The new Premier League season has begun, and Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are still among the busiest clubs in the summer window. At Stamford Bridge, Mark Cucurella has been signed for £62m and could be joined by Wesley Fofana soon if Thomas Tuchel gets his way, although Leicester have turned down the £70m offer. Meanwhile, Marcos Alonso is set to join Barcelona.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he is not finished in the market, despite spending more than £120m, with Leicester’s Yuri Tillmans in mind, with a new batch likely to arrive on Friday as the Foxes chase Houssem Al-Awar. Lucas Paqueta has also been linked with Arsenal who face a battle with Manchester United for Cody Gakbo.
Tottenham have six contracts so far this summer and Udinese left-back Destiny Odoji, who is believed to have been personally nominated by Antonio Conte, will become seventh in a £21m deal after agreeing personal terms. Conte reportedly wants three more before the end of the window on September 1, with Nicolo Zaniolo, Memphis Depay and Pau Torres all linked. Catch up on the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip below!
Tottenham agreement with Udogie
Tottenham are preparing to complete their seventh signing in a busy summer transfer window.
We previously reported that they were hoping to seal a deal for young Italian left-back Destiny Odoji next week, before loaning him to Udinese for this season.
Now Fabrizio Romano has reported that Tottenham have a full agreement on personal terms with the teenager, who will sign a five-year contract in north London.
Man United join Arsenal in Gakpo . Race
Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to sign Cody Gakbo.
Arsenal have been closely linked with the PSV Eindhoven star as they look to continue strengthening their squad for a battle between the top four under Mikel Arteta.
However, the Daily Mirror reports that Erik ten Hag has now added the 23-year-old Dutch winger to his transfer wishlist at Old Trafford amid ongoing uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.
Torreira and Mari prepare for Arsenal exit
A number of exits appear to be looming at Arsenal as Mikel Arteta continues to keep him away from unwanted players.
It is reported that Lucas Torreira is now ready to join Galatasaray, having signed a contract in Milan last night.
Arsenal are set to receive €6m/€7m plus additions for the Uruguayan, who spent last season on loan at Fiorentina.
Meanwhile, Hellas Verona is pitted against fellow Italian Monza in the race for Pablo Mari, having made a permanent transfer offer.
Brentford signs Damsgaard deal
Exciting news for Brentford fans.
Romano has now reported a successful deal on personal terms with Mikel Damsgaard.
Brentford saw a £16.7m bid for the 22-year-old accepted by top-flight club Sampdoria earlier this week.
Damsgaard is now set to arrive in London next week to sign his contract and undergo a medical.
Bees seem to be replacing Christian Eriksen. One Danish, another Danish!
Onana prepares for Everton medical after ignoring Hammers
Not the news West Ham wanted to hear.
They are certainly now looking to lose Amadou Onana, despite agreeing a £33m deal with Lille last week.
Instead, the Belgium midfielder is on his way to Everton, and his medical is scheduled for Merseyside today.
Fabrizio Romano reports that the fee is €36m (£30.3m) plus €4m in add-ons and 20 per cent of the sale clause.
Everton are then said to focus on securing the return of Idrissa Gana Guy from PSG.
Alonso says goodbye
Chelsea left back Marcos Alonso said goodbye to his teammates before moving to Barcelona.
The defender is expected to join the Spanish giants next week, as Chelsea sign left back Marc Cucurella from Brighton on Friday.
Tottenham target to sign a new deal
Spurs transfer target Nikola Milinkovic is close to ending speculation over his future by signing a new contract at Fiorentina.
According to Gianluca di Marzio, the central defender is keen to stay put this summer despite interest in him from the likes of Tottenham and Juventus.
Tottenham remains in the market for central defence.
Arsenal give Tillmans a boost
Leicester considered Lyon’s Houssem Aouar a substitute for Arsenal’s target, Yuri Tillmans, the Sun newspaper reported.
The Belgian is expected to leave Leicester this month and Arsenal is his favorite destination.
Leicester appears to be preparing for his departure by lining up potential replacements.
Chelsea in a new Fofana show
Fabrizio Romano reports that Chelsea have failed in a new bid to buy Wesley Fofana.
The offer, over £70m, was rejected by Leicester City, but Chelsea will return with an improved offer.
Tuchel: Chelsea signed the “new Azpilicueta” in Cucurella
Chelsea have signed ‘new Cesar Azpilicueta’ in Marc Cucurella, according to Blues coach Thomas Tuchel.
Spain defender Cucurella became the club’s fifth signing in a busy and often chaotic summer transfer window on Friday, signing a six-year contract after joining from Brighton for a hefty fee of £62.5m.
Cucurella’s arrival coincided with a new contract for compatriot Cesar Azpilicueta, as the long-term Chelsea captain signed an improved two-year contract until 2024 on Thursday, ending Barcelona’s long-running quest to sign him in the process.
There are many similarities between the players other than their nationality, primarily versatility and the ability to work in multiple defensive positions make them valuable options for Tuchel, who lost the services of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers earlier this time. Summer then signed Kalidou Koulibaly, with another central defender on the agenda amid talks about Leicester’s Wesley Fofana.
“I’m very excited about what he can bring,” the manager said of the arrival of Cucurella, who could quickly make his Chelsea debut in the Premier League’s opening game against Frank Lampard’s Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday night. “He’s a great player, a great guy.
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