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Premier League transfer Deadline Day news live! Latest updates as summer window closes

We are expecting a very busy deadline day as the summer transfer window closes at 6pm ET and the transfer news keeps flooding in.

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We are expecting a very busy deadline day as the summer transfer window closes at 6pm ET and the transfer news keeps flooding in.

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The 2023 summer transfer window opened on June 14, 2023 for Premier League clubs and it will close at 6pm ET on September 1, 2023.

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From superstars like Declan Rice (Arsenal), Moises Caicedo (Chelsea) and Harry Kane (Bayern Munich) and Neymar (Al Hilal) making their moves and plenty of money set to be spent in the final hours of the window, it has been a record-breaking summer for Premier League clubs in terms of transfer spending.

Americans Christian Pulisic (AC Milan), Yunus Musah (AC Milan) and Brenden Aaronson (Union Berlin, on loan) have made moves to join Champions League teams, while Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest) has moved for regular minutes and so has Tyler Adams (Bournemouth). Folarin Balogun (AS Monaco), Ricardo Pepi, Malik Tillman and Sergino Dest (all PSV) have all made big moves too as high-profile USMNT players have made big summer moves.

Below we roundup the latest transfer news, done deals, reports and rumors and give our analysis on what’s going on as Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nicholas Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) will guide you through a hectic last few hour of the window.

Updates
6 pm - Done deals on Deadline Day… TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSED

The final deals completed on transfer deadline day:

  • Brennan Johnson: Nottingham Forest to Tottenham - reportedly $60 million
  • Ryan Gravenberch: Bayern Munich to Liverpool - reportedly $43 million
  • Sofyan Amrabat: Fiorentina to Manchester United (loan) - reportedly $11 million loan fee, plus $22 million option to buy, plus $5 million more in add-ons
  • Jean-Ricner Bellegarde: Strasbourg to Wolves - reportedly $16 million
  • Rob Holding: Arsenal to Crystal Palace - reportedly $5 million
  • Luis Sinisterra: Leeds United to Bournemouth (loan)
  • Neal Maupay: Everton to Brentford (loan)
  • Albert Sambi Lokonga: Arsenal to Luton Town (loan)

Still in the works/deal sheet extensions:

  • Ibrahim Sangare: PSV to Nottingham Forest - reportedly $37 million
  • Alex Iwobi: Everton to Fulham - reportedly $27 million
  • Divock Origi: AC Milan to Nottingham Forest (loan)
  • Andrew Omobamidele: Norwich to Nottingham Forest
Rounding up the latest reports: Grabenberch, Johnson, Sangare deals still in the works

With less than three hours remaining in the transfer window, here are the latest reports from around the Premier League:

  • Liverpool remain on course to sign midfielder Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich, despite the Bundesliga champions failing to sign Joao Palhinha from Fulham on deadline day.
  • Same goes for Tottenham with Brennan Johnson. Both deals are seemingly just awaiting formal announcements.
  • On the flip side of Johnson’s $56-million move, Nottingham Forest remain very busy, with Ivorian international midfielder Ibrahim Sangare now linked with a $37-million move from PSV.
Rounding up the latest reports: Coutinho to Qatar, Daka loaned to Bournemouth, Origi to Forest

With less than four hours remaining in the transfer window, here are the latest reports from around the Premier League:

  • Philippe Coutinho is close to joining Qatari side Al Duhail after being deemed surplus to requirements by Aston Villa boss Unai Emery. The 31-year-old Brazilian attacker, who left Liverpool and signed for Barcelona for $192 million in January 2017, scored six goals and assisted three more in 43 games for Aston Villa across parts of three different seasons (all competitions).
  • After two mostly disappointing seasons at Leicester (9 goals in 53 Premier League appearances), Patson Daka is reportedly set to join Bournemouth on loan with an option to by. The 24-year-old Zambian international striker joined from Red Bull Salzburg for $33 million in the summer of 2021.
  • Nottingham Forest aren’t done yet, as they frantically spend $63 million of incoming Brennan Johnson funds before the transfer window closes. Now, it’s Divock who is reportedly the subject of a late loan approach. Origi scored two goals in 27 league appearances for AC Milan last season.
1 pm - Done deals so far on Deadline Day … with just a few hours to go!

As the reports continue to flood in, let’s take another quick look at the confirmed deals so far on deadline day:

  • Jonny Evans: free agent to Manchester United - Jonny Evans has returned to Manchester United on what will presumably be a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency basis… and would you look at that, Manchester United find themselves in something of an emergency moment regarding their center backs already this season. Evans left Leicester when his contract this summer after making 13 Premier League appearances last season.
  • Callum Hudson-Odoi: Chelsea to Nottingham Forest - Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is still only 22 years old (somehow), has finally completed a move away from Chelsea and joined Nottingham Forest for $6 million. At multiple points in 2020 and 2021, Chelsea reportedly rejected bids of more than $80 million from Bayern Munich for Hudson-Odoi.
  • Nicolas Dominguez: Bologna to Nottingham Forest - 25-year-old Argentine international midfielder Nicolas Dominguez has officially signed for Forest for a fee believed to be in the region of $15 million, with midfielder Remo Freuler also going the other way.
Rounding up the latest reports: Palhinha’s move to Bayern off, Sinisterra to Bournemouth, Holding to Crystal Palace

With just under six hours remaining in the transfer window, here are the latest reports from around the Premier League:

  • Joao Palhinha’s proposed transfer from Fulham to Bayern Munich is off despite the 28-year-old midfielder traveling to Munich on Friday. The deal broke down after Fulham were unable to secure a replacement for their Portuguese star before the German transfer window closed, according to a report from The Athletic. Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg reportedly rejected a move to Fulham earlier on deadline day.
  • Leeds United would like to keep hold of Colombian international winger Luis Sinisterra, but the recently relegated Whites are facing competition from Premier League side Bournemouth, who would like to take the 24-year-old on loan, as well as “reports of interest from other clubs cropping,” according to local reports. Sinisterra scored five times in 19 appearances (13 starts) for Leeds in the PL last season.
  • Arsenal could be set to let Rob Holding leave the club on deadline day, with the 27-year-old defender reportedly undergoing a medical in south London ahead of a $5-million transfer to Crystal Palace.
11am - Done deals so far on Deadline Day... with just a few hours to go!

As the reports continue to flood in, let’s take a quick look at the confirmed deals so far on deadline day:

  • Matheus Nunes: Wolves to Manchester City - The Portuguese international midfielder has joined City in a $67 million deal. Nunes is a silky two-way midfielder who can play in multiple positions and he gives Pep Guardiola extra solidity in midfield. This is another very savvy signing from Man City.
  • Sergio Reguilon: Tottenham to Manchester United (loan) - Spanish left back Reguilon has joined United after they lost both Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia to injury. He has been out of favor for a long time now at Spurs and this is a great opportunity for Reguilon to get his career back on track.
  • Cole Palmer: Manchester City to Chelsea - One of the biggest shocks of the window was City academy graduate Palmer heading to Chelsea for $50 million. The winger will add quality to Mauricio Pochettino’s attacking options and we all know how good Poch is at developing young talent. Palmer is basically the northern English version of Riyad Mahrez and his ceiling is extremely high. If he gets regular minutes, watch him soar.
  • Ansu Fati: Barcelona to Brighton (loan) - Again, another big shock but this underlines how far the Seagulls have come. Fati wants to rejuvenate his career after so many injuries and Brighton seems like the perfect place to do it.
  • James McAtee: Manchester City to Sheffield United (loan) - Another City youngster heading out on loan and McAtee is heading back to the Blades for a second-straight season on loan. The England youth international excelled on loan at Bramall Lane last season and it works out for the best for his development that he’s heading back to Sheffield United to play regularly. This time in the Premier League.
Report: Brennan Johnson expected to lead Spurs’ possible triple swoop

It appears Daniel Levy and Tottenham have a busy final day of the summer window planned.

