Transfer roundup: Ansu Fati to join Brighton in season-long loan move | Brighton & Hove Albion

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Ansu Fati is travelling to Brighton to complete his loan move, after the club reached an agreement with Barcelona on Wednesday.

The Spain winger boarded a private flight to England on Thursday afternoon after the clubs reached full agreement on a season-long loan. Brighton are covering 80% of Fati’s salary until June 2024, with no purchase option agreed between the sides.

Fati inherited Lionel Messi’s No 10 shirt at Barça but has seen his hugely promising career stalled by injuries. He is keen to work with the Brighton manager, Roberto De Zerbi, who was a key factor in agreeing the deal.

Brentford are closing in on a move for the PSV Eindhoven winger Johan Bakayoko. The west London side have submitted a bid worth €40m with add-ons, with a sell-on clause included. The highly-rated Belgian’s departure may depend on PSV re-signing Hirving Lozano from Napoli.

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Nottingham Forest are also in talks with PSV as they continue working on a move for midfielder Ibrahima Sangaré. Forest are also pursuing Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi and Benfica goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos. Dean Henderson, who spent last season on loan at the City Ground, is expected to join Crystal Palace in a £15m deal.

João Palhinha has told Fulham that he would like to join Bayern Munich this summer, after agreeing personal terms on a contract until June 2028. Fulham are likely to resist the move unless they can secure a replacement for the hugely influential midfielder before Friday’s deadline.

Johan Bakayoko helped PSV book a place in the Champions League group stages.
Johan Bakayoko helped PSV book a place in the Champions League group stages. Photograph: Hollandse Hoogte/Shutterstock

Wolves, who signed centre-back Santiago Bueno and winger Enso González on Thursday, are expected to bid again for Harrison Reed after Fulham rejected their opening offer.

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Burnley have sent their initial bid to Benfica for 21-year-old centre-back Tomás Aráujo. It is thought to be a season-long loan with a €20m option to buy which will become mandatory if the Clarets avoid relegation.

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