Chelsea are nearing two signings as talks progress for Brighton defender Marc Cucurella and Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina. Contracts for 18-year-old Slonina have reportedly already been signed and it’s only a matter of time before the prodigy – who was a Real Madrid target – is announced by Chelsea. He has signed a six-year contract and will remain on loan at Chicago this season. It is now widely reported that Cucurella is on the verge of a move to Stamford Bridge, with personal terms agreed verbally after Chelsea told Brighton they were ready to pay the £50m price tag that Manchester City balked at.
According to Football Insider, Leicester have told Newcastle they want at least £60m for James Maddison. The England winger has already been the subject of two rejected offers, while Brendan Rodgers has scrapped the idea of selling his creative pivot, but Maddison is reportedly keen to join the Magpies at St James’ Park, where he has made a significant one salary increase can be expected.
Elsewhere, Manchester United are still thought to be fighting Chelsea to sign Frenkie de Jong as both clubs look to select the Dutch midfielder from Barcelona. United are ready to offer De Jong a whopping £450,000-a-week salary and pay back the £17m Barcelona owe him in deferred wages during the pandemic Sports in Spain. But Chelsea are also now in the running and ready to make an offer if De Jong decides to leave the Nou Camp. Sports writes that Barca are then ready to buy Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva as a replacement.
Follow the latest transfer news, rumors and updates below.
Joe Rodon signs with Rennes
A spate of early arrivals has Spurs looking to offload a few excess bodies by the end of the summer, with Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele and Sergio Reguilon among the first-team squad members who could be ready to move on.
Joe Rodon, tied to Brittany on loan following his move to Rennes, is already out the door, at least temporarily.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 2, 2022 9:25 am
West Ham remain in action for Filip Kostic
West Ham are reportedly still interested in Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic replacing Masuaku but have yet to convince the Serb to join the club. While he will be a free agent by the end of the season, Sky Sports suggest Kostic would be happy to see his deal in Germany.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 2, 2022 9:17 am
Arthur Masuaku destined for Besiktas
Now there’s news from West Ham about the versatile Arthur Masuaku. The left winger, who did his best work in east London as a left-back, is now awaiting a medical in Turkey before joining Besiktas on loan. The deal is said to include an option to buy at the end of the season.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 2, 2022 9:12 am
Barcelona are still looking for Silva
It’s been a strange summer at Barcelona and the Catalan club are said to still be on the lookout for more signings despite their financial woes. The sale of a quarter of Barça Studios to Sozios.com for €100m has created some financial leeway and Joan Laporta suggested the club could sign one or two more deals before the deadline.
“It’s a long summer,” said the Barcelona president. “[The market] only ends on August 31st. We need to register the signings and hopefully we can do that before August 13th (when the Spanish season starts). Then we’ll see what happens. It could be that there is another commitment.”
Bernardo Silva was heavily mentioned as a player of interest, and the Daily Mail report that Barcelona could bid for the creator of Manchester City, a favorite of coach Xavi.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 2, 2022 9:02 am
Could Fabregas return to the Premier League as manager in the future?
Cesc Fabregas spoke to him Sky Sports yesterday about his move and teased that he would like to return to the Premier League once his playing career is over.
“When I became manager, I always said that the Premier League was my league,” explained Fabregas. “It’s where I enjoyed my best football, my best years where people respect me so much. I feel really, really loved in England and it’s something I’d like to try in the future.
“But let’s take it one step at a time. I’m here to do good for Como, it’s a beautiful project. Let’s see where we go from there.”
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 2, 2022 8:50 am
Cesc Fabregas comes to Como – and becomes a co-owner
Well, there are worse places to end your career. Cesc Fabregas was confirmed as a Como player last night and joined club chief Dennis Wise on the lakeside as the midfielder continues an aesthetically pleasing conclusion to his career following his departure from Monaco.
Fascinatingly, Fabregas also invested in the Serie B club and became a partner. He signed a two-year contract.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 2, 2022 8:46 am
Youri Tielemans is also attracting interest
James Maddison isn’t the only Leicester midfielder to leave the King Power Stadium this summer. Youri Tielemans has again been linked with a variety of clubs, but most notably Arsenal, and reports suggest Leicester are awaiting a formal declaration of interest via an offer for the Belgian from Mikel Arteta’s side.
That hasn’t happened yet, however, as Brendan Rodgers confirmed after Leicester’s 1-0 win over Sevilla on Sunday.
“There is such a possibility [Tielemans could leave] but there was nothing for him, we haven’t had any inquiries to the club about that yet,” Rodgers explained.
“Of course it’s in the back of his mind, that kind of what-if scenario, but he doesn’t want it to drag on either.”
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 2, 2022 8:32 am
Newcastle refuse to give up pursuit of Leicester midfielder James Maddison
Newcastle refuse to give up the pursuit of Leicester’s James Maddison while Eddie Howe looks to add attacking options to his squad.
The Magpies are understood to have tabled a second, improved offer for the England international, 25, after their first was flatly rejected as Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers was adamant he was not for sale.
Head coach Howe, who worked with the club’s recruiting team, beefed up his defense early in the summer transfer window by making full-back Matt Targett permanent on loan from Aston Villa and signing Burnley keeper Nick Pope and Lille defender Sven Botman.
Newcastle refuse to give up pursuit of Leicester midfielder James Maddison
The Magpies have so far been frustrated in their hunt for attacking reinforcements.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 2, 2022 8:23 am
Ramsey on the Riviera
One player certainly destined for France is Aaron Ramsey, who joins Nice on a free transfer. The former Arsenal midfielder’s contract with Juventus was mutually terminated in July to allow the Welshman to seek a new challenge after a tricky loan spell at Rangers.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 2, 2022 8:20 am
More news at Stamford Bridge…
We’re also expecting confirmation from Chelsea sometime today or tomorrow that they have secured the signature of highly rated young American goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina. The 18-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season in MLS and is set to sign a six-year deal but remains on loan at the Chicago Fire.
And could it be that one goalie is in, one goalie is out? Fabrizio Romano reports Kepa Arrizabalaga could fly to Napoli while Malang Sarr draws interest from France and Fulham.
Harry Latham-CoyleAug 2, 2022 8:17 am
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