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Transfer news LIVE! Man City agree Ruben Dias deal, Rice update, Aouar to Arsenal, Man United contact Kante

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Welcome to the Evening Standard’s live coverage of the latest news and rumours from the transfer window.

Time is running out for Premier League sides to make changes to their squad for the 2020-21 season.

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.

Champions Liverpool have bolstered in the form of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota – but it remains quiet at Old Trafford where Manchester United’s sole signing has been Donny can de Beek.

Arsenal have also been busy, and are targeting Lyon captain Houssem Aouar in what could be a dramatic finish to the transfer window.

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MAN CITY NEWS

Man City agree Dias deal

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Benfica have released a statement late tonight to confirm that a deal has now been agreed with Manchester City for Ruben Dias.

City are set to pay €68m plus €3.6m in add-ons for the Portuguese centre-back, with Nicolas Otamendi moving to the Estadio da Luz in a seperate deal.

However, Benfica add that both players still need to sign respective contracts for the deals to be officially ratified.

WEST HAM NEWS

Chelsea target Rice ‘extremely happy’ at West Ham

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Alan Irvine insists Declan Rice is happy at West Ham and not distracted by transfer talk.

The versatile England midfielder has been frequently linked with Chelsea over recent months, though took on the captain’s armband for Sunday night’s 4-0 win over Wolves with usual skipper Mark Noble on the bench.

“Declan is extremely happy,” said Hammers assistant Irvine.

“He was captain today, he is not somebody with other things on his mind.”

On potential new arrivals, Irvine added: “Every manager wants to strengthen and David [Moyes] is no exception. But you need to strengthen, they can’t just be players for the sake of it.

“All the players and staff have been fantastic. Declan is extremely happy here and is an important player for us.”

LIVERPOOL NEWS

Klopp transfer update

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Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool won’t enter the transfer market for defensive reinforcements before the window closes unless they are hit by a ‘serious’ injury blow, writes David Lynch.

The Premier League champions sold defender Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg earlier this summer and have thus far opted against bringing in a replacement.

Instead, midfielder Fabinho has taken on the role of fourth choice centre-back, as seen during the 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Injuries to Joel Matip and Joe Gomez forced the Brazilian into action in an unfamiliar position, though the latter is back in training ahead of the upcoming visit of Arsenal.

As such, Klopp is content with his options at the heart of defence for the season ahead barring a major injury between now and the October 5 deadline.

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MAN UTD NEWS

Man United exodus looming?

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Andreas Pereira should kick off a host of departures from Manchester United, writes James Robson.

It’s very clear which players are not in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans – even if their contracts make it difficult to shift them.

Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones could all go, while Sergio Romero doesn’t want to be third-choice goalkeeper.

Diogo Dalot has barely had a look in. Jesse Lingard is a more sensitive situation, with Solskjaer still hoping he can turn it around.

MAN CITY NEWS

Guardiola coy on Ruben Dias deal

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Pep Guardiola remained tight-lipped on Ruben Dias’ potential imminent arrival at Manchester City when quizzed on transfers following Manchester City’s shock 5-2 defeat by Leicester earlier today.

“The club didn’t tell me anything,” he said. “Not yet.”

On Nicolas Otamendi’s proposed move in the opposite direction to Benfica, he said: “It’s not official.

“Let me wait and I will be happy to talk.”

MAN CITY NEWS

Foden set for new City deal 

Manchester City are to tie Phil Foden down to a new long-term bumper contract at the Etihad Stadium, according to reports. 

90min are reporting the 20-year-old’s new deal will see him earn £150,000-a-week, a significant rise from his reported current £30,000-a-week deal. 

With David Silva departing in the summer, Foden has locked down a place in the starting eleven early in the season. 

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MAN CITY NEWS

Napoli insist Koulibaly is staying

Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli is adamant Manchester City target Kalidou Koulibaly will stay at Napoli this summer.

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The 29-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to City, who have now turned their attention to Ruben Dias with a deal proving too expensive. 

“Our squad is complete, so will now try to release players who won’t have much time on the pitch,” Giuntoli told Sky in Italy

“I think Koulibaly is staying, we are very happy and so is he. He has three years on his current deal, I believe he is staying.”

SPURS NEWS

Spurs after Seferovic

Tottenham are interested in signing Benfica striker Haris Seferovic, Football Insider reports.

The north London club have are reportedly ready to give up on a move for Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik, instead turning their attention to the Swiss international. 

Spurs are yet to sign a back-up striker to Harry Kane, and with Heung-min Son suffering a hamstring injury against Newcastle, they are in need of reinforcements. 

MAN UTD NEWS

Man Utd midfielder Pereira in Lazio talks

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Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is in talks over a move to Lazio, writes James Robson.

The Brazil international has been pushed down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the signings of Bruno Fernandes in January and Donny van de Beek in the summer.

He has been told he can leave and is in discussions over a season-long loan to Lazio with a view to a permanent deal.

Pereira is expected to be one of a host of fringe players who could depart United before the transfer window closes on October 5.

Jesse Lingard also faces an uncertain future, while Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Sergio Romero will all have limited opportunities this season.

Solskjaer still wants to bring in at least two more signings with negotiations ongoing for Jadon Sancho and Alex Telles.

