Cristiano Ronaldo’s search for a new club is intensifying as the Portuguese forward looks to leave Manchester United. Reports say Jorge Mendes’ agent is working around the clock to find a suitor, with Sporting CP extremely interested and set to announce according to caughtoffside, while Sky Sports say Napoli are in the running and want to find space in her budget for the superstar striker. .
West Ham are preparing a new bid for 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta after Lyon rejected an offer worth around £50m. Chelsea are weighing up their next – and possibly final – bid for Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana, while Manchester United are doing the same as they consider their bid for Ajax winger Anthony. Football Insider claim United are also ready to bid for PSV’s Cody Gakpo, despite Athletic claiming interest in the winger had waned.
Arsenal have been linked with Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans and Wolves striker Pedro Neto, with Nicolas Pepe heading out on loan to Nice. Meanwhile, Chelsea are set to let winger Callum Hudson-Odoi join Bayer Leverkusen on loan as talks with Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continue. Catch up on all the latest news, rumors and complete deals below.
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Fofana is not traveling to Stamford Bridge
09:11 , Michael Jones
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Wesley Fofana will not travel to Stamford Bridge this weekend after the Foxes rejected three bids from Chelsea for the defender.
Chelsea’s third – and possibly final – bid was a total of £70m, but the Foxes are holding out for a record £85m and rejected the offer.
Fofana is believed to be angry and upset with the Leicester hierarchy for seemingly pricing him out of a move to London and it was also revealed the defender is still training with the U23s after missing out on a first-team stint last week.
When asked if they are expecting another bid from Chelsea, Rodgers said his focus is on the current players he has.
He said: “He will not be available for the weekend and has been training with the U23s. I’m not sure, my focus is on the players we have, and the team, and I can’t lose energy.
“If something happens, it will happen with the clubs. Until that happens, we just have to work with what we have.”
Mendes is “working hard” to secure Ronaldo’s move
09:05 , Michael Jones
Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is still “working hard” to secure a move away from Manchester United for the 37-year-old striker who wants to compete in the Champions League this season.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Mendes held talks with Napoli this week over his client’s return to Serie A and even encouraged bids for the Italian club’s star striker Victor Osimhen to facilitate Ronaldo’s arrival.
Despite publicly backing Ronaldo to stay at the club, Manchester United appear willing to let him go if they can find replacements and are actively pursuing Ajax’s Anthony, PSV Eindhoven’s Kody Gakpo and possibly Barcelona’s Memphis Depay.
Napoli were yesterday drawn into an exciting group alongside Liverpool, Ajax and Rangers.
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