Transfer news LIVE! Chelsea agree fee for Dewsbury-Hall medical; Kimmich to Arsenal; Spurs can hijack Gray

Transfer news LIVE! Chelsea agree fee for Dewsbury-Hall medical; Kimmich to Arsenal; Spurs can hijack Gray

Transfer news LIVE!

Chelsea have agreed a fee to sign Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall from Leicester. Having seen their plans to sign Alexander Isak quashed by Newcastle, and with Marc Guiu and Aaron Anselmino on the way, the Blues are closing in on a £30million deal for the Leicester man while also signing Atlanta defender Caleb Wiley.

The race to sign a new striker is hotting up around the summer transfer window with a rumoured price drop for Victor Osimhen a key boost for Arsenal. The Gunners are also linked with Viktor Gyokeres and left-back Ferdi Kadioglu of Fenerbahce.

Tottenham could now hijack Brentford’s move for Archie Gray after the Bees’ £40million deal with Leeds was rejected, while Spurs are also looking at Lille forward Jonathan David. He has interested Manchester United too with Matthijs de Ligt a new name on their radar. Follow all the latest news, rumours and gossip from the transfer market via Standard Sport’s live blog!

Latest transfer news and rumours

  • Chelsea make Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall breakthrough

  • Arsenal set to miss out on Joshua Kimmich

  • Spurs could hijack Archie Gray deal after Brentford collapse

  • Man Utd in Matthijs de Ligt talks

  • Newcastle sale ends Chelsea's Alexander Isak swap hopes

Chelsea confirm exit in boost for Arsenal

22:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea have confirmed the departure of Omari Hutchinson in a club-record deal for newly-promoted Ipswich Town.

The 20-year-old starred on loan at Portman Road last season, scoring 11 goals and registering six assists in a promotion-winning campaign for the Tractor Boys.

Read the full story here!

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West Ham confirm three departures as rebuild continues

16:24 , Jonathan Gorrie

West Ham have confirmed academy graduates Ben Johnson and Divin Mubama will leave the club upon the expiration of their contracts on June 30.

Both players rejected the club’s offers to extend their respective deals last season and were not included on the club’s Premier League retained list.

Read the full story here!

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Napoli talks won't decide Khvicha Kvaratskhelia's future

16:00 , Marc Mayo

Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is not expected to leave Napoli even if he fails to agree a new contract with the Serie A team.

Chelsea have been linked with him in the past, as have PSG and Real Madrid, but a summer exit is not thought to be on the cards.

Corriere del Mezzogiorno report on plans to extend Kvaratskhelia’s contract past 2027. Should those talks fail, coach Antonio Conte will still not entertain any offers for a sale.

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Why Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall deal will be sealed today

15:09 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea are closing in on a £30m deal to sign Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall from Leicester.

Leicester are reportedly under pressure to raise around £40m before the June 30 deadline, as they battle to stay in line with Premier League spending rules.

June 30 marks the end of the financial year so deals need to be finalised on Sunday for clubs to register them in their 2023-24 accounts.

Read the full story!

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Chelsea striker reveals transfer options

14:54 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea striker Armando Broja have claimed that he could sign for teams in three major leagues this summer.

An underwhelming loan spell at Fulham and at Euro 2024 with Albania have harmed the Blues’ chances of bringing in serious cash for Broja.

But he is still likely to leave this summer and told Albania’s RTV Klan what he would say in a hypothetical phone call from AC Milan advisor Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“I would tell him first of all that I am a big fan of his, I have always liked him as a player,” said Broja.

“Milan are a great club, second only to Real Madrid in history. I would tell him that I have to speak to the agent and the family, then I will tell him know.

“It’s true, I have offers from these three championships (Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League). Staying at Chelsea is an option, I still have a contract with them that expires in many years.”

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Raphael Varane's Como bid could be hijacked

14:35 , Marc Mayo

Raphael Varane’s move to Como could be hijacked by one of their new Serie A rivals.

Roma are said by Sky Sports Italia to be interested in the former Manchester United defender.

Varane and his entourage are in Italy for talks with Como chiefs as “several” teams monitor his situation.

Earlier in the window, Roma were linked with veteran defender Mats Hummels but that interest subsided. With Chris Smalling up for sale, they could attempt to bag Varane as his replacement.

Chelsea make Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall breakthrough

13:57 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea are set to sign Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall from Leicester.

The Blues have had a £30m bid accepted by the Foxes, according to The Athletic.

A medical is planned for later today with personal terms on a contract to 2030 sealed.

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Done deal!

13:40 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa have sold Douglas Luiz to Juventus.

The Brazilian midfielder signs a five-year deal in Turin for £42m.

Villa will shortly be completing the deals for Enzo Barrenechea and Samuel Iling-Junior, which are reportedly worth a combined £18m.

Barcelona confirm trio of departures

13:30 , Marc Mayo

Marcos Alonso, Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix have today all left Barcelona.

Former Chelsea left-back Alonso’s contract has expired and he’s rumoured to be joining Atletico Madrid.

Joao Felix will join him in the capital after his loan expired although Barcelona are reportedly keen on bringing him back.

Likewise Joao Cancelo, who seems to have no future at Man City but is under contract there to 2027.

Spurs lead race for £25m midfielder

12:50 , Marc Mayo

Tottenham are leading the race to sign Youssouf Fofana.

The Monaco midfielder is up for sale ahead of his contract expiring in 2025, leading to a host of clubs chasing a £25m deal.

Italian outlet TuttoJuve name Juventus, Arsenal and Manchester United as keen but Spurs are tipped as frontrunners with Ange Postecoglou planning a midfield overhaul.

Giovani Lo Celso and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are both up for sale.

TMW claim that both Inter and AC Milan have enquired about signing Hojbjerg, who is valued at around £12m.

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Arsenal set to miss out on Joshua Kimmich

12:12 , Marc Mayo

Manchester City are set to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to Joshua Kimmich.

The Germany international is said to be intent on leaving this summer with a £30m price tag mooted by the Mirror ahead of his contract expiring next year.

A reunion with Pep Guardiola at Man City is reportedly his favoured option.

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Man Utd in Matthijs de Ligt talks

11:33 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United are in talks to sign Matthijs de Ligt.

The Dutch defender has fallen out of favour at Bayern Munich and in the national team over the past year, but his former coach at Ajax, Erik ten Hag, remains an admirer.

According to Sky Sports Germany, De Ligt is ready to leave Bayern and talks between his camp and United are set to lead to a “suitable offer”.

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Chelsea and Arsenal offered Man Utd outcast

10:59 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United have offered Jadon Sancho to some of their Premier League rivals in a bid to rid him from their books.

According to teamTALK, there is a bit of an internal battle over whether Sancho has a future at Old Trafford but Erik ten Hag has no interest in managing the winger.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is said to have contacted Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Barcelona in the hope of striking a £40m deal - which could be a loan with an obligation to buy. None of the quartet are said to be keen on such a move.

