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.
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?
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a new three-year contract.
Following months of negotiations, the 31-year-old agreed fresh terms worth £250,000 a week in a major boost to manager Mikel Arteta.
Aubameyang has scored 72 goals in 111 appearances since signing from Borussia Dortmund for £56million in January 2018, including two to beat Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup Final.
Speaking via Instagram Live:
“This is my home. I feel so good here. I signed da ting because I want to become an Arsenal legend and maybe leave a legacy.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has confirmed he has signed a new contract with Arsenal.
The club have posted a live video to their social media accounts which appears to the show the scene where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign his new Arsenal contract.
Our Manchester football correspondent James Robson assesses how signing Gareth Bale instead of Jadon Sancho would impact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s vision at Man United…
Gareth Bale signing for Manchester United is completely at odds with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s cultural reset.
But the Norwegian knows he cannot afford to head into another season without the top-class right winger he’s coveted since taking over at Old Trafford.
It was a hard ‘no’ from United when the prospect of ending Bale’s Real Madrid misery came up last summer. Yet little more than 12 months on, his ageing limbs another year older, the 31-year-old is back on the agenda.
Now he’s seen as a possibility – albeit purely on loan and with Real subsidising a weekly salary of more than £300,000-a-week. This was not what Solskjaer meant when outlining the need to build on the success of his first full season in charge.
Spurs preparing Milik deal
Tottenham are set to make an offer for Napoli striiker Arkadiusz Milik as Jose Mourinho looks for back-up for Harry Kane – but are they too late?
The Poland international has publicly revealed his intention to leave the club after rejecting a new contract, with a year left to run on his current deal.
The 25-year-old looked on course to join rivals Juventus only for Andrea Pirlo to replace Maurizio Sarri, thus ending their interest, but reports in Italy suggest Roma could win the race with a £25m move for Milik.
Despite this, Football Insider report Spurs remain interested in Milik and will offer him a contract worth £90,000-a-week to convince him to move to north London.
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Manchester United have reportedly decided against taking up their option to re-sign Memphis Depay from Lyon.
The Dutchman joined the Ligue 1 outfit in 2017 after struggling for the majority of his two-year spell at Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old has since become one of the most lethal attackers in Europe, scoring 57 goals in 104 appearances for Lyon and is on the verge of reuniting with former coach Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.
As part of the deal, The Express report United had first refusal on whether to bring back Depay but after turning down that opportunity, the forward is now free to head to Camp Nou.
Time to get excited, Arsenal fans!
The Gunners have changed their Twitter profile, hinting that an announcement is imminent by telling fans to “turn their notifications on”.
Could that be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new contract, or perhaps news on their pursuit of goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson.
Liverpool appear to be in no rush to secure the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, talkSPORT report.
The 29-year-old is understood to be a target for the Reds as they look to defend their Premier League title.
But with Bayern reportedly unwilling to drop their £25m asking price, the Reds are happy to wait for the Spain international’s contract to run down, with Manchester United removing themselves from the running for his signature.
Barcelona’s summer clear-out is continuing at a rapid rate as director Carles Planes has confirmed Arturo Vidal will join Inter Milan.
The Chilean has only played a key role for the Catalans since arriving from Bayern Munich in 2018, scoring 11 goals in 96 appearances.
But the 33-year-old, who is out of contract in 2021, will bring an end to his time at Camp Nou by linking up with Antonio Conte at San Siro, signing a two-year deal in the process.
Tottenham endured a disappointing start to the new Premier League season with a 1-0 home defeat to Everton and that may have shown Jose Mourinho he needs new arrivals.
While Spurs have been linked with Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth, who struck 29 goals for Trabzonspor on loan last season, Sky Sports say Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey is a target.
The Jamaica international, linked with both Man City and Chelsea in the past, made only 22 Bundesliga appearances last season but is expected to play a bigger role after Kai Havertz’s departure.
But the German club could be tempted to cash in on the 23-year-old should they receive a sizeable offer for Bailey, who is also wanted by Everton.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s long-running contract saga could be drawing to a close, with the Arsenal captain looking like he is going to be staying in north London.
Aubameyang’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months, with his current contract set to expire in just nine months’ time.
Arsenal had risked losing the Gabon international for nothing instead of cashing in on the striker, but the 31-year-old is set to put pen to paper on a three-year, £250,000-a-week contract extension.
On August 15, the Gunners star tweeted a cryptic emoji of a time sand glass which was half full. Now, almost a month later, Aubameyang followed that up with another egg-timer – though this time, the sand has nearly run out.
Does this mean the deal is finally done? Watch this space.
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Manchester United are monitoring Valencia midfielder Uros Racic ahead of potential £28 million move this summer.
According to The Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to recruit another midfielder despite already signing Donny van de Beek from Ajax.
Racic, 22, has a relatively low profile in Spain after spending the past two seasons on loan at Tenerife in LaLiga2 and Famalicao in the Portuguese Liga.
The Serbian has a €100m release clause (£92m) written into his contract but the report claims Los Che would be willing to sell Racic for around £28m, which could appeal to the Red Devils.
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.
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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.
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.”
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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.”
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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.
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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.
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
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.
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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.