Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to push for new signings as the transfer window heats up, with the new Premier League season now just over a week away. Chelsea are on the hunt for new defenders, with Josep Guardiola and Wesley Fofana topping Thomas Tuchel’s shortlist after losing Jules Conde to Barcelona. Milan Skriniar and Benjamin Pavard are also interested.
Arsenal continue to be linked with Youri Tielemans as they push to sign the midfielder and James Maddison is still in his sights, with Mikel Arteta hinting at further signings. Nuno Tavares has joined Marseille on loan.
Tottenham are reportedly chasing Niccolò Zaniolo, with their final pre-season friendly against Roma in Israel giving Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici the perfect opportunity to sign the Italy international. Keep up with the latest transfer news, rumors and other gossip below from Standard Sport’s live blog.
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Milan’s pursuit of Ziyech ends
AC Milan have dropped their interest in Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech after signing Club Brugge star Charles de Keutler.
According to Tuttosport, De Kettlere has been the Serie A giants’ No.1 target and will complete a transfer in the coming days, so there will be no interest in him.
Chelsea’s secret De Jong deal
Chelsea have made moves to thwart Manchester United’s bid to sign Barcelona’s aborted Frenkie de Jong, according to SPORT.
Club owner Todd Bohly met with Barcelona boss Joan Laporta earlier this month to agree a deal to sign Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso if De Jong moves on.
Werner offered to Real Madrid
Timo Werner has reportedly been approached by Real Madrid amid reports that RB Leipzig’s Josko Guardiol could be involved in a switch deal.
El Larguero says Chelsea are working hard to find a solution for the striker, who needs more first-team football ahead of November’s World Cup.
The Roma joined the Tanganyika race.
Roma have joined the race to sign Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga, according to Iltempo.
AC Milan have been in talks with Spurs over a loan move but now Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to reunite with his former player.
Deal done! Forest symbol Mangala
Nottingham Forest have signed Stuttgart midfielder Orel Mangala.
Leeds left Casilla
Leeds have released goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.
The statement read: “Leeds United and Kiko Casilla have parted ways by mutual consent. We thank Kiko for his contribution to the club and wish him the best in the future.
The goalkeeper has one year left on his contract.
Chelsea’s medical for Slonina
Chelsea are set to make a £12million move for sensational goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire.
The 18-year-old has been cleared to fly to London on Sunday morning, complete his medical and sign the papers on Sunday morning.
The Blues have fended off rival approaches from Real Madrid and Wolves, sending the goalkeeper on loan to Chicago to complete an impressive season in MLS.
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Xavi posted De Jong’s update.
Barcelona coach Xavi is unaware that Frenkie de Jong will be at the club following the end of the transfer window.
“I don’t know if it’s not there,” he said last night [De Jong] It is here to stay. There is still time and many things can still happen.
“At the moment he is as much a part of the team as anyone else. In other games, playing as a central defender was not a sign of resignation.
“I don’t need to send signals on the field. I can talk directly to my football players.”
West Ham will face a tough competition
West Ham are facing competition from Juventus to sign Filip Kostic.
The Hammers are keen to sign the left-back, who can play in midfield, and last week made a bid of around £11m.
Eintracht Frankfurt want around £17m to consider selling the 29-year-old, with Juventus now showing interest.
PSG now wants Fofana
Chelsea’s pursuit of a new centre-back has taken another turn, with Paris Saint-Germain now interested in signing Wesley Fofana.
According to French reports, Leicester’s centre-backs Diot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard.
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