Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea close to Frenkie de Jong deal as Arsenal eye AC Milan’s Sandro Tonali

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The new Premier League season is underway but the transfer window looks to be the main attraction for many with Manchester United likely to dominate the headlines over the last few weeks after their loss to Brighton leaving Erik ten Hag desperate for reinforcements. Realistic targets include Adrien Rabiot and Marko Arnautovic, while Guido Rodriguez, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Cody Gakpo continue to be linked with moves to Old Trafford.

Then there is the saga surrounding Frenkie de Jong and his future at the Camp Nou, which rumbles on, and Manchester United and Chelsea remain strongly linked to the Barcelona midfielder. The Spaniards want to bring in Bernardo Silva as a replacement for him if a deal is arranged with Man City, while Marcos Alonso could move from Stamford Bridge to Catalunya.

Elsewhere, Thomas Tuchel has hinted at the need for more players despite a win at Everton, with Wesley Fofana linked to the Blues. Fofana’s exit could provide Leicester with ammunition to sign players, as the only club in Europe’s top five leagues without one incoming player, the Foxes have already lost goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and midfielder James Maddison is wanted by Newcastle, meaning Brendan Rodgers could be busy after watching his side cough up a 2-0 lead against Brentford to open up the season. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and updates below.

Transfer News and Rumours

  • Chelsea close to deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong

  • Manchester United turn attention to Watford’s Ismaila Sarr

  • Red Devils close in on Adrien Rabiot with Guido Rodriguez and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic also targeted

  • Arsenal in talks with AC Milan to sign Sandro Tonali

  • Chelsea and Leicester £10m apart on Wesley Fofana valuation

Arsenal in talkse to sign Sandro Tonali

17:14 , Lawrence Ostlere

Arsenal and AC Milan have discussed a move to send Sandro Tonali to the Emirates.

The Mail report the Gunners are keen on the Italian midfielder.

The 22-year-old would cost £46m, with Mikel Arteta eager to upgrade his midfield after a productive summer.

Christensen and Kessie 'could leave for free’

17:05 , Lawrence Ostlere

Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie will be available to sign for other clubs if Barcelona fail to register the duo in time for the opening game of La Liga season, according to ESPN.

The players joined this summer from Chelsea and Milan respectively, but Barcelona are struggling financially and there “is still not enough incoming cash for Barca to be able to register all of their signings and contract renewals, although some could be registered now”.

A clause in both players’ contracts could be enacting to ensure they can leave and find new clubs should they fail to be registered for the season, which starts this weekend as Barca take on Rayo Vallecano.

Andreas Christensen spent 10 years at Stamford Bridge (PA)
Andreas Christensen spent 10 years at Stamford Bridge (PA)

Chelsea weigh up third bid for Wesley Fofana

16:30 , Lawrence Ostlere

Chelsea are considering a third bid for Leicester defender Wesley Fofana.

Leicester have dug in their heels over the pricetag for the highly rated young defender, demanding no less than £80m – a world-record fee for a defender – for the wantaway Frenchman.

The Independent has already reported that the clubs are around £10m apart in their valuations of the player. And the Mail reports the Blues could be about to submit a huge third bid to get the deal over the line.

Leicester are also trying to fend off interest in midfield Youri Tielemans, James Maddison and Harvey Barnes, having already sanctioned the sale of goalkeeper-captain Kasper Schmeichel.

Wesley Fofana could be on the move (Rui Vieira/PA) (PA Wire)
Wesley Fofana could be on the move (Rui Vieira/PA) (PA Wire)

Chelsea linked with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

16:09 , Lawrence Ostlere

Are Chelsea interested in signing Barcelona striker and former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? Here’s what Thomas Tuchel had to say:

Man City close in on left-back Sergio Gomez

15:29 , Lawrence Ostlere

Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez but may yet move to sign a first team reinforcement in his position.

The 21-year-old is expected to become Pep Guardiola’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega.

Gomez is viewed as a development player by City, however, and though it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he stays if signed, the expectation would be a loan.

It is understood that City are still exploring additions at full-back to account for the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal in a £30m deal last month.

Anderlecht full-back Sergio Gomez is closing in on a move to Manchester City (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Anderlecht full-back Sergio Gomez is closing in on a move to Manchester City (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

New Everton signing Onana excited to join ‘big, big club’

15:16 , Lawrence Ostlere

Everton have made their second signing in as many days and the biggest buy of Frank Lampard’s reign by bringing in the Lille midfielder Amadou Onana for £33m.

They beat off competition from West Ham for the Belgium international, who has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

Onana, who passed a medical on Merseyside at the weekend, said he wanted to learn from Lampard, one of the finest midfielders of his generation.

“It feels great to join Everton. I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest in England,” Onana said. “It’s something I want to be part of for many years. The manager was one of the big reasons. He played at the highest level, won many things and was a midfielder, too. It means a lot to have interest from him and I think he can teach me many things.”

Amadou Onana becomes Everton’s biggest signing of the summer (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Amadou Onana becomes Everton’s biggest signing of the summer (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Some Football League news...

15:04 , Lawrence Ostlere

Ipswich have signed experienced defender Richard Keogh from Blackpool on a one-year deal.

The 35-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee to become Town’s seventh summer arrival.

Former Republic of Ireland international Keogh started his career in Ipswich’s academy before leaving for Stoke in 2003, and he told the club’s website: “It’s amazing to be back.

“I started my football journey here and I have so many memories from my early days, so I can’t wait to get back out on the Portman Road pitch in front of the fans.”

Boss Kieran McKenna said: “He will be valuable to us over what is a long season.

“His experience at club and international level is great, and he can still contribute having played a good number of games with Blackpool last season.”

Bernardo Silva hints at move away from City

14:51 , Lawrence Ostlere

Bernardo Silva has hinted that he is keen on a move away from Manchester City.

The Portuguese has been linked with a switch to Barcelona, though Barca’s financial predicament means they may need to sell midfielder Frenkie de Jong before moving for Bernardo.

If he were to depart it would not leave City long to bring in a replacement, with deadline day now only three weeks away.

Germany manager delighted with Timo Werner move

14:33 , Lawrence Ostlere

Timo Werner’s return to his former club RB Leipzig is good news both for the league and for the player, who will continue competing at the highest level, Germany coach Hansi Flick said, with the year-ending World Cup just around the corner.

Werner, whose form over the past two years raised questions about whether he was the right striker for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, signed a four-year contract on Tuesday to return to Leipzig from Chelsea.

The 26-year-old spent the largest part of his senior career at RB Leipzig between 2016-20 and is the club’s all-time top scorer with 95 goals.

“I am very happy for the Bundesliga that Timo Werner is coming back,” Flick said in a statement. “With his qualities he is an enrichment for every league.”

“With Leipzig, where he matured into a international top striker, Timo will continue to test himself in the Champions League against the best players around,” Flick said.

Werner parted ways with Chelsea after two years at the Premier League club, where he lifted the Champions League trophy as well as the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup in 2021 but failed to hold down a starting spot.

He made 89 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 23 goals.

