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Transfer news LIVE! Chelsea FC ‘done deal’; Raphinha to Arsenal; Tottenham Spence talks; latest gossip, rumours

Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea show no signs of slowing down as the summer transfer window starts with a bang as clubs push hard to get important signings over the line.

Arsenal have completed a £34m deal for Fabio Vieira from Porto, with attentions now on securing the arrivals of Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus. Tottenham, with Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster already secured, have held fresh talks over Djed Spence, but also admire Arsenal’s Brazilian target along with the likes of Richarlison and Alessandro Bastoni.

Chelsea are pressing to sign Raheem Sterling, and are on the trail of Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, having agreed a loan deal to send Romelu Lukaku back to Inter Milan. West Ham keen to take Armando Broja from Stamford Bridge, while Manchester United step up interest in Antony and Frenkie de Jong. Follow the latest transfer developments with us below.

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Arsenal dealt Raphinha blow

This could be significant for Arsenal.

Raphinha’s agent Deco – yes, that Deco – has last night pictured sitting with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and fellow Blaugrana legend Samuel Eto’o. Barca have long been frontrunners for Raphinha’s signature.

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Ronaldo concerned by lack of transfers

Cristiano Ronaldo is concerned about Manchester United’s lack of transfer actively, according to AS.

With Manchester City and Liverpool spending big on Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez, while Tottenham improve their starting line-up and Arsenal bolster their squad, United have yet to add to their ranks.

Spanish outlet AS – written by journalist Manu Sainz, who has ties with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes – claims the forward is concerned the gap between United and their supposed title rivals is now even bigger.

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Lucas Moura going nowhere

Talking of Spurs, Lucas Moura has said he is staying put for at least a season and that the club can trigger another year in his contract.

He told Brazilian media: “The idea is to fulfil the contract with [Spurs]. It has one more year, with the option of one more, on the part of the club. So at the end of this season now, if the club wants to extend another year, they have that option.

“But my idea to run down the contract while playing in Champions League. We haven’t played in it for two years, and now it could be, perhaps, my last Champions League with Tottenham. So then the idea is to stay there, fulfil the contract, then be free, then decide where I’m going.”

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Spurs to bid for Raphinha

Tottenham are ready to better Arsenal’s bid for Raphinha, according to Sportitalia journalist Gianluigi Longari.

The Gunners have seen an opening offer rejected by Leeds, though are holding out for around £60million.

Longari claims Spurs are ready to hit Leeds’ valuation with a bid of £50m plus a further £10m in add-ons, which will no doubt anger Arsenal.

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Alexis Sanchez back to Arsenal

Well, this one has come out of nowhere.

Arsenal have been linked with interest in bringing Alexis Sanchez back to the club.

Along with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Marseille and Aston Villa, Sanchez is a popular man, it seems, according to Chilean outlet Latercera.

We shall see.

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Haller seals Borussia Dortmund switch

Sebastien Haller is on the move again.

The Ivory Coast frontman has revitalised his career after a miserable spell following a move from Eintracht Frankfurt to West Ham, scoring 47 goals in 65 appearances during a prolific season at Ajax.

Now Haller is poised to bid a swift farewell to the Eredivisie as he completes a switch to Borussia Dortmund.

Per Fabrizio Romano, a €35m fee has now been settled on between the two clubs, with Haller agreeing personal terms and undergoing a medical.

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Chelsea growing ‘tired’ of Dembele chase

One player who seems unlikely to be moving to Chelsea this summer is Ousmane Dembele.

The Blues were known to be closely monitoring the French forward’s situation at Barcelona, where he had looked certain to depart before something of a renaissance late in the season under Xavi.

However, Dembele now looks very likely to leave the Camp Nou again when his deal expires at the end of the month, though Catalan publication Sport report that Chelsea have grown weary of their long-running pursuit.

Chelsea are said to be frustrated by Dembele’s attitude, turning their attentions towards Raheem Sterling instead.

PSG and Bayern are still in the race for the former Borussia Dortmund star, with Barca not giving up hope over an 11th-hour extension.

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ICYMI – Lukaku agrees Inter loan return

In case you missed it last night, Chelsea have now agreed a season-long loan deal with Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku.

Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reports that the fee is believed to be around £6.8m plus potential add-ons related to team performance, with Lukaku’s salary – which the Serie A side are believed to be paying in full – worth approximately the same.

Crucially, there is NO option to buy clase included in the deal, so the Belgian will return to Stamford Bridge next summer.

What a disaster that £97.5m club-record deal turned out to be.

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Man United hold Antony talks

Manchester United have held opening discussions over a move for Ajax winger Antony.

That is according to the Daily Telegraph, who add the large caveat that United will not be advancing any other incoming transfer deals this summer until they make a decisive breakthrough with Barcelona in their long-running move for Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

Brazilian international Antony is expected to reunite with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford at some point in the coming months after scoring 12 goals and providing 10 assists during Ajax’s latest Eredivisie title-winning campaign last term.

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Chelsea delivered Kounde ultimatum

Chelsea have been delivered an ultimatum in their long-running quest to sign Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.

The French centre-back has been Thomas Tuchel’s top defensive target for quite some time, with a move on deadline day last summer breaking down.

While a move to Stamford Bridge was considered almost a formality in this window, things have become complicated by surgery and rival interest from Barcelona.

90min.com now suggest that Kounde’s representatives are becoming frustrated at the lack of progress from Chelsea, who want to strike a deal around £50m as Sevilla hold out for his full £69m release clause.

They have warned the Blues to get serious or miss out.

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