Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all remain busy on the penultimate day of the summer window. Mykhaylo Mudryk has responded favourably to Arsenal’s interest in his signature, while the Gunners have been warned over Palmeiras star Danilo amid strong interest in PSG’s Leandro Paredes, Youri Tielemans, Pedro Neto and Cody Gakpo, among others.
Chelsea are said to be in advanced talks to sign RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, while they are still trying to clinch deals for Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Everton winger Anthony Gordon with time quickly running out. The Blues have also been linked with an outlandish last-gasp swoop for PSG superstar Neymar.
Tottenham are eyeing Manchester City starlet Adedire Mebude and have also signed ex-Arsenal striker Will Lankshear, while Liverpool are still searching for a new midfielder and could move for Moises Caicedo at Brighton. Manchester United want to land Sergino Dest and maybe Victor Osimhen before Thursday’s deadline and could allow Aaron Wan-Bissaka to depart. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!
Exclusive: Tottenham eye Man City starlet Mebude
Tottenham have joined the race to sign highly-rated 18-year-old Adedire Mebude from Manchester City, Nizaar Kinsella reports.
A skilful forward with blistering pace, Mebude has stalled on contract talks with City, opening the door for rival clubs to pounce.
Spurs are among the English clubs ready to sign the Scotland Under-19 international on a permanent deal, with Southampton and Newcastle also monitoring his situation.
There is also interest from European clubs, with PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge keen.
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PSG not entertaining Neymar to Chelsea links
Neymar to Chelsea is a particularly outlandish rumour as we head into the the final 36 hours of this eventful summer transfer window.
According to CBS Sports, Paris Saint-Germain are currently treating such talk as just that – a rumour.
Ben Jacobs reports that there has been no direct contact between the clubs, with PSG not currently contemplating selling the Brazilian superstar.
Arsenal fired Danilo transfer warning
Arsenal have been warned that Palmeiras have no plans to sell midfielder Danilo before the transfer window shuts on Thursday, writes Simon Collings.
Danilo is of long-term interest to Arsenal and sources in Brazil claim the Gunners made a fresh enquiry about him on Tuesday.
That was knocked back by Palmeiras, with the Brazilian side only willing to sanction a sale now if his £86million release clause for foreign suitors is met.
Palmeiras are reluctant to sell now as they are currently competing to retain the Copa Libertadores. Danilo is admired by other clubs in Europe, not just Arsenal, with AC Milan one of those also tracking him.
Arsenal could swoop for a midfielder before the transfer window slams shut as both Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are currently out injured.
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Everton to clinch Garner and Gueye deals
Speaking of Everton, they look to be very busy as the deadline approaches.
Frank Lampard is on the verge of signing two new midfielders as he seeks an upturn in fortunes on Merseyside this season.
The Athletic claim that Everton have beaten Leicester, Southampton and Nottingham Forest to a deal for Manchester United midfielder James Garner that could be worth up to £15m including add-ons.
Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano adds that Idrissa Gana Gueye will undergo a medical today ahead of his eagerly-awaited return to Goodison Park from Paris Saint-Germain.
Mudryk to Arsenal ‘extremely unlikely’ before deadline
Bad news for Arsenal on the Mykhaylo Mudryk front.
The Guardian now report it is “extremely unlikely” that he will complete a move to the Emirates this summer.
However, they seem to suggest that a switch elsewhere in the Premier League is still an option for the highly-fancied Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine winger.
Could Everton win the race for his services instead?
Done deal! Spurs sign ex-Arsenal striker Lankshear
Tottenham have completed the signing of highly-rated Sheffield United teenager Will Lankshear in a deal worth a reported £2million, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
The 17-year-old forward, who was released by their north London rivals Arsenal a year ago, will join up with Spurs’ academy on a deal until 2025 after they beat Brentford to his signature.
The deal includes both performance-related add-ons and a sell-on clause, the Blades have confirmed.
Lankshear was prolific as captain of Sheffield United’s Under-18 side, who won the Professional Development League national title last season after an unbeaten campaign, and he has also played and scored for their U23s.
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Exclusive: Chelsea’s Simons set for Hull loan switch
Chelsea’s young midfielder Xavier Simons is on the verge of sealing a season-long loan switch to Championship side Hull, reports Nizaar Kinsella.
The Yorkshire club hope to complete a medical today, subject to a few final details. They have seen off competition from AFC Wimbledon to sign the 19-year-old.
Simons recently penned a new contract at Stamford Bridge until 2023, with the club holding an option to extend the deal by another year.
The renewal came as a relief within the Chelsea academy after he snubbed transfer interest from Watford, Norwich, Southampton and Brighton with his old deal due to expire this summer.
Now, with the Blues having signed academy midfielders Carney Chukwuemeka and Cesare Casadei for a combined £33million, they have opted to loan out their homegrown talent.
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Arsenal and Chelsea target Zaha set for Palace stay
Wilfried Zaha cut a very frustrated figure at Selhurst Park last night.
The Crystal Palace talisman continued his red-hot start to the season by netting another brilliant effort shortly before the hour mark against Brentford.
However, he later his expressed his frustration and said he was “lost for words” after the Eagles conceded another late goal courtesy of Yoane Wissa to draw.
Patrick Vieira, though, insists Zaha is going nowhere amid strong late interest in a deal from London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.
“I didn’t even put that in my head,” the Palace boss said. “I didn’t even ask myself that question. I’m working with him every day and there is no doubt, there is nothing crossing my mind that something like that will happen.
“He never showed anything like that. The only thing he is showing is competitiveness on the field, doing well for the super club that he loves very much.
“Today, we needed something special to score a goal and Wilfried delivered,” Vieira said, and when asked whether the speculation over Zaha’s future had become a distraction he added: “None at all. We’re used to it.
“When you look at his smile when he scored that goal, it says everything. The smile on his face tells you how much he loves this football club.”
£19m bid launched for Arsenal target Tielemans
Have Arsenal finally made their move for Youri Tielemans?
The Belgian international is another long-term target for Mikel Arteta, whose desire to further bolster his midfield ranks before tomorrow’s transfer deadline has been strengthened by injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny.
Football Insider now report that Leicester have received a £19m bid for Tielemans from a “mystery club”.
No word yet as to if that offer is being considered or indeed who exactly it’s from!
Watch this space, folks…
Liverpool ponder £42m Caicedo offer
Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a late move for Moises Caicedo, though Graham Potter insists Brighton won’t be forced into selling their star midfielder.
Jurgen Klopp performed a dramatic public U-turn on his stance over not signing a new midfielder last week amid injuries to the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
And the Reds are now pondering a £42m bid for Caicedo, per The Sun, a player whom Brighton only signed for £4.5m last January.
However, Potter insists that the Seagulls are determined to keep their Ecuador international at the Amex.
“In football you never know, but we are quite calm and confident,” he said. “You’d probably get his boots for that from the chairman — maybe! £100m? They can try.
“It doesn’t surprise me that people are looking at him, because he is playing at a fantastic level.
“He is a top, top kid, a great person. But the position that the club are in is that we don’t want to lose him and we don’t think we will. He has all the attributes to play at the very, very highest level.”