Transfer news LIVE! Aouar ‘agrees’ Arsenal move, Man United eye Upamecano, Telles, Sancho, Rice to Chelsea FC
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Just 10 days of business remain asclubs try to bolster their squads and sell off the dead wood for the 2020-21 season.
have been the big spenders so far with , , , , , and all arriving.
, meanwhile, have made two statement signings by bringing in and from . Could be next?
signed , are still in the hunt for , while got their main job done: Keeping captain , and are trying to bring Lyon’s to the Emirates.
Fulham in talks with Barcelona defender
Fulham are now among the clubs in talks to sign Jean Clair Todibo from Barcelona on a permanent deal.
Fabrizio Romano claims the Cottagers have joined Everton in the race for the defender although the Merseysiders have only made a loan offer thus far.
Barcelona want a permanent deal.
Skriniar wants Tottenham move
Tottenham are in talks with Inter Milan to sign Milan Skriniar, who wants to join Jose Mourinho’s side, according to Sun Sport.
The north London club will reportedly not be forced into paying Inter’s £55million valuation, however, willing to pay between £25m and £30m.
Skriniar’s agent is reportedly now in Milan, holding talks with the club regarding his desire to leave.
Mourinho is said to be a big fan of the 25-year-old having watched the central defender for years.
WEST HAM NEWS
West Ham end Fofana chase
West Ham have reportedly ended their interest in signing Saint-Etienne defender Wesley Fofana.
West Ham have made a bid worth up to £36million for Saint-Etienne centre-back Wesley Fofana, as owner David Sullivan targets signings for manager David Moyes.
Sullivan said this week that he felt “depressed” at the lack of new arrivals this summer, but the Hammers have tabled a bid for Fofana worth £25m, plus £11m in add-ons.
Sky Sports News report however West Ham do not want to engage in a bidding war and will not pursue other targets.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Chelsea still pushing for Rice
Frank Lampard has not given up hope of bringing Declan Rice back to Chelsea.
As reported by Standard Sport, Lampard wants to bring Rice to Chelsea to bolster his defensive and midfield options, and could deploy the England international in a back-three.
reports that should Rice return to Stamford Bridge – having left the club as a 16-year-old – then Jorginho is likely to cross London to Arsenal.
MAN UTD NEWS
ICYMI: Man United eye triple deals
Solskjaer wants to bring in at least two more signings before the window closes on October 5 and is working on deals for winger Jadon Sancho and left back Alex Telles.
Centre back is also seen as an area in need of address, with doubts over Victor Lindelof’s ability to play at the heart of defence.
Solskjaer is a long-term admirer of Kalidou Koulibaly and Dayot Upamecano – but he still retains hope Bailly can develop into an ideal partner for Maguire.
Aouar agrees Arsenal move
L’Equipe are now reporting Houssem Aouar has agreed to join Arsenal.
While Juventus, Manchester City and Barcelona have all registered interest, the France international is keen to make the move to north London.
However, there the Gunners are still to agree a fee with Lyon. RMC Sport reported earlier this evening Arsenal’s offer is in the region of €35m.
Lyon’s valuation is closer to €60m.
Mendy won’t start against Baggies; Lampard to hold Kepa talks
Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy will not be involved in their match against West Brom tomorrow, Frank Lampard has confirmed.
The Blues boss has also revealed he will speak to Kepa Arrizabalaga about his future before the game.
The Blues signed Mendy from Rennes on Thursday in a £22million deal after Lampard lost faith in Kepa following a number of catastrophic errors.
Arrizabalaga, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after Chelsea paid £71.6million for him two years ago, has been linked with loan moves to clubs in Spain and Italy.
Zidane not planning to ask for signings
Zinedine Zidane insists he has not asked the Real Madrid board for any signings.
The Spanish giants’ need for an alternative to Karim Benzema was once again highlighted in their opening day 0-0 draw to Real Sociedad last weekend.
Asked on Friday if he wanted to bring in a centre-forward before the transfer window closes next month, Zidane said: “Anything can happen until October 5.
“That’s what interests you (the media), but I’m happy with my squad. I have complete trust in it.
“We will work to be in good shape physically and if we are well prepared, we can compete and achieve our objectives, which is to win.”
Later, he was asked if he had requested a new striker and he said: “This is the squad I have. I won’t ask for anything. I don’t want anything.”
Trio chase Chelsea’s Rudiger
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is attracting interest from European giants Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Roma, report Goal.
