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 has been signed for £62million 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 that he is not done in the market, despite spending more than £120m, with Leicester’s Youri Tielemans in mind, with a fresh boost potentially arriving on Friday as the Foxes chase Houssem Aouar. Lucas Paqueta has also been linked with the Gunners, who faced 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 thought to have been personally recommended by one Antonio Conte, is likely to be the seventh in a £21m deal that should be finalized next week. Conte reportedly wants 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 Udogie deal
Tottenham are poised to complete their seventh signing of a busy summer transfer window.
We reported earlier that they were hoping to wrap up 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 strongly linked with the PSV Eindhoven star as they look to continue strengthening their squad for a top-four battle under Mikel Arteta.
However, the Daily Mirror report that Erik ten Hag has now added the 23-year-old Dutch winger to his transfer wishlist at Old Trafford amid the ongoing uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.
Torreira and Mari set for Arsenal exits
A number of exits appear to be looming at Arsenal as Mikel Arteta continues his clear-out of unwanted players.
It’s being reported that Lucas Torreira is now set to join Galatasaray, having signed a contract in Milan last night.
Arsenal are set to receive €6m/€7m plus add ons for the Uruguayan, who spent last season on loan at Fiorentina.
Meanwhile, Hellas Verona are rivalling fellow Italian club Monza in the race for Pablo Mari, having submitted an offer for a permanent transfer.
Brentford strike Damsgaard deal
Exciting news for Brentford fans.
Mr Romano is now reporting that a deal has been successfully struck over personal terms with Mikkel Damsgaard.
Brentford saw a £16.7m offer for the 22-year-old accepted by Serie A 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 medical after Hammers snub
Not the news that West Ham wanted to hear.
They definitely 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 €36m (£30.3m) fee plus €4m in add-ons and a 20 per cent sell-on clause.
Everton are reportedly focused next on securing the return of Idrissa Gana Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain.
Alonso says goodbye
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has said bye 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 target to sign 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 is keen to stay put this summer despite interest in him from the likes of Spurs and Juventus.
Spurs remain in the market for a centre-back.
Arsenal handed Tielemans boost
Leicester are looking at Lyon’s 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 seemingly preparing for his departure by lining up possible replacements.
Chelsea in fresh Fofana bid
Chelsea have failed in a fresh bid for Wesley Fofana, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The offer, reportedly in excess of £70m, has been rejected by Leicester City, but Chelsea will return with an improved offer.
Tuchel: Chelsea have signed ‘the new Azpilicueta’ in 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 sizeable fee that could rise as high as £62.5million.
Cucurella’s arrival has 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 other than simply their nationality, primarily the versatility and ability to operate in multiple defensive positions that makes them such valuable options for Tuchel, who lost the services of both Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers earlier this summer and then signed Kalidou Koulibaly, with another centre-back on the agenda amid talks over Leicester’s Wesley Fofana.
“I’m very excited about what he can bring,” the manager said of the arrival of Cucurella, who could make a swift debut for Chelsea in their Premier League opener against Frank Lampard’s Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday evening. “He’s a fantastic player, a fantastic guy.
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