LIVE Football Transfers: All Of Thursday's Deals, Including Lukaku And Abraham

Follow all of the day's moves as Chelsea look to shuffle the pack
08:30, 12 Aug 2021
Last Updated: 17:02, 12 Aug 2021

Welcome to The Sportsman's LIVE transfer blog. Another big day awaits on football's eternal summer shopping spree!

After Lionel Messi's unveiling at Paris Saint-Germain yesterday, Romelu Lukaku is set to be the next big name on the move as he swaps Inter for his former club Chelsea.

With Lukaku incoming, Tammy Abraham looks likely to be an outgoing amid significant interest from Jose Mourinho at Roma.

Whatever goes down today, stick with us. We have it all covered...

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That's it for today and while the wait goes on for the Lukaku and Varane deals to be announced, there have been some interesting stories today. 

We will pick up where we left off tomorrow and we will be hoping for some more interesting stories and those two big Premier League deals to be confirmed.

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Graham Potter thinking the same as Dyche

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has not ruled out his adding more players to his squad before the transfer window closes. They have so far made four signings and the Seagulls could be in for a couple more before the month is out.

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Burnley still looking to bolster squad

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has confirmed that he is looking to add to his squad before the transfer window closes. The club have so far only made two additions and the Clarets supporters will be hoping for a few more faces to arrive at Turf Moor before the end of the month.

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Rodgers hopeful Vestergaard will play Saturday

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that his incoming fourth signing Jannik Vestergaard will be registered in time to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. The defender had a medical this afternoon as his £15million move from Southampton edges closer to completion.

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Richard O'Kelly follows Terry out of Villa

Aston Villa and Dean Smith have suffered another blow ahead of the season as coach Richard O'Kelly leaves his coaching staff two days before their opening fixture against Watford.

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Crewe announce Thomas signing

Crewe Alexandra may have lost Charlie Kirk today but they have already got a new face in with Terell Thomas joining the club on a free transfer. The 25-year-old defender left AFC Wimbledon at the end of last season and has joined the club on a 12-month contract.

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Kirk sends farewell message to Crewe fans

Following his move to Charlton Athletic, winger Charlie Kirk has sent a message to Crewe Alexandra supporters thanking them for their support during his time at the club.

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Man United youngster set for loan move

Manchester United youngster Ethan Galbraith is close to joining League One side Doncaster Rovers, managed by Richie Wellens, as per Laurie Whitwell.

Transfer tracker: Man Utd€™s Ethan Galbraith close to joining Doncaster on loan
Transfer tracker: Man Utd€™s Ethan Galbraith close to joining Doncaster on loan
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Sheffield Wednesday youngster joins Grimsby

Young Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Alex Hunt has joined Grimsby Town in the National League until January. It will be a move that will provide the youngster with much-needed first team action to help with his development and prepare him for the Football League.

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Lukaku likely to miss Premier League opener

Incoming Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is set to miss the registration cut-off time to be made available for the club's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. His debut could come against London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates next week. 

It is also reported that the Belgium international is set to sign a five-year-deal with the Blues, pocketing £200k per week.

Romelu Lukaku set to miss Chelsea’s season opener against Crystal Palace
Romelu Lukaku set to miss Chelsea’s season opener against Crystal Palace
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Manchester City not giving up on Kane deal

Manchester City are still working tirelessly to bring Tottenham striker Harry Kane to the Etihad Stadium and the board are reportedly preparing a record-breaking bid of around £150million for the England captain.

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Spurs rivalled for Fiorentina star

Atletico Madrid are set to make an offer for reported Tottenham Hotspur target Dusan Vlahovic. The 21-year-old striker scored 21 goals in 37 Serie A games last season, making him one of the most sought after players this summer. 

Atletico Madrid set to make offer to Fiorentina for Vlahohic: the latest
Atletico Madrid set to make offer to Fiorentina for Vlahohic: the latest
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Former Nottingham Forest defender teases next move

Defender Yuri Ribeiro has teased his next move with a tweet after departing the East Midlands club earlier in the summer. He has been reported as a target for fellow Championship side Reading and he could well be on his way to the Madejski Stadium.

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Sheffield United close to signing former Leeds man

Sheffield United are close to signing former Leeds United player Ronaldo Vieira from Italian side Sampdoria as Slavisa Jokanovic confirmed the player's arrival in his press conference. The 23-year-old midfielder is set to join the Yorkshire club on loan, three years after he left Elland Road.

