Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to push for major new signings as the transfer window heats up with the new Premier League season now just one week away. Chelsea are said to have agreed personal terms with Wesley Fofana as they desperately seek defensive reinforcements after missing out on Jules Kounde to Barcelona, while they have also been given a boost in the race to sign Milan Skriniar.
Arsenal continue to be linked with Youri Tielemans as they push to sign a midfielder, with Mikel Arteta hinting at further signings. Nuno Tavares has joined Marseille on loan. The Gunners continue to be linked with Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is also a strong target for Manchester United.
Tottenham are believed to be stepping up their pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo, as the final pre-season friendly against Roma in Israel offered the perfect opportunity for Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici to potentially strike a deal for the Italy international. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip with Standard Sport’s live blog below!
Tedesco refuses to discuss Werner links
RB Leipzig manager Domenico Tedesco has been asked about rumors linking his club with a move for Chelsea’s Timo Werner.
The German side have been linked with Werner, as have Newcastle, and Tedesco remained coy on the subject.
He said: “Timo Werner isn’t my player, isn’t our player. He is a player from FC Chelsea.
“Therefore, I have a clear opinion on this. To not express myself, to not position myself on players, who aren’t part of our club, who aren’t under contract in our club.
“In my opinion, that’s a matter of respect. That’s an important principle, which I set up for me.”
Napoli in for Kepa
Napoli are in talks with Chelsea over a loan move for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Athletic report that an agreement between the two clubs is expected to be reached in the next few days, as Kepa looks set to move to Italy.
Man United want Sesko
Manchester United are looking into a deal to sign young striker Benjamin Sesko deal.
Fabrizio Romano says a bid has not been lodged “but approaches with player side continue as revealed earlier in the week.”
RB Salzburg would ideally prefer to keep Sesko for another year.
Mary rejects Fener
Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has refused to move to Fenerbache, according to Luca Bendoni.
The centre-back was linked with a loan and permanent exit from the club this summer, with the Turkish side showing the most interest, but would rather have other options.
Arsenal in Bowen enquiry
Arsenal have this summer contacted West Ham about signing Jarrod Bowen, according to CBS Sports.
Reporter Ben Jacobs told GiveMeSport: “With Bowen, West Ham’s stance remains that they really don’t want to sell, so there’s a lot of clubs circling over Bowen, but the challenge, much like Declan Rice, is persuading West Ham to sell during this window and West Ham remain pretty intent not to let him go.
“So, there’s lots of excitement about Bowen moving potentially to a club like Arsenal, but it’s all hypothetical at the moment, because West Ham don’t want to sell. But Arsenal have definitely made an inquiry around Bowen to see what the situation is, but that’s what they’ve been told.”
One to watch.
Arsenal want more signings
Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal remain in the market for further signings.
“We are still hoping to do something else if the market allows,” he told reporters earlier today. “You have seen some movement in the last few days as well.
“We want to get the perfect balance and the plan we wanted from the beginning. Whether we accomplish that or not is another story.”
Chelsea get Skriniar boost
PSG are ready to walk away from a deal to sign Chelsea target Milan Skriniar.
L’Equipe journalist Loic Tanzi reports that the centre-back remains out of reach financially for the club and other targets will be approached if Inter does not lower their demands.
Chelsea are interested in Skriniar, but PSG were considered the most likely contenders to sign him.
Rodon to seal Rennes deal
Tottenham defender Joe Rodon is in France to complete his loan move to Rennes.
Fabrizio Romano reports that the Ligue 1 side will have an option to sign him for €20 million.
Newcastle want Barnes AND Maddison
Newcastle are interested in both James Maddison and Harvey Barnes of Leicester, according to the Mail.
It remains unclear if Newcastle could launch bids for both, or if it would be a matter of one or the other, but both will command hefty fees.
Done deal! Marseille sign Tavares
A done deal at Arsenal, who have allowed Nuno Tavares to exit on loan.
The Portuguese full-back will follow the likes of William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi by spending a season at Marseille.
However, Fabrizio Romano reports that there is no option for a permanent transfer included in the deal, so Tavares is expected back at Arsenal next summer.