Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham continue to be among the major players in this summer’s transfer window on the eve of the new Premier League season. Chelsea have completed the signing of Carney Chukwuemeka and are now eyeing a shock swoop for ex-Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, along with being offered deals for Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay. Marc Cucurella should be wrapped up soon for a fee of £52.5million, while a new £60m bid has been made for Wesley Fofana.
Tottenham, meanwhile, appear to be doing all they can to land Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo, despite the best efforts of former boss Jose Mourinho, while Spurs are also in talks to sign Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie amid links to Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.
Over at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has dropped a fresh hint over further signings and they are believed to be working across a number of fronts amid more links to Youri Tielemans. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours in our LIVE blog below!
Azpilicueta set to stay at Chelsea
Cesar Azpilicueta will sign a new two-year contract at Chelsea after a move to Barcelona was rejected.
Marca report on the decision after the Blues requested a fee, of around £7m, way above the Blaugrana’s ability this summer.
It is claimed that Chelsea’s previous regime had agreed to let him leave this summer for free – something the Boehly-Clearlake team was not keen on.
Done deal! Alex Telles heads to Sevilla
Fulham set to sign Kluivert
Roma winger Justin Kluivert is nearing a move to Fulham.
TMW report of a £7m bid from the Cottagers being accepted, as they look to make up for lost time in the transfer market.
Torino were also interested in the Dutchman.
West Ham agree Cornet fee
Maxwel Cornet is heading to east London after a £17.5million fee was agreed between West Ham and Burnley.
The Athletic report on negotiations over a five-year contract progressing with a medical pencilled in for this evening.
Everton have also been linked with the winger.
Leicester set record-breaking price for Chelsea target Wesley Fofana
Leicester’s Wesley Fofana is the only centre-back option currently being explored by Chelsea, who have an urgent need to strengthen their defence after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left on free transfers for Real Madrid and Barcelona, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
But Leicester are asking for over £80m for Fofana. Any move at that price would make the 21-year-old the world’s most expensive central defender, surpassing the £80m paid by Manchester United to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester in 2019.
Arteta hints at more Arsenal signings before deadline
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal remain “really active” in the transfer window and are “open” to doing more business before it shuts on September 1, writes Simon Collings.
The Gunners have already splashed out over £100million on new recruits this summer, bringing in the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Arsenal have sold players too, with Bernd Leno joining Fulham for around £8m, but more could leave in the coming weeks. Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira and Pablo Mari are among those likely to go and Arteta says Arsenal are not done in the market yet.
“We are really active as you can see with incomings and outgoings,” he told reporters before Friday night’s Premier League curtain-raiser against Crystal Palace. “Everything is still open, it’s a long window, a lot has happened.
“It’s incredible how much business the clubs have done across the Premier League and it shows how competitive it is and this season is not going to stop that.
Miazga close to Chelsea exit
Chelsea defender Matt Miazga is in advanced talks to join FC Cincinnati in a transfer that would end his six-year stay in west London, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The 27-year-old has played just two senior games over his career at Stamford Bridge, which consisted of five loan spells away from the club at Vitesse, Reading, Nantes, Anderlecht and Alaves.
A return to Major League Soccer (MLS) is thought to be close for the United States international, with the pressure of an August 5 transfer deadline looming across the Atlantic.
Miazga will return home in a bid to play regular first-team football and make the US men’s national team squad for the winter World Cup in Qatar. The USMNT are in a group with England, Wales and Iran.
There remains a huge need for Chelsea to resolve the futures of many of their fringe players including Baba Rahman, Billy Gilmour, Emerson Palmieri, Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley.
Nicolo Zaniolo: Tottenham players urge Roma star to join
Nicolo Zaniolo is consistently linked with a move to Tottenham at the moment and is the one real name mentioned in gossip columns at this stage.
Indeed, the Roma star appears to have made the quite impression on some of his potential future teammates too.
According to Gazetta dello Sport, a number of Spurs players were urging Zaniolo to join them this summer during the club’s friendly defeat to Roma.
Chelsea make £60m Wesley Fofana bid
It continues to be busy at Chelsea!
While the club have largely been frustrated in their pursuits of multiple transfer targets, there has been a fresh development surrounding a certain Wesley Fofana.
Brendan Rodgers might have publicly ruled out the Frenchman’s sale but L’Equipe claim Chelsea have seen a £60m bid for the defender rejected.
The report also claims the Stamford Bridge giants are plotting another move.
Lucas Torreira to make Arsenal decision soon
Linked with a move to Galatasaray, Lucas Torreira has had a difficult time of things in trying to leave Arsenal this summer.
Having seen a move to Fiorentina break down, the player himself has even admitted it would be difficult for Boca Juniors – the team he wants to join – to pay Arsenal’s asking price.
Still, a resolution looks to be on the way.
Speaking to Haberturk TV in Turkey, Torreira’s agent Oscar Bentancourt said: “We haven’t signed with a team yet, but the best offer came from Galatasaray. We will make our decision in a short time,”