Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all battling for top-flight deals as the summer transfer window continues to heat up as the new football season draws ever closer.
Chelsea appear to have sensationally hijacked Arsenal’s move for Raphinha, with a fee of more than £55million set to be agreed with Leeds for the Brazilian winger. The Gunners are also battling Manchester United for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, although the transfer of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City is expected to be officially announced today.
Chelsea want to sign three City players in Raheem Sterling, Nathan Ake and Oleksandr Zinchenko, as they continue to push for Matthijs de Ligt amid reports of Jules Kounde, Milan Skriniar and Ousmane Dembele. Tottenham, meanwhile, are stepping up their pursuit of Richarlison and Anthony Gordon as talks continue with Everton, with Spurs set to secure a huge deal for the pair worth £100million. Follow all the latest transfers, news, rumors and gossip throughout the day below.
Blow to Tottenham and Chelsea
Lautaro Martinez is ‘happy’ at Inter Milan and the idea of him leaving ‘makes no sense’, according to the player’s agent.
The Argentine has been considered by Chelsea as they consider whether or not to ask for players in exchange as part of a deal to send Romelu Lukaku back to the Serie A giants on loan.
Martinez forged a prolific partnership with the Belgian during the 2020/21 season as Inter won a first league title in 11 years under Antonio Conte.
In Lukaku’s absence last time out, the 24-year-old continued to impress, scoring 24 goals as the Nerazzurri lost their crown to city rivals AC Milan, with only Ciro Immobile bettering his tally of 21 goals.
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Tottenham ‘very close’ to signing Clement Lenglet from Barcelona
RAC 1 claim Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet is “very close” to joining Tottenham on a season-long loan.
Antonio Conte is believed to want to bring in a new centre-back as part of his overhaul in north London this summer and the Frenchman could be an accessible target, given Barca’s financial troubles.
It is said that Lenglet has already made up his mind on the move and there is a good chance he will join Spurs soon.
Doucoure set for Crystal Palace medical
Earlier today, Standard Sport told you that Crystal Palace are closing in on Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure.
Now Sky Sports claim the player is traveling to London for a medical.
Tottenham gave Richarlison another boost as Everton talks continue
Tottenham remain in talks over a deal for Richarlison, with Everton under pressure to sell due to their financial troubles, writes Simon Collings.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte wants to strengthen his attack this summer and Richarlison has emerged as a prime target.
Everton value the Brazilian at around £60m but they are under pressure to sell amid concerns over their ability to comply with Premier League profit and sustainability rules.
The Toffees recorded a loss of £120.9m for the 2020-21 season, which was the third consecutive campaign where their losses exceeded £100m.
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Lisandro Martinez: Arsenal gave the transfer advantage
90Min claim that Arsenal are in pole position to sign Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez despite interest from Manchester United.
While Erik Ten Hag’s side are believed to be keen on the Argentina international, those at Old Trafford would prefer a move for Villarreal star Pau Torres.
As Arsenal prepare a new offer after seeing their attempts to sign Raphinha hijacked by Chelsea, this could be good news.
Chelsea plot £105m transfer raid with Raphinha to be offered HUGE salary
Chelsea are set to agree personal terms with Raphinha on a deal worth around £120,000 a week as they look to add him to a new £105million attack with Raheem Sterling, writes Simon Collings.
The Blues are closing in on a £55million deal to sign Raphinha from Leeds after hijacking Arsenal’s transfer for the 25-year-old Brazil international.
Chelsea are confident of striking a deal that would see Raphinha triple his salary, which hasn’t increased since joining Leeds in 2020.
Arsenal had an opening offer for Raphinha rejected last week and Chelsea are now ahead of the Gunners and Barcelona in the race to sign him.
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West Ham: Lyon close to an agreement for the transfer of Issa Diop
L’Equipe claim that Lyon are trying to reach an agreement to sign Issa Diop down the line.
David Moyes is ready to sell the defender this summer following the arrival of Nayef Aguerd as he looks to build a team that can fight on both the home and European fronts.
Takumi Minamino: Jurgen Klopp sends message after Monaco move
Takumi Minamino has completed his transfer to AS Monaco and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to him.
“It’s hard to see Taki go, but it’s a great decision for him and one he thoroughly deserves,” he told the club’s website.
“An incredible professional; great, talented player. As a person, he is full of warmth and makes everyone feel positive. A manager’s dream, to be honest.
“I’m sure there will be those who think it didn’t quite work out. Those who think that are wrong. I do not accept this.
“His contribution far exceeds the opportunities we were able to give ourselves, in terms of starting games. He made us better every day he was with us – not just in the games he played, but in every training session. Perfect attitude, winning mentality.
“His performances and goals are the reason we have had to redo the Wall of Champions so many times. His achievements here will stand the test of time.
“I know he will be a big hit in Monaco. I’m sure we’ll watch him with a mixture of celebration and envy as he progresses and blossoms there.
“He leaves with our appreciation and best wishes. Thank you, Taki.
Chelsea inform Sevilla of their intention to sign Jules Kounde
ABC Sevilla claim that Chelsea have informed the Spanish club of their ‘firm intention’ to sign Jules Kounde.
The France international has been almost constantly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for most of the year now, having initially emerged on their radar in the summer of 2021.
Considered a top target, the Blues are said to be ready to strike a deal soon.