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Transfer news – LIVE!
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all active players in the final weeks of the summer transfer window. The Gunners have been linked with a surprise swoop for Franck Kessie amid Barcelona’s issues, as they battle several clubs for Yeremy Pino. Sandro Tonali looks to be staying put but Moussa Diaby and Youri Tielemans all remain on Arsenal’s radar, with Manchester United also keen on young striker Codgy Gakpo.
Chelsea are pushing hard to sign Frenkie de Jong but must first persuade the Dutch midfielder to end his Barcelona stint. Another potentially arriving from the Camp Nou is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang while Wesley Fofana remains a key target in defence. Milan Skriniar could prove the centre-back’s ideal alternative.
In north London, Tottenham look to have failed with a bid for Nicolo Zaniolo but Destiny Udogie is set for a medical. Player sales are now key for Antonio Conte. Stay tuned with Standard Sport for all the latest transfer market updates!
Latest transfer news and rumours
Arsenal among clubs in Pino talks
De Jong to Chelsea latest
Tottenham book Udogie medical
Gunners linked with shock Kessie move
Final Chelsea Fofana bid imminent
Diaby fee named for Arsenal
10:17 , Marc Mayo
Arsenal can sign Moussa Diaby for £59m.
Sky Sports report on Newcastle no longer wanting the Bayer Leverkusen winger given his price tag, clearing the way for the Gunners.
It is expected Diaby will stay in Germany this summer, at least.
Willian heading back to England?
09:55 , Marc Mayo
Willian is reportedly ready to sign a surprise deal to return to the Premier League.
GloboEsporte report on Fulham being in line to snap up the Brazilian veteran on a free transfer.
Corinthians are said to be ready to let Willan go following their exit from the Copa Libertadores.
Juranovic on Chelsea radar
09:24 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea are keen on a deal for Celtic defender Josip Juranovic.
Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are hovering over the right-back as well, so say 90min.
Celtic would demand around £15m for the Croat with Thomas Tuchel keen to bolster his defensive options on that wing.
Definitive update in Tonali rumours
08:54 , Marc Mayo
Il Corriere dello Sport report on Sandro Tonali rejecting a move to Arsenal.
Despite reports of a £42m bid, it is now claimed that no offers have been made for the Italian midfielder.
A new contract will soon be on the table for Tonali instead.
Arsenal miss out on Milenkovic
08:32 , Marc Mayo
Arsenal have been rebuffed in a bid for Nikola Milenkovic.
The Serbian defender is available for around £18m this summer - unless Fiorentina can make a breakthrough in talks over a new contract.
Harbouring that ambition, the Italians have turned down the Gunners’ approach according to Corriere dello Sport.
De Jong agent holds Barcelona talks
08:10 , Marc Mayo
Amid rumours that Chelsea are on the verge of a deal for Frenkie de Jong, the player’s agents were pictured arriving for talks with Barcelona bosses yesterday.
A deal worth around £71m is in the offing for the Dutch midifielder.
The key will be convincing him to leave the Camp Nou, after he rejected Manchester United’s interest earlier this summer.
💥 The agents of Frenkie de Jong and Braithwaite have just arrived in Barcelona.
The representatives of both will hold a summit with Barça in the coming hours to discuss the future of Dutch and Danish pic.twitter.com/1bylAY15ie
— GERARD ROMERO ENGLISH JIJANTES (@gerardromero123) August 10, 2022
Arsenal linked with surprise Kessie swoop
07:55 , Marc Mayo
Barcelona’s financial difficulties could hand Arsenal a golden opportunity to sign a former target.
Franck Kessie has a big admirer in Edu, according to football.london, and may be about to jump ship from the Camp Nou.
ESPN report on the new signing’s ability to terminate his Barcelona deal THIS MONTH following his arrival in the summer.
That is because the Blaugrana’s financial issues have prevented them from registering Kessie as a LaLiga player before the weekend’s game against Rayo Vallecano.
The Ivorian therefore could trigger a clause in his contract to move on - opening up the way for Arsenal to pounce.
Several clubs in Pino talks
07:48 , Marc Mayo
Several Premier League clubs are in talks to sign Yeremy Pino.
Arsenal are said to lead the race for the Villarreal talent, who has four caps for Spain, according to El Periodico Mediterraneo.
Despite holding a £67m release clause, the winger may be available for as little as £33m.
Tottenham invite Udogie for medical
07:42 , Marc Mayo
Destiny Udogie is due in London next week for a medical.
Sky Sport Italia detail Tottenham’s plans to seal the Italian left-back on a long-term deal for an initial fee of £15m, rising to £20m through add-ons.
Udogie will remain with Udinese for the new campaign and arrive at Spurs next summer.
Man City to sign new left-back
Wednesday 10 August 2022 23:12 , Alex Young
Manchester City are set to sign Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The left-back is going to cost around £10million after a season in Belgium which saw him score six goals and add 11 assists.
The 21-year-old, who is essentially a replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko, could head on loan to Girona in La Liga.
Man United step up Rodriguez bid
Wednesday 10 August 2022 22:45 , Alex Young
Manchester United have made contact with Real Betis over signing defensive midfielder Guido Rodriguez.
The 28-year-old is expected to command a fee of around £20 million and the deal, 90min reports, is separate to the one being worked on for Adrien Rabiot.
Arsenal close in on Pino
Wednesday 10 August 2022 22:36 , Alex Young
Arsenal are set to agree a deal worth £33m for Yeremi Pino, according to AS.
Mikel Arteta has been looking for an alternative to Raphinha, who snubbed the Gunners' advances in favour of Barcelona.
And Pinto is that man, claim reports in France, with Villarreal ready to cash in on the winger this summer.
Arsenal see Milenkovic rejected
Wednesday 10 August 2022 22:30 , Alex Young
Talking of Fiorentina, Arsenal have reported seen a bid for Nikola Milenkovic rejected.