Timo Werner retains hopes of going to the World Cup (Reuters)
Timo Werner retains hopes of going to the World Cup (Reuters)

Hamza Choudhury joins Watford on loan

14:23 , Lawrence Ostlere

Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury has joined Championship side Watford on a season-long loan deal with the option of a permanent move.

The 24-year-old has linked up with the Hornets, subject to English Football League clearance, as they attempt to secure their return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Highly-rated midfielder Hamza Choudhury has signed for Watford FC on a season-long loan with an option to buy, the club confirms.”

Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury joins Watford on loan

Chelsea close to deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong

13:58 , Ben Burrows

Chelsea are close to a deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

That’s according to Sport in Spain.

They report that the Blues are much more willing to go to the £68.8million price tag the Catalan giants have placed on the Dutchman.

De Jong has been adamant he doesn’t want to leave this summer with a move to Manchester United breaking down.

But he is said to be much more open to a switch to Chelsea with their London location and promise of Champions League football big factors.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Chelsea’s Malang Sarr on the verge of Monaco move

13:44 , Lawrence Ostlere

It sounds as if Malang Sarr’s move on loan to Monaco is soon to be confirmed.

The Chelsea defender is no longer required at Stamford Bridge this season after the signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton ensured left-sided cover for Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

It has been widely reported that Sarr will move to Monaco for an initial loan fee of £600k, with an obligation to buy the player, subject to him meeting appearances criteria, for around £10m.

Malang Sarr in action for Chelsea last season (Getty Images)
Malang Sarr in action for Chelsea last season (Getty Images)

Former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian linked to Fulham

13:31 , Jack Rathborn

Willian could yet join Fulham after recent speculation surrounding the former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder.

The 34-year-old joined Corinthians after a disappointing spell with the Gunners and a route back to the Premier League and London looks on the cards.

“I cannot guarantee anything,” said Corinthians manager Vítor Pereira when pushed on Willian’s future.

Ex-director Michael Knighton to launch ‘hostile bid’ to buy Manchester United from Glazers

13:16 , Jack Rathborn

Former Manchester United director Michael Knighton claims to be planning a “hostile takeover” of the club in a bid to finally end the Glazer family’s controversial reign.

Knighton came close to buying United in 1989 for £10m before a deal fell through, but spent several years on the Old Trafford board.

And amid continued fan unrest over the Glazers, who continue to leverage their ownership against significant debt and further soured supporter relations during the Super League scandal, Knighton believes it is time to end relieve the “inept” owners of the club.

“We are a club in crisis and we all know the reason why,” Knighton told Man Utd the Religion. “We have an inept and frankly useless ownership who know little about this game of football. Everyone knows that we need new ownership of this football club and that is my aim and those are my objectives.

Ex-director to launch ‘hostile bid’ to buy Man United from Glazers

Man City linked with Lucas Paquetá as Bernardo Silva replacement

13:04 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester City could move for Lucas Paquetá if they agree to the sale of Bernardo Silva to Barcelona.

A transfer fee of approximately £46m for the Portugal international midfielder has been reported.

But Pep Guardiola is now linked with Lyon’s Paquetá, the 24-year-old Brazilian would cost around £70m, according to reports in Spain.

Lyon's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta (L) fights for the ball with Ajaccio's French midfielder Thomas Mangani (AFP via Getty Images)
Lyon's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta (L) fights for the ball with Ajaccio's French midfielder Thomas Mangani (AFP via Getty Images)

Frenkie De Jong not interested in modifying Barcelona contract

12:50 , Jack Rathborn

Frenkie De Jong is not interested in modifying his Barcelona contract.

Mundo Deportivo report the Dutch midfielder’s relatives believe the chances of him reducing the terms of his contract are set at “0.00 per cent”.

Chelsea, as well as long-standing suitors Manchester United, remain keen to sign the former Ajax star.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Justin Kluivert primed for Fulham loan

12:38 , Jack Rathborn

Fulham are targeting Justin Kluivert and could bring the Roma winger in on a loan deal.

But the deal is complicated, report the Standard, as there is just one year left on the 23-year-old’s contract, which means the Italians would be left with nothing if the Whites fail to pick up an option to buy at €8m.

Marco Silva wants more depth out wide after losing new signing Manor Solomon for around six weeks due to a knee injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Aston Villa.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the ‘perfect’ fit for Chelsea

12:25 , Jack Rathborn

Former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be the “perfect” fit for Thomas Tuchel with his Barcelona future in doubt.

“Aubameyang would be perfect for Chelsea, he looks happy and back to his best scoring goals,” the Uruguayan told Lord Ping.

“I do not know why Chelsea and Barcelona are constantly trying to sign and steal the same players from each other this summer. Both clubs want similar players even though they are nothing alike.”

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Conor Coady on ‘tough' Wolves pre-season before Everton move

12:13 , Jack Rathborn

Conor Coady has spoken about a “tough” pre-season at Wolves with his future in doubt before joining Everton on loan.

Coady told Talk Sport: “Pre-season has been tough, the last five to six weeks have been really tough to be honest.

“I got a vibe something’s coming here, something’s not right. I could sense things, something was happening, it didn’t feel the same.

“I didn’t like being sat on the bench at Leeds. I did my best getting behind the lads, I was talking, but it didn’t feel right, I didn’t like it.

“It was a really tough decision, but I really appreciate everyone at Wolves, it’s a special club with special people.”

Arsenal poised to sell Pablo Mari to Monza

12:01 , Jack Rathborn

Arsenal look poised to sell Pablo Mari to Monza in Italy.

Fabrizio Romano reports it will be a loan with an obligation to buy at €5m if they remain in Serie A.

The Spanish defender is now set to fly to Italy to undergo a medical and join the Biancorossi over Hellas Verona.

Pablo Mari is set to leave Arsenal for Monza (PA Archive)
Pablo Mari is set to leave Arsenal for Monza (PA Archive)

Cody Gakpo responds to Manchester United transfer interest

11:48 , Jack Rathborn

Cody Gakpo has hinted that PSV securing Champions League football could see him opt against a move to Manchester United.

The 23-year-old Netherlands international is the latest name to be linked with Old Trafford as new manager Erik ten Hag seeks to strengthen his squad in the final weeks of the summer transfer window.

United are yet to open talks with Gakpo or PSV but - as reported by The Independent on Tuesday - their interest in the winger is known.

Gakpo played as PSV’s progressed in the Champions League qualifying rounds with a 3-2 win over Monaco on Tuesday evening. They now face Rangers for a place in the group stages.

Cody Gakpo responds to Manchester United transfer interest

Everton’s Amadou Onana ‘one of the most talented young players at that age in European football’

11:35 , Jack Rathborn

Roberto Martinez has sung the praises of Everton’s new signing Amadou Onana, claiming he is a special player at such a young age.

The Belgium manager told Sky Sports: “He’s a really exciting footballer, it's difficult to mention their potential, he's 20 years old, one of the most talented young players at that age in European football, that's how excited we are in Belgium.

“I think this footballer is quite unique, as a character, a leader, a young man affecting others in the dressing room. He knows what he wants, he wants to make a massive impact.

“That's the most impressive aspect of his game, the way he talks, the way he talks on the pitch. He's got an incredible maturity that's not normal to have at such a young age.”

