Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham remain among the busiest clubs in the summer market, despite all three already being incredibly active in the window. At Stamford Bridge, target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks closer than ever on a move to re-join Thomas Tuchel, with the Blues said to have held positive talks with the Barcelona striker. Indeed, the Gabon international could arrive as a stop-gap option before Chelsea attempt to sign Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig.
In north London, meanwhile, Mikel Arteta is eager to add to his current options and holds an interest in PSV’s Cody Gakpo. Nicolas Pepe looks increasingly likely to join Nice on loan, potentially enabling the Gunners to sign a winger before the window closes.
At Tottenham, Antonio Conte still wants to sign Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo despite the Italian club’s desire to keep him at the Stadio Olimpico and is reportedly ready to pressure Fabio Paratici into bringing him to Spurs. Follow all of the latest news, gossip and rumors below!
Chelsea plan Nkunku bid next summer
RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku may have signed a new contract this summer but he tops Chelsea’s shortlist of targets to bolster their attack in 2023.
Valued at £100million by the German club before his renewal, a report from the Telegraph names the Frenchman as the Blues’ priority ahead of AC Milan’s Rafael Leao and Stuttgart forward Sasa Kalajdzic.
While Chelsea are pushing to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he would be a stop-gap for the 2022-23 season before a major move for Nkunku next summer.
Fulham in advanced Maupay talks
Fulham are closing in on the signing of Neal Maupay.
The striker has looked likely to leave Brighton for a number of weeks and The Athletic report that Fulham are in advance talks as they look to seal a £15m deal.
Nottingham Forest and Everton have also shown interest in Maupay, but Fulham are very much leading the race.
Nice push for Pepe
Arsenal are in talks with Nice over a potential loan move for Nicolas Pepe.
Three years after the winger signed for the Gunners for £72 million from Lille, Arsenal are keen to move Pepe on with it being clear that he is not a part of Mikel Arteta’s plans.
It’s reported the Gunners will still have to contribute towards Pepe’s £140,000-a-week wages should he join Nice on loan, who have already signed Aaron Ramsey and Kasper Schmeichel this summer.
With Arsenal waiting to get unwanted players off the wage bill before making further signings, a loan move for Pepe could be a major boost in enabling them to target a winger in the next couple of weeks.
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Tanguy Ndombele has signed for Napoli on loan as Antonio Conte’s clear-out of the Spurs squad continues.
After the departures of Steven Bergwijn, Giovani Lo Celso and Joe Rodon, the French midfielder is the fourth senior player to leave with Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon also touted for exits.
Serie A side Napoli have signed Ndombele on a season-long loan with reports in Italy suggesting Spurs will continue to pay the bulk of his wages.
The move can be made permanent for a fee of £25million, which would represent a heavy loss on the £65m Tottenham agreed to pay Lyon for the player when he signed in 2019.
Real turn to Hojbjerg
Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as a replacement for Casemiro.
With Casemiro set to join Manchester United, the La Liga side are on the hunt for his successor and The Telegraph reports that Hojbjerg is the man being considered.
It’s claimed that Antonio Conte would demand a replacement if he leaves, but it remains to be seen if Spurs will sell.
Dortmund not in for Ronaldo
Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has insisted the German club are not looking to bring Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
He said: “I love this player, it’s certainly a charming idea – to see Cristiano play at Signal Iduna Park.
“But there is no contact at all between the parties involved. From that point of view, we should stop talking about it.”
Fofana left out of the Chelsea squad
Leicester are set to leave Wesley Fofana out of their squad to face Southampton this weekend amid ongoing transfer interest from Chelsea, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
Brendan Rodgers has decided he will not use the defender, who is believed to have had his head turned by a potential switch to west London.
The Leicester boss was asked whether he would consider leaving out Fofana during his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“Yes, 100 per cent,” Rodgers said ahead of Southampton’s visit to the King Power Stadium on Saturday. “If the players aren’t totally focused and committed to the club and being here, or for whatever reason just aren’t in the right mindset, that won’t help us.
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Potter on Caicedo speculation
Graham Potter insists Manchester United and Arsenal target Moises Caicedo is happy at Brighton, despite the midfielder being linked with a move away this window.
“I would say he is really low maintenance as a player, and just wants to join in football with his teammates,” Potter said.
“He is really enjoying his football as you can imagine. He is only young, but he has got such a high possibility I think. We love him here
“Not for speculation, it is what it is. When the transfer window is open, you always get that stuff but he is really enjoying his football here and we are really enjoying having him.”
Bruno Guimaraes: Eddie Howe plays down Real Madrid rumours
With Casemiro close to leaving Real Madrid, Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes has been touted as a potential replacement.
One of the stars of the second half of the season, the Brazilian has emerged as a cult-hero on Tyneside.
Eddie Howe, however, has played down any suggestion he could leave.
“Absolutely not,” he said when quizzed on the matter.
Frank Lampard admits it would be ‘naïve’ to guarantee Anthony Gordon will stay at Everton amid Chelsea links
Frank Lampard says it would be “naïve” to make guarantees to Everton fans that Anthony Gordon would stay at the club this summer.
The England U21 international has emerged as one of Thomas Tuchel’s key targets during what remains of the summer transfer window, with the west London club having seen two bids rejected.
Sources close to the situation suggest a bid of around £50m would be enough to reach a breakthrough in talks between the two clubs.
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