Transfer news: Leeds to snatch Man Utd target, Chelsea's double deal, De Jong meeting – Express

  • September 9, 2022
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With the Premier League season now officially underway, many top-flight clubs will know if they need to do more business before the window shuts. It is very much scramble time now and transfers are expected to come thick and fast as deadline day approaches.
Manchester United, more than most, need signings through the door after their humiliating 2-1 home defeat against Brighton on the opening day of the season. Adrien Rabiot and Cody Gakpo are currently their No 1 targets with deals for both stars under way in some capacity.
Chelsea, meanwhile, want to another defender and have made Wesley Fofana their priority, though Leicester’s £85million demands is currently holding the deal up.
Newcastle are also tipped to splash the cash in the next few weeks with a striker high on their agenda. They have a number of targets in their sights and will reportedly make a bid for a £25m-rated Goncalo Ramos, who is also being tracked by PSG.
The likes of Arsenal and Liverpool could also yet bring in at least one more fresh face, with a busy few weeks expected as we approach the end of the window.
Manchester United’s swoop for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot is currently stalling due to personal terms, according to Di Marzio. 
The player’s agent and mother, Veronique, is known to drive a hard bargain and was expected to pose hurdles in the touted £15million switch. 
Erik ten Hag is keen to sign a new midfielder this summer and his move for priority target Frenkie de Jong has faltered. 
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has also been suggested as a potential option and the Red Devils could switch focus to the Lazio ace if prospects of signing De Jong fall through entirely. Adrien RabiotDouglas Luiz is set to sign a new three-year contract at Aston Villa, according to The Daily Mail
The Brazilian has become one of manager Steven Gerrard’s key players and despite signing midfielder Boubacar Kamara earlier this summer, it appears as though there remains a crucial spot for Luiz at Villa Park. 
The West Midlands outfit faced losing him for free at the end of the season, when his original deal was poised to expire. 
Manchester City have verbally agreed to sign Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. 
The Sky Blues will shell out around £10million to sign the Spaniard, who scored six and assisted 11 in Belgium last season. 
It remains to be seen whether Pep Guardiola will phase the 21-year-old into his first team or send him on loan to Spanish side Girona. 
City parted company with left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko earlier this summer. 
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Sergio has good chances to be part of City team – otherwise, he will be loaned out to La Liga side Girona.
Crystal Palace are interested in taking Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher on another season-long loan, according to The Daily Mail
The midfielder spent last season on loan at Selhurst Park, scoring eight goals and providing three assists. 
He is known to be keen on breaking into the Chelsea first team, rather than trying his luck elsewhere on a permanent basis, but game time could become a factor in the lead-up to this winter’s World Cup. 
Gallagher emerged from the bench in injury time against Everton at the weekend and may find it hard to squeeze past Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic in the pecking order. 
Fulham and Brentford have completed the signings of Issa Diop and Mikkel Damsgaard respectively. 
Diop arrives at Craven Cottage in a £15million deal after asking to miss West Ham’s clash with Manchester City on Sunday.
Damsgaard, meanwhile, arrives at the Brentford Community Stadium after an injury-hit season with Sampdoria. Bees fans will hope that he can rediscover the form that saw him light up Euro 2020. His transfer fee is believed to be in the region of £12m and he has signed a five-year deal. 
Chelsea co-owner and head of transfer negotiations Todd Boehly opened talks for Marc Cucurella and Carney Chukwumueka at an informal dinner he hosted with Premier League bigwigs last month, according to The Athletic
The American only recently took the reins at Chelsea after previous owner Roman Abramovich was hit with UK government sanctions. 
And he is evidently keen to make a splash this summer, having forked out for a raft of new signings. 
A £62million deal for Cucurella and a £20m package for Chukwuemeka were supposedly kick-started at Boehly’s dinner, during which he hosted Brighton and Aston Villa chiefs Paul Barber and Christian Purslow, among others. 
Frenkie de Jong’s agent is in Barcelona today for a crunch meeting to decide his future, according to Sport. 
Manchester United and Chelsea will eagerly await the outcome, having both registered a strong interest in the Dutchman this summer. 
De Jong supposedly wants to stay at Barcelona, but they are demanding that he takes a massive pay cut. 
Fans waited for him to arrive at training on Wednesday before shouting: “Lower your salary, b****!”
