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PALACE TARGET CHAMPIONSHIP STRIKER

Crystal Palace are among the Premier League clubs pursuing the Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo, according to The Guardian.

However, they will probably need to stump up at least £15m to secure a deal before the end of this transfer window.

The 22-year-old scored eight goals (8.28 xG) in the Sky Bet Championship last season, adding a further 12 assists from 5.36 xA.


UNITED'S ANSWER UP FRONT?

Manchester United are weighing up a £45m move for Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha, according to the Daily Mail.

The 23-year-old netted six goals from 7.44 xG in La Liga last season - that's despite 21 of his 29 appearances coming from the bench.

Cunha also contributed four assists from 1.96 xA.

Tuesday's Paper Talk

GARNER TO LEAVE MAN UTD?

There is a good chance that James Garner may leave Old Trafford this summer according to Fabrizio Romano.

With 3/4 clubs interested it looks like the Man Utd academy graduate could leave to seek first team football.

Garner featured 41 times for Nottingham Forest last season and was crucial in their promotion to the Premier League.


CLUBS BATTLE FOR DEMBELE

Everton, Nottingham Forest, West Ham, Fulham and Villarreal are all interested in Lyon forward, Moussa Dembele according to Dahbia Hattabi.

The ex-Celtic and Fulham man is drumming up a lot of interest as many clubs look to sign a target man.

The Frenchman scored 21 goals from a total of 18.73xG last season.


CHELSEA IN RACE TO SIGN CASADEI

Chelsea look set to win the race for highly rated Inter midfielder Cesare Casadei according to Jacob Steinberg.

Chelsea are hopeful of agreeing a deal in the region of £12m to secure the services of the Italian.

However, OGC Nice have also displayed an interest and given their summer spending it can't be ruled out that they don't make an offer.


MONDAY'S PAPER TALK

Paper Talk is back again with yet more exciting rumours:

  • Both Milan clubs snub Ronaldo
  • Chelsea see £40m Gordon offer rejected by Everton
  • Bernardo Silva weighing up Barcelona move
Monday's Paper Talk

PSG HOPEFUL OF KEHRER EXIT

PSG are hopeful of selling Thilo Kehrer this week with West Ham push for the German according to Fabrizo Romano.

With Aguerd injured it seems a deal for Thilo Kehrer would suit West Ham as well as Kehrer in allowing him game time.

Kehrer is a versatile defender that can play in any of the defensive positions which would allow West Ham to play a back three or a back four.


BARCELONA DEMAND €30M FOR AUBAMEYANG

Barcelona have asked for around €30m for Aubameyang with Chelsea interested in the Gabonese forward according to Fabrizio Romano.

Chelsea wanted to spend a lot less on the forward but talks are continuing between both clubs with Marcos Alonso still a part of the discussions.

Thomas Tuchel is still pushing for Aubameyang however Xavi is insistent on keeping the forward at the Nou Camp.


BARCA TALENT LEAVES ON LOAN

Alex Collado has left Barcelona to join Elche on loan for the season. However, there is no buy option included as part of the deal for the 23-year-old according to Fabrizio Romano.

Elche will cover 50% of the winger's salary for the season as he heads to Elche who play their first match of the season away to Real Betis.

Collado started 13 matches for Granada last season whilst on loan at the LaLiga club scoring twice from an xG of 1.04 and assisting once from an xA of 1.39


ETHAN LAIRD JOINS QPR

The Athletic report that Ethan Laird has now officially joined QPR on a season long loan from Manchester United after a move to Watford broke down.

Laird, who was on loan at Swansea and Bournemouth last season is an attacking right back but is also capable of being deployed as a wing back too.

Last season he featured 26 times in the Championship over his two loan spells in the Championship were he impressed with his athleticism and ability to get forward relentlessly.


CHELSEA ENCOURAGED IN FOFANA PURSUIT

Chelsea are set to hold direct talks with Leicester over the signing of Wesley Fofana according to Ben Jacobs.

With intermediaries having laid down the initial groundwork to get a deal done it now looks like both clubs will now be in direct communication to broker a deal.

Fofana played the full ninety minutes versus Arsenal at the weekend but did appear to say his goodbyes to the travelling Leicester fans after the final whistle.


CHELSEA'S GORDON BID REJECTED

Chelsea have had a £40m bid for the Everton forward Anthony Gordon rejected as the west London club's new ownership aim to invest in the future.

That's according to The Times, who claim that the Blues are looking to strengthen before the conclusion of the transfer window.

The 21-year-old netted four goals from 3.18 xG in the Premier League last season, adding a further two assists from 3.98 xA.


AUBA WANTS TO STAY

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has made it clear that he wants to stay at Barcelona this summer, according to various reports.

The forward joined the La Liga club after leaving Arsenal in January, scoring 13 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions.

Chelsea have been linked - a potential reunion with former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel - but a move now looks to be unlikely.


UNITED COULD TERMINATE RONALDO CONTRACT

It is being reported that Manchester United are considering terminating Cristiano Ronaldo's contract unless he 'changes his attitude'.

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CITY'S KABORE SET FOR MARSEILLE LOAN

Manchester City right-back Issa Kabore is set to join Marseille on loan, according to the Daily Mail.

The Burkina Faso international was reportedly attracting attention from Southampton but now looks set to make a temporary switch to the South of France.


FOREST IN MAUPAY TALKS

Nottingham Forest are in talks with Brighton over the signing of striker Neal Maupay, according to The Telegraph.

A fee of £15million is being reported, which would take the newly-promoted side's summer spending to £125million.

Maupay netted eight goals (8.55 xG) in 32 Premier League appearances for the Seagulls last season.


