Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all battling for high-profile deals as the summer transfer window continues to heat up nicely as the new football season draws ever closer.
Chelsea look to have sensationally hijacked Arsenal’s move for Raphinha, with personal terms and a £ 55m fee almost agreed with Leeds for the Brazilian winger. The Gunners are also battling Manchester United for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, though Gabriel Jesus’ switch from Manchester City should be officially announced soon.
Chelsea want to sign three City players in Raheem Sterling, Nathan Ake and Oleksandr Zinchenko, while they are also still pushing for Matthijs de Ligt amid reports over Jules Kounde, Milan Skriniar and Ousmane Dembele. Tottenham, meanwhile, are stepping up their pursuit of Richarlison and Anthony Gordon as talks continue with Everton, with Spurs said to be ready to clinch a huge deal for the pair worth £ 100m. Follow all the latest transfer, news, rumors and gossip throughout the day below.
Exclusive: Wilshere in talks for Arsenal return
Arsenal have held talks with Jack Wilshere as they look to fill their vacant Under-23 and Under-18 head coach positions, writes Standard Sport’s Simon Collings…
The Gunners lost their U23s boss, Kevin Betsy, and U18s head coach, Dan Micciche, earlier this month after they were appointed by League Two side Crawley Town.
Arsenal have since begun a recruitment process to replace them and it is understood Wilshere recently spoke to academy manager Per Mertesacker about the vacant roles.
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Chelsea ‘agree personal terms’ with Raphinha
Chelsea have broadly agreed a £ 115,000-a-week, five-year contract with Raphinha ahead of his move from Leeds.
It was reported last night that the Blues were closing in on a £ 60m transfer for the Brazilian despite interest from Arsenal, Tottenhman and Barcelona.
However, there remains the threat that Barcelona, Raphinha’s preferred destination, with his agent Deco at the Camp Nou club’s offices today to hold talks over a deal.
The big issue remains the Blaugrana’s lack of funding to meet Leeds’ price tag. The Telegraph report on a rapid-fire sale of £ 160m worth of media rights to raise the cash.
Chelsea eye THIRD Man City star
Not just Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake, Chelsea are interested in a THIRD Manchester City player.
The Mail name Oleksandr Zinchenko as an emerging option for the Blues.
Everton and Arsenal have also been linked with the £ 30m Ukrainian.
Five Arsenal alternatives to Raphinha
Arsenal face being forced into a transfer rethink as Chelsea close in on the signing of Leeds winger Raphinha, writes Standard Sport’s Simon Collings …
The Gunners had been keen on a deal for the Brazilian, who is ready to leave Elland Road this summer, but Chelsea have stolen a march on them.
Arsenal must now look at other targets as they try to bolster their squad for the new season and here Standard Sport examines some possible options for Mikel Arteta.
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Lazio chief in London for talks
Lazio sporting director Igli Tare is in London amid rumors of a potential deal with Chelsea for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
In the opposite direction, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Emerson Palmieri are targets for the Serie A club.
Atalanta consider Nuno Tavares alternative
Arsenal are still linked with Aaron Hickey as a replacement new left-back for Nuno Tavares.
But the Gunners are struggling to shift the Portuguese player to Atalanta, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Difficult negotiations with the Italian club have led to them eyeing Empoi’s Fabiano Parisi as an alternative.
Man United continue talks with Frenkie De Jong
Fabrizio Romano with the latest ….
Anthony Gordon: Everton reluctant to sell Tottenham target
Spurs have shown an interest in winger Anthony Gordon, who broke through under Frank Lampard last season, but Everton are very reluctant to let him go given he is still just 21 and under contract at Goodison Park until 2025.
West Ham eye triple swoop on Burnley
ExWHUemployee claims West Ham are set for talks with Burnley over a move for midfielder Josh Brownhill.
The Clarets star could cost as much as. 20m, although Maxwel Cornet and Dwight McNeil will also be discussed.
David Moyes wants five more signings this summer as he prepares for another season of European football.
Lisandro Martinez: Arsenal make third transfer offer
More offers from Arsenal!
The Sun claim the club have launched a THIRD offer for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.
Indeed, the north London giants are reportedly confident they are moving close to the £ 43m asking price, having improved the financial terms of their second offer.