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"I feel a lot better than I sound," Biden says from COVID isolation

President Joe Biden apologized for his froggy voice while speaking to reporters and his business staff from COVID isolation on Friday afternoon. (Author: Gardener)

COVIDPresident Joe Biden apologized for his froggy voice while speaking to reporters and his business staff from COVID isolation on Friday afternoon. "Well, thanks, let me start by apologizing — my voice — I feel a lot better than I sound," the president said at the beginning of his remarks, his vocal range noticeably lower. He gave a thumbs-up to reporters who asked him how he was feeling when journalists were told to leave the room. "I feel a lot better than I sound," Biden said again. Biden's press pool was gathered with his business team in the South Court Auditorium while the President was kept away from them in the upstairs residence of the White House. At the briefing, spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden was very "active" on Friday. "The president said he still works more than eight hours a day," said Jean-Pierre. White House COVID Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha, told reporters, "The President is better." He showed me his plate," Jha said, laughing. "I didn't ask for the menu, but I did see an empty plate with crumbs on it, and I have a few guesses as to what was there. "I asked him about his appetite. He joked that his only regret was that his appetite hadn't changed," Jha continued. "He was in a very good mood," added the COVID coordinator. Biden's symptoms "have improved," according to a letter the White House received Friday morning from the president's physician, Dr. Kevin O'Connor, published. O'Connor reported that Biden ended his first full day of the antiviral Paxlovid after testing positive for COVID-19 on both an antigen and a PCR test Thursday morning. O'Connor said Biden's symptoms continue to be a runny nose, fatigue - and now a "loose" cough. “His voice is deeper this morning. The White House doctor said Biden would continue on Paxlovid, which would be supplemented with oral hydration, acetaminophen and an albuterol inhaler used by asthmatics. Prior to the release of the doctor's letter, the White House released another photo of Biden working from the residence — this time wearing a mask. The picture shows the President signing the FORMULA Act, a bill temporarily removing tariffs on imported baby food, on Thursday. "President Biden continued working from the White House this morning, including phone calls with his national security team," the tweet said. On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping contacted Biden to wish him a "speedy recovery," Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported. "I want to offer you my deepest sympathy and wish you a speedy recovery," Xi said, according to AFP. On Wednesday, Biden said he plans to speak with the Chinese leader within the next 10 days but would not reveal if he had made a decision on whether to maintain or end China's Trump-era tariffs. Xi's message was the first contact between the two leaders in four months as the relationship has deteriorated over Taiwan, Ukraine and other issues. Earlier this week, State Department spokesman Zhao Lijiang lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is reportedly planning to visit Taiwan next month. S. ties and sending a seriously wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces," Zhao said. S. should insist on going the wrong way, China will take decisive and strong measures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity," the spokesman added. COVID-19 originated in China and Biden initially pushed U. Chinese state media said Chinese President Xi Jinping reached out to Biden on Friday for a "speedy recovery" after the American president's COVID diagnosis. White House COVID Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha (right) made the rounds on morning shows on Friday and said on CNN that Biden was "doing fine" and "the symptoms were basically the same. On Friday morning, Jha made the rounds on the morning shows and said he last spoke to Biden's medical team around 10 p.m. Thursday night. He said on CNN that Biden was "doing fine" and "the symptoms were basically the same." On ABC's Good Morning America, Jha pushed back that Biden's age could make fighting the virus more problematic. "He's as protected as he can against this virus," Jha replied, pointing to the four COVID shots the president has received in addition to his prescription for the antiviral drug Paxlovid. Jha will again be present at Friday afternoon's White House press briefing. The White House has so far resisted putting O'Connor before the press.

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Tri Star Exec accused of spying on Britney Spears fails to win key hearing delay

Robin Greenhill requested a last-minute postponement to add more lawyers, but the judge saw no "irreparable damage," keeping the July 27 court showdown over Britney's escrow demand (Author: Gardener)

