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Transfer news – LIVE!

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to prove major players in this summer’s transfer window. All three have lofty ambitions heading into the new season, with Thomas Tuchel now spending the money co-owner Todd Boehly has to burn. A deal for Jules Kounde is reportedly close, giving Chelsea their third summer signing.

Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, has a new player in the form of Oleksandr Zinchenko but could yet add Juventus star Arthur Melo to his squad. Linked with a move during January, the Brazilian international has once again emerged as a leading target.

Over at Tottenham, six signings could soon be seven. Indeed, James Maddison is now thought to be a target, with contact reportedly made in regards to a move for the Leicester City star. Despite his attacking options, Antonio Conte is understood to want a creative player and the England hopeful could be the man for the job. Follow all of the latest news, gossip and rumours in our LIVE blog below!

Latest transfer news and rumours

  • Chelsea offer Jules Kounde contract

  • Tottenham make James Maddison contact

  • Arsenal open Arthur Melo talks

Bayern remain distant from Cristiano Ronaldo

Thursday 21 July 2022 09:33 , Jonathan Gorrie

Bayern Munich REALLY want to make it clear they do not want to sign Cristiano Ronaldo...

Bernardo Silva coy on Manchester City future

Thursday 21 July 2022 09:05 , Jonathan Gorrie

When asked about his long-term future at Manchester City, Bernardo Silva did little to quell suggestions he could soon leave.

Jesse Lingard set for Nottingham Forest medical

Thursday 21 July 2022 08:50 , Jonathan Gorrie

Bad news, West Ham fans!

Key target Jesse Lingard - who has proven he can thrill while clad in claret and blue - is closing in on a shock move to Nottingham Forest.

According to The Mirror, Lingard is set for a medical with the newly-promoted side.

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Arsenal’s next steps

Thursday 21 July 2022 08:44 , Jonathan Gorrie

According to Mikel Arteta, Arsenal are now turning attentions to shifting players out of the squad.

Jules Kounde: Chelsea confident of agreeing five-year contract

Thursday 21 July 2022 08:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

At long last, it seems as if Chelsea are set to wrap up a deal to sign Jules Kounde.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the club have offered the French international a five-year deal and are confident their £55m bid falls in line with what Sevilla are demanding.

Tottenham make contact with James Maddison

Thursday 21 July 2022 08:26 , Jonathan Gorrie

Having already brought in two players from Premier League rivals, Tottenham are reportedly prepared to do so again.

Antonio Conte is believed to want to sign a creative player during what remains of the summer window, with James Maddison thought to have emerged as a target.

According to transfer insider Dean Jones, Spurs have made contact over a potential move.

“I’m told Spurs have touched base over Maddison,” Jones wrote on GiveMeSport.

“And a deal would not be impossible but it would cost them a lot of money.

“Probably more than they would want to spend. But you never know, the door isn’t closed.”

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(Action Images via Reuters)

Arsenal open talks for Arthur Melo deal

Thursday 21 July 2022 08:23 , Jonathan Gorrie

Linked with a move to the Gunners for pretty much the entirety of the January transfer window, Arthur Melo is once again on the club’s radar.

According to TuttoJuve, Arsenal have opened talks with Juventus over a potential move for the Brazilian international as they plot more midfield signings.

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ICYMI - Chelsea go back in for Kounde

Thursday 21 July 2022 07:00 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have submitted a new bid for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

Barcelona remain interested in the centre-back, but the Blues are currently front-runners to wrap up a deal.

ICYMI - Man United could rival Arsenal for Tielemans

Thursday 21 July 2022 06:30 , Matt Verri

Arsenal could face competition for Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans.

Ben Jacobs reports that while Mikel Arteta is a big fan of Tielemans, and the player himself wants the move, Manchester United’s interest in the Belgian is growing.

He is seen as a cheaper and less complicated alternative to Frenkie de Jong, so United could opt to turn their focus to Tielemans.

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ICYMI - Biggest transfer news of all...

Thursday 21 July 2022 06:00 , Matt Verri

FC Halifax Town striker Jamie Allen has made a move this summer... to the Love Island villa.

The 27-year-old has been confirmed as a new contestant on the ITV2 show.

Allen has played for Fleetwood Town, Barrow, Southport and Dover Athletic. He has also played international football for Montserrat.

His current side do not sound particularly thrilled.

“It was hard work to join Barcelona"

Wednesday 20 July 2022 23:13 , Matt Verri

Zinchenko spotted!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:07 , Alex Young

Incoming Arsenal signing Oleksandr Zinchenko has been spotted wearing the club's colours ahead of tonight's pre-season friendly against Orlando City.

The versatile defender is expected to complete a £32million move from Manchester City in the coming hours, and have joined his new team-mates in Florida on their United States tour.

It appears only a matter of time before the signing is officially confirmed, with Zinchenko at Orlando City's Exploria Stadium.

Read more here.

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Mbabu nears Fulham move

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:57 , Matt Verri

Fulham are reportedly on the verge of agreeing a deal for Wolfsburg defender Kevin Mbabu.

Sky Sports report the clubs have reached an agreement for a fee in the region of £5million, with another £2m in add-ons.