DAVIS JOINS WATFORD ON LOAN

Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis has joined Watford on a season-long loan deal.

The 24-year-old spent the second half of last term on loan at Nottingham Forest, scoring five times in 15 games as Steve Cooper’s side were promoted to the Premier League.

Davis has made 88 appearances for Villa, although only 28 of them have been starts.

The England Under-20 international was at Vicarage Road on Friday night as Watford beat Burnley 1-0 to maintain their unbeaten start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign.


RODGERS NOT PANICKING OVER LACK OF BUSINESS

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers says he will not lose his head over the lack of signings at the club this summer.

Apart from recruiting former Cardiff goalkeeper Alex Smithies on a free transfer, the Foxes have not brought in any new players over the close season and Rodgers said there is “no guarantee” that will change before the transfer window closes.

“What you learn through experience is there’s no point in losing your head over it,” Rodgers said.

“The club is managed really well, there’s a reason for that because behind the scenes the people know maybe at times when to put the brakes on. Maybe this is what they have to do at this moment.”


BARCA REGISTER FOUR NEW SIGNINGS

Barcelona have registered Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessie, Raphinha and Andreas Christensen ahead of their La Liga clash with Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening.

But new signing Jules Kounde has not yet been registered.

Barca were able to register the players after raising £85m from selling 24.5 per cent of Barca Studios to Orpehus Media.

Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto have also been registered after agreeing new contracts.


TOMORI SIGNS NEW MILAN DEAL

England international Fikayo Tomori has committed his future to AC Milan until June 2027.

The 24-year-old centre-back, who joined the Rossoneri from Chelsea in the summer of 2021 following an initial loan spell, won the Serie A title with the San Siro club last season.

Tomori earned his first England call-up in October 2019, with his debut coming against Kosovo in a Euro 2020 qualifier, and he made his most recent appearance in the goalless Nations League draw with Italy at Molineux in June.


LEICESTER SIGN KEEPER SMITHIES ON FREE

Leicester have announced the signing of experienced goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

The 32-year-old has signed a two-year deal with Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes after leaving Cardiff earlier in the summer.

Smithies, who played 100 times for Cardiff having also previously represented QPR, bolsters Rodgers’ goalkeeping options following last week’s departure of Premier League-winning stopper Kasper Schmeichel to Nice.


MAN UTD'S MURTAGH IN TURIN FOR RABIOT DEAL

Manchester United Director of Football John Murtagh has been pictured in Turin ahead of a potential transfer for Juventus' Adrien Rabiot.

Advanced talks are continuing on the final details of a £15m transfer.


BURNLEY TO SIGN STUTTGART WINGER

Burnley have agreed a deal with Stuttgart to sign their winger Darko Churlinov, according to Sky in Germany.

The 22-year-old had looked set to join Belgium side Anderlecht.


YAYA TOURE JOINS SPURS' STAFF

Three-time Premier League winner Yaya Toure has been appointed coach of Tottenham's under 16s.

The former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder had an initial spell working with Spurs' academy during the second half of last season.


NAPOLI INTERESTED IN NDOMBELE

Napoli are one of the clubs interested in Tanguy Ndombele according to Fabrizio Romano.

Napoli have already been busy in the market making moves for Keylor Navas, Raspadori and Gio Simeone this summer.

Villarreal have also been mentioned as potential suitors after they secure their priority target of Gio Lo Celso.


LO CELSO CLOSE TO EXIT

Gio Lo Celso is edging closer to a Tottenham exit this summer as he edges closer to a Villarreal return after a successful loan spell last year with the Yellow Submarines.

As Gianluca Di Marzio reports the move will be a loan initially but includes an option to buy.

Lo Celso was never able to replicate the form he showed at Real Betis at Tottenham but was in brilliant form for ex-Arsenal manager Unai Emery last season at Villarreal.


BRIGHTON SET SIGHTS ON ESTUPINAN

Brighton have made Villarreal left back, Pervis Estupinan as their number one target to replace Marc Cucurella according to The Telegraph.

The Ecuador international has made 53 LaLiga appearances for Villarreal and was once on the books of Watford up until 2020 but didn't make a single appearance for the club.

The 24-year-old made waves in the Champions League last season featuring ten times in Villarreal's run to the semi-final.


MOYES ANSWERS NUNES AND DEPAY QUESTIONS

West Ham manager David Moyes reveals that West Ham made an offer for Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes.

"We made a bid for Nunes but he chose not to come" were the words David Moyes used to describe the situation.

He later added "we're not working on Memphis Depay deal" he told Roshane Thomas.


JUVENTUS ANNOUNCE KOSTIC

Juventus have announced the signing of Filip Kostic on a season long loan from Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Serbian left wingback was heavily linked with West Ham before a move petered out.

Kostic won the Europa League with Frankfurt but will now head to Serie A as part of Juventus' summer rejig.


DENNIS HAVING MEDICAL

John Percy reports that Forest are now on the verge of completing a deal for Watford forward Emmanuel Dennis with a medical pencilled in for later today.

Forest aren't done there however, with Remo Freuler having passed his medical yesterday, Cheikhou Kouyate is now expected to sign as a free agent.

These three moves will take Forest's total up to fifteen incomings this window.


FOREST MAKE STRIKER BREAKTHROUGH

Nottingham Forest have had an offer accepted for South Korean attacker and Bordeaux's Hwang Ui-Jo according to French outlet L'Equipe.

The striker has been the subject of interest from a few Premier League clubs with Forest being the latest suitor.

If a deal can be struck in time it could see Hwang and potential new boy Remo Freuler being announced over the weekend.


