Transfer the news LIVE! Jesus at Arsenal “done”; Chelsea FC prepare De Ligt offer; Spurs offer to Raphinha; latest rumors
Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are stepping up their summer activities into high gear with a return to pre-season just days away. The three London clubs are battling for the signing of Leeds United star Raphinha amid reports of a £60million price tag, with cash-strapped Barcelona now out of the running.
The Gunners appear to have won the race for Gabriel Jesus after Spurs opted against making a bid and the Blues failed to follow up on initial interest. Talks are progressing and a deal appears imminent. The third Brazilian in the three-man tussle is Richarlison, who is set to leave Everton this summer and is likely to demand a similar £60m fee.
As for defensive targets, Chelsea are interested in the Juventus mainstay, Spurs are set to sign Djed Spence and the Gunners will face another battle to lure Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez to north London with Manchester United also keen. . Follow all for the latest news and rumours!
Djed Spence: Tottenham dealt a transfer blow
According to The Sun, Tottenham and Middlesbrough remain quite far apart in their valuations of Djed Spence.
Boro is reportedly looking for £15m plus add-ons for the England U21 international, who is a top target for Antonio Conte.
Spurs, however, would value him much less.
Lucas Moura’s agent provides Tottenham update
Tottenham striker Lucas Moura is ‘fundamental’ to the club’s plans next season, according to the player’s agent.
The signing of Dejan Kulusevski pushed the 29-year-old up the pecking order during the second half of last season, with Moura allowed just five Premier League starts after the Swede’s arrival.
Despite having one of the most prolific attacks in Europe, Spurs boss Antonio Conte is keen for more signings this summer.
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Crystal Palace transfer update
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Arsenal: Albert Sambi Lokonga will stay at the club despite interest from Burnley
According to football.london, Vincent Kompany is interested in Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.
The Belgian played under current Burnley boss at Anderlecht and Kompany has already attacked the Gunners, with a deal for Daniel Ballard close.
Given that Arsenal have been linked with Youri Tielemans, as well as Lisandro Martinez (who is capable of playing in midfield), Lokonga had been linked with a move to Turf Moor itself.
Now, however, it is claimed that Arsenal will retain the signing from last summer.
Nathan Holland bids farewell to West Ham
Nathan Holland has sent a moving message to West Ham fans after leaving the club for MK Dons.
Chelsea FC: Todd Boehly makes a promise of transfer to Thomas Tuchel
According to The Daily Telegraph, Todd Boehly has promised Thomas Tuchel up to six signings at CHelsea this summer.
The two held talks about the direction the club should go as they try to close the gap with Liverpool and Manchester City.
Matthijs de Ligt, Jules Kounde, Raheem Sterling, Richarlison and Ousmane Dembele are all under consideration.
Richarlison: Tottenham warned amid £50m transfer chase
Richarlison could cause Antonio Conte a ‘problem’ at Tottenham, says specialist Danny Murphy.
The striker has emerged as one of Spurs’ top targets this summer, with current Everton set to demand upwards of £50million for the 25-year-old.
Chelsea are another club keen on a move for former Watford, who scored 10 times last season as Frank Lampard’s side managed to retain Premier League status despite a dreadful campaign.
While Spurs fans will no doubt be excited to bolster an attack already containing Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski, there is no obvious starting place for Richarlison.
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Arsenal: the club ready to sell Nuno Tavares
Arsenal are ready to sell Nuno Tavares this summer, writes Giuseppe Muro.
Tavares is a loan target for Marseille as they prepare for a Champions League return next season after finishing second in Ligue 1.
Atalanta are also interested in a transfer for the 22-year-old, who was understudy for first-choice left-back Kieran Tierney last season and struggled when he first joined the team.
Arsenal are targeting a move for highly-rated Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez as they seek to continue their summer spending after agreeing a £34m deal to sign midfielder Fabio Vieira from Porto.
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Newcastle were keen for West Ham to sign Nayef Aguerd in January
Newcastle reportedly eyed Nayef Aguerd in January, months before the defender’s transfer to West Ham.
The 26-year-old became David Moyes’ first summer signing earlier this week in a deal worth up to £28million.
There were fears Newcastle could try to hijack a deal, although the Daily Telegraph claim their interest died down after the winter window.
Fulham and Crystal Palace battle for Joe Aribo
According to allnigeriasoccer.com, Crystal Palace and Fulham are among the clubs keen to sign Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo.
The Nigerian international has impressed since leaving Charlton for Glasgow and is nearing the end of his contract at Ibrox.
Able to leave for free next summer, both London sides are expected to battle Crystal Palace in the race to sign him.