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ROMELU LUKAKU will be announced as a Chelsea player today.

The Belgian striker is in London and will be named a Blues player for the second time in his career after completing a £97m move from Inter Milan.

Lionel Messi, meanwhile, has been speaking to the media as a PSG player after taking the No30 shirt in Paris.

The Argentinian star has been pictured in his new kit as the Ligue 1 side confirm the signing of arguably the greatest player of all time.

Messi has signed a two-year deal, with an option for a further 12 months.

And Jules Kounde could be back on the agenda for Chelsea, with Sevilla confirming they will sell the defender for the right price.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    AOUAR OF NEED

    EXCLUSIVE – Arsenal will consider a loan move for Houssem Aouar IF other targets are missed.

    But the Gunners remain committed to bringing in players on permanent deals rather than temporary ones – with Martin Odegaard and James Maddison on that list.

    Lyon midfielder Aouar has been linked to a move to north London for the past two summer windows.

    In the summer of 2020 the French giants rejected a £40m bid – with the player's value now dropping to £25m following their failure to get Champions League football.

    SunSport understands that Arsenal would be willing to get Aouar in on loan as a last resort with the need to replace the outgoing Joe Willock a high priority.

    The loan option would only come into play if a last-minute deal is needed towards the end of the window and other funds have been used elsewhere.

    But there is still hope that a move for either Real Madrid's Odegaard – who spent last season on loan at the Emirates – or Leicester's Maddison is still on the cards.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CUP OF PLENTY

    Chelsea star Trevoh Chalobah has won his second trophy with the club – despite only playing ONE game.

    The 22-year-old featured for the duration of Chelsea's penalty shoot-out triumph against Villarreal on Wednesday night to win the Super Cup.

    It meant the Sierra Leone-born defender got his hands on another bit of silverware.

    Chalobah was part of Chelsea's FA Cup squad for the 2017-18 final against Manchester United.

    He didn't get on the pitch as an unused substitute – but joined in the celebrations after Eden Hazard's 22nd minute penalty secured a 1-0 win.

    Chalobah featuring against Villarreal was his full debut for the club having spent the last three seasons out on loan.

  • Jake Lambourne

    XAV-ING NONE OF IT

    Barcelona legend Xavi has revealed he turned down the chance to sign for Manchester United while Alex Ferguson was in charge.

    The 41-year-old currently manages Al-Sadd SC in Qatar and he told the Times: “Manchester United approached me once through Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother, but my answer was very quick.

    “I was focused on Barca, my priority was only Barca.

    “I am a fan from the very inside of myself and that’s why was impossible for me to leave.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    KOP DOK

    Liverpool are reportedly planning to launch a bid for Rennes wonder-kid Jeremy Doku.

    The Reds have ramped up their interest in the 19-year-old Belgian sensation after his scintillating performances in Euro 2020 for his country.

    Despite only making two starts for world's No1 ranked team at the Euros, he completed eight dribbles against Italy, more than any other player at the time.

    But the Merseyside outfit will have to spend big if they want to land the pacy winger, who scored twice in 30 games for Rennes last season.

    Although he's valued at £22million, the Ligue 1 side want £38m for Doku, according to Dutch publication Voetbal24.

  • Jake Lambourne

    VLA VA VOOM

    Arsenal have reportedly been set a deadline of August 15th to sign Fiorentina target Dusan Vlahovic.

    Both the Gunners and rivals Tottenham are eyeing up a move to bring the Serbia international to North London.

    And according to Corriere dello Sport, the two clubs have been given until Sunday to find an agreement to sign the 21-year-old.

    Vlahovic has earned rave reviews in Italy after banging in 21 Serie A goals in 37 games last season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BACK TO WORK

    Harry Kane will return to Tottenham first-team training on Friday – if he tests negative for coronavirus.

    The England captain, 28, finally returned to Spurs HQ from his extended post-Euro 2020 holiday on Saturday.

    Kane was immediately placed in isolation at Tottenham's on-site Lodge accommodation for five days.

