Earlier today, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas explicitly denied that head coach Antonio Conte has told him he does not have a future at Stamford Bridge.
“Contrary to what has been written, the manager and I have a good relationship and he has NEVER told me that I can leave,” wrote Fabregas.
“He said that he counts on me, as I count on him. I will continue to fight for this club until the very end and when called upon I will always give my best.
“I am fully committed to Chelsea and my only goal is to help them win football matches.”
Sunderland agreed a £7m fee for Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra, sources told us.
New manager David Moyes, who has been urging the club to make new signings, confirmed last week that a bid had been made for the 28-year-old.
He made 47 in total appearances last term, scoring nine goals, including the winner against Barcelona last October.
Chelsea’s Christian Atsu was close to joining Newcastle on loan from Chelsea.
It was also understood an option to buy the 24-year-old Ghana international outright was under discussion between the clubs.
Atsu signed for Chelsea in a £3.5m deal from Porto in 2013 but is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Blues. The winger has been loaned out in each of his three seasons since signing a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
Atsu joined Chelsea’s affiliate Vitesse Arnhem in 2013-14, Everton in 2014-15 and both Bournemouth and Malaga last season.
There was an update on the future of Monaco defender Fabinho from sources…
“We’ve spoken to one senior figure at the club this morning. They’ve told us it’s ‘likely’ he will remain at the club this summer.
“They believe they’re in a strong position to keep their right-back, and say the club’s goal is to keep the team as it is without any major departures before the start of the Champions League group stage.
“The big question is whether Manchester United or another Premier League will make a formal move. Watch this space.”
Monaco are in the same group as Tottenham, Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow.
Fabinho reportedly told French sports newspaper L’Equipe at the weekend: “With the Champions League, it’s not bad staying at Monaco. I’m not certain of staying, but at the same time, there’s more of a chance of me staying than leaving.”
West Brom today agreed a club-record £13m fee with Tottenham for attacking midfielder Nacer Chadli.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis made it clear that he wass keen to add to his squad before the transfer window closes on Wednesday night, and Chadli appears to have fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane.
The Belgium international had been a regular squad member at Spurs since arriving in the summer of 2013, but has not even been named on the bench for any of their Premier League fixtures so far this season.
It was originally suggested that Chadli would be going to the Hawthorns on loan but it now seems the Baggies are willing to part with a club record fee for the 27-year-old, who is expected to have a medical early this week.
Germany international Shkodran Mustafi says Mesut Ozil has helped convince him to join Arsenal.
“I did not see Per for a long time because he quit international football but I talked to Mesut,” Mustafi told Sources in Germany.
“He told me everything I wanted to know. Everything was positive, so I was convinced very fast. It did not take much.
“I have always loved Arsenal, I like how they play here, it is not typical English. The game here is more like in Spain and with the German national team, keeping the ball on the grass, so it was easy to convince me.”
Chelsea had an audacious attempt to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez on loan blocked.
The report suggests the Spanish club blocked the move because they want a £60m permanent deal.
Emmanuel Adebayor is in Togo on international duty but his representatives had discussions with Fulham earlier today.
As he’s a free agent he doesn’t have to sign a deal today.
Torino today confirmed the signing of Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City.
“Suddenly my career has undergone a change and I interpreted it as a sign of destiny,” Hart told the club website. “So I had to do something…The choice of Torino has come at the right time.
“I am very happy to be able to compete in a beautiful and difficult league like Serie A.”
Islam Slimani was on his way to Bologna in Italy for his Leicester medical.
This morning, he left the Algerian national team training camp. We believe the fee is around £27m.
AT 12:40, Sevilla were close to completing the deal to sign Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri on loan.
Director of football Monchi has said: “We are finalising the transfer of Nasri. We are negotiating with the player and City and trying to close the deal. If we get Nasri, we will have got the player we have been looking for from the start.”
AT 12:52, Milan asked about Fabregas. AC Milan enquired about signing midfielder Cesc Fabregas, but was understood he is staying at Stamford Bridge.
