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Transfer news LIVE! Calafiori to Arsenal delay, Williams talks; Chelsea triple deal; Zirkzee to Man Utd

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Transfer news LIVE!Arsenal are hoping to announce their first major summer signing within days after agreeing to a fee of around £42million for Riccardo Calafiori. The versatile defender is reportedly ready to undergo a medical this week but a rumoured delay is now on the cards. Also on Arsenal’s radar are Crystal Palace star Eberechi Eze and Wolves goalkeeper Dan Bentley while Talks are also reportedly set to take place with Nico Williams’ camp.Chelsea have missed out on Calafiori, but are closing in on three other signings in a busy start to the summer window. Renato Veiga, Aaron Anselmino and Caleb Wiley are expected to become Enzo Maresca’s sixth, seventh and eighth new additions for a combined £40m. Borussia Dortmund star Karim Adeyemi is a reported target, along with Rennes’ Desire Doue. Victor Osimhen continues to be linked and they are set to lose academy star Rio Ngumoha to Liverpool.Tottenham are also being heavily linked with Doue. Still, it is Eze, Wolves star Pedro Neto and Aston Villa’s Jacob Ramsey who are understood to be further up Ange Postecoglou’s transfer wishlist. Manchester United are closing in on a £80m double deal for Joshua Zirkzee and Matthijs de Ligt, have seen another bid for Jarrad Branthwaite rejected and Mason Greenwood is heading to Marseille. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours including the latest on Liverpool and West Ham via Standard Sport’s LIVE transfer blog!Live transfer updatesRiccardo Calafiori to Arsenal could be delayedChelsea close in on Renato Veiga in £40m triple dealMan Utd see second Jarrad Branthwaite bid rejectedTottenham to decide between Eberechi Eze or Pedro NetoChelsea to lose wonderkid Rio Ngumoha to LiverpoolArsenal set for Nico Williams talksMan Utd close in on Manuel Ugarte14:53 , Marc MayoManchester United’s bid for Manuel Ugarte is in the hands of Luis Enrique.The PSG coach will have the final say on whether his club accept a bid worth £38m plus bonuses for the Uruguayan midfielder, who has impressed in his country’s run to the Copa America semi-finals.Man Utd are said to be pushing hard behind the scenes as Le10Sport report of their optimism that a deal can be done.Barcelona and Manchester City are named as monitoring the situation. (Getty Images)Arsenal take Northern Ireland wonderkid on trial14:20 , Marc MayoArsenal have taken teenage star Coran Madden on trial, writes Simon Collings.The 15-year-old forward, who has already had trials at Manchester City and Manchester United, is considered one of the brightest prospects in Northern Ireland.Madden has earned the nickname ‘Golden Child’ at the academy of his club Cliftonville and is expected to move to the Premier League in the future.Arsenal are one of several top-flight clubs targeting Northern Irish players due to Brexit changing laws around signing youngsters from abroad.Read the full story!Man Utd coach leaves to make space for Ruud van Nistelrooy14:01 , Marc MayoMuch has been made of the incomings at Manchester United with Ruud van Nistelrooy returning to the club as Erik ten Hag’s assistant coach, alongside Rene Hake.But that means some outgoings are inevitable and the Mirror have reported that Mitchell van der Gaag has left.The Dutchman first linked up with Ten Hag at Ajax in 2021 and had been at his side throughout his United spell, up to this point.It is said to be unclear as to whether Ten Hag made the decision or whether Sir Jim Ratcliffe did as part of his overhaul of the club.Fellow United assistant boss Steve McLaren will reportedly keep his job. (Manchester United via Getty Imag)Ivan Toney on Man Utd shortlist13:38 , Marc MayoManchester United are pondering a move for Ivan Toney.A new striker is high on the Red Devils’ wish list this summer with The Athletic reporting on Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton as another option, after his move to Newcastle collapsed.Toney has long been tipped to leave Brentford due to his contract expiring next year, with his value dropping as low as £30m. (Getty Images)Chelsea plot £25m Karim Adeyemi bid13:07Chelsea are eyeing up an opening bid fo £25m to test Borussia Dortmund’s resolve over Karim Adeyemi.The German winger is catching the eye of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United too according to reports with the Blues considering him as a long-term replacement for Raheem Sterling.CaughtOffside detail that an offer is in the works with Dortmund open to cashing in on Adeyemi.It is said that Sterling could be subject to a bid from Saudi side Al Ahli, which would open up space and funds for a new signing at Stamford Bridge. (AFP via Getty Images)Riccardo Calafiori to Arsenal could be delayed12:41 , Marc MayoArsenal may have to sell before they