Transfer news LIVE: Frenkie De Jong ‘prefers Chelsea over Man United’ and most recently Cristiano Ronaldo


Ten Hag was silent to Ronaldo; Rashford says Man Utd are ‘a lot fitter than last season’

The Premier League returns next week and both Manchester United and Chelsea are expected to define the final weeks of the transfer window with their unfinished business. While Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to train with his agent Jorge Mendes, who is eager for showdown talks about his future, Frenkie De Jong’s position seems crucial to the landscape of European football as Barcelona are desperate to sell United is apparently keen on buying but now the Dutch maestro is , happy to stay at the Camp Nou has reportedly hinted at a move to Chelsea. United have apparently not changed their stance on Ronaldo, insisting he is not for sale, while the lack of interest since Ronaldo’s agent Mendes has been seeking interest across Europe could also see the marriage extended for another season becomes.

Now the 37-year-old is expected to sit down with new United manager Erik ten Hag after arriving at the club’s training base in Carrington this morning. Ronaldo was due to return to training with the rest of United internationals on July 4 but stayed in Portugal citing a “family problem”. Sir Alex Ferguson also arrived at United’s training ground this morning and could take part in talks about Ronaldo’s future.

Elsewhere, Chelsea have had greater difficulty getting a goal over the line after Barcelona intervened late in the race to sign defender Jules Kounde. The Sevilla star is set to cost more than £50m as Barcelona are ready to trump the Blues again after landing former Leeds star Raphinha. That post Leicester have reportedly turned down a £15m bid from Monaco for Boubakary Soumare. And Leicester are ready to consider big cash offers for James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho to raise funds to strengthen the squad telegraph Expectations. Follow the latest transfer news with our live blog below:


Barcelona ask Jules Kounde to help them hijack Chelsea transfer

Barcelona have asked for patience with Sevilla’s Jules Kounde as they try to hijack his move to Chelsea.

While the London club have agreed a fee of over £50million with Sevilla and finalized the terms of a deal, Barcelona have yet to make a formal offer as players now need to be sold.


Barcelona president hints that Lionel Messi could make a sensational return from PSG

Barcelona President Joan Laporta has hinted that Lionel Messi could make a sensational Camp Nou return.

In a recent interview, he said he hopes the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner can make a comeback, explaining that Messi’s ‘chapter’ isn’t over yet.

“I think it’s our responsibility to find a moment to fix this chapter that’s still open and not yet closed, so that it becomes what it should have been and has a nicer ending,” Laporta said .

Messi left Barcelona in tears last summer as the club couldn’t afford to renew his contract.


Aaron Ramsey: Juventus end Welsh midfielder’s contract

Aaron Ramsey has left Juventus after his contract was officially terminated, the Italian club have announced.

The Welsh midfielder has struggled to secure a permanent place in the Serie A line-up since joining from Arsenal on a free transfer in 2019, making fewer than 50 appearances in three years in Italy’s top flight.

His 23 league games in his debut season ended up being the best tally he had, while last season he made just three appearances in the opening weeks of the season before being sidelined until the New Year with injury troubles.

Ramsey spent the final three months of the season on loan at Rangers in Scotland but even there his fortunes did not improve as he only played a handful of times and ultimately missed the crucial penalty despite reaching the Europa League final with the Gers in the Penalty shootout against Eintracht Frankfurt.


Gianluca Scamacca achieves his ‘dream’ with £30m move to West Ham

Gianluca Scamacca believes West Ham would be a perfect fit for him after the Italy international signed a five-year deal after joining from Sassuolo.

The fee for the 23-year-old, whose contract includes an option for a further 12 months, is said to be around £30million and end manager David Moyes’ long search for a recognized centre-forward.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time – it was a dream to play in the Premier League,” Scamacca, who scored 16 Serie A goals last season, told the club’s official website.

The transfer looks like a real coup for Moyes with Scamacca, who scored 16 goals in 36 Serie A games last season and is also linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.

Moyes has had to rely on Michail Antonio to lead his attack since the Hammers sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January last year.


Napoli aim to beat Everton to sign Korean defender Kim Min-Jae

Fenerbahce defender Kim Min-Jae is close to a move to Napoli.

The South Korea international replaces Kalidou Koulibaly and was pictured by Gianluca di Marzio Arrived for his medical treatment at the Villa Stuart Clinic in Rome.

Kim will cost £16.9million, the price of his release clause, with the Azzurri fending off competition from Rennes and Everton.


Xavi: Lionel Messi’s return to Barcelona this summer is impossible

Barcelona manager Xavi has dismissed hopes of bringing Lionel Messi back to the club this summer, calling the chances ‘impossible’.

The Argentina striker has one year left to finalize his contract with Paris Saint-Germain and has been struggling since leaving the Camp Nou.

But Xavi hinted the club could reconsider a return for the 35-year-old down the line, saying: “We’ll see in the future. It’s not the time to talk about him.”


Lewis Dunk committed to Brighton for the remainder of his career

Lewis Dunk is keen to stay at Brighton for the rest of his career.

The Seagulls captain told it Sky sports news that he hopes to be a “one-club man” after starting his career through the South Shore academy.

The 30-year-old has three years left on his contract with the Amex.


‘You never know’: Ajax admit Manchester United target Antony could go

Ajax manager Alfred Schreud claims “you never know” when asked if Antony will remain at the Dutch club amid Manchester United ties.

The Brazilian forward is at the top of Erik ten Hag’s wanted list and has three years left on his contract in Amsterdam.

Schreuder says to Ziggo Sport: “We assume that we can keep this squad together. But I know, and everyone knows, that in football you never know.”

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Juventus looking to attack Tottenham target Weston McKennie after injuring Paul Pogba?

Juventus may resist Tottenham’s efforts to sign USA midfielder Weston McKennie after Juventus team-mate Paul Pogba suffered a knee injury.

The Mail reports that McKennie could now stay in Turin for the time being while Pogba is out until September.

Antonio Conte was hoping to bolster his midfield, McKennie would likely cost £34m.

Spurs director of football Fabio Paratici initially brought McKennie to Turin on loan from Schalke and was rumored to make another move for the 23-year-old.

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Chelsea want a defender, every defender… no, not Thilo Kehrer

Chelsea have been anxiously awaiting whether or not their move to Jules Kounde goes through and Barcelona are hoping he stays with them for a while longer instead.

As a result, the Blues have been associated with, or inquired into, a number of others: Gvardiol, Kimpembe, Upamecano, and many others have all been associated.

And apparently Thilo Kehrer was offered by PSG Thomas Tuchel – but he wasn’t interested at all, says German journalist Christian Falk. Transfer news LIVE: Frenkie De Jong ‘prefers Chelsea over Man United’ and most recently Cristiano Ronaldo

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