Cristiano Ronaldo future to be solved and Chelsea could be busy

Cristiano Ronaldo future to be solved and Chelsea could be busy

Cristiano Ronaldo future to be solved and Chelsea could be busy

Cristiano Ronaldo’s immediate future will be decided on the last day of the summer transfer market.

At dawn on Thursday, the debate over whether to stay at Manchester United after the 11pm deadline was underway, despite boss Erik ten Hag downplaying suggestions that the 37-year-old might leave the club.

The imminent arrival of Ajax frontman Antony in a deal costing over £ 80m has sparked hints that Ronaldo may be allowed to go, with the striker tied to Napoli and Sporting Lisbon.

Ajax's Antony (left) is expected to join Manchester United

Ajax’s Antony (left) is expected to join Manchester United (Michael Regan / PA)

However, when asked about the future of the Portugal captain, Ten Hag said: “We are happy with him, he is happy to be here and we want to make the season a success together.”

United’s moves for Antony and Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka remained in the works at the start of the deadline day, though the club, which has also been linked to the old Memphis Depay, was hoping to get both deals over the edge.

Chelsea also appear not to be in the mood to put their checkbook away after finally getting their hands on £ 70m Leicester defender Wesley Fofana on Wednesday.

The Blues have been credited with interest in former Barcelona Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha, AC Milan’s Rafael Leao and Dynamo Moscow’s Arsen Zakharyan amid claims they failed to got nothing with Neymar of Paris St Germain.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could return to the Premier League

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could return to Premier League (Joan Monfort / AP)

However, Everton’s Anthony Gordon appears to remain out of their league.

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher, who spent last season on loan at the Palace, made four Premier League appearances with his parent team this season, but suitors have been monitoring his situation should he become available in recent weeks.

The Foxes are on the market to quickly replace Fofana, with Reims defender Wout Faes in their sights, and have also been linked to Atalanta winger Jeremie Boga.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he may need another midfielder and that was before Jordan Henderson was injured during the Newcastle win on Wednesday. Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz has been touted as a possible target for the Reds.

Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz has been linked to the move to Liverpool

Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz has been linked to transfer to Liverpool (Nick Potts / PA)

One midfielder who could be up for grabs during the closing hours of the window is Youri Tielemans, with reports suggesting Leicester are open to offers of £ 25m for a player who is in the final year of his contract.

Arsenal are part of a number of clubs that have been attributed an interest in the Belgian and the Gunners have also been linked to the duo Zaha and Wolves Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves.

The Manchester City champions have already invested heavily, but it may not yet be done with Manuel Akanji, defender of the Swiss national team Borussia Dortmund, another possible addition.

Southampton may have a busy day as they approach Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Samuel Edozie and Juan Larios, but they will reportedly face Leeds competition for PSV winger Cody Gakpo.

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