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Chelsea transfer news: Nkunku Rice Mount Ziyech

Hello and welcome to today’s Daily Briefing – my exclusive transfer round-up for CaughtOffside – subscribe on Substack to get this to your inbox every Sunday-Thursday morning.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta on Lionel Messi future: “He’s always in our memories at Barca, he’s always present in our mind but I’m not going to comment about his future and contract situation. Messi’s under contract with PSG and I want to respect both player and club.”

Laporta on transfers and Financial Fair Play: “We signed players in the summer, in principle we don’t have to do anything in January. Currently we are 1:1 — but in the summer we will go back to 4:1 rule by La Liga.”

Frenkie de Jong when asked about Manchester United links: “I am at a World Cup tournament so I am not going to talk about club football”.

De Jong has never changed his stance: no intention to leave Barcelona, as things stand.

Brighton have opened talks over signing David Datro Fofana from Molde. Negotiations are ongoing, but the deal won’t be easy as many clubs are tracking the young Ivorian.

My understanding is that Molde want more than €10m to sell Fofana, who has 21 total goals this year. He’s a top talent, still only 19 years of age, and would be a smart signing by Brighton.

Official Cameroon statement regarding Andre Onana leaving their World Cup squad:

There was big news yesterday as I provided an update on Christopher Nkunku, whose move to Stamford Bridge is all agreed. Chelsea will pay more than €60m for the French forward, who has already had his medical with the Blues.

? EXCLUSIVE ?@FabrizioRomano gives us the lowdown on all things Chelsea:

? #CFC beat “many clubs” to Nkunku

? “Good chances” of contract rebel Rice leaving #WHUFC

? Update on Edson Alvarez

? Mount contract latest

Full story ??

— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) November 29, 2022

I don’t know yet when we’ll get an official announcement on this deal, that will depend on the clubs, but the deal is agreed between all parties: Chelsea, Leipzig and player with his agent Pini Zahavi. The agreement is there, it’s finally guaranteed now.

I think it’s good business, Nkunku is an excellent…

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