Mon. Oct 26th, 2020

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Transfer news LIVE: Bale flight tracker; Dembele to Liverpool; Arsenal Aouar bid, Nuno Mendes; Mendy to Chelsea

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

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.

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Arsenal prepare Aouar bid

Arsenal will soon make an offer of over £36m for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to the Daily Express.


The Gunners have been tracking Aouar for some time but Mikel Arteta needs to raise funds before a realistic bid can be tabled.

Arsenal banked £20million through the sale of Emi Martinez earlier this week and are in negotiations with Torino over a deal for Lucas Torreira. 

That deal would likely come in the form of a loan switch with a view to making it permanent next summer for a fee in the region of £22m. 


Gareth Bale flight tracker

Gareth Bale is currently in the air en route to London to conclude his one-year loan move to Tottenham. 

Sky’s Ben Ransom tweeted in the last hour: “A private jet owned by Daniel Levy left the private terminal of Madrid airport in the last 10 minutes.

“It’s heading NNE on a course for London. Flight time estimated at around 2 hours.

It is believed Bale’s plane can be tracked by following this link. 


Bale ‘wants to prove how good he is again’

Gareth Bale wants to once again prove how good he is while on loan at Tottenham, says agent Jonathan Barnett.

“What happened at Real Madrid was unfortunate for many reasons and now he wants to show the world what a great player he is,” Barnett told the Telegraph.

“He is undoubtedly one of the best in the world.”



Solskjaer tight-lipped on Sancho

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would not talk about the pursuit of Jadon Sancho but knows Manchester United need to strengthen the squad to keep developing.

The 20-year-old England international has been in the Old Trafford giants’ crosshairs all summer, but Borussia Dortmund’s 120million euros (£108m) asking price remains a key sticking point.


Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek is so far the only new face to have joined United, but Solskjaer is hoping more business can be done before the October 5 transfer deadline.

“Of course we’ve done some business with Donny,” the United boss. “I’m very happy, delighted to get him in – exceptional smashing lad, very good player that will give us something.

“You know I can’t say anything about other clubs’ players out of respect to them. I can’t speculate. But we understand that to get even further 1) we need to develop what we have, 2) we’re also looking to strengthen the team, of course we are.

“Let’s just wait and see if we manage to bring anyone in. I’ve been in dialogue with the club, of course, we’re always discussing and hopefully let’s see if we can bring anyone in.”


Tottenham exits before deadline

Jose Mourinho is conscious that he will have to start trimming the fat from his squad and Danny Rose, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga and Serge Aurier could all leave the club on permanent deals before the end of the month, while Ryan Sessegnon could go on loan.


Dele Alli is another player with an uncertain future after he was left out of the squad for last night’s match in Bulgaria. Spurs do not currently expect Dele to leave before the October 5 transfer deadline but they would listen to serious offers for the 24-year-old.


Tottenham still want TWO more signings

Jose Mourinho’s overhaul of his Tottenham squad will not stop with the signings of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon, with the Portuguese now set to target a striker and a centre-half as well as offloading unwanted players.

Mourinho will next turn his attentions to signing a new striker, having failed in an approach for Southampton’s Danny Ings, who Spurs must contain on Sunday.


Saints insisted Ings is not for sale at any price, although Spurs are continuing to monitor the situation over his contract, which has two years to left to run.

Bas Dost, the experienced Eintracht Frankfurt forward, is also on Mourinho’s radar but target Arkadiusz Milik looks set to join Roma from Napoli. 

Spurs are also in the market for a centre-half, with Benfica’s Ruben Dias among Mourinho’s preferred options. The Portuguese club flatly refused to sell the 23-year-old, who is represented by Mourinho’s longtime associate Jorge Mendes, in January but the financial impact of the shutdown and their failure to qualify for the Champions League may force a rethink.



Bale ‘booked in for golf’ in Twitter hoax

Tottenham fans have flooded the phone lines of a Hertfordshire golf club after an image surfaced on social media which appeared to show Gareth Bale is booked in for a round of golf with Daniel Levy on Friday afternoon.

A booking form posted online appears to show that Bale, Levy and chief scout Steve Hitchen have their names down for 18 holes on Friday afternoon at Hadley Wood Golf Club, which is close to the club’s Enfield training complex.


Twitter user @Thogden shared an image of the 1.52pm tee time, adding: “Gareth Bale’s booked in for a game of golf at my mate’s golf club tomorrow.

“You couldn’t write this.”

But his ruse was rumbled when the golf club poured cold water over the claims on Thursday evening.

Hadley Wood revealed their phone lines had been ringing off the hook with fans desperate to get a slot alongside the Spurs hero.

“Never had so many Friday afternoon tee time requests,” the club tweeted.


PSG and Inter chase Dele Alli

Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli has emerged as a target for Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan, according to The Mail. 


Alli is conscious that he needs to be playing regular football to win back his place in Gareth Southgate’s team ahead of the European Championships next summer. 

However, there is likely to be a reluctance to sell Alli on a permanent basis from within the club given the depreciated market caused by Covid.


Arsenal want Raya and Runarsson

Brentford have rejected a bid of about £10m from Arsenal for goalkeeper David Raya, according to The Telegraph.


The Gunners identified Raya and Runar Alex Runarsson as targets following the departure of Emi Martinez to Aston Villa.

Arsenal are in talks with Dijon and it is hoped a deal for Runarsson can be done for around £1.5m, but that has not halted their pursuit of Raya. 