That’s according to Firenze Viola, who claim the Gunners are looking at the 24-year-old Serbian in a cut-price deal.
La Viola will stand firm, though, having already turned down a bid from Sevilla.
Fiorentina pull out of Lo Celso race
Wednesday 10 August 2022 22:26 , Alex Young
Fiorentina have pulled out of the race to sign Giovani Lo Celso from Tottenham.
The Argentine midfielder is one of several fringe players Antonio Conte is keen to move on in the final weeks of the transfer window but Fiorentina will not be one such avenue after Viola sporting director Daniel Prade made clear his stance on the player.
He told reporters: “We have never talked to Tottenham [about Lo Celso], there is really nothing.”
Chelsea close in on De Jong
Wednesday 10 August 2022 22:17 , Alex Young
Chelsea are hopeful of agreeing a deal with Barcelona to Frenkie de Jong, talkSPORT reports.
Manchester United are facing up to an embarrassing end to their months-long pursuit with the Blues hijacking a move for their top transfer target.
De Jong is still owed £17million in unpaid wages by Barcelona, which complicates any move, but Chelsea remain in talks to sign the player.
Inter prepare for Skriniar exit
Wednesday 10 August 2022 19:14 , Alex Young
Inter Milan are preparing for the exit of Chelsea and PSG target Milan Skriniar by sounding out Nice centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo.
That’s according to FootMercato, who add that the defender is likely to cost around £20million.
Skriniar is expected to command a fee of three times that.
Wednesday 10 August 2022 18:56 , Alex Young
Arsenal have been very busy this window.
And they could not be done. Here’s the best of the latest rumours.
Udogie medical booked
Wednesday 10 August 2022 18:27 , Alex Young
Destiny Udogie will fly into London next week before having a medical and finalising a move to Tottenham on Tuesday.
Here’s more from Fabrizio Romano.
Destiny Udogie will fly to London on Monday in order to undergo medical tests as new Tottenham player on Tuesday morning. 🚨⚪️ #THFC
Contract will be signed on Tuesday afternoon - he’ll stay at Udinese on loan until June 2023.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 10, 2022
Done deal! Fulham sign Diop
Wednesday 10 August 2022 18:20 , Alex Young
Just like London buses, Fulham have a new signing through the door.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 10, 2022
Done deal! Brentford sign Damsgaard
Wednesday 10 August 2022 18:18 , Alex Young
Brentford have their Christian Eriksen replacement.
Skriniar bid an option for Chelsea
Wednesday 10 August 2022 18:01 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea could test Inter Milan’s resolve with a £51m bid for Milan Skriniar.
Tuttosport report of the defender being the Blues’ ideal alternative to Welsey Fofana.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi does not want to sell Skriniar with owner Steven Zhang said to also be reluctant, despite the sum covering Inter’s financial losses.
McCoist: Abraham, not Sterling, the man to fix Chelsea
Wednesday 10 August 2022 17:55 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea should admit they made a mistake selling Tammy Abraham and bring him back from Roma, as Raheem Sterling is "not the answer".
Abraham left Stamford Bridge for Italy last summer in a deal worth £38million, and has been a revelation for Jose Mourinho's Roma by scoring 17 goals - the most of any English player in a single Serie A season.
Chelsea, along with Manchester United, are now looking for forward options and Ally McCoist has tipped Abraham to be the solution for either club.
“It makes sense for Manchester United,” McCoist told talkSPORT. “The question and dilemma he will have to answer is whether he would want to move back to Chelsea or go to Manchester United.”
Juve and Chelsea clash over Barcelona strikers
Wednesday 10 August 2022 17:45 , Marc Mayo
Juventus have offered a two-year contract to Memphis Depay but may find Chelsea in their way of completing the deal.
Barcelona are keen to sell one of the Dutchman and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Il Corriere dello Sport talk of Juve’s fear that Aubameyang will be dispensed of, leading to Depay’s recall to the Barcelona squad.
Wednesday 10 August 2022 17:35 , Marc Mayo
Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a surprise target from Celtic all feature in our evening round-up of Chelsea gossip.
Willian back in the Premier League?!
Wednesday 10 August 2022 17:16 , Marc Mayo
Fulham have emerged as shock contenders to sign Willian.
The former Chelsea and Arsenal winger is said to be free to leave Corinthians after their exit from the Copa Libertadores.
And GloboEsporte claim the Cottagers are in the mix after Corinthians boss Vitor Pereira failed to guarantee his future.
He said of Willian: “Honestly, I can't answer that. Whether he is happy or not, I don't know, that's one for his family. I don't know, he's been injured.
"With this situation, I cannot answer or guarantee anything."
Wednesday 10 August 2022 17:05 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea have allowed Malang Sarr to leave on loan for Monaco after just one season inside Thomas Tuchel’s first-team.
Monaco have signed the centre-back on an initial loan deal for a fee of £600,000.
The deal will be made permanent should he trigger a clause based on the number of appearances he makes in the principality, which will cost the club £10million.
Malang Sarr has joined Monaco on loan. 🤝
Wishing you luck for the season, Malang!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 10, 2022
Wednesday 10 August 2022 16:54 , Marc Mayo
The latest on Nicolo Zaniolo, Destiny Udogie, and even talk of a mystery signing at Spurs today...
Rabiot path clear for Man United
Wednesday 10 August 2022 16:43 , Marc Mayo
Manchester United have been boosted by Monaco’s exit from the Champions League.
Adrien Rabiot was reportedly keen on the Ligue 1 side as an alternative destination amid talk of a £15m exit from Juventus.
Therefore the path may now be clear for United to land the France international.
New Barcelona duo could WALK AWAY
Wednesday 10 August 2022 16:23 , Marc Mayo
Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen have clauses in their contracts to terminate their Barcelona deals before making their debut.