Robin GreenhillThe Tri Star executive, who is accused of helping Britney Spears' father 'mirror' his daughter's iCloud account to spy on the pop star's private messages, has lost a last-minute bid, a key hearing next Week to postpone whether they have to sit and cough up documents for a statement. Robin Greenhill requested the postponement this week, saying she hired a new law firm last weekend - and her new lawyer needs more time to "familiarize himself" with her application, which was served by Britney's attorney Mathew Rosengart last October quash subpoenas. For his part, Rosengart denied the requested delay, arguing in a duel filed Tuesday that Greenhill was still being represented by her longtime attorney, Eric Adler, and that new evidence found by a third party allegedly showed that Greenhill was "false or materially misleading." had "made public statements" in a previous affidavit. The court said Greenhill has failed to demonstrate that she would suffer "irreparable harm" if the July 27 hearing on her application stayed on the calendar, where it has been held for months. Greenhill and her boss, Tri Star CEO Lou Taylor, are both fighting Rosengart's attempt to videotape her -- as well as his subpoenas demanding all documents and communications related to "electronic surveillance, cloning, or tapping of Britney's phone." everything to do with Tri Stars' estate compensation and everything regarding Britney's medical care, the singer's allegations that she was forced to work and the alleged wiretapping of Britney's bedroom. Rosengart issued the subpoenas after Greenhill was specifically singled out in blockbuster statements by former Spears security guard Alex Vlasov in the New York Times documentary Controlling Britney Spears. According to Vlasov, Greenhill was in a group chat with Britney's father, Jamie Spears, and Vlasov's boss, Edan Yemini, Black Box's chief of security, who analyzed "every step" Britney took in the depths of her court-ordered conservatorship. “Even in the holy place, their home, every single request was monitored and recorded. Vlasov claimed that Yemini once "had an audio recorder placed in Britney's bedroom." He also said it was Greenhill who suggested setting up an iPad with Britney's iCloud account so that it would "mirror" all of her activities. "Edan brought me text messages that Britney would have and he asked me to encrypt those messages and give them to him so he could forward them to Robin and Jamie," Vlasov said. In a Nov. 4 affidavit accompanying her request to have the subpoenas vacated, Greenhill claimed "no one at Tri Star has ever suggested monitoring Ms. Spears' electronic communications." She also denied any knowledge of a "hidden electronic surveillance device placed in Ms. Spear's bedroom" and suggested that Rosengart's request for records dating back 14 years was "grossly exaggerated" as Tri Star was not involved in Britney's career or the making of the Films Conservatory in early February 2008. "Tri Star played no part in proposing the establishment of the Conservatory," Greenhill wrote. According to Rosengart and his co-counsel, Kyle Freeny, Greenhill's statements were false. In a July 1 affidavit, Freeny told the court that Black Box Security created Word documents containing screenshots of Britney's text messages that Yemini emailed to Jamie and Greenhill between 2016 and 2019, without comment. The attorneys also provided the court with a January 1, 2008, email that Jamie's attorney, Geraldine Wyle, sent to Taylor discussing the best time to apply for conservatorship. This is the first safe day to face trial on this matter," Wyle wrote in the email a month before Britney's guardianship was granted. In a subsequent email to Jamie Spears on January 17, 2008, Taylor wrote that she had already spoken to others about Andrew Wallet, the man who would eventually become Jamie's co-conservator. "He and Tri Star will serve as Co's W You," Taylor wrote, meaning her company would join Wallet as another co-conservator. "Tri Star's own internal emails -- obtained from a third party -- indicate that Tri Star's Lou Taylor played a significant role in Ms. Spears' affairs prior to and during the early days of the Conservatory," Rosengart told the court in one File of July 1st. Rosengart claims Tri Star earned more than $18 million from Britney's estate during her conservatorship. He claims Tri Star's unwillingness to answer his questions shows the company "has a lot to hide." He has accused Taylor of misusing estate funds to pay for expenses such as an ad in The Hollywood Reporter and personal legal fees. Britney's attorney, a former federal prosecutor, has also challenged Jamie's agreement to pay Tri Star a minimum annual guarantee of $500,000, even after Britney went on hiatus and stopped performing near the end of her conservatorship. That agreement was in effect when Taylor abruptly resigned as Britney's general manager in October 2020, around the same time the "Toxic" singer's former attorney began publicly objecting to Jamie's role in managing the estate. (Britney's conservatorship was terminated on Nov. 12.) According to Tri Star's attorneys, Britney has not demonstrated any "third-party fraud" on the part of her former management team that would authorize her to subpoena documents from previous accounting periods previously upheld by the court. They have claimed that only records dating back to January 1, 2019 are fair game for subpoenas.

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Britney Spears calls Michelle Pfeiffer "the most charming...sexy...and alluring" in her Instagram post.

"I know she has no idea who I am but I just want to let her know that some stupid southern girl always thought she was a goddamn god," Spears wrote alongside a clip from 1992's Batman Returns (Author: Gardener)

Michelle PfeifferBritney Spears wants Michelle Pfeiffer to know she's a huge fan! On Tuesday, Spears shared a clip of Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, in 1992's Batman Returns to her Instagram page, along with a long, heartfelt caption about the 64-year-old Golden Globe winner's acting talent. "I feel like she's the most charming...sexy...and seductive woman," Spears, 40, wrote. "Of course, @michellepfeifferofficial, who I've never met, is the character 🐈🐈🐈...she's the most conventional in this movie as possible," the Grammy winner continued. In the scene, Pfeiffer's character, who has just survived a near-fatal fall, assembles her black latex Catwoman costume from home while surrounded by cats. "I know not how you are, Miss Kitty, but I feel so much tastier," says the actress as she wears the costume for the first time. "The cataclysm she unveils at Hell's Gates is filled with anticipation and biting revealed at their best 😬😬😬," the pop star explained. Spears then referred to the many Batman remakes and revivals that have been produced since the release of the Tim Burton-directed 1989 Batman sequel, praising Pfeiffer's performance as outstanding in the franchise. RELATED: Britney Spears sings new version of 'Baby One More Time' after not singing on 'Extremely Long Time' "There's been a hell of a lot of remakes since then, but honestly I don't think anyone can even come close to that scene alone!!!" wrote the "...Baby One More Time" performer. Despite having five #1 singles, selling nearly 150 million records worldwide and being known as the "Princess of Pop," Spears doesn't believe that Pfeiffer would know who she is." I know she has no idea who I am, but I just want to let her know that some stupid southern girl always thought she was a goddamn god, and I did." so much respect for her it's kinda crazy," she continued. "Thank you for doing your craft so beautifully 🙏🙏🙏...one and only Pfeiffer!!!" Pfeiffer isn't the only famous woman to have Spears recently shouted via Instagram."She came to my wedding," Spears began of the caption r writing and posted a picture of the Only Murders in the Building star in a khaki top with a multicolored graffiti covered skirt. RELATED: Britney Spears and Selena Gomez get emotional on Instagram: 'I'm incredibly lucky to know you' Continuing the caption and referring to Gomez, the newlywed wrote, 'I was SO HAPPY!!! She told me, "I just want you to be happy thrice"..."Two hour specials with reps...You're such a special person and I had to share this picture...I thought it would make her happy," Spears continued away. In a comment below, Gomez wrote that she was "speechless." to read the pop star's tribute. "Britney – you are so kind and have the most beautiful soul. I'm more than happy to know you. You deserve all the happiness in the world!💕,” the Rare Beauty founder wrote.

