DONE DEAL: Tariqe Fosu joins Stoke City on loan
Stoke City have signed Tariqe Fosu on a season-long loan from Brentford.
The 26-year-old Ghana international, who can play in midfield or as a wing-back, is Stoke’s eighth signing of the summer.
He was bought by Brentford from Oxford United in January 2020 and has been hampered by injuries since his move to west London.
Fosu has made 21 league starts for the Bees, but just one since they were promoted to the top flight in 2021.
DONE DEAL: Carlos Mendes Gomes joins Fleetwood Town on loan
Fleetwood Town have signed winger Carlos Mendes Gomes on a season-long loan from Championship side Luton Town.
The 23-year-old previously played in Lancashire for Morecambe, where he joined from non-league side West Didsbury and Chorlton in 2018.
He made 91 appearances in all competitions for the club before joining Luton in the summer of 2021.
Mendes Gomes went on to make 14 appearances for the Hatters, scoring once and assisting twice.
Chelsea agree personal terms with Wesley Fofana
Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana, has agreed personal terms with Chelsea but the two clubs have still not settled on a fee – with the Stamford Bridge outfit refusing to meet the £85m asking price for the France centre-back.
There were reports on Tuesday that Fofana had toldLeicester that he wants to leave this summer, and the 21-year-old has already agreed terms with Chelsea, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, ahead of a move. A fee still needs to be negotiated with Leicester, with the Foxes sticking with their £80m valuation.
With clauses and bonuses, the package Chelsea have been quoted for Fofana would make him the most expensive defender of all-time. Ironically, Fofana was the replacement for Harry Maguire, who currently holds that title after making the move from Leicester to Manchester United .
Chelsea have made a strong start to the Premier League season, and defensive signings Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly linked up to open the scoring against Tottenham on Sunday. But Thomas Tuchel isn’t done just yet, with Fofana drawn up as the ideal long-term solution at the back.
Thomas Tuchel, who saw Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rüdiger leave on free transfers, wants to sign one more centre-back this summer and has identified Fofana as a key target.
The Frenchman has excelled since joining Leicester two years ago and is keen to make the switch to west London. However, Leicester, who have rejected two bids from Chelsea, are holding out for more than £80m and are determined not to lose him during the current window.
One consideration for Chelsea is whether Fofana is fully up to speed after returning from a broken leg. They are aware it could take at least £85m to
convince Leicester to sell. Sources have indicated Chelsea will eventually meet Leicester’s asking price.
Chelsea agree £15million deal for Casadei
Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign 19-year-old Italian midfielder Cesare Casadei from Inter Milan for £15m plus £4.2m in add-ons.
The agreement is £12.6m (€15m) plus £4.2m (€5m) in add-ons. The very last details between the two clubs are being filed. The midfielder is expected to leave for England on Wednesday and then undergo a medical on Thursday. Casadei is 19 years old and has not made a senior appearance for Inter.
As per Fabrizio Romano , the agreed fee is €15m up front with another €5m in potential add-ons, which fits with Inter’s previously reported 20m asking price.
Despite the significant fee, Casadei is unlikely to go straight into the Chelsea first-team. They have already secured a deal for former Aston Viilla man Carney Chukwuemeka, who Thomas Tuchel has been impressed with.
Gabriel Slonina was another young name added to their ranks after months of speculation, with the goalkeeper being sent back on loan to Chicago Fire to complete the MLS season.
Transfer News: Chelsea refused to sanction £20m move for Bellingham; Man Utd eye move for Fofana.
Frank Lampard has claimed that Chelsea refused to sanction a £20m transfer swoop for Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham when he was at the helm, according to GOAL. “When I was managing at Chelsea (first time) I was desperate to bring Jude Bellingham in,” Lampard revealed during a chat in the Obi One Podcast. “But I couldn’t get it through upstairs – the idea of paying £20m for someone his age (at the time).”