can buy Riccardo Calafiori.According to The Athletic, there are some doubts among the Gunners’ chiefs that the Italian centre-back is worth the £45million deal currently nearing its conclusion.Jakub Kiwior and Oleksandr Zinchenko are two players who could leave to accommodate Calafiori although it is not yet decided whether they will have to be sold now, or later in the window.Juventus have been linked with Kiwior having missed out on Bologna’s Calafiori. (AFP via Getty Images)Arsenal set for Nico Williams talks12:07 , Marc MayoArsenal are set to hold talks with Nico Williams’ camp over signing the Spain winger.Athletic Club are powerless to stop the 21-year-old from leaving for £53m due to a release clause in his contract.CaughtOffside claim PSG have already discussed signing Williams with his entourage and talks will take place soon with Arsenal and Barcelona.Blaugrana president Joan Laporta stated yesterday that his club can afford the deal despite their financial issues with it now reported that Ansu Fati and Raphinha will be sold to raise the required funds.Raphinha was, in addition, recently linked to Arsenal as they seek reinforcements up front. (AFP via Getty Images)Arsenal in mix for Dutch goalkeeper11:31 , Marc MayoJustin Bijlow would accept a move to become back-up goalkeeper at Arsenal or Manchester United.Standard Sport reported on the Gunners’ interest in Bijlow earlier in the summer, with a new keeper on their agenda should they sell Aaron Ramsdale.Dan Bentley of Wolves is thought to be a separate target as a potential third-choice option.De Telegraaf now report on Bijlow being happy to leave Feyenoord for either the Emirates or Old Trafford even if it meant not being first-choice. (AP)Done deal!10:53 , Marc MayoFormer Liverpool and West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has signed for Real Betis on a two-year deal.The 37-year-old came through the Beticos academy before moving to the Hammers in 2013.Back to work for Victor Osimhen10:38 , Marc MayoNapoli pre-season training begins today at their Castel Volturno training ground and Victor Osimhen has been spotted as one of the first players to clock in this morning.The Italian club had hoped to have sold Osimhen by now for his full £109m release clause but no buyers have emerged willing to pay that price.La Gazzetta dello Sport report that the Nigerian striker will make himself available to new coach Antonio Conte and train as if he will start the season in Serie A, despite all parties hoping for a satisfying resolution with a big-money move away.Paris Saint-Germain are named as his most likely destination as things stand, or he could join Saudi club Al Hilal.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been linked but reportedly want his asking price to tumble before making a serious move. (Getty Images)Arsenal face fight over Ayden Heaven09:50 , Alex YoungArsenal youngster Ayden Heaven is attracting transfer interest from Borussia Dortmund, writes Simon Collings.The 17-year-old has impressed for the Gunners’ youth teams and travelled with the first-team squad for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Porto last season.Heaven is currently a scholar at Arsenal and is yet to sign professional terms with the club.Dortmund are one of those clubs tracking the teenager, however Arsenal would like him to stay put.Read the full story here![object Object] (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Tottenham unfazed over growing interest in Mikey Moore09:16 , Alex YoungTottenham are unfazed over Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain interest in Mikey Moore.According to HITC, the two European giants are sniffing around the teenager, who last week became their youngest ever Premier League player.But Spurs have big plans for Moore, including more first-team minutes in the upcoming season, and have no fears over losing the England youth international midfielder.Man City and Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly interested. (Action Images via Reuters)Atletico Madrid line up Conor Gallagher move09:01 , Alex YoungChelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has been strongly linked with a number of Premier League sides but could be about to get an offer from abroad.According to Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are the club holding most interest and have now made contact with the Blues over the prospect of a move. (Getty Images)Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho to lead Man Utd exodus08:42 , Alex YoungMason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho will lead a summer exodus at Manchester United.According to the Mail, Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Erik ten Hag want to raise funds and hope to recoup around £60million for the outcast pair. Donny van de Beek, Casemiro, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Scott McTominay also face uncertain