Chelsea close in on two signings as Leicester bid Newcastle honor James Maddison

Leicester's James Maddison is wanted (Getty Images)

Leicester’s James Maddison is wanted (Getty Images)

Chelsea are closing in on two new signings as talks progress over Brighton defender Mark Cukurella and Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina. Contracts for 18-year-old Slonina have already been signed, according to reports, and it is only a matter of time before Chelsea announce the wonderkid – who has been a target for Real Madrid. He signed a six-year contract and will stay in Chicago on loan this season. Meanwhile, Cucurella is widely reported to be on the brink of a move to Stamford Bridge, with personal terms having been verbally agreed after Chelsea told Brighton they were willing to pay the £50m asking price set by the Manchester City.

Leicester have told Newcastle they want at least £60m for James Maddison, according to Football Insider. The England winger has already had two bids rejected, while Brendan Rodgers has rejected the idea of ​​selling their creative mainstay, but Maddison is reportedly keen to join the Magpies at St James’ Park, where he can expect a hefty fee.

Elsewhere, Manchester United are still battling it out with Chelsea for the signature of Frankie de Jong as both clubs look to land the Dutch midfielder from Barcelona. United are ready to offer De Jong a whopping £450,000-a-week wages and pay off the £17m Barcelona owe him in deferred wages during the pandemic, according to Sport in Spain. However, Chelsea are also now in the fray and are ready to make a bid if De Jong decides to leave the Nou Camp, writes Sport, with Barca ready to sign Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva as a replacement.

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Newcastle refuse to give up pursuit of Leicester midfielder James Maddison

08:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Newcastle are refusing to give up their pursuit of Leicester’s James Maddison as Eddie Howe looks to add attacking options to his squad.

The Magpies have reportedly lodged a second, improved offer for the 25-year-old England international after seeing their first round rejected with Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers adamant he is not for sale.

Manager Howe, working with the club’s recruitment team, moved to bolster his defense early in the summer transfer window, making the loan move of Aston Villa full-back Matt Targett permanent and landing Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and defender of Lille, Sven Botman.

Newcastle refuse to give up pursuit of Leicester midfielder James Maddison

Ramsey on the Riviera

08:20 , Harry Latham-Coyle

One player who is definitely destined for France is Aaron Ramsey, who joined Nice on a free. The former Arsenal midfielder’s contract at Juventus was terminated by mutual consent in July to allow the Welshman to seek a new challenge after an up-and-down loan spell at Rangers.

In other Stamford Bridge news…

08:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

We also expect confirmation from Chelsea sometime today or tomorrow that they have secured the signature of highly-rated young American goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina. The 18-year-old has enjoyed a breakout season in MLS and is set to sign a six-year contract but will remain on loan at the Chicago Fire.

And could it be a case of one keeper in, one keeper out? Fabrizio Romano reports that Kepa Arrizabalaga could be headed for Napoli, while Malang Sarr is attracting interest from France and Fulham.

A busy week of comings and goings in Chelsea?

08:12 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The start of the new Premier League season is now a matter of days, which begins with Arsenal’s trip to Crystal Palace on Friday night. But it’s another London club that looks set to be among the busiest this week as Thomas Tuchel fine-tunes his squad ahead of Chelsea’s first game against Everton.

One player who now looks certain to arrive before the opening weekend is Marc Cucurella – reports suggest Chelsea have beaten Manchester City to the Brighton full-back…

Chelsea enter the race for Brighton full-back Mark Cucurella

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