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Tuesday’s transfer gossip: Rice, Bellingham, Raphinha, Ziyech, Nkunku, Keita, Saliba

Declan Rice

Arsenal have made Declan Rice their top transfer target this summer and are confident they can beat Chelsea to signing the 24-year-old England midfielder. (Times – subscription required)external-link

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl is planning talks with England midfielder Jude Bellingham and his parents about the 19-year-old’s future, and says there have been no offers for him. (Kicker – in German)external-link

Brazil winger Raphinha has been linked with Arsenal, but the 26-year-old has no intention of leaving Barcelona in January. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)external-link

Newcastle United are looking at signing Chelsea’s England midfielders Conor Gallagher, 22, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 26, as well as 29-year-old Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech this month. (Telegraph – subscription required)external-link

RB Leipzig sporting director Max Eberl says the “signs are very clear” that France forward Christopher Nkunku, 25, will join Chelsea. (Bild, via Mail)external-link

Newcastle have joined Leicester City in the race for Fiorentina and Argentina forward Nico Gonzalez, but the Serie A club will not let the 24-year-old go for less than £40m. (TuttoMercatoWeb)external-link

Everton and Newcastle are holding talks over signing 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen and Ecuador defender Piero Hincapie, who has also been linked with Tottenham. (Football Insider)external-link

Leeds United have increased their £22.2m bid for 22-year-old Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, who impressed for Morocco at the 2022 World Cup. (90 Min)external-link

Chelsea and Tottenham are no longer chasing Everton’s English forward Anthony Gordon, 21. (CaughtOffside)external-link

Brighton are interested in 24-year-old Argentine forward Valentin Castellanos, who is on loan at Girona from New York City. (Independent)external-link

France defender William Saliba says he is “so happy” at Arsenal as talks about a new deal for the 21-year-old continue. (Independent)external-link

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