Transfer news: Man Utd deal 'in 48 hours', Ronaldo sent threat, £16m Chelsea offer – Express

  • September 8, 2022

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Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are among Premier League clubs expected to complete business before the summer transfer window slams shut at 11pm on September 1. Over £1.3billion has been spent in the English top-flight so far, and top spenders Chelsea (£160m) look destined to extend that status further with a few more additions in Thomas Tuchel’s sights.TRANSFER NEWS LIVE
The Blues are in talks over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Wesley Fofana and are challenging United for his Barcelona teammate Frenkie de Jong. They also have a £16m decision to make over another target as Todd Boehly plans to back Tuchel with north of £300m in his first summer as owner.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are battling the Red Devils for a highly-rated Premier League midfielder and could launch a pursuit before the transfer deadline. Barca boss Xavi Hernandez has also provided an update on De Jong’s situation as his whirlwind summer saga nears its judgement day.
Express Sport rounds up all the latest transfer rumours and done deals below…
Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing £50million-rated Everton youngster Anthony Gordon this summer. The Toffees are believed to have held internal discussions over Blues outcasts Michy Batshuayi and Armando Broja, who could be introduced as part of the prospective deal. 
Gordon has attracted plenty of Premier League interest over the past few weeks with Tottenham and Newcastle United both trying their luck.
Now, The Times claim that free-spending Chelsea have joined the party as the club’s new owners look to add youth to the squad. Gordon, 21, has become a regular fixture in Everton’s starting line-up and played in each of the Toffees’ first two Premier League games up top in Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence. 
Newcastle director Amanda Staveley was been spotted at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea’s match with Newcastle as the Magpies continue chasing three Blues players in the transfer market.
With just two weeks left of the transfer window, Newcastle are running out of time to fulfil Eddie Howe’s transfer wishes. And it appears as though Newcastle’s board are going to try and test Chelsea’s resolve with a bid for Conor Gallagher.
It’s been claimed the midfielder is Newcastle’s No 1 transfer target and the club are looking to make a bid worth £40million. Both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Armando Broja have also been linked with moves to St James’ Park.
Nottingham Forest have confirmed they have signed Swiss international Remo Freuler from Serie A side Atalanta.
A statement read: “Nottingham Forest is delighted to announce the signing of Remo Freuler from Italian Serie A side Atalanta.“A Switzerland international, the 30-year-old has earned 46 caps for his country, having made his international debut in 2017 and has also appeared at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals and UEFA Euro 2020.”
Giovani Lo Celso appears to have sealed another loan move to Villarreal from Tottenham.
The midfielder spent the second half of last season at the La Liga club, and according to Fabrizio Romano another loan spell has been confirmed.
“Official, confirmed. Gio Lo Celso re joins Villarreal on loan deal valid until June 2023, agreement completed few days ago with Tottenham and now sealed,” he tweeted.
Manchester United want to see a change in Cristiano Ronaldo‘s behaviour or will start to consider terminating his contract, according to reports.
The Portugal international has sulked his way through matches against Brighton and Brentford so far this term. And he’s failed to score in either match amid his desire to leave. 

