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Aug 16, 2023

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd move for Hojbjerg, Salah's record Saudi bid, Chelsea's double Barcelona swoop

With just four days remaining of the summer transfer window, clubs across the Premier League and further afield are scrambling to finalise their squads with late deals

We are well into the final week of the 2023 summer transfer window and Premier League clubs are set to complete a series of money-spinning deals.

Manchester United may well be among the most active clubs with their pursuit of a new left-back – with a move favoured for Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella. Boss Erik ten Hag is also pursuing a new midfielder and is targeting Fiorentina star Sofyan Amrabat, with Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg another name emerging.

Liverpool will be desperate to add to their diminished squad before the end of the window but the future of Mo Salah hangs over the final week amid interest from Saudi club Al-Ittihad, while defender Joe Gomez is also a target of the Middle East state.

Eyes will also be on Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal as they all chase late deals to finalise their squads ahead of the coming months of busy on-field action, before the window closes on Tuesday.

Stay tuned this Tuesday for the latest transfer updates from the Premier League and beyond..

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Roma fans have gathered at the airport to welcome the arrival of Romelu Lukaku, Sky Sports News is reporting.

The Chelsea striker is expected to finalise a loan move to the Serie A club later today.

Everton have signed Beto from Udinese for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old striker has joined on a four-year contract and is the Toffees' fifth signing of the summer.

Beto said: “It feels good to join Everton. I have always appreciated them as a club. Everton is a big, big club in the Premier League, well respected and has big history. It was easy to make this move."

Leeds have made an approach for Tottenham's England Under-21 right-back Djed Spence on a season-long loan agreement, report The Athletic.

The 23-year-old joined Spurs last year but has failed to enjoy any prominent game-time across several managers and a temporary exit looks to be on the cards.

Nottingham Forest’s late recruitment drive includes Bologna midfielder Nicolas Dominguez, according to Sky Sports.

The Argentine midfielder is in talks over a move to the City Ground which would see Switzerland midfielder Remo Freuler, 31, move the other way.

West Ham are pushing to sign Brazilian forward Yuri Alberto from Corinthians, report the Standard.

The 22-year-old made his Brazil debut in a friendly against Morocco in March.

Tottenham have entered talks with Nottingham Forest over a deal for their Wales forward Brennan Johnson, but a formal bid is yet to be submitted for the 22-year-old.

That is according to Sky Sports, who say the Wales international – also wanted by Chelsea – has a transfer valuation of £50million at Forest.

Fulham are on a late recruitment drive having already signed Timothy Castange from Leicester, with Everton’s Alex Iwobi also on their wanted list.

Juventus are in negotiations to extend the contract of Federico Chiesa, according to Calciomercato.

It is claimed that if a deal cannot be struck for the Italian international, Juve will prepare to cash-in on the player next summer.

Al Ittihad have already signed Fabinho from Liverpool this summer and are eyeing Mo Salah, while now Joe Gomez is in their sights.

Nottingham Forest are close to signing Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, according to talkSPORT.

Forest are keen to bring signings in before the end of the transfer window this week and are said to be confident on a move for the 26-year-old Nigerian.

According to Bild, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are in talks over a swap deal involving Scott McTominay and Ryan Gravenberch.

Gravenberch has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, having played for Ten Hag at Ajax, while Thomas Tuchel wants another defensive midfielder and is considering a swoop for McTominay.

The report states that Bayern are only interested in a loan deal for McTominay and would be willing to loan Gravenberch to United in return. The Dutchman is said to be 'unhappy with his playing time' at Bayern, but the Bundesliga giants do not want to sell him.

Arsenal's summer window has been defined by incomings, but with just days of the window left the club have now placed the onus firmly on trying to cash in on fringe players.

According to a Football.London, the Gunners are aiming to sanction the exit of six players. Folarin Balogun is likely to be the first and most lucrative departure to be confirmed, with the striker on the verge of a £38million move to Monaco.

Rob Holding has a number of suitors in both Turkey and Spain, while Nuno Tavares is attracting interest from Germany as well as some Premier League sides, including Aston Villa.

Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nicolas Pepe and Cedric could all also call time on their respective Arsenal careers before Friday.

Barcelona expect to complete a loan deal for Manchester City's 29-year-old Portugal full-back, Joao Cancelo.

The versatile defender spent an unhappy few months at Bayern Munich last season but is set to complete his move to the Catalan giants in the coming days on a season-long deal.

If that £130m bid does arrive for Salah in the coming days, Liverpool may have to reassess their firm no-sale stance over the star. If they do sell, then a replacement is an absolute must.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola says Liverpool would be ‘willing’ to reinvest £60m to £68m of the money they receive for Salah on Joao Felix, who is looking for a way out of Atletico Madrid.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo admitted recently that the 23-year-old does not want to play for the Spanish side. Atleti’s record £111m signing has 34 goals and 18 assists in La Liga since 2019 and spent the second half of last season on loan with Chelsea.

