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July 31, 2022 at 11:34 a.m. EDT
Chelsea are working on deals to sign Wesley Fofana and Denzel Dumfries
Chelsea are working on deals to sign Wesley Fofana from Leicester City and Denzel Dumfries from Inter Milan, understand The Athletic.
The Stamford Bridge club intend to continue to strengthen their squad heading into the new Premier League season, with Fofana and Dumfries among the targets being pursued.
Chelsea are working on deals to sign Wesley Fofana and Denzel Dumfries
July 31, 2022 at 10:02 a.m. EDT
Ronaldo starts last pre-season friendly
Cristiano Ronaldo has been selected to start Manchester United’s pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford this afternoon.
It will be Ronaldo’s first appearance for the club this summer after the 37-year-old told the Premier League side he wanted to leave if they received a suitable offer for him.
The veteran striker subsequently missed the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia for “family reasons”.
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July 31, 2022 at 9:49 a.m. EDT
Man City suitor Cucurella ready to look elsewhere
Manchester City will look at other left-back options this summer – and are unwilling to meet Brighton’s asking price of more than £50m ($61m) for Marc Cucurella, Athleticism understand.
City are still interested in a deal for the defender but are comfortable signing someone else to play in the role if Brighton don’t lower their demands.
City raised their offer for Cucurella to £40m ($48m) on Friday, but Brighton rejected the offer.
Editor, UK Football
July 31, 2022 at 8:58 EDT
Howe attacks Newcastle angst
Eddie Howe wants competition all over the pitch for Newcastle United and he now has it in just about every position – save arguably the most important of them all.
There is less than a week until their Premier League opener with Nottingham Forest and, despite being the priority of all windows, Newcastle are yet to acquire any attacking reinforcements.
Leicester City midfielder James Maddison is the latest name added to a growing list of players they have either offered or inquired about, without signing. It’s a situation that Howe admits is causing him ‘frustration’ and, although their need is not yet desperate, with Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin fit, they are only one injury away from one. either of this fragile duo far from running out of firepower. .
More below on the club’s bank loan – and so far thwarted attacking transfer attempts…
Newcastle United correspondent
Newcastle’s bid for James Maddison and a new bank loan but still no striker for Howe
July 31, 2022 at 8:12 a.m. EDT
Chelsea reach agreement for Chicago Fire goalkeeper
Chelsea have reached an agreement with Chicago Fire for goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, Athleticism understand.
The Premier League side are set to pay an initial fee of £12m for the 18-year-old, who became the youngest goalkeeper to make his MLS debut when he made his professional debut last August .
Slonina is due to finish this season with the Fire before heading to London in January.
We told you earlier that Kepa Arrizzabalaga is in talks over a loan move to Napoli.
Chicago Fire’s Gabriel Slonina goes to Chelsea for $10m base fee: source
July 31, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. EDT
Premier League players ready for loans
The summer transfer window still has a month to run but EFL teams are getting to work on the pitch and many are looking to the Premier League for reinforcements that could give their campaigns a boost.
As well as providing emerging talent with more playing time, the loan scheme has bolstered several promotional offers. Manchester United’s James Garner and Aston Villa’s Keinan Davis were among the players who helped send Nottingham Forest back to the Premier League last season, while Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White was named semi-finalist player of the season Sheffield United play-offs.
Who could benefit from loan moves in 2022-23? Athleticism writers make their choice…
Man Utd’s Hannibal, Tottenham’s Alfie Devine and more: Premier League players ready for loans
July 31, 2022 at 7:32 EDT
Nunez outclasses Haaland
Erling Haaland made his competitive debut for Manchester City in the Community Shield but Liverpool and Darwin Nunez grabbed the headlines, with Nunez scoring late to seal a 3-1 win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
All eyes were on Haaland, who hit the bar close on an afternoon that looked like it wasn’t, but Pep Guardiola insisted he was encouraged by what he had seen from the Norwegian striker.
“He had chances – two or three in the first half and one at the end – but he was always there. He fought a lot and did the moves.
