Lionel Messi been officially unveiled as a PSG player in one of the biggest transfers in the history of football.
Lautaro Martinez has also emerged as a target for Arsenal and Spurs, but the latter are looking to pair him with, rather than replace, Harry Kane – though Lukaku’s exit from Inter could put a spanner in the works. Kane is now being touted to sign a new contract.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!
Lukaku arrives in England
James Robson has the latest on Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea…
Lukaku has touched down in England to complete his £97.5million move to Chelsea.
The Belgium international will finalise his return to Stamford Bridge after spending the last two days undergoing the formalities on his contract extension with his representative Federico Pastorello.
The Italian agent, who secured Lukaku’s move from Manchester United to Inter before brokering his switch to Chelsea, announced the agreement on Wednesday afternoon.
With that paperwork completed the pair then jetted off from Monaco to London to sign terms on his Chelsea deal.
Lukaku was filmed leaving Biggin Hill airport to complete the formalities of his return to the club where he was an academy starlet.
Lukaku has landed in London
He could be a Chelsea player again tonight.
Willock set for Newcastle
Joe Willock had some final things to collect at Arsenal before heading back up north to sign for Newcastle.
Arsenal open talks over Bernardo move
Arsenal have opened talks with Manchester City over a move for Bernardo Silva, reports Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida.
Bernardo is keen to leave City this summer but does not want to join the Gunners as he wants to play in the Champions League.
Back to the drawing board, Mikel.
Varane passes Man Utd medical
Raphael Varane has passed his Manchester United medical and his £42m move from Real Madrid should be confirmed tonight, reports Fabrizio Romano.
He will sign a four-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.
Arsenal in talks to sign £30m Ramsdale
Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in a deal worth up to £30m, reports football.london.
The Gunners are prepared to pay £24m up from for the homegrown keeper, who will rival Bernd Leno for the no1 spot.
The club had explored a cut-price deal for Ajax’s Andre Onana.
Messi debut date confirmed?
PSG host Strasbourg in their second Ligue 1 fixture of the new season on Saturday but, according to Sky Sports News, Messi will not be ready to play after having a month off following Argentina’s Copa America win.
PSG travel to Brest on the evening of August 20, but that is even expected to come too soon as the player looks to complete a “pre-season”.
Instead, the away trip to Reims away on August 29 is expected to be Messi’s first appearance.
Leicester made £15m Vestergaard bid
Leicester City have made a bid worth £15 million for Southampton centre-back Jannik Vestergaard, The Athletic reports.
Southampton are hoping to get closer to £18m for a player who has just one year left on his deal.
Tottenham, West Ham and Wolves are also interested.
Lukaku signs new contract…
…with his agent! Next one to have the Chelsea badge on?
Tottenham weigh up Sarr move
Tottenham are weighing up a move for Watford star Ismaila Sarr, claim Eurosport.
The Hornets, having returned to the Premier League, are desperate to keep the forward and would demand a fee well above £50m for him.
Spurs continue to search the market for attacking talent, though Lautaro Martinez is top of the list.