Ange Postecoglou has said many times in recent days that Spurs need to trim their squad and move players on and it appears they are also planning to bring in plenty of new faces too.

A report from ESPN says that Tottenham are focusing on signing three players on deadline day.

Nottingham Forest winger Brennan Johnson is their main target and could cost up to $63 million, while Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher and Lloyd Kelly from Bournemouth are also said to be interesting Postecoglou’s side.

Our partners in the UK at Sky Sports say that Tottenham have now agreed a transfer fee with Forest for Johnson and he’s heading to London to have a medical. This will be an intriguing move for Spurs and Johnson certainly fits the profile of player Ange wants to work with.

Ornstein: Tottenham signing Johnson from Forest
David Ornstein breaks down Tottenham's successful pursuit of Nottingham Forest's Brennan Johnson, who is set to join Spurs ahead of the transfer deadline.

Report: Sofyan Amrabat heading to Man United

Okay, now it is starting to get spicy!

Per Fabrizio Romano, there is an agreement in place between Manchester United and Fiorentina for Sofyan Amrabat.

It is believed Amrabat will head to United on loan and the Morocco midfielder, 27, has been waiting for this move all summer long.

He shares agents with Erik ten Hag and the Dutch-born midfielder was a revelation for Morocco at the 2022 World Cup. His combative qualities in midfield are exactly what United need to balance things out and this will be a seriously good addition to Erik ten Hag’s starting lineup.

Ansu Fati joins Brighton on loan from Barcelona

Okay, who predicted this deal at the start of the window, heck, even at the start of the week?

Oh, you did? Well, I suggest you go out and buy a lottery ticket right now. Go!

Anyway, Ansu Fati has completed his move to Brighton from Barcelona as the Spanish international forward arrives in the Premier League.

Fati is still believed to be one of the top young talents in Spanish football but some serious injuries have curtailed his progress at Barcelona in recent seasons. Still, at 20 years of age and on a loan deal, this is a punt worth taking for the Seagulls.

Adding Fati to this already stacked Brighton attack is going to be seriously entertaining as Roberto De Zerbi continues to go all-out for entertainment at the Amex.

Fati and Mitoma on the wings for Brighton? Oh my goodness.

Ornstein: Brighton acquire Barcelona's Fati
David Ornstein details Brighton's blockbuster deal with Barcelona to acquire Ansu Fati on loan.

Rounding up the latest reports: Iwobi to Fulham, Palhinha to Bayern, Sangare to Forest

There are plenty of developing deals around the Premier League and here is a look at some of the players who appear to be on the move in the final few hours of the window:

  • Alex Iwobi: Everton to Fulham - Our partners in the UK at Sky Sports say Iwobi is heading to Craven Cottage in a deal worth over $30 million. Iwobi has been keen for the Toffees over the last 12 months, while Fulham are braced to lose influential midfielder Joao Palhinha so need to strengthen that area of the pitch.
  • Ibrahim Sangare: PSV Eindhoven to Nottingham Forest - This would be an incredible move for Forest as Sangare has long been linked with a move to the Premier League. Per our partners in the UK at Sky Sports, Sangare is heading to England to have his medical after a $37 million transfer fee was agreed. It looks like Forest are going to soften the blow of losing Brennan Johnson by significantly upgrading their midfield.
  • Joao Palhinha: Fulham to Bayern Munich - Speaking of Palhinha, per Fabrizio Romano he has flown to Munich and has had his medical as he aims to wrap up his move to Bayern. Palhinha was sensational last season in his debut PL campaign and is one of the best ball-winners around.
  • Che Adams: Southampton to Wolves - According to The Telegraph appears Wolves are focusing on signing Scotland international Che Adams from Southampton on loan. Gary O’Neil lost Matheus Nunes and has some money to spend as Wolves try to strengthen their squad in the final hours of the window. They definitely need more firepower and Adams is a solid Premier League striker. However, our partners in the UK at Sky Sports believe the deal is close to collapsing. Watch this space...
Report: Liverpool turn down offer of up to $190 million for Mohamed Salah

Wow. Just wow.

A report from David Ornstein says that Liverpool turned down an offer from Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad for Mohamed Salah.

Per another report from ESPN’s Mark Ogden, the offer for Salah was for up to $190 million.

Salah, 31, is said to be having his head turned by these offers from Saudi Arabia but per these reports Liverpool have rejected the bid and now consider the matter closed.

Per our partners in the UK at Sky Sports, Al-Ittihad are willing to pay Salah more than Cristiano Ronaldo and make him the highest-paid player in Saudi Arabia.

The Egyptian King will no doubt be the subject of more bids from Saudi Arabia in the coming days because the transfer window for Saudi Pro League clubs shuts later in September. Something to keep an eye on...

Good morning everyone, and Happy Deadline Day!

We will keep you updated all day long on the latest deals going on in the Premier League.

Remember: the summer transfer window shuts at 6pm ET for Premier League clubs.

We are expecting plenty of deals to happen between now and then, and maybe even slightly later as PL clubs scramble to sign players and get deal sheets in to request a short extension to complete transfers.

Buckle up, it’s about to get wild...

August 31 — Crystal Palace seals Dean Henderson transfer

Dean Henderson is finally the no-question No. 1 at a Premier League club after becoming a serial winner on loan from Manchester United.

Henderson, 26, has been sold to Crystal Palace and signed a five-year deal with the Eagles, ironically unseating another oft-loaned former Man United player in Sam Johnstone.

Here’s what Palace chairman Steve Parish had to say about the move, which reportedly carries a $25 million price tag once add-ons are met:

“Dean is a fantastic addition to our squad and goalkeeping unit. We have been long-term admirers of Dean’s, following his ascension through the ranks at Manchester United and England, but also his impressive achievements whilst on loan at Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United.”

August 31 — Manchester United pursuing loan for Spurs’ Reguilon

Manchester United is on the verge of getting cover at left back after injuries to Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia.

And it’s coming from a surprising place, as Spurs will apparently sanction a loan move for Sergio Reguilon.

The 26-year-old went on loan to Atletico Madrid last season, playing 12 times for Diego Simeone’s men.

That followed two seasons at Tottenham that included 52 Premier League appearances. Reguilon scored two goals with seven assists during that time.

Spurs will be thrilled to get his wages off the books though it’s an odd way to do it — helping a direct threat to their top-end plans.

August 31 — Romelu Lukaku joins AS Roma on loan

Chelsea have finally been able to find a new home for Romelu Lukaku as he is heading back to Italy and has joined Roma on loan.

Lukaku spent last season on loan at Inter Milan and was not in the plans of Chelsea’s owners for this season.

The Belgian striker has been training on his own for most of this summer as Mauricio Pochettino could not use him at Chelsea due to his impending departure.

Lukaku will be linking up with Jose Mourinho once again. Also, the drone shots from his announcement video outside the Coliseum (see below) are a thing of beauty.

August 31 — Wolves discuss Matheus Nunes’ impending departure to Man City

Matheus Nunes is set to complete his move to Manchester City but Wolves aren’t delighted with the way the Portuguese national team midfielder handled things.

Nunes reportedly refused to train over the last few days as the deal was being finalized and Wolves boss Gary O’Neil said he would have handled things differently if he was Nunes.

All of that aside, Nunes is heading to Manchester City and the silky two-way midfielder has got his dream move.

August 31 — Joao Palhinha interest confirmed as Bayern reportedly interested

Fulham boss Marco Silva has revealed there is interest in signing Joao Palhinha late in the summer transfer window.

The Portuguese international has been linked with several huge teams and our partners at Sky Germany say Bayern Munich will pay up to $65 million for Palhinha and the player wants the move.

Palhinha was a revelation at Fulham in his debut Premier League campaign and the chance to play for Bayern and be in the Champions League is something the combative midfielder deserves.

That said, it will have to be a huge offer for Fulham to consider selling a player who is the heartbeat of their side and is hugely important to the entire balance of the team.

August 31 — Reports: Tottenham, Bayern battling to sign Conor Gallagher

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is wanted by both Tottenham and Bayern Munich as the England international is set to leave the Blues.

