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The closure of the summer transfer window is less than a week away. Manchester United and Chelsea are the busiest Premier League clubs but Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham may yet make one final signing each before the 11pm deadline next Thursday.
Chelsea are set to clinch the signing of Wesley Fofana from Leicester but also want Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Everton winger Anthony Gordon. The Blues may end the summer having spent more than £300million.
Manchester United want to add a new winger having had a £76million bid for Antony from Ajax rejected. Cody Gakpo of PSV is another player in their crosshairs, as is Barcelona’s Memphis Depay who previously played at Old Trafford earlier in his career.
Arsenal are tracking Wolves wide-man Pedro Neto with Tottenham looking at a late swoop for his team-mate Adama Traore, while Liverpool are looking to land a midfielder after a change of heart from manager Jurgen Klopp.
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Cristiano Ronaldo to Sporting Lisbon is not currently a possibility, per CBS Sports.
Sporting boss Ruben Amorim is said to be opposed to signing the Manchester United striker, who wants to remain in one of Europe’s top five leagues – England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy.
Despite the hype around Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Sporting, my understanding still remains there is nothing close and a series of U-turns would need to occur to change that. Ruben Amorim is against the move and Ronaldo doesnu2019t want to drop outside Europeu2019s big five leagues. pic.twitter.com/bAbS6OLupd
Boubakary Soumare will not be leaving Leicester despite links to Crystal Palace, says Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers. Soumare started in the loss to Chelsea this afternoon.
“He came to me in the week and is very keen to stay now,” Rodgers said today. “He’s enjoyed his pre-season. It’s been tough for him because he thought he was on the move, but he came in and he’s committed to being here.
“Once we had a chat on where I see him and where he’s at, and reinforce the position to him, the importance of that, and that this can be a great year for him, having adapted last year, he was keen to stay and fight for his place.”
Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon appears headed to La Liga on loan despite interest from Nottingham Forest, per Sky Sports.
The Spaniard looks set to link up with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid on a standard season-long loan without a buy option.
Sergio Reguilon likely to choose Atletico Madrid despite interest in the Premier League. Straight loan. Good player. #THFC With @skysports_sheth
Fabian Ruiz, previously linked to Manchester United, is closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Fabrizio Romano reports that PSG are discussing the ‘final details’ with Napoli and that personal terms have long been agreed.
Spain international Ruiz, 26, will sign a five-year contract to link up with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and co.
Konrad Laimer was not in RB Leipzig’s squad for their 2-0 win over Wolfsburg today – but reports from Germany claim he will not be joining Bayern Munich.
Liverpool are a team that have been linked with the 25-year-old Austrian, who is out of contract next summer.
Could he be on his way to Anfield?
News #Laimer: He wonu2019t join Bayern in this window and he confirmed it already at Sky. We have reported about it at our show Transfer Update since days. Topic is closed now. @SkySportDE ud83cudde6ud83cuddf9 https://t.co/t1iEGiZANo
Chelsea are set to sign Wesley Fofana from Leicester and also want to bring in Anthony Gordon from Everton this summer.
But though a deal is thought to be near for Fofana, and the Blues are said to be ready to pay £60million for Gordon, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers and Everton manager Frank Lampard have refused to discuss the futures of the two.
Lampard said of Gordon, who scored in a 1-1 draw at Brentford: “A player at his level should react positively and I thought he did that. It’s [A £60m bid has] not happened. Nothing has changed.”
While Rodgers said of Fofana after a 2-1 loss at Chelsea: “There’s nothing new to add to it – it’s as simple as that.”
Memphis Depay’s next club is still no clearer, per Fabrizio Romano.
The Barcelona attacker is on Manchester United’s radar but an Old Trafford return is not on the cards just yet.
That Real Sociedad, United’s Europa League group opponents, are not in talks with the Dutchman however leaves the door open for the Red Devils to make a swoop should they want to.
There are no negotiations ongoing between Memphis Depay and Real Sociedad despite rumours, as things stand. Memphis situation remains open. ud83cuddf3ud83cuddf1 #FCB
Heu2019s included in Manchester United list but nothing advanced/concrete yet. Antony, priority – and it could also depend on Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/FjFEgep79n
Tottenham Hotspur are set to complete their eighth signing of the summer.
Sky Sports report Spurs have agreed a £2m deal for highly-rated Sheffield United starlet Will Lankshear.
The 17-year-old striker was released by Arsenal last summer and will join their north London rivals after they blew rival suitors out of the water with their offer.
Erik ten Hag has remained coy over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United future amid continued transfer speculation ahead of the September 1 deadline.
Ronaldo is still strongly linked with an Old Trafford exit in the final five days of the transfer window.
And after United’s 1-0 win at Southampton on Saturday, Ten Hag admitted he couldn’t guarantee the 37-year-old striker would be at the club after next Thursday.
He said: “I can’t say that [Ronaldo will stay]. We will be alert until the last second in the transfer market.”
Wesley Fofana has appeared to confirm he is leaving Leicester City for Chelsea by responding to Gary Lineker’s social media farewell.
