Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all remain active as we enter the final 10 days of the summer transfer window. The Gunners are being linked with Mykhaylo Mudryk – AKA the ‘Ukrainian Neymar’ – as a cheaper alternative to Lucas Paqueta, with the likes of Yeremy Pino, Youri Tielemans and Moussa Diaby all potentially still on Mikel Arteta’s radar before the September 1 deadline.
Chelsea are still hoping to get a number of deals over the line, including for Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Leicester star Wesley Fofana. The Blues are also believed to have launched a shock inquiry regarding Manchester United and England defender Harry Maguire.
Blues target Anthony Gordon is eyeing a switch to work under Antonio Conte at Tottenham, who could still sign Ruslan Malinovskyi from Atalanta. Manchester United are targeting Antony and Cody Gakpo and could make one last push for Frenkie de Jong, while West Ham are poised to sign Emerson Palmieri and Hans Vanaken as they also consider Arsenal’s Ainsley-Maitland Niles. Follow the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip LIVE with Standar Sport’s blog below!
Man United to make final De Jong push
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Manchester United are seemingly not willing to admit defeat in their long-running pursuit of Frenkie de Jong.
A fee was agreed with Barcelona for the versatile Dutch midfielder weeks ago now, but a transfer has never been completed amid a row with his current club over deferred salary payments and strong rival interest from Chelsea, plus a reluctance on the player’s part to reunite with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
United’s £59.5m deal for Casemiro was believed to spell the end of their De Jong pursuit, yet Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan now suggests they will make one last-ditch move to finally sign him before the deadline.
West Ham consider Maitland-Niles move
West Ham are also nice and busy, with deals for Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri and Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken expected to be sealed soon.
But David Moyes also has his eye on further reinforcements in the middle of the park after a dismal start to the new season that sees his side sit bottom of the Premier League with three defeats from as many matches, including the 2-0 home loss against Brighton yesterday.
The Daily Mail claim that Ainsley Maitland-Niles is another midfield option being considered by West Ham, with the former Roma loanee now surplus to requirements under Mikel Arteta at high-flying Arsenal.
Man United chasing Gakpo and Antony
Manchester United are set to be very busy indeed during the final 10 days of the window.
The Red Devils have already clinched the signing of Casemiro from Real Madrid as they attempt to strongly bolster Erik ten Hag’s flagging squad for a tough season ahead.
Now a new attacker is firmly on their radar, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that they remain in the hunt for Eredivisie stars Cody Gakpo and Antony, of PSV Eindhoven and Ajax respectively.
However, it seems that only those players can be signed before the deadline. Which will it be?
Anthony Gordon wants Tottenham move
Tottenham have not given up on potentially signing Anthony Gordon this summer.
Spurs were previously linked with the Everton winger as part of a potentially splashy double deal also involving Richarlison.
However, Chelsea have moved to the front of the queue for Gordon since then, having seen two bids worth up to around £45m rejected.
But football.london now claim that Tottenham – along with Manchester United and Newcastle – are still monitoring the England Under-21 international, who is said to be interested in playing under Antonio Conte and in the Champions League.
Chelsea’s shock Maguire inquiry rebuffed
Chelsea’s need for further defensive reinforcements was clearly underlined by a dismal 3-0 defeat at Leeds in the Premier League yesterday.
But is the much-maligned Harry Maguire the answer to their ills?
Reports emerged on Saturday that Chelsea held a shock interest in the England centre-back as they attempt to compensate for the losses of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, having only signed Kalidou Koulibaly so far this summer.
It was thought that the Blues could move for Maguire as part of a potential swap deal involving Christian Pulisic, but The Sun reports that United are unwilling to part with their captain.
Arsenal eye ‘new Neymar’ Mudryk
Arsenal are on the trail of Mykhaylo Mudryk, according to recent reports.
The talented Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder, 21, is better known as the ‘Ukrainian Neymar’ and has emerged on Mikel Arteta’s transfer radar late in the window, per Foot Media.
Mudryk is apparently seen as a cheaper alternative to Lucas Paqueta, with the Gunners having balked at Lyon’s £55m asking price for the Brazilian.
Arsenal could have to pay just £17m for the Ukrainian international.