Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Transfer news: Chelsea agree transfer, Arsenal deal, Mbappe swap offer – Express


Premier League teams are stepping up their transfer business with less than two weeks left before the start of the new season, as Manchester United continue to splash the cash as they are close to sealing a deal to land Erik ten Hag a new striker in Rasmus Hojlund. The Red Devils have already brought in Mason Mount and Andre Onana, but are not planning to stop after a £72million deal for the Atalanta striker.
Sofyan Amrabat is next being targeted, but United may have to offload the likes of Scott McTominay and Fred to West Ham and Galatasaray respectively. The club are being hampered by Financial Fair Play and their ongoing takeover, but that has not stopped Ten Hag from adding serious quality to his squad.
While Arsenal are still looking to bring in competition for Bukayo Saka after getting the majority of their business done early by landing Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber.
Liverpool are aiming to bolster their midfield with Southampton’s Romeo Lavia as Fabinho is set to join Jordan Henderson in leaving Anfield for Saudi Arabia, but may face competition from Chelsea as they struggle to agree a fee with Brighton for their star man Moises Caicedo. The Reds have also been linked with a sensational loan deal for a certain Kylian Mbappe.
Express Sport keeps you posted with all the latest from the summer market including all the done deals and gossip on Sunday, July 30.
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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has decided to turn his attentions to Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, with Arsenal chasing the transfer of Brentford shot-stopper David Raya. The Blues had been linked with Raya earlier in the transfer window after the Spain international kept 12 Premier League clean sheets last term.
Express Sport understands that Chelsea will push for Sanchez after making enquiries into the 25-year-old’s availability earlier this summer. Sanchez lost his place to Jason Steele at Brighton last season, with the Sussex side since bolstering their goalkeeping options by snapping up Bart Verbruggen from Anderlecht.
PSG ‘would love’ to do business with Liverpool to cash in on Kylian Mbappe this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano. But it seems likely that the player would put a stop to any potential move.
The transfer guru has said that Mbappe remains determined to sign for Real Madrid, either now or when his contract runs out next summer, and is not prepared to join any other club as a result.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has admitted he thought about quitting the Red Devils before Erik ten Hag took the helm at Old Trafford. The England international went on to enjoy an incredible campaign under the Dutchman and bagged 30 goals in 56 matches.
Rashford saw his form nosedive under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick during the 2021/22 season as United underwhelmed on the pitch. And after being asked during the Red Devils’ pre-season tour of the USA whether there was a point last summer when he considered moving on, Rashford replied: “Before the manager came maybe a little bit – but it’s football, it happens.
“Everything is going to happen for a reason and he came to the club at the right time for me – the timing worked out.”
Arsenal could now be the frontrunners to sign David Raya as the Brentford goalkeeper would reportedly prefer to move to the Gunners rather than Bayern Munich.
According to CBS Sports, if Bayern and Arsenal were both to agree a deal with Brentford, Raya would opt to move to the Emirates Stadium. But the goalkeeper is still assessing his options and could change his mind based on the pitches from both clubs.
Chelsea are negotiating a sensational player-plus-cash deal with Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe, according to the Daily Record, as Nasser Al-Khelaifi continues to push the 24-year-old superstar towards the exit door.
The outlet is reporting that Chelsea are already in talks over a swap deal package with PSG that also includes a significant sum of cash as the Blues attempt to keep the cost of the transfer down.Kylian MbappeChelsea have reportedly agreed a £38million deal in principle with Monaco for defender Axel Disasi. The France international centre-back, who is also comfortable at right-back, is now set to undergo a medical ahead of his proposed switch to Stamford Bridge.
The transfer has come totally out of the blue as the Blues continue to turn the screw in their pursuit of new recruits
The Athletic are reporting that Chelsea have now tied up an agreement for Disasi with Monaco after pipping Manchester United and Newcastle to his signature.
Chelsea entered the summer with hopes of snapping up Brighton ace Moises Caicedo, but have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to prise the midfielder away from the American Express Community Stadium.
According to The Sun, Pochettino wanted a deal to sign Caicedo wrapped up early so the player could join the Blues squad on their pre-season tour of the USA. And the delay has grated on the 51-year-old.
Arsenal are exploring a deal to snap up Spain goalkeeper David Raya from Brentford, according to The Athletic. The Gunners are keen to take the 27-year-old to the Emirates Stadium so he can compete with Aaron Ramsdale for a starting place.
Arsenal are yet to submit an offer for the shot-stopper – but the Bees are aware of their interest.David RayaTottenham could sign centre-back Clement Lenglet on a permanent basis in a matter of days, according to Spanish publication Sport. The 28-year-old spent last season on loan in north London and made 35 appearances for the Lilywhites.
Barcelona want Lenglet gone by the end of the coming week and are demanding just shy of £13million in exchange for his services.
Mauricio Pochettinho has a serious player on his hands.
