Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea in Frenkie de Jong offer £59m plus Alonso, Barcelona ‘offer £67m Alexander-Arnold’

Summary of Morning Transfer News

Leicester City duo Wesley Fofana and James Maddison will NOT be sold this summer.

Chelsea are keen on Fofana while Newcastle would like to sign Maddison.

But the Foxes have no intention of letting the couple go, insisted Brendan Rodgers.

He told the media: “Wesley Fofana and James Maddison are not for sale. These are very important players for us.

“We’re in a situation where we need to take some players out, but that doesn’t mean we’re getting rid of anyone, our best asset.”

Meanwhile, Wolves have reportedly turned down a third offer from Nottingham Forest worth £35million for Morgan Gibbs-White.

That’s because Wolves boss Bruno Lage insists Gibbs-White is an integral part of his squad.

He said: “We turned it down because he is an important player for me, my momentum and the future. He feels important, he is happy.

“When you have that connection between manager and player, everything is fine. He is fit and motivated.”

Elsewhere, Everton are reportedly close to finalizing a deal to sign Lille star Amadou Onana.

The Belgium midfielder is reportedly set to cost the Toffees £35million.

Onana was a target for West Ham, who also had to accept an offer of the same amount from the French side.

However, the player has reportedly decided he would rather join Goodison Park than the Hammers.

The East London side have been unable to agree personal terms with the 20-year-old but Everton are closer to signing him and only small details remain, according to reports.

In other news, DC United manager Wayne Rooney is close to signing Crystal Palace star Christian Benteke.

According to the Daily Mail, a deal has been struck between the MLS squad and Palace and Benteke, 31, is set to move to the United States.

The Washington Post reports that the forward will become the Washington giants’ highest-paid player of all time.

The Belgium international’s salary is expected to dwarf Rooney’s annual salary of $3.5million (£2.9million) he earned playing for the club between 2018 and 2020.

However, the 31-year-old needs a work visa and this process can take at least two weeks.

Also, ex-Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum is on loan from PSG to Roma.

Wijnaldum was freed from his PSG nightmare to travel to Italy for the season, with an option to buy added to the deal.

And Wijnaldum expressed his delight at completing his move.

He said: “It’s a really good feeling to be a Roma player. Everyone I’ve spoken to has given me great feedback about the club and its fans.

“The club made it clear how badly they wanted me in their efforts to finalize the deal, which always gives a player a lot of confidence and belief. The response from supporters on social media and elsewhere has also been fantastic.

“I promise to give 100% and to help the team fight for all our goals this season.”

Finally, West Ham have signed Maxwel Cornet from Burnley for £17.5m.

The Hammers activated the Côte d’Ivoire star’s release clause fee to bring him to East London on a five-year deal.

An option to extend the contract for another year was also included.

Along the way, Cornet beamed: “It’s a new step for me to join this big club and I’m really happy to be here and to be part of the project for the club. I’m just looking forward to getting started.” Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea in Frenkie de Jong offer £59m plus Alonso, Barcelona ‘offer £67m Alexander-Arnold’


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