Transfer news LIVE! Chelsea’s De Ligt battle; Martinez to Arsenal update; Spence wants Tottenham resolution; gossip, rumours

Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham continue to make big moves in the transfer market as the new Premier League season draws towards us. And talks about Matthijs de Ligt, Lisandro Martinez and Djed Spence are intensifying.

Over at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are set to announce the transfer of Raheem Sterling any minute now and are now linked with Serge Gnabry and Rafael Leao after their hopes of landing Raphinha faded. De Ligt, Dayot Upamecano and Nathan Ake are their key targets in defense. In midfield, Guido Rodriguez is reportedly an option to replace N’Golo Kante – who is interesting to Arsenal.

The Gunners remain locked in a battle with Manchester United over Lisandro Martinez and also have Lucas Paqueta on their radar. Meanwhile, the Spence saga continues at Tottenham as Antonio Conte looks to refresh his squad, with the focus soon moving to departures. Stay tuned with Standard Sport for all the latest transfer market updates!

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Rodriguez considered as Kante’s replacement

Argentina international Guido Rodriguez has emerged as a potential successor for N’Golo Kante.

The French midfielder could leave Chelsea in the coming weeks amid interest from Manchester United and Arsenal, and his deal expires in a year’s time too.

Estadio Deportivo name Chelsea as one club keen on Rodriguez, 28.

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De Jong nears Man United switch

Spanish outlet Esport3 claim Barcelona and Manchester United have reached an agreement over the transfer of Frenkie de Jong.

A fee of £72m would be paid by the Red Devils, including bonuses.

Next will be De Jong’s decision to unite with Erik ten Hag while discarding Champions League football. Chelsea have also been linked with the player.

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Lyon name Paqueta price

Lyon want £67.5 million for Lucas Paqueta.

Goal report on the Arsenal and Newcastle target being rated very highly by his club, where he is under contract to 2025.

Edu has sounded out the player’s camp over a move, it is claimed, with Lyon having admitted to rejecting offers earlier in the summer from unnamed clubs.

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Lewandowski back at Bayern amid Barcelona demands

Robert Lewandowski is back in Bavaria today to start pre-season with Bayern Munich.

Medical tests will take place for the striker amid his desired move to Barcelona reportedly picking up pace.

The LaLiga side are said by Sky in Germany to be preparing a £42m bid, plus bonuses, with Bayern’s move for Matthijs de Ligt potentially being funded by Lewandowski’s exit.

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Conte open to more Spurs signings

Antonio Conte has not ruled out further movements in the transfer market after five signings already for Tottenham, writes Standard Sport’s Dan Kilpatrick.

Conte still wants to sign a right wing-back – with Spurs talks ongoing for Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence – and a creative player, while they will target another defender if Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga leave in search of first-team football.

“We are always looking to strengthen the squad if there is the opportunity,” he said.

“We want to numerically improve the squad. To play four competitions is difficult. You need a really good squad, with the numerical aspect and the quality aspect. In [the next] two months if there’s the possibility to strengthen the squad, we’ll do it.”

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Chelsea close in on Slonina

Gabriel Slonina is set to join Chelsea for £10 million.

The American shot-stopping sensation will remain on loan with Chicago after sealing the move, amid rival interest from Real Madrid.

Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano reports on a verbal agreement ahead of an official bid landing next week.

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Chelsea look to Leao and Gnabry

Chelsea have sounded out both Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry and AC Milan’s Rafael Leao as alternatives to Leeds forward Raphinha – who now looks set to join Barcelona, writes Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella.

The pair are among a wide range of potential targets as Chelsea reassess their next move in attack after Raphinha rejected a £55 million approach.

Both Gnabry and Leao are in contract talks with their clubs and fears remain that their agents could be leveraging the Blues’ desire to add a forward.

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Saliba agent teases new contract

The agent of William Saliba has excited Arsenal fans over a possible new contract for the defender.

After returning to London Colney yesterday, the Frenchman is set for a shot at the first-team and could be offered an extension with two years left on his deal.

Agent Niang Djibril teased fans by filming from inside Arsenal’s announcement room on his Instagram Stories.

William Saliba’s return to the club gives Mikel Arteta a much-needed boost in the defensive department

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West Ham and Fulham in Diop talks

West Ham remain hopeful of commanding a fee of close to £20million for defender Issa Diop, amid interest from Fulham, writes Standard Sport’s Malik Ouzia.

The newly-promoted side had an initial offer of £12m rejected last week by the Hammers, who want to recoup most of the then club-record sum they paid to sign Diop from Toulouse in 2018.

The arrival of Moroccan international Nayef Aguerd from Rennes earlier this summer, coupled with the return to fitness of Angelo Ogbonna, means Diop has slipped down the pecking order under David Moyes, who also has last season’s first-choice pairing of Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson at his disposal at centre-back.

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Juventus set out De Ligt alternative

Juventus are prepared to move for Tottenham target Pau Torres in their bid to replace Matthijs de Ligt.

A wealth of centre-backs are linked with the Italians as they field interest in De Ligt.

Gianluca Di Marzio claims Villarreal star Torres, Arsenal’s Gabriel, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Torino’s Gleison Bremer and Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile are on their radar.

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