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Report: Graham Potter prioritizing Harry Kane at Chelsea, offering Lukaku

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A sensational report out of Italy claims that new Chelsea boss Graham Potter’s priority in the transfer market would be to buy Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.

Perhaps even more sensational, but also logical given that Antonio Conte is Tottenham’s boss, is the claim within the report that Serie A star Romelu Lukaku, on loan to Inter Milan from Chelsea, would be part of the makeweight.

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Wait, what?

The hang-up, according to Calcio Mercato, is that Inter reportedly has an option to extend Lukaku’s loan by a year.

Let’s dig into the juiciness as this international break waits to give us more, you know, actual football.

Harry Kane to Chelsea: Why it won’t, but could, happen

Let’s start here: Harry Kane is going to cost someone a boatload of money in the market, and you’d be crazy to think Tottenham wouldn’t add a massive inconvenience fee if the destination had to be hated London rivals Chelsea.

Even though Todd Boehly’s been willing to splash all kinds of cash to show that the Blues aren’t going to become an afterthought now that Roman Abramovich is gone, the cost would have to be eclipse what Chelsea played Manchester City for Raheem Sterling. Yes, Sterling is younger than Kane but the latter is England’s captain.

That said, the injured Lukaku is just over a year removed from having a monstrous year under Conte as Inter broke Juventus’ long hold on scudetti.

Lukaku, who turned 29 in May, posted 34- and 28-goal seasons for Inter before going to Chelsea for a ho-hum 13 last season. He has a goal and an assist in three appearances since going on loan to Inter.

Kane is two months younger than Lukaku and a more proven Premier League commodity, a player threatening to chase down Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney in order to score the most goals in league history.

He’s scored 20+ Premier League goals in five different seasons and has bagged six goals in seven games this season. He scored 27 with 10 assists across all competitions last season.

Conte is the wild card here. He holds immense power at Tottenham and could get the move closer to the line if he (and director Fabio Paratici) desperately wanted Lukaku as the piece to push Tottenham to the brink of title glory.

All that said, to see Lukaku hit a third piece of the Big Six, like Sterling before him, would be a truly captivating story line.

Transfer news: Pulisic, McKennie offered to Manchester United – Report

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Manchester United were offered the chance to buy both Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie late in the summer transfer window, according to a report from Fabrizio Romano.

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The transfer guru revealed on his own YouTube channel that Man United were offered a plethora of players late in the transfer window as a deal for Antony was looking increasingly difficult to push over the line, meanwhile their moves for Frenkie de Jong and Adrien Rabiot stalled.

Per the report, Christian Pulisic was offered to Manchester United but they only wanted to sign the USMNT star on loan. Chelsea were only interested in a permanent move for Pulisic, 23, and nothing happened.

As for McKennie, well, apparently Juve offered the USMNT central midfielder to United but Erik ten Hag’s side were ‘looking for a different kind of player for midfield’ and passed on the chance to sign the 24-year-old.

Intriguing.


What does this mean?

Look, dozens of players (including Memphis Depay, Leandro Paredes and Yannick Carrasco) were offered to Manchester United late in the transfer window.

The fact that two of the USMNT’s star players were reportedly offered to them too is intriguing, as it tells us a lot about their futures at Chelsea and Juventus.

Both have spent plenty of time in and out of the starting lineup as both have struggled with injuries and McKennie has done better than Pulisic in recent months when it comes to locking down a starting spot at a European heavyweight in the Champions League. With both McKennie and Pulisic set for a breakout World Cup in November/December, it will be intriguing to see what happens with them in January and the summer, especially as Pulisic has less than two years to run on his current contract at Chelsea.

This also suggests that Manchester United are keeping tabs on both players, particularly Pulisic, and maybe we will see a move to Old Trafford for one of them in the future.

Another interesting Manchester United and USMNT note is that according to Romano, Sergino Dest was not offered to the Red Devils. However, given his rather hasty loan move to AC Milan may see him behind both Davide Calabria and Theo Hernandez in the pecking order at the full back positions, perhaps Dest will link-up with Erik ten Hag once again in the near future?

Diego Costa signs for Wolves as free agent

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Diego Costa is back in the Premier League as his move to Wolves has been confirmed.

That sound you can hear is Premier League defenders shuddering at the thought of Costa causing a nuisance.

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Costa, 33, was a free agent and has signed a one-year contract with Wolves to help ease their lack of options up top following a serious injury to summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic on his debut, while Raul Jimenez continues to struggle with injury concerns.

The return of Costa to the Premier League (he scored 52 goals in 89 games the first time around) is sure to be appointment viewing and he seems delighted to be back in England.