futures.United want to sign central defenders, with Matthijs de Ligt and Jarrad Branthwaite targetted, and Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Manuel Ugarte are also of interest. (Getty Images)Arsenal and Manchester United in £30m Brian Brobbey fight08:29Arsenal and Manchester United are in a £30m fight to sign Brian Brobbey, reports claim.The Ajax forward has been on the transfer radar at Old Trafford for some time now as he continues to impress in the Eredivisie.But The Sun claim that Arsenal are now set to enter a £30m battle with United to sign Brobbey, who wants to head to the Premier League amid rival interest from Serie A.The 22-year-old has talked up a move to United in the past, though Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is said to view him as a decent alternative to Gabriel Jesus. (Getty Images)Liverpool transfer chief makes vow amid Rio Ngumoha links08:10 , Alex YoungLiverpool sporting director Richard Hughes says the club will “always be opportunistic” in the transfer window amid links with Chelsea wonderkid Rio Ngumoha.Hughes has only recently moved to the Reds, tasked with overseeing the club’s transfer activity alongside CEO of Football Michael Edwards and new manager Arne Slot, but is now hard at work overhauling the squad left behind by departing head coach Jurgen Klopp.Slot is yet to add to his first-team squad but Liverpool are reportedly hoping to poach 15-year-old Ngumoha, considered one of English football’s hottest properties.Discussing his working relationship with Slot, Hughes said: “We’ve been in conversations daily. On many things: logistics, organisation and, of course, preparing the transfer window. That’s something we’ll know more about when we go on.”Read more here! (The Standard)How Arsenal lost Amario Cozier-Duberry to Brighton07:55 , Alex YoungAmario Cozier-Duberry turned down interest from a host of other Premier League clubs and sides around Europe to join Brighton after leaving Arsenal, writes Simon Collings.The winger was a free agent after his contract with the Gunners expired last month and he had plenty of offers.Cozier-Duberry attracted interest from the likes of Aston Villa and West Ham, while Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic and Rangers were tracking him, too.The 19-year-old was also on the radar of Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq, who are coached by Steven Gerrard.Read the full story here! (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal and Chelsea miss out on Victor Osimhen07:37 , Alex YoungFinally, a club has shown some interest in Victor Osimhen, and it’s not from the Premier League.Arsenal and Chelsea have both been credited with interest in the Napoli striker, as well as Manchester United, but his £109m release clause is well above what any club is willing to pay.Reports in Italy claim Napoli will entertain bids of £85m having rejected a £67m approach from Chelsea.According to Corriere dello Sport, Paris Saint-Germain are now ready to move for Osimhen as Luis Enrique is not convinced by either Randal Kolo Muani or Goncalo Ramos.If they can loan or sell France international Kolo Muani, that will provide space for Osimhen to arrive.Napoli will then sign Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea with Antonio Conte intent on reuniting with the striker, who is valued at around £35m. (Getty Images)Man Utd handed major boost in Joshua Zirkzee bid07:24 , Alex YoungZlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed AC Milan have moved on from their attempts to sign Manchester United target Joshua Zirkzee.The Bologna forward has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, with the Manchester giants reportedly willing to pay Zirkzee’s €40million (£33.8m) release clause.Ibrahimovic, who is a senior advisor on the Milan board, confirmed that the San Siro giants had now moved on to other targets.“I can guarantee that new signings will arrive,” he said. “We are talking, discussing. There is nothing done.“Zirkzee is in the past. We have one in mind, but I will not say the name. There is someone we are aiming for.” (Evening Standard)Arsenal want Riccardo Calafiori medical this week07:11 , Alex YoungArsenal hope to schedule Riccardo Calafiori’s medical this week as they want to rush through a £42million deal for the Bologna defender.According to The Guardian, the Gunners want to get the versatile centre-back on the books they jet off to the United States for a pre-season tour.Progress continues to be made in talks and there is a belief a move could be rubber-stamped within the next few days. (AFP via Getty Images)Tottenham to decide between Eberechi Eze or Pedro Neto06:56 , Alex YoungTottenham are set to decide between signing Eberechi Eze or Pedro Neto this summer.Ange Postecoglou wants a new attacking midfielder and the Crystal Palace and Wolves stars will not come cheap.According to Football Insider, Eze will only leave Selhurst