Transfer news LIVE! Chelsea in Gvardiol swap deal; Arsenal mystery signing; Tottenham medical; latest gossip

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Transfer news - LIVE!

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to push for major new signings as the transfer window heats up with the new Premier League season now less than a week away. Chelsea are hunting for new defenders, with Josko Gvardiol and Wesley Fofana top of Thomas Tuchel’s list after missing out on Jules Kounde to Barcelona. Milan Skriniar and Benjamin Pavard are also of interest.

Arsenal continue to be linked with Youri Tielemans as they push to sign a midfielder and James Maddison remains of interest, with Mikel Arteta hinting at further signings. Nuno Tavares has joined Marseille on loan.

Tottenham are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo, with the final pre-season friendly against Roma in Israel offering the perfect opportunity for Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici to strike a deal for the Italy international. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip with Standard Sport’s live blog below!

Latest transfer news and rumours

  • Chelsea line up Gvardiol swap deal

  • Slonina flying in for medical

  • Chelsea’s secret De Jong deal

  • Arsenal hunt for mystery signing

  • Spurs’ Rodon to have medical

Milan end Ziyech pursuit

Sunday 31 July 2022 13:39 , Alex Young

AC Milan have ended their interest in Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech after signing Club Brugge star Charles De Ketelaere.

According to Tuttosport, De Ketelaere was the Serie A giant's no1 target and will complete his move in the coming days, so there will be no further interest in Ziyech.

Chelsea’s secret De Jong deal

Sunday 31 July 2022 13:11 , Alex Young

Chelsea have made a move to hihack Manchester United's stalled attempts to sign Frenkie De Jong from Barcelona, according to SPORT.

Club owner Todd Boehly met Barcelona chief Joan Laporta earlier this month where an agreement was reached to sign Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso if De Jong moved the other way.

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Werner offered to Real Madrid

Sunday 31 July 2022 12:43 , Alex Young

Amid reports he could be involved in a swap deal for RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol, Timo Werner has reportedly also been offered to Real Madrid.

El Larguero claim Chelsea are working hard to find a solution for the striker, who wants more first-team football ahead of the November World Cup.

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Roma join Tanganga race

Sunday 31 July 2022 12:32 , Alex Young

Roma have joined the race to sign Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga, reports IlTempo.

AC Milan have been in talks with Spurs over a loan move for some time, but now Jose Mourinho reportedly wants a reunion with his former player.

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Done deal! Forest sign Mangala

Sunday 31 July 2022 12:09 , Alex Young

Nottingham Forest have signed Stuttgart midfielder Orel Mangala.

Leeds release Casilla

Sunday 31 July 2022 11:56 , Alex Young

Leeds have released goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

A statement read: “Leeds United and Kiko Casilla have parted company by mutual consent. We would like to thank Kiko for his contributions during his time at the club and we wish him well in the future.”

The goalkeeper still had one year to run on his contract.

Chelsea medical for Slonina

Sunday 31 July 2022 11:36 , Alex Young

Chelsea are set to complete the £12million signing of wonderkid goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire.

The 18-year-old was on Sunday morning given the go-ahead to fly to London, complete a medical and sign the paperwork on Sunday morning.

The Blues fended off rival approaches from Real Madrid and Wolves, and will send then goalkeeper back to Chicago on loan to complete a sensational breakthrough season in the MLS.

Read more here.

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Xavi issues De Jong update

Sunday 31 July 2022 11:09 , Alex Young

Barcelona manager Xavi does not know if Frenkie de Jong will be at the club following the end of the transfer window.

He said last night: "I don't know if he's [De Jong] going to stay here. There's still time and a lot of things can still happen.

"At the moment he's part of the team, like everyone else. The fact that he played as a central defender in the other games was not a sign that he was leaving.

"I don't need to send signals on the pitch. I can speak directly with my footballers."

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West Ham face Kostic competition

Sunday 31 July 2022 10:47 , Alex Young

West Ham are facing competition from Juventus to sign Filip Kostic.

The Hammers want to signed the left-back, who can also play in midfield, and lodged a bid worth around £11m last week.

Eintracht Frankfurt want around £17m to consider selling the 29-year-old, and Juventus are now showing interest.

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PSG now want Fofana

Sunday 31 July 2022 10:28 , Alex Young

Chelsea’s hunt for a new centre-back has taken another twist with Paris Saint-Germain now interested in Wesley Fofana.

According to reports in France, the Leicester centre-back, Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard.

It’s hotting up as we head into August.

Chelsea line up Gvardiol swap bid

Sunday 31 July 2022 10:00 , Alex Young

Chelsea are trying to agree a swap deal with RB Leipzig for Josko Gvardiol, which includes cash and Timo Werner.

The defender is high on Thomas Tuchel’s list, along with Wesley Fofana and, further down, Benjamin Pavard, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Gvardiol is considered not for sale by Leipzig.

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Rodon to have Rennes medical

Sunday 31 July 2022 09:45 , Alex Young

Tottenham defender Joe Rodon is in France to complete his loan move to Rennes.

He is due to undergo a medical before signing a season-long deal.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the Ligue 1 side will have an option to sign him for €20million.

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Arsenal’s mystery targets

Sunday 31 July 2022 09:45 , Alex Young

It appears that the signing Mikel Arteta most wants is a new winger.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, but the identity remains a mystery.

