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  • Chelsea have finally put an end to their goalkeeper transfer saga after breaking the world record to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71.6million
  • Thibaut Courtois is expected to be announced as a Real Madrid player at 12.30pm today
  • Mateo Kovacic had a medical yesterday after an agreement was reached with Real Madrid over a loan move. An announcement is expected imminently
  • Man Utd are lining up a bid for centre-back Kurt Zouma and more departures are expected

Four departures

10am: Chelsea could be about to let as many as four players leave the club today, according to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol.

“We’re expecting quite a few players could be leaving Chelsea today,” Solhekol told Sky Sports News.

“The likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, his brother, who is his agent, is having talks with AC Milan. A few other clubs in the Premier League also interested in him.

“We could also see Danny Drinkwater leaving Chelsea, clubs like Everton, West Ham, Leicester City interested in taking him.”


Tiemoue Bakayoko could be one of four players to leave Chelsea today (Image: GETTY)

Batshuayi to Valencia

9.38am: Michu Batshuayi is reportedly keen on a move to Valencia after struggling to stamp his mark on the Chelsea first team.

The striker was out of favour at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte last year and was sent to Borussia Dortmund on loan.

It is unclear if Batshuayi is in new boss Maurizio Sarri’s plans and Spanish newspaper Marca say Valencia have made the Belgian their top target.

However, they will be in no rush to make the deal happen as the La Liga transfer window does not shut until August 31.

Chelsea transfer news live

Chelsea transfer news live (Image: GETTY)


United could swap Anthony Martial for Kurt Zouma (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea exodus

09.15: Chelsea could loan out a raft of players before the end of the month, with a number heading out today.

Young left back Jay Da Silva is set to joins Bristol City, and the Telegraph’s Matt Law claims up to 15 more exits could be on the cards.

“Chelsea expect to sell or loan out up to 15 players by the end of August. A few should go today,” he tweeted.

The likes of Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko are expected to go.

United-Chelsea swap deal?

09.00: Manchester United may have to cough up one of their players to Chelsea if they want to sign to Kurt Zouma.

French newspaper L’Equipe claim the clubs are in talks with the Blues after moves for Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld stalled.

However, Daily Telegraph journalist Matt Law believes Chelsea will ask United for striker Anthony Martial as part of any potential deal.

He tweeted: “Big if right now but IF Manchester United have shown an interest in Zouma as reported in France then I am 100 per cent sure Chelsea would ask on Martial…”

Kepa and Courtois confirmed

08.45: Chelsea completed the world-record £71.6m signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao last night.

The Spain international has put pen to paper on a mega SEVEN-year contract which will keep him at Stamford Bridge beyond his 30th birthday.

Kepa comes in to replace Real Madrid-bound Thibaut Courtois, for whom Chelsea have agreed a £35m fee with the La Liga giants.

Both players are expecetd to be revealed to the media today.

Kepa Chelsea

Kepa was unveiled as a Chelsea player last night (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea to sign Vecino?

08.30: Sky Sports pundit Dharmesh Sheth believes Chelsea could potentially sign Matias Vecino today.

The Blues have hours left to complete their business with the transfer window slamming shut at 5pm.

Sheth understands that new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is a fan of Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino, who he worked at Empoli.

Vecino would cost more than £30million but he could be a shock late arrival if Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has been linked with Everton, are allowed to leave.

Kovacic announcement

08.15: Mateo Kovacic had his Chelsea medical yesterday after an agreement was reached with Real Madrid over a loan move.

An announcement is expected today to confirm a 12-month switch.

The 24-year-old has become frustrated with life at Real Madrid after starting just 37 games in La Liga in the past three seasons.

His arrival should see the departure of Danny Drinkwater, who may join West Ham.

Kepa Chelsea

Kovacic is expected to be announced today (Image: GETTY)

Daniele Rugani bid

08.00: Chelsea made an ‘unthinkable’ offer to sign Juventus star Daniele Rugani..

Rugani’s agent, Davide Torchia, has revealed that Juventus were able to resist the Blues despite their mammoth offer.

“Chelsea made a really big bid, which was close to being unthinkable for me, but Juventus didn’t relent,” he said.

“However, the player has never asked to leave.

“Juventus have no desire to sell him, not even for a high price which, among other things, no-one in Italy could afford.”

Zouma talks

07.45: Manchester United are reportedly speaking to Chelsea about a surprise deal for Kurt Zouma.

United are desperate to add a centre-back to their squad before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday.

And French outlet L’Equipe claim they are hoping to secure a deadline-busting move for Zouma.

Jose Mourinho has turned to Zouma after growing frustrated in his pursuit of prime target Toby Alderweireld.

Harry Maguire and Yerry Mina have been talked of as alternatives but may prove too expensive due to price tag and agents fee respectively.

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