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Thursday’s transfer rumours: Ronaldo, Antony, Isak, Leao, Tielemans and more

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Welcome to 101 Great Goals’ round-up of all the transfer rumours from Thursday 25th August.

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Marseille have ruled themselves out of signing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer [Fabrizio Romano]

Alexander Isak has flown to Newcastle to finalise his £60m move to St James’ Park this summer [Sky Sports]

Lyon have rejected West Ham’s 40m euro offer for midfielder Lucas Paqueta [Sky Sports]

Kevin Trapp has announced that he won’t be moving to Manchester United, revealing that “I received a written proposal from Manchester United – world top club. Yesterday, I informed those responsible at both clubs that I had decided stay at Eintracht Frankfurt” [Fabrizio Romano]

Instead, Manchester United are trying to sign Newcastle United’s Martin Dubravka on loan for the upcoming season [Various]

Meanwhile, the Red Devils have cooled their interest in Gakpo [David Ornstein]

Southampton are leading the race for Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland Niles, who could leave on loan with an option to buy this summer [Fabrizio Romano]

Chelsea have promised to pay Rafael Leao’s owed settlement to Sporting as they weigh up a late bid for the AC Milan forward [Calcio Mercato]

There is still no agreement between Arsenal and Real Betis over Hector Bellerin [London Evening Standard]

Chelsea and Barcelona are set for more talks over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Memphis Depay’s departure from the Camp Nou fell through [Fabrizio Romano]

Arsenal consider Youri Tielemans too expensive right now given that he can leave for free in 12 months time [The Athletic]

They continue to work on a deal for Wolves forward Pedro Neto, but right now their valuation and that of Wolves’ is too far apart [ESPN]


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Ben Browning

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