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Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea to make goalkeeper move, Man United 'sign' Atletico wonderkid, Wijnaldum to Barca

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Welcome to the Evening Standard‘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 – with a new goalkeeper expected to follow.

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, but the biggest story is that Lionel Messi has decided to stay at Barcelona.

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CHELSEA NEWS

2020-09-09T04:10:10.906Z

Chelsea to make goalkeeper move

Chelsea are pressing to complete their summer transfer business by bringing in a goalkeeper.

Frank Lampard wants to sign a goalkeeper after losing faith in Kepa Arrizabalaga towards the end of last season.

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The Blues have been linked with Rennes’s Edouard Mendy (above) and Manchester United No2 Sergio Romero. Chelsea have been offered Ajax’s Andre Onana.

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MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-09T04:02:29.550Z

Manchester United sign Atletico wonderkid 

Manchester United have signed 16-year-old Atletico Madrid wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho, according to Marca. 

The forward reportedly opted for United ahead of both Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, who backed out of the deal due to the non-aggression pact between the two rivals. 

Atletico reportedly tried everything they could to persuade Garnacho to stay but were unable to do so. 

ARSENAL NEWS

2020-09-08T22:24:52.173Z

Arsenal to allow Sokratis exit

Arsenal are willing to let Sokratis Papastathopoulos join Napoli on a free transfer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The report claims the centre-back will sign a two-year contract with Napoli after reaching an agreement with Arsenal to leave for free. 

Sokratis struggled for game-time last season and has fallen further down the pecking following the incomings of William Saliba and Gabrial Magalhaes. 

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PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

2020-09-08T22:03:54.463Z

Coutinho’s agent rules out Premier League return 

Philippe Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian insists the Brazilian will be staying at Barcelona this summer, ruling out a return to the Premier League. 

The former Liverpool midfielder has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League after his Bayern Munich loan spell came to an end. 

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“Koeman called him right after the Champions League victory with Bayern, the following day, and told him he’s very much in his plans and would like him to return,” Joorabchian told talkSPORT. 

He added: “All signs point to the fact Barcelona have changed quite dramatically, the way their philosophy of how they wanted to move forward from last year and the players they’ve brought in, like Coutinho, [Ousmane] Dembele and [Antoine] Griezmann they’re all going to be part of the squad this year.”

EUROPEAN NEWS

2020-09-08T21:20:31.293Z

Dybala close to Juve deal

Juventus believe they are close to tieing Paulo Dybala down to a new contract, according to Tuttosport. 

The forward was heavily linked with a move away from the club last summer, but was last season named Serie A MVP after a fine campaign. 

Dybala has reportedly been in line to sign a new contract for some time, and the Serie A champions are now determined to get the deal over the line. 

ARSENAL NEWS

2020-09-08T20:55:00.000Z

Villa in for Martinez 

Aston Villa are weighing up a move for Arsenal ‘keeper Emi Martinez, according to Sky Sports. 

The ‘keeper impressed significantly in the absence of the injured Bernd Leno, but will reportedly drop to the second choice once again when the German returns to fitness. 

Martinez has spoken of his desire for a first-team role and is willing to leave Arsenal to find one. 

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DONE DEAL

2020-09-08T20:35:00.000Z

Newcastle sign Jamal Lewis 

Newcastle have announced the signing of Norwich defender Jamal Lewis. 

The 22-year-old signs a five-year contract with the Magpies in a deal wroth £13.5million.

SPURS NEWS

2020-09-08T20:15:27.973Z

Bournemouth bid for Carter-Vickers 

Bournemouth have made a bid to take Tottenham defender Cameron Cater-Vickers on loan, according to Football Insider. 

The 22-year-old has featured heavily in Spurs’ pre-season campaign, but has reportedly been told he has no future with the club. 

Carter-Vickers spent last season on loan with both Stoke and Luton, and would be moving to his 6th Championship club should he join Bournemouth. 

MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-08T19:38:03.123Z

Charlton sign Man United’s ‘best passer’ Levitt

Charlton have completed the signing of Manchester United midfielder Dylan Levitt on loan for the 2020-21 season.

Wales international Levitt becomes the Addicks’ third signing of the summer.