Gallagher is extremely valuable to Chelsea as a homegrown player and if he’s sold this summer the entire transfer fee Chelsea get for him can be offset against the massive amounts of money they’ve spent.

The Guardian and The Telegraph are both reporting that Gallagher is weighing up his options.

Per the Guardian’s report, Tottenham will have to move on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg first if they’re going to sign Gallagher. In theory, having a galloping demon like Gallagher at the heart of Spurs’ midfield would be a huge bonus for Ange Postecoglou and slot in perfectly with the way he wants to play.

It is believed that Bayern wanted to loan Gallagher but Chelsea want to sell and both reports say that Chelsea want over $63 million for Gallagher, which seems quite steep considering everyone knows they want to offload him to balance the books.

But in reality, Gallagher is an England international who has a lot of experience under his belt at the age of 23.

August 31 — Report: Manchester United in talks to sign Sofyan Amrabat

Sofyan Amrabat has been linked with a move to the Premier League all summer long and it appears he could finally be heading to England.

Per a report from Fabrizio Romano, United are in talks with Fiorentina to sign the Moroccan midfielder.

The Italian club are said to be open to a loan deal for Amrabat. The player has been ‘waiting since June’ to sign for United so obviously he wants the move.

Is Amrabat the kind of player United should want? Yep. 100 percent. Erik ten Hag needs extra stability in central midfield and Amrabat alongside Casemiro is a duo to fear.

United clearly need to improve their balance in central midfield and Amrabat arriving would solve it.

August 31 — Report: Liverpool make their move for Ryan Gravenberch

It appears that Liverpool have made their move for Ryan Gravenberch as Jurgen Klopp aims to add extra defensive solidity to his midfield.

A report from The Athletic says that Liverpool are in talks with Bayern Munich over a permanent transfer for Gravenberch.

The Dutch midfielder is said to want the move and the versatile player will be very handy for Liverpool as they juggle the Premier League, Europa League and domestic cup competitions this season.

Gravenberch, 21, has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and on paper he seems like a very good replacement for Fabinho in the holding role. Like Fabinho, he can also play in defense and that will come in very handy.

August 30 — Brighton moves ahead of Tottenham for Ansu Fati

Updating a previous story: Could Tottenham’s driver seat status for Barcelona’s Ansu Fati last all of a few hours?

Fabrizio Romano says that Brighton and Hove Albion could soon seal Fati’s signature for a loan campaign at the Amex Stadium.

The move would be a coup for the Seagulls, who get terrific depth in attack for their four competition season.

Romano also said that Tottenham had been in negotiations for Fati, but Spurs had been focused on Brennan Johnson. It looks like Brighton zeroed in on Fati alone.

August 30 — Folarin Balogun seals move from Arsenal to Monaco

Folarin Balogun is back in Ligue 1 following a reported $43 million transfer from Arsenal to AS Monaco, signing a five-year deal.

The 22-year-old USMNT striker scored 22 times and chipped in three assists across all competitions on loan to Reims last season, 21 of those coming in Ligue 1 play.

Arsenal, however, couldn’t find room to give him regular playing time with Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Jesus, and a flood of attacking talent under the eye of Mikel Arteta.

Balogun is part of next month’s 24-man roster for the USMNT versus Uzbekistan and Oman, and has a goal in his two caps since filing a one-time switch to the USMNT. Gregg Berhalter will be happy to see the talent getting regular playing time.

August 30 — Chelsea agree fee for Man City phenom Cole Palmer

Multiple reports say that Chelsea has agreed a $57 million deal to bring Cole Palmer from Manchester City.

It would be a bit of a stunner as Palmer seemed to be following the Phil Foden plan under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, but the 21-year-old May birthday is ready to try his hand in a different shade of blue.

Palmer can play anywhere in the midfield and across an attack, and starred in England’s run to the EURO U21 title this summer. He’s scored twice in three appearances for City this season including the UEFA Super Cup and Community Shield.

He has six goals and two assists across 41 senior appearances for City. Chelsea’s young senior roster just keeps getting younger.

August 30 — Ansu Fati wants Tottenham loan

Call it a victory for Ange Postecoglou as Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati reportedly prefers a loan to Tottenham as his next stop.

Mundo Deportivo claims that Fati is opting for Tottenham despite reported interest from Liverpool as well as his father’s hopes to see him with Sevilla.

Fati is not yet 21 until Halloween and already has nine caps and two goals for Spain, and he’s an excellent ball mover with a nose for goal. He scored 10 times with five assists across 54 games, but those appearances total just 1,871 minutes.

Could he get more run for Spurs and who would he displace?

August 30 — Forest looking to add from Arsenal, Chelsea, Fenerbahce

It’s a big, big day in the transfer rumor mill for Nottingham Forest, which has been active but not ‘last summer’s transfer tornado’ active this month and last.

The club has added Matt Turner from Arsenal, Anthony Elanga from Manchester United, Andrey Santos (loan) from Chelsea, and Gonzalo Montiel of Sevilla.

Here are some quick notes on the good ship Steve Cooper, as the Forest boss is linked with several new ingredients for his menu.

Three of the four players in question have Premier League ties, two of whom are currently on the books at ‘Big Six’ clubs in London.

Callum Hudson-Odoi: The former ‘next big thing’ is still just 22 — 23 in November — and Hudson-Odoi is a former youth international for Cooper at England. Sky Sports says that Chelsea and Forest have agreed terms on a permanent deal.

Nuno Tavares: This would be a loan move from Arsenal to the City Ground. The Daily Mail says it’d include a $15 million buy option. The 23-year-old fullback scored six times on loan to Marseille last season.

Michy Batshuayi: Once the ‘Batsman’ of Chelsea, Batshuayi turns 30 on October 2 and is coming off two-plus seasons in Turkey. He could pair with Taiwo Awoniyi in a fit better than Emmanuel Dennis, and Batshuayi did manage 36 goals and five assists between Besiktas and Fenerbahce since the end of his loan from Chelsea to Palace in 2021.

Odysseas Vlachodimos: USMNT goalkeepers Matt Turner and Ethan Horvath could have company at the City Ground, and oddly enough it’s the Benfica backstop ticketed as a possible Manchester United replacement for Dean Henderson if the latter left Old Trafford (He, of course, was being pursued by Forest). Vlachodimos is 33-times capped by Greece and has been with Benfica since 2018.

August 30 — Wolves accept $60 million Man City bid for Matheus Nunes

Matheus Nunes short, tempestuous transfer journey from Wolves to Man City looks set to be completed soon.

Multiple reports say Nunes is set to a seal a $60 million move to City after rejected bids and a reported training refusal from the player. Wolves boss Gary O’Neil said as recently as Tuesday that he expected Nunes to stay with the club this season.

The 25-year-old center midfielder is a box-to-box type with plenty of dribbling acumen and may get more of a chance to flaunt his attacking acumen for City than he did at the Molineux. He’s a ball-progressing machine who isn’t afraid to tackle.

Nunes is 11-times capped with a goal for Portugal. He arrived to Wolves from Sporting Lisbon for around $50 million last summer, scoring a goal and an assist in 43 appearances for the Premier League side.

August 29 - Manchester United submit offer for Marc Cucurella

Barely 12 months after moving from Brighton to Chelsea for $75 million, left back Marc Cucurella is reportedly the subject of a loan offer from Manchester United after Luke Shaw picked up an injury that will keep him out for two months (at least). According to the report from David Ornstein, Chelsea are open to letting Cucurella go.

There are, however, lots of details and clauses which must be agreed when it comes to a player of Cucurella’s cost (both in terms of transfer fee and wages). Not to mention, a potential loan-to-buy option in the deal. If a deal does get made, it will likely get done in the final hour(s) just before the transfer window closes.

Cucurella has been an unused substitute in both Premier League games under new manager Mauricio Pochettino. The 25-year-old Spaniard would presumably be signed to start ahead of incumbent Diogo Dalot.

