Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United and Chelsea to announce Raphael Varane and Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku is set to complete his £97.5m transfer from Inter Milan to Chelsea today. The 28-year-old Belgian international flew to London on Wednesday evening to complete the deal, which we see considerable firepower added to the squad of the reigning European champions.

Likewise Manchester United are set to announce the signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid today. The defender completed his medical on Wednesday and will add strength to United’s back-line in an expected partnership with captain Harry Maguire.

Elsewhere Chelsea are in talks with Roma over a bid to sign Tammy Abraham, whom Jose Mourinho is keen to bring to the Italian capital. Sevilla are willing to sell Jules Kounde to Chelsea, but the Blues are concerned about the £68m release clause putting them in breach of FFP. Tottenham are monitoring Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, the Serbian 21-year-old striker, in case Harry Kane departs, and are considering an offer for Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.

Follow all the latest news and rumours ahead of the opening weekend of the new Premier League season:


Transfer news: Kane expected to rejoin group training

Harry Kane is expected to rejoin group training tomorrow at Spurs, providing his PCR test today returns a negative result. Kane has been isolating after holiday but his five-day test should allow him to be released. Spurs begin their campaign against the champions Manchester City this weekend.

Transfer news: Lukaku set to be announced

Romelu Lukaku is on the verge of sealing his £97.5m transfer from Inter Milan to Chelsea. The 28-year-old Belgian international travelled to London on Wednesday evening ahead of a medical on Thursday, and all being well the striker will be confirmed as a Chelsea player later today.

Transfer news: Barca still owe Messi £33m

Barcelona still owe Lionel Messi £33m as part of a loyalty bonus in his final contract with the club, according El Espanol. Messi departed the Nou Camp last week because the club could not afford to pay his wages, and has joined French league runners-up PSG.

Transfer news: United rebuff Inter approach

Inter Milan were interested in signing Anthony Martial this summer, according to the Mail, but Manchester United rebuffed approaches for the 25-year-old. The club see the forwards as a key part of their plans, especially so this season given Marcus Rashford is out injured for several months recovering from shoulder surgery.

Here is our Senior Football Correspondent Melissa Reddy on how PSG wooed Messi:

As soon as that initial picture emerged of Lionel Messi waving to disbelieving masses from a balcony at Le Bourget airport, wearing a white Ici, C’est Paris T-shirt and a wide smile, the overflow of snide was served.

“Those tears disappeared quick.”

“Money dries eyes.”

“Just another snake who sold out.”

The greatest player of our generation – possibly the greatest ever – was forced out of the club he joined at 13, after breaking every record and the idea of what’s plausible on the pitch through 17 seasons in which he came to define Barcelona.

After everything he had given them, after everything he had given us, Messi was ridiculously expected to play for nothing “out of love” even though that would have made zero difference to the situation given the financial hole Barca have gradually dug themselves.

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Done deal! Norwich capture Greek winger Tzolis

Norwich have signed the Greek winger Christos Tzolis from PAOK for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract. He looks delighted:

Transfer news: Abraham on his way to Rome?

Jose Mourinho is determined to prise Tammy Abraham from Chelsea and is set to speak to the striker today on the phone in an attempt to woo him to Italy, according to the Mirror. Chelsea have accepted a £34m bid for the 23-year-old England international which includes a buy-back clause, and with Romelu Lukaku joining the Blues it seems there is little room for Abraham at the club.

Transfer news: Lyon agree terms with Shaqiri

Lyon are closing in on a deal for Xherdan Shaqiri, according to L’Equipe, but it remains to be seen whether they can fix a price with Liverpool. Shaqiri would earn around €80,000 per week having agreed personal terms.

Transfer news: Inter want Everton’s Kean

Moise Kean: Inter Milan are interested in the Everton striker, according to Sky Sports.

Transfer news: Torreira heading for Lazio?

Lucas Torreira: Gazzetta dello Sports says Lazio are closing in on a loan deal for the Arsenal midfielder.

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