Amadou Onana becomes Everton’s biggest signing of the summer (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Amadou Onana becomes Everton’s biggest signing of the summer (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United eye PSV winger Cody Gakpo

11:23 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester United are looking to sign PSV winger Cody Gakpo after ending their interest in Bologna forward Marko Arnautovic.

The PSV star, who shares the same representatives as Erik ten Hag, is valued at approximately £35m.

PSV's stance admit it is "implausible to retain star players" if clubs with strong financial resources pursue their players.

The Dutch footballer of the year last season, Gakpo scored 21 goals in all competitions.

Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea future in doubt

11:10 , Jack Rathborn

Chelsea continue to revamp their squad with Christian Pulisic left frustrated with his lack of opportunities.

Dean Jones reports the lack of game time is an issue considering it is a World Cup season.

The Blues want the American to stay, but things could change if a bid is placed for the winger.

 (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea primed to table third Wesley Fofana bid

10:56 , Jack Rathborn

Wesley Fofana is planning to play against Arsenal, with Leicester ready to analyse a third bid from Chelsea for the French defender.

Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports reports that the bid will come short of a world record and the Blues hope less than £80m will be enough to bring the player to Stamford Bridge.

Frenkie De Jong remains a target, too, with a few of £68m likely to be enough, despite being less than what Man United agreed with Barcelona.

But the will of the player appears crucial and the bid will not come in unless the Dutch midfielder gives the Londoners the green light.

Wolves sign Goncalo Guedes in £27.5m deal from Valencia

10:40 , Jack Rathborn

Wolves have signed Valencia forward Goncalo Guedes on a five-year contract.

Just minutes after confirming captain Conor Coady had left to join Everton on loan, the club announced the arrival of the 25-year-old former Benfica academy graduate.

“We have been monitoring Goncalo for a long time and are very pleased to welcome him to Wolves,” said chairman Jeff Shi.

“He has natural talent and has performed very well across Europe and for his country, and we think he is well suited to the Premier League.

“We are always looking to improve the squad with high quality, and have been patient to make sure we got the right player.

Wolves sign Goncalo Guedes in £27.5m deal from Valencia

Sergio Gomez: Manchester City closing in on Anderlecht full-back but exploring other options

10:33 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez but may yet move to sign a first team reinforcement in his position.

The 21-year-old is expected to become Pep Guardiola’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega.

Gomez is viewed as a development player by City, however, and though it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he stays if signed, the expectation would be a loan.

It is understood that City are still exploring additions at full-back to account for the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal in a £30m deal last month.

Manchester City closing in on Anderlecht full-back but exploring other options

Nottingham Forest keen on Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis

10:22 , Jack Rathborn

Nottingham Forest are interested Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis.

Sky Sports report the Hornets value the Nigerian at around £20m.

Any move would likely take the Tricky Trees’ business this summer north of £100m, having spent £85m on 12 signings so far in a bid to beat the drop in the Premier League.

Cody Gakpo: Manchester United interested in PSV Eindhoven winger

10:09 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester United are interested in signing PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo as Erik ten Hag looks to strengthen his attacking options.

United are yet to hold talks with either Gakpo’s representatives or PSV but their interest in the player is known.

The 23-year-old becomes the latest name to be linked with Old Trafford as Ten Hag seeks to strengthen his squad in the final weeks of the summer transfer window.

Gakpo is a right-footed winger who has predominantly played on the left for PSV, who are managed by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The Netherlands international is expected to be involved in PSV’s Champions League third qualifying round against Monaco later this evening.

Manchester United interested in PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo

Chelsea left wondering what might’ve been as Timo Werner coup ends in failure

09:55 , Jack Rathborn

It was day two of Project Restart in the Premier League. As grounds were emptied, belts were tightened. Or most of them, anyway. Chelsea took advantage of others’ inability to spend, turning to the bank of Roman. They activated Timo Werner’s release clause at RB Leipzig. It was a time when deploying Roman Abramovich’s funds seemed more of a legitimate ploy. And, as budgets were frozen amid uncertainty elsewhere, Chelsea stole a march on the European elite by snapping up the Bundesliga’s two most coveted young talents.

A seemingly Real Madrid-bound Kai Havertz was redirected to Stamford Bridge. Werner, who had long looked headed for Liverpool, joined his compatriot in London. Havertz has a Champions League final winner to show for a mixed time at Chelsea, along with the possibility potential will be realised. Werner has the medal but as he retreats to back to Leipzig, it is for around half his initial price. A £25 million transfer fee would amount to a similar loss for Chelsea. Coupled with the probability that they will end up writing off far more on Romelu Lukaku, after his reunion came in the form of a loan back to Inter Milan, and the last examples of Abramovich’s largesse have not had the desired benefits for Chelsea. Rather than inheriting a potent attack, perhaps Clearlake Capital bought problems.

Werner was the coup who wasn’t. In all competitions, he ended with 23 goals in 89 matches for Chelsea: underwhelming but not as bad as his Premier League return of 10 in 56. In terms of goal-per-game ratio, it was sub Andriy Shevchenko (nine in 48) and just below Fernando Torres (20 in 110). His last Bundesliga season left him second only to Robert Lewandowski for goals, with 28. Over two years in the Premier League, he was in a class of his own, albeit as an expected goals underachiever. He ended up with 9.5 fewer goals than he should, according to the quality of chances, and a portfolio of embarrassing misses.

Chelsea left wondering what might’ve been as Timo Werner coup ends in failure

Chelsea prepare offer for Inter Milan midfielder Cesare Casadei

09:44 , Jack Rathborn

The Standard says Chelsea are preparing an offer for Inter Milan midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Italian club will reportedly accept a fee of some £12m for the 19-year-old who has impressed despite not yet making his senior professional debut.

Cesare Casadei of FC Internazionale (Getty Images)
Cesare Casadei of FC Internazionale (Getty Images)

Arsenal move ahead of Liverpool in race to sign Yeremy Pino

09:33 , Jack Rathborn

Villarreal’s Yeremy Pino could soon be playing his football in London.

Liverpool are interested in the 19-year-old but it is Arsenal who have made a £33m offer for the winger which is set to be accepted, says Metro while citing Spanish outlet AS.

The teenager would join summer recruits Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira if he moved to the Emirates.

Could Yeremy Pino end up plying his trade in the capital? (Kieran Cleeves/PA) (PA Archive)
Could Yeremy Pino end up plying his trade in the capital? (Kieran Cleeves/PA) (PA Archive)

Manchester City ‘dismiss talk of Barcelona’s Bernardo Silva bid’

09:22 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester City have dismissed reports they have accepted Barcelona’s bid for Bernardo Silva. The Mail says the Blues were forced to throw cold water on the talk coming from Spain that they had agreed a £46million fee to sell the midfielder to the LaLiga giants. The paper adds the 28-year-old told his club last year he would like to move to Spain to be closer his family in Portugal.