The 19-year-old made his United debut against Astana last November in the Europa League and comes highly recommended by United’s head of first team development Nicky Butt, a former teammate of Charlton boss Lee Bowyer, who says Levitt is the best passer at Old Trafford.

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When asked what about the signing he was most impressed with Bowyer told Charlton’s official website: “His passing, he doesn’t give the ball away, as a midfielder that is important. He keeps the ball at the right times and he has the vision to open up any defence.

“I spoke to Nicky Butt at Manchester United, he said ‘he’s the best passer we have at the club’. If Nicky tells me that he can pass then I take his word for it.

“He’s another good addition to the squad, he’s a very good player. He’s got talent and he’s a Wales international. It just makes it more competitive for the players if you’re bringing in international players.”

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MAN CITY NEWS

2020-09-08T18:54:58.830Z

Man City confirm Angelo loan to Leipzig

PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

2020-09-08T18:13:03.660Z

Watford confirm Doucoure exit

Everton have completed the signing of Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré for a fee believed to be close to £22m. 

The Frenchman made 141 appearances for the Hornets but now heads to Merseyside to join fellow new recruits James Rodriguez and Allan at Goodison. 

MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-08T17:15:00.000Z

Man Utd eyeing Perisic move 

Manchester United could be set to swoop for Ivan Perisic as an alternative to Jadon Sancho, according to The Mirror. 

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The Red Devils have prioritised a move for Sancho this summer, but Borussia Dortmund have remained insistent he will stay in Germany for another year at least. 

United have completed the signing of Donny van de Beek, but otherwise, it’s been a quiet summer in Manchester. 

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PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

2020-09-08T16:56:22.706Z

Leeds pushing for Draxler deal 

Leeds are pushing to sign German forward Julian Draxler from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to RMC Sport. 

Marcelo Bielsa is looking to significantly bolster his side after gaining promotion to the Premier Leauge, having already brought in Rodrigo from Valencia. 

Draxler, 26, has just 12 months remaining on his contract, but reportedly has rejected a number of Bundesliga approaches with no intention of leaving the club. 

Sporting Director Leonardo is reportedly desperate for him to leave, however. 

PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

2020-09-08T16:18:37.820Z

Everton and Leicester eye Fofana

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Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori might not be the only defensive addition at Everton over the coming weeks.

According to the Mail, the club are also keen on a deal for St Etienne teenager Wesley Fofana.

However, AC Milan and Premier League rivals Leicester have also been linked with the 19-year-old.

CHELSEA NEWS

2020-09-08T16:00:57.283Z

Tomori close to Everton loan

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Fikayo Tomori is set to depart Chelsea on a season-long loan following the arrival of Thiago Silva.

According to ESPN, the versatile defender, 22, is set to join new recruits Allan, James Rodriguez, and likely Abdoulaye Doucoure, at Everton.

The Toffees have reportedly seen off competition from multiple rival suitors including Newcastle in the race to sign Tomori.

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ARSENAL NEWS

2020-09-08T15:55:26.273Z

Guendouzi to fight for Arsenal place?

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Matteo Guendouzi’s future at Arsenal had looked pretty bleak.

The French midfielder was exiled by Mikel Arteta following his clash with Neal Maupay in the immediate aftermath of the defeat to Brighton in June, with an Emirates exit appearing likely before the end of the transfer window.

However, many fans believe that Guendouzi may have now dropped a hint over his desire to stay and fight for his place at Arsenal.

In an Instagram update posted after a pair of wins for France’s Under-21s, he wrote: “2 games, 6 points ! Proud of my team @equipedefrance. Now let’s go back to work @arsenal.”

ARSENAL NEWS

2020-09-08T15:36:59.566Z

Arsenal offered PSG’s Areola

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Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan.

The French international – a member of Les Bleus’ 2018 World Cup-winning squad – has been mentioned to the Gunners as a possible short-term replacement for Emiliano Martinez, who is being targeted by Aston Villa with Tom Heaton set to miss the start of the season and Pepe Reina now at Lazio.

Areola is understood to be keen on a transfer to the Premier League after spending last season on loan at Real Madrid as back-up to Thibaut Courtois, though newly-promoted Fulham are currently the favourites for his signature as they look to provide competition for current no1 Marek Rodak, with Marcus Bettinelli linked with Championship Middlesbrough.

