Transfer window: Kepa to make £71m Chelsea move, Pogba, Bernard, Grealish and more – live!

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It may have got lost amid the noise around the big-boys, but Bournemouth shattered their transfer record last night, signing the Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma for a club-record £25m fee. Eddie Howe’s No 1 summer target, a player the club had tracked long before his World Cup appearances in Russia, has signed contract until 2023 on the south coast. That £25m eclipses the £20m they shelled out for Nathan Aké, last summer. In 2013, their transfer record stood at just £2.5m, when they signed striker Tokelo Rantie from Swedish club Malmo. Want another crunching dose of context? Lerma arrives 10 years to the day that Bournemouth were handed a 17-point deduction in the fourth tier of English football …

Lyon sound far from certain they will retain their captain, Nabil Fekir, this month. The attacking midfielder, who had come close to a £53m switch to Merseyside in June, returned to training on Monday after an extended post-World Cup break and was not included in his club’s travelling squad for Tuesday’s friendly at Chelsea. “For the moment, it’s too early to say whether he will stay,” said the Lyon manager, Bruno Génésio. “He wanted to leave at the end of last season, but he came back on Monday and was happy to come back. “Who knows? There may be opportunities that come up before the end of the window but, for now, he is a Lyon player.” Any other takers?

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Written by Ben Fisher
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