Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to prove some of the busiest clubs in Europe during this summer’s transfer window. All three London giants appear to be doing all they can to strengthen ahead of the new season, even if that means battling with Premier League rivals in the market.
Raheem Sterling is close to a move to Stamford Bridge and could well be joined by Manchester City teammate Nathan Ake, with the two clubs said to be in advanced talks. Elsewhere, co-owner Todd Boehly is reportedly prepared to fight with Manchester United for Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong and could even include TWO players in part-exchange in order to land the Barcelona star. If all that wasn’t enough, the links with a move for Cristiano Ronaldo go on.
Up in north London, Arsenal are still hopeful of signing United target Lisandro Martinez, while there has been a fresh update in Spurs’ pursuit of Inter Milan star Alessandro Bastoni amid the confirmed arrival of Clement Lenglet. Follow all the latest transfer news and gossip in our LIVE blog below!
What Jesus did
Arsenal fans will like how Gabriel Jesus reacted to his two-goal debut.
Read more here.
‘Final’ offer submitted for Raphinha
A final offer of £46.5m plus add-ons has been launched by Barcelona for Raphinha.
Leeds must now decide whether to accept the bid, which is lower than Chelsea’s for the Brazilian, to fulfil their star player’s ambition of signing for the Camp Nou giants.
Barcelona are said by Sport to be cautiously optimistic of their chances.
Pogba is almost back (again)
Paul Pogba has arrived in Turin ahead of his imminent return to Juventus and insisted he “can’t wait to get started”.
The midfielder, who left Manchester United at the end of his contract this summer, is making a Juve comeback six years after leaving.
Pogba, 29, told the club’s Twitter account: “Well, I am back, I’m here, I’m very, very happy. I can’t wait to get started and wear this Juventus jersey again.”
Spurs with Spence frustrations
One down, one more?
Tottenham are continuing negotiations with Middlesbrough over Djed Spence, with no prospect of a deal being finalised in time for the defender to join up with the Spurs squad when they fly out for their pre-season tour of South Korea, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Spurs have been in talks with Middlesbrough but are understood to not have had a bid accepted.
The clubs are discussing the finer details of the deal as Spurs hope to find a breakthrough.
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ICYMI: Arsenal launch move for Paqueta
Having tried to sign Raphinha already this summer, it seems reasonable to assume Arsenal are prepared to make yet more attacking signings despite the arrivals of Fabio Vieira and Gabriel Jesus.
According to Media Foot, the Gunners have now made an approach for Lyon star Lucas Paqueta, with Mikel Arteta said to be confident of landing the Brazilian forward.
He has previously been linked with both Tottenham and Newcastle.
Chelsea odds-on to sign Ronaldo
Chelsea are now odds-on favourites to sign Manchester United forward this summer, according to oddschecker.
The forward is 4/6 with one bookmaker to move to Stamford Bridge this summer as it is confirmed he will miss Manchester United’s pre-season tour.
Chelsea was 28/1 this time last week to sign the Portuguese superstar and that price has come down to as short as 4/6 (best price available 6/4).
Despite the reported unrest from Man United’s top scorer last season, Ronaldo is 6/4 generally to be playing his football at Old Trafford next season.
Done deal! Lenglet joins Spurs on loan
It’s July 8 and Tottenham have made five summer signings.
Clement Lenglet joins on loan from Barcelona.
Two goals for Jesus
Transfer-related match action as Gabriel Jesus has scored twice on his unofficial debut as Arsenal beat Nurnberg 5-3 in a very entertaining pre-season friendly.
Read out report here.
Dembele could still stay at Barcelona
Barcelona have not given up hope of tying Ousmane Dembele down to a new contract.
Mundo Deportivo report on the club offering a 40 per-cent pay cut for the Frenchman, who has only tentatively been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.
Raphinha remains the other key target to reinforce Barcelona’s flanks.
Ten Hag makes play for Ajax target
Erik ten Hag is looking to hijack old club Ajax’s move for RB Leipzig forward Brian Brobbey.
The striker struggled in Germany and had been expected to return to Amsterdam, who he left 12 months ago before re-signing on loan in January.
The Times report Manchester United’s talks over a £13million move.