Another new week begins in the summer transfer market and it could well prove to be the biggest yet. Arsenal could announce both Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber for a combined outlay of around £150million with the midfielder and defender finalising their moves. The Gunners are now being linked with January target Ivan Fresneda once again, who is wanted by Barcelona.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are closing in on two midfielders having cleared the decks. Both Moises Caicedo and Gabri Veiga are of interest, with Brighton holding out for around £100m and Celta Viga resigned to losing their young star this week. Romelu Lukaku is expected to leave for Italy, with Inter as ever interested and now Juventus offering Dusan Vlahovic in part-exchange.
Tottenham are set to confirm their fifth signing of the window with Manor Solomon set to join on a free transfer after a loan with Fulham, while Bayern have made an improved bid worth £70m for Harry Kane. Manchester United are closing in on Andre Onana and are expected to bid for Rasmus Hojlund, who is desperate to join. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours live below!
Chelsea offered Vlahovic-Lukaku swap
Dusan Vlahovic has been a major name during the last few transfer windows.
While it was Juventus who beat Arsenal to his signing in Janaury 2022, the Serbian international is expected to leave the Turin giants this summer.
According to Fabrizio Romano, PSG, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are all interested and Juve have even offered the player in part-exchange for Romelu Lukaku.
Corriere dello Sport claim Chelsea can have Vlahovic for €25m (£21.4m) plus Lukaku.
Is that a good deal?
Hojlund drops transfer hint
Rasmus Hojlund has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United and even his personal trainer is getting involved.
Working with trainer Ibrahim Junior Mansaray has uploaded a video of the 20-year-old Atalanta striker taking part in fitness drills and ball work, with the caption “We ready for what’s next”, along with a ‘ssshing’ emoji.
Hojlund is not due back for pre-season training until next week but is working hard nonetheless.
Spurs to sign Solomon today
Spurs have been busy this summer and look like kicking off the new week with a third new signing of the summer.
Fabrizio Romano claims Manor Solomon has almost wrapped up his move to Tottenham and it will be officially announced today.
ICYMI: Bayern Munich to make new Harry Kane bid
Bayern Munich are reportedly poised to submit their next offer for Harry Kane.
The reigning Bundesliga champions have already seen one bid for the England captain knocked back by Tottenham this summer.
But Bayern are undeterred and The Mail on Sunday report they are now due to table an improved proposal for Kane – Thomas Tuchel’s No1 transfer target – that could be worth almost £70m with add-ons.
However, that is said to be at the “upper end” of what Bayern are willing to pay for a player with only 12 months left on his current contract and not nearly enough to convince Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to sell.
Kane is due to return to pre-season training at Spurs this week, when he will hold crunch talks with chairman Levy and manager Ange Postecoglou.
ICYMI: Tottenham consider Marc Cucurella move
Tottenham are also being very tentatively linked with Marc Cucurella at Chelsea this weekend.
The Blues have been looking to offload the Spanish left-back this summer just one year after his £63m switch from Brighton following a dreadful first season in which he struggled badly for form and was even booed by his own fans.
Chelsea have sought potential buyers in Saudi Arabia amid interest from Atletico Madrid, though Standard Sport reported on Friday that Cucurella was discouraging potential moves as he wants to fight for his future under new boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Football Transfers now claim that Spurs are closely monitoring Cucurella’s situation and are ready to bring him in as a replacement for Ivan Perisic, who looks likely to leave London himself in this window after only one year.
ICYMI: Arsenal to make fresh move for Ivan Fresneda
Arsenal were keen on signing Ivan Fresneda in January, and they could go back in for the right-back this window.
Mundo Deportivo suggest that the Gunners have started to turn their attention back to Fresneda, having initially been focused on the likes of Declan Rice and Kai Havertz.
It’s claimed the 18-year-old could be available for £17m, but Barcelona are also strongly linked with a move.
ICYMI: Man United have decided to sell Harry Maguire
Man United want to sell Harry Maguire and three other first-team players before the end of the window.
The Independent report that Erik ten Hag has decided Maguire has no future at Old Trafford, and while he is valued at £50m, West Ham are among the clubs hoping he could be available for £35m.
Jadon Sancho, Scott McTominay and Fred could also be sold in the next few weeks, it’s claimed.
ICYMI: Declan Rice passes Arsenal medical
Arsenal are edging closer to an official announcement over the signings of Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber.
Reports yesterday stated that both players have now passed their respective medicals in north London before moves from West Ham and Ajax.
Arsenal will pay a club-record £100m up front for England midfielder Rice – also a new record fee for a British player – with another £5m in add-ons.
Meanwhile, versatile Dutch defender Timber will cost an initial £34.2m plus another £4.3m in add-ons.
It can’t be long now until we get official confirmation from Arsenal! Watch this space…
ICYMI: Thiago Silva backs Paulo Dybala to move to Chelsea
Thiago Silva looks to have talked up a potential move to Chelsea for Paulo Dybala.
Reports earlier this week suggested that the Blues had made initial contact over a potential move for the Roma striker, who could link-up with fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge.
Such a deal appears to have the seal of approval from Chelsea defender Silva, who has also backed Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to be successful at AC Milan.
“I’ve asked Paulo Dybala if it’s true that he’s coming to Chelsea but he didn’t answer! He’s a top player, he’d be a massive signing for us — I’d like it,” Silva said, per Fabrizio Romano.
“Pulisic is good guy, he’s gonna do very well at Milan — same as Loftus-Cheek.”
ICYMI: Man United set to Andre Onana signing
Manchester United are expected to seal the £50m signing of Andre Onana from Inter Milan next week.
That is according to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, who insists the club are not in negotiations over signing any other goalkeeper as things stand.
United have been linked with a number of other stoppers including David Raya, Justin Bijlow and Kevin Trapp, to name just three, but it is said that nothing has advanced on any other front since initial contact was made with two to three other potential options as a contingency plan earlier this week.
As has been reported elsewhere, Erik ten Hag is said to have eyes only for Onana.