Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to press for major new signings as the transfer window heats up with the new Premier League season less than a week away. Chelsea are on the hunt for new defenders, with Josko Gvardiol and Wesley Fofana top of Thomas Tuchel’s list after missing Jules Kounde at Barcelona. Milan Skriniar and Benjamin Pavard are also interesting.
Arsenal continue to be linked with Yourri Tielemans as they push to sign a player and James Maddison remains of interest, with Mikel Arteta hinting at other signings. Nuno Tavares has joined Marseille on loan.
Tottenham are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo, with the final pre-season friendly against Roma in Israel providing the perfect opportunity for Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici to strike a deal for the Italy international. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip with Standard Sport’s live blog below!
Xavi releases De Jong update
Barcelona coach Xavi is unsure if Frenkie de Jong will be at the club after the transfer window ends.
He said last night, “I don’t know if he’s [De Jong] will stay here. There is still time and many things can still happen.
“At the moment he is part of the team, like everyone else. The fact that he played as a centre-back in the other games was not a sign that he was leaving.
“I don’t need to send signals on the pitch. I can speak directly with my footballers.”
West Ham face competition from Kostic
West Ham are facing competition from Juventus to sign Filip Kostic.
The Hammers want to sign the left-back, who can also play in midfield, and made a bid worth around £11m last week.
Eintracht Frankfurt want around £17m to consider selling the 29-year-old, and Juventus are now showing interest.
PSG now want Fofana
Chelsea’s hunt for a new centre-back has taken another turn with Paris Saint-Germain now interested in Wesley Fofana.
According to reports in France, Leicester centre-back Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard.
It’s hot as we head into August.
Chelsea prepare Gvardiol swap offer
Chelsea are trying to complete a swap deal with RB Leipzig for Josko Gvardiol which includes cash and Timo Werner.
The defender is at the top of Thomas Tuchel’s list, alongside Wesley Fofana and, further down, Benjamin Pavard, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Gvardiol is considered not for sale by Leipzig.
Rodon will undergo a medical examination in Rennes
Tottenham defender Joe Rodon is in France to complete his loan spell at Rennes.
He must undergo a medical examination before signing a contract for one season.
Fabrizio Romano reports that the Ligue 1 side will have the option to sign him for €20m.
Arsenal’s mysterious targets
It seems that the signing Mikel Arteta wants the most is a new winger.
This is according to Fabrizio Romano, but the identity remains a mystery.
Central options Lucas Paqueta and Youri Tielemans are targets but there have been no negotiations with the clubs and they will be watching the wing.
ICYMI: Arteta wants more signings
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal haven’t finished in the transfer market.
The Gunners have already bought five new players for around £120million and the manager is hoping to do more business.
He said: “We’re still hoping to do something else if the market allows us to. You’ve also seen movement over the past few days.
“We want to get the perfect balance and plan that we wanted from the start. Whether we get there or not is another story.”
Chelsea get green light to sign Pavard
Bayern Munich have put Benjamin Pavard up for sale, with the defender being offered to Chelsea.
The arrivals of Noussair Mazraoui and Matthijs de Ligt are expected to reduce the France international’s minutes and he has been told he can find a new club.
Bild reports that Manchester United are also interested in the defender.
Chelsea to announce third signing
Chelsea are expected to confirm the signing of Chicago Fire goalie Gabriel Slonina soon.
The deal has been in the works for some time, initiated by Petr Cech who has since left the club, and according to ESPN the 18-year-old is set to join for around £13million.
Real Madrid were also interested but Chelsea won the race with Slonina now traveling to London to complete the deal before returning to Chicago on loan until January.
One last offer for De Jong
Manchester United are preparing to make one last bid in an attempt to lure Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona.
That’s according to Sport, who claim United are set to make the week among their best earners on a deal worth £450,000.
United have agreed a fee with De Jong but the player is still unconvinced of the plus, while Barca owe him around £15m in deferred wages – which will also need to be resolved.
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