“It’s good for him to see the reality of the new country, the new league. He was there. He didn’t score – another day he will score.
July 31, 2022 at 6:51 a.m. EDT
Parker unhappy with Bournemouth squad
Bournemouth’s return to the Premier League is looming, but Scott Parker is clearly unhappy with the club’s progress in the transfer market.
Speaking after the 2-1 loss to La Liga side Real Sociedad, Parker put on an infuriated figure when asked about the possibility of a win ahead of the start of the campaign.
“We are six days away from the start of the Premier League season and we are nowhere near where we need to be. These are just cold, hard facts. We have hardly any defenders. We have lost eight players at the start of the season. Right now this team is much weaker than it was two months ago when we were promoted.
“Of course, no disrespect to what we have, but I didn’t expect to be where we are so close to the start of the season.”
Scott Parker laments lack of signings as Bournemouth look ill-equipped for Premier League
July 31, 2022 at 6:23 a.m. EDT
Aribo’s Dancing Feet
How about introducing yourself to the local fans?
Southampton may have suffered a narrow 2-1 loss to Villarreal in their last pre-season friendly, but new signing Joe Aribo turned on the style with that dazzling footwork and finish.
“When he runs with the ball, he’s hard to stop,” said boss Ralph Hasenhuttl. “He was also a bit lucky, but he always has those situations where the ball is under his feet and he finds good solutions.”
July 31, 2022 at 6:04 a.m. EDT
Forest sign midfielder Mangala
Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of midfielder Orel Mangala from Stuttgart.
Athletic have reported that the clubs have agreed an estimated fee of around €15m (£12.75m) and the 24-year-old arrives on what Forest described as a ‘long-term’ deal. term” at the City Ground.
July 31, 2022 at 05:22 EDT
Casilla leaves Leeds United early
Leeds United have parted ways with goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, the club announced this morning.
Casilla and Leeds have agreed to terminate his contract a year before it expires, ending the 35-year-old’s rocky stay at Elland Road.
Leeds United correspondent
July 31, 2022 at 04:54 EDT
What future for Bellerin?
Mikel Arteta has allowed Nuno Tavares to join Marseille on a season-long loan but has remained coy about the prospect of Hector Bellerin’s imminent exit.
“We don’t know, we’re doing it on a case-by-case basis,” he said.
“For the development of Nuno, I think it’s going to be really important. Obviously, we brought Oleks (Zinchenko) to this position and we also have Kieran (Tierney), who are two very strong players.
July 31, 2022 at 4:35 a.m. EDT
Arteta hopes for more arrivals
Mikel Arteta watched his side beat Sevilla 6-0 at the Emirates on Saturday and said he still hoped to bring in new reinforcements to complete Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira.
“We still hope to do something else if the market allows us,” Arteta said.
“You’ve seen movement in the other direction over the past few days, so we want to get the perfect balance and plan we wanted from the start. Whether we can achieve that or not is another story, but I am happy with where we are now.”
July 31, 2022 at 4:18 a.m. EDT
Ronaldo back in action
The Cristiano Ronaldo saga continues but after telling the club earlier this summer he wanted to leave if a suitable offer came his way, the Portugal international is ready to play in Manchester United’s final pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano this afternoon.
Ronaldo missed the club’s pre-season tour after being given extra leave for family reasons, but boss Erik ten Hag said: “He will be in the team. We will see how long he can play. “
July 31, 2022 at 04:04 EDT
Chelsea and Napoli in talks over Kepa loan
A transfer development you may have missed last night: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is in talks on a loan move to Serie A side Napoli Athleticism understand.
It is believed talks are underway and a deal is expected to be reached in the coming days.
The 27-year-old has endured a difficult time in west London since leaving Athletic Bilbao in 2018 for a world record for a goalkeeper.
July 31, 2022 at 04:01 EDT
The domestic season is underway and managers across the country have answered questions about their transfer plans.
We’ll keep you up to date with all the latest developments right here on a huge Sunday as England and Germany battle it out for Euro 2022 glory at Wembley.