According to ESPN, the free transfer duo both agreed the option to rip up their contracts if the club failed to register them for LaLiga this month.
Barcelona have so far been unable to register any new signings due to a disagreement with LaLiga over the value of the ‘levers’ deployed, aka assets such as TV rights sold to private companies.
It is thought both Kessie and Christensen do not want to end their Barcelona stay so early even though both stand to miss the weekend’s LaLiga opener versus Rayo Vallecano.
Inter set out stall for Chelsea targets
Wednesday 10 August 2022 16:01 , Marc Mayo
A £38million offer would likely be enough to secure Chelsea the Inter Milan duo of Denzel Dumfries and Cesare Casadei.
That is according to Tuttosport, who claim the figure would settle the Nerazzurri’s bank accounts for the new season.
Torino defender Wilfred Singo is the ideal alternative for Dumfries as Inter also eye Timothy Castagne of Leicester should their man leave for Chelsea.
How Spurs failed with Zaniolo bid
Wednesday 10 August 2022 15:40 , Marc Mayo
Tottenham had agreed a £42m deal for Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo before Jose Mourinho intervened.
Il Corriere dello Sport detail the loan bid carrying a purchase obligation before personal terms were agreed between the north London club and player.
However, Mourinho wanted the cash upfront - something Spurs cannot achieve before player sales are completed.
Therefore, Roma are now pushing hard to extend Zaniolo’s contract past its 2024 expiry date.
Another Chelsea departure nears
Wednesday 10 August 2022 15:24 , Marc Mayo
Malang Sarr’s move to Monaco is set to be announced today.
Malang Sarr has signed his Monaco contract and passed his medical. It should be announced later today. £600k loan with obligation based on appearances at around £10m. #cfc
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 10, 2022
How Arsenal tried to keep Aubameyang
Wednesday 10 August 2022 15:03 , Marc Mayo
Arsenal technical director Edu and the club’s executive team were initially pushing for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to be reintegrated into the squad before terminating his contract in January.
Aubameyang was stripped of the captaincy in December, following a latest disciplinary breach, and he mutually terminated his contract to join Barcelona the following month.
Aubameyang was dropped and forced to train alone, but new footage from Amazon Prime Video’s fly-on-the-wall documentary, All or Nothing: Arsenal, has revealed how Edu initially pushed for him to return to the squad.
“We have to talk to Aubameyang and to Mikel [Arteta]… he has to come back to the squad and help us until the end of the season,” Edu said in a meeting with director of football operations Richard Garlick and chief executive Vinai Venkatesham.
“We are going to have to reintegrate him, we have to,” said Venkatesham.
Wednesday 10 August 2022 14:49 , Marc Mayo
A pretty low-key announcement as announcements go, but Alexis Sanchez is a Marseille player!
Arsenal’s Pino price revealed
Wednesday 10 August 2022 14:32 , Marc Mayo
Yeremy Pino is expected to cost around £42million.
Arsenal and Liverpool are said by Spanish media to be leading the race for the Villarreal winger.
And Marca report on the Yellow Submarine being happy to cash in on their top prospects when English clubs come knocking.
Previous examples include Pepe Reina, Jose Enrique, Antonio Valencia, Gabriel and Eric Bailly - with Pau Torres joining the list had he accepted a move to Tottenham last summer.
Tonali delivers Arsenal blow
Wednesday 10 August 2022 14:18 , Marc Mayo
Sandro Tonali does not want to join Arsenal.
Il Corriere dello Sport report on no bids of around £42m arriving for the Italy international, amid claims of talks between the clubs.
In fact, AC Milan will now try and extend Tonali’s contract after he helped them lift the Scudetto last season.
More on De Jong
Wednesday 10 August 2022 14:11 , Marc Mayo
The ball will soon be in Frenkie de Jong’s court over his future.
Sport now also report on a fee nearly being agreed between Barcelona and Chelsea over his future.
The transfer would top £67million after add-ons but De Jong has long stated his preference of remaining at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona want him to take a pay cut should he stay, angering the midfielder’s camp, with the player still holding the upper hand given he can simply deny an exit with no obligation of accepting his current club’s terms.
Watch this space...
Golden Boot winner odds
Wednesday 10 August 2022 13:56 , Jonathan Gorrie
Should Aubameyang return to the Premier League, Chelsea would be landing one of Europe’s most prolific attackers.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the Golden Boot winner odds.
SBK: Premier League Golden Boot winner
Erling Haaland - 5/4
Mo Salah - 11/2
Harry Kane - 15/2
Darwin Nunez - 13/1
Gabriel Jesus - 16/1
Heung-min Son - 25/1
Aleksandar Mitrovic - 33/1
Cristiano Ronaldo - 37/1
Chelsea pushing to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Wednesday 10 August 2022 13:50 , Jonathan Gorrie
Chelsea continue to be amongst the busiest clubs in Europe, with Thomas Tuchel wanting to strengthen a number of areas during what remains of the window.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Tuchel and club co-owner Todd Boehly are pushing to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona, who clearly need to sell after an ambitious summer spend amid a backdrop of financial uncertainity.
Watford land Choudhury
Wednesday 10 August 2022 13:29 , Jonathan Gorrie
Watford have added another Premier League player to a squad brimming with quality in the Championship...
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) August 10, 2022
Arsenal willing to sell Albert Sambi Lokonga
Wednesday 10 August 2022 12:51 , Jonathan Gorrie
Albert Sambi Lokonga might have only been at Arsenal for a year, but the Belgian international is attracting interest elsewhere.
Reports in Italy suggest AC Milan are keen on a move for the midfielder, with Arsenal willing to sell after a busy summer themselves.
