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On the eve of the new Premier League season, several clubs are still hoping to get another deal or two over the line in time for their opening weekend squad, though several sagas look set to drag on into the final weeks of the transfer window. One of those is Frenkie de Jong, with the Barcelona midfielder seemingly preferring a move to Chelsea over Manchester United, but not keen to give up the salary owed to him by his current club. The Catalan and west London club could be doing further business too, with Marcos Alonso linked with a switch to the Camp Nou. But Cesar Azpilicueta is staying put, with the Chelsea captain signing a new two-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are trying to land at least two more players for their defensive ranks too – but Brighton released a stern statement rejecting reports that Marc Cucurella was all but sold to the Blues, despite claims that personal terms were agreed for the left-sided player. Wesley Fofana remains an option if Leicester are open to sell, while new reports claim Thomas Tuchel wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Stamford Bridge.
Elsewhere, Newcastle United are still hoping to sign James Maddison, Manchester United are keen on Serginio Dest, fellow Barca backup Neto could be heading to Bournemouth and Nicolo Zaniolo is still high on Tottenham’s list of priorities, if they can offload fringe players.
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Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly: “We are so happy that Cesar is staying at Chelsea for a minimum of two more years. We are thrilled with our captain showing his exemplary commitment and leadership yet again. There is still so much to do together.”
Cesar Azpilicueta: “I am really happy to extend my stay at Chelsea, my home. It is almost 10 years since I first arrived and joined the club so I really feel the love and I am really excited for the new project we have in our hands. “I would like to say thank you to Mr Todd [Boehly] and Mr Behdad [Eghbali] for giving me the opportunity to keep my journey at this amazing club and I am really looking forward to continuing our adventure. I am a really proud captain and I hope we can share many good memories together.”
There it is! As reported earlier, Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new two-year deal with Cheslea.
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Renato Sanches from Lille on a five-year deal. He joins Vitinha, Nordi Mukiele, Hugo Ekitiké in arriving at the club this summer – definitely a change of profile under sporting director Luis Campos.
Scott Parker says Bournemouth must embrace the challenge of the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s opener against Aston Villa.
Parker last week warned the south-coast club are “way short of where we need to be” following a quiet summer in the transfer market and a host of departures.
“My head and the team’s head is solely on Saturday,” he told a press conference.
“We’re going into the biggest league in the world and we worked tirelessly last year to be in this position.
“We need to bring a fighting spirit and a real determination on the weekend if we want to get something out of the game.
“As I said, us as a group of players, along with the fans, the staff, the owner and everyone else, it’s something we all wanted last year and we need to embrace that.”
Summer signings Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell suffered injuries in pre-season and will miss the season-opener against Aston Villa
Manchester United left-back Alex Telles has completed a season-long loan switch to Sevilla.
The 29-year-old joined the Old Trafford giants from Porto in October 2020 and made 50 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils.
Telles has mostly played back-up to Luke Shaw and was pushed further down the pecking order by the summer arrival of Feyenoord’s Tyrell Malacia.
Brandon Williams has also returned to the club after spending last season at Norwich and Telles has joined Sevilla on loan for the 2022-23 campaign.
Alex Telles leaves Manchester United for Sevilla on season-long loan
Rumours in Italy are linking promoted side Fulham with a £7m deal for Justin Kluivert.
The former Ajax teenage prodigy has struggled for consistency since leaving the Eredivisie, having spells with Roma, Leipzig and Nice, while Torino have also been interested this summer.
Fulham want to add more pace and firepower in the attack, with Marco Silva saying far greater numbers are needed in the squad overall.
Arsenal have been linked with Arthur Melo for some time but it appears they will miss out on the Brazilian.
Valencia are now favourites to land the Juventus man, who is set for a switch after falling out of favour in Italy.
Juventus might then look to land Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as a replacement, though Leandro Paredes is also a target.
Mikel Arteta has backed the contagious mentality of Gabriel Jesus to help Arsenal have a successful season.
“When you bring top players from top clubs and they’ve been extremely successful over the years, there is expectation,” said Arteta. “The role that Gabi has here is going to be very different to the role that Gabi had in his previous club.
“That needs some adaptation and time and we are all surprised with how quickly he’s done it, but we have to share that responsibility. He’s a tremendous talent with a mentality that is so contagious and he’s going to give us a lot, but it’s a team at the end of the day.
“We are all enthusiastic. We had the pre-season we wanted, it was well organised, we had good results, good preparation and good performances. But now the ball starts to roll tomorrow evening in a completely different context and against a Premier League team and we know what to expect there.
“It’s true we have a high level of energy and ambition to have a successful season and we have to show that on the pitch tomorrow night.”
The striker will make his Premier League debut for the Gunners at Crystal Palace on Friday night after moving from champions Manchester City
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has agreed a new two-year deal with the club, according to several reports tonight, putting to bed any speculation that he would leave Stamford Bridge and join Barcelona this summer.
The defender, 32, will remain part of Thomas Tuchel’s side this season and potentially beyond, if reports tonight are to be believed. Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has emerged as a key figure in the talks after refusing to let the Spaniard leave the club.
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