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Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Rice, Bellingham, Gallagher, Gordon, Raphinha, Ziyech, Nkunku, Keita, Saliba

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP:

  • Declan Rice is Arsenal’s top priority this summer and are growing in confidence that they can beat Chelsea to the England midfielder’s signature.

 

  • Borussia Dortmund want to keep Jude Bellingham at the club and are hoping to offer him a new contract to make him one of their top earners, although they would struggle to turn down bids in excess of £133million.

 

  • Newcastle are interested in signing Chelsea trio Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Hakim Ziyech.
  • Chelsea and Tottenham are no longer chasing Everton’s English forward Anthony Gordon, 21.

 

  • Brighton are interested in 24-year-old Argentine forward Valentin Castellanos, who is on loan at Girona from New York City.

Read Also: Monday’s Transfer Gossip: Raphinha, Zainolo, Kessie, Danjuma, Sterling, Fresneda, Henrique, Cantwell, Gerrard, Moyes

 

• Real Madrid vs Barcelona 1-3 Highlights (Download Video)

 

  • France defender William Saliba says he is “so happy” at Arsenal as talks about a new deal for the 21-year-old continue.

 

  • RB Leipzig sporting director Max Eberl says the “signs are very clear” that France forward Christopher Nkunku, 25, will join Chelsea.
  • Chelsea are yet to make a bid for Moises Caicedo, Brighton have confirmed, amid intense interest in the midfielder.

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP

  • Brazil winger Raphinha has been linked with Arsenal, but the 26-year-old has no intention of leaving Barcelona in January.
  • Tottenham manager Antonio Conte‘s position is increasingly uncertain with the club’s worrying form emerging as a key factor in deciding the Italian’s long-term future.

 

  • Al-Nassr are reportedly negotiating a deal to bring PSG’s Keylor Navas to the club to team up with his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

  • Newcastle have joined Leicester City in the race for Fiorentina and Argentina forward Nico Gonzalez, but the Serie A club will not let the 24-year-old go for less than £40m.
  • Everton and Newcastle are holding talks over signing 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen and Ecuador defender Piero Hincapie, who has also been linked with Tottenham.

 

  • Leeds United have increased their £22.2m bid for 22-year-old Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, who impressed for Morocco at the 2022 World Cup.

 

  • Chelsea’s academy players are growing fearful of their prospects at the club amid the transfer spree under Todd Boehly’s.
  • Brighton have contacted New York City FC and Girona about a move for Argentine forward Valentin ‘Taty’ Castellanos, as they seek to evolve their forward line.

Monday's Transfer Gossip: Raphinha, Zainolo, Kessie, Danjuma, Sterling, Fresneda, Henrique, Cantwell, Gerrard, Moyes

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP :

  • Arsenal have switched to Barcelona to explore deals for Brazil winger Raphinha, 26, and Spain forward Ferran Torres, 22 after missing out on Mudryk deal.

 

  • Tottenham are considering a January move for Roma midfielder Niccolo Zainolo, whose recent performances have been criticised by the club’s supporters.

 

  • Barcelona have proposed a swap deal to Inter Milan which would see the Serie A side take Franck Kessie on loan in exchange for another midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.
  • Nottingham Forest have joined the list of clubs interested in signing Villarreal and Netherlands forward Arnaut Danjuma, 25, on loan.

 

  • Everton have opened loan talks with Atalanta and Colombia forward Duvan Zapata, 31.
  • West Ham are considering replacements for manager David Moyes, with Nuno Espirito Santo and Rafael Benitez among the contenders.

 

  • Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for England forward Raheem Sterling, despite the 28-year-old only moving to Stamford Bridge last summer.

 

  • Chelsea are ready to spend more than £100m on three further signings during the January transfer window after completing a deal for Ukraine forward Mykhailo Mudryk.

READ ALSO: Real Madrid vs Barcelona 1-3 Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Tottenham vs Arsenal 0-2 Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Chelsea Confirm Mykhaylo Mudryk Shirt Number

 

• Sunday’s Transfer Gossip: Neves, Depay, Danjuma, Porro, Madueke, Keita, Antonio, Gallagher, Bellingham, Elanga

 

  • Arsenal are interested in signing Real Valladolid’s Spanish right-back Ivan Fresneda, 18.

 

  • PSV Eindhoven are ready to battle Rangers over there January transfer target Todd Cantwell, who appears to be on the way out of Norwich City.
  • Barcelona are seeking legal clarity over a potential deal to re-sign striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from Chelsea.
  • Manchester United and Arsenal will compete to sign Brazilian winger Luiz Henrique, 22, from Real Betis.