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Everton fans resume protests against club's leadership under Farhad Moshiri

Everton fans resume protests against the club's leadership under Farhad Moshiri - supporters had staged strikes and sit-ins at games last season. (Author: Gardener)

Farhad MoshiriEverton fans will resume their protests outside Goodison Park on Saturday to try to get a deeper look into the club's "mismanagement" under owner Farhad Moshiri. Fans had previously staged walk-outs and sit-ins at games last season, but with the relegation battle threatening the club's 68-year-old top-flight status, the focus was on an orchestrated campaign aimed at maximizing home advantage and empower the players. However, with Moshiri appearing to have given up on a potential takeover, cumulative losses of £370million over three years, one of their best players at Richarlison sold and missing a squad reinforcement with a seventh permanent manager just two weeks before the start of the new season will be six years old the fans will be out and about again in droves this weekend. Are you fed up with the poor management of our football club by the owner, the chairman and the board? Then please join us to protest at Goodison Park on Saturday 23 July at 12pm. "In the last six years since Moshiri took over the club has been in an apparent downward spiral," a spokesman for the 27-year campaign (referring to the time since Everton's last trophy) told the PA news agency. “Financial fair play has hit us at such a point that we have been forced to sell what is arguably our best player and we are struggling to reinvest that money. "It's more than mismanagement, it's more the erratic behavior of the owner and the board who also work with him. "If he (Moshiri) wants to continue, he can't continue with this board. Everton fans will protest the club's operations at Goodison Park this weekend (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Wire) Previous protests have been directed at the board in general and longtime chairman Bill Kenwright in particular. But organizers of Saturday's gathering want it to be about raising awareness of the issues and calling for better communication from the club, rather than singleing out individuals. "It's no secret at all that there are a large number of Evertoners who are unhappy with Bill Kenwright, (CEO) Denise Barrett-Baxendale and others on the board," added the spokesman. Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale have been targeted at previous protests (Nigel French/PA) (PA Archive) 'They are trying to influence Moshiri into making the right decisions. "What we really want is proper communication from the board to be told that there is some sort of plan in place." Everton have dismissed criticism of their communications with supporters, with a source saying it was "a fallacy and wrong". . 🔵 | "I want to assure you all that Everton Football Club is not for sale." — Everton (@Everton) July 14, 2022 The club highlighted a series of open letters from Moshiri, most recently last week, in which he said: " Judge us at the end of the transfer window - not now" and also on the communication channels that are now open through the newly established supporters' council. Chairman Jazz Bal said in his opening remarks: "My colleagues and I fully understand that it is our job to reflect the views of the entire fan community to Everton's board and senior management team. “Through the FAB we all now have a direct line with senior Everton officials. We work directly with board members.”

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Friday, July 22 afternoon weather forecast

Friday, July 22 afternoon weather forecast (Author: Gardener)

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Chelsea close Jules Kounde deal plus Arsenal's Oleksandr Zinchenko confirmed

Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea close to Jules Kounde deal and Arsenal's Oleksandr Zinchenko confirmed - Follow all football transfer news, rumors and latest updates today (Author: Gardener)