    With the striker now having served his five days he will take a PCR test on Thursday.

    Should that come back negative, Kane will be cleared to return to group training sessions, as opposed to the solo workouts he's been restricted to this week.

    That means Kane could be ready to play a part in Tottenham's Premier League season-opener against Manchester City on Sunday, with kick-off 4.30pm.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HOME COMFORTS

    Sergio Ramos has reportedly offered to put up Lionel Messi and his family while the Argentine sorted out a place to live in Paris.

    Messi completed his sensational free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain this week, signing a two-year deal worth £92.6MILLION.

    The six-time Ballon d'Or winner will get a £25m signing on-fee on top of his take-home wages of £1m-per-week.

    And according to El Pais, old Real Madrid rival Ramos offered Messi his house as a temporary refuge.

    They claim Ramos, who completed his own free transfer to PSG this summer, told Messi: "If you prefer with your family to be in a house rather than in a hotel, you can stay in mine."

    Ramos wanted to do his bit to convince the Barcelona legend to join the French giants.

    But Messi decided to stay at Parisian hotel the Royal Monceau for the time being while he sorts out a more permanent residence.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SUMMER LOVIN'

    Jack Grealish is the Premier League's most expensive player.

    And Romelu Lukaku will be Britain's second biggest import when his move to Chelsea is finalised.

    But what other players boast the highest transfer fees?

    Take a look below.

  • Jake Lambourne

    IN THE SAME GOAT

    PSG are hoping to finally bring Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo together after eyeing up a spectacular swoop for the Portuguese icon, according to reports.

    The two stars have long been friendly rivals on the pitch – most-notably in their nine-year stint together in LaLiga at Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    Earlier this week, PSG completed the free signing of Messi, 34, on a two-year deal following his shock Barca exit.

    And the Ligue 1 giants have already turned their attention to their next marquee signing by going for 36-year-old Ronaldo – but only if Kylian Mbappe leaves, according to AS.

    The French striker, 22, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for years now.

    Mbappe was tipped with a big-money exit this summer, with just one year left on his contract.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TUCH AND GO

    Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech's shoulder injury could be 'serious' for Chelsea.

    The winger was taken off during the first-half of Wednesday's Uefa Super Cup win over Villarreal, having scored the opener.

    After the game, Tuchel provided an update on Ziyech's condition.

    He told BT Sport: "If you take a player out during the first-half it is serious.

    "[It's] unfortunate, because he has been a decisive player in recent games."

    Ziyech started in Belfast having hit two goals in pre-season, leading to hopes of a strong campaign off the back of a quiet debut year in West London.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HE'S A KEEPER

    Ligue 1 had to give special permission for Paris Saint-Germain to hand Lionel Messi his sentimental No30 shirt.

    The Argentine, 34, chose the number after turning down the chance to take Neymar's No10 shirt.

    During his iconic spell at the Camp Nou, Messi became synonymous with the number and there have even been calls for the Catalans to retire it.

    But he opted for the No30 in France after completing his shock transfer as a free agent.

    Messi wore the number on his Barcelona debut and kept it for his first two seasons in the side.

    PSG had to seek permission for the move however, as Ligue 1 rules reserve the No30 for goalkeepers.

  • Jake Lambourne

    IT MIGHT BE TAM

    Roma are on the verge of completing a deal for Tammy Abraham as the Chelsea striker ponders a £34million move to Italy.

    Reports suggest a fee has been agreed between the two clubs with the Blues keen to cash in on a homegrown talent who has failed to impress since Thomas Tuchel took charge.

    Roma transfer chief Tiago Pinto is currently in London to do the deal and a £34m bid has been accepted, according to Goal.

    The offer includes a 'large' buy-back clause that could one day see Abraham return to Stamford Bridge.

    Arsenal remain in the mix for the 23-year-old with Southampton and Atalanta also linked with a move.

    It is said that Abraham wants to stay in the Premier League but Italian media detail Chelsea's preference that he moves abroad, so as to not strength a local rival.

