There is still plenty of life left in the summer transfer window despite a flurry of early deals. Arsenal are linked with moves for Mohammed Kudus and Romeo Lavia ahead of a selling spree that could see several players moved on, although long-term target Moussa Diaby appears to be heading to Aston Villa.
Chelsea are very much still in the race for Moises Caicedo while a deal with Montpellier for Elye Wahi continues to progress. Today should see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang join Marseille on a free transfer and Conor Gallagher has caught the eye of both Tottenham and West Ham.
Spurs have reportedly decided to advance with a move for Micky van de Ven and they’re also nearing a deal to sign Ashley Phillips from Blackburn. Andre Onana is now a Manchester United player with Rasmus Hojlund next on their list, whereas Liverpool are set to lose both Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.
The latest on Arsenal’s Bitello pursuit
Arsenal are considering their next move for Gremio midfielder Bitello.
The Brazilian is not eligible for a work permit to play in the Premier League given his lack of appearances for his national team and in his country’s top flight.
Therefore, local outlet Gremistas say a likely avenue will be signing the player but letting him remain at Gremio until at least the winter.
Bitello will cost £8.5m and could also move on loan to a European team.
West Ham to seal Carlos Borges coup
West Ham are in advanced talks to sign wonderkid Carlos Borges from Manchester City for a fee in the region of £14million, Standard Sport understands.
The 19-year-old is frustrated at City and expected to choose the Hammers over Brighton, Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt, in a major coup for David Moyes’s side.
Borges joined City from Sporting in 2014 and the winger is now regarded as one of the most talented players in any English youth academy.
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Real Madrid enter Dusan Vlahovic race
Real Madrid are the latest club to make contact with Juventus over Dusan Vlahovic.
The Serbian striker has caught the eye of Chelsea, Tottenham and PSG this summer given he’s deemed available for approximately £65m.
Sky Sports Italia report on Real making a phone call to Turin to gauge Vlahovic’s availability as they look for a replacement for Karim Benzema.
Harry Kane set for Tottenham exit
Harry Kane has no plans to sign a new Tottenham contract.
The Times report on the Spurs striker being keen to join Bayern Munich, either this summer or potentially as a free agent next year.
Spurs will demand £100m to sell up now but could face pressure from a new Bayern bid, which is expected soon.
Micky van de Ven update
Tottenham hope to finalise a new centre-back signing soon.
Micky van de Ven has emerged as their more advanced target, say 90min, with the Wolfsburg star’s fee in the region of £33m while Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba would cost almost £10m more.
It is said Spurs want a swift solution to the talks having been linked with both players for a number of weeks.
Arsenal miss out on long-term contract
Aston Villa will today complete the signing of long-term Arsenal target Moussa Diaby.
According to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Premier League club will pay an initial £42million for the Bayer Leverkusen winger with an additional £8m agreed in add-ons.
Arsenal have long been linked with Diaby but looked elsewhere this particular summer.
Chelsea in Moises Caicedo hint
We haven’t had a concrete update in Chelsea’s bid for Moises Caicedo in a couple of days, with a third bid being prepared.
However, some have noticed a sign at their desire to a deal in their squad number list.
Caicedo’s preferred No25 has been left free by the Blues, potentially ready for him to slot into…
Done deal! Riyad Mahrez signs for Al-Ahli
Manchester City’s Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez has completed a move to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli, Saudi state-run Al Ekhbariya TV said early on Friday.
Al Ekhbariya said on Twitter that Mahrez has become Al-Ahli’s latest signing but did not provide further details. The Jeddah-based club have yet to make a formal announcement.
Mahrez scored 78 goals and made 59 assists in 236 appearances in all competitions with City, and won 11 trophies at the club, including five league titles following his move from Leicester City in 2018.
The 32-year-old saw his role for Pep Guardiola’s side reduced last season, scoring 15 goals in 47 games, but missing out on action in the FA Cup and Champions League finals as City won a historic treble.
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We’ll have updates on a swathe of deals today with Moises Caicedo to Chelsea the big move in the works.
Arsenal are set to miss out on their long-term target, Moussa Diaby, whereas Spurs are said to be advancing towards a deal for Micky van de Ven.
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