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Archie Gray move to Brentford collapses

10:33 , Marc Mayo

Brentford’s bid to sign Leeds midfielder Archie Gray has collapsed.

The 18-year-old had been booked in for a medical after personal terms were agreed for a move worth £40million.

But Leeds have now rejected the Bees’ approach after failing to agree on a final fee and payment structure.

Tottenham remain strongly interested in Gray following his fine breakout season at Elland Road, which earned him a debut with the England Under-21s team. Chelsea have also tracked his recent progress.

Read the full story!

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Newcastle sale ends Chelsea's Alexander Isak swap hopes

10:19

Chelsea and Liverpool will have to look elsewhere after Newcastle agreed to sell Yakubah Minteh to Brighton.

The Guardian say the Blues launched an “opportunistic” deal to sign Alexander Isak as the Toon scrambled to meet PSR targets before this evening’s deadline, which involved cash plus Nicolas Jackson.

Liverpool, meanwhile, held discussions to sign Anthony Gordon.

But the £33m sale of Minteh to Brighton is said to cover Newcastle’s PSR deficit after they agreed to lower their £40m demands for the talented teenage winger.

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Spurs could hijack Archie Gray deal

09:26 , Marc Mayo

Tottenham are still contenders to sign Archie Gray.

Brentford looked have agreed a deal worth around £35m to sign the young Leeds midfielder, who is highly-rated and available as the Whites look to adhere to financial rules.

But Leeds are now widely reported to have rejected the deal at the last minute.

Transfer journalist Ben Jacobs says Spurs could yet hijack the move with their own bid.

Liverpool and Chelsea have admired Gray previously but it is Tottenham tipped to make a late swoop, with time running out.

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Chelsea in advanced talks to sign Caleb Wiley

09:00 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea’s efforts to sign unknown gems (at least from a European perspective) has taken them to Atlanta for a deal to sign Caleb Wiley.

The USA international left-back is said by The Athletic to be in advanced talks to join the Blues.

An initial stop in Strasbourg is on the cards for the 19-year-old, with no word on what fee he will command just yet.

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Arsenal boost as Napoli drop Victor Osimhen price

08:48 , Marc Mayo

Napoli are prepared to lower their demands for Victor Osimhen in a bid to hasten his exit from the club.

Arsenal along with PSG and Manchester United have been strongly linked with the Nigerian striker, who has a £109m release clause in his contract.

But a lack of buyers for Osimhen at that price is leading to Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis considering a new approach, given he wants to cash in on his player and also get his high wages off the books.

Antonio Conte has long expected to have to prepare for the new campaign without Osimhen and his likely presence at the upcoming start of pre-season training is seen as a blow, given they still don’t see him as a likely part of the team for the coming year.

Romelu Lukaku and Artem Dovbyk are Napoli’s ideal replacements but they must sell Osimhen first.

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Marseille confirm Roberto De Zerbi has new manager

Saturday 29 June 2024 22:45 , Alex Young

Roberto De Zerbi has signed a three-year deal to take over as Marseille head coach.

Marseille revealed earlier this week that an "agreement in principle" had been reached for the former Brighton boss and it has now been made official.

De Zerbi left the Seagulls at the conclusion of the 2023-24 campaign after a successful 20 months at the Premier League club, where he guided them into the Europa League for the first time.

"I'm delighted to be joining Olympique de Marseille, as I had a very strong desire to join the club," De Zerbi said.

"The history and prestige that surround OM, the passion and fervour of its supporters, and the seriousness and enthusiasm shown to me by Frank (McCourt), Pablo (Longoria) and Medhi (Benatia) were all decisive factors in my decision to embark on this exciting challenge.

"I can't wait to sit on the bench at the Orange Velodrome, this time as OM coach, and help the club regain the position that Marseille deserves."

Chelsea offer Jackson as part of Isak deal

Saturday 29 June 2024 18:48 , Alex Young

Chelsea and Newcastle have discussed including Nicolas Jackson as part of a deal to take Alexander Isak to Stamford Bridge.

According to the Guardian, the Blues are back in for the Newcastle striker but progress has been slow with the Magpies valuing their star man at around £120million.

In a bid to bring down the price, Chelsea could part ways with Jackson but any deal is still considered unlikely.

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Arsenal close in on first summer signing

Saturday 29 June 2024 17:19 , Alex Young

It’s been a fairly slow start to the summer transfer window at Arsenal.

Obviously, the fact there are major international tournaments in Europe and South America right now does complicate matters but it’s not been the most active of starts for the Gunners.

Still, according to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are set to sign Espanyol goalkeeper Joan Garcia, which could then see Aaron Ramsdale depart.

Brentford finalise Archie Gray fee

Saturday 29 June 2024 17:15

Brentford will book a medical for Archie Gray but the final details of a £35m move from Leeds are still to be finalised, writes Dom Smith.

Standard Sport understands Chelsea were keen admirers of the versatile midfielder, while both Arsenal and Tottenham have also been linked.

But it is Brentford who are now closing in on a huge summer signing as talks over finalising an agreement with Championship side Leeds continue. Personal terms have been agreed and now a medical will be booked.

Read more here!

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Brentford win Archie Gray chase as £35m deal agreed

Saturday 29 June 2024 16:41 , Alex Young

Brentford have won the race to sign Leeds teenager Archie Gray in a deal worth £35million.

The versatile midfielder has been chased by a number of Premier League sides after an impressive season in the Championship, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham keen admirers.

But, according to The Athletic, it is London rivals Brentford who have agreed a huge fee with Leeds and personal terms with the player, who will now undergo a medical.

Leeds need to sell and Gray's expected exit as a homegrown player would be accounted for as pure profit.

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Barcelona want to get rid of Ansu Fati for good

Saturday 29 June 2024 16:06 , Alex Young

Barcelona are looking to sell Ansu Fati on a permanent basis.

The young Spaniard spent an injury-ravaged season on loan at Brighton but is back at Camp Nou this summer hoping to impress new head coach Hansi Flick

However, El Chiringuito de Jugones report that Flick does not see Fati fitting into his plans and a permanent exit could now be on the cards.

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Saturday 29 June 2024 15:34 , Alex Young

Manchester City will pocket £5m from Aston Villa’s sale of Douglas Luiz to Juventus, according to reports.

The Villa captain is set to move to the Italian giants for around £42m, five years on from leaving City for the Birmingham side in a deal worth around £15m.

City, who signed Luiz for £10m in 2017, had a 20 per cent sell-on clause so will pocket a welcome windfall.

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West Ham make move for Euro 2024 top scorer Georges Mikautadze

Saturday 29 June 2024 15:03 , George Flood

West Ham have made a move for Georgia star Georges Mikautadze, reports claim.