Jules KoundeManchester United's pursuit of Frenkie De Jong continues to rumble as the start of the Premier League season draws nearer and there is still much to be decided in the transfer market. Manchester United's pursuit of Frenkie De Jong continues to rumble as the start of the Premier League season approaches and there is still much to be decided in the transfer market while Chelsea remain hopeful that this time they will fend off competition from Barcelona for one of their key goals, to strengthen Thomas Tuchel's squad. Whilst Chelsea remain hopeful this time around they will fend off competition from Barcelona for one of their key objectives, to bolster Thomas Tuchel's squad. The Sevilla star will cost over £50m as Barcelona are heavily linked with the France international and are already beating the Blues against Raphinha after the Londoners were initially interested in the former Leeds winger. The Sevilla star will cost over £50m as Barcelona are heavily linked with the France international and are already beating the Blues against Raphinha after the Londoners were initially interested in the former Leeds winger. Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo's future remains in doubt, the Portuguese is looking to leave Manchester United but his salary remains prohibitively expensive and Erik ten Hag claims the No.7 is not for sale with a year left on his contract at Old Trafford. Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo's future remains in doubt, the Portuguese is looking to leave Manchester United but his salary remains prohibitively expensive and Erik ten Hag claims the No.7 is not for sale with a year left on his contract at Old Trafford. Real Madrid are not interested according to the latest reports, while a shock move to Atletico Madrid has also been rumored. Real Madrid are not interested according to the latest reports, while a shock move to Atletico Madrid has also been rumored. Follow the latest transfer news with our live blog below: Follow the latest transfer news with our live blog below: 18:21 , Luke Baker It took a while to get this ready but Oleksandr Zinchenko is now OFFICIALLY an Arsenal- Player after completing his move from Manchester City. The 25-year-old has made 128 appearances for City, can operate in defense or midfield and is on a long-term deal for £32m watch.” “Alex is a high quality player who will give us options and versatility. It's not just about the positions he can play, but the versatility he'll give us on offense and defense. "Alex is a person of great human qualities and character and I am delighted that everyone has made this great effort to bring Alex to the club." 15:30 , Luke Baker Brazilian defender Dani Alves has joined Mexican club Pumas UNAM on a free transfer, shared the Liga MX club on Thursday, a month after completing his second spell with Barcelona. Raphael Varane has no regrets about joining Manchester United 15:15 , Luke Baker Raphael Varane has no regrets about joining Manchester United despite a difficult first season at Old Trafford, made worse by former club Real Madrid's Champions League win . Barcelona came back from the brink but are still betting on their chances for a sustainable future 10:49 , Karl Matchett What's going on at Barcelona this summer, why are they spending so much but can't register players and what's new at Frenkie de Jong ? Miguel Delaney's deep dive into the Catalan club is now a must: given the fact he was once assured he was 'Barcelona's future', Frenkie de Jong might roll his eyes at stories like the one below. A few months ago, the Catalan club talked about a potential summer destination, but it was at a time when La Liga's salary cap meant they couldn't register any signings. The player was interested but understandably skeptical and the situation formed a large part of the discussions. Everyone still wants to play for Barca. The sales club, which originated from Germany, was not so confident. Barcelona are back from the abyss but are playing with their future again 10:15 , Karl Matchett Well one of them seems to override the need for the other depending on what Erik ten Hag wants from his team this season. But with Cristiano Ronaldo set to stay (so far), the Red Devils will have to decide who will support and compete with him in attack - the Manchester Evening News report they have 'decided' to keep Anthony Martial. That said, they also say there's "no market" for the France forward, perhaps suggesting United haven't decided anything at all and are simply sticking to keeping him. A day or two ago there were the first tenuous links over a double deal with Barcelona, ​​with United wanting to bring Memphis Depay back as well as Frenkie de Jong, with €20m enough to sign the striker, who has a year left on his contract and he quickly hit her back, saying he wasn't interested in moving to north London. 08:45 , Reuters Brazilian defender Dani Alves has joined Mexican club Pumas UNAM on a free transfer, the Liga MX club said on Thursday, a month after completing his second spell at Barcelona. Alves won six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies among other important honors in his first spell at Barcelona in 2008-16. "Dani Alves we are waiting for you," Pumas wrote on Twitter. Alves helped Brazil win Olympic gold in last year's Tokyo games, in addition to two Copa America titles and two Confederations Cup trophies with the national team. The 39-year-old has garnered more than 100 caps for Brazil since his senior debut in 2006 and was part of the teams that featured in the World Cups in 2010 and 2014. Alves was with Sevilla in 2019 after 17 years in Europe, Barcelona, ​​​​Juventus and Paris St. Germain joined Brazilian club Sao Paulo but canceled his contract in September after a row over unpaid salaries. He returned to Barcelona in November and signed a contract until the end of the 2021/22 season and reunited with former teammate and newly appointed manager Xavi Hernandez. Alves made 14 league appearances as Barcelona finished second, 13 points behind Real Madrid. Alves won six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies among other important honors in his first spell at Barcelona in 2008-16. "Dani Alves we are waiting for you," Pumas wrote on Twitter. Alves helped Brazil win Olympic gold in last year's Tokyo games, in addition to two Copa America titles and two Confederations Cup trophies with the national team. The 39-year-old has garnered more than 100 caps for Brazil since his senior debut in 2006 and was part of the teams that featured in the World Cups in 2010 and 2014. Alves was with Sevilla in 2019 after 17 years in Europe, Barcelona, ​​​​Juventus and Paris St. Germain joined Brazilian club Sao Paulo but canceled his contract in September after a row over unpaid salaries. He returned to Barcelona in November and signed a contract until the end of the 2021/22 season and reunited with former teammate and newly appointed manager Xavi Hernandez. Alves made 14 league appearances as Barcelona finished second, 13 points behind Real Madrid. Raphael Varane has no regrets moving to Manchester United 08:33 , Karl Matchett Raphael Varane has no regrets moving to Manchester United despite a difficult first season at Old Trafford, exacerbated by former club Real Madrid's Champions League win . There was optimism at the Red Devils last summer when France international Jadon Sancho followed and joined a club that had just finished runners-up in the Premier League and Europa League. Varane enjoyed an unforgettable reception at a packed Old Trafford before a convincing win over rivals Leeds and the return of former Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo raised expectations. But things soon went wrong for United. There was optimism at the Red Devils last summer when France international Jadon Sancho followed and joined a club that had just finished runners-up in the Premier League and Europa League. Varane enjoyed an unforgettable reception at a packed Old Trafford before a convincing win over rivals Leeds and the return of former Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo raised expectations. But things soon went wrong for United. Poor results saw the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and interim replacement Ralf Rangnick, who took the side to just sixth place, while injuries limited the defender to just 20 league starts. "It wasn't the best season, the best results," Varane told the PA news agency. Poor results saw the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and interim replacement Ralf Rangnick, who took the side to just sixth place, while injuries limited the defender to just 20 league starts. "It wasn't the best season, the best results," Varane told the PA news agency. "Of course I wanted to play a little more, but that's part of football and we're looking forward to next season." When asked if his former team's success had convinced him he made the wrong decision, he replied four-time European champions: “Absolutely not. I think in football you have to challenge yourself and try to improve and I wanted to have another experience after 10 years in the same place – so no.” “Of course I wanted to play a little more, but that's part of football and we're looking forward to next season.” When asked if his former team's success had convinced him he made the wrong decision, the four-time European champions replied: “Absolutely not. I think in football you have to challenge yourself and try to improve and I wanted to have another experience after 10 years in the same place – so no.”

