The transfer deadline is looming over the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham as clubs fight for their final signings of the summer market. In north London, one last big addition is still possible with Youri Tielemans, Marco Asensio Wilfried Zaha and Yeremy Pino all linked to the Gunners – but a move for Pedro Neto has reportedly been dismissed.
Chelsea have now agreed a £70million deal for Wesley Fofana and he is expected for a medical today. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Anthony Gordon are other major targets while Arsen Zakharyan has emerged as a genuine contender to arrive at Stamford Bridge.
Lucas Paqueta has also touched down ahead of his own big-money move, to West Ham, while Tottenham continue their clear-out with Sergio Reguilon the next player to depart Antonio Conte’s squad. Once the deadwood is shifted, Spurs may yet return to the market for new incomings. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours below!
Fofana set for Chelsea medical
Wesley Fofana will undergo his Chelsea medical today.
L’Equipe report on a quick turnaround for the player after yesterday’s game between the Blues and Leicester, which he sat out after a move to west London was agreed.
Chelsea will stump up a £70m fee for the defender, which is set to be paid in full over the next 12 months.
Zaha tipped to shine at Arsenal
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has been named as one player on Arsenal’s radar as the final days of the window loom.
And former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell believes the club could do no better than sign the attacker.
He told The Highbury Squad podcast: “I believe Wilfried Zaha has been mentioned. Let’s be honest, production wise, Wilfried Zaha is probably the most productive of them all. He’s a Gooner as well so wouldn’t it be interesting.
“We’ve seen him absolutely torture a couple of teams since we played them. I think for two or three season, Zaha would be absolutely devastating for the Arsenal.”
Lucas Paqueta lands in London
Lucas Paqueta last night arrived in London to complete his £36.5million move to West Ham.
The one-time Arsenal and Tottenham target will undergo his medical today after the Hammers made a breakthrough in talks over his transfer fee with Lyon.
An additional £14.5m has been agreed as add-ons in the deal.
Tielemans back in Leicester XI amid Arsenal links
Youri Tielemans started for Leicester in their defeat to Chelsea today as Brendan Rodgers returned the midfielder to his line-up.
Benched last week for tactical reasons, Tielemans was incorrectly reported to have been dropped like Wesley Fofana for being in the wrong frame of mind amid talk of Arsenal’s interest in his services.
But, reports outline how no offer has landed from the Gunners.
And you can follow them in action against Fulham with our live blog!
Man United remain in Aubameyang hunt
Manchester United could yet disrupt Chelsea’s move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Sky Sports report on the Red Devils maintaining their interest in the Barcelona striker, who is rated at £20m.
Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Aubameyang as negotiations over his fee continue.
Reguilon to Atletico update
Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon is set to join Atletico Madrid on loan for the season, writes Standard Sport’s Dan Kilpatrick…
The left-back has been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte, and has been training away from the first-team squad during the summer.
Reguilon, who joined from Real Madrid two years ago, is heading back to the Spanish capital after a deal, without a buy option, was reached between the two clubs.
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Osimhen agent rules out Ronaldo swap
Victor Osimhen’s agent has ruled out a move to Manchester United for the Nigerian forward.
A swap deal involving Cristiano Ronaldo had been mooted in gossip columns.
But Roberto Calenda said: “No negotiations in progress, no exchange.
“Victor Osimhen is a Napoli player and wants to play the Champions League with Napoli, after having qualified for it with pride, together with the coach and his teammates.”
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Paqueta set to fly in for West Ham medical
West Ham will pay £36.5m up-front to sign Lucas Paqueta.
Gianluca Di Marzio reports on the Hammers agreeing a further £14.5m set up in add-ons after having a bid accepted by Lyon.
The Brazilian midfielder will fly into London for a medical tonight.
Real Madrid up pressure on Asensio
Arsenal target Marco Asensio has been asked to spell out his desires in the final days of the transfer window.
The Mirror say the winger can leave for £23.5m with his contract expiring in a year’s time.
Asensio wants game time ahead of the World Cup and will be a bit-part player at Real, with the player’s agent Jorge Mendes holding initial talks with the Gunners.
Leicester leave Fofana out
No Wesley Fofana in the Leicester line-up as expected, as the Foxes face Chelsea having agreed a £70m deal to sell the defender to the Blues.
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