Gunners academy graduate Emile Smith Rowe is the subject of stunning transfer rumour linking the 23-year-old with a move to Arsenal's fierce London rivals Chelsea.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have already surpassed the £300million mark this transfer window alone, but could still look to add Smith Rowe to their ranks before Friday's deadline. He certainly won't come cheap given he has three years left to run on his current Arsenal deal, but that is unlikely to deter the league's biggest spenders.

It is believed that the Chelsea boss feels that the Blues are still lacking something from an attacking perspective after one win from their opening three games and as a result, attentions have shifted to Smith Rowe, who has found first-team minutes hard to come by at the Emirates in recent times.

Read more HERE.

United are hoping to sign a new left-back with both Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia currently out injured.

And the Daily Mail state that Brentford's Rico Henry is among a number of players being targeted by the Red Devils. It is claimed United have 'made initial checks into Henry's situation and potential availability'.

However, Brentford would be 'more open' to selling Henry at the end of the season given there is now less than a week until the transfer window closes and they do not have an obvious replacement for him

Read the full story here

Gravenbech has struggled for game time at Bayern Munich and has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United all summer.

The rumours have continued and Gravenberch is unclear what will happen before the window closes this week, saying: “I don‘t know what will happen in the next days.”

Mirror Footballhave previously revealed that Liverpool had reached an agreement with Gravenberch over personal terms, so he may well be keen on a move.

Exeter City striker Sam Nombe is set to undergo a medical at Rotherham United this morning, Mirror Football understands.

A host of EFL clubs, including Charlton and Barnsley, have all been interested in Nombe this summer. The 24-year-old plundered 15 goals in League One for Exeter last term but headed into the new campaign with less than 12 months remaining on his Grecians deal.

Rotherham have been keeping tabs on the situation all summer and the Championship outfit have now agreed a deal with Exeter for Nombe's services ahead of Friday's transfer deadline.

If all goes well, Nombe will once again link up with former Exeter boss Matt Taylor at Rotherham.

Chelsea are weighing up late moves for Barcelona duo Raphinha and Ferran Torres, according to the Daily Mail.

Torres is behind Robert Lewandowski in Barca’s pecking order while Raphinha was sent-off in the season opener and may no longer be a regular starter due to the emerge of Lamine Yamal.

Barca would be open to selling the two players due to their transfer value and their own precarious financial situation.

After signing Timothy Castagne from Leicester, Fulham have agreed terms with Sevilla for forward Lucas Ocampos.

Former Liverpool striker Divock Origi may return to the Premier League as Burnley want to sign him, say Foot Mercato.

The Belgian is currently a peripheral figure at Milan – where he scored just twice in Serie A last season.

Chelsea have put a £50million price tag on defender Trevoh Chalobah amid interest from Bayern Munich, say the Evening Standard.

Thomas Tuchel is keen on the defender, whom he coached at the Blues, although the German champions are likely to baulk at the quoted price.

Raphael Varane suffered an injury in the game against Forest that could mean Harry Maguire stays at United.

According to talkSPORT, 'United have no interest in letting Maguire leave this summer' as a result of Varane's injury. Maguire had been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer after falling down the pecking order and being stripped of the captaincy, but a switch to West Ham ultimately fell through.

There had been suggestions the Hammers would revisit the move in the final week of the transfer window, but the report states that United are now set to reject any approaches for the England international.

Arsenal icon Ian Wright has conceded he is worried about the soft goals his former side are shipping and questioned the lack of game-time for Gabriel Magalhaes.

Speaking in the wake of the 2-2 draw, Wright was asked by Premier League productions whether he was worried about the seemingly constant sloppy starts. He replied: “A little bit worried. There is a bit of sloppy play. I think they need to tighten up at the start of games.

"There were times when I was watching the game and I felt nervous for us. We don’t seem to be as confident as I thought we could have been in managing the game once we got back into it when we were 2-1 up."

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag wants to sign Chelsea wing-back Marc Cucurella over other options in a deal that would see Alvaro Fernandez leave Old Trafford.

The Red Devils were intent on signing an experienced player capable of playing at left-back following injuries to both Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia. Brandon Williams has departed on a season-long loan deal to Ipswich, meaning Diogo Dalot deputised in the position in Saturday’s win over Nottingham Forest.

United had drawn up a three-player shortlist for the position which consisted of Cucurella and two other Spanish left-backs; Barcelona ’s Marcos Alonso, formerly of Chelsea, and Sergio Reguilon – who has returned to Tottenham following a loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

Read the full story here

Manchester United are considering a surprise move for Tottenham's 28-year-old Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, claims a report in the Telegraph.

Spurs are willing to sell the holding midfielder and agreed a £30million deal with Atletico Madrid earlier this summer, only for the deal to fall flat on personal terms.

Reports linking Salah with Saudi Arabia have refused to die down, in spite of Klopp’s continued rejection of their validity.

Liverpool sold Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to clubs in the Middle Eastern country. Could they do the same with Salah? CBS Sports reports that Al-Ittihad are not backing down and are pushing to land the Egyptian.

They are reportedly willing to offer Liverpool €150m (£130m) for Salah, which would be made up of €100m (£89m) of guaranteed cash and substantial add-ons. Not only that, they are to offer Salah a contract worth around £170m per season.

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