All the top stories and transfer rumours from Thursday’s national newspapers…
Brighton deny ‘inaccurate’ Cucurella to Chelsea transfer report
Although it was previously reported by various sources that Cucurella was on the verge of a move to Chelsea, Brighton officials have clearly dispelled the rumours.
The Brighton official said, “Contrary to many inaccurate reports in the media tonight, we have not reached an agreement with any club for the sale of Marc Cucurelia.”
If Brighton’s official statement is true, then Cucurella’s ability to make the move he wants this summer will once again be in doubt.
Chelsea are considering signing Cristiano Ronaldo
Chelsea are considering signing Ronaldo, according to Nathan Gissing, Chelsea’s follow up reporter for the Di Marzio team, on his show.
The journalist said that Chelsea are considering signing Ronaldo in the summer window, and that they seem to be more interested in bringing Ronaldo in the forward line than Sheshko.
Chelsea had been rumoured to be linked with Ronaldo this summer, but Romano had dismissed the rumours at the time. But for now, it seems that the matter may take a turn for the worse
Ronaldo slammed by Ten Hag for ‘unacceptable’ behaviour
In an interview with Viaplay Netherlands, Manchester United boss Ten Hag spoke about the behaviour of some United players who left the field early in pre-season, saying it was unacceptable.
United played a pre-season match against Rayo Vallecano last Saturday and Ronaldo was substituted at half-time, with some fans spotting him and players such as Dalot and Teles leaving Old Trafford early.
Ronaldo had been absent from training for a number of days beforehand, and a reporter asked Tenhaug if United were now a place where “players come and go when they want to”. Tenhaug immediately denied: “His absence was for personal reasons, it’s not what you’re saying.”
But talking about Ronaldo’s early departure, Tenhag said, “He wasn’t the only one (who left early).” So is this acceptable? Tenhag went on to answer, “Of course not, it’s unacceptable, for everyone.”
“We are a team and you should stay until the end of the game.”
Wijnaldum to join Roma on loan with buy-out clause
Romano sources say that Wijnaldum is about to join Roma on loan, with a buy-out clause.
Romano said that the two clubs, Paris and Roma, have reached an agreement and are currently preparing the paperwork for the player to join. Roma will pay part of Wijnaldum’s salary, which will be €5 million. The loan will include a buy-out option and it is now only a matter of time before the signing becomes official.
The 31-year-old Wijnaldum joined Paris on a free agent last summer window and his contract with Paris expires in 2024.
OFFICIAL: Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel joins Nice
It’s official, Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has officially joined Nice.
Kasper Schmeichel joined Leicester City in 2011 and has made 479 appearances for the Blue Foxes so far, winning the Championship title, the Premier League title, the English FA Cup and the English Community Shield once each.
As previously reported, Nice spent a £1 million transfer fee and additional variable bonuses to sign Kasper Schmeichel, and the two sides will sign until 2025.
Romano: Chelsea want to sign Aubameyang, have made contact with player
Chelsea want to sign Aubameyang from Barcelona, according to celebrity journalist Romano.
Romano says that Chelsea are now considering signing Aubameyang as their potential new striker. Discussions have already started with the player’s side, but they have not yet made an offer to Barcelona.
Aubameyang is one of the members of Chelsea’s list after meeting with a number of targets for the striker, including Sheshko.
Renato Sanches to join Paris
Here we go! Lille midfielder Renato Sanches is set to join Paris, according to Romano, a well-known journalist.
The latest report from Romano says that Renato Sanches will join Paris and that the two sides have reached a comprehensive agreement for a fee of €15 million.
Barça midfielder Puig to join LA Galaxy
Romano reports that Barcelona midfielder Puig is set to join LA Galaxy.
Romano says the deal has been fully agreed and Puig will join LA Galaxy on a permanent three-year deal, Here we go.
Romano also revealed that the parties are currently preparing transfer documents that will include a future transfer split clause and it is only a matter of time before Puig joins the LA Galaxy.
Puig, 22, has a contract with Barcelona that expires in 2023, but he is not in the club’s plans.
Cesar Azpilicueta is set to stay at Chelsea this summer with new owner Todd Boehly blocking his potential move to Barcelona.
Alex Telles is set to leave Manchester United on loan for La Liga side Sevilla, but the deal will not include an option to buy.
Ruben Neves is set to deal his suitors a summer blow by staying with Wolves.
Ivan Perisic asked permission from close friend, international colleague and former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric before making his move to London earlier this summer.
Arsenal signing Gabriel Jesus has become the most selected player in Fantasy Premier League history ahead of Friday’s big kick-off.
Manchester United youngster Charlie Savage is attracting plenty of loan interest from clubs in the Championship and League One.
Chelsea are set to join the race to sign highly-prized Brazilian teenager Endrick, who has been tipped as a superstar of the future.
Antonio Conte remains confident he will be able to further strengthen the Tottenham squad with the signing of Roma’s Nicolo Zainolo.
Southend United will discuss a rearrangement of their wording after a sponsorship deal with a local estate agent meant one of their renamed stands would have featured the name of infamous serial killer Rose West.