Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea in Frenkie de Jong £59m plus Alonso bid, Barcelona 'to make £67m Alexander-Arnold offer' | The Sun

CHELSEA believe they can make a breakthrough in their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong due to Barcelona's interest in Marcos Alonso.

The Blues are not willing to match the £72m fee Man Utd have agreed for the Dutchman.

But they have instead offered £59m plus left-back Alonso, according to reports.

Meanwhile Barca are reportedly lining up a shock bid for Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Catalans are said to be ready to make an initial offer of £67m for the Liverpool full-back.

Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes is reportedly still pushing for his man to leave Manchester United this summer.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    United keen on Arnautovic

    Manchester United are keen on former Stoke City and West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic.

    The Austrian is playing his football for Bologna following a stint in China.

    According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the striker likes the idea of returning to England.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Duffy joins Fulham

    Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy has joined Fulham on a season-long loan from Brighton.

    Duffy said on the Fulham website: "I am delighted that is it is done, it is a really exciting challenge for me and the club.

    "It happened really quickly, but I didn’t really have time to think about it at all, as soon as they came in for me, I just knew it was right for me.

    "I spoke to the manager and it was the same both ways, so I am really excited."

  • Joshua Mbu

    Chelsea Fofana bid rejected

    Chelsea have seen a second bid for Leicester defender Wesley Fofana turned down.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, an offer in excess of £70million was presented to the Foxes.

    The offer was turned down and boss Brendan Rodgers insists the Frenchman is NOT for sale.

    Fofana would be open to a move to Stamford Bridge.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Moyes on Lingard snub

    David Moyes was surprised Jesse Lingard snubbed West Ham for a money-spinning move to Nottingham Forest.

    Ahead of West Ham’s opener against champions Manchester City tomorrow, asked if he was surprised by Lingard’s decision, Moyes said: “I was, yeah.

    “I thought Jesse in the end would come here and I've got to say the club made him a really good offer.

    “You couldn't turn around and say David Sullivan and the owners didn't do everything they could to get him. They certainly did, but he chose Forest.

    “He was entitled to do that.

    “I've got to say the club have tried to get lots of players but for different reasons we've not been able to get them.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    Juve closing in on Kostic

    Juventus are closing in on signing West Ham transfer target Filip Kostic.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, the Old Lady is Kostic's preferred destination.

    Juve will be in contact with Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Morning Transfer News round-up

    Leicester City duo Wesley Fofana and James Maddison will NOT be sold this summer.

    Chelsea are keen on Fofana, while Newcastle would like to sign Maddison.

    But the Foxes have no intention of letting the pair leave, Brendan Rodgers insisted.

    He said to the media: “Wesley Fofana and James Maddison are not for sale. These are very important players to us.

    “We’re in a situation where we need to move some players out but that doesn’t mean getting rid of anyone, our best assets.”

    Meanwhile, Wolves have reportedly rejected a third bid worth £35m from Nottingham Forest for Morgan Gibbs-White.

    That’s because Wolves boss Bruno Lage insists Gibbs-White is an integral part of his squad.

    He said: “We rejected because he’s an important player for me, my dynamic and the future. He feels important, he is happy.

    “When you have this connection between manager and player, everything is good. He is fit and motivated.”

    Elsewhere, Everton are nearing completion of a deal to sign Lille star Amadou Onana, according to reports.

    The Belgian midfielder is set to cost the Toffees £35million.

    Onana has been a target for West Ham, who also had a bid of the same figure accept by the French side.

    However the player has reportedly decided that he prefers a move to Goodison Park rather than the Hammers.

    The East London outfit were unable to agree personal terms with the 20-year-old but Everton are closer to getting him signed and just small details remain, according to reports.

    In other news, DC United manager Wayne Rooney is close to signing Crystal Palace star Christian Benteke.

    According to the Daily Mail, a deal has been struck between the MLS outfit as well as Palace and Benteke, 31, is set to move to the US.

    The Washington Post report that the striker will become the Washington giants’ all-time best paid player.

    The Belgium international’s salary is expected to eclipse Rooney’s $3.5million (£2.9m) per-year wages he made when he played for the club between 2018 and 2020.

    However, the 31-year-old will need a work visa and that process may take at least two weeks.

    Also, Ex-Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum has joined Roma on loan from PSG.

    Wijnaldum’s been set free from his PSG nightmare to head to Italy for the season with an option to buy added to the deal.

    And Wijnaldum expressed his delight after completing his switch.

    He said: “It’s a really good feeling to be a Roma player. Everyone I have spoken to has given me great feedback about the club and its fans.