Newcastle consider move for Christian Pulisic
Wednesday 10 August 2022 12:21 , Jonathan Gorrie
As busy as it is on the incoming front for Chelsea, plenty of exits are expected too.
One of those could well be Christian Pulisic, who is keen to land as much first-team football as possible heading into the World Cup.
According to The Athletic, Newcastle are keen to sign the American should Thomas Tuchel sanction his exit.
Chelsea closing in on Frenkie De Jong deal
Wednesday 10 August 2022 11:57 , Jonathan Gorrie
All summer, Frenkie De Jong has been linked with Manchester United, although it could well be Chelsea who land the Dutchman.
Indeed, The Times claim Chelsea are close to agreeing a fee with Barcelona over a deal to sign the player as Thomas Tuchel continues to try and add to his squad.
Fulham ramp up £8m transfer talks
Wednesday 10 August 2022 11:33 , Jonathan Gorrie
Fulham are attempting to close a deal to sign Justin Kluivert on loan this week with an option to buy the Roma forward for £8million.
The son of legendary former Barcelona, AC Milan and Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert is keen to move to the Premier League, with talks accelerating in recent days.
Arsenal closing on Yeremy Pino
Wednesday 10 August 2022 11:11 , Jonathan Gorrie
Arsenal have been active this summer and that certainly looks like continuing.
Pepe bid aside, the club are now looking to raid former manager Unai Emery of one of his biggest talents.
Spanish outlet AS claims the Gunners are set to have a £33m offer for Yeremy Pino accepted.
Hakim Ziyech pushing for Chelsea exit
Wednesday 10 August 2022 10:48 , Jonathan Gorrie
Hakim Ziyech remains frustrated at Chelsea and is exploring an exit from Stamford Bridge - with the Blues continuing to weigh up a move for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
Chelsea have loaned club-record £97.5million signing Romelu Lukaku back to Inter and recently announced a £20m deal for Timo Werner to return to RB Leipzig as Thomas Tuchel reshapes his attack.
Tuchel is not short of options in attack, with Raheem Sterling joining from Manchester City and Armando Broja seen as a first-team striker following his loan at Southampton last season.
Nikola Vlasic set for West Ham exit
Wednesday 10 August 2022 10:21 , Jonathan Gorrie
Nikola Vlasic’s underwhelming time at West Ham is set to come to an end, with the winger heading to Italian side Torino.
The two clubs have agreed an initial season-long loan deal, with Torino holding an option to make the move permanent next summer for around €15million.
Vlasic arrived from CSKA Moscow in a £25.7m deal last summer but has been a major disappointment at the London Stadium and the Hammers are ready to cut their losses.
Arsenal continue shifting deadwood
Wednesday 10 August 2022 09:44 , Jonathan Gorrie
Arsenal are closing in on getting another player out of the club this summer...
Arsenal are set to complete another outgoing after Lucas Torreira. Pablo Marí leaves the club and joins Italian Serie A side Monza, full agreement now reached - it’s done. 🚨🔴 #AFC
Pablo Marì leaves on loan deal with obligation to buy if Monza will remain in Serie A. pic.twitter.com/7kCeWAbhP4
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 10, 2022
West Ham could sell Said Benrahama
Wednesday 10 August 2022 08:49 , Jonathan Gorrie
It has been a frustrating time of things at West Ham despite some big-money arrivals, with transfer targets moving elsewhere.
Indeed, the club are constantly linked with more additions, but a fresh report focuses more on the outgoings.
According to the Daily Mail, the club would be willing to listen to offers for Said Benrahma and could sell for £30m.
Barcelona planning Bernando Silva move
Wednesday 10 August 2022 08:12 , Jonathan Gorrie
Much has been made about Barcelona’s transfer business this summer amid a backdrop of financial problems at the Camp Nou.
Still, the club continue to try and bring in big name players.
Now, according to Sport, Barca are lining up a move for Bernando Silva and have the money to sign the Manchester City star.
A penny for Frenkie De Jong’s thoughts...
Manchester United players want Cristiano Ronaldo to be SOLD
Wednesday 10 August 2022 08:02 , Jonathan Gorrie
The Cristiano Ronaldo saga at Manchester United is descending into farce.
Clearly, the 37-year-old wants to leave the club, yet he remains as one of the major talking points at Old Trafford.
According to The Sun, several members of the United squad want him sold as soon as possible.
Destiny Udogie medical at Tottenham
Wednesday 10 August 2022 07:49 , Jonathan Gorrie
It’s busy at Tottenham!
According to Fabrizio Romano, Udinese full-back Destiny Udogie is set for a medical ahead of his move to the club, though will likely remain at the Serie A side on loan.
Tottenham are prepared to schedule medical tests for Destiny Udogie in the next days, then Italian fullback will return to Udinese where he’s gonna stay on loan. 🚨⚪️ #THFC
Udogie will sign a five-year deal as new Tottenham player, joining on June 2023. pic.twitter.com/PAZoUqFGk1
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 9, 2022
Tottenham launch Nicolo Zaniolo offer
Wednesday 10 August 2022 07:28 , Jonathan Gorrie
Given how much business Tottenham have done at a relatively early stage, things have slowed down of late.
Still, Antonio Conte is a man renowned for his desire to see whichever club he’s working for strengthen as much as they can and links with a move for Nicolo Zaniolo refuse to go away.
According to the Daily Express, Spurs have made a loan offer for the Roma star with a view to a permanent £20m move next summer.
Chelsea to make improved Wesley Fofana offer amid transfer talks
Wednesday 10 August 2022 07:22 , Jonathan Gorrie
Chelsea have seemingly made little secret of their desire to sign Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana.
Two offers are thought to have been snubbed and the Foxes are reportedly holding out for a world-record fee.
According to football.london, the Blues WILL launch a new-and-improved offer this week.