Mbabu is expected to agree personal terms and complete a medical in the coming days.

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Kounde update

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:31 , Matt Verri

Sterling, done. Koulibaly, done. Kounde? Getting closer...

Roma’s new man!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:04 , Matt Verri

Man United have no alternative to De Jong

Wednesday 20 July 2022 19:33 , Matt Verri

Man United’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong continues to drag on.

Despite rumours linking the club with a possible move for Youri Tielemans instead, Andy Mitten is reporting that United have no Plan B in terms of midfield options.

They remain convinced they will bring De Jong to Manchester, and Frenkie de Jong is desperate to do so.

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Chelsea up bid for Kounde

Wednesday 20 July 2022 19:00 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have put in a new and improved bid forJules Kounde.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who reports that the Blues have offered Sevilla £55million. Talks are continuing over the structure of the deal.

Both Chelsea and Barcelona are discussing personal terms with Kounde.

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Brentford in for Mee

Wednesday 20 July 2022 18:27 , Matt Verri

Brentford are believed to be considering a move for Ben Mee.

The 32-year-old is a free agent after leaving Burnley at the end of his contract this summer, and the Daily Telegraph reports that the Bees are in talks with Mee.

It’s claimed the centre-back has a number of options, but Brentford are keen on making a deal happen.

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Guardiola: Neymar rumours false

Wednesday 20 July 2022 18:03 , Matt Verri

Pep Guardiola has rubbished rumours in the French press that Manchester City turned down the opportunity to sign Neymar.

“I’m so sorry for Le Parisien but it’s not true,” Guardiola said.

I’m sorry for them because the information they were leaked was false. Neymar is an incredible player and, with the information I have, an incredibly nice guy. So leave him calm, let him express the huge talent he has in Paris alongside [Lionel] Messi and all the big stars they have.

“But I would say Manchester City every season bought 150 players. It looks like we are interested in all players around the world. You know that is not true. I’m sorry for Neymar, of course!”

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Xhaka ‘very close’ to Arsenal exit last summer

Wednesday 20 July 2022 17:41 , Matt Verri

Granit Xhaka has revealed he was very close to leaving Arsenal last summer, before holding discussions with Mikel Arteta and Edu.

“Mikel was the guy with [technical director] Edu, they didn’t let me go because they wanted to keep me here,” Xhaka told ESPN.

“Of course, my first reaction was to stay at the football club, but they opened the door: ‘If something comes, I can leave.’ I have to be honest as well. I don’t want to say a name now, but the door was open for me to leave the club as well. But in the end, people decided to keep me here.”

Read the full story!

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Fernandes discusses Ronaldo future

Wednesday 20 July 2022 17:11 , Matt Verri

Bruno Fenandes has admitted he is in the dark over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United, insisting it is not up to him to put pressure on his team-mate to stay.

“It’s not on me, it’s the club that has to make the choices and Cristiano makes his own choice,” Fernandes said.

“I don’t know what’s going on in his head, if he wants to leave, it’s all about news. I didn’t ask them that.

“The only thing I asked Cristiano, when he didn’t turn up, was if everything was okay with the family, he told me what was going on, that’s it and nothing more.”

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Flores on the move

Wednesday 20 July 2022 16:42 , Matt Verri

Marcelo Flores is set to join Real Oviedo on loan.

The Arsenal youngster will sign a one-year loan deal with the Spanish club, according to Fabrizio Romano, with official confirmation to follow shortly.

Flores joined the Arsenal academy in 2019 but the 18-year-old is yet to make a first-team appearance for the club.

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Latest on Tielemans

Wednesday 20 July 2022 16:17 , Matt Verri

Arsenal could face competition for Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans.

Ben Jacobs reports that while Mikel Arteta is a big fan of Tielemans, and the player himself wants the move, Manchester United’s interest in the Belgian is growing.

He is seen as a cheaper and less complicated alternative to Frenkie de Jong, so United could opt to turn their focus to Tielemans.

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Zinchenko signs four-year deal with Arsenal

Wednesday 20 July 2022 15:58 , Alex Young

As expected, Oleksandr Zinchenko has signed a four-year deal with Arsenal.

Official confirmation shouldn’t be too far off. Any plans tonight, Gunners fans?

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(Getty Images/Evening Standard)

Spurs target Bastoni could be on the move

Wednesday 20 July 2022 15:51 , Alex Young

Tottenham have made Alessandro Bastoni their key defensive target this summer, but were told the player does not want to leave Inter.

Interestingly, Bastoni’s agent Tulio Tinti was spotted at Inter HQ today, prompting speculation over possible transfer talks.

Inter reportedly need to sell a player and that was expected to be Milan Skriniar, but his exit to PSG has hit the buffers.

‘Next Haaland’ heading to Newcastle?

Wednesday 20 July 2022 15:43 , Alex Young

RB Salzburg latest young striker star Benjamin Sesko is being linked with a move to Newcastle.

Sesko’s agent Elvis Basanovic (great name) has posted a picture on his Instagram account from Tyneside, thus putting the transfer mill into motion.

Tottenham have also been linked, along with AC Milan.

