Transfer news: Man Utd deal OFF, Chelsea medical, Newcastle quadruple swoop – Express

  • September 9, 2022

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There are just over two weeks to go until the summer transfer window slams shut with both Manchester United and Chelsea particularly involved in the latest drama. Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag may finally be closing in on a new attacker after giving chase for weeks, while the Blues are eyeing up two more deals to add to their collection.
United are reportedly closing in on a left-field deal to sign Matheus Cunha for £42million. Man Utd had initially moved for Antony but have been searching for alternatives after being priced out of a move by Ajax.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are working on two deals to take their total signings for the summer to seven. A £12.6m agreement with Inter Milan for 19-year-old Cesare Casadei could be struck today while the Blues have also submitted a fresh and improved bid for Anthony Gordon.
Everton rebuffed their first offer but the player has told Frank Lampard he wants to join Chelsea and may force the Toffees’ hand. Chelsea and United remain in the hunt for Frenkie de Jong but the saga looks set to go right down to the wire. 
Meanwhile, the likes of Arsenal, Newcastle, West Ham and Liverpool could still do some late business with reinforcements being eyed.
Express Sport rounds up all the latest transfer rumours and done deals below…Matheus Cunha, Frenkie de Jong, Anthony Gordon
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Manchester United will move on from their Adrien Rabiot setback by targeting Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo, according to reports. 
Caicedo has made just 10 Premier League appearances for the Seagulls but has impressed. 
The 20-year-old seems set to play a key role for the South Coast club this season. 
But United could test Brighton’s resolve for keeping Caicedo. According to Fabrizio Romano, the player’s name is on the Red Devils’ shortlist. 
Man Utd’s pursuit of Adrien Rabiot is now OFF, several reports claim. 
United had targeted the Juventus midfielder after running into several obstacles in their chase for Frenkie de Jong. 
But Rabiot’s wage demands have proved difficult for United to agree to, according to The Athletic.
Real Madrid star Casemiro is considered to be an alternative.  
Destiny Udogie has completed his move from Udinese to Tottenham, the Premier League club has confirmed. 
The left wing-back has signed a five-year contract. 
Udogie, 19, will re-join Udinese for the remainder of the Serie A season. 
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The defender has agreed a deal that will run until 2027 and will return to the Serie A side on loan for the remainder of the 2022/23 season.
Watford have left Ismaila Sarr out of their squad to face Birmingham on Tuesday evening. 
The Hornets have said that the winger has a “minor hamstring” injury. 
Sarr has been linked with several Premier League clubs. Express Sport understands that Crystal Palace are pushing strongly to sign the 24-year-old. 
Adrien Rabiot’s proposed transfer to Manchester United has ‘slowed down’, according to reports in the Italian media. 
It is another major blow for United, who have frequently been turned down by the top targets this summer. 
According to Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, Juventus midfielder Rabiot’s wage demands are high and the player is not completely sold on the idea of joining the Red Devils. 
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Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi were among the scorers as a Chelsea XI thrashed Coventry U21s 5-0 at Cobham, according to reports. 
Midfielder Billy Gilmour is also understood to have featured in a team made up of academy stars and first-team players needing minutes. 
READ MORE HEREThomas TuchelBesiktas are in talks to sign Dele Alli with Everton ready to cut their losses just seven months after signing the playmaker from Tottenham, Express Sport’s Ryan Taylor understands.
The Turkish giants expect Alli to arrive in Istanbul on Friday to undergo a medical although the 26-year-old is yet to commit to the move.
Both loan and permanent transfers have been discussed between the two clubs and Everton are happy to leave the decision in the hands of Alli himself. 
The structure of Everton’s January deal with Spurs could complicate proceedings though with the Toffees due to pay Tottenham £10m once Alli has made 20 appearances for the club. The 37-times England international is currently on 13. 
Alli came off the bench in both of Everton’s opening two Premier League defeats to Chelsea and Aston Villa.
Chelsea have already agreed personal terms with Leicester defender Wesley Fofana ahead of a potential transfer, reports claim. 
The Blues are yet to have a bid accepted for the France U21 starlet. Two proposals have been turned down, and it will take an £85m offer to bring the Foxes to the negotiating table. 
Fabrizio Romano reports that personal terms have been agreed with the player, though. It means the paperwork will be easier to complete if discussions between the two clubs extend towards the September 1 transfer deadline. 
Chelsea have reportedly agreed a deal with Inter Milan for the 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei. 
Wide-ranging reports say that the Blues are close to signing the Italy youth international. 
It comes amid a drive to sign younger players at Stamford Bridge. 
West Ham United are looking to sign three players before the summer transfer window slams shut, Express Sport understands. 
David Moyes has ramped up his urgency in the market after falling to another Premier League defeat on Sunday – their second in two games this season. 
The Hammers are closing in on deals for Paris Saint-Germain star Thilo Kehrer, Chelsea outcast Emerson Palmieri and Spezia’s Jakub Kiwior with bids tabled for all three. 
Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai is also of interest. 
Read more in Taylor’s Transfers…
Quality over quantity often reigns supreme in the transfer market, although Nottingham Forest are targetting both. 
Our resident transfer expert Ryan Taylor claims that the Tricky Trees are closing in on their 16th and 17th signings of the summer in Houssem Aouar and Neal Maupay. 
Forest have already splashed out over £100million on new signings this summer after gaining promotion from the Championship. They notched their first win of the season on Sunday by squeezing past West Ham. 
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Manchester United have been the subject of several surprise transfer links today as the club’s board look to satisfy new boss Erik ten Hag before the end of the summer window. 
Marcus Thuram and Casemiro have reportedly been identified as new targets, while rekindled interest in Moussa Dembele could be used to solve their attacking issue. 
United are being forced to explore alternative options after missing out on a host of top targets over the past few weeks. Erik ten Hag

