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Transfer news LIVE! Liverpool make €75m Koulibaly bid; Dembele to Man United; Tottenham agree Son contract

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Welcome back to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of all the latest transfer news as the fallout continues from last week’s deadline day.

The domestic window finally slammed shut for Premier League clubs in its entirety on Friday, 16 October, with the international window having already closed on October 5.

Top flight clubs utilised the initial eleven days of negotiation with EFL clubs to good effect, as West Ham sealed a potential £30million deal for Brentford’s Said Benrahma, while Tottenham nabbed Jose Rodon from Swansea and Crystal Palace brought in Jack Butland to strengthen their goalkeeping options.

As for deals during the main window, Chelsea spent over £200m on the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, Manchester United missed out on Jadon Sancho but signed Edinson Cavani, and Arsenal nabbed £45m Thomas Partey among others.

Live Updates

Mourinho on Rose exclusion

Tottenham have left Danny Rose out of their 25-man Premier League and Europa League squads.

The left-back is out of favour under Jose Mourinho but was not able to find a move away during the transfer window.

Mourinho said: “Danny is not part of our squad. Danny wanted very, very much to leave in the January window last season. Why? Because he wanted to play and play and play.

“Then he went to Newcastle and I immediately had the feeling of being a player of his dimension that, thinking about Euros, I thought our future would be (Ben) Davies and (Ryan) Sessegnon. Then we had the possibility to get (Sergio) Reguilon and I thought that would be a good opportunity for Ryan to get game time and develop.

“With Danny, the players and agents make the market. If the agent didn’t find a solution for Danny to move then it’s a question you have to ask him.”

Liverpool make Koulibaly bid

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According to Italian journalist Fabio Santini, Liverpool have already stepped up their interest in Kalidou Koulibaly following Virgil van Dijk’s injury.

Santini, a journalist covering Napoli , said: “Attention: I have sensational news about Kalidou Koulibaly.

“Manchester City and United are on the Senegalese defender as well as PSG. The club that is more serious for the Senegalese is Liverpool.

The Reds offer to Napoli a figure between 70 and 75 million euros, the sum that [Napoli chairman] De Laurentiis asks.”

Mourinho on Rodon

Jose Mourinho has been speaking to the press ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League game against LASK.

Summer signing Joe Rodon is ineligible for the competition but has been a topic of conversation.

Here’s Jose.

“Fundamentally, let’s see how he adapts to training, the different level, the different intensity,” he said.

“We got him because we see a future on him and a player who can be adapted to the way he wants to play.”


Ozil on Premier League squad snub

Mesut Ozil has vowed to keep fighting for his Arsenal future, despite being omitted from the club’s Premier League squad.

Ozil had already been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad and yesterday he was left out of the club’s Premier League one too.

In a statement on Instagram the midfielder, who is into the final year of his £350,000 a week contract, vowed to not give up.

He said: “No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my 8th season at Arsenal end like this.”

Silva should be fit to face Man United

Frank Lampard has played down injury concerns around\ summer signing Thiago Silva ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Manchester United on Saturday.

Silva landed awkwardly in the second half against Sevilla, but finished the game and afterwards Lampard was quick to allay any fears over his fitness.

“He has not flagged it, so I think we are OK,” said Lampard, who praised Silva for his display at Stamford Bridge. “I thought Thiago showed the things I have spoken about, his experiences and qualities. [Edouard] Mendy had one good save to make and he made it, and was good with his feet. Against a very good team it was a very organised defensive performance. I am very pleased.

“To get through the game will give us good confidence. We are going to get better. I keep saying the same thing but we have not had the personnel in there playing regularly, getting relationships and working off each other. The more we do that then we will get better naturally.”

Barcelona hand four new contracts

Barcelona extended the contracts of captain Gerard Pique, goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, midfielder Frenkie de Jong and defender Clement Lenglet.

Barcelona said the agreements for the extensions came after “weeks of negotiations” and included a “temporary salary adjustment” because of the financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 33-year-old Pique now has a contract until June 2024, with a buyout clause of €500 million. Barcelona said the extension is conditioned on the defender playing a certain number of games beginning next season. The club did not elaborate on the number of games.

