Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea continue to be major players in the summer transfer window. Arsenal continue to fight Manchester United for Lisandro Martinez and are eyeing a cut-price deal for Alex Grimaldo having been linked with Aaron Hickey to bolster their left-back options. Gabriel Jesus is also set to be announced as an Arsenal player any day now.
Over in west London, Chelsea are eyeing their first mega deal since the club’s takeover and a battle is brewing with Barcelona over Raphinha amid the Blues’ push to sign Raheem Sterling, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.
Tottenham hope to unveil Clement Lenglet soon as he flies into the capital to undergo his medical today to follow Richarlison through the door as Antonio Conte’s push for a Champions League-capable squad includes a move for Jesse Lingard. Stay tuned for all the latest transfer news and rumours!
Martinez WILL accept Arsenal amid Man United fight
Lisandro Martinez has told Ajax he wants to leave for a Premier League club this summer.
The Mail reports on the defender’s wish to sign for either Arsenal or Manchester United, who have both bid for his services.
Ajax want £43m amid bids of £38m, with the 24-year-old happy to sign for either club but interested in linking up again with Erik ten Hag, having reportedly discussed the switch with the new United manager.
Barcelona ‘agree fee’ for Raphina
Barcelona have agreed to pay £51m for Raphinha, according to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero.
It is claimed that Leeds are on the verge of accepting the Catalans’ offer after the winger made his desire to join the Camp Nou club clear.
Chelsea had offered in the region of £60m for the player with other reports suggesting Barcelona are not quite so far down the line in this deal.
Both clubs are said to have agreed personal terms as the LaLiga giants look to find the cash to afford Raphinha’s fee.
Barcelona have given Clement Lenglet permission not to turn up for the start of their pre-season training on Monday.
Mundo Deportivo add to the reports of the player flying to London shortly to complete his medical, although he has not been spotted at any airport yet…
Tottenham will pay £4m for Lenglet’s loan spell with an as-yet unspecified purchase option inserted in the deal.
Done deal! Henderson joins Nottingham Forest
Chelsea mull over De Ligt fee
Juventus are awaiting Chelsea’s decision on a possible £95 million move for Matthijs de Ligt.
The Blues have been informed of the Dutch defender’s price tag according to Tuttosport as Juve eye alternative options to replace De Ligt.
Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli, also linked with Chelsea, is the favored option.
Arsenal in talks over Onana
Amadou Onana has held talks with Arsenal over a summer move.
Journalist Sacha Tavolieri has claimed that the Gunners are one of several teams tracking the Lille midfielder, with other capital clubs interested.
The 20-year-old Belgian was a breakout start for Lille last season, playing 41 times.
Man United make fresh Martinez bid
Arsenal’s fight for Lisandro Martinez has escalated with a fresh Manchester United bid for the Ajax defender.
After the Gunners saw a second offer of £34m rejected, the Red Devils have bid £39.6m according to the Mirror.
That is made up of around £35m up-front and the rest in add-ons. The ball is in Ajax’s court as they look to hold onto Martinez, or at least make a big profit on his sale.
Chelsea set to sign Sterling
Raheem Sterling is on the verge of a £45m move from Manchester City to Chelsea.
The Mail report on the winger agreeing a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge with the transfer potentially completed by the end of the coming week.
Positive talks between Sterling and coach Thomas Tuchel are described as key to his decision, with Chelsea also eyeing Nathan Ake and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Raphinha to Chelsea latest
Barcelona are only able to bid around £45 million for Raphinha as they fight Chelsea for the Brazilian winger.
Sport report on the player and his agent, Deco, informing Leeds of their desire to sign for the Spanish giants.
That is despite a £60m offer from Chelsea amid claims they have agreed personal terms with Raphinha.
Barcelona reportedly fear that Leeds will call an end to the bidding war at any moment, handing Chelsea the victory unless they can raise more funds soon.
Grimaldo on Arsenal’s radar
Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo could become Mikel Arteta’s new left-back after Arsenal considered a bid for the Spaniard.
Aaron Hickey has been a target for the Gunners, who are reportedly open to selling Nuno Tavares, and now Portuguese outlet Record has named Grimaldo as a cut-price option.
A row with Benfica has led to the 26-year-old becoming available for only £7m, with his contract also expiring next year.
Furthermore, Grimaldo is said to share an agency with Arteta… Watch this space!