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Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea bid €80m for Man United target Frenkie de Jong while Barcelona chase Bernardo Silva

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Newcastle’s Eddie Howe says the game against Benfica will be ‘difficult’ after last season’s 3-2 defeat

Chelsea have already been very busy this week, announcing the surprise arrival of midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka – while they are also still negotiating Brighton defender Marc Cucurella and Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina. In addition, the Blues are trying to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who has been linked with Manchester United all summer. Should the Catalan side finally manage to ditch the Dutchman, the latest reports suggest they will be ready to pounce for Bernardo Silva, with the Man City playmaker keen to join.

Outside of the Champions League sides, Leicester City have informed Newcastle United it will cost at least £60m to sign James Maddison – double the Magpies’ initial offer and still well above their second offer for the attacking midfielder. Brendan Rodgers has yet to sign anyone for the Foxes this summer but it seems the Englishman isn’t ready to part ways simply to raise funds for incoming deals.

Elsewhere, Liverpool’s transfer deal could be complete but they have announced a new deal for striker Diogo Jota, while Fulham have signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Arsenal to boost available numbers for manager Marco Silva, who is over the lack of transfers unhappy is this summer. Everton hope to strike a deal to bring Idrissa Gueye back from PSG.

Follow the latest transfer news, rumors and updates below.

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Barcelona want Bernardo Silva to replace Frenkie de Jong

Barcelona president Joan Laporta is aiming to give Xavi Hernandez the best possible squad this summer, Sport reports, and one of the final pieces of the puzzle will be the signing of Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva.

The Portuguese attacking midfielder will cost “no more than €70m”, the report said, meaning they can fund the deal – if they can sack Frenkie de Jong as planned.

Currently, De Jong’s transfer is expected to bring in €80m although Barcelona haven’t yet agreed terms with his player regarding his exit in terms of unpaid wages. Chelsea are in the running for him, according to the latest reports in Spain, but Man United have also been linked throughout the summer.

(The FA via Getty Images)

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Today’s football rumors: Foden agrees new deal as Chelsea chase Walker-Peters

There is quite a bit of talk in the media about possible Man City deals, starting with a new deal for Phil Foden – now agreed on terms of £225,000 a week, according to the Mail – and moving on to an offer for Sergio Gomez.

The Times claim he is the alternative Pep Guardiola wants should City fail to sign Marc Cucurella from Brighton, who is now heavily linked with Chelsea.

More here, including Brighton’s potential Cucurella replacement:

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Chelsea were preparing to bid €80m for Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong

Spanish reports say Chelsea’s interest in Frenkie de Jong has multiplied today, with Sport reporting that the Blues are ready to pay Barcelona’s €80m asking price.

The Dutch midfielder has been heavily linked with Man United all summer and many claimed a deal had been agreed upon at the move, but De Jong’s future still depends on an agreement with his current club over unpaid wages.

There’s still no immediate way out of this tangle but Sport say Chelsea ‘entered the scene hard’ for him and will pay the full amount Barca are asking.

In separate Camp Nou news, centre-back Samuel Umtiti and striker Martin Braithwaite were told they will not be given squad numbers for the new season, underscoring the fact that they are not wanted and need to find new clubs.

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Former Lionesses coach Riise takes charge of Norway

A quick note on the Lionesses following their Euro 2022 triumph: former England and Great Britain caretaker manager Hege Riise has been appointed as Norway’s new manager.

The 53-year-old – World, European and Olympic champions during her record-breaking 188-cap career with Norway – succeeds Martin Sjogren, who resigned last month after the team failed to get out of a Euro 2022 group where they were 0 Beaten :8 by hosts England.

Riise coached the Lionesses for three games in 2021 before Sarina Wiegman took charge in September, and also managed GB at the Tokyo Olympics where they reached the quarter-finals.

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Dean Henderson lashes out at ‘criminal’ broken promises at Manchester United

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper on loan Dean Henderson believes Manchester United treated him ‘criminal’ last season.

The 25-year-old, who has been promoted since 1999 for the first time since 1999, claims he was told 12 months ago by the Old Trafford hierarchy that he was first choice for last season.

However, when an injury limited his commitment to England at Euro 2020 and Covid long delayed his availability for the new campaign, David De Gea retained his place as United’s number one.

As a result, Henderson only played three times in three different competitions, which frustrated him.

“To be honest, it was probably the toughest 12 months of my career,” he told talkSPORT.

“The conversation I had after the Euro squad was ‘You’re coming back here to be number one’.

“I got Covid-19, came back so I should still have been number one but then nobody followed what they told me.

“It was frustrating because last summer I turned down so many good loans for this reason and they wouldn’t let me go.

“Sitting there for 12 months is really criminal, at my age I was angry.

“I told the hierarchy that I have to play football and let myself go and I was almost gone when the manager (Erik ten Hag) came through the door. I haven’t spoken to him since then.”

Meanwhile, a report has revealed that United team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire were the most abused on one social media platform in 2021/22. Research by the Alan Turing Institute revealed an alarming level of online hate, which was rampant last season, with almost 70 per cent of Premier League players being snubbed on Twitter in the first half of last season.

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Fulham have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno for three years

German international goalkeeper Bernd Leno has completed his move from Arsenal to newly promoted Fulham after signing a three-year contract.

The Cottagers, who have an option for a further 12 months, have reportedly agreed a deal worth up to £8m for the 30-year-old, which the Gunners paid around £20m for when they bought him from Bayer in June 2018 Leverkusen committed.

Leno, who lost his spot to Aaron Ramsdale last season, told FFCtv: “It feels great to finally be here. I can’t wait to join the team, train and play with the team.

“I am relieved that everything is settled. I’m just happy to be here. It took a little while but we made it in the end and that’s the most important thing.”

Full report on the completed transfer:

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Carney Chukwuemeka: Chelsea agree with Aston Villa to sign 18-year-old midfielder

The 18-year-old midfielder had been frozen by manager Steven Gerrard after he refused to sign a contract extension that expires next summer.

Gerrard dropped the midfielder from the club’s pre-season tour of Australia and he is training with the Under-23s. Gerard is said to have imposed a £20million price tag on the player.

He will turn 19 in October and has made two starts in the Premier League. All details about the move:

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Frenkie de Jong’s deferred wages explained: Why Barcelona’s standoff is part of growing trend

If Frenkie de Jong’s long and drawn-out transfer saga wasn’t messy enough already, there’s a way to make it that much messier. “De Jong should consider legal action against Barcelona and all players should stand behind him,” Gary Neville tweeted last week. “A club that spends fortunes on new players while not paying full money to those they have under contract is immoral and a breach. @FIFPRO should be done with bullying like this and stop it.”

Predictably, Neville’s tweet did not go down well with Barcelona supporters – some even going so far as to pretend his infamous tenure as Valencia manager was about to expire even worse than it actually was – but you don’t have to be a former Manchester United right-back to sympathize with the sentiment behind it. For a financially strapped club like Barça, kicking a player out so he can fund a summer of extravagant spending is one thing. To do so while refusing to pay him the wages owed to him is quite another.

Mark Critchley addresses the financial matters of Frenkie de Jong’s potential transfer:

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