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Bielsa agrees another one-year contract extension

A day before the Premier League season starts, Marcelo Bielsa has agreed to extend his stay at Leeds United to another year. This will be the Argentine's fourth campaign in charge at Elland Road and after an impressive debut campaign back in the top-flight, there will be a lot of eyes on how Leeds perform this season.

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Lautaro Martinez wants new Inter contract

Tottenham Hotspur have suffered a huge blow as their main striker target Martinez's agent says the striker is happy at the financially crippled club. His agent said that his client would like to discuss a new contract with the Serie A champions.

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Willock agrees six-year contract at Newcastle

As per Mike McGrath and David Ornstein, Arsenal youngster Joe Willock has taken one step closer to rejoining Newcastle United, this time on a permanent basis after a breakthrough in talks regarding the player's demands. He has reportedly agreed to a six-year contract with Steve Bruce's side.

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Charlton bring in Kirk

Charlton Athletic have bolstered their wide areas today with the signing of Charlie Kirk from Crewe Alexandra. The 23-year-old winger has penned a four-year-deal with the South London club. In 42 appearances in League One last season, Kirk scored six goals and recorded eight assists.

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Klopp says Liverpool don't need more signings

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will worry Liverpool supporters with his recent comments that imply he has complete faith in the players at his disposal and that there is no need to add more players to the squad this summer. The only signing the club have made this summer is defender Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for a reported £36million. 

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Boyata pens new deal

Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata has extended his stay at Hertha Berlin until 2024. The 30-year-old has also taken up the number '4' shirt ahead of the new season.

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Savic signs for three more years

Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic has put pen to paper on a new deal with the La Liga champions that will tie him to the club until the summer of 2024. The 30-year-old Montengro international's new deal will take his stay in Madrid to nine years.

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Sheffield United youngster heads to Belgium

Blades defender Femi Seriki, 19, has been loaned out to Belgian side K. Beerschot V.A for the 2021/22 season. 

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Arteta looking to add to his Arsenal squad

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed in a press conference that he is looking to strengthen his side before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. 

He said: "The club, the owners and myself, we all have the same interest, which is to make this team much stronger.

"We know we still have things to do to get what we want.”

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Willock breakthrough for Newcastle

Some positive news for Newcastle United fans as it appears the highly-popular deal to bring Joe Willock back to St James' Park has taken one step closer. The club are finally getting close to meeting the Arsenal youngster's demands and the deal could be completed soon.

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Dann departs Palace

Veteran defender Scott Dann has officially left Crystal Palace, bringing an end a seven-year stay in South London. The 34-year-old has been linked with a surprise move back to former club Birmingham City. He played alongside current Blues boss Lee Bowyer at the club 10 years ago.

Official Site - Crystal Palace F.C.
Official Site - Crystal Palace F.C.
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Messi's glamorous PSG crypto boost

Lionel Messi's contract with the French giants involves a payment in cryptocurrency, which are tokens in PSG. The currency developer Socios is a sponsor of the club.

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Everton to miss out on Dumfries

After being closely linked to Everton in the aftermath of Euro 2020, dynamic full-back Denzel Dumfries will not be playing his football on Merseyside this season. The Netherlands international is set to join Inter. Brave considering the best players can't get out of Inter quick enough.

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Ramsdale's Arsenal move on the brink of collapse

Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale's move to Arsenal is close to falling through after the Gunners are reluctant to match the £30million asking price. Arsenal are said to be looking at alternative targets.

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Shaqiri set for Liverpool exit?

Liverpool could be about to part ways with Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss attacker appears to be on the verge of a move to Olympique Lyonnais worth upwards of €8m.

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Norwich make a move

Ahead of their opening game back in the Premier League against Liverpool on Saturday, Norwich City have swooped for PAOK winger Christos Tzolis for around £10m, which is a fair wedge for a 19-year-old.

The Greece international arrives at Carrow Road on a five-year deal.

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Will Grealish play as a false nine?

With Harry Kane potentially on his way to Manchester City, Pep Guardiola could have England's best number nine to play with. But if Kane doesn't arrive, would Jack Grealish be the ideal player to fulfil Pep's much-loved false nine role?

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Abraham deal edging closer

Such is the football transfer market these days, players don't actually have to be in the room for deals to be done. Roma general manager Tiago Pinto was reported in London yesterday to attempt to push for a conclusion to Tammy Abraham's £34m move from Chelsea, all despite the fact Abraham himself was in Belfast winning the UEFA Super Cup with the Blues.

We'll see just how successful Pinto was over the course of the next couple of days.

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