 

  • PSV Eindhoven have made an enquiry for Norwich’s English midfielder Todd Cantwell, 24. Rangers are also interested.
  • West Ham have drawn up a four-person shortlist to potentially replace under-fire David Moyes which includes two “dream” appointments in Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel.

Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: Mbappe, Valverde, Jorginho,  Raphinha, Messi, Bellingham, Kante, Saka

Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe is set to start again next summer after full details of his Paris Saint-Germain contract emerged.

  • Liverpool made a move to sign Federico Valverde just before the transfer deadline and were willing to pay Real Madrid £87m for the Uruguay midfielder, 24.

 

  • Jorginho has admitted that Chelsea’s players were at fault for Thomas Tuchel’s sacking as they prepare to embark on their new era under Graham Potter.

 

Read Also: Liverpool 2-1 Ajax Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Todd Boehly Reveals Reason Why Chelsea Sack Thomas Tuchel

 

• Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip: Rashford, Gilmour, Ronaldo, Kante, Rashford, Akanji, Marquinhos

 

  • Brighton’s shortlist of candidates to be their new manager includes Franck Haise of Lens as well as Bodo/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen and ex-Shakhtar Donetsk coach Roberto de Zerbi.

 

  • Sampdoria president Marco Lanna says England midfielder Harry Winks “wants to prove that Tottenham made a mistake” after the 26-year-old’s move to the Serie A club on loan this summer.

 

  • AC Milan and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 40, has stated he has no plans to retire and “won’t give up” as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.
  • Paris St-Germain are planning to offer Lionel Messi a new contract and Barcelona are interested in re-signing the Argentina forward, but the 35-year-old will not make a decision on his future until after the World Cup.

 

  • Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund’s England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19.

 

  • Watford’s Austria goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann, 28, says Manchester United attempted to sign him in the summer transfer window.

 

  • Inter Milan are to open contract extension talks with Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 27, after interest from Paris St-Germain this summer.

 

  • Leicester City are looking to sign Lens and Belgium forward Lois Openda, 22, after his bright start to the season.

 

  • Uruguay winger Facundo Pellistri, 20, has been asked to leave Manchester United because he is not a part of Erik ten Hag’s plans.

 

  • Jose Mourinho has demanded more from Tammy Abraham despite the fact the 24-year-old scored Roma’s winner against Empoli on Monday night.

 

  • Barcelona have denied they are close to agreeing to reduce the purchase clause on Antoine Griezmann’s loan deal with Atletico Madrid from £35m to £22m. Atleti have only been using the France forward, 31, as a late substitute so they do not trigger the clause.

 

  • Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has offered PSG’s sporting director Luis Campos £7m a year to join the Premier League club immediately.
  • A German club, a Spanish club and two English clubs are interested in signing N’Golo Kante if the France midfielder does not sign a new deal at Chelsea. The 31-year-old’s contract expires next summer.

 

  • Barcelona opted to sign Raphinha from Leeds United instead of fellow Brazil winger Antony, 22, because they felt the 25-year-old is a more complete player and would cost less.

 

  • Arsenal are trying to agree new deals with England winger Bukayo Saka, Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli and France defender William Saliba, who are all 21 and whose contracts run until 2024.

 

  • Liverpool’s most famous ball boy Oakley Cannonier has taken another step towards representing the Reds’ first team by scoring a hat-trick against Ajax for the under-19s in the UEFA Youth League.

"We're Better Than Real Madrid" Says Raphinha

Former Leeds United star Raphinha was feeling good about his debut as a FC Barcelona’s player.

Raphinha scored a goal and had two assists as well in their first preseason game in the United States, against Inter Miami CF.

Next up are fierce rivals Real Madrid, in a match to be played next Saturday, July 23, in Las Vegas.

Raphinha is confident in his team chances this year in La Liga.

 

Read Also: Barcelona Squad Confirmed Shirt Numbers For 2022/23

 

• Pre-Season Friendly: Inter Miami 0-6 Barcelona Highlights (Download Video)

 

Raphinha:

“Very happy to have scored my first goal. It was a good game.

I tried to have a good game. I’m very happy and hope to continue it.”

He thinks they’re better than Real Madrid this season.

When talking about their next match, the Brazilian had some definitive words for his team and his rivals, hoping to continue his scoring streak.

