Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea continue to play a major role in the early stages of the summer transfer window as all three London clubs push for high-profile deals.
The Gunners have announced the signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto, while they are also said to be closing in on Leeds winger Raphinha as Gabriel Jesus’ agents travel to the UK to finalise his move and Manchester United enter the race for Lisandro Martinez.
Tottenham have not given up hope of beating Arsenal to Jesus, however, with both rivals plus Chelsea also locked in a battle for Everton forward Richarlison. Spurs are also rivalling United for Antony at Ajax, though Old Trafford is looking like Christian Eriksen’s next destination.
Chelsea are pressing to sign Raheem Sterling, with Romelu Lukaku closing in on a return to Inter Milan and West Ham preparing to bid for Armando Broja. They are also set to beat Barcelona to Jules Kounde. Follow all the latest transfer updates below.
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Lukaku closing in on Inter return
Romelu Lukaku’s loan move to Inter Milan is moving closer to completion.
The Chelsea striker is set to return to Serie A, a year after making a big-money move to Stamford Bridge from Inter.
Fabrizio Romano reports that an €8million loan fee plus add-ons is expected to be accepted, with no option or obligation to buy permanently next summer.
Ozil addresses retirement rumours
Mesut Ozil has dismissed rumours that he is considering bringing an end to his professional career.
The 33-year-old has been frozen out at Fenerbahce, 18 months on from joining the club after he found himself in a similar situation at Arsenal.
His agent Dr Erkut Sogut gave an interview last week and suggested that Ozil could move into the world of eSports in the near future, sparking talk of a potential retirement from football.
However, Ozil has taken to Twitter to insist he still remains fully committed to Fenerbahce and has no intention of stepping away from either the club or the sport.
He tweeted: “I did not come to Fenerbahce and my homeland Turkey for a holiday. Every time I sweat our glorious jersey, I have no other purpose than to contribute.
“I have many goals that I would like to live in Fenerbahce, my childhood love. I will not quit football until I do these things.”
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Newcastle set to sign Pope
Newcastle are close to sealing a move for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.
The Athletic report that the Magpies have agreed in principle for the 30-year-old, who has been expected to leave Burnley after they were relegated to the Championship.
Pope is set to have his medical at Newcastle in the coming days, with a deal potentially completed this week.
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First pictures of Vieira as Arsenal player
Arsenal fans can finally call Fabio Vieira one of their own after he was announced as the Gunners’ latest signing.
The confirmation came with an array of pictures of Vieira in his new kit, plus receiving a tour of the London Colney facilities by technical director Edu.
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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto in a deal worth around £34million.
Porto announced the imminent the transfer on Friday morning, with a statement details the deal worth a total of €40million (£34.1m) overall, with €5m (£4.2m) of that held back in performance-related add-ons.
The 22-year-old ended his holiday early to finalise the move, he is understood to have signed a five-year deal.
Vieira is a versatile midfielder, who can play as a no8, no10, on the wing or as a second striker.
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Boehly facing baptism of fire
The future of Marina Granovskaia was one of the biggest questions surrounding the change of ownership at Chelsea.
Dubbed the most powerful woman in football, she has effectively run the club for Roman Abramovich for almost a decade.
If, as expected, she becomes the next big-name exit at Stamford Bridge, then her departure represents a significant loss and leaves a massive gap to be filled.
Granovskaia has been considered the most powerful person at Chelsea after Abramovich. Many people assumed she would leave after the Russian billionaire put Chelsea up for sale, but interested buyers were aware of how highly rated she is within the game.
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Palace snap up Johnstone
Sam Johnstone has agreed to join Crystal Palace on a free transfer.
The goalkeeeper will sign a four-year deal at Selhurst Park when his West Brom contract expires at the end of the month, according to The Times.
With Johnstone expected to battle Vicente Guaita for a starting role, Jack Butland could well leave Palace this summer.
Bastoni set to stay at Inter
Alessandro Bastoni will stay at Inter Milan this summer, according to the defender’s agent.
The centre-back has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham, who are keen to bolster their options at the back and continue a busy window of activity.
Bastoni has been a key target however the 23-year-old’s agent, Tullio Tinti, has given an update on the player’s future and it is not positive news for Spurs fans.
“Bastoni is on holiday,” Tinti said.
“He is staying, we respect the contract. We will do the renewal as soon as Inter call us.”
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More Spence talks for Tottenham
Tottenham will hold further talks with Djed Spence this week as they look to reach a deal with Middlesbrough.
Sky Sports report that Daniel Levy is personally leading Spurs’ approach, though initial talks broke down as a fee could not be agreed. Spurs want to pay in the region of £10million but Middlesbrough want at least £15m.
Spence is keen to join Tottenham and the Premier League club remain extremely interested.
Barcelona not given up on Dembele
Barcelona boss Xavi is preparing one final push to tie down Ousmane Dembele.
Chelsea, along with PSG and Bayern Munich, have held talks with the French winger ahead of his contract expiring next week yet no agreement with any team has been reached.
Therefore the Blaugrana are increasingly confident of renewing his deal when he makes a decision on his future next week, according to the Mail.
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