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Transfer news LIVE! Arsenal prepare new Aouar bid, Chelsea FC bid for Rice, Skriniar to Tottenham boost

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Welcome to the Evening Standard’s live coverage of the latest news and rumours from the transfer window.

Time is running out for Premier League sides to make changes to their squad for the 2020-21 season.

So far, Chelsea have put the rest to shame with eight new additions while Tottenham have made a statement of intent of their own in re-signing Gareth Bale – with Sergio Reguilon also arriving from Real Madrid.

Champions Liverpool have bolstered in the form of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota – but it remains quiet at Old Trafford where Manchester United’s sole signing has been Donny can de Beek.

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ARSENAL NEWS

Arsenal’s new offer for Aouar

Having seen that opening bid knocked back, Arsenal are said to be preparing a significantly improved offer for Houssem Aouar.

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Arsenal are ready to up the ante and football.london report the Gunners are now ready to offer £36.5m up front with a further £9m in add-ons.

Will it be enough to tempt Lyon into doing business? 

ARSENAL NEWS

Lyon demand £50m for Aouar 

Reports in France on Friday night claimed Arsenal had launched an opening offer to sign Houssem Aouar from Lyon.

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That offer, said to be worth €36m, fell someway short of Lyon’s valuation however with RMC Sport reporting the Ligue 1 side are still demanding €50m. 

RMC Sport’s Mohamed Bouhafsi has also shot down claims Arsenal have already agreed terms with the midfielder. 

WEST HAM NEWS

Rudiger to West Ham?

There could be another strand to the Rice to Chelsea story.

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The Sun also report West Ham hope to sign Antonio Rudiger on loan from Chelsea.

The Germany international appears to have fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge and the Hammers are hopeful of tempting him across the capital. 

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CHELSEA NEWS

Chelsea to launch Rice bid

Chelsea firmly believe they can sign Declan Rice from West Ham before next month’s transfer deadline and will be £40m+ for the England international.

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The Hammers have been insistent Rice is not for sale but the Sun on Sunday report the Blues will launch a formal bid before the October 5 deadline. 

Chelsea are said to be confident of tempting West Ham into doing business, believing their east London rivals are desperate for cash.
 

SPURS NEWS

Conte: Inter may consider Skriniar sale 

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has been speaking to Sky in Italy about Tottenham’s interest in Milan Skriniar after tonight’s 4-3 win over Fiorentina, and has offered a little more reason to be optimistic for Spurs fans.

“Skriniar to Tottenham?,” Conte said. “He’s part of our project here at Inter. But I don’t know if an important bid will arrive in the coming days… it’s possible that the club will consider it because of the financial situation.”

ARSENAL NEWS

Torino rule out Torreira move

Serie A side Torino are seemingly out of the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira. 

The Uruguayan has been heavily linked with a return to the Italian top flight, though there is also strong interest from his preferred destination, Atletico Madrid. 

“Torreira is a top player but his price is too high,” said Torino director Davide Vagnati. “It’s difficult to sign him from Arsenal, not just for us.”

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CHELSEA NEWS

Inter rule out Kante move

Earlier on we heard from Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio on Tottenham’s interest in Milan Skriniar.

Well he also addressed Inter Milan’s reported pursuit of N’Golo Kante, and pretty much put the talk to bed. 

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“Kante is an important part of Chelsea, I don’t think he will be up for sale,” the director said.

“We have eight important central midfielders, we will begin and move forward with them.”

Blades considering Sturridge move?

The Mail say Sheffield United are considering a move for Daniel Sturridge as they are kept waiting in their pursuit of Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster.

Former Liverpool and Chelsea man Sturridge has been a free agent since leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor in March, when he was handed a four-month ban for breaching betting rules. 

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MAN CITY NEWS

Dias’ final Benfica game? 

Benfica defender Ruben Dias looks to have all-but confirmed his imminent move to Manchester City after scoring in his side’s 2-0 win over Moreinense tonight.

“This was a special moment for me & I think everyone understands why,” he told Benfica TV, with reports suggesting the deal will be wrapped up in the coming days, with Nicolas Otamendi potentially heading in the opposite direction. 

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CHELSEA NEWS

Thiago Silva’s Premier League debut did not exactly go to plan tonight. 

