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.
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.
Well this one is a bit of a surprise… Felipe Anderson has been linked with a move to Arsenal.
According to Football Insider, Mikel Arteta is an admirer of the 27-year-old West Ham playmaker, who struggled to find his best form last season.
Should West Ham actually be interested in selling Anderson, then they would be looking to recoup as much of the £42m fee they paid Lazio in 2018. That may be beyond Arsenal, but a windfall from selling Hector Bellerin could perhaps tempt the Hammers as David Moyes reshapes his squad.
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Sergio Reguilon’s future has been the subject of much speculation this summer, and it appears as though Manchester United could be in with a shout.
According to Spanish outlet AS, United have made a ‘very interesting’ transfer proposal for the 23-year-old Real Madrid left-back, who would be available for between £20-£30million.
United are relatively well stocked at left-back with Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams, but Shaw’s injury issues have continued.
On top of that, competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the right flank would seem a bigger priority than strengthening the left side – but if Reguilon is seen as a potential starter by Solskjaer, Williams could well be loaned out to develop more experience in the Premier League.
Arsenal have plenty of centre-backs on the books, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos looks like he could be one of the players on his way out.
Napoli are interested in signing the Gunners defender, with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis saying: “We’re working to get Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal, we’re considering him as an option.”
Napoli signing Sokratis could also potentially unlock a deal for Man City to sign Kalidou Koulibaly, with De Laurentiis adding: “Koulibaly? I’m ready to sell him if some club will submit the right bid.”
Rangers are looking into a deal for Genk midfielder Patrik Hrosovsky, report iSport.cz.
Hrosovsky reportedly wants to leave the Belgian team just a year after arriving from Viktoria Plzen. He has previously played with Rangers man Ianis Hagi.
The 28-year-old would cost around £3.5million for Hrosovsky, but a loan deal is perhaps more likely.
Barca president Josep Bartomeu has told Jorge Messi that his son Lionel will have to go to court to try to force a transfer this summer, report Telegraph.
Jorge, who is the player’s father and agent, is again talking to Bartomeu today after a 90-minute conversation yesterday.
No conclusion was met yesterday, though reports in Argentine now claim the player is likely to stay at Camp Nou.
Barcelona will flatly refuse to negotiate a sale, so this could get, er, messy.
Havertz to Chelsea announced today?
Kai Havertz is putting the finishing touches on his £90million move to Chelsea after weeks of negotiations, report Bild, with the formalities on a deal “done”.
The 21-year-old has completed a medical and official confirmation could be imminent.
Chelsea are set to pay an initial club-record fee of £72m, with Havertz agreeing a five-year contract to become Frank Lampard’s seventh summer signing.
ICYMI: Arsenal open Aouar talks
The Lyon playmaker is attracting plenty of interest from across Europe, though it is unclear if deals for those players will be affected by the return of Dani Ceballos, who is set to re-join the Gunners on loan.
Partey has a £44.5m release clause, which Arsenal are at present reluctant to meet.
Rennes ready to sell Mendy to Chelsea
Rennes are ready to sell Edouard Mendy to Chelsea for €25m, according to L’Equipe.
Frank Lampard is keen for top-quality competition for Kepa, and has highlighted the Rennes keeper as an affordable option to push his current no.1.
Rennes are prepared to greenlight the deal as they are already in talks to sign a replacement in PSG’s Alphonse Areola.
Bale open to Premier League return
Gareth Bale is open to a return to the Premier League but says Real Madrid are likely to make any exit ‘very difficult.’
Bale played a bit-part role in Real Madrid’s league triumph last season, featuring for just 48 minutes of Madrid’s 12 games when LaLiga resumed.
Zidane accused Bale of not wanting to play in the Champions League tie with Manchester City, but the Wales forward has hit back by saying Real have blocked his attempts to leave in the past.
“I tried to leave last year but they [Real Madrid] blocked everything at the last second,” Bale told Sky Sports.
“It was a project I was excited for last year but it didn’t materialise. And there have been other instances but the club won’t allow it or something, so it’s up to the club.