    Jose Mourinho reportedly called the striker on Tuesday and was told that a decision would be made in the following 48 hours.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON THE PROW-L

    Tottenham have entered the race for Southampton star James Ward-Prowse, according to reports.

    SunSport exclusively revealed in June that Aston Villa want to sign the Saints ace.

    But now it would seem they have competition.

    According to the Telegraph, Spurs are 'preparing a bid' for the England international.

    Ward-Prowse, 26, could join former team-mate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in Tottenham's midfield.

    Or he could potentially follow Danny Ings to Villa Park.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WHERE WIL HE GO?

    Jack Wilshere has admitted that 'nothing has come up yet' with regards to finding a new club after being released by Bournemouth.

    Asked on talkSPORT about his future by co-host Darren Bent, he said: "Erm… woah… that’s a big question, Benty.

    "I’ve actually had a good pre-season. I’ve been training with a club just to keep myself fit. I’m in a good place, physically. I’m 29…

    "I’m waiting for the right opportunity to come up, to be honest, mate. But, having said that, nothing has come up at the minute and there’s nothing happening.

    "I don’t know the answer to that question to be honest, mate."

    He added: "I’m just waiting. I don’t really know how long I can wait, I don’t really want to wait as long as I did last time when I left West Ham in the summer, and then I didn’t get a club until January when I went to Bournemouth."

  • Jake Lambourne

    VAR VA VOOM

    Liverpool icon Steve McManaman has lauded incoming Manchester United arrival Raphael Varane.

    He told HorseRating.net: "He’s a great player who’s been highly successful. You don’t win all those medals if you can’t play.

    "You don’t win four Champions Leagues if you can’t play. 

    “He’s been brilliant in Spain, so you just hope he comes in and hits the ground running in England.

    "He’s got the credentials, he’s a great lad, he’s a great player, he’s got a great attitude. 

    “It’ll help him having played for Real Madrid. The pressures at Real Madrid are huge. And the pressure at Man Utd’s going to be massive as well.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    RIO DEAL

    Chelsea have developed a 'winning mentality' that can push them towards the Premier League title, according to Rio Ferdinand.

    Wednesday's Uefa Super Cup victory over Villarreal followed the Blues' Champions League win last season.

    Ferdinand told BT Sport: "The big difference for them this season is what's expected of them now.

    "There wasn't an expectancy last season, there is now. Because they've got their hands on two trophies – the big one, the Champions League, and now this.

    "The winning mentality is in the building, there's a real sense of brotherhood within that squad.

    "This team now is expected to compete for the Premier League. [For] all the big trophies, they are going to be expected to be there competing for them at the last stages.

    "That's a difference for them, how they deal with that is the big question."

  • Jake Lambourne

    DALE FAIL

    Arsenal are ready to abandon their pursuit of Aaron Ramsdale – because Sheffield United's asking price is too steep.

    The Gunners had hoped to make the England stopper, 23, their fourth senior signing this summer after Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ben White.

    But after a meeting between the two parties on Wednesday, it seems apparent a compromise cannot be reached on the fee, with the Blades still holding out for £35million.

    That has forced Arsenal to look elsewhere and the North Londoners have informed Ramsdale they will be moving on to other targets.

    The stopper is understood to be gutted as he had his heart set on a move to the Emirates.

    Ramsdale only joined United last summer from Bournemouth but suffered relegation to the Championship.

  • Jake Lambourne


    BIG SHAQ

    Xherdan Shaqiri has agreed personal terms with Lyon, according to L’Equipe.

    Liverpool and Lyon are yet to agree over a transfer fee, with the Reds holding out for around £7million.

    The French club are said to have had an offer worth around £3.4million turned down, but a deal seems inevitable.

    The 29-year-old is eager to move on in order to get more first team action, with minutes hard to come by for the Switzerland international at Anfield in the last couple of seasons.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO WAY, JOSE

    Lille defender Jose Fonte has slammed Paris Saint-Germain and the Financial Fair Play regulations after watching the Ligue 1 side’s summer transfer business..

    Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I just want to understand the Financial Fair Play in France.

