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Thursday’s transfer news: Man City sign Rodri, Leicester complete Ayoze Perez deal as Arsenal lose goalkeeper and PSG sign Ander Herrera

Review all the day’s transfer news, rumours and done deals

Jack de Menezes
Thursday 04 July 2019 16:59
Transfer deadline day summer 2019: The deals done so far

Review all the day’s transfer news as Chelsea finally unveiled Frank Lampard as Maurizio Sarri’s successor, signalling a new era at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United continue to chase Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes to the point that the player’s agent is travelling to the UK to hold official talks with the Premier League club over a move. Arsenal meanwhile have been offered the chance to sign Barcelona forward Malcom, but the club remain focused on landing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace and have reportedly pleaded with owner Stan Kroenke for more funds in order to get the move over the line.

Manchester City have strengthened their Premier League title-winning squad with the announcement of £62.5m signing Rodri from Atletico Madrid, while Leicester City have signed Ayoze Perez from Newcastle United in a £30m deal. Liverpool are also active in the transfer window, but they will not be signing Philippe Coutinho this month after his proposed Barcelona exit was ruled out. Review the day’s stories below.

Tottenham have made the biggest splash of the window so far with club record signing Tanguy Ndombele following Leeds’ Jack Clarke through the door in north London as Mauricio Pochettino looks to rebuild his Champions League finalists. Champions Manchester City are set to splash plenty of cash too with Atletico Madrid’s Rodri set to arrive imminently with a move for Juventus right back Joao Cancelo also a strong possibility.

The summer transfer window closes in the Premier League on Thursday 8 August.


Welcome to The Independent's transfer news live blog where we'll bring you all of the latest done deals, rumours and gossip throughout the summer.

With plenty of moves circulating as the new season gets underway, let's waste no time in getting stuck into today's transfer news.

Jack de Menezes4 July 2019 07:40

We begin this morning with the news that Manchester United have sent officials to Lisbon to finalise talks of a summer move for Bruno Fernandes, with the player's agent travelling in the opposite direction to agree the personal terms of his contract that will take him to Old Trafford.

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Fernandes has been offered a £100,000-a-week four-year deal to join United, although a fee still needs to be agreed between the Premier League club and Sporting - who are holding out for up to £70m after United's initial £31m bid was rejected.

Jack de Menezes4 July 2019 07:53

Chelsea are poised to name Frank Lampard as their new manager later today, with Derby County accidentally confirming his departure on their website last night before deleting the post.

Lampard spent six hours at Stamford Bridge last night before leaving with a contract in hand, having agreed the deal that will see him replace Maurizio Sarri as manager of the Blues.

Chelsea did have everything in place to make the announcement on Wednesday, but the club elected to postpone the big unveiling when Facebook and Instagram went down, forcing the club to wait until the social media platforms were restored in order to maximise his announcement, according to The Mirror.

But the club have denied this is the case, and are set to announce the move at some point today. Believe what you want...

Jack de Menezes4 July 2019 08:20

Arsenal have been offered Barcelona forward Malcom, just one year on from his move to the Nou Camp.

The 22-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Spurs until he agreed to head to the Spanish club, but he has failed to make an impact on Ernesto Valverde's side and The Mirror reports that he has been offered to Arsenal for a reduced fee.

However, the report adds that Arsenal remain intent on signing Wilfried Zaha and do not want to commit money that could be used in the pursuit of the Crystal Palace winger in any other deals.

Jack de Menezes4 July 2019 08:50

BREAKING: Frank Lampard's appointment as Chelsea manager has been confirmed, with the former Blues midfielder signing a three-year deal.

Jack de Menezes4 July 2019 09:06

Speaking after his unveiling, Lampard described how proud he is to return to the club where he cemented his legacy.

He said: “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach.

“Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead. I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.”

Jack de Menezes4 July 2019 09:27

Juventus will push ahead to sign Mauro Icardi and Inter are open to a sale. 

Antonio Conte has decided to outcast the controversial Argentine. 

And La Repubblica report that Inter are now open to selling to their rivals to enable them to move for Romelu Lukaku, who is out of favour at Manchester United. 

Icardi is available for what could be a bargain at €40m (£36m). 

Jack Rathborn4 July 2019 10:06

In some more positive news for Chelsea fans, the Evening Standard reports that the club are to open contract talks with Mason Mount following Frank Lampard's appointment as head coach.

Mount, who played under Lampard at Derby last season, has been with Chelsea since he was six-years-old and has two years remaining on his current deal.

The Blues are hoping to tie him down until at least 2024, with contract negotiations with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek continuing too.

digitalsport4 July 2019 10:19

The Telegraph reports that Leicester City are closing in on the club-record, £40m signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco after his hugely successful loan spell last season.

Tielemans, 22, has been keen to return to the King Power since his loan spell ended and the deal finally appears to be nearing its conclusion.

A £30m move for Newcastle's Ayoze Perez is also due to be completed imminently.

digitalsport4 July 2019 10:38

Leicester are also lining up potential replacements for Harry Maguire, who is a target for both Manchester United and Manchester City, with Brighton's Lewis Dunk a top choice.

The Mirror reports that Brighton will demand at least £40m for 27-year-old Dunk who made his England debut last year against the United States. Burnley's James Tarkowski is another possible option for Brendan Rodgers if Maguire moves on.

digitalsport4 July 2019 11:01

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