READ FULL STORYFrenkie de JongLeeds are close to reaching a verbal agreement with Manchester United target Ismaila Sarr, according to Foot Mercato. 
The Red Devils watched the Watford star in action this week as Erik ten Hag surveys his attacking transfer options. 
Sarr has impressed at Premier League level but faces spending another season in the Championship with Watford. 
Leeds are still believed to be in the market for a winger after parting company with Raphinha earlier this summer.
Manchester United held talks with Timo Werner before the Chelsea flop instead opted to re-sign for RB Leipzig, according to Bild
United boss Erik ten Hag was reportedly open to the idea of working with Werner, whose time in the Premier League was fraught with criticism as he failed to live up to his prior goal-scoring exploits in the Bundesliga. 
Werner is currently on the verge of re-joining Leipzig in an initial £17million deal, with Chelsea taking a hefty loss on the £45m they forked out two years ago. 
It’s all happening at Goodison Park today…
It emerged earlier that the Toffees were in talks to sign Rennes frontman Serhou Guirassy on a season-long loan. 
The Athletic now claim that Southampton forward Che Adams is also on their hit list, and the Saints would be open to letting him go. 
Everton are supposedly pushing for a loan-to-buy arrangement for Adams, who scored seven Premier League goals in 30 matches last term. 
Manchester United are yet to completely withdraw their interest in Frenkie de Jong, according to The Telegraph
Many expect the Red Devils to down tools after months of trying to convince the Dutchman, particularly with Chelsea rumoured to be his preferred destination if he is to leave Barcelona. 
But a tell-tale sign of United giving up would reportedly be a switch of focus to Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is thought to be an alternative to the Barca maestro. 
Nothing concrete has developed on that front, suggesting that there is still a flicker of life in the De Jong saga. 
Everton are reportedly in talks with Rennes striker Serhou Guirassy as boss Frank Lampard looks for an answer to his attacking shortage. 
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is currently out injured and Anthony Gordon was forced to play through the middle against Chelsea at the weekend. 
Guirassy could be frozen out at Rennes, who are on the verge of signing PSG striker Arnaud Kalimuendo. 
The 6ft 2in Guinea international, 26, scored 11 goals in all competitions last season and bagged 13 the season before that. Serhou GuirassyManchester United sent technical director Darren Fletcher to watch Ismaila Sarr on Monday as Watford faced West Brom at the Hawthorns.
United intend to sign a forward before the summer transfer deadline and have reignited their interest in Sarr.
The Mail report Fletcher was present as Sarr netted the opener from his own half before missing a penalty later in the game.
The Senegalese winger is understood to be available for around £25m and could prove to be a coup if United launch a late swoop.
Chelsea look set to launch a concrete pursuit of former Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Fabrizio Romano reports Thomas Tuchel is pushing new owner Todd Boehly to sign the Barcelona star.
Aubameyang is considered the ‘perfect striker’ by Tuchel, but Barca are yet to receive an official proposal.
Mikkel Damsgaard will imminently be announced as a new Brentford player.
Sky Sports report the Danish midfielder has completed his medical and agreed a contract until 2027 to join the Bees from Sampdoria.
He will join Thomas Frank’s squad in a £16.7m deal.
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Cody Gakpo would snub Arsenal and other Premier League clubs to join Manchester United this summer, according to a Dutch football expert.
Appearing on Sky Sports, Marcell van der Kraan revealed Arsenal made a bid for Gakpo earlier in the transfer window.
However, he claimed despite interest from the Gunners and three other Premier League clubs, the Dutch winger would choose to link up with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
He said: “He is the kind of player Erik ten Hag likes.
“Arsenal made a bid a couple of weeks ago. Five Premier League clubs are interested, but if the choice is there, he’d go to Man United.”Man Utd target Cody Gakpo.Chelsea are interested in signing Celtic right-back Josip Juranovic this summer, with the 26-year-old also on Manchester United’s radar.
90min report Celtic would consider selling Juranovic if they receive an offer that surpasses £15million.
Chelsea are considering a move after completing background work on him, while United view him as an upgrade on Erik ten Hag’s current options.
Juranovic has previously talked up a big move from Celtic amid interest from Atletico Madrid.
AS Roma have been strongly linked with Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly this summer, but he isn’t the only Old Trafford star on their radar.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Roma are interested in signing Victor Lindelof, who is no longer a first-choice option at Old Trafford.
