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Transfer rumor roundup: Spurs get Lo Celso, Sessegnon; Luiz to Arsenal

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A roundup of Wednesday’s biggest transfer rumors from around the world, including those involving a few Premier League clubs, less than 24 hours before Thursday’s deadline at 5 p.m. ET…

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We’ll wait to see where they fall on the scale of “winners and losers,” but Tottenham Hotspur has undoubtedly been the busiest club ahead of the deadline, according to reports from dozens of outlets from more than a handful of countries. We’ll start there.

According to the BBC, a fee has finally been agreed with Real Betis for 23-year-old midfielder Giovani Lo Celso. This one has been dragging on the entire summer. Perhaps we’ll soon find out which side caved, but don’t count on it being Daniel Levy.

Whether or not it’s related to Lo Celso, Spurs have also ended their pursuit of Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho. Paulo Dybala: also off. Manchester United’s pursuit of Christian Eriksen is also reportedly over.

From the same report, Spurs are also negotiating with 19-year-old left back Ryan Sessegnon, who spent last season in the PL with Fulham before being relegated. Both deals are expected to be completed and announced ahead of Thursday’s deadline.


Arsenal’s desperate need for a center back is yet to be addressed, but there’s a last-minute rumor doing the rounds that Chelsea’s David Luiz sits high atop the Gunners’ list. Luiz’s current contract runs two more seasons. The 32-year-old Brazilian didn’t take part in any part of Chelsea training on Wednesday.


According to Sky Sports, Wilfried Zaha handed in an official transfer request as he makes one final effort to force through a move to Everton.

The Toffees were also reportedly rejected in bids for Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) and Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Transfer rumor roundup: Man City, Leicester look to Ake

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With Harry Maguire en route to Old Trafford, the long-anticipated knock-on effect will be felt through the Premier League.

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Leicester City is being linked with a trio of players, including one from manager Brendan Rodgers‘ old club Celtic.

Burnley’s James Tarkowski, Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, and Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer are being noted as targets to replace Maguire.

Both of the PL center backs have been outstanding on their respective sides, with Tarkowski attached to a rumored $49 million price tag following another strong season in which he hoofed 6.7 clearances per match and scored three Premier League goals.

While Burnley may be preparing for life without the 26-year-old Tarkowski, it’s difficult to believe Bournemouth would sanction the sale of Ake.

The 24-year-old Dutchman has played in all 76 matches for Eddie Howe over the course of the last two seasons, starting 75 and scoring six goals while completing a sterling 85 percent of his passes.

Ajer, however, has a low $18 million price tag attached by reports, which may be due to his league more than his quality as Arsenal has taken a while to stump up Celtic’s asking price for Kieran Tierney.

Back to Ake, a report says $49 million is the fee as well. But Man City is also being linked with the player, and he absolutely fits the bill of what Pep Guardiola seeks in a defender.

It would be a suave bit of business for Guardiola, as Chelsea has a reported $49 million buyback clause on Ake it cannot activate while under transfer ban.

Ajax is going to look very different next season following its outstanding run to the Champions League semifinals.

The Dutch side has already sold Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) and Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), and now could move on from Donny van de Beek and David Neres.

Van de Beek could be “hours away” from a $60 million move to Real Madrid, according to Marca, while Neres has earned a reported $54 million bid from Manchester United.

Van de Beek had a goal and an assist in Ajax’s season-opening draw at Vitesse on Saturday, while Neres played just eight minutes. American fullback Sergino Dest was an unused sub.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Sane to Bayern, Eriksen to Man United

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There are just five days to go until the transfer window shuts, and while teams continue to plod forward with transfer plans and fill last-minute holes, things have slowed down a tad before the Deadline Day flurry.

Still, there are calls to be made and teams up and down the Premier League are readying their next move.

According to French publication L’Equipe, Everton is weighing up options to replace the departed Idrissa Gueye, who recently made the switch to Paris Saint-Germain. While Jean-Philippe Gbamin has already arrived from FC Mainz, L’Equipe reports that the Toffees will also make a run at Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, hoping to secure the midfielder for around $33 million, but Watford is hoping to squeeze $44 million out of Everton.