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Koulibaly is due for Chelsea debut after six-year transfer hunt

"Ready to win trophies bro?" Reece James called Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea's newest signing, last week while attending the club's US tour in Las Vegas. "Sure, yes bro, 100 per cent," the new £33m defender promptly barked back at his new team-mate. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaNow at his new side's training camp in Orlando, the former Napoli man is ready to make his debut against Arsenal in the Florida Cup tomorrow night. Chelsea have landed a player they have wanted for six years. Antonio Conte was the first to try and Thomas Tuchel has finally signed the Senegalese international, who is known as one of the best centre-backs in the world. A legend at Napoli, he has been crowned Serie A's best defender and has been voted Team of the Year in four of his eight seasons at the club. Since his debut for Napoli in 2014-15 he won more tackles (344) and made the most successful passes (14,528) in Serie A. Then he joined Napoli but for all his quality he only won two national trophies in Italy. However, he did lift an Africa Cup of Nations trophy with Senegal alongside Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in January. His arrival at Chelsea could end his wait for success at club level and his former Napoli team-mate Jorginho admits he had been trying for a while to get his friend to join him in west London. "We talked a lot about it," said Jorginho. "Even before I came here, Chelsea were interested in him and now it's finally happened, so it's really good." Koulibaly admits he can't wait to be reunited with Jorginho and Mendy. He said: "Jorgi texted me and asked if I would like to come. At the time I wasn't sure if they wanted me, but of course I said I'd like to come. He already speaks good English and is known for his total dedication to his craft. Jorginho (right) said: "He already speaks better English than me, so that will help him a lot to settle in. One concern that has been raised around Koulibaly's big-money move is his age and the length of the contract he has been offered. The 31-year-old signed a four-year deal, at the time a record-breaking transfer for a player over 30, but one that was quickly broken by Barcelona's new signing Robert Lewandowski. For manager Tuchel, however, age is not an issue. "We have Thiago Silva, who is even older and super experienced and still at the top of his game," he said. "We hope Kalidou can do the same and play for us for many years. Chelsea are looking to make more signings this summer and are ready to take their total spending to £200m under new Boehly-Clearlake owners. "We want to be up there. We want to push,” said Mason Mount after his team's last friendly in Charlotte. "Of course Raheem [Sterling] and Kalidou are also joining us, they are two incredible players who have done very, very well over the last few years."

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Chelsea close to Jules Kounde-Deal and Frenkie De Jong most recently at Man United

Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea close to Jules Kounde deal and Frenkie De Jong last at Man United - Follow all football transfer news, rumors and latest updates today (Author: Gardener)

