The window officially opened last week after the completion of the delayed 2019-2020 Premier League season. Premier League clubs will now be busy tweaking their squads ahead of the new campaign, with the window scheduled to close on October 5.
Chelsea have already brought in the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, stealing a march on their rivals, while the likes of Manchester United and Man City are making early progress on significant deals.
Arsenal and Tottenham can now offer European football to their targets, with the Gunners set to sign Willian on a free transfer and hoping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs a new contract, while Tottenham will complete a deal for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the coming days .
It’s well documented that Liverpool are not likely to make huge signings this summer.
However, that does not mean Jurgen Klopp will not add to his squad – and young Brazilian Talles Magno has been linked with a move to Anfield.
According to reports in the Brazil, Liverpool have enquired about the 18-year-old Vasco de Gama, who is said to have a release clause of £45m.
Antonio Rudiger has had his say on the Willian saga…
“He is a man of himself and he makes the decision for himself.
“I don’t know the situation but if he goes that will be for us and me a huge loss because I think after the restart people could see that he is very important for us in the team.”
“I think he leaves a hole as in a player who has been here seven seasons and performed and been part of successful teams,” said Lampard.
“When I came in this year and we had a lot of issues in terms of younger players, players back from loan – a transitional group – Willian was one you looked at and relied on in terms of experience and quality, he has shown me that all year.
“He has his own decisions to make and we as a club will always want to move forward no matter what. Eden Hazard left last year, the clubs continues.
“You try and continue in a forward direction, which I believe we have in many ways, that remains the same whatever player leaves the club.”
Lampard responds to potential Willian exit
With the acceptance that his seven-year stint in west London is coming to an end, the winger – who turns 32 on Sunday – is close to finalising a three-year contract with the Gunners, though Chelsea have tried their all to convince him to sign a new deal.
“He is injured and was injured for the cup final and tomorrow, he would have given everything to play in those games,” said Lampard. “I know Willian well, I have seen him and he has carried this injury a little bit in the latter part of restart.
“Certainly as a club we have done everything we can to explain to Willian. Mine and his relationship is really close, and I would have no feeling of disappointment if he did move on. I’ve played with him, coached him, he is a fantastic man and a fantastic player.
“I think he will feel like that about Chelsea, I’ll leave him to say his own words, but I don’t want anyone to find a negative attitude in this because the club have acted very well in this as well. I don’t have the answer, if he moves on, I personally would wish him well and that is kind of where are at now.”
Torreira to consider Arsenal future
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has admitted he needs to seriously think about his future amid links to AC Milan.
“I have to think thoroughly about my future. I have a contract with Arsenal and I have to respect it,” the midfielder told Uruguyana radio station Sport 890.
“Obviously, if I were to leave, I would do it for the best possible destination. We have to be calm and wait.”
“Last season I played continuously, this one less so,” he continued.
“This year has been more complicated: I have lost continuity and confidence. I do not like this. At this age I need to play to be called up for the national team.
“Transfer rumours? I don’t know anything right now. I need to rest because it was a very long season, I got injured, then there was the coronavirus.
“I have a contract with Arsenal, but if I have to change in the future it will be a decision I make for my own good.
“Every player looks for a team where he feels important. We will see what happens in the future.”
Has Willian played his last game for Chelsea?
Chelsea have flown out to Munich with a 23-man squad ahead of their Champions League last-16 clash against the German champions tomorrow.
Willian has been involved in light training this week after missing the win over Wolves and the FA Cup Final defeat to the Gunners through injury.
But the Brazilian was not among the 23 players who travelled to Munich, suggesting it is increasingly likely he will complete a free transfer to capital rivals Arsenal.
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Brighton sign Dendonker
Brighton have announced the signing of Lars Den, who arrives on a free deal and will join up with the U23 squad.
The 19-year-old midfielder has agreed a two-year deal at the Amex Stadium after his contract with Belgian side Club Brugge expired.
If you’re thinking Dendonker is a familiar name, you’re most certainly right – his brother Leander plays for Wolves.
“I’m very happy to be a Brighton player, it’s a lovely set-up which made it an easy choice to sign for the club,” he told the club’s official website.
“Graham Potter uses young players and that attracted me. Also, the stadium and training ground are fantastic and English football is the best in the world.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in England. I spoke with him (Leander) and he told me England is something you have to experience.”
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Shakespeare joins Villa
Craig Shakespeare has been appointed Aston Villa’s assistant head coach.
The former Leicester manager – who is a long-term friend of manager Dean Smith – left Watford prior to their relegation last month, where he was number two to Nigel Pearson.
Shakespeare will add to both John Terry and Richard O’Kelly – who will both remain assistant coaches.
RVP couldn’t turn Feyenoord role down
Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie insists a return to Feyenoord on a coaching basis was an offer he couldn’t refuse.
The Dutchman – who last played for the club just over a year ago – has rejoined on an unofficial basis, where he will work with the side’s forwards.
“Dick called me and asked if I wanted to come,” Van Persie stated. “And I couldn’t turn Dick down.”
Leeds line up Wilson bid
Leeds are preparing a £15million bid for Liverpool’s Harry Wilson this summer, report The Sun.
The midfielder enjoyed a largely successful loan spell with Bournemouth but has returned to Liverpool following their relegation – where he is now deemed surplus to requirements.
