Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham remain very active as we enter the final month of the summer transfer window. Thomas Tuchel is scrambling for new signings, with Chelsea agreeing a £52.5m deal with Brighton for Marc Cucurella and opening shock talks over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Chelsea are also preparing a new offer for Inter Milan starlet Cesare Casadei to go along with their imminent signing of Carney Chukwuemeka. They also appear to have hijacked Manchester United’s move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and are also battling the Red Devils for Benjamin Sesko.
Elsewhere, Tottenham have opened talks with Udinese over Italy Under-21 left-back Destiny Udogie and have reportedly made a new move for Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo, although former boss Jose Mourinho stands on their way.
Arsenal remain committed to Youri Tielemans and could use money recovered from several player departures to finally fund a deal for the Leicester midfielder this month. Meanwhile, the Gunners sanctioned the loan departures of Charlie Patino and Folarin Balogun. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip with our live blog below!
Chelsea open Aubameyang talks
Well, it’s fair to say that Fabrizio Romano just dropped a late night transfer bombshell.
Of course, this is about busy Chelsea, who have come up with a shock name in their quest for a new striker.
Romano claims the Blues are now considering a surprise move for former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joins Red Bull Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko on their list of attacking targets.
Moreover, it is said that talks have already started with Aubameyang, but no offer has yet been made to Barcelona, with whom the Gabonese leader signed a three-and-a-half-year contract after his unceremonious exit from Arsenal in January. .
Onana prefers Everton to West Ham
West Ham still haven’t agreed personal terms with Amadou Onana, according to reports.
Earlier today, the Hammers saw a £33.5million bid for the 20-year-old Belgian midfielder accepted by French club Lille.
However, settling a contract is likely to prove problematic for David Moyes and Co, with Fabrizio Romano suggesting Onana would prefer a move to Premier League rivals Everton.
Tottenham step up hunt for Milenkovic
Tottenham are said to be leading the race for Nikola Milenkovic.
Italian outlet Tuttosport suggest Spurs have stepped up their search for the versatile Serbian centre-back, who plays at his Serie A club Fiorentina.
Indeed, Tottenham are believed to be continuing their talks with the 24-year-old’s agent as they seek to further strengthen their defense following the arrivals of Djed Spence and Clement Lenglet so far this summer.
Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster are the others to have arrived so far from a busy N17 window.
Brighton refuse Chelsea deal for Cucurella
Everyone spoke too soon?
Brighton have just released the following terse statement denying any deal over Marc Cucurella.
The Seagulls said on social media: “Contrary to inaccurate reports in many media tonight, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella.”
Chelsea include £50m buyout clause in Colwill sale
Chelsea defender Levi Colwill is set to join Brighton, reports Nizaar Kinsella.
The fee for Colwill is believed to be around £25m with a buyout clause set at around £50m, with final details still being discussed. Chelsea were reluctant to let him go permanently, so he negotiated the clause.
Brighton are now ready to beat Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leicester in the race for the 19-year-old academy graduate, who spent last season on loan in the Championship at Huddersfield.
Chelsea agree Cucurella deal
Here is standard sports Nizaar Kinsella on this Chelsea deal for Marc Cucurella…
Chelsea have completed the £52.5m signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton, pending a medical.
The Blues have agreed a no-cost package and a contract until 2028 for the left-footed defender and Spain international.
It follows Manchester City walking away from protracted talks over Cucurella after having their £40million offer turned down to work on other potential targets.
Thomas Tuchel has long been an admirer of the wing-back, who has been scouted and interested in Chelsea since before the German was appointed manager.
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Deal done! Patino joins Blackpool on loan
Blackpool have now announced the signing of Arsenal wonderkid Charlie Patino.
The much-loved Hale End graduate will spend the 2022/23 season on loan at Bloomfield Road, having impressed Mikel Arteta during pre-season.
Patino made two senior appearances for Arsenal in cup competitions last season, scoring on his first-team debut against Sunderland.
He will now be able to test himself in senior football week after week in the Championship, where Blackpool got off to a winning start against Reading on the opening weekend.
“It’s a great opportunity for me, and I think I’m ready to accept it. It’s the next step in my career and I’m really excited to start,” Patino said.
“I spoke to Danny Ballard and Dujon Sterling before coming to the Club and they gave me the praise and said it was an amazing place where everyone is welcome.
“They also mentioned the fans, the Tangerine Army, who are still on their feet home and away. I just can’t wait to play in front of them and show them what I am.
Chelsea sign £52.5m deal with Cucurella
Chelsea have now agreed a deal with Brighton for Marc Cucurella.
This news comes courtesy of Fabrizio Romano, who claims the Seagulls have accepted a bid worth £52.5million for the versatile Spanish full-back.
Cucurella will sign a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge, having already agreed personal terms earlier this week. He is due to travel to London for a medical on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Levi Colwill’s permanent move from Chelsea to Brighton on a separate deal is still being discussed.
Tottenham offer £20.9m for Destiny Udogie
A bit more information has emerged on Tottenham’s move for Destiny Udogie.
According to Sky Italia, Spurs have tabled a bid with Udinese worth around €25m (£20.9m) including bonuses.
Antonio Conte is said to see Udogie as a talent for the future and, as mentioned, is ready to let him stay in Serie A on loan for the season.
The 19-year-old only joined Udinese on a permanent transfer last summer after being loaned out by Hellas Verona.
Deal done! Schmeichel leaves Leicester after 11 years
The end of an era at Leicester, which has just confirmed the departure of faithful goalkeeper and club captain Kasper Schmeichel.
The veteran Denmark international has joined French club Nice in an estimated £1m deal, signing a three-year contract.
Schmeichel spent a total of 11 years at Leicester after joining Leeds in 2011, making almost 500 appearances in all competitions and winning four trophies – including the Premier League title in 2015/16 and the 2020/21 FA Cup.
A true legend of the Foxes!