Transfer Clock: Cesc update; United eye first signing; Chelsea may hijack Liverpool deal

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29 days until the Transfer Window opens. Here is a round-up of all the big news you need to know...

1) Cesc Fabregas continues to be linked with a return to the Premier League. Earlier on Sunday The Telegraph reported Arsenal have ruled out the option of bringing him back. Spanish newspaper Sport later in the afternoon claimed however that Fabregas' UK representative Darren Dein, son of former Arsenal vice chairman David, has been in contact with Arsene Wenger to try and do a deal.

The Mirror report that it is Manchester City who head the queue of rival clubs, rather than Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester United, eyeing him as a replacement for wantaway Yaya Toure.

2) The Mirror also report that Yevhen Konoplyanka is likely to be Manchester United's first signing. New manager Louis van Gaal also wants Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mats Hummels, and expects 'significant progress' by time the World Cup is over.

The twist regarding Konoplyanka comes from Liverpool who almost signed him in January. If their next offer for Southampton's Adam Lallana is rejected, the Reds are expected to put some of the money required towards the Ukrainian winger and potentially hamper United's chances of signing him, crucially able to offer Champions League football.

3) A leaked photo claims to show Rickie Lambert signing a contract with Liverpool ahead of his £4 million move from Southampton. Lambert underwent a medical on Saturday and a deal could be announced formally by Liverpool on Monday.

Reports in Spain also indicate the Reds are closing on a deal to sign Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno. The deal is not expected to involve Suso going the other way on loan as had been previously indicated as a possibility.

The Express however claim Chelsea are lurking and are ready to hijack Liverpool's bid, claiming Sevilla want £18 million rather than the previous £16 million suggested. The Blues are interested in case their own move for Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis falls through. Liverpool lost out on Mohamed Salah to the Blues in January and will not be keen for history to repeat itself.

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