“I want to play football. I’m still motivated to play football. I’m 31 but I’m in great shape still and I feel I’ve got a lot to give.
“We’ll see what happens. It’s in the club’s hands and they make things very difficult to be honest.”
Asked if he would like to return to the Premier League, the former Tottenham star said: “It’s not really in my hands. If those options arise, it’s something I’d look at for sure.”
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Koulibaly to Man City update
Manchester City target Kalidou Koulibaly is “on his way out” of Napoli, according to club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
“Koulibaly and Milik are both on their way out, transfer market permitting,” De Laurentiis told Canale 21.
“So, if the transfer market allows us to sell these two excellent players, we will know how to replace them.
“If not, then we’ll discuss it again next year.”
Arsenal and Liverpool are battling to sign Red Bull Salzburg attacker Patson Daka, report Far Post in Zambia.
Manchester United have also been linked for a player who scored 27 goals in all competitions last season.
Daka most recently scored twice against Liverpool in a pre-season friendly, terrorising the Reds defence with his speed.
Liverpool are considered favourites.
Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has arrived in London to finalise his loan move to Arsenal, writes Simon Collings.
The Spaniard spent last season on loan at Emirates Stadium and he impressed during his time under Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal have been pushing to bring him back on loan and have finally struck a deal with Real Madrid that will see Ceballos return for this Season. The 24-year-old has now travelled to London from Spain to finalise his move and join Arsenal.
Ceballos has always prioritised returning to Arsenal due to his relationship with Arteta and the promise of game time ahead of next summer’s rescheduled Euros and Olympics.
Due to current government guidelines, Ceballos must quarantine for two weeks like all arrivals into the UK from Spain. New signings to Premier League clubs are not exempt from such guidelines and Gabriel Magalhaes is still in quarantine after signing for Arsenal from Lille.
Matt Doherty’s arrival from Wolves has left Aurier surplus to requirements but AC Milan’s interest in the Ivorian right-back has cooled, with Spurs keen to recoup the £23million they paid Paris Saint-Germain three years ago.
Bayer Leverkusen are also interested in Aurier, who has two years remaining on his contract, but so far neither club has come close to meeting Tottenham’s valuation.
Spurs have already signed Doherty, midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and goalkeeper Joe Hart this summer and they have now turned their attentions to a striker, with Bournemouth’s Joshua King and Uruguayan Darwin Nunez among the players they have been offered.
But Spurs need to sell before they can buy again and Aurier represents the best chance to raise funds.
Juan Foyth is also available for transfer, while Spurs would listen to offers for Paulo Gazzaniga, who is interesting Fulham.
Spurs could potentially raise significant funds by selling club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele but it is thought there is still willingness at the club to give the Frenchman a chance to prove himself despite manager Jose Mourinho’s reservations about the £55m signing.
Spurs legend Cliff Jones has urged the club to re-sign Gareth Bale on loan after the forward told Sky Sports he would open to a return to the Premier League if Real Madrid would only agree to let him leave.
Spurs have long been linked with a move to re-sign Bale but would struggle to afford his reported £350,000-a-week wages after tax.
ICYMI: New deal for Parker
Scott Parker has signed a new three-year deal with Fulham.
After guiding the club back to the Premier League, Parker has penned fresh terms that will keep him at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2023.
“I’m delighted to have signed a new deal which shows mutual faith and commitment, on both my side and the club’s.
“I’m pleased with the hard work we have all carried out behind the scenes which resulted in achieving our objective of promotion to the Premier League last month. This has been a huge effort involving many people, and has continued in our preparations for the new season.
“Signing a new deal provides stability and an opportunity to keep on developing the team. There is still a lot of hard work ahead of us, and we’ll always be striving to improve and progress every day.”
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Manchester United and Barcelona both wanted to sign Sandro Tonali this summer but the Italian wonderkid only had eyes for AC Milan according to Brescia president Massimo Cellino.
“I know that [Inter CEO] Beppe Marotta really wanted Tonali, and that [Inter head coach] Antonio Conte appreciated him, so I think his agent had agreed terms with Inter,” Cellino told Top Calcio24.
