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Transfer news LIVE! £25m Thiago to Liverpool; Arsenal want Aouar; Spurs to sign Bale, Reguilon; Man Utd, Chelsea latest

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Welcome to the Evening Standard‘s rolling coverage of the summer transfer window.

The window officially opened in July after the completion of the delayed 2019-2020 Premier League season. Clubs will now be busy tweaking their squads ahead of the new campaign, with the deadline pushed back until October 5.

Tottenham are closing in on a sensational double deal for Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon having already signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty during the window.

Arsenal have secured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s future after signing Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar appears to be the next target.

Chelsea have confirmed the £90m arrival of Kai Havertz, having previously signed Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech – with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy expected to follow this week.

Manchester United have signed Donny van de Beek while working on a deal for Jadon Sancho, and Liverpool are set to sign Thiago Alcantara for £25m.

Live Updates


Runarsson doubters?

Arsenal are interested in Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson after selling Emi Martinez to Aston Villa for £20m.

According to RMC Sport, Arsenal have agreed a €2m (£1.8m) deal – but Get French Football News are a little surprised by the deal, to say the least.

GFFN wrotes: “The signing is utterly bizarre, with the player having conceded 61 goals in 36 matches in Ligue 1, performing so poorly that he was relegated to 2nd choice at the beginning of last season in place of Alfred Gomis.”



Bayern confirm Thiago exit

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has just announced that “Thiago is leaving”, while negotiations continue between the Bavarians and David Alaba to sign a new contract.


How Liverpool could line up with Thiago

Ahead of Thiago Alcantara’s arrival at Anfield, David Lynch sees a potential tactical shift from Jurgen Klopp…

A space in midfield may still, of course, be opened up by the departure of Gini Wijnaldum, who is attracting interest from Barcelona with just one year left on his current deal. But the Dutchman is currently expected to stay put this summer – news that comes as a major boost to Klopp at the start of a campaign that has been compressed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Should that prove to be the case, Thiago’s arrival will only add to the competition in a well-stocked midfield department. And it is in this context that Liverpool’s suspension of their pursuit for a fourth senior centre-back makes sense.

Read his full explanation here.



Bale due at Tottenham tomorrow

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Gareth Bale is expected to arrive in London on Friday to complete a sensational return to Tottenham on loan.

Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett on Thursday morning told Standard Sport an agreement between Spurs, Real Madrid and the Welshman was “very close but not there yet”.

The 31-year-old is set to fly to the capital on Friday to complete a season-long loan move that will cost Spurs less than £15million in wages and fees.

Real are understood to have agreed to pay more than half of Bale’s reported £600,000-a-week salary for the season, although he is still expected to be Tottenham’s best-paid player ahead of Harry Kane.

The Spanish giants pushed for a permanent deal or for Spurs to cover 100 percent of Bale’s wages for the duration of his loan, but they have reluctantly agreed to compromise in a bid to offload their highest earner, whose relationship with the fans, head coach Zinedine Zidane and the Spanish media.

Read more here.



More on Thiago

David Lynch reports that Liverpool have agreed a fee with Bayern Munich for Thiago.

Liverpool will pay an initial £20m – possibly rising to £25m – and Thiago will wear the number six shirt at Anfield.


‘Here we go’ for Thiago

We know Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Thiago Alcantara, and Fabrizio Romano has just offered a ‘here we go’ update that the move is 100 per cent agreed with the midfielder to sign a contract until June 2024.



Spurs still want a striker

Not done with the imminent arrivals of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon, Tottenham will then try to sign a striker according to Fabrizio Romano.

He just tweeted: “No Andrea Belotti [he’s gonna stay at Torino] and no Alexander Sørloth [he’s joining RB Leipzing on a permanent deal] as new Tottenham backup striker.

“The club is going to complete Bale deal and to announce Reguilon signing on next hours, then they’ll go for a new striker.”


Bale in Madrid

Gareth Bale has been pictured arriving at Real Madrid’s training ground in his car this morning.

It could well be his final journey to Real training though, with the Welsh winger expected to undergo a medical in the Spanish capital before flying to London.


‘I don’t want Spurs to get Bale’

Arsenal legend David Seaman is worried about Tottenham re-signing Gareth Bale, and fears the Real Madrid forward’s potential return to north London will be a huge boost to Spurs.

Seaman told talkSPORT: “Any team would have him, he’s a class player.

“I don’t want Spurs to get him because he makes any team better.”



Thiago to Liverpool: What you need to know

Our Liverpool correspondent David Lynch has the full details as Liverpool finally press ahead to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich… 

Thiago is available for a cut-price fee as he nears the end of his contract, and has made no secret of his desire for a new challenge.

Bayern are believed to want around €30m for the midfielder, and talks have now opened over a fee.