Central midfielders Lucas Paqueta and Youri Tielemans are targets but there have been no negotiations with clubs and will monitor options for the wing.

ICYMI: Arteta wants more signings

Sunday 31 July 2022 09:41 , Alex Young

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are not finished in the transfer market.

The Gunners have already bought five new players for around £120million and the manager is hopeful of doing more business.

He said: "We are still hoping to do something else if the market allows us to do that. You have seen some movement in the as few days as well.

"We want to get the perfect balance and the plan we wanted from the beginning. Whether we accomplish that or not is another story."

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Chelsea get all-clear to sign Pavard

Sunday 31 July 2022 09:24 , Alex Young

Bayern Munich have put Benjamin Pavard up for sale, with the defender offered to Chelsea.

The arrivals of both Noussair Mazraoui and Matthijs de Ligt is likely to see the France international’s minutes reduced and he has been told he can find a new club.

Bild report that Manchester United are also interested in the defender.

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Chelsea to announce third signing

Sunday 31 July 2022 09:01 , Alex Young

Chelsea are expected to confirm the signing of Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina soon.

The deal has been in the works for some time, initiated by Petr Cech who has since left the club, and according to ESPN, the 18-year-old is set to join for around £13m.

Real Madrid were also interested but Chelsea have won the race with Slonina now traveling to London to complete the deal before returning to Chicago on loan until January.

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One final bid for De Jong

Sunday 31 July 2022 08:21 , Alex Young

Manchester United are gearing up to make one final offer in an attempt to lure Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona.

That’s according to Sport, who claim United are prepared to make the midfielder among their top earners on a deal worth £450,000 per week.

United have agreed a fee with De Jong but the player remains unconvinced over the plus, while Barca owe him around £15m in deferred wages - which will also need to be resolved.

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Good morning

Sunday 31 July 2022 08:18 , Alex Young

We’re back up and running and we start with an update on Frenkie de Jong.

Stay tuned.

Tedesco refuses to discuss Werner links

Saturday 30 July 2022 22:49 , Matt Verri

RB Leipzig manager Domenico Tedesco has been asked about rumours linking his club with a move for Chelsea’s Timo Werner.

The German side have been linked with Werner, as have Newcastle, and Tedesco remained coy on the subject.

He said: “Timo Werner isn’t my player, isn’t our player. He is a player from FC Chelsea.

“Therefore, I have a clear opinion on this. To not express myself, to not position myself on players, who aren’t part of our club, who aren’t under contract in our club.

“In my opinion, that’s a matter of respect. That’s an important principle, which I set up for me.”

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Napoli in for Kepa

Saturday 30 July 2022 21:46 , Matt Verri

Napoli are in talks with Chelsea over a loan move for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Athletic report that an agreement between the two clubs is expected to be reached in the next few days, as Kepa looks set to move to Italy.

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Man United want Sesko

Saturday 30 July 2022 20:14 , Alex Young

Manchester United are looking into a deal to sign young striker Benjamin Sesko deal.

Fabrizio Romano says a bid has not been lodged “but approaches with player side continue as revealed earlier in the week.”

RB Salzburg would ideally prefer to keep Sesko for another year.

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Mari rejects Fener

Saturday 30 July 2022 16:58 , Alex Young

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has refused to a move to Fenerbache, according to Luca Bendoni.

The centre-back was linked with a loan and permanent exit from the club this summer, with the Turkish side showing most interest, but would rather other options.

Arsenal in Bowen enquiry

Saturday 30 July 2022 16:29 , Alex Young

Arsenal have this summer contacted West Ham over signing Jarrod Bowen, according to CBS Sports.

Reporter Ben Jacobs told GiveMeSport: “With Bowen, West Ham’s stance remains that they really don’t want to sell, so there’s a lot of clubs circling over Bowen, but the challenge, much like Declan Rice, is persuading West Ham to sell during this window and West Ham remain pretty intent not to let him go.

“So, there’s lots of excitement about Bowen moving potentially to a club like Arsenal, but it’s all hypothetical at the moment, because West Ham don’t want to sell. But Arsenal have definitely made an enquiry around Bowen to see what the situation is, but that’s what they’ve been told.”

One to watch.

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Arsenal want more signings

Saturday 30 July 2022 16:08 , Alex Young

Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal remain in the market for further signings.

“We are still hoping to do something else if the market allows,” he told reporters earlier today. “You have seen some movement in the last few days as well.

“We want to get the perfect balance and the plan we wanted from the beginning. Whether we accomplish that or not is another story.”

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea get Skriniar boost

Saturday 30 July 2022 16:02 , Alex Young

PSG are ready to walk away from a deal to sign Chelsea target Milan Skriniar.

L'Equipe journalist Loic Tanzi reports that the centre-back remains out of reach financially for the club and other targets will be approached if Inter do not lower their demands.

Chelsea are interested in Skriniar but PSG were considered the most likely contenders to sign him.

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Rodon to seal Rennes deal

Saturday 30 July 2022 15:46 , Alex Young

Tottenham defender Joe Rodon is in France to complete his loan move to Rennes.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the Ligue 1 side will have an option to sign him for €20million.

