Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea close on De Jong and Aubameyang as Man Utd fight for Rabiot and Gakpo

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Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a wanted man  (AP)
Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a wanted man (AP)

Chelsea are leading Manchester United in the race to sign Frenkie de Jong, and the Blues are ready and waiting to sign both the Dutch midfielder and his Barcelona teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should they leave Spain during this transfer window.

Chelsea have got loose agreements in place over personal terms for both players and are just waiting on Barcelona to give the green light to sell them, according to Sky Sports, while Spanish outlet Sport reports Chelsea are also closing in on a deal with Barca of around £68m for De Jong. The Times adds that De Jong would prefer Chelsea to United as a destination, and that Chelsea are also ready to put forward a final bid for Leicester’s wantaway defender Wesley Fofana.

Meanwhile Manchester United continue to pursue Cody Gakpo, the PSV midfielder, but he has hinted he would stay in the Netherlands should PSV get through the Champions League qualifying phase – they play Rangers later in August. United have been heavily linked to Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, but negotiations have stalled over the 27-year-old’s bold wage demands, according to Gazetta dello Sport.

Follow all the latest news, rumours and done deals below.

Transfer news and rumours

  • Chelsea ready to submit bid to Barcelona for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

  • Chelsea also leading Manchester United in race to sign Frenkie de Jong

  • United moves for Adrien Rabiot and Cody Gakpo in doubt

  • Newcastle open talks with Benfica for forward Goncalo Ramos

Barcelona raise fresh €100m in desperate bid to register new players for Liga season

Friday 12 August 2022 20:00 , Michael Jones

Barcelona have sold a 24.5% stake in their audiovisual studio to production company Orpheus Media for €100million euros (£85m), the Liga club said on Friday, as they look to raise more funds to register new players.

The agreement comes after the club signed a deal with digital fan token firm to sell off 25% of their stake in Barca Studios last month.

“With this investment the strategic partners in Barca Studios show confidence in the value of the project and the future of digital content in the world of sport,” the club said in a statement.

Barcelona raise fresh €100m in desperate bid to register new signings for Liga season

Liverpool report ‘significant increase’ in fans sanctioned for abuse

Friday 12 August 2022 19:45 , Michael Jones

Liverpool banned one fan for life for using discriminatory language at Anfield last season with several other suspensions of between one and three years handed out for similar offences.

The club reported a “significant increase” in the number of supporters sanctioned for abuse in the 2021-22 campaign, with the offence making up a quarter of all issues reported to the club’s official sanctions panel as part of their Red Together awareness campaign.

Liverpool said 100 per cent of the issues reviewed by the panel received a sanction and it is understood one of those cases resulted in a lifetime ban.

Liverpool report ‘significant increase’ in fans sanctioned for abuse

What does Erik ten Hag want in a striker at Manchester United?

Friday 12 August 2022 19:30 , Michael Jones

When Marnix Kolder was playing in a side managed by Erik ten Hag, his role was fairly uncomplicated. “I was the ‘escape’,” he told The Independent earlier this year.

“When the ball was pressured at the back, the long ball from the keeper or the central defender came to me. I don’t know the word in English – a coat stand? The “kapstok”. It’s a typical word in Dutch. The big person they can play the balls to, then you play to the midfielders or to the side.”

In other words, a target man.

Kolder was Ten Hag’s centre forward at Go Ahead Eagles during the first year of his managerial career in 2012-13, which ended in promotion to the Eredivisie.

At 6ft 2in in height, and despite being the wrong side of 30, he scored a goal every other game in his only year working under the future Manchester United manager, before Ten Hag left the “kick and rush” of the Eerste Divisie, Dutch football’s second tier, that Kolder describes to take charge of Bayern Munich II and work in the orbit of Pep Guardiola.

What does Erik ten Hag want in a striker?

Pep Guardiola plans to keep new left-back Sergio Gomez at Manchester City

Friday 12 August 2022 19:15 , Michael Jones

Manchester City will not send Sergio Gomez out on loan after completing the signing of the Spain Under-21 international, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

The Premier League champions are close to concluding a deal for the 21-year-old former Barcelona academy player after agreeing an initial £11million fee with Anderlecht this week.

City had earmarked Gomez as a development player and were considering sending him out on loan to gain experience but Guardiola’s squad is currently short of senior left-backs.

Pep Guardiola plans to keep new left-back Sergio Gomez at Man City

Steven Gerrard braced for battle with fellow ‘fierce competitor’ Frank Lampard

Friday 12 August 2022 19:00 , Michael Jones

Steven Gerrard says his and Frank Lampard’s desire to win is the same now as managers as when they shared an England midfield together.

Gerrard’s Aston Villa host Lampard’s Everton in the early Saturday kick-off, with both sides seeking their first points of the Premier League season after opening-day defeats.

It is the first time that the two men who sparked countless debates over whether they were suited to playing together, but actually did so 71 times for England, have met as managers.

Steven Gerrard braced for battle with fellow ‘fierce competitor’ Frank Lampard

Premier League talking points as Erik ten Hag looks to avoid another sting

Friday 12 August 2022 18:45 , Michael Jones

The second round of Premier League games kick off this weekend, with teams looking to build on a positive start or trying to get off the mark.

Manchester United fans will be travelling to Brentford in expectation of a much-improved display following a lacklustre home defeat by Brighton, while former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte takes Tottenham to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Here we take a look at the big talking points ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.

Premier League talking points as Erik ten Hag looks to avoid another sting

Mikel Arteta backs William Saliba to handle increased exposure after debut

Friday 12 August 2022 18:30 , Michael Jones

Mikel Arteta has backed William Saliba to deal with all of the exposure that comes his way following his fine Arsenal debut, insisting the France defender will keep his feet on the ground.

Saliba, 21, made his long-awaited Gunners bow in their 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace last Friday night.

Having initially moved to the Emirates Stadium from St Etienne in 2019, he rejoined his former club on loan six months later before season-long stays at Nice and Marseille.

Mikel Arteta backs William Saliba to handle increased exposure after debut

Ten Hag gives update on Ronaldo

Friday 12 August 2022 18:15 , Michael Jones

Erik ten Hag has given about update on how Cristiano Ronaldo is training but refused to say say whether the 37-year-old would start against Brentford on Saturday.

Jayden Richardson reveals Scott McKenna’s role in Aberdeen move

Friday 12 August 2022 18:01 , Michael Jones

Jayden Richardson revealed former Aberdeen favourite Scott McKenna gave a ringing endorsement to his move to Pittodrie.

Scotland international McKenna came through the ranks at Pittodrie before moving to then Championship side Nottingham Forest in 2020 for a deal that reportedly could be worth £6million, helping them to promotion to the Premier League last season.

Before he made the journey north of the border this summer, 21-year-old right-back Richardson quizzed McKenna and Derby County’s Max Lowe, who had loan spells at Aberdeen and Forest.

Jayden Richardson reveals Scott McKenna’s role in Aberdeen move

‘New signings have settled in’ at Chelsea says Azpilicueta

Friday 12 August 2022 17:53 , Michael Jones

Cesar Azpilicueta says that Chelsea‘s new players have settled in “really quick” at the club ahead of the Blues’ match with Tottenham this weekend.

Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka have all joined Chelsea this summer and the club captain is happy with the new arrivals.

“Raheem and Kalidou have great experience and have played at the highest level,” the Spaniard says. “They are international stars and it’s great to have them here. Marc is a player who has had a good progression in the last couple of years from Spain to Brighton to here, it’s amazing.

“Carney in midfield has arrived and he’s a young prospect which I’m really excited for.”

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Dalot and Dest in swap deal?

Friday 12 August 2022 17:44 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are said to be pursuing a deal for Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest. Erik ten Hag’s side are chasing another player from the Spanish giants amid their ongoing saga to sign Frenkie de Jong.

According to Sport, Erik ten Hag is looking to upgrade his right-back options and is willing to send Diego Dalot the other way to complete a deal for Dest.