“As soon as Milan showed real interest, he did not want to listen to any other options. I also have a historically good rapport with Milan and we reached an agreement with [Milan technical director] Paolo Maldini quite quickly.
“We also had interest from Barcelona and Manchester United, but the lad is in love with Milan and went crazy once he heard of their offer, because he supports them.”
Wijnaldum agrees Barca terms
Georginio Wijnaldum has agreed terms over a move to Barcelona, according to Diario Sport.
Wijnaldum is entering the final years of his Reds deal, prompting plenty of speculation about his future. Talks over a new deal have stalled while new Barca head coach Ronald Koeman is believed to have identified the 29-year-old as a target.
Wijnaldum worked alongside Koeman in the Netherlands national set-up and the latter has moved swiftly to strike a deal. Wijnaldum has reportedly agreed a three-year deal at the Camp Nou but the clubs are yet to agree a fee.
Liverpool hope to bank up to £18million for the 29-year-old.
Mauricio Pochettino has said he never heard from Barcelona over their vacant managerial position before Ronald Koeman was sacked, before explaining past remarks about ever taking over at Camp Nou.
The former Tottenham manager said in 2018 that he “would rather work on my farm in Argentina” than manager Barcelona.
He told Ole magazine: “I was wrong in the way I transmitted that it would be impossible in the future to manage Barcelona. I was a little exaggerated when leaving no doubt about it.
“It is clear that everyone who knows me knows that because of my past and a lot of other things, it would be very difficult to even relate my name to that club. There are things that just cannot be put together.”
Lionel Messi could now stay at Barcelona, according to various reports in Argentina, after his father met with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Messi’s father Jorge, who is also his agent, met with Bartomeu on Wednesday after his son last month told the club of his intention to leave on a free this summer after activating a clause in his contract.
The meeting reportedly lasted around 90 minutes and ended in with no real conclusion, though the club president asked Jorge to ask his son to reconsider.
Now TyC Sport reports that there is a “90 per cent chance that Messi will stay at Barcelona” with a definitive decision expected on Thursday.
The report adds that Messi would see out the final year of his contract and leave on a free next summer, “through the front door” rather than this year.
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Donny van de Beek’s agent has confirmed Arsenal were among the clubs interested in signing Manchester United’s new midfielder.
“Manchester United is certainly the right choice,” he told Ajax Showtime. “There were more clubs with interest, such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal. There were six in total, but it all came to an end because of the coronavirus.”
Swart suggested Real Madrid were close to agreeing a deal for van de Beek earlier this year, a move that fell through when football came to a standstill.
“It was already a regular matter in March that he would go to Madrid, but because of the virus, all of that has been postponed. Clubs have no income, and they could not sell players. Ultimately, Manchester United pushed through, and that is, of course, a very nice club.”
Swart added Arsenal’s interest in the Dutchman was concrete but they were unable to meet Ajax’s valuation, with United understood to have paid £40m to bring him to Old Trafford.
“Yes, they really wanted him,” he added. “But they just couldn’t get the money for a transfer. Even the biggest clubs struggle. Arsenal is a great club, but Manchester United will certainly be an interesting adventure.”
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ICYMI: Everton agree Doucoure fee with Watford
Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure is set to join Everton after the two clubs agreed a fee for the Frenchman.
Everton will part with an initial fee of around £20million for the 27-year-old, but that could rise to closer to £25m due to add-ons.
The Toffees are long-term admirers of Doucoure and that has helped their pursuit of him this summer.
The midfielder was not short of interest, with Ligue 1 side Monaco the latest to enquire about his service.
Doucoure, however, has always been keen to stay in the Premier League and is now set to join Everton.
The Frenchman is expected to sign a four-year deal with the Toffees and personal terms have already been provisionally agreed.
Fulham and Wolves had also shown an interest in Doucoure, but neither firmed up their approach to the extent of Everton.
The 27-year-old now needs to undergo a medical before moving to Goodison Park.
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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.