Premier League talking points ahead of new season including stoppage time changes and Saudi spectre
Mohamed Salah could leave Liverpool in the closing stages of the transfer window, according to former Premier League midfielder Jan Aage Fjortoft. The club have repeatedly made it clear they do not have the 31-year-old up for sale however with interest coming from the Saudi Pro League, and club Al-Ittihad in particular, a high bid may tempt Liverpool’s ownership into reconsidering their position.
Elsewhere, Wolves are closing in on signing Paraguayan winger Enso Gonzalez on a £5m deal as they look to continue their rebuild under Gary O’Neil and Nottingham Forest are in talks over a deal for Fenerbahce striker Michy Batshuayi after the former Chelsea man missed out on a move to the midlands club late on deadline day last year.
Meanwhile, Manchester United hope to solve their left-back issue after both Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia sustained injuries. With three days left in the window Erik ten Hag is hoping to bring in a short-term replacement.
Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and done deals ahead of Friday’s deadline below.
Nottingham Forest in talks with Batshuayi
Nottingham Forest are in talks over a deal for Fenerbahce striker Michy Batshuayi.
The 29-year-old was close to agreeing a deal with the midlands club a year ago before the complicated free transfer fell through late on deadline day.
He subsequently moved to Turkey for £3m but Forest have maintained their interest and hope to bring the former Chelsea man back to the Premier League.
Mike Jones30 August 2023 18:54
Chelsea target Brentford’s Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney is looking rather popular right now, with The Independent reporting that Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has his eyes set on the banned Brentford star.
Toney’s forced football hiatus for betting breaches runs out in January, and it seems Chelsea are keen to snap up the one-cap England striker.
Word on the sideline is that a deal could be struck in the frantic final days of the transfer window but Brentford would want a cool £80 millionfor the 27-year-old, who has two years left on his current deal with the Bees.
Mike Jones30 August 2023 18:42
Ansu Fati keen on Premier League move
Barcelona’s Ansu Fati wants to leave the club and is open to a move to the Premier League according to the Evening Standard.
They report that Spanish outlet Jijantes say the youngster is ready to move away from the club wishes as Barcelona look to cash in on his potential to help alleviate their financial issues.
Tottenham, Liverpool or Chelsea are his preference but his father, Bori Fati, wants to see him join Sevilla.
Mike Jones30 August 2023 18:36
Arsenal exploring options for Earps
Arsenal are expected to table an improved bid for Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps, according to DAZN.
Earlier in the summer Man Utd rejected a bid for Earps from an unnamed club according to Sky Sports News and this report appears to claim that it was Arsenal behind the previous offer.
The initial bid for Earps reported would have been a world-record fee for a goalkeeper in the women’s game had it been accepted.
Mike Jones30 August 2023 18:30
Harry Maguire could make England squad despite lack of Manchester United action
The Euro 2020 runners-up continue the road to next summer’s tournament with a qualifier against Ukraine in Poland on September 9, before playing a friendly in Scotland three days later.
There have been few surprises in recent selections and that theme is likely to continue when Southgate names his squad for the double-header at St George’s Park on Thursday.
Mike Jones30 August 2023 18:24
Man City reject Chelsea offer for Cole Palmer
The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg reports that Manchester City have rejected a £35m offer from Chelsea to sign forward Cole Palmer.
Palmer has impressed under Pep Guardiola though he is not a regular in City’s side and the Blues believed they may have been able to tempt him down to London.
Mike Jones30 August 2023 18:18
Forest close in on goalkeeper signing
Nottingham Forest are closing in on a deal worth €9m with Benfica for goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos. The Greek international will travel to the midlands for a medical once the deal is finalised.
Mike Jones30 August 2023 18:12
Man United identify £5m transfer option to cover Luke Shaw’s injury
While the French Ligue 1 club want €6m (£5.15m) plus bonuses, there is still some way to go in any deal, as United would prefer a loan for a position they didn’t anticipate having to sign for until Luke Shaw’s injury.
The Old Trafford hierarchy could prefer to save any money for a midfielder signing, which is the main priority in the remaining days. Talks are ongoing with Lyon, though, as the player himself wants to move.
Mike Jones30 August 2023 18:06
Ekitike wanted by Premier League clubs
Brentford, Crystal Palace and West Ham are all trying to win the race to sign Hugo Ekitike from Paris Saint-Germain.
The PSG star is poised to leave the French capital in the coming days and has plenty of suitors across Europe according to The Sun.
The three Premier League clubs are all competing to lure the 21-year-old striker to London on loan.
Mike Jones30 August 2023 18:00
Tavares set for Nottingham Forest loan
Nuno Tavares has completed a medical with Nottingham Forest ahead of his loan move from Arsenal.
Forest hope to have him registered in time to be available for Saturday’s game at Chelsea with formal announcement expected soon.
Tavares into the final two years of his contract at Arsenal but will spend this year in the midlands after going out on loan to Marseille last season.
Mike Jones30 August 2023 17:54