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On the eve of the new Premier League season, several clubs are still hoping to get another deal or two over the line in time for their opening weekend squad, although several sagas look set to drag on into the final weeks of the transfer window. One of those is Frenkie de Jong, with the Barcelona midfielder seemingly preferring a move to Chelsea over Manchester United, but not keen to give up the salary owed to him by his current club. The Catalan and west London club could be doing further business too, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso linked with a switch to the Camp Nou, while Xavi Hernandez hopes to have Man City star Bernardo Silva as the replacement for De Jong if all goes to plan .

Chelsea, meanwhile, are trying to land at least two more players for their defensive ranks too – but Brighton released a stern statement rejecting reports that Marc Cucurella was all but sold to the Blues, despite claims that personal terms were agreed for the left-sided player. Wesley Fofana remains an option if Leicester are open to sell, while new reports claim Thomas Tuchel wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere, Newcastle United are still hoping to sign James Maddison, Manchester United are keen on Serginio Dest, fellow Barca backup Neto could be heading to Bournemouth and Nicolo Zaniolo is still high on Tottenham’s list of priorities, if they can offload fringe players.

Follow all the latest transfer news, rumors and updates below.

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Manchester United loan Alex Telles to Sevilla

Manchester United left-back Alex Telles has completed a season-long loan switch to Sevilla.

The 29-year-old joined the Old Trafford giants from Porto in October 2020 and made 50 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils.

Telles has mostly played back-up to Luke Shaw and was pushed further down the pecking order by the summer arrival of Feyenoord’s Tyrell Malacia.

Brandon Williams has also returned to the club after spending last season at Norwich and Telles has joined Sevilla on loan for the 2022-23 campaign.

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Fulham move for Justin Kluivert

Rumors in Italy are linking promoted side Fulham with a £7m deal for Justin Kluivert.

The former Ajax teenage prodigy has struggled for consistency since leaving the Eredivisie, having spells with Roma, Leipzig and Nice, while Torino have also been interested this summer.

Fulham want to add more pace and firepower in the attack, with Marco Silva saying far greater numbers are needed in the squad overall.

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Arsenal set to miss out on midfielder Arthur Melo

Arsenal have been linked with Arthur Melo for some time but it appears they will miss out on the Brazilian.

Valencia are now favorites to land the Juventus man, who is set for a switch after falling out of favor in Italy.

Juventus might then look to land Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as a replacement, although Leandro Paredes is also a target.

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Mikel Arteta backs Gabriel Jesus to be a hit at Arsenal amid pre-season excitement

Mikel Arteta has backed the contagious mentality of Gabriel Jesus to help Arsenal have a successful season.

“When you bring top players from top clubs and they’ve been extremely successful over the years, there is expectation,” said Arteta. “The role that Gabi has here is going to be very different to the role that Gabi had in his previous club.

“That needs some adaptation and time and we are all surprised with how quickly he’s done it, but we have to share that responsibility. He’s a tremendous talent with a mentality that is so contagious and he’s going to give us a lot, but it’s a team at the end of the day.

“We are all enthusiastic. We had the pre-season we wanted, it was well organized, we had good results, good preparation and good performances. But now the ball starts to roll tomorrow evening in a completely different context and against a Premier League team and we know what to expect there.

“It’s true we have a high level of energy and ambition to have a successful season and we have to show that on the pitch tomorrow night.”

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Azpilicueta signs new Chelsea contract – reports

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has agreed a new two-year deal with the club, according to several reports tonight, putting to bed any speculation that he would leave Stamford Bridge and join Barcelona this summer.

The defender, 32, will remain part of Thomas Tuchel’s side this season and potentially beyond, if reports tonight are to be believed. Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has emerged as a key figure in the talks after refusing to let the Spaniard leave the club.

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Spurs in talks for Udogie

Tottenham have opened talks with Udinese over Italian left-back Destiny Udogie.

Reports in Italy say the expectation is for a loan initially, with an option to buy for Spurs, as Antonio Conte continues to rebuild his squad.

Udogie comes personally recommended by the boss, who is also open to immediately signing the defender and then loaning him back to Serie A for another campaign with Udinese.

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Tottenham still a long way off competing for the Premier League title, Antonio Conte claims

Antonio Conte believes Tottenham Hotspur are moving in the right direction after a busy summer transfer window but warned they cannot yet focus on closing the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool.

“I think we’re going in the right direction but you know very well you need to have a bit of patience,” Conte said. “We know that in England it is difficult to fight to win but we want to try to be competitive, to try to improve on last season and this is our target. If you ask me about City or Liverpool, my answer is we are talking about two of the best clubs in the world that are working with the same coaches for seven years.

“Now they are in my opinion in a position that is very difficult for the others to close the gap but we have to do this. Also because (to catch) a City and Liverpool, you have to spend £100 million for six players, they go and spend that for one player or two players £100 million and this is the difference.

“You have to run behind and they stay in front of you but you know very well they deserve to stay there because they work very well to have the same coach and to back the coach, Klopp, Guardiola and (Thomas) Tuchel and they deserve this.

“To become a strong team you need to have stability and a vision. The idea has to be very clear and then you will see you go step by step and try to reduce this gap.”

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Chelsea will not want to sell Azpilicueta to Barcelona

The Times are reporting that Barcelona might not get one of their many transfer targets this summer – not because they cannot finance the deals, but simply because Chelsea don’t want to sell.

Cesar Azpilicueta has a year left on his deal and was expected to depart back to Spain, but Todd Boehly has seemingly told the club captain that with so much change at Stamford Bridge, he can’t afford to offload one of his most experienced leaders.

That could have a knock-on effect with Man United having been keen to sign Serginio Dest according to reports recently.

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Alex Telles joins Sevilla on loan from Man United

Done deal! Sevilla have confirmed the arrival of Alex Telles, with the left-back signing on loan from Manchester United.

The Brazilian was unable to really establish himself as a starter for the Red Devils and was third in line for the position this term.

He’s now at the Sanchez Pizjuan for the 22/23 season and there’s not expected to be any buy option included in the switch.

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Wolves in talks over striker Hwang Ui-Jo

Bordeaux and Wolves are in talks over South Korean striker Hwang Ui-Jo, with the Premier League club hoping to land him in the next week.

The 29-year-old is seen as a good option to fill the void left by Raul Jimenez’s injury, after the French club were relegated to Ligue 2 for this year.

Hwang has 47 caps for the national team, the same as Wolves’ own South Korean forward, Hwang Hee-chan.

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