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Newcastle want Barnes AND Maddison

Saturday 30 July 2022 15:31 , Alex Young

Newcastle are interested in both James Maddison and Harvey Barnes of Leicester, according to the Mail.

It remains unclear if Newcastle could launch bids for both, or if it would be a matter of one or the other, but both will command hefty fees.

Done deal! Marseille sign Tavares

Saturday 30 July 2022 10:49 , George Flood

A done deal at Arsenal, who have allowed Nuno Tavares to exit on loan.

The Portuguese full-back will follow the likes of William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi by spending a season at Marseille.

However, Fabrizio Romano reports that there is no option for a permanent transfer included in the deal, so Tavares is expected back at Arsenal next summer.

Man City battle Arsenal for Paqueta

Saturday 30 July 2022 09:32 , George Flood

Manchester City look to have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the crowded battle for Lucas Paqueta.

The highly-rated Lyon playmaker is believed to appear firmly on the transfer radars of both north London clubs, as well as Newcastle.

However, French publication L’Equipe report that City are now plotting a £68m swoop for the Brazilian international, with suggestions they could sell Bernardo Silva to Barcelona in order to fund the deal.

The club have since denied that they are willing to part company with Silva, however.

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Newcastle join Tottenham in Maddison chase

Saturday 30 July 2022 08:45 , George Flood

Plenty of speculation this morning relating to James Maddison’s future.

Tottenham have been frequently linked with the attacking midfielder, whom the Daily Mail claim is set to be offered a bumper new contract by Leicester in the autumn.

However, The Telegraph claim that Newcastle have now set their sights on Maddison, submitting a bid worth £40m on Friday that was rejected.

The Magpies are now believed to be pondering an improved offer, with Maddison apparently keen on a switch to St James’ Park.

What a summer so far for Leicester, who have still yet to make a single signing as they try to repel interest in a number of key stars including Maddison, Wesley Fofana and Youri Tielemans.

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Ferguson handed new Man United role

Saturday 30 July 2022 08:22 , George Flood

Sir Alex Ferguson is set for an emotional return to Manchester United, according to the latest reports.

The Daily Mail say that the legendary former manager is part of a new, experienced think-tank at Old Trafford set up by chief executive Richard Arnold.

Such a group is also said to include revered ex-United captain Bryan Robson plus former CEO David Gill and current football director at the club, John Murtough.

Ferguson and Gill both stood down from their roles in 2013, though have since remained involved as non-executive directors.

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Sir Alex Ferguson leaves the church after the funeral service (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)

ICYMI: Real Madrid make approach for Armando Broja

Saturday 30 July 2022 07:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Real Madrid have enquired about the availability of Chelsea striker Armando Broja.

The Spanish giants are looking to offload several forwards and hope to add a number of young strikers to their squad for the coming season, with Broja among their targets.

Chelsea, though, are now preparing Broja to be part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad for the coming season after initially considering bids for the 20-year-old.

Read the full story here!

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(Getty Images/Evening Standard)

ICYMI: Antonio Conte reacts to Joe Rodon’s Tottenham exit

Saturday 30 July 2022 06:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says Joe Rodon’s desire to play in the World Cup is a driving factor behind the defender’s expected loan move to Rennes.

“Yeah Joe Rodon is another good player and don’t forget that in November there is the World Cup and many players want to play and play regularly. Also to prepare themselves for this important competition,” he said in his pre-match press conference.

“I think that when the thoughts from the club and the players are the same we try to find the best solution for both.”

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Frenkie De Jong: Barcelona vow to ‘respect’ Dutch star’s contract

Saturday 30 July 2022 06:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Much has been made about the money Barcelona reportedly owe Frenkie De Jong.

Indeed, it is largely seen as one of the reasons the Catalan giants want their midfielder to join Manchester United.

Still, speaking to CBS Sports, president Joan Laporta has promised to “respect” De Jong’s contract.

“He has has a contract. We will respect that decision. For us, he’s a Barcelona player. We count on him.”

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ICYMI: Rivaldo reveals Gabriel Jesus message

Saturday 30 July 2022 05:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Speaking to Betfair, Brazil legend Rivaldo has revealed a message sent to Gabriel Jesus prior to his Arsenal move.

“After moving from Man City to Arsenal the best thing that could happen for Gabriel Jesus was starting strongly with his new club.

“That’s exactly what’s happened with Jesus scoring and assisting a lot in the pre-season, proving that he signed with the club to become one of its stars and a regular starter. This good start is crucial for his confidence.

“I spoke with Jesus after the Chelsea match, wishing him the best in this new phase of his career, praising his qualities as a player, and asking him to keep focused to start the new season very strongly.

“How he starts at the club will probably be crucial to his success with the Brazilian national team at the World Cup. I can only hope that he produces the goods for the Gunners early on - starting when Arsenal go to Crystal Palace next Friday - and heads to Qatar in top form, as Brazil’s bid to win a sixth World Cup.”

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Barcelona comment on two Chelsea stars

Saturday 30 July 2022 05:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Barcelona just will not leave Chelsea alone, will they?

Instead, now instead of taking their transfer targets, the Catalan giants are talkng about two Blues they want to sign...

