Time is running out for Premier League sides to make changes to their squad for the 2020-21 season. Clubs have until October 5 to sign players from Europe, though deals with EFL clubs can continue until October 16.
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 – while striker Carlos Vinicius has joined from Benfica on an initial loan deal.
Champions Liverpool have bolstered in the form of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota – but it remains quiet for Manchester United as their pursuit of Jadon Sancho was put under added pressure following a tough Champions League group-stage draw.
Arsenal have also been busy, and are targeting Lyon captain Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey in what could be a dramatic finish to the transfer window.
- Chelsea FC latest: Hudson-Odoi set to leave?
I’ll repeat what I wrote earlier: this is really hotting up.
The race for Houssem Aouar has seen Real Madrid enter the frame tonight and now Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has had his say: “Right now it is a bit complicated, he is interesting a lot of clubs.”
“He is a dream for us.”
Looks like Arsenal have a fight on their hands.
Barca will not send Dembele out on loan
Barcelona will not allow winger Ousmane Dembele to leave the club on loan this season, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Dembele has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, but they will reportedly need to secure a permanent deal if he is to move to Old Trafford.
The winger was left out of Ronald Koeman’s squad for their 3-0 league win over Celta Vigo.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed he is open to Callum Hudson-Odoi leaving on loan before Monday’s deadline.
The winger, who is yet to feature in the Premier League this season, has been linked once more to Bayern Munich.
Lampard has now confirmed he would consider letting him, Fikayo Tomori and Ruben Loftus-Cheek leave on loan.
Lampard said: “With every player in the squad, if it is a situation of a loan you have to consider what is best for the player, what is best for the club first and foremost, and then see how it stacks up.
“With all those three players I will always take those things into consideration. I have not got an answer on any of those three.
“I have a good relationship with them all and speak honestly with them. That is one we will broach player by player over the next few days.”
MAN UTD NEWS
Solskjaer wants James sale to fund Sancho bid
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to sell Daniel James to fund a move for Jadon Sancho, according to ESPN.
The report claims Solskjaer remains desperate to sign Sancho by Monday’s deadline and believes a £25million sale of James could help the club reach Dortmund’s £108m valuation.
ESPN report Solskjaer is yet to convince the United board of the idea to sell James.
Atletico reach Torreira agreement
Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Arsenal over the loan signing of Lucas Torreira, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The deal is reportedly for a one-year loan with no obligation to buy, with personal terms agreed and a medical scheduled.
Romano reports only once Atletico sell a player will the deal go through, however, with negotiations underway for both Hector Herrera and Thomas Lemar.
WEST HAM NEWS
West Ham eye Dawson
West Ham are interested in signing Watford centre-back Craig Dawson, according to the Daily Mail.
The Hammers failed with multiple bids for Burnley’s James Tarkowski, now turning their attention towards Dawson.
The 30-year-old made 29 Premier League appearances last season, but is yet to feature outside the Carabao Cup this season.
This one is really heating up. According to L’Equipe, Real Madrid have launched their bid for Houssem Aouar, a team the Lyon midfielder would prefer to join over Arsenal.
The report adds: “Arsenal, who have been after Aouar for several weeks, appear to be the default option & have not offered the money required to close the deal.”
MAN UTD NEWS
Man Utd set Telles deadline… OF TOMORROW
Manchester United must wrap up a deal for Alex Telles by tomorrow if they are to sign the full-back, according to Jason Burt of The Telegraph.
Standard Sport understands United are working on a deal for Telles with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate to bring in a couple of signings.
United and Porto are still reportedly some way apart on the transfer fee, however, with the window of opportunity closing as Telles flies to Brazil for international duty on Sunday.
MAN UTD NEWS
Dalot ‘really close’ to AC Milan move
Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot is “really close” to a AC Milan loan move, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Dalot played just once following the restart last season but started in United’s 3-0 win over Brighton the Carabao Cup.
The full-back, who joined from Porto for £19million in 2018, looks set to leave the club, however.
Milan had also been interested in Tottenham’s Serge Aurier, but it looks as if he will now stay put.
Spurs reject PSG’s second Alli bid
Tottenham have rejected Paris Saint-Germain’s second loan bid for Dele Alli, according to Sky Sports.