Manchester City have dismissed reports they have accepted Barcelona’s bid for Bernardo Silva (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA Wire)
Manchester City have dismissed reports they have accepted Barcelona’s bid for Bernardo Silva (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA Wire)

RB Leipzig beat Manchester United to Benjamin Sesko transfer

09:10 , Jack Rathborn

RB Leipzig have confirmed the signing Red Bull Salzburg‘s Benjamin Sesko in the latest high-profile deal between the sister clubs.

The 19-year-old Slovenia international will stay with the Austrian champions this season before starting a five-year contract with Leipzig next summer.

Manchester United were one of a number of clubs interested in Sesko but Leipzig have won the race.

“Benjamin Sesko is one of Europe’s best young talents and has a great amount of potential,” Leipzig technical director Christopher Vivell said in a club statement.

Sesko joins a stellar list of deals between the two clubs which were both owned by drinks firm Red Bull until 2017 when Uefa intervened over integrity concerns in the Champions League.

RB Leipzig beat Manchester United to Benjamin Sesko transfer

Sergio Gomez: Manchester City closing in on Anderlecht full-back but exploring other options

09:00 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez but may yet move to sign a first team reinforcement in his position.

The 21-year-old is expected to become Pep Guardiola’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega.

Gomez is viewed as a development player by City, however, and though it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he stays if signed, the expectation would be a loan.

It is understood that City are still exploring additions at full-back to account for the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal in a £30m deal last month.

Manchester City closing in on Anderlecht full-back but exploring other options

‘Massive potential’: Everton complete Amadou Onana transfer in £33m deal from Lille

08:50 , Jack Rathborn

Everton have made their second signing in as many days and the biggest buy of Frank Lampard’s reign by bringing in the Lille midfielder Amadou Onana for £33 million.

They beat off competition from West Ham for the Belgium international, who has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

Onana, who passed a medical on Merseyside at the weekend, said he wanted to learn from Lampard, one of the finest midfielders of his generation.

“It feels great to join Everton. I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest in England,” Onana said. “It’s something I want to be part of for many years. The manager was one of the big reasons. He played at the highest level, won many things and was a midfielder, too. It means a lot to have interest from him and I think he can teach me many things.”

Amadou Onana becomes Everton’s biggest signing of the summer (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Amadou Onana becomes Everton’s biggest signing of the summer (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

England star Rachel Daly signs for Aston Villa

08:40 , Jack Rathborn

Aston Villa have signed European champion and England international Rachel Daly on a three-year contract.

The versatile Lioness played left-back in Sarina Wiegman’s Euro 2022-winning side but can also play higher up the pitch, with Villa manager Carla Ward intending to use her talents up front.

Harrogate-born Daly, 30, makes her return to England after playing for the Houston Dash in America’s NWSL, with previous spells at Leeds, Lincoln Ladies and West Ham.

Ward said: “This is a big signing for us and one we’ve worked hard on completing. Rachel is a top forward and a proven goalscorer.

“Having performed admirably at full-back this summer, she showed us that she is a player you simply need in your team.

England star Rachel Daly signs for Aston Villa

Timo Werner thanks ‘special’ Chelsea fans as return to RB Leipzig confirmed

08:30 , Jack Rathborn

Timo Werner has thanked Chelsea fans as his move back to RB Leipzig was confirmed.

The Germany forward returns to the Bundesliga club - the club he left for Chelsea back in 2020 - in a deal understood be worth £25million.

Chelsea paid £54million for Werner, with the 26-year-old playing a pivotal role in the Blues’ Champions League triumph in Lisbon in 2021.

“Today marks the end of my journey with Chelsea FC,” Werner posted on social media. “I am incredibly grateful for the time I spent at this special club.

“At this point I would like to express my appreciation for my teammates, the coaches and staff, and especially for you, the special supporters of Chelsea Football Club.

Timo Werner thanks ‘special’ Chelsea fans as return to RB Leipzig confirmed

Manchester United need to get over Sir Alex Ferguson exit, Javier Hernandez claims

08:20 , Jack Rathborn

Javier Hernandez believes former club Manchester United need to adapt and finally get over Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit if they are to get back to the top.

The Scot called time on his masterful, medal-laden managerial reign at Old Trafford in 2013, having won 13 league titles and two Champions Leagues among his impressive trophy haul.

Hernandez was part of Ferguson’s final Premier League title triumph and has watched from afar as United floundered for much of the nine years that have followed.

The LA Galaxy striker hates the way things have panned out for a club he retains so much affection for and believes the Old Trafford giants need to focus on what is to come rather than what they have lost.

Manchester United need to get over Sir Alex Ferguson exit, Javier Hernandez claims

Arsenal in talks to sign AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali

08:05 , Jack Rathborn

Arsenal and AC Milan have discussed a move to send Sandro Tonali to the Emirates.

The Mail report the Gunners are keen on the Italian midfielder.

The 22-year-old would cost £46m, with Mikel Arteta eager to upgrade his midfield after a productive summer.

Manchester United turn attention to Ismaila Sarr

08:00 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester United have turned their attention to Ismaila Sarr of Watford after ending interest in Marko Arnautovic.

The Sun claim the Senegalese forward is now a target as Erik ten Hag looks to bolster his forward options.

With Cristiano Ronaldo’s future uncertain and Anthony Martial’s form and health unreliable, the Red Devils desperately need more options to lead the line.

City closing in on Anderlecht full-back but exploring other options

Tuesday 9 August 2022 20:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez but may yet move to sign a first team reinforcement in his position, The Independent’s Mark Critchley reports.

The 21-year-old is expected to become Pep Guardiola’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega.

Gomez is viewed as a development player by City, however, and though it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he stays if signed, the expectation would be a loan.

It is understood that City are still exploring additions at full-back to account for the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal in a £30m deal last month.

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Manchester City closing in on Anderlecht full-back but exploring other options

Manchester United chase Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after Adrien Rabiot deal

Tuesday 9 August 2022 20:00 , Michael Jones

Juventus have reportedly agreed to sell Adrien Rabiot to Manchester United for an initial £15million. The Guardian says the discussions over personal terms for the 27-year-old France midfielder are still at an early stage with approval still needed from his agent and mother. The paper notes he has achieved success with five Ligue 1 titles at Paris St Germain as well as another in Serie A, but he also has a uneven discipline record including fines for lateness.

The Red Devils are also said to be interested in Lazio’s Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who they have been linked with for a number of years. But the Telegraph reports intermediaries believe a deal can actually be done for the 27-year-old.

Manchester United chase Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after Adrien Rabiot deal

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey facing lengthy spell on sidelines

Tuesday 9 August 2022 19:45 , Michael Jones

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is facing up to three months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to address a hamstring injury.

It is understood 30-year-old Shelvey will be out of action for around 12 weeks following the procedure at the weekend.

That means he could be unavailable to head coach Eddie Howe until Boxing Day at the earliest, with the Premier League breaking in mid-November for the World Cup finals.

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey facing lengthy spell on sidelines

Marko Arnautovic: Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker

Tuesday 9 August 2022 19:30 , Michael Jones

Manchester United have ended their controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic amid a backlash from supporters.

Arnautovic had emerged as a surprise target for Erik ten Hag amid uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford and a lack of options up front following a hamstring injury to Anthony Martial.