Done deal! Forest sign Toffolo

Wednesday 20 July 2022 15:26 , Alex Young

Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of left-back Harry Toffolo from Huddersfield

From Halifax to the villa

Wednesday 20 July 2022 15:12 , Alex Young

FC Halifax Town striker Jamie Allen has made a move this summer... to the Love Island villa.

The 27-year-old has been confirmed as a new contestant on ITV2 show.

Allen has played for Fleetwood Town, Barrow, Southport and Dover Athletic. He has also played international football for Montserrat.

Ajax land Lisandro Martinez replacement

Wednesday 20 July 2022 14:59 , Jonathan Gorrie

Rangers defender Calvin Bassey has become Ajax’s record signing, replacing Manchester United-bound Lisandro Martinez.

West Ham still in talks with Chelsea over potential Armando Broja deal

Wednesday 20 July 2022 14:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

Frenkie De Jong: Chelsea have genuine interest

Wednesday 20 July 2022 14:11 , Jonathan Gorrie

According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are seriously interested in signing Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong.

Manchester United have agreed a deal with the Catalan club over a potential move, although the Dutchman still needs convincing to move to Old Trafford.

Indeed, Thomas Tuchel is reportedly prepared to try and take advantage.

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Chelsea agree Jules Kounde deal

Wednesday 20 July 2022 13:36 , Jonathan Gorrie

It’s agreed, apparently!

The Sun claim Chelsea have struck a £55m deal with Sevilla offer a move for Jules Kounde at long last.

Now, the Frenchman is expected to undergo a medical in the next 48 hours.

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Arsenal in Arthur Melo talks with Juventus

Wednesday 20 July 2022 13:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

Arthur Melo was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal over the course of the January transfer window, although nothing came of their interest.

Still, TuttoJuve now claim the Gunners are in fresh talks with Juventus over a potential move.

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West Ham and Crystal Palace in transfer battle over Dwight McNeil

Wednesday 20 July 2022 13:17 , Jonathan Gorrie

With Burnley relegated, the two London rivals are reportedly set to go head-to-head...

Antonio Conte confident Tottenham have spent the right money

Wednesday 20 July 2022 13:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Antonio Conte believes Tottenham have invested the “right money” this summer after an ambitious recruitment drive.

Djed Spence became Spurs’ sixth summer signing earlier this week, following Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet into the club.

Conte consistently called for improvement during his first few months in charge and has cashed in on the assurances both Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici granted him at the end of last season.

“When you go into the transfer market you try not to waste money but, up until now, I think we invested the right money,” he told reporters during the club’s tour of Korea.

Read the full story here!

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Man City told to up Cucurella bid by £20m

Wednesday 20 July 2022 12:46 , Alex Young

Brighton have told Manchester City to up their bid for Marc Cucurella by £20 million, according to ESPN.

Cucurella is Pep Guardiola's first-choice target to replace Arsenal-bound Oleksandr Zinchenko, and have been quoted £50m for the defender.

City have no desire to meet that figure and are prepared to go to £30m, which is twice the figure Brighton paid Getafe for the player 11 months ago.

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Sevilla could push Kounde to Chelsea

Wednesday 20 July 2022 12:24 , Alex Young

Chelsea have an agreement in place with Sevilla to sign Jules Kounde, but it is the player who is holding up the move.

According to Foot Mercato, the Blues are ready to more “more than £48million” for the centre-back but are aware Kounde wants to join Barcelona.

The report adds that Barca have gone as far as telling the defender to reject all offers, including Chelsea’s, but Sevilla are getting impatient and are ready to push through the Chelsea move.

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Atleti pull out of Ronaldo race

Wednesday 20 July 2022 12:04 , Alex Young

Cristiano Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, has discussed a move to Atletico Madrid for his client.

According to COPE, Ronaldo is open to the move and would reduce his demands to make it happen - but Atletico chief executive Gil Marin rejected the idea as even a "modest" deal would prove too expensive.

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Nicolo Zaniolo’s replacement?

Wednesday 20 July 2022 11:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

Roma have confirmed the signing of Paulo Dybala just as Tottenham sporting director Fabio Paratici reportedly jets out to Italy for talks over a deal for Nicolo Zaniolo...

Oleksandr Zinchenko: Pep Guardiola sends message to incoming Arsenal star

Wednesday 20 July 2022 11:45 , Jonathan Gorrie

With Oleksandr Zinchenko flying into Arsenal’s training camp in Orlando, Pep Guardiola has sent his departing star a message.

Nicolo Zaniolo: Fabio Paratici to hold Tottenham transfer talks

Wednesday 20 July 2022 11:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

It’s busy at Tottenham!

Calciomercato now claim sporting director Fabio Paratici has flown out to Italy to hold talks with AS Roma over a move for Nicolo Zaniolo.

Antonio Conte is said to be a huge fan of the Italian, although Roma have slapped an asking price of around £51m on their academy graduate.

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Mikel Arteta the ‘driving force’ behind Arsenal’s chase for Youri Tielemans

Wednesday 20 July 2022 11:27 , Jonathan Gorrie

Youri Tielemans has been linked with Arsenal pretty much all summer, although there has been nothing to suggest he’s any closer to leaving Leicester.

