Transfer notebook: Arsenal ready to hijack Newcastle’s Ruben Neves transfer, Manchester United to consider Casemiro bids, Brighton slap £100m price tag on Tottenham and Chelsea target Evan Ferguson

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Arsenal are ready to hijack Newcastle’s move for Ruben Neves.

As talkSPORT reported earlier this month, Newcastle have explored the possibility of signing Neves on loan to cover for the banned Sandro Tonali.

Neves has been linked with a move to Newcastle, but new Premier League rules could see Arsenal swoop in

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Neves has been linked with a move to Newcastle, but new Premier League rules could see Arsenal swoop inCredit: Getty

However, Premier League clubs are expected to vote next week in favour of a block on clubs loaning players from within their own ownership group.

Neves is registered with Al-Hilal, who are owned by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF), as are Newcastle.

The change in regulations could benefit Arsenal, who have made bolstering their midfield a priority with Thomas Partey ruled out at least until the New Year with an ongoing thigh issue.

Arsenal’s sporting director Edu is known to be a long-term admirer of former Wolves star Neves.

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Shock Old Trafford exit?

Manchester United will consider cashing in on Casemiro, talkSPORT understands.

The Brazilian ace is the latest Premier League star being targeted for a big-money move to Saudi Arabia.

United’s incoming minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who will lead the club’s sporting department, is believed to be open to offers for the 31-year-old to help fund an Old Trafford rebuild.

United paid £60million to sign Casemiro, also one of their top earners, from Real Madrid in the summer of 2022 and heplayed a key role in Erik ten Hag’s side finishing third and reaching two cup finals last season.

Casemiro has been a big hit at Old Trafford, but United could look to cash-in on the former Real Madrid star

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Casemiro has been a big hit at Old Trafford, but United could look to cash-in on the former Real Madrid starCredit: Getty

But the five-time Champions League winner has suffered from an alarming dip in form this term and is currently sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Evan’s almighty price tag

It will take bids well in excess of £100m to tempt Brighton to sell striker Evan Ferguson after signing his new contract.

Ferguson last week committed his future to the Seagulls until the summer of 2029 and the new deal is NOT believed to include a release clause.

Master negotiator and Brighton owner Tony Bloom is of the belief Ferguson is now worth even more than former teammate Moises Caicedo, who cost Chelsea a British record fee of £115m.

Ferguson is viewed by Tottenham as a potential long-term successor to Harry Kane while Manchester United and Chelsea are also potential suitors, although talkSPORT has been told Manchester City are not currently eyeing up the Irishman.

The 19-year-old is in no rush to leave the Amex after being made a first-team regular by Roberto De Zerbi.

Ferguson recently signed a new contract at Brighton, but he is wanted by a number of the Premier League's big boys

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Ferguson recently signed a new contract at Brighton, but he is wanted by a number of the Premier League’s big boysCredit: Getty

He’s a Claret

Burnley are set to activate the extra year’s option in Josh Brownhill’s contract to ward off interest from a host of Premier League rivals.

West Ham and Wolves are among the clubs monitoring Brownhill’s situation, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2024.

Manager Vincent Kompany has made it clear to the Burnley board they cannot afford to lose fans’ favourite Brownhill, who scored in last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal.

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