.

It remains to be seen whether that leads to Tottenham turning their focus elsewhere, potentially to Leicester’s James Maddison.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Abraham happy in Italy

Tuesday 2 August 2022 10:11 , Matt Verri

Tammy Abraham has insisted his long-term future remains with Roma after a successful first season with the Italian club.

A rumoured £67m buy-back clause is available for Chelsea to re-sign Abraham, with Arsenal also linked in recent months, but the player has outlined his intention to stay in Serie A.

“No,” he told Corriere dello Sport on whether he is contemplating a return to England. “The first day I arrived at Roma I felt at home.

“I’m in no rush to return to the Premier League because here I can express my way of playing. In Italy I feel happy in every respect.”

Read more on that here

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(AP)

Leicester in for Aouar

Tuesday 2 August 2022 10:01 , Matt Verri

It wouldn’t be a transfer window without Houssem Aouar’s name popping up.

For once the 24-year-old is not being linked to Arsenal though - it’s Leicester who see him as a priority this summer according to Foot Mercato.

With James Maddison attracting attention from the likes of Newcastle and Tottenham, Leicester are keen to sort a potential replacement as soon as possible.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Masuaku nears Besiktas move

Tuesday 2 August 2022 09:51 , Matt Verri

West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku is set to join Besiktas on loan, with David Moyes pushing to sign a left-back replacement. writes Malik Ouzia.

Masuaku, who joined the Hammers from Olympiacos in 2016, could be unveiled by the Turkish club as soon as Tuesday evening, with the deal including an option to make the switch permanent at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old made only six Premier League starts last term and would slip further down the pecking order should Moyes succeed in bringing in competition for Aaron Cresswell.

The Hammers have been in talks with Eintracht Frankfurt over a deal for their No1 target, Serbian wing-back Filip Kostic, and are willing to meet the German club’s asking price - but convincing the player to make the move is proving more difficult.

Read the full story!

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Kilman enters Tottenham radar

Tuesday 2 August 2022 09:39 , Marc Mayo

Tottenham will consider a move for Max Kilman as their interest in Milan Skriniar subsides.

The Inter Milan defender is reportedly available this summer yet CBS Sports claim Spurs are not too keen on a deal.

Instead, they are pondering a bid for Kilman to provide back-up to Ben Davies and Clement Lenglet.

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Maddison wants Arsenal or Spurs

Tuesday 2 August 2022 09:32 , Marc Mayo

James Maddison would prefer a move to Arsenal or Tottenham over Newcastle.

That is according to transfer journalist Dean Jones, who claims the Leicester midfielder is not keen on the Magpies.

Two bids, of £40m and £50m, have been reported as Leicester look to hold off Newcastle’s interest.

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Kepa talks to continue today

Tuesday 2 August 2022 09:16 , Marc Mayo

Kepa Arrizabalaga will today hold talks with Chelsea as he nears a loan switch to Italian club Napoli.

It will be a busy day for the Partenopei, according to Il Mattino, as they negotiate a deal for former Arsenal target Fabian Ruiz.

Chelsea are set to pay the bulk of Kepa’s £190,000 weekly wages to secure his exit.

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Lo Celso interest grows

Tuesday 2 August 2022 09:03 , Marc Mayo

Villarreal, Napoli and Fiorentina are competing to take Giovani Lo Celso on loan.

TyC Sports report on the LaLiga side’s interest with the player in Spain ahead of talks over an exit from Tottenham.

But CalcioMercato detail Napoli’s offer of a loan with a £17m purchase option.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea line up ambitious swap deal

Tuesday 2 August 2022 08:52 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea have offered Timo Werner in a swap deal for Josko Gvardiol.

The RB Leipzig defender, 20, is seen as a real star of the future but the German club do not want to sell this summer.

The Mail detail the offer of Werner on loan to sweeten the deal yet Leipzig remain reluctant, with Sport1 also reporting of the talks stumbling at the early stages.

Arsenal and Juventus have also been linked with Werner.

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