Exclusive: Felix to Chelsea, plus Arsenal & Man United updates – Fabrizio Romano’s Daily Briefing

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Al Nassr deny rumours on the involvement of Cristiano Ronaldo for Saudi Arabia’s 2030 World Cup bid.

A statement read: “Al Nassr FC clarify that contrary to news reports, Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract with Al Nassr does not entail commitments to any World Cup bids. His main focus is on Al Nassr.”

Arsenal are not in talks over signing Alejandro Balde, who is close to signing a new contract with Barcelona with a €500m release clause.

Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk could be reaching a consensus on the structure of the Mykhaylo Mudryk transfer deal (Ben Jacobs)

Atletico Madrid are set to hold talks to sign Memphis Depay on loan from Barcelona. They want him to replace Joao Felix, and they feel they can convince the player, so they will look to reach an agreement. Despite rumours, I’m not aware of any Newcastle interest in Depay, while Manchester United are in the final steps of signing Wout Weghorst.

Atletico extended Joao Felix’s contract to protect the club, it’s absolutely normal and it always happens when big players move on loan to give guarantees to the club. I don’t know now about chances of him going back there, now all parties hope for Joao to succeed at Chelsea.

Barcelona are really close to agree new deal with Alejandro Balde, it will happen soon. It’s about final details and it could include €500M release clause. Despite speculation, my understanding is that Arsenal are not in talks to sign him as of now.

Atletico Madrid feel that they have a very good chance of signing Memphis Depay, but they will need to find an agreement with Barcelona.

Benfica coach Roger Schmidt: “I can say that I expect Enzo Fernandez to stay, so to have Enzo at the end of the market. I never doubted Enzo, his attitude and personality. He’s a great person, he’s at Benfica, he loves playing for Benfica.”

There continues to be speculation about Leandro Trossard’s future, but it’s important to remember that Brighton have an option to extend Trossard contract, so formally it’s not expiring in June 2023. At…


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