Arsenal make £34m Pepe offer
Wednesday 10 August 2022 07:15 , Jonathan Gorrie
Arsenal have already spent big money on one of Porto’s players this summer in the shape of Fabio Vieira, who is yet to make his debut after injuring himself upon arrival.
Now, the club are thought to have launched a huge offer for one of his former teammates.
A Bola claim Arsenal have launched a £34m bid for Pepe, who acted as Luis Diaz’s replacement when he joined Liverpool.
Is Fofana the right man for Chelsea?
Wednesday 10 August 2022 06:15 , Marc Mayo
It was telling that Thomas Tuchel used the caveat "at the moment" to describe Thiago Silva's importance to Chelsea following their win over Everton on Saturday, writes Standard Sport’s Dan Kilpatrick...
Tuchel knows that Silva, who turns 38 next month, cannot maintain his extraordinary levels indefinitely, and there is an acceptance at Stamford Bridge that their reliance on the Brazilian will have to wind down over the course of the season.
Wednesday 10 August 2022 04:45 , Marc Mayo
September 1 is transfer deadline day at the end of this summer window.
Premier League clubs will have until 11pm BST, while Italy and Germany have a 5pm local time deadline.
Spain’s transfer window comes to an end at 10:59pm, an hour earlier than in France. Nothing’s ever easy.
ICYMI: Werner seals Chelsea exit
Wednesday 10 August 2022 01:00 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea have confirmed the sale of Timo Werner to RB Leipzig.
Two years after the Blues paid £47.5million to sign the German striker, the club have agreed to sell him back to Leipzig after a return of 29 goals in 83 matches.
The Bundesliga side will fork out an initial £20m to sign Werner with an additional £5m in add-ons for his permanent transfer.
Nice could steal in on Casadei deal
Tuesday 9 August 2022 23:23 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea could be beaten to Cesare Casadei by Nice.
The French club are exploring a deal with Inter Milan that could feature a buy-back option.
A fee of around £17million has been touted for the Italian teenager following two rejected bids, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.
Napoli want Ndombele to repeat loan trick
Tuesday 9 August 2022 22:50 , Marc Mayo
Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is a target for Napoli.
Sky Sport Italia report on the Serie A side wanting to sign the Frenchman on loan with a view to a cut-price permanent move.
That sort of deal worked well with the move for Fulham player Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa last summer, and Napoli fancy trying their luck again.
Arsenal await Mari decision
Tuesday 9 August 2022 22:22 , Marc Mayo
Serie A newboys Monza are pushing to sign Pablo Mari.
Fabrizio Romano reports on the Arsenal defender picking between them and Hellas Verona as the Gunners look to move him on.
A decision is yet to be made by Mari with Monza hoping to conclude the deal soon.
Gakpo enters Man United radar
Tuesday 9 August 2022 22:00 , Marc Mayo
Manchester United are moving in on former Arsenal target Cody Gakpo.
The PSV Eindhoven youngster has spoken of his desire to play first-team football this season so he can reach the World Cup with the Netherlands.
The Telegraph report on United wanting to do a deal, which would cost £35m, after abandoning their bid for Marko Arnautovic.
PSV are set to listen to offers for the forward if they fail to qualify for the Champions League group stage.
Chelsea suffer De Jong blow
Tuesday 9 August 2022 21:46 , Marc Mayo
Barcelona will attempt to keep Frenkie de Jong by persuading him to take a pay cut.
Owed millions in pandemic-related wage deferrals, the Dutchman’s transfer to either Chelsea or Manchester United has been hit by his reported demand to recoup what is owed by the club.
Sport report on Barcelona attempting to seal De Jong’s pay cut to help them register new their array of new signings for the new LaLiga season.
Spurs target to stay in Italy
Tuesday 9 August 2022 21:30 , Marc Mayo
Tottenham will miss out on Nikola Milenkovic with the defender nearing a new contract at Fiorentina.
Radio Bruno report on the Serbian being given a substantial pay rise to fight off the interest in his services.
Spurs have already signed Clement Lenglet to bolster the centre of their defence this summer.
Aubameyang would be ‘perfect’ for Chelsea
Tuesday 9 August 2022 21:13 , Marc Mayo
Gus Poyet has urged Chelsea to complete a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Blues and Barcelona have become rather familiar with each other during the summer transfer window and the former Chelsea midfielder believes his old club could do with his services after Timo Werner’s departure.
“No doubt,” he told Lord Pring on whether signing the Gabon forward would be a good move. “Aubameyang would be perfect. He looks happy and back to his best scoring goals.”
Kepa still on Napoli radar
Tuesday 9 August 2022 21:02 , Marc Mayo
Napoli are preparing bids for Keylor Navas and Kepa Arrizabalaga as they focus on their goalkeeper situation.
Salvatore Sirigu is due to arrive as back-up for the Serie A side with the PSG and Chelsea shot-stoppers eyed as loan signings to be their first choice.
Il Mattino report on both clubs having to subsidise at least half their respective players’ wages to ensure Napoli can afford the loan deal.
Arsenal happy to wait for Tielemans
Tuesday 9 August 2022 20:38 , Marc Mayo
Arsenal will wait to sign Youri Tielemans on a free transfer next summer.
Football.London claim personal terms have been agreed between the Gunners and Belgian midfielder, who is valued by Leicester at £32m.
Reducing that fee is Arsenal’s ideal avenue this summer, but they may be forced to act now nonetheless with West Ham and Newcastle also keen on the player.
Flare-up in Marseille!
Tuesday 9 August 2022 20:09 , Marc Mayo
Somewhere in there is Alexis Sanchez, as Marseille fans give the Chilean a red-hot welcome...
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 9, 2022
De Jong expects to leave Barcelona
Tuesday 9 August 2022 19:46 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea target Frenkie de Jong feels his departure from Barcelona is “imminent”.
