Transfer news LIVE! Arsenal’s Tielemans hope, Chelsea chase Fofana, Tottenham want Maddison; rumours, gossip


Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all out to bag major deals in the final month of the transfer window. Having all secured some big-name players already, the likes of Youri Tielemans, Denzel Dumfries and James Maddison remain hot on the tongues of the capital clubs’ fans.

All three teams are looking at Leicester for potential market inspiration with Wesley Fofana a Chelsea target as Thomas Tuchel looks to sort his defense after a number of setbacks. Josko Gvardiol, Milan Skriniar, Benjamin Pavard and Inter wing-back Dumfries are also on the Blues’ radar.

In north London, Foxes playmaker Tielemans, Lucas Paqueta and young PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo remain of interest to Mikel Arteta amid talk of a bid for Arthur Melo. Tottenham, meanwhile, are linked to Maddison and Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo. Stay tuned with Standard Sport for all the latest transfer news and rumours!

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Fabregas set for Como unveiling

Cesc Fabregas is today set to be unveiled as a Como player.

The Serie B team, located on the idyllic Italian lake that shares its name, have reportedly agreed a two-year deal with the 35-year-old.


Ampadu still wanted in Italy

Spezia are awaiting a response to their offer of a loan deal for Ethan Ampadu.

Chelsea are battling to sign new defenders this summer after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left on free transfers, which has opened up the path to game time for Ampadu.

The Wales international has not been given a squad number by the Blues, however.

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Kepa set for Napoli loan spell

Napoli want to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga by Tuesday, according to reports in Italy.

La Repubblica report on the final details of the Spanish goalkeeper’s loan switch to the Partenopei being sorted as we speak.

Kepa is said to have already greeted his new teammates ahead of his journey to Campania.


Pavard snubs Chelsea

Chelsea have missed out on the signing of Benjamin Pavard.

According to L’Equipe, the French defender has decided to stay at Bayern Munich while under contract in Germany until 2024.

Bayern were reportedly ready to sell Pavard for around £30m.

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Arsenal touted for David bid

In “sure-thing” transfer news, Jonathan David has sparked intrigue among Arsenal fans by liking a pair of official club Instagram posts.

Fabrizio Romano claims the Canadian striker will cost £42m from Lille this summer.

Liverpool have also previously been linked with David.

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Slonina nears Chelsea switch

Chelsea are set to complete the £12million signing of wonderkid goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire, writes Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella.

The 18-year-old was given the go-ahead to fly to London, complete a medical and sign the paperwork over the weekend.

The Blues fended off rival approaches from Real Madrid and Wolves, and will send the goalkeeper back to Chicago on loan to complete a sensational breakthrough season in the MLS.

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Gunners must sell before they can buy

Arsenal will need to sell two of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Pablo Mari before they can sign Youri Tielemans.

Football.London note that the Gunners squad quota of overseas players is currently oversubscribed, and thus Mikel Arteta must thin out his playing staff before making signings.

Leno is wanted by Fulham with Serie A clubs chasing both Torreira and Mari.

CBS Sports claim Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Tielemans, who is out of contract next summer at Leicester.

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Fofana wanted by Chelsea

A price tag of £85m has been slapped on Wesley Fofana by Leicester.

Chelsea have identified the Frenchman as their next big transfer market hope after missing out on Jules Kounde, according to the Mail.

But, having recently signed a new five-year deal upon his return from a long-term injury, Fofana is very highly-rated at the King Power Stadium.

A player-plus-cash offer from Chelsea has also been reported.

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Maddison subject to £40m bid

Tottenham and Newcastle are fighting over James Maddison after the Magpies made a reported £40 million bid for the England midfielder.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said of his player last night: “He’s still very much a player here. You see his performance, you see how happy he is and he’s not a player we want to sell.

“It’s not for me to put valuations on the players, it’s not my side, but that might just cover three-quarters of his left leg, that price. He’s a top player.”

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Good morning!

Hello and welcome to the first day of August and therefore the final month of the summer transfer window!

There is still so much to come from an already-busy market for the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham… so join us for all the latest updates.



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