The summer business continues as Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham as they look to add to their squads alongside getting their respective pre-season tours underway. After announcing Raheem Sterling and effectively completing a deal for Kalidou Koulibaly, the work continues for Chelsea and they are now in talks with PSG over a potential move for Presnel Kimpembe.
Arsenal have missed out on Raphinha and look set to suffer a similar fate as Manchester United move close to wrapping up a deal for Lisandro Martinez. The Gunners have moved on though, with Mykola Matviyenko reportedly the Gunners’ latest defensive target. Ironically, they could face competition from Ajax, who see him as a potential Martinez replacement.
Spurs have already made five summer signings but they are not done yet. Antonio Conte is still pushing to bring Djed Spence to north London while there is also talk of a “luxury” addition to the squad late in the window. Follow all the latest news, rumors and gossip in our LIVE blog below!
Arsenal turn attentions to Matviyenko
Arsenal have identified a new defensive target after missing out on Lisandro Martinez.
The Daily Mail claims that the focus is now on Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykola Matviyenko, who can play both as a left-back and a centre-back.
He would be a cheaper option that some of the other names they have been linked with, potentially available for a fee of around £12m, although the Gunners could face competition from Ajax who see Matviyenko as a potential replacement for Martinez.
Martinez nears United move
Lisandro Martinez is reportedly close to agreeing a move to Manchester United.
Further talks between United and Ajax have taken place and, according to Fabrizio Romano, progress was made. A fee in the region of €50m is close to being agreed.
Erik ten Hag is close to being reunited with Martinez, with the move potentially completed by the end of the week.
Conte on Richarlison signing
Antonio Conte has given some insight into why Tottenham signed Richarlison, after the Brazilian made his Spurs debut this afternoon in a 6-3 win over a K-League XI.
“Today I’ve seen a lot of positive things about Richy,” Conte said after the match.
“The first half he played like a number nine and the second half he played on the right, behind the striker. I think he can play in all these three positions.
“He is a player that gives important positions up front. He’s a player who is a good player, strong and very good at protecting the ball and attacking the space. Also he made a good assist, I’m very happy that we signed him.”
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Maatsen set for Burnley move
Ian Maatsen is set to join Burnley on a season-long loan.
The Chelsea defender has been a target for Vincent Kompany and he looks set to get his man, with the 20-year-old in line to get a prominent role at the Championship side.
Maatsen is set to have a medical at Burnley tomorrow, ahead of completing the move by the end of the week.
Man United keen to offload defensive trio
Manchester United are looking to busy in terms of outgoings as well as incomings in the weeks ahead as Erik ten Hag makes major changes to the squad.
The Daily Mirror reports that United plan to sell Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe this summer, if they finally succeed in bringing Lisandro Martinez to Old Trafford.
Ajax are open to selling the centre-back, but are holding out for a fee that United have not yet matched.
Chelsea hold Kimpembe talks
Chelsea have sounded out the possibility of signing Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe this summer, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
It remains unclear whether the 26-year-old is a viable signing but there’s a belief in some quarters that the defender could be available for around £50 million. The France international has previously worked with Tuchel.
Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly has agreed to join Chelsea for £33m, with Manchester City’s Nathan Ake in advanced talks with the Blues.
The signing of three center backs could signal moves away from Stamford Bridge for several players including Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso – who are targeted by Barcelona.
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City willing to let Delap go out on loan
Manchester City are considering letting forward Liam Delap leave the club on loan this summer.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Burnley and Southampton are among the clubs interested in Delap, with Burnley potentially hoping that having former City defender Vincent Kompany as their manager could help.
Southampton have already signed two City players this summer, with Gavin Bazunu and Romeo Lavia making the move to the Saints.
Different shade of blue…
Marsch praises Raphinha’s commitment
Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has been discussing Raphinha’s imminent departure to Barcelona.
He has hailed the Brazilian’s efforts in keeping Leeds in the Premier League, even when relegation would have made his move away easier.
Marsch said: “I will say this about Raphinha. If you think about a young man, who was pretty much guaranteed to go on a reduced transfer fee to Barcelona if we were relegated, and then you watch the performances and the commitment he had to make sure the club was going to stay up.
“We are so thankful. I had that very clear conversation with him – a big part of us considering moving him was the fact that he was so committed, that it made it easy for us to be very connected with what his goals and life and in his career are.”