Roma boss Jose Mourinho brought Lindelof to United in 2017 and wants to reunite in Italy.
United are said to be open to offloading the Swede, with Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane ahead of him in Erik ten Hag’s pecking order.
Chelsea are very close to agreeing a fee with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong as the Dutch midfielder is continued to be pressured to depart.
Sport claim Chelsea would pay over £68million if they seal a deal, but the player’s desires still stand in the way of interest.
De Jong ‘refuses’ to leave the Nou Camp, and Barcelona accept that the ball is fully in his court.
Barca could soon have deals in place with Chelsea and Manchester United, but the Dutchman doesn’t seem ready to depart.
Everton are interested in Coventry City frontman Viktor Gyokeres, who struck 17 goals in Championship last season.
Express Sport understands the Swedish international centre-forward has caught the eye of Toffees Director of Football Kevin Thelwell as he looks to land Frank Lampard a new striker.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to miss up to six weeks of action through injury while Everton are still yet to replace Richarlison following his £60m move to Tottenham.
Gyokeres, who spent three years at Brighton without featuring for the first team, is valued at around £10m by the Sky Blues.
Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Watford forward Emmanuel Dennis this month.
Sky Sports report Watford value Dennis at £20m, and Forest are deciding whether to formalise their interest.
The newly-promoted outfit are understood to prefer a season-long loan deal with the option to buy.Nottingham Forest are interested in Emmanuel Dennis.West Ham United forward Nikola Vlasic is in Turin for a medical today ahead of his summer switch to Torino, BBC Sport report.
Vlasic is set to join the Serie A club on a season-long loan after an unsuccessful stint at West Ham.
Since arriving in England in 2017, Vlasic has scored just three goals in 50 appearances for Everton and the Hammers.
Several Manchester United players are growing increasingly annoyed at Cristiano Ronaldo’s attempts to leave the club this summer.
The Sun report a section of Erik ten Hag’s squad is fed up with Ronaldo’s attitude around the club and would rather he left to end the saga.
Jorge Mendes has also pleaded with chief executive Richard Arnold to name a price for the 37-year-old to help negotiate with suitors.
But United are standing firm on their not-for-sale stance and Ronaldo currently looks likely to stay put.
Arsenal aren’t done offloading fringe players after Lucas Torreira completed a permanent move to Galatasaray earlier this week.
Fabrizio Romano reports Pablo Mari will leave the club for Serie A outfit Monza after a full agreement over the transfer was reached.
Mari will leave the Emirates Stadium on a season-long loan with the obligation to buy if Monza avoid Serie A relegation.
Former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian is poised to return to the Premier League just one year after leaving.
The Brazilian left Arsenal for homeland giants Corinthians only a year ago but has endured an injury-ridden spell.
And Globo now claim he’s set to return to England by joining his third London club – Fulham.
Newcastle United are set to submit an opening bid for Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos in an attempt to beat PSG to his signature.
According to Portuguese journalist Pedro Sepulveda, Benfica are willing to do business and could accept a bid worth around £25m.
And the Magpies are ready to launch their pursuit as Eddie Howe eyes competition for Callum Wilson and Chris Wood.
FULL STORYNewcastle target Goncalo Ramos.Chelsea are reluctant to meet Leicester City’s £80m valuation of Wesley Fofana amid fears over Harry Maguire’s treatment due to his price tag, according to the Evening Standard.
Manchester United made Maguire the most expensive defender of all time in 2019 in a £80m deal, but he’s come under mass scrutiny since, and his form has suffered.
Chelsea have seen a £70m bid rejected for Fofana but are expected to return with an improved offer for the 21-year-old.
Whether they surpass United’s Maguire fee remains to be seen, though.
Manchester United received a boost in their Adrien Rabiot pursuit on Tuesday night but suffered a Cody Gakpo blow simultaneously.
PSV beat AS Monaco 2-1 after extra-time to progress into the Champions League play-off round, leaving Gakpo one step away from Europe’s elite competition this season.
If the Dutch side beat Rangers to qualify, he could decide to snub United’s interest and remain for another campaign.
But while United’s Gakpo hopes look dubious, Rabiot is on the cards.
With Monaco also heavily linked with Rabiot, their failure to qualify puts United on a level playing field when discussing personal terms in the coming days.
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