Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal sign Odegaard and Ramsdale, Chelsea make Chalobah decision and Kane latest
Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip throughout the day as Premier League clubs attempt to add the finishing touches to their squads this summer.
The saga over Harry Kane’s Tottenham future is set to continue right up to deadline day, with the striker left out of the club’s travelling party for last night’s Uefa Conference League defeat. The England captain had returned to training but wanted to continue working on his fitness after a delayed return from holiday. The 28-year-old is furious that chairman Daniel Levy has supposedly reneged on a gentleman’s agreement to sell him this summer, with Manchester City said to have already tabled a bid worth £125m.
Meanwhile, after their dismal opening day defeat by Brentford, Arsenal are hoping to paper some of the cracks with new arrivals. Martin Odegaard has been signed on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid while a deal for Aaron Ramsdale is on the verge of being completed for a combined total of around £60m. Odegaard, who spent time on loan in north London last season, will provide a much-needed boost in attacking midfield, with Mikel Arteta’s side desperately short of ideas last Friday.
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Elsewhere, Paul Pogba’s future is silently becoming an issue at Old Trafford, despite four assists in the fine win over Leeds, with the Manchester United midfielder’s contract now just one year away from expiring and The Independent has learned that Paris Saint-Germain, after adding Lionel Messi on a free transfer, would be keen to strike another colossal free transfer next summer by doubling the Frenchman’s salary.
Follow all the latest news and rumours ahead of the opening weekend of the new Premier League season:
Jurgen Klopp not concerned over Jordan Henderson contract situation
Jurgen Klopp has said there have been no developments over captain Jordan Henderson’s contract situation but has stressed he is not concerned over the situation.
Henderson has two years left on his Anfield contract and there have been reports this summer that talks have broken down over agreeing an extension.
The Liverpool manager said last week that he was confident the situation will be revolved and added today: “Still all good. Nothing to be concerned about.”
Jamie Braidwood20 August 2021 12:25
Everton’s Rafa Benitez on James Rodriguez rumours
Everton manager Rafa Benitez has said James Rodriguez remains in his plans despite rumours linking the Colombian with a move away from Goodison Park.
James was unavailable for Everton’s opening win over Southampton last weekend and Benitez said he does not expect him to return to the pitch until next week at the earliest.
When asked if the forward was in his plans for the season, Benitez replied: “Until the 31st of August, yes, he’s in my plans.
“Hopefully he will be fine for next week and he can carry on with training sessions, and we can see what happens until the end of the transfer window.
“A lot of speculation. We have to work with the players that are here. “There’s a lot of speculation and we have to work with the players that are here.”
Jamie Braidwood20 August 2021 12:19
Everton sign goalkeeper Andy Lonergan
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Everton’s match against Leeds on Saturday, Rafa Benitez confirmed that the club have signed 37-year-old goalkeeper Andy Lonergan on a free transfer.
Lonergan was part of the Liverpool squad who won the Premier League title in 2019/20, although he didn’t play a game for Jurgen Klopp’s side. He has signed with Everton following an injury to youth goalkeeper Harry Tyrer.
He had spells with Stoke and West Brom last season and at Everton will provide back up to Jordan Pickford and Asmir Begovic, who arrived on a free transfer this summer.
Jamie Braidwood20 August 2021 12:01
Arsenal looking to offload Willian, Torreira and Bellerin
Arsenal are still hopeful of receiving bids for Willian, Lucas Torreira and Hector Bellerin before the end of the transfer window, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Manager Mikel Arteta said his club’s transfer business is not finished following the signings of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale, with Arsenal now focussed on offloading those names of the fringes of the Spaniard’s plans.
“There’s still 11 days to go and there’s still things to be done,” Arteta said. “There are still players in the squad where it’s going to be difficult for them to find game time.”
Jamie Braidwood20 August 2021 11:22
Manchester United not interested in Aurelien Tchouameni amid Chelsea reports
Manchester United will not get involved in a transfer battle over highly-rated French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni after Chelsea emerged as a frontrunner for the 21-year-old.
The Monaco midfielder was named Ligue 1’s player of the season last campaign but the Manchester Evening News reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will not be making a move for Tchouameni, who is valued at £35m, this summer.
Jamie Braidwood20 August 2021 11:11
Chelsea remain interested in Sevilla’s Jules Kounde
Thomas Tuchel’s side have been linked with the France international all summer and the 22-year-old has been tipped to be a long-term option for the Blues in the right centre back slot.
The surprise emergence of Chalobah has not changed their plans, however, but the report claims the European champions will have to sell another centre back, such as Kurt Zouma, to make the deal possible this summer.
Jamie Braidwood20 August 2021 10:45
Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta close to Fiorentina move
The Italian, who spent last season out on loan at Genoa, has entered the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
After signing Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea’s attentions have turned to trimming their squad.
Emerson Palmieri signed with Lyon last night and Zappacosta is close to joining his compatriot in leaving the club this summer.
Jamie Braidwood20 August 2021 10:35
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva rejects Spurs move in Harry Kane swap
Bernardo Silva will turn down a move to Tottenham Hotspur if Manchester City include the Portugal international in a deal for striker Harry Kane, report the Athletic.
Kane is City’s top transfer target this summer but Spurs are holding out for £150 million for the England captain, which Pep Guardiola’s side have been so far unwilling to meet.
With less than two weeks to go until the end of the window, City are expected to step up their pursuit and are willing to include Bernardo as part of the deal.
City will allow the midfielder to move on if another club comes in with a suitable offer, according to the report, but the 27-year-old does not want to join Spurs.
Jamie Braidwood20 August 2021 10:20
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants Arsenal stay this summer
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants to stay at the club this summer despite reports linking the 32-year-old with an exit this window, according to the Express.
Aubameyang signed a new three-year contract last September but has reportedly received interest from Barcelona in recent days.
However, the striker wants to stay at the Emirates and is determined to see out his deal at the club.
Jamie Braidwood20 August 2021 09:58
Manchester United add Kylian Mbappe to list of targets
Manchester United are lining up to sign a big-name striker next summer and have added Kylian Mbappe to their shortlist, ESPN are reporting.
Mbappe has one year left on his contract at Paris Saint-Germain and has been tipped to join Real Madrid next summer, but United have joined the race for the France international.
United strengthened their first team this window with the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane while Edinson Cavani’s decision to extend his stay at Old Trafford for another season has meant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have not made moves for targets such as Harry Kane or Erling Haaland.
The club will look to make a major signing next summer, according to the report, when Mbappe will be a free agent and Haaland’s release clause at Borussia Dortmund becomes active.
Jamie Braidwood20 August 2021 09:40
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