PSG TAKE NEXT STEP IN FABIAN DEAL

Fabian Ruiz has nor confirmed his intention to sign with the Paris club on a five year deal after personal terms were fully agreed according to Fabrizio Romano.

Keylor Navas is also being used as a makeweight in the deal with discussions on going between Napoli and PSG for the Costa Rican.

Napoli were reportedly interested in Kepa however, see Navas as their number one option.


GATTUSO PROFESSES ARTHUR LOVE

"I'd love to sign Arthur" were the words used by Valencia manager Gennaro Gattuso in a press conference today.

However, a move for the Brazilian has been ruled out as the club cannot afford to finance a deal.

Valencia have just completed a move for Barcelona wonderkid Nico Gonzalez which impacts their spending in other departments as Valencia look to continue their reshuffle this summer.


RASHFORD MAKES PSG STANCE CLEAR

Despite links with PSG Marcus Rashford is prioritising success at Manchester United as links circulate over a move to PSG according to The Daily Mirror.

The forward has entered the last twelve months of his contract at Old Trafford with The Mail reporting that despite his contract scenario his main focus is trying to bring back the glory days to Old Trafford under new manager Erik ten Hag.

PSG manager Christoph Galtier has gone on record stating "we want another striker to come in" which means this saga could still drag on.


KLOPP RULES OUT MIDFIELDER MOVE

With Thiago out for up to six weeks there have been a few murmurings that Liverpool wide dive into the market on the hunt for a midfielder to add depth to the squad.

However, when asked about the possibility of signing a new midfielder. Klopp stated:

"If there would have been the right solution for us we would have done it already".

With Naby Keita looking set for a return to the squad on Monday versus Crystal Palace it looks like the Guinean is likely to feature.


EX-CHELSEA MIDFIELDER AN OPTION FOR FOREST

Tiemoue Bakayoko is an option for Nottingham Forest as they look to yet again add more talent to their squad according to Luca Bianchin.

Bakayoko is currently on a two-year loan at Scudetto winners AC Milan from Chelsea but could cut short his loan deal to sign permanently for Forest.

Talks are ongoing to find a solution regarding the player's wages.


HASENHUTTL INSISTENT ON KEEPING ADAMS

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has insisted Che Adams will not be heading out of the club on loan.

The forward has been linked with a temporary move to Everton, who are in need of attacking options following Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury, but Saints manager Hasenhuttl was quick to shut down the topic.

“Definitely nothing serious behind this rumour,” he told a press conference. “We are not in the way that we want to loan players like him to anywhere.”

One player who has left St Mary’s, at least for a season, is winger Nathan Tella, who has joined Championship side Burnley on loan.

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MARI JOINS MONZA

Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has completed his loan move to Monza for the 2022-23 season.

Mari has joined the Serie A side after making 22 appearances for the Gunners.


PSG STAR HEADING TO JUVENTUS?

Juventus and Leandro Paredes have reached full agreement on personal terms according to Fabrizio Romano.

However, a fee is yet to be decided upon and negotiations are still on going as Juventus want to sell at least one of Rabiot or Arthur to make way for a new midfielder.

Paredes was a big part of the PSG midfield that won Ligue 1 last season and is also an Argentina regular, with 44 caps to his name.


LIVERPOOL DENY NUNES LINKS

Liverpool have brushed away rumours that they're interested in Sporting CP's Matheus Nunes.

Nunes is being linked with the Reds following Thiago's injury that could rule him out for up to six weeks.

Nunes impressed last season in the Portuguese league but also made waves in the Champions League in which he played six times in last season and left a good impression on many.


MAN UTD CONSIDER GAKPO MOVE

Manchester United are considering Cody Gakpo as a transfer target but are yet to make an offer for the Dutch international with PSV reportedly having €50m price tag set for the winger according to Rik Elfrink.

Gakpo is a hot commodity at present having had a brilliant season last year for PSV playing as an inside forward from the left.

If Gakpo does become available for transfer, it looks like Man Utd won't be the only Premier League club who will put their name in the ring for the 23-year-old.


MAN UTD CHIEF TAKES NEXT STEP IN RABIOT DEAL

John Murtough has boarded a plane to Turin to take the next step in the Adrien Rabiot deal according to The Daily Mirror.

The deal in place to secure the Juventus midfielder is believed to be in the region of £15m and has already been agreed upon by both clubs.

The next stage will be brokering personal terms in talks with Rabiot's agent alongside his mother if a move is to materialise.


RODGERS SPEAKS ON FOFANA

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has spoken on the Wesley Fofana situation.

"There were two (bids) but again nowhere near what the club would even think about. He's not a player we are actively looking to move on but naturally if there is interest from other clubs then of course that is looked at".

Despite interest from Chelsea it still seems that Leicester value Fofana at a higher price than Chelsea have currently offered whilst the other team interested remains unnamed.

Wesley Fofana in action against Roma
Wesley Fofana in action against Roma


SIMEONE HEADS TO NAPOLI

Full agreement has been reached for the transfer of Gio Simeone, son of Diego to be playing his football in Naples next season according to Fabrizio Romano.

The striker scored 17 in 36 Serie A last season for Hellas Verona and helped fire them to a ninth placed finish.

With Serie A kicking off this weekend, his opening match for Napoli could be versus his previous club as Napoli travel to the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi to take on Verona.


WEST HAM TARGET HEADS TO JUVENTUS

Serbian wingback and previous West Ham transfer target Filip Kostic now looks to be on his way to Juventus with Fabrizio Romano reporting it as a deal completed.

The marauding wingback helped Frankfurt win the Europa League last term and was a man in demand, especially for teams who look to play with a back three.

Current Juventus fullback, Luca Pellerini also looks like he could now move the other way as part of the transfer.