Cristiano Ronaldo says he will play for Manchester United again

Friday 29 July 2022 20:36 , Jonathan Gorrie

Juventus could move on from Timo Werner

Friday 29 July 2022 19:52 , Jonathan Gorrie

Another Arsenal exit

Friday 29 July 2022 18:45 , Jonathan Gorrie

Arsenal exit edges closer

Friday 29 July 2022 18:20 , Jonathan Gorrie

Pep Guardiola confident Man City’s signings will hit the ground running

Friday 29 July 2022 17:44 , Jonathan Gorrie

If so, it’s bad news for the rest of the Premier League...

Cristiano Ronaldo left OUT of Manchester United’s preseason game vs Atletico Madrid

Friday 29 July 2022 17:25 , Jonathan Gorrie

Despite talks over his future, Cristiano Ronaldo has been left OUT of Manchester United’s preseason friendly against Atletico Madrid in Oslo tomorrow.

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Japhet Tanganga: Tottenham demands holding up AC Milan move

Friday 29 July 2022 17:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Japhet Tanganga has bee strongly linked with a move to AC Milan this summer, with his chances of regular first-team football at Spurs looking somewhat bleak.

Still, according to Gazetta dell Sport, Spurs’ demands are holding up an exit.

Indeed, they claim the London club are currently asking for too much money.

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Chelsea told to keep Armando Broja despite Real Madrid interest

Friday 29 July 2022 16:36 , Jonathan Gorrie

Pundit Dietmar Hamann has told Chelsea to keep Armando Broja despite Real Madrid’s interest.

“I don’t know what plans Chelsea have because they do need a striker so I am surprised that they’ll let Armando Broja leave. Tammy Abraham is another one who left and has done really well and I think clubs like Chelsea have too many players,” he told Genting Casino.

“The system is wrong. There should be a restriction on how many players you can have under contract because now these clubs just loan the players out. It’s a flaw in the system but in Broja’s case, he’s a tremendous talent so I’m surprised they’re letting him leave.”

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(Getty Images/Evening Standard)

Levi Colwill: Crystal Palace trying to sign Chelsea defender

Friday 29 July 2022 16:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea wonderkid Levi Colwill could also still leave this summer. His future remains uncertain with Crystal Palace pushing hard to win the race against Leicester, Southampton and Brighton.

They see the 19-year-old as the future of their defence but the move remains blocked as Chelsea look for new defenders this summer.

Read the full story here!

Levi Colwill in action versus Charlotte (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Levi Colwill in action versus Charlotte (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Rivaldo reveals Gabriel Jesus message

Friday 29 July 2022 15:25 , Jonathan Gorrie

Speaking to Betfair, Brazil legend Rivaldo has revealed a message sent to Gabriel Jesus prior to his Arsenal move.

“After moving from Man City to Arsenal the best thing that could happen for Gabriel Jesus was starting strongly with his new club.

“That’s exactly what’s happened with Jesus scoring and assisting a lot in the pre-season, proving that he signed with the club to become one of its stars and a regular starter. This good start is crucial for his confidence.

“I spoke with Jesus after the Chelsea match, wishing him the best in this new phase of his career, praising his qualities as a player, and asking him to keep focused to start the new season very strongly.

“How he starts at the club will probably be crucial to his success with the Brazilian national team at the World Cup. I can only hope that he produces the goods for the Gunners early on - starting when Arsenal go to Crystal Palace next Friday - and heads to Qatar in top form, as Brazil’s bid to win a sixth World Cup.”

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Man United hold Sesko talks

Friday 29 July 2022 14:58 , George Flood

An update now on Manchester United’s pursuit of Benjamin Sesko.

The Red Devils evidently see RB Salzburg’s teenage striker as a huge talent for the future and want to secure his signature this summer.

The Daily Mail now report that United held talks with Sesko’s agent last week, but add that Salzburg do not want to sell for a fee below £55m.

Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle have also been linked with the Slovenian international in recent weeks.

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(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Guardiola issues Cucurella response

Friday 29 July 2022 13:53 , George Flood

Addressing the press before tomorrow’s Community Shield clash with Liverpool, Pep Guardiola has commented on those reports that Marc Cucurella has now handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a move from Brighton to the Etihad.

“He’s a Brighton player,” he said. “I cannot say anything else. A new left-back? If it’s possible yes, if not, we stay.”

He added: “[Joao] Cancelo can play there, [Josh] Wilson-Esbrand, [Nathan] Ake… I never complain about the squad I have.”

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Chelsea delays saw Kounde go to Barca

Friday 29 July 2022 13:21 , Alex Young

Sevilla director of football Monchi has confirmed Chelsea had agreed a deal to sign Jules Kounde in place before Barcelona stole a march to secure his signature.

Standard Sport reported last week that the Blues were edging towards a deal for the 23-year-old, only to see the situation change over the weekend.

"Last Thursday, we reached a verbal agreement with Chelsea and the player,” Monchi told SFC Radio. “When everything was closed and there was a good offer, there were some doubts on Chelsea’s side and everything stopped

“Then Barca appeared. The first time they contacted was last Monday, with Mateu [Alemany, Barca sporting director]. They sent us a lower offer than what we wanted and then made an effort to put in a very good offer and closed it. Kounde agreed on the sale to Chelsea, there was an agreement with the player.”

Read more here!

