Time is running out for Premier League sides to make changes to their squad for the 2020-21 season. Clubs have until October 5 to sign players from Europe, though deals with EFL clubs can continue until October 16.
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 – while striker Carlos Vinicius has joined from Benfica on an initial loan deal.
Champions Liverpool have bolstered in the form of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota – but it remains quiet for Manchester United as their pursuit of Jadon Sancho was put under added pressure following a tough Champions League group-stage draw.
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.
MAN CITY NEWS
Barcelona still hoping to sign Eric Garcia
Barcelona are still hoping to sign Manchester City centre-back Eric Garcia before transfer deadline day on Monday, Ronald Koeman says.
Standard Sport revealed on Friday that the Catalan club were keen on securing a deal for the defender in the current window and the Barca coach confirmed the news on Saturday.
“Until Monday there is time,” Koeman said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s LaLiga game at home to Sevilla. “Although there is not not long left.
“We want to have him because we have only three or four centre-backs and we are tight.”
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Cavani agrees two-year deal with Man United
Edinson Cavani will join Manchester United on a two-year deal, according to latest reports.
The former PSG star agreed terms with United on Saturday afternoon, according to ESPN and will travel to Manchester for a medical on Sunday.
This has escalated rather quickly.
Zidane plays down Aouar links
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has played down links with Arsenal target Houssem Aouar.
Zidane has consistently claimed he is happy with his squad, while also leaving the door open for a possible new signing ahead of transfer deadline day on Monday.
The Frenchman is an admirer of a the Lyon midfielder and Los Blancos have been linked with a late move for the 22-year-old.
“I don’t know what information you have,” Zidane said in a press conference on Saturday when asked about the midfielder. “I have no doubt about that player, he is a fantastic player.
“Perhaps one day he could play for Madrid, but today we have this squad and my concern is the players I have now.
“From October 5 (when the window closes), we won’t have these questions.”
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Dembele set to stay at Barcelona?
Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is set to stay at the Catalan club amid reports of a possible move to Manchester United.
The 23-year-old made just nine appearances for Barca in an injury-hit 2019-20 campaign and the Blaugrana have considered a sale in order to raise funds for a new forward this window.
However, coach Ronald Koeman revealed on Saturday that the French forward had not asked to leave and added that he would be given opportunities if he stays at the Catalan club.
“There is a lot of quality and competition in attack,” he said. “Ansu [Fati] is ahead of Dembele.
“If anyone is unhappy, they should tell me. I want to have happy people here.
“If he doesn’t want to be here, he should tell me and he hasn’t said anything to me. If he doesn’t say anything, he will have opportunities to play.”
Dembele played the last 20 minutes of Barca’s 4-0 win at home to Villarreal last weekend, but was an unused substitute in the 3-0 victory at Celta Vigo on Thursday.
A huge boost for Wolves today as Raul Jimenez commits his future to the club by signing a new four-year deal.
The Mexican striker has been a relevation since arriving from Benfica and scored 13 goals in the Premier League last season.
The 28-year-old had been linked with Juventus and Manchester United, but now looks set to remain at Molineux for the long-term.
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has refused to rule out making another signing before the transfer window closes on Monday.
The Eagles have already signed Nathan Ferguson, Eberechi Eze and Michy Batshuayi, but the 72-year-old says more business could yet happen.
“You never know, it’s always a mistake to say you’re done, there’s time left and opportunities can arise,” he said after the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea.
“But we’re not desperately seeking at the moment. We’ve got a squad who can see us through the season very well.”
MAN UTD NEWS
Manchester United have reportedly entered talks with striker Edinson Cavani about a free transfer to Old Trafford.
The Uruguayan striker, a free agent after leaving PSG at the end of the season, has been strongly linked with Atletico Madrid and Benfica but a move failed to materialise.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United have swooped for the 33-year-old, although Cavani may need to take a pay cut in order to seal a move.
Frank Lampard has said he wants to Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay at Chelsea after Bayern Munich confirmed their interest in the winger, writes Giuseppe Muro.
But Lampard did not rule out the possibility of Hudson-Odoi leaving before Monday’s transfer deadline, with Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick confirming the German giants are interested in Hudson-Odoi.
Lampard said on Friday that he would consider a loan move Hudson-Odoi if the deal was right for Chelsea and the player. But, speaking Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 4-0 on Saturday, Lampard said he does not want the 19-year-old to leave.
