The new Premier League season begins tonight and Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham remain among the busiest clubs of the summer window. At Stamford Bridge, Marc Cucurella has been signed for £62m and Wesley Fofana could soon join him if Thomas Tuchel gets his way, despite a £70m bid being rejected.
Tottenham have made six signings and Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie, who is thought to have been personally recommended by one Antonio Conte, is likely to be the seventh in a £21m deal. Conte reportedly wants three more, with Nicolo Zaniolo, Memphis Depay and Pau Torres linked.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that he is not done, despite spending more than £120m, with Leicester City’s Youri Tieleman in mind. A target this summer, Edu is said to be running down the clock to weaken Leicester’s bargaining position. Lucas Paqueta has also been linked. Follow all the latest news, gossip and rumors below!
Turin in for Vlasic
More on West Ham, this time in terms of outgoings.
Torino are pushing to sign Nikola Vlasic on loan, according to Virgilio Sport, with David Moyes not seeing the Croatian as an important part of his plans.
It’s reported that Torino want it to be just a loan deal with no obligation to buy, but West Ham are likely to want a more beneficial deal for them financially.
Moyes: West Ham have ‘awful lot’ to do
David Moyes says West Ham still have plenty of work to do before the transfer window closes. writes Malik Ouzia.
Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet is set to become the Hammers’ fifth signing of the summer in a £17.5 million deal but of the previous four, Alphonse Areola was already at the club last summer on loan, while centre-back Nayef Aguerd will miss the first ten weeks of the season through injury.
Midfielder Flynn Downes, signed from Swansea, has been earmarked as one for the future, while the marquee addition, Italian striker Gianluca Scamacca, will not be fit to start Sunday’s opener against Manchester City.
“We need to do an awful lot more business,” Moyes said. “We lost four players – three outfield players and a goalkeeper – at the end of the season. We were already a couple of players short and we didn’t bring any players in in January.”
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Barcelona were close to the Azpilicueta deal
Barcelona director Mateu Alemany has confirmed the club were close to agreeing a deal for Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Spaniard has now signed a new contract with the Blues, who were reluctant to let him leave this summer.
“We had an agreement with Azpilicueta on personal terms but Chelsea didn’t want to sell him,” Alemany said.
“We have other options but I can’t mention any name.”
Rodgers on Fofana and Maddison
Chelsea are ready to step up their bid to sign Wesley Fofana, which is expected to reach £80 million, but Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says him, and the likes of James Maddison, are not for sale.
“These players are not for sale,” he told reporters.
“These are very important players to us. We’re in a situation where we need to move some players out but that doesn’t mean getting rid of anyone & everyone and especially not our best assets.”
Erik ten Hag was coy about Cristiano Ronaldo’s availability for Manchester United’s season opener but reiterated that the wanted striker is part of his plans for the new season.
The 37-year-old is keen to leave Old Trafford again after just a year back at the club he won trophies galore with during his first spell.
Ronaldo missed the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to a family issue, playing his first 45 minutes ahead of the new campaign in United’s final warm-up friendly against Rayo Vallecano last Sunday.
When asked if the Portuguese will play in the Premier League opener against Brighton, Ten Hag said: “We will see Sunday.”
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Chelsea keeping tabs on Vardy
Manchester United and Chelsea are both keeping tabs on Jamie Vardy.
According to 90min, the striker is of interest to both clubs with the view of a possible cut-price move as the 35-year-old is in the final year of his Leicester contract.
Leicester will be reluctant to let another of their key players leave with Wesley Fofana of interest to Chelsea and both James Maddison and Youri Tielemans courted by others.
Howe signs new contract
Well, this came out of nowhere! Newcastle, who have barely signed anyone this summer, have handed manager Eddie Howe a new contract just six months into his tenure.
Chelsea now favorites to sign De Jong
It’s day 96 of Manchester United’s pursuit of De Jong, and now they aren’t even his most likely destination anymore. Shambles.
Here’s what the bookies are now saying…
- Chelsea – 11/10
- Manchester United – 2/1
- To stay at Barcelona – 5/2
- Bayern Munich – 25/1
- Manchester City – 33/1
Chelsea and United battle for Dumfries
Manchester United and Chelsea remain in a battle to sign Denzel Dumfries, according to reports.
Calciomercato claim Inter are willing to cash in to the tune of £34 million as they need to satisfy FFP rules.
Dumfries has only been at the club for a year but could now be set for pastures new, with Gazzetta dello Sport confirming the two clubs are still interested.
Potter on Colwill signing
Brighton have signed Levi Colwill on loan for the season.
The head coach said: “Levi has enormous potential and has already shown his ability last season in the Championship and with England at various age group levels up to under-21s.
“I am really looking forward to working with him on the training pitch, and in matches over the course of the season.
“He plays mostly at centre-back, but has also played on the left as a full-back, and he is a player who is comfortable on the ball.”