The Metz striker is currently enjoying a fairytale role for his country at Euro 2024, firing them into the knockout stages of their first major international tournament and also leading the Golden Boot race ahead of the last 16 with three goals to his name so far.

According to The Guardian, West Ham have now approached the Ligue 2 club about signing Mikautadze as they also target Lille’s Jonathan David and Lyon defender Jake O’Brien.

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Liverpool could still move for Anthony Gordon before PSR deadline

Saturday 29 June 2024 14:45 , George Flood

Liverpool have not given up hope of signing Anthony Gordon this summer, new reports claim.

Initial suggestions that the Reds had lodged an enquiry about the England winger quickly escalated into talks apparently breaking down after Newcastle tried to include Jarell Quansah as part of the deal.

The Guardian now report that Liverpool remain interested in signing Gordon and could still move for him this weekend ahead of Sunday’s PSR deadline, with Newcastle also receiving more interest from Chelsea in Alexander Isak.

PSG are again credited with a strong interest in Gordon.

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Arsenal set for windfall as Chelsea sell Omari Hutchinson to Ipswich

Saturday 29 June 2024 14:15 , George Flood

Arsenal look set to land a nice little financial windfall as a result of Chelsea’s imminent sale of Omari Hutchinson to Ipswich.

Following a successful loan stint at Portman Road last season in which the Jamaican international winger helped fire Kieran McKenna’s side to a second successive promotion and a first Premier League return since 2002, he is set to return to Suffolk in a club-record deal worth £22.5m.

Arsenal are known to have included a sell-on clause when Chelsea bought Hutchinson back from the Gunners in 2022, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that it is worth between 15-20 per cent.

That should see the Gunners pocket between £3.3m-£4.5m. Not bad!

Romano also says the deal with Ipswich includes a 25 per cent future sell-on clause from Chelsea, with the Blues also retaining the right to match any future bids for his services.

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Chelsea close in on Aaron Anselmino deal after fresh talks

Saturday 29 June 2024 13:15 , George Flood

Having officially announced the signing of Omari Kellyman, Chelsea are now closing in on a £17m deal for Aaron Anselmino.

The Blues have been in talks for a little while now with Boca Juniors over the teenage Argentine defender.

Fabrizio Romano reports this afternoon that Chelsea are now very close to an agreement over Anselmino after a fresh round of talks held last night, with negotiations in their final stages.

He has agreed a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge, though Boca apparently want him to remain there on loan for six months.

Chelsea had planned to send him straight on loan to sister club Strasbourg in Ligue 1.

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Arsenal to battle Chelsea and Tottenham for Archie Gray

Saturday 29 June 2024 12:28

Arsenal will battle Chelsea and Tottenham for the signing of Archie Gray, reports claim.

It was reported earlier this week that the Blues were keen on the Leeds starlet as part of plans to further reshape their midfield for the long-term amid that well-documented pursuit of Leicester’s Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

But now the Daily Mail claim that London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham also want to sign Gray, who is expected to fetch a fee of around £30m after Leeds failed to secure promotion back to the Premier League last season.

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Man Utd make new approach for Manuel Ugarte

Saturday 29 June 2024 12:04

Along with Joshua Zirkzee and Matthijs de Ligt, busy Manchester United also look to be ramping up their move for Manuel Ugarte.

The Red Devils were reported earlier this week to have seen an opening bid for the Uruguay midfielder rejected by Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Fabrizio Romano, United have now been in touch again with PSG over Ugarte, who is said to be open to moving to Old Trafford even without Champions League football next season.

PSG are said to be eager to offload the 23-year-old just one season after he was signed from Sporting CP for £50m following a prolonged chase by Chelsea.

But other clubs are also said to hold an interest in Ugarte.

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Liverpool move for Anthony Gordon breaks down over Jarell Quansah

Saturday 29 June 2024 11:32 , George Flood

Some more shock news to bring you now on the Anthony Gordon to Liverpool front.

It was reported last night that the Reds had lodged a surprise enquiry with Newcastle over the England winger’s availability.

Now the Daily Mail extraordinarily claim that Newcastle were ready to sell Gordon to Liverpool in order to ensure compliance with the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.

However, talks are said to have broken down over Liverpool’s reluctance to include defender Jarell Quansah as part of the deal.

The Mail say that a medical in Leipzig for Gordon had been suggested, with a small chance that talks between the clubs could be revived over the weekend.

One to watch as the PSR deadline fast approaches on Sunday.

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Man United make new approach for Joshua Zirkzee

Saturday 29 June 2024 11:17 , George Flood

Manchester United are pressing ahead with their bid to sign Joshua Zirkzee it appears.

The in-demand Netherlands forward is expected to leave Serie A side Bologna this summer amid interest from a whole host of clubs across Europe.

According to transfer specialist Gianluca Di Marzio, United have made new contact over a potential deal for Zirkzee in recent days.

However, DiMarzio adds that AC Milan remain very interested in the 23-year-old themselves as a possible replacement for veteran French striker Olivier Giroud, who is leaving Italy for LAFC in the MLS.

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Liverpool make contact over Anthony Gordon signing

Saturday 29 June 2024 10:42 , George Flood

Liverpool are said to have made a shock enquiry over Anthony Gordon.

The 23-year-old is currently pressing his starting claims with England at Euro 2024 after a fine first full season at Newcastle in which he scored 12 goals and registered 11 assists in 48 appearances across all competitions.

An Everton academy graduate, Gordon moved to St James’ Park from Goodison in a £45m deal in January 2023.

But those Toffees connections don’t seem to bother Merseyside rivals Liverpool, whom HITC claim have enquired with Newcastle over his availability.

The report adds that Paris Saint-Germain are also eager to sign Gordon.

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Done deal! Chelsea confirm £19m Omari Kellyman signing

Saturday 29 June 2024 10:08 , George Flood

A done deal for Chelsea this morning!

The Blues have now officially confirmed the signing of young midfielder Omari Kellyman from Aston Villa.

The 18-year-old has penned a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge until 2030 and joins for a fee of around £19m, with Ian Maatsen having gone the other way in a separate £35m transfer on Friday.

Kellyman said: “It is fantastic to be standing here as a Chelsea player.

“It’s a massive club with an amazing history, so it is great to join.

“It is a dream come true for sure. I’m buzzing to have put on the shirt and can’t wait to get started.”

Man United line up Matthijs de Ligt as Jarrad Branthwaite alternative

Saturday 29 June 2024 09:54 , George Flood

Manchester United are said to be lining up Matthijs de Ligt as a potential alternative to Jarrad Branthwaite.

The Red Devils have been stuck at an impasse with Everton over England defender Branthwaite, with the two clubs evidently still miles apart in terms of their respective valuations after an opening offer was dismissed out of hand.

That has led them to De Ligt, with David Ornstein of The Athletic reporting that United are seriously now considering a summer move for the Bayern Munich centre-back, who previously worked under Erik ten Hag at Ajax.

