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The new Premier League season begins tonight and Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham remain among the busiest clubs in the summer window. At Stamford Bridge, Marc Cucurella has been signed for £62million and Wesley Fofana could soon join him if Thomas Tuchel gets his way, despite Leicester rejecting a £70million offer. Marcos Alonso, meanwhile, is set to join Barcelona.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he hasn’t finished despite spending over £120m on Leicester’s Yuri Tielemans with another boost set to arrive on Friday as the Foxes pursue Houssem Aouar. Lucas Paqueta has also been linked with the Gunners.

Tottenham have made six signings so far this summer and Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie, reportedly personally recommended by a certain Antonio Conte, is set to be the seventh in a £21m deal which is expected to be finalized next week. Conte would want three more before the window ends on September 1, with Nicolo Zaniolo, Memphis Depay and Pau Torres all linked. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumors below!

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Spurs are aiming to sign a new deal

Tottenham transfer target Nikola Milenkovic is set to end speculation over his future by signing a new contract at Fiorentina.

According to Gianluca di Marzio, the centre-back is keen to stay put this summer despite interest from Spurs and Juventus.

Spurs remain in the market for a centre-back.

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Arsenal gave Tielemans a boost

Leicester are considering Lyonnais Houssem Aouar as a replacement for Arsenal target Youri Tielemans, reports the Sun.

The Belgian is expected to leave Leicester this month and Arsenal are his preferred destination.

Leicester are apparently preparing for their departure by lining up possible replacements.

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Chelsea in Fofana’s new candidacy

Chelsea have failed in a new bid for Wesley Fofana, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The offer, which is believed to be in excess of £70million, was rejected by Leicester City, but Chelsea will return with an improved offer.

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Tuchel: Chelsea have signed ‘the new Azpilicueta’ in Cucurella

Chelsea have signed ‘the new Cesar Azpilicueta’ in Marc Cucurella, according to Blues boss Thomas Tuchel.

On Friday, Spanish defender Cucurella became the club’s fifth signing in a busy and often chaotic summer transfer window, signing a six-year deal after joining Brighton for a hefty sum of up to £62.5million.

Cucurella’s arrival coincided with a new contract for fellow countryman Cesar Azpilicueta, with the club’s longtime captain Chelsea signing an improved two-year deal until 2024 on Thursday, ending Barcelona’s long-running pursuit to his signature in the process.

There are many parallels between the two players other than just their nationality, primarily the versatility and ability to operate in multiple defensive positions that make them such valuable options for Tuchel, who has lost the services of Andreas Christensen and Antonio. Rudiger on free transfers earlier this summer and then signed Kalidou Koulibaly, with another centre-back on the agenda amid talk of Wesley Fofana from Leicester.

“I’m very excited about what he can bring,” the manager said of the arrival of Cucurella, who could make his early debut for Chelsea in their Premier League opener against Frank Lampard’s Everton at Goodison. Park Saturday night. “He’s a fantastic player, a fantastic guy.

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Arteta hints at other signings as he reveals Arsenal plans

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal are planning to make new additions to their squad in the transfer window.

New signings Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko started in the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the opening night of the Premier League season, with Matt Turner on the bench and Fabio Vieira out through injury.

The focus at the moment for Arsenal seems to be on exits, with Bernd Leno joining Fulham and Lucas Torreira set to complete a move to Galatasaray.

Links with Youri Tielemans and Lucas Paqueta continue however, with the midfielder likely to be the favored position should the Gunners choose to step up again. A move for Tielemans in particular looks a real possibility, with Leicester in need of selling players but reluctant to see James Maddison and Wesley Fofana leave.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his side’s win at Selhurst Park, Arteta revealed plans are in place for Arsenal to continue with their summer activities but it remains to be seen if that can be achieved.

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Tottenham reach agreement with Udogie

Tottenham are closing in on their seventh signing of a busy summer transfer window.

Spurs entered talks with Udinese earlier this week over a move for highly rated young left-back Destiny Udogie.

Now, Fabrizio Romano reports that Tottenham plan to complete the deal next week, with final negotiations underway.

Udogie has been left out of Udinese’s Coppa Italia squad tonight but will return to the Serie A club on a one-year loan.

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Arsenal gave Tielemans another boost

Have Arsenal received a new boost in their long-running pursuit of Youri Tielemans?

The Gunners remain committed to the Belgian midfielder, who has long been a key target for Mikel Arteta even after signing Fabio Vieira.

Now Leicester could line up their replacement for Tielemans, with Foot Mercato in France suggesting Brendan Rodgers want to sign former Arsenal target Houssem Aouar.

The Foxes are yet to make a single signing in this window and need to sell before they buy.

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Deal done! West Ham sign Cornet

West Ham have completed the signing of Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet in a £17.5m deal.

The Hammers activated the Ivory Coast international’s release clause earlier this week and he has now been unveiled as David Moyes’ fifth signing this summer, signing a five-year contract.

He was not registered in time to be considered for a fast start on Sunday when West Ham opened the new season against reigning champions Manchester City.

“It’s a new step for me to join this great Club and I’m really happy to be here, to be part of the Club’s project. I’m just excited to start,” Cornet said.

“Everyone knows the level here in the Premier League is very high and I want to play here for that, so I’m really happy to be here for the next stage of my career.

“It will be amazing to play in front of 62,500 fans at the London Stadium. I played here for Burnley last season and can’t wait to experience it as a West Ham player.

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Deal done! Benteke leaves Crystal Palace for MLS

Confirmation from Crystal Palace that Christian Benteke has left Selhurst Park to join DC United in MLS.

The Belgian forward leaves having scored 37 goals in 177 total appearances for Palace over a six-year spell.

He will evolve under the orders of Wayne Rooney across the Atlantic.

“Christian has been crucial to this club’s Premier League journey, having an immediate impact upon his signing and playing a central role in the team ever since,” said Palace chairman Steve Parish.

“He’s someone I’ve had a great relationship with and he’s shown incredible loyalty by staying with the club when he could easily have taken other options. We all wish him the best. for the next step in his career.

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Chelsea determined to land No.1 target Fofana

More now on Chelsea’s relentless pursuit of Wesley Fofana.

CBS Sports reports that the latest offer submitted to Leicester is worth over £70million.

Moreover, it is said that it will certainly not be the last bid made if it is refused.

Fofana would now be Chelsea’s absolute No.1 target ahead of the September 1 transfer deadline.

Will the Blues have their man?

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