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(Instagram/Jules Kounde)

Friday 29 July 2022 12:37 , Alex Young

More from Tottenham now as manager Antionio Conte has spoken about working at the club for "many years" as he looks to turn the club into regular title contenders.

The Italian has long been coy over his future at Spurs, with this current deal expiring at the end of the season - though with the option of a further year.

Speaking to reporters in Israel ahead of Saturday's friendly against Roma, Conte said: "As I've said before, our project, our plan is to try to become competitive, more than the past, but you know very well that in football you cannot build something important in one day, one month, one year.

"Last season I think we worked very well to reach a place in the Champions League. At the same time I think we exploited problems, United's problems and in the last three games Arsenal were four points up on us and for this reason we have to continue with the club to build with the players, to continue to improve them. They have a lot of space for improvement.

"This is a young team and we can work for many years together to improve and fight with the best teams in England and in Europe."

Music to Spurs fans’ ears.

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Friday 29 July 2022 12:04 , Alex Young

Tottenham defender Joe Rodon is set to join Rennes on loan, with the Ligue 1 club able to make the move permanent for €20m.

Ronaldo wants Sporting return

Friday 29 July 2022 11:28 , Alex Young

Cristiano Ronaldo is looking into a return to Sporting Lisbon, reports The Athletic.

Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United after they failed to qualify for the Champions League, as he wants to confirm his status as the competition's top scorer.

Ronaldo fears being caught by long-term rival Messi, who sits 15 goals behind his current tally of 140 goals. He is also three goals behind Messi in the group stage record.

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Real Madrid want Broja

Friday 29 July 2022 11:10 , Alex Young

Real Madrid have enquired about the availability of Chelsea striker Armando Broja.

The Spanish giants are looking to offload several forwards and hope to add a number of young strikers to their squad for the coming season, with Broja among their targets.

Chelsea, though, are now preparing Broja to be part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad for the coming season after initially considering bids for the 20-year-old.

Read more here.

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(Getty Images/Evening Standard)

Chelsea turn to Pavard

Friday 29 July 2022 10:47 , Alex Young

Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard is on Chelsea’s transfer wishlist.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who suggests Pavard could be sold following the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus.

Another name on the list!

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Barca confirm De Jong stance

Friday 29 July 2022 10:21 , Alex Young

Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists the club do not want to sell Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong.

In the summer’s longest transfer saga, United are keen to sign the midfielder and reportedly the Catalan club are open to selling despite De Jong’s desire to stay.

Speaking to reporters on Friday morning, Laporta said: "Frenkie wants to stay and the club wants him to stay. However, we may have conversations, as there is a new salary scale in place. Our wage bill is 40% higher compared to our competitors, and we have to discuss that with our players."

Laporta: "We will do everything possible for Frenkie de Jong to stay. I hope that he does the same."

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Conte on Rodon loan move

Friday 29 July 2022 09:54 , Alex Young

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says Joe Rodon's desire to play in the World Cup is a driving factor behind the defender's expected loan move to Rennes.

"Yeah Joe Rodon is another good player and don't forget that in November there is the World Cup and many players want to play and play regularly. Also to prepare themselves for this important competition," he said in his pre-match press conference.

"I think that when the thoughts from the club and the players are the same we try to find the best solution for both."

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal told Gakpo price

Friday 29 July 2022 09:34 , Alex Young

Arsenal have been told they will need to pay up to £38m for transfer target Cody Gakpo.

Football.London claims Mikel Arteta is interested in signing the PSV midfielder.

“At the moment, despite some speculation involving Arsenal, the situation is quiet around Cody Gakpo,” Fabrizio Romano told CaughtOffside. “He has always been on the list for Leeds United, but not in the first position, just after Luis Sinisterra, who was a priority of the club.

“PSV Eindhoven are hoping to keep him and his price tag has always been around €40-45m (around £33.5m to £38m). He may be a name to monitor in the coming weeks as a big opportunity for many clubs.”

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Barca drop Chelsea transfer hint

Friday 29 July 2022 09:11 , Alex Young

Barcelona president Joan Laporte has confirmed the club are exploring further defensive signings amid interest in Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

Standard Sport understands Azpilicueta is ready to leave Stamford Bridge after a decade at the club, with Barca his preferred destination, and has confirmed his intentions to the club.

Laporta said: "Depending on when we can register the new players, we will consider signing more players. We hope that there will be no problems, and we can sign someone."

He added: "I don't rule out another signing, probably for the defence."

Read more here!

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(Getty Images/Evening Standard)

Arsenal in Bowen enquiry

Friday 29 July 2022 08:44 , Alex Young

Arsenal have this summer contacted West Ham over signing Jarrod Bowen, according to CBS Sports.

Reporter Ben Jacobs told GiveMeSport: "With Bowen, West Ham’s stance remains that they really don’t want to sell, so there’s a lot of clubs circling over Bowen, but the challenge, much like Declan Rice, is persuading West Ham to sell during this window and West Ham remain pretty intent not to let him go.

“So, there’s lots of excitement about Bowen moving potentially to a club like Arsenal, but it’s all hypothetical at the moment, because West Ham don’t want to sell. But Arsenal have definitely made an enquiry around Bowen to see what the situation is, but that’s what they’ve been told.”

One to watch.