Still, the Belgium international has only a year left on his contract at the King Power Stadium, making sorting out his future a matter of urgency.

Now, the Daily Telegraph claim Mikel Arteta is the “driving force” behind the Gunners’ push for the Belgian.

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Chelsea could sign Josko Gvardiol ‘soon’

Wednesday 20 July 2022 11:19 , Jonathan Gorrie

Josko Gvardiol is a target for Chelsea and reports in Spain to suggest he could soon join Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

Indeed, Sport claim the Blues are now ready to sell Cesar Azpilicueta given they ‘chosen’ the RB Leipzig star as his replacement, with a deal said to be close.

All change at Stamford Bridge...

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Crystal Palace to sign Bayern Munich’s Chris Richards

Wednesday 20 July 2022 10:52 , Jonathan Gorrie

Crystal Palace have agreed a deal to sign Bayern Munich defender Chris Richards in a deal worth an initial £8.5million.

The fee for the 22-year-old, who spent last season on loan at fellow German outfit Hoffenheim, could eventually rise to £11m with add-ons.

Richards signed for Bayern from FC Dallas in 2019 but has gone on to make just ten first-team appearances for the Bundesliga champions.

Read the full story here!

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West Ham fear shock Jesse Lingard development

Wednesday 20 July 2022 10:38 , Jonathan Gorrie

West Ham fear they will be pipped to the signing of Jesse Lingard after Nottingham Forest made a lucrative late offer to the England international.

Lingard is expected to announce a decision over his future this week, having left Manchester United at the end of his contract, and there had been growing confidence at the London Stadium that he would choose to return to the club where he enjoyed a successful loan spell during the 2020/21 campaign.

Read the full story here!

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Oleksandr Zinchenko: Arsenal move nears

Wednesday 20 July 2022 10:16 , Jonathan Gorrie

Oleksandr Zinchenko travelled to Arsenal’s training base in Orlando overnight to undergo a medical and complete his £32million move from Manchester City.

Zinchenko had been with the City squad in Houston, where they are on tour, but he said his goodbyes yesterday before travelling across America to link up with Arsenal.

Read the full story here!

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(Getty Images/Evening Standard)

West Ham could be forced into transfer rethink after Nayef Aguerd injury

Wednesday 20 July 2022 09:56 , Jonathan Gorrie

West Ham are sweating on the fitness of summer signing Nayef Aguerd after the defender limped off injured in Tuesday’s preseason defeat to Rangers.

The centre-back, who signed from Rennes in a £28million deal earlier this summer, was forced off after just 23 minutes at Ibrox because of an ankle problem.

An X-ray confirmed the Moroccan international has not suffered a break but speaking after the 3-1 loss, manager David Moyes said he feared the 26-year-old could have ligament damage.

Read the full story here!

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Chelsea set to win transfer battle

Wednesday 20 July 2022 09:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea are closing in on the signing of England Under-18 defender Zak Sturge from Brighton.

Sturge has confirmed he is leaving Brighton this summer and Chelsea are set to beat a host of teams from the Premier League and the Bundesliga to his signature.

Read the full story here!

Zak Sturge (right) is highly rated at England youth level. (Getty Images)
Zak Sturge (right) is highly rated at England youth level. (Getty Images)

Antonio Conte: Djed Spence was Tottenham’s idea, not mine

Wednesday 20 July 2022 09:11 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has described new wing-back Djed Spence as a “club” signing.

Spurs completed a move worth an initial £12.5million for Spence, who agreed a five-year deal in north London on Tuesday, with chairman Daniel Levy understood to have led the negotiations with Middlesbrough.

A hallmark of Levy’s chairmanship has been targeting the best young players from the Football League -- with Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon among Spurs’ many success stories -- and Spence, 21, is a notably different profile to the club’s other five summer signings, who are all full internationals.

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Chelsea to make move for Josko Gvardiol

Wednesday 20 July 2022 08:55 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea will move back to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol should they fail to sign either Sevilla’s Jules Kounde or Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe.

Manager Thomas Tuchel has urged the new Todd Boehly-Clearlake ownership group to sign two more top-class central defenders following the £33million arrival of Kalidou Koulibaly.

Read the full story here.

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Neymar transfer news: Man City deny reports linking them with PSG star

Wednesday 20 July 2022 08:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

Clearly, the idea of Neymar heading to Manchester City would have been hugely exciting.

One of the game’s biggest stars, it would have been fascinating to see how the Brazilian would fare under Pep Guardiola.

The City boss, however, has shot down those suggestions...

Oleksandr Zinchenko latest: Arsenal and Man City have ‘completed contracts'

Wednesday 20 July 2022 08:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

An announcement is imminent after the two clubs completed all the paperwork...

David Moyes fires West Ham transfer warning

Wednesday 20 July 2022 07:52 , Jonathan Gorrie

David Moyes says West Ham’s preseason form so far shows they are in need of reinforcements “very quickly” after they were beaten 3-1 by Rangers last night.

Moyes named close to his best XI for the fixture at Ibrox but saw his side well-beaten by the Europa League runners-up. It comes after a similarly strong side was held to a 1-1 draw by Championship outfit Reading last weekend.

Read the full story here.