ARSENAL TRACKING TIELEMANS

With the Gunners clearly in the market for another midfielder, it appears that Youri Tielemans has emerged as a potential target who they remain interested in according to The Daily Mail.

It's no secret that Arsenal are admirers of the Belgian having been linked with him multiple times in the past due to the midfielder's style and skillset looking to be an almost perfect fit for Arteta's system.

However, with clubs circling around their best players, it could take a big offer for Leicester to even consider offloading the talented Belgium international.


CLUBS LINE UP FOR SARR

Many Premier League clubs are monitoring the situation of Ismaila Sarr following Watford's relegation to the second tier.

However, contrary to reports Leeds are have not made a proposal as of yet according to Fabrizio Romano.

Manchester United have been another club linked with the Senegalese international which was covered in today's paper talk CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.


MAN UTD FULLBACK SENT OUT ON LOAN

According to sources in Old Trafford, Manchester United have agreed a deal with QPR for fullback Ethan Laird to head out on loan.

QPR have been in the market for a right-back all summer and have now sealed a deal to fill what has been a problem position for the Rs.

New manager, Michael Beale is a big fan of using wing backs to provide width in attack and Ethan Laird will be perfect for that role having had attacking roles at Swansea and Bournemouth last season.


WILLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE RETURN HOTS UP

Former Chelsea and Arsenal star Willian has recently had his contract cancelled by his boyhood club Corinthians as the potential for a Premier League return becomes likelier by the day.

The Brazilian who has seventy caps to his name is being linked with a move to Premier League new boys Fulham according to The Daily Mail.

Willian could be in London next week to finalise a move with Fulham still adding to their squad to ensure the best chances of Premier League survival.


ARSENAL CHASE MILAN STAR

Arsenal are making inquiries to Milan about the possibility of signing Sandro Tonali according to The Guardian.

The 22-year-old has drawn comparisons to ex-Milan and Italy legend, Andrea Pirlo. However, his playstyle is completely different. Tonali is a box-to-box midfielder and would play in the role Xhaka plays in the current Arsenal set up.

However, there is a big price tag with the move potentially costing the gunners £50m.


THURSDAY'S PAPER TALK

A big day of paper talk today with rumours circulating around:

The battle for Frenkie de Jong.

The permutations of the potential of Cody Gakpo leaving PSV.

Manchester United scouting mission over Ismaila Sarr.

Paper Talk Frenkie de Jong
CLICK HERE FOR THURDSAY'S PAPER TALK


PSG KEEP TABS ON SIMAKAN

PSG are looking at the possibility of acquiring the services of RB Leipzig defender Mohamed Simakan according to Loic Tanzi.

The 22-year-old Frenchman is valued at €40m and is considered as an option if they can't sign Milan Skriniar from Inter.

The centre back featured regularly for Leipzig last season playing 28 matches mostly as a right sided centre back in a back three.


FRENKIE DE JONG HOLDS CRUNCH TALKS

Collin Millar reports that Barcelona midfielder, Frenkie de Jong is holding crunch talks as Chelsea look to complete a stunning double swoop for Barcelona duo de Jong and Aubameyang.

Marcos Alonso will also be used as a makeweight in the deal with the Spanish full back heading back to LaLiga.

However, the Marcos Alonso deal does hinge on whether Barcelona are able to find a solution over de Jong's contract situation being resolved.


GAKPO 'LIKELY TO STAY AT PSV IF QUALIFY FOR UCL'

Manchester United target Cody Gakpo admits he is more likely to stay at PSV Eindhoven this season if the club qualify for the Champions League proper.

PSV beat Monaco last night to reach the Champions League play-off round, the last knockout stage before September's group stages.

United can only offer Europa League football this season so victory for PSV over Scottish side Rangers could be a damaging blow to Erik Ten Hag's bid to find a new striker.

"We must first focus on and try to make it to the Champions League. Then it is more likely that I will stay," said Gakpo after PSV's win over Monaco.

"I don't think I have said anywhere that I am leaving, so there is definitely a chance that I will stay.

"I'm open for a cup of coffee with the management - or coffee for them and water for me. We'll see how it goes."


CITY CLOSE TO GOMEZ DEAL

Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez.

Talks are at an advanced stage but City are yet to put in their formal offer to the Belgian club.

Gomez is considered a development player by City, and the intention is to loan him out to one of the other City Group clubs.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that he will join Pep Guardiola's first-team squad this season - but City remain focused on alternative first-team targets.

Gomez was on City’s radar when they were chasing a deal for Marc Cucurella, who ultimately signed for Chelsea.


MARI MAKING MONZA MOVE

Pablo Mari has landed in Italy to complete a loan move from Arsenal to Monza.

The 28-year-old central defender is surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium this season, having spent the second half of last year on loan at Udinese.

Another player closing in on a move away from north London is goalkeeper Alex Runarsson.

It is understood two Turkish clubs are interested in a permanent deal for the Iceland international, who has made just six first-team appearances since joining the Gunners in 2020.

Hector Bellerin looks likely to join Real Betis, where he spent last season on loan, while Arsenal are also understood to be willing to listen to loan offers for both Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson.


DAMSGAARD COMPLETES BEES SWITCH

Sky Sports News are reporting that Denmark winger Mikkel Damsgaard, one of the stars of his country's run to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, has completed a move to Premier League side Brentford.

The 22-year-old has reportedly signed a five-year deal with the Bees after passing his medical.


CITY DISMISS BERNARDO BARCA SALE TALK

Manchester City have refuted rumours that they have agreed the sale of Portugal playmaker Bernardo Silva to La Liga giants Barcelona.

