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Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all still looking to make more signings before the Premier League summer transfer window closes at 11pm next Thursday (September 1). United and Chelsea are expected to be the busiest clubs in the division over the next week as they both seek to get as many as four signings in each.
Antony and Cody Gakpo are both targets for United as they seek another attacker while Frenkie de Jong remains of interest in midfield despite the addition of Casemiro this week. A No 2 goalkeeper is also wanted while another right-back may arrive if Aaron Wan-Bissaka leaves the club.
Chelsea are trying to close deals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Anthony Gordon and also want Rafael Leao and Wesley Fofana. Thomas Tuchel is eager to beef up his attack and also his defence for the season ahead.
Elsewhere, Arsenal are keen to sign Pedro Neto if Nicolas Pepe departs and Express Sport understands Tottenham are still keen on Wolves wide-man Adama Traore. Liverpool could also launch a last-minute swoop for a midfielder though the other ‘big six’ club Manchester City seem done this summer. Newcastle, Nottingham Forest, West Ham and Everton are among the other clubs still seeking more signings.
Express Sport rounds up all the latest gossip, rumours and done deals below…
Eddie Howe has remained coy on Newcastle United’s hopes of signing Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak this summer.
On Wednesday, reports broke that Newcastle had agreed a £60m deal for the highly-rated goalscorer.
But after watching his side progress into the Carabao Cup third round at Tranmere on Wednesday, Howe refused to be drawn into transfer talk.
He said: “I have no idea, I have been preparing the game… On the transfer front, we will wait and see.
“I actually don’t know what’s happening, so we will wait and see. We know we need to improve numbers in the squad. If there are any outgoings, that will be a late call within the club.”
Manchester United are in talks over signing Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka before the summer transfer deadline.
Sky Sports report Dubravka is open to a move to Old Trafford after being replaced by Nick Pope as Eddie Howe’s number one this season.
United were previously in talks over the 33-year-old Slovak in January amid talk of Dean Henderson going the other way on loan. But qualms over game time stifled a switch.
His situation has now changed and Erik ten Hag is eyeing him to provide competition for David de Gea and Tom Heaton.
Ajax expect Manchester United to submit an offer worth £76m, rising to £80m, on Thursday for Brazilian winger Antony.
Telegraaf report Antony has agreed a five-year deal at Old Trafford and has told Ajax that if they deny him his move, it would have a significant impact on him.
It’s even claimed the 22-year-old’s reps are already house hunting in Manchester in preparation for his arrival.
Lyon have rejected West Ham United’s opening offer for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
L’Equipe claim West Ham’s offer was worth £42m including bonuses but was immediately rejected by the Ligue 1 outfit.
They want at least £50m to part ways to part ways with Paqueta, who is yet to agree personal terms with the Hammers.
It remains to be seen whether West Ham will lodge a new bid.Manchester United have confirmed Eric Bailly has left the club for Marseille on a season-long loan.
The Ligue 1 club will have an obligation to buy him for £5m if he plays a certain number of games or they qualify for next season’s Champions League.
It spells the end of a six-year stint at Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho made the Ivorian centre-back his first signing in 2016.
Serge Aurier looks set to complete a surprise Premier League return by signing for newly-promoted Nottingham Forest.
The Mail report Aurier, whose Tottenham Hotspur contract was terminated last September, has undergone a medical ahead of the move.
He will become Forest’s 17th signing of the summer, further bolstering Steve Cooper’s squad after a positive start to the club’s first season back in the top-flight.
Lewis Grabban has found a new club after being released by Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.
The 34-year-old has joined second-tier Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Ahli on a free transfer. Express Sport understands he has signed a one-year deal.
Everton midfielder Dele Alli will fly to Istanbul tonight to complete a season-long loan move to Besiktas.
Fabrizio Romano reports the deal has a buy option included, but talks are ongoing over the value.
Alli is set to undergo his medical as a new Besiktas player in the next 24 hours, ending a long run in the Premier League.
Ligue 1 side Nice have agreed to sign Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe on a season-long loan.
Express Sport understands there is hope the deal will be complete in the next 48 hours.
It doesn’t include an option for Nice to sign him permanently next summer, despite the Ivorian seemingly having no future at Arsenal.Manchester United have cooled their interest in Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp over the Europa League champions’ valuation.
The Telegraph report that Frankfurt’s £21m asking price for Trapp has put United off as they search for competition for David de Gea.
