We are less than a month away from the start of the season and all of Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United remain active in the market. The Gunners are reportedly ready to turn their attention to Gremio midfielder Bitello after splashing huge cash on Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber as Mikel Arteta looks to go one better in the Premier League title race.
Chelsea, meanwhile, appear to be keen to make Ajax star Mohammed Kudus their next big summer signing. A fee of around £40m is believed to have been agreed and personal terms are not likely to be a problem, with the Blues still chasing a move for Brighton star Moises Caicedo. However, they are set to miss out on Romeo Lavia with Liverpool near an agreement.
United are reportedly in advanced talks with Atalanta over Rasmus Hojlund and are thought to have agreed personal terms with the striker, while Sofyan Amrabat is believed to be another target. Tottenham forward Harry Kane isn’t on their radar amid Bayern Munich’s pursuit of him, with Spurs in the race alongside West Ham to sign Conor Gallagher. Follow the latest transfer news gossip and rumours with Standard Sport’s live blog!
Chelsea will be patient over Moises Caicedo
Chelsea are happy with their approach for Moises Caicedo despite seeing a £70m bid rejected by Brighton.
Sky Sports report on the Blues getting encouragement from the player’s camp that he wants to join.
It is claimed that Chelsea want to be disciplined with plenty of time left in the transfer market to make a breakthrough, and with other options lined up should they pull out for good.
Lazio serious contenders for Callum Hudson-Odoi
Lazio are rivalling Fulham in the race for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
La Gazzetta dello Sport report of Maurizio Sarri’s interest in signing the winger, who will no longer fill a non-EU slot in the Aquile squad after today’s Serie A rule change.
Fulham are yet to agree a transfer fee with Chelsea for Hudson-Odoi, despite personal terms being agreed.
Man Utd on verge of Rasmus Hojlund breakthrough
Manchester United are close to agreeing a fee with Atalanta for Rasmus Hojlund.
According to talkSPORT, the Danish striker is nearing a move to Old Trafford having already agreed personal terms.
Talks continue between United and Atalanta, while the Red Devils want to pay £50m for the 20-year-old.
Kylian Mbappe talks continue
Al-Hilal remain in talks with PSG over a deal for Kylian Mbappe and could even reduce their world-record transfer bid to get the deal through.
Mbappe, according to Marca, only wants to move to Real Madrid next summer unless the Spanish champions can agree a fee to sign him now – which appears unlikely.
Therefore a one-season stint in Saudi Arabia may be on the cards if Al-Hilal can persuade the French striker.
And it is claimed that PSG will accept a lower fee with one eye on UEFA, who may not accept the whole £259m as counting towards Financial Fair Play given it likely won’t represent anything close to true market value.
Giovani Lo Celso set for Spurs stay
Ange Postecoglou has delivered a clear indication that Giovani Lo Celso will remain with Tottenham for the coming season.
Napoli and Real Betis have both been linked with a move for Lo Celso after he spent last season on loan at Villarreal, but fresh reports from Spain suggested that he could stay put.
Postecoglou was asked about the rumours after the win in Singapore and gave a typically forthright response.
“You don’t have to go to Spain mate,” he said in his post-match press conference.
“You can just ask me. Yeah, I like Gio.”
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Serie A clubs eye more British signings
British and Swiss players will be treated as European Union (EU) citizens in Italy following a request made by Serie A, Italy’s football federation (FIGC) has announced.
Italian clubs are only permitted to register two non-EU players each season, a rule which remained in place after Britain left the EU in 2020.
“Players with Swiss and British citizenship are equivalent to EU players in all respects,” FIGC said in a statement following a Federal Council meeting on Monday.
The reform will apply from the 2023-24 season. The decision will be welcomed by AC Milan, among other Italian clubs, who signed English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Premier League side Chelsea in June.
Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma have previously used the two-player quota following the signing of defender Chris Smalling and striker Tammy Abraham in recent years, with both English players starting regularly.
Rasmus Hojlund picks Man Utd over PSG mega bucks
Rasmus Hojlund wants to join Manchester United despite PSG offering him a higher wage.
Atalanta want £71m for the Danish striker, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, whereas United have so far only offered £62m.
Both parties want a solution by this weekend.
Done deal! Brighton sign Brazilian defender Igor from Fiorentina
Giovani Lo Celso set for Spurs stay
Giovani Lo Celso will not push to leave Tottenham this summer.
Ange Postecoglou’s style of play fits the Argentine midfielder with both manager and player keen for him to become a key player.
Spanish outlet Mucho Deporte say Real Betis is an option should he leave Spurs.
But Lo Celso looks set to stay put and may be needed off the bench in Singapore soon, where Tottenham are struggling in a pre-season friendly against Lion City.
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Bitello to Arsenal latest
Amid reports Arsenal have agreed a deal for Gremio midfielder Bitello, the latest out of Brazil suggests: not so fast.
Radio Guaiba journalist Rafael Pfeiffer says the latest offer, said to be in the £6.8m region, is still below Gremio’s valuation of the 23-year-old.