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Transfer Talk: Chelsea eye AC Milan’s Leao in Deadline Day swoop after Neymar enquiry rejected

The summertime transfer window has already reached the Sept. 1 deadline, and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all of the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, needless to say, done deals!


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TOP STORY: Could Ronaldo still leave Man United on deadline day?

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s hopes of getting a way to avoid it of Manchester United prior to the transfer deadline remain alive, in accordance with Marca, which reports that the choice for financing proceed to Napoli remains up for grabs despite Erik ten Hag’s assurances that the forward would stay.

Ronaldo told United earlier come early july that he really wants to leave Old Trafford to be able to play in the Champions League. Serie A club Napoli will rise against Ajax, Liverpool and Rangers in Group A of the season’s competition, while United come in the Europa League.

The 37-year-old has been on the bench for United’s past two matches — victories over Liverpool and Southampton — and is yet to score in four appearances this year, so a proceed to Italy may help him kick-start his season before captaining Portugal at the planet Cup in November.

United manager Ten Hag told a news conference on Wednesday that it’s “clear” Ronaldo will remain at Old Trafford until at the very least January.

“I believe [there will not be any longer signings],” Ten Hag said before Thursday’s visit to Leicester City. “It’ll be the end because of this window, however when there exists a great opportunity, we will have to be alert as of this top club.”

However, if United may bring in another forward on deadline day — having already confirmed the signing of Antony from Ajax on Thursday — they could sanction financing move for last season’s top scorer.

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14.05 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have made an enormous deadline-day bid to Inter Milan for defender Milan Skriniar, RMC reports.

Skriniar, 27, has been at Inter for five years, and started 31 games of these Serie A title-winning campaign of 2020-21.

The Slovakia international is, in accordance with RMC, the main topic of an offer of 70m plus add-ons from PSG.

13.39 BST: AC Milan are set to beat Villarreal to the signing of USA international Sergino Dest on loan from Barcelona, sources have told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens, and it’s really a transfer which makes sense for several involved.


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James Olley explains why Arsenal are eyeing up Douglas Luiz as a deadline day midfield signing.

13.16 BST: Nottingham Forest have signed defender Willy Boly from Wolverhampton Wanderers,

The Ivory Coast international, 31, has signed a two-year deal to end up being the 19th summer arrival at THE TOWN Ground.


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13.03 BST: Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has confirmed he will be residing at the club come early july amid interest from Barcelona.

The Portugal international told ESPN’s Rob Dawson last month that his future at the Premier League champions was uncertain. But, after Wednesday’s 6-0 make an impression on Nottingham Forest, he said he’d remain at the Etihad.

“The simple truth is that we haven’t received offers from Spain,” Silva told RAC1. “Nobody has come and I stay static in Manchester. I’m happy and that is it. Your choice is manufactured.”

12.31 BST: Fenerbahce have joined the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi, in accordance with L’Equipe.

The 29-year-old is in talks with Galatasaray, but having an agreement still not reached, the Yellow Canaries have made a proceed to try to hijack the offer from their Super Lig rivals.

Icardi is yet to create an appearance for PSG in the league this year, with manager Christophe Galtier seeking to part ways with him.

12.14 BST: Leicester City have announced the signing of central defender Wout Faes from Reims.

Just one single day after Wesley Fofana left for Chelsea in a 75m transfer, the Foxes have replaced him with Belgium international Faes.

The 24-year-old, who was simply Reims’ player of the growing season last term, arrives after signing a five-year contract.

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12.03 BST: Colombia international Marlos Moreno has left Manchester City to become listed on Troyes, the Ligue 1 club announced.

Moreno, 25, joined City from Atletico Nacional in 2016, however in six years on the club’s books, he never made a first-team appearance for them.

Instead, he spent time on loan at seven different clubs across five different countries before leaving come early july on a permanent deal.

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11.39 BST: James Garner looks set to leave Manchester United today, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

The 21-year-old midfielder is wanted by Everton, Southampton and Leicester, with United searching for a fee greater than 15m.

