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Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea sign goalkeeper; Arsenal's Aouar bid; Habib Diallo to Tottenham; Man United latest

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Welcome to Standard Sport’s rolling coverage of the summer transfer window as the speculation ramps up.

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.

Manchester United have signed Donny van de Beek while working on a deal for Jadon Sancho and – reportedly – Dayot Upamecano, while Tottenham have signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty.

Liverpool are biding their time in pursuit of Thiago Alcantara, but the biggest story is that Lionel Messi has decided to stay at Barcelona.

Live Updates



Tottenham to sign Habib Diallo?

Photo: PA

Jose Mourinho looks to be finally closing in on that back-up striker he has wanted since arriving.

Football London report that Metz striker Habib Diallo is the man for Mourinho after previous links to Ollie Watkins, Callum Wilson and Arkadiusz Milik.

The 25-year-old scored 12 goals and provided three assists in 26 league games last season.



Mount unhappy at Chelsea? Nope.

Bild reported earlier today that Mason Mount was unhappy at the arrival of Kai Havertz, another positional rival for the young midfielder.

Well, Tony Mount, Mason’s dad, has rounded denied that with a brilliant tweet.

That’s that settled, then.



Man United to trigger Upamecano clause

Manchester United are planning a move for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano next summer, according to The Mail.

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The 21-year-old recently signed a new three-year deal, which reportedly includes a release clause that would allow him to leave for £38million in 2021. 

Upamecano is now reportedly a top target for United, who are prepared to activate his release clause. 




Barcelona agree Depay fee

Ronald Koeman is closing in on his first signing as Barcelona boss in fellow Dutchman Memphis Depay.

Barcelona have agreed a £22m deal with Lyon for the former Manchester United forward, claims La Vanguardia.

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Thiago dodges transfer talk

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Thiago Alcantara remains heavily linked with a move to Liverpool but the Bayern Munich star was giving nothing away when quizzed about his future while away on Spain duty.

“According to you guys, I’d be in a different club every year so I’m out of it.

“For me, my only future is tomorrows game, there’s nothing further so there’s nothing to talk about… Its not good for me, my team mates or the national team.”



Van de Beek: Bergwijin wanted me to join Spurs

Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek has revealed countryman Steven Bergwijin tried to get him to join Tottenham.

Van de Beek completed his move to Old Trafford on Wednesday, signing a five-year deal with the option of a further year.


A number of sides across the continent were keen on the 23-year-old, including Arsenal, according to van de Beek’s agent.

And speaking to Algemeen Dagblad, Van de Beek revealed he was contacted by his Netherlands teammate and Tottenham forward Bergwijn to see if he would consider moving to north London.

“Steven Bergwijn texted me to see whether I would play for Spurs,” he said.

“But I chose United.”

Van de Beek also explained he decided he was ready to take the next step in his career after a conversation with his agent last weekend.

“I felt ready for the next step. This was the time to go. That is why I was on the phone with my agent last weekend. In the end, there was an agreement.”




Race on for Reguilon

The race is still on for Sergio Reguilon, according to Fabrizio Romano.


Reguilon has been offered to Manchester United but Sevilla are among a number of clubs also in the hunt.
The Liga club are keen to loan him from Real Madrid after a successful stint last season. 

The Manchester United board and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are reportedly considering him as one of a few options. 



ICYMI: New Arsenal Aouar bid

Arsenal launched a fresh bid for Houssem Aouar last week, according to L’Equipe.

The Gunners, who held informal talks over the 22-year-old much earlier in the summer, have reportedly stepped up their interest in recent days and submitted a player-plus-cash bid.


The offer would have seen Matteo Guendouzi move in the opposite direction but was knocked back by Lyon, with Edu leading the Arsenal negotiations. 

Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal are keen on a deal but they must sell to buy, with Juventus also sniffing around the player. 

Arsenal are trying to address their small budget with up to seven possible departures, including Hector Bellerin in a deal which could be worth around £25million. 



Atletico snub Man City bid for Gimenez

Reports in Italy claim Atletico Madrid have turned down a mammoth £70 million bid from Manchester City for centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez.

The Uruguayan is no longer a regular under Diego Simeone, with Felipe and Stefan Savic the preferred partnership.

Despite this, Sky Sport Italia journalist Alfredo Pedulla has reported that the offer has been snubbed by Atletico as Pep Guardiola looks to bolster his backline, having already signed Nathan Ake.

One to watch, for sure.




Eriksen set to end Inter spell

Christian Eriksen is set to leave Inter Milan just nine months after joining the Serie A giants from Tottenham.

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The 28-year-old arrived at the San Siro in January in a £17m deal after running down his contract with the north London side.

The Denmark international has struggled to adapt to his new surroundings and was benched by Antonio Conte for the Europa League Final defeat against Sevilla.

Now The Daily Mail report Eriksen has instructed his agent to line up another club ahead of the October 5 transfer deadline.



Nketiah to head out on loan?

Arsenal are not exactly short of options in attack with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette available.