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Lucas Paqueta open to Arsenal move amid links

Wednesday 20 July 2022 07:27 , Jonathan Gorrie

Lucas Paqueta continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal.

While Mikel Arteta has a number of options following the additions of Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira this summer, the fact the club attempted to sign Raphinha would suggest they’re still keen on further reinforcement.

Luckily then, Fabrizio Romano has revealed Paqueta is eager to try his hand in the Premier League...

“Yes I think this is one to watch in the coming weeks, Lucas Paqueta, the player really wants to experience the Premier League, he is really tempted by the Premier League. He is convinced that the Premier League would be the perfect league for him after playing in Brazil, Serie A and in Ligue 1,” Romano said on his Here We Go Podcast.

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Chelsea close to Jules Kounde agreement

Wednesday 20 July 2022 07:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

The business is not stopping at Chelsea.

Two signings have already been made and Thomas Tuchel is keen on more additons as he bids to chase Liverpool and Manchester City down.

According to The Guardian, the club are now close to agreeing a fee with Sevilla for Jules Kounde.

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Tottenham want Nicolo Zaniolo

Wednesday 20 July 2022 07:06 , Jonathan Gorrie

Djed Spence has now officially become Tottenham’s sixth signing of the summer, although the club’s transfer business may not stop there.

According to Calciomercato, Antonio Conte is prepared to sell both Lucas Moura and Tanguy Ndombele in order to land the Italian international, to futher boost his attack following the signing of Richarlison.

Having brought in Paulo Dybala themselves, Roma are thought to be keen to sell.

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Kounde is keen on Chelsea

Wednesday 20 July 2022 06:55 , Marc Mayo

Jules Kounde WILL accept Chelsea’s offer - if the Blues can agree a fee with Sevilla.

The Guardian report on the defender not being set on a move to Barcelona, opening the path for Chelsea.

Reports out of Europe suggest the Premier League club have offered £51m for Kounde.

Presnel Kimpembe and Jules Kounde with the France national team. (AFP via Getty Images)
Presnel Kimpembe and Jules Kounde with the France national team. (AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea yet to sanction Azpilicueta exit

Wednesday 20 July 2022 04:30 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea are “buying time” but will eventually allow Cesar Azpilicueta to leave the club, according to Marca.

Barcelona are on the verge of signing the veteran defender but the Blues want to land a replacement first with Jules Kounde and Presnel Kimpembe on their radar.

The LaLiga club will then push for Marcos Alonso in a separate deal when Azpilicueta arrives, it is claimed.

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Zinchenko to Arsenal latest

Wednesday 20 July 2022 01:00 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal are putting plans in place for Oleksandr Zinchenko to undergo a medical and complete his move from Manchester City.

The Gunners are currently on tour in the United States, and ordinarily prospective new signings would undergo medical checks in the UK before flying out to join the squad.

But City are also in America and there is scope for Zinchenko to do his medical there instead.

Read the full story.

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Bayern defender wanted by Palace

Tuesday 19 July 2022 22:45 , Marc Mayo

United States defender Chris Richards is in talks with Crystal Palace.

Matthijs de Ligt has signed for Bayern Munich to force the 22-year-old further down the pecking order.

And the Mail report on Richards’ interest in signing for the Eagles despite a bid from Hoffenheim, where he spent last season on loan.

Lukaku named ‘worst signing in Premier League history'

Tuesday 19 July 2022 22:30 , Marc Mayo

Romelu Lukaku is the worst signing in Premier League history, according to Glen Johnson.

He told Genting: “Purely because of the amount of money, the size of the deal and just how bad it was. I just think the Premier League is too fast for him.

“When he’s at his best, he just tries to keep things simple, he doesn’t get involved in the game too much and he’s between the goalposts and doesn’t move.

“In the last few years though, he’s been trying to become a footballing striker which he isn’t good at. I think he needs to get back to basics and realise what he’s good at. He’s more than capable and can score goals but I think he was trying to do too much in the wrong areas.”

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Tuchel delivers Broja latest

Tuesday 19 July 2022 22:21 , Marc Mayo

Thomas Tuchel has provided an update on the several Chelsea youngsters facing an uncertain future after loan spells away from the club.

West Ham have made a £30million plus add-ons bid for the injured Armando Broja, who has returned to London for treatment on an ankle injury.

“Armando was injured and I don't expect Armando to leave. We are aware of offers and interest. It just tells us that there's a lot of potential,” said the German.

“We will make a decision together, the owners and myself, and also with the player in the end. Right now, from when he arrived, it was clear that he tried to impress and to become a Chelsea player as soon as possible.”

Read the full story.

Wolves eye shock Benteke swoop

Tuesday 19 July 2022 22:04 , Marc Mayo

Wolves are eyeing a surprise move for Christian Benteke.

The Sun detail Bruno Lage’s side’s attempts to land the veteran striker ahead of his contract at Crystal Palace expiring next summer.

Fabio Silva’s departure to Anderlecht on loan has heightened Wolves’ need for a new striker.

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Gabriel Jesus brings Arsenal ‘winning mentality’, says Parlour

Tuesday 19 July 2022 21:53 , Marc Mayo

Gabriel Jesus will bring a winning mentality to Arsenal that the club lacked in their top-four fight with Tottenham last season, according to Ray Parlour.

