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Man U approves new striker, Chelsea blow as Barca agree Kounde deal


Man U approves new striker, Chelsea blow as Barca agree Kounde deal



The transfer window has now reached a thrilling pace, with deals being exchanged left, right and centre.


Some of the biggest names in world football are swapping and shifting clubs, and already an eye-watering amount of money is changing hands.


Much of the focus still rests on Manchester United, who look set to lose talisman Cristiano Ronaldo despite their wishes not to, while a summer capture of Barcelona ace Frenkie de Jong still needs much work doing in order to complete.


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Elsewhere in the Premier League Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has sent out a public plea for further transfer funds, despite already adding several big names to his squad.


The Blues were hammered by Arsenal in a pre-season showdown, and Mikel Arteta has used the victory as a platform to announce that yet even more signings are on their way to the Emirates.


One player who seemed destined for the Premier League – Jules Kounde – may now not be arriving on English shores at all. Late developments in his protracted move to Stamford Bridge may see him unveiled at the Nou Camp in Barcelona colours very soon.


Kounde agrees Barcelona terms22:04

DONE DEAL! Fulham sign Mbabu from Wolfsburg18:23

Scamacca set for West Ham medical15:22

53 mins ago22:44 Ryan Taylor

De Jong to lower Barca salary

Frenkie de Jong is ready to lower his Barcelona salary in order to remain with the club, according to journalist Miquel Blaquez.


Barca want to slash the Dutchman’s salary in order to balance their books and the midfielder is willing to comply in order to stay at Camp Nou.


Manchester United are still keen to sign the player but the saga is now approaching a conclusion and it looks as if Erik ten Hag may have to move on to other targets.


2 hours ago22:04 Ryan Taylor

Kounde agrees Barcelona terms

Chelsea target Jules Kounde looks set to snub a £55m move to Stamford Bridge after agreeing personal terms with Barcelona.


Barca president Joan Laporta had played down his side’s interest in the Frenchman, claiming Kounde was set to sign for Chelsea but now the Catalan giants are preparing a last-gasp swoop to hijack the deal.


Xavi is understood to have personally called the 23-year-old to convince him to hold out for Barcelona’s imminent offer with Sevilla still yet to accept Chelsea’s proposal.


It could prove to be an all too familiar story for the Blues, who have already missed out on Raphinha to Barcelona despite striking a £60m deal with Leeds.


Thomas Tuchel has spent the best part of 11 months trying to secure the signing of Kounde, who was the subject of a £42.5m bid from Chelsea last August.


The Chelsea boss was handed a concerning reality check on Saturday night when his side were thrashed 4-0 by Arsenal in Orlando and now he could be forced to explore alternative targets with his former PSG player Presnel Kimpembe one of the names of interest.


Crisis-hit Bordeaux are in line to receive 20 per cent of any fee Sevilla secure for Kounde as Barcelona look to close the deal within a matter of days.


2 hours ago21:12 Ryan Taylor

Kostic considering West Ham offer

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic is said to be ‘seriously considering’ his offer from West Ham.


The Hammers have made a bid worth in the region of £10.2m that is deemed acceptable by Frankfurt.


Now it’s up the player to decide whether he’s ready to make the switch to east London.


Kostic shares the same agent as fellow West Ham transfer target Gianluca Scamacca, who is expected to undergo a medical with the Irons this coming week.


3 hours ago20:14 Ryan Taylor

Man Utd like Sesko

Manchester United are among the clubs targeting RB Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko but the Austrian club do not expect to lose him this summer, Express Sport has learned.


Tottenham, Newcastle and AC Milan are among the other clubs tracking the 19-year-old but a transfer is not imminent.


United are looking for a new striker but Sesko is simply just a name on their shortlist and a player they admire. They are yet to move for his signature, despite claims of reports in Austria saying otherwise.


Sesko is tied down to a long-term contract with Salzburg and they are adamant they are not planning to sell the teenager.