The report states that Doucoure would be open to “a new challenge,” having been with the Hornets for three seasons after joining from Granada in the summer of 2016. Still, Doucoure signed a new contract extension last summer that runs through 2023, so Watford is in no position to be bullied.


A player whose future has been in question all summer is Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, and while many thought he could move to Real Madrid earlier this summer, that move has not yet materialized. With Madrid already having spent enormous sums of money this summer, it feels less likely that Eriksen will tempt Los Blancos.

That leaves room for a report by The Independent, which states that Manchester United is weighing up a last-minute play for Eriksen as the window comes to a close. The report states that both Madrid and Juventus have situations that have seen them cool interest on the Danish playmaker, but United could be an outlet.

There would be plenty of convincing to do, as Tottenham is in the Champions League this coming season after reaching the final of last season’s contest, while Manchester United has missed out again, settling for Europa League play this season. Still, Spurs could be motivated to make the deal with Eriksen – if they find a suitable replacement – with Eriksen’s deal set to expire next summer.


Reports from Germany have stated that snags in the Leroy Sane transfer to Bayern Munich have been surpassed and the move is back on.

According to a report by German publication Express, the hang-up in the transfer was down to Sane’s wage demands, not negotiations between the two clubs, who have already agreed upon a $111 million deal. With a breakthrough in wage negotiations, the deal can now go through. In fact, Bayern Munich decided to delay shooting its preseason photograph until the start of the new campaign so that Sane can be included in the shot.

Another publication, Bild, has details of the new contract Sane will sign at Bayern, putting pen to paper on a five-year deal worth nearly $17 million per season. While the report states that Sane will not be a part of Bayern’s training camp in preparations for this weekend’s DFL-SuperCup against Borussia Dortmund, he will also miss Manchester City’s Community Shield game against Liverpool as so not to risk injury ahead of the possible transfer.


According to a report in English tabloid The Express, Arsenal will use its visit to the Camp Nou for more than just a preseason meeting with Barcelona. The report states the two sides will discuss the possibility of a loan swoop for Philippe Coutinho, in what would be a creative way to provide a powerful attacking addition at a cut-rate cost.

Reports in Spain declare that Barcelona is shopping Coutinho on a loan deal, and The Express has built its own speculation-laden report on the back of that claim.

The Gunners have a somewhat limited budget this summer, enough so that the club-record move for Nicolas Pepe is reportedly to be paid in installments as to allow the club to stay under budget. That said, a loan move for Coutinho could see the Gunners add yet another attacker while not succumbing to the appropriate long-term financial commitment.

That said, it would still take a significant loan fee to secure a player of Coutinho’s quality on loan, and Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi will have his work cut out for him to negotiate a deal that works for everyone.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Everton, Spurs, and Man United

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With the transfer window shutting in just five days, a number of rumors that have seen constant play over the past few weeks seem to be thinning, but a few teams continue to add ahead of Deadline Day.

Everton is one of the latter, and the Toffees appear close to securing a highly coveted young player who could come in and help immediately. Juventus striker Moise Kean is on his way to Goodison Park, according to Gianluca Di Marzio staffer Fabrizio Romano.

Kean has been linked to Everton for quite a while but it seemed Juventus was keen to keep him around with Mario Mandzukic aging and Gonzalo Higuain coming off a poor loan spell at Chelsea. With Paulo Dybala also linked with an exit, it’s odd that Juventus would be willing to green-light the sale of Kean, but it seems his time in Turin could be coming to an end.

The 19-year-old would be a fabulous addition for Everton who boasts just Cenk Tosun, Oumar Niasse, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at striker. Kean scored six goals in 13 Serie A appearances last season, seeing most of his time coming at the end of the campaign, bagging all six of his scores through March and April, earning a spot in Italy’s squad and scoring twice in March Euro qualifiers.


Manchester United may have sealed a move for Harry Maguire, making the Leicester City defender the most expensive in the world, but they could be sweating another signing as Paulo Dybala has reportedly told Juventus he has no interest in moving to Old Trafford.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, passed on by Football Italia, Dybala is involved in a proposed swap deal for Romelu Lukaku, and while all agreements are completed, Dybala does not wish to move to Manchester United, putting the entire deal at risk.