Ter Stegen had his contract extended until June 2025, while Lenglet and De Jong will remain with the club until June 2026. Ter Stegen also has a buyout clause of €500m, while De Jong’s clause is set at €400m and Lenglet’s at €300m.


Deeney: I’m not a back-up striker

Watford captain Troy Deeney isn’t ready to be a back-up striker yet, amid interest from Tottenham and other Premier League clubs this summer.

After Watford were relegated from the Premier League last season, Deeney was heavily linked with a move during the most recent transfer window.

West Brom were tracking the 32-year-old, while Tottenham were also credited with a shock move and Deeney this morning hinted their interest was genuine.

“I saw Jose [Mourinho] at the Watford vs Spurs game pre-season. That’s all I will say,” he told talkSPORT.

Deeney, however, ended up staying at Vicarage Road for a season in the Championship and he has revealed part of the reasoning behind that is he still wants to play every week.

“I’m 32. A lot of clubs were looking for a different style of striker as a back up,” he said when asked about interest in him this summer.

“Obviously everyone wants to play a certain way, but when you get into certain moments you need someone to hold it up or if you are losing a game go long.

“There were a lot of talks. Some things materialised, some things didn’t. The ones that were getting closer you start thinking are you ready to go back to the Premier League to be a bit-part player.

“I’ve been at Watford ten years and then you start weighing the options of calling it a day. When you get into that mould of being a super sub you can’t go back.”

Liverpool told to sign Upamecano

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Are you listening Jurgen? Jamie Carragher says get the chequebook out and agree a deal to sign Dayot Upamecano on January 1.

“There is a young man everyone was talking about at Leipzig, Dayot Upamecano, there is talk of him,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“Whether he has the profile of Van Dijk, I think he is only 6’1″ or 6’2”, so he is maybe not that aerial, but if he is the one they wanted, then bring it forward.

“Pay extra money and do it on January 1st. That means getting through 11 league games without Virgil van Dijk.

“One thing to say about Virgil van Dijk is that in the last 23 games, they have only kept five clean sheets, and Van Dijk played all of them, so it is not like everything was perfect. We saw the seven against Aston Villa and we saw the Leeds game.

“But I think they have to go big with a signing.”

Tottenham close to agreeing new Son contract

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Tottenham are closing in on a fresh contract agreement with Heung-min Son, according to The Athletic.

The South Korean has started the season in stunning form, scoring seven goals in his first five games to lead the early Golden Boot race with Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Son still has just under three years to run on his contract but Tottenham are keen to tie him down to fresh terms and an agreement is imminent. The 28-year-old currently earns around £150,000 a week and can expect a sizeable increase in salary.


Confirmed: Ozil excluded from Premier League squad

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As revealed by Standard Sport earlier, Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career looks over after he was left out of their 25-man Premier League squad.

The 32-year-old German is in the final year of his £350,000-a-week contract and looks to have played his last game for the club.

Ozil has not played a minute for Arsenal this season and earlier this month was also left out of their Europa League squad.

It means the midfielder is not eligible to play competitive football for Arsenal until January when the transfer window opens.

Ozil has publicly and privately stated he has no plans to leave Arsenal before his contract runs out and he is still determined to get back in the side.

But his omission from their 25-man Premier League means his Arsenal career looks all-but over.

Arsenal have 19 non-homegrown players over the age of 21, two more than the limit allowed by both the Premier League and Uefa, and manager Mikel Arteta has decided to leave out Ozil, who has not played for the Gunners since March.

Arsenal also left defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos out of their Premier League squad when it was submitted on Tuesday.

ICYMI: White lined up as Van Dijk replacement? 

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Liverpool are considering a January move for Brighton defender Ben White after Virgil van Dijk’s injury, report Football Insider.

The Dutchman suffered ACL damage in a horrendous challenge with Jordan Pickford in Saturday’s Merseyside derby and could be out for the rest of the season.

