Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to push for major new signings as the transfer window heats up with the new Premier League season just a week away. Chelsea have reportedly agreed personal terms with Wesley Fofana as they desperately seek defensive reinforcements after missing out on Jules Kounde to Barcelona, although Leicester are still unwilling to sell the highly-rated French centre-back.
Arsenal may have a new plan for Fofana’s Foxes team-mate Youri Tielemans which would involve a possible partial swap deal involving goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who has been in talks with Fulham. The Gunners continue to be linked with Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is also a top target for Manchester United.
Tottenham are believed to be stepping up their pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo, with tomorrow night’s final pre-season friendly against Roma in Israel providing the perfect opportunity for Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici to potentially seal a deal for the Italy international. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip with Standard Sport’s live blog below!
Husband rejects Fener
Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has refused a move to Fenerbache, according to Luca Bendoni.
The centre-back was linked with a loan move and a permanent exit from the club this summer, with the Turkish side showing the most interest but preferring other options.
Arsenal investigation in Bowen
Arsenal contacted West Ham this summer for the signing of Jarrod Bowen, according to CBS Sports.
Journalist Ben Jacobs told GiveMeSport: “With Bowen, West Ham’s position remains that they really don’t want to sell, so there are a lot of clubs circling around Bowen, but the challenge, just like Declan Rice, is to persuade West Ham to sell during this window and West Ham remain rather determined not to let him go.
“So there’s a lot of excitement about Bowen’s potential transfer to a club like Arsenal, but it’s all hypothetical at the moment because West Ham don’t want to sell. But Arsenal have definitely investigated Bowen for see what the situation is, but that’s what they were told.”
One to watch.
Arsenal want more signings
Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal remain in the market for new signings.
“We still hope to do something else if the market allows it,” he told reporters earlier in the day. “You have also seen some movement in recent days.
“We want to get the perfect balance and the plan that we wanted from the start. Whether we get there or not is another story.
Chelsea get a Skriniar boost
PSG are ready to drop a deal to sign Chelsea target Milan Skriniar.
L’Equipe journalist Loic Tanzi reports that the centre-back remains out of financial reach for the club and other targets will be approached if Inter don’t lower their demands.
Chelsea are interested in Skriniar but PSG were seen as the most likely candidate to sign him.
Rodon seals Rennes
Tottenham defender Joe Rodon is in France to complete his loan spell at Rennes.
Fabrizio Romano reports that the Ligue 1 side will have the option to sign him for €20m.
Newcastle want Barnes AND Maddison
Newcastle are interested in both James Maddison and Harvey Barnes from Leicester, according to the Mail.
It remains unclear if Newcastle could launch bids for both, or if it would be one or the other, but both will come with steep fees.
Deal done! Marseille signs Tavares
A deal concluded at Arsenal, which allowed Nuno Tavares to go out on loan.
The Portuguese full-back will follow William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi in spending a season at Marseille.
However, Fabrizio Romano reports that there is no option for a permanent transfer included in the deal, so Tavares is expected to return to Arsenal next summer.
Man City take on Arsenal for Paqueta
Manchester City appear to have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the close battle for Lucas Paqueta.
The highly rated Lyon playmaker is believed to be appearing firmly on the transfer radars of both north London clubs, as well as Newcastle.
However, French publication L’Equipe are reporting that City are now plotting a £68m move for the Brazil international, with suggestions they could sell Bernardo Silva to Barcelona in order to fund the deal.
The club have since denied being willing to part ways with Silva.
Newcastle join Tottenham in pursuit of Maddison
Lots of speculation this morning regarding the future of James Maddison.
Tottenham have been linked with the attacking frequency, who the Daily Mail say are set to be offered a new contract by Leicester in the autumn.
However, The Telegraph claims Newcastle have now set their sights on Maddison, submitting a bid worth £40m on Friday which was rejected.
The Magpies are now believed to be considering an improved offer, with Maddison apparently keen to move to St James’ Park.
What a summer so far for Leicester, who are yet to make a single signing as they try to fend off interest in a number of key stars including Maddison, Wesley Fofana and Youri Tielemans.
Ferguson gives new role to Man United
Sir Alex Ferguson is set for an emotional return to Manchester United, according to the latest reports.
The Daily Mail claims the legendary former manager is part of a new, experienced think tank at Old Trafford set up by chief executive Richard Arnold.
Such a group would also include revered former United captain Bryan Robson, as well as former CEO David Gill and the club’s current director of football John Murtough.
Ferguson and Gill both stepped down in 2013 but have since remained involved as non-executive directors.
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