The 33-year-old striker previously worked under Ten Hag during at FC Twente and was viewed as more physical alternative to United’s other options in attack who could provide short-term cover.

Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic

Erling Haaland’s early impact at Manchester City already looks ominous for the Premier League

Tuesday 9 August 2022 19:15 , Michael Jones

While Erling Haaland was swearing on live television, and Pep Guardiola was getting a little passive aggressive, David Moyes was becoming defensive.

The West Ham manager had been speaking about how his side had been preparing for the Norwegian’s runs all week. They had watched his game against Liverpool, and tried to apply the lessons from previous games against Manchester City.

It didn’t matter, though. They could do little about it.

Moyes was a little unwilling to go all in on all the gushing praise for Haaland, though.

He first of all said that his team should have cut out the Kevin De Bruyne pass that led to the new signing’s sublime second goal. He then refused to admit that the main difference was Haaland.

Erling Haaland’s early impact already looks ominous for the Premier League

Frenkie de Jong’s deferred wages explained: Why Barcelona stand-off is part of growing trend

Tuesday 9 August 2022 19:00 , Michael Jones

If the long and protracted Frenkie de Jong transfer saga has not already been messy enough, there is one way of making it a whole lot messier.

“De Jong should consider legal action v Barcelona and all players should be behind him,” Gary Neville tweeted last week. “A club spending fortunes on new players whilst not paying the ones they have under contract their full money is immoral and a breach. @FIFPRO should be all over bullying like this and stop it.”

Predictably, Neville’s tweet did not go down well among Barcelona’s support – with some even going as far as to pretend his infamous spell in charge of Valencia went even worse than it actually did – but you do not have to be a former Manchester United right-back to sympathise with the sentiment behind it.

For a financially-challenged club like Barça to push a player out so that they can fund a summer of extravagant spending is one thing. To do so while refusing to pay him wages that he is owed is another entirely.

Frenkie de Jong’s deferred wages explained

Nick Pope had ‘a good laugh’ at not having to wait for first Newcastle win

Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:45 , Michael Jones

Newcastle new boy Nick Pope has admitted his delight at not having to wait until the end of October to taste Premier League victory.

The 30-year-old England international was part of the Burnley side which collected all three points for the first time last season at the 10th attempt when they beat Brentford 3-1 at Turf Moor on 30 October, and was on the receiving end when the Magpies finally ended their drought with a 1-0 win over the Clarets on 4 December, their 15th game of the league campaign.

Pope, who joined Newcastle in a £10million summer switch, made his competitive debut on Saturday and helped Eddie Howe’s men brush aside promoted Nottingham Forest in a 2-0 opening day success.

Nick Pope had ‘a good laugh’ at not having to wait for first Newcastle win

Manchester United interested in PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo

Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:41 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester United are interested in signing PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo as Erik ten Hag looks to strengthen his attacking options, The Independent’s Mark Critchley reports.

United are yet to hold talks with either Gakpo’s representatives or PSV but their interest in the player is known.

The 23-year-old becomes the latest name to be linked with Old Trafford as Ten Hag seeks to strengthen his squad in the final weeks of the summer transfer window.

Gakpo is a right-footed winger who has predominantly played on the left for PSV, who are managed by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

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Manchester United interested in PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo

Brilliant Brighton show there will be plenty of life after Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma

Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:30 , Michael Jones

If there is a blueprint for winning at Old Trafford, it probably doesn’t involve selling your two best players. If the theory was that Brighton will emerge from the summer around £90million richer but poorer on the pitch without Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella, they conjured what – on paper, anyway – ranks as one of the best results in their history.

Although, perhaps, not even their finest against Manchester United since the start of May. A maiden win against Old Trafford was a second against United in swift succession; for 7 May, read 7 August. After a 4-0 victory at home, with the soon-to-be £90million pair, came a 2-1 victory away. United’s decline has to be factored into any evaluation but even February’s 2-0 defeat, when Brighton were the superior side for an hour, offered evidence that now they are a better team than United: not necessarily individually but definitely collectively.

Brilliant Brighton show there will be life after Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma

England star Rachel Daly signs for Aston Villa

Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:15 , Michael Jones

Aston Villa have signed European champion and England international Rachel Daly on a three-year contract.

The versatile Lioness played left-back in Sarina Wiegman’s Euro 2022-winning side but can also play higher up the pitch, with Villa manager Carla Ward intending to use her talents up front.

Harrogate-born Daly, 30, makes her return to England after playing for the Houston Dash in America’s NWSL, with previous spells at Leeds, Lincoln Ladies and West Ham.

England star Rachel Daly signs for Aston Villa

Timo Werner thanks Chelsea fans ahead of return to RB Leipzig

Tuesday 9 August 2022 18:00 , Michael Jones

Timo Werner has confirmed his Chelsea exit ahead of completing a £25million move back to RB Leipzig.

The Germany forward moved to thank Chelsea’s fans for voicing their support despite the battles for top form that he faced in west London.

Werner has been in Germany to put the finishing touches to his move back to Leipzig, the club he left for Chelsea in 2020.

Timo Werner thanks Chelsea fans ahead of return to RB Leipzig

Tottenham not interested in Depay

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:48 , Michael Jones

Barcelona are looking for a way to get Memphis Depay off the books and the striker had been linked with a possible move to Tottenham Hotspur or Juventus.

Apparently Spurs are not interested in signing the former Manchester United man but Juventus have been interested since July.

Timo Werner re-signs for RB Leipzig

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:40 , Michael Jones

Chelsea have announced that Timo Werner has re-signed for RB Leipzig in a deal worth up to £25m. Werner spent two years at Chelsea having made 89 appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals.

Liverpool set to be without Thiago as scans reveal hamstring injury

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:35 , Michael Jones

Scans have confirmed Liverpool midfielder has Thiago Alcantara suffered a hamstring strain.

The Spain international will now face a spell on the sidelines but the club are hoping the problem is not serious and he could return to action within weeks.

The 31-year-old was forced off early in the second half of the Reds’ opening Premier League match of the new season at Fulham last Saturday.

Liverpool set to be without Thiago as scans reveal hamstring injury

Daly joins Aston Villa

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:25 , Michael Jones

Rachel Daly has joined Aston Villa on a three year deal from Houston Dash for an undisclosed fee. The recently crowned European champion joins the club was deployed at left-back throughout the Euros but has played further forward at club level and will provide an added goal threat to Villa’s ranks.

The 30-year-old player has had previous spells in England with Leeds United, Lincoln Ladies and West Ham United.

Danny Ward to be Leicester’s first-choice goalkeeper after Kasper Schmeichel’s exit

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:20 , Michael Jones

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers says he has no doubts over his decision to appoint Danny Ward as first-choice goalkeeper this season.

Ward made just his second Premier League appearance in over four years for the Foxes in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Brentford after Kasper Schmeichel’s departure to Ligue 1 side Nice.

Rodgers said Daniel Iversen would also be challenging for the role last week when Schmeichel ended his 11-year stay at the King Power Stadium before handing Ward the number one jersey for his side’s Premier League opener.

Danny Ward to be Leicester’s first-choice goalkeeper after Kasper Schmeichel’s exit

Sanchez to join Marseille?

