Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to be major players in the summer window. All three London giants are working on strengthening their squads before the start of the new season and can boast new forward lines and defences.
Chelsea have agreed a £50m deal to Raheem Sterling, and Nathan Ake is close to joining him at Stamford Bridge. The Blues could follow their Manchester City raid with a similar ransacking of Bayern Munich with both Robert Lewandowksi and Dayot Upamecano linked. Raphinha and Matthijs de Ligt continue to be linked.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he wants more signings after the £45m arrival of Gabriel Jesus. A surprise move for N’Golo Kane has been suggested, while talks over Lisandro Martinez are ongoing. Tottenham continue to chase a move for Midddlesbrough star Djed Spence. Follow all of the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours below!
Man United book in Eriksen medical
Christian Eriksen is expected to have his Manchester United medical this week, reports Fabrizio Romano.
Eriksen has agreed a three-year deal to move to Old Trafford, having decided to not extend his stay at Brentford.
The Denmark international should then become Erik ten Hag’s second summer signing.
Barcelona match Raphinha offer
Barcelona have matched Chelsea’s offer for Raphinha, according to CBS Sports.
The cash-strapped Spanish giants will pay a lower guaranteed figure but add-ons will take the total package to £65 million.
Raphinha has been holding out for a move to Barca and, after intense negotiations with Leeds, it is now nearing completion.
Spurs remain in Spence talks
Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder has stressed he wants little to do with the Djed Spence deal as Tottenham continue to discuss a potential move for the full-back.
Spurs are keen on Spence but are yet to agree a deal despite weeks of negotiations.
Wilder told Teeside LIVE: “I’ve got to say, I’ve taken myself away from it. It’s not my job now, it’s gone beyond me and it’s not up to me to do the negotiating and agree a deal.
“That’s with the club and the owner and the chief executive.”
Lewandowski keen on Chelsea move
Chelsea are set to raid Manchester City for two players and could do similar to Bayern Munich.
Amid links with Dayot Upamecano, the Blues are also weighing up a move for Robert Lewandowski.
Barcelona are closing in on Chelsea target Raphinha and Sport Bild claim the Blues could take Barca target Lewandowski to England as the striker favouring a Premier League move.
Arsenal plot Kante bid
Arsenal are weighing up a surprise bid for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.
According to the Star, Chelsea are open to cashing in on the 31-year-old who has just a year to run on his current deal.
Mikel Arteta believes Kante, one of the club’s top earners who has struggled for fitness over the past 12 months, would fit the bill as the defensive midfielder he craves.
Chelsea look to Upamecano
Chelsea have been alerted to the possible availability of Dayot Upamecano as Bayern Munich target Matthijs de Ligt.
The Blues see centre-back as a priority position this summer, with Nathan Ake set to arrive and that is unlikely to be the end of the defensive reinforcements.
90min reports that Upamecano could emerge as an option as fellow target De Ligt prefers Bayern.
Sterling to join USA pre-season tour
Chelsea have agreed a £50million deal with Manchester City to sign Raheem Sterling, with the forward now set to undergo a medical.
The Blues will pay a guaranteed £47.5m, with £2.5m made up of performance-related add-ons.
Sterling has already agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea, with the option of a further year, which will see him become the club’s highest-paid player on over £300,000 a week.
Chelsea hope Sterling will complete a medical early next week and then join his new team-mates on the pre-season tour of the United States. The squad flew out on Saturday
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ICYMI – New numbers for Tottenham players
Tottenham have handed new shirt numbers to Oliver Skipp and Cristian Romero ahead of the new season.
Skipp moves from no.29 to no.4, previously worn by Romero in his first season at the club, as the centre-back takes the vacant no.17.
Sissoko last wore the no.17 for Spurs but left the club, for Watford, with the 2021-22 season already underway so Romero, signed two weeks prior, was unable to take that number at the time.
The Spurs squad will later on Saturday fly out to South Korea for their pre-season tour, with a K-League XI first up on Wednesday.
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ICYMI – Arsenal want more signings
Arsenal are targeting further signings in the transfer window, manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed, but would not be drawn on interest in Youri Tielemans.
The Gunners have been one of the busier teams of the summer thus far, spending close to £100million on Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos.
Raphinha remains a target, though the player is understood to prefer a move to Barcelona or Chelsea over the Gunners, and are competing with Manchester United for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.
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