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Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea close on De Jong and Aubameyang as Man Utd fight for Rabiot and Gakpo


<p>Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a wanted man </p>
Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a wanted man

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Chelsea are leading Manchester United in the race to sign Frenkie de Jong, and the Blues are ready and waiting to sign both the Dutch midfielder and his Barcelona teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should they leave Spain during this transfer window.

Chelsea have got loose agreements in place over personal terms for both players and are just waiting on Barcelona to give the green light to sell them, according to Sky Sports, while Spanish outlet Sport reports Chelsea are also closing in on a deal with Barca of around £68m for De Jong. The Times adds that De Jong would prefer Chelsea to United as a destination, and that Chelsea are also ready to put forward a final bid for Leicester’s wantaway defender Wesley Fofana.

Meanwhile Manchester United continue to pursue Cody Gakpo, the PSV midfielder, but he has hinted he would stay in the Netherlands should PSV get through the Champions League qualifying phase – they play Rangers later in August. United have been heavily linked to Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, but negotiations have stalled over the 27-year-old’s bold wage demands, according to Gazetta dello Sport.

Follow all the latest news, rumours and done deals below.

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Lo Celso has interest from Fiorentina

Fiorentina still hold out hope of signing Giovani Lo Celso from Tottenham despite the player’s preference to re-join Villarreal, reports Sky in Italy.

The Spanish side, who had Lo Celso on loan last season are strugglig with their financial fair play balance and need to resolve it with La Liga in order to bring him back to the club.

Fiorentina are ready to offer Spurs £1.7m (€2m) for an initial loan plus a £17m (€20m) option to buy him permanently. Sky Sports News has already reported that Lo Celso isn’t being featured in Antonio Conte’s plans and is being allowed to find a new club.

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Lokonga eyeing up Milan

Arsenal could see move players leave before the end of the summer with Albert Sambi Lokonga reportedly in talks with AC Milan.

The Belgian arrived in a £15.8m move from Anderlecht last summer and featured 19 times in the Premier League for the Gunners. However, the 22-year-old midfielder provides Arsenal with useful squad cover and a few eyebrows have been raised over his potential exit.

According to il Corriere dello Sport, talks between the AC Milna and Arsenal are gathering pace with Mikel Arteta ready to approve Lokonga’s exit.

The cuurent rumour is for a season’s long loan deal but the finer workings are still to be resolved and it is uncertain whether Milan will secure an option to sign Lokonga at the end of the temporary switch.

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Depay joining Juve?

Sky Sports in Italy are reporting that Juventus are ready to offer Memphis Depay a two-year contract if he can get free from Barcelona. The forward has only a year left on his Barca contract and the club are ready to come to an agreement that will allow him to leave.

However, Chelsea’s interest in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is complicating matters with Barca reluctant to lose both strikers this summer.

If Aubameyang departs Barcelona will keep hold of Depay. Juventus, understand this and are considering alternate options to partner Dusan Vlahovic.

One of those is Arkadiusz Milik, who plays for Marseille and another is Manchester United’s Anthony Martial. Martial is currently injured and he has been central to Erik ten Hag’s plans during the summer, featuring as his number nine before the knock.

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What are the 10 most expensive transfers in football history?

The 2022 summer transfer window has been full of shocks, record deals and big-money signings.

Money is always a central talking point of a transfer window with it more in focus than ever before due to the eye-watering deals that have been brokered in recent years.

Here Sarah Rendall takes you through the highest price tags on the planet:

1: Neymar – Barcelona to PSG – €222m (190.5m)

Neymar tops our list and he is head and shoulders above the rest with a whopping €222m figure.

He signed for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 from Barcelona and he has since won three Ligue 1 titles, three French Cups, three French Super Cups and two French League Cups.

He now also gets to play with former Barca teammate Lionel Messi who signed for the club last summer.

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What are the 10 most expensive transfers in football history?

The 2022 summer transfer window has been full of shocks, record deals and big-money signings.

Money is always a central talking point of a transfer window with it more in focus than ever before due to the eye-watering deals that have been brokered in recent years.