Erik ten Hag is keen to add competition to his ranks, but the Red Devils will likely eye cut-price alternatives.
Manchester United are set to increase their bid for Ajax winger Antony to £79m in the coming days, Sky Sports report.
The report claims United hope to agree a deal for Antony this week as the 22-year-old continues to try and force a reunion with Erik ten Hag.
The Red Devils saw a £68m offer rejected earlier this month, but were expected to return to the table for Antony.
And now the amount they are prepared to pay is clear, with the structure revamped, so Ajax receive more of the fee upfront.
Chelsea have pulled out of a deal for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana, according to The Sun.
It’s claimed that Thomas Tuchel viewed Fofana as his ‘dream’ centre-back target but will now focus on alternative targets.
Leicester have priced the 21-year-old out of a move, demanding £85m when Chelsea were only willing to pay £60m plus £10m in add-ons.
West Ham United manager David Moyes has confirmed that the club have bid for Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
Reports on Wednesday emerged that the Hammers have submitted a bid worth £34m for Paqueta and talks are advancing.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Moyes confirmed the club’s transfer interest.
He said: “I’ll not talk about him, but I can tell you that we have bid for him. Twenty-three, 30 Brazil caps, can play 10, eight, plays as a false nine for Brazil quite often.
“I think his pedigree is really good. Your pedigree doesn’t always guarantee that it works, but you hope that it helps towards possibly getting better.”
Following on from Express Sport’s information, The Athletic say talks between West Ham and Lyon are ‘advancing’ over the fee for Lucas Paqueta.
A bid of around £33m has been submitted and talks are ongoing regarding the personal terms that the 25-year-old would take at the London Stadium.
The Hammers are looking to make the Brazilian their eighth signing of the summer transfer window.Brazilian outfit Sao Paolo are eager for Antony to join Manchester United this week according to Sport Witness who cite reports of their financial problems.
Players at the club have apparently not been paid wages for three months and Sao Paolo are in need of a cash influx.
They would net £11.8m from Antony’s move to United were he to leave Ajax for Old Trafford for around £84m.
It is hoped by Sao Paolo’s board that that money will allow them to resolve their problems.
Dele Alli is poised to complete his loan move to Besiktas from Everton later today, Express Sport understands. The deal will include an option to buy him permanently.
The England midfielder had been hoping to rediscover some form at Everton after leaving Tottenham but that has not happened.
Dele Alli expected in Istanbul tonight to complete #Besiktas loan move w/option to buy. Frank Lampard confirmed agreement was in place last night. Sad demise for England international, his 2016/17 campaign was among best ever from a PL midfielder. #EFChttps://t.co/DQsamvOp3E
Express Sport understands West Ham have submitted a £33.7million bid to Lyon for Lucas Paqueta, also linked to Arsenal and Newcastle.
Paqueta’s agents are in London as they seek to get a Premier League move sorted for their player.
The Brazilian, 24, was previously on the books of AC Milan and has spent the last three seasons at Lyon.
The attack-minded midfielder produced 11 goals and seven assists in 44 games in France last season.
Kai Havertz has responded to speculation linking him to Bayern Munich. The Chelsea attacker has denied that there have been any talks with the German giants.
He told Sky Sport Germany: “I saw it on Instagram (laughs). I can’t say anything about it, there was nothing. There were no discussions.”
And he added on the departures of friends Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger, his German national team team-mates: “I don’t sit at home crying every night. That’s how every footballer develops and you just have to respect that.
“You get to know a lot of people who you appreciate – it was the same with Timo and Toni. They were close friends of mine, I got along very well with both on and off the pitch.
“That’s why it always hurts when they go a different way and you saw each other every day for two years before that. But as you can see: for Toni it was a step. There is something very special about Real that he’s dreamed of for a long time.
“That’s why you can only wish them the best. And they’re not out of the world, but you can keep in touch and see each other again with the national team. So that’s okay.”The Athletic’s David Ornstein follows up reports on Isak to Newcastle and confirms reports from Spain are correct and a move is now imminent.
Newcastle’s previous record signing was £40m, which they paid for Joelinton from Hoffenheim, but they could spend another £22m more than that for Sweden international Isak. He will be the Magpies’ fourth summer signing.
ud83dudea8 Newcastle United have agreed a deal to sign striker Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad. 22yo Sweden intu2019l has been pursued by / linked with a host of clubs but is now on course for a move to St Jamesu2019 Park – reports in Spain accurate @TheAthleticUK #NUFC https://t.co/cwtkNCqlXb
Newcastle are set to smash their transfer record and splash out £59million – rising to £63m with add-ons – to sign Alexander Isak, say Basque media, who claim a formal offer has now been made.
