Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to be the busiest sides of the summer window. The Blues are finally ready to kick off their spending spree under new ownership, with a huge double deal for Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake now close to being finalised. But Raphinha looks ready for Barcelona.
Arsenal are pushing to sign Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans and Lyon star Lucas Paqueta, as they have also been linked with AC Milan’s Ismael Bennacer and Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby. However, the Gunners could be set to lose to Manchester United in the uphill battle for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.
Tottenham have already made five signings this summer after welcoming Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona. Antonio Conte wanted another deal agreed ahead of today’s pre-season trip to South Korea but Spurs remain locked in negotiations with Middlesbrough over Djed Spence amid new rumors over the Villarreal defender Paul Torres. Follow the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip below!
Cucurella in line for new Brighton deal
Brighton are said to be in talks with Marc Cucurella over a new contract.
The defender has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City this summer, although Brighton have demanded a significant fee and are reluctant to sell.
Athletic report that the Seagulls are keen to tie Cucurella beyond his current contract, although it’s not a direct response to City’s interest in the player.
Richarlison discusses ‘dream’ transfer from Tottenham
Richarlison has revealed how much playing in the Champions League will mean to him after signing for Tottenham.
The Brazilian has joined Spurs in a deal worth up to £60m, joining Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma and Ivan Perisic in a move to north London. Clément Lenglet has since become the fifth summer arrival.
Tottenham’s late run to finish in the top four last season proved crucial, giving them Champions League football to offer as Antonio Conte makes big changes to his squad, and the chance to test himself against Europe’s top flight was a crucial factor in Richarlison’s decision.
“I was even commenting with my friends that the television gives goosebumps, just listening to the theme song,” Richarlison said in his first Tottenham interview.
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Danjuma intends to stay in Spain
Arnaut Danjuma reportedly refused to join the Premier League.
West Ham were among English clubs interested in the Villarreal winger, after the 25-year-old impressed last season for the La Liga outfit.
But according to Goal, Danjuma turned down the Hammers and instead opted to stay with Villarreal this summer.
Klopp: Nunez impressed playing against us
Jurgen Klopp has revealed Darwin Nunez’s impressive display against Liverpool earlier this season encouraged the club to sign the striker.
Nunez signed a big move earlier this summer, having featured for Benfica last campaign, as Klopp has grown more familiar with the threat he offers.
“It was extremely impressive when he played in front of us,” Klopp said.
“When you prepare Benfica, you know right down to the shoe size – we know absolutely everything about an opponent, so we know exactly about Darwin’s quality.
“The power and confusion with the technique, the desire, the smart moves, the problems he caused us. We all fell in love with those two games. A very aggressive South American, that’s a good thing!
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Ten Hag: Malacia suits United’s profile
Erik ten Hag has discussed signing Tyrell Malacia and what he will bring to Manchester United.
The 22-year-old was unveiled earlier this week, making him the first signing of Ten Hag’s reign, and the new United boss is confident he will make an impact quickly.
“I think that he is [Malacia] the modern left-back or full-back,” Ten Hag told the club’s official website.
“He fits the profile and the most important thing is, of every full-back, that he closes the right area, but he can also take part in the attacking side of our game, and he can do that very well.”
Chelsea prepare defensive reinforcements
Chelsea are believed to be set to bring Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake to Stamford Bridge.
But there is still a real need to strengthen at the back, with Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger already gone and Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta facing an uncertain future.
The Telegraph report that the Blues have drawn up a shortlist of Jules Kounde, Matthijs de Ligt, Presnel Kimpembe and Kalidou Koulibaly, as they plan their next defensive signing.
ICYMI: Spurs ‘confident’ of Pau Torres
Could Tottenham be ready to add another defender to their ranks in the form of Pau Torres?
Journalist Pete O’Rourke believes Spurs have the advantage over fellow Manchester United.
Hetold GiveMeSport: “I think it would be fair to say that Spurs will be first if it is up to both clubs to sign Pau Torres. Champions League football will be a big carrot for the Spain international for the bring to England.
“Also, if Manchester United were to sign Lisandro Martinez, maybe that means Pau Torres isn’t high on their agenda either at the moment. If Tottenham were to move for Pau Torres, I think they would be pretty confident that they could strike a deal.
Frank: More to come from Hickey
Brentford manager Thomas Frank has discussed signing Aaron Hickey from the club.
“I am very happy that we managed to sign Aaron,” Frank told the club’s official website. “What he has already achieved in his career is very impressive. He is only 20 years old and has played a full season in Scotland as well as almost two seasons in Serie A.
He added: “Aaron is a rare thing in modern football in that he is equally good with both feet. He is technically very sound and is good when he has the ball in tight areas.
“He’s an attacking full-back who has good creativity, he’s a great center of the ball and he scored goals in Serie A last year.
“There are areas for improvement and we are looking forward to having him with us so that we can be part of his development as a player.”
Raphinha flies to Barcelona
Raphinha is expected to arrive in Barcelona on Monday to finalize a move from Leeds.
According to Sport, the cash-strapped Spanish giants have finally secured a deal for the Brazilian which would see both Chelsea and Arsenal miss out on the winger.
Chelsea’s £55m bid was accepted last week and Barca offered £46.5m but would make up the rest in add-ons.
A final deal is expected to be reached over the weekend.