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Chelsea close to £55m Raphinha deal (The Athletic)


Blues move for winger targeted by Arsenal

Chelsea are close to agreeing fee of more than £55 million with Leeds for Raphinha, according to The Athletic.

Barcelona have long been linked with the Brazil international, while Arsenal are also interested in the winger.

However Chelsea now seem to be best placed to sign the 25-year-old as Barca and Arsenal struggle to meet the asking price.

Steffen bound for Boro


USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen is set to join Middlesbrough on loan, according to the Manchester Evening News.

With Man City set to bring in Stefan Ortega to back up Ederson, Steffen will join Boro in an effort to secure first-team opportunities ahead of the World Cup.

Steffen has played 21 games for City across the last two seasons but only one in each campaign in the Premier League

'Manager's dream' Minamino completes €18m transfer to Monaco


Takumi Minamino has completed his €18 million (£15.5m) transfer from Liverpool to Monaco.

The Japanese international becomes the latest player to depart the Reds as Jurgen Klopp continues his summer attacking overhaul at Anfield. 

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Manchester United make transfer swoop for Malacia after De Jong compromise


Manchester United are trying to secure a late transfer swoop for Tyrell Malacia, GOAL can confirm.

The Feyenoord left-back shares the same agent as Frenkie De Jong, and Man Utd have made it clear they want both players.

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Chelsea compete with PSG for Skriniar


Chelsea are, according to Calciomercato, ready to compete with Paris Saint-Germain for the signing of Inter defender Milan Skriniar.

The Blues remain in the market for additions at centre-half and want to bring another proven performer onto their books.

Real make Rice their Bellingham Plan B


Real Madrid are one of the sides keeping a close eye on Jude Bellingham, but Defensa Central reports that Declan Rice is being considered by the Blancos as a Plan B.

A raid on Borussia Dortmund could be launched next summer, but another England international at West Ham is also wanted at Santiago Bernabeu.

Forest still in the race for Spence


Nottingham Forest remain in the race for Djed Spence as Tottenham continue to stall on a big-money deal for the Middlesbrough full-back.

Football League World claims that a man who starred on loan at the City Ground last season could return to the banks of the Trent.

Spurs close to Lenglet loan


Tottenham are closing in on a loan deal with Barcelona for Clement Lenglet, claims Mundo Deportivo.

The French defender will be allowed to leave Camp Nou after slipping down the pecking order under Xavi.

Man Utd agree initial €65m deal for De Jong (ESPN)


Manchester United have agreed a deal with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong that is worth an initial €65 million (£56m/$68m), claims ESPN.

The Red Devils have made the Netherlands international midfielder their top target, with a breakthrough in talks now being made.

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USMNT keeper Steffen likely to leave City


United States international goalkeeper Zack Steffen is poised to leave Manchester City during the summer window, reports The Athletic.

The USMNT star will be allowed to head out of the Etihad Stadium on loan as he seeks the game time that will give him a shot at making the 2022 World Cup.

Chelsea & Spurs hold more Bremer talks


Chelsea and Tottenham have entered into more transfer talks regarding a possible deal for Torino defender Gleison Bremer, claims Tuttosport.

The Brazilian centre-half has been linked with clubs across Europe, but no move has been agreed and that is leaving the door open for other suitors to swoop in.

Youngster Zidane Iqbal signs new contract at Man Utd


Jesus at Arsenal for medical


Gabriel Jesus is at Arsenal to undergo his medical ahead of a proposed move from Manchester City, reports BBC Sport.

The Brazil international is set to complete a £45 million ($55m) switch to Emirates Stadium from the Premier League champions.

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Chelsea keen on signing Man City star Zinchenko


Chelsea are interested in bringing Ukrainian international Oleksandr Zinchenko to Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Mail.

Everton and West Ham are also interested in the 25-year-old, but funds are not as easily accessible at those clubs.

Man City would not stand in the way of Zinchenko's departure with the club pursuing a deal for Brighton's Marc Cucurella.

Real Madrid youngster Reinier open to Benfica loan


This summer, Reinier is anticipated to leave Real Madrid on loan once more; with GOAL learning that Portuguese giants Benfica are currently leading the pack of interested parties.

The Brazilian playmaker spent the last two seasons in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, but struggled during that time and only managed just one goal through 39 appearances there and is on the search for a new challenge. 

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Chelsea submit bid for Dembele


According to L'Equipe, Chelsea have made an offer for Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele.

Thomas Tuchel's side are on the search for attacking reinforcements and have identified the Frenchmen as a potential target.

The 25-year-old is currently out of contract at Barcelona, but the possibility of him extending his stay in the colours of the Blaugrana is still an option.