Frenkie De JongManchester United's pursuit of Frenkie De Jong continues to rumble as the start of the Premier League season draws nearer and there is still much to be decided in the transfer market. Manchester United's pursuit of Frenkie De Jong continues to rumble as the start of the Premier League season approaches and there is still much to be decided in the transfer market while Chelsea remain hopeful that this time they will fend off competition from Barcelona for one of their key goals, to strengthen Thomas Tuchel's squad. Whilst Chelsea remain hopeful this time around they will fend off competition from Barcelona for one of their key objectives, to bolster Thomas Tuchel's squad. Jules Kounde could become their second significant defensive upgrade following the departures of Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen after Kalidou Koulibaly. Jules Kounde could become their second significant defensive upgrade following the departures of Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen after Kalidou Koulibaly. The Sevilla star will cost over £50m as Barcelona are heavily linked with the France international and are already beating the Blues against Raphinha after the Londoners were initially interested in the former Leeds winger. The Sevilla star will cost over £50m as Barcelona are heavily linked with the France international and are already beating the Blues against Raphinha after the Londoners were initially interested in the former Leeds winger. Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo's future remains in doubt, the Portuguese is looking to leave Manchester United but his salary remains prohibitively expensive and Erik ten Hag claims the No.7 is not for sale with a year left on his contract at Old Trafford. Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo's future remains in doubt, the Portuguese is looking to leave Manchester United but his salary remains prohibitively expensive and Erik ten Hag claims the No.7 is not for sale with a year left on his contract at Old Trafford. Real Madrid are not interested according to the latest reports, while a shock move to Atletico Madrid has also been rumored. Real Madrid are not interested according to the latest reports, while a shock move to Atletico Madrid has also been rumored. Follow the latest transfer news with our live blog below: Follow the latest transfer news with our live blog below: 14:00 , Karl Matchett Everton boss Frank Lampard has been vocal about the need to make commitments quickly, especially after one 4- 0 pre-season loss in USA and sale of Richarlison to Tottenham. Two Wolves players are on their radar with what appears to be a £20m bid for Morgan Gibbs-White already rejected, says the Telegraph, while the Birmingham Mail says Leander Dendoncker is the defensive option, which Lampard is most keen on. Meanwhile, Patrick Cutrone has barely kicked a ball for Wolves since signing and never looked for the English game and the £16m striker is now wanted by Rangers and Celta Vigo, Italian media say. He only has one year left on his deal and Wolves want to sell. 13:45 , Karl Matchett Arsenal does not appear to have finished their summer reinforcements. They were linked with Raphinha before his move to Barcelona so it's no surprise to see another winger on the radar, this time with PSV man Cody Gakpo in his sights. According to football.london's report, Mikel Arteta admires him, but other English clubs are also involved and he wants to get into the Premier League at some point - although the World Cup squad remains his priority. 12:15 , Karl Matchett A latest update now on Chelsea target Jules Kounde and it's good for Blues fans. Barcelona are the team competing with them to sign the Seville centre-back and the Catalan outfit are currently on a pre-season tour in the United States. There, club president Joan Laporta was reportedly asked by a fan if they will sign Kounde - but he replied, as captured by Relevo: "No, he will sign for Chelsea." Laporta doesn't actually appear in the video, just his voice, it should to be heeded but it seems the £55m deal should be finalized soon. Barcelona came back from the brink but are still betting on their chances for a sustainable future 10:49 , Karl Matchett What's going on at Barcelona this summer, why are they spending so much but can't register players and what's new at Frenkie de Jong ? Miguel Delaney's deep dive into the Catalan club is now a must: given the fact he was once assured he was 'Barcelona's future', Frenkie de Jong might roll his eyes at stories like the one below. A few months ago, the Catalan club talked about a potential summer destination, but it was at a time when La Liga's salary cap meant they couldn't register any signings. The player was interested but understandably skeptical and the situation formed a large part of the discussions. Everyone still wants to play for Barca. They have a completely different image of Barca now. It's one that's becoming more prevalent in the game. Barcelona are back from the abyss but are playing with their future again 10:15 , Karl Matchett Well one of them seems to override the need for the other depending on what Erik ten Hag wants from his team this season. But with Cristiano Ronaldo set to stay (so far), the Red Devils will have to decide who will support and compete with him in attack - the Manchester Evening News report they have 'decided' to keep Anthony Martial. That said, they also say there's "no market" for the France forward, perhaps suggesting United haven't decided anything at all and are simply sticking to keeping him. A day or two ago there were the first tenuous links over a double deal with Barcelona, ​​with United wanting to bring Memphis Depay back as well as Frenkie de Jong, with €20m enough to sign the striker, who has a year left on his contract and he quickly hit her back, saying he wasn't interested in moving to north London. 10:00 , Karl Matchett So it's time for a Manchester United shutdown, beginning with the ongoing and long-running hunt for Frenkie de Jong. Barca owe a salary of €17m that De Jong is said to waive. He's not particularly keen on the idea, as one would expect from the agreements with Barcelona. Today's news from Sport says manager Xavi Hernandez - who joined Barca's US tour just yesterday after a visa problem - will sit down with his Dutch midfielder to discuss exactly why the club want him to leave given financial problems are near -certainty after their summer releases if De Jong doesn't leave. 09:30 , Karl Matchett Worth a recap of last night in case you missed it - Nottingham Forest have signed former Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard on a free transfer. Lingard, a United Academy graduate, ended his 22-year association with the Old Trafford club after his contract expired last month. The 29-year-old England international, who made his United debut in 2014, has scored more than 35 goals in 200 games for them. Forest didn't specify the length of his contract but Sky Sports reported he had signed a one-year deal. Lingard had been linked with a move to Newcastle United as well as a return to West Ham United, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell in the 2020-21 season, during which he scored nine goals in 16 games. He will wear the number 10 jersey at Forest. Forest have been busy during the transfer window, signing defender Harry Toffolo and midfielder Lewis O'Brien from Championship side Huddersfield Town on Wednesday. Raphael Varane has no regrets moving to Manchester United 08:33 , Karl Matchett Raphael Varane has no regrets moving to Manchester United despite a difficult first season at Old Trafford, exacerbated by former club Real Madrid's Champions League win . There was optimism at the Red Devils last summer when France international Jadon Sancho followed and joined a club that had just finished runners-up in the Premier League and Europa League. Varane enjoyed an unforgettable reception at a packed Old Trafford before a convincing win over rivals Leeds and the return of former Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo raised expectations. But things soon went wrong for United. Poor results saw the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and interim replacement Ralf Rangnick, who took the side to just sixth place, while injuries limited the defender to just 20 league starts. "It wasn't the best season, the best results," Varane told the PA news agency. "Of course I wanted to play a little more, but that's part of football and we're looking forward to next season." When asked if his former team's success had convinced him he made the wrong decision, he replied four-time European champions: “Absolutely not. I think in football you have to challenge yourself and try to improve and I wanted to have another experience after 10 years in the same place – so no.” 08:00 , Jack Rathborn Chelsea have signed the highly rated Sevilla- Defender Jules Kounde a step closer. The Blues have agreed personal terms with the 23-year-old French centre-back and have now met the Spanish club's £55m asking price, according to multiple reports, with Kounde set to receive medical treatment in the next 48 hours.Thomas Tuchel rebuilds his defence the departure of Antonio Rüdiger to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen to Barcelona, ​​leaving the aging Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta as middle halves at Chelsea's front line.

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The report names five players Tuchel wants to sell as Chelsea work on the third signing

Chelsea have signed Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling so far this summer... (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaThomas Tuchel is reportedly ready to hear offers for five players as Chelsea continue to work on the signing of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde. And Chelsea are still locked in negotiations for their third signing of the summer after Kounde traveled to Portugal with Sevilla's pre-season squad, although he was originally left out. Yesterday it was reported that Kounde is awaiting a move to Barcelona despite Chelsea reaching a transfer agreement with Sevilla. It seemed like Chelsea were going to strike a deal but Barcelona now feel they have time on their side as they prepare to make an official offer to Sevilla for the France international. And the Daily Telegraph claims that Tuchel could also be "stuck with a number of unwanted players while Chelsea struggle to attract bids on one of their flops". Tuchel is ready to listen to "offers for" Michy Batshuayi, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Hakim Ziyech, Kenedy and Timo Werner this summer, but the "only firm offers Chelsea have received for players so far have been for young stars like Armando Broja West Ham United and Levi Colwill'. Werner has had a difficult time at Chelsea since joining Stamford Bridge in 2020. The Germany international has scored just ten goals in 56 Premier League games. And Werner, who was in and out of the team last season, has now claimed he needs to play more regularly for Chelsea if he wants to make Germany's World Cup squad. “First of all, the most important thing is that I'm happy. I'm happy when I play and score goals," said Werner. I could be happy anywhere. “I think of course the manager always has different ideas, different thoughts and what you need in different games. I think in a lot of games I wasn't on his mind, so I'm trying to change that. "I don't think it changes anything whether it's a winter World Cup or summer. But Tuchel was "surprised" by Werner's recent statements, he said: "I'm surprised, as a young man I would be very happy to have a contract with Chelsea. I would be one of the happiest people on this planet. "He needs to get his playing time. "I would be one of the happiest people on the planet if I had a contract with Chelsea. The Report article names five players Tuchel wants to sell as Chelsea's work on the third signing appeared first on Football365.com.

