Transfer news LIVE! Chelsea FC prepare ‘imminent’ De Jong bid; Tielemans to Arsenal; Tottenham want Maddison; gossip
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all out to bag major deals in the final month of the transfer window. Having all secured some big-name players already, the likes of Youri Tielemans, Denzel Dumfries and James Maddison remain hot on the tongues of the capital clubs’ fans.
All three teams are looking at Leicester for potential market inspiration with Wesley Fofana a Chelsea target as Thomas Tuchel looks to sort his defence after a number of setbacks. Josko Gvardiol, Milan Skriniar, Benjamin Pavard and Inter wing-back Dumfries are also on the Blues’ radar, while reports suggest they will make a big-money move for Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong.
In north London, Foxes playmaker Tielemans, Lucas Paqueta and young PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo remain of interest to Mikel Arteta amid talk of a bid for Arthur Melo. Tottenham, meanwhile, are linked to Maddison and Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo. Stay tuned with Standard Sport for all the latest transfer news and rumours!
Chelsea to submit official offer for De Jong
Chelsea and Barcelona continue to play a crucial role in each other’s transfer windows.
Barcelona have already brought in Blues targets Raphinha and Jules Kounde this summer, but Chelsea could get the last laugh.
Sport claim that the Blues are expected to imminently submit a former offer for Frenkie de Jong, who has been linked with Manchester United all summer. It’s believed they will match United’s agreed fee of £71million.
Reports in Spain suggest De Jong is more open to a move to Chelsea, while the Blues are willing to let Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta go to Barcelona should they get the Dutch midfielder.
Balogun set for Reims move
Folarin Balogun is on the verge of completing a move to Ligue 1 side Reims.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who reports that the Arsenal strike is set to join Reims on a season-long loan deal.
Balogun spent the second-half of last season on loan at Middlesbrough, scoring three times.
Chelsea block Sarr exit
Fulham have made bids for Chelsea’s Malang Sarr and West Ham’s Issa Diop as they bid to strengthen their defence before the start of the new season, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
But Chelsea have blocked a move for Sarr until they sign a new centre-back themselves, and West Ham are reluctant to lose Diop because summer signing Nayef Aguerd is injured.
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Fabregas set for Como unveiling
Cesc Fabregas is today set to be unveiled as a Como player.
The Serie B team, located on the idyllic Italian lake that shares its name, have reportedly agreed a two-year deal with the 35-year-old.
Ampadu still wanted in Italy
Spezia are awaiting a response to their offer of a loan deal for Ethan Ampadu.
Chelsea are battling to sign new defenders this summer after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left on free transfers, which has opened up the path to game time for Ampadu.
The Wales international has not been given a squad number by the Blues, however.
Kepa set for Napoli loan spell
Napoli want to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga by Tuesday, according to reports in Italy.
La Repubblica report on the final details of the Spanish goalkeeper’s loan switch to the Partenopei being sorted as we speak.
Kepa is said to have already greeted his new teammates ahead of his journey to Campania.
Pavard snubs Chelsea
Chelsea have missed out on the signing of Benjamin Pavard.
According to L’Equipe, the French defender has decided to stay at Bayern Munich while under contract in Germany to 2024.
Bayern were reportedly ready to sell Pavard for around £30m.
Arsenal touted for David bid
In “sure-thing” transfer news, Jonathan David has sparked intrigue among Arsenal fans by liking a pair of official club Instagram posts.
Fabrizio Romano claims the Canadian striker will cost £42m from Lille this summer.
Liverpool have also previously been linked with David.
Slonina nears Chelsea switch
Chelsea are set to complete the £12million signing of wonderkid goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire, writes Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella.
The 18-year-old was given the go-ahead to fly to London, complete a medical and sign the paperwork over the weekend.
The Blues fended off rival approaches from Real Madrid and Wolves, and will send then goalkeeper back to Chicago on loan to complete a sensational breakthrough season in the MLS.
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Gunners must sell before they can buy
Arsenal will need to sell two of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Pablo Mari before they can sign Youri Tielemans.
Football.London note that the Gunners squad quota of overseas players is currently oversubscribed, and thus Mikel Arteta must thin out his playing staff before making signings.
Leno is wanted by Fulham with Serie A clubs chasing both Torreira and Mari.
CBS Sports claim Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Tielemans, who is out of contract next summer at Leicester.