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(The FA via Getty Images)

Tavares set for Marseille medical

Friday 29 July 2022 08:36 , Alex Young

Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares is set to undergo a medical with Marseille this morning ahead of joining the club on loan for the season.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Ligue 1 club will cover the player’s full wages, but do not have an option to make the move permanent.

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Spurs’ Rodon set for Rennes switch

Friday 29 July 2022 08:13 , George Flood

One player on his way out of Tottenham is Joe Rodon.

With Spurs apparently failing to use the Welsh centre-back as a makeweight in a deal for Nicolo Zaniolo, Fabrizio Romano now reports that he’s off to France.

More specifically Rennes, who are set to take Rodon on loan for the 2022/23 season. Interestingly, the deal is also set to include a permanent purchase clause worth around €20m (£16.7m).

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Arsenal devise Tielemans swap plan

Friday 29 July 2022 07:54 , George Flood

While Chelsea are trying to sign Fofana, Arsenal remain firmly in pursuit of Leicester team-mate Youri Tielemans.

The Belgian international is a long-term target for Mikel Arteta, who is attempting to further strengthen his midfield options following the £34m purchase of Fabio Vieira from Porto earlier this summer.

The Daily Mirror report that a potential part-exchange deal could be in the offing, with Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel set to join French club Nice in a shock transfer.

That could open the door for the Foxes to pursue Arsenal’s Bernd Leno, interest which the Gunners could feasibly leverage into some sort of agreement over Tielemans.

However, Fulham have been heavily linked with wrapping up a deal for Leno. Watch this space...

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Chelsea agree Fofana terms

Friday 29 July 2022 07:48 , George Flood

Chelsea have apparently agreed personal terms with Wesley Fofana as they desperately seek further defensive reinforcements before the new Premier League season begins.

The Blues are scrambling to bolster their backline following the initial arrival Kalidou Koulibaly after losing both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers and missing out on the likes of Jules Kounde and Nathan Ake.

Fofana has emerged as their top new target in recent days, with French journalist Ignazio Genuardi stating that they have already reached an agreement with the player over personal terms.

However, Leicester have yet to be convinced to part with the highly-rated 21-year-old centre-back, having rejected Chelsea’s opening offer in recent days.

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Tottenham step up Zaniolo chase

Friday 29 July 2022 07:39 , George Flood

Tottenham are stepping up their pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo, according to the latest reports.

Spurs face Roma in their final pre-season friendly in Israel on Saturday evening, with Tuttosport claiming that director Fabio Paratici is hoping to seal a deal - or at least make substantial progress - with opposite number Tiago Pinto.

Tottenham are already said to have had an offer worth £25m plus Joe Rodon rejected for Italy attacker Zaniolo, per the Daily Mail, with Juventus still keen and rumoured to be discussing an initial £8.4m loan deal that includes the option to buy for a fee between £25m-£33m.

Zaniolo is believed to be eager to remain in Serie A, but can Spurs change his mind?

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ICYMI: Marseille refuse to give up on William Saliba

Friday 29 July 2022 07:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Marseilla are reportedly still maintaining hope that they can bring William Saliba back to France.

The 21-year-old has made it clear he intends on staying at Arsenal and he has impressed during pre-season so far, with the Frenchman looking set to finally get an opportunity to establish himself in the first-time.

However, L’Equipe claim that Marseille still believe they can persuade Saliba to return to the club, and club president Pablo Longoria flew to London to meet with the player’s representatives this week.

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West Ham dealt Filip Kostic blow

Friday 29 July 2022 06:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Eintracht Frankfurt manager Oliver Glasner believes there is little chance of Filip Kostic joining West Ham.

The Serbian wing-back is a target for David Moyes this summer, with the London club willing to meet Frankfurt’s asking price of around £12.75m.

Read the full story here!

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ICYMI: Jose Mourinho has already sent Tottenham a Nicolo Zaniolo message

Friday 29 July 2022 06:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Jose Mourinho has already admitted it is “difficult to say 100%” that Nicolo Zaniolo will be a Roma player next season.

The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham this summer as Antonio Conte looks to add to a squad tipped to challenge towards the top of the Premier League.

Read the full story here!

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ICYMI: Barcelona agree Kounde deal

Friday 29 July 2022 05:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Barcelona have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Sevilla for the transfer of Jules Kounde.

The French international was a major target for Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who also lost out on the signing of Raphinha to the Catalan giants.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, meanwhile, are both keen on swapping Stamford Bridge for the Camp Nou, potentially following a path already taken by Andreas Christensen this summer.

Read the full story here!

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ICYMI: Nuno Tavares close to Arsenal exit

Friday 29 July 2022 05:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares is set to join Marseille on loan for the upcoming season, writes Simon Collings.

The Gunners had previously been in talks with Atalanta earlier this week, but those discussions have now ended.

Instead an agreement with Marseille is now being finalised and Nuno is set to join them on loan for the season.

Read the full story here!

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Manchester City close to walking away from Marc Cucurella deal

Thursday 28 July 2022 23:07 , Jonathan Gorrie

Perhaps a chance for Chelsea?

Brighton’s Marc Cucurella certainly made a big impression during his first season in the Premier League, with Manchester City linked with a move.

The Athletic, however, now claim City are prepared to walk away from the deal given Brighton’s £50m asking price.