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:08 , Michael Jones

Alexis Sanchez is close to signing a contract to join Olympique Marseille as a free agent after leaving Inter Milan. The former Manchester United star will have a medical at the club on Wednesday morning.

Vlasic to hvae medical at Torino

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:57 , Michael Jones

Torino have agreed a deal with West Ham for the signing of forward Nikola Vlasic.

The deal is a loan with an option to buy for £15m including add-ons. Vlasic is flying to Italy today ahead of a medical tomorrow.

West Ham signed Vlasic on a five-year contract last summer for a fee worth £30m including add-ons.

Everton’s Ben Godfrey out for three months with broken leg

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:45 , Michael Jones

Everton defender Ben Godfrey will be out for three months after undergoing surgery on the leg he broke after just 10 minutes of the season.

Manager Frank Lampard is waiting to discover how long he will be without another centre-back as Yerry Mina will see a specialist later this week about the ankle ligament injury he also sustained in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Everton are trying to sign Wolves captain Conor Coady, potentially on loan, and their need for defensive reinforcements became greater when they lost two centre-backs on the opening day of the campaign.

Everton’s Ben Godfrey out for three months with broken leg

McTominay swap on the cards?

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:34 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are seriously interested in signing Adrien Rabiot from Juventus this summer and a report in Italy suggests a shock swap-deal could be suggested.

Juve Dipendenza has confirmed the rumours that United are working hard to sign Rabiout but they’ve added that Scott McTominay could move in the opposite direction.

The report focuses on United’s pursuit of the French midfielder and also states that the Turin side are fond admirers of the Scotland international.

Could this swap deal actually go through?

Jury discharged in trial of Wolves fan accused of racist abuse of Rio Ferdinand

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:26 , Michael Jones

The jury in the trial of a Wolverhampton Wanderers football fan accused of racially abusing former England defender Rio Ferdinand, has been discharged by a judge for legal reasons.

Jamie Arnold had been accused of causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress Mr Ferdinand by using “threatening, abusive or insulting” words or behaviour towards him.

The incident is alleged to have happened during the first half of the Wolverhampton Wanderers versus Manchester United match at Molineux on May 23 last year.

Jury discharged in trial of Wolves fan accused of racist abuse of Rio Ferdinand

Diop having a medical

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:11 , Michael Jones

Issa Diop is having a medical ahead of his £15m move from West Ham United to Fulham.

Personal terms are for the defender are still to be finalised and Fulham must have him registered before midday on Friday to make sure he is available for Saturday’s game at Wolves.

‘Massive potential’: Everton complete Amadou Onana transfer in £33m deal from Lille

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:04 , Michael Jones

Everton have made their second signing in as many days and the biggest buy of Frank Lampard’s reign by bringing in the Lille midfielder Amadou Onana for £33 million.

They beat off competition from West Ham for the Belgium international, who has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

Onana, who passed a medical on Merseyside at the weekend, said he wanted to learn from Lampard, one of the finest midfielders of his generation.

‘Massive potential’: Everton complete Amadou Onana transfer in £33m deal from Lille

PSG closing in on Fabian Ruiz

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:50 , Michael Jones

Fabián Ruíz to Paris Saint-Germain seems to be a go according to Fabrizio Romano. Negotiations between the clubs are still ongoing but Ruiz’s personal terms have been agreed and it seems to be a wait for confirmation now.

Thomas Tuchel responds to Gary Neville’s criticism of Chelsea’s ‘panicky’ transfer window

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:41 , Michael Jones

Thomas Tuchel has defended Chelsea owner Todd Boehly after Gary Neville accused him of being “panicky” in the summer transfer window.

The Blues have been big players in the market so far with the American, who has taken on the role of sporting director at the club, keen to reshape the playing squad at Stamford Bridge.

Marc Cucurella has become the latest new face through the door, joining from Brighton in a deal understood to be worth £62million.

He follows the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Carney Chukwuemeka in making the move to west London in what has been a busy offseason.

Thomas Tuchel responds to Gary Neville’s criticism of Chelsea’s ‘panicky’ window

Tottenham departures?

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:29 , Michael Jones

Villarreal have held initial talks with Tottenham over the signing of Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele. Tottenham’s preference is permanent deals for both but would consider loans with options and/or obligations to buy.

Spurs are also keen to shift Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon off the books but no offers have come in for the players who continue to train away from the first team squad.

Winks, Reguilon, Lo Celso and Ndombele all have squad numbers but are unlikely to feature in Antonio Conte’s 25-man squad for the season.

Zaha to Stamford Bridge?

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:16 , Michael Jones

A report from 90min says that Wilfried Zaha has emerged as a target for Chelsea as manager Thomas Tuchel wants to sign a central attacker but is also keen on a wide player.

The Ivory Coast star has entered the final year of his contract at Selhurst Park and reportedly wants to have the opportunity of playing Champions League football.

Incredibly any move could involve Callum Hudson-Odoi travelling the other way. Zaha’s departure wiuld leave Crystal Palace with a hole to fill and Hudson-Odoi is keen for more first team football.

The 21-year-old was left out of the Blues match-day squad for the season-opener against Everton on Saturday with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle, West Ham and Leicester also keen on signing him.

West Ham pursue Kehrer

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:08 , Michael Jones

West Ham have made an offer to sign PSG defender Thilo Kehrer.

The club are awaiting a response and have other options they will pursue if they can’t reach an agreement with PSG.

Kehrer would be an ideal fit for the Hammers as the defender wants to play games to get into contention for Germany’s World Cup squad meaning his has to move clubs .

PSG would usually find players on his kind of wages quite difficult to shift but his will is to go may make him more affordable to the likes of West Ham who don’t normally go in for players with high-salaries.

Fantasy Premier League: Who should you captain for GW2?

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:57 , Michael Jones

Fantasy Premier League enters Gameweek 2 with the players most owned in the game delivering in the opening round.

Among the must-own players before the opening weekend, Erling Haaland shone for Manchester City, hitting 13 points in a tie with Fulham’s Alexsandr Mitrovic for most points in GW1 by a forward.

The Norwegian is owned by 53.8 percent of players, justifying his 11.5 price tag, which has already seen him increase to 11.6.

Fantasy Premier League: Who should you captain for GW2?

Ten Hag has spoken to Rabiot

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:47 , Michael Jones

Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag, has reportedly spoken with Adrien Rabiot and both parties feel as though a move to Old Trafford for the midfielder could be a good option.

Celtic enquire over Collado

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:40 , Michael Jones

Celtic have made an enquiry for Barcelona’s attacking midfielder Alex Collado.

The 23-year-old is said to be attracting interest from a number clubs in Europe, including Olympiacos and Collado, who can also play as a winger, spent last year on loan at Granada.

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Conor Coady the face of an era for Wolves but departure highlights Bruno Lage’s revolution

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:28 , Michael Jones

The continuity candidate has become the unlikely revolutionary. Bruno Lage shaped up as the new Nuno Espirito Santo in his first season at Wolves: Portuguese and with marked connections to Jorge Mendes, overseeing a relatively low-scoring side who were hard to break down and who built on the solid foundations their back three provided.