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De Jong continues after private Barca talks

All the latest Chelsea transfer news, rumors and gossip... (Author: Gardener)

De JongRoundup of Chelsea transfer news, rumors and gossip in the 2022 summer window Kounde absent from Seville's pre-season tour as Chelsea talks continue Jules Kounde has been absent from Seville's pre-season training camp in Portugal as Chelsea intensify talks over the defender's signing continues. Chelsea have had a verbal agreement with Kounde since June. He has been admired by Tuchel for some time after being linked with the Blues in last summer's transfer window. Thomas Tuchel has downplayed rumors that Armando Broja will leave Chelsea on loan this summer. Broja excelled on loan at Southampton last season but signs suggest he will be part of Tuchel's plans this season. Chelsea sign Koulibaly from Napoli Chelsea have struck a deal to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly for a fee of around £33m. He flew to Las Vegas on Friday to join his new teammates on their pre-season tour of the United States. Ake 'staying at Man City' amid Chelsea interest Manchester City defender Nathan Ake is reportedly set to stay at the club this summer as Chelsea have suffered another blow to hopes of defensive reinforcements. According to Athletic, Chelsea's interest was never backed by an offer that suited City. The report also claims that Chelsea will turn their attention to PSG centre-back Presnel Kimpembe in talks with the two clubs. Gallagher sees Chelsea breakthrough after 'nice' Tuchel call Midfielder Conor Gallagher is aiming to become a key player for Premier League club Chelsea after being promised a place in manager Thomas Tuchel's plans. Gallagher, who was on loan at Crystal Palace last season, has one game left for Chelsea, sparking speculation over the 22-year-old's future. "[Tuchel] said he wants me to be part of the squad and prove myself in pre-season, so that's the plan," Gallagher told the BBC. "That's what I wanted to hear, it was a nice phone call we had and it gave me a clear plan for pre-season and where I'll be. Gallagher's Chelsea contract runs until 2025. Chelsea have made a £47.5m deal Raheem Sterling has completed his £47.5m move from Manchester City to Chelsea. The 27-year-old is on a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge Signed with an option for a further 12 months and joined Thomas Tuchel's squad on their pre-season tour of the United States Lukaku returns to Inter Milan for a season Romelu Lukaku is officially back an Inter Milan player after making his move from Chelsea completed for the season, with no obligation to purchase. Inter will pay Chelsea a loan fee of £6.9m plus £3.5m in bonuses if they win the Scudetto and will cover his entire salary this season. AC Milan are confident they will be able to strike a deal to sign Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech in Italy this summer, according to Sky. The two clubs with Milan want this season's squad add for the first time. What can we expect from Chelsea this summer? Michael Edwards, the architect of Liverpool's recent successes in the transfer market, is among the options being considered by Chelsea to become their new sporting director (The Times, June 22). Chelsea could be in line for a busy transfer window as Thomas Tuchel eyes a summer eviction after completing the club's takeover (Daily Mirror, June 10). New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has been allowed to withhold more than £100m from his purchase of the club amid fears they will be hit with costs of Roman Abramovich-era liabilities (Daily Telegraph, June 9). Seven Chelsea players could find a new club during the transfer window to earn head coach Thomas Tuchel a £170m windfall. Frenkie de Jong - Chelsea have reportedly been informed by Barcelona in private talks that they can persuade Manchester United to sign a deal for Frenkie de Jong (Daily Express, July 22). According to reports from Spain (Daily Express, July 21), Barcelona star De Jong is ready to join Chelsea this summer; De Jong has no interest in joining Manchester United because he dislikes the city and believes the club is run unpredictably, according to a new report in Spain (Daily Mail, July 21); New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly had dinner with Barcelona boss Joan Laporta, with £63m worth of De Jong on the menu (Daily Mirror, July 9). Jules Kounde - Kounde has questioned his £55m move to Chelsea after showing up unannounced for Seville's pre-season tour (The Sun, July 22). Barcelona make a last-ditch effort to convince Kounde to join them ahead of Chelsea (Daily Mail, July 22). Chelsea are confident in signing Sevilla defender Kounde after he made an improved £55m offer on Wednesday (Daily Mail, July 21); Chelsea are on the verge of signing Kounde from Seville while Thomas Tuchel continues his summer spending spree following the arrival of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly (Daily Mirror, July 21); Paris Saint-Germain will reportedly try to snatch away Sevilla defender Jules Kounde from Chelsea (The Sun, July 19). Endrick - Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly set to enter a transfer battle over 15-year-old Brazilian prodigy Endrick (The Sun, July 19). Presenel Kimpembe - Chelsea have made a £40m offer to Paris Saint-Germain defender Presenel Kimpembe and are back in talks with Sevilla via Jules Kounde (Daily Mail, July 18). Serge Gnabry - Serge Gnabry is set to snub a number of Premier League contenders by signing a new contract with Bayern Munich (Daily Mail, July 14); Chelsea are interested in former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry as the club consider possible alternatives to Raphinha and hold talks with AC Milan over a deal to sack Hakim Ziyech (Daily Mail, July 