The Norwegian warned this week that he will exile any fringe players who threaten to upset his Old Trafford revolution.

“The first major contribution is for them to give 100 per cent and want to be a part of the team themselves,” he said. “They have got to want to be a part of this team going forward, be a part of this culture.

“If they don’t, they will have to train by themselves.”

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MAN CITY NEWS

Man City close in on Ruben Dias deal

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Manchester City are nearing a deal for Benfica centre back Ruben Dias, writes James Robson.

The 23-year-old is expected to travel to Manchester to undergo a medical and complete the formalities of a move that could see Nicolas Otamendi head in the opposite direction.

Pep Guardiola has made overhauling the heart of his defence a priority after City relinquished their Premier League crown to Liverpool last season.

City were punished for failing to replace Vincent Kompany and also struggled to cope with a long-term injury to Aymeric Laporte.

Nathan Ake was signed in £41million deal from Bournemouth, but Guardiola wanted another high quality addition, with Kalidou Koulibaly his top target.

Napoli’s asking price of around £80million saw talks stall, while Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Jose Gimenez from Atletico Madrid were other options.

But Dias, who City scouts have monitored throughout the season has emerged as the new leading target as the window nears its October 5 deadline.

MAN UTD NEWS

Man United make approach for Kante?

Well now.

According to The Mirror, Manchester United have made contact with N’Golo Kante’s advisors as part of a sensational, and rather audacious, attempt to lure the Frenchman away from Chelsea.

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The report claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big admirer of the midfielder (who isn’t?) with contact made with his representatives.

However, the report says any deal is dependent on him taking a wage cut. Kante is said to earn around £300,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge.

MAN UTD NEWS

Man United make Milik approach

Manchester United have held talks with Napoli over a move for Arkadiusz Milik, according to reports in Italy.

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Tottenham are interested in signing the striker with Jose Mourinho still looking to bring in a back-up striker for Harry Kane.

But Rai Sports reporter Ciro Venerat now claims United have approached the club over a move to Old Trafford, with Manchester City also showing interest.
 

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MAN UTD NEWS

James wants Man Utd stay

Manchester United winger Dan James has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he wants to stay and fight for his place, report Sky Sports. 

The winger has received contact from Leeds, who want to take him to Elland Road this season. 

United are still looking to bring in a winger this season, with Jadon Sancho the priority, which could leave James further down the pecking order. 

MAN CITY NEWS

Zinchenko offered to Barca

Manchester City have offered Barcelona the chance to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko, according to reports coming out of Spain. 

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Mundo Deportivo have claimed the Catalan giants are monitoring the situation, but are yet to make a move. 

The full-back has found himself on the periphery of the City squad, with Benjamin Mendy the current first choice. 

SPURS NEWS

Dele left out of Tottenham squad

Dele Alli has once again been left out of Tottenham’s squad for their match against Newcastle this afternoon. 

The midfielder was given 60 minutes in the Europa League midweek but is once again sidelined amid talk of a potential exit. 

Though Mourinho has insisted he’s “convinced” Alli will stay, it’s another sign that there has been a breakdown in the relationship between the two. 

Moussa Sissoko fell ill prior to kick-off and was replaced by Gedson Fernandes, with Alli nowhere to be seen. 

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MAN CITY NEWS

City agree Dias terms 

Manchester City have now agreed a deal with Benfica for the signing of Rubem Dias, according to The Guardian. 

The report states the Portuguese club will make £50million for the defender. 

Pep Guardiola is reportedly desperate to fill a gap in his defence, with John Stones unexpectedly starting their opening league game. 

MAN UTD NEWS

Romano update on United

Manchester United are trying to shift on plenty of squad players this summer, but are finding it tricky.

However, Fabrizio Romano suggests that progress is being made regarding Andreas Pereira, with Lazio opening talks with United – but he is currently seen as an ‘option’ in early negotiations, so this one could take a while.

EUROPEAN NEWS

‘Mbappe has made 2021 decision’

So, where will Kylian Mbappe end up next summer – Liverpool? Real Madrid? Or will he stay put at PSG?
 

Real Madrid legend Paco Buyo believes the World Cup winner has already decided, telling El Chiringuito : “It looks like Liverpool are also interested, but I believe Mbappe has already made his decision [to join Madrid].

“Will it be next summer? We will see if he expects to end the contract. I do not know if he can handle the pressure or if he will accept any millionaire proposal that PSG will present to him.”

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PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

Leeds prepare Cantwell bid 

Leeds are preparing to make a bid for Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, according to Football Insider. 

Cantwell was relegated with Norwich last season, but could be offered a swift Premier League return with new boys Leeds. 

The midfielder was a standout player in a struggling Norwich side last season. 

SPURS NEWS

Bale explains his Spurs position

Tottenham signing Gareth Bale has explained what position he’ll be looking to play in his new team. 

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“Anywhere across the front,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m comfortable on the right where l have played most of my career, behind the striker where l have played a lot, and I’ve played on the left a lot.”

Bale’s versatility will provide Spurs with a huge boost, with Lucas Moura on the right-flank perhaps the weak link in their attack. 

However, with no back-up to Harry Kane yet acquired, it’s another role Bale could fulfill. 

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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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