We are approaching the business end of the summer transfer window and there are still some major deals to be completed in the Premier League and beyond. Not least at Chelsea, who are now said to have agreed a mammoth British record deal worth an eye-watering £115million to pip today’s opponents Liverpool to the signing of Brighton’s Moises Caicedo.
Chelsea also look set to beat Liverpool to a £55m deal for wantaway Southampton star Romeo Lavia as part of their expensive midfield overhaul, while Kasper Schmeichel has now emerged as a surprise target as Mauricio Pochettino eyes another new goalkeeper with Kepa Arrizabalaga poised to join Real Madrid on loan. Arsenal should have a new stopper of their own through the door today as they prepare to finally announce the capture of David Raya from Brentford.
Kylian Mbappe has returned to the Paris Saint-Germain squad after a shock U-turn, while Tottenham are hunting a replacement for Harry Kane and West Ham have entered the race for Elye Wahi as Manchester United move for Benjamin Pavard and Amadou Onana. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours live below!
Chelsea also beating Liverpool to Romeo Lavia
Moises Caicedo is not the only midfielder that Liverpool look set to miss out on in the face of stern rival interest from Chelsea.
The Blues also look to be firmly in the driving seat with regards to the pursuit of Southampton’s wantaway teenage Belgian international Romeo Lavia.
Chelsea are said to be inching closer to a deal worth £55m for the 19-year-old, though Football Insider insist that Liverpool haven’t given up just yet despite three snubbed offers of their own after reaching an agreement over personal terms.
“I believe it’s edging closer to a conclusion,” Southampton boss Russell Martin said about Lavia on Saturday.
Kepa Arrizabalaga set to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid
Real Madrid are close to sealing a season-long loan move for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The 28-year-old is set to play at the Santiago Bernabeu this season after agreeing a temporary switch that does not include the option for a permanent transfer.
Kepa will replace former Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois, who suffered a long-term knee injury in training last week, and has chosen Madrid over Bayern Munich.
Fellow Spain international Robert Sanchez will replace Kepa as Chelsea’s new No1 as the Blues look to add another goalkeeper to their squad for competition. Sanchez joined Chelsea last week in a £25million move from Brighton.
Chelsea set to clinch £115m Moises Caicedo deal
Chelsea look set to clinch an absolutely blockbuster deal for Moises Caicedo.
After days of a furious battle with Liverpool, it seems that the Blues have finally won the race for their No1 summer transfer target.
Widespread reports say that Chelsea will smash the British transfer record for the second time in six months by paying Brighton an eye-watering £115m for Caicedo, who is said to have already agreed personal terms on a mammoth eight-year contract in west London that includes the option for a further 12 months beyond that, stretching to 2032.
It is still being said that Chelsea want to ideally unveil Caicedo to fans before today’s heavyweight Premier League showdown with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Can you imagine the reaction…
Chelsea target Kasper Schmeichel as Kepa replacement
Kepa Arrizabalaga is on his way to Real Madrid.
Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reports that a verbal agreement for the Spaniard to join Real Madrid on loan as a replacement for the injured Thibaut Courtois is sealed, with Kepa to travel to Madrid to complete the formalities soon.
It will be a loan until next summer, with Kepa not involved for Chelsea against Liverpool tomorrow.
Interestingly, The Guardian now say that Chelsea are looking at Nice’s Kasper Schmeichel as a potential replacement, with Robert Sanchez presumably set to start this weekend after joining from Brighton.
Done deal! Fulham sign Adama Traore
Fulham have announced the signing of Adama Traore.
The winger had been a free agent since leaving Wolves last month when his contract expired.
Traore, a Spanish international, joins Marco Silva’s side on a two-year deal with the option for a further 12 months after attracting interest from a number of other clubs this summer.
Formerly of Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, Traore becomes the second Fulham player signed this summer from Wolves, following the Cottagers’ £5million purchase of striker Raul Jimenez.
Chelsea close to sealing £115m Moises Caicedo deal
Chelsea are close to sealing a blockbuster deal for Moises Caicedo tonight, reports claim.
The Guardian say that the Blues are ready to pay a staggering £115m to finally land the Brighton midfielder and see off competition from Liverpool once and for all.
It would be the second time in six months that Chelsea have smashed the British transfer record, having spent £106.8m to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica in January.
Fabrizio Romano also says that Chelsea and Brighton are working to close the deal, with Caicedo having an agreement over an eight-year contract at Stamford Bridge that includes the option for another 12 months beyond that even.
The next few hours are said to be crucial, with Chelsea apparently wanting Caicedo at the Bridge tomorrow to really rub salt into the Liverpool wound.
Arsenal want Kieran Tierney sold permanently
Not in the squad for Saturday’s Premier League opener against Arsenal, Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Kieran Tierney.
He claims Arsenal are insisting on selling the Scotland international on a permnanent basis despite loan interest from Real Socieadad.
Chelsea hope in Moises Caicedo deal
Late-night negotiations between Chelsea and Brighton are yet to see the two clubs reach an agreement over Moises Caicedo.
The Independent say such delays help Liverpool’s case with Chelsea’s offer of a player-plus-cash move not interesting Brighton.
But Fabrizio Romano claims the Blues are increasingly confident they will get the transfer done.
Harry Kane sends emotional message to Spurs fans
Harry Kane has released an emotional video to confirm his departure from Tottenham.
The England captain travelled to Bayern Munich yesterday to complete a transfer worth at least £100million after almost two decades on the club’s books.
“I wanted to be the first to tell you Tottenham fans that I’ll be leaving the club today,” he said in the social media video.
“Obviously a lot of emotions going through me right now; sad to be leaving the club I’ve spent nearly 20 years of my life at, from 11-year-old boy to a 30-year-old man now.”
All the details as Harry Kane signs for Bayern Munich
Bayern have confirmed Harry Kane has signed on a contract to 2027, with the striker handed the No9 shirt in Bavaria.
It is expected that he’ll be eligible to make his debut later tonight in the German Super Cup clash against RB Leipzig.
Kane said: “I’m very happy to be part of FC Bayern now.”