As the Harry Kane saga rumbles on, Tottenham have been linked with an audacious move for Cristiano Ronaldo. Man City are expected to push to seal a British-record deal for Kane before the August 31 deadline, and Ronaldo – who reportedly wants to leave Juventus – has been tipped for a fresh challenge. Spurs are want Metz wonderkid Pape Matar Sarr, Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic and Wolves star Adama Traore.
Mikel Arteta is facing questions over his future, with suggestions that Antonio Conte could be in line to replace him if Arsenal’s form does not quickly improve.
Liverpool have also been linked with the likes of Saul and Mbappe amid new contract plans for Mohamed Salah, while West Ham may have fresh hope as they pursue the permanent return of Jesse Lingard and a move for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!
Man Utd join Saul race (again)
Not a transfer window goes by without Manchester United being linked with Saul Niguez.
You’d have thought that were there any serious truth to their interest, Saul would already be in Manchester after being linked with a move for the past three years… but could it finally happen this summer?
The Guardian reports that United remain in the hunt for Saul, who could surprisingly be available on loan from Atletico Madrid. Chelsea want another midfielder, and an inexpensive temporary deal for a quality player like Saul would make sense – and it would for United.
This may all be a case of Atletico trying to drum up interest and spark an actual bidding war for a genuine transfer, but Saul could well be playing Premier League football in September.
Saints snap up Small on three-year deal
News of an encouraging signing at Southampton.
The Saints have snapped up highly-rated 17-year-old left-back Thierry Small, who recently rejected full-time terms at Everton after previously becoming their youngest ever senior player in an FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday.
The teenager has signed a three-year professional contract at St Mary’s.
“I am very pleased we have been able to bring in another talented young player, especially when there were again a number of clubs who were interested,” Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said.
“I think our philosophy of how we develop these young players and give them their opportunities has been an important factor in this, and we are looking forward to working with Thierry and helping him make the most of his potential.
“We have already signed a player this summer with good experience at left-back in Romain Perraud, and Thierry’s arrival now gives us a very good balance and a strong additional option in that position, and this is encouraging that we now have this on both sides of our defence.”
Spurs target McKennie loan
Tottenham look set to be busy during the final week of the window.
As well as pushing to sign the likes of Adama Traore and Pape Matar Sarr, reports suggest they are also on the trail of Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.
Calciomercato in Italy report that Tottenham want to sign the American international – a player that managing director Fabio Paratici obviously knows well from his time in Turin.
However, Spurs’ desire to only loan McKennie initially is said to be a significant hurdle to any potential deal.
SEVEN players to leave Arsenal before deadline?
Here’s more from Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser and Simon Collings on a potential late transfer window exodus at Arsenal…
Both Arsenal and Willian are now prepared to part ways, despite the winger having two years left to run on his current contract.
Corinthians are in talks over a deal for the 33-year-old that would see him move back to Brazil on another free transfer.
Arsenal would be willing to let Willian go for nothing as it means they can clear his wages, worth in excess of £100,000-a-week, off their books.
Talks with Corinthians are at an advanced stage and there is optimism a deal will be done before the transfer window shuts.
Midfielder Torreira is another player who could leave Arsenal over the coming days, with Fiorentina keen to sign him on loan with a view to a possible permanent move next summer.
Nketiah has been tracked by Crystal Palace, while it is thought clubs will make late moves for Maitland-Niles and Nelson.
Kolasinac is another player Arsenal would be happy to offload, but his £100,000-a-week wages could prove a stumbling block.
Fellow full-back Bellerin could also depart, but Arsenal would prefer a permanent sale as opposed to a loan move.
Departures could allow Arsenal to bring in further signings, with right-back one area the club would like to strengthen if possible. Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier is a mooted target if funds allow.
Willian to spark Arsenal exodus?
Willian is closing in on a move to Corinthians as Arsenal look to offload players before the transfer window shuts next week, Jack Rosser and Simon Collings report.
The Gunners have already spent over £120m on new players this summer, with their only significant sale being the departure of Joe Willock to Newcastle for over £20m.
Arsenal are keen to trim their squad further before next week’s deadline and Willian is one of those who can leave.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Reiss Nelson and Sead Kolasinac could follow Willian out the door.
Arsenal revive Trippier chase
On the transfer front, Arsenal are reportedly pushing to sign ex-Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier before the deadline.
Both the Gunners and Manchester United have been heavily linked with the England right-back during the current summer window.
Now The Sun claims that Arsenal are ready to revive their pursuit of Trippier as they seek defensive upgrades following a torrid start to the new season, but require Atletico Madrid to lower their £34m asking price.
Conte to Arsenal?
He previously managed Chelsea and almost took the reins at Tottenham over the summer… could Antonio Conte be the next man in at Arsenal?
According to The Telegraph, the fiery Italian is a contender for the Emirates hotseat in the event that the club decide to part ways with the under-pressure Mikel Arteta.
It is reported that Arteta has five games to turn around the Gunners’ woeful form and performances, or else face a battle to save his job.
Wolves reject Tottenham’s Traore bid
Wolves have rebuffed Tottenham’s attempts to sign Adama Traore, reports suggest.
Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to reunite with the Spanish winger in north London, with Spurs eager to loan Traore with a view to a permanent deal worth around £40m next summer.
The 25-year-old – who impressed in Tottenham’s 1-0 win at Molineux in the Premier League on Sunday – has only two years left to run on his current contract at Wolves and has yet to agree terms for an extension, despite being in discussions for more than a year.
Per The Times, a loan approach from Spurs including £5m up front and a view to a future sale has now been rejected by Wolves, who want a guaranteed sale.
Chelsea eye Saul Niguez loan swoop
Could Saul Niguez finally be on the move this summer after all?
Having been linked with big-money moves to countless clubs across the current window, the Spanish midfielder remains at Atletico Madrid with only a week to go before the deadline.
However, a potential switch to Chelsea could still be on the cards, with The Telegraph reporting that the Blues – having also offered new contracts to centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen – are pondering a late loan swoop for Saul.
Few signings – no problem for West Ham
West Ham have been one of the quieter clubs in terms of their transfer activity this season and are still hopeful of bringing Jesse Lingard back to the club.
However, they aren’t doing too badly without him – they’ve hammered Leicester 4-1 tonight to go top of the Premier League, with Michail Antonio on fire again and Said Benrahma taking advantage of the space in the side vacated by Lingard.
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