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the Daily Briefing - Negotiations to extend midfielder's contract are not easy for Chelsea, what next for Donny van de Beek and which position Newcastle United are targeting.

My exclusive transfer news round-up, featuring the latest from Chelsea, Man United, Newcastle United and more...

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Chelsea really like Ajax’s Edson Alvarez and they have for some time now.

The midfielder confirmed the Blues’ interest earlier this weekend.

“I am very disappointed about it. But I am convinced that one day a big club will come,” Alvarez said this weekend.

“We never expected Chelsea to put in another bid at the end of August. It was a difficult situation. Ajax couldn't do anything.”

I know fans will want to know if Chelsea will try to sign Alvarez again in January, well, it's a possibility but not something that is guaranteed yet.

Chelsea will have a new director’s structure; so they will decide on the priorities in November or December together with Graham Potter and Todd Boehly.

Alvarez is appreciated and remains highly rated but there are no current talks with Ajax or his agents.

It will also depend on whether or not Ajax will be open to selling, it's not a sure thing at this point in the season.

The Blues’ current defensive midfielder is, of course, N’Golo Kante but he will be out of contract at the end of the season.

There have been some reports recently suggesting Barcelona want to sign Kante, but I'm told there's still nothing advanced between him and any club. He's happy in London but negotiations with Chelsea are not easy, so he has serious chances to leave on a free transfer.

Barcelona are always informed about potential free agents, Kante included; but it's not an advanced negotiation yet.

💬 Do you think Chelsea should offer Kante a new contract? Give me your thoughts in the comments!

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Leeds United

Crysencio Summerville was the hero for Leeds United this weekend - scoring a last-minute winner against Liverpool.

Andrea Radrizzani and everyone else at the club believes he has huge potential and could become a top, top player.

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