transfer news – LIVE! Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea continue to make this a very interesting start to the summer transfer window as they push hard to get important signings over the line.
Arsenal have completed a £34m deal for Fabio Vieira from Porto, with attentions now on securing the arrivals of Brazilian duo Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus.
Tottenham, with Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster already secured, have held fresh talks over Djed Spence, with the likes of Richarlison, Christian Eriksen, Alessandro Bastoni and Lautaro Martinez just some of the targets also on Antonio Conte’s wishlist.
Chelsea are pressing to sign Raheem Sterling, while they are also on the trail of Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and have been delivered a key ultimatum regarding long-term defensive target Jules Kounde. Romelu Lukaku is on the verge of rejoining Inter Milan on loan, with West Ham keen to take Armando Broja from Stamford Bridge. Follow the latest transfer developments with us below.
Chelsea delivered Kounde ultimatum
Chelsea have been delivered an ultimatum in their long-running quest to sign Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
The French centre-back has been Thomas Tuchel’s top defensive target for quite some time, with a move on deadline day last summer breaking down.
While a move to Stamford Bridge was considered almost a formality in this window, things have become complicated by surgery and rival interest from Barcelona.
90min.com now suggest that Kounde’s representatives are becoming frustrated at the lack of progress from Chelsea, who want to strike a deal around £50m as Sevilla hold out for his full £69m release clause.
They have warned the Blues to get serious or miss out.
Chelsea learn Sterling transfer deadline
Chelsea appear to have learned a deadline in their bid to sign Raheem Sterling.
The Blues have made Manchester City’s England star the focus of their attacking revamp under Thomas Tuchel, who is eager for a more dynamic and mobile forward line next term.
With Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan on loan all but secured, Chelsea can presumably now ramp up their efforts to seal Sterling’s arrival.
Indeed, the Daily Mail reports that the 27-year-old wants his future to be decided in the next two weeks as he bids to hit the ground running in pre-season, although there has apparently been no contact with Chelsea as yet.
New owner – and prospective chairman – Todd Boehly is now leading the club’s £200m summer recruitment drive with transfer chief Marina Granovskaia poised to follow Bruce Buck out the exit door.
Tottenham open fresh Spence talks
Tottenham are reportedly making a renewed push in their quest to sign Djed Spence.
Antonio Conte has prioritized the arrival of a new right wing-back next after the deals for Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma and Fraser Forster.
Spence has long since emerged as the No1 target to upgrade on the likes of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty, having starred on loan at Nottingham Forest during their Premier League promotion-winning campaign.
However, there have been tough discussions with parent club Middlesbrough, who are said to be demanding a fee of at least £15m plus add-ons for the England Under-21 international.
According to the Daily Mail, discussions have now been reopened, with Spence determined to make the move to north London.
ICYMI – Arsenal make Raphinha bid
Arsenal have made their opening move in the race to sign Raphinha.
Tottenham and Chelsea are also interested in the talented Brazilian winger, who wants to leave Leeds this summer with a World Cup looming.
However, Arsenal are thought most likely to sign Raphinha after wrapping up their deal for Fabio Vieira, with the player’s preferred next club, Barcelona, potentially now out of the running.
Per The Athletic, the Gunners have now made a formal first bid that falls some way below Leeds’ approximate £60m valuation and is expected to be firmly rebuffed.
Maguire to stay but could lose armband
Harry Maguire is expected to stay at Manchester United next season but he could lose the captain’s armband.
Erik ten Hag is planning to keep the Englishman at the club, along with Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane, with United looking to move on Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe according to The Daily Mail.
While Maguire is likely to remain at United, it is not certain that he will stay as captain and Ten Hag will make a call on that issue over the summer.
ICYMI: Tottenham suffer Bastoni blow
Alessandro Bastoni will stay at Inter Milan this summer, according to the defender’s agent.
The centre-back has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham, who are keen to bolster their options at the back and continue a busy window of activity.
Bastoni has been a key target however the 23-year-old’s agent, Tullio Tinti, has given an update on the player’s future and it is not positive news for Spurs fans.
“Bastoni is on holiday,” Tinti said.
“He is staying, we respect the contract. We will do the renewal as soon as Inter call us.”
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ICYMI: Arsenal submit formal offer for Raphinha
Arsenal have reportedly submitted a formal offer for Leeds winger Raphinha this evening.
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim the bid is well below Leeds’ valuation and it’s expected to be rejected immediately.
It remains to be seen whether the Gunners go back in for the Brazilian, who believed it to favor a move to Barcelona as a his first-choice, and then Chelsea over either Arsenal or Tottenham.
ICYMI: Lukaku set for Inter return
Romelu Lukaku is on the verge of completing a return to Inter Milan after just one season back at Chelsea.
The Belgian striker finished as the Blues’ top scorer but had a largely miserable campaign at Stamford Bridge, after joining the club last summer in a £97.5million move.
An agreement has now been reached between Inter and Chelsea that will see Lukaku rejoin the Serie A side on a season-long loan deal for a fee of €8m plus add-ons, with talks about his salary and bonuses also reaching a conclusion. Inter have no option or obligation to buy next summer.
His medical at the club is set to take place next week, which will pave the way for the move to be completed.
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Chelsea keeping tabs on Clauss
Chelsea are monitoring Lens defender Jonathan Clauss.
Goal report that the Blues have been long-time admirers of the wing-back, who has a year left on his contract and is valued at around £10million.
Last month, Clauss told RMC Sport how keen he would be on a move to Stamford Bridge.
“Since I was a kid, It’s Chelsea and it remains Chelsea [the team I dream about playing for].”
Scallop a fan of Arsenal duo
Fabio Vieira has spoken of his admiration for Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe after completing his move to Arsenal.
The 22-year-old has joined the Gunners in a deal worth around £34million from Porto, becoming the club’s first major signing of the summer. Brazilian teenager Marquinhos was signed earlier this month.
In his first interview as an Arsenal player, Vieira revealed he spoke about the move with Nuno Tavares, who he has played with for Portugal’s Under-21s side, as he discussed some of his new teammates.
“I’m a fan of Saka and Smith Rowe, I really like the way they play,” Vieira told the club’s official website. “Odegaard is quite similar to me.
He added: “I’ve had the chance to speak to [Tavares]. He told me a bit about the club.”
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