New £26m acquisition Lesley Ugochukwu is the modern day professional with shades of a familiar Chelsea legend.
The Blues fought off a host of competition to secure his signature, and it could well be money very wisely spent.
The wheels are firmly in motion now at Old Trafford, and reports from Italy are concluding that two Serie A stars have already ‘packed their bags’ ahead of respective moves.
With the new season just two weeks away, Erik ten Hag has been rubber stamping plans and United have the funds ready. 
Both the midfield and attacking departments are set to be boosted in the coming days.
Chelsea are no strangers when it comes to making a huge transfer offer for a promising midfielder.
Just 12-months ago they did just that, to prise Enzo Fernandez away from Benfica for a fee worth in the region of £105m.
Now, despite refusing to adhere to Brighton for their £100m demands with Moises Caicedo, reports in Spain claim Chelsea boss Todd Boehly is now considering going straight to Real Madrid and handing over a lump sum to get Federici Valverde.
The report, carried by Football London, claims the Blues will audaciously agree to ‘quintuple’ Valverde’s currently weekly earnings.
Tottenham have eyed up Bayern Munich starlet Mathys Tel in plans to replace Harry Kane if the England captain does leave for the Bundesliga.
The Guardian claim that Spurs hold an interest in Tel, as Thomas Tuchel has already admitted that the young forward could leave this summer.
Bayern and Spurs are set to hold further talks next week over Kane’s future, as the Bundesliga champions are prepared to pay a club-record fee to sign the 30-year-old, while Tel could move in the opposite direction.Mathys Tel.Eden Hazard is said to be considering retiring from football at the age of 32 having failed to find a club since leaving Real Madrid this summer.
Despite having a year to run on his contract, he mutually agreed to leave the La Liga giants after failing to live up to expectations following his big-money move from Chelsea.
Now, Spanish outlet AS claim that after snubbing Inter Miami and clubs in Belgium, Hazard is considering the possibility of hanging up his boots.
He and his family are settled in Madrid and want to continue living there, but no teams based in the city have offered him a contract as of yet.
Bayern Munich have now made Brentford goalkeeper David Raya their number one goalkeeper target this summer as Manuel Neuer continues his rehabilitation from injury.
Fabrizio Romano has stated that the Bundesliga side are determined to find a resolution with Brentford, as they look to tie up a deal in the next week.
Bees boss Thomas Frank has admitted that they are open to selling Raya. “I think it’s natural that he would like to leave if it’s a good opportunity for him,” said Frank. “We all think it’s a good idea at the right price.”
Manchester United are preparing documents for the signing of Rasmus Hojlund after agreeing a £72million fee with Atalanta for the striker.
Fabrizio Romano claims that paperwork is being drawn up in order to confirm the transfer early next week.
While Erik ten Hag has already spoken to the young Denmark international on three occasions, as Hojlund turned down interest from Paris Saint-Germain to move to Old Trafford.Rasmus Hojlund.Newcastle are holding a vested interest in Tottenham target Ashley Phillips, with the Blackburn starlet’s secret release clause set to become active.
Spurs are looking to pinch the 18-year-old defender but have failed to agree a fee with Blackburn.
But The Sun have claimed that starting from Friday, Phillips has a £2million release clause – significantly lower than the near £10m the Championship side are currently demanding.
Tottenham star Harry Kane is reportedly on the verge of joining Bayern Munich, with discussions set to resume next week between the two clubs.
The Daily Mail claim that the German giants are growing in confidence that they can agree a fee with Spurs to sign the England captain this summer.
They say that he is on the verge of a blockbuster transfer, though the clubs still remain apart on a fee – though Bayern are prepared to pay a club-record amount for the man with just one year left on his Spurs contract.
Liverpool are in talks over a sensational loan deal that would bring Kylian Mbappe to Anfield for the coming season.
That’s according to The Mirror, who claim that Jurgen Klopp’s outfit are offering PSG and Mbappe the chance to separate after he was excluded from their pre-season tour squad.
The Ligue 1 champions believe that Mbappe has already agreed to join Real Madrid on a free transfer in 2024, but hope to recoup a sizable transfer fee this summer – after Mbappe turned down a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia.Kylian Mbappe.Chelsea are close to confirming a deal to sign Rennes midfielder Lesley Ugochukwu for £23.2million.
While the Blues have looked to bolster that area of the pitch for Mauricio Pochettino – particularly in their pursuit of Moises Caicedo – Ugochukwu could leave on loan to affiliate club Strasbourg.
Personal terms have already been agreed upon and pending a medical, Chelsea look set to announce another promising signing to add their huge youth contingent.
Manchester United last night struck an agreement with Atalanta over a fee to sign striker Rasmus Hojlund.
The Red Devils could end up paying as much as £72million for the 20-year-old, with an up front outlay of £60m.
A striker has been Erik ten Hag’s number one priority after landing Mason Mount and Andre Onana, now it appears to be just a matter of time until they get their man.
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