Linked with Chelsea - who are believed to want a new wing-back - perhaps Thomas Tuchel could make a fresh move.

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Armando Broja: The latest on Chelsea striker

Thursday 28 July 2022 22:27 , Jonathan Gorrie

Armando Broja is a man in-demand this summer.

While West Ham and Newcastle have made moves to sign the young striker this summer, Chelsea are yet to fully decide on his future at Stamford Bridge.

According to Fabrizio Romano, fresh talks have been planned.

Jules Kounde breaks silence on Barcelona transfer

Thursday 28 July 2022 21:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

Jules Kounde has revealed talks with Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez played a major factor in his decision to move to the Camp Nou.

On Thursday, the Catalan giants confirmed they had reached an agreement with Sevilla over a deal for the French international, despite Chelsea’s interest.

Read the full story here!

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Joe Rodon close to Tottenham exit

Thursday 28 July 2022 21:06 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham are reportedly set to sell Joe Rodon to Rennes.

The Welshman has barely featured since arriving from Swansea and the signing of Clement Lenglet has pushed him further down the pecking order.

Now, a move to Ligue 1 beckons.

Pep Guardiola sends Gabriel Jesus message

Thursday 28 July 2022 20:33 , Jonathan Gorrie

Pep Guardiola has hailed Gabriel Jesus as the best “striker/defender” he has worked with.

After winning four Premier League titles with Manchester City, the Brazilian was sold to Arsenal this summer in a £45m deal to give Mikel Arteta the striker he so desperately needed.

Read the full story here!

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Nicolo Zaniolo: Jose Mourinho has already revealed Roma’s transfer stance

Thursday 28 July 2022 20:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

Jose Mourinho has already admitted it is “difficult to say 100%” that Nicolo Zaniolo will be a Roma player next season.

The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham this summer as Antonio Conte looks to add to a squad tipped to challenge towards the top of the Premier League.

Read the full story here!

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Jules Kounde to Barcelona: Agreement reached

Thursday 28 July 2022 19:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

Barcelona have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Sevilla for the transfer of Jules Kounde.

The French international was a major target for Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who also lost out on the signing of Raphinha to the Catalan giants.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, meanwhile, are both keen on swapping Stamford Bridge for the Camp Nou, potentially following a path already taken by Andreas Christensen this summer.

Read the full story here!

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Nuno Tavares set to leave Arsenal

Thursday 28 July 2022 19:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares is set to join Marseille on loan for the upcoming season, writes Simon Collings.

The Gunners had previously been in talks with Atalanta earlier this week, but those discussions have now ended.

Instead an agreement with Marseille is now being finalised and Nuno is set to join them on loan for the season.

Read the full story here!

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Filip Kostic: Eintracht Frankfurt deliver transfer blow to West Ham

Thursday 28 July 2022 18:53 , Jonathan Gorrie

Bad news, West Ham fans!

While David Moyes has been linked with what would an eye-catching move for Filip Kostic, Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner poured cold water over the idea of a move.

Speaking to Sky Germany, Glasner said: “I don’t know what will happen until September 1st, but as of today I’m sure he’ll stay.”

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Gary Neville reacts

Thursday 28 July 2022 18:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

Gary Neville certainly isn’t much of a fan of how Barcelona are operating this summer...

The end!

Thursday 28 July 2022 17:54 , Matt Verri

We’ve made it!

Barcelona have released the following statement.

“FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jules Olivier Kounde, awaiting the player passing a medical and the signing of contracts.”

Done deal!

Thursday 28 July 2022 17:34 , Matt Verri

Marseille refuse to give up on Saliba

Thursday 28 July 2022 17:13 , Matt Verri

Marseille are reportedly still maintaining hope that they can bring William Saliba back to France.

The 21-year-old has made it clear he intends on staying at Arsenal and he has impressed during pre-season so far, with the Frenchman looking set to finally get an opportunity to establish himself in the first-time.

However, L’Equipe claim that Marseille still believe they can persuade Saliba to return to the club, and club president Pablo Longoria flew to London to meet with the player’s representatives this week.

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Kounde saga almost done...

Thursday 28 July 2022 16:42 , Matt Verri

At last. We are closing in on the Jules Kounde saga reaching a conclusion.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the centre-back has landed in Barcelona to complete a medical and complete the final paperwork on the move.

Then we will all be able to finally move on.

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Moyes sends warning over big-money moves

Thursday 28 July 2022 16:19 , Matt Verri

Grimaldo available on the cheap

Thursday 28 July 2022 15:58 , Matt Verri

Manchester City could be able to pick up Alex Grimaldo on the cheap.

Pep Guardiola’s side are on the hunt for a left-back, to replace Oleksandr Zinchenko, and they are finding it difficult to reach an agreement with Brighton for Marc Cucurella.

Record report that Benfica’s Grimaldo is an alternative option and he is likely to be available for just €5m. It’s claimed the 26-year-old has a poor relationship with the club, and has entered the final year of his contract.

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Tavares set for Marseille medical

Thursday 28 July 2022 15:39 , Matt Verri

Nuno Tavares is on the verge of completing his loan move to Marseille.

An agreement has been reached with Arsenal, and the left-back is set to have a medical on Friday ahead of making the move according to Fabrizio Romano.

