Transfer news LIVE! Ronaldo to Chelsea update; Arsenal still want Tielemans; Tottenham latest; gossip, rumours
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are among the biggest players in the summer transfer window. The Blues remain linked with Cristiano Ronaldo while also agreeing Raheem Sterling’s move to Stamford Bridge. That will see him become the club’s highest-paid player, while they continue to work on deals for Matthijs de Ligt, Raphina and have now been linked with Frenkie de Jong.
The Gunners, meanwhile, continue to be interested in Youri Tielemans and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez is another key target though Manchester United are pushing hard to sign the Argentine.
Spurs are working on deals for Djed Spence and Clement Lenglet as Antonio Conte wants fifth and sixth signings in place before the squad fly out to their pre-season tour of South Korea, with a loan move for Lenglet close to completion. Follow all of the latest news, gossip and rumours in our LIVE blog below!
ICYMI: Lenglet set to be announced
Tottenham are close to completing the signing of Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan deal.
Spurs hope Lenglet will complete a medical in the next 24 hours and sign in time to join the squad on the pre-season tour of South Korea, for which they leave on Saturday evening.
Head coach Antonio Conte made signing a left-sided centre-back a priority at the start of the summer but they were frustrated in their attempts to sign Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni, who was reluctant to leave the Serie A club.
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ICYMI: Raphinha to Chelsea latest
Chelsea remain favourites to sign Raphinha with Leeds still waiting on an offer from Barcelona.
The Blues have seen a £55million bid accepted for the 25-year-old, but the player prefers a move to Barcelona and has told the Spanish giants he will wait for a move there, having already snubbed Arsenal and Tottenham.
However, with a suitable offer yet to materialise from Barcelona, Standard Sport understands a decision on Raphinha’s future is expected within 24 hours.
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Gabriel Jesus discusses Arsenal move
Gabriel Jesus signed for Arsenal to play an integral role in the “project” of rebuilding the club as a force that can challenge for trophies.
The Brazilian striker left Premier League champions Manchester City for the Gunners in a deal confirmed earlier this week, after being persuaded by conversations with technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta.
He told Goal: “In my life, I’ve always liked projects. When Edu came to talk to me, I was so happy with the ideas of the club. The way they want to go, the things they want to do.”
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Ndombele set for Conte chance
PSG continue to keep an eye on Tanguy Ndombele.
The Tottenham midfielder is back at the club after a loan spell with former side Lyon.
Yet Media Foot claim Spurs will keep Ndombele through pre-season with a view to Antonio Conte giving him a chance in the team – although a loan later in the window is not ruled out.
Chelsea look at Kimpembe
Chelsea could make a bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe.
L’Equipe name the Blues as interested in the French international in their pursuit of new defenders, following the exits of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.
PSG would demand £51m after reported troubles between Kimpembe and new coach Christope Galtier.
Remember the name!
Edon Zhegrova may not be a name too familiar to Arsenal fans, for now…
Kosovan journalist Arlind Sadiku claims the Gunners have made a £6m bid for the Lille winger.
However, that would only match the fee Lille paid Basel for the player in January.
Spurs miss out on defender
Tottenham have missed out on Torino defender Gleison Bremer.
The Brazilian was tipped to be a major target for the club earlier in the summer, as Antonio Conte sought a new centre-back.
Now, with Clement Lenglet arriving, Bremer is reported by Corriere dello Sport to only have eyes for Inter Milan.
Chelsea-Barcelona talks come to an end
“Great meal, great food,” says Todd Boehly as he leaves talks with Barcelona officials.
Reports in Spain claim he answered “yes” when asked if Chelsea had reached an agreement with the LaLiga giants on their discussions.
As of yet, we don’t know exactly what those talks were over…
Leeds sign potential Raphinha replacement
Leeds have signed Colombian winger Luis Sinisterra, who could be a replacement for Raphinha.
The Brazilian is set to leave Elland Road but Chelsea’s bid remains in a battle with Barcelona as the Spanish giants scrabble around to find the cash for the deal.
In the meantime, 23-year-old Sinisterra has arrived at Leeds for £25m.
Paqueta emerges as Arsenal target
Arsenal want to convince Lucas Paqueta to join the club before approaching Lyon with an official bid.
Media Foot detail Mikel Arteta’s interest in the Brazilian attacking midfielder.
And Paqueta, who is said to be happy at Lyon, will hear out Arsenal’s pitch before a potential £45m bid.