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Transfer news LIVE: New Arsenal Aouar bid, Partey boost; THREE Man United signings; Declan Rice to Chelsea

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Welcome to Standard Sport’s rolling coverage of the summer transfer window as the speculation ramps up.

The window officially opened in July after the completion of the delayed 2019-2020 Premier League season. Clubs will now be busy tweaking their squads ahead of the new campaign, with the deadline pushed back until October 5.

Arsenal have signed Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, while Chelsea have now confirmed the £90m arrival of Kai Havertz, having previously signed Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Manchester United have signed Donny van de Beek while working on a deal for Jadon Sancho, while Tottenham have signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty.

Liverpool are biding their time in pursuit of Thiago Alcantara, but the biggest story is that Lionel Messi has decided to stay at Barcelona.

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CHELSEA NEWS

2020-09-08T06:40:53.000Z

ICYMI: Chelsea to seal £18m Mendy deal

Chelsea are now aiming to sign goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes in an £18m deal.

The Telegraph report the Blues are closing in on a deal for a goalkeeper recommended by club legend Petr Cech, who returned to the club as their technical and performance advisor last year.

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Chelsea have already had one bid turned down by Rennes this summer but a deal now appears imminent. 

MAN CITY NEWS

2020-09-08T06:22:42.850Z

City eye Koulibaly alternatives

Manchester City have identified two alternatives to Kalidou Koulibaly as Pep Guardiola eyes a new central defender, according to Sport in Spain. 

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Napoli are still demanding more than City are prepared to pay for Koulibaly, who has been a target of Guardiola’s for some time. 

Guardiola expects a proven centre-back to accompany Aymeric Laporte in defence next season and is keeping tabs on Sevilla’s Brazilian defender Diego Carlos, 27, and Atletico Madrid’s Uruguay international Jose Gimenez, 25. 

2020-09-08T06:00:21.000Z

Villa want £20m Brewster

Aston Villa want to sign 20-year-old England youth international Rhian Brewster from Liverpool for £20m, according to The Sun. 

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Villa’s pursuit of a forward has been ramped up after they missed out on Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson.

Dean Smith saw a bid accepted for Wilson before it became clear the England international was set on a move to Newcastle. 

Sheffield United are also interested in Brewster, while Burnley, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Fulham have all made contact over a possible move. 

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MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-08T05:46:41.720Z

Real wait on Man Utd Bale bid

Zinedine Zidane needs Manchester United to act on their interest in Gareth Bale if he’s to begin his Real Madrid overhaul this summer, according to Marca. 

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Bale has two years left on his contract at Real, at €12million per season, and the player now recognises the total breakdown of his relationship with manager and club. 

Speaking recently, Bale said it was the club and not himself who are complicating the situation: “I am in the hands of Real Madrid but, to be honest, they are making things very difficult, ” the Welshman complained.

Tottenham are also interested but do not have the funds to sign Bale. 

MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-08T05:20:30.750Z

Gary Neville blasts ‘desperate’ Manchester United transfer strategy

Gary Neville has criticised Manchester United’s transfer tactics.

United have signed Ajax midfielder Donny Van De Beek this summer in a 39 million euros (£34.1million) deal that could rise to 44 million euros (£38.5million).

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United’s season only ended three weeks ago with a Europa League defeat to Seville but Neville said: “Like everyone else they had three months off because of coronavirus, so I don’t think it should be the case they didn’t have the resource or time to get things done.

“Chelsea got their business done, City have got three or four pieces done. I don’t think timing’s the issue.

“It’s just a thing with United that every time they go for a player in the last four, five, six years it feels they are a little bit desperate.

“They think they can hang on but they always pay it (the asking fee) in the end.

“That’s sometimes where I think you can take control, give a hard deadline and say ‘we’re moving away from this deal’.”

CHELSEA NEWS

2020-09-08T05:10:35.000Z

Chelsea ‘building a dynasty’

Chelsea are banking on a lavish shopping spree to give them more bite up front and much-needed solidity in defence after coach Frank Lampard spent last season relying heavily on a crop of inexperienced home-grown players.

The Londoners have been among the Premier League’s most active buyers in the close season in stark contrast to a year ago when they were subject to a Fifa transfer ban, giving their youngsters a chance to shine.

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Germany striker Timo Werner arrives in London having scored 28 times in the Bundesliga for RB Leipzig last season, while international team mate Kai Havertz (above) plays like Lampard in his pomp with runs from midfield into the box to score.

At the other end, England left-back Ben Chilwell and Brazil veteran Thiago Silva, moving from Leicester City and Paris St Germain respectively, should stiffen the defence.

Chelsea had already snapped up Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech after he bamboozled the Londoners in last season’s Champions League group stage playing for Ajax Amsterdam.

“Chelsea aren’t buying a team, they are buying and building a dynasty, which I think is extraordinarily exciting,” former Blues winger Pat Nevin told the BBC.

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WEST HAM NEWS

2020-09-08T04:50:13.000Z

ICYMI: West Ham told to pay £50m for Tarkowski

Burnley have slapped a £50m price tag on James Tarkowski, according to Sky Sports News. 

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West Ham have had two bids rejected for Tarkowski, the latest being £27million, but a new report claims the Clarets want almost double for the 27-year-old.

MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-08T04:10:47.000Z

Three more Man United signings

Manchester United are hoping to secure up to three more signings before the end of the summer transfer window, according to the Manchester Evening News.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already brought in Donny can de Beek from Ajax and is now turning his attention to a flurry of deals ahead of the October deadline.

 Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho, 20, remains their top target.

United are also monitoring Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon while Solskjaer has been impressed by Dynamo Kiev’s Vitaliy Mykolenko. Both players are contracted to their clubs until 2023.

CHELSEA NEWS

2020-09-08T03:50:38.000Z

Chelsea chase Rice

Chelsea have not given up hope of signing Declan Rice this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

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The Blues are closing in on their eighth signing of an unprecedented summer, swith Edouard Mendy now in advanced talks and all parties expecting that deal to go through.

But Romano claims Frank Lampard won’t stop there. Chelsea are keen to bring Rice back but West Ham will demand at least £70million for a deal to go through. 

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ARSENAL NEWS

2020-09-08T03:35:43.300Z

Improved Arsenal Aouar bid

Arsenal are expected to return with a new bid for Houssem Aouar, according to Talksport. 

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RMC Sport claim Lyon have rejected an Arsenal bid of £31.2million plus a player – thought to be Matteo Guendouzi – for Aouar in recent days. 

Lyon are thought to value the player at about £45million. 

Asked last month if it would be hard to leave without saying goodbye to fans, the 22-year-old said: “I haven’t left yet, so I haven’t asked this question.”

PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

2020-09-07T22:30:00.000Z

Madrid send Rodriguez thank you message

Real Madrid have thanked James Rodriguez for his services at the club following his transfer to Everton. 

The 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner signed a two-year deal at Goodison Park with the option of a third. 

He leaves Madrid after six years at the club, having scored 37 goals in 125 appearances in all competitions. 

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Rodrigues now links up with Carlo Ancelotti for the third time, having played under the Italian at both Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

A Madrid statement read: “Real Madrid C. F. and Everton FC have reached an agreement over the transfer of James Rodríguez.

“Real Madrid wants to express its thanks and affection towards the player for all of the years he has been part of our club and wishes him all the best in this new chapter of his career.”

CHELSEA NEWS

2020-09-07T22:00:00.000Z

Wilder thanks Lampard for Ampadu deal 

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has sent Frank Lampard his gratitude for allowing Ethan Ampadu to seal a season-long loan move. 

The highly-rated 19-year-old switches to Bramall Lane after spending last season on loan at RB Leipzig.

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“Ethan is an outstanding young player for Chelsea, and we’ve worked really hard to get his signature for the season,” Wilder told the club’s official website. 

“We need to thank Frank Lampard and the people at Chelsea for helping making this happen. We’ve got a good relationship with them and they know we’re going to take good care of him.

“It’s an important season for Ethan and playing in the Premier League for us is a good move for everyone. He brings a lot of qualities to the group and he’s someone we’ve tracked for two or three seasons.”

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EUROPEAN NEWS

2020-09-07T21:30:01.000Z

Inter could sell Eriksen

Christian Eriksen has been made available by Inter just eight months into his time at San Siro, reports the Daily Mail.

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The Denmark international moved to Italy from Tottenham in the January window, but could now be offloaded in the coming weeks after failing to find form in Serie A. 
 

SPURS NEWS

2020-09-07T21:00:06.000Z

Villarreal want Spurs defender Foyth

AS report Villarreal are considering a move for Tottenham defender Juan Foyth.

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The report claims the La Liga outfit are keen on a permanent deal, with Spurs only considering a loan exit for now.

CHELSEA NEWS

2020-09-07T20:30:08.766Z

Chelsea to seal £18m Mendy deal

Chelsea are now aiming to sign goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes in an £18m deal.

The Telegraph report the Blues are closing in on a deal for a goalkeeper recommended by club legend Petr Cech, who returned to the club as their technical and performance advisor last year.

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Chelsea have already had one bid turned down by Rennes this summer but a deal now appears imminent. 

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MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-07T20:00:04.000Z

United struggling to clear dead wood

Manchester United are struggling to clear their squad of fringe players due to high wages, according to ESPN.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to raise funds through player sales with the club ready to listen to offers for  Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Andreas Pereira and Sergio Romero.

Interested clubs however have so far been put off by big wages, hampering Solskjaer’s plans to continue his rebuild.

CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS

2020-09-07T19:30:18.000Z

Palace to miss out on Brazilian starlet

Crystal Palace look set to miss out on Fluminense forward Evanilson with the Brazilian set to sign for Porto.

Reports have suggested the Eagles have enquired into the 20-year-old as a possible replacement for Wilfried Zaha but reports in Portugal now claiming he is set join the Dragons.

BREAKING NEWS

2020-09-07T19:03:26.603Z

Everton confirm James Rodriguez

Everton have announced the signing of Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a two-year deal.

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WEST HAM NEWS

2020-09-07T19:00:59.000Z

West Ham told to pay £50m for Tarkowski

Burnley have slapped a £50m price tag on James Tarkowski, according to Sky Sports News. 

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West Ham have had two bids rejected for Tarkowski, the latest being £27million but a new report claims the Clarets want almost double for the 27-year-old.
 

EUROPEAN NEWS

2020-09-07T18:30:13.000Z

Draxer heading back to Germany?

Le Sport 10 report Bayer Leverkusen are plotting a move to sign Julian Draxer as a replacement for Kai Havertz.

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There is a creative void to be filled at the club following Havertz’ move to Chelsea with Draxler among the options being considered. 

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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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