Everton are leading the race, and it’s really one that ought to be wrapped up well before the deadline.

He’s respectable at Old Trafford but is keen to play regular first-team football after helping Nottingham Forest win promotion to the Premier League last season.

11.22 BST: Arsenal are exploring a late move for Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.

The Gunners are scouring the marketplace for a central midfielder after losing Mohamed Elneny for a number of weeks to a hamstring injury, while Thomas Partey can be out with a thigh problem.

Arsenal want in Palmeiras’ Danilo, however the Brazilian club are reluctant to market at this stage in the growing season, prompting the Gunners to check out other targets.

Villa are strongly against allowing Luiz to leave, regardless of the 24-year-old having significantly less than 12 months remaining on his contract. Sources said Luiz is available to joining Arsenal, but Villa’s stance will make a deal difficult to perform before tonight’s deadline.

One source suggests Villa haven’t abadndoned persuading Luiz to sign a fresh deal at the club, so Arsenal will probably find any negotiation with the Midlands club particularly tough.


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Julien Laurens thinks Sergino Dest’s proceed to AC Milan is positive for several parties involved.

11.10 BST: Real Madrid aren’t expecting any last-minute transfer business, having done their major deals — attracting Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger — earlier in the window.

Even the departure of Casemiro to Manchester United didn’t tempt the club in to the market, with Madrid feeling they will have sufficient midfield cover with Tchouameni, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Fede Valverde and Dani Ceballos.

Marco Asensio have been considering an exit searching for game time but is defined to remain, in accordance with reports in Spain on Wednesday night, while Madrid haven’t found a destination for fringe players they hoped to go on such as for example Mariano Diaz and Alvaro Odriozola.

10.47 BST: Manchester City want to shift two from Wednesday night’s matchday squad prior to the deadline, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

Ben Knight and Claudio Gomes, who have been both on the bench for the 6-0 make an impression on Nottingham Forest, can be found to move prior to the end of the window.

Knight, a 20-year-old forward, can be acquired to go on loan, while Gomes, a 22-year-old midfielder, will undoubtedly be permitted to leave permanently in case a suitable offer will come in prior to the deadline.


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Julien Laurens says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being burgled in Barcelona can make him desperate to leave the club.

10.41 BST: Chelsea have moved a step nearer to signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona after agreeing personal terms with the striker, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.

The 33-year-old has accepted in principle a two-year contract with the choice of a third year in line with the amount of appearances manufactured in his second season at Stamford Bridge.

Talks are continuing between your two clubs to stay on a fee, with Barcelona continuing to demand around 20 million while Chelsea want to incorporate Marcos Alonso in a player-plus-cash transfer.

Although a fee is yet to be agreed, there’s optimism on both sides a deal could be reached before Thursday’s deadline.


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Mark Ogden expects Arthur Melo to greatly help Liverpool’s injury-hit midfield but thinks he won’t get much game time once the squad is fully fit.

10.36 BST: Liverpool are closing in on the signing of midfielder Arthur Melo from Juventus on a season-long loan deal, sources have told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.

The Brazil international is going to England from Turin with the offer because of be completed before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Arthur’s proceed to the Premier League side accelerated late on Wednesday after Jordan Henderson was injured in Liverpool’s 2-1 make an impression on Newcastle.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were already short in midfield for that game with Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara the type of sidelined.

Klopp confirmed earlier in the week that Liverpool were available to signing another midfielder if the proper opportunity came up.

Arthur, 26, joined Juventus from Barcelona for about 70m in 2020. He’s got spent just two seasons at Barcelona, where he made 72 appearances after signing from Gremio.

10.21 BST: Atletico Madrid are spending deadline day hoping to hold to key players including Yannick Carrasco, who was simply associated with a proceed to Tottenham this week, sources have told ESPN’s Alex Kirkland.

The Rojiblancos aren’t ready to negotiate over Carrasco, and any interested party would need to pay the winger’s 70m release clause.

