Transfer news LIVE: Frenkie de Jong last plus Chelsea in Cucurella talks


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Manchester United are fighting Chelsea for Frenkie de Jong’s signature, according to reports on Monday, as both clubs want to sign the Dutch midfielder from Barcelona. United are willing to offer De Jong a huge salary of £450,000 a week and pay off the £17million Barcelona owes in deferred wages during the pandemic, according to Sport in Spain. However, Chelsea are now also in the running and ready to make an offer if De Jong decides to leave the Nou Camp, Sport writes, and Barca are then set to sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City as a replacement.

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The Blues were dealt a blow when Barcelona confirmed they had struck a deal to sign a prime target for Thomas Tuchel’s squad, Jules Kunde, with the latest rumors they will try to land Josko Gvardiol, Presnel Kimpembe or Wesley Fofana . Meanwhile, Arsenal are looking to both sack players and potentially bring in a midfield addition, with Youri Tielemans reportedly the subject of their attention. Nuno Tavares and William Saliba are both wanted by Marseille, while the future of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin is also yet to be clarified.

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And Lionel Messi is poised to make a sensational return to Barcelona, ​​according to Catalunya Radio, which is reporting he will be happy to leave Paris Saint-Germain after a disappointing first season in the French capital.

Follow all the latest transfer rumours, news and deals below.


Cristiano Ronaldo ‘happy to be back’ after 45-minute Man Utd return

Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he was “happy to be back” for Manchester United after playing 45 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano.

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Ronaldo missed United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to family reasons amid reports he would like to leave the club, but he turned up on the training ground earlier this week to discuss his future with new boss Erik ten Hag.

The 37-year-old played 45 minutes against La Liga – his first appearance at United since their 4-0 horror defeat at Brighton last season – before being withdrawn at half time in a pre-planned move.


Roberto Firmino adamantly says he wants to stay at Liverpool

Roberto Firmino has insisted he wants to stay at Liverpool as he wanted to dispel speculation about his future.

The Brazilian, who is in the final year of his contract at Anfield, has been linked to Juventus, although Liverpool are not willing to sell him.

And Firmino, who only needs two goals to build a century for Liverpool, confirmed he has no intention of leaving this transfer window.

Rich Jolly has the latest:


Chelsea in talks to take over Marc Cucurella from Brighton

He was supposed to go to Manchester City but instead Marc Cucurella looks set to make a summer move to Chelsea.

The Athletic report that the two clubs are already in talks about the deal and despite the fullback making a transfer request, there is still a £50m price tag on the Blues.

The Evening Standard further reports that Levi Colwill can be used as compensation for the transfer, for up to £20 million.

Meanwhile, there is no new move on a deal for Denzel Dumfries, the same report says.

(PA wire)


Bournemouth want to sign at least three more players

Scott Parker is unhappy with the depth available to him at Bournemouth and TalkSport says at least three players will be coming in.

Jonas Lossl and Alex Smithies are on trial as the Cherries seek a reserve goalkeeper, while three options as centre-back include Liverpool’s Nat Phillips, Aston Villa’s Kortney Hause and Man United’s Axel Tuanzebe.

With regard to the latter, the Telegraaf reports that Erik ten Hag wants to sell two and keep one from Tuanzebe, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly.


Chelsea enters bids on Broja and Colwill. reject

Will Chelsea focus on the youth? Thomas Tuchel has chosen to turn down all offers for Armando Broja and Levi Colwill, TalkSport reports, as they want to maintain depth and quality in the squad that hasn’t seen too many newcomers this summer.

West Ham wanted striker Broja and offered up to £30million, while Colwill is being chased by a number of clubs on loan.

However, they could now both stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for minutes as support players for Tuchel’s senior stars.


Hugo Ekikike explains he is rejecting Newcastle for PSG

Newcastle United had tried to sign Hugo Ekikike this summer, before making a late move to PSG instead.

Now he has explained his reasoning and said he was getting close to the Magpies. “I had an appointment with Luis (Campos, PSG’s football advisor) that meant a lot to me,” he said. “It wasn’t that long ago. We talked a lot, he’s someone I appreciate a lot. I wanted to come to PSG for this exchange, but he convinced me even more.

“I’m not putting aside everything Newcastle did for me to come. If I had to go abroad I would have gone there. But if PSG want you and you’re French, you can’t refuse.”

Newcastle have yet to add a new striker this summer, while Dwight Gayle has left.


Ronaldo’s future remains up in the air despite United’s return

Cristiano Ronaldo left Old Trafford early after playing the first half of Manchester United’s friendly against Rayo Vallecano.

Ronaldo failed to score in his first 45 minutes of the preseason and was later pictured outside the stadium on his way home before the game was over.

There is intense speculation about his future as the Portuguese reportedly wants a move to a Champions League club.

Amad Diallo scored United’s only goal of the game.

Cristiano Ronaldo played 45 minutes for Manchester United in their preseason friendly with Rayo Vallecano (Dave Thompson/PA)

(PA wire)


‘He’s a Brighton player’: Pep Guardiola coy about Marc Cucurella transfer talk

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has declined to comment on reports linking the Premier League champion to Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella.

City have been linked with the Spanish defender all summer and there are reports that he has now made a transfer request to Amex Stadium.

Guardiola, speaking at a press conference to give a preview of Saturday’s Community Shield against Liverpool, said: “He’s a Brighton player, I can’t say anything else.”


Messi scores during Trophee des Champions

Messi looked sharp for PSG vs Nantes in French curtain-raiser last night:


Messi considers returning to Barcelona

Lionel Messi is poised to make a sensational return to Barcelona, ​​according to Catalunya Radio, which is reporting he is keen to leave Paris Saint-Germain after a disappointing first season in the French capital.

Lionel Messi thinks about his future