Reports from Spain claimed the clubs had agreed a deal worth around £45m on Tuesday but the Daily Mail says City are determined to keep the 28-year-old.


CHELSEA CLOSE TO AGREEING DE JONG FEE

Accorrding to Tom Roddy, Chelsea are nearing an agreement with Barcelona for a Frenkie de Jong fee.

It reportedly remains unclear whether the Dutch midfielder will welcome a move to the Blues, but it is thought the lack of Champions League football was a sticking point when it comes to Manchester United.

CHOUDHURY JOINS WATFORD ON LOAN

Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury has joined Championship side Watford on a season-long loan deal with the option of a permanent move.

The 24-year-old has linked up with the Hornets, subject to English Football League clearance, as they attempt to secure their return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.


WEDNESDAY'S PAPER TALK

Another packed Paper Talk this morning with rumours surrounding...

  • Wesley Fofana's possible Leicester exit
  • A Manchester United Morata move
  • Forest's interest in Pervis Estupinan
Alvaro Morata is being linked with Manchester United
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KEOGH RETURNS TO IPSWICH

Ipswich have signed experienced defender Richard Keogh from Blackpool on a one-year deal.

The 35-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee to become Town’s seventh summer arrival.

Former Republic of Ireland international Keogh started his career in Ipswich’s academy before leaving for Stoke in 2003, and he told the club’s website: “It’s amazing to be back.


TORINO AGREE VLASIC DEAL

Torino have agreed a loan with an option to buy deal for the services of West Ham's Nikola Vlasic, thought to be around £15m when including add-ons.

Vlasic headed to Italy yesterday with a medical set for today.


SIMPSON MAKES CARDIFF SWITCH

Jack Simpson is looking for game time after joining Sky Bet Championship side Cardiff from Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old defender signed for the Light Blues from Bournemouth in January 2021 but failed to hold down a first-team place.

Simpson told Cardiff’s official website: “I’m very excited to join the club. I spoke to the manager (Steve Morison) about what he’s trying to do here.

“I’m a ball-playing centre-half, and hopefully that’ll suit the way the team are playing now.

“I’m excited to be here. I want to help the team and play in as many games as possible.”


HOW DO LEEDS LOOK UNDER MARSCH?

Leeds started the season in encouraging fashion by recording a hard-fought 2-1 win over Wolves in front of the Elland Road faithful.

Considering they didn't win any of their opening six Premier League matches last season, the Whites will be delighted to get the ball rolling early after a summer of upheaval that's seen them lose their two best players in Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips and bring in a host of new faces.

Although the performance was by no means perfect, there was still much to get excited about, which they'll surely look to build on as the season progresses and their new players further integrate to life under Jesse Marsch.

Edward Stratmann looks at their set-up and what it means for the near future.

READ THE FEATURE HERE

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WERNER MAKES LEIPZIG RETURN

Timo Werner has made his return to RB Leipzig after leaving Chelsea in a deal worth £25m.

“I am incredibly grateful for the time I spent at this special club," Werner posted on social media.

“At this point I would like to express my appreciation for my teammates, the coaches and staff, and especially for you, the special supporters of Chelsea Football Club.

“I felt so much love and support throughout the last two years and I will never forget how you guys stood behind me in good and in challenging times!”

The 26-year-old scored 23 goals and assisted a further 21 in 89 appearances for the club.


TORINO AGREE DEAL FO WEST HAM'S VLASIC

Torino have agreed a deal with West Ham for the signing of forward Nikola Vlasic report Sky Sports.

The deal is a loan with an option to buy for £15m including add-ons.

West Ham signed Vlasic on a five-year contract last summer for a fee worth £30m including add-ons.


WEST HAM'S DIOP HAVING FULHAM MEDICAL

Issa Diop is reportedly having a medical ahead of his £15m move from West Ham United to Fulham.

Personal terms are for the defender are still to be finalised.

Diop made just 13 Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season.


MAN UTD RABIOT TALKES PROGRESSING WELL

Manchester United’s move for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot is “progressing well” with the deal thought to be worth £15m plus add-ons report Sky Sports.

Talks continue with Rabiot's mother, who is also his agent, over personal terms as United remain in discussions with Juventus over the final details of the deal.

The midfielder made 28 appearances in the Serie A last season, creating two assists from an xA of 1.78.


EVERTON ANNOUNCE ONANA

Everton have signed Belgium international Amadou Onana for an undisclosed fee from Lille.

The 20-year-old midfielder has agreed a five-year contract at Goodison Park and becomes the Toffees’ fifth summer signing after James Tarkowski, Ruben Vinagre, Conor Coady and Dwight McNeil.

Speaking to evertontv, Onana said: “It feels great to join Everton. I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest in England.

“It’s something I want to be part of for many years.”

MAN UTD IN RABIOT TALKS

Manchester United are in negotiations with Adrien Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique over personal terms, according to Sky in Italy.

United have already agreed the terms of a deal with Juventus to sign Rabiot.

The midfielder made 28 appearances in the Serie A last season, creating two assists from an xA of 1.78.

United lost 2-1 to Brighton in their opening Premier League fixture last weekend.


GRIFFITHS JOINS AUSTRALIA SIDE MANDURAH

Mandurah City have signed former Scotland and Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths.

The 31-year-old will jet out to play for the side’s final two games of the season in the West State League Division 1.

Griffiths has been without a club since leaving Falkirk at the end of last season.


WERNER SET FOR RB LEIPZIG RETURN

Timo Werner is expected to complete his £25million return to RB Leipzig without any issues.

Werner has been in Germany to put the finishing touches to his move back to the club he left for Chelsea in 2020.