Atletico have already been caught from the final day of the window previously, such as for example when Arsenal activated Thomas Partey’s release clause in October 2020.

Antoine Griezmann is likely to stay at the Metropolitano regardless of the club’s efforts in order to avoid spending 40 million to help make the 31-year-old’s move from Barcelona permanent next summer.

Their loan agreement, agreed this past year, specifies that Atletico must pay the fee if Griezmann plays over 45 minutes in 50% of these games, even though coach Diego Simeone is really a fan of the ball player — who has scored twice off the bench up to now this year — the club wish to negotiate a reduction.


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Rob Dawson says Manchester City’s deal to sign Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund couldn’t be rejected.

10.00 BST: Manchester City have signed centre-back Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal.

Akanji becomes City’s fifth new arrival come early july once they signed Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Sergio Gomez and Stefan Ortega in this window.

The Switzerland international gives City boss Pep Guardiola another option in defence, joining centre-backs Ruben Dias, John Stones, Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte.

Akanji may also appear against his old club when Guardiola’s side face Dortmund in Group G of the Champions League.

The 27-year-old made 158 appearances for Dortmund after joining the Bundesliga side from Basel in 2018 and helped them to the DFB Pokal title this past year.

Akanji has been capped 41 times by Switzerland and was area of the team that reached the quarterfinals finally year’s European Championship.

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09.48 BST: Sevilla have announced the signing of midfielder Kasper Dolberg on loan from Nice.

The Denmark international, 24, moves to LaLiga before end of the growing season, of which point Sevilla have the choice to help make the deal permanent.


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Rob Dawson feels Antony signing for Manchester United shows the club are backing Erik ten Hag.

09.30 BST: First major done deal of your day, and it’s really a large one — Manchester United have completed the signing of winger Antony from Ajax on a five-year deal, the club have confirmed.

United agreed a charge for the Brazil international on Monday, which sources told ESPN was worth a short 95m with another 5m in add-ons — rendering it the club’s second-most expensive transfer behind the then-world-record 105m (89.3m) deal to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016.

Antony’s proceed to Old Trafford means he’ll be reunited along with his former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, who has completed his fifth signing of the summertime after deals for Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro.

The 22-year-old winger gives Ten Hag more options in attack after Anthony Martial sustained an Calf msucles injury in United’s 2-1 victory against Liverpool the other day.

Antony scored 25 goals in 82 games for Ajax after joining the Eredivisie side from Sao Paulo in 2020, winning two league titles and a KNVB Cup during his time there. He’s got made nine appearances for Brazil, scoring twice, and helped his country to an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo this past year.

Antony is ineligible for United’s match at Leicester City on Thursday but will make his debut in the home to Arsenal this Sunday.

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08.53 BST: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he could sign another central midfielder on deadline day following injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny.

“We have been considering options,” Arteta said after Wednesday’s 2-1 make an impression on Aston Villa. “We have been just considering options on the market. WHEN I said, the club has been super supportive to attempt to keep improving the squad and the team once we can, and when the proper player can be acquired and we are able to do it, we shall try.”

He added: “We were pretty protected in [central midfield] and today we have been more exposed, but we need to be ready for uncertainties, injuries and suspensions. Things such as that may happen, especially this year it will likely be really strange with the planet Cup. So, we make an effort to prevent things but it is sometimes challenging.”

The Gunners have already been linked with fascination with Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, who’s also a reported target for Liverpool. The Brazilian scored direct from the corner at the Emirates on Wednesday, and Villa boss Steven Gerrard cannot eliminate an exit for the midfielder.

“I’m not in charge of that,” Gerrard said. “You can find more than two different people in charge of that, but I’m definitely not one of these. Which will be Douglas, which will be his agent’s decision in regards to what happens around that. Let me keep him because he’s an excellent player. I’ve made that abundantly clear.