Park for his £60million-plus release clause while Neto should be available for closer to £50m.Neto’s injury record is concerning Spurs, which could see the club cough up a bigger fee for Eze. (The Standard)Chelsea close in on Renato Veiga in triple deal06:42 , Alex YoungIn more positive news for Chelsea, the club are closing in on the signing of Basel defender Renato Veiga, as they press ahead with another transfer recruitment drive, writes Simon Collings.The Blues have agreed a fee of around £11.8million for the 20-year-old from Portugal, who is due in London for a medical before signing a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea are also in talks over deals for Boca Juniors centre-back Aaron Anselmino and Atlanta United left-back Caleb Wiley, both 19.Veiga is a versatile defender who can play at both centre-back and full-back, while he has also played as a holding midfielder.Read more here! (Getty Images)Chelsea to lose wonderkid Rio Ngumoha to Liverpool06:33 , Alex YoungLiverpool are set to poach one of English football’s hottest properties from Chelsea, with Rio Ngumoha expected to head up north.According to Fabrizio Romano, the 15-year-old has decided to leave the Blues in a decision which has left Chelsea furious.Despite Chelsea’s heavy focus on buying young talent, Ngumoha believes the pathway to first-team action is much better at Liverpool.The Mail add that Brexit regulations have made Liverpool look at signing British talents rather than those on the continent, so Todd Boehly & Co. know what to blame. (Chelsea FC)Manchester United’s second Jarrad Branthwaite bid rejected06:20 , Alex YoungManchester United have seen a second bid worth around £45million rejected for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite.United last month dismissed an opening offer of £35m turned down by the Toffees, and this revised offer remains nowhere near a fee Everton would consider.According to various reports, Everton would only consider a sale of around £70m. It remains to be seen if United lodge a third bid. (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)06:05 , Alex YoungGood morning. This week looks set to be another big one in the transfer market, so let’s dive right in.Riccardo Calafiori to Arsenal transfer update todayMonday 8 July 2024 22:45 , Jonathan GorrieRiccardo Calafiori is a leading Arsenal target and a deal could be done quickly.According to The Guardian, the Gunners are keen to get the Bologna defender signed before they jet off to the United States for a pre-season tour.Talks are believed to have progressed and there is hope a move could be rubber-stamped within the next few days. (AFP via Getty Images)Renato Veiga to Chelsea now imminentMonday 8 July 2024 22:23 , Jonathan GorrieRenato Veiga is closing in on a move to Chelsea, with the Blues having agreed a £12m fee with FC Basel for the 20-year-old;According to Fabrizio Romano, the final stages of his medical have taken place and the contract will be signed on Wednesday. (Getty Images)Manchester United make huge bid for Jarrad BranthwaiteMonday 8 July 2024 21:57 , Jonathan GorrieA bit of late breaking news for Manchester United fans!According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils have launched a £45m plus £5m in add-ons bid for Jarrad Branthwaite.Everton, however, are said to value the defender at closer to £70m… (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)Manchester United keen on Ben ChilwellMonday 8 July 2024 21:28 , Jonathan GorrieBen Chilwell captained Chelsea at times last season but may be coming towards the end of his time with the Blues.According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have lined up a shock move for the England international… (The FA via Getty Images)Chelsea set to sign Caleb WileyMonday 8 July 2024 20:42 , Jonathan GorrieChelsea are closing in another signing, it seems.The Blues have already signed five players this summer but David Ornstein of The Athletic suggests they are ready to bring Atlanta United defender Caleb Wiley to Stamford Bridge.A fee with the American club has now been agreed, with the youngster reportedly then set to head to sister club Strasbourg on loan. (Getty Images)Arsenal confident about sealing Brian Brobbey dealMonday 8 July 2024 20:19 , Jonathan GorrieAjax forward Brian Brobbey has already named Arsenal and Tottenham among his dream destinations and it seems the striker could soon get his wish.According to the Sun, both Manchester United and the Gunners themselves are confident about doing a deal with the Amsterdam giants this summer… (Getty Images)Atletico Madrid line up Conor Gallagher moveMonday 8 July 2024 19:39 , Jonathan GorrieChelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has been strongly linked with a number of Premier League sides but could be about to get an offer from abroad.According to Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are the club holding most interest and have now made contact with the Blues over the prospect of a move. (Getty Images)Arsenal defender wanted by club which missed out on Riccardo CalafioriMonday 8 July 2024 17:59 , Marc MayoArsenal are reportedly ready to sell Jakub Kiwior to Juventus.The Serie A giants have missed out on Riccardo Calafiori to the Gunners and could now bid for Kiwior as their alternative, so say La Stampa.Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo is another option, after West Ham saw a £30m bid knocked back.Juve kick off their pre-season training under new coach Thiago Motta today and are also chasing a right-back and attacking midfielder with Jadon Sancho, Teun Koopmeiners and Joao Cancelo all on their shortlist. (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)How Brighton won fierce battle for Arsenal talentMonday 8 July 2024 17:42 , Marc MayoAmario Cozier-Duberry turned down interest from a host of other Premier League clubs and sides around Europe to join Brighton after leaving Arsenal, writes Simon Collings.The winger was a free agent after his contract with the Gunners expired last month and he had plenty of offers.Cozier-Duberry attracted interest from the likes of Aston Villa and West Ham, while Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic and Rangers were tracking him, too.The 19-year-old was also on the radar of Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq, who are coached by Steven Gerrard.Read the full story! (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Major Man Utd boost in Joshua Zirkzee bidMonday 8 July 2024 17:22 , Marc MayoZlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed AC Milan have moved on from their attempts to sign Manchester United target Joshua Zirkzee.The Bologna forward has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, with the Manchester giants reportedly willing to pay Zirkzee’s €40million (£33.8m) release clause.Ibrahimovic, who is a senior advisor on the Milan board, confirmed that the San Siro giants had now moved on to other targets.“I can guarantee that new signings will arrive,” he said. “We are talking, discussing. There is nothing done.“Zirkzee is in the past. We have one in mind, but I will not say the name. There is someone we are aiming for.” (Getty Images)Johnny Heitinga confirms Liverpool talksMonday 8 July 2024 16:58Former West Ham coach Johnny Heitinga has confirmed he is in talks with Liverpool over a move to join Arne Slot’s coaching staff.The Dutchman, who spent five years as a player with Merseyside rivals Everton between 2009 and 2014, left his coaching role at West Ham following the departure of David Moyes earlier this summer.Slot spoke to the media at a press conference for the first time as Jurgen Klopp’s replacement last week and confirmed his plans to keep adding to his staff following a raft of departures at the end of the Klopp era.“I’m in talks with Liverpool,” he told Dutch outlet De Telegraaf.“All I can say now is that I have been approached and that my agent Rob Jansen and I are in discussions.” (ANP/AFP via Getty Images)Arsenal face fight over Ayden HeavenMonday 8 July 2024 16:30 , Marc MayoArsenal youngster Ayden Heaven is attracting transfer interest from Borussia Dortmund, writes Simon Collings.The 17-year-old has impressed for the Gunners’ youth teams and travelled with the first-team squad for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Porto last season.Heaven is currently a scholar at Arsenal and is yet to sign professional terms with the club.Dortmund are one of those clubs tracking the teenager, however Arsenal would like him to stay put.Read the full story! (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Divock Origi exiled to Italian third-tierMonday 8 July 2024 16:01 , Marc MayoFormer Liverpool striker Divock Origi faces starting the season in Serie C.The AC Milan player is not wanted by the Italians so has been sent to their Futuro youth team, which plays in the third tier, until he finds a new club.Origi struggled to impress last year on loan at Nottingham Forest and is joined by defender Fode Ballo-Toure in moving down at Milan, after his lacklustre stint at Fulham. (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)Bologna want Mats Hummels to replace Riccardo CalafioriMonday 8 July 2024 15:32 , Marc MayoBologna are pressing to sign free agent Mats Hummels as their replacement for Riccardo Calafiori.The Italian centre-back is nearing a £45m switch to Arsenal, leaving Bologna with a gaping hole in their defence before playing in the Champions League next season.La Gazzetta dello Sport name Hummels as a top target but the veteran wants to earn £50,000-a-week after tax.Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet, who played for Aston Villa last term, and Udinese’s Jaka Bijol, rated at £17m after a good Euros for Slovenia, are also on their radar. (Getty Images)Arsenal and Chelsea set to miss out on Victor OsimhenMonday 8 July 2024 14:54 , Marc MayoFinally some movement in the race to sign Victor Osimhen, which has become rather stagnant in recent weeks.Arsenal and Chelsea are both credited with interest in the Napoli striker, as well as Manchester United, but his £109m release clause has proven too much.Reports in Italy say Napoli will entertain bids worth a minimum £85m having been said to have rejected a £67m approach from Chelsea.According to Corriere dello Sport, PSG are now ready to move for Osimhen as Luis Enrique is not convinced by either Randal Kolo Muani or Goncalo Ramos.If they can loan or sell France international Kolo Muani, that will provide space for Osimhen to arrive.Napoli will then sign Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea with Antonio Conte intent on reuniting with the striker, who is valued at around £35m. (Getty Images)Enzo Maresca drops transfer hint in Chelsea squad assessmentMonday 8 July 2024 14:09 , Marc MayoEnzo Maresca is “convinced” that Chelsea already have enough talent at their disposal to challenge for titles.Chelsea are, as ever, plotting several new signings this summer having acquired Marc Guiu, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Omari Kellyman and Tosin Adarabioyo. Further incomings are expected with Aaron Anselmino, Caleb Wiley and Renato Veiga close to joining.But Maresca is confident that there is plenty of quality available to him as pre-season begins, which was one of the main factors in him joining from Leicester.“I’m very excited,” he told the club media. “One of the reasons I’m here is because I’m convinced the squad is very good and full of talent.“The most important thing now is we’re able to create the right culture that drives us for the season.“I always say the same: if you are able to improve players then you are able to improve the team. So it’s our target to try to improve all of them day by day.” (Getty Images)Marseille in advanced talks over Mason Greenwood signingMonday 8 July 2024 13:53Mason Greenwood is closing in on a permanent exit from Manchester United.The former England forward spent last season on loan in LaLiga with Getafe but now looks to be heading to France and Ligue 1.According to multiple sources including the Press Association, Marseille are in advanced talks with United over a deal for Greenwood after links to the likes of Lazio and Juventus. (Getty Images)Manchester United eye shock deal for Chelsea’s Ben ChilwellMonday 8 July 2024 13:39Manchester United are considering a shock move for Ben Chilwell, reports claim.The Red Devils appear to be on the lookout for a new left-back option this summer to provide competition, cover and support for Luke Shaw, who spent months out injured last season.According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea’s Chilwell is among the options currently being considered at Old Trafford.The 27-year-old has also had his fair share of injury woes over recent years and did not make Gareth Southgate’s England’ squad for Euro 2024 despite the fitness worries over Shaw.He remains under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2027 after a new two-year extension signed last April. (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)Barcelona insist they can afford £53m Nico Williams dealMonday 8 July 2024 13:04 , George FloodCould Nico Williams be heading to Barcelona this summer?The Athletic Club forward is a player in huge demand after another stellar campaign in LaLiga and a starring role during Spain’s run to the semi-finals of Euro 2024.Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are just a few of the many clubs linked with Williams so far in this transfer window, though it seems he could be destined to remain in the Spanish top-flight with Barcelona.“Economically speaking, we could commit to the signing of Nico Williams,” Blaugrana president Joan Laporta told Catalunya Radio.“Nico’s a player I like, I like him a lot. We are working with [coach Hansi] Flick on possible signings. Now we have to leave [sporting director] Deco to close the operations we are working on.“Shortly we will be able to announce some good news with regard to the financial [issues] and we will be back within LaLiga’s Fair Play limits. And that will allow further good news in terms of [signings].” (AP)Chelsea close to Renato Veiga deal in triple transfer pushMonday 8 July 2024 12:07Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Basel defender Renato Veiga, as they press ahead with another transfer recruitment drive, writes Standard Sport’s Simon Collings.The Blues have agreed a fee of around £11.8million for the 20-year-old from Portugal, who is due in London for a medical before signing a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea are also in talks over deals for Boca Juniors centre-back Aaron Anselmino and Atlanta United left-back Caleb Wiley, both 19.Veiga is a versatile defender who can play at both centre-back and