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Transfer news LIVE: Frenkie de Jong deadline set as Chelsea and Brighton agree Marc Cucurella transfer

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New premier league the season starts tonight as Arsenal head to Crystal Palace – but the transfer business is far from over and several clubs are hoping to strike deals ahead of the weekend’s fixtures. Chief among them is Chelsea, in contention for at least three players at the moment, while their relationship with Barcelona could shape much of the rest of the window in England and across Europe.

Frankie de Jong has given him a deadline to decide whether or not he will accept a departure from the Camp Nou, with Chelsea and Manchester United both hoping he will sign for them, while Bernardo Silva could be the replacement for him if an agreement is reached with Man City. Marcos Alonso could move from Stamford Bridge to Catalunya, but Cesar Azpilicueta won’t after signing a new contract with the Blues. They are also chasing Wesley Fofana from Leicester and have accepted the transfer of Marc Cucurella.

The Foxes have already lost goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and midfielder James Madison is wanted by Newcastle so they could also be busy in the coming weeks with arrivals, while Wolves try to sign Hwang Ui-jo to strengthen their forward line and Leeds also want at least one striker, with Cody Gakpo and Martin Terrier both linked.

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

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Is the Premier League too big to fail or could it fall?

A few months ago, some of the personalities of European football were in England for a meeting, and the conversation naturally turned to the “product” that premier league is. There was admiration, but also annoyance.

A sentiment shared that night, which is increasingly echoed across the continent, is that England’s top flight competition is now “so arrogant” that it “would be great if it fell”.

In a sense, you couldn’t get a better indication of the power of the Premier League than such resentment. There was satisfaction at Camp Nou about how Barcelona having beaten chelsea to Raphinha and Jules Kounde this summer, because that’s how it should be.

Paraphrase Thread, however, it is really the other way around. And it just keeps going in that direction.

As the competition celebrates its three decades at the top, it’s never been more important to think about what might come next, writes Miguel Delaney.

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Ex-Arsenal and Chelsea winger Willian linked with surprise Premier League return

Brazilian winger Willian could be set for a surprise return to the Premier League.

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

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 is expected to miss the first few months of the season through injury.

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Brendan Rodgers says Leicester won’t sell Fofana or Maddison

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

The defender in particular is the subject of intense interest and a potential £80million deal, but the Foxes want to keep both.

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

“They are very important players for us. We are in a situation where we have to take some players out but that does not mean getting rid of anyone and everyone and especially not our best assets.

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

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

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

Lage, whose sides launch their premier league campaign in Leeds on Saturday said: “We reject. He is an important player for me and for the dynamics. We are building for the future of wolves.

“We’re rejecting because he’s an important player for us. He feels important too, he’s happy. The way he played and the way he worked every day in training showed that to me.

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Premier League predictions 2022/23: Champions, top four, relegation, best signing, top scorer and more

The premier league is back ahead of an unprecedented season with the early break for the 2022 World Cup.

But there’s a lot of intrigue around Manchester City and especially the arrival of Erling Haaland and how it impacts Pep Guardiola’s team.

Liverpool hope to keep pace until the end again, despite the loss of Sadio Mane, with Darwin Nunez adding a different element for Jurgen Klopp.

If there is great uncertainty at the bottom, with Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest hoping to survive after his promotion last season.

Here, our writers make their predictions for a season unlike any before:

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Newcastle don’t have ‘free rein’ in transfer window, claims Eddie Howe

Newcastle United chief Eddie Howe 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 exorbitant fees and salaries.

“We’re 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 Man City

Bernardo Silva is currently widely linked with Barcelona as the replacement he wants should Frenkie de Jong leave – but Pep Guardiola is still hopeful his Portuguese playmaker will stay. 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.

“That’s 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, Man City haven’t received any offers.

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Harry Wilson will miss the first months of the season with Fulham

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

Key winger Harry Wilson will be out until at least September and likely longer.

The signing of Justin Kluivert looks even more important to cross the line now.

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Colwill joins Brighton on loan from Chelsea

Chelsea defender Levi Colwill has been loaned to Brighton.

It was discussed between the clubs with the transfer of 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 job

Erik ten Hag is apparently happy with Man United’s summer work and didn’t use his first Premier League pre-match press conference to urge his club to make more additions.

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

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

United lost Pogba, Lingard and Matic from the middle of the park without any replacements, as they await a decision from Frenkie de Jong on his future.

Transfer news LIVE: Frenkie de Jong deadline set as Chelsea and Brighton agree Marc Cucurella transfer

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