    “The club made it clear just how much they wanted me in the efforts they made to complete the deal, which always gives a player a lot of confidence and belief. The reception from the supporters, on social media and elsewhere, has also been fantastic.

    “I promise to give 100% and help the team compete for all our targets this season.”

    Finally, West Ham have signed Maxwel Cornet for £17.5m from Burnley.

    The Hammers activated the Ivory Coast star’s release clause fee to bring him to East London on a five-year deal.

    An option to add another year to the contract has also inserted.

    Speaking on the move, Cornet beamed: “It’s a new step for me to join this big Club and I’m really happy to be here, to be part of the project for the Club. I’m just excited to start.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Barcelona given transfer ultimatum

    Barcelona have been told they have to sell FIVE players to register their new signings.

    They acquired Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Raphinha, whilst keeping hold of Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto this summer.

    But none of the aforementioned players can be registered until Barca balance the books, La Liga have insisted, according to Sport.

    This means the club will have to offload a slew of stars if they want to play their new signings.

    It's thought that Man United and Chelsea target Frenkie de Jong is at the top of the list of players who will be let go by Barca.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Leeds to sign ex-Everton veteran

    Leeds are poised to sign ex-Everton keeper Joel Robles on a free transfer, reports claim.

    The Whites have an agreement in place for the 32-year-old, according to AS.

    Robles is set to provide back-up to Leeds' current goalkeeping duo Illan Meslier and Kristoffer Klaesson, it's been claimed.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tottenham close in on Udinese ace

    Tottenham are reportedly closing in on Udinese ace Destiny Udogie.

    Spurs have agreed a fee of up to €26m for Udogie, according to Sky Italia.

    And they're confident that he'll complete the move to White Hart Lane next week, the report adds.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Fabregas makes Messi plea

    Cesc Fabregas has pleaded for Lionel Messi to return to Barcelona.

    Fabregas told TyC Sports: "As a Barcelona fan, I hope and I wish that Messi returns to Barcelona.

    "He has one year left of his contract in Paris. I would love it if he returned. It is a dream that the club and all the fans have, but I speak to you as a fan of Barcelona."

    “It was really difficult to understand what happened, I wasn’t expecting to leave Barcelona – it was a shock”.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Kane to Bayern rumours discussed

    Bayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has dismissed claims the club are making a move for Harry Kane as rumours.

    Reports suggested Bayern were eyeing Kane to replace Robert Lewandowski.

    But Salihamidzic said that's not true, claiming: "These are rumours. We’re going a different way for now. Manchester City and Liverpool have been successful for years without a nine.

    "We could substitute four players of almost the same quality for four positions.”

    “So much offensive quality is rare in Europe. It’s now the job of the coach and his team to moderate that.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    West Ham sign Burnley star

    West Ham have signed Maxwel Cornet for £17.5m from Burnley.

    The Hammers activated the Ivory Coast star's release clause fee to bring him to East London on a five-year deal.

    An option to add another year to the contract has also inserted.

    Speaking on the move, Cornet beamed: "It’s a new step for me to join this big Club and I’m really happy to be here, to be part of the project for the Club. I’m just excited to start.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Former Liverpool star joins Roma

    Ex-Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum has joined Roma on loan from PSG.

    Wijnaldum's been set free from his PSG nightmare to head to Italy for the season with an option to buy added to the deal.

    And Wijnaldum expressed his delight after completing his switch.

    He said: "It’s a really good feeling to be a Roma player. Everyone I have spoken to has given me great feedback about the club and its fans.

    “The club made it clear just how much they wanted me in the efforts they made to complete the deal, which always gives a player a lot of confidence and belief. The reception from the supporters, on social media and elsewhere, has also been fantastic.

    “I promise to give 100% and help the team compete for all our targets this season.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Rooney closes in in Benteke

    DC United manager Wayne Rooney is close to signing Crystal Palace star Christian Benteke.

    According to the Daily Mail, a deal has been struck between the MLS outfit as well as Palace and Benteke, 31, is set to move to the US.

     The Washington Post report that the striker will become the Washington giants' all-time best paid player.

    The Belgium international's salary is expected to eclipse Rooney's $3.5million (£2.9m) per-year wages he made when he played for the club between 2018 and 2020.

    However, the 31-year-old will need a work visa and that process may take at least two weeks.

  • Justin Lawrence

    West Ham receive transfer blow

    West Ham look set to miss out on Eintracht Frankurt’s Filip Kostic who reportedly agreed terms with Juventus.

    Juve have held direct talks with Kostic's representatives, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    And he's said to prefer a move to Turin over one to East London.

    Personal terms have been agreed between the wing-back and Juve.