12). Guido Rodriguez - Chelsea have reportedly identified Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez as a potential replacement for N'Golo Kante, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks (Daily Express, July 12). Declan Rice - Declan Rice has reportedly reached a gentleman's agreement with West Ham to stay for ONE more season amid serious transfer interests from Chelsea (The Sun, July 12) Nathan Ake - Man City want more than £50m to buy Ake to return Chelsea (The Sun, July 9); Chelsea are in advanced talks with City over a deal to bring back centre-back Ake (The Times, July 8); Talks continue over City's Ake returning to Stamford Bridge (Daily Telegraph, July 1); City are set to tell rivals Chelsea that they should forego a cheap signing of centre-back Ake this summer (The Sun, July 1). Nunes from Sporting Lisbon (Daily Mail, July 6) Cristiano Ronaldo - Chelsea are no longer interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo after talks between Thomas Tuchel and Todd Boehly (The Times, July 15); Thomas Tuchel will reportedly have the final say on whether Chelsea complete a blockbuster Cristiano Ronaldo transfer (Daily Express, July 6); Chelsea are considering a move for Ronaldo but it remains to be seen if Thomas Tuchel is interested in signing the forward. Mohamed Salah - Salah was ready to join Chelsea before his new contract made him the highest-paid player in Liverpool history (Sun Sunday 3 July). Yannick Carrasco - According to reports from Spain, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are all exploring the prospect of signing Atletico Madrid star Carrasco this summer after his release clause was revealed (Daily Mirror, June 23). Christopher Nkunku - Nkunku has signed a new four-year deal at RB Leipzig - which includes a £51.6m release clause - despite reported interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United (23 June). Allan Saint-Maximin - Newcastle may have to sell their valuable Saint-Maximin fortune to raise funds and meet their expenses - with the Magpies struggling to offer the frustrated Frenchman a higher wage and Premier League rivals Tottenham and Chelsea continue to warn (Daily Mail, June 22). Gabriel Slonina - Chelsea's £10m deal to sign the Chicago Fire keeper has gone quiet since the departures of Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia (Daily Express, July 7). Latest players linked with Chelsea exit Numerous - Thomas Tuchel could be stuck with several unwanted players for the 2022/23 season as top-flight clubs hesitate to strike a deal with the Premier League giants for their out-of-shape stars to complete. The Germany manager is said to want to sack Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy, Malang Sarr, Ross Barkley, Timo Werner and Kepa during the summer transfer window, but so far there has been little interest in the Chelsea flops (Daily Telegraph, July 22). Timo Werner - Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted he is struggling to understand Timo Werner's recent suggestion that he would like to change clubs in the not too distant future (Daily Express, July 22). Werner has hinted his future may not lie at Chelsea (Daily Mail, July 19). Armando Broja - Thomas Tuchel has downplayed rumors that Broja will leave Chelsea on loan this summer, despite interest from Newcastle and West Ham (Sky Sports News, July 20); Newcastle are interested in signing the Chelsea striker this summer and have raised him as a possible loan deal (Sky Sports News, July 3); West Ham are looking to bid around £30m for Chelsea striker Broja (Sky Sports News, June 20). Ross Barkley - Chelsea want to get rid of Ross Barkley ahead of the upcoming season (Daily Mirror, July 19). Billy Gilmour - Gilmour is ready for another loan away from Chelsea after being released from the first-team training squad. Former manager Frank Lampard is said to be interested in bringing him on board at Everton (Daily Mail, July 19). Kepa Arrizabalaga - Napoli have asked to loan Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (Daily Mail, July 18). Levi Colwill - Crystal Palace ready to compete with Leicester City and Southampton for Chelsea defender Levi Colwill (Daily Mail, July 15); Leicester City are looking to sign Chelsea's young defender Levi Colwill this summer but would like to sack Jannik Vestergaard before making the move (Daily Mail, July 14); Chelsea are no closer to deciding on the short- or long-term futures of youngsters Colwill and Armando Broja, who both have multiple clubs interested in loan and permanent deals (Daily Mail, July 9). Jorginho - Chelsea star Jorginho has expressed doubts about his future despite expressing his love for the club (The Sun, July 13). Reece James - Chelsea are set to open talks with James over a new deal amid interest in the English defender from Real Madrid and Man City (The Sun, July 8). Marcos Alonso - Alonso is considering submitting a transfer request as Chelsea continue to block his move to Barcelona (Daily Express, July 7) Hakim Ziyech - Chelsea expect to agree a deal with AC Milan for winger Ziyech, but Christian Pulisic is on it no rush to leave after being discussed as a makeweight in bid for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt (Daily Mail, July 4); Milan are confident they can secure a deal to sign the Chelsea winger this summer (Sky in Italy, July 2). Emerson Palmieri - Lazio are said to be in talks with Chelsea over Emerson's move (The Sun, June 23). Cesar Azpilicueta - Chelsea are reportedly demanding a £7m fee to sell Azpilicueta to Barcelona (The Sun, July 11). Chelsea signings confirmedChelsea departures confirmedFollow the summer transfer window with Sky Sports Who will be on the road this summer when the transfer window opens on June 10 and closes at 11pm on September 1?

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