Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham continue to make big moves in the transfer market as the new Premier League season draws closer. And talk about Matthijs de Ligt, Lisandro Martinez and Djed Spence is heating up.
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are set to announce the transfer of Raheem Sterling any minute now and are now linked with Serge Gnabry and Rafael Leao after their hopes of landing Raphinha faded. De Ligt, Dayot Upamecano and Nathan Ake are their main targets in defense. In midfield, Guido Rodriguez is said to be an option to replace N’Golo Kante – who are of interest to Arsenal.
The Gunners remain locked in a battle with Manchester United over Lisandro Martinez and also have Lucas Paqueta on their radar. Meanwhile, the Spence saga continues at Tottenham as Antonio Conte looks to freshen up his squad, with the focus soon shifting to departures. Stay tuned to Standard Sport for all the latest transfer market updates!
Koulibaly talks to Chelsea
Chelsea have joined the fight for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Serie A outfit reportedly don’t want a deal with Juventus for the Senegalese star, who is being considered by the Torino side as a replacement for Matthijs de Ligt.
Talks are scheduled between Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Koulibaly this week to determine his future, according to Il Mattino.
Gianluca Di Marzio also claims that Chelsea held talks with the players’ camp over the weekend.
Rodriguez seen as Kante’s replacement
Argentina international Guido Rodriguez has emerged as N’Golo Kante’s potential successor.
The French midfielder could leave Chelsea in the coming weeks amid interest from Manchester United and Arsenal, and his contract also expires in a year.
Estadio Deportivo name Chelsea as a club keen on Rodriguez, 28.
De Jong nears Man United switch
Spanish outlet Esport3 claim that Barcelona and Manchester United have reached an agreement over the transfer of Frenkie de Jong.
A fee of £72m would be paid by the Red Devils including bonuses.
Next will come De Jong’s decision to link up with Erik ten Hag while giving up Champions League football. Chelsea have also been linked with the player.
Lyon name Paqueta price
Lyon want £67.5million for Lucas Paqueta.
Goal report on the Arsenal and Newcastle target being highly rated by his club, where he is under contract until 2025.
Edu has sounded out the player’s camp over a move, it is claimed, with Lyon admitting they rejected offers earlier this summer from unnamed clubs.
Lewandowski back at Bayern despite Barcelona demands
Robert Lewandowski is back in Bavaria today to start pre-season with Bayern Munich.
Medical tests will take place for the striker as his desired move to Barcelona gathers pace.
According to Sky in Germany, the LaLiga side are preparing a bid of £42million plus bonuses, with Bayern’s move for Matthijs de Ligt potentially funded by Lewandowski’s exit.
Tale open to more Spurs signings
Antonio Conte hasn’t ruled out further moves in the transfer market after five signings for Tottenham already. writes Dan Kilpatrick of Standard Sport.
Conte still wants to sign a right-back – with talks with Spurs ongoing for Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence – and a creative player, as they will target another defender if Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga leave in search of first-team football .
“We are always looking to strengthen the team if the opportunity arises,” he said.
“We want to improve the team numerically. Playing four competitions is difficult. You need a very good squad, with the numerical aspect and the qualitative aspect. In [the next] two months if there is a possibility of strengthening the workforce, we will do so.
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Chelsea close in on Slonina
Gabriel Slonina is set to join Chelsea for £10m.
The American shot-stopping sensation will remain on loan with Chicago after sealing the transfer, amid rival interest from Real Madrid.
Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano reports a verbal agreement before the offer officially lands next week.
Chelsea turn to Leao and Gnabry
Chelsea have probed both Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry and AC Milan’s Rafael Leao as alternatives to Leeds forward Raphinha – who now looks set to join Barcelona, writes Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella.
The pair are among a wide range of potential targets as Chelsea reassess their next attacking move after Raphinha rejected a £55million approach.
Gnabry and Leao are both in contract talks with their clubs and fears remain that their agents could take advantage of the Blues’ desire to add a striker.
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Saliba’s agent teases new contract
William Saliba’s agent has excited Arsenal fans about a possible new contract for the defender.
Following his return to London Colney yesterday, the Frenchman is set for a first-team shot and could be offered an extension with two years remaining on his contract.
Agent Niang Djibril has teased fans by filming from inside Arsenal’s announcement room on his Instagram Stories.
West Ham and Fulham in talks with Diop
West Ham remain hopeful of commanding a nearly £20m fee for defender Issa Diop amid interest from Fulham, writes Malik Ouzia of Standard Sport.
The newly-promoted side had an initial offer of £12m rejected last week by the Hammers, who want the bulk of the club-record fee they paid to sign Diop from Toulouse back in 2018.
The arrival of Morocco international Nayef Aguerd from Rennes earlier this summer, coupled with the return to fitness of Angelo Ogbonna, means Diop has slipped down the pecking order under David Moyes, who also has the top pair last season’s picks of Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson. available to him as central defender.
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