August 28 - Report: Chelsea, Roma agree loan deal for Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea striker Romalu Lukaku is reportedly headed back to Italy, where he’ll spend the 2023-24 season on loan to Roma. The 30-year-old Belgian international will reunite with former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who was in charge at Old Trafford when Lukaku was signed for $96 million in the summer of 2017. Lukaku played a season and a half under Mourinho before the latter was fired, scoring 28 Premier League goals in 66 appearances in two seasons at the club.

Chelsea signed Lukaku (for the second time) for a then-club-record fee of $135 million in the summer of 2021. He played one season for Chelsea (8 goals in 26 appearances) before going on loan to Inter Milan, where he scored 10 in 25 league appearances last season. Two years on from costing Chelsea well into nine figures, Lukaku will play his football for another club before returning next summer to receive his next assignment abroad.

August 28: Report: Liverpool to be offered $110 million, plus add-ons, for Mohamed Salah

Liverpool insist Mohamed Salah is not for sale but Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad are cracking on with a deal.

Per a report from CBS, Al-Ittihad are offering Salah a contract of around $162 million.

They are also offering Liverpool a transfer fee of around $110 million with plenty of add-ons also on top of that.

Salah, 31, is Liverpool’s main man and proved that once again at Newcastle with his superb assist to Darwin Nunez late on and seems totally committed to Liverpool.

So will this offer turn his head in the final days of the summer window?

The Egyptian forward is being offered the same sort of contract Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo have in Saudi Arabia. This is a big deal and even if Liverpool don’t wan’t to sell Salah, it will be very intriguing to see how this plays out in the final days of the window.

August 28 - Report: Tottenham in talks to sign Brennan Johnson

Tottenham are looking to bolster their firepower after a strong start to the season and Brennan Johnson appears to be their main target.

Per a report from Fabrizio Romano, Spurs are in talks with Nottingham Forest to sign Brennan Johnson but a deal for the Welsh forward remains difficult. The Daily Telegraph is also reporting that Brentford have made a club-record $50 million bid for Johnson.

Given the current market, it feels like it will take a lot more than $50 million to buy Johnson and with the Harry Kane money in their bank account, Spurs will be asked for a much larger fee.

Johnson would be a great fit for the way Spurs attacking under Ange Postecoglou and could play in any of the four forward positions.

The 22-year-old had a great debut campaign in the Premier League last season and his combination of pace, eye for a pass and clinical finishing could see him slot in nicely, even up top centrally, for Spurs.

August 27 - Mohamed Salah to play “last game” for Liverpool vs Newcastle

According to multiple reports, Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah is set to play his last game for Liverpool on Sunday, away to Newcastle in a hugely important early-season clash of top-four hopefuls. Salah’s departure would be a massive blow to Liverpool, who only have until Friday to replace a player who has scored 138 Premier League goals (187 in all competitions) in six-plus seasons at the club. Salah has never scored fewer than 19 goals in a PL season for Liverpool.

Reports: Salah's 'last game' will be v. Newcastle
Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, and Robbie Mustoe share their thoughts on reports coming out of Saudi Arabia that Liverpool's Mohamed Salah will play his last game for the club on Sunday against Newcastle.

August 26 - Reports: Romelu Lukaku heading to Roma on loan

It would appear that Romelu Lukaku is reuniting with Jose Mourinho as reports state Roma are in talks with Chelsea over signing the Belgian striker on loan.

Per reports from both the London Evening Standard and Fabrizio Romano, Lukaku ‘expects the move to happen’ but there is still some way to go over the finances of the deal. Chelsea are keen to get Lukaku’s wages off their books and a loan move makes sense.

This would be a good move for Lukaku and after he wanted a return to Inter Milan, at least he will be heading back to Italy. Playing for Mourinho was an issue at times for Lukaku but the way this Roma team is set up should play to his strengths.

August 26 - Folarin Balogun heading to Monaco

This move makes a lot of sense for USMNT forward Folarin Balogun.

Multiple reports, including this one from Fabrizio Romano, say that Balogun is heading to Monaco.

After scoring 21 Ligue 1 goals on loan at Reims last season, it was clear Balogun was going to leave Arsenal this summer if he wasn’t going to be a regular.

Per the reports, Balogun is costing Monaco $43.1 million and Arsenal have a healthy sell-on clause in the deal.

August 25 - Mohammed Kudus to fly to London to complete West Ham move

Mohammed Kudus was one of the breakout stars of the 2022 World Cup despite Ghana finishing bottom of an incredibly difficult group (Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay), praised and coveted after scoring two goals and presenting a constant counter-attacking threat. The 23-year-old midfielder was equally stellar for Ajax after the World Cup and has started the new season just as brightly, with a hat trick against Ludogorets in Europa League qualifying on Thursday.

August 24 - Jeremy Doku completes Manchester City transfer

Jeremy Doku has completed his $70-million transfer from Ligue 1 side Rennes to Manchester City, signing a five-year contract with the four-time defending Premier League champions and recent treble winners. Doku will most directly replace Riyad Mahrez in the Man City squad, but he will also provide additional ball progression and chance creation in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne, who is expected to be out until the new year.

As ever, Manchester City will continue to tinker and tweak their tactical setup (ever so slightly, or greatly) under Pep Guardiola’s watchful eye.

August 24 - Al-Ittihad back in for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah

Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad are reportedly in pursuit of Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah once again, after an initial approach was rebuffed by the Egyptian’s agent earlier this month. According to the report from David Ornstein, Liverpool have marked Salah as not for sale, and it is unknown whether or not Salah wants to make the move for his part in the deal.

August 24 - Report: Manchester City have $60 million bid for Matheus Nunes rejected

Manchester City have reportedly had a bid for Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes rejected.

Per the report from The Daily Telegraph, Wolves have turned down an offer of $60 million for their Portuguese international midfielder.

Nunes has been admired by some of the Premier League big boys for some time and considering Wolves’ financial situation, Manchester City may be testing their nerve.

It is clear that Pep Guardiola wants to add more midfield depth to his squad as City have also been linked with Eberechi Eze.

Guardiola is a big fan of Nunes and the versatile midfielder can play centrally or out wide and he’s the type of player who would slot right in and do an extremely solid job for one of the Premier League’s leading teams.

August 23 - Chelsea interested in signing Folarin Balogun; Arsenal want $63 million

USMNT forward Folarin Balogun looks set to leave Arsenal in the final days of the summer transfer window but he could be staying in London.

A report from the London Evening Standard says that Chelsea have asked Arsenal about Balogun and they have been quoted over $63 million to sign the USMNT striker.

Per the report, Chelsea have ‘sounded out’ Arsenal over the potential deal and the Blues are keen to bolster their attacking options after missing plenty of chances in their opening two games of the season.

Would this be a good move for Balogun? Hmm, probably not.

Mauricio Pochettino has Christopher Nkunku as his main forward but he’s out for the next few months through injury so come January, would Balogun be back on the bench at Chelsea and in the same situation he’s in at Arsenal? Probably.

Balogun, who has two years left on his contract, was brilliant on loan at Reims in France last season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions. He has to play regularly to keep developing at the age of 22 he has to find a Premier League club where he can be the main man.

Somewhere like Crystal Palace or Fulham would be a perfect fit for him to develop, play week in, week out and show off his clinical finishing. The only issue? Arsenal want a lot of money for him and only the likes of Chelsea could afford him in the Premier League as other top clubs don’t really have a need for a new forward.

Balogun may have options in Europe but the same issue will crop up as Arsenal are asking for a big transfer fee. It seems like Arsenal will sell Balogun in the end but where he ends up may not be the best thing for his immediate future.

August 22 - Report: Liverpool, Man United battling for Ryan Gravenberch

Dutch midfielder Ryan Gravenberch is a name that continues to be linked with a move to the Premier League and two giants are reportedly tussling to sign him.

