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Transfer news LIVE! Man United in Sarr talks, Rudiger to Tottenham FC and Skriniar latest, Aouar to Arsenal

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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, with just six days remaining in the window.

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 van de Beek.

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

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Inter plotting busy end to window

Reports in the Italian press suggest Inter Milan could be looking to sign as many as four players before the transfer window shuts next week, with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante their main target.

Tuttosport claim that Antonio Conte wants to strengthen in defence, with Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian two options, and will also look to bring in former Arsenal winger Gervinho from Parma. 

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Spurs’ bid for Skriniar alternative turned down

Tottenham have seen their €25million (£22.7m) bid for Roma defender Roger Ibanez turned down, according to II Mssaggero. 

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Ibanez signed an 18-month loan move with an obligation to buy last January from Atalanta, with the purchase fee set at €10m. 

Spurs have reportedly offered €25m for the centre-back, asking Roma to spend that €10m immediately and make an instant €15m profit, an offer reportedly turned down. 


West Brom re-sign Krovinovic 

West Brom have re-signed Benfica midfielder Filip Krovinovic on another season-long loan deal. 

The Croat played a pivotal role in the Baggies’ promotion from the Championship last season, featuring 43 times. 



Adams: Leno not a top-four keeper

Arsenal legend Tony Adams believes Mikel Arteta has made the wrong decision in picking Bernd Leno over Emiliano Martinez as his first-choice keeper. 

With limited game-time on the horizon, Arsenal’s FA Cup hero Martinez left for Aston Villa, where he’s kept two clean sheets in as many league games. 

Speaking to Astro SuperSport, Adams said: “[Emiliano] Martinez was incredible in their cup run. He was absolutely sensational.

“And I do like big ones and what Leno does struggle with, for me, is crosses and stuff.“But it isn’t about me, Arteta’s gone, ‘No. Leno is my number one, I like him’, and he’s put all of his faith in him.

“But I don’t believe that he’s a top four goalkeeper, for me.”


Man Utd hold Sarr talks

Manchester United have held talks with Championship side Watford over a deal for Ismalia Sarr. 

The winger is attracted strong interest after a highly impressive debut season in England. 

The 22-year-old is not forcing a move, but Watford – who are opposed to a loan deal – want over £40million. 

Paris Saint-Germain are also monitoring the situation. 


West Ham make Maksimovic move

West Ham have offered Napoli £14million for defender Nikola Maksimovic, according to Sky Sport Italia. 

The Hammers are desperate for additional defensive reinforcements, now turning their attention to the 28-year-old. 

Maksimovic is now into the final year of his contract, which could see Napoli be tempted into a cut-price deal. 



Man Utd happy to send James on loan

Manchester United are happy for Daniel James to leave on loan this season, but only if they sign Jadon Sancho, report The Sun. 

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James has been heavily linked with a loan move to Premier League newcomers Leeds, who came close to signing the Welshman prior to his United move. 

United are still prioritising a move for Sancho during the window but Borussia Dortmund are holding firm over their £108m valuation. 


Mustafi agrees Lazio terms 

Shkodran Mustafi has agreed terms with Lazio ahead of a proposed Arsenal exit, according to Lazio Press. 

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The defender finally looks set to leave Arsenal, with just an agreement over bonuses to iron out. 

Mustafi has fallen down the pecking order following the arrivals of both Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba, yet to feature this season. 

The 28-year-old would be joining a team set for Champions League football having finished fourth in Seria A last season. 


Torino open King talks

Torino are hoping to sign Bournemouth striker Josh King before the window closes, report Sky Sport Italia. 

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The Seria A outfit have opened talks with the Cherries over the potential signing with under a week before the October 5 deadline.

The striker scored 50 goals in 171 appearances for Bournemouth. 

Interestingly, Tottenham have been linked with Torino forward Andrea Belott.  And though a deal seems too expensive, Spurs fans may be slightly encouraged by Torino’s search for a forward. 



Blades set to win Brewster battle

Sheffield United are in pole position to land highly-rated Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster, according to The Sun. 

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The Bales have reportedly made a £17million offer for Brewster, who has also been heavily linked with Crystal Palace. 

Chris Wilder’s side reportedly have no issues in Liverpool’s demand to include a £40million buy-back clause in the transfer. 


Milan make Dalot enquiry 

Sticking with Manchester United, AC Milan have made an approach to sign Diogo Dalot on loan, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

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Milan are reportedly looking to seal an initial loan deal with an option to buy, but United want to sell. him in a permanent deal. 

Romano reports no deal has yet been reached between the clubs. 


Roma prepare Smalling bid 

Roma are preparing to launch a new bid for Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling, according to Fabrizio Romano.