Reports from Spanish outlet El Diario Vasco say the Real Sociedad striker is poised to become a Newcastle player, and by far their most expensive ever.
It is claimed the offer was too good for Sociedad to turn down because it is a club-record sale for the striker, who has spent four years at the club. The La Liga side are already said to be scouring the market for a replacement.
The news comes after Newcastle striker Callum Wilson complained of muscle tightness in his hamstring at half-time of their 3-3 draw with Manchester City last Sunday before coming off after 70 minutes.
The Magpies are also looking at Watford’s £30m-rated Brazilian attacker Joao Pedro.
Arsenal have offered Ainsley Maitland-Niles to West Ham as the Gunners seek to offload the unwanted midfielder this summer.
So say the Evening Standard, with the Hammers said to have been keeping tabs on Maitland-Niles’ future at the Emirates.
West Ham are one of the clubs who have been sounded out by Arsenal though it is claimed David Moyes’ men are currently focusing on moves for Hans Vanaken and Conor Gallagher instead.Manchester United face paying at least £80m for Antony from Ajax – but Cody Gakpo of PSV could be snared for nearer £42m per The Athletic.
Gakpo is an alternative to Antony rather than a player who they will pursue alongside the Brazilian.
The Dutch striker, 23, could be a lot easier to sign if PSV fail to qualify for the Champions League group stages. They play Rangers in the second leg of a play-off clash.
But Antony appears the No 1 choice as it stands even though United face paying a huge fee after their initial £68m offer was rejected.
Eric Bailly’s Manchester United exit is almost complete. The Ivorian defender is heading to Marseille on an initial loan move.
The French side have Champions League football to offer and will have a buy option at around £8.4m for Bailly.
The 28-year-old has played 113 times for United since joining from Villarreal for around £30m in 2016, having been dogged by injuries at Old Trafford.
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Deal already completed with Man Utd – Bailly is currently undergoing medical tests then he will sign his OM contract. pic.twitter.com/azIxJ6u37D
West Ham are keen on signing Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan but face competition from multiple Premier League clubs.
The Evening Standard say the Hammers are keen to land Club Brugge captain Hans Vanaken after their first bid of £8million was rejected.
But they also want Gallagher from Chelsea, though know that to land the 22-year-old they must beat the likes of Crystal Palace, Everton and Newcastle.
Gallagher is thought to be tempted by another loan move in order to play regularly ahead of the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
Wolves have closed the door on Pedro Neto leaving this summer, according to new reports from Portugal today.
But Portuguese outlet O Jogo says a deal has almost zero chance of happening in this window as Wolves want to keep the 22-year-old for at least another season.
Neto only signed a new contract at Molineux in March to keep him at the club until 2027 and Wolves are in a strong position to keep hold of the £50million-rated attacker.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Bayer Leverkusen star Moussa Diaby and Villarreal ace Yeremy Pino are two other wide players the Gunners are interested in.Manchester United and Everton are in discussions over midfielder James Garner, who could head to Goodison Park for around £14million.
Academy graduate Garner is not in United’s plans under Erik ten Hag despite impressing on loan at Nottingham Forest last season.
The Athletic say Everton are holding talks with the Red Devils over Garner but that Southampton, Leicester and Tottenham also all admire the 21-year-old.
Everton, who are set to loan Dele Alli out to Besiktas, Everton have also been working on a loan deal for Mohammed Kudus from Ajax as well as the return of Idrissa Gana Gueye on loan from PSG.
Wolves boss Bruno Lage has confirmed he’s had a proposal for one of his players – but it’s not Pedro Neto. Instead he says they had a bid for Willy Boly which was turned down.
Lage said: The only thing I can say is that Boly with me, top behaviour, good professional, he respects my opinions. Let’s see what happens until the end of the market. I know there’s a proposal for him.”
On Neto he added: “I have heard that but nothing has come to us. It’s normal now, with the good players that we have.
“Teams are looking for good players in the same way we are looking for [Goncalo] Guedes, Matheus [Nunes], [Nathan] Collins. No one told me anything about any proposal.”
Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi turned down two Premier League moves before deciding to head to the Bundesliga per Fabrizio Romano.
The England winger is heading to Bayer Leverkusen to spend the season on loan and play more regularly than at Stamford Bridge.
Southampton and Newcastle were two English clubs tipped to move for Hudson-Odoi but he will instead enjoy a year over in Germany.
Bayer Leverkusen are closing on Callum Hudson-Odoi deal. Negotiations set to be completed with Chelsea on loan, after CHO turned down two loan proposals from Premier League. ud83dudd34 #BayerLeverkusen
Deal progressing well – to be completed this week. #CFC pic.twitter.com/Ff4qPfzyx3
Manchester United will submit a bid of £80million to raid Ajax for winger Antony, say the Daily Mail.
The Brazil international is the top offensive target for United, despite interest also in PSV’s Cody Gakpo, and a £68m has already been rejected by Erik ten Hag’s former club.
But Antony wants a move to Old Trafford and United are expected to make an improved offer of around £80m for his services.Arsenal may have been given the green light to move for Wolves winger Pedro Neto before the window shuts. Neto is reportedly “really tempted” by a switch to the Gunners as they look to further bolster Mikel Arteta’s attacking options.
The Portuguese attacker has been linked with a potential £50million move to the Emirates this month but Arsenal may have to shift one player out of the door first.
“Pedro Neto is the main target but it’s not easy to negotiate because Wolves want more than £50million,” Fabrizio Romano said on his Here We Go podcast.
“Let’s see after the outgoings what happens. Neto would be really tempted by Arsenal but I’m told the player is not forcing anything as of now but he’d be keen to go to Arsenal.”
Brendan Rodgers wants a resolution to Wesley Fofana’s situation as soon as possible, with the defender currently not playing for Leicester or training with their first team.
Fofana missed out again last night as the Foxes beat League Two side Stockport County on penalties to make the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Rodgers said after: “Of course if it [him leaving] happens, the sooner the better, because it might allow us to do some work [in the transfer window].
“He’s training with the Under 23s so he can get his football fitness and keep working. It’s so important at this stage to control any sort of distractions that may be there.
“He’s a good kid, it’s just been a really challenging situation for him. I’ve had it a number of times in my career where there’s players who can deal with it, cope with it, get on, want to help their team-mates. There’s others that just can’t deal with the distraction.
“These guys get well paid. The very least you can do is turn up [to training]. And if you don’t, with all due respect, you can’t then just think you can walk into our group.”Tottenham remain interested in signing Wolves attacker Adama Traore despite their failed pursuit of the winger in January, Express Sport understands. Antonio Conte wants to sign another forward before the transfer window closes, with Traore seen as a versatile and cut-price option.
The Spaniard’s contract at Molineux expires next summer and so he could be available for a low fee. He is a player whom director Fabio Paratici has long admired having sought to sign him earlier this year before he instead went on loan to Barcelona.
Express Sport understands that Traore, 26, is one of the players being heavily considered by the club. The attacker, who can play in the front three or as a wing-back, scored for Wolves last night in their Carabao Cup second-round defeat of Preston North End.
Chelsea are increasingly confident of signing both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona and Everton’s Anthony Gordon according to the Evening Standard. The Blues are ready to pay up to £60million for Gordon and may use unwanted players to do a cash-plus-player swap deal.
Barcelona want £21m for Aubameyang which is more than the Blues want to pay and so a compromise may need to be reached, but Chelsea are confident nonetheless. They also want to bring in Leicester defender Wesley Fofana and had a third bid of £70m rejected for the Frenchman just recently.
But the Standard add that AC Milan attacker Rafael Leao is another player wanted by the Blues as they want to ensure they have significant depth in attack with Thomas Tuchel set to loan out Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech.
Reports in Spain suggest Manchester United are lining up a surprise bid for Barcelona outcast Memphis Depay. Barca are keen to cut ties with the Dutchman to free up funds to be able to register new signings, namely Jules Kounde.
Depay is one of the players they want to rid themselves of and Marca say United may make a move for the Netherlands international, who played at Old Trafford earlier in his career but struggled after a move from PSV.
The report claims United could bid around £8.5million for Depay despite their interest in Ajax winger Antony and PSV’s Cody Gakpo. Depay had been linked with Juventus but is yet to find a route out of the Nou Camp.Good morning on this Wednesday morning!
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