Gravenberch, 21, has not been a regular at Bayern Munich and despite the German giants being reluctant to let the versatile Dutch international leave, it seems like it is inevitable.

Per a report from our partners in Germany at Sky Sports, both Liverpool and Manchester United are favorites to sign Gravenberch to strengthen their midfield.

He is exactly the kind of player both teams need to add defensive solidity and balance to their midfielders and the fact he can play in defense and midfield is an added bonus.

August 22 - Reports: Petrovic swapping New England for Chelsea

Several reports say that New England Revolution goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic is heading to Chelsea.

Per one of the reports from Fabrizio Romano, Petrovic, 23, will sign for Chelsea for up to $18 million.

The Serbian goalkeeper replaced Matt Turner as the Revs’ first-choice goalkeeper and has been superb for Bruce Arena’s side as he was named an MLS All-Star in 2023.

Per the report, Petrovic will compete with Robert Sanchez for the starting spot at Chelsea. That is a huge step up for him but the Serbian international seems ready for it and Chelsea need some depth in the goalkeeping department after Edouard Mendy was sold to Saudi Arabia and Kepa Arrizabalaga left for Real Madrid on loan.

August 21 — Manchester City agrees fee for Belgian winger

Manchester City has its Riyad Mahrez replacement, according to reports, as Rennes youngster Jeremy Doku is coming to help in the treble defense.

Sky Sports says it’s a $71 million deal for the winger, who is 21 years old and scored seven times with four assists in all competitions for Stade Rennes last season, his third since making the move from Anderlecht.

Doku has goals in both of Rennes’ Ligue 1 outings to start this season. and also has 14 caps and two goals for Belgium.

Doku’s attacking numbers are out of this world. Amongst players in the top-five European leagues, he ranks in the 99th percentile or better in (all stats/90 minutes and from fbref.com):

  • progressive carries
  • successful take-ons
  • touches in the attacking penalty area
  • progressive passing received
  • non-penalty goals
  • expected assists
  • non-penalty xG+xAG
  • shot-creating actions

Note this one (assuming it happens), as City cooled its interest in a West Ham player (Lucas Paqueta) to snare a oft-reported West Ham target.

August 21 — Brighton agrees fee for Caicedo replacement

If Brighton’s transfer pipeline remains as strong as its been, the Seagulls have found their new Moises Caicedo (who was, after all, kinda the new Yves Bissouma).

Foot Mercato reports that Brighton’s agreed a fee with Lille for Carlos Baleba, the 19-year-old Cameroon import. Reports have said the fee could be $33 million for Baleba, who was also noted as a Liverpool target.

Baleba’s played 61 minutes over two Ligue 1 games for Lille this season after making 19 appearances last season. He’s a ball-carrying, hard-tackling, field-coverer.

August 21 — Manchester United linked with keeper, midfielders

There’s plenty of buzz in Manchester United circles this Monday as the club circles around its lukewarm start to the season.

Midfield options: A report from L’Equipe says United is looking into bringing Marco Verratti to town from Paris Saint-Germain, though the club would have to compete with Saudi sides and Bayern Munich.

The club is also still being linked with Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat on multiple fronts, with a Sky Sports report also throwing the Red Devils’ hat into the mix for Ryan Gravenberch.

Goalkeeper: There could still be some goalkeeping movement at Old Trafford, with Dean Henderson now potentially moving to Crystal Palace to take the place of disgruntled Vicente Guaita.

If that happens, Sky says Greek international Odysseas Vlachodimos of Benfica could come into the picture as competition and support to new signing Andre Onana. The 33-times capped Vlachodimos has been with Benfica since 2018.

August 21 — Manchester United issue statement on Mason Greenwood

Manchester United announced Monday that the club will not be bringing Mason Greenwood back into the team, and that it will be reviewing their options when it comes to the player’s future.

Greenwood had been suspended from the team while it conducted “an internal investigation into the allegations of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault against him.”

From manutd.com:

“Our process commenced in February 2023, following all charges against Mason being dropped. Throughout, we have taken into account the wishes, rights and perspective of the alleged victim along with the club’s standards and values, and sought to collate as much information and context as possible. This has required us to proceed with sensitivity and care to obtain evidence not in the public domain, including from those with direct knowledge of the case.

“Based on the evidence available to us, we have concluded that the material posted online did not provide a full picture and that Mason did not commit the offences in respect of which he was originally charged. That said, as Mason publicly acknowledges today, he has made mistakes which he is taking responsibility for.

“All those involved, including Mason, recognise the difficulties with him recommencing his career at Manchester United. It has therefore been mutually agreed that it would be most appropriate for him to do so away from Old Trafford, and we will now work with Mason to achieve that outcome.”

August 20 — Bournemouth announces Tyler Adams transfer

USMNT star Tyler Adams is back in the Premier League.

Bournemouth has signed the midfielder from Leeds United even before the 24-year-old kicks a ball following spring surgery on his hamstring.

Cherries CEO Neill Blake had this to say about Adams, who was linked with Chelsea amongst others over the summer.

“We’re thrilled to have brought Tyler to the club and he is a player we’ve admired for a long time. It’s been widely documented how much his talents have been recognised in this transfer window by other clubs, so to have him sign for AFC Bournemouth shows the ambition we have as a club.

“Tyler is an exciting player who possesses plenty of experience for someone that is just 24 years of age and we’re looking forward to working with him as he’s a player we know will be a great addition to our squad.”

Adams helps replace Jefferson Lerma and this transfer fills a real need for the Cherries.

August 19 — West Ham make Mavropanos breakthrough; Kudus bid rejected

There’s good news for West Ham fans, but also a setback of at least momentary nature for the transfer the club really wants to see over the line.

David Ornstein has both updates, saying that the Irons are conducting a medical for former Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos but that the club has seen a bid rejected for Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus.

West Ham would know that Ajax accepted a $50 million bid from Brighton for Kudus before the move broke down, but have still come in below that number.

As for Mavropanos, the center back has been very, very good for Stuttgart when healthy. The 25-year-old is excellent in all areas of the pitch and is a regular starter with 19 caps for Greece.

August 19 — Chelsea’s linked with USMNT’s Balogun, New England’s Petrovic

The Chelsea transfer rumor mill has an American feel this morning, with connections to a USMNT striker and an MLS star.

Folarin Balogun continues to be linked with Chelsea despite his status at Arsenal and that club’s reported $64 million asking price. Inter Milan is no longer in for his services, according to Sky Sports, who say that the Blues have registered interest while Monaco is trying to structure a deal to Arsenal’s liking.

And the London Evening Standard says Chelsea is ‘closing in’ on a $15 million deal for New England Revolution goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic. The 23-year-old MLS All-Star has been called up twice by Serbia and would give the Blues a (slightly) older No. 2 goalkeeper compared to the youngsters left following Kepa Arrizabalaga’s loan to Real Madrid.

August 19 — Chelsea join Arsenal, West Ham pursuit of Ivan Fresneda

Injuries to Reece James and Jurrien Timber have two more London clubs eyeing Real Valladolid’s Ivan Fresneda, who is reportedly himself waiting to see if Barcelona moves for his services.

Fresneda is still 18 until late next month but the one-time Real Madrid academy player has plenty of experience despite his tender age, playing 22 times in La Liga last season.

There’s been some buzz online that Chelsea’s interest may not be as hot, but Football.London says the Blues are now looking into the West Ham target.

Fresneda reportedly wants Barcelona but can only wait so long to find out if Xavi lands Man City’s Joao Cancelo.

August 18 — Bournemouth agree fee for Leeds’ Tyler Adams

Tyler Adams may be returning to the Premier League this season after all.

Reports claim that Adams, 24, is undergoing a medical at Bournemouth after the Cherries had a transfer breakthrough with Leeds.

The fee is thought to be $29 million with additional bonuses.

Adams reportedly neared a move to Chelsea before the Blues made breakthroughs with Moises Caicedo and now Romeo Lavia to bolster their midfield.