Newcastle United have asked to be kept informed on Chelsea quartet Callum Hudson-Odoi, Armando Broja, Christian Pulisic and Conor Gallagher, according to The Telegraph
The Magpies are keen to bring goals to their ranks before the end of the summer transfer window, despite Eddie Howe putting four points on the board from the first two matches. 
All four of the players in question may struggle for regular game time this campaign as Thomas Tuchel has plenty of options to call on in midfield and attack. 

Everton boss Frank Lampard is set to watch video tapes of Marseille striker Bamba Dieng after the Toffees were offered the chance to sign him, according to our resident transfer expert Ryan Taylor. 
The 22-year-old is valued at £15million and, although he is keen to stay with the French outfit, he has been left out of their first two matchday squads of the season. 
A host of sides from around Europe and the Premier League have held fleeting interest in Dieng, who scored seven goals in Ligue 1 last season. 
Everton have rejected an improved £45million offer for Anthony Gordon, according to The Telegraph
Chelsea are interested in the 21-year-old as Thomas Tuchel looks to build a squad for the future. 
Gordon is hugely important for the Toffees, having started each of this season’s first two Premier League games up top in Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence. 
They are thought to value the Englishman, who features more often on the wing, at £50m. 
Manchester City have completed the signing of left-back Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht after an £11million agreement. 
The Spaniard is expected to slot straight into the first-team squad after Pep Guardiola waved goodbye to Oleksandr Zinchenko earlier this summer. 
“My brother used to support Man City,” he said. “He’s the reason I became a fan. Once he was on a school trip to London and I asked him to bring a David Silva shirt. He was wearing No 21 and was my favourite player – I used to play in his position as a kid…”
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A wave of reports this morning indicate that Manchester United have changed their tune on Cristiano Ronaldo and are now prepared to let him leave. 
The 37-year-old made his feelings clear last month but the Red Devils are supposedly yet to receive any offers. 
There are murmurs that Atletico Madrid are now the front-runners after a host of other top European sides distanced themselves from the Portuguese. 
United boss Erik ten Hag is thought to be concerned over how Ronaldo’s mood is affecting the camp and could cut him loose to benefit the group. Cristiano RonaldoBrighton are close to sewing up a deal for Villarreal left-back Pervis Estupinan, according to our very own Ryan Taylor. 
The Seagulls have identified the £15million star as their ideal replacement for Marc Cucurella, who joined Chelsea in a lucrative deal earlier this month. 
Estupinan could arrive in England this week to complete his medical. 
The Ecuadorian 24-year-old made 28 appearances for Villarreal in La Liga last season, and had previously attracted tentative interest from Tottenham. 
Read more in Taylor’s Transfers…
West Ham are poised to come back with an improved offer for Hans Vanaken after seeing their first offer rejected, according to Sky Sports
The 6ft 5in attacking midfielder has scored 101 goals in 339 matches for Club Brugge, having signed from fellow Belgian outfit Lokoren in 2015. 
The Hammers have made a poor start to the season under David Moyes with consecutive defeats to Manchester City and Nottingham Forest. 
Wolves have reached a full agreement with Sporting Lisbon for midfielder Matheus Nunes, according to Fabrizio Romano
Personal terms have now been sorted and a £42million fee was in place on Monday. Nunes’ medical is already scheduled as Wolves look to finalise a huge coup for a player who has been linked with Liverpool this summer. 
A done deal would take their spending north of £100m after splashing out on Goncalo Guedes and Nathan Collins, among others. 
It remains to be seen how Ruben Neves’ future is impacted by Nunes’ arrival amid links to Manchester United. Matheus NunesManchester United’s accepted offer for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has expired, according to De Telegraaf
The Red Devils have had a £72million agreement in place with Barca for weeks, but the player has been hesitant to sign for United and would seemingly prefer to stay at the Camp Nou. 
Erik ten Hag and co would need to submit a new proposal to keep their hopes of signing the Dutchman alive, although the writing may already be on the wall with just over two weeks left of the window. 
Chelsea are also interested in De Jong and could pounce once given positive signs from the player. 
Chelsea could land two more deals over the coming days with Anthony Gordon and Cesare Casadei both edging towards Stamford Bridge. 
The Mirror claim that Chelsea are ready to submit an improved £45million offer for Gordon after their opening approach was turned down by Everton over the weekend. 
Fabrizio Romano, meanwhile, claims that Casadei has agreed personal terms with the Blues on a six-year deal. All that’s needed now is a £12.6m bid to snap up the youngster.
Manchester United are close to signing Matheus Cunha in a £42million deal with Atletico Madrid, according to talkSPORT
The Brazilian can play either out wide or up top with boss Erik ten Hag desperate for attacking reinforcements after a torrid start to the season. 
While some reports indicate that an agreement has already been struck, others suggest that there is still work to be done before Red Devils fans can look forward to welcoming the 23-year-old. 
Cunha notched six goals and four assists for Atletico last season and came on as a substitute during their win over Getafe on Monday evening. 
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