Declan Rice, a 24-year-old England midfielder, has been identified by Arsenal as their top transfer target this summer, and they are optimistic that they can outbid Chelsea for his services. (Times – requires a subscription)
Sebastian Kehl, the sports director of Borussia Dortmund, says there have been no bids for the 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham and plans to speak with them about his future. (In German, Kicker)
Raphinha, a Brazilian winger, has been associated with Arsenal, but the 26-year-old isn’t planning to leave Barcelona in January. World of Sports – Spanish
Conor Gallagher, 22, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 26, of Chelsea’s English midfield, as well as 29-year-old Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech, are all targets for Newcastle United this month. (Telegraph – requires a subscription)
RB Leipzig’s Max Eberl claims that there are “extremely obvious evidence” that Chelsea would sign 25-year-old France attacker Christopher Nkunku. (Bild sent through mail)
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Newcastle and Leicester City are vying for the services of Argentine forward Nico Gonzalez of Fiorentina, but the Serie A club won’t sell the 24-year-old for less than £40 million. (TuttoMercatoWeb)
The transfer of 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen and Ecuadorian defender Piero Hincapie, who has previously been connected with Tottenham, is currently being discussed by Everton and Newcastle. Soccer Insider
Leeds United upped their offer for Azzedine Ounahi, a 22-year-old midfielder from Angers who shone for Morocco at the 2022 World Cup, to £22.2 million. (90 Min)
Anthony Gordon, a 21-year-old English forward for Everton, is no longer being pursued by Chelsea or Tottenham. (CaughtOffside)
Valentin Castellanos, a 24-year-old Argentine attacker on loan from New York City to Girona, has Brighton’s interest. (Independent)
The 21-year-old French defender William Saliba says he is “very thrilled” to be at Arsenal while negotiations for a new contract continue. (Independent)
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