Experienced striker ready to prove he’s still got it

“I always thought that the Premier League was the best out there, the best in the world. I had the pleasure to play in it, return again and in my opinion, from experience, the league has the atmosphere, the way the game is played, the stadiums full of supporters, the pitch in perfect condition, the respect that players have for each other,” Costa said. “I did think if I would be able to do it, if I was physically and mentally ready for this new challenge – a difficult one, that I know for sure – but mentally, I’m fine. On a physical and psychological level, I will need two to three weeks to get back in shape but that’s normal since I haven’t done much for a while but I know that I can do it.

“If I ever doubted my potential because of what I’ve done – and thank God I’ve had a fulfilling career – and I didn’t have anything left to give, I wouldn’t have accepted this challenge because I have a team to care for and if I said yes to this, it’s because I think that I can bring something to the table.”

Costa also revealed that he spoke with current Wolves boss Bruno Lage at length about his current fitness levels, how he would slot into the team and revealed he asked the Wolves boss not to throw him in right away.

“But when he [Bruno Lage] told me about returning to the Premier League since this a championship I have related to quite a bit, always liked it and followed. No matter how much I enjoyed playing in Madrid, I felt discouraged, but this motivated me. It lit that fire within me,” Costa said.

Costa having the fire lit within him puts the fear of god into me. And I won’t have to play against him. And his announcement video was pretty epic too.


Is this a good move for Costa and Wolves?

The former Atletico Madrid striker proved a decent signing for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil last year, as he scored five goals in 19 appearances and helped them win the Brazilian top-flight and cup in 2021, but Costa left Mineiro by mutual consent in January and has been waiting for the right opportunity to return to the game.

Of course, he isn’t the same player he was in his prime at Chelsea back in 2014-17 when he helped them win two Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, but he’s still a handful, as his recent spell at Atletico Madrid proved.

Injuries have caught up with him in recent years but as stop-gap solutions go, this is a no-brainer for Wolves who are nursing Jimenez back to full fitness and just saw new striker Kalajdzic suffer an ACL injury less than 45 minutes into his debut.

Wolves haven’t had a clinical finisher over the last few seasons due to Jimenez’s injury problems and the likes of Fabio Silva, Willian Jose and Patrick Cutrone just haven’t worked out.

This could go one or two ways for Costa at Wolves: 1) he will deliver the finishing touches to all of the chances they create and become a hero or 2) his body won’t be able to keep up with the rigors of the PL.

Whatever happens, this will not be uneventful.

Diego Costa to Wolves in doubt; Chelsea reportedly eye Alvarez for January

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Even if the summer window is shut the transfer news keeps on flowing, as reports regarding Diego Costa to Wolves and Edson Alvarez to Chelsea are front and center.

How?

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Well, free agents can still sign for new clubs and some teams are already focusing on the January transfer window. Talk about being overachievers…

Let’s focus on these intriguing reports doing the rounds.


Diego Costa to Wolves in doubt over work permit issues

Diego Costa, 33, plans to fly to England on Tuesday to complete a medical as Wolves want to sign him as a short-term option up top.

There’s a problem, though, as our partners in the UK at Sky Sports are reporting that Costa was unable to get a work permit as he doesn’t meet the criteria. Per the details in the report, Wolves have asked for the initial decision from the Football Association to be overturned and should find out if that is successful in the next 48 hours.

Costa is still scheduled to arrive in the UK ahead of a planned medical on Wednesday and there’s hope at Wolves that the appeal will be successful and the Spanish striker will be available to play very soon.

The former Atletico Madrid striker proved a decent signing for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil last year, as he scored five goals in 19 appearances and helped them win the Brazilian top-flight and cup in 2021, but Costa left Mineiro by mutual consent in January and has been waiting for the right opportunity to return to the game. Of course, he isn’t the same player he was in his prime at Chelsea back in 2014-17 when he helped them win two Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, but he’s still a handful, as his recent spell at Atletico Madrid proved.

Injuries have caught up with him in recent years but as stop-gap solutions go, this is a no-brainer for Wolves who are nursing Raul Jimenez back to full fitness and just saw new striker Sasa Kalajdzic suffer an ACL injury less than 45 minutes into his debut at the weekend.


Chelsea plan to go back in for Edson Alvarez in January

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Mexico star Edson Alvarez, 24, was the subject of late interest from Chelsea in the summer transfer window and a report from the London Evening Standard says that the Blues will go back in for the holding midfielder in January.

Reports in the Netherlands stated that Alvarez wanted to join Chelsea late in the window but was told by his current club Ajax that it wasn’t going to happen.

Chelsea are on the hunt for long-term solutions in central midfield as injuries continue to impact N’Golo Kante, while Jorginho is also heading towards the twilight of his career and both of those midfield stars have less than a year remaining on their current contracts.

Per the report, Alvarez is Chelsea’s ‘main target’ for January and they made a $46 million bid on deadline day which was turned down. Fabrizio Romano has since reported that Chelsea made an audacious $56 million bid for Southampton’s Romeo Lavia, 18, on deadline day, which was also rejected as he only arrived at Saints from Manchester City in the summer.

