Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are still pushing for new signings with just over three weeks left in the summer transfer window. Arsenal remain in pursuit of Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans, as they have also been given a major boost in their quest to land Wolves winger Pedro Neto.
Thomas Tuchel has dropped his biggest hint yet of a Chelsea switch for Wesley Fofana, preparing a new offer, with Timo Werner and Marcos Alonso now set to leave Stamford Bridge, possibly followed by Callum Hudson-Odoi amid renewed interest from Borussia Dortmund. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic would also like a transfer to Chelsea. Tottenham are close to completing their seventh summer signing in Destiny Udogie and have also found out what it will take to convince Roma to sell Nicolo Zaniolo.
The shock switch of the summer could be pulled by Manchester United, who have seen a bid rejected for former West Ham and Stoke striker Marko Arnautovic. They have also agreed a deal for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, while West Ham want Thilo Kehrer along with Issa Diop for Fulham. Follow the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip below!
Tottenham trio lined up for outings
Tottenham appear to be making good progress in terms of eliminating unwanted players before the deadline.
Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon are all on the transfer list and surplus to Antonio Conte’s demands, with the futures of Bryan Gil and Japhet Tanganga also in doubt.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Villarreal are working on a deal for Lo Celso after his successful loan spell at the club, while they also discussed a separate transfer for Ndombele.
Meanwhile, Spanish outlet AS claim Valencia are fielding Gil as a replacement for Wolves-linked Goncalo Guedes.
De Jong and Aubameyang at Chelsea?
Chelsea are also continuing talks over Frenkie de Jong, while Thomas Tuchel is set to reunite with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, per The Independent.
London is seen as a more likely destination for De Jong, who others say wants to stay at Barcelona this summer despite the ongoing saga over his contract and unpaid wages.
Chelsea’s ability to deliver Champions League football also gives them an added advantage over transfer rivals Manchester United.
Indy claim United have also been offered Aubameyang, but are unenthusiastic. Tuchel, however, is not ruling out a deal for a player he saw shooting from close quarters in the Borussia Dortmund goal.
Chelsea are preparing a new candidacy for Fofana
Chelsea are reportedly preparing a new offer for Wesley Fofana.
The French defender is Thomas Tuchel’s main transfer priority following the arrivals of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina as he seeks to reduce the age profile of his aging back line.
The Independent reports that Chelsea are now £10m short of Leicester’s £80m valuation for Fofana, with another offer being prepared.
The 21-year-old is said to want a move to Stamford Bridge, with Leicester likely having to sell one of them or Newcastle James Maddison in their current financial situation.
Werner will undergo a medical in Leipzig with a sealed return
Timo Werner’s departure from Chelsea has been agreed.
RB Leipzig are in talks over the return of the German striker, just two years after he left for Stamford Bridge in a high-profile £47.5million transfer in the summer of 2020.
Werner was left out of Thomas Tuchel’s squad for Saturday’s season-opening win at Everton as negotiations continued, with Fabrizio Romano now signaling the deal is done, barring a few small details of the structure of add-ons.
Werner will undergo a medical with Leipzig on Tuesday. He had previously scored 90 goals in 156 games for the club, but only 23 in 89 during a disappointing spell with Chelsea.
West Ham accept Diop’s £15m offer from Fulham
We can confirm that Fulham have now seen a £15million bid accepted by West Ham for unpredictable defender Issa Diop.
The French centre-back will make the short trip to west London to agree personal terms and undergo a medical ahead of his move to Craven Cottage.
Diop has ‘not made himself available’ for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City, according to David Moyes, leaving West Ham with just one in-form senior centre-back in Kurt Zouma along with Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna and the summer signing Nayef Aguerd all sidelined.
22-year-old full-back Ben Johnson had to move into a centre-half position against City and new talisman Erling Haaland.
As Standard Sport’s Malik Ouzia revealed earlier, West Ham are now moving forward with a move for PSG’s Thilo Kehrer.
Man United agree Rabiot deal
Sky Sports report that Manchester United have now agreed a deal with Juventus for Adrien Rabiot.
However, as previously reported, they are yet to speak with France midfielder Veronique’s mother and agent on a personal basis.
It looks like United are pushing ahead with their move to the France international despite knowing the end result of Frenkie de Jong’s stakes after yesterday’s terrible loss to Brighton.
Rabiot would become Erik ten Hag’s fourth signing in his first transfer window to Old Trafford, following Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia.
Barcelona threaten legal action over De Jong deal
Barcelona have threatened legal action over the Frenkie de Jong contract saga, according to reports.
That’s according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, who says he wants to cancel the Dutch midfielder’s existing contract and revert to the one he had before.
The report adds that De Jong wants to stay at Barcelona, with no decision yet made on a preferred club in case he leaves Camp Nou this summer.
Ornstein says Manchester United continue to push for a deal after agreeing a fee with Barca a few weeks ago, while Chelsea also want the player and may be willing to pay the wage debt on top of the transfer fee.
Azpilicueta explains Barcelona transfer refusal
Cesar Azpilicueta has explained why he changed his mind to stay at Chelsea, despite a six-month pursuit by Barcelona, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The captain was due to return to his native Spain but decided to extend his contract for a year until 2024 after talks with head coach Thomas Tuchel and the new owners.
“Yes, the conversations were there [with Barcelona]all around the club,” Azpilicueta said, after helping Chelsea win 1-0 at Everton on Saturday.
“After the Club World Cup, where I became the only player to win all the trophies, [I felt] it was time to return to Spain. But then everything happened with this club. I wanted to stay engaged. I have never done anything against my club. We had private conversations where I said everything.
“I’ve never been in a transfer market situation in 10 years. It was different. The last time it was Marseille and this time the contractual situation made it different because I had this clause [to extend my deal] after several matches.
“For a period I was a free agent and who knows what might have happened then? I decided to shut up because there was already enough noise around me. I didn’t want to make it worse because I wanted to stay focused on my game.”
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Man United ‘very close’ to Rabiot deal
More details are now emerging on Manchester United’s pursuit of Adrien Rabiot.
Journalist Rudy Galetti qualifies the negotiations with Juventus as “progress”, with an agreement already said to be “very close”.
He adds that United will speak with Rabiot’s agent in the coming days to find an agreement on personal terms.
Rabiot’s agent, by the way, is his mother Véronique.
Milinkovic-Savic ‘would say yes’ to Chelsea
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic continues to be a popular name in transfers throughout this latest summer window.
Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain are just some of the teams to be linked with the Lazio midfielder so far, with Chelsea also potentially in the frame.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport report that Milinkovic-Savic would agree to move to Stamford Bridge before the September deadline.
Are Chelsea even interested?