He is starting his sophomore season by taking an axe to a rearguard who, for swathes of his debut campaign, had one of the best defensive records in Europe’s five major leagues.

The system is gone and its emblematic figure has followed: with Conor Coady an Everton player for the season, the greatest beneficiary of the back three and the biggest reason for playing it has been exiled.

Coady the face of an era for Wolves but departure highlights Lage’s revolution

Championship clubs in battle for Choudhury

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:15 , Michael Jones

A report in The Daily Mail is saying that Championship clubs, Watford and West Bromwich Albion are both interested in signing Hamza Choudhury from Leicester City.

Leicester are said to be open to the move on a temporary basis in the hopes of providing the midfielder with the opportunity to play regular first-team football this season.

West Brom in particular are keen on the move after also being linked to the 24-year-old earlier this year.

Liverpool could strengthen midfield says Carragher

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:07 , Michael Jones

Jamie Carragher believes that there could still be some movement in this transfer window from Liverpool who could be thinking about strengthening their midfield options.

“Most people would say Liverpool’s midfield could now be strengthened, not in terms of numbers but maybe in terms of quality and offering something different to what they have in midfield.” said Carragher, “It’s not having a go at the midfield players that they currently have, it’s just the age profile of some of the midfielder there, who are getting into their 30s.

“Liverpool’s first-choice midfield – and the one that played at Fulham – is getting towards the 30-age mark. You think a younger and more energetic player at some stage is needed, they’ve got those players there in reserve but they’re all injured.

“I would only want Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to do that if they get the midfielder they want. Liverpool’s success in the transfer market has been down to not panicking, it’s not what they’ve done in the past, it’s not what they’re doing now and it can’t be what they do in the future. If there’s no midfielder they want out there, don’t get him. But if they feel there’s one who has those quality and is available, I would like them to do it of course. But don’t panic.”

Marko Arnautovic: Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:55 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester United have ended their controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic.

Erik Ten Hag was thought to be keen on the former West Ham and Stoke striker, but United will turn to alternative options.

Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic

Forest interested in Emerson

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:40 , Michael Jones

The Evening Standard are reporting that Nottingham Forest have reportedly enquired about Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri.

It is understood that the 28-year-old is among a group of players at Stamford Bridge that are potentially planning to leave before the summer transfer window closes.

Emerson signed for Chelsea in 2018 for £24m but hasn’t nailed down a permanent spot at in the first XI despite 71 appearances for the Blues. With Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella now ahead of him he could be open to a move especially considering his successful season on loan at Lyon last year.

Steve Cooper’s Forest have been extremely busy in this window trying to strengthen their squad following promotion back to the Premier League and are turning their attention to Emerson after a £9million bid for Real Betis star Alex Moreno failed.

Lucas Torreira leaves Arsenal to join Galatasaray on a permanent dea

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:28 , Michael Jones

Midfielder Lucas Torreira has left Arsenal to join Turkish club Galatasaray on a permanent deal.

Uruguay international Torreira spent the last two seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina respectively.

The 26-year-old made 89 appearances for the Gunners after moving from Sampdoria in July 2018 at the start of Unai Emery’s reign.

Lucas Torreira leaves Arsenal to join Galatasaray on a permanent deal

Questions remain over Man Utd transfer policy

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:20 , Michael Jones

The last few transfer windows have all followed a similar pattern for Manchester United.

Target a few big names, see those targets either reject the offer or move somewhere else before panic buying older players at the tail ends of their careers to appease the fans and try and rescue the window.

Radamel Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, even Cristiano Ronaldo have all been brought to Old Trafford in the hope that they can turn around the club’s misfortunes.

None of these arrivals have worked - though Ronaldo is still there - and questions remain whether United even have a competent transfer strategy in mind on who to bring in.

Marko Arnautovic: Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:17 , Luke Baker

Manchester United have ended their controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic.

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Manchester United end controversial pursuit of Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic

‘Massive potential’: Everton complete Amadou Onana transfer in £33m deal from Lille

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:13 , Michael Jones

Everton have made their second signing in as many days and the biggest buy of Frank Lampard’s reign by bringing in the Lille midfielder Amadou Onana for £33 million.

They beat off competition from West Ham for the Belgium international, who has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

Onana, who passed a medical on Merseyside at the weekend, said he wanted to learn from Lampard, one of the finest midfielders of his generation.

‘Massive potential’: Everton complete Amadou Onana transfer in £33m deal from Lille

Everton sign Onana

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:09 , Michael Jones

Belgium international Amadou Onana has signed for Everton from LOSC Lille for an undisclosed fee, agreeing a five-year contract until the end of June 2027.

The 20-year-old central midfielder becomes Everton’s fifth signing of the summer following James Tarkowski, Rúben Vinagre, Dwight McNeil and Conor Coady.

“It feels great to join Everton. I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest in England,” Onana told evertontv. “It’s something I want to be part of for many years.”

Kostic heading to Italy

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:00 , Michael Jones

Juventus are close to completing the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic.

The German club say Kostic will not feature in Wednesday’s Super Cup Final against Real Madrid and confirmed he is in “final talks with a new club” after entering the final year of his contract.

West Ham United made an offer for Kostic last month - but his preference was to play Champions League football with Juve set to be his next destination.

RB Leipzig beat Manchester United to Benjamin Sesko transfer

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:50 , Jack Rathborn

RB Leipzig have confirmed the signing Red Bull Salzburg‘s Benjamin Sesko in the latest high-profile deal between the sister clubs.

The 19-year-old Slovenia international will stay with the Austrian champions this season before starting a five-year contract with Leipzig next summer.

Manchester United were one of a number of clubs interested in Sesko but Leipzig have won the race.

“Benjamin Sesko is one of Europe’s best young talents and has a great amount of potential,” Leipzig technical director Christopher Vivell said in a club statement.

Sesko joins a stellar list of deals between the two clubs which were both owned by drinks firm Red Bull until 2017 when Uefa intervened over integrity concerns in the Champions League.

RB Leipzig beat Manchester United to Benjamin Sesko transfer

Chelsea and Leicester £10m apart on Wesley Fofana valuation

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:38 , Michael Jones

Chelsea are currently £10m short of Leicester City‘s valuation for Wesley Fofana, as the London club prepare another bid that could spark their busiest period of the window. The Stamford Bridge hierarchy are also working on deals for Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

While Leicester’s public stance is that neither Fofana nor James Maddison are for sale, sources close to the situation insist the club’s financial circumstances - which has seen the Thai owners’ duty free-based business suffer through two years of the pandemic - means one will likely have to go, albeit at high prices.

The feeling within the market is that Fofana is gettable for £80m and Maddison for £60m. Newcastle United remain someway short of the latter price, and Leicester would be more keen to keep the playmaker.

Chelsea and Leicester £10m apart on Wesley Fofana valuation

Man Utd discussing personal terms with Rabiot

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:25 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are in negotiations with Adrien Rabiot’s mother and agent, Veronique, over personal terms, according to Sky Sports’ Italian correspondents.

The club have already agreed the terms of a deal with Juventus to sign Rabiot with the Old Lady satisfied to let him go despite the midfielder still having a year left on his contract.