“One always tries to score against anyone, but if it’s in a Derby, even more.

The most important thing is the win. But for me we’re better than Real Madrid.”

He went on to praise his teammates by acknowledging their performance and complementing them for their skills,

and saying that playing with them is really easy, cause they make everything so much simpler.

“Barcelona has several young talented players.

They’re doing a great job with them. They’re always fighting for championships.”

Barcelona Complete Signing Of Raphinha From Leeds United

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Raphinha from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

The Catalan giants announced on Wednesday that they had agreed a deal in principle and, having passed his medical, Raphinha signed his Barcelona contract at an unveiling on Friday afternoon.

“It’s a dream come true since I was a kid and for my family as well,” Raphinha said of joining Barça.

“I’m going to give my best in order to help.”

In a parting statement on their club website, Leeds said:

“We would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to Raphinha for his effort and contribution whilst at the football club.

“He showed unquestionable commitment and professionalism until the very end of his time at Elland Road and his celebrations at the Brentford Community Stadium will live long in the memory.

“Everyone at Leeds United would like to wish Raphinha the very best for the future and hope he enjoys great success at the Nou Camp and throughout his career.”

According to report the deal is worth around €60m inclusive on add-ons, with Barcelona having seen off competition from Chelsea and Arsenal for the 25-year-old’s signature.

Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: Raphinha, Ronaldo, Lewandowski, Isak, Rice, Kimpembe, Martinez

  • Leeds United and Brazil forward Raphinha, 25, is set to travel to Barcelona to complete a move to the Nou Camp.
  • Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, has offered his services to Paris St-Germain in an attempt to play alongside Argentine forward Lionel Messi, 35, after saying he wants to leave Manchester United.

 

  • Chelsea have launched a bid to hijack 33-year-old Poland striker Robert Lewandowski’s move from Bayern Munich to Barcelona.

 

Read Also: ‘We Did The Press’ Erik ten Hag Hails Manchester United ‘Potential’

 

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• Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip: De Jong, Dembele, Torreira, Tielemans, Neves, Raphinha, Gnabry, Gibbs-White

  • Leeds are poised to accept a £49m bid, which could rise to £57m, from the La Liga club for their skilful attacker.

 

  • Chelsea have an interest in Paris St-Germain and France centre-back Presnel Kimpembe, 26.
  • PSG have turned down the chance of signing Ronaldo as they do not have enough space on their wage bill to pay him.

 

  • Newcastle United have held talks with Real Sociedad about signing Sweden striker Alexander Isak, 22, from the Spanish side in a club-record deal.

 

  • Newcastle have also added Espanyol and Spain striker Raul de Tomas, 27, to their transfer shortlist.

 

  • England midfielder Declan Rice has a gentleman’s agreement with West Ham to stay for one more season before the 23-year-old is allowed to leave.

 

  • Manchester United have moved ahead of Arsenal in their attempt to bring in 24-year-old Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.

 

  • Italy midfielder Jorginho, who has one year left on his contract with Chelsea, says he would “like to stay” at the Stamford Bridge club amid speculation about the 30-year-old’s future.
  • Spain right-back Cesar Azpilicueta is thought to be keen on a move to Barcelona, but Chelsea have told the 32-year-old they will only let him leave when they have reinforced their defence.

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: De Jong, Dembele, Torreira, Tielemans, Neves, Raphinha, Gnabry,  Gibbs-White

  • Manchester United chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough are both in Barcelona to try to finalise a deal for 25-year-old Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
  • France forward Ousmane Dembele’s contract at Barcelona expired this summer, but the 25-year-old is set to sign a new deal which will keep him with the Nou Camp side until 2024.

 

  • Juventus and Roma have shown interest in Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira after Fiorentina decided not to sign the 26-year-old Uruguay international permanently following his loan spell last season.

 

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• Erik ten Hag Reveals Why Harry Maguire Will Retain Manchester United Captaincy

 

• Juventus Confirm Signing Of Paul Pogba On Free Transfer

 

• Monday’s Transfer Gossip: Lewandowski, Grimaldo, Azpilicueta, Kane, Silva, Ronaldo, Kluivert, Koulibaly, De Ligt

 

  • Leicester City and Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, 25, and Wolves’ Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves, 25, are on Manchester United’s contingency plan if they fail to sign De Jong.
  • Barcelona have agreed to meet Leeds United’s asking price of £65m for Brazil winger Raphinha, 25, and the Spanish club’s priority will now be to sell De Jong to Manchester United.