The reason, in the report, is that United’s style does not suit the Argentine and that he wishes for a more attacking team like Paris Saint-Germain or Inter. Dyaba, according to the report, has not yet spoken to head coach Maurizio Sarri about his role in the team, but he has appeared in at least 30 games in all of his four seasons at thee club, so he figures to be an important player for The Old Lady this season.


Like Manchester United, Tottenham could also miss out on a target, although this could represent a much bigger miss for Spurs on a player they have been linked to for over a year.

Fulham hybrid wide player Ryan Sessegnon was thought to be headed to Spurs from the start of the summer, a player who has been linked to the Champions League finalists since at least last summer. The transfer, however, has dragged on with Fulham looking to secure top dollar for their teenage star.

Sessegnon had a poor season last campaign in his first full Premier League season, looking out of depth at times in top flight matches. Still, he is two seasons removed from his 16 goal, eight assist Championship campaign that saw him nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year and is a player that has enamored Tottenham since his early teenage years.

The question surrounding Sessegnon currently is the status of Danny Rose, who Spurs has reportedly tried to sell all summer to no avail and whose roster status could affect the purchase of Sessegnon, rumors have suggested. Rose has finally rejoined the squad for the end of preseason after skipping the Asia tour and the possibility he starts the season with the club is growing every passing day. Still, according to the London Evening Standard, the two transactions for now remain separate.

Will Spurs pull the trigger? Fulham boss Scott Parker thinks time is running out, saying, “Obviously I have read the speculation. Will it affect him? That would be up to Ryan.  It is not as if the phone has been ringing off the hook, a bid every other day for him and Fulham are turning it down, for him to have the hump.  I had this too as a young player. But if there is one good thing about the transfer window it is that come 5 o’clock next week when the door shuts, he can’t go anywhere.”

Sessegnon has a hamstring injury that has left him out of Fulham’s preseason preparations, and it remains to be seen whether he will continue as a White, having rebuffed all contract negotiations with the club to this point.


Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek was one of the Dutch side’s more underrated players during the Champions League run last season. Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong received many of the plaudits, but the creative van de Beek was one of their best attacking players all season long.

Despite less transfer rumor noise than his more popular teammates, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder confirmed he has been the subject of interest from Real Madrid.“Yes, Real Madrid are interested in me, but you are going very fast,” van de Beek said in his pre-match media obligations ahead of the club’s season opener against Vitesse tomorrow. “I don’t want to talk about what’s there or what is not, now I want to be focused on the match (for Ajax) against Vitesse.”

Over the last two Eredivisie seasons, van de Beek has made 68 league appearances, scoring 20 goals and assisting 16 more. Most impressively, he was spectacular in the latter stages of the Champions League against the biggest clubs in the world, scoring goals against Juventus and Tottenham while picking up assists in games against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

Transfer rumor roundup: City’s Sane demands; Spurs’ backup plan

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A roundup of Thursday’s biggest transfer rumors from around the world, including those involving a few Premier League clubs…

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Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Leroy Sane has been unrelenting this summer, but Manchester City’s demands are high — sky high — and that might just be the deterrent required to keep hold of the 23-year-old. According to the Telegraph, Man City have put a $166-million price tag on the German winger. It might be time for Bayern to begin looking at backup options.


Bruno Fernandes has been one of the most frequently linked players to Manchester United, but a move is yet to materialize this summer and now Tottenham Hotspur might be sneaking through the backdoor and making their play for the 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder. Tottenham’s pursuit of Giovani Lo Celso is yet to land the Argentine at White Hart Lane, thus Daniel Levy is apparently moving to a backup plan of his own. Spurs reportedly made a bid of $63 million, but Sporting CP are said to be holding out for the Fernandes’ full $107-million release clause.


Man City’s pursuit of a new starting right back is ongoing, with Juventus’ Joao Cancelo still the no. 1 choice. According to the Guardian, City are willing to include Danilo as a makeweight in the exchange.


And finally, today’s Harry Maguire update: he has been left out of Leicester’s squad for a friendly against Atalanta, but Manchester United’s current bid still stands about $12 million short of what Leicester would like.