The only questions with Adams are those of durability. He’s an exceptional reader of the game with a fierce competitive nature, but has played 14, 27, 24, and 24 league games in the last four full domestic seasons between RB Leipzig and Leeds. He has yet to make his season debut this season after hamstring surgery.

Bournemouth feels like a good place for him to get regular minutes and continue to grow in the PL.

August 18 — Liverpool, Man United linked with Ryan Gravenberch

Ryan Gravenberch may leave Bayern Munich one year after the Bavarians won a multi-team fight for his services.

The 21-year-old Ajax product made 33 appearances for Bayern last season but those entries only cover 937 minutes on the pitch, as Gravenberch went more than 45 minutes just twice in the Bundesliga and three times in cup competitions.

A TeamTalk report citing Fabrizio Romano’s YouTube show claims that Bayern does not want to sell the youngster, but that Gravenberch wants out. Liverpool and Manchester United are said to be interested after missing out on other targets.

Gravenberch’s advanced numbers are very good, especially for someone well away from his 22nd birthday. He’s a good passer who makes himself available in dangerous places on the pitch and reads the game well from a defensive standpoint.

He cost Bayern under $40 million and is likely eager for the move after missing out on the World Cup and subsequent Netherlands call-ups despite featuring in six World Cup qualifiers.

August 18 — Newcastle to sign Chelsea’s Lewis Hall

Chelsea is selling versatile left-sided player Lewis Hall to Newcastle United on loan for the 2023-24 season with a $36 million obligation to buy plus $9 million in add-ons, according to reports.

Hall, who turns 19 on Sept. 8, is most recognized as a left back but has played left mid and center mid for the Blues.

He made his debut for Chelsea in the 2021-22 FA Cup, assisting a goal from CB against Chesterfield FC, and made nine of his 11 appearances last season inside the Premier League.

Much has been made about Chelsea’s spending but they’ve sold a lot of players for solid fees this summer: Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Kalidou Koulibaly, Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Edouard Mendy have all gone for fees more than $15 million.

August 18 — Liverpool signs Stuttgart veteran Wataru Endo

Liverpool has finally found its transfer for the middle of the park, adding Wataru Endo from Stuttgart for a reported $20 million.

Japan’s captain, 30, signs on a deal through the 2024-25 season. Endo has 50 caps and has been with Stuttgart since helping the club to promotion out of 2.Bundesliga in the 2019-20 season.

Endo has a ‘destroyer’ skillset and will break up plenty of danger while also chipping in a fair bit offensively. He’s very good in the air as well and fbref.com says his advanced stats profile is similar to Casemiro, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and new Dortmund signing Felix Nmecha.

He’s not Moises Caicedo or even Romeo Lavia in terms of profile but this could end up being just as important a signing for the Reds if Endo can bed right into the Premier League, because his resume says he could be a much more complete and mature package.

August 18 — Chelsea wins race for Romeo Lavia

Chelsea has landed another big-money transfer, beating Liverpool to the signature of Southampton’s Romeo Lavia.

The price tag for Lavia, 19, is thought to be $74 million and the player has signed a seven-year deal. The Blues are spending big this summer and being aided by the longer-term contracts when it comes to combating UEFA’s Financial Fair Play policy.

“We are very pleased to welcome Romeo to Chelsea,” said Chelsea co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley. “He demonstrated his quality in the Premier League last season at Southampton, showing maturity despite his young age, and is a player we have monitored for some time. We believe he is ready to make an impact at Chelsea throughout the current campaign, and in the coming years.”

It’s another win for Chelsea over Liverpool in the market after the Blues landed Moises Caicedo from Brighton. This means Chelsea’s midfield buys since January add up to over $300 million, and could set up a midfield of Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo, and Laiva for years to come at Stamford Bridge.

August 17 - Report: Fulham want to lower Arsenal asking price for Folarin Balogun

Several reports have linked Fulham with a move for Arsenal and USMNT forward Folarin Balogun.

With Fulham captain and top goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic set to move to Saudi Arabia, the Cottagers are trying to line up a replacement.

Per the London Evening Standard, Fulham are in talks with Arsenal about signing Balogun but want to lower the $67 million asking price.

Balogun was superb on loan at Reims last season, scoring 22 goals for the Ligue 1 outfit. That has led a host of clubs to be interested in the striker this summer but Arsenal have slapped a huge asking price on his head.

A move to Fulham would be perfect for Balogun. He would play regularly in the Premier League, alongside two of his USMNT teammates in Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson and he will get the chance to take the next step in his career.

If Fulham get close to $67 million for Mitrovic, spending it all on Balogun will be tough but given his development over the last few years the Arsenal academy product looks set to score at least 10-12 goals a season in the Premier League.

August 17 - Report: Sofyan Amrabat wants to sign Liverpool over Manchester United

A report from the Netherlands says that Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat wants to join Liverpool over Manchester United.

The Fiorentina midfielder was a revelation at the 2022 World Cup as Morocco finished fourth in the tournament and the 26-year-old has been linked with huge clubs ever since.

Manchester United have most recently been linked with signing Amrabat but given Liverpool’s struggles in signing a new defensive midfielder (Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia both decided to join Chelsea instead) Amrabat would be a perfect signing in the holding midfield role for Jurgen Klopp.

Per the report, Amrabat has emerged as the ‘cheaper option’ for Liverpool and he now wants to complete the move to Anfield.

August 17 - Ansu Fati ‘to leave Barcelona’ as Premier League clubs circle

A report in Spain says that Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati has decided he will the Catalan giants this summer.

Per the report from AS, Fati has told manager Xavi that he will move on as he will not be a big part of their plans this season.

The talented attacker, who burst onto the scene before suffering a serious knee injury, has been linked with several Premier League clubs in the past, including the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Fati, 20, is an incredible talent and given Barcelona’s financial situation, he could be a bit of a bargain for a Premier League club.

August 17 - Report: Liverpool ‘step up’ interest in Cheick Doucoure

A report states that Liverpool are ramping up their interest in Crystal Palace holding midfielder Cheick Doucoure.

Per a report from The Independent, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to make his move for Doucoure after missing out on both Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia to Chelsea.

It was clear from watching Liverpool’s opening game of the Premier League season that they badly need a holding midfielder to provide balance.

Doucoure has been excellent since arriving at Palace last summer from Ligue 1 side Lens.

Per the report, the 23-year-old holding midfielder would cost under $76 million. Doucoure is a true destructive midfielder and wins the ball back so well and is very good at moving it on quickly to talented attacking midfielders around him. That is exactly the kind of player Liverpool are looking for.

August 16 - Liverpool make surprise move for Endo

Liverpool have made a bid to sign Japanese midfielder Wataru Endo from Stuttgart.

According to a report from Fabrizio Romano, the Reds have made the Japan international their main target as they search for a holding midfielder.

This is a surprise move but given that they tried and failed to sign both Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia for big money in the holding midfield role, Jurgen Klopp needs someone in the defensive midfield role.

Endo looks to be Liverpool’s man. The Japanese star was superb at the World Cup and per the report, he has told Stuttgart he wants the move.

At 30 years of age this is a totally different profile of player to Caicedo and Lavia but Liverpool need a holding player after losing Fabinho and Jordan Henderson unexpectedly this summer and Endo would be a great short-term solution.

August 16 - Chelsea agree $74 million deal for Romeo Lavia

Romeo Lavia finally looks to be joining Chelsea, as multiple reports state the Blues have agreed a $74 million deal with Southampton.

The transfer fee will be $67.5 million with a further $6.5 million in add-ons.

Lavia, 19, looked set to join Liverpool last week after the Reds had a bid accepted for both him and Moises Caicedo.

However it looks like both holding midfielders will be at Chelsea instead, as Caicedo completed his British record deal of $146 million on Sunday.

Lavia is one of the top young holding midfielders in the game and is already a full Belgian international and he and Caicedo alongside Enzo Fernandez could be Chelsea’s central midfield for at least the next five seasons.