Now, according to Sky Sports, United want to see a change in attitude from the 37-year-old.
And if he doesn’t heed their advice, then the Red Devils will consider terminating his contract a year early.
Udinese defender Desiny Udogie is rumoured to be on his way to London in order to complete a move to Tottenham.
The highly-rated 19-year-old will spend the rest of the season in Italy before joining up with Spurs next summer.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Plan confirmed. Destiny Udogie will land in London around 8pm tonight, medicals scheduled with Tottenham early next week.”
Manchester City right-back Issa Kabore looks set to seal a loan move to Ligue 1 side Marseille.
According to The Mail, the 21-year-old is set to depart to gain some much-needed first-team experience, and will remain in France until the end of the season. 
Manchester United senior figures think there’s no quick fix for Erik ten Hag in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Brentford, according to reports.
The Red Devils were played off the pitch in the capital, with Josh Dasilva, Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo all on target. And they know they’re facing a fight to save their season already after two successive defeats.
Now, according to the BBC, senior figures ‘understand the scale of the anger’ surrounding the club.
And it’s also stated the United hierarchy accept there is ‘no quick fix to the present malaise’.
Ajax winger Antony is rubbing salt into Erik ten Hag’s wounds with a masterclass against FC Groningen this afternoon.
Ten Hag identified the Brazilian as his priority winger target, but Ajax have priced him out of a move to Old Trafford.
And Antony is showing Manchester United what they’re missing. He first produced a dazzling piece of skill to beat three players – watch HERE.
But check out this stunning strike to fire Ajax back ahead…
World class ANTONY
Bernardo Silva is expected to leave Manchester City for Barcelona this summer, according to AS.
And interestingly, the Spanish outlet claims his Nou Camp arrival isn’t dependent on whether Barca offload Frenkie de Jong or not.
The La Liga giants were thought to be trying to cash in on De Jong to free up financial space for Bernardo and to register their existing signings.
But the fourth economic lever triggered earlier this week looks to have given them lee-way and could be bad news for De Jong’s suitors.
Nottingham Forest’s summer transfer business has stunned observers, and they are showing no signs of slowing down…
According to talkSPORT, Forest have made a £17m bid to sign Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Djibril Sow.
Links to the Swiss 25-year-old have emerged just hours after Di Marzio reported Lyon’s Houssem Aouar was nearing a move to the City Ground.
Remo Freuler, Cheikhou Kouyate, Neal Maupay are also expected to join Steve Cooper’s squad.
Sow could be Forest’s 19th signing of the transfer window.Nottingham Forest target Djibril Sow.Everton face a blow in the transfer window, with midfield target Mohammed Camara set to join AS Monaco from RB Salzburg.
The Mail report Everton launched a pursuit of Camara after talks with Idrissa Gana Gueye over a return to Goodison Park hit an impasse.
However, the 22-year-old will act as Aurelien Tchouameni’s replacement for the Ligue 1 side.
Nottingham Forest are closing in on one of the coups of the summer transfer window…
According to Di Marzio, Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar is nearing a move to Forest.
The 24-year-old has long been considered one of Europe’s most exciting young midfielders and linked with some of the continent’s biggest clubs.
He would be the headline addition of a busy transfer window at the City Ground, with Steve Cooper already recruiting 14 players.
Remo Freuler and Cheikhou Kouyate are still to arrive, while Neal Maupay is in advanced talks, leaving Aouar as potentially the club’s 18th signing since their Premier League return.
Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has hailed the club’s summer transfer business, particularly the £20m capture of Aston Villa midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka.
Cole has stressed the importance of paying over the odds to recruit the next generation of talent since Brexit, touting the 18-year-old as one of the country’s brightest starlets.
He said: “Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa is one of the most talented players in England.
“That signing is even more important when you realise that signing young players from Europe has changed since Brexit.
“It is important that even if we pay a bit more than we want to, we’re getting the best young British players in the door for the next generation.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered to AC Milan and Inter Milan, but both Serie A clubs rejected the chance to sign him, Gazetta dello Sport report.
Jorge Mendes has scoured Europe in search of a Champions League club that can afford the wantaway Manchester United striker.
But he has had no luck so far, with under three weeks of the summer transfer window remaining.
Erik ten Hag believes Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong will choose to reunite with him at Manchester United over a move to Chelsea this summer.
The Mirror report that Ten Hag has been reluctant to ask for further deals in the fear that it would use up the funds required to sanction De Jong’s arrival.
United have agreed a £72m deal with Barca, but the Dutchman is refusing to move until he is paid £17m in deferred wages.
Napoli are making efforts to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this summer.
Fabrizio Romano reports Napoli have a verbal agreement with Tottenham over a season-long loan with a buy option.
The Serie A club are discussing details with Ndombele’s camp over personal terms and are optimistic about a deal.Napoli want Tanguy Ndombele.Barcelona have told Chelsea how much they will need to pay to facilitate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Premier League return this summer.
Gerard Romero reports Barcelona want at least £21m to part ways with the Gabonese striker.
Thomas Tuchel is eyeing another attacking signing after Raheem Sterling and is keen to reunite with Aubameyang at Stamford Bridge.
And after Robert Lewandowski’s Barca arrival this summer, the former Arsenal star is thought to be open to a move.
Arsenal are willing to wait until January to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans.
The Sun report Leicester value the Belgian so highly that they would rather get another season out of him than lose him for a cut-price fee this summer.
And Arsenal have delayed a pursuit because they know they will be able to approach him over a free transfer in five months.
Manchester United want to complete two new signings next week, including their fourth of the summer within 48 hours, according to Fabrizio Romano.
He claims United plan to meet Adrien Rabiot and his mother Veronique in the next two days to complete an agreement for the £14m transfer from Juventus.
The Red Devils will then turn their attention towards attacking reinforcements, including a new striker and a potential approach for PSV winger Cody Gakpo.
Reports in Spain also suggest they will make their final push for Frenkie de Jong next week and hope to complete the signing before facing Liverpool in eight days.
A busy period ahead at Old Trafford…
Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Marcus Rashford this month and are preparing a formal offer, The Times report.
It’s claimed PSG are ready to hand Manchester United a transfer fee and Rashford a long-term contract after positive talks with the 24-year-old.
The Ligue 1 champions plan to integrate Rashford into their stellar front three before utilising him as part of a front two with Kylian Mbappe beyond Lionel Messi’s departure.
His United contract expires next summer but the club have the option to extend it until 2024 and are said to be relaxed about the situation.
FULL STORYMan Utd star Marcus Rashford.It’s time for your daily Frenkie de Jong update…
The Dutch midfielder started on the bench in Barcelona’s disappointing 0-0 draw against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
But despite his substitute role in the La Liga opener, Barca boss Xavi Hernandez insisted he remains a key part of his plans.
After full-time, he said: “No, Frenkie de Jong is not a substitute. I don’t know what will happen with the market. I can guarantee that if he stays, he will be important for us.”
United will reportedly launch their final push for De Jong next week, while murmurs in Spain claim he has told teammates he could move to Old Trafford near the end of the window.
Chelsea have a decision to make in their pursuit of Inter Milan starlet Cesare Casasei after the Serie A giants made fresh demands over a transfer.
The Mirror report Inter want £15.5m up front after rejecting an initial proposal thought to be worth around £8.5m.
But the Nerazzurri are also looking to insert a buy-back clause into the detail to retain to option to take Casadei back to the San Siro at a later date.
Thomas Tuchel must now decide whether he’s willing to bow down to the demands or walk away from the talented 19-year-old.
Arsenal and Manchester United are among heavyweight interest in Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo.
The Sunday Mirror report they are weighing up moves this month after the 20-year-old’s impressive start to life in England.
West Ham United join them as Premier League suitors, while Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus are among those interested overseas.
Brighton are in no position to sell one of their best assets, though, and parties eyeing Caicedo may have to be patient before making a move for his signature.
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