Arsenal would “probably” have finished fourth in 2020-21 had Jesus been at the club, Parlour reckons, with the new team ethic and mentality something the former midfielder is very impressed by.

He told Sky Sports: “If you look at Spurs, Son [Heung-min] and [Harry] Kane vs Nketiah - nothing against Eddie, he’s still a young lad, he’s still learning - and Lacazette. You put your money on probably Spurs to get over the line.

“But Jesus, he’s a winner, he’s been in winning sides so he’s got to bring that mentality across to the team now.

Read the full story.

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Done deal!

Tuesday 19 July 2022 21:40 , Marc Mayo

Signed, sealed and delivered... Robert Lewandowski completes his £42m switch to Barcelona.

Chelsea discover Pavard price

Tuesday 19 July 2022 21:27 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea could move towards a deal for Benjamin Pavard after learning of the defender’s fee.

Bayern Munich will demand £30m for the World Cup winner, according to transfer journalist Ekrem Konur.

Thomas Tuchel has reportedly eyed Pavard for a number of weeks as a back-up to Reece James, with a move for Jonathan Clauss likely to fade as Marseille move in on the Frenchman.

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Agent Jorginho helped bring Koulibaly to Chelsea

Tuesday 19 July 2022 21:15 , Marc Mayo

Kalidou Koulibaly was asked to join Chelsea by old friend Jorginho weeks before he moved to the club.

The Senegal defender has revealed his former Napoli teammate’s attempt to persuade him to make the transfer, as he decided he would join the Premier League club.

“We speak together, me and Jorgi, one month ago Jorgi text me and asked me if I wanted to come to Chelsea,” Koulibaly told the club website.

“I said, ‘I don’t know if they [want] me. I want to come but don’t want to propose it myself. If they want me to come, I will come’. And after that my choice was made.”

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Akanji offered to Arsenal

Tuesday 19 July 2022 20:55 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal have been offered a cut-price deal for Manuel Akanji.

The defender is available from Borussia Dortmund and La Gazzetta dello Sport detail his agents’ attempts to find a new club.

That has included a potential £21m move to the Gunners after he fell out of favour at Dortmund.

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Tuchel delivers Colwill update

Tuesday 19 July 2022 20:33 , Marc Mayo

Thomas Tuchel has been speaking on the futures of Levi Colwill, Armando Broja, BIlly Gilmour and more this evening.

“With Levi, it is too early to answer,” he told reporters.

“What I will say now is maybe I have to take back or give another opinion in a few weeks, I simply haven’t seen enough of him in our group.”

Read the latest from Nizaar Kinsella.

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Done deal!

Tuesday 19 July 2022 20:06 , Marc Mayo

Ben Davies swaps Liverpool for Rangers in permanent transfer.

Tanganga set for Milan talks

Tuesday 19 July 2022 19:52 , Marc Mayo

Japhet Tanganga’s entourage are expected in Italy this week to discuss a move to AC Milan.

Tottenham are keen on thinning out their squad with a loan deal to the Serie A champions on their agenda, featuring a purchase clause.

If Milan can agree terms with Tanganga, they will push to seal the move with Spurs.

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Zinchenko travelling for Arsenal medical

Tuesday 19 July 2022 19:23 , Marc Mayo

Oleksandr Zinchenko is en route to Orlando for his medical with Arsenal ahead of sealing a £32m transfer.

Gunners technical director Edu is also flying in after Zinchenko left Manchester City’s camp across the US in Houston.

A four-year contract has been provisionally agreed between Arsenal and the player.

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Kimpembe rejects Chelsea

Tuesday 19 July 2022 19:00 , Marc Mayo

Presnel Kimpembe has said “thanks, but not thanks” to the offer of a move to Chelsea.

According to L’Equipe, the French defender wants to remain at Paris Saint-Germain despite talk of a £40m transfer.

A meeting between the player and his current club led to the decision, it is reported, with Thomas Tuchel intent on adding to his defence after signing Jules Kounde.

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Chelsea line up De Jong bid

Tuesday 19 July 2022 18:45 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea are preparing to gazump Manchester United with a bid for Frenkie de Jong.

The Red Devils have long been keen on the Barcelona midfielder, who has so far failed to agree to move to Old Trafford.

Spanish outlet Revelo claim De Jong is not interested in the deal - as Chelsea ready a formal offer to sign him.

The Blues are said to have informed Barcelona of their interest in the past few hours.

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(PA)

Lyon cut price for Arsenal target Paqueta

Tuesday 19 July 2022 18:31 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal now only require a bid of £34m to land Lucas Paqueta.

Media Foot claimed a deal would come in at closer to £55m earlier this month but the same publication now reports on Lyon lowering their demands for the Brazilian.

It is also claimed Paqueta is happy to sign for Arsenal with Lyon’s change of heart aimed at rewarding the player’s loyalty to the club.

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Chelsea’s Kounde chase latest

Tuesday 19 July 2022 18:18 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea have outbid Barcelona for Sevilla star Jules Kounde.

Esport3 report on a £51m bid which is closing in on the price tag set by the French club.

