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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.

Arsenal have signed Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, while 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, while Tottenham have signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty.

Liverpool are biding their time in pursuit of Thiago Alcantara, while Real Madrid seem more determined that ever to move Gareth Bale on this summer. Could the former Spurs star be about to return to the Premier League?

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Bayern revive Hudson-Odoi interest

Chelsea face a fight to hang onto Callum Hudson-Odoi after Bayern Munich reignited their interest in the winger.

The 19-year-old penned a five-year deal with the Blues after the club rejected two offers from the Bundesliga giants in 2019.

But Hudson-Odoi has struggled to lock down a place in the Blues’ starting XI under Frank Lampard since returning from injury, and the arrivals of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech are likely to limit his first-team chances.

According to Sky Sports, Bayern, RB Leipzig and Juventus are keeping a close eye on his situation, although it remains unlikely Chelsea would be willing to part with one of their most promising youngsters.



Grealish signs new Aston Villa deal

Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year deal with Aston Villa, bringing an end to speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Photo: PA

Grealish had been identified as a summer transfer target by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer along with Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

But the 24-year-old has committed his future to his boyhood club, penning a deal to June 2025, after helping the club survive relegation from the Premier League last season.

“I am delighted to make this commitment to Villa,” Grealish told the club’s official website.

“It is my club, my home and I am very happy here. The owners have made it very clear to me how ambitious they are and how they want to build Aston Villa.

“There are exciting times ahead and I am very glad to be part of it.”



Watford boss wants committed players

Watford boss Vladimir Ivic wants players to stay at Vicarage Road only if they are committed to getting the club back to the Premier League.


Interest is high in a number of players — Villarreal want left-back Pervis Estupinan, while Troy Deeney is on West Brom’s radar — and ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup tie at Oxford, Ivic said: “I want to work with the guys who want to be here.”




Grealish signs new Villa deal

Captain Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year deal at Aston Villa.

The midfielder’s future had been subject to speculation, with Manchester United heavily linked last season.

But he helped Villa survive in the Premier League and has now committed his future to the club.



Arsenal step up Runarsson chase

Arsenal are ready to step up their pursuit of Runar Alex Runarsson after Emi Martinez completes his move to Aston Villa.

Martinez has agreed personal terms with Villa over a contract worth £60,000-a-week and is set to join them as part of deal that could eventually reach £20million.


Arsenal are now looking to replace the Argentina international, who played a key role in them winning the FA Cup last season but is leaving in search of first-team football.

Bernd Leno will resume his place as Arsenal’s No1 goalkeeper but the club are looking to bring in Runarsson as competition and back-up.

Arsenal are in talks with Dijon and it is hoped a deal can be done for around £1.5m, with the 25-year-old Iceland international ready to sign a long-term contract.



United fear increased Sancho competition

Manchester United fear they will face increased competition for Jadon Sancho’s signature next summer if they can’t strike a deal before October’s deadline, according to ESPN. 


United believe Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are among the clubs who will join the race for Sancho in 12 months if he remains at Dortmund. 

The England international remains United’s transfer priority this summer, but Dortmund are yet to budge on their £108m asking price.




Palace in Benrahma talks

Crystal Palace have opened talks with Brentford over a deal for Said Benrahma, who is set to cost £25million should the Eagles push ahead with a move.


The Bees are all-but resigned to losing the prolific winger – who trained with his team-mates this morning – this summer having already sanctioned the sale of last season’s top scorer Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa for an initial £28million.

Palace are keen to invest in attacking talent during this window while they are also looking to bring the average age of their squad down. The Eagles have already signed Nathan Ferguson, Eberechi Eze and Michy Batshuayi – the latter on a season-long loan from Chelsea – and are keen to add one more.



Arsenal Partey boost

Arsenal are set to allow Lucas Torreira to leave the club, according to The Express.


Torino are said to have agreed to pay €24million (£22m) for Torreira, with the 24-year-old initially joining the Serie A club on loan.

The deal will reportedly pave the way for Mikel Arteta to sign Thomas Partey in his place.



Gallagher closing in on West Brom move

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is set to join West Bromwich Albion on loan for the season, according to The Athletic.


He will sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge before the move is completed.