 

  • Middlesbrough’s interest in Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle has cooled with chairman Steve Gibson reluctant to sanction a deal for the 32-year-old Englishman. (Football Insider)

 

  • Nathan Collins, 21, will become the most expensive Irish footballer in history when he completes a £20.3m move from Burnley to Wolves this week. (Irish Independent)

 

  • Arsenal made a £5.9m offer for Benfica’s Spanish full-back Alex Grimaldo, 26, after Scotland international Kieran Tierney lasted just 30 minutes on his return from injury.
  • Chelsea appear to be behind Barcelona in their attempts to sign Raphinha and the Blues could consider 26-year-old Bayern Munich and Germany forward Serge Gnabry instead.

 

  • Wolves have rejected a £25m bid for English midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White, 22, from Everton. (Mail)

 

  • Fulham have got in touch with fellow London club Tottenham about signing their 24-year-old Wales defender Joe Rodon. (Football Insider)

 

  • Fulham are in advanced talks to sign Switzerland defender Kevin Mbabu, 27, from German club Wolfsburg in a deal worth an initial £5m. (Evening Standard)

 

  • Sevilla are interested in Tottenham’s 25-year-old Spain left-back Sergio Reguilon.

Sunday's Transfer Gossip: Kante, de Ligt, Eriksen, Foden,  Martinez, Dybala, Raphinha, Upamecano

  • Arsenal could make a surprise approach for Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante, 31.
  • Juventus are aware of negotiations between the agents of Matthijs de Ligt and Bayern Munich but the Serie A giants have yet to receive an opening bid for the 22-year-old Netherlands defender, who has also been linked to Chelsea.

 

  • Manchester United remain convinced that Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 30, will move to Old Trafford despite suggestions from Brentford that he could remain with them.

 

Read Also: Raphinha Left Out Of Leeds’ Pre-Season Tour Squad

 

• Mikel Arteta Issues Tierney Injury Update After Early Substitution

 

• Paul Pogba Given Hero’s Welcome At Juventus Medical

 

• Saturday’s Transfer Gossip: Dembele, Bennacer, Ronaldo, Martinez, Brobbey, Paqueta, Ziyech, Raphinha

 

  • Everton’s hopes of signing Chelsea striker Armando Broja have been boosted after the Stamford Bridge-club decided to leave the 20-year-old out of the squad travelling to America for a pre-season tour.

 

  • Former Derby boss Wayne Rooney is open to returning to DC United to manage the MLS team.

 

  • Aston Villa are in talks with Sevilla over a deal for Swedish full-back Ludwig Augustinsson, 28.

 

  • Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli has said Belgium striker Dries Mertens, 35, has rejected a new deal with the club.
  • Borussia Dortmund have no intention of loaning out American attacker Gio Reyna, 19, who has received interest from Rangers.

 

  • Brentford have made an offer for Wolfsburg and Egypt forward Omar Marmoush, 23, however the German club are reluctant to sell.

 

  • England forward Phil Foden, 22, is set to sign a new six-year deal at Manchester City worth £200,000-a-week.

 

  • Ajax have told Manchester United to improve their offer of 43m euros if they want to sign Argentina centre-back Lisandro Martinez, 24.
  • Erik ten Hag also wants to step up his interest in Ajax’s Brazilian winger Antony, 22, with a new bid.

 

  • United have been approached to sign Paulo Dybala as a potential replacement for Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, who wants to leave Old Trafford this summer. The 28-year-old Argentina attacker is a free agent after leaving Juventus at the end of last season.

 

  • The Red Devils are being put under pressure by their sponsors to hold on to Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

 

  • Everton are not lining up a move for Watford and Nigeria forward Emmanuel Dennis, despite being linked to the 24-year-old.

 

  • Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Albania goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, 27, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Lazio.

 

  • Barcelona have matched the £60m offer, including add-ons, put forward by Chelsea for Leeds United and Brazil attacker Raphinha, 25.
  • Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 25, has his heart set on remaining at Barcelona and will reject Manchester United.

 

  • Chelsea have been informed that Bayern could make France defender Dayot Upamecano, 23, available if De Ligt joins the Bundesliga champions.

 

  • Brighton are in talks over an improved contract for Spain left-back Marc Cucurella, 23, amid interest from Manchester City. (Athletic -subscription required)

 

  • Arsenal are preparing to submit an opening bid for Benfica’s Spanish defender Alex Grimaldo, 26.

