Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham remain heavily involved in the transfer window as the clock ticks down towards the summer deadline. Arsenal want to sign Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen as they target a new winger before September 1, while a late push for Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans is still expected to materialise.
Chelsea are confident of signing Wesley Fofana at the third attempt, while they are also trying to seal a deal for Frenkie de Jong. Thomas Tuchel is also said to be pressing the case to bring in another Barcelona player in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while the Blues are also interested in known Tottenham target Nicolo Zaniolo as well as the likes of Denzel Dumfries and Kyle Walker-Peters.
Spurs are set to sign Udinese’s Destiny Udogie next week and have also held talks over Memphis Depay, though offloading several unwanted players is now Antonio Conte’s top priority. Manchester United, meanwhile, are set for crucial negotiations with Adrien Rabiot today and insist Marcus Rashford is not for sale amid interest from PSG. Follow the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip below!
Tottenham hold Depay talks
Conflicting reports over Memphis Depay and a potential move to Tottenham.
Many expect the Dutch forward to complete a switch to Juventus in the coming days, with Barcelona under pressure to offload players in order to register new signings and improve their difficult financial situation.
However, La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy report that Spurs football director Fabio Paratici approached Barca earlier this week regarding Depay and could now be offered his services on a free transfer, having initially been willing to pay a fee of around £15m.
Arsenal to make Diaby move
Arsenal want to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Moussa Diaby, according to reports.
A new winger remains firmly on the wishlist of Gunners boss Mikel Arteta before next month’s deadline as he looks to finish off an impressive summer transfer haul.
Arsenal have tried to strengthen that position already in this window, though, along with Chelsea, lost out to Barcelona in the battle to sign Brazil’s Raphinha from Leeds.
Now according to But Football, they will move for Diaby, with Arteta said to be a big fan of the French international. However, they are set to try and secure a deal for under Leverkusen’s £59.2m asking price.
Man United set for Rabiot talks today
Speaking of Manchester United, today is set to be a crucial day in their quest to sign Adrien Rabiot.
The Red Devils agreed a deal with Juventus for the wantaway French midfielder last week, but have yet to negotiate personal terms.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, United’s football director John Murtough is poised to meet with Rabiot’s agent and mother Veronique in Turin today in order to discuss salary.
Rabiot is already said to have held talks with United boss Erik ten Hag earlier this week.
PSG target Rashford ‘not for sale’, say Man United
Manchester United appear to have poured cold water on a shock move to Paris Saint-Germain for Marcus Rashford.
Surprise reports emerged last night that PSG had made contact with the England forward, amid a prolonged run of disappointing form at Old Trafford.
Rashford has only a year left on his current United contract – though that is effectively two years with the club holding the option to trigger a 12-month extension – and is said to be ready for a new challenge as he looks to revive his stalling career.
However, according to ESPN, United have adamantly insisted that Rashford is not for sale at this time.
Chelsea confident over Fofana deal
Chelsea are confident of finally sealing a deal for Wesley Fofana at the third attempt.
The Blues are focused on completing the signing of Leicester’s highly-rated centre-back before the September 1 deadline in a transfer that could end up being worth a world-record fee for a defender.
Addressing Chelsea’s ongoing interest in Fofana, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers reiterated again yesterday that the club’s key players were not for sale this summer and insisted two bids for the 21-year-old had been “nowhere near” high enough to consider changing that stance.
However, a third bid is now imminent, with football.london reporting it is a strong offer that Chelsea believe Leicester will accept.
ICYMI – Frenkie De Jong STILL wants to stay at Barcelona
Frenkie de Jong remains keen to remain at Barcelona this summer, ESPN report.
Both Chelsea and Manchester United want to sign the midfielder and the player’s agents have advised all clubs involved that any talks must come through them.
Barcelona have reportedly tried to involved super-agent Pini Zahavi in a bid to move discussions along, but De Jong’s camp insist that will only hamper progress.
ICYMI – Nottingham Forest in £20m Emmanuel Dennis talks
Watford are set to bank £20million by selling forward Emmanuel Dennis to Nottingham Forest, writes Simon Collings.
The two clubs are in advanced talks over a deal for Dennis and there is optimism from all involved it will get completed.
Forest are prepared to pay £20m for the Nigeria international, who has only been at Vicarage Road for one season.
Watford signed Dennis last summer from Club Brugge for around £3m and he was a hit during his first season in England.
Read the full story here!
ICYMI – Fulham closing in on Willian
Fulham are closing on a deal to bring former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian back to London.
According to Brazilian outlet El Globo, Willian will terminate his Corinthians contract and then head back to the Premier League.
Willian won almost everything during seven year with Chelsea, but moving to the Gunners and proving an expensive flop.
ICYMI – Barcelona yet to bid for Bernardo Silva
This one was always a long shot but it appears very likely that Bernardo Silva will not be joining Barcelona.
Manchester City are prepared to sell but cash-strapped Barca – who have spent more than most clubs across Europe this summer – cannot afford the £65m price tag, according to CBS.
Who knows, they may find it down the back of the sofa.
ICYMI – Tottenham plot new Nicolo Zaniolo bid
Tottenham are not ready to give up on Nicolo Zaniolo.
According to Calciomercato, Spurs have offered what is essentially a hail-mary pass with a bid of Tanguy Ndombele plus cash to sign the Roma player.
The offer is not expected to be successful.