The Blues have also been linked with a move for Presnel Kimpembe.

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Laporta on Chelsea fight for Lewandowski

Tuesday 19 July 2022 18:02 , Marc Mayo

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has outlined what Robert Lewandowski’s signing means for the club.

He told TUDN: “For Robert we fought with PSG and Chelsea, but the player wanted to come here.

“That's what I like, as [Johan] Cruyff always said, 'I want players who want to come to Barcelona'.

“We made a first offer, then closed at €45m plus €5m in bonuses. It is within our budget and the wplayer in turn has adjusted his salary to stay within our limits.”

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Betis could move again for Bellerin

Tuesday 19 July 2022 17:35 , Matt Verri

Hector Bellerin could still make a return to Real Betis this summer.

El Chiringuito report that Nottingham Forest’s move for Betis’ Alex Moreno could work in Arsenal’s favour, with it opening the door for Betis to then make a move for Bellerin.

The Gunners right-back spent last year on loan at his boyhood club and it’s believed he would be keen to go back permanently.

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De Ligt confirmed!

Tuesday 19 July 2022 17:22 , Matt Verri

Matthijs de Ligt has joined Bayern Munich!

The defender was linked with Chelsea earlier in the summer, but he has left Juventus to join Bayern in a £68m deal on a five-year contract.

Barcelona continue to push for Azpilicueta

Tuesday 19 July 2022 17:03 , Matt Verri

Barcelona are refusing to give up on bringing Cesar Azpilicueta to the Nou Camp this summer.

The 32-year-old wants to leave Chelsea and Barcelona remain keen on the defender, according to Sport, however reaching an agreement with the Blues is proving to be difficult.

It’s claimed that Chelsea are asking for a €10m transfer fee, knowing that will be difficult for Barcelona, while the club are also privately urging Azpilicueta not to leave.

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Done deal!

Tuesday 19 July 2022 16:45 , Matt Verri

Chelsea target young duo

Tuesday 19 July 2022 16:30 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are on the verge of completing a move for teenager Zak Sturge.

The left-back left Brighton this summer and is expected to join the Blues in the coming days, according to the Daily Mail. Sturge has been a regular for the Brighton and England U18 sides.

Chelsea are also reportedly interested in Southampton’s Tyler Dibling, with the 16-year-old attacking midfielder set to leave the Saints.

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Barcelona keen on Kounde and Silva

Tuesday 19 July 2022 16:08 , Matt Verri

Barcelona are certainly not done with their summer transfer business.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the La Liga side are keen on Jules Kounde, potentially providing competition to Chelsea for the Sevilla defender, while they are also eyeing a move for Bernardo Silva.

A serious move for the City midfielder could materalise if Man United sign Frenkie de Jong.

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Jesus in it for the long haul

Tuesday 19 July 2022 15:51 , Matt Verri

Gabriel Jesus has revealed he intends to be an Arsenal player for years to come as he looks to help the club challenge at the top of the English game.

The Brazilian left Manchester City this summer to join the Gunners in a £45million deal and has hit the ground running in pre-season, with three goals in two matches for his new club.

It’s an exciting signing for Arsenal but it’s also a challenge that Jesus is motivated by, with the forward desperate to bring the success he enjoyed at City to north London.

“Well, as I said, I always like projects in my life, I like to do things not only thinking about today, but thinking about the long term,” Jesus told TNT Sports.

Read the full story!

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Man City turn down Neymar

Tuesday 19 July 2022 15:22 , Matt Verri

Man City have reportedly turned down the opportunity to bring Neymar to the Premier League

According to Le Parisien, PSG got in contact with City to offer Neymar to them as they are willing to sell the Brazilian this summer.

However, it’s believed that Pep Guardiola quickly rejected that and has no interest in bringing the forward to City.

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Done deal!

Tuesday 19 July 2022 14:56 , Matt Verri

Celtic have signed former Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy, who has not had a club since January.

He left Shanghai Port at the start of the year due to ongoing Covid lockdowns.

Werner: I want to play more

Tuesday 19 July 2022 14:36 , Matt Verri

Timo Werner has suggested that he could be open to leaving Chelsea this summer.

The German forward has not been a first-choice starter under Thomas Tuchel and his desire for regular minutes could lead to him looking for a new club.

“I could be happy everywhere,” Werner told The Times.

“It is clear I want to play more and I should play more to first be in good shape for the World Cup and also to have a chance to play at the World Cup.”

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Palace in for Richards

Tuesday 19 July 2022 14:22 , Matt Verri

Patrick Vieira has had a frustrating pre-season so far but a new signing could help lift the mood.

The Daily Mail reports that Crystal Palace are discussing a move for Bayern Munich’s Chris Richards, who is even more unlikely to get game time at the club after the arrival of Matthijs de Ligt.

Palace are interested in the 22-year-old centre-back, who is also keen on the move to London.

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Interest in Cornet

Tuesday 19 July 2022 14:03 , Matt Verri

Everton and Fulham are both interested in bringing in Burnley winger

The 25-year-old looks set to leave the club this summer, after they were relegated to the Championship, with Vincent Kompany confirming as much recently.