The Dutch international is expected to leave Bayern in this transfer window and is apparently seen as a more realistic option over the likes of Branthwaite, Leny Yoro and Jean-Clair Todibo.

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Chelsea continue Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall talks after bid rejected

Saturday 29 June 2024 09:36 , George Flood

Chelsea of course are also pushing hard to sign Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

It had looked like Brighton were set to seal the capture of the midfielder also watched by the likes of Brentford, having apparently agreed a part-exchange deal with Leicester involving Poland international Jakub Moder.

Dewsbury-Hall even reportedly had a medical booked in on the south coast, only for that deal to swiftly collapse at the 11th hour after contact from Chelsea.

Initial talks quickly turned into a formal bid from the Blues as they try to quickly reunite the 25-year-old with former Leicester boss Enzo Maresca.

However, BBC Sport report that opening offer fell short of the Foxes’ £40m valuation of Dewsbury-Hall, with David Datro Fofana, Armando Broja and Cesare Casadei among the players who could now potentially be offered in exchange.

For his part, Dewsbury-Hall is said to be eager to complete a move to Chelsea.

We’ll see how quickly this one progresses over the weekend.

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Chelsea step up interest in Alexander Isak deal

Saturday 29 June 2024 09:28 , George Flood

Chelsea are said to be stepping up their move for Newcastle striker Alexander Isak.

Reports first emerged last week that the Blues were keen on a deal for the prolific Swedish international and had lodged an initial enquiry, but had been put off by suggestions that their Premier League rivals would demand an enormous fee in excess of £115m.

But Sky Sports claim that Chelsea have now shown further interest in signing Isak as they look to provide new boss Enzo Maresca with a high-profile recruit to significantly bolster his attacking ranks at Stamford Bridge.

More discussions are said to have been held between the clubs on Friday, with Newcastle still not wanting to sell but potentially having to offload one of their key stars soon to ensure they fully comply with the top-flight’s profitability and sustainability rules.

Regardless, the Magpies will still apparently demand over £100m for Isak.

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Arsenal get response to shock Jules Kounde approach

Saturday 29 June 2024 09:21 , George Flood

Staying with Arsenal for a moment, the Gunners are also rumoured to have made a shock move for Jules Kounde.

The French defender’s versatility could be a very valuable asset indeed under Mikel Arteta and it would also be an annoyance to London rivals Chelsea, who pursued his signature relentlessly before he eventually moved to the Camp Nou from LaLiga rivals Sevilla two summers ago.

Arsenal are now believed to have made a surprise approach over Kounde, though journalist Gerard Romero reports that they have been told by Barcelona that he is not for sale as things stand.

It would apparently take a “high offer” for any deal to even be considered, with Barca waiting on the future of fellow defender Ronald Araujo - a player strongly linked with Manchester United.

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Arsenal 'close to deal' for Besiktas striker Semih Kilicsoy

Saturday 29 June 2024 09:12 , George Flood

Arsenal are closing in on their first signing of the summer transfer window, reports claim.

It has been a quiet start in the market so far for the Gunners, who have been linked with a whole host of high-profile targets but with no new faces materialising just yet other than the arrival of young goalkeeper Lucas Nygaard.

But according to Turkish outlet Aksam, Arsenal are now close to a deal for highly-rated Besiktas and Turkey striker Semih Kilicsoy.

They are said to view the 18-year-old as among the best young talents in Europe and could spend more than £26m to make a transfer happen after watching him closely over recent months.

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Arsenal are now closing in a move for their first summer signing

Friday 28 June 2024 22:50 , Jonathan Gorrie

It’s been a fairly slow start to the summer transfer window at Arsenal.

Obviously, the fact there are major international tournaments in Europe and South America right now does complicate matters but it’s not been the most active of starts for the Gunners.

Still, according to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are set to sign Espanyol goalkeeper Joan Garcia, which could then see Aaron Ramsdale depart.

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Fabrizio Romano shares latest Manuel Ugarte to Manchester United transfer update

Friday 28 June 2024 21:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

Sticking with Manchester United, Manuel Ugarte is another name strongly linked.

The PSG midfielder was tipped for a move to the Premier League last summer before joining the French giants but may now be on the move again.

Still, according to Fabrizio Romano, the Red Devils are yet to actually make a bid...

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Joshua Zirkzee to Manchester United transfer update today

Friday 28 June 2024 21:19 , Jonathan Gorrie

Joshua Zirkzee has been linked with both Manchester United and Arsenal this summer after a fine season with Bologna.

The Dutch international is expected to be on the move and, according to Fabrizio Romano, could be available relatively cheaply.

He claims United have been informed that the striker has a release clause worth around forty million euros in his contract - though it is only active until the end of August.

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Chelsea confirm double exit as Ian Maatsen seals Aston Villa move

Friday 28 June 2024 20:51 , Jonathan Gorrie

Aston Villa have announced the signing of Netherlands international Ian Maatsen from Premier League rivals Chelsea for a reported £37.5million.

The 22-year-old left-back was part of the Borussia Dortmund team beaten by Real Madrid in last season's Champions League final during a loan move from Stamford Bridge.

Maatsen, who is currently with his country at Euro 2024 in Germany, becomes Unai Emery's second summer signing following the arrival of forward Lewis Dobbin from Everton.

Read the full story here!

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Chelsea lodge offer for midfielder as club-record deal agreed

Friday 28 June 2024 20:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea have made an offer for Leicester midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

The 25-year-old worked with new Blues boss Enzo Maresca at the King Power Stadium last season in what was a promotion-winning campaign for the Foxes.

Dewsbury-Hall was a key figure under Maresca last season and is also thought to have attracted interest from Brighton, though Chelsea have now made their move. No deal has yet been struck as talks continue.

Read the full story here!

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Hakim Ziyech leaves Chelsea on permanent basis

Friday 28 June 2024 19:07 , Jonathan Gorrie

More action at Chelsea!

The club have now confirmed that forward Hakim Ziyech has joined Turkish giants Galatasaray on a permanent basis, having spent last year on loan there.

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Chelsea set to sell Omari Hutchinson

Friday 28 June 2024 18:25 , Jonathan Gorrie

As expected, Chelsea continue to dominate the early stages of the summer transfer window.

Still, rather than an incoming, Fabrizio Romano has just shared the latest in regard to a potential outgoing.

The journalist claims newly-promoted Ipswich are set to sign Omari Hutchinson on a permanent basis in a club-record deal.

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Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall to Chelsea latest

Friday 28 June 2024 17:47 , Jonathan Gorrie

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall looks set to follow Enzo Maresca to Chelsea from Leicester.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Blues boss has approved the move and talks between the two clubs will continue.

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Alexander Isak set to sign new Newcastle contract

Friday 28 June 2024 17:14 , Jonathan Gorrie

Hard luck, Arsenal and Chelsea fans.

According to GIVEMESPORT, Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak is set to sign a new contract with the club at St James’ Park to reflect his stunning season last time out.

