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Transfer rumor roundup: Latest PL news as Deadline Day approaches

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Chelsea continues to dominate headlines as the Thibaut Courtois saga appears to finally be nearing an end, but there are a lot more stories developing in the transfer world as the Premier League transfer deadline approaches on Thursday.

Pro Soccer Talk runs through the latest stories on Wednesday, with Deadline Day roughly 24 hours away from hitting England.

WATCH LIVE: Transfer Deadline Day show, August 9 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com


With Courtois’ exit looming, Chelsea has seemingly paid the release clause for Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, with the Spaniard set to become the biggest transfer in football history at his position.


Sticking with Chelsea, the club will likely have a new midfielder this season as the team finalizes a loan move for Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid. The London Evening Standard has reported that the Croatia international will have his medical on Wednesday.


Jerome Boateng might be staying put at Bayern, after reportedly rejecting a bid by Manchester United to head to Old Trafford.


Wolves continues its summer of big spending with the addition of Adama Traore from Middlesbrough, after the club announced the deal on Wednesday.


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— Watford is reportedly looking to bring in Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer on loan, according to ESPN FC.

— Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko is set for a move to AC Milan, assuming the deal to bring in Kovacic is finalized at Stamford Bridge.

— Everton wants Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan this season.

— Both Fulham and Crystal Palace have expressed interest in Swansea’s Jordan Ayew, after he failed to show up to Swans preseason.

Transfer gossip: Kovacic to Chelsea; Dembele to Arsenal

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Mateo Kovacic appears to be some kind of makeweight in a potential deal between Real Madrid and Chelsea for Thibaut Courtois.

WATCH LIVE: Transfer Deadline Day show, August 9 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com 

Following the news that Courtois, 26, didn’t return to preseason training as expected on Monday, it is being reported by Marca that Croatian midfielder Kovacic will head to Stamford Bridge on loan for the season. Per the report, Kovacic wants more playing time and with the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco ahead of him, that isn’t likely at Real. The Croatian international is said to have trained on his own on Tuesday as he tried to force through the move.

Kovacic will compete with Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tiemoue Bakayoko for a spot in Chelsea’s central attacking midfield areas, while he can also play out wide. If he does arrive, it could spell bad news for Fabregas as Maurizio Sarri has already brought in Jorginho and has N'Golo Kante to return to central midfield.

Adding a player of Kovacic’s quality, plus the fact that he’s 24 years old, is all well and good, but what will Chelsea do about signing a goalkeeper? They have Willy Caballero and Rob Green available and it looks like Caballero will be their No. 1 unless they can make a big move in the goalkeeping department in the final 48 hours of the window.


Ousmane Dembele is being lined up by Arsenal, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The French winger, 21, has yet to settle at Barcelona following his huge $120 million move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017.

He played a bit-part during France’s World Cup success over the summer and although Dembele’s quality is undoubted, would the tricky winger be an upgrade on Arsenal’s current wide attacking options?

New Gunners boss Unai Emery has Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mhitaryan, Reiss Nelson and Mesut Ozil who can play in those positions, plus Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey at a push.

A nugget which could suggest something is possible with this deal: last week Dembele was seen hanging out with Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette via social media posts. Just a coincidence?

Maybe a loan deal with an option to buy would work best for everyone, but the best option would probably be signing another Dembele. Mousa, from Tottenham, as a destructive, silky central midfielder. That would make too much sense though…

Transfer rumor roundup: Boateng to Man United; Rondon to Newcastle

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Manchester United’s hunt for a new center back looks set to go right down to the wire and it has taken a new twist after their 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in preseason on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho has chased the likes of Harry Maguire and Yerry Mina this summer but German international defender Jerome Boateng, 29, appears to be at the top of United’s list in the final days of the summer window.

Sky Sports in Germany is reporting that United’s reprentatives are in talks with Bayern Munich about signing Boateng for a fee in the region of $56.8 million.

Is an ageing Boateng worth that kind of cash?

His ability is undoubted as the World Cup winner has won every trophy going with Bayern and has been a Bundesliga mainstay for over a decade. After one season at Manchester City in 2010/11, Boateng could well return to Manchester with a point to prove as he is coming off the back of a rough World Cup with Germany as they crashed out at the group stage and he was sent off against Sweden.