There is no buy option included in the agreement.

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Done deal!

Thursday 28 July 2022 15:23 , Matt Verri

No offers for Milinkovic-Savic

Thursday 28 July 2022 15:03 , Matt Verri

Manchester United and Arsenal are yet to make any official approaches for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

The English clubs have both been linked with the Lazio midfielder, with United reportedly seeing him as a potential alternative to Frenkie de Jong.

However, Fabrizio Romano has claimed Lazio have not received any offers for their man, who they will demand at least €65m for.

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Parlour: Arsenal don’t need Ronaldo

Thursday 28 July 2022 14:47 , Matt Verri

Ray Parlour has warned his former club Arsenal to stay away from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 37-year-old is looking to leave Manchester United this summer and has been linked with a number of clubs, but Parlous hopes the Gunners have no interest in Ronaldo.

He told talkSPORT: “He’s going to have a one-year contract, wherever he goes, you’re not going to get more than a year’s contract.

“Not now, I wouldn’t sign him for Arsenal. What happens to Jesus? And he has been superb. Where are you going to play Jesus?”

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Klopp addresses Firmino’s future

Thursday 28 July 2022 14:27 , Matt Verri

Jurgen Klopp has dismissed rumours linking Roberto Firmino with a move away from Liverpool this summer.

Reports have suggested Juventus are keen on Firmino and have considered submitting a bid in the region of £20m for the 30-year-old.

However, speaking at his press conference ahead of facing Manchester City in the Community Shield, Klopp confirmed he still sees Firmino as a pivotal member of the squad.

“Bobby is crucial for us, the heart and soul of this team,” Klopp said.

“Everything looks really good and I am absolutely fine. For me, no doubt about his quality, so yes, he is essential for us.”

Read the full story!

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West Ham consider Zielinski

Thursday 28 July 2022 14:06 , Matt Verri

West Ham are reportedly interested in Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski.

Gazzetta dello Sport claim that while Zielinski is not fully sold on the move, he could be persuaded by a significant pay rise that West Ham would be able to offer.

It’s believed the Hammers will need to table a bid of €35m for the midfielder if they are to persuade Napoli to sell.

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Some shirt number announcements...

Thursday 28 July 2022 13:48 , Matt Verri

Manchester United have confirmed the shirt numbers for their new signings.

Christian Eriksen will wear the number 14 for United, which was free after the depature of Jessie Lingard.

It’s the number six for Lisandro Martinez, most recently worn by Paul Pogba.

Done deal!

Thursday 28 July 2022 13:34 , Matt Verri

Firmino expected to stay at Liverpool

Thursday 28 July 2022 13:21 , Matt Verri

Liverpool have dismissed rumours linking Roberto Firmino with a move to Juventus.

The Brazilian has entered the final 12 months of his Liverpool contract and it’s been suggested that Juventus have bid £20million for him.

However, The Athletic report that this is not true and Jurgen Klopp has no desire for Firmino to leave.

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Chelsea not keen on De Jong

Thursday 28 July 2022 13:04 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are believed to have no intention of making a bid for Frenkie de Jong.

Reports in Spain in recent days have suggested that De Jong does not want to move to Manchester United but could be persuaded to leave Barcelona for Chelsea.

However, Sport claim that the Blues are not willing to meet Barcelona’s valuation of the Dutchman.

One day this whole saga will end. One day.

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It’s a hard no on Ronaldo...

Thursday 28 July 2022 12:52 , Matt Verri

Marseille in for Tavares

Thursday 28 July 2022 12:32 , Matt Verri

Marseille are increasingly confident of sealing a loan deal to bring Nuno Tavares to France.

Arsenal’s discussions with Atalanta have fallen through due to a disagreement over an option to buy, and Marseille have been told that it would just be a straight loan move.

Fabrizio Romano reports that talks between Marseille and the Gunners have taken place and progress has been made.

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Pogba to miss World Cup?

Thursday 28 July 2022 12:13 , Matt Verri

Paul Pogba’s return to Juventus has got off to the worst possible start.

Reports in Italy suggest that the midfielder’s knee injury could be more serious than first feared, potentially ruling him out until 2023.

It’s claimed that Pogba is considering his options with regards to surgery, and reluctant to have treatment that will definitely rule him out of the World Cup.

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Okonkwo set for Crew

Thursday 28 July 2022 12:00 , Matt Verri

An Arsenal goalkeeper is set to leave the club - and it’s not Bernd Leno.

Arthur Okonkwo is close to agreeing a loan move to Crewe, according to Fabrizio Romano, and is expected to complete that in coming days.

It will be a season-long move, before the 20-year-old returns to the Gunners next summer.

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La Liga warn Barcelona over De Jong

Thursday 28 July 2022 11:47 , Matt Verri

La Liga president Javier Tebas has warned Barcelona that Frenkie de Jong cannot be pressured into taking a pay cut.

It’s been reported that Barcelona have now told De Jong he must accept a salary reduction if he is to stay at the Nou Camp, with Gary Neville telling the midfielder he should sue the club.

Tebas has insisted the player cannot be forced into any pay cut.

“The players cannot be split from the team or pressured - it’s what collective agreement, the Law, reason, ethics say,” Tebas said via Sport.

Read the full story!

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