Manchester United eye move for Youssef Fofana
Manchester United are interested in AS Monaco first team pair Vanderson and Youssouf Fofana, according to 90min . The Red Devils are currently in the process of a takeover of their sporting operations by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS, with the deal expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. The aim is to lay the groundwork for a new footballing structure that can help improve the club’s on-pitch performance in the long run. Former Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell is anticipated to take on a similar role at Old Trafford under Ratcliffe’s leadership.
Transfer News: Chelsea has to pay €25m for Rayan Cherki, Thiago Silva in talks to join Fluminense
Lyon are ready to accept a modest €25 million bid from suitors for unwanted playmaker Rayan Cherki, with Chelsea and Newcastle United keen. According to Fichajes , Lyon are ready to sell Rayan Cherki to any suitor, offering €25 million in the next window. The French playmaker had a recent falling out, and there are rumours that his club would like to cash in, with Chelsea and Newcastle United among those keen on signing him.
Thiago Silva in talks to join Fluminense
Thiago Silva has been linked with a move away from Chelsea in recent months, he could be closing in on her return to former club Fluminense. A report from Jorge Nicola has claimed that Thiago Silva is currently in talks with Fluminense regarding a return next year. The veteran Brazilian defender has been linked with Saudi Arabian clubs as well . He has been a useful servant for Chelsea since joining the club. But the veteran defender is in his twilight years and he will have to be replaced soon.
Man Utd planning to bolster two key positions in January
Manchester United are reportedly planning to strengthen two key positions in the upcoming transfer window, as per the Daily Mail. According to the report by the Daily Mail , United have identified defence and attack are the two areas that need bolstering so they have started exploring the market to reinforce those two positions.
Bayern rival Arsenal in race to sign Zubimendi
Bayern Munich to battle it out with Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United for the services of Real Sociedad star Martin Zubimendi. According to a report by Football Transfers , Bayern Munich are keen on having Martin Zubimendi in their ranks. The German giants are keen on having a new defensive midfielder in their team and they have identified the 24- year-old Real Sociedad star as a key target. Bayern are the not only ones interested, they will have to battle it out with Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United.
Transfer News: Chelsea has to pay over £75m for Watkins; Madrid ready to pay €40m for Le Normand
Chelsea has to pay over £75m for Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins could cost over £75 million if Arsenal and Chelsea attempt to sign the England international during the January window. Neil Moxley via Give Me Sport has claimed that Ollie Watkins would cost well over £75 million in the January transfer window. Arsenal and Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the Aston Villa star ahead of the winter market. But the Midlands side are not concerned about a mid-season departure.
Real Madrid ready to pay €40m for Robin Le Normand
Real Madrid will happily pay €40 million to sign Spanish international defender Robin Le Normand from Real Sociedad. According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes , Robin Le Normand is the subject of interest from Real Madrid. The Merengues are scouring the market for a centre-back ahead of the 2024 summer transfer window. And they are willing to shell out €40 million to sign the Spanish international defender from Real Sociedad.
Aston Villa formulating bid to sign Marcos Acuna
Aston Villa are looking to put forward an offer worth €15 million to acquire the services of 31-year-old Sevilla full-back Marcos Acuna. According to a report by Fichajes , Aston Villa are keen on having Marcos Acuna in their ranks. The English club are desperately looking for a new left-back. Their manager Unai Emery is a big fan of the 31-year-old and wants him at his disposal in the upcoming winter transfer window. The Villans are ready to offer €15 million to land the World Cup- winning defender.
Newcastle looking at loan options to replace Tonali
Newcastle United is considering options in the loan market to find a replacement for Sandro Tonali, mainly due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) constraints, according to 90min. One potential candidate is Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips, who aligns well with their requirements, and a loan deal is being explored. Additionally, the club is exploring the possibility of a loan arrangement with one of the Public Investment Fund’s (PIF) Saudi Arabia-owned clubs. There’s also a focus on players who were previously on Newcastle’s radar and are currently performing well in the Pro League, with examples including Ruben Neves and Gabri Veiga.
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