full-back, while he has also played as a holding midfielder.Read the full story here (Getty Images)Arsenal pushing for Riccardo Calafiori and Dan Bentley dealsMonday 8 July 2024 11:18Arsenal have expressed an interest in Wolves goalkeeper Dan Bentley, as they continue talks over a deal for Bologna and Italy defender Riccardo Calafiori, writes Standard Sport’s Simon Collings.The Gunners are looking at back-up options for No1 David Raya – signed on a permanent £27million deal last week – in case deputy Aaron Ramsdale leaves this summer.Ramsdale is expected to depart Arsenal if a suitable offer comes in and 30-year-old Bentley has been identified as a possible target.Bentley actually began his youth career at Arsenal, spending seven years with the club before being released in 2008, and knows goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana from their time together at Brentford.Read the full story here (Getty Images)Manchester United get major boost in Joshua Zirkzee moveMonday 8 July 2024 10:52 , George FloodThe path looks to be clear now for Manchester United to sign Joshua Zirkzee unencumbered.AC Milan had appeared to be the Red Devils’ main rivals for the Bologna forward as they looked to keep him in Serie A, but Rossoneri legend and advisor Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now confirmed that they are no longer in the running for his signature – leaving the route free for another of his former clubs.“Zirkzee? It’s the past for us,” ex-United striker Ibrahimovic said.“We already have the new striker in mind but I’m not gonna tell you the name.” (Getty Images)Arsenal reignite Raphinha move with player-plus-cash offerMonday 8 July 2024 10:04Arsenal are said to have made a player-plus-cash offer for Raphinha.Reports claim that the Gunners have reignited their long-standing interest in the former Leeds winger, who was chased by both Arsenal and Chelsea before eventually joining Barcelona in a £49m deal two summers ago.Speculation in Spain claims a part-exchange offer worth £30m plus striker Eddie Nketiah has now been submitted to the Catalan giants.Raphinha has also been linked with a return to the Premier League with Newcastle in the current transfer window. (Getty Images)Manchester United set to sign Joshua Zirkzee and Matthijs de LigtMonday 8 July 2024 09:09 , George FloodJoshua Zirkzee and Matthijs de Ligt are both set to join Manchester United, according to reports.Both players are currently away with the Netherlands at Euro 2024, where they are preparing for a semi-final showdown with England in Dortmund on Wednesday night.Fabrizio Romano says that Zirkzee is now set to join from Serie A outfit Bologna, while De Ligt is also believed to be “close” to making the move to Old Trafford.Romano says that United boss Erik ten Hag has been instrumental in both moves, making direct contact with the players in question to sell the project personally. (Evening Standard)Manchester United to confirm Ruud van Nistelrooy returnMonday 8 July 2024 08:42Plenty going on today at Manchester United it seems.As well as that aforementioned transfer meeting regarding the likes of Joshua Zirkzee, Matthijs de Ligt and Jarrad Branthwaite, it sounds like a major new addition to Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff will also be confirmed on Monday.According to Fabrizio Romano, the return of legendary Red Devils striker Ruud van Nistelrooy to Old Trafford as an assistant coach is set to be announced.He is joining Ten Hag’s team along with fellow Dutch coach Rene Hake. (Getty Images)Arsenal and Manchester United in £30m Brian Brobbey fightMonday 8 July 2024 08:20 , George FloodArsenal and Manchester United are in a £30m fight to sign Brian Brobbey, reports claim.The Ajax forward has been on the transfer radar at Old Trafford for some time now as he continues to impress in the Eredivisie.But The Sun claim that Arsenal are now set to enter a £30m battle with United to sign Brobbey, who wants to head to the Premier League amid rival interest from Serie A.The 22-year-old has talked up a move to United in the past, though Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is said to view him as a decent alternative to Gabriel Jesus. (Getty Images)Manchester United line up Matthijs de Ligt and Jarrad Branthwaite dealsMonday 8 July 2024 07:59 , George FloodManchester United will reportedly hold a transfer meeting today in order to decide on more summer deals.The Red Devils are already said to have told Serie A club Bologna that they are triggering the release clause of Dutch forward Joshua Zirkzee.According to the Daily Mail, United are to hold a transfer meeting on Monday having lined up deals for both Zirkzee and Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt.They will apparently also decide whether or not to make a new bid for Everton and England centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite, with exits expected for Mason Greenwood and Donny