    Although Juve still need to finalise a price with Eintracht before the move can be completed, it was added.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Leeds eye PSG starlet

    Leeds are eyeing a £22million move for Paris Saint-Germain starlet Arnaud Kalimuendo.

    Jesse Marsch wants a new striker to compete with Patrick Bamford and hopes to wrap up the deal next week.

    The French youngster, 20, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Lens.

    He netted eight times in his first season at the Estadio Bollaert-Delelis and improved in his second scoring 13 goals.

    The French Under-21 international is also attracting interest from Rennes.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Everton edge closer to Onana

    Everton are nearing completion of a deal to sign Lille star Amadou Onana, according to reports.

    The Belgian midfielder is set to cost the Toffees £35million.

    Onana has been a target for West Ham, who also had a bid of the same figure accept by the French side.

    However the player has reportedly decided that he prefers a move to Goodison Park rather than the Hammers.

    The East London outfit were unable to agree personal terms with the 20-year-old but Everton are closer to getting him signed and just small details remain, according to reports.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lewandoski on his age

    Robert Lewandowski insists his age doesn't matter as he gears up to launch his Barcelona career.

    The 33-year-old veteran made the admission whilst being unveiled by the Catalan giants following his switch from Bayern Munich.

    He said: "My age doesn´t matter.

    "My body doesn´t feel that I am 33 and almost 34 years because I know that I can still play a few years at the top level. I feel better even than when I was 29 years old."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Wolves reject Gibbs-White offer

    Wolves have reportedly rejected a third bid worth £35m from Nottingham Forest for Morgan Gibbs-White.

    That's because Wolves boss Bruno Lage insists Gibbs-White is an integral part of his squad.

    He said: "We rejected because he's an important player for me, my dynamic and the future. He feels important, he is happy.

    "When you have this connection between manager and player, everything is good. He is fit and motivated."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Wes not be silly

    Leicester City duo Wesley Fofana and James Maddison will NOT be sold this summer.

    Chelsea are keen on Fofana, while Newcastle would like to sign Maddison.

    But the Foxes have no intention of letting the pair leave, Brendan Rodgers insisted.

    He said to the media: "Wesley Fofana and James Maddison are not for sale. These are very important players to us.

    "We're in a situation where we need to move some players out but that doesn't mean getting rid of anyone, our best assets."

  • Sam Dymond

    Transfer watch: Bernardo to Barcelona?

    It's the story that won't go away despite Pep Guardiola's insistence that Bernardo Silva is happy at Manchester City.

    Reports this week state that the midfielder has already agreed terms with Barcelona despite the LaLiga giants not having the money to pay their players or restructure their squad to register new signings.

    And yet there seems to be the belief that this deal will happen, but only IF Frenkie de Jong heads in the opposite direction to join Manchester United.

    Rumour rating: ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️

  • Sam Dymond

    Rodgers shuts down transfer talk

    Are Leicester in crisis?

    Kasper Schmeichel has left, and there remains ongoing speculation regarding the immediate future of Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Wesley Forfana.

    Added to that, it has been revealed this afternoon that Ricardo Pereira has been ruled out for six months with a ruptured achilles while Harvey Barnes faces a month out with an injury.

    The Foxes won't be backed into a corner, however, and Brendan Rodgers has today come out fighting.

    Speaking about the transfer responded, the Leicester boss responded in adamant fashion.

    "These players are not for sale. These are very important players to us. We’re in a situation where we need to move some players out but that doesn't mean getting rid of anyone and everyone, and especially not our best assets."

  • Sam Dymond

    Howe extends deal with Toon

    Eddie Howe has signed a new long-term contract with Newcastle United.

    The Magpies boss replaced Steve Bruce last November after the Saudi-funded takeover.

    They had still not won a Premier League game when the ex-Bournemouth manager arrived but a stunning 2022 saw Howe lead the Toon to an 11th-placed finish.

    And he said: “It’s a great feeling to commit my future to this incredible club. I’m extremely proud to be the head coach of Newcastle United and have enjoyed every moment here."

  • Sam Dymond

    Transfer watch: Maddison to Newcastle?

    Eddie Howe refused to comment on his club's pursuit of James Maddison earlier today, but did add that they were 'working hard to add to the group.'

    The Toon Army have already had two bids of £40m and £50m rejected for the midfielder, but are likely to return with another offer nearing to Leicester's £60m valuation.

    Rumour rating: ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️

  • Sam Dymond

    Atalanta confirm signing of Ademola

    Atalanta have completed the signing of Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig for an undisclosed fee.

    The 24-year-old forward has spent the past two seasons in the Premier League following loan spells with Leicester and Fulham.

    The Nigerian international has penned a four-year contract with the Serie A side.

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