Barcelona have set a price tag of £17m for the USA international but United are hoping to strike a deal by offering the Portuguese full-back in exchange.

Dest has made 72 appearances across two seasons at the Nou Camp after he joined the club for £23.5m from Ajax.

Barcelona raise fresh €100m in desperate bid to register new players for Liga season

Friday 12 August 2022 17:36 , Michael Jones

Barcelona have sold a 24.5% stake in their audiovisual studio to production company Orpheus Media for €100million euros (£85m), the Liga club said on Friday, as they look to raise more funds to register new players.

The agreement comes after the club signed a deal with digital fan token firm to sell off 25% of their stake in Barca Studios last month.

“With this investment the strategic partners in Barca Studios show confidence in the value of the project and the future of digital content in the world of sport,” the club said in a statement.

Barcelona raise fresh €100m in desperate bid to register new signings for Liga season

Rashford in United plans

Friday 12 August 2022 17:29 , Michael Jones

Erik ten Hag expects Marcus Rashford to remain at Manchester United amid speculation linking the forward with Paris Saint-Germain.

Reports in France suggest Rashford’s representatives have spoken to PSG about a switch to the Ligue 1 champions.

“He’s really important,” the United boss said of Rashford. “You have seen from the first day I’m here, I’m really happy with him, I don’t want to lose him.

“He’s definitely in our plans at Manchester United.”

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Man Utd to move for Ziyech?

Friday 12 August 2022 17:20 , Michael Jones

Manchester United could try to sign Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech before the summer transfer window shuts according to reports from the Netherlands.

Dutch media outlet Voetbal Primeur claims that Erik ten Hag may try to bring the 29-year-old to Old Trafford though it’s unlikely that Chelsea will sell to a Premier League rival.

Ten Hag managed the 29-year-old during his time at Ajax, and it’s little wonder why he might want to sign him for United. Ziyech bagged an incredible 49 goals and 80 assists in 164 games for the Dutch giants.

The attacking midfielder, who can also play as a winger, has struggled somewhat since joining Chelsea for around £36 million, racking up just 14 goals and 10 assists in 83 games for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

It seems as though he’s now pushing for an exit from Stamford Bridge, according to a report from the Evening Standard.

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Crystal Palace looking for the ‘right’ player

Friday 12 August 2022 17:11 , Michael Jones

Crystal Palace manager, Patrick Vieira, says that the club are looking for the ‘right’ player to bring in to bolster the squad after the departure of Christian Benteke and Conor Gallagher returning to parent club Chelsea.

“[We are] always trying to improve the squad. Benteke has left and we will do our best to find that player [to replace him], but, if not, then we will work with the players that we have here.” said the Frenchman.

“It’s all about finding the right player who will improve the squad and try to see if we can afford that player. I strongly believe that we are doing what we need to do improve the squad but there is a possibility that we are not going to find that player so we have to concentrate on the players that we have.”

Thomas Tuchel reveals ‘close bond’ with transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Friday 12 August 2022 17:04 , Michael Jones

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted he will always have a “close bond” with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Tuchel refused to comment on the chances of Barcelona striker Aubameyang moving to Stamford Bridge, but admitted the Blues are still looking for further recruits.

The German did not shut down the links however, with the Blues understood to retain interest in the Gabon international.

Thomas Tuchel reveals ‘close bond’ with transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Villarreal unable to stop Pino leaving

Friday 12 August 2022 16:54 , Michael Jones

Unai Emery admits Villarreal will be powerless to stop Yeremy Pino leaving the club if a suitable bid comes in for the winger.

Arsenal have launched an ambitious bid for the 19-year-old Spain international, who has an €80m (£67.5m) release clause in his contract.

According to Spanish outlet AS, Villarreal would be likely to accept any bid in the region of €40m to €50m to solve ‘economic problems’ at the club and the key factor behind a move to the Emirates will now be if Pino is happy to leave.

The former Arsenal manager acknowledged: “If an offer arrives for players like Yeremy Pino, then he will have to leave. We have a responsibility with the club. It is what it is.”

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Napoli interested in Ndombele

Friday 12 August 2022 16:46 , Michael Jones

Napoli are in talks with Tottenham over the signing of midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. The deal is in progressing but there is still work to do before any transfer takes place.

Spurs’ club-record signing Ndombele spent the second half of last season on loan at Lyon.

He, along with Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon have all been training away from the first team squad and Tottenham are listening to offers for all four players.

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Watford reject offer for Troost-Ekong

Friday 12 August 2022 16:37 , Michael Jones

The Athletic reports that Watford have rejected an offer from Trabzonspor for central defender William Troost-Ekong.

The Turkish club wanted to pay £1.7m to take the Nigeria captain on a season-long loan with an option to buy but Watford rejected the proposal.

Troost-Ekong is contracted at Vicarage Road until 2025 but has only played 19 minutes of football for the Hornets since January 1st, prior to his departure for the Africa Cup of Nations.

He made a brief substitute appearance at Crystal Palace at the end of last season and then against West Bromich Albion earlier this week.


Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag responds to Marcus Rashford exit talk

Friday 12 August 2022 16:30 , Michael Jones

Erik ten Hag expects Marcus Rashford to remain at Manchester United amid speculation linking the forward with Paris Saint-Germain.

It is understood Rashford’s representatives have spoken to PSG about a switch to the Ligue 1 champions after a frustrating year at Old Trafford.

Rashford missed the start of last season with a shoulder injury before returning to score four goals in 25 Premier League appearances, losing his place in the England squad.

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag responds to Marcus Rashford exit talk

Gallagher back to Crystal Palace?

Friday 12 August 2022 16:22 , Michael Jones

“The window is still open. Conor is still a Chelsea player until we hear otherwise.”

That is the view of Crystal Palace boss, Patrick Vieira, who would love to bring Conor Gallagher back to Selhurst Park on loan this season.

Gallagher played for the Eagles last term and was a crucial part of their midfield, earning himself an England call up along the way. However, exits at Gallagher’s parent club Chelsea mean no move is likely to be forthcoming unless the Blues bring in reinforcements.

The are also rumours about a potential swap deal between Palace and Chelsea that would see Gallagher return to Selhurst Park with Wilfried Zaha travelling to Stamford Bridge.

Like Vieira says, the window is still open and anything could happen yet.

Choudhury joins Watford on loan

Friday 12 August 2022 16:15 , Michael Jones

Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury has joined Watford on loan this season and will prove to be a vital assest for the Hornets as they look to win promotion back to the Premier League.

A new contract for Saliba?

Friday 12 August 2022 16:08 , Michael Jones

Mikel Arteta has praised defender William Saliba after his Arsenal debut after the defender was named man-of-the-match when the Gunners beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Friday last week.

“He’s a determined focused and a humble boy,” said Arteta of Saliba. “He wants to talk through what he wants to go through and be coached.

“The first impression we got [after getting him back from loan] from him was really positive. His body language, his presence, his confidence that he is acting with is very mature.

“We will address these issues like we always do, the board and Edu will prepare all the scenarios we face. We want all the players to be valued but it’s just the start of the season.”

Watford looking at Martins

Friday 12 August 2022 15:59 , Michael Jones

Watford may be readying a bid for Fluminense youngster Matheus Martins, according to reports from Brazil.

O Globo‘s Marcello Neves claims there’s ‘expectation’ that the Hornets will make an offer of between €8m and €9m for the youngster.

Udinese are also in a strong pursuit for Martins and it’s claimed that the club have already placed four official bids for the player - with the last being of €7m - and all of them were rejected.

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard thrown together again with matching managerial ambitions

Friday 12 August 2022 15:48 , Michael Jones

It is a fixture from the first month of the Football League and it will contain a first this weekend. Aston Villa and Everton’s initial meeting came in September 1888. Some 134 years later, the English top flight has a maiden game between two clubs whose managers are European Cup-winning captains.