How Gabriel Jesus can be the answer to Arsenal's prayers


Arsenal are set to land four-time Premier League winner Gabriel Jesus after agreeing a £45 million (€52m/$55m) deal with Manchester City, GOAL can confirm. 

The Brazilian international was Mikel Arteta's top attacking target, and rightfully so, there is a lot of anticipation surrounding his impending arrival at the Emirates.

Now that Arsenal have got their priority target, GOAL looks at what can the Gunners expect from a player that became a sensation when he joined City as a teenager and then dazzled, but occasionally frustrated, in the intervening years...

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Arsenal make $35m bid for Man Utd target Martinez


In an effort to outbid Manchester United for the services of Argentine international Lisandro Martinez, Arsenal has submitted a second offer worth €35 million (£30 m/$37m), GOAL can confirm. 

The Ajax star has been identified as a priority target for the Gunners this summer as Mikel Arteta looks to add to his defensive ranks.

Arsenal have already had one offer rejected for the defender, but have now returned with an improved bid for the 24-year-old that Ajax are currently mulling over.

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Divock Origi arrives in Milan


Cheick Doucoure close to joining Crystal Palace


Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace in a deal worth €21 million (£18m/$22m) plus add-ons, GOAL can confirm.  

Negotiations for the Malian international have been ongoing for a month and a deal has now been struck which will see the 22-year-old join Patrick Viera's side on a five-year deal.

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Raphinha becoming doubtful of Barca move


According to Mundo Deportivo, Raphinha and his representatives are becoming increasingly sceptical that a move to Barcelona can happen in this transfer window, given the Spanish clubs financial problems.

Leeds United would demand a fee of around €65 million (£56m/$68m) for the 25-year-old, which Barcelona may find difficult to match.

Xavi's side are also negotiating a deal to bring in Lewandowski, while the futures of Memphis Depay and Ousmane Dembele remain uncertain, all of which affects the possibility of Barcelona signing Raphinha.

Chelsea ready to rival Liverpool in Bellingham bid (AS)


Chelsea are ready to rival Liverpool in any transfer scramble for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, claims AS.

The England international midfielder is not expected to be on the move until the summer of 2023, but at that point there could be several sides ready to make big-money plays for his signature.

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Barca won’t battle Man Utd & Chelsea for De Ligt


Barcelona have ended their interest in Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt and will not be battling Manchester United and Chelsea for the Dutch star’s signature, reports Sport.

The Liga giants have been linked with the Netherlands international for some time, but they are now turning their attention elsewhere with funds in short supply at Camp Nou.

Liverpool still looking at Dembele


Liverpool remain part of the hunt for Barcelona contract rebel Ousmane Dembele, reports Sport.

The France international winger, who is set to hit free agency in a matter of deals, is said to have offers on the table from Camp Nou, Anfield, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

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Ake & Sterling wanted by Chelsea


Raheem Sterling has emerged as a top target for Chelsea, but The Telegraph reports that the Blues have also asked Manchester City about Nathan Ake.

The Dutch defender has struggled for starts with the Premier League champions and could be taken back to west London for a second spell at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea join Man Utd & Milan in Asensio race (Sport)


Chelsea have joined Premier League rivals Manchester United in the race for Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio, claims Sport.

Serie A champions AC Milan are also said to be keen on the Spain international, who could be on the move this summer as he faces fierce competition for places at Santiago Bernabeu.

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Inter CEO Marotta offers updates on possible Lukaku, Dybala and Skriniar transfers


Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has offered updates on possible deals involving Romelu Lukaku, Paulo Dybala and Milan Skriniar.

It's setting up to be a busy summer for Inter, who could add two key players to the attack as they look to reclaim the Serie A title from rivals AC Milan.

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Chelsea make contact with Man City over Sterling transfer


Chelsea are preparing a move for Raheem Sterling after making contact with Manchester City over the forward, GOAL understands.

No formal bid has yet been made for the 27-year-old, who has 12 months remaining on his current City contract, but he is likely to cost more than the £45 million ($55m) Arsenal are set to pay for Gabriel Jesus.

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Arsenal ready to leapfrog Man Utd in Martinez race (Mirror)


Arsenal have submitted a £35 million bid for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, according to the Mirror.

Martinez has been earmarked as a target for Erik ten Hag at Manchester United alongside Ajax team-mate Jurien Timber.

But Arsenal have made more progress than Man Utd in the race to sign the Argentinian star, although that race isn't over just yet.

Fulham after Wolfsburg's Mbabu


Fulham have made an offer to sign Wolfsburg defender Kevin Mbabu, reports Sky Sports.

Fulham are after a right back after earning a rise back to the Premier League for the upcoming season.

And Mbabu is one of several targets, with the club offering €10m to secure his services.

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