Transfer news LIVE! Chelsea FC ‘sign’ Nkunku; Man Utd back in for De Jong; Arsenal FC want Vlahovic


Arsenal go back for Vlahovic

Arsenal are looking to reignite interest in Dusan Vlahovic, a year after losing the striker to Juventus.

Corriere dello Sport reports that the Gunners are interested in returning to the table after Gabriel Jesus’ injury, although Manchester United cannot be ruled out either as they look to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.

Whether Juventus decide to cash in on a player they spent £62m on last January remains to be seen, but it seems they have plenty of suitors should they do so.

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Man Utd return for De Jong

When will they learn?

According to the BBC and the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are ready for the second round with Frenkie de Jong and want to pair him with Jude Bellingham in central midfield.

The Barcelona midfielder, who showed no signs of wanting to leave over the summer, remains a prime target for Erik ten Hag after losing him over the summer.

Bellingham is a longer-term target after failing to sign him from Birmingham before the player joined Borussia Dortmund two years ago.

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An interesting line on Gareth Southgate now, he is expected to stay on as England manager.

As reported by standard sport Earlier this week, Southgate was considering stepping down after England’s World Cup quarter-final knockout.

Following England’s exit, Southgate acknowledged the previous difficult 18 months on the job, particularly the boos he and his team suffered when they lost 4-0 at home to Hungary in Wolverhampton earlier this year.

It is understood to have hit Southgate hard, who was unwilling to continue beyond the World Cup without the backing of the England faithful.

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Man United plot Griezmann raid

Antoine Griezmann is a name that figures heavily in transfer offices today.

The Atletico Madrid star has enjoyed a prominent role for France in Qatar in their latest trip to a World Cup final, tormenting England in the semi-finals when they largely shut down the threat of Kylian Mbappe.

Now Griezmann is being linked with a high-profile move to the Premier League once again, with French outlet Mediafoot suggesting that Manchester United are considering a further move for the 31-year-old.

Griezmann has come close to signing for United in the past… could this finally be the time for the transfer to take place?


Cristiano Ronaldo could ‘retire from football’

Cristiano Ronaldo’s future remains the subject of fervent speculation, as the Portuguese superstar seemingly finds himself at a late-career crossroads after his country’s agonizing elimination in the World Cup quarter-finals (where he was sent to the bank).

He remains uncommitted at club level after that acrimonious early departure from Manchester United last month and has been training with former Real Madrid this week in a bid to stay fit, with a big rumored payday in Saudi Arabia still to come. officially materialize.

Now former United team-mate Patrice Evra has spread the word by raising the possibility of his friend quitting altogether.

“When I have spoken to him, I have not spoken about what he will do next,” Evra told Sky Sports. “We have been talking more about life and family.


“But I do not know [what he will do next]. Messi says that he will retire [from the World Cup]but I don’t know if Ronaldo will retire, because sometimes when you get so much criticism, especially at the end of your career, you say ‘OK, I think it’s time to stop’.

“That must be a feeling, especially when you’re not in your team’s starting eleven, because that’s what Cristiano wanted, to play, be fit and win the World Cup with his country. That was his dream, now he doesn’t have that dream.

“Although I won’t speak for Cristiano, I wouldn’t be surprised if he says he’s retiring. Now all Cristiano does is a ‘bad person’, a ‘bad player’ or whatever. I wouldn’t be surprised if he decides to retire.”


Chelsea complete deal with Nkunku

Christopher Nkunku will be a Chelsea player this summer, reports have confirmed.

The RB Leizpig and France striker were widely expected to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer in a high-profile move.

Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reports that said deal is now 100 per cent sealed on both the club and player side, with all relevant documents and contracts signed.

Bundesliga top scorer Nkunku will move to Chelsea in July amid speculation the move could come ahead with Graham Potter now short on strikers after Armando Broja’s season-ending knee injury.

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Saka’s fear of Arsenal eased

Manchester City could be forced to pay a mega fee for Bukayo Saka.

Pep Guardiola’s recent contract extension put the Arsenal winger and Jude Bellingham at the top of his transfer wish list, according to 90min.

Saka’s contract expires in 2024, however, claims that Arsenal can extend Saka’s contract by 12 months with an option on his existing contract, amid talks over a renewal.

With little risk of him walking away for free, the Gunners would be free to demand a huge price.

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What’s next for Maatsen?

Chelsea youngster Ian Maatsen says he will decide his future at the end of the season.

Currently enjoying a “perfect” loan spell at Burnley and leaning towards a permanent stay, he told LancsLive: “We’ll see after the season is over what I’ll do and what the options are.”

“I still keep my options open, but time will tell us. I came in with a plan to give 100 per cent and show my dedication to my career, the Burnley fans and the club.

“It’s going quite well and everyone has welcomed me and it’s the perfect loan I would say.”

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O’Hara wants Maguire on Tottenham’s radar

Tottenham have been urged to seal a reduced price deal for Harry Maguire.

Former Spurs player Jamie O’Hara believes Manchester United are fated to accept a low fee for the England star, opening the door for his former club.

“Manchester United are going to lose money,” he told talkSPORT.

“Let’s say Spurs come for him in January, I would take him to Tottenham. We need a midfielder.”

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Chelsea knows Rafael Leao’s fee

Chelsea will have to pay £70m to sign Rafael Leao in January.

Italian outlet Calciomercato names the fee that AC Milan will demand while negotiating the contract with the Portuguese striker.

Dusan Vlahovic, Tammy Abraham and Cristiano Ronaldo are other possible targets in the Blues’ search for a striker.

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