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Matt Gault and Deepak Mahay

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  1. Goodbye friends

    That's it from us today. Thanks for following along. It's been a relatively quiet day on the transfer front, but we did get Michy Batshuayi's loan move to Besiktas.

    That's something, right?

    Thanks for sending in your suggestions for best single transfer windows and dream five-a-side teams. Really enjoyed reading those.

    Enjoy the rest of your day. My increasingly restless Labrador has been looking at me for the best part of an hour with a 'when are we going out?' expression on her face, so I better look for my shoes!

    See ya!

  2. 'I want to earn my spot' - Man City's Raso

    Emma Sanders

    BBC Sport

    Hayley Raso signing for Manchester City

    Australia international Hayley Raso said she is "a fighter" and wants to earn her spot in the Manchester City side after joining on a two-year deal.

    "I want things to be tough so I can earn my spot. I'm definitely going to work for it," Raso told BBC Sport.

    Raso, 26, spent last season at Everton before reaching the last four with Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

    Read more on this story here.

  3. Get Involved - your dream five-a-side team

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only - texts will be charged at your standard message rate)

    SMS Message: Barthez, Kante, Zidane, Scholes, Suarez. Skill, energy, vison and goals - and a bit of bite up front. from Nick W
    Nick W
  4. Goal machine

    Lukaku's Premier League record as it stands:

    Appearances: 252

    Goals: 113

    Assists: 35

    Not too shabby, and he struck 47 times for Inter over two Serie A campaigns, so he returns to the Blues full of confidence.

    Do you think the Belgian will win this season's Premier League golden boot?

    Hit the thumbs up for yes, or down for no!

  5. Arsenal 'still building'

    Lukaku's thoughts about the current Arsenal team compared to the Gunners sides he's faced in the past: "It's difficult to compare, I think they are a team that's building.

    "At the end of the day, I just focus on my team and the players I have. It's going to be a tough game at the weekend, a London derby, but we are preparing ourselves for a battle because they didn't have the best start, and we want to keep building after our good result."

    On being a leader: "Yeah, I think Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] is the captain. He's been here for many years and he's a great captain.

    "When I was in quarantine, he was already messaging me about where to find houses and stuff. It's like I was never gone. The relationship is still intact and with the rest of the boys.

    "This dressing room has a lot of personality, which is what I like."

  6. 'Time for my performances to do the talking'

    Lukaku on what he dreams of achieving at Chelsea: "Right now, the dream is reality so I have to prove on the pitch.

    "Now that I'm here, it's time to get to work and let my performances do the talking."

    On being a possible Ballon d'Or contender: "At the end of the day, PSG have a great team. The season has just started so let us work hard and build on what we have, but we have to take it one game at a time."

    On building a connection with his new Chelsea team-mates: "A lot is about communication. I'll always ask my teammates questions, what they want and expect.

    "I think the next couple of weeks is important to communicate with the players around me. I don't think I have to adapt too much because with Belgium, we play in a similar system.”

  7. Gunners closing in on Odegaard signing

    Alex Howell

    BBC Sport

    Arsenal are working on a deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on a permanent transfer for a fee in the region of £30m.

    There is still work to be done to get the deal completed for the 22-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates.

    Odegaard, who joined Real Madrid in 2015, has only made eight league appearances for the Spanish side and has also spent time on loan at Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad before the spell with Arsenal.

    More details here.

    Martin Odegaard
  8. Arsenal news


    We'll have more from Lukaku in a bit.

    But standby Arsenal fans, a bit of transfer news is on the way...

  9. 'I've learned much more about myself'

    Lukaku on the improvements he's made as a player and person since leaving Manchester United in 2019: "Maturity, maturity has been important. I think I've learned much more about myself, setting higher standards.

    "As a player, it's about becoming more complete. In Italy, the game is different, there are tighter spaces, it's more technical and tactical, which helped me a lot.

    "The English game is different but for me it's not something new. Whatever plan the coach has, I can adapt myself and help the team."

  10. Lukaku to take No.9 shirt

    Lukaku has also confirmed that he will be wearing the No.9 shirt for Chelsea.

    He said: "Can I say it? Yes, I have the No.9. I am happy and fortunate to be in this situation."

    View more on twitter
  11. Drogba kept advice 'really simple'

    Romelu Lukaku on advice from Didier Drogba: "He kept it really simple, to be honest. He was really happy with the improvements I've made in the last couple of seasons but said there is always work to be done.

    "I think that's the right mindset. I really want to achieve the maximum as a football player, it's all about improving week in, week out.

    "I think the last two years have been great for myself, both at club and international level. Now I get the chance to join a team that's very hungry and ambitious and I can't wait to add something new to their playing style."

    Asked if he is fit to start Sunday's Premier League encounter with Arsenal, Lukaku said: "Yeah, I've done a full pre-season. For now, I just want to get my team-mates better, and then at the end of the day I'm available for the manager if he wants to play me."

  12. Improving Chelsea 'fit with my ambitions' - Lukaku

    Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on joining the Champions League holders: "It's a good feeling. The guys are hungry, they want to keep winning, I can see from the last couple of training sessions that there is a good intensity.

    "The coach is very clear with his ideas, everybody wants to work hard and keep improving. Those things really fit with my ambitions."

  13. Lukaku coming up

    Right, Lukaku is speaking to the media now after taking part in Chelsea's open training session at Stamford Bridge.

    Stay tuned...

  14. Get Involved - your dream five-a-side team

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only - texts will be charged at your standard message rate)

    Nick Bishop: Oblak, Maldini, Matthaus, Garrincha and King Henry. Best of defence and attack with top GK working from the back.

  15. Bats and Eagles

    So, Batshuayi has joined Besiktas, whose nickname is the 'Black Eagles'.

    He also had a loan spell at Crystal Palace, who are of course known as the Eagles!

    And he was at Valencia during the 2018-19 season - and what's at the top of their badge? Yes, a bat.

    Bats and Eagles. We see you, Michy.

    Also, I'd just like to add that I'm a big fan of Besiktas using #BatsmanRises. The Dark Knight Rises gets a bad rap, but I think it's superb. Tom Hardy as Bane. Masterful.

    View more on twitter
  16. Batshuayi joins Besiktas on loan after extending Chelsea contract

    Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi has extended his contract at the club until 2023.

    The Belgian will now join Turkish side Besiktas for the rest of the season and could make his debut this Saturday after passing a medical.

    View more on twitter
    View more on twitter
  17. No plane for Kane

    Tottenham's clip shows several players boarding their flight to Portugal, but not Harry Kane.

    He reportedly isn't travelling for their Europa Conference League qualifier, but hopes to be fit for Sunday's game at Wolves.

    Do you think he'll feature at Molineux? Thumbs up for yes, down for no.

    View more on twitter
  18. BreakingKane not part of Spurs squad travelling to Portugal - reports

    Harry Kane is not part of the Tottenham squad travelling to Portugal for the first leg of their Europa Conference League qualifier against Pacos de Ferreira, according to The Athletic.

    Kane did not feature in Spurs' Premier League win over Manchester City on Sunday amid rumours linking him with a move to the champions.

    The 28-year-old was named in Tottenham's 25-man squad for the Pacos tie, but that was for both legs.

    Kane hopes to be fit for Spurs' trip to Wolves on Sunday as Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo faces his old club for the first time.

  19. #LukWhosBack

    So, Romelu Lukaku is back at Chelsea.

    And Blues fans will enjoy these snaps of him in training yesterday.

    It looks like Big Rom is happy to be at the Bridge once again.