Jhere’s some top football returning to England this weekend, but that doesn’t distract us from the main business of the game. And chelseaLeicester’s last-minute purchases continue with a determined effort to secure Leicester Wesley Fofana. The Blues had a £60m bid for the defender turned down but are believed to be ready to up it to £70m. Thomas Tuchel’s side also continue to be linked with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose club Barcelona are looking to offload some players after a summer spending money they don’t really have.
Another Barcelona striker potentially on the move is Memphis Depayin who Juventus are interested. According to Spanish news outlet Sport, Depay’s lawyers have been in a row with senior Barcelona officials over the striker’s contract release and Juve are ready and waiting for a player who wants to continue playing Champions League football. .
Go back on Leicesterit looks like the Foxes could face competition for the Lyon and France defender Houssem Aouar new Premier League kids in confectionery Nottingham Forestwho have also opened talks over signing the Southampton striker Che Adams.
Antonio Conte, and the headlines, will be delighted that Tottenham are apparently close to agreeing a deal to sign the Udinese defender Destiny Udogy. The 19-year-old has been on Spurs’ radar for a few months, having impressed as an attacking winger last season, scoring five goals since mid-February.
Everton may well end up beating West Ham to the signing of Lille’s Amadou Onana and, according to L’Equipe, want to augment that with another former Lille midfielder, Xeca, who left the Ligue 1 club at the end of last season. They will, however, face competition from Rennes, Porto and Wolfsburg for the 27-year-old Portuguese. Frank Lampard is also believed to be considering a move for the Wolves defender Conor Coady.
Leeds have joined the race for the Marseille and Senegal striker Bamba Dieng, but they will face sustained jostling from Newcastle and West Ham – who reportedly had approaches pushed back in January – as well as Everton, Wolves and Crystal Palace. Dieng has reportedly fallen out with Marseille coach Igor Tudor so he’s likely to be open to offers. Another Leeds target is the goalkeeper Joel Robles. The 32-year-old is without a club after leaving Real Betis at the end of the season, and Leeds have seemingly edged out Norwich and Sunderland in the race to sign him.
Now let’s watch some football.