The Germany forward is understood to be just formalities away from completing his move back to Leipzig, after two years in west London.


EX-BRIGHTON KEEPER RYAN JOINS FC COPENHAGEN

Former Brighton and Arsenal goalkeeper Mat Ryan has signed for FC Copenhagen from Real Sociedad.

Ryan made 121 Premier League appearances for the Seagulls from 2017 to 2021. He also made three appearances for Arsenal while on a short-term loan.

The 30-year-old Australian international has agreed a two-year contract.


BOURNEMOUTH SIGN FEYENOORD'S SENESI

Bournemouth have signed defender Marcos Senesi from Feyenoord on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old made 116 appearances for the Dutch side and helped them reach the Europa Conference League final last season.

Senesi is Pemier League Bournemouth's fifth signing of the summer.


EX-MAN UTD KEEPER JOINS BOCA

Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has joined Argentinian side Boca Juniors.

Romero made 61 appearances for United from 2015 to 2020 before being released and joining Serie A club Venezia.


LEEDS SIGN FREE AGENT ROBLES

Leeds United have signed goalkeeper Joel Robles on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old joins from La Liga side Real Betis following the expiry of his contract.

He has penned a one-year deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2023.


WIGAN SIGN EVERTON'S BROADHEAD ON LOAN

Championship club Wigan Athletic have signed Everton forward Nathan Broadhead on a season-long loan.

Broadhead scored 13 goals in 27 matches on loan at Sunderland in League One last season.


MAN UTD IN FOR MILINKOVIC-SAVIC

Manchester United are considering a move to sign Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic report the Daily Telegraph.

The midfielder made 37 appearances in the Serie A last season, scoring 11 goals from an xG of 8.64 and creating 11 assists from an xA of 6.56.

United lost 2-1 to Brighton in their opening Premier League fixture last weekend.


ONE IN, ONE OUT AT WOLVES

Everton new signing Conor Coady has pledged to “help the club move forward” after completing a season-long loan move from Wolves.

The Wanderers captain has returned to his home city eight years after leaving Liverpool, where he was an academy graduate.

“It’s incredible to join Everton. As soon as I heard the interest, from the manager but also the football club itself, I really wanted to be part of it straight away. I’m over the moon to join,” the England international told evertontv.

“I’ve grown up around the city, I know the football club, how big this club is and what it means to the supporters.

“I’m someone who was desperate to come here, to play for this club. I’ve got family and friends who are massive Evertonians.

“I’m here to give absolutely everything I’ve got for this football club. It’s important I work as hard as I can to help my team-mates, help the club move forward and make people proud.”

Just minutes after confirming Coady had left, Wolves announced the arrival of Valencia forward Goncalo Guedes on a five-year contract.

“We have been monitoring Goncalo for a long time and are very pleased to welcome him to Wolves,” said chairman Jeff Shi.

“He has natural talent and has performed very well across Europe and for his country, and we think he is well suited to the Premier League.

“We are always looking to improve the squad with high quality, and have been patient to make sure we got the right player.

“Goncalo worked with Bruno at Benfica and played with many members of our squad previously, so we’re confident he will settle quickly into the group here.

“Very few transfers are ever straightforward, and this was no exception, with a number of clubs trying to secure the player right up until the last minute.

“Now, we are delighted that Goncalo is a Wolves player and look forward to giving him a warm welcome at Molineux this Saturday.”


LUCAS LEAVES LONDON

Midfielder Lucas Torreira has left Arsenal to join Turkish club Galatasaray on a permanent deal.

Uruguay international Torreira spent the last two seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina respectively.

The 26-year-old made 89 appearances for the Gunners after moving from Sampdoria in July 2018 at the start of Unai Emery’s reign.

He was an unused substitute when the north London club defeated Chelsea in the 2020 FA Cup final, while he won LaLiga during his temporary switch to Atletico.

“Everyone at Arsenal thanks Lucas for his contribution during his time with us,” read a statement on Arsenal’s website.

“We wish Lucas and his family the best of health and happiness in their new chapter with Galatasaray.”


ADRIEN RABIOT IS KEEN ON MAN UTD

According to Julien Laurens Adrien Rabiot is keen on a move to Old Trafford this summer.

Discussions with his mother, who plays a big part in his career have started. Talks with his agent have also started over the 27-year-old.

The midfielder started 28 matches for Juventus last season in Serie A last season and assisted two goals in the process.


CLUBS QUEUE UP FOR GALLAGHER

A number of clubs are interested in Conor Gallagher having had discussions with Chelsea on the possibility of signing the midfielder according to Graeme Bailey.

Crystal Palace, Newcastle, and West Ham are all clubs that have made recent enquiries over the young midfielder. However, Chelsea do not consider allowing him to leave as an option at present.

Gallagher was on the bench for Chelsea versus Everton at the weekend coming on in the 90th minute.


WEST HAM HOLD TALKS WITH PSG

West Ham have held initial talks with PSG for the German defender Thilo Kehrer accordioning to Sky Sports.

With Issa Diop heading to Fulham and Craig Dawson having missed the start of the season West Ham are looking somewhat threadbare in the centre back position.

Thilo Kehrer is a player who can fill this gap whilst also offering cover at right back having filled in there for PSG on multiple occasions.


DEPAY ONLY INTERESTED IN TOP CLUBS

According to Fabrizio Romano one of Memphis Depay or Pierre Emrick Aubameyang will leave Barcelona this summer.

However, Memphis will only accept a move if 'top' clubs make a proposal. Juventus are said to be interested but finding a suitor Depay will accept could prove difficult for Barca.

Aubameyang is also an option for Barca to sell with Chelsea's hunt for a striker heating up the Catalan club could cash in on the forward who joined for free in January.