Lineker tweeted: “Gutted to lose him but wish @Wesley_Fofanaa well. Every player wants to play @ChampionsLeague football, so it’s understandable. @ChelseaFC fans, you’ve got the most prodigiously talented young central defender in the world. Yes, I believe he’s that good.”
Fofana quoted the tweet with a teary-eyed emoji and two hand emojis signalling his thanks.
Chelsea will confirm the £75m capture on a six-year contract in the coming days.
Wolves have been given encouragement from VfB Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic over a summer transfer.
Fabrizio Romano reports Kalajdzic won’t be in action against Koln this weekend at his own request. He also missed training on Saturday.
Wolves saw a £12.7m bid rejected earlier this week but remain interested in the 25-year-old frontman.
Stuttgart value him at £16.9m.
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez hasn’t ‘lost hope’ of signing Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, but admits it’ll be ‘difficult’.
Barca have been strongly linked with Bernardo this summer, but there hopes have been reliant on player sales, specifically Frenkie de Jong’s prospective £72m move to Manchester United.
However, De Jong has fought to stay at the Nou Camp, which has all but ended Xavi’s Bernardo dream.
He said: “You never lose hope, but honestly, it is going to be difficult. Not an easy situation. There have to be exits on our part. It’s really difficult, really difficult.”
Manchester United have submitted an £8.4million bid for Memphis Depay, according to Gerard Romero.
The Red Devils have made their move to welcome Memphis back to Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag searches for late attacking recruits.
The report claims Barca have asked for the same fee from Real Sociedad, suggesting United have matched their valuation.
Memphis was in talks over a move to Juventus, but the Serie A club opted against a deal. He is now available and could be primed for a return to England…Arsenal are not expecting to make any more signings this summer, despite Nicolas Pepe’s late loan move to Nice.
The Sun report Mikel Arteta had wanted another forward amid links to Pedro Neto and Yeremy Pino.
Arsenal have also been touted as leading suitors for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, who is available for a cut-price fee ahead of his 2023 contract expiry.
However, the Gunners have told Arteta he will have to make do with the options at his disposal.
Ajax have called a board meeting today after Antony went public with his desire to leave the club on Friday, The Times report.
Antony, in an interview with Fabrizio Romano, made it clear that he wanted to depart this summer amid strong interest from Manchester United.
The Red Devils saw a second bid worth £76m rejected, to which Antony responded by publicly accusing Ajax of denying him the transfer.
There will likely be developments on the 22-year-old winger’s future this weekend…
Erik ten Hag has admitted Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams are likely to remain at Manchester United this summer.
When asked whether either player would be leaving the club in the coming days, Ten Hag cast doubt, despite reportedly viewing them as surplus to requirements.
He told reporters: “It can be, but we are talking about players who are not available, so I don’t think they will go out in this window.”
Fabrizio Romano has produced his trademark ‘here we go’ for Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana’s summer move to Chelsea.
The 21-year-old will sign a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge as he completes a £75m deal.
Fofana will become a new Chelsea player once the relevant paperwork is completed and he undergoes his medical.
Wesley Fofana to Chelsea, here we go! Documents are almost ready as Leicester and Chelsea reached an agreement on the fee on Friday, confirmed. ud83dudea8ud83dudd35 #CFC
Fofana will sign until June 2028 as new Chelsea player. Fee around u00a375m [add-ons included]. Time to prepare documents now. pic.twitter.com/lO31M5firj
Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta is expected to fly to England today to undergo a medical ahead of his move to West Ham United.
The Hammers have agreed a £51million deal for Paqueta and have already settled on the Brazilian’s personal terms.
Paqueta will be David Moyes’ eighth recruit of the summer.Nottingham Forest are pushing to sign Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi before the September 1 transfer deadline.
Fabrizio Romano reports Forest have offered the La Liga giants a £4m loan fee and could include an option to buy Lodi for £25m.
After Atletico changed their stance on his exit, the newly-promoted Premier League outfit are hopeful of recruiting Lodi in the coming days.
Liverpool are scouring the market to strengthen their midfield amid an injury crisis.
Jurgen Klopp admitted on Friday that Liverpool’s transfer business might not be over and one player who has emerged as a potential target is RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer.
90min claim there is some interest from Liverpool while reports in Germany have said he has a valuation of around £30m, making him a reasonably cheap purchase.
Chelsea have reportedly reached a ‘verbal agreement’ with Leicester City for defender Wesley Fofana, who has been pushing for a move to Stamford Bridge. The Blues have already seen three bids rejected for the Frenchman though are said to have now made a breakthrough involving a world-record fee for a central defender.
After failed pursuits of Jules Kounde and Matthijs de Ligt amongst others, attention turned to Fofana – who has impressed at Leicester over the past few seasons. The Foxes have been reluctant to part ways with the 21-year-old, though RMC Sport report that a verbal agreement has now been reached, with the player set for a medical soon.
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Manchester United have reportedly told Frenkie de Jong they will wait until the final day of the transfer window in case he changes his mind over a move to Old Trafford.
Spanish outlet Sport claims United made fresh contact with De Jong’s representatives on Friday. They have made the player aware that they will maintain an interest in him as late as possible and would carry out a deadline day move if the 25-year-old has a change of heart.
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