Spurs closing in on Udogie

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:17 , Michael Jones

Tottenham are close to completing a £21m deal to sign Udinese defender Destin Udogie according to ESPN. Part of the deal would see Spurs loan the left-back back to the Serie A club for this season before he joins up with his new team in the summer of 2023.

ESPN say that Tottenham will pay an initial £15m with a series of performance related add-ons worth in the region of £6m with a medical expected to take place in Italy this week for the 19-year-old.

Should Udogie’s transfer be completed, he will become Antonio Conte’s seventh summer signing following Ivan Perisic, Richarlison, Fraser Forster, Djed Spence, Yves Bissouma and Clement Lenglet.

Manchester United chase Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after Adrien Rabiot deal

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:07 , Michael Jones

Juventus have reportedly agreed to sell Adrien Rabiot to Manchester United for an initial £15million. The Guardian says the discussions over personal terms for the 27-year-old France midfielder are still at an early stage with approval still needed from his agent and mother. The paper notes he has achieved success with five Ligue 1 titles at Paris St Germain as well as another in Serie A, but he also has a uneven discipline record including fines for lateness.

The Red Devils are also said to be interested in Lazio’s Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who they have been linked with for a number of years. But the Telegraph reports intermediaries believe a deal can actually be done for the 27-year-old.

Manchester United chase Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after Adrien Rabiot deal

Chelsea preparing new bid for Fofana

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:54 , Michael Jones

Chelsea’s summer of spending looks set to continue as Fabrizio Romano says the club on preparing a new bid for Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana.

The Foxes turned down a bid of £70m last week and insist the defender is not for sale but Chelsea seem confident they can get their man at the right price.

FC Copenhagen sign Ryan

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:42 , Michael Jones

Former Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan has signed for FC Copenhagen from Real Sociedad. The 30-year-old Australian international has agreed a two-year contract.

“We are getting an experienced and strong keeper in his prime, who arrives to take on the competition with our other goalkeepers,” says FCK sporting director Peter Christiansen. “After Kamil Grabara’s injury, we have been looking for an addition to the goalkeeper position, and we are very satisfied with the solution, which both in the short and long term ensures increased competition and quality in that position. “Maty has played many games in some of the world’s biggest leagues and still has plenty of hunger to do well at FCK and for Australia in the World Cup. “We are looking forward to having him in the team and are sure that he will strengthen our squad.”

Wolves sign Goncalo Guedes in £27.5m deal from Valencia

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:30 , Michael Jones

Wolves have signed Valencia forward Goncalo Guedes on a five-year contract.

Just minutes after confirming captain Conor Coady had left to join Everton on loan, the club announced the arrival of the 25-year-old former Benfica academy graduate.

“We have been monitoring Goncalo for a long time and are very pleased to welcome him to Wolves,” said chairman Jeff Shi.

Wolves sign Goncalo Guedes in £27.5m deal from Valencia

Leipzig sign Sesko

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:16 , Michael Jones

Benjamin Sesko has joined RB Leipzig in a £20m deal which is another transfer window blow for Manchester United who were rumoured to be interested in the striker.

The 19-year-old Slovenia striker makes the move from RB Salzburg and has signed a contract until 2028. Sesko will be loaned back to Salzburg for the forthcoming season before joining the Bundesliga club in 2023.

United, meanwhile, are expected to go back in with an improved offer for Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic after seeing a £7.5m bid rejected last week while Guido Rodriguez and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic continue to be linked with moves to Old Trafford.

Man Utd offer for Arnautovic rejected

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:05 , Michael Jones

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United’s opening bid of £7.5m for Marko Arnautovic was dismissed by Bologna and a report from the Guardian suggests that the club would have to pay closer to £10m if they want to secure the striker.

Arnautovic’s brother and agent, Danijel, told Austrian outlet Kurier that there has been an offer for the former West Ham Utd and Stoke City forward saying: “It’s true that there is an offer from a well-known club. I’m in contact with Bologna to see if that can be realised.”

Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, meanwhile, has said that he expects Arnautovic to remain with the Serie A club.

“I would be happy for Marko [if he joins United] but I don’t think he will leave,” he said. “I spoke to Arnautovic about Man Utd’s proposal in case he leaves.

“We will see, but I think he will stay.”

Timo Werner putting finishing touches to £25m RB Leipzig return

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:54 , Michael Jones

Timo Werner is expected to complete his £25million return to RB Leipzig without any issues, the PA news agency understands.

Werner has been in Germany to put the finishing touches to his move back to the club he left for Chelsea in 2020.

The Germany forward is understood to be just formalities away from completing his move back to Leipzig, after two years in west London.

Timo Werner putting finishing touches to £25m RB Leipzig return

Manchester United’s Eric Bailly targeted by Monaco

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:45 , Jack Rathborn

Monaco are pushing to sign Manchester United's Eric Bailly, report L'Equipe, with a loan and option to buy proposed.

Six years on from signing from Villarreal for €38m, United could cash in with the Ivorian only having two years left on his contract.

Roma are also keen, with Jose Mourinho familiar with the player from his time at Old Trafford.

PSG target new striker this summer

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:30 , Jack Rathborn

PSG are targeting a new striker to support Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Neymar, reports L'Equipe.

Reims youngster Hugo Ekitike has joined, but attempts to sign Gianluca Scamacca and Robert Lewandowski failed.

Firstly, Luis Campos could try to move on Mauro Icardi and Arnaud Kalimuendo, who has been linked to Leeds.

Lucas Torreira leaves Arsenal for Galatasaray

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:14 , Jack Rathborn

Lucas Torreira has left Arsenal and joined Galatasaray on a four-year deal.

The Uruguayan midfielder went on loan to Sampdoria last season but has now left the Emirates on a permanent deal.

Torreira said: “I am very happy and excited to be a new Galatasaray player. I am convinced that this is the beginning of a long and successful history together. Thank you for trusting me and I promise to leave everything for these colors. Let’s go Gala!”

Tottenham poised to sign Udinese left-back

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:00 , Jack Rathborn

Tottenham are closing in on a deal to sign Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie.

Sky Sport Italia report the move will be finalised in the coming days after a verbal agreement was reached.

An initial £15m fee has been agreed, with bonuses on top, and the Italy U21 international set to be loaned back for a season.

Roma set to keep Tottenham target Nico Zaniolo

Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:43 , Jack Rathborn

Jose Mourinho looks primed to keep Nico Zaniolo for Roma this season, report Gazzetta dello Sport.

Tottenham had been strongly linked with Zaniolo in recent weeks.

The Italian will therefore line up alongside a new-look midfield and attack, which includes Paulo Dybala, Tammy Abraham, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Gini Wijnaldum.

Chelsea wait on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang move

Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:32 , Jack Rathborn

Chelsea are waiting to find out whether a move for Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can materialise.

With Timo Werner set to finalise his departure, plus Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech pushing for moves, the Blues may sign another forward.

The former Arsenal captain could be sacrificed to help the Catalan club’s financial situation, with the Telegraph reporting that Chelsea are patiently waiting to see if opportunities open up for the Gabonese or Memphis Depay, with only one likely to depart the Camp Nou.

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