ISCO JOINS SEVILLA

Spain midfielder, Isco leaves Real Madrid after nine years at the Galacticos.

The attacking midfielder was announced by Sevilla today and looks set to be in the squad for their opening match versus Osasuna.

During his time at Los Blancos, Isco made 246 LaLiga appearances scoring on 37 occaisions.


CHELSEA AND MONACO CLOSE TO AGREEMENT

Chelsea and Monaco are now close to an agreement over the transfer of Malang Sarr according to David Ornstein.

The deal looks set to be a loan with a €15m obligation to buy at the end of the season.

The deal comes after the French defender turned down a move to Londoners, Fulham.


RB LEIPZIG CLOSE IN ON MAN UTD TARGET

Chelsea and Man Utd target, Benjamin Sesko is now closing in on a future transfer to RB Leipzig according to Fabrizio Romano.

After RB Salzburg rejected a proposal for this summer it now looks like the Sesko deal will happen in 2023.

With Sesko reportedly happy to stay at the Austrian club this summer he will be guaranteed game time before a big move over the border to Leipzig.


UPDATE ON TIMO WERNER DEAL

RB Leipzig will pay €20m + bonuses for Timo Werner from Chelsea according to Florian Plettenberg.

The German forward looks set to sign a deal that will tie him over until either the 2026 or 2027.

Werner leaves Chelsea having never discovered his Bundesliga form that saw him score 28 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances in the 2019/20 season.


MANCHESTER UNITED INCREASE ARNAUTOVIC BID

Manchester United are now set to increase their bid for striker Marko Arnautovic after their first bid was rejected by Bologna according to Gianluca Dimarzio.

The Red Devils played Christian Eriksen at false nine at the weekend due to Martial being out injured and a cloud of doubt hovering over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo alongside an uncertainty over his future.

Having created 2.02xG versus Brighton but only scoring one goal. The purchase of a striker looks to be paramount.

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AZPILCIUETA OPENS UP ON FAILED BARCA TRANSFER

Chelsea club captain Cesar Azpilicueta has explained his reasoning for flirting with the idea of a move back his native Spain having not played in LaLiga since 2010.

Azpilicueta told The Athletic "Yes, the conversations were there (with Barcelona). After the Club World Cup where I became the only player to ever win every trophy (with Chelsea), (I felt), it was the time to go back (to Spain)".

However, with the move having failed to materialise mainly because of Ted Boehly's intervention Azpilicueta is now set to stay at Stamford Bridge after accepting a two-year contract extension.


SUNDERLAND CHASE EVERTON WINGER

The Mackems are still believed to be front runners for Everton's Welsh winger, Nathan Broadhead according to The Sunderland Echo.

The winger who spent last season on loan up north impressed in League One with his dynamism and ability to play centrally as well as in the wide spaces.

Broadhead was also called up to the Wales senior national team over the summer but pulled out due to injury.


FULHAM MAKE DIOP BREAKTHROUGH

Fulham have made a breakthrough in their pursuit of West Ham's French defender, Issa Diop with the Hammers accepting an offer understood to be in the region of £15m as a flat fee (no add-ons) according to The Athletic.

The defender will join Fulham on a five-year deal with a medical pencilled in for tomorrow.

Fulham, who performed brilliantly at the weekend have now strengthened in what probably their weakest position with the addition of Shane Duffy and the potential addition of Diop.


MAN UTD AGREE RABIOT FEE

Manchester United have agreed a fee in principle for Juventus and France midfielder Adrein Rabiot according to Manchester Evening News Chief Manchester United Writer, Samuel Luckhurst.

The deal looks to have come about due to the difficulties Manchester United have found when it comes to acquiring the services of Frenkie de Jong.

A potential stumbling block for the deal could be the players' mother over personal terms for the French midfielder.


LEICESTER REJECT BIG MONEY FOR FOFANA

Le Parisien are reporting that Leicester City received two offers for star-man Wesley Fofana last weak worth €75m and €82m from Chelsea as they continue to sound out the Frenchman as one of their top targets.

Despite Azpilicueta now set to stay it's evident that Chelsea are still on the hunt for a marquee signing in defence and are going all out to secure the Leicester CB.

The Leicester defender played the full 90 minutes versus Brentford at the weekend as the looks to be unfazed by the transfer rumours surrounding him.


GUEDES HAVING WOLVES MEDICAL

Goncalo Guedes is having a medical at Wolves ahead of a move from Valencia.

The forward - comfortable playing centrally or out wide - scored 11 goals from 7.45 xG last season, contributing a further six assists from 5.96 xA.

Wolves' Premier League season started with a 2-1 defeat to Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday.


GAKPO TO OLD TRAFFORD?

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag 'appreciates' PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo, according to The Sun.

The 23-year-old netted twice as PSV beat FC Emmen 4-1 on Sunday.

Gakpo - who has also been linked with Arsenal, Leeds and Nottingham Forest - netted 12 goals from 8.85 xG in the Eredivisie last season, adding a further 13 assists (8.64 xA).

Monday's Paper Talk

UNITED MOVE FOR ARNAUTOVIC

Bologna have rejected a £7.6m bid from Manchester United for Marko Arnautovic, reports Sky Italy.

The former West Ham and Stoke striker has scored 15 times in 34 appearances for Bologna.

United boss Erik ten Hag was asked about the links after their 2-1 home defeat by Brighton.

"I don't go into names because I think in this pre-season 250 players are involved or linked with Manchester United, so that's it," he said. "


COADY SET FOR EVERTON MOVE

Sky Sports is reporting that Wolves captain Conor Coady is set to join Everton on loan with an option to buy.