AT 13:01, Stoke City signed striker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City on a season-long loan deal.
Both Charlie Nicholas and Ian Holloway seem impressed by Stoke’ssigning of striker Wilfried Bony. Here’s what they had to say…
Charlie Nicholas: “I think it’s a fabulous move for both, for Stoke and for Bony. Bony for me – strength, power, pace, everything, and I think he should have his hunger back to say ‘I want to be established again’. I think Mark Hughes has a lovely footballing team, a lot of good players there, I think he’ll fit in perfectly. It’s a fabulous deal for both involved.”
Ian Holloway: “I love the fella, I think he’s absolutely brilliant. When he went to Man City, Sergio Aguero…you’re not going to take his place, are you? So we’re going to get a chance to see Wilfried Bony again. At Swansea, he was magnificent. It’s a great signing by Mark Hughes.”
AT 13:52, Palace are one of the clubs interested in Jack Wilshere and here’s an update from sources.
“When I spoke to Alan Pardew on Friday, he said he was absolutely delighted with the business they’ve done so far this season. They’ve signed some really top players and he wants to change the way they play, get the ball down a bit more and Jack Wilshere obviously fits the bill there.
“We understand there is also an interest in Everton midfielder James McCarthy. He would be linking up with ex-Wigan and Hamilton midfielder James McArthur here. We have no confirmation of that from Pardew yet, but we hope to speak to the Crystal Palace chairman on those deals a bit later.
“Other names being mentioned are Tomas Rincon, lots of people asking me if I’ve seen him but I haven’t just yet. Jonny Williams could also be on his way to a Championship club on loan.”
AT 14:14, Nasri Joined Sevilla. Man City confirmed midfielder Samir Nasri joined Sevilla on a season-long loan.
Sources told us talks were on-going for Chelsea to re-sign David Luiz from PSG. Luiz wants to return to Chelsea and feels he has “unfinished business”, and a source close to the deal says “they are in the thick of negotiations”.
Yesterday, Chelsea made a bid of more than £30m for the player they sold for £50m two years ago.
AT 16:04, Serge Gnabry joined Werder Bremen from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, understood to be in the region of £8m.
AT 16:14, David Luiz got closer to a return to Chelsea and is in London for his medical.
Jamie Redknapp hailed the potential return of David Luiz calling it “sensational.”
Luiz is in London to undergo a medical at Chelsea and will join from PSG for £30m.
Redknapp said: “This will be sensational. The one you wouldn’t have expected. It suggests to me that Conte is looking to get another centre-back in so he has the luxury of playing three at the back sometimes.
“It was a system he played at Italy and some clubs in his career. Obviously they have [Kurt] Zouma to come back in, they have [John] Terry and [Gary] Cahill.
“It would be a surprise. Talented? Absolutely. Yes he makes bad decisions, bit rash at times, but when he’s on his game, he’s fantastic. You could even play him in midfield as well.”
AT 16:50 It looked like Jack Wilshere made his decision.
Sources understood the Arsenal midfielder was on his way to Bournemouth to complete a season-long loan having rejected Roma, AC Milan, and Crystal Palace.
AT 16:53, Chelsea signed a defender Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina, the Italian club confirmed.
AT 17:00, Everton got in talks with Newcastle to sign Moussa Sissoko, according to Sources.
AT 17:05, Eliaquim Mangala joined Valencia from Man City on a season-long loan.
AT 18:04, Juventus reached an agreement with Chelsea to sign Juan Cuadrado on loan for three years.
Juventus have the option to sign the player on a permanent basis for €25 million and are due to pay Chelsea €5m per season for the duration of the loan.
AT 18:12, Sporting star Islam Slimani passed his medical ahead of a move to Leicester City and is about to sign a contract with the Premier League champions.
The transfer is thought to be worth £30m, which would be a club record for Leicester
AT 18:38, Chelsea agreed a fee to re-sign David Luiz. Chelsea made a bid of £30m to bring the Brazilian defender back to Stamford Bridge from PSG – who bought him from the Blues for £50m. The move is now subject to Luiz agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.
More to follow…