5 hours ago18:23 Ryan Taylor

DONE DEAL! Fulham sign Mbabu from Wolfsburg

Fulham have sealed a £6.5m deal for Wolfsburg right-back Kevin Mbabu after Nottingham Forest beat the Cottagers to former loanee Neco Williams.


Despite the impressive capture of Portugal international midfielder Joao Palhinha, Marco Silva has been agitated by his side’s lack of summer transfer business to date.


Yet he will now have two new recruits to add to his Championship-winning squad with Israel international winger Manor Solomon also set to arrive on loan from Shakhtar Donestk.


The deal has already been completed but the move will not be announced until August due to FIFA rules regarding player contracts in Ukraine.


6 hours ago17:23 Ryan Taylor

West Ham eye Zielinski move

West Ham are interested in signing Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski, according to The Mail.


The Poland international has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the past but the transfer never materialised.


David Moyes is in the market for a new attacking midfielder after missing out on Jesse Lingard, who joined Nottingham Forest earlier this week.


7 hours ago16:23 Ryan Taylor

Arsenal set to loan Nuno Tavares

Arsenal are open to loaning Nuno Tavares following the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko with Italian side Atalanta in talks to land the Portuguese left-back.Brighton and Marseille have also shown interest in the defender in the past week but the Serie A club are leading the chase for the 22-year-old, who joined Arsenal for £6.8m last summer from Benfica.The Gunners are yet to decide whether they would be willing to include a permanent option within the agreement.Tavares featured for Arsenal in their 4-0 pre-season win over Chelsea in Florida but he could now be set for a new challenge next season.Atalanta are also interested in signing former Leicester and Fulham loanee Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig.The Foxes were hesitant to trigger their £14m option to buy the 24-year-old winger at the end of last season due to restricted finances.


8 hours ago15:22 Ryan Taylor

Scamacca set for West Ham medical

Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca is due to arrive in London to undergo a medical with West Ham after the Hammers struck a £35.5m deal with the Italian club on Friday.The Irons will pay an initial £30.5m plus £5m in add-ons for the 23-year-old, who was also the subject of an offer from PSG earlier in the transfer window.West Ham have now agreed personal terms over the weekend with the Italian international frontman, who is set to become David Moyes’ fourth summer signing after Nayef Aguerd, Alphonse Areola and Flynn Downes.Moyes had been hopeful of landing Chelsea striker Armando Broja before the Blues put the brakes on the Albanian’s exit, despite receiving a lucrative £30m offer from West Ham.The London Stadium hierarchy have also lodged a £12.8m offer for Eintracht Frankfurt wing-back Filip Kostic, who shares the same agent as Scamacca.The bid satisfies their Europa League semi-final opponent’s valuation, meaning any final decision on a move could rest with the Serbian international.


9 hours ago14:20 Andrew McLean

Man Utd sponsors ‘disappointed’ over Ronaldo saga

Manchester United’s sponsors have been left disappointed by the Portugal captain’s desire to leave the club.


Brands like shirt sponsor TeamViewer saw huge financial profits last season as a result of the iconic forward’s name and image.


Other companies in the Middle East are keen for Ronaldo to stay so they can continue to benefit commercially.


10 hours ago13:35 Andrew McLean

Brighton target Manchester United defender

Brighton are targetting a move for Manchester United defender Brandon Williams according to The Mirror.


The Seagulls see the 21-year-old as a potential replacement for Marc Cucurella who is attracting serious interest from Manchester City.


The club are prepared to bid £15m to make the Englishman their next left-back.


Williams spent last season on-loan at Norwich and is likely to find his game time at Old Trafford limited again this season as a result of competition from Luke Shaw, Alex Telles and new signing Tyrell Malacia.


11 hours ago12:58 Andrew McLean

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic emerges as Man Utd’s plan B

Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic is being actively considered by Manchester United as an alternative to Frenkie de Jong.


The Red Devil’s quest to sign the midfielder has hit the buffers in recent weeks after being the longest running saga of the summer.


