Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham remain very active as we enter the final month of the summer transfer window. Thomas Tuchel is scrambling for further signings, with Chelsea now having agreed a £52.5 million deal with Brighton for Marc Cucurella.
Chelsea are also plotting a new offer for Inter Milan starlet Cesare Casadei to go along with their imminent signing of Carney Chukwuemeka. They also seem to have hijacked Manchester United’s move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and are also battling the Red Devils for Benjamin Sesko.
Elsewhere, Tottenham have opened talks with Udinese over Italy Under-21 left-back Destiny Udogie and are rumored to have made a fresh move for Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo, although Jose Mourinho stands in their way.
Arsenal remain keen on Youri Tielemans and could use the money recovered from several player exits to finally end a deal for the Leicester midfielder this month. Meanwhile, the Gunners have sanctioned the loan departures of Charlie Patino and Folarin Balogun. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip with our live blog below!
Chelsea included a £50m buy-back clause in the Colwill sale
Chelsea defender Levi Colwill is on the verge of joining Brighton, Nizaar Kinsella reports.
The fee for Colwill is thought to be around £25m with a buy-back clause set at approximately £50m, with the final details still being thrashed out. Chelsea were reluctant to let him go permanently so negotiated the clause.
Brighton are now set to beat Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leicester in the race for the 19-year-old academy graduate, who spent last season on loan in the Championship at Huddersfield.
Chelsea wrap up Cucurella deal
Here it is Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella on that Chelsea agreement for Marc Cucurella…
Chelsea have completed the £52.5 million signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton, pending a medical.
The Blues have agreed a fixed fee with no add-ons and a contract until 2028 for the left-sided defender and Spanish international.
It follows Manchester City walking away from protracted talks over Cucurella after seeing their £40m offer turned down to work on other potential targets.
Thomas Tuchel has long been an admirer of the wing-back, who has been scouted and of interest to Chelsea since before the German was appointed as manager.
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Done deal! Patino joins Blackpool on loan
Blackpool have now announced the signing of Arsenal wonderkid Charlie Patino.
The highly-rated Hale End graduate will spend the 2022/23 season on loan at Bloomfield Road, having impressed Mikel Arteta during pre-season.
Patino made two senior appearances for Arsenal in the cup competitions last term, scoring on his first-team debut against Sunderland.
He will now get to test himself in senior football week in, week out in the Championship, where Blackpool got off to a winning start against Reading on the opening weekend.
“This is a great opportunity for me, and I think I’m ready to take this on. It’s the next step of my career and I’m really excited to get going,” said Patino.
“I spoke to Danny Ballard and Dujon Sterling before coming to the Club and they were full of praise and said it’s an amazing place to be where everyone is welcome.
“They also mentioned the fans, the Tangerine Army, who are always on their feet at home and away games. I’m just buzzing to play in front of them and show them what I’m about.”
Chelsea agree £52.5m Cucurella deal
Chelsea have now agreed a deal with Brighton for Marc Cucurella.
That news comes courtesy of Fabrizio Romano, who says the Seagulls have accepted a bid worth £52.5m for the versatile Spanish full-back.
Cucurella will sign a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge, having already agreed personal terms earlier this week. He is due in London to undergo a medical on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Levi Colwill’s permanent switch from Chelsea to Brighton in a separate deal is still being discussed.
Tottenham bid £20.9m for Destiny Udogie
A little bit more information has emerged on Tottenham’s move for Destiny Udogie.
According to Sky Italia, Spurs have lodged a bid with Udinese worth around €25m (£20.9m) including bonuses.
Antonio Conte is said to view Udogie as a talent for the future and, as we mentioned, is willing to let him stay in Serie A on loan for the season.
The 19-year-old only joined Udinese on a permanent transfer last summer, having impressed on loan from Hellas Verona.
Done deal! Schmeichel leaves Leicester after 11 years
The end of an era at Leicester, who have now confirmed the departure of goalkeeper stalwart and club captain Kasper Schmeichel.
The veteran Danish international has joined French club Nice in a deal believed to be worth £1m, penning a three-year contract.
Schmeichel spent 11 years in total at Leicester after joining from Leeds in 2011, making nearly 500 appearances across all competitions and lifting four trophies – including the Premier League title in 2015/16 and the 2020/21 FA Cup.
A true Foxes legend!
Tottenham open talks over Udogie
Tottenham have reportedly opened talks over a deal for Udinese defender Destiny Udogie.
Fabrizio Romano reports that negotiations between the clubs are at an early stage, with plenty of interest mounting in the teenage Italy Under-21 international.
He suggests that Tottenham could be willing to sign left-back Udogie now and then loan him back to Udinese for the 2022/23 campaign.
Manchester City have also been linked with the 19-year-old in recent days.
Telles set for Sevilla medical
One player on his way out of Manchester United is Alex Telles.
Widespread reports confirm that the Brazilian full-back is on his way to Spain to conduct a medical with Sevilla.
Telles will join the LaLiga outfit on loan for the 2022/23 campaign, with Sevilla paying €2m of his salary.
The deal does not include an option to buy on a permanent deal.
Chelsea hijack Man United move for De Jong
Chelsea are just a little bit busy at the moment aren’t they?
Not merely content with rivaling Manchester United for Benjamin Sesko, they may also have hijacked their long-awaited deal for Frenkie de Jong.
Per The Times, Chelsea are now frontrunners in the race to land Barcelona’s versatile Dutch midfielder before the transfer deadline.
They report that De Jong wants to move to London and play in the Champions League, with his agent due to meet Barcelona today.
Chelsea would have to pay a fee of around £71m for the 25-year-old.
Chelsea await Brighton answer on Cucurella bid
Chelsea are still waiting for Brighton to make up their minds about Marc Cucurella.
That is for Fabrizio Romano, who says that a £50m offer submitted last night for the Spanish left-back remains on the table.
Cucurella is said to fancy the move to Chelsea and has already struck an agreement on personal terms.
Brighton also want to sign Levi Colwill on a permanent transfer, although that is a separate deal.