Alvarez would be a great fit for Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel as he’s smooth on the ball, versatile and so reliable defensively. The Club America product will primarily play as a holding midfielder but he could easily slot into the center back or even in a right wing-back role in Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 system. A move to Chelsea would be the next step in his career after being a regular at Ajax in the Champions League over the past three seasons.

Deadline Day live! Transfer deals, how to watch, updates, analysis, videos

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We are here with your Deadline Day live coverage, as the summer transfer window shuts in the Premier League.

The window closes at 6pm ET, folks, so buckle up for a day of twists, drama and plenty of late deals.

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Premier League clubs have already smashed the record for the most money spent in a summer window but plenty are scrambling to get big deals over the line in the final hours, minutes and seconds of what has been a crazy summer window.

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Below we will keep you updated on all of the deals developing, plus you can watch Sky Sports’ deadline day show live from 12pm ET on Peacock, our NBC Sports analysts will have a show kicking off at 5pm ET after Leicester City vs Manchester United, and join the ProSoccerTalk crew for a live Q&A from 5:30pm ET as the window shuts.

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We have all angles covered for you on Deadline Day.


Deadline Day Live! – How to watch, updates, analysis and more on all of the transfers

Wrapping up some of the confirmed deals so far on Deadline Day:

  • Manchester City have signed Manuel Akanji
  • Antony has completed his $100 million move to Man United
  • Fulham’s signed ex-Chelsea star Willian
  • Chelsea set to add Denis Zakaria from Juventus on loan with option to buy
  • Sergino Dest goes from Barcelona to AC Milan on loan with option to buy
  • Free agent John Brooks signs for Benfica
  • Liverpool have signed Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus
  • Wout Faes has signed for Leicester City for $20 million
  • Layvin Kurzawa to Fulham on loan, Willian signs one-year deal as free agent
  • Idrissa Gueye rejoins Everton
  • Martin Dubravka goes on loan from Newcastle to Man United
  • Nottingham Forest sign Willy Boly from Wolves
  • Jack Stephens heads to Bournemouth on loan

DEADLINE HAS PASSED! At 6pm the window shut but you know more deals will happen as the paperwork gets sorted.

Aubameyang and Zakaria to Chelsea still not confirmed, while Duje Caleta-Car to Southampton and Dan James’ move to Fulham have both been confirmed. Stay with us. Still plenty going on!

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5:20pm: Everton have signed James Garner from Manchester United!

5:01pm: There is one right away! Arthur Mello to Liverpool from Juventus on loan. Confirmed. What a big signing that is for Klopp. He needed extra cover in midfield.

5pm: One hour to go until the summer transfer window closes! Are we going to see a flurry of late deals!?

4:45pm: This is a great move for USMNT center back John Brooks. He was a free agent but has landed at Benfica. Could this be the move which gets him back into the USMNT squad for the World Cup? He will be playing in the Champions League and replaces Jan Vertonghen, who is heading to Anderlecht.

4:05pm: Denis Zakaria is heading to Chelsea to bolster their midfield.

4:00pm: Ainsley Maitland-Niles heads to Southampton on loan from Arsenal. A very versatile player and this is a good pick-up from Southampton. Maitland-Niles, 25, was on loan at Roma last season.

3:52pm: More reaction from Sergino Dest’s move to Milan. Initially on loan but the Italian giants can sign him for $20 million. This is a very good move for Dest.

3:45pm: Tick-tock! Just over two hours of the summer window left and there are still plenty of deals developing. Michy Batshuayi to Nottingham Forest and Dan James to Fulham are just a couple of the deals still in the works.

3pm: Leander Dendoncker is headed from Wolves to Aston Villa for around $16 million in a move that will strengthen Villa… but hold on, right?

Does this move signal that Villa could be talked into selling Douglas Luiz with Arsenal said to want to reunite the ex-Man City prospect with former City assistant Mikel Arteta?

2:21pm: USMNT back Sergino Dest is staying in the UEFA Champions League, heading from Barcelona to AC Milan on loan with a reported $20 million option to buy.

Milan has also signed Schalke upstart Malick Thiaw.

2:01pm: Chelsea’s said to have landed Denis Zakaria from Juventus. The Swiss midfielder only moved to Juve from Borussia Monchengladbach in January, and this could be a big move for the Blues.

Zakaria’s been wanted by many clubs, at least in the rumor mill, and could represent a coup for Thomas Tuchel.

A loan-to-buy deal is nice for Chelsea, who would add a World Cup-level midfielder that is still 25 until November.

Zakaria is an excellent reader of the game both in progressing the ball through passing and dribbling, and also defensively when it comes to interceptions.