That is according to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, who claims that the Blues are moving in on a deal to sign the Dutch midfielder.
De Jong is said to not fancy a move to Manchester United.
Major Pino bid expected
Tuesday 9 August 2022 19:25 , Marc Mayo
Villarreal fear history will repeat itself if Arsenal bid for Yeremy Pino.
The Spanish international winger, 19, is a target for the Gunners and Liverpool, according to AS.
A bid of between £33million and £42m is expected from at least one club and it is claimed that Villarreal would have to cash in on the player if such an offer arrives.
The Yellow Submarine did so in the past, namely with Santi Cazorla, and even tried to sell Pau Torres to Tottenham last summer.
Arsenal discover Tonali price
Tuesday 9 August 2022 19:11 , Marc Mayo
Arsenal and AC Milan are in talks over Sandro Tonali.
A fee of £46.5m may be enough to tempt the Italian champions into selling one of their star midfielders, as reported by Calcio Mercato.
Such a deal would allow Milan to make two signings of their own, it is claimed, making the notion more palatable given Tonali’s position in the side.
Fulham confident of £8m deal
Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:56 , Marc Mayo
Fulham are hopeful of signing Roma winger Justin Kluivert.
The Dutchman, son of legend Patrick, is available for £8m this summer.
TalkSPORT report on their interest with Marco Silva keen to rack up more signings before the transfer deadline.
Chelsea and PSG could clash over defenders
Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:32 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are due to meet in the transfer market this month.
Milan Skriniar and Wesley Fofana are the top targets for Les Parisiens and the Blues, respectively.
Yet, L’Equipe report on both clubs seeing the other player as their second-choice target - leading to Chelsea considering a £63m bid for Skriniar.
Two defenders available for big-money moves… two wealthy clubs seeking defenders… who will go where?
Juventus lead Depay race
Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:07 , Marc Mayo
Tottenham will not sign Memphis Depay.
That is according to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims there have been no talks over the Barcelona man despite reports of £17m interest earlier in the summer.
Juventus are the favourites to land the Dutchman, once his Blaugrana contract has been terminated.
Done deal! Timo Werner joins RB Leipzig from Chelsea
Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:31 , Marc Mayo
Timo Werner has completed a permanent transfer to RB Leipzig.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 9, 2022
Werner pens fond farewell to Chelsea
Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:23 , Marc Mayo
Timo Werner has thanked Chelsea fans for sticking by him through good times and bad ahead of his £25million transfer back to RB Leipzig.
The German club will pay an initial £20m to sign the striker, two years after selling him to the Stamford Bridge outfit for £47.5m.
After scoring 23 goals in 89 Chelsea games, Werner fell out with Thomas Tuchel and was pictured arriving in Leipzig on Monday night ahead of his medical.
Zaniolo to Spurs latest
Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:55 , Marc Mayo
Roma do not want to sign Japhet Tanganga in a player-plus-cash deal for Nicolo Zaniolo.
Il Messaggero report on the Tottenham defender being offered in the £47million deal.
However, the Giallorossi would still like to sign Tanganga on loan, presumably so they can maximise their cash takings for Zaniolo.
Barcelona confident player sales are not essential
Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:32 , Marc Mayo
Barcelona are confident they do not need to sell more players in order to register their summer signings.
LaLiga and the Blaugrana are currently in a dispute over the value of the ‘levers’ deployed by the club to bring in the likes of Robert Lewandowski, by selling assets such as future TV rights.
Marca report on player sells, including the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, not being necessary to ensure the registrations are allowed.
However, transfers out of Barcelona are still on the agenda to give the club much-needed breathing room on their balance sheets.
Chelsea targets could become available
Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:08 , Marc Mayo
Inter Milan owner Steven Zhang wants to bring in around £65m from player sales in the final month of the market.
That means either Denzel Dumfries of Milan Skriniar leaving - both of whom have been linked to Chelsea.
According to Corriere dello Sport, coach Simone Inzaghi met Zhang yesterday and reiterated his desire to keep both defenders, leading to an ongoing debate at Inter.
Salah advice helped Wijnaldum move
Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:41 , Marc Mayo
New Roma signing Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed the advice that encouraged him to sign for Jose Mourinho’s side.
He told reporters: “I chose Roma because of the interest and the effort they made to bring me here. When I spoke players like Mo Salah and Kevin Strootman they all spoke well of Rome. [Achraf] Hakimi also spoke well of Rome to me.
“I knew Roma because I had played here at the Olimpico with Liverpool. I knew I was arriving at a club with a fantastic stadium. I asked for advice from those who could know more than me and everyone spoke well about it. It was important, I felt appreciated.”
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 9, 2022
Chelsea eye move for England U19 star Edwards
Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:01 , George Flood
Chelsea could swoop for another of England’s Under-19 European Championship winners before the transfer deadline.
Last week, the Blues moved to sign the tournament’s standout player Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa in a deal that could rise to £20m with add-ons.
Now Peterborough director of football Barry Fry has confirmed their interest in defender Ronnie Edwards, who piqued their interest during trips to watch loanee Lucas Bergstrom.
“I’ve had conversations with people at Chelsea who are in the know and who would be involved in any decision-making,” Fry told Peterborough Today.
“They came to watch Lucas, but they were taken by Ronnie. They haven’t made a bid yet, but there are three weeks until the transfer window closes. They certainly like him.
“Virtually the entire Premier League know about Ronnie and it’s interesting to see members of his England Under 19 team attracting attention now.
Tottenham seal £20m Udogie deal
Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:12 , George Flood
Tottenham have now agreed a deal for Udinese defender Destiny Udogie.
Standard Sport understands that Spurs will pay £15m up front for the teenage left-back, a fee which could rise to £20m with add-ons.
Udogie is set to agree personal terms and undergo a medical in Italy, where he will remain for the 2022-23 Serie A campaign on loan back at Udinese. There are no plans to bring him to their Hotspur Way base in order to conclude a deal.