White impressed on loan at Leeds in the Championship last season and though the Yorkshire club failed with three bids to make the move permanent this summer, he has quickly settled in the Premier League after returning to his parent club. 

Man United agreed Dembele deal

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Manchester United agreed a deal to sign Ousmane Dembele before the player, just hours before the transfer dealine, refused to move.

France Football claim Barcelona had sanctioned the move as they looked to bring in Memphis Depay from Lyon. The French side would then move for Leicester City’s Islam Slimani.

But just five hours before the transfer deadline, Dembele made it clear he would not be leaving Camp Nou this summer.



Lampard: Mendy is Chelsea’s No1

Frank Lampard has admitted Edouard Mendy has already become Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper.

The former Rennes stopper helped the Blues secure Lampard’s first goalless draw as Chelsea boss in Tuesday’s Champions League stalemate with Sevilla.

Senegal stopper Mendy shook off a thigh issue to start the Group E opener at Stamford Bridge, which left Lampard delighted with his side’s more robust shape.

Asked if Mendy is already Chelsea’s number one keeper, Lampard said: “At the moment yes; he’s shown his quality. “The way he’s played, he’s played very well, that’s two clean sheets for him already.

“As it stands he is (the number one) but that’s always up for grabs. But the way he’s playing I’m very happy.”


Like a new signing!

Petr Cech has, quite remarkably, been included in Chelsea’s 25-man Premier League squad.

The club statement reads: “Petr Cech has been included in the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover. This is a precautionary step due to the unprecedented conditions currently caused by the Covid-19 crisis. He takes up a position as a non-contract player.”


Man United Premier League squad confirmed

There is no room at the inn for Phil Jones or Sergio Romero, with the duo left out of Manchester United’s 25-man Premier League squad. It is not necessarily a surprise, but it also speaks to United’s disorganised transfer policy that they were unable to shift either the goalkeeper or the defender on this summer.

Main list: Eric Bailly, Edinson Cavani, David De Gea (GK), Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Odion Ighalo, Victor Lindelof, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Rojo, Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek

Homegrown list: Tim Fosu-Mensah, Lee Grant (GK),Dean Henderson (GK), Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Under-21 list: Mason Greenwood, Teden Mengi, Facundo Pellistri, Brandon Williams



Palace have a new No.1

Jack Butland has been handed the No1 shirt by Crystal Palace, becoming the first player to hold it since club legend Julian Speroni departed.

The former Stoke City keeper, signed on a three-year deal for around £1million on the domestic deadline day last week, was brought in as cover for injured Wayne Hennessey, who has not been named in the Eagles’ 25-man Premier League squad for the season.

Fans ‘detest’ idea of European Premier League

A leading fans’ group says supporters “detest” the idea of a European Premier League, as reports of a new competition surfaced.

It has been reported that financiers are putting together a package worth £4.6billion to assist the creation of the competition, and that Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the clubs in talks about it.

It is also reported to have the backing of the sport’s world governing body FIFA, but the Football Supporters’ Association was quick to denounce it.

“Seriously, if you’re a club owner or football financier who thinks a global health crisis is the perfect opportunity to rip up and reshape football to suit billionaires… you have no idea how much fans detest your concept. It will not go how you think,” a statement on the group’s official Twitter account read.



United and Liverpool ‘in talks for European Premier League’ 

To some potentially massive news now. Sky are reporting that Liverpool and Manchester United are among clubs in talks over a new Fifa-backed European Premier League. 

The report claims that financiers are creating a €6billion package to fund the tournament, with more than a dozen teams from the five major European leagues in negotiations. 

The suggestion is that upto 18 teams would take part, as many as five of them potentially from England. 


How close United came to Dembele deal…

France Football claim that Manchester United and Barcelona had completed the required paperwork for Ousmane Dembele to head to Old Trafford on deadline day, only for the player to pull out of the move.

The report claims that the two clubs reached a formal agreement and had the necessary documents ready to go with five hours of the window left, but that Dembele refused to quit the Nou Camp. 

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When does the ‘winter window’ open?

The January transfer window opens on Friday January 1, 2021, and will run until Sunday January 31.

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