Gallagher, 20, was poised for a move to Crystal Palace, but the Eagles missed out on their leading attacking target and instead turned their attention to Gallagher’s Chelsea team-mate Michy Batshuayi. 

Rules dictate that you cannot loan two players from the same club, so the Baggies have pounced to benefit. 




ICYMI: Barca ready to force Suarez out 

Newly appointed Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is keen to get Luis Suarez off the books and will look to force him out the club, report Sport. 

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Barcelona will reportedly leave Suarez to sit and watch matches in the stands rather than give him any game time. 

The Spanish giants have confirmed that all-but seven first-team players are up for sale this summer. 



Arsenal eye Marcos Paulo

Arsenal are ready to rival West Ham for for Fluminese forward Marcos Paulo, according to TEAMtalk.


Watford, Leeds and Southampton have also cast an eye over the player, 17, who has a release clause of £40million. 

West Ham are reportedly in the driving seat having held talks with the player’s representatives. 



Fenerbahce in Origi talks

Fenerbahce have opened talks with Liverpool over signing Belgium striker Divock Origi, according to The Mirror. 


The Turkish side will face competition from Aston Villa, Newcastle, Brighton and Fulham, who are also interested in the 25-year-old. 




City lodge €89m Gimenez bid

Manchester City have offered €89m for Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez, according to AS.

Pep Guardiola is in the market for a top-level centre-back this summer and City have now reportedly lodged a formal offer which could eventually reach €94m.

Atletico are adamant he will not leave for a fee lower than his termination €120m clause.



Man Utd ready Bale offer

Manchester United have lost patience in their pursuit of England and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, according to The Sun.


United have drawn up a shortlist of options should they fail to land Sancho, with Gareth Bale and Ivan Perisic high on their back-up list. 

Dortmund want £108million and the Red Devils are finally ready to walk away from the table. 

They are instead drawing up a short-term deal for Bale, 31, who would move to Old Trafford on an initial season-long loan. 



Palace interested in Benrahma 

Crystal Palace are interested in signing Brentford forward Said Benrahma this summer, report Sky Sports. 

Photo: Getty

Officials from Palace are reportedly set to meet Benrahma’s advisors this week to discuss the possibility of a deal. 

And Brentford are willing to sell Benrahma at the right price this summer.




Tottenham prepare Dost swoop

Tottenham are lining up a move for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost, according to the Daily Mail.


Spurs are in the market for a striker to support Harry Kane, with Danny Ings and Alexander Sorloth among those linked in recent days. 

Dost is valued at around £5.5m and Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho has now identified the player as the forward he wants to sign.



West Ham targetting Arsenal’s Kolasinac 

West Ham are targetting a move for Arsenal outcast Sead Kolasinac this summer, according to The Athletic

Photo: Getty Images

Kolasinac has struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta with Kieran Tierney emerging as the first-choice pick. 

Hammers boss David Moyes is keen to sign a new left-back, with Tomas Soucek the only signing this summer so far. 

Moyes is also reportedly monitoring the situation of Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri.



Lampard insists he’s ‘happy with Kepa’ as Mendy signing nears

Frank Lampard insists he is ‘very happy’ with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga despite the club pursuing Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Photo: AFP

“I am very happy with Kepa,” said Lampard after the match. “With the shot I’m not sure if he could’ve done any better. But I saw a bit more confidence in how he was playing. Kepa is here, he’s our keeper and I’m happy with him. 

“If we are bringing in competition, it will be competition. That’s the nature of Chelsea and it goes throughout the squad.”

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Man Utd speaking to Reguilon

Manchester United were holding talks with Sergio Reguilon’s agents last night, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

United are reportedly seriously working on bringing in the Spaniard as an option at left-back. 

Photo: AFP

As Romano reported earlier, United will not accept the buy-back clause Madrid have asked for. 

Meanwhile, Sevilla – who were also interested in a move – have completed the signing of Marcos Acuna, leaving the door open for United. 



Liverpool will wait to make Thiago move

Liverpool will finally make their move for Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara, but not before the final week of the transfer window.

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Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for the former Barcelona midfielder, with Jurgen Klopp a keen admirer of the Spain international.

And talkSPORT reports that Liverpool will make their move for the player who has only a year to run on his contract, but not until the final week of the transfer window.

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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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