And if that is dependent on a job title – Phil Thompson was in caretaker charge of Liverpool when they faced Graeme Souness’ Blackburn in 2001 – it is nevertheless a sign of the stature of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

As players, anyway.

Jose Mourinho told Lampard he was the best footballer in the world. Zinedine Zidane once declared Gerrard was. In 2005, they finished second and third respectively in the Ballon d’Or voting, behind only Ronaldinho.

Their presence in the dugouts now could seem a throwback: the days when great players were automatically afforded opportunities in management seemed consigned to the past by the career coaches, with their Mourinho-esque grasp of detail and their years of experience while contemporaries were still playing.

But there seems to be a wider experiment, also including Patrick Vieira, if iconic players can use their charisma, their force of personality and the knowledge acquired from working for the world’s best managers to win as much in the technical area as they did on the pitch.

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard thrown together again with matching ambitions

AC Milan switch targets

Friday 12 August 2022 15:40 , Michael Jones

Having been linked with signing Japhet Tanganga for most of the summer, AC Milan have reportedly switched their focus to signing another Tottenham defender in Davinson Sanchez.

The Italian giants were keen on taking Tanganga on loan with a view to a permanent deal but Spurs were only interested in an outright sale and refused Milan’s approach.

Reports from Italy say that the Serie A side are back in touch with Tottenham but this time over signing Davinson Sanchez.

Sanchez is the replacement for either Cristian Romero or Eric Dier in Antonio Conte’s back three with new signing Clement Lenglet expected to eventually replace Ben Davies as the left-sided centre-back.

Sanchez has made 181 appearances for the club in all competitions since signing from Ajax for £42m in 2017. The report adds that the deal is likely to be a loan with an optional future fee clause, rather than a permanent deal.

Villarreal agree deal for Lo Celso

Friday 12 August 2022 15:32 , Michael Jones

Villarreal have agreed a deal to sign Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, according to Sky in Italy.

Lo Celso is flying to Spain today for a medical and the deal is said to be a loan with an option to buy. Lo Celso spent the second half of last season on loan at Villarreal and helped them reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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Transfer updates from Moyes

Friday 12 August 2022 15:23 , Michael Jones

West Ham manager David Moyes has updates on three players that West Ham were looking to bring in but it’s bad news all round for the Hammers.

Moyes said: “We are not any further forward with [Thilo Kehrer] at the moment, but we are progressing it.”

Before adding: “We bid for him – but the boy chose not to come” when speaking about Mathues Nunes.

Moyes then addressed the rumours regarding Barcelona forward Memphis Depay, saying: “No it’s not us. If it is, then I don’t know about it that’s for sure.

“It’s important to get good players in – people who can make the team better. We’ll try and do that. We’re trying really hard. Sometimes good quality players have other options or other ideas, so you can miss out as well.”

Frank Lampard defends Conor Coady’s positional flexibility at Everton

Friday 12 August 2022 15:15 , Michael Jones

Frank Lampard has insisted Conor Coady can play as one of two centre-backs after Wolves loaned out their captain when they changed system.

Wolves manager Bruno Lage swapped to a back four this season, picked Max Kilman and new signing Nathan Collins as his two central defenders and dropped the converted midfielder Coady, who had been virtually ever present in his seven seasons at Molineux.

But while he allowed Coady to join Everton for the season, Lampard is adamant it does not mean he has to play with three central defenders as he cited Gareth Southgate’s belief Coady can operate in different formations.

Frank Lampard defends Conor Coady’s positional flexibility at Everton

Bruno Lage wants more signings

Friday 12 August 2022 15:04 , Michael Jones

Wolves boss, Bruno Lage, says he would like to bring in ‘three or four’ more players as well as get the rest of his squad fit for purpose before the end of the transfer window if possible.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s fixtures he said: “Time for players to get fit, important players like Raul (Jimenez) and Joao (Moutinho), Semedo and Adama to improve their fitness and time to work the dynamic with the players and this new system.

“We still have 20 days. Patience and trust. Trust in us, in our work, and judge at the end of this window.”

Fletcher to Wigan?

Friday 12 August 2022 14:55 , Michael Jones

Wigan Athletic are closing on the capture of Watford striker Ashley Fletcher who is set to have a medical at the club before joining on loan.

It had been a frustratingly slow start to the window for the Latics but things are starting to pick up, with the club having seemingly won the race to land Fletcher.

He joins Leam Richardson’s side who are newly promoted to the Championship and are hoping to cement themselves in England’s second division.

Six players– Gavin Massey, Kell Watts, Tom Bayliss, Glen Rea, Jordan Jones and Jamie McGrath – have left the club since the end of last term with Latics only adding defender Ryan Nyambe and forward Nathan Broadhead this summer.

Sarr ‘unlikely’ to join Newcastle

Friday 12 August 2022 14:46 , Michael Jones

Watford’s Ismaila Sarr is ‘very unlikely’ to join Newcastle United this summer but Leeds United remain interested in striking an agreement for the 24-year-old according to the Daily Star.

Manchester United where also thinking about the winger who is regularly rumoured with a move to Old Trafford though there is little movement from United’s end.

Sarr recorded an assist in the opening match of the season against Sheffield United and followed up with an outrageous goal from his own half against West Bromwich Albion.

He already has 10 Premier League goals to his name and the reported asking price of £25 million seems a bargain. The Athletic is saying that Leeds aren’t actively pursuing this transfer but as ever interest in Sarr will continue to grow until the window ends in September.

Marco Silva backs Aleksandar Mitrovic to prove doubters wrong in Premier League

Friday 12 August 2022 14:38 , Michael Jones

Fulham boss Marco Silva has backed Aleksandar Mitrovic to finally prove he can cut it in the Premier League.

Serbia striker Mitrovic announced his return to the top flight in style when he scored twice in last week’s opening 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

Yet the 27-year-old, who fired 43 goals in Fulham’s promotion season last year, has long been seen as a player who is too good for the Championship but out of his depth in the top flight.

Marco Silva backs Aleksandar Mitrovic to prove doubters wrong in Premier League

Nunes turned down West Ham

Friday 12 August 2022 14:30 , Michael Jones

David Moyes has revealed that midfielder Mathues Nunes turned down the chance to join West Ham United.

The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has been highly coveted during the summer transfer window with Liverpool also said to be keeping their eyes on him and Chelsea also keen.

West Ham submitted a bid with the Portuguese club but Moyes confessed that Nunes didn’t want to join the Hammers.

Speaking ahead of the match against Nottingham Forest on Sunday Moyes admitted: “We made a bid for him but he chose not to come.”

Arteta hopes Aubameyang receives good reception

Friday 12 August 2022 14:23 , Michael Jones

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, hopes that the fans give Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a good reception if he joins Chelsea this summer and faces his old club in the Premier League.

Arteta and Auabmeyang clashed whilst the striker was at Arsenal but that didn’t stop the manager from hailing his impact on the club,

“It’s a long time since that happened, I can’t go back when there’s another series,” Arteta said of the Aubameyang captaincy saga. “I was clear and honest in my opinion. What has been done is to defend our club and be as clear, honest as we can.

“Auba is an exceptional player, he did so much for us and we have to be grateful for what he did for this club.

“I hope he does [get a good reception from Arsenal fans] because he deserve that. There are moments in your career, where the trajectory of the individual is different to the club.”

Gomez to remain in City’s first team squad

Friday 12 August 2022 14:15 , Michael Jones

Pep Guardiola says new signing Sergio Gomez will remain with the Manchester City first-team squad and compete for the left-back position.

It was thought the 21-year-old may have been loaned out once his move from Anderlecht is completed, but Guardiola confirmed he will stay in Manchester this season.

“You know the club is always working on many possibilities in many positions,” he said. “This one target is a young player, in the youth World Cup years ago the best player was Phil Foden and he was the second best player.