The German club’s former president Uli Hoeness claimed last week that Thiago had an agreement with Liverpool and possibly Manchester United in place.

But it is the Reds who are now strong favourites to secure his signature after firming up their interest this week.

Jurgen Klopp has made no secret of his admiration for the Spaniard, who has won 16 trophies during his time in Munich.

Thiago was arguably Bayern’s man of the match as they defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final last month.

Attempts to tie him down to a new deal have failed, however, with the midfielder’s heart set on a move to the Premier League.


Liverpool step up Thiago chase

Liverpool have made contact Bayern Munich over a deal to sign Thiago Alcantara, writes David Lynch.

The latest development signals the first move of real intent from the Premier League champions towards signing the Spain international.

We’ll have more on these developments in the next few minutes…


Bale to cost less than £15m all in

No wonder Daniel Levy is keen on the deal.

Standard Sport understands that the deal to sign Gareth Bale on loan will cost Spurs less than £15million, including wages and loan fees, with Real Madrid agreeing to continue paying more than half of Bale’s wages.



Bale and Reguilon announced ‘tomorrow’

An interesting update from Football London. Tottenham “hope to announce deals for both Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon tomorrow.”

We understand Reguilon has undergone his medical, with this report adding that Bale has also “had a MRI checks and completed most of [his] medicals in Spain.”

Alasdair Gold adds: “On the loan deal for Bale, it’s closer to a 60/40 split on his wages with Spurs picking up the 40.”


Aouar ‘wants Arsenal move’

Houssem Aouar has been a target for number of clubs over the last few windows, with Man City and Barcelona to name a couple linked with the Lyon captain.

Arsenal have been interested for a while now, and their pursuit appears to be gathering pace – but cash is a problem for the Gunners.

Fabrizio Romano says that the 22-year-old is Arsenal’s “top target”, and that Aouar would “like to join” the Gunners, who have spoken to the player’s agent “many times”.

However, Lyon’s €60m (£54.5m) price tag could be a sticking point, even if Arsenal recent made a cool £20m by selling Emi Martinez to Aston Villa.

It would appear that Arsenal may have to sell more players before they can get hold of Aouar.


How Spurs could line up with Bale and Reguilon

Surely this is good enough for the top four this season?



Suarez still in Koeman’s plans

Ronald Koeman says Luis Suarez will be treated like any other player if he ends up staying at Barcelona.

Suarez was left out of the squad for the second match in a row in Barcelona’s Wednesday night friendly against Girona.

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“I’ve spoken to him about his future and we are waiting to see whether or not he leaves, we still don’t know,” Koeman told Catalan network TV3 after the win over Girona.

“But we respect every contract here and if in the end he does not find a club and he stays, he will be just like any other player in the squad.”


Ancelotti responds to Everton links with Chelsea’s Tomori

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has responded to transfer speculation linking the club with a move for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori, admitting that signing a centre-back before the end of the window has become a priority.

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“Holgate is out and Jarrad we don’t know his injury and how bad it is, we have to look tomorrow,” said Ancelotti.

“There is a possibility to find a centre-back and I think we have to.

“The Holgate update is that he doesn’t need the surgery so maybe he can recover earlier than normal but I think we can manage until Mason comes back with three centre-backs no problem.”

The Italian was keen on a loan deal for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori but he is also attracting interest from Rennes and Everton’s pursuit has gone somewhat cold.

“I am not talking about players that are not here,” was his response when asked about Tomori.

Click here for the full story.


Reguilon deal ‘done’ and Bale not far away

Transfer news guru Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Tottenham’s pursuits of Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale.



Anderton: ‘Bale is exactly what Tottenham need’

Former Tottenham winger Darren Anderton believes Gareth Bale is ‘exactly what Spurs need’ with the Welshman on the verge of returning to club after seven years at Real Madrid.

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“To come back to somewhere where you are loved really does make sense,” Anderton told talkSport. “It has to be great for all parties and after watching the game on Sunday oh boy do Spurs need it, someone who can go and win a game with a bit of magic and creativity and flair.

“He has a great mentality, he carried the Wales team, he carried the Tottenham team when he was here, winning games on his own. He is exactly what Spurs need. This is one that everyone is very excited about.

“He has still got that speed and once he gets going you can’t catch him. He scores goals, makes goals, he does it all.”

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Roma still interested in Arsenal midfielder

Roma have not dropped their interest in signing Lucas Torreria from Arsenal.

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Fiorentina and Torino have been closely linked with the midfielder but report Roma are still interested in bringing him to the Stadio Olimpico.

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When does the 2020 summer transfer window close?

The window is now open for 10 weeks from July 27.

Following consultation with the EFL, a domestic-only window will be added from 5 October, closing 5pm on 16 October.

During this window, Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs (either loans or permanent registrations). No transfers can take place between Premier League clubs in this period.

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