“I don’t know close it is, it is no secret there is a couple of clubs in for him and a couple of clubs have made good offers,” Kompany said.

“We have to prepare probably for a period after him and that is what we are doing. I am not saying Maxwel has gone, he has offers.”

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Ajax keeping tabs on Laird

Tuesday 19 July 2022 13:44 , Matt Verri

Manchester United have seemingly tried to sign every Ajax player - could someone be going the other way?

Reports in the Dutch press suggest that Ajax are interested in United defender Ethan Laird, who played a few minutes this afternoon in the pre-season win over Crystal Palace.

He has just one year remaining on his contract and it’s believed he would be open to a move to Ajax.

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Liverpool look to Antony

Tuesday 19 July 2022 13:26 , Alex Young

Liverpool have enquired about Manchester United target Antony, according to Football Insider.

Ajax want at least £60million for the forward after seeing a number of their biggest names leave this summer.

Both Liverpool and United are unwilling to meet that asking price.

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Everton ready Broja bid

Tuesday 19 July 2022 13:10 , Alex Young

Everton are ready to rival West Ham for Chelsea for Armando Broja, according to The Guardian.

The Hammers have already lodged a £30million bid but, reportedly, Everton are ready to offer more to tempt Chelsea’s hand.

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Steffen sent out on loan

Tuesday 19 July 2022 12:44 , Alex Young

Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen will spend the season on loan at Middlesbrough.

Chelsea’s Kounde bid rejected

Tuesday 19 July 2022 12:16 , Alex Young

Chelsea's £47m bid for Jules Kounde has been rejected, reports Goal.

Sevilla are holding out for £55m and know, with plenty of club's interested in the defender, they will see their asking price matched.

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(AP)

Ampadu wants first-team chance

Tuesday 19 July 2022 12:05 , Alex Young

Ethan Ampadu is proud to be in Chelsea’s pre-season squad - but is determined to convert his chance and become a permanent presence in the first-team set-up.

The 21-year-old centre-back was on loan at Venezia last season and has survived an initial cull of loanees from the Chelsea squad in America - with Billy Gilmour and Tino Anjorin being sent home to train with the Under-23s.

He wants to do what Trevoh Chalobah did last season and force his way into Thomas Tuchel’s plans.

Read more here!

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Arsenal keen to shift players

Tuesday 19 July 2022 11:43 , Alex Young

Arsenal are also keen to shift unwanted players, writes Simon Collings.

Fulham are still pushing to sign goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who is valued at around £10m.

Midfielder Lucas Torreira is another player set to depart and at the moment Valencia are the latest club to enquire about him. The Uruguayan has one year left on his current contract and is ready to leave Arsenal.

The Gunners are also looking at loan deals for young players, with Folarin Balogun attracting interest from Championship clubs. The striker went on loan to Middlesbrough for the second half of last season and he could return there for the upcoming campaign too.

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Spurs to focus on outgoings

Tuesday 19 July 2022 11:20 , Alex Young

Tottenham will turn their attentions to selling unwanted players after finally announcing Djed Spence as their sixth summer signing.

While Spurs remain in the market for a creative attacker and may target another defender, the focus is on outgoings, and managing director Fabio Paratici is currently in Italy, where he is set for meetings with AC Milan over Japhet Tanganga and Sampdoria over Bryan Gil.

Antonio Conte has questioned Gil’s suitability for the Premier League, while Tanganga can go for the right price after falling down the defensive pecking order.

Read more here!

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Mount and James set for new deals

Tuesday 19 July 2022 11:01 , Alex Young

Mason Mount and Reece James are both in line for lucrative, new long-term contracts at Chelsea as part of plans to readjust the wage bill at Stamford Bridge.

New owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital want to ensure rising stars are rewarded, and Chelsea are ready to give Mount and James significant pay rises to secure their futures.

Mount is in the final two years of his contract, while James has three years remaining on his deal and his situation is being monitored by Real Madrid and Manchester City. That has led to speculation over their futures but both players have indicated they are ready to sign new deals.

Read more here!

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Liverpool keep tabs on Chukwuemeka

Tuesday 19 July 2022 10:44 , Matt Verri

Carney Chukwuemeka is reportedly attracting attention from Liverpool.

That’s according to Goal, who claim the Reds are big admirers of the midfielder who is valued at around £20million. Chukwuemeka has also been linked to Arsenal.

The 18-year-old is entering the final year of his Aston Villa contract, and was left out of the club’s pre-season tour due to the situation.

“Carney is yet to sign a contract offer that has been in place for some time now,” Villa boss Steven Gerrard said.

“I’ve decided the best thing for him would be to continue his training programme back at Bodymoor.”

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Spence: I bring excitement

Tuesday 19 July 2022 10:28 , Matt Verri

New Tottenham signing Djed Spence has promised to bring excitement after becoming the club’s sixth summer recruit.

The right-back has joined on a five-year deal and will compete with Matt Doherty, Emerson Royal and potentially Lucas Moura in Antonio Conte’s wing-back position.

Spence’s Spurs move caps an impressive rise to prominence for the youngster, and he has now told his new fans what they can expect.

“I bring excitement, skill, speed, I just want to excite the fans,” he told SpursTV.

Read more here!

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