“He played in Spain U21, young talent for Barcelona, went to Borussia Dortmund, played in good hands under Vincent Kompany. He played well, we target him to bring him here.

“He’s for now, he will stay with us.”

England’s path to World Cup final at Qatar 2022

Friday 12 August 2022 14:05 , Michael Jones

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad will be hoping to make it back-to-back finals in major international competitions later this year - and this time go one step better and lift the trophy.

Four years ago England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup as the upturn in international fortunes began under Southgate, before they went the distance to the final at Euro 2020. Now in Qatar the objective will remain the same, to end the long wait since 1966 for success on the biggest stage.

England’s path to World Cup final at Qatar 2022

Ben Watson retires

Friday 12 August 2022 13:56 , Michael Jones

Ben Watson has retired from professional at the age of 37 and will forever be remembered for his FA Cup winning goal in the 2013 final against Manchester City that saw Wigan Athletic lift the trophy for the this first time in their history.

Raheem Sterling can thrive with extra ‘freedom’ in Chelsea’s evolving attack

Friday 12 August 2022 13:50 , Michael Jones

As Chelsea prepare to continue their lavish spending in the final weeks of the window, Thomas Tuchel will hope to see major signs on Sunday that his most pivotal move of the window has already been made.

Raheem Sterling gets his first taste of a derby in blue against a resurgent Tottenham in what has become an underrated fixture in terms of genuine needle between the sides and sets of supporters.

Elevated in levels of animosity over the last decade amid Spurs’ rise to prominence, it is the perfect opportunity to make a statement with optimism surrounding both clubs this season.

Sterling is familiar with games of high stakes, of course, featuring in numerous Merseyside and Manchester derbies over the years.

But this provides a window into both how Sterling the player and character will influence the Blues after his debut in what was largely a scrappy, forgettable 1-0 victory against Everton, with little opportunity for Sterling to sparkle.

Raheem Sterling can thrive with extra ‘freedom’ in Chelsea’s evolving attack

‘We will not panic’ says Tuchel

Friday 12 August 2022 13:43 , Michael Jones

Thomas Tuchel says that Chelsea won’t panic and try to sign players who do not fit into the direction of the club as they continue to search for new players.

“We will not panic and try to sign players of which we are not 100 per cent convinced. All signings so far are fantastic and help us.” said the Blues boss.

“It’s a day-by-day business to coach the team and not lose your head as a coach too much over what could be.

“We are ambitious and work hard to strengthen our squad further but at the same time we are calm and all the energy and ambition goes into the group that is here. We still have time.”

Alonso not training with Chelsea

Friday 12 August 2022 13:36 , Michael Jones

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed left-back Marcos Alonso is not in Chelsea training at the moment as he tries to finalise a move to Barcelona and won’t be in contention for Sunday’s match against Tottenham.

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Contrasting styles in defensive rebuilds as Chelsea face Tottenham in season’s first top-four encounter

Friday 12 August 2022 13:28 , Michael Jones

By common consent, the Premier League’s top two last season are expected to be the Premier League’s top two this season. Man City and Liverpool were clear by a distance, again, but if that sounds dull then perhaps excitement comes behind them as the next pair of clubs increasingly look to improve enough to establish another gap between themselves and the rest of the challenging pack.

It won’t happen this weekend with Chelsea and Tottenham playing each other, meaning at least one being enforced into losing early ground.

In the short term Arsenal are comfortably best-placed to threaten to upset the quartet above them, as given the top clubs’ opening fixtures and when they match up against each other, the Gunners should reasonably be looking to be at or near the league’s summit around the half-dozen games mark. If it transpires that way, neither Antonio Conte or Thomas Tuchel will be overly concerned.

Contrasting styles in rebuilds as Chelsea face Spurs in first top-four meeting

Juventus sign Kositc

Friday 12 August 2022 13:21 , Michael Jones

Juventus have announced the signing of Filip Kostic who has penned a deal to keep him in Turin until 2026.

Jermain Defoe back at Tottenham as academy coach and club ambassador

Friday 12 August 2022 13:13 , Michael Jones

Jermain Defoe has returned to Tottenham Hotspur as an academy coach and club ambassador.

Former striker Defoe scored 143 goals for Spurs across two spells in a varied career, which ended when he retired at Sunderland in March.

“Already part of the fabric of our club thanks to his work on and off the pitch during his previous spells with us – Jermain was awarded an OBE in 2018 for his charitable work – he now begins the next phase of his career by joining our academy set-up,” Spurs said of the 39-year-old.

Jermain Defoe back at Tottenham as academy coach and club ambassador

Defoe returns to Spurs

Friday 12 August 2022 13:04 , Michael Jones

Jermain Defoe has returned to Tottenham but as an academy coach and club ambassador.

The 39-year-old scored 143 goals in 363 appearances for Spurs over two spells between 2004 and 2014, making him the sixth-highest goalscorer in the club’s history.

He retired in March of this year with 305 goals in 762 club matches after also playing for West Ham, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Toronto, Sunderland and Rangers

Defoe will work with Tottenham’s Academy across the U17 to U21 age groups and will assist with the club’s work in the community, engage with the global fanbase and support the club’s partners.

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West Ham’s efforts to sign Nunes ‘in vain'

Friday 12 August 2022 12:54 , Michael Jones

According to reports in Portugal, West Ham United have placed a formal bid for the signing of Sporting midfielder Matheus Nunes.

Newspaper Record says the Hammers offered an initial €30m plus €5m in variables but that bid fails to match the price demanded by Sporting.

West Ham’s effort was ‘in vain’ and it is said that Sporting are negotiating for €50m having already told the Premier League side this price.

Record claims the Hammers made the bid speaking directly to the Lions, unlike other clubs such as Wolves who had been using agent Jorge Mendes as an intermediary.

Nunes himself isn’t too keen on the move and wants to join a club that can offer Champions League football or else stay at Sporting where a new contract would double his wages.

Barcelona activate fourth ‘economic lever'

Friday 12 August 2022 12:45 , Michael Jones

Barcelona have sold another 25 per cent of their in-house production hub for £85m to help boost their finances in a bid to register their summer signings ahead of their first game against Rayo Vallecano.

The decision to activate their fourth ‘economic lever’ comes a month after the club signed a deal with to sell off 25 per cent of their stake in Barca Studios last month.

The most recent deal has taken place with Orpheus Media and Barca have made the deal to offset the debt they find themselves in after years of mismanaging the books.

An official statement from the club said: ‘With this investment the strategic partners in Barca Studios show confidence in the value of the project and the future of digital content in the world of sport.’

Barcelona are currently struggling to register all their new signings before the first game of the season. However, they are confident the new deal will stump up the required funds.

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari completes loan move to Monza

Friday 12 August 2022 12:32 , Michael Jones

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has completed his loan move to Monza for the 2022-23 season.

Mari has joined the Serie A side after making 22 appearances for the Gunners.

The 28-year-old Spaniard initially joined Arsenal on loan from Brazilian side Flamengo in January 2020 and made the move permanent the following summer.

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari completes loan move to Monza

Marsch backing new signings

Friday 12 August 2022 12:23 , Michael Jones

Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch is convinced his summer signings can make a big impact on the Premier League.

The Whites have brought in Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Marc Roca, plus defender Rasmus Kristensen with Marsch handing them all English top-flight debuts last week as Leeds won their opening game of the season at home to Wolves.

“Physically managing the game, the pace of the game, that demands tactically being sharp and clear, and committing to the match, always is and will continue to be a challenge in the games in this league,” Marsch said.

“I think all four guys are going to get better and better.”


United set astonishing price for Rashford

Friday 12 August 2022 12:15 , Michael Jones

Manchester United do not want to sell Marcus Rashford qmid interest in the 24-year-old from Paris Saint-Germain. He won’t be leaving Old Trafford this summer especially with United’s value of him ‘in excess of £120m’.