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The Italian giants, who took Smalling on loan last season, are looking for a permanent deal. 

Roma have now once again re-opened talks with United, while Smalling is pushing for a return to the Italian giants. 


Arteta expecting ‘busy’ end to transfer window

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted he’s anticipating a “busy” end to the transfer window. 

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Standard Sport understands Arsenal are pursuing both Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirming the Gunners have made a “timid” second bid. 

“There is a week to go,” Arteta said. “I think it is going to be really busy for all the clubs because not much business has been done, so let’s see what happens.

“I think it is going to be really busy for the Premier League, I don’t know for us how it is going to happen.”


Barca rejected Man Utd’s Fati bid

Barcelona rejected a whopping £136million bid from Manchester United for Ansu Fati before he signed a new deal, according to Catalunya Radio.

United reportedly also offered to meet the 17-year-old’s £154m release clause after seeing their bid rejected. 

They were knocked back once more, however, with Barcelona informing his release clause had risen to £363m with his new deal. 

Arsenal make ‘timid’ Aouar bid

Arsenal have made a “timid” second bid for Houssem Aouar, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed. 

The Gunners fell short last week with a bid just over £30million, and in returning with another offer, Aulas has revealed the club are still not considering the sale.  

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Asked whether Arsenal had made a second bid for Aouar, Aulas told Canal+: “There was a timid offer. We felt like they didn’t consider the fact that this is a player in the French national team. 

“So, it was an offer that did not even make us consider making a sale.”

Aulas was then presented with a further question, asked how much he wanted for the midfielder, perhaps €40m or €50m.
“It is certainly more than the first number that you mentioned,” he said.



Lampard: Loan move great for Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes a loan move would be great for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, though insisting the club holds him in “high regard”. 

The midfielder – who played just nine times last season in an injury-hit campaign – has been linked with both Aston Villa and West Ham with opportunities at Chelsea expected to be limited. 

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“I am very open with Ruben. We have had a couple of conversations in the last week. He is fit as a fiddle so he could play week in, week out, but he needs to play,” Lampard said.

“He has done a lot of work and would have been playing a lot of games earlier if it wasn’t for lockdown. There is a possibility Ruben might go out to play games because I think that would be great for him.”

“We hold him in high regard. He wants to play and the reality is I have a lot of competition in those areas.”


Man United fire sale to fund Sancho move?

Manchester United will look to shift deadwood from their squad in the final week of the transfer window, presumably with the intention of using funds generated from these sales to get closer to Borussia Dortmund’s asking priced for Jadon Sancho.

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The England international is the club’s No1 target this summer, but with Dortmund reluctant to sell, the Bundesliga club is holding out for a fee worth €120million.


Tottenham linked with Rudiger

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is being linked with a shock move to Tottenham.

Sky Sports reports that Spurs are interested in the Germany international with Inter Milan so far refusing to lower their asking price for Milan Skriniar.

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Despite Rudiger being reportedly unsettled at Stamford Bridge, a move to Spurs would be huge shock with the London rivals notoriously reluctant to do business with one another.

There is also the personal situation between Rudiger and Totteham.

Rudiger felt like he was cast as a “liar” after he said was racially abused by Tottenham fans during a game last December.

No evidence was found to support his complaint and the German was then booed by Spurs supporters in the return fixture at Stamford Bridge in February.



Lyon set Arsenal new Aouar deadline

Lyon have stepped up their negotiating stance regarding Arsenal’s transfer pursuit of Houssem Aouar by declaring that any players who have not left the club by Friday will not be sold.

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Standard Sport understands that Arsenal have been tracking Lyon captain Aouar and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey all summer, though a move for the former is now more likely.

With a new midfielder a priority for Mikel Arteta, Arsenal failed last week with an opening offer for the 22-year-old, believed to be just over £30million.

However, Lyon are expecting the Gunners to return with a fresh approach and are understood to want closer to £50m – and the French club’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has a reputation as a tough negotiator.

Speaking to French TV on Monday, Aulas imposed a deadline on negotiations by telling Telefoot: “[On Friday], players who have not left will not leave.”

Aouar is regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe and Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has backed the Gunners’ pursuit of him.

“Of course, of course, we are in favour of it,” he told French broadcast Canal+. “I’m not going to hide it – even if he’s a Lyon player.”


Pereira agrees Lazio move

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Back to Old Trafford for a moment, where a potential exodus of fringe players may be about to begin.

Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reports that Andreas Pereira’s proposed loan move to Lazio has now been agreed.

The season-long deal will include the option for the Serie A side to sign him permanently for a fee of €27m next summer, with United said to be splitting his wages with Lazio.

All that is left now is for Pereira to undergo a medical in Rome.

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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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