Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham continue to feature heavily in this summer’s busy window. Raheem Sterling has confirmed his Manchester City exit as Chelsea prepare to officially announce the England forward’s arrival as the first major men’s first-team signing of the new era, while they are also closing in on a deal to sign Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are another of London’s elite to have lost out on the signing of Raphinha now Barcelona have confirmed an agreement to sign the Brazilian, although the Gunners could instead move for his compatriot. Indeed, they are said to have held talks regarding Lyon star Lucas Paqueta over a potential swoop.
Spurs have been the busiest of the three capital clubs and could continue to spend. Antonio Conte still wants to sign Djed Spence this summer and there have been suggestions the club are also on the hunt for a “luxury” player. Follow all the latest news, rumors and gossip in our LIVE blog below!
Who is Cheick Doucoure? The £22m Crystal Palace man who ‘nobody can replace’
On Monday, Crystal Palace completed their first major outfield signing of the summer as midfielder Cheick Doucoure arrived from French side Lens in a deal that could reach up to £22m.
Here’s all you need to know about the new signing…
Chelsea consider THIRD defensive signing ahead of £78m swoop
Chelsea are looking at strengthening their defensive options with a third new centre-back, as they close in on moves for Kalidou Koulibaly and Nathan Ake, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The Blues are in advanced talks over a £33 million deal to sign Koulibaly from Napoli and have agreed terms with Ake ahead of his proposed £45m switch from Manchester City.
Chelsea, who are set to announce the £47.5m signing of Raheem Sterling, need to rebuild their defense after losing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
They could also go into the new season without Cesar Azpilicueta, who has agreed terms on a two-year deal to join Barcelona and is waiting for the Catalan club to stump up a £7m transfer fee to sign him.
You can read the full story here!
Frenkie De Jong: Manchester United and Chelsea target does not want to leave Barcelona
This one is dragging on a bit, isn’t it?
Heavily linked with both Manchester United and Chelsea, Spanish outlet Sport claims Frenkie De Jong has told Barcelona staff and teammates he simply does not want to leave the club.
Lisandro Martinez: Manchester United in meeting with Ajax target
Arsenal are all-but certain to miss out on another big summer target…
Chelsea in advanced talks to sign Kalidou Koulibaly and Nathan Ake
It’s busy at Chelsea.
With Raheem Sterling confirming his move, attention now turns to strengthening the defense.
Standard Sport understands the Blues are in advanced talks with Napoli over a move for a £33m deal for Kalidou Koulibaly, while the club have also agreed personal terms with Nathan Ake ahead of a £45m return from Manchester City.
Raphinha: Barcelona confirm deal for Leeds star
Barcelona have reached an agreement in principle to sign Brazilian winger Raphinha from Premier League side Leeds United, both clubs announced on Wednesday.
Financial details were not disclosed but Spanish media reported that Barcelona will pay 58 million euros ($58.33 million) in a fee that could go up to 68 million with the agreed add-ons.
“FC Barcelona and Leeds United Football Club have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Raphael Dias Belloli, Raphinha, pending the player passing his medical,” Barcelona said in a statement.
Tottenham wants ‘luxury’ player
Tottenham have already been busy in the summer transfer window as they continue to chase a deal for Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence.
Now, a transfer insider has revealed the club are on the lookout for a “luxury player.”
“I’ve been told to look out for Tottenham signing a luxury player towards the back end of the window,” revealed Dean Jones.
“They’re getting their main business done now, but Tottenham always go into the window in that last 10 days, that last week, because they just love to be involved in that and see if they can get one more that boosts morale, and that’s the sort of thing that might happen this summer as well.”
Arsenal talking talks with Lucas Paqueta
Accoring to CBS Sports, Arsenal have sent the feelers out regarding a potential move for Lyon’s Brazilian star Lucas Paqueta.
The forward is believed to be a target and, given Lyon’s tendency to hold out for big fees, decision-makers at the Emirates Stadium are reportedly trying to figure out if the Brazil international is indeed keen on a move.
Raheem Sterling confirms Chelsea move
Raheem Sterling has bid an emotional farewell to Manchester City supporters as the England forward prepares to join Chelsea.
The 27-year-old will become the first major men’s first-team signing of the club’s new era following the takeover from the consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital and has jetted out to America to join their pre-season tour.
You can read Sterling’s message in full here.
Lampard rules out Gordon exit
As expected, Everton will not be selling Anthony Gordon this summer amid interest from Tottenham and Newcastle.