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Transfer news LIVE – Varane announcement ‘expected’ as Chelsea seal Lukaku deal

The Premier League season gets underway tonight when Arsenal take on Brentford, but a host of clubs are still busily trying to strike transfer deals

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It barely seems a week since Euro 2020 ended in heartbreak for England, but tonight, the Premier League returns.

Arsenal travel to newly-promoted Brentford to kick-off what looks an increasingly fascinating top-flight season.

But the start of the campaign doesn’t mean the end of the transfer window, with clubs able to negotiate moves until the end of August.

And there are still a number of high-profile transfers in the offing. Manchester United are hoping to finally announce the signing of Raphael Varane after he completed his medical earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku’s arrival at Chelsea means that Tammy Abraham looks destined to leave amid reports that Serie A giants Roma have had a bid accepted.

Arsenal are still in the market for a number of positions, including goalkeeper, but may be forced to look beyond Aaron Ramsdale, after being priced out of a move.

Stay with us for the latest transfer updates throughout the day.

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Barca offer Coutinho to LazioBarcelona have reportedly offered Philippe Coutinho to Lazio in a desperate attempt to lower their spiralling wage bill.

The Blaugrana have been unable to register the majority of their new signings and saw Lionel Messi leave in an attempt to hit LaLiga’s salary guidelines.

Coutinho is one of the club’s highest earners and according to Mundo Deportivo, although Lazio would be interested, his huge wages would be a stumbling block in any kind of transfer.

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Arsenal’s transfer planSky Sports News claim Arsenal still want to sign three more players before the window closes later this month.

The Gunners have already spent more than £75m in landing Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ben White.

But Arteta has made it clear that he wants more additions and the report suggests that Arsenal still want a goalkeeper, a midfielder and a forward.

They add that a forward is the ‘priority’ and they’ve been in talks with Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.

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Liverpool announce Virgil van Dijk contractThe Liverpool defender has signed a new contract which will see him stay at Anfield long-term.

Big Virg @VirgilvDijk has today signed a new long-term contract with the Reds

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 13, 2021 09:48Ben Husband

Liverpool transfer stanceLiverpool are ‘unlikely’ to make any further signings this summer, according to the Athletic.

The Reds have signed just one player for the senior squad, with Ibrahima Konate arriving from RB Leipzig right at the start of the summer.

Fans have been keen to see extra reinforcements as they look to wrestle back the Premier League title from Manchester City.

However, club sources have said signings before the window are “unlikely” and depend heavily on potential outgoings.

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE – AUGUST 06: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during a trining session on August 06, 2021 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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MK Dons confirm new managerMK Dons have confirmed the appointment of Liam Manning after Russell Martin left the club to join Swansea City.

The 35-year-old left Belgian side Lommel earlier this week and has now been appointed the club’s first ever Head Coach.

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Roma determined to land AbrahamRoma remain determined to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, despite some reluctance from the player.

Jose Mourinho has earmarked the England international as a potential Edin Dzeko replacement after he joined Inter Milan.

Chelsea are open to selling Abraham having signed Lukaku and are hoping to fetch more than £30m in fees.

Roma general manager Tiago Pinto has flown into London for negotiations and a source close to Sky Sports said: “Talks are ongoing. It’s not easy but there’s a strong determination from Roma’s side”

Arsenal remain waiting in the wings with Arteta desperate to add a new striker to his squad.

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Martinez contract talksInter Milan are set for Lautaro Martinez contract talks days after Tottenham launched a £60m bid for the striker.

The Argentine is the subject of transfer interest from Arsenal and Spurs, with the Italian giants- open to selling their biggest stars.

However, after Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku for £97.5m, the Nerazzurri look set to keep his strike partner and tie him to an extended contract.

Sky Sports Italy report that the players agent is continuing negotiations with the club and could be granted a contract that expires in 2026.

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Lukaku confirmedOne deal that has been completed however is Romelu Lukaku’s £97.5m Chelsea return.

The move was finalised on Thursday night, meaning no player has been sold for more combined transfer fees than the £285m spent on the Belgian striker.

Speaking after his move, Lukaku said: “It’s been a long journey for me: I came here as a kid who had a lot to learn, now I’m coming back with a lot of experience and more mature.

“The relationship I have with this club means so much to me, as you know. I have supported Chelsea as a kid and now to be back and try to help them win more titles is an amazing feeling.

“The way the club is going fits my ambitions perfectly at 28 and just coming off winning Serie A. I think this opportunity comes at the right time and hopefully we can have a lot of success together.

“Since I left Chelsea, it’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but these experiences made me strong and the challenge is to try to help the team win some more trophies. I can’t wait to get started and to help the club achieve more success.”

Does this transfer make Chelsea the Premier League favourites? Hard to see past them!

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Varane announcement ‘expected’When the deal to sign the Real Madrid defender was agreed in principle before August 1, few would have expected that Manchester United would still be awaiting a formal Raphael Varane announcement.

But on the eve of the Premier League season that is still the case, despite various reports that the Frenchman has completed his medical.

Earlier this week it was suggested that some contract details were being ironed out, although there is the expectations that confirmation of the transfer is imminent.

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Morning!Hi all,

Welcome to Mirror Football’s live coverage of the transfer window.

It not only promises to be an action-packed day in terms of signings, but the real stuff finally returns when Arsenal head to Brentford.

Here’s a run-through of some of the biggest transfer stories going into the first weekend of the Premier League season.

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