    “Every single club is restricting their spending. They can’t buy a lot, they can’t get players on big wages but then PSG comes and it looks like there’s no law.

    “Everyone had to tighten the budget at Lille, some players had to reduce their wages.

    “Then you come to PSG and you see Donnarumma, Ramos, Wijnaldum signing.

    “All these players are coming for big, big wages and they already have lots of players that have incredible wages.”

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Romelu Lukaku is set to be announced as a Chelsea player TODAY.

    The Inter Milan forward flew into London last night to finalise the final details of his contract.

    He’s set to join in a £97.5million deal, making him the second most expensive Premier League player of all time, behind the £100million Manchester City paid for Jack Grealish last week.

    The Blues now face a race to get the 28-year-old registered in time to be included in the squad for Saturday’s game against Norwich.

    And Raphael Varane will also be unveiled TODAY by Manchester United after he finished the second part of his medical yesterday.

    United also face a race to get him registered in time for Saturday’s lunchtime kick off against Leeds.

    He joins on an initial £34million deal that could rise to £42million with add-ons.

    Jannick Vestegaard has agreed to join Leicester as a replacement for the injured Wesley Fofana.

    Fofana is facing up to six months on the sidelines after suffering a horror leg break in a friendly last week against Villarreal.

    Southampton have now lost Danny Ings and Vestegaard, and things could get worse for the Saints with James Ward-Prowse on the radar of multiple Premier League clubs.

    Both Aston Villa and Leeds are reportedly keen on a deal for the 26-year-old Southampton skipper.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NO WILL TO LEAVE

    Joe Willock and Newcastle have not yet reached an agreement on personal terms after the Gunners agreed an initial £22million fee for the 21-year-old.

    That’s according to Sky Sports, who claim Willock and the Magpies are “a distance apart on agreeing personal terms” with the midfielder unsure on a permanent move.

    Willock scored eight goals in 14 games while on loan for the Magpies in the second half of last season, and also became the youngest player to score in seven consecutive games.

    The Gunners are willing to move Willock on permanently to free up funds for further transfers, but the player himself is not convinced by a move away from his boyhood club.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OUT OF THE RACE

    Arsenal will not sign Manuel Locatelli from Juventus, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    The Italian midfielder is instead likely to join Juventus, who he has been strongly linked with all summer.

    The Gunners have now pulled out of the race for the 23-year-old after being linked with him in recent weeks, with Locatelli said to prefer a move to Turin.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HODDLE HAS HIGH HOPES

    And former Chelsea manager Hoddle believes the ex-Everton frontman Lukaku will enable current boss Tuchel to mould the team his way.

    One-time Spurs chief and England playmaker Hoddle said: “I think it’s just exactly what Tuchel wants and what the team want.

    "I always felt they lacked a little bit of a focal point and that’s what Lukaku will do.

    "He’s 28 now, he’s hitting his peak. He’s got a fabulous goal-scoring record anyway."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RIO RATES ROM

    Rio Ferdinand and Glenn Hoddle claim Romelu Lukaku will be Chelsea's "mouthwatering focal point" – as the perfect striker for Thomas Tuchel's tactics IAN TUCKEY reports.

    Old Trafford legend Ferdinand said: “One thing for certain is that he will be the focal point now for this Chelsea attack.

    "They have some fantastic talent up there, an array of talent, they have so many weapons now and I think he’ll be the mainstay.

    "Everybody else will be moved about around him but he’ll be the person they look to.

    "I am really interested to see how Werner and Havertz feed off him, Mount, giving him the ball, Pulisic and Ziyech.

    "It’s going to be mouthwatering. I’d love to watch training.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ENEMIES BECOME FRIENDS

    Sergio Ramos has taken to Instagram to welcome former rival Lionel Messi to PSG.

    Ramos, who arrived at PSG from Real Madrid this summer, played against former Barca man Messi 45 TIMES in El Clasico clashes.

    And he's poked fun at his new teammate, as his post translates as: "Who was going to tell us, right?" before tagging Lionel Messi.

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