The new Premier League season is just over a week away and Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are all still in the market for major transfers. Arsenal are hopeful of agreeing a deal with Brentford for goalkeeper David Raya, while an injury to Gabriel Jesus could prompt a new attacking signing with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Mohammed Kudus linked.
Chelsea remain in talks with Brighton over Robert Sanchez and still hope to land top target Moises Caicedo. Lesley Ugochukwu has joined, Axel Disasi should be confirmed today and new midfielders, such as Liverpool target Romeo Lavia are being assessed.
Manchester United will soon to confirm the £72million arrival of Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta, though the official announcement has been delayed. Tottenham, who remain unsure if Harry Kane is staying this summer, are on the verge of signing Wolfsburg defender Micky van de Ven and Rosario Central striker Alejo Veliz. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip live below!
Barcelona make Cancelo progress
Joao Cancelo is closing in on a move to Barcelona.
Fabrizio Romano reports that the Manchester City full-back has agreed personal terms with Barcelona, and talks are continuing between the two clubs over the structure of a potential deal.
Barcelona are using the money they will receive for Ousmane Dembele, who is set to join PSG.
Spurs to sign Alejo Veliz today
Tottenham are looking to seal a deal for Rosario Central striker Alejo Veliz today.
According to Relevo, negotiations are very advanced and just hours away from being completed.
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Arteta on Raya interest and Ramsdale
Mikel Arteta has addressed Arsenal’s interest in Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.
The Gunners have surprised many by launching a bid for Raya, a player they failed to sign three years ago, and have quickly agreed personal terms with the Spain international.
Arsenal must now agree a fee with the Bees, who want £40million for a player who has less than one year on his contract. Tottenham and Bayern Munich have previously tried and failed with bids for Raya.
It remains to be seen what Raya’s arrival would mean for current first-choice goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who recently signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal but has at times faced criticism for his performances.
Ramsdale did his chances no harm on Wednesday by saving a penalty as Arsenal beat Monaco in a shootout to win the Emirates Cup.
Lanzini joins boyhood club River Plate
Manuel Lanzini has joined River Plate following the expiry of his West Ham contract.
He rejected a bigger contract at Real Betis.
Spurs to lodge first bid for Tapsoba
Tottenham are not messing around.
According to Sport1 journalist Patrick Berger, Spurs are set to bid £40million plus add-ons for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Edmond Tapsoba.
Spurs are also in talks over Micky van de Ven, so that would be two new centre-backs.
Leverkusen are expected to demand “way more”, according to Berger, though.
Chelsea weigh up Vlahovic-Lukaku swap deal
Chelsea are weighing up whether to give the green light to a deal which would bring Dusan Vlahovic to Stamford in exchange for Romelu Lukaku and cash.
The Blues had previously ruled out signing the Serbian striker, but Juve have presented an opportunity to get Lukaku off their wage bill permanently.
Chelsea would pay £34million plus Lukaku for Vlahovic. Juventus have agreed personal terms with Lukaku, Fabrizio Romano reports.
Spurs launch bid for Argentina wonderkid
Tottenham have launched a bid for Rosario Central striker Alejo Veliz.
According to various reports, talks are at an advanced stage on a deal worth around £12million.
The 19-year-old striker, who most recently scored three goals in four matches for Argentina at the recent Under-20 World Cup.
The striker could stay in Argentina for the remainder of the league season, which concludes in October.
Brighton receive Caicedo bid from mystery club
Brighton have received a bid for Moises Caicedo from a mystery club which exceeds Chelsea’s £80million offer.
Caicedo is the Blues’ key summer transfer target but are struggling to agree a fee with Brighton, and have seen three offers rejected worth £60m, then £70m and last week an £80m bid was immediately dismissed.
Brighton are under no pressure to sell Caicedo, with the 21-year-old under contract until 2027 and the club not in need of boosting their bank balance, but the player’s representative are reportedly ‘baffled’ that £80m did not prompt a negotiation.
It was unknown if Chelsea were to return with a fourth bid, but could now be forced into action as The Athletic report Brighton have received a bid from an unidentified club that trumps Chelsea’s best bid.
Hojlund to Man United delayed
Manchester United have delayed official confirmation of Rasmus Hojlund’s move.
The 20-year-old is set to become Erik ten Hag’s third summer signing after an eye-watering £72million deal was agreed with Atalanta over the weekend. United agreed a fee of £64m, plus £8m in add-ons, for a player who scored nine league goals last season.
Atalanta held out for their desired transfer fee and on Saturday night United succumbed to their demands, prompting Hojlund to say his goodbyes to his team-mates. The youngster’s arrival was delayed on Tuesday, with Manchester Evening News reporting he landed at Manchester Airport at 4.15pm.
Tottenham on verge of Micky van de Ven deal
Micky van de Ven looks to be heading to Tottenham.
The Wolfsburg centre-back had been identified as a defensive target alongside the likes of Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba and Tosin Adarabioyo of Fulham as Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou looks to strengthen at the back this summer.
It’s been rather quiet on that front since reports from weeks ago suggesting that an agreement over Van de Ven was close.
However, Fabrizio Romano now reports that Tottenham are on the verge of a deal for the Dutch Under-21 international, with personal terms 100 per cent agreed.