Transfer news LIVE: Dembele ‘chooses’ Chelsea; Rashford to Tottenham; Liverpool bid for Nunez; De Jong latest

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The summer transfer window is almost open for business, with Chelsea reportedly the front-runners in the race to sign Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele as they also rival Arsenal for Gabriel Jesus as a potential Romelu Lukaku replacement.

Tottenham have seen an approach for Marcus Rashford rebuffed by Manchester United, who want to sign Dutch duo Frenkie de Jong and Jurrien Timber.

United are also in talks over Darwin Nunez, but could be beaten to that particular deal by rivals Liverpool, who are said to be preparing an opening offer for the Benfica striker.

Italy defender Alessandro Bastoni looks to be staying at Inter Milan, who are pushing hard to secure Lukaku’s return, while Bayern Munich have failed with a second bid for Sadio Mane.

Meanwhile, Bukayo Saka looks to be staying at Arsenal despite interest from Liverpool and Manchester City.

Check out the latest transfer news LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below!

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Saka drops fresh hint over Arsenal future

Has Bukayo Saka dropped a huge new hint that he will be staying at Arsenal next season?

Doubts over the England winger’s Emirates future have circulated as he enters the final two years of his contract.

Liverpool and Manchester City are both known to hold an interest in Saka, who retained Arsenal’s Player of the Season award earlier today – becoming the first player to do so since Thierry Henry in 2004.

In a video thanking fans for voting for him again this term, the 20-year-old said: “See you next season”.

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De Jong to Man United update

Is Frenkie de Jong on his way to Manchester United?

Erik ten Hag is keen to make the Barcelona midfielder and Dutch team-mate Jurrien Timber among his first signings at Old Trafford this summer.

United are known to have been in talks over De Jong for some time now as fans wait with baited breath for fresh updates.

The Daily Express cites a new report suggesting that the 25-year-old is the only Barca player to have completely emptied their locker at Camp Nou.

A sign that a deal is imminent?

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Liverpool prepare Darwin Nunez bid

Liverpool appear to be pressing ahead with their attempts to sign Darwin Nunez.

The Reds are targeting Benfica’s Uruguayan marksman as a replacement for Sadio Mane, who himself is being pursued by Bayern Munich as a successor to the wantaway Robert Lewandowski.

However, Liverpool face competition from several other top European clubs in the race for Nunez, including Manchester United.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool are preparing an opening, verbal bid for the 22-year-old that could be worth around € 80m.

However, the transfer guru adds that United are also in talks with Nunez’s camp, with both rivals having made it clear that they will not be dragged into a bidding war.

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Dembele ‘chooses’ Chelsea move

Chelsea are reportedly the front-runners to sign Ousmane Dembele this summer.

Dembele looks poised to leave Barcelona after all when his contract expires, despite a late-season renaissance under Xavi suggesting that his future may still lie at Camp Nou.

The French attacker certainly does not appear short on options as he weighs up his next move, though Le10 Sport claim that he has settled on a move to Stamford Bridge.

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Tottenham fail with Rashford approach

Speaking of Manchester United and Tottenham, it appears that Marcus Rashford will not be moving between those Premier League rivals.

Italian super-agent Roberto De Fanti recently revealed that Spurs had held discussions with the England forward’s camp following a hugely disappointing season at Old Trafford in which he scored just five goals in 32 appearances across all competitions under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.

Multiple clubs in Italy and Spain were also said to have made inquiries over Rashford’s availability.

According to The Times, Tottenham’s attempts to sign Rashford have been quickly rebuffed by United, who no doubt want new boss Erik ten Hag to properly assess his situation.

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Tottenham and Man United dealt Bastoni blow

It looks like bad news for Tottenham in their pursuit of top defensive target Alessandro Bastoni.

Spurs were known to be targeting a deal for the Italy center-back, having already convinced his Inter team-mate Ivan Perisic to swap Milan for north London this summer on a two-year contract.

Manchester United are also interested in Bastoni, though agent Tulio Tinti insists he will not be departing the San Siro, where he remains under contract until June 2024.

“Bastoni will stay at Inter for sure,” Tinti said. “He has a contract and he’s happy with Inter.”

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Done deal! Newcastle announce Targett return

The confirmed transfers are coming thick and fast in the Premier League this afternoon!

Newcastle have now announced the return of Matt Targett from Aston Villa on a permanent deal worth around £ 12m.

The 26-year-old left-back spent the second half of last season on loan at St James’ Park, making 16 appearances during the Eddie Howe-led revival and clearly impressing the former Bournemouth boss.

Targett has penned a four-year contract on Tyneside, becoming Newcastle’s first signing of what is sure to be a busy summer window under their new owners.

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Done deal! Leeds to sign Kristensen

Leeds have clinched a deal to sign Rasmus Kristensen, the club have announced.

The Danish right-back, formerly of Ajax, will move to Elland Road on July 1 after a fee of around £ 10m was agreed with Austrian outfit RB Salzburg.

Kristensen has penned a five-year contract at Leeds, where he will join former Salzburg team-mate Brenden Aaronson.

Leeds struck a £ 22.2m deal for the United States winger last month, their first signing of a key summer after avoiding Premier League relegation on the final day of the season.

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Takumi Minamino: Liverpool want £ 17m for Japanese international

BBC Sport claim Takumi Minamino is attracting interest from home and abroad.

Monaco are said to have joined Leeds, Fulham, Wolves and Southampton in the race to sign the Liverpool man, who rarely gets a game when Jurgen Klopp has a fully fit squad from which to choose.

Despite his lack of game time, however, Liverpool will reportedly demand up to £ 17m for the player.

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Tottenham transfer latest: Alessandro Bastoni’s agent in Inter Milan meeting

Fabrizio Romano claims Alessandro Bastoni’s agent is to hold a meeting with Inter Milan top brass.

Indeed, it is understood they are still waiting to know if Tottenham will launch a bid to sign the defender, or move on to other targets.

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