The new Premier League season is underway and Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham remain among the busiest clubs of the summer window. At Stamford Bridge, Marc Cucurella was signed for £62m and Wesley Fofana could soon join him if Thomas Tuchel gets his way, despite a £70m bid being rejected by Leicester. Marcos Alonso, meanwhile, is set to join Barcelona.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he is not done in the market, despite spending more than £120million, with Leicester’s Youri Tielemans in mind, with a fresh boost potentially set to arrive on Friday as the Foxes chase Houssem Aouar. Lucas Paqueta has also been linked with the Gunners, who are facing a battle with Manchester United for Cody Gakpo.
Tottenham have made six signings so far this summer and Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie, who is believed to have been personally recommended by one Antonio Conte, is likely to be the seventh in a £21m deal which should be completed next week. Conte is said to want three more before the end of the window on September 1, with Nicolo Zaniolo, Memphis Depay and Pau Torres all linked. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumors below!
Tottenham agree to deal with Udogie
Tottenham are set to complete their seventh signing of a busy summer transfer window.
We reported earlier that they hope to complete a deal for young Italian left-back Destiny Udogie next week, before loaning him back to Udinese for the season.
Now Fabrizio Romano reports that Spurs have a full agreement on personal terms with the teenager, who will pen a five-year contract in north London.
Man United join Arsenal in Gakpo race
Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to sign Cody Gakpo.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with the PSV Eindhoven star as they look to continue to strengthen their squad for a top-four fight under Mikel Arteta.
However, the Daily Mirror reports that Erik ten Hag has now added the 23-year-old Dutch winger to his transfer wishlist at Old Trafford amid continued uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.
Torreira and Mari set for Arsenal exits
A number of exits appear to be under threat at Arsenal as Mikel Arteta continues his shedding of unwanted players.
It is being reported that Lucas Torreira is now set to join Galatasaray, having signed a contract in Milan last night.
Arsenal will receive €6m/€7m plus add-ons for the Uruguayan, who spent last season on loan at Fiorentina.
Meanwhile, Hellas Verona competes with Italian club Monza in the race for Pablo Mari, submitted an offer for a permanent transfer.
Brentford strike Damsgaard deal
Exciting news for Brentford fans.
Mr. Romano now reports that an agreement has been successfully reached on personal terms with Mikkel Damsgaard.
Brentford saw a £16.7million bid for the 22-year-old accepted by Serie A side Sampdoria earlier this week.
Damsgaard is now set to arrive in London next week to sign his contract and undergo a medical.
The Bees have their replacement for Christian Eriksen it seems. One Dane in, one Dane out!
Onana set for Everton doctor after Hammers ignominy
Not the news West Ham wanted to hear.
They certainly now look to have missed out on Amadou Onana, despite agreeing a £33m deal with Lille last week.
Instead the Belgian midfielder is on his way to Everton, with a medical scheduled to take place on Merseyside today.
Fabrizio Romano reports that the fee is a €36m (£30.3m) fee plus €4m in add-ons and a 20 per cent sell-on clause.
Everton are reportedly focusing next on securing the return of Idrissa Gana Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain.
Alonso says goodbye
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has bid farewell to his team-mates ahead of a move to Barcelona.
The defender is expected to join the Spanish giants next week, with Chelsea signing left-back Marc Cucurella from Brighton on Friday.
Spurs are looking to sign a new deal
Tottenham transfer target Nikola Milenkovic is close to ending speculation over his future by signing a new contract at Fiorentina.
According to Gianluca di Marzio, the centre-back wants to stay this summer despite interest in him from the likes of Spurs and Juventus.
Spurs remain in the market for a central defender.
Arsenal gave Tielemans a boost
Leicester are eyeing Lyon Houssem Aouar as a replacement for Arsenal target Youri Tielemans, reports the Sun.
The Belgian is expected to leave Leicester this month and Arsenal is his preferred destination.
Leicester are apparently preparing for his departure by lining up potential replacements.
Chelsea’s fresh Fofana offer
Chelsea have failed in a fresh bid for Wesley Fofana, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The offer, said to be in excess of £70m, was rejected by Leicester City, but Chelsea will return with an improved offer.
Tuchel: Chelsea signed Cucurella
Chelsea have signed “the new Cesar Azpilicueta” in Marc Cucurella, according to Blues boss Thomas Tuchel.
Spanish defender Cucurella became the club’s fifth signing of a busy and often chaotic summer transfer window on Friday, penning a six-year contract after joining from Brighton for a hefty fee that could rise to £62.5m.
Cucurella’s arrival coincided with a new contract for compatriot Cesar Azpilicueta, with Chelsea’s long-serving club captain signing an improved two-year deal until 2024 on Thursday, ending Barcelona’s long-running pursuit of his signature in the process.
There are many parallels between the two players apart from simply their nationality, mainly the versatility and ability to operate in multiple defensive positions that make them such valuable options for Tuchel, who lost the services of both Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in free transfers earlier this. summer and then signed Kalidou Koulibaly, with another central defender on the agenda amid talks about Leicester’s Wesley Fofana.
“I’m very excited about what he can bring,” the manager said of the arrival of Cucurella, who could quickly make his debut for Chelsea in their Premier League opener against Frank Lampard’s Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday evening. “He’s an amazing player, an amazing guy.
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