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Frenkie de Jong, Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the transfer deadline day action

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Jul-27 13:21 first published at 13:21 PM


The excitement of the Frenkie de Jong sagaTM has kept us going all summer, and today is no exception. According to reports in Spain, the player would only leave Barcelona for Chelsea, who aren’t willing to pay him as much risk money as Manchester United, and that he has informed teammates of his intention to stay at the Camp Nou and avoid Old Trafford. Joan Laporta was seen crying softly at his desk shortly after, while Xavi finalized plans for the next friendly, in which he intends to try De Jong at ballboy. In other “més que un cult” news, Barcelona will be unable to re-sign Lionel Messi – but not because they are mortgaging their future in order to stay alive in the present, spending money that should be spent on paying current players on buying new ones. Rather, Messi has a contract with PSG, presumably similar to the ones Robert Lewandowski had with Bayern Munich and Raphinha had with Leeds. “We’ll see what happens in the future.” “It’s not the time to talk about him,” Xavi said, still talking about him. Meanwhile, back at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo is still desperately attempting to flee. While the shame of playing in the Europa League is intense, it is not as intense as declaring a desire to avoid it only to be rejected at every turn. After receiving polite “faz-me um limos” from Chelsea and Bayern, it appeared that Atlético Madrid were the only remaining option, but club president Enrique Cerezo has denied the link, saying reports of it are “invented” and that the move is “practically impossible.” Shkupi (a) old pal, have fun! An offended Ronaldo is undoubtedly the perfect tonic for United’s dressing room, which is already renowned for its work ethic and moral fiber. If Juventus are unable to rescue lvaro Morata from Atlético, they will target Anthony Martial, the main beneficiary of Ronaldo’s absence, who is back to his devastating best now that no one is fit. In terms of strikers who don’t score, Newcastle are interested in signing Timo Werner from Chelsea, whose off-the-ball movement should open up space for the lethal and prolific Chris Wood. The Toon are also considering a move for Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque, who is also wanted by Crystal Palace and Leicester. Leicester, on the other hand, may be losing a goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel has agreed to join Nice for next season. However, the transfer has not been approved because Brendan Rodgers has not found a replacement, and the club chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, has stated that he has received no offers for Youri Tielemans, who Mikel Arteta believes would be ideal for Arsenal’s relentless assault on fifth place. The Fiver: sign up to receive our daily football. Antonio Conte’s one-man assault on Daniel Levy’s Klarna continues on the other side of north London. He’d like to sign Weston McKennie for Tottenham as his next Juventus cast-off, but the 23-year-old midfielder may now be needed in Turin due to Paul Pogba’s knee injury. Finally, Chelsea is still on the lookout for defenders. Should Jules Koundé spurn them, as expected, for the tall stories and magic beans being offered by Barça, they will try to get Denzel Dumfries from Inter and perhaps Wesley Fofana from Leicester – both of whom should gel well with Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly, if reports of their excellent kalooki skills are to be believed.

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