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Chelsea give up on Alexander Isak

Friday 28 June 2024 16:03 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Alexander Isak due to Newcastle’s asking price.

The Blues are keen on signing a striker this summer and in recent days have strongly been linked with the Swedish star.

However, The Sun claim that Chelsea have now brought an end to talks, with Newcastle valuing Isak at close to £120m.

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Eberechi Eze still key target for Tottenham

Friday 28 June 2024 15:44 , Matt Verri

Tottenham plan on pushing to sign Eberechi Eze when he returns from Euro 2024.

The Crystal Palace star is currently on international duty with England and, if the Three Lions go all the way in Germany, will be away until mid-July.

The Times report that Eze still remains a top target for Spurs, who are not put off by his £60m release clause. They believe they can win the race to sign the 25-year-old and will accelerate talks when he is back in the UK.

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Erik ten Hag still holding contract talks

Friday 28 June 2024 15:15 , Matt Verri

Manchester United and Erik ten Hag remain in discussions over a new contract, with no agreement yet reached.

The Dutchman will stay at Old Trafford despite strong speculation over his future earlier this summer, coming after a disastrous Premier League campaign.

Sky Sports report that progress has been made in talks throughout this week between manager and club, with negotiations also taking place over his coaching staff.

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Emile Smith Rowe to push for Arsenal exit

Friday 28 June 2024 14:35 , Matt Verri

Emile Smith Rowe is set to tell Arsenal he wants to leave the club.

The 23-year-old has struggled for minutes under Mikel Arteta in recent seasons and he looks increasingly likely to seek a transfer this summer.

Football Inside claim that Smith Rowe will make it clear to the Gunners that he needs a move, amid interest from the likes of Aston Villa, Fulham and Crystal Palace.

It’s believed that Arsenal are holding out on a fee in the region of £30m.

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Barcelona turn down Arsenal approach

Friday 28 June 2024 14:07 , Matt Verri

Arsenal have made an initial approach for Jules Kounde, but have been swiftly knocked back by Barcelona.

The 25-year-old is capable of playing at right-back or centre-back and has been linked with a move to the Gunners.

That is looking unlikely, though, with Spanish outlet Jijantes reporting that Barcelona have told Arsenal they are not looking to sell Kounde.

That could change in the coming weeks, with Barcelona waiting to see what happens with Ronald Araujo’s future.

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Man United keen on Matthijs de Ligt

Friday 28 June 2024 13:57 , Matt Verri

Manchester United are considering a move for Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt.

The centre-back worked under Erik ten Hag at Ajax and the United boss is said to be desperate to bring De Ligt to Old Trafford.

However, BILD report that Bayern are holding out for £60m, while United are only willing to pay in the region of £30m.

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Update on West Ham swap-deal talks

Friday 28 June 2024 13:42 , Matt Verri

West Ham have held talks with Southampton over a possible swap deal involving Kyle Walker-Peters and Flynn Downes, writes Malik Ouzia.

The Hammers are interested in signing a new full-back this summer, with right-back Ben Johnson set to join Ipswich on a free transfer.

Walker-Peters is understood to be among West Ham's list of targets and they have held talks with Southampton over a deal.

Downes could head to St Mary’s as part of the move after the midfielder impressed there on loan last season.

He played a key role in helping the Saints get promoted back to the Premier League via the play-offs at the first time of asking and manager Russell Martin wants to keep him.

Talks over a possible swap deal are understood to be at an early stage and it is possible the moves could be done separately.

Walker-Peters is into the final year of his contract at Southampton and is likely to move on this summer if fresh terms are not agreed.

More on that here!

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Wolves hold firm on Max Kilman asking price

Friday 28 June 2024 13:18 , Matt Verri

West Ham are currently unlikely to sign Wolves defender Max Kilman this summer.

The centre-back is a key target for the Hammers, with Julen Lopetegui keen to strengthen in defence and an admirer of Kilman after they worked together at Wolves.

However, The Guardian report that a potential deal is in doubt over the asking price, with Wolves demanding at least £45m for the 27-year-old.

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Chelsea submit offer for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Friday 28 June 2024 12:54 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have made their first move for Leicester midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

That’s according to The Athletic, with it reported that Dewsbury-Hall has turned down Brighton and will either join Chelsea or stay at Leicester.

It is expected that he would sign a long-term deal at Stamford Bridge if an agreement can be reached between the two clubs.

No firm indication yet of what this opening offer is, but Fabrizio Romano suggests Chelsea are keen to include players in the deal, with David Datro Fofana and Cesare Casadei being discussed.

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Fulham face double blow

Friday 28 June 2024 12:37 , Matt Verri

Willian and Bobby De Cordova-Reid are set to become free agents next week, despite Fulham’s best attempts to keep both players, writes Dom Smith.

The wingers are each out of contract on Monday but have both been offered new contracts to remain at Craven Cottage.

De Cordova-Reid has been offered a two-year deal, while Willian, who turns 36 in August, will only entertain one-year contracts at this stage of his career. Both players look set to become free agents before deciding their futures.

It is understood that Fulham would be willing to keep working on potential new deals for both players even after their employment by the club officially ends on July 1.

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Kyle Walker-Peters and Flynn Downes considered for swap deal

Friday 28 June 2024 12:18 , Matt Verri

West Ham and Southampton are in talks over a potential swap deal involving Kyle Walker-Peters and Flynn Downes.

As first reported by Fabrizio Romano, Walker-Peters is keen on the move to West Ham, but negotiations are still in the very early stages.

Talks are continuing, but as with most swap deals it would be a complex agreement.

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Ipswich in pole position to sign Omari Hutchinson

Friday 28 June 2024 11:58 , Matt Verri

Ipswich are confident of completing a deal north of £20million for Chelsea forward Omari Hutchinson, writes Nick Purewal.

Stuttgart have also pushed hard to recruit the Jamaica international on a permanent transfer, but Premier League new boys Ipswich are now the front-runners.

Hutchinson spent last season on loan with Ipswich and helped the Tractor Boys win promotion to the Premier League with a second-placed Championship finish.

Now the 20-year-old looks set to make a permanent move to the Suffolk club, who are gearing up for their first top-flight campaign in 22 years.

Full story here!

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Nico Williams suggests summer move unlikely

Friday 28 June 2024 11:28 , Matt Verri

Nico Williams has delivered a clear indication that he will reject transfer interest from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea this summer and stay at Athletic Club.

The Spain international, 21, is available for a release clause thought to be worth around £49million but prospective buyers will have to convince him to leave Bilbao, where he has played since he was a boy.

Older brother Inaki Williams, 30, has been no stranger to transfer interest during his career and the younger Williams has suggested that he’ll lean on his sibling as he looks to shut out the speculation and focus on his bid to win Euro 2024 with Spain.