1:26pm: Man City teenager Lucas Mbete is heading on loan to Huddersfield Town in the Championship. The 18-year-old was an unused sub for a pair of Premier League matches earlier this season, and made three senior appearances across cup competitions last season.

12:50pm: David De Gea is back in form but any struggles won’t leave Erik ten Hag without options.

Martin Dubravka is going on loan to Manchester United from Newcastle, where he’s starred for a long time but has slipped behind Nick Pope in the pecking order.

12:10pm: It is getting very busy now. Billy Gilmour is heading to Brighton on a permanent deal, according to Fabrizio Romano, while Southampton look set to sign Croatian international Duje Caleta-Car from Marseille for up to $10 million. It’s all going on!

11:59am: Willian has agreed a one-year deal at Fulham. The 34-year-old Brazilian winger is heading back to the Premier League.

11:45am: Frank Lampard has received a big addition to his midfield options, as Idrissa Gueye has re-joined. The Senegalese midfielder will add plenty of grit to Everton’s engine room and is exactly the type of player they need. Okay, next step: a striker.

11:32am: Layvin Kurzawa has signed for Fulham on loan from PSG. That will strengthen the Cottagers’ defense. Excellent signing.

11:25am: El Tri fans, a little update for you on Edson Alvarez. According to reports in Holland, Ajax have met with Alvarez and told him he will not be sold on deadline day and will not be moving to Chelsea. That’s the end of that one, I guess.

11:05am: USMNT fans, big news on John Brooks. The free agent pulled out of a move to Real Mallorca in La Liga at the last moment and reports in Portugal state he is now heading to Benfica. That would be a great move for Brooks, 29, as he will be playing in the Champions League. This is exactly the reason why he became a free agent and was holding out for the right situation.

11am: A few twists and turns now as Willian appears to be heading to Fulham along with Dan James on loan, while Jan Bednarek appears to moving to Aston Villa on loan instead of West Ham. Also, Arsenal are really pushing hard to sign Douglas Luiz…

 

9:15am: Joao Pedro is not heading to Everton as he’s revealed he is staying at Watford but the Toffees are expected to add two central midfielders. Idrissa Gueye is heading back to Everton, according to our partners in the UK at Sky Sports, while James Garner is set to join from Manchester United for around $17.3 million.

9:10am: A few more moves to keep an eye on are Hector Bellerin to Barcelona, as he has reportedly terminated his contract at Arsenal and he’s heading back to his boyhood club.

8:52am: One to keep an eye on, as Mexico star Edson Alvarez is reportedly not training for Ajax as he seeks to push through a potential $50 million move to Chelsea. El Tri fans will be very excited by the possibility of Alvarez heading to Stamford Bridge.

8:45am: Liverpool have been planning to bring in a new central midfielder given all of their injury issues in that area and it appears that Juventus and Brazil midfielder Arthur Melo is their main target. Talks are ongoing over a loan deal for Arthur.

8:40am: Leeds are making a late move for Marseille and Senegal forward Bamba Dieng, with Dan James heading to Fulham on loan.

8:14am: This Aubameyang deal is developing quickly, as he is now flying to London to complete the formalities.

7:30am: Chelsea and Barcelona have finally agreed a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as the 33-year-old striker has also agreed terms with the west London club. Aubameyang is heading back to London and the former Arsenal star will reunite with Thomas Tuchel, as the duo enjoyed a hugely successful spell together at Borussia Dortmund.


7:15am: Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Swiss center back Manuel Akanji. The 27-year-old joins from Borussia Dortmund and adds vast experience and depth to City’s defense. Given some of the injury issues they’ve had at center back in recent seasons, this is a very savvy move and Akanji reportedly cost just $18 million as he was in the final year of his deal at Dortmund.

7am: Plenty of dominoes are starting to fall as deals gather pace on Deadline Day. Aston Villa are close to signing Leander Dendoncker from Wolves and it looks like he could replace Douglas Luiz who has been linked with a $29 million move to Arsenal due to only having one year left on his contract. Elsewhere, Wolves also look set to sign West Ham defender Craig Dawson and that means West Ham will move to sign Southampton center back Jan Bednarek on loan. And that means Southampton are planning to sign Marseille center back Duje Caleta-Car. And that means Jack Stephens is also expected to join Bournemouth on loan. Basically, deadline day is like trying to sell a house, which is in a ridiculously long chain, in just a few hours…

6:55am: Manchester United have completed the signing of Antony from Ajax, with the transfer fee expected to be in the region of $100 million. This is a huge signing for United and their new boss Erik ten Hag.

6:45am: A few deals we expected to happen don’t seem to be materilazing as Cody Gakpo isn’t heading to Leeds or Southampton. Both wanted to sign the Dutch winger but PSV have decided to hold onto their prized possession, for now. Ukraine winger Mykhaylo Mudryk is also staying at Shakhtar Donetsk as both Brentford and Everton wanted to sign him.