That is a crazy price for a player who has struggled to find any kind of form over the last year. He scored just four league goals last season, down from 11 the campaign before, and looked far from his best against Brighton last weekend.

PSG have been in contact with Rashford’s representatives over a possible move as they look to add him to their immense options up front, which include Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

ESPN report that PSG would be willing to bid around £60m for the striker around half the price of United’s valuation and a more realistic estimation.

The 24-year-old is not pushing for a move and the Red Devils do not want to sell him so this may be a tactic to get PSG to back off their enquires into his future.

Blackpool sign Lankshear from St Alban’s City

Friday 12 August 2022 12:09 , Michael Jones

Blackpool Football Club have confirmed the signing of Alex Lankshear from St Alban’s City for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old left-back will initially link up with the development squad after agreeing a three-year contract at Bloomfield Road, which contains an option for a further year.

Previously part of Arsenal’s youth system, Lankshear has started 39 games for St Alban’s and regularly featured for the club in National League South, helping the team finish ninth and reach the second round of the Emirates FA Cup last season.

“My time at St Alban’s has been great and I’m now ready to take that next step.” said the defender, “I’m a left-back who likes to get up and down the pitch and help the team in both boxes.

“I’m really excited to be part of this football club, and hopefully I can now push on further and into the first-team.”

Scott Parker insists Bournemouth will embrace ‘difficult few fixtures’

Friday 12 August 2022 12:01 , Michael Jones

Bournemouth boss Scott Parker is confident his squad can rise to the challenge of a tough run of Premier League games – starting with a trip to champions Manchester City.

The Cherries got their return to the top flight up and running with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend.

Following the visit to the Etihad Stadium, Bournemouth host Arsenal and then head to Liverpool after a midweek Carabao Cup tie at Norwich.

Scott Parker insists Bournemouth will embrace ‘difficult few fixtures’

Kesler-Hayden circling loan move

Friday 12 August 2022 11:52 , Michael Jones

Aston Villa believe a season-long loan with Huddersfield Town will make youngster Kaine Kesler-Hayden ready for the first team next season, according to The Athletic.

He spent the first half of last season on loan at League Two side Swindon Town before being recalled in January and joining MK Dons in League One.

Kesler-Hayden made a total of 35 league appearances in 2021/22 including 18 for Swindon and another 17 for MK Dons.

Huddersfield are keen on signing the defender on a season-long loan to offer competition for the club’s first choice right-back, Ollie Turton but no official deal is yet in place.

Arsenal interested in Pino

Friday 12 August 2022 11:44 , Michael Jones

Arsenal are expected to send in a bid to sign Villarreal forward Yeremy Pino with Goal reporting that an offer of £38m would be accepted by the La Liga side.

The Gunners have been strengthening their forward line this summer after signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester to bolster their centre-forward position with the attention now shifting to the wider areas.

Pino has emerged as Arsenal’s latest target. He made his senior first team debut for Villarreal in 2020 and enjoyed a productive campaign last season, scoring six goals and notching up four assists in 31 La Liga appearances.

The 19-year-old has a release clause of around £67m (€80m) but the Yellow Submarines are said to be willing to accept a fee of around £38m (€45m) for their star man.

Murtough spotted in Turin

Friday 12 August 2022 11:37 , Michael Jones

Manchester United Football Director John Murtough has been sighted in Turin as he attempts to complete a move which will see Adrien Rabiot brought to Old Trafford.

Murtough has made another trip across the continent and will be hoping for a better result than his unsuccessful trip to Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong earlier in the summer.

It is believed that a fee in the of £15m has already been agreed with Juventus and only personal terms are standing in the way of an imminent transfer.

Rabiot’s agent and mother Veronique is famed for her approach to negotiations and earlier this week it emerged that she had made it clear she would only deal with Murtough instead of any other intermediary.

Liverpool won’t use transfer market to combat midfield injury crisis, Jurgen Klopp confirms

Friday 12 August 2022 11:30 , Michael Jones

Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool’s midfield injury problems will not force him to go back into the transfer market, saying if the right player was available they would have already bought him and arguing it is not stubbornness that is stopping him from signing.

The FA Cup winners were without four of their nine midfielders when Thiago Alcantara went off injured against Fulham on Saturday but Klopp is adamant he is satisfied with the depth and ability of his options.

Thiago is likely to be out for a month while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones are also sidelined, though Naby Keita has recovered from illness and should be available for Monday’s game against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool won’t use transfer market to combat midfield injury crisis

Leicester to hold talks with Vardy

Friday 12 August 2022 11:22 , Michael Jones

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the club intend to offer veteran striker Jamie Vardy a new contract.

The 35-year-old has is a legend at the King Power Stadium after helping the club win the Premier League and FA Cup over the lst few seasons and continues to perform at the highest level - he scored 17 goals in all competitions last season.

Vardy’s current contract expires next summer, and 90min understands that a number of clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United have been monitoring his situation.

Rodgers confirmed that Leicester intend to begin negotiations with Vardy‘s representatives, in the hope that he’ll extend his stay.

“He has looked good in pre-season and is continuing to work,” Rodgers said. “His appetite is still there. We would like to extend his stay here and that’s something the club and his representatives will look at.”

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Will Newcastle replace Shelvey?

Friday 12 August 2022 11:13 , Michael Jones

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has recently been ruled out for three months through injury prompting thoughts that the club may look to bring in a replacement before the transfer window closes in September.

When asked about transfers, manager Eddie Howe said: “I am really sorry to say no. I am sorry to keep giving you the same answers.

“I want to give you a different response but I can’t. We are no closer currently. Hopefully, the next week or so might be different.”

Howe added: “I feel we have enough to cover his absence currently. But you know football it can change very quickly. Losing Jonjo is a big blow. He has been a huge player for us over the last few season.

“Jonjo brings unique qualities to that role. Now Bruno [Guimaraes] played in that role on Saturday and did very well. We do have other players, Sean Longstaff has played there in pre-season and done very well. We have a couple of options.”

Leicester in talks for Smithies

Friday 12 August 2022 11:04 , Michael Jones

Leicester City have opened negotiations with former Cardiff and Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies over possible free transfer.

If he joins the club he’ll become Leicester’s first signing of the summer and would add to their goalkeeping options following the departure of No. 1 choice Kasper Schmeichel.

It remains to be seen if Smithies would get much game time as Brendan Rodgers has already said that Danny Ward will be the first choice keeper this season.

“He’s got the number one shirt and I think you’ve seen his presence. He deserves the opportunity to play,” Rodgers said. “We’ve got a young goalkeeper in behind him in Daniel Iversen, who’s done very well out on loan.

“Ideally if we were to bring someone else in it would be a number three so I could get our young Polish goalkeeper Jakub [Stolarczyk] out on loan.”

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What does Erik ten Hag want in a striker at Manchester United?

Friday 12 August 2022 10:55 , Michael Jones

When Marnix Kolder was playing in a side managed by Erik ten Hag, his role was fairly uncomplicated. “I was the ‘escape’,” he told The Independent earlier this year. “When the ball was pressured at the back, the long ball from the keeper or the central defender came to me. I don’t know the word in English - a coat stand? The ‘kapstok‘. It’s a typical word in Dutch. The big person they can play the balls to, then you play to the midfielders or to the side.”

In other words, a target man.

Kolder was Ten Hag’s centre-forward at Go Ahead Eagles during the first year of his managerial career in 2012-13, which ended in promotion to the Eredivisie.

At 6ft 2in in height, and despite being the wrong side of 30, he scored a goal every other game in his only year working under the future Manchester United manager, before Ten Hag left the the “kick and rush” of the Eerste Divisie that Kolder describes to take charge of Bayern Munich II and work in the orbit of Pep Guardiola.

What does Erik ten Hag want in a striker?

Everton’s Gibson joins Bristol Rovers

Friday 12 August 2022 10:45 , Michael Jones

Everton youngster, Lewis Gibson, has joined League One side Bristol Rovers on a season-long loan after agreeing a new one-year contract with Everton until the end of June 2023.