Here Sarah Rendall takes you through the highest price tags on the planet:

2: Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to PSG – €145m (+€35m) (£124.4m +£30m)

French forward Kylian Mbappe signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco in 2017 and he has impressed as one of the brightest young players in the world.

He has won three Ligue 1 titles, three French Cups, three French Super Cups two French League Cups, was the 18/19 Player of the Season and is regarded as one of the best players in the world.

He was expected to leave for nothing to Real Madrid before signing a bumper new contract to remain in the French capital.

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What are the 10 most expensive transfers in football history?

The 2022 summer transfer window has been full of shocks, record deals and big-money signings.

Money is always a central talking point of a transfer window with it more in focus than ever before due to the eye-watering deals that have been brokered in recent years.

Here Sarah Rendall takes you through the highest price tags on the planet:

3: Joao Felix – Benfica to Atletico Madrid – €126m (£108.1m)

Forward Joao Felix signed for Atletico Madrid for an eye-watering amount in 2019 from Benfica.

He has won a La Liga title at the club but he will have plenty of opportunity to bag more trophies as he signed a seven-year deal with Diego Simeone’s side.

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What are the 10 most expensive transfers in football history?

The 2022 summer transfer window has been full of shocks, record deals and big-money signings.

Money is always a central talking point of a transfer window with it more in focus than ever before due to the eye-watering deals that have been brokered in recent years.

Here Sarah Rendall takes you through the highest price tags on the planet:

5 and 4: Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho – Atletico Madrid to Barcelona / Liverpool to Barcelona – €120m (£102.9m)

Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho bagged their spots in the top ten for the same club – Barcelona.

Coutinho joined the Spanish giants in 2018 from Liverpool and the midfielder won two La Ligas, two Spanish Cups and one Spanish Super Cup.

While Griezmann signed for Barca in 2019 from Atletico Madrid but enjoyed a bumpy ride before returning to his former club.

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What are the 10 most expensive transfers in football history?

The 2022 summer transfer window has been full of shocks, record deals and big-money signings.

Money is always a central talking point of a transfer window with it more in focus than ever before due to the eye-watering deals that have been brokered in recent years.

Here Sarah Rendall takes you through the highest price tags on the planet:

6: Jack Grealish – Aston Villa to Manchester City – €117m (£100m)

Jack Grealish’s boyhood club Aston Villa wanted to keep the star so much they wrote a £100m release clause into his contract when he re-signed in 2020.

“City are the best team in the country with a manager considered to be the best in the world – it’s a dream come true to be part of this club,” Grealish said upon signing for City.

“Over the past 10 seasons, they have won major trophies consistently. Pep (Guardiola) coming here has taken them to the next level and the football this team plays is the most exciting in Europe.”

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What are the 10 most expensive transfers in football history?

The 2022 summer transfer window has been full of shocks, record deals and big-money signings.

Money is always a central talking point of a transfer window with it more in focus than ever before due to the eye-watering deals that have been brokered in recent years.

Here Sarah Rendall takes you through the highest price tags on the planet:

7: Romelu Lukaku – Inter Milan to Chelsea – €115m (£98.7m)

Belgium international Romelu Lukaku broke Chelsea’s club transfer record when they signed him last summer from Inter Milan.

Much was expected when Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge but the less said about the spell the better as he returned back to Inter on loan after just one year.

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What are the 10 most expensive transfers in football history?

The 2022 summer transfer window has been full of shocks, record deals and big-money signings.

Money is always a central talking point of a transfer window with it more in focus than ever before due to the eye-watering deals that have been brokered in recent years.

Here Sarah Rendall takes you through the highest price tags on the planet:

9 and 8: Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele – Juventus to Manchester United / Dortmund to Barcelona – €105m (£90.1m)

The French teammates managed to bag deals worth the same amount to clock a joint spot in the top ten. Paul Pogba joined Manchester United from Juventus in 2016 and at the time he broke the Premier League transfer record.

His spell didn’t go to plan, however, and after an underwhelming six years he has returned to Italy.

Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele signed for Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017. The winger has won two La Ligas, two Spanish Cups and a Spanish Super Cups with the club.



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