Transfer news LIVE: Frenkie De Jong ‘prefers Chelsea to Man United’ plus Cristiano Ronaldo latest

Ten Hag tight-lipped on Ronaldo; Rashford says Man Utd ‘a lot fitter than last season’

The Premier League returns next week and both Manchester United and Chelsea look set to define the final weeks of the transfer window with their business yet to conclude. While Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to train with his agent Jorge Mendes, eager for showdown talks over his future, Frenkie De Jong’s position appears pivotal to the landscape in European football with Barcelona desperate to sell, United seemingly keen to buy, but now the Dutch maestro , content to stay at Camp Nou, has reportedly hinted at a move to Chelsea. United have not changed their stance over Ronaldo it seems, insisting he is not for sale, while the lack of interest since Ronaldo’s agent Mendes looked across Europe for interest could also see the marriage extended for a further season.

Now, the 37-year-old is expected to sit down with new United manager Erik ten Hag after arriving at the club’s Carrington training base this morning. Ronaldo was due to return to training with the rest of United’s international players on July 4 but remained in Portugal, citing a “family issue”. Sir Alex Ferguson has also arrived at United’s training ground this morning, and could be set to take part in talks on Ronaldo’s future.

Elsewhere, Chelsea have encountered more difficulty getting a target over the line after a late intervention from Barcelona in the race to sign defender Jules Kounde. The Sevilla star will cost in excess of £50m with Barcelona poised to trump the Blues again after landing former Leeds star Raphinha. The: Mail: reports Leicester have rejected a £15m bid from Monaco for Boubakary Soumare. And Leicester are willing to consider big-money offers for James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho in order to raise funds to strengthen the squad, the Telegraph: claims. Follow all the latest transfer news with our live blog below.

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Leeds may turn to Ben Foster as cover

Leeds United have been busy this window already, but a backup option for Ilan Meslier could be the next port of call.

Thankfully for them they won’t have to look very hard or far, as Ben Foster is ready and willing to do the job, according to HITC, with the former Watford stopper available on a free transfer.

Kristoffer Klaesson is Leeds’ alternative keeper, but Jesse Marsch reportedly wants more experience to call upon if needed.

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Barcelona ask Jules Kounde to help them hijack Chelsea transfer

Barcelona have pleaded for patience from Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, as they attempt to hijack his move to Chelsea.

While the London club have agreed a £50m-plus fee with Sevilla and have the principles of a deal done, Barcelona have not yet made a formal bid, due to the need now to sell players.

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Barcelona president hints Lionel Messi could make sensation return from PSG

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hinted that Lionel Messi may make a sensational return to Camp Nou.

In a recent interview, he said he hopes the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner can make a comeback, stating the Messi “chapter” isn’t over.

“I think it’s our responsibility to try to find a moment to fix that chapter, which is still open and hasn’t closed, so it turns out like it should have, and has a more beautiful ending,” Laporta said.

Messi left Barcelona in tears last summer as the club could not afford to renew his contract.

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Aaron Ramsey. Juventus terminate Welsh midfielder’s contract

Aaron Ramsey has left Juventus after having his contract officially terminated, the Italian club has announced.

The Wales midfielder had struggled to carve out a regular role for himself in the Serie A side’s line-up since switching from Arsenal on a free transfer in 2019, playing fewer than 50 games in the Italian top flight across three years.

His 23 league appearances in his debut campaign were ultimately the best tally he managed, while last term he featured only three times in the opening weeks of the season before injury issues saw him sidelined until the new year.

Ramsey spent the final three months of the season on loan at Rangers in Scotland, but his fortunes did not improve there either as he played only a handful of times and, despite reaching the Europa League final with the Gers, he ultimately missed the decisive penalty in the shootout against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Gianluca Scamacca realizes ‘dream’ with £30m move to West Ham

Gianluca Scamacca believes West Ham is the perfect fit for him after the Italian international signed a five-year contract following his move from Sassuolo.

The fee for the 23-year-old, whose contract includes the option to extend for a further 12 months, is understood to be around £30 million and ends manager David Moyes’ long search for a recognized centre-forward.

“I’ve waited a long time for this moment – it’s been a dream to play in the Premier League,” Scamacca, who scored 16 goals in Serie A last season, told the club’s official website.

The transfer appears to be a real coup for Moyes with Scamacca, who scored 16 goals in 36 matches in Serie A last season, also linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.

Moyes has had to rely on Michail Antonio to lead his attack since the Hammers sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January last year.

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Napoli set to beat Everton to sign Korean defender Kim Min-Jae

Fenerbahce defender Kim Min-Jae is set to complete a move to Napoli.

The South Korean international represents a replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly and has been pictured by Gianluca Di Marzio arriving for his medical at the Villa Stuart clinic in Rome.

Kim will cost £16.9m, the price of his release clause, with the Azzurri fending off competition from Rennes and Everton.

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Xavi: Lionel Messi return to Barcelona this summer is impossible

Barcelona boss Xavi has dismissed hopes of bringing Lionel Messi back to the club this summer, labeling the chances as “impossible”.

The Argentina forward has one more year to run on his Paris Saint-Germain deal and has struggled since his Camp Nou departure.

But Xavi hinted that the club could revisit a return for the 35-year-old down the line, stating: “We will see in the future. It’s not the time to talk about him.”

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Lewis Dunk committed to Brighton for the rest of his career

Lewis Dunk is eager to remain at Brighton for the rest of his career.

The Seagulls captain has told Sky Sports News that he hopes to be a “one-club man” after starting his career coming through the academy on the south coast.

The 30-year-old has three more years on his contract at Amex.

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“You never know”. Ajax admit Manchester United target Antony could leave

Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder maintains “you never know” when asked whether Antony will stay at the Dutch club amid Manchester United links.

The Brazilian forward is high on Erik ten Hag’s wanted list and has three years left on his contract in Amsterdam.

Schreuder tells Ziggo Sport. “We are assuming that we can keep this squad together. But I know, and everyone knows, that in football you never know”.

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Juventus set to keen Tottenham target Weston McKennie after Paul Pogba injury?

Juventus may resist Tottenham’s efforts to sign United States midfielder Weston McKennie after Juventus team-mate Paul Pogba suffered a knee injury.

The Mail reports that McKennie could now stay in Turin for the time being, with Pogba out until September.

Antonio Conte was hoping to strengthen his midfield with McKennie likely to cost £34m.

Spurs director of football Fabio Paratici took McKennie to Turin from Schalke, initially on loan, and had been rumored to make another move for the 23-year-old.

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