The highly-rated Italian Under-21 international, 19, will become Tottenham’s seventh signing of a busy summer transfer window that has already seen Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Djed Spence, Clement Lenglet and Fraser Forster arrive in north London.
Man United drop Arnautovic pursuit after fan backlash
Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:34 , George Flood
Manchester United’s pursuit of Marko Arnautovic is no more.
The Red Devils stunned fans and pundits alike at the weekend when news of their opening £7.6m bid for the former West Ham and Stoke forward, 33, first emerged.
That offer was rejected by Bologna, though reports have suggested that United will return to the Serie A outfit with a second approach.
However, The Athletic now claim that will not be happening after such a strong fan backlash against the move.
Done deal! Everton beat West Ham to Onana
Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:18 , George Flood
Not good news for West Ham.
Everton have now officially confirmed the arrival of Amadou Onana from Lille.
The Belgian international midfielder, 20, has penned a five-year contract at Goodison Park until 2027 and joins for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £33.5m.
He follows Conor Coady, James Tarkowski, Ruben Vinagre and Dwight McNeil as Frank Lampard’s fifth signing of the summer window.
West Ham had also agreed a £33.5m fee with Lille for Onana, but they could not agree personal terms and the player preferred Everton.
Chelsea could offload ELEVEN players by deadline
Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:40 , George Flood
And here’s Nizaar Kinsella’s latest update on how Chelsea are progressing in terms of exits to raise funds for further new signings...
Timo Werner is having his medical today after the paperwork was signed on a £25m return to RB Leipzig. Marcos Alonso has also agreed a two-year contract with Barcelona over an £8m move, with the west London side needing to generate funds after spending more than £165m on new players already in this window.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has loan interest from Borussia Dortmund and Southampton, with Hakim Ziyech, Ross Barkley, Billy Gilmour, Kenedy, Emerson Palmieri, Michy Batshuayi, Baba Rahman and Ethan Ampadu all potentially planning their exits.
Nottingham Forest have enquired about Emerson's availability after their £9m move for Real Betis left-back Alex Moreno collapsed. Meanwhile, Juventus are still interested in the Italy international depending on the status of their own full-back Alex Sandro.
Ampadu has a loan offer from Serie A side Empoli but the Blues won't sanction his exit until a major central defensive signing comes in.
De Jong and Dumfries to Chelsea update
Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:13 , George Flood
Staying with Chelsea for the moment, here’s more from Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella on their ongoing transfer business, including the pursuits of Frenkie de Jong and Denzel Dumfries...
Chelsea are trying to offload fringe players to help raise funds for further business after being offered Frenkie de Jong, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay by Barcelona.
De Jong is in the middle of a bitter dispute with Barcelona over wages with £17m in deferred payments still owed to the midfielder.
Tuchel likes De Jong and is open to exploiting any issues to secure a quality player. It would see them hijack Manchester United’s approach after they’ve spent all summer failing to convince him to move to Old Trafford, due in part to a lack of Champions League football.
Barcelona are keen to see De Jong leave to raise further funds due to lingering financial issues but convincing the player to leave Camp Nou or accept lower terms remains difficult.
Chelsea are also interested in a right wing-back, with Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries the preferred option over Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters.
Chelsea prepare new Casadei bid
Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:40 , George Flood
Chelsea are preparing another approach for 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei with Inter Milan now expected to accept a fee of around £12million, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The highly-rated box-to-box player has yet to make his senior professional debut but is regarded as one of the finest young talents at the San Siro.
Chelsea have heavily scouted the youngster, who they see as an initial academy signing that they can develop alongside their first team as part of a succession plan for N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, who will see their deals expire in June 2023.
They have had two offers under £10m turned down already and have resisted the option of including a buy-back clause in the deal.
Man United register Gakpo interest
Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:17 , George Flood
Another hour, another Manchester United transfer move.
As talks go on over Adrien Rabiot, ESPN now report that the Red Devils have registered their interest in signing PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo.
The Dutch winger would apparently be keen on a switch to Old Trafford and could be bought for a fee of around £35m.
Arsenal are among the other clubs to be linked with Gakpo this summer.
Chelsea plot third Fofana bid this week
Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:50 , George Flood
Chelsea are expected to make a third offer for Leicester’s Wesley Fofana this week despite seeing a £70million bid rejected as they raise funds for further signings, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The Blues believe that the 21-year-old is the last chance to sign a defender who matches both the quality and profile needed to take Thomas Tuchel’s side to the next level.
However, they are reluctant to make him the world’s most expensive central defender having seen the criticism faced by Manchester United’s Harry Maguire, who currently holds that title after costing £80m from Leicester in 2019.
Fofana is keen to force a move through but the Foxes are reluctant to lose their star defender so late in the transfer window with a replacement needed. They will continue to play Fofana and insist that he is not for sale until an exceptional offer comes in.
West Ham want three more as Kehrer talks begin
Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:25 , George Flood
West Ham are targeting at least three more signings before the end of the transfer window after holding initial talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a move for defender Thilo Kehrer, writes Malik Ouzia.
The Hammers have spent almost £100million on five signings so far this summer but manager David Moyes insisted last week that the club still have “an awful lot more business to do”.
Moyes has been pushing to sign a left-back and central midfield player all summer but has so far missed out on a number of targets, including Filip Kostic and Amadou Onana.
West Ham had agreed a fee with Lille for midfielder Onana but were unwilling to meet his wage demands and the 20-year-old is set to sign for Everton instead. Kostic, meanwhile, is reportedly close to joining Juventus, with the Irons having failed to convince the Eintracht Frankfurt wing-back to walk away from Champions League football.
West Ham remain keen to strengthen in both positions but an availability crisis in defence has also made a new centre-back an immediate priority.
