Transfer news LIVE: De Jong TSWT set and Chelsea agree on transfer Cucurella

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Premier League: five essential picks for your fantasy squad

The new Premier League season kicks off tonight as Arsenal head to Crystal Palace, but transfer matters are far from settled and several clubs are hoping to close a deal before the weekend. Chief among them is Chelsea, who are currently in the running for at least three players, while their dealings with Barcelona could define much of the rest of the window in England and Europe.

Frenkie de Jong has been given a TSWT to decide whether to accept a departure from the Camp Nou, with Chelsea and Manchester United both hoping he will sign for them, while Bernardo Silva could replace him if a deal is struck with Male City. Marcos Alonso could move from Stamford Bridge to Catalunya, but Cesar Azpilicueta will not do so after signing a new contract with the Blues. They are also chasing Leicester’s Wesley Fofana and have reached an agreement on the transfer of Marc Cucurella.

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The Foxes have already lost goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and midfielder James Maddison is wanted by Newcastle so they could also be busy with incoming players in the coming weeks as Wolves try to sign Hwang Ui-jo to bolster their forward line and Leeds want at least one attacker as well, with Cody Gakpo and Martin Terrier both tied.

Follow all the latest transfer news, rumors and updates below.

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Former Arsenal and Chelsea winger Willian linked to surprise Premier League return

Brazilian winger Willian could face a surprising return to the Premier League.

Goal.com reports Fulham’s interest in signing him from Corinthians as they want to give Marco Silva the quality and depth he needs in the squad to survive.

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The report claims Willian has a clause in his deal allowing him to return to Europe.

Justin Kluivert is another wide target, but Harry Wilson will miss the early months of the season injured.

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Brendan Rodgers Says Leicester Won’t Sell Fofana Or Maddison

Leicester City duo of James Maddison and Wesley Fofana have been linked this week with big-money moves to Newcastle and Chelsea respectively, but Brendan Rodgers is adamant they won’t leave.

The defender, in particular, is under a lot of interest and a potential £80m deal, but the Foxes want to keep both.

“These players are not for sale,” he told reporters at a news conference.

“These are very important players for us. We are in a situation where we have to move some players, but that doesn’t mean we have to get rid of everyone and everyone and certainly not our best assets.”

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Wolves reject Nottingham Forest’s third offer for ‘key’ Morgan Gibbs-White

Wolves boss Bruno Lage expects Morgan Gibbs-White to play a key role this season after the club rejected another offer from Nottingham Forest for the midfielder.

The newly promoted Forest have reportedly made a third offer worth up to £35million for Gibbs-White, who was on loan at Sheffield United last season.

Lage, whose side launched their Premier League campaign in Leeds on Saturday, said: “We are rejecting it. He is an important player for me and for the dynamic. We are building the future of Wolves.

“We refuse because he is an important player for us. He also feels important, he is happy. The way he played and the way he worked every day in training showed me that.”

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Premier League 2022/23 Predictions: champions, top four, relegation, best signing, top scorer and more

The Premier League is back for an unprecedented season with the expected break for the 2022 World Cup.

But there is a lot of intrigue surrounding Manchester City and especially the arrival of Erling Haaland and how he influences Pep Guardiola’s side.

Liverpool are once again hoping to keep pace until the end despite Sadio Mane’s loss, with Darwin Nunez adding another element for Jurgen Klopp.

While there is significant uncertainty at the bottom, Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest are hoping to survive after promotion last season.

Here’s our writers’ predictions for a season like no other:

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Newcastle has no ‘free game’ in transfer window, claims Eddie Howe

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has insisted the club will operate under spending restrictions for “years” despite the wealth of its Saudi-backed owners.

“We don’t have a free hand, the free hand that may have been perceived in the media, that we can go and sign whoever we want and pay outrageous fees and wages.

“We are not in that position and I don’t think we will be for a while. We have to be creative and smart and try to make the right additions with the financial constraints we have.”

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Guardiola wants Bernardo Silva to stay at Manchester City

Bernardo Silva is currently widely linked with Barcelona as the replacement they want if Frenkie de Jong leaves, but Pep Guardiola still hopes his Portuguese playmaker remains. And right now he says there are no offers for him anyway.

“I want Bernardo to stay, 100%. But at the same time if he wants to leave, has an offer and the clubs have an agreement, it’s common sense,” he said at a press conference.

“This is the reality. He’s an important player for me, he’s really special, but I don’t know what’s going to happen. As far as I know, Manchester City have not been offered an offer.”

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Harry Wilson misses opening months of season at Fulham

Not a good start to the season for Fulham, who already have a small squad.

Key winger Harry Wilson is out until at least September and probably longer.

Justin Kluivert’s signing now seems even more important to cross the line.

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Colwill is loaned to Brighton from Chelsea

Chelsea defender Levi Colwill has been loaned to Brighton.

This was discussed between the clubs along with the transfer for Marc Cucurella, which was sealed earlier today.

He will spend the 22/23 campaign with the Seagulls after Chelsea refused to include him as a permanent sale in the deal for the Spaniard.

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Man United boss Erik ten Hag happy with transfer work

Erik ten Hag is apparently pleased with Man United’s summer work and has not used his first pre-match Premier League press conference to urge his club to make more additions.

“I’m happy with the team, I’m happy with the signings so far,” he said on Friday. “We all work together. I am happy with the current squad and we need the right players.

“As we saw in the pre-season, we did quite well [in midfield]. We have a good team.”

United lost Pogba, Lingard and Matic from the middle of the park with no substitutes, pending a decision from Frenkie de Jong on his future.

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Crystal Palace wants Ilaix Moriba from RB Leipzig

Crystal Palace have already brought a midfield reinforcements this summer with the signing of Cheick Doucoure, but more could be on the way.

French media outlet Footmercato says Ilaix Moriba is the new name they want, while the former Barcelona midfielder is yet to break through at RB Leipzig.

Moriba was loaned to Valencia last season, but it is Patrick Vieira who has already been in touch to convince him to move to the Premier League.

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