He signed for Everton from Newcastle United in July 2017 and played a key role in Everton Under-23s’ Premier League 2 and Premier League Cup double in 2018/19.

Last term, Gibson returned to League One for a season-long loan with Sheffield Wednesday, although injury limited the defender to six appearances.

Lijnders on signing Darwin

Friday 12 August 2022 10:38 , Michael Jones

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders explained why Liverpool decided to splash the cash and bring Darwin Nunez to the club for £67.5m this summer.

“We followed Darwin for a long time. Our scouting team followed him, made reports, compiled videos and kept him in their sights.” said the 39-year-old.

“Then there is a moment when you’re sitting in a recruitment meeting with Jurgen (Klopp), Julian (Ward) and Mike (Gordon) and it’s like ‘OK, let’s go!

“He’s a centre-forward that likes to drift. He’s not a fixed No.9, and that was something we think can be good to open up spaces for others as well, which is something we think we can improve.

“Is it a gamble? Maybe, but the most important thing for the player is that he feels from the players and the staff that football isn’t a perfect game.

“We deal with moments where things don’t work out well, and that we don’t lose confidence and trust in the player. We don’t judge players on one game or one moment, never.”

No more incomings at Liverpool?

Friday 12 August 2022 10:30 , Michael Jones

Jurgen Klopp has appeared to rule out Liverpool signing any more players this summer despite several injuries in his squad and a seeming lack a depth in certain areas.

“If there would be the right player, we would have done it, we would do it, but we have had a lot of conversations already and it doesn’t look like it will happen,” said the Reds boss.

“I’m happy with the strength, size, and quality of my squad – but we have injuries. There are different solutions for it – one of them is the transfer market, but it only makes sense if you can bring in the right player.

“If there is the right solution for us, we would have done it already. We are not stubborn, it’s just about the right thing to do.”


Fantasy Premier League tips gameweek 2: Erling Haaland, Brenden Aaronson, William Saliba and more

Friday 12 August 2022 10:21 , Michael Jones

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Chelsea and Leicester remain apart in Fofana valuation

Friday 12 August 2022 10:12 , Michael Jones

Chelsea and Leicester are still discussing the valuation of Wesley Fofana. The Blues want to bring the defender to Stamford Bridge this summer but are yet to meet the Foxes valuation price despite submitting two bids for the 21-year-old.

Chelsea’s second bid was worth around £60m but Leicester are only interested in an offer close to the record fee paid for a defender - the £80m that Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire three years ago.

Sky Sports News reportsthat Chelsea are preparing a bigger offer in the coming days which will be much closer to Leicester’s valuation but may not reach the heights of Maguire’s transfer.

Leicester don’t want to sell Fofana as they feel his value will only increase in the next few years but Thomas Tuchel has made this transfer a priority this summer so it may yet get over the line.

Foxes boss, Brendan Rodgers, said: “Even now, it would be late in terms of looking to get in replacements, but it’s certainly something that the later it goes on then the more difficult it becomes.”

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Rashford not for sale

Friday 12 August 2022 10:03 , Michael Jones

Paris Saint-Germain are unlikely to follow up their initial interest in Marcus Rashford as Manchester United‘s position is the forward is not for sale.

Rashford’s representatives are believed to have held talks with PSG last week but United know Rashford is committed to the club and effectively has two years left on his contract - one year plus an option for another year.

The 24-year-old will not be moving anytime soon but things could potentially change if he doesn’t rekindle his previous good form under new manager Erik ten Hag.

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Newcastle looking at Gordon?

Friday 12 August 2022 09:54 , Michael Jones

Eddie Howe has been looking to strengthen his Newcastle squad as the North East side seeks to improve on last season’s 11th place finish in the Premier League this term.

According to The Athletic one of the targets for the Saudi-backed club is Everton’s Anthony Gordon with sporting dircetor Dan Ashworth said to be in contact with the Merseyside club over a possible deal for the 21-year-old winger.

Gordon still has three years left on his deal at Goodison Park and has stepped up to lead the line thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury and Richarlison’s departure. The Toffees have a strong negotiating position and it is hard to see the club sanction such a move.

However, Newcastle United now have massive financial firepower and if they are willing to splash the cash for Gordon over the final two weeks of the transfer window it is not out of the question that the winger could make the move to St James’ Park.

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Watford agree to sell Dennis

Friday 12 August 2022 09:45 , Michael Jones

The news about Keinan Davis’ medical with the Hornets is coupled with the fact that Watford have agreed to sell forward Emmanuel Dennis to Nottingham Forest.

Dennis has been attracting interest from clubs all summer, including Everton and Villarreal, but Forest made a concrete offer earlier this week and are set to pay £20m for the Nigerian striker.

The 24-year-old moved to Vicarage Road from Club Brugge for £3m only a year ago, and there is optimism on all sides that a deal will be completed.

Watford are now looking to bring in a striker before the transfer window shuts on September 1st and they have set their sights on Davis with the Aston Villa forward set to complete a move in the coming days.

Keinan Davis set for Championship move

Friday 12 August 2022 09:37 , Michael Jones

Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis is reportedly having a medical at Watford today ahead of another loan move to the Championship with a view to making the transfer permanent.

24-year-old Davis scored five goals across 15 appearances for Nottingham Forest last season and looks set to return to the second division of English football search of regular game time in Rob Edwards’ Hornets side.

According to The Athletic, Davis is having a medical ahead of the switch to Vicarage Road which could see him depart the Midlands on a permanent basis through an option included in the deal.

West Bromwich Albion made were also interested in the striker as Steve Bruce looks to solve his crisis up front due to injuries to both Daryl Dike and Karlan Grant.

However, the move to Watford is expected to be completed.

Eric Bailly attracting plenty of interest

Friday 12 August 2022 09:28 , Luke Baker

Man United defender Eric Bailly is attracting plenty of interest from clubs as he seems set for an inevitable Old Trafford exit.

Bailly is an outcast at the Red Devils, with no place in new coach Erik ten Hag’s plan, which means that despite signing a new contract last season, he is now free to leave the club.

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham, Fulham, Sevilla, AC Milan and Roma have all enquired about a loan deal, yet Monaco and Marseille are the frontrunners - with both willing to offer Bailly a permanent exit.

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(PA Wire)

Arsenal unlikely to sign Youri Tielemans

Friday 12 August 2022 09:17 , Luke Baker

Arsenal look unlikely to sign Youri Tielemans, according to The Athletic, as they haven’t followed up their initial interest.

The Gunners have been linked with the midfielder for over a year and, due to there being less than 12 months to go on his Foxes contract, the Belgian international is available at a cut-price fee. However, Mikel Arteta’s men have opted to focus on other targets this summer.

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Tomori signing new deal with AC Milan

Friday 12 August 2022 09:07 , Luke Baker

Fikayo Tomori looks set to sign a new contract with AC Milan, as the Italian giants lock up the England defender for the long term.

The 24-year-old centre-back has impressed in Milan and, according to multiple reports, will ink a deal that runs until June 2027. Negotiations have been ongoing since June after Tomori helped the Rossoneri to a first Serie A title for 11 years last season and the ex-Chelsea star will now commit himself to the club for the foreseeable future.

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Nottingham Forest in for Emerson Palmieri and Remo Freuler

Friday 12 August 2022 08:59 , Luke Baker

Nottingham Forest have been one of the most active Premier League clubs in this transfer window but their business seems far from finished.

According to Fabrizio Romano, they are on the verge of completing a deal for Atalanta midfielder Remo Freuler. The 30-year-old Swiss midfielder is in England to dot the i’s and cross the t’s and could be announced today. The fee is around £7.6m plus add-ons, with a three-year contract being signed.