Coady was left out for his side's opener away at Leeds, a game they lost 2-1.

It was first time he had been dropped by Wolves in more than five years.


BRENTFORD CLOSE ON DAMSGAARD

Brentford have agreed a fee of £12.6m with Sampdoria to sign Mikkel Damsgaard, according to reports.

The Denmark winger, who scored against England in the semi-final of Euro 2020, is set to become Brentford's fifth summer signing.

Ben Mee, Aaron Hickey, Keane Lewis-Potter and Thomas Strakosha have all already moved to west London.


MARSCH: KLICH COULD STAY AT LEEDS

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has not closed the door on midfielder Mateusz Klich’s future.

Speculation has been mounting over whether Klich will remain at Leeds beyond this summer but the Poland international made a big impact off the bench in Saturday’s opening Premier League win against Wolves.

“I can understand that some people have questioned it because we haven’t had him involved in certain things," said Marsch.

“But you know what, let’s see how things go. I know as long as he’s here, he’s fully committed. That’s the most important thing. It’s clear that he wants to play because making the World Cup should be a big goal of his.

“But we have to also think about as a club, what’s best for us and what’s best for how it all fits together.”


CHERRIES SIGN BRAZILIAN KEEPER

Bournemouth have signed goalkeeper Neto from Barcelona on a one-year deal.

The 33-year-old Brazilian joins the Cherries on a free transfer and becomes the south coast club’s fourth signing of the summer.

Neto, who made 21 appearances in three seasons at the Nou Camp, is expected to compete with Mark Travers for the Bournemouth number one spot.

Neto joins Joe Rothwell, Ryan Fredericks and Marcus Tavernier as new additions for Scott Parker’s side, who marked their return to the Premier League with an impressive 2-0 win against Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.


GALA IN TALKS TO SIGN TORREIRA

Galatasaray are in advanced talks to sign Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira on a permanent deal.

Torreira has spent the last two seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina and has not been given a squad number at Arsenal for the season.

He has also entered the final year of his Arsenal contract.


PRICE MUST BE RIGHT FOR ADAMA

Wolves boss Bruno Lage has told rival clubs that winger Adama Traore will only be sold if the price is right.

Traore is expected to leave Molineux this summer after returning from a half-season loan at Barcelona.

“I want to keep these players because they are special players and they give me different solutions," said Lage.

“With five subs, everyone needs to feel important and involved because you’re going to have more space for everyone.

“But in the end we need to understand there is a price for every player and if the price comes in and is good for the player and good for the club, then it’s ok, we need to accept."


BUSY DAY OF DEALS

West Ham's deal to sign Maxwel Cornet is the latest on a busy day of transfers.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Marc Cucurella moved from Brighton to Chelsea and Christian Benteke left Crystal Palace to join Wayne Rooney's DC United. A little further afield, former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum joined Jose Mourinho's Roma on loan from PSG.

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Done deals


WEST HAM COMPLETE CORNET DEAL

Maxwel Cornet has completed his move from Burnley to West Ham for a deal reported to be worth £17m.

The Ivory Coast winger, 25, joined the Clarets from Lyon for £13m a year ago.

He scored nine goals in 28 games last season, finishing the campaign as Burnley's top scorer.


BARCA CLOSE ON ALONSO DEAL

Barcelona now expect to complete the signing of Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso, the PA news agency understands.

Marc Cucurella’s £60m arrival at Chelsea has paved the way for Alonso to make the move back to Spain that he has craved for some months.

Alonso is understood to want to return to his native Spain to be closer to family, and his impending switch will bring down the curtain on six years in west London.

Chelsea are thought to have been understanding of Alonso’s desire to return to Spain, and have long been in dialogue with Barcelona over a deal.

The 31-year-old’s Chelsea contract expires in summer 2023, leaving a small fee required to complete the deal.


EVERTON AGREE ONANA DEAL

Everton have agreed a £33.7m deal to sign Lille midfielder Amadou Onana.

The PA news agency understands the 20-year-old Belgium international is set for a medical ahead of signing a five-year contract.

He is likely to be in the stands at Goodison Park to watch Saturday’s home game against Chelsea.

Onana will provide a much-needed option in midfield, an area manager Frank Lampard is looking to strengthen further with a deal to bring former Toffees player Idrissa Gana Gueye back from Paris St Germain.


NO INS BUT HOPEFULLY NO OUTS

Leicester remain the only Premier League club yet to complete a summer signing.

Despite the news that Ricardo Pereira will miss the next six months and Kasper Schmeichel's exit, Brendan Rodgers does not expect that to change.

"There’s nobody imminent coming in. The concentration has purely been on the players who are here. I think we can do well," he said. “It’s unfortunate. I don’t need to fight with anyone. I would have loved to improve the squad and there is time until the end of August if things change.”

Rodgers remains hopeful the club can fend off interest from rival clubs in key players Wesley Fofana, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans. Newcastle have had a £40m offer for Maddison turned down while Chelsea and Arsenal have been linked with Fofana and Tielemans respectively.

Rodgers added: “These players are not for sale. We need to move players out, but it’s not getting rid of everyone and certainly not our best assets."

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RALPH NOT KEEN ON SAINTS SPENDING BIG

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has insisted big-money signings “make no sense” for Southampton.

Saints have already brought in six new recruits, including Joe Aribo, Sekou Mara, Romeo Lavia and Gavin Bazunu, with further additions still being sought.

“I’m still of the opinion that £40m or £50m transfers make no sense for us,” said Hasenhuttl. “We of course want quality, and if it’s young, OK, no problem, take it.

“This is the way we want to go and it’s good that we have done our job so far.`'


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