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Transfer news LIVE: Frenkie de Jong latest, Man United speak for Benjamin Sesko and Chelsea bid for Wes Fofana

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On the eve of the new Premier League season, several clubs are still hoping to get another deal or two across the line in time for their opening weekend squad, although some sagas are expected to drag on into the final weeks of the transfer window. One of them is Frenkie de Jong, with the Barcelona midfielder seemingly preferring a move to Chelsea to Manchester United but not necessarily wanting to forego the salary owed to him by his current club. The Catalan and west London club could also make more deals as Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are linked with a move to the Camp Nou, while Xavi Hernandez is hoping to have Man City star Bernardo Silva to replace De Jong if anything going according to plan.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are trying to attract at least two more players to their defensive ranks – but Brighton released a stern statement dismissing reports that Marc Cucurella has been all but sold to the Blues, despite claims that personal terms were left for the left players were agreed. Wesley Fofana remains an option if Leicester are up for sale, while new reports claim Thomas Tuchel wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere, Newcastle United are still hoping to sign James Maddison, Manchester United are keen on Serginio Dest, his Barca substitute Neto could move to Bournemouth and Nicolo Zaniolo is still high on Tottenham’s priority list if they can sack fringe players.

Follow the latest transfer news, rumors and updates below.

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Steve Cooper faces a double challenge after an excessive summer at Nottingham Forest

After a 23-year absence from the top of English football, Nottingham Forest will be unable to point to the excuses of either Norwich City or West Brom if their stay lasts just one season. While the Canary Islands opted for financial prudence, Forest was down on their spending. While the Baggies have remained loyal to many who saw them promoted, the Reds have made sweeping changes to the roster.

It’s a bold (and sometimes necessary) move by both owners and management groups, with the official tally currently standing at 21 departures (including young players, loanees and released uncontracted players) and current net spending of around £80m. to come up with more.

Karl Matchett looks to the Reds’ return to the top flight after a busy summer in the transfer market.

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Chelsea sign Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa for £20m

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who was part of the England team that won the European Under-19 Championship this summer, is moving to Stamford Bridge after opting not to extend his Villa contract, which was due to expire next summer.

Villa manager Steven Gerrard left the midfielder out of the club’s pre-season tour of Australia and he had been training with the U23s. Gerrard is said to have imposed a £20million price tag on the player.

Chukwuemeka, who will turn 19 in October, made his first-team debut in May 2021 and made 14 appearances last season but only two of those were Premier League starts.

He said of his move to Stamford Bridge: “It’s been pretty hectic but I haven’t been able to get Chelsea out of my head for the past few days so I’m just happy and relieved it’s all over.”

More on signing Chukwuemeka:

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Man United have two Frenkie de Jong alternatives – but none are available

Manchester United face at least three obstacles in signing Erik ten Hag’s first transfer this summer, midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

First is his financial dispute with current club Barcelona. Secondly, the suggestion from some quarters that he is not very keen on a move to Old Trafford anyway is a stance United disagree with. And thirdly, Chelsea are also in the running and want to sign him too and have Champions League football to offer.

So alternatives are a sensible solution – but neither of the two names at the top of the list are available this summer, the Athletic reports. They cite Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and West Ham’s Declan Rice as preferred other options for United but moves for both would have to wait until next year.

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Wolves and Everton fight for Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi still plays for Chelsea. That’s the first insight. He hasn’t actually but played there since 19/20.

Loan periods in Germany, Spain, south London and Turkey have ranged from good to terrible but another temporary stay beckons for the 28-year-old Belgian, with Wolves and Everton both reportedly excited.

He still has a year of contract and according to Sky is not in Thomas Tuchel’s plans. Wolves are also considering Bordeaux forward Ui-jo Hwang.

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Barcelona agree on a transfer with Bernardo Silva

We now know that Bernardo Silva is Barcelona’s common target to replace Frenkie de Jong when the Dutch schemer leaves the Camp Nou.

The Mail now update this story by reporting that ‘personal terms are already pretty much agreed’ between club and player, although there is no evidence City and Barca have held talks to set a price tag.

Barcelona are hoping that sacking De Jong and bringing in Silva would mean similar transfer fees, with wage earnings saved dramatically – with up to €45m for De Jong over the next two years, compared to around €20m for Silva .

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Man United are planning further talks with Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko

Manchester United are still struggling to get the numbers through the door that Erik ten Hag wants.

Further talks are planned for RB Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko, the Athletic reports, but despite this, his price tag is seen as unaffordable and the Austrian club don’t want to sell as they appear to believe he can reach similar heights as Erling Haaland.

It has also emerged that United turned down the chance to sign Sesko for £2.5m three years ago, with his price tag now hovering at at least the £50m mark.

Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic has also been linked.

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Premier League title rivals are chasing a new magic number

Liverpool had just received proof that their brilliant pursuit of Manchester City was doomed. “We were close, but not close enough in the end,” said Jürgen Klopp looking back on the last matchday. Again. The 2018/19 season had already given them the bittersweet distinction of being England’s biggest runners-up. Then ’97 points’ became almost a catchphrase at Anfield. Three years later. Klopp said: “Obviously, 92 points is crazy.”

It is, and yet it is also the norm. It is the eighth-biggest total in Premier League history and the other side to finish 92 in 1993-94, Manchester United, managed that from 42 games, not 38. Go-a-game and seven of the eight highest tallys were achieved in posted in the last six seasons, all by teams managed by Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte or Klopp.

The only exception was Jose Mourinho’s 95 in his debut season at Chelsea. But as of 2016, 95 – or 94.83, to be precise – is the average for Premier League champions.

Rich Jolly looks ahead to another season of relentlessness for those seeking the title.

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Chelsea bid for Wes Fofana rejected by Leicester

Apparently Chelsea are getting a lot of offers back and forth these days.

Aubameyang, Cucurella, now also Fofana – and Chukwuemeka is ready.

However, Leicester are not playing and L’Equipe say the Foxes have turned down a £60m offer for Wesley Fofana but the centre-back is keen on the move so the Blues will soon make another request. A deal of more than £200,000-a-week is expected for the fast and talented youngster if he can persuade Brendan Rodgers’ team to sell.

Wesley Fofana celebrated his first league start this season at Old Trafford (Rui Vieira/PA).

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Everton aim for Coady and try to beat West Ham against Onana

A few unexpected twists and turns from Everton as they suddenly seem to be splashing: First, the Mail reports they have landed West Ham’s offer for Lille midfielder Amadou Onana. The Belgian youngster was reportedly in talks with the Hammers yesterday but they have so far been unwilling to meet his salary demands – and now the Toffees are trying to make use of it.

He is a senior Belgium international with one cap and the report claims Everton offer better personal terms.

Additionally, Everton are once again being linked with Wolves centre-back Conor Coady, with manager Frank Lampard taking a personal interest in the 29-year-old, who was a Liverpool academy candidate earlier in his career.

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Bournemouth are close to signing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto

Brazil goalkeeper Neto could be swapping Barcelona for Bournemouth after positive talks between the two clubs.

The veteran stopper has hefty wages for a second-choice option at the Camp Nou and would presumably take a big pay cut to go to the cherries, but according to the Mail, talks were held on Wednesday night and he is expected to sign the weekend.

Separately, Bournemouth are also inquiring about Feyenoord defender Marcos Senesi to expand Scott Parker’s options and fight relegation in his first season back in the top flight.

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