It is not certain that Arsenal would move for Areola, but he could be seen as a good stop-gap if a replacement for Martinez is required.

As reported by The Athletic, Brentford’s David Raya would be an ideal option, but head coach Thomas Frank has indicated that the Bees would only be willing to listen to offers for Aston Villa-bound Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma.

The current goalkeeping situation at Arsenal is difficult with both Bernd Leno and Martinez determined to be first-choice under Mikel Arteta in 2020-21.

Argentine Martinez has just two years remaining on his contract at Emirates Stadium, but one bonus is that he qualifies as a homegrown player under Premier League rules having spent the necessary time at the club prior to his 21st birthday.

CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS

2020-09-08T14:59:48.810Z

Batshuayi set for Crystal Palace return

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Michy Batshuayi is set to return to Crystal Palace on loan after agreeing a new contract at Chelsea, writes Jack Rosser.

The deal will also mean that Palace are unable to loan Blues midfielder Conor Gallagher, who had already undergone a medical with the Eagles, due to Premier League laws dictating that no club can loan two players from the same top-flight side.

Gallagher is now thought to be in talks with West Brom over a loan move.

Batshuayi, who will agree a new 12-month contract extension with Chelsea before moving, has long been deemed surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge and could have left in January, though no new signings that month meant the club could not sanction the sale.

However, since then, Olivier Giroud has moved above the Belgian in the pecking order and Chelsea have also signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

Palace, meanwhile, have been desperately searching for an answer to their lack of goalscoring threat since last summer, and have long considered another move for Batshuayi a good option.

The 26-year-old spent the second half of the 2018-19 season on loan at Selhurst Park, scoring six goals in 13 games.

Batshuayi will become Palace’s third signing of the summer after right-back Nathan Ferguson and attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze.

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PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

2020-09-08T14:16:34.113Z

Watkins to join Aston Villa in £28m deal

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Here’s the latest on the Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa front from Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser…

Aston Villa have agreed a £28million deal with Brentford for the signing of striker Ollie Watkins.

Watkins, named Championship Player of the Season last term after scoring 26 goals across the regular season and play-offs, was of interest to a number of Premier League clubs, but is relishing the prospect of a reunion with former Bees manager Dean Smith at Villa Park.

Brentford, who earlier this month completed the signing of striker Ivan Toney from Peterborough, had started the window asking for around £25m for the former Exeter man, but have now agreed a deal which could rise to £33m after add-ons.

Watkins, who trained with the Bees on Tuesday morning ahead of the start of their Championship campaign this weekend, is expected to undergo a medical on Wednesday before completing his move to the Premier League.

The 24-year-old was converted to a striker by Smith’s successor in west London, Thomas Frank, following the sale of Neal Maupay to Brighton last year and has flourished through the middle, attracting interest from Crystal Palace as well as a number of other top-flight clubs.

Brentford were resigned to losing the forward after failing to beat Fulham in the play-off final last season and are also listening to offers upwards of £20m for winger Said Benrahma.

EUROPEAN NEWS

2020-09-08T13:44:25.590Z

Depay confirms Barcelona interest

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Memphis Depay has confirmed Barcelona are interested in taking him to Camp Nou and says he will speak to Lyon over a possible transfer, writes Ben Hayward.

The ex-Manchester United forward is admired by Barca coach Ronald Koeman, his former Netherlands boss, and has emerged as an alternative to Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

Barca are in the market for an attacker as a replacement for Luis Suarez and after the Netherlands’ 1-0 loss to Italy in the Uefa Nations League on Monday night, Depay told Dutch station NOS: “Let’s see what happens.

“Tomorrow I will speak with Olympique Lyon. I know there is interest, but I don’t want to say much more, mainly because I haven’t spoken much to my agent.”

Depay, who is 26, is out of contract next summer and could be signed for around €30million if he pushes to leave this year.

But Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas wrote on Twitter: “Memphis could have left in August, but now he should stay with us in 2020/21.

“Contrary to what I have read, there have been no exchanges with Barca, I do not think that it is in Lyon’s interest to allow their captain to leave after this truncated season by the LFP (Professional Football League).”

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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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