Done deal! RB Leipzig beat Man United to Sesko
Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:15 , George Flood
The Benjamin Sesko saga has now at last been settled.
There has been a furious race to sign Red Bull Salzburg’s talented teenage striker this summer, with Manchester United pursuing his signature and Chelsea and Liverpool also said to be among the clubs interested.
However, it is RB Leipzig that have won the race, with Sesko set to remain at sister club Salzburg for the 2022-23 campaign before moving to the Bundesliga next year.
The Slovenian international will pen a five-year contract at Leipzig until 2028.
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) August 9, 2022
Arsenal pushing to seal Runarsson and Mari exits
Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:01 , George Flood
Arsenal are pushing to wrap up loan deals for Alex Runarsson and Pablo Mari after finalising the sale of Lucas Torreira to Galatasaray last night, writes Simon Collings.
Torreira has joined the Turkish side for an initial fee of £5m, but that could rise by around £1.5m more with add-ons.
The midfielder had one year left on his contract at Arsenal and the club were ready to cash in on him now as opposed to losing him for free in 12 months.
After securing an exit for Torreira, Arsenal are now working to resolve the futures of Mari and Runarsson.
Man United resume Milinkovic-Savic chase
Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:47 , George Flood
Adrien Rabiot and Frenkie de Jong are far from the only midfielders in Manchester United’s transfer sights it seems.
Reports suggest the club have now renewed their interest in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a staple of constant rumours in every window.
The Telegraph claim that intermediaries believe a deal can now actually be completed, despite Lazio seemingly remaining steadfast in their refusal to sell their star Serbian, who is under contract until the summer of 2024.
Chelsea to learn Aubameyang fate this week
Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:24 , George Flood
The latest now on that rumoured Chelsea interest in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Last week came the shock speculation that the Blues were engaging in talks with the former Arsenal captain, with Thomas Tuchel eager for a surprise reunion with the player he previously coached at Borussia Dortmund.
It later emerged that Chelsea had actually been offered the chance to sign all three of Aubameyang, Memphis Depay and Frenkie de Jong by Barcelona.
Now The Telegraph report that Chelsea will find out this week if a deal can be done for Aubameyang, who only moved to the Camp Nou after having his Arsenal contract cancelled by mutual consent in January.
Man United negotiating Rabiot personal terms
Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:04 , George Flood
Where to start with Manchester United’s latest scattergun approach at the moment?
In case you missed it yesterday, the Red Devils have now agreed a deal with Juventus to sign Adrien Rabiot.
However, they were yet to discuss personal terms for the French midfielder, who is being allowed to leave Turin with just one year left on his current contract.
Fabrizio Romano reports that United are now in direct contact with Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique, with manager Erik ten Hag also said to be part of the talks.
Werner in Leipzig ahead of Chelsea exit
Tuesday 9 August 2022 08:44 , George Flood
Timo Werner should complete his expected exit from Chelsea today.
The German striker was filmed and pictured arriving in Leipzig late last night as he puts the finishing touches on his return to the Bundesliga.
RB Leipzig will pay around £20m plus £5m in add-ons to sign back a player whom they sold for £47.5m in 2020.
The transfer is now set to be officially agreed, with Werner just needing to undergo and pass a medical.
After netting 90 goals in 156 appearances during his first stint in Leipzig, the 26-year-old scored only 23 times in 89 outings for Chelsea, falling out with manager Thomas Tuchel this summer over playing time and his role in the team.
Tottenham clinch Udogie deal
Tuesday 9 August 2022 08:16 , George Flood
Back to Spurs for a second, it seems their seventh deal of a busy summer transfer window is now complete.
Tottenham have been in talks for a little while now with Udinese over Italian Under-21 international left-back Destiny Udogie, a player personally recommended by manager Antonio Conte.
A deal worth more than £16.8m is now complete, per Fabrizio Romano, who confirms that the 19-year-old has also agreed personal terms over a move to north London.
However, Udogie will not arrive at Spurs until next summer as he is due to remain at Udinese on loan for the 2022-23 Serie A campaign.
Zaha keen on late Chelsea move
Tuesday 9 August 2022 07:55 , George Flood
Wilfried Zaha is said to be keen on a switch across London to Chelsea late in this transfer window.
As well as Wesley Fofana, the Blues are desperate for further reinforcements up front to join Raheem Sterling with Timo Werner poised to return to RB Leipzig in a £25.3m deal.
They are once again being linked with a swoop for Crystal Palace star Zaha, who has wanted to leave Selhurst Park again frequently in the past but never managed to secure a high-profile move having previously spent time at Manchester United.
football.london’s latest report claims that Zaha would be eager to join Chelsea, who would have to fork out a considerable fee having already spent over £150m this summer.
Arsenal and Liverpool battle for Pino
Tuesday 9 August 2022 07:48 , George Flood
Arsenal and Liverpool look poised to do battle over the signing of Yeremy Pino.
AS report that both Premier League giants are interested in the teenage winger, who has shone for Villarreal and already earned four senior international caps for Spain.
Villarreal do not want to lose Pino, but it is said that a large offer could leave them with a difficult decision to make as they seek to balance their summer transfer business amid the ongoing pursuit of Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso.
Pino’s current contract at El Madrigal, which runs until 2027, is believed to contain a release clause worth around £67.5m.
Tottenham table Zaniolo offer
Tuesday 9 August 2022 07:41 , George Flood
Tottenham are stepping up their pursuit of Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo.
The Italy star has emerged as the next focus of Fabio Paratici’s transfer ambition, though former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho wants him to stay put.
The Times report that Spurs have now made an opening gambit for Zaniolo, a season-long loan offer that included an obligation to buy next summer for a fee of £20m.
However, that bid was dismissed by Roma. Social media posts have since noted the arrival in Rome of Japhet Tanganga’s agent, could he be part of the next offer?
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