Saturday’s Transfer Gossip: Kounde, Pepe, Brojo, Gnabry, Lewandowski, Lingard, Cornet, Ibrahimovic

Saturday's Transfer Gossip: Kounde, Pepe, Brojo, Gnabry, Lewandowski, Lingard, Cornet, Ibrahimovic

  • Chelsea have revived their interest in Sevilla’s France defender Jules Kounde, 23, after Manchester City decided against selling 27-year-old Netherlands defender Nathan Ake to Thomas Tuchel’s side.
  • Arsenal are prepared to sell Nicolas Pepe for less than the £72m club-record fee they paid for him, with the 27-year-old Ivory Coast winger no longer part of manager Mikel Arteta’s plans.


  • Chelsea’s Albania forward Armando Brojo, 20, remains a target for Newcastle United, but boss Eddie Howe has warned of difficulties over “high prices and limited availability” as he looks to strengthen his side.


  • Former Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard, 29, is considering a move to Saudi Arabia where he could earn £10m per year. The England player’s United contract expired last month.


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  • Arsenal are hopeful of reaching an agreement to sign Manchester City’s versatile Ukraine player Oleksandr Zinchenko, 25.
  • AC Milan are trying to tempt Portugal winger Rafael Leao with a new contract amid interest in the 23-year-old from Chelsea.


  • Chelsea’s hopes of signing Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry have been dealt a blow after the 27-year-old Germany forward opted to stay at the club.


  • Fresh from securing Leeds United’s Brazil winger Raphinha, Barcelona are making progress in their attempts to sign Bayern Munich’s prolific Poland forward Robert Lewandowski, 33.


  • Tottenham are close to announcing England Under-21s defender Djed Spence as their sixth major signing of the summer. The 21-year-old Middlesbrough player has had a medical at the Premier League club before a £15m move.


  • Chelsea are close to signing Chicago Fire’s United States Under-20s keeper Gabriel Slonina after agreeing personal terms with the 18-year-old.


  • AC Milan are close to announcing a new contract for 40-year-old Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


  • Everton are in negotiations with relegated Burnley to sign Ivory Coast winger Maxwel Cornet, 25, who scored nine times in 26 Premier League appearances for the Clarets.

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