TRANSFER GOSSIP: Arsenal will FINALLY offload outcast Nicolas Pepe

TRANSFER GOSSIP: Arsenal will FINALLY offload outcast Nicolas Pepe, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia ‘never had any desire’ to leave Napoli this summer, while ex-Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards is set to return to the game

  • The transfer window still remains open for clubs in Greece, Qatar and Turkey 
  • Liverpool kept hold of Mohamed Salah after the Saudi window closed yesterday
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The 2023 summer transfer window may be a thing of the past as far as Premier League clubs are concerned, but several top flight stars are still looking for new teams with those in Greece, Qatar and Turkey still able to sign players.

Davinson Sanchez, Tanguy Ndombele and Eric Bailly have all sealed moves away from the Premier League since deadline day, and more out-of-favour players will hope to follow in pursuit of more regular first team football.

One of the biggest stories of recent weeks was Mohamed Salah’s future at Liverpool amid interest from Al-Ittihad, who had an initial £150million bid rejected. However, the Reds will have breathed a sigh of relief when deadline day in Saudi Arabia passed on Thursday, meaning Liverpool did stave off Al-Ittihad’s interest – until the window reopens that is.  

Meanwhile, there are still a handful of free agents, including Jesse Lingard and David de Gea, who have yet to find new homes.

Mail Sport takes a look at all the latest transfer gossip on Friday morning. 

The Saudi transfer window closed on Thursday and Mohamed Salah stayed at Liverpool

Arsenal outcast Nicolas Pepe looks like he will finally secure a departure from the club

Arsenal outcast Nicolas Pepe is set to complete a move to Turkish side Trabzonspor on Friday. The winger has endured a dismal time in north London since his then-club record £72m move in 2019 and spent last season on loan with Nice. He will sign a short-term deal until next summer after undergoing his medical this morning. (Fabrizio Romano)

Former Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui is in the running to take over as Lyon manager. The Spaniard has been out of work since walking out on Wolves on the eve of the campaign and is being considered alongside current Lille boss Paulo Fonseca. (Sky Sports) 

Andre Onana has committed to just one-game of a Cameroon return, but has left an olive branch out for more matches down the line. Onana retired from international duty last December after a falling-out with head coach Rigobert Song over tactics but has come out of retirement for next week’s AFCON qualifier against Burundi. If they qualify for the tournament, he will then hold further talks about a more long-term commitment. (The Athletic) 

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Saudi champions Al-Ittihad believe their pursuit to sign Mohamed Salah is only on hold after the Egyptian star stayed at Liverpool with the transfer window now closed. The Reds rejected a £150m offer for their talisman, with the Saudi side also willing to pay the 31-year-old an annual salary of £100m after tax for three years. (Mail Sport)

Fulham are hoping to agree a new deal with midfielder Harrison Reed in the coming weeks. The midfielder was the subject of interest from Wolves over the summer, but the Cottagers rejected a £3m bid. Reed is currently being paid in the region of £30,000-a-week and is keen for an improvement on those terms. (Evening Standard)

Highly-regarded former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is set to return to the game in a new role. Edwards – who left Anfield last summer – will launch an advisory service alongside the club’s ex-director of research, Ian Graham.  They will provide advice and experience to ownership groups and teams and aim to improve performance on and off the pitch. (The Athletic).

Former Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui is in the running to take over at faltering Ligue 1 club Lyon

Former Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards (left) also looks set to return to the game

Napoli star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia never had any interest in moving on from the club this summer, according to his agent. The 22-year-old was crucial as the Italian side won the Serie A title for the first time since 1990 last season and the Georgian’s agent insisted ‘we never talked about wanting to change club’. (CalcioNapoli24)

Former Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe is in discussions to join Real Betis. The defender – who has struggled with injury over recent years – has also spoken to Premier League new-boys Luton Town and Sheffield United this summer. (Mail Sport)

Promising young Mexican attacking midfielder Marcelo Flores is preparing to depart Arsenal. Flores is expected to sign a four-year deal with Mexican giants Tigres after failing to make an appearance during his time with the Gunners. (Fabrizio Romano)

Jesse Lingard stepped up his attempts to find a new club after he featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly for West Ham against Ipswich on Thursday. The former Man United youngster enjoyed a dazzling loan spell with the Hammers during the second half of the 2020-21 season and is keen to get his career back on track. (Mail Sport)

The agent of Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia insisted his client had no desire to leave Napoli


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