Photo: Getty/Arsenal FC

And that could see Eddie Nketiah head out on loan for the forthcoming season, with Newcastle reportedly interested in the England Under-21 international.

Should that move fail, The Daily Mail report Rhian Brewster, 19, would be Steve Bruce’s favoured alternative as he looks to bolster his frontline after Joelinton’s struggles last season.



Burton keeper seals Chelsea move

Chelsea have completed the capture of young goalkeeper Teddy Sharman-Lowe on a three-year deal from Burton Albion.

The 17-year-old, who has featured for England at Under-17 at level, will be loaned back to the League One outfit for the 2020/21 campaign.

“It’s brilliant and it has all happened so fast,” Sharman-Lowe told the club’s website.

“Burton have developed me so well and now it’s another new beginning and, hopefully, I can develop further with Chelsea.

“I’m excited to be joining such a great club, especially as they are known for bringing on young players.




Souness: Thiago signing ‘perfect’ for Liverpool

Graeme Souness has urged Liverpool to complete a move for Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago because the timing is “perfect”.

The 29-year-old has made clear his desire for a new challenge after seven years in Germany, with Liverpool thought to be front-runners for the Spain international’s signature.

Photo: AFP

However, the Premier League champions are yet to meet Bayern’s £25m asking price with only a year left on his contract – but former Reds boss Souness feels it is an ideal time to bring in the midfielder.

“The perfect time to sign players is when they do not have to be an instant hit but can be gradually introduced,” Souness wrote in The Times.

“So I am disappointed that Liverpool haven’t done so while they are reigning Premier League and world champions.

“That worked well with the likes of Fabinho and Robertson, who came to the fore after spending several months learning the system and could bed in without the spotlight being on them.”



Leeds to rival Palace for Gallagher

Crystal Palace looked to be in pole position to land Conor Gallagher but Leeds United are set to make a late move for the Chelsea youngster.

Photo: PA

The 20-year-old spent the previous season on loan with Charlton and his impressive displays earned him a mid-season switch to Swansea City.

It is understood Gallagher had a medical with the Eagles, who are also interested in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.

But The Express claim that because Premier League rules prevent clubs from loaning more than one player from another top-flight club, Gallagher could now head to Elland Road.



PL giants eye Griezmann

Barcelona’s summer clear-out is now unlikely to include Lionel Messi after the Argentinian revealed he would see out his contract – and that could spell bad news for Antoine Griezmann.

Photo: Getty

According to The Mail on Sunday, the Blaugrana are keen to rebuild their squad and Griezmann, 29, has struggled to replicate the form he showed at Atletico Madrid since his £107m move.

It is claimed Arsenal and Manchester United are among the clubs monitoring the France international, with Barca coach Ronald Koeman keen to focus on younger talents such as Ansu Fati.




Reds defender set for loan

Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips is set to head out on loan again with a number of Championship clubs chasing his signature.

Photo: Getty/Liverpool FC

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan with German Bundesliga 2 outfit Stuttgart, helping them get promoted to the top flight.

But the central defender looks set to remain in England, say The Express, with Blackburn, Bristol City and Swansea all interested.



Cottagers line up Aina move

Fulham have reportedly held talks over a move to bring Ola Aina back to the Premier League.

The Nigeria international joined Torino from Chelsea in 2019 after a successful loan spell in Serie A and made 37 appearances last season.

But Scott Parker is looking to improve his options at right-back, having used Dennis Odoi there at times, and The Daily Mail report Fulham are hoping to convince the 23-year-old to return to London.



Wilson poised for Newcastle switch

Newcastle’s £20million bid for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been accepted, according to the Daily Mail.

Aston Villa were also interested and submitted a bid of more than £20million to try and snatch Wilson away from the Magpies.

However, Wilson’s preferred destination is St. James’ Park and Villa have now withdrawn their offer. 




Thiago to Liverpool update

Liverpool are prepared to push again in their bid to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, according to Fabrizio Romano.


That’s only if funds are raised through the sale of Gini Wijnaldum.

Barca are keen on both Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay and have made contact with the relevant agents. The Liga giants are expected to submit an official bid to Liverpool in the coming days, but they are focusing on selling players at the moment. 

Such a deal would fire up Liverpool’s bid to land Thiago. 



Chelsea business ‘not enough’ for title push

Liverpool have watched on as their rivals have strengthened this summer.

Chelsea, in particular, have made a real statement of intent with an unprecedented £200million spending spree, with Kai Havertz (below) and Ben Chilwell among those joining Timo Werner at the Bridge. 


Arsenal, too, have reinforced, with Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian arriving, while Tottenham have added Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Matt Doherty and Joe Hart. Manchester United will reflect on a successful window if they can add Jadon Sancho before the October deadline. 

But regardless of all that, Jamie Carragher says the chasing pack have not done enough to trouble either Liverpool or Manchester City in the coming campaign. 

“I still see it as Liverpool and City,” he said. “There is too big a gap to bridge for Chelsea and United to gain 25, 30 points.”

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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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