Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all remain heavily active on the penultimate day of the summer transfer window. Arsenal have been warned over Palmeiras star Danilo after making a £20million bid for the midfielder, while there is also believed to be interest in Julian Weigl, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Youri Tielemans and Pedro Neto before Thursday’s 11pm BST deadline.
Chelsea are said to be in advanced talks to sign RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, while they are still trying to clinch the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, despite the Barcelona striker suffering a fractured jaw during a terrifying robbery at his home. The Blues have also been offered a blockbuster last-gasp swoop for PSG superstar Neymar and have now completed the £70m signing of Wesley Fofana.
Tottenham are eyeing Manchester City starlet Adedire Mebude and are also back in talks with Leeds over Dan James, while Manchester United want to land Barcelona’s Sergino Dest. However, much will depend on the future of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!
Chelsea could be set for Man City battle
Chelsea have decided against making an offer for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol but will continue to monitor the Croatia international should his club one day decide to cash in, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The Blues prioritised the £70million signing of Leicester’s Wesley Fofana and are now generally happy with their central defensive outlook in the short-term.
It is thought that they could return for the 20-year-old Gvardiol in future transfer windows and this could come as early as January, with a replacement for Thiago Silva potentially needed next summer.
Manchester City are also thought to be huge admirers of Gvardiol and are likewise keen to compete for his signature should Leipzig decide to sell.
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Chelsea hold fire on Gvardiol
Chelsea are ready to wait to continue talks with RB Leipzig over a move for Josko Gvardiol until January.
There have reportedly been discussions between the clubs over a big-money deal that would see the defender remain at Leipzig on loan for the rest of the season.
However, with Leipzig wanting a fee in the region of €90 million, Chelsea are ready to put any potential move on hold, according to The Athletic.
Malinovskyi wants Tottenham
Ruslan Malinovskyi is hoping to make a late move to Tottenham before the end of the window.
Calciomercato claim that Leicester are interested in the midfielder, as are Nottingham Forest who continue to want to sign the entirety of Europe.
However, it’s reported that Malinovskyi would much prefer a move to Spurs than those two clubs.
Leandro Paredes has joined Juventus on a loan deal from PSG, ending any speculation that he could be an Arsenal target.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Juventus have an option to make the move a permament one, which could become mandatory.
Disappointment for Chelsea
A Chelsea deal for Crystal Palace star attacker Wilfried Zaha has been described as ‘unlikely’ by sources close to the situation, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
Meanwhile, the academy’s interest in Dinamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan has hit issues over the paying of his transfer fee.
Sanctions on the Russian economy due to the war in Ukraine are now expected to block any move for the 19-year-old to move to west London, ending any option to activate his £12.6m release clause.
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Interest in Gakpo continues
Leeds are interested in a late move for PSV winger Cody Gakpo.
The 23-year-old was linked with Arsenal earlier in the summer, while Southampton had a £21m bid rejected this week. PSV want at least £25m for Gakpo.
Sky Sports now report that Leeds have joined the race and are keen on the Dutchman – sign that they think Dan James could be leaving?
No further Man United business expected
Manchester United are set for a quiet transfer deadline day after the signings of Antony and Martin Dubravka.
Erik ten Hag insisted the paperwork was not yet complete on his new £84million signing when speaking to the media on Wednesday, ahead of facing Leicester, as he stated the double deal would spell the “end” of United’s summer purchases.
While the United boss specified a quality over quantity aspect to his business, he explained why his desire for a high-intensity game made it necessary to get more bodies through the door.
“[In the] offense department we need to strengthen our squad,” he told reporters ahead of Antony’s impending arrival.
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Maitland-Niles to sign new Arsenal deal ahead of loan
Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to join Southampton on loan for the season, writes Simon Collings.
The 25-year-old is in the final stages of sealing a move to the south coast after fielding interest from other Premier League clubs, including Bournemouth.
Maitland-Niles will join Southampton for the rest of the 2022-23 campaign and also extend his Arsenal contract – due to expire next summer – by a year.
The loan deal is also expected to include the option for a permanent transfer in 2023.
Spurs set for more James talks
Tottenham are among the clubs exploring a deadline-day deal for Leeds United’s Dan James but the winger is happy to remain in Yorkshire, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Spurs are in the market for a replacement for Bryan Gil, who wants to return to La Liga side Valencia on loan for the rest of the season.
They are one a number of clubs interested in James after Leeds indicated they would allow the 24-year-old to leave Elland Road before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
Further talks are expected on Thursday but James is thought to be content where he is and not pushing for a late move.
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