While Liverpool hoped to receive £30million for the 23-year-old, they acknowledge the financial impacts of the pandemic, with Leeds believing they can land the Welshman for just £15million.
Neuer hoping for Thiago stay
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer hopes Thiago Alcantara will stay with the German champions beyond the season, describing him as “our engine in midfield”.
The midfielder – who has one year left on his Bayern contract – has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool of late.
And with Bayern to face Chelsea in their last-16 Champions League second leg tomorrow, Neuer insists he hopes it won’t be one of the Spaniard’s last for the club.
“I hope that it won’t be one of the last matches of Thiago,” Neuer said.
“He had to undergo surgery at the end of the season but now he’s back and 100 per cent. He’s a very valuable player for us, especially in ball possession. He’s very important for us. He’s our engine in midfield actually.”
Stoke look to offload Ince
With Stoke planning a major squad reshuffle this summer, Tom Ince has been identified as a player they want to move on, report Football Insider.
The 28-year-old struggled in front of goal this season, scoring just three goals in 38 Championship games.
The Englishman made his move to Stoke from Huddersfield only in 2018, and he still has two years remaining on his deal.
Liverpool prepare Lewis swap deal
Liverpool are planning to include Yasser Larouci as part of a swap deal for Norwich City full-back Jamal Lewis, report the Daily Mail.
The Reds reportedly had a £10million bid turned down by the Canaries, who value the left-back at double that.
Liverpool reportedly believe they will get their man for less than £20million, however, and are willing to include the 19-year-old in any deal made.
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Man Utd to listen to Lingard offers
Manchester United are will listen to offers for the out of favour Jesse Lingard this summer, according to The Guardian.
Despite chipping in with a crucial final-day goal as United secured a top-four finish, the 27-year-old has fallen significantly down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Soksjaer.
Lingard made just 22 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring 1 goal and providing no assists.
Interesting. Bayern defender Jerome Boateng looks to be leaving Bavaria this summer and a move back to England for the former Manchester City player is of interest.
“I would not say no [to a Premier League return]. I love to [watch] the Premier League, I loved also when I was there to play,” Boateng said at a news conference.
“For me it was really unlucky because I got injured straight [away] and then I didn’t really play the position they promised me. But I still took a lot from this year, playing in the Premier League, it helped me a lot to play and train with great players, world-class players.
“I am definitely down [for] it, but I don’t know for the future. You never know. But it’s not that I would say ‘I never want to play there.’ It’s one of my favourite leagues for sure.”
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Fulham prioritise Parker, Arter and Reed deals
Fulham are pressing ahead with permanent transfers for midfield duo Harrison Reed and Harry Arter and a new contract for manager Scott Parker.
The pair, who spent last season on loan from Southampton and Bournemouth respectively, are both firm favourites of Parker and keen on a stay at Craven Cottage.
Parker himself is set to extend his deal with the club having secured promotion, with talks to begin when they return from short breaks. The 39-year-old and his coaching staff were handed two-year deals in May 2019.
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Jack Grealish should seriously consider the option of staying at Aston Villa this summer, believes Darren Bent, who sees Tottenham as his only possible destination.
The 24-year-old has been a transfer target for Manchester United in recent months, but the Red Devils have reportedly now shifted their focus away from the midfielder with Jadon Sancho the priority.
With the January acquisition of Bruno Fernandes, alongside Paul Pogba’s resurgence, the Englishman is no longer as attractive a proposition – particularly with his value skyrocketing following Villa’s Premier League survival.
And Bent believes Grealish – who scored the crucial goal that secured Villa’s survival in their final day draw against West Ham – may now be struggling for options.
“You start looking about and I’ve had this discussion with so many different people, it’s where does he go?” Bent told Football Insider.
ICYMI: Angel Gomes loaned to Boavista
Angel Gomes is officially on the move once again.
The teenage midfielder rejected the chance to extend his stay at Manchester United this summer and signed for Ligue 1 club Lille earlier this week.
But Gomes isn’t in Christophe Galtier’s immediate first-team plans at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy and will instead spend the 2020/21 season on loan with Portuguese top-flight outfit Boavista.
Leeds United want Benrahma
Leeds United are the latest club to be linked with a move for Brentford star Said Benrahma.
Yesterday the Mirror linked Tottenham with a move for the Bees’ Algerian winger, but the Telegraph report this morning that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are keen on bringing him to Elland Road.
Lazio confident of signing Silva
Lazio are growing ever more confident they will sign free agent David Silva this summer, report Sky in Italy.
The Spaniard’s 10-year stay at City will come to an end following their Champions League campaign, having already played his final game domestically.
And while negotiations were initially proving difficult, the report states Lazio believe they are coming towards a breakthrough.
Silva holds the record for the player with the most Premier League appearances, wins and assists for City.
His final game in blue could come on Friday when City welcome Real Madrid to the Etihad in their Champions League last 16 quarter-final second leg.
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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.
Chelsea will push ahead with moves for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz and remain interested in Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, while Manchester United are also expected to be busy this summer.
Jadon Sancho remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one target, and a deal should be completed if Man United can negotiate a compromise on the £100m-plus valuation Dortmund has for the England international.