Lampard said: “Callum is absolutely part of my plans here. We had Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech injured, we saw Christian come back in today.
“But we need options on the wings and what Callum showed in the second half today and when he came on against West Brom was exactly what he needs to show. I am very pleased with him.”
The clear-out continues at Tottenham as defender Juan Foyth appears to be on the verge of joining Villarreal on a season-long loan.
The Argentine defender has been on the fringes of the first-team squad under Mourinho and looks set to link up with Unai Emery, the former Arsenal boss, at the Estadio de las Ceramicas.
The 22-year-old will have the option to make his move permanent if the LaLiga side stump up a €15m (£13.6m) fee for the centre-back.
Reports in France suggest Tottenham full-back Ryan Sessegnon will head to Hoffenheim on a season-long loan deal.
The 20-year-old has struggled for game time under Jose Mourinho and is yet to feature for Spurs this season.
Despite interest from Southampton, RMC Sport claim Sessegnon will follow the route taken by dozens of English youngsters in heading to the Bundesliga for first-team football.
RMC Sport, via Sport Witness, that Lyon have ended all chances of both Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay leaving this summer. They will attend training at 6pm this evening and will be in the squad to face Marseille on Sunday.
Aouar was reportedly in discussions with both Juventus and Arsenal. Depay wants to join Barcelona.
Rudi Garcia keeps his men.
RMC Sport reporting that official word from the club is that all negotiations over deals for Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay are OFF. Arsenal and Barcelona will have to look elsewhere.
More when we have it.
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Dalot ‘really close’ to AC Milan move
Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot is “really close” to a AC Milan loan move, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Dalot played just once following the restart last season but started in United’s 3-0 win over Brighton the Carabao Cup.
The full-back, who joined from Porto for £19million in 2018, looks set to leave the club, however.
Milan had also been interested in Tottenham’s Serge Aurier, but it looks as if he will now stay put.
Borussia Dortmund insist he is staying, but this is news with the transfer deadline approaching. He’s “ill”, according to a few local reporters, though trained on Thursday and Friday.
Manchester United given hope? We’ll see.
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Hodgson warns against late Zaha bids
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists no late bids for Wilfred Zaha will be entertained, explaining the club would need ample time to find a replacement.
“Well I have been told and I think Wilf has had it made clear to him that we are not interested in late bids,” Hodgson told reporters.
“If it was going to happen, it would need to happen in a time frame which would give us a chance to see what we would want to do with the money.
“So close to the end of the transfer window, I would certainly hope it will not happen now and I want to continue working with him.”
MAN UTD NEWS
Manchester United have agreed a contract with Uruguayan wonderkid Facundo Pellistri, according to local media.
The 18-year-old will sign a five-year contract after leaving Penarol with United beating the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid to his signature.
Sport890 claim negotatiations are now close to completion between United and Penarol, though the latter want to keeper Pellistri until January.
One to watch.
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Bale was keen on Man Utd move
Gareth Bale was keen on a move to Manchester United this summer before signing for Tottenham, according to ESPN.
The forward had reportedly been told he was high up on United’s back-up options should a deal for Jadon Sancho fail to come to fruition.
And though Bale was keen on the move, he reportedly couldn’t wait any longer after receiving a bid from Spurs.
MAN CITY NEWS
Following Pep Guardiola’s comments last night, Ronald Koeman has said this: “It’s true we want Eric Garcia here.
“I’ve seen Pep’s comments and that’s how it is. I hope we get it done but we know the situation is tough financially.
“There’s interest, but don’t know if we will get it over the line.”
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Man Utd set Telles deadline… OF TODAY
Manchester United must wrap up a deal for Alex Telles today if they are to sign the full-back, according to Jason Burt of The Telegraph.
Standard Sport understands United are working on a deal for Telles with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate to bring in a couple of signings.
United and Porto are still reportedly some way apart on the transfer fee, however, with the window of opportunity closing as Telles flies to Brazil for international duty on Sunday.
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West Ham and Palace eye Walcott?
West Ham and Crystal Palace are being linked with a move for former Arsenal winger Theo Walcott.
Walcott moved to Everton looking to establish himself as Premier League regular after struggling to cement his place in the Arsenal team.
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When does the 2020 summer transfer window close?
International window: Monday October 5
Domestic UK window: Friday October 16