Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd fresh £45m bid, De Jong picks Chelsea move, Arsenal £6m offer

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The race for Lisandro Martinez is well and truly hotting up as Manchester United and Arsenal battle it out for the Ajax defender, while the Red Devils also sweat on the future of star man Cristiano Ronaldo amid reported interest from Chelsea. Express Sport has you covered as we create a rundown of all the latest transfer news – including done deals – on Friday, July 8.


  • Man Utd make £45m Martinez bid07:30
  • Man Utd make £45m Martinez bid

    Manchester United have made an improved offer for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, according to De Telegraaf.

    It’s claimed the Red Devils have now offered £45m including add-ons for the centre-back after initially tabling £37m for the 24-year-old.

    Martinez is believed to favour a move to Old Trafford due to his connection with former manager Erik ten Hag.

    Arsenal, meanwhile, have offered up to £40m with add-ons and although they did not receive an official response, there is growing belief that United are now the frontrunners for the defender.

    The player wants to move to the Premier League and is keen for the Amsterdam giants to accept United’s bid as he targets a reunion at Old Trafford.

    De Jong picks Chelsea

    Frenkie de Jong would favour a surprise move to Chelsea over joining Manchester United – if he was to leave Barcelona this summer.

    That’s according to Spanish journalist Toni Juanmarti of Relevo, after Chelsea entered the fray for the Dutch midfield maestro.

    United have been locked in talks with Barcelona for several weeks over a deal but they are still yet to strike a total agreement for the technician.

    It leaves the door open for Chelsea to pounce and should they match Barcelona’s valuation, De Jong could be heading for Stamford Bridge.

    He’s already held extensive discussions with former manager Erik ten Hag over the prospect of joining United but meanwhile, Chelsea can offer Champions League football.

    Arsenal make £6m offer

    Arsenal want to sign Lille winger Edon Zhegrova after reportedly making a £6m offer for the Kosovo international.

    The 23-year-old only joined the French side in January from Basel but The Mirror are reporting that Arsenal are ready to chance their arm with a shock swoop for his services.

    Mikel Arteta is expected to miss out on Raphinha to Chelsea or Barcelona, meaning Arsenal are set to return to the drawing board in their pursuit of another wide attacker.

    Zhegrova seemingly ticks that box having managed two goals and one assist in just four stars for the Ligue 1 outfit.

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