“It's hard to deal with, because everyone is constantly asking you what you're going to do with your future,” he told Spanish radio station RNE.

“I'm a 21-year-old kid who just wants to play football.

“I have already said that Athletic is my home. I only recently renewed [my contract]. I am very happy.

“[Inaki] has already experienced it. He had his moment many years ago with rumors from the outside. He knows what it’s like, he knows how you suffer and he knows what has to be done.”

Read more on that here!

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Chelsea interest in midfield double deal

Friday 28 June 2024 11:03 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have signalled interest in both Leicester’s Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Archie Gray of Leeds, writes Nick Purewal.

The Blues have not made any official approach for either player, but are understood to be looking seriously at new midfield options.

Leicester youth product Dewsbury-Hall is a long-running target for Brighton, but Chelsea are now weighing up whether to move.

The 25-year-old thrived under Enzo Maresca as Leicester won the Championship title last season, and now boasts a clutch of interested clubs.

Dewsbury-Hall is understood to be keen to work again with Maresca, who has replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Chelsea head coach.

Leeds’ teenage star Gray has represented England at every age group level and is touted for the very top of the game.

Both Leicester and Leeds need to make sales this summer, and offloading homegrown talents would offer a significant financial boost.

Click here for the full story!

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Ben Godfrey lands in Italy

Friday 28 June 2024 10:41 , Matt Verri

Ben Godfrey is expected to imminently wrap up his move to Atalanta.

The Everton defender has now arrived in Italy ahead of undergoing a medical today, as the move nears completion.

Everton and Atalanta have agreed a €10m deal plus €2M in add-ons for Godfrey.

AC Milan prepare Romelu Lukaku bid

Friday 28 June 2024 10:13 , Matt Verri

AC Milan are ready to offer around £25m for Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea are expected to sell the striker this summer, and are keen to finally secure a permanent exit for the Belgian.

While Antonio Conte is hoping to bring Lukaku to Napoli, La Gazzetta dello Sport report that it is AC Milan currently leading the race and they are prepared to make the first move.

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Liverpool consider new goalkeeper target

Friday 28 June 2024 09:58 , Matt Verri

Liverpool are keeping tabs on Brazilian goalkeeper Bento.

The 25-year-old made his senior international debut earlier this year and could now be on the move, with Liverpool pushing to sign a goalkeeper ahead of Caoimhín Kelleher’s expected departure.

Ge Globo claim that Bento is a target, after Athletico Paranaense turned down a £13m bid from Inter Milan.

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Deadline for Joshua Zirkzee amid Man United interest

Friday 28 June 2024 09:28 , Matt Verri

Joshua Zirkzee has been told by Bologna to make a decision on his future before next week.

That’s according to Corriere dello Sport, with it suggested that the striker is edging nearer towards joining Manchester United.

The club have made it clear they will pay Zirkzee’s release clause of £34m, with positive talks taking place yesterday with Kia Joorabchian, the 23-year-old’s agent, as progress continues to be made.

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Douglas Luiz to seal Juventus move

Friday 28 June 2024 09:04 , Matt Verri

Douglas Luiz has now completed his medical ahead as he move to Juventus nears completion.

The midfielder will make the move from Aston Villa for a fee in the region of £24m, with Enzo Barrenechea and Samuel Iling-Junior going the other way.

Fabrizio Romano reports that all three players have undergone medicals and final paperwork is being completed before an official announcement.

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Bayern Munich set Joshua Kimmich price

Friday 28 June 2024 08:45 , Matt Verri

Bayern Munich would be willing to sell Joshua Kimmich for around £25m this summer.

The versatile German star is out of contract and it is believed that Bayern have accepted he will not sign a new deal.

BILD report that Kimmich is therefore likely to be sold and Bayern have set their price, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City the Premier League clubs he would consider.

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PSG waiting for Marcus Rashford decision

Friday 28 June 2024 08:29 , Matt Verri

PSG are considering a big-money move for Marcus Rashford.

The Ligue 1 side have regularly been linked with the Manchester United star, and that has strengthened after Kylian Mbappe’s exit.

According to talkSPORT, PSG still have strong interest in Rashford, and are expected to push ahead with pursuing him if the forward indicates he is open to a move.

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Busy Chelsea set to seal triple transfer deal

Friday 28 June 2024 08:04 , George Flood

Busy Chelsea just can’t stay out of the transfer news so far this summer.

Standard Sport understands they are close to wrapping up a £17m deal for Boca Juniors defender Aaron Anselmino following a breakthrough in talks with the Argentine giants.

The Blues are also preparing to announce the arrival of midfielder Omari Kellyman from Aston Villa, while striker Marc Guiu successfully passed a medical in west London yesterday ahead of his £5m switch from Barcelona.

Anselmino is expected to be loaned straight to Chelsea’s sister club Strasbourg in France.

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Chelsea want Leeds star Archie Gray in midfield overhaul

Friday 28 June 2024 07:47 , George Flood

We can add Archie Gray to the ever-growing list of summer Chelsea transfer targets it appears.

The teenage midfielder is attracting high-profile interest after Leeds failed to secure promotion straight back to the Premier League last season, ousted narrowly by Southampton in the play-off final at Wembley.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea are keen on Gray, 18, as well as Leicester’s Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall as they plot long-term strengthening in midfield under new manager Enzo Maresca.

Tottenham and Liverpool have also been linked with Gray in the past.

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Man Utd face Jose Mourinho battle in shock Alvaro Morata move

Friday 28 June 2024 07:29 , George Flood

Manchester United may have to battle Jose Mourinho this summer for the surprise signing of Alvaro Morata.

The Spain captain could return to the Premier League following a previous disappointing stint at Chelsea, amid shock recent links regarding an unexpected switch to Old Trafford.

However, Team Talk are reporting now that ex-United boss Mourinho is also keen on a move for Atletico Madrid’s Morata after taking the reins at Turkish giants Fenerbahce earlier this month.

The 31-year-old is said to have a release clause in his current Atleti contract that expires next summer worth just £10m.

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Tottenham plan second bid for Jacob Ramsey

Friday 28 June 2024 07:20 , George Flood

Tottenham are pondering a second offer for Jacob Ramsey.

Spurs saw an initial bid for the former England Under-21 midfielder worth £20m plus Giovani Lo Celso rejected by Aston Villa earlier this week.

However, Standard Sport understands that Tottenham are now weighing up a fresh approach for Ramsey, who Villa are said to value at between £40m and £50m.

Spurs want to sign a new box-to-box midfielder this summer and are under pressure to bring in homegrown players to satisfy Uefa rules in the Europa League.

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Chelsea to offer Trevoh Chalobah in move for £70m Murillo

Friday 28 June 2024 07:12 , George Flood

The transfer fun certainly doesn’t stop there with Chelsea, who are also said to have bid for Nottingham Forest defender Murillo.

The Brazil centre-back made quite an impression in his first season at the City Ground after completing a £15m switch from Corinthians last summer.