Mikel Arteta is still hopeful of landing the Brentford man. 

The Bees will only consider the sale of the 25-year-old Spaniard if he is loaned back.



Mourinho: Now I believe in Ndombele

Jose Mourinho has insisted he never doubted the ability of Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

The Frenchman – who has been linked with a move away from Tottenham this summer – scored the winner in the club’s 2-1 Europa Leauge qualification win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv. 

Photo: Getty

“Tanguy is in a process of evolution,” Mourinho told reporters after the game. “Last season he wasn’t. He was stuck in a situation where I couldn’t see evolution. 

“Now he is in a moment where he is training very, very well. Today he gave us what we needed in the last 30 minutes. 

“Now I believe in Tanguy. I never doubted his ability but last season I doubted his effort and motivation. Now I think that Tanguy can do well for us.”


Chelsea prepare Rice bid

Chelsea are set to bid for West Ham’s England midfielder Declan Rice, according to the Express.


The Blues are reportedly close to signing Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who will become their eighth signing of the summer. But Frank Lampard is not done there. 

Chelsea are determined to land Rice, 21, as the final act of their unprecedented summer spree. 


Roma strike Milik deal

Roma have reached an agreement for the signing for the Napoli frontman Arkadiusz Milik, according to Sky in Italy. 


Milik will sign a new one-year contract with Napoli and then go to Roma on loan, with an obligation to buy for £13.7m and £6.4m in bonuses.



Klopp: Liverpool must improve to stay on top

Liverpool finished 18 points clear in the Premier League last season but manager Juergen Klopp says they have to be even better this year just to stay one step ahead of their rivals.

Liverpool, who had a tough 4-3 victory over promoted Leeds to start the new campaign, bolstered their squad on Thursday with an agreement to sign Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.


“It’s completely normal that we have to make another step because other teams will make other steps as well,” German Klopp told Sky Sports.

“It has nothing to do with being champions, we constantly try not to develop but to find solutions to the new challenges before we have the problems with them.

“But a lot of the good things we did, first and foremost we have to show again, so it’s not only about changing things it’s about finding the right approach and plan again for this season.”


More on Bale and Reguilon

Gareth Bale is due to fly into London on Friday to complete his return to Tottenham.

The Welshman will leave Spain to put the finishing touches on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, PA report.


Spurs have been in discussions over the last two days to sign 31-year-old Bale, seven years after he left for a then world-record fee, and it appears all financial hurdles have been overcome.

It is reported that Bale will be accompanied on the plane by Madrid team-mate Sergio Reguilon, who will join on a permanent transfer, with the club hoping to announce both deals before the weekend.


Man United join Sarr race

Manchester United have joined the race to sign Watford star Ismailia Sarr.

Photo: AFP
The Independent reports that United have identified Sarr as an alternate to Jadon Sancho, has they continue to struggle to reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund.


Liverpool close in on Thiago

Liverpool have agreed a deal with Bayern Munich with £20million to sign Thiago Alcantara, with a further £5m in potential add-ons.

Photo: AFP

The midfielder is expected to sign a four-year deal and will wear the no.6 shirt.

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.

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Mendy to Chelsea completed ‘within hours’

Edouard Mendy’s move to Chelsea is “almost done”, according to his agent, who has confirmed the deal could be completed within hours. 

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea have been in formal talks with Renne to sign the goalkeeper with Frank Lampard searching for a replacement. 

Kepa Arrizabalaga started in their opening day win against Brighton, but Lampard has lost faith with the young ‘keeper. 

“The deal with Chelsea is almost done,” Mendy’s agent confirmed to Extra Time. “Only the formalization is remaining. It could be completed even on next hours”.


Bale ‘completes Spurs medical’

Gareth Bale has moved a step closer to sealing an emotional return to Tottenham on loan after reportedly passing his medical.

Photo: Reuters

The 31-year-old is set to end his seven-year spell in the Spanish capital by heading to north London on loan until the end of the season after the two clubs reached an agreement on a loan fee and wages.

Now Sky Sports say the deal is almost complete after Bale underwent his medical in Madrid ahead of finalising the last pieces of the deal today.


Suarez won’t be forced out, insists Koeman

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has assured Luis Suarez he has a future at Barcelona if he is unable to secure a move elsewhere.

Photo: AFP

The 34-year-old has been linked with a move to Juventus but Edin Dzeko could move to Turin instead, and Koeman insists there will always be a place for the Uruguayan in his squad.

“Suarez will be one more [member of the squad] if he stays,” Koeman told TV3.

“I was talking to Luis this morning. We will wait to see if there is a way out or not.

“We respect contracts and, from day one, we have said that if he stays on the squad, it will be one more.”


Chelsea trio to head out on loan

Chelsea are set to allow three more players head out on loan as director Marina Granovskaia seeks to find temporary homes for the club’s fringe players.

Photo: Getty

Davide Zappacosta, who spent last season on loan at Roma before suffering an ACL injury, is set to sign for Genoa on loan until the expiry of his contract next summer. according to Sky Italia. suggest Tiemoue Bakayoko could also be heading to Italy is Tiemoue Bakayoko, who remains locked in discussions with AC Milan over a loan return to the San Siro which could include an option to buy.

And forgotten man Lewis Baker, 24, is primed to link up with former Chelsea coach Eddie Newton at Turkish outfit Trabzonspor for the season, as reported by Goal.

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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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