The Brazilian was handed a first league start and the captain’s armband for Chelsea’s trip to West Brom but made a horrendous first-half error as the Baggies raced into a 3-0 first-half lead and was eventually sacrificed for Olivier Giroud as the Blues pushed to rescue a point late on. 

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SPURS NEWS

Spurs interest in Skriniar confirmed 

Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed Tottenham are interested in signing Milan Skriniar. 

Ausilio has also confirmed they have held talks with Tottenham over a potential deal, revealing they told the London club they’re not interested in selling the defender. 

“Tottenham are interested in Milan Skriniar. We had a meeting but we told them we don’t want to sell also Skriniar after Diego Godin,” Ausilio said, as per Fabrizio Romano. 

ARSENAL NEWS

Arsenal preparing second Aouar bid 

In yet more news surround the Lyon playmaker, Football.London are reporting Arsenal are preparing a second bid for Houssem Aouar.

After their initial approach was rejected, Arsenal are reportedly ready to offer £36.5million for the midfielder. 

According to RMC Sport, that would fall significantly short of the French club’s valuation.  

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ARSENAL NEWS

Lyon to demand £46m for Aouar

RMC Sport are reporting Lyon will demand €50 million (£46m) for Houssem Aouar this window. 

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Arsenal are interested in signing the playmaker, but while L’Equipe have reported they’ve agreed personal terms with Aouar, they’re yet to agree a deal with Lyon. 

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas earlier today took to Twitter to confirm Arsenal are “nowhere near” a deal. 

PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

Fulham closing in on Lookman

Fulham are in advanced talks to sign Ademola Lookman on a season-long loan from RB Leipzig, according to Sky Sports. 

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The forward – who left Everton for £22.5million last summer – was left out of Leipzig’s squad against Bayer Leverkusen today. 

Leipzig confirmed Lookman was absent “due to ongoing transfer discussions”.

SPURS NEWS

Tottenham target Skriniar on Inter bench 

There’s some interesting news for Tottenham fans coming from Italy, in that Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar has been left on the bench for their match against Fiorentina. 

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According to Sun Sport, Tottenham are in talks with the 25-year-old, who wants to join Jose Mourinho’s side. 

Mourinho is said to be a big fan of the 25-year-old having watched the central defender for years, and the player’s agent is reportedly holding talks with the board to explain his desire to leave.

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LIVERPOOL NEWS

Union Berlin in talks over Liverpool’s Karius

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A snippet of Liverpool transfer news from our Reds correspondent David Lynch…

Union Berlin have come in for Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.

Discussions are currently taking place over a one-year loan deal, which could be completed early next week.

EUROPEAN NEWS

Koeman responds to Depay, Martinez links

Ronald Koeman has responded to claims Barcelona will look to sign either Lautaro Martinez or Memphis Depay this window.

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Having sold Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid on Friday, the Catalans may move to bring in another forward ahead of the October 5 window closure. 

“Nothing is ruled out,” Koeman said on Saturday when asked about possible moves for the Lyon and Inter Milan forwards, Barca’s two top targets to strengthen their forward line.

“But as I have said, I am focused on the players who are here. Barca always has to be prepared to strengthen [the squad].”

CHELSEA NEWS

Kepa dropped, Silva starts vs West Brom

The big news from Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team selection to face West Brom today is that Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped to the bench. 

The young Spaniard was yet again at fault in Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last time out. 

And though new signing Edouard Mendy is not yet available to make the squad, Kepa has been replaced by Willy Caballero, with his time at the club perhaps coming to an end. 

Meanwhile, Thiago Silva makes his first start for his new team – and he’s been named captain!

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Roma and Milan in Aarons chase

Italian giants AC Milan and Roma are the latest club to have registered their interest in Norwich City defender Max Aarons, according to Sky Sports. 

The right-back is also being tracked by both Barcelona and Bayern Munich. 

The German champions will only attempt to sign Aarons if they fail to sign Sergino Dest from Ajax, however. 

Dias set to fly to Manchester

Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias will fly to Manchester to complete a proposed transfer after playing today against Moreirense, according to TVI24. 

The defender will reportedly sign a deal worth up to €80m (£73m), with €50m (£45.6m) upfront to Benfica, plus €15m (£13.6m) in bonuses. 

The deal is reportedly “done”, with Nicolas Otamendi – reportedly valued at €15million to move the other way. 

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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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