Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea big Kounde twist, Man Utd Ronaldo swap, Liverpool confirm deal

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The transfer window is hotting up, and we’re fast reaching the stage where the Premier League giants have to part with some of their top assets.

For all the free-spending already conducted by the likes of Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United, stars within the ranks are beginning to eye their futures elsewhere.

A fast-emerging talking point once again is the future of Harry Kane, as concrete interest from German giants Bayern Munich is now on the table.

Manager Julian Naglesmann has refused to rule out a move, and his cryptic comments are likely to go down very poorly in north London.

Meanwhile, just across the capital, unrest is rife at Chelsea and their appears to be real divisions emerging between manager Thomas Tuchel and his compatriot Timo Werner.

The former RB Leipzig ace was one of the world’s most in-demand strikers when he made the switch to Stamford Bridge, though the move has not developed like either party would have wanted.

Talk now suggests Chelsea could be set to recoup some funds, but selling the Germany international won’t be straightforward.

Follow every development in the transfer market below with Express Sport

Arsenal striker Balogun attracting French interest

Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun is reportedly a target for French club Reims. 

The Ligue 1 team are on the lookout for a replacement for wonderkid Hugo Ekitike who has left to join PSG with L’Equipe reporting that the 21-year-old is a potential option. 

Balogun is likely to find game time severely limited in North London next season having fallen behind Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah in the Emirates pecking order. 

Neymar wants PSG stay

Neymar has confirmed he would like to stay at PSG despite reports linking him with a move away. 

Chelsea are among the teams credited with an interest in the most expensive footballer of all time. 

However, the Brazilian told AFP that he had no intention of leaving. “I want to stay at Paris Saint Germain. No one from the club told me anything about the plans for my future, as things stand,” he said. 

“I don’t know what kind of plans they have for me – I want to stay”.

Neymar has scored 100 goals in 144 games since joining the Ligue 1 champions in 2017.

Brighton receive bid for Maupay

Brighton striker Neal Maupay is the subject of a £15million bid from Serie A side Salernitana. 

The Italian strugglers, who are captained by Franck Ribery, have submitted the bid as they seek to strengthen to stay in the top division. The club narrowly avoided relegation last season by just one point. 

Sky Sports report they have now made a move for the forward who was the Seagulls’ top scorer last season with nine goals.

Liverpool to loan out Morton

Tyler Morton is set to leave Anfield on-loan as Jurgen Klopp seeks to help the midfielder gain more playing time. 

The Times report that the youngster will move to Blackburn with the Ewood Park side taking advantage of the good relationship they built with Liverpool when Harvey Elliott was on-loan at the club. 

Morton played nine times for the Reds last season despite being just 19-years-old. 


West Ham discuss terms with Scamacca and Kostic

West Ham are set to finalise the signing of Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca after agreeing a £30.5m deal with the Italian club.The Hammers are now working to agree personal terms with the 23-year-old, who was the subject of an offer from PSG and interest from Arsenal earlier in the transfer window.

Sevilla respond to claims Kounde will join Barcelona

Sevilla have said that reports suggesting Jules Kounde will join Barcelona are incorrect. 

Chelsea have had a bid of around £55million accepted for the player but it had been reported that the La Liga runners-up had hijacked the deal. 

Spanish TV station El Chiringuito claims Sevilla have described the rumour as ‘lies’ and ‘totally false’, potentially leaving the door open for the Stamford Bridge side. 


Ajax hold firm over Antony

Ajax have reaffirmed their stance over the prospective departure of winger Antony. 

The Brazilian is one of Manchester United’s top targets with Erik ten Hag desperate to be reunited with his former star. 

However, the Eredivise champions will not reduce their asking price for their key star. The club are also reluctant to sanction any more marquee sales after losing Lisandro Martinez, Sebastien Haller, Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui.


Tuchel reluctant to lose Azpilicueta

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants to keep captain Cesar Azpilicueta at the club despite interest from Barcelona. 

The long-serving defender has reportedly been left concerned by his game time leaving him open to a move to his homeland. 

However, the German hopes he will stay. “He’s a huge captain, legend and winner,” he told Sky Sports. “I don’t see many reasons from my role as manager to give up on these strengths.” 

The Spaniard has played 474 times for Chelsea since signing in 2012. 

Newcastle target Rennes winger after being put off Harrison

Newcastle have switched their transfer attention to Rennes winger Kamaldeem Sulemana after baulking at Leeds’ £35million asking price for Jack Harrison. 

The club are said to have held an interest in the Englishman throughout the window but are unprepared to meet the asking price. 

Now the Daily Mail report the Magpies have enquired about Kamaldeen as they look to improve their attacking options. 

The 20-year-old scored five goals in 28 appearances last season.


Tottenham eye Roma youngster

Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici has reportedly been sent to Italy to tie up a deal for Roma winger Nicola Zalewski. 

Spurs boss Antonio Conte is said to be ‘crazy’ about the youngster who he hopes can be one for the future. 

The wonderkid broke into the Roma team under Jose Mourinho last season, making 23 appearances in all competitions. 


Another twist in the Kounde saga?

It has been suggested that Jules Kounde is now set to join Barcelona rather than Chelsea despite yesterday’s reports saying the Frenchman’s move to the Premier League was a done deal. 

Gerard Romero has said that the Catalan giants have agreed a deal in principle for the defender with the final details 99% confirmed. 

The news comes as a huge blow to Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel who had made Kounde his top target for the right-hand side of his back three. 


Chelsea to sell Werner

Chelsea are open to selling German striker Timo Werner this summer. 

The 26-year-old has reportedly fallen out with boss Thomas Tuchel after comments in midweek where he explained he was unhappy with his playing time ahead of the World Cup. 

It has now also come to light that the forward believes his manager is too critical for him to flourish. 

Werner has flopped since joining Chelsea in 2020, scoring just 23 goals in 89 appearances. 


Ronaldo swap is an option

Manchester United do not want to lose their talisman this summer.

Cristiano Ronaldo may be in the twilight of his career but he is still smashing in goals for fun, as he proved last season.

Champions League football is what the living legend requires, and now, with links emerging regarding a return to Spain, United have an option that was not present before.


Kane to say auf wiedersehen

Just 12 months ago Harry Kane could not have pushed harder for a Tottenham exit. 

The England captain was desperate to seal a departure to Manchester City, yet now things could not be more different.

City have moved on and acquired the big-name signing of Erling Haaland. Kane, meanwhile, has remained rather coy on his future.

Next season he will have one year remaining on his deal, though Bayern Munich have started making all the right noises that indicates they are going to make a march.


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