Now Calciomercato has reported that United are now planning to move for the Serbian instead.


The 27-year-old was the recipient of a public pursuit by the Old Trafford club in 2019 when he was a top target for Ed Woodward.


Sergej Milinkovic-Savic


Andrew McLean

Liverpool receive Firmino offer

Liverpool have received a £19.5m bid from Juventus for Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino.


The long-serving striker has just one year left on his contract aND Jurgen Klopp could be prepared to let him leave now rather than lose him for free next year.


TuttoJuve have said the Turin club would like to sign him as they seek to improve their frontline.


Firmino has scored 98 times for the club since joining in 2015.


Roberto Firmino


Roberto Firmino is attracting interest from

12 hours ago12:01 Andrew McLean

Chelsea and Barcelona locked in bitter


Kounde row


Chelsea and Barcelona are said to be ‘at war’ over Jules Kounde as the clubs battle for the French centre-back’s signature.


Thomas Tuchel is desperate to add Kounde to his defence and will try to encourage the Stamford Bridge hierarchy to improve their bid for the player.


Chelsea had already had a £55m deal agreed for the player before Barcelona tried to hijack the deal.


12 hours ago11:23 Andrew McLean

Real Madrid’s transfer business completed

Champions League winners Real Madrid have concluded their incoming transfer business for this season.


The club have moved to sign Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni and Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger early this summer.


Manager Carlo Ancelotti said: “The team for this season is complete. We are better than last season.”


The club could still sanction moves for fringe players Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio, with the pair both linked with moves to the Premier League.


13 hours ago10:39 Andrew McLean

Man Utd seek Ronaldo Clarification

Manchester United are seeking clarification on when Cristiano Ronaldo will return to training.


The Portugal captain has not been seen at Carrington since he asked to leave the club earlier this month.


The news comes alongside reports that the club are open to the forward departing on loan so long as he signs a one-year contract extension.


13 hours ago10:27 Andrew McLean

Laporta: No bids accepted for de Jong

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has said the club is yet to accept a bid for Frenkie de Jong.


Manchester United’s pursuit of the Dutchman has been one of the summer’s long running sagas with some reports suggesting it was De Jong not Barca who were holding up the deal.


However, Laporta has poured cold water on this belief telling ESPN: “Frenkie de Jong is our player, we really like him. We received some offers for Frenkie but we didn’t accept as of now, as we want to talk with him and know exactly what he wants”.


The midfielder has played 138 times for the Catalan giants since joining in 2019.


Frenkie de Jong


14 hours ago09:50 Andrew McLean

Arteta: Chelsea win does not change transfer plans

Mikel Arteta has said that Arsenal’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea will not change his transfer plans for the rest of the window.


The Spaniard had spoken before the game about wanting to add more additions, telling reporters he had a specific number in mind.


When asked if the win had changed these plans the Gunners’ boss said: “Nothing. Don’t get carried away. There were a lot of positives, there are a lot of things we can do much, much better than we have done today as well and we have to continue to improve as a team.”


Mikel Arteta


Andrew McLean

Kounde ‘rejects’ Chelsea move

The Jules Kounde saga has taken another twist after the defender reportedly rejected a move to London.


Reports from Spain now suggest the Frenchman will join Barcelona after they matched Chelsea’s bid of £55million.


The centre-back had been Thomas Tuchel’s top target to strengthen the right side of his back three but is now likely to be forced to look at alternative options.


Jules Kounde


Andrew McLean


Manchester United prepared to sanction loan move for Ronaldo

Good morning and welcome to the discussion of all of today’s transfer action.


The first story is a big one, with Manchester United reportedly prepared to allow wantaway star, Cristiano Ronaldo, to leave on loan.


However, the Red Devils have one condition, wanting the Portugal captain to sign a one-year extension with the promise that he will return next season.


Atletico Madrid are said to be interested in the striker who scored 24 goals in all competitions last season.








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