Raphinha Left Out Of Leeds' Pre-Season Tour Squad

Leeds have confirmed a 26-player squad for their pre-season of Australia that does not include star winger Raphinha, who is wanted by Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Brazilian is in the process of trying to resolve his future and has been specifically holding out for a move to Barcelona, who had been struggling to muster the necessary finances.

Arsenal had seen a bid knocked back, before Chelsea agreed a fee with Leeds.

Barcelona were persuaded to match Chelsea’s offer, although it was only a verbal understanding between the Catalans and Leeds, with finer details still needing to be agreed upon.

Read Also: Saturday’s Transfer Gossip: Dembele, Bennacer, Ronaldo, Martinez, Brobbey, Paqueta, Ziyech, Raphinha

A deal for Raphinha is now close to being agreed, with Leeds accepting a revised proposal from Barcelona worth around €60m.

The payment will still be staggered into a number of instalments, with various performance related add-ons also included –

although the English club want everything wrapped up by next week.

Another notable absentee from Leeds’ tour squad is midfielder Kalvin Phillips, having recently bid farewell to his boyhood club to complete a £45m transfer to Manchester City.

But summer signings Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams, Marc Roca, Luis Sinisterra, Rasmus Kristensen and Darko Gyabi have all been named and will make the trip Down Under.

On tour, Leeds will play games against Australian club Brisbane Roar, as well as fellow Premier League sides Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

Leeds 2022/23 pre-season tour squad

Goalkeepers:

Harry Christy, Kristoffer Klaesson, Illan Meslier

 

Defenders:

Liam Cooper, Leif Davis, Cody Drameh, Leo Hjelde, Robin Koch, Rasmus Kristensen, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk

 

Midfielders:

Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams, Adam Forshaw, Archie Gray, Darko Gyabi, Mateusz Klich, Marc Roca

 

Forwards:

Patrick Bamford, Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood, Jack Harrison, Daniel James, Rodrigo, Luis Sinisterra, Crysencio Summerville

Saturday's Transfer Gossip: Dembele, Bennacer, Ronaldo, Martinez, Brobbey, Paqueta, Ziyech, Raphinha

  • Barcelona boss Xavi wants to re-sign France winger Ousmane Dembele, 25, who is a free agent after his contract at the Nou Camp expired. However, the club’s sporting director Mateu Alemany would prefer a move for Leeds’ Brazilian attacker Raphinha.
  • Arsenal are interested in re-signing Algeria midfielder Ismael Bennacer from AC Milan with the 24-year-old having left the Gunners to join Empoli in 2017.

 

  • Amid intense speculation over 37-year-old Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has recognised the need to strengthen his team’s attacking options, while the Dutchman remains keen on adding a right-back and centre-back.

 

Read Also: Nurnberg Vs Arsenal 3-5 Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Tottenham Squad: Confirmed Shirt Numbers For 2022/23

 

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• Friday’s Transfer Gossip: Ronaldo, Grimaldo, James, De Jong, Martinez, Lewandowski, Lenglet, Raphinha

 

  • Chelsea’s Moroccan playmaker Hakim Ziyech, who has been linked with AC Milan, has announced his decision to part ways with agent Nakhli Mondial after 12 years with the 29-year-old saying he wants to “take full control of my professional future”.

 

  • Roma are considering making a bid for Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 29.

 

  • Bournemouth are in talks to sign Tottenham’s 23-year-old English defender Japhet Tanganga, who has also attracted interest from Napoli and AC Milan.

 

  • Nigeria midfielder Joe Aribo, 25, is close to joining Southampton from Rangers for an initial £6m.
  • Millwall have agreed to sign Leeds United’s English midfielder Jamie Shackleton, 22, on loan.
  • Southampton are interested in signing Manchester City and Burkina Faso defender Issa Kabore, 21, on loan.

 

  • Barca have submitted a ‘final offer’ of £47m for 25-year-old Raphinha, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal.

 

  • Manchester United have made an improved £43m offer for 24-year-old Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez in a bid to beat Arsenal to the Argentina centre-back’s signature.

 

  • Ten Hag hopes to foil his former club Ajax’s attempts to re-sign Dutch striker Brian Brobbey from RB Leipzig for £13m. The 20-year-old came through the Eredivisie side’s academy before joining the Germans in 2021, but returned to Ajax on loan for the second half of last season, scoring seven goals in 11 league games.
  • West Ham are weighing up a £13m move for Roma’s Netherlands forward Justin Kluivert, 23.