van de Beek, with the latter joining Girona in Spain. (REUTERS)Arsenal make contact over Daniel Bentley transferMonday 8 July 2024 07:21 , George FloodArsenal look keen to sign another new goalkeeper this summer in the form of Daniel Bentley.Last week, the Gunners moved to complete the permanent £27m signing of David Raya from London rivals Brentford following last season’s successful loan spell.Now The Athletic report that Arsenal have made contact with Wolves to express an interest in signing Bentley too.They are said to view the 30-year-old Englishman as a decent back-up option to No1 Raya, with doubts still surrounding the Emirates Stadium future of current deputy Aaron Ramsdale and the newly re-signed Karl Hein expected to go out on loan in the EFL next term.However, it is reported that Wolves will not sell former Southend, Bristol City and Brentford ‘keeper Bentley, who is under contract at Molineux until next summer, unless they receive a strong offer that allows them to reinvest. (Getty Images)Arsenal and Liverpool join race for €100m Joao NevesMonday 8 July 2024 07:04 , George FloodArsenal and Liverpool are believed to have joined Manchester United in the race for Joao Neves.Benfica’s teenage midfield prodigy has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Old Trafford all summer so far.However, a high-profile deal has yet to come to fruition, with any suitor for Neves seemingly likely to have to pay his hefty €100m release clause in full.Portuguese publication O Jogo claim that Arsenal and Liverpool are also now contending for Neves’ signature this summer. (AFP via Getty Images)Chelsea and Tottenham in Desire Doue battle this weekMonday 8 July 2024 06:58 , George FloodDesire Doue is at the centre of a transfer tussle involving all of Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.Rennes’ teenage midfielder has become one of French football’s most talented young prospects and has been attracting interest from all over Europe of late.According to The Sun, Doue is a key target for London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham, who will both push for a deal to be completed as soon as this week.However, Manchester United are similarly said to be firmly in the mix, with the France Under-21 international also believed to be on the radars of both Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. (AFP via Getty Images)Manchester United trigger Joshua Zirkzee release clauseMonday 8 July 2024 06:52 , George FloodA deal for Manchester United to sign Joshua Zirkzee now looks close to completion.The Red Devils have long since made Riccardo Calafiori’s Bologna team-mate a top transfer target for the summer as they seek to improve on last season’s dismal Premier League finish having decided to stick with manager Erik ten Hag.United are understood to have had an agreement on personal terms with Zirkzee for some time, with talks having progressed with Bologna over a fee.Gianluca Di Marzio now reports that United have told the Serie A club that they will trigger the Dutch international’s release clause worth €40million (£33.8m).They have also apparently agreed to pay a hefty agent’s fee. 45 per cent of the sale is due to go to Zirkzee’s former club, Bayern Munich. (AFP via Getty Images)Chelsea pushing for Karim Adeyemi dealMonday 8 July 2024 06:44 , George FloodChelsea appear to have made Karim Adeyemi their new top transfer target.It has been another busy summer window already for the Blues, who have signed Tosin Adarabioyo, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Estevao Willian, Omari Kellyman and Marc Guiu following the appointment of Enzo Maresca as their new manager.Now they are said to have their sights firmly set on Borussia Dortmund winger Adeyemi.According to transfer specialist Rudy Galetti, the German international is now the priority for Chelsea, who are believed to be stepping up their efforts to sign him and are in constant communication with the player’s camp.It sounds like there could well be fast movement on a potential deal this week. (AFP via Getty Images)Arsenal agree £45m Riccardo Calafiori dealMonday 8 July 2024 06:36 , George FloodArsenal are closing in on the signing of Riccardo Calafiori, reports claim.The Gunners have stepped up their interest in the versatile Bologna defender since holders Italy’s shock early exit from Euro 2024 last weekend.Mikel Arteta wants a new left-footed centre-back to help bolster his squad for another Premier League title charge next season, having already completed a permanent £27million deal for loanee goalkeeper David Raya last week.Now according to Sport Zone, Arsenal have agreed a £45m fee with Serie A side Bologna for Calafiori, who has already agreed on personal terms and will apparently head to north London after a post-season holiday.It is said that he could undergo a medical as soon as this week. (AFP via Getty Images)

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