His performances have piqued the interest of Chelsea, with reports from Brazil earlier this week claiming that an offer had already been made.

The Guardian suggest that Murillo could cost as much as £70m, but that the Blues hope to include Trevoh Chalobah as part of the deal.

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Chelsea hijack Brighton move for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Friday 28 June 2024 07:07

Chelsea remain extremely busy in the summer transfer market and appear to have hijacked Brighton’s move for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall at the 11th hour.

The Blues look keen to reunite the Leicester midfielder with ex-Foxes boss Enzo Maresca at Stamford Bridge.

David Ornstein of The Athletic reported last night that Chelsea had made initial contact over a deal for Dewsbury-Hall, who is eager to make the switch.

It was later claimed elsewhere that the 25-year-old had looked poised for a medical at Brighton, where he would be involved in a part-exchange deal along with Polish midfielder Jakub Moder.

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Viktor Gyokeres to Arsenal latest transfer update

Friday 28 June 2024 06:57 , George Flood

Arsenal are looking at signing a new striker this summer but would have to spend big on Viktor Gyokeres, according to reports.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a statement move for a new frontman to spearhead their latest Premier League title charge next term, with Victor Osimhen among those touted for a big-money switch to north London.

However, it is Gyokeres who currently seems to have the most attention from Arsenal after missing out on both Benjamin Sesko and Serhou Guirassy, with Sky Sports reporting that the club will have a busy summer window and are looking at attacking additions.

However, they add that it would take a bumper fee of around £85m to prise the former Coventry star and Sweden international away from Sporting Lisbon.

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Saudi clubs circle Thomas Partey

Thursday 27 June 2024 22:35 , Alex Young

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is attracting interest from Saudi Arabia.

The Gunners are open to selling the Ghana international this summer and TEAMtalk report that clubs from the Gulf state are circling and have been in touch with agents to discover if a deal is possible.

The four major clubs in Saudi Arabia - Al Ahli, Al Nassr, Al Hilal and Al Nassr - have all been mooted as possible destinations.

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Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall was having Brighton medical before Chelsea call

Thursday 27 June 2024 21:41 , Alex Young

Remarkable, if true.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall was at Brighton for a medical before Chelsea signalled their interest, according to journalist Tomasz Włodarczyk.

Leicester had agreed a swap deal with Brighton: Jakub Moder for Dewsbury-Hall. But Chelsea have thrown a spanner in the works.

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Tottenham target Jacob Ramsey is not for sale

Thursday 27 June 2024 21:06 , Alex Young

Aston Villa will reject all offers for Tottenham target Jacob Ramsey,

Spurs are weighing up an improved bid for the midfielder after having an offer of £20million plus Giovani Lo Celso rejected.

But, according to talkSPORT, the 23-year-old is not for sale for any price.

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Arsenal put Real Madrid star Rodrygo on Copa America shortlist

Thursday 27 June 2024 20:38 , Alex Young

Arsenal are “closely monitoring” six players currently impressing at the Copa America.

Arsenal are said to watching star Newcastle and Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, as well as Santiago Gimenez, Feyenoord’s Mexican striker.

Inter Milan and Argentina frontman Lautaro Martinez is also believed to be on the list, along with Brazil’s Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, Jonathan David of Canada and Lille and William Pacho, the centre-back for Ecuador and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Rodrygo certainly appears the standout name on that list, with Arsenal’s interest in Guimaraes in particular well-documented so far this summer.

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Chelsea goalkeeper joins Oxford United

Thursday 27 June 2024 20:01

Chelsea goalkeeper Jamie Cumming has left the club to join Oxford United.

A club statement read: “The 24-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with U’s in League One, helping them to promotion to the Championship, and has now completed a permanent transfer to remain at the Kassam Stadium.

“Cumming, who joined the Blues at the age of eight, previously spent time on loan at Stevenage, Gillingham, and MK Dons. He was named Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year at the latter.”

Ipswich begin talks with Chelsea over permanent Omari Hutchinson deal

Thursday 27 June 2024 19:20 , Alex Young

Ipswich Town have begun talks with Chelsea over a permanent deal for Omari Hutchinson.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the winger had interest from Germany but wants to stay at the club he was on loan at last season.

Manager Kieran McKenna staying put has been key.

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Arsenal told signing Neymar this summer is 'not impossible'

Thursday 27 June 2024 18:51 , Alex Young

Arsenal have been told it is "not impossible" to sign Neymar this summer, as Mikel Arteta continues to work on a new striker signing.

The Gunners want a new frontman after growing frustrated with the performances of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah, and have already missed out on key target Benjamin Sesko this summer.

Amid links with the likes of Rodrygo, Victor Osimhen, Viktor Gyokeres, Serhou Guirassy and Johan Bakayoko, a new name has entered the frame.

Read more here!

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Chelsea make move for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Thursday 27 June 2024 18:23 , Alex Young

Leicester City star Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has hailed Chelsea boss Enzo Maresca as "an unbelievable manager" amid reported interest from the Blues.

Dewsbury-Hall is a summer target of Chelsea, according to The Athletic, who reportedly view the 25-year-old as an ideal addition for the style of play Maresca wishes to implement.The Leicester academy graduate, the report adds, is open to the switch.

He told BBC Sport: "Enzo was an unbelievable manager. I genuinely see him becoming a top manager, so it wasn’t a surprise to see he was in demand. It is weird having to change a manager after being so successful, but that’s football.”

Read more here!

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Como swoop for Raphael Varane

Thursday 27 June 2024 17:56 , Marc Mayo

Como are surprise bidders to sign ex-Manchester United defender Raphael Varane.

The newly-promoted Serie A side are said to be keen on making a splash in the transfer market with Sportmediaset saying Varane’s entourage have been contacted over a deal.

MLS club Inter Miami have also been linked with the Frenchman.

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New Arsenal midfield target

Thursday 27 June 2024 17:34 , Marc Mayo

Mikel Merino is an option to bolster Arsenal’s midfield.

Thomas Partey could leave for Saudi Arabia this summer and Mikel Arteta wants Real Sociedad man Merino to replace him, so say Mundo Deportivo.

The former Newcastle player has just one year left on his contract in San Sebastian and Barcelona are also interested in his services.

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Key Paulo Dybala decision looms

Thursday 27 June 2024 17:10 , Marc Mayo

Paulo Dybala’s future will come to a head in the next fortnight.

On July 1, the Roma striker’s £10m release clause becomes active and Manchester United have been tipped to make a move due to Erik ten Hag’s admiration of Dybala.

Italian outlet Corriere della Sera report on the player planning to hold talks with Roma over a new contract before pre-season begins on July 8.

The fate of those talks will decide whether or not he’s available, and for a bargain fee, this summer.

