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Rumour reel: Seagulls land Columbian star

Newbies continue their recruitment drive

Pre-season is now over for clubs, officials and fans, with Leicester’s trip to Arsenal this evening bringing the curtain up on what promises to be one of the most competitive Premier League title races in living memory.

Any one of six sides could lift the trophy, with plenty more rating their chances of causing a stir and banking a top-four finish. Manchester City are favourites to win the league with Coral, but it wouldn’t be a massive shock to watch Leicester do it again, or even Arsenal. Have we seen it all now? Not likely. Let’s catch up on the latest transfer rumours on Friday.

Brighton smash record transfer fee again

Things are getting serious, and with time running out in the summer transfer window, and football fixtures back, managers across the board must get a move on if they are to tie down their targets. It seems to have jolted a few to life and Brighton will today announce the signing of Columbian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.  The 25-year-old jetted in earlier this week to put the finishing touches to a £13.5m transfer, a price that means Brighton have broken their club record transfer fee for the third time this summer. Izquierdo scored 15 times in the Belgian top-flight last season, and was also on the scoresheet vs Leicester in the Champions League. That experience, and eye for goal, will help his new employers achieve their season goal of beating the drop.

No interest shown in Barkley

All summer we’ve had Everton midfielder Ross Barkley linked with just about every major club, from England and abroad. His name has been mentioned for a move as many times as Alexis Sanchez, but it looks like both men could actually be staying where they are. Arsene Wenger told fans his Chilean scorer hasn’t told him he wants to leave, and now Toffees boss Ronald Koeman informed the press there has been no offers made to sign Barkley and he could very well remain at the club until at least the New Year. If he does stay, it’s doubtful the 23-year-old, who has a year left on his contract, would play too much football, after telling everyone who would listen that he wants out. Will there be a late bid to save the Englishman’s career?

Rose trying to force a move

Fans of Tottenham may be worried by a lack of transfer activity coming out of the club, but manager Mauricio Pochettino moved to calm fears, assuring followers that deals will be made. He considered his situation different to that of rivals, but said his team are working tirelessly to get new faces in. Full back Danny Rose made a jaw-dropping remark recently, saying he’d love the club to get a few well-known names, instead of having to search google to find out who the targets actually are, and what they’ve done in the game. Cheeky, but perhaps he has nothing to lose, with a move away looking likely. Rose told reporters he’d welcome a switch back up north if a concrete offer was made. If the defender isn’t careful he could end up doing a Barkley and burning his bridges.

Daily updates on the summer transfer window here