Chelsea sign big-money defender, pursue second


French defender Wesley Fofana left for Chelsea from Leicester City. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

European football’s summer transfer window closes on Thursday September 1 and in the final days before the deadline, clubs from the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 are in races against time. .

Manchester United and Chelsea have already won their biggest races. United confirmed on Tuesday that Antony, a 22-year-old Brazilian winger, will join Ajax for a fee that the The Dutch club said is 95 million euros ($95 million) plus another 5 million in potential top-ups. One day later, Chelsea unveiled Wesley Fofanaa French central defender who will join Leicester City and would have cost the Blues more than $80 million.

And Chelsea would not have finished. fabrice romano reported on Tuesday that the club are in “advanced talks” with RB Leipzig to sign 20-year-old Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol for $90 million next summer. There are also talks between Chelsea and Barcelona around Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

There was, however, no movement on Christian Pulisic’s situation after a frustrating Tuesday night. A source told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday that Chelsea were “retaining him against his will”.

Elsewhere, back in Manchester, Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be staying. United manager Erik Ten Hag said on Wednesday his side were ready – which also means reported interest in American full-back Sergiño Dest has fizzled.

Dest, however, is the subject of interest from elsewhere. Two of his American teammates also appear to be on the move – centre-back John Brooks signing for Mallorca in La Liga, and Ricardo Pepi would be loaned to the Netherlands in Groningen.

As the deadline approaches, Yahoo Sports will follow the latest happenings here – with a preview of the biggest stories below.

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Latest articles on Cristiano Ronaldo

The latest reports regarding Ronaldo suggest that his agent, Jorge Mendes, approached Napoli over a potential transfer last week – but this Ronaldo has since refused.

In a proposed deal, Man United would have sent a nine-figure transfer fee plus Ronaldo, with much of his salary covered, to Napoli in exchange for 23-year-old Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen. But the agreement, for several reasons, seems to be canceled.

Ronaldo’s situation is therefore the same as it has been for weeks. He wants to leave United for a Champions League contender. But no Champions League contender seems to want him. So it looks like he will stay in Manchester.

Christian Pulisic appears to be staying at Chelsea

After reports of interest from Man United, Newcastle and others, it now looks like Pulisic will stay put. Athletic’s David Ornstein reported on Monday that Pulisic and England midfielder Conor Gallagher “should stay at Chelsea unless an offer for either player is too good to turn down”.

Athletic’s Paul Tenorio and ESPN’s James Olley later confirmed this was Chelsea’s position. A source told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday – the morning after Chelsea’s frustrating defeat at Southampton, in which Pulisic played 25 minutes at right-back from the bench – that Pulisic’s wish is to leave Chelsea, either on loan , or permanently. But the club are ‘blocking all deals and holding him against his will’, the source said.

When does the transfer window close?

The window closes on Thursday in all major leagues, but the exact transfer deadline is different in different countries.

In England and Spain, the window closes at 6 p.m. ET.

In Germany, it closes much earlier, at noon ET.

In France, it closes an hour later, at 7 p.m. ET.

Offers concluded

For a day-by-day, club-by-club overview of all transfers made so far this summer across the big five leagues, The Guardian has a full list. And Transfermarkt sorts them from most expensive to least expensive.

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