August 16 - Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic close to Al Hilal move

It appears Fulham will reluctantly sell striker and captain Aleksandar Mitrovic to Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal.

That’s right, Mitrovic will soon be nodding the ball down for Neymar and Ruben Neves to have a pop at goal.

After being reintegrated into the first team after having his head turned by a massive offer from Al Hilal during preseason, it appears Mitrovic won’t be staying at Fulham after all.

Marco Silva will be very disappointed with this turn of events but given the huge pay increase being offered to Mitro, it is clear he wants to move on. Fulham signed Raul Jimenez this summer and we are about to see if the Mexico star can replace Mitrovic’s goals and hold up play. It is a big ask as Mitrovic has been one of the best strikers in Fulham’s long history.

August 15 — Chelsea close to buying Palace’s Michael Olise

Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise could soon be moving across London, according to multiple reports.

Chelsea is activating the $44 million release clause in Olise’s contract, and an agreement on terms is not expected to be a problem between the Blues and their would-be new playmaker.

Olise, not 22 until December, is currently dealing with a leg injury but has impressed since moving from Reading in 2021 following a 7-goal, 12-assist season in the Championship.

He scored four times with eight assists in all comps during his first season at Palace, and he piled up 11 assists last season. That was level with Bukayo Saka for fourth in the Premier League.

August 15 - David Raya joins Arsenal on loan

Spanish goalkeeper David Raya has joined Arsenal from Brentford on loan, with the move widely expected to be made permanent in the future.

Arsenal released details about signing the Spanish international goalkeeper, as they say “as part of the agreement, there is an option to make the move permanent.”

Raya arriving as a very real, and somewhat unexpected, challenge to Aaron Ramsdale spot as the starting goalkeeper.

Ramsdale has been sensational in recent seasons but a few mistakes have crept in from time to time and Raya has shown his consistency for Brentford over the last two seasons and is very good with the ball at this feet.

Mikel Arteta loves to play out from the back and don’t be expected to see him start ahead of Ramsdale over the next few weeks as they battle it out to be the No. 1 at Arsenal.

August 14 — Manchester United looks to double its Onanas

Manchester United could add two A. Onanas this summer.

That’s a sentence!

The Red Devils replaced David De Gea with Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana and now have approached Everton about its influential midfielder Amadou Onana.

The 21-year-old Belgian international has been an absolute force for Sean Dyche’s men, racking up tackles, interceptions, and clearances while owning the air in the middle of the park.

The thought is that this Onana’s price range is between $65-75 million. That’s quite a bit more than United earned from Fenerbahce for the recently-completed transfer of Fred.

Amadou Onana has proven himself in the Premier League. Seeing the prices attached to other midfield stars means Everton’s ask is not unreasonable.

August 14 — Real Madrid announce Kepa Arrizabalaga loan

Chelsea has loaned Kepa Arrizabaga to Real Madrid for the 2023-24 season.

The fast-moving situation saw Kepa linked with Bayern Munich and a Thomas Tuchel reunion before Thibaut Courtois’ ACL injury led Real Madrid to link the keeper with another ex-Chelsea manager in Carlo Ancelotti.

Kepa captained Chelsea last season and won the Nations League with Spain. He returns to his home nation, where he made his name with Athletic Bilbao after rising through their academy to become a La Liga star.

Chelsea started new signing Robert Sanchez in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool and has been rumored to be pursuing former Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel of Nice.

August 14 — Romeo Lavia latest: Liverpool agree fee, Chelsea still in

Liverpool has agreed a $76 million fee for Southampton 19-year-old Romeo Lavia, according to Sky Sports, but the competition for his services isn’t over yet.

Chelsea’s massive purchase of Moises Caicedo has not ruled it out of Lavia, however, and Sky Sports says the Blues were close to a deal with Southampton as of last week.

The Belgian is an all-action midfielder from the Manchester City academy, and made two cup appearances for City in 2021-22 before making his Premier League entry for Saints to the tune of 29 games last season.

Liverpool has to seal this deal, as it would be an unwelcome look to agree two big fees and see the players choose Mauricio Pochettino’s rebuilding Chelsea project over Jurgen Klopp’s trophy-winning Reds.

August 14 — West Ham confirm signing of James Ward-Prowse

James Ward-Prowse is a Hammer.

Ward-Prowse has left his boyhood club Southampton after 20 years with the club in the latest big-money sale from relegated Saints, who thanked him for his professionalism throughout the move.

He joins a UEFA Europa Conference League-winning side that will return Ward-Prowse to Europa League competition for the first time since 2016-17.

“When I think about my game, it is based on hard work, graft, and giving 100 per cent,” said Ward-Prowse, via whufc.com. “West Ham United has always been a Club that has epitomises that. You can feel that from the fans and you can see it in the players who are here and the lads that have come through the Academy too.

“I feel as though I will fit straight in and I can promise I will give my all for this football club in my time here.”

August 13 — Chelsea agree $145 million fee for Moises Caicedo

Brighton and Hove Albion played hardball and won.

The Seagulls are going to get a British record transfer fee for Moises Caicedo in a deal that will cost the Blues approximately $145 million, according to multiple reports. That fee includes $19 million in add-ons and a ‘significant’ sell-on fee, according to Sky Sports.

$145 million. We’ve typed it again so you know you read it right. Our own Joe Prince-Wright has more thoughts, here.

The move comes on the heels of Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, which featured a postgame press conference which saw Reds boss Jurgen Klopp grousing about how much Chelsea can spend on players.

Klopp, of course, saw his Reds reportedly agree a similar fee with Brighton for the same player only to see Caicedo wait for Chelsea to match it.

This is another big win for Mauricio Pochettino, who is going to get every chance to show what many wondered he would’ve done at Tottenham had Spurs spent more in the market.

August 13 — Kylian Mbappe staying at Paris Saint-Germain

For those thinking Kylian Mbappe might just find a year or two on the books at a Premier League club before signing with Real Madrid, probably not.

Mbappe, 24, had reportedly infuriated PSG by refusing to sign a new deal en route to leaving the club for free next summer.

Now he will reportedly extend his contract by a year to allow PSG to make some money on him next summer. That won’t make Real Madrid overjoyed, but likely doesn’t change their season or opinion very much.

PSG’s season is saved even if Neymar skips town and, yes, even after Lionel Messi left for Miami. Mbappe will also see a strong team as countrymen Ousmane Dembele and Lucas Hernandez have joined up along with Milan Skriniar, Marco Asensio, Goncalo Ramos, Kang-in Lee, and Manuel Ugarte.

Might this be PSG’s big year in the Champions League?

August 12 — Kepa to make surprise loan move to Real Madrid?

Friday brought news that Thomas Tuchel was seeking a reunion with Kepa Arrizabalaga at Real Madrid, but could the Spain goalkeeper be going to play for another ex-Chelsea boss?

Kepa prefers to a move back to Spain, it seems, as Real Madrid would prefer a replacement for Thibaut Courtois following an ACL tear — though Carlo Ancelotti had said the club was ready to go with Andriy Lunin between the sticks.

The reports are of a loan deal, as they were for the Bayern Munich deal. Why would Mauricio Pochettino be cool with a loan for a 28-year-old star goalkeeper if this is — as expected — going to be a multi-year project?

Strange days.

August 11 — Newcastle join Spurs, Man United in Tapsoba pursuit

There’s another team in pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba, according to Football Inside.

The 24-year-old has been widely-linked with Tottenham Hotspur and also mentioned as a Manchester United target.

The asking price for Tapsoba is reportedly $64 million, and Newcastle is said to be preparing a bid for that amount.

The 6-foot-2 Burkinabe center back is a hard-tackling reader of the game with tremendous ball progression acumen for his possession. He also averaged 1.12 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes with Leverkusen last season.

Tapsoba has 137 appearances for Leverkusen in his career and would be a great pair for Sven Botman and give Newcastle terrific depth with Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Dan Burn, and Paul Dummett all capable of operating centrally.