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Juventus eye Jakub Kiwior as Riccardo Calafiori auction ramps up

Thursday 27 June 2024 16:39 , Marc Mayo

Juventus are looking at Jakub Kiwior as an alternative to Riccardo Calafiori.

The Italy defender’s impressive season at Bologna and role at Euro 2024 has sparked wide-ranging interest in Calafiori, even if his club don’t want to sell.

Tottenham and Liverpool have also been named as keen.

As for Juve, they consider Arsenal’s Kiwior a viable alternative along with Nice star Jean-Clair Todibo, according to Tuttosport.

Fabrizio Romano adds AC Milan and Napoli to the list of clubs eyeing Kiwior.

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Arsenal look to snatch Barcelona wonderkid

Thursday 27 June 2024 16:20 , Marc Mayo

Barcelona defender Mikayil Faye has entered Arsenal’s radar.

The 19-year-old centre-back was reportedly on the verge of joining Porto but that move has now stalled, prompting Arsenal to make an enquiry according to HITC.

Barcelona want in the region of £12m for Senegal international Faye plus the option to buy him back for a set fee.

England and Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi is also said to be on the Gunners’ shortlist for a new defender.

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New potential buyer for Romelu Lukaku

Thursday 27 June 2024 15:55 , Marc Mayo

AC Milan are interested in Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Rossoneri see the Belgian as a viable alternative to Joshua Zirkzee should they fail to land the Bologna striker.

Lukaku is said to have not dismissed the idea of heading to the great rivals of his old club, Inter, while Napoli are also keen but will have to sell Victor Osimhen first.

Chelsea only want to sell Lukaku permanently with a fee in the region of £25m being mooted.

Roma striker Tammy Abraham is another alternative target for Milan.

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Man Utd also on Arsenal target's trail

Thursday 27 June 2024 15:34 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal and Manchester United are both scouting Turkey defender Ferdi Kadioglu at Euro 2024.

The Fenerbahce left-back has been strongly linked to the Gunners by Turkish media this summer with a price tag of around £20m reported.

According to Turkish-Football, the English clubs are taking a look at Kadioglu as clubs around Europe take an interest in him.

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Chelsea close in on triple signing

Thursday 27 June 2024 15:15 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea are closing in on the £17million transfer of teenage centre-back Aaron Anselmino from Boca Juniors, writes Nick Purewal.

The Blues’ South American youth revolution shows no signs of abating, with Stamford Bridge chiefs aiming to move quickly to land the 19-year-old Argentine.

Anselmino is expected to sign a six-year deal at Chelsea, with a loan to sister club Strasbourg a likely first step.

Chelsea are also on the verge of adding Aston Villa midfielder Omari Kellyman, 18, with 18-year-old Barcelona striker Marc Guiu travelling for a medical this week with his modest £5m release clause triggered at the Camp Nou.

Read the full story!

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Napoli reveal Kvicha Kvaratskhelia plan

Thursday 27 June 2024 14:53 , Marc Mayo

Antonio Conte wants to see Kvicha Kvaratskhelia sign a new Napoli contract following his heroics for Georgia at Euro 2024.

Both Chelsea and Real Madrid have previously been linked with the winger but neither appear to be making moves for him this summer.

New Napoli boss Conte said: “We hope that the European Championship can restore a certain calmness with Kvara because we have a contract.

“We will make him a proposal for an extension and in any case I don’t foresee any problems with him.”

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Arsenal ponder bid for Jules Kounde

Thursday 27 June 2024 14:33 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal are reportedly considering a bid for Jules Kounde.

Barcelona do not want to sell the French defender, who can play at centre-back or right-back, but their financial situation may open up a pathway to a deal, according to Spanish journalist Gerard Moreno.

Also key to Kounde’s future will be Ronald Araujo’s future as Manchester United eye the Uruguayan, who has just two years left on his contract.

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Two new arrivals due at Man Utd

Thursday 27 June 2024 13:55 , Marc Mayo

Two new additions are coming to Manchester United.

Following reports of talks with Ruud van Nistelrooy earlier this week, Fabrizio Romano today adds that Go Ahead Eagles manager Rene Hake is on their shortlist to also join Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff.

Ten Hag will first have to sign his two-year contract extension with talks almost completed.

Van Nistelrooy left his post as PSV boss a year ago while Hake, 52, led the Eagles to ninth in the Eredivisie last season.

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Arsenal done deal: Goalkeeper Lucas Nygaard joins the Gunners

Thursday 27 June 2024 13:23 , George Flood

A done deal at Arsenal today.

The Gunners have announced the signing of teenage goalkeeper Lucas Nygaard from FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark.

The Danish youth international has penned a professional contract on his 18th birthday and will initially join Arsenal’s academy under Per Mertesacker.

“I’m really pleased to finally be here. I have a good feeling in my stomach,” Nygaard said.

“As you all know, Arsenal is a big football club and I was really happy when my dad told me there was some interest and I was going here on a trial.

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“I’m a modern goalkeeper who likes to play with my feet. I’m also good on the line, making great saves.

“I played for FC Nordsjaelland who also like the goalkeeper to play a lot, so they did a great job developing me.

“I’m looking forward to playing games again and winning a lot of games next season while developing.

“I’ve chosen Arsenal because I could see they like to play out from the back and that feels really good. The people around the club have been really great, so it wasn’t a hard decision.”

Spurs could up Jacob Ramsey bid amid Jonathan David pursuit

Thursday 27 June 2024 12:57 , Marc Mayo

Tottenham are weighing up an improved bid for Aston Villa's Jacob Ramsey after having an offer of £20million plus Giovani Lo Celso rejected, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

Spurs want to add a box-to-box midfielder to their squad this summer and are under pressure to sign homegrown players to comply with UEFA regulations in the Europa League next season.

Spurs are also in the market for a centre-forward this summer, with Lille’s Jonathan David among the players of interest.

Read the full story!

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Barcelona striker Marc Guiu set for Chelsea medical today

Thursday 27 June 2024 12:18 , George Flood

It will soon be three new exciting youngsters through the door at Chelsea.

Aston Villa midfielder Omari Kellyman is set to be officially announced as a Blue soon, while as mentioned a £17m deal for Boca Juniors defender Aaron Anselmino is now close.

The Athletic also report that Barcelona striker Marc Guiu is flying in for a medical at Chelsea today after triggering a £5.1m release clause in his current contract.

He is also set to pen a six-year deal at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2030.

 (Evening Standard)
(Evening Standard)

Chelsea close to sealing £17m deal for Aaron Anselmino

Thursday 27 June 2024 12:04 , George Flood

Chelsea are now said to be closing in on a deal for Aaron Anselmino.

The Athletic report that negotiations with Boca Juniors over their versatile teenage defender, who can also play in midfield, have reached an advanced stage after positive progress.

Chelsea are expected to pay around £17m for Anselmino, with personal terms not considered a problem as he prepares to pen a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

He is set to be loaned straight out to sister club Strasbourg in Ligue 1.

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