“We have been not ready where we have to lose our top players, but simultaneously, Douglas offers per year to go, in fact it is among those really touchy situations where in fact the club want to do what’s best for the club rather than necessarily what’s best for me personally.”

08.28 BST: Chelsea are discussing a potential move for AC Milan forward Rafael Leao prior to the summer transfer window closes on Thursday, in accordance with THE CHANGING TIMES.

It really is reported that the Blues have turned their focus on the 23-year-old Serie A star, once they failed having an enquiry to land Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil international forward Neymar. Thomas Tuchel’s side are keen to land a forward and midfielder prior to the transfer deadline closes on Thursday, with Leao is among the final names on the shortlist.

The Portugal international was an integral player for the Rossoneri last season in a Scudetto-winning campaign where he contributed to 19 goals in 34 appearances. He previously been associated with Real Madrid come early july, also it would reportedly take an offer of at the very least 115 million for the Serie A champions to take into account parting ways with him.

Chelsea have been previously associated with Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, amongst others. The London side are with out a striker after Romelu Lukaku returned to Internazionale and Timo Werner made the switch back again to RB Leipzig.

08.00 BST: Chelsea have made a 50m bid to sign Ajax and Mexico midfielder Edson Alvarez, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.

Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel is regarded as worried about the club’s midfield options in the wake of Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Southampton and nagging injury concerns over key midfielder N’Golo Kante, who’s set to be sidelined for about per month with a hamstring problem.

Sources have told ESPN that Ajax are under no pressure to market, having already allowed Antony, Lisandro Martinez, Sebastien Haller, Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui to leave the club in the summertime transfer window.

Chelsea were thinking about a move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong, however the Dutchman has up to now shown no fascination with leaving Camp Nou.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

Cristiano Ronaldo received only 1 official proposal for his transfer, that from Saudi club Al-Hilal, in accordance with The Athletic. Ronaldo, 37, have been pushing for a move from Manchester United with hopes of playing in the Champions League, but Erik ten Hag said it had been “clear” Ronaldo will remain at Old Trafford until at the very least January.

– Barcelona are thinking about a move for LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo, in accordance with Fabrizio Romano. It really is reported that the Blaugrana will choose Thursday whether to create a strategy for the 21-year-old Mexico international. The interest comes as USMNT star Sergino Dest is defined to go to Camp Nou to AC Milan on loan, in accordance with ESPN sources. Barcelona may also be associated with Borussia Dortmund‘s Thomas Meunier and Arsenal‘s Hector Bellerin as Blaugrana manager Xavi Hernandez looks to discover a solution at right-back.

– Despite a late move from PSG to land Milan Skriniar, Internazionale are determined to keep your hands on the 27-year-old defender, reveals Gianluca Di Marzio. The Serie A star was an integral target for PSG come early july, even though they wanted to go back to the negotiating table, Simone Inzaghi’s side have refused to enter any more discussions. It really is reported that the San Siro hierarchy are actually seeking to offer him a fresh contract.

– Chelsea have made a procedure for sign PSV Eindhoven defensive midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, in accordance with Eindhovens Dagblad. After Sangare signed a fresh contract with the Eredivisie club come early july, the Blues could now have to offer a lot more than the 37m release clause that has been in the 24-year-old’s previous deal. It really is reported that while PSV are available to moving him on, they don’t desire to part ways with Sangare and Cody Gakpo in exactly the same transfer window.

Manuel Akanji is defined to perform his proceed to Manchester City, reports Fabrizio Romano. The 27-year-old centre-back has been on the radar of several clubs come early july, having entered the ultimate year of his contract at Borussia Dortmund, also it looks as if Pep Guardiola has won the race to sign him in a deal worth 17 million. The move is likely to be announced on Thursday.

Fulham have made a late move around in an effort to sign Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz, The Athletic reports. The Championship forward scored 23 goals in 34 league starts last season, and the most recent indicates that the Cottagers will challenge for the 23-year-old Chile international’s signature. He’s got previously been associated with Nice, which had a 10m bid rejected for his transfer earlier come early july.

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