Transfer news LIVE! Chelsea FC expected to sign Cucurella; De Jong update; Tielemans latest; Zaniolo to Tottenham
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all out to bag major deals in the final month of the transfer window. Having all secured some big-name players already, the likes of Youri Tielemans, Denzel Dumfries and James Maddison remain hot on the tongues of the capital clubs’ fans.
All three teams are looking at Leicester for potential market inspiration with Wesley Fofana a Chelsea target as Thomas Tuchel looks to sort his defence after a number of setbacks. He is likely to cost in the region of £80m, while the Blues are also reportedly preparing an “imminent” £71m bid for Frenkie de Jong. The Blues are also in talks with Brighton over a surprise move for Marc Cucurella.
In north London, Foxes playmaker Tielemans remains a target, though the Gunners are having their plans held up by an inability to sell unwanted players. Lucas Paqueta and young PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo also remain of interest to Mikel Arteta. Tottenham, meanwhile, are linked to Maddison and Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo. Stay tuned with Standard Sport for all the latest transfer news and rumours!
Emmanuel Dennis coy on Watford future
Linked with West Ham, Newcastle and Everton, Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis was coy on his future at Vicarage Road after helping his side to a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.
Brentford closing in on big summer signing
Brentford might have lost Christian Eriksen this summer but they could replace the Manchester United star with one of the stars of Euro 2020…
Done deal! Aaron Ramsey joins Nice
The former Arsenal midfielder has swapped Italy for France after joining Nice following his release from Juventus.
Chelsea expected to sign Marc Cucurella
At last, some luck for Chelsea in the transfer market!
According to the Daily Mail, Marc Cucurella is expected to join the Stamford Bridge club after talks with Brighton.
With Manchester City out of the race, Chelsea have reportedly agreed to pay Brighton’s £50m asking price.
Nuno Tavares sends William Saliba message
Nuno Tavares hopes to draw from the experiences of both Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba during his loan spell with Marseille.
Following the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Mikel Arteta allowed the 22-year-old to join the French club on loan for the season, although the deal is not believed to have included an option to buy.
A summer signing from Benfica last year, the Portugal U21 international endured a difficult maiden campaign in north London and Zinchenko’s arrival offers Arteta a much more experienced option to compete with Kieran Tierney at left-back.
Villarreal make bid for Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso was left out of Tottenham’s tour of Korea and, frankly, his chances of securing regular first-team football in north London look really rather bleak.
Now, Marca claim Villarreal – who the Argentine joined on loan in January – have made bid of around £12.5m.
Bernd Leno close to Arsenal exit
Bernd Leno will surely be a Fulham player in a matter of days…
Marc Cucurella: There are team you can’t say no to
Marc Cucurella has already admitted he would be keen to move on from Brighton should the right offer present itself.
The defender has emerged as a leading target for Chelsea as they bid to strengthen at left wing-back, with the club prepared to offer Levi Colwill in part-exchange to get a deal over the line amid talks over a transfer.
Manchester City had been keen to sign the 24-year-old after his impressive first season in the Premier League, although baulked at Brighton’s £50m demands.
Youri Tielemans update
Brendan Rodgers says Youri Tielemans does not want uncertainty over his future to drag on.
The Leicester City midfielder does have interest from Arsenal, although no formal offer has emerged so far this summer.
Tielemans has only one year to go on his contract at the King Power Stadium and Rodgers has previously admitted the club must sell before they can buy after a frustrating transfer window.
Done deal! Joe Rodon joins Rennes from Tottenham
Tottenham have confirmed Joe Rodon has joined Rennes on a season-long loan deal with the French club having an option to make the move permanent.
An £11m signing from Swansea in 2020, the Welsh international made only 24 appearances for Spurs and started just a single game last season, an FA Cup win over Morecambe.
The loan signing of Clement Lenglet had pushed the 24-year-old further down the pecking order and Rodon joins a Rennes side who finished fourth in Ligue 1 last season.