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Transfer news LIVE! Man United make Kante and Milik approach, Aouar to Arsenal FC, Rice to Chelsea, Spurs news

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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 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.
 

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. 

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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. 

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. 

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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.”

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. 

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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. 

SPURS NEWS

No Tottenham progress over Milik

Tottenham have made no progress in their bid to sign Arkadiusz Milik.

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Italian radio station Kiss Kiss Napoli’s Radio Goal claim Spurs are yet to make decisive move for the striker although their is concrete interest in bringing him to north London.

Might a centre-half be a more pressing priority for Jose Mourinho? 

CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS

Brewster shocked by transfer decision, wants Palace

Rhian Brewster has set his sights on a move to Crystal Palace, according to the Sun on Sunday.

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The 20-year-old has been strongly linked with moves to the Eagles, Sheffield United and Aston Villa and is said to be stunned that Jurgen Klopp is ready to sell him.

And if he is to leave, the report suggests Brewster favours a move to south London.

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SPURS NEWS

Tottenham make new Skriniar offer

Tottenham have made an offer of £36.5m for Milan Skriniar that includes an obligation to buy, according to latest reports.

Inter have reportedly lowered their demands for the defender with Antonio Conte admitting on Saturday the club may have to cash in.
 

MAN CITY NEWS

Otamendi set to join Benfica

While Dias is on his way to City, Jorge Jesus also effectively confirmed Nicolas Otamendi is set to arrive as a ready-made replacement.

“Otamendi is a Manchester City defender who could be involved in the transfer. He already showed his ability at FC Porto, he plays for Argentina and has been a regular starter most years at Manchester City.

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“He has stopped starting now and if it hadn’t been for that, maybe he wouldn’t have been included in this possible transfer. Of course, he’s a player we’d like to have.

“The player who joins us will have to be understand that my ideas are completely different from those at Manchester City.”

MAN CITY NEWS

Dias to Man City close

Ruben Dias is set to sign a five-year contract with Manchester City with Benfica Jorge Jesus admitting the defender has probably played his last game for the club.

Dias captained Benfica against Moreirense on Saturday and scored the opening goal of a 2-0 victory.

“I’m pretty sure it was his last game, but sometimes everything changes at the last second in football,” the Benfica boss said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen, though.

“He’s a player we’re sorry to see go, he came through the academy, is our captain and plays for the national team… I also take some of the blame for him leaving today.

“This is all to do with getting knocked out of the Champions League and there are things that need to be balanced (financially) at management level. He has a high market value and is certainly already a fantastic player who will continue to improve.

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ARSENAL NEWS

Arsenal’s new offer for Aouar

Having seen that opening bid knocked back, Arsenal are said to be preparing a significantly improved offer for Houssem Aouar.

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Arsenal are ready to up the ante and football.london report the Gunners are now ready to offer £36.5m up front with a further £9m in add-ons.

Will it be enough to tempt Lyon into doing business? 

ARSENAL NEWS

Lyon demand £50m for Aouar 

Reports in France on Friday night claimed Arsenal had launched an opening offer to sign Houssem Aouar from Lyon.

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That offer, said to be worth €36m, fell someway short of Lyon’s valuation however with RMC Sport reporting the Ligue 1 side are still demanding €50m. 

RMC Sport’s Mohamed Bouhafsi has also shot down claims Arsenal have already agreed terms with the midfielder. 

WEST HAM NEWS

Rudiger to West Ham?

There could be another strand to the Rice to Chelsea story.

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The Sun also report West Ham hope to sign Antonio Rudiger on loan from Chelsea.

The Germany international appears to have fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge and the Hammers are hopeful of tempting him across the capital. 

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CHELSEA NEWS

Chelsea to launch Rice bid

Chelsea firmly believe they can sign Declan Rice from West Ham before next month’s transfer deadline and will be £40m+ for the England international.

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The Hammers have been insistent Rice is not for sale but the Sun on Sunday report the Blues will launch a formal bid before the October 5 deadline. 

Chelsea are said to be confident of tempting West Ham into doing business, believing their east London rivals are desperate for cash.
 

SPURS NEWS

Conte: Inter may consider Skriniar sale 

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has been speaking to Sky in Italy about Tottenham’s interest in Milan Skriniar after tonight’s 4-3 win over Fiorentina, and has offered a little more reason to be optimistic for Spurs fans.

“Skriniar to Tottenham?,” Conte said. “He’s part of our project here at Inter. But I don’t know if an important bid will arrive in the coming days… it’s possible that the club will consider it because of the financial situation.”

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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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