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Monday’s transfer rumors – Chelsea edge closer to signing three-year £150m target

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Chelsea edge closer to signing three-year £150m target

The Blues are edging closer to three-year transfer target Declan Rice.

The 23-year-old midfielder is entering the final 18 months of his West Ham United deal. Allegedly, Rice has rejected three new contract offers from the Hammers. He wants to join a Champions League club.

While a January move is unlikely, West Ham may accept a sale next summer. Manager David Moyes said £150 million (€170m) would be the ‘minimum’ price last April. [Athletic – subscription required]

Bellingham deal becoming too complicated for Liverpool

Liverpool could raise the white flag in their attempts to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham.

The 19-year-old England international is one of the most in-demand youngsters in football. His strong performances at the World Cup have enhanced his reputation. However, with several clubs interested, Liverpool fear getting a deal done is becoming too complicated. This may cause them to withdraw their interest. [AS – in Spanish]

Matheus Cunha joins Wolves on initial loan from Atletico Madrid

Alonso is set for a new Barcelona deal

Marcos Alonso is close to signing a new contract at Barcelona.

The 31-year-old defender joined the Catalan club in the summer on a free transfer from Chelsea. He has made 12 appearances in all competitions this season, playing as a left-back and central defender. His current deal runs out at the end of the season. [Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish]

Kante to join Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia?

Al Nassr are now plotting an ambitious attempt to link N’Golo Kante up with Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Pro League leaders have made a huge offer to Ronaldo following his departure from Manchester United. That said, Al Nassr are far from done. They also want Kante. The 31-year-old midfielder will be available for a free summer transfer in 2023 when his Chelsea contract ends. He can sign a pre-contract agreement with non-Premier League clubs in January. [Footmercato – in French]

Gabriel Martinelli & Arsenal contract talks ‘progressing’

Man Utd lead the race for Fernandez

Manchester United have stolen a march in the transfer race for Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

Despite reports of a rejected €100 million offer from an unnamed club last week, United are not deterred. The Red Devils would pay over the odds to win Fernandez’s signature.

The 21-year-old midfielder has become a household name following his World Cup performances for Argentina. Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Chelsea are reportedly interested. [UOL Esporte – in Portuguese]