Transfer news LIVE: Richarlison to Chelsea FC; Liverpool in Nunez talks; Man City to make Phillips bid

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We are now just one day away from the summer transfer window opening for business as clubs jostle to get those key early deals over the line. Richarlison could snub Arsenal for London rivals Chelsea, who are also being linked with Lautaro Martinez and Ousmane Dembele as Inter Milan seek a return for Romelu Lukaku.

Liverpool remain locked in talks over Darwin Nunez, who could become the club’s record signing after a fine season at Benfica. Manchester United also want the Uruguayans, though Frenkie de Jong remains their top target during the early stages of Erik ten Hag’s rebuild.

United are also believed to be battling Chelsea for the signing of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahima Sangare. Elsewhere, Manchester City are set to bid for Calvin Phillips when the Leeds star returns from England duty as they look to replace departing club captain Fernandinho.

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

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Chelsea and Man United in Sangare battle

Chelsea and Manchester United could go head to head in a battle to sign Ibrahim Sangare.

Liverpool and Newcastle have also been linked with the PSV Eindoven midfielder, who has impressed in the Eredivisie since moving from Toulouse.

Sky Sports report that Chelsea and United are both interested in Sangare, who wants to move to the Premier League despite being under contract at PSV for three more seasons.

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Man City set to make Phillips bid

Leeds are braced for more interest from Manchester City in Kalvin Phillips.

Pep Guardiola is targeting the England midfielder as part of a summer recruitment drive at the Etihad that has already secured the signing of Erling Haaland, with a replacement for departing club captain Fernandinho next on the list.

According to the Daily Mail, City will officially approach Leeds over Phillips when the latter returns from Nations League duty with England next week.

The 26-year-old – who has also been linked with Liverpool – is said to be valued at around £ 60m.

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Liverpool hopeful over Darwin Nunez deal

The latest on the Darwin Nunez to Liverpool front now.

There are multiple reports circulating on this hot topic tonight, as you can imagine, each claiming that the potential deal is at different stages.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool are increasingly hopeful of beating the likes of Manchester United and Atletico Madrid in the race for the prolific Benfica striker.

However, the Reds will not pay the full asking price of £ 85.5m, despite Nunez indicating a preference for Anfield and apparently being offered a five-year contract.

Instead, it is being suggested that a structured deal is more likely, involving .4 68.4m up front and a further £ 17.1m in add-ons.

Benfica owe 20 per cent of the transfer fee to Nunez’s former club Almeria in Spain.

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Richarlison to snub Arsenal for Chelsea?

Richarlison is set to snub Arsenal in favor of a move to London rivals Chelsea, Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain.

That is according to the latest reports from The Sun, which claim that the Brazilian has now informed Everton of his wish to depart Goodison Park this summer.

Former Watford star Richarlison, who is under contract on Merseyside until 2024, is said to be valued by his current club at around the £ 65m mark.

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Bale to Getafe links quashed

It looks like Gareth Bale won’t be joining Getafe after all!

Earlier today, the Spanish club’s president Angel Torres, speaking at a kit launch, insisted that they had been offered the chance to sign the Welsh star, who is a free agent after leaving nearby Real Madrid and will not retire after Wales qualified for the World Cup in Qatar.

“People might take it as a joke but about 45, 50 minutes ago, I spoke to his representative and they have offered him to us,” Torres said.

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However, such a claim has been met with bemusement by one of Bale’s agents, Joshua Barnett, who told Fabrizio Romano: “I do not even have the president of Getafe’s number.”

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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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