The French champions are reportedly stepping up their approach for the midfielder with Monday’s deadline looming.
However, Sky Sports report Spurs insist the midfielder will not leave and expect him to fight for a place in the team.
Spurs complete Vinicius deal
That didn’t take long! Tottenham have announced the signing of Carlos Vinicius on a season-long loan deal!
Vinicius, 25, will cost Spurs just £2.7million in loan fees, and they have the option to make the move permanent for £38.2million next summer.
The forward proved ruthless up top for Benfica last season, scoring 18 goals in 32 league games, while also providing eight assists.
Spurs’ Vinicius announcement seemingly imminent
Tottenham have hinted at the imminent announcement of Carlos Vinicius with a brilliant social media post.
The north London club has posted a video in which they hilariously attempt to type out “We are delighted to announce the signing of a new striker”, only to be bombarded with suggestions of a midfielder or the Skywalk.
With Benfica yesterday reporting Spurs had agreed a deal to sign Carlos Vinicius on a season-long loan deal, the official announcement is surely to drop any minute now.
Spurs signings come to an end?
Tottenham are not expected to make any more signings this summer after Carlos Vinicius’ arrival, according to Paul Gilmour of Sky Sports.
Speaking on Sky’s ‘The Transfer Show’, Kaveh Solhekol said: “My colleague Paul Gilmour is telling me that Tottenham are not expected to make any more signings in this window after the arrival of Carlos Vinicius.
“Talks over Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar have not developed into a formal bid.
“The two clubs are well apart in the valuation and the priority at the moment for Spurs is to offload players. There will be no panic if they do not get a centre-back in.”
WEST HAM NEWS
West Ham make £20m Caleta-Car bid
West Ham have made a £20million bid for Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car, according to Sky Sports.
The centre-back is now a prime target for David Moyes after West Ham had three bids for James Tarkowski turned down.
Caleta-Car, 24, has scored two goals in five league games this season.
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Palace step up Benrahma interest
Crystal Palace have stepped up their interest in Said Benrahma, according to Sky Sports.
The foward put in a stunning performance, scoring a screamer as Brentford reached the Carabao Cup with a 3-0 win over Fulham yesterday.
And having been heavily linked with a move to Palace in recent weeks, Sky now report the Eagles are stepping up their pursuit.
Hudson-Odoi to Bayern talks in ‘decisive phase’
Callum Hudson-Odoi’s talks with Bayern Munich are now entering a “decisive phase”, according to Christian Falk of Bild.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard earlier today insisted he was open for the winger to move out on loan this season.
Hudson-Odoi has been heavily linked with a move to the European and German champions, with talk now significantly heating up.
This is certainly one to keep your eyes on…
MAN UTD NEWS
Man Utd complete double signing
Manchester United have completed the signings of both Alejandro Garnacho from Atletico Madrid and Charlie McNeill from Manchester City.
Standard Sport understands both players will play with their U18 side to begin with.
Wilder delighted by Brewster signing
Chris Wilder has revealed his delight after Sheffield United secured a record transfer for Rhian Brewster.
“At the top of the pitch we have one of the country’s hottest properties from Liverpool and for him to sign permanently here is fantastic for everyone concerned,” Wilder said.
“There has been a lot of interest in him over the summer, a lot of speculation about who we were going for, but he has been our number one target and I am delighted to have secured his services.”
Blades complete Brewster signing
Sheffield United have completed the signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool in a club-record deal.
The forward signs for £23.5million, while Liverpool have negotiated a 15 per cent sell-on clause and a buyback option lasting three years into the deal.
Mourinho used Sorloth as Vinicus ‘smokescreen’
Jose Mourinho was happy to fuel talk of a move for Alexander Sorloth as it provided a “smokescreen” in Tottenham’s bid for Carlos Vinicius, according to ESPN.
Tottenham were reportedly never interested in a move for the 24-year-old, who has since joined RB Leipzig.
The north London club are now closing in on a loan deal for Vinicius, with Benfica revealing a deal has been reached.
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When does the 2020 summer transfer window close?
International window: Monday October 5
Domestic UK window: Friday October 16