Spurs have an even more pressing need even with the addition of Micky van de Ven, while Manchester United will need a piece if Harry Maguire joins Eric Bailly in skipping town.

August 11 — Aston Villa moving for Nicolo Zaniolo

Aston Villa is moving quickly to make sure its full strength following an injury to Emiliano Buendia.

Unai Emery’s project could soon include Nicolo Zaniolo, as the Villans have made a loan bid for the Italian who had also been linked with a move to Newcastle United.

Zaniolo, 24, would cost about $4 million in loan fees plus his full salary. Villa would then have a $21 million option to buy. There are another $8 million or so in add-ons possible, according to The Birmingham Mail.

Zaniolo started with Inter Milan before moving to AS Roma where he made his name from 2018-2023, leaving for Galatasaray in January. He’s scored five times with an assist in 12 appearances.

Zaniolo has a reported $39 million release clause and Galatasaray is said to have rejected a $28 million bid for the player earlier this transfer window.

August 11 — Jeremy Doku to Manchester City update

Jeremy Doku’s proposed move to Manchester City continues to progress, according to Fabrizio Romano, who says that the Belgian winger joins West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta as priorities for Pep Guardiola this month.

The 21-year-old Doku scored seven times with four assists in all competitions for Stade Rennes last season, his third since making the move from Anderlecht. He also has 14 caps and two goals for Belgium.

Doku’s attacking numbers are out of this world. Amongst players in the top-five European leagues, he ranks in the 99th percentile or better in (all stats/90 minutes and from fbref.com):

  • progressive carries
  • successful take-ons
  • touches in the attacking penalty area
  • progressive passing received
  • non-penalty goals
  • expected assists
  • non-penalty xG+xAG
  • shot-creating actions

His passing numbers are lower than expected — perhaps his job was finishing and risky final ball movements — but otherwise he looks near to the picture of a Pep Guardiola player.

August 11 — Kepa Arrizabalaga could make stunning move

Could Chelsea’s signing of Robert Sanchez have been with a view to making the Brighton star their No. 1 keeper, or because the Blues would have to do so?

A report out of Germany claims that Kepa Arrizabalaga wants a reunion with Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich, and that the move would be a loan with an option to buy.

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino had said earlier this week that Kepa was ahead in the race to wear the No. 1 shirt but that Sanchez was in the discussion. Still, a loan without an obligation to buy would seem a weird one for Chelsea to sanction unless Pochettino doesn’t rate Kepa at all. Kepa is 28 years old and just into his prime.

USMNT keeper Gabriel ‘Gaga’ Slonina has already left on loan for KAS Eupen. The Blues still have longtime Fulham man Marcus Bettinelli on the books as well as youngsters Eddie Beach and Lucas Bergstrom.

August 11 - Tyler Adams deal is off

Tyler Adams will not be heading to Chelsea according to our partners in the UK at Sky Sports.

Apparently the deal has broken down and Adams will not be heading to west London, as the Blues had reportedly paid the $25.5 million relegation release clause.

Adams, 24, will probably land at another Premier League team where he will be a regular and the fact this move to Chelsea broke down will probably work out better for his career long-term. It was unlikely he would be a guaranteed starter at Chelsea, as they continue to chase the likes of Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia in central midfield too.

August 11 - Harry Kane set to fly to Munich to complete deal

Okay, so this is actually happening now. According to multiple reports Harry Kane is ready and waiting to fly to Munich to complete his move to Bayern.

Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that Kane is on his way.

Yesterday it seemed like Kane would stay at Spurs as the two clubs had agreed a $110 million transfer fee.

However, Kane is going to go through with this and leave his boyhood club that he’s been at since the age of 11.

Kane was Bayern’s top transfer target all summer and Tottenham have finally allowed him to leave. This is a sad way for his time at Spurs to end but Kane will go to the German giants and win plenty of trophies and will help them massively in their quest to win the Champions League once again.

August 11 - Liverpool have record bid for Caicedo accepted but player wants Chelsea move

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool have agreed with Brighton for Moises Caicedo.

But reports are starting to emerge that Caicedo, 21, prefers a move to Chelsea and will not sign for Liverpool.

In a dramatic turn of events it looked Caicedo would not be heading to Chelsea and instead Liverpool.

But Fabrizio Romano has reported that Caicedo has told Liverpool he wants to sign for Chelsea and he gave the Blues his word earlier in the summer.

August 10 - Harry Kane ‘increasingly likely’ to stay at Tottenham

Well, well, well the transfer saga of the summer has taken another big twist as Harry Kane has reportedly decided he will stay at Tottenham this season.

On the day Spurs agreed a transfer fee of over $110 million with Bayern Munich to sell Kane, according to our partners in the UK at Sky Sports the England captain has decided he will play for Tottenham this season.

With just one year left on his contract Kane, 30, always seemed like he wanted to run his contract down and assess his options and that is what it looks like he will do.

Spurs want to get some money for him this summer if he isn’t going to sign a new deal but they can’t force him to leave for Bayern and they can’t force him to sign a new contract either. Kane has all of the power here as he knows Spurs can’t afford to not play him and he will still score 25-30 Premier League goals this season.

It looks like this saga will rumble on and on and on.

August 10 - Report: Liverpool outbid Chelsea for Caicedo; Chelsea outbid Liverpool for Lavia

Yeah, this is getting very confusing but it is clear both Chelsea and Liverpool want to strengthen in central midfield and the both really want to sign Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo.

Per multiple reports, including this one from David Ornstein, Chelsea have bid $61.3 million for Southampton’s 19-year-old midfield sensation Romeo Lavia but Saints want closer to $65 million.

Per a report from The Daily Telegraph, Liverpool have outbid Chelsea for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo (Brighton want over $125 million for the Ecuador international). However, per the report Caicedo would prefer a move to Chelsea over Liverpool.

Liverpool have been working on signing Lavia for a long time and Chelsea the same with Caicedo and now it appears the brilliant defensive midfield products could be heading to the opposite clubs.

Chelsea host Liverpool this Sunday and perhaps both Caicedo and Lavia will be in attendance in the stands: but wearing which tracksuit?

August 10 - Chelsea to sign USMNT star Tyler Adams

Chelsea have reportedly activated the $25.5 million relegation release clause in Tyler Adams’ contract and the USMNT midfielder is heading to Stamford Bridge.

Adams, 24, excelled for Leeds last season but suffered a serious hamstring injury in the second half of the campaign and was a huge loss for the Yorkshire club as they were eventually relegated from the Premier League.

But Adams will still be in the Premier League as the holding midfielder has agreed to join Chelsea.

This is a really good move for Adams as he will work under Mauricio Pochettino and is perfect for the high-pressing tactics the Argentine coach loves to implement. That system needs a ball-winning midfielder and Adams is exceptional at doing just that.

He will have plenty of competition for minutes at Chelsea with Enzo Fernandez a guaranteed starter and the likes of Conor Gallagher around and potentially Romeo Lavia arriving too, but Adams always seems to impress managers and he is the kind of player every single team needs.

August 10 - Report: Bayern Munich agree deal for Harry Kane

Multiple reports state that Bayern Munich have agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur to sign Harry Kane.

A report from David Ornstein, plus our partners at Sky in Germany, say that Bayern have agreed to pay Tottenham over $110 million for Kane.

Kane, 30, is out of contract at Tottenham next summer and can start talks with any non-European team from January 1, 2024 about signing as a free agent from July 1, 2024.

But it appears Bayern Munich are determined to get Kane now and the German giants have pushed all summer long to sign the England captain.

Now that a deal has reportedly been agreed between the clubs, all eyes turn to Kane.

Does he want to move to Germany? Is he okay with putting his pursuit of becoming the Premier League’s all-time record goalscorer on hold for a few seasons?

With Tottenham unwilling to sell Kane to a direct Premier League rival this summer, a move abroad is his only option unless he wants to stay at Spurs this season and leave on a free next summer.

That could be Kane’s plan but previous reports suggested that Tottenham’s ownership have told chairman Daniel Levy th