In other Forest-Atalanta news, the Italian side may rival Steve Cooper’s men for the signature of Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea. The 28-year-old wing-back has been frozen out by the Blues by the arrival of Marc Cucurella from Brighton and The Standard are reporting that Atalanta are pursuing the Italian in addition to Forest.

Aubameyang set to snub Chelsea move

Friday 12 August 2022 08:50 , Luke Baker

Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League but is apparently very happy in Spain and unlikely to head back to England.

Spanish outlet Sport reports the ex-Arsenal skipper would prefer to stay at Barca amid interest from Chelsea, who have lost Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner this summer.

Sport also say that Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has put pressure on new owner Todd Boehly to make a good offer for the Gabon international - who Tuchel worked with at Borussia Dortmund - but Barca are more minded to sell Memphis Depay in terms of their attacking players.


Man City also have interest in Lodi

Friday 12 August 2022 08:36 , Luke Baker

In their search for a left-back, it’s not only Kieran Tierney that Arsenal are considering, as Atletico Madrid star Renan Lodi is also said to be on their shortlist.

The Telegraph reports City are considering the 24-year-old Lodi, but the Brazil international is expected to also attract strong interest elsewhere after impressing during his three seasons at the Metropolitano.

As a reminder, City have agreed a deal for Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez but the 21-year-old isn’t thought to be immediately ready for the Premier League and may head out on loan.

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(PA Wire)

Man Utd in Turin for Rabiot negotiations

Friday 12 August 2022 08:27 , Luke Baker

Manchester United are still trying to bring in a holding midfielder and are close to signing Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot.

Director John Murtough is in Turin today to discuss personal terms with Rabiot’s mother Veronique, who is known to be a tough negotiator.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the deal with Juve is said to already be in place but Murtough will need to convince the Frenchman to come to Old Trafford and agree personal terms.

Tierney to Man City?

Friday 12 August 2022 08:19 , Luke Baker

Could Arsenal and Manchester City be engaging in a swap of left-backs this summer?

Rumours are going round that the reigning Premier League champions are plotting a late swoop to sign Gunners defender Kieran Tierney following Oleksandr Zinchenko’s move to the Emirates Stadium.

City have agreed an £11m deal to sign 21-year-old Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez but are still in the market for another, more experienced left-sided full-back who can instantly contribute.

Zinchenko moved to north London for £32m last month and according to The Daily Mirror and 90min, City could turn to Tierney, a proven Premier League left-back, rather than other players with little to no experience of playing in England.

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(PA Wire)

Man Utd ‘offered’ chance to sign Morata

Friday 12 August 2022 08:11 , Luke Baker

Manchester United remain on the hunt for a striker who would be happy with a place on the bench and offer a different option to current forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial.

Martial is injured and Ronaldo is not yet match-fit after missing most of preseason because of a family issue forcing boss Erik ten Hag to start Christian Eriksen as a False No.9 for the opening-day defeat to Brighton.

Sources have told ESPN that United have been offered the chance to sign former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata. The 29-year-old has a year left on his contract at Atletico Madrid and has spent the last two seasons on loan at Juventus.

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Marcus Rashford’s agents hold preliminary talks with PSG

Friday 12 August 2022 08:02 , Lawrence Ostlere

We start with Marcus Rashford, who is in talks with PSG about a shock move to Paris as the Manchester United forward considers his future. Various reports have revealed Rashford, who has one year left on his Old Trafford contact with an option for the club to extend for a further year, has held discussions with the French champions via his representatives.

However Sky reports PSG are not ready to firm up their interest with an offer while it is thought Rashford still wants to prove himself at United under new manager Erik ten Hag.

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Marcus Rashford is considering his future (Getty Images)

Bernardo Silva ‘happy’ at Manchester City but could still leave this summer

Thursday 11 August 2022 20:00 , Michael Jones

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva insists he is happy at the club but has not ruled out leaving this summer.

The 28-year-old has been linked with Barcelona all summer and last week manager Pep Guardiola said he did not know if the Portugal international playmaker would still be at the club at the end of the transfer window.

Silva, who said he has an “honest” relationship with the club, has not ruled out a move but admits City will not let him leave unless they receive an acceptable offer.

Bernardo Silva ‘happy’ at Man City but could still leave this summer

Jesse Marsch backs Leeds’ high-intensity style to survive UK heatwave

Thursday 11 August 2022 19:45 , Michael Jones

Jesse Marsch believes his record in America shows that Leeds United don’t need to abandon their high-energy blueprint to win in the British heatwave.

Leeds’ pressing game relies on intensity and, under first Marcelo Bielsa and then Marsch, they made the most sprints in the Premier League last season.

But the American is confident their style of play can work against Southampton on Saturday, when temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees, and he took heart from New York Red Bulls’ winning habit in extreme heat during his time in charge.

Jesse Marsch backs Leeds’ high-intensity style to survive UK heatwave

Harvey Elliott signs new five-year Liverpool contract

Thursday 11 August 2022 19:30 , Michael Jones

Liverpool have rewarded Harvey Elliott with a new deal to keep him at Anfield until 2027, even though he had four years remaining on his previous deal.

It is the third contract Elliott has signed with Liverpool in just over three years, after joining from Fulham in 2019 and then getting an extended deal 13 months ago.

But a pay rise reflects their policy of giving improved and long-term contracts to players who they have impressed and who they want to tie down.

Harvey Elliott signs new Liverpool contract

Raheem Sterling aims to be leader on return to London as ‘grown adult’

Thursday 11 August 2022 19:15 , Michael Jones

Raheem Sterling has pledged to be an outspoken leader at Chelsea, after returning to home city London as a “grown adult”.

The 27-year-old is back living in London for the first time in more than 10 years, after majorly successful stints with Liverpool and Manchester City.

Sterling revealed his £47.5million Chelsea switch revolved around his refusal to accept limited playing time at Manchester City approaching the peak of his career.

Raheem Sterling aims to be leader on return to London as ‘grown adult’

Chelsea waiting on Frenkie de Jong to approve deal

Thursday 11 August 2022 19:00 , Michael Jones

Chelsea are confident they have beaten Manchester United to Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong but they still need to persuade the Netherlands international to leave Spain, according to the Times.

The 25-year-old reportedly wants to stay with the LaLiga club – but if he is forced to move the paper says he is thought to prefer the opportunity to play Champions League football with the Blues.

Football rumours: Chelsea waiting on Frenkie de Jong to approve deal

There is momentum behind the Lionesses’ plans to change the game

Thursday 11 August 2022 18:45 , Michael Jones

It took just seconds for Leah Williamson to make the switch. From creating history by becoming the first England captain since Bobby Moore to win a major international tournament, her head immediately turned to the future while everyone else was losing theirs at Wembley.

“The legacy of this team is winning and this is the start of the journey,” Williamson repeated. It crystalised in a moment just what the Lionesses were playing for and what they had achieved when Chloe Kelly’s goal in extra time crossed the line.

A week has now passed since England’s victory over Germany, watched by the biggest crowd in the history of the European Championships and the 17 million that tuned in from around the country.

There have been celebrations in Trafalgar Square, sunglasses hiding hungover eyes to make this squad all the more endearing, congratulations from the Queen and heroic homecomings. Giddy on the success, England announced a friendly against the United States at Wembley in early October. Demand for the match saw the ticketing website crash and it was sold out in 24 hours.

There is momentum behind the Lionesses’ plans to change the game

Manchester City agree £11m fee for Anderlecht left-back

Thursday 11 August 2022 18:30 , Michael Jones

Manchester City are set to complete the signing of Sergio Gomez after agreeing a fee of €13m (£11m) plus add-ons with Anderlecht for the left-back.

Gomez is set to undergo a medical ahead of signing a four-year contract at the Etihad.

The 21-year-old is viewed as a development player by City and though he could stay in Manchester this season, he is expected to be loaned out to a City Football Group affiliate.