Boateng’s combination of pace and power means he will suit Mourinho’s style of play well and alongside Eric Bailly they would form a physically dominant partnership. However, when you think of Boateng, the first thing that pops into your mind is likely him falling over as Lionel Messi tangled him up at the Nou Camp…

That moment aside, there’s no doubting that Boateng would be an upgrade on Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling alongside Bailly. He’s also experienced and Mourinho knows he can trust him to deliver and perform right away.


Multiple outlets are reporting that West Brom striker Salomon Rondon has agreed to join Newcastle United on loan.

Rondon, 28, was a star for West Brom in their relegation campaign in 2017/18 as he fed off scraps and still managed to score 10 goals in all competitions for the Baggies. Since his move from Zenit in 2016, Rondon has scored 28 goals in 119 appearances in all competition for West Brom. That’s hardly prolific but he has impressed with his hold-up play, pace in-behind to stretch defenses and his tireless workrate.

The Venezuelan international is said to have a release clause of just $20 million but it appears Rafael Benitez and the Magpies are keen to “try before they buy” after having their fingers burned by bringing in striker Islam Slimani on loan from Leicester City last January only for the Algerian star to sit in the treatment room for the vast majority of his time on Tyneside.

Rondon would be a magnificent addition to Benitez’s squad as their current batch of strikers includes Ayoze Perez, Joselu and new signing Yoshinori Muto. Rondon’s physical presence would allow him to lead the line with Perez and others buzzing around underneath him.

The Magpies also look to be readying themselves for the move as Adam Armstrong has been sold to Blackburn Rovers and Dwight Gayle is said to be heading to West Brom on loan in the opposite direction to Rondon.

Transfer rumor roundup: SMS to Milan? Wolves want Vida

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PST takes a look at the biggest transfer stories on Saturday, with several domestic leagues less than a week away from kick off.

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AC Milan has already made a splash this summer with Gonzalo Higuain’s loan arrival, but the Rossoneri appear far from done in their spending.

The club will try to lure Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Milan before the Serie A season, with a move of $139 million in the cards.

Milinkovic-Savic was one of the most highly-coveted players heading into the World Cup, and had a strong tournament for Serbia, despite not advancing past the group phase.


Croatia defender Domagoj Vida has drawn significant attention since his performance at the World Cup, and his shining effort could lead to a move to the Premier League.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly looking to bring in the Besiktas man, after the club made a bid of $20.8 million to add to their summer spending.


Maurizio Sarri’s willingness to add another defender to his new Chelsea squad may have to end, after Juventus turned down an offer for Daniele Rugiani.

The 24-year-old has been a main target for Sarri and the Blues this summer, however, it seems as though Juventus won’t be willing to sell the young defender.

Transfer rumor roundup: Dortmund wants Witsel; Mignolet to Barca?

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Pro Soccer Talk takes a look at some of the biggest transfer stories on a busy Tuesday.

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After a strong World Cup for third-place finishers Belgium, Axel Witsel is drawing serious interest from one of Germany’s top sides.

Borussia Dortmund is believed to be looking to bring in the holding midfielder, who showed well in Russia as an anchor in front of the Belgian back line.

The Bundesliga side is currently in negotiations with Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, however, it’s unclear how advanced discussions are between the two organizations.


Barcelona could make an expected approach to Liverpool to secure a backup goalkeeper this summer.

With Alisson having landed at Anfield and Loris Karius also available for Jurgen Klopp, the Blaugrana are looking at Simon Mignolet as a second-string keeper behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Mignolet traveled to Russia this summer for the World Cup, and served as number two for Belgium behind Thibaut Courtois.


Paris Saint-Germain will have some good news as Adrian Rabiot appears set to sign a new contract at the Parc des Princes.

Rabiot has been linked with a move to Barcelona for much of the offseason, however, it seems as though new manager Thomas Tuchel will be able to keep the midfielder in Ligue 1.


Finally, Arsenal has handed young midfielder Emile Smith Rowe a new contract at the Emirates Stadium after an impressive showing at the International Champions Cup.

Smith Rowe scored for the Gunners against Atletico Madrid in fantastic style, making him a player to watch for the club in the future.