The Blues are reportedly hoping to sell the centre-back this transfer window, though they may have to settle for a loan move.
The German international has once again been left out of Chelsea’s squad to face West Brom tomorrow, having been left out against Liverpool and Barnsley.
MAN UTD NEWS
Leeds interested in James loan
Leeds are interested in signing Manchester United winger Dan James on loan, according to The Mirror.
Having cooled their interest in Liverpool’s Harry Wilson, Leeds are looking to bring in another creative player.
The winger reportedly came close to signing from Swansea in January 2019, only for the Welsh side to pull out at the last second.
Leeds reportedly believe James would be interested in a move given he’s from Yorkshire.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Fulham in late Benrahma swoop
Fulham are competing with Crystal Palace for the signing of Brentford attacker Said Benrahma, according to The Mail.
Palace are reportedly at an advanced stage in their talks for the forward, though they are yet to meet his £30million price tag.
Fulham are now looking to steal a march on the deal, however, having reportedly made contact with Benrahma’s agents.
Arsenal make €35m Aouar offer
More on those reports from France claiming Arsenal have tabled an offer for Houssem Aouar – RMC claim it’s a €35m bid.
Will it be enough to tempt Lyon into doing business?
Chelsea sign 16-year-old Finland star
Chelsea have completed the signing of 16-year-old Aleksi Heino, the club announced on Friday.
The youngster – who was signed from FC Inter in Finland – will join the club’s academy after agreeing a two-year deal.
Heino had trials at both Chelsea and Wolfsburg in August, with the former closing a deal for the forward.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Bruce never considered Joelinton sale
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce insists he never considered the sale of Joelinton this summer.
The club’s £40million record signing has scored just four goals since his signinng, with Newcastle spending a further £20million on Callum Wilson during the window.
Joelinton scored twice in a 7-0 Carabao Cup win over Morecambe, however, and Bruce insists he was always in his plans.
He said: “Joe will benefit from the fact that he understands it now a little better than he did and he understands what’s coming. I think he still has improvement in him – he’s young enough – so I had no intention of letting Joe go anywhere.
“We have to keep working with him and certainly the little bit of confidence by scoring a couple of goals the other night will certainly help him because, when you’re constantly kicked, then sometimes it can bash away at you and nobody is immune to that.
“We’ll keep supporting him and keep trying to make him confident because we know there’s a player in there. We have to go to somehow find it and get the best out of him.”
Arsenal make offer for Aouar
Arsenal have made an offer for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to Telefoot Chaine.
The same publication on September 16 reported Arsenal were set to make a “concrete offer” for the midfielder, which they now state has happened.
While reporting earlier in September the fee would be in excess of £36.5million, no such figure has been provided this time round.
Importantly, the report makes is clear Aouar would want a move to Arsenal.
Liverpool youngster handed first pro deal
James Balagizi has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool, the club has confirmed.
The 17-year-old recently made his debut against Wigan in the EFL Trophy for Liverpool’s U21 side.
Balagizi has always been ahead of his age, making his U18 debut when just 15, scoring two goals against Blackburn.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Westwood signs new Burnley deal
Ashley Westwood has signed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Burnley until 2023.
The midfielder was due to be out of contract next summer, but the 30-year-old has put pen to paper to end any risk of a premature exit.
Westwood has been a mainstay in Sean Dyche’s team since signing from Aston Villa in January 2017, making 98 Premier League appearances.
Brewster keen on Blades move
Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster is keen on a move to Sheffield United, according to the Sheffield Star.
The forward reportedly has interest from Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Brighton, and it’s the former he’s most happy to join.
Brewster was left out of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup tie at Lincoln on Thursday having been placed up for sale.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Leicester discussing deal for Tarkowski
Leicester are discussing a deal to sign James Tarkowski this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The defender – who would cost the Foxes more than £30million – is one of three centre-backs on Leicester’s radar.
Brendan Rodgers has reportedly been in contact with the defender ever since the sale of Harry Maguire, but the two clubs are reportedly some way apart in their valuations.
Leicester are reportedly adamant they will not pay over the odds for the 27-year-old.
Bentaleb set for Sampdoria move
Former Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is closing in on a move from Schalke to Sampdoria, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.
Bentaleb spent the second half of last season on loan at Premier League side Newcastle, but it seems as if it’s Italy he’s next headed.
The Algerian international has just one year remaining on his Schalke contract.
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