Manchester City agree £11m fee for Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez

Chelsea left wondering what might’ve been as Timo Werner coup ends in failure

Thursday 11 August 2022 18:15 , Michael Jones

It was day two of Project Restart in the Premier League. As grounds were emptied, belts were tightened. Or most of them, anyway. Chelsea took advantage of others’ inability to spend, turning to the bank of Roman.

They activated Timo Werner’s release clause at RB Leipzig. It was a time when deploying Roman Abramovich’s funds seemed more of a legitimate ploy. And, as budgets were frozen amid uncertainty elsewhere, Chelsea stole a march on the European elite by snapping up the Bundesliga’s two most coveted young talents.

A seemingly Real Madrid-bound Kai Havertz was redirected to Stamford Bridge. Werner, who had long looked headed for Liverpool, joined his compatriot in London.

Chelsea left wondering what might’ve been as Timo Werner coup ends in failure

West Ham midfielder Nikola Vlasic joins Torino on loan

Thursday 11 August 2022 18:00 , Michael Jones

West Ham midfielder Nikola Vlasic has joined Torino on a season-long loan.

The deal for the 24-year-old includes an option for the Serie A outfit to make the move permanent next summer.

Croatia international Vlasic made 31 appearances for the Hammers in their 2021-22 campaign after joining the Premier League club from CSKA Moscow last summer.

He scored one goal, in a 4-1 win at Watford in December.

West Ham midfielder Nikola Vlasic joins Torino on loan

Morocco sack coach Vahid Halilhodzic three months before World Cup

Thursday 11 August 2022 17:50 , Michael Jones

Morocco have fired coach Vahid Halilhodzic just three months before the World Cup.

The announcement by the Moroccan football federation on Thursday ends months of speculation over the fate of the Franco-Bosnian coach, who has now suffered the extraordinary feat of being fired three times by national teams after they qualified for World Cup finals.

“Given the differences and divergent visions between the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and national coach Vahid Halilhodzic on the best way to prepare the national football team for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the two parties decided to separate,” the federation said in a statement.

Morocco sack coach three months before World Cup

Chelsea yet to up offer for Leicester’s Wesley Fofana

Thursday 11 August 2022 17:37 , Michael Jones

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers says he is not aware of any fresh bids from Chelsea for defender Wesley Fofana.

The centre-half has been subject to two offers from the London club, which were both rejected, but nothing new has arrived ahead of this weekend’s visit to Arsenal.

Rodgers is insistent that the club are not looking to sell the highly-rated 21-year-old but said it was natural they would consider any more offers that might arrive.

Chelsea yet to up offer for Leicester’s Wesley Fofana

Palace sign Balmer

Thursday 11 August 2022 17:22 , Michael Jones

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Larne FC defender Kofi Balmer.

The 21-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the club – understood to be one year, with a two-year option and will initially join the club’s academy.

Depay waiting on Barcelona

Thursday 11 August 2022 17:15 , Michael Jones

Memphis Depay is still waiting on Barcelona to terminate his contract so that he can move away from the club this summer. According to Fabrizio Romano Depay won’t be moving to any Turkish club - despite interest - and is favoured to make the trip over to Juventus on a two-year deal.

Bayern keeping tabs on Nkunku

Thursday 11 August 2022 17:06 , Michael Jones

According to Sport1, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and manager Julian Nagelsmann admire RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku and are keeping tabs on the forward ahead of next summer’s transfer window.

The French forward is expected to leave Leipzig after this season to take the next step in his career. Nkunku had already attracted a lot of interest from top clubs in Europe this summer, but he decided to stay at Leipzig for one more year.

He managed to win the Bundesliga player of the season award after scoring 20 goals in the league and excels in wide areas as well as the centre-forward position.

Sport1 also confirms that Bayern will move for Nkunku if one of their forwards end up leaving the club.

United to wait on Garner’s future

Thursday 11 August 2022 16:59 , Michael Jones

Manchester United will decide on the future of James Garner once the Adrien Rabiot deal is resolved one way or the other.

Nottingham Forest remain interested in Garner and have kept an eye on his situation all summer. The 21-year-old had an impressive loan spell at the City Ground last season.

Scott Parker backing Bournemouth new-boy Marcos Senesi to be a big hit

Thursday 11 August 2022 16:50 , Michael Jones

Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker is confident “aggressive” Argentina defender Marcos Senesi can help keep his squad on the front foot in their battle for Premier League survival.

Senesi completed his switch from Dutch club Feyenoord in a reported £12.6million deal earlier this week and could be in contention to make his debut in Saturday’s trip to champions Manchester City.

The 25-year-old is the fifth summer recruit to bolster Parker’s options and the centre-half will offer some extra defensive options, with midfielder Jefferson Lerma having been deployed in a makeshift back three for the win over Aston Villa.

Scott Parker backing Bournemouth new-boy Marcos Senesi to be a big hit

Rabiot prepared to stay at Juventus

Thursday 11 August 2022 16:42 , Michael Jones

Reports in Italy suggest Adrien Rabiot is reluctant to join Manchester United due to the fact that they cannot offer him Champions League football this term.

The Reds have agreed a fee with Juventus, and are in a position to try and agree personal terms. United now face the challenge of reaching these personal terms with Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique.

If unsuccessful, Rabiot is prepared to stay in Italy and run down his contract, which expires at the end of this season.

Milenković extends Fiorentina contract

Thursday 11 August 2022 16:35 , Michael Jones

Nikola Milenkovic has extended his contract with Fiorentina until 2027.

Jesse Marsch says Leeds’ search for the ‘right’ new striker continues

Thursday 11 August 2022 16:29 , Michael Jones

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch says the club will not be rushed into signing a new striker but will continue their search for the right one.

The Yorkshire outfit have drafted in eight new players since securing Premier League survival on the final day last season but have yet to add a central striker to their squad.

Leeds had a reported £35million bid accepted for Charles De Ketelaere earlier this summer, but he chose a move to AC Milan, while several other strikers have been linked with a move to Elland Road.

Jesse Marsch says Leeds’ search for the ‘right’ new striker continues

Will Fulham sign Willian?

Thursday 11 August 2022 16:21 , Michael Jones

Sky Sports’ South American football expert Tim Vickery believes that the former Chelsea and Arsenal star could be returning to the Premier League and looks set to join Fulham.

“The plan at the moment is Fulham. Willian has torn up his contract with Corinthians, that was agreed yesterday.” said Vickery on the Transfer Show.

“They have been knocked out of the Copa Libertadores and it hasn’t been a happy return for him.

“He went to the police station to denounce abuse he was suffering from his own club’s fans on social media. It has been hard for his family as well.

“He’s been negotiating with Fulham for a few days and he has business interests in London. He enjoyed his time there very much. It looks as if Willian is on his way to Fulham.”

Limited game time at City forced Chelsea move says Sterling

Thursday 11 August 2022 16:14 , Michael Jones

Raheem Sterling has been opening up about his summer move from Manchester City to Chelsea and the reasons why he decided to make the switch saying that limited game time at the Premier League champions played a part in his decision.

“The move came about, like anything as a person you strive to achieve, and I just felt my time at City was getting limited on playing time for different reasons,” said Sterling, “I couldn’t afford to waste that time. So I needed to keep that same level and a fresh challenge.

“It’s something that since 17 I’d been a regular starting, so to get to a peak time in my career, not to play regularly is something I wouldn’t accept. My personality is to try to fight and change the scenario, but it didn’t happen and that’s it. This was the option that was tailor-made to my personal goals, and with my family as well and the direction the club is going in.

“It’s [Chelsea] a team that’s competing and only going to get better. With the new ownership as well, it made a lot of sense. It was tough of course with the time I spent at City and there’s lots of memories and top moments.

“But the year and a bit that I was in and out of the team taught me a lot about myself, made me value a lot of things and I tried to get things in order.

“It was a difficult decision but you have to make the decision that’s best for yourself. It does feel like coming home, coming back to London; it’s been a long time that I’ve been away, since about 14 or 15.”

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