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Transfer news LIVE! Real Madrid rival Arsenal for Aouar; Man United face Alex Telles deadline; Chelsea latest

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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. Clubs have until October 5 to sign players from Europe, though deals with EFL clubs can continue until October 11.

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 – and have agreed to sign striker Carlos Vinicius 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.

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ARSENAL NEWS

Real Madrid rival Arsenal for Aouar

This one is really heating up. According to L’Equipe, Real Madrid have launched their bid for Houssem Aouar, a team the Lyon midfielder would prefer to join over Arsenal.

In fact, there are a few clubs Aouar would prefer to join over Arsenal and Juventus, another interested party, is also in the frame.

The report adds: “Arsenal, who have been after Aouar for several weeks, appear to be the default option & have not offered the money required to close the deal.”

MAN UTD NEWS

Man Utd set Telles deadline… OF TOMORROW

Manchester United must wrap up a deal for Alex Telles by tomorrow if they are to sign the full-back, according to Jason Burt of The Telegraph. 

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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. 

MAN UTD NEWS

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. 

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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. 

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SPURS NEWS

Spurs reject PSG’s second Alli bid

Tottenham have rejected Paris Saint-Germain’s second loan bid for Dele Alli, according to Sky Sports. 

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The French champions are reportedly stepping up their approach for the midfielder with Monday’s deadline looming. 

However, Sky Sports report Spurs insist the midfielder will not leave and expect him to fight for a place in the team. 

DONE DEAL

Spurs complete Vinicius deal

That didn’t take long! Tottenham have announced the signing of Carlos Vinicius on a season-long loan deal!

Vinicius, 25, will cost Spurs just £2.7million in loan fees, and they have the option to make the move permanent for £38.2million next summer.

The forward proved ruthless up top for Benfica last season, scoring 18 goals in 32 league games, while also providing eight assists.

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Spurs’ Vinicius announcement seemingly imminent

Tottenham have hinted at the imminent announcement of Carlos Vinicius with a brilliant social media post. 

The north London club has posted a video in which they hilariously attempt to type out “We are delighted to announce the signing of a new striker”, only to be bombarded with suggestions of a midfielder or the Skywalk. 

With Benfica yesterday reporting Spurs had agreed a deal to sign Carlos Vinicius on a season-long loan deal, the official announcement is surely to drop any minute now. 

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SPURS NEWS

Spurs signings come to an end?

Tottenham are not expected to make any more signings this summer after Carlos Vinicius’ arrival, according to Paul Gilmour of Sky Sports. 

Speaking on Sky’s ‘The Transfer Show’, Kaveh Solhekol said: “My colleague Paul Gilmour is telling me that Tottenham are not expected to make any more signings in this window after the arrival of Carlos Vinicius.

“Talks over Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar have not developed into a formal bid.

“The two clubs are well apart in the valuation and the priority at the moment for Spurs is to offload players. There will be no panic if they do not get a centre-back in.”

WEST HAM NEWS

West Ham make £20m Caleta-Car bid

West Ham have made a £20million bid for Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car, according to Sky Sports. 

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The centre-back is now a prime target for David Moyes after West Ham had three bids for James Tarkowski turned down. 

Caleta-Car, 24, has scored two goals in five league games this season. 

CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS

Palace step up Benrahma interest

Crystal Palace have stepped up their interest in Said Benrahma, according to Sky Sports. 

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The foward put in a stunning performance, scoring a screamer as Brentford reached the Carabao Cup with a 3-0 win over Fulham yesterday. 

And having been heavily linked with a move to Palace in recent weeks, Sky now report the Eagles are stepping up their pursuit. 

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CHELSEA NEWS

Hudson-Odoi to Bayern talks in ‘decisive phase’ 

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s talks with Bayern Munich are now entering a “decisive phase”, according to Christian Falk of Bild. 

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard earlier today insisted he was open for the winger to move out on loan this season. 

Hudson-Odoi has been heavily linked with a move to the European and German champions, with talk now significantly heating up. 

This is certainly one to keep your eyes on…

MAN UTD NEWS

Man Utd complete double signing

Manchester United have completed the signings of both Alejandro Garnacho from Atletico Madrid and Charlie McNeill from Manchester City. 

Standard Sport understands both players will play with their U18 side to begin with. 

LIVERPOOL NEWS

Wilder delighted by Brewster signing 

Chris Wilder has revealed his delight after Sheffield United secured a record transfer for Rhian Brewster. 

“At the top of the pitch we have one of the country’s hottest properties from Liverpool and for him to sign permanently here is fantastic for everyone concerned,” Wilder said.

“There has been a lot of interest in him over the summer, a lot of speculation about who we were going for, but he has been our number one target and I am delighted to have secured his services.”

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DONE DEAL

Blades complete Brewster signing

Sheffield United have completed the signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool in a club-record deal. 

The forward signs for £23.5million, while Liverpool have negotiated a 15 per cent sell-on clause and a buyback option lasting three years into the deal.

SPURS NEWS

Mourinho used Sorloth as Vinicus ‘smokescreen’

Jose Mourinho was happy to fuel talk of a move for Alexander Sorloth as it provided a “smokescreen” in Tottenham’s bid for Carlos Vinicius, according to ESPN.

Tottenham were reportedly never interested in a move for the 24-year-old, who has since joined RB Leipzig. 

The north London club are now closing in on a loan deal for Vinicius, with Benfica revealing a deal has been reached. 

SPURS NEWS

Foyth expected to join Villarreal

Juan Foyth is expected to join Villarreal on a season-long loan with a €15million (£13.5) option to buy, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

The Spanish club will reportedly pay 100 per cent of the defender’s salary, with final details to be completed shortly. 

Romano reports Foyth turned down two bids from Italy to join Villarreal. 

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MAN UTD NEWS

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. 

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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. 

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. 

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“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.”

LIVERPOOL NEWS

Wilson set for Liverpool stay

More on Harry Wilson’s possible Liverpool exit now, as Sky Sports report Burnley are no longer interested in the midfielder. 

The report states the clubs have been unable to come to an agreement despite two offers from Burnley, with Sean Dyche now preferring to stick with his current squad. 

Meanwhile, with no other offers for Wilson, it looks as if the Welshman is set for a stay.

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ARSENAL NEWS

Atletico reach Torreira agreement 

Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Arsenal over the loan signing of Lucas Torreira, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

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The deal is reportedly for a one-year loan with no obligation to buy, with personal terms agreed and a medical scheduled. 

Romano reports only once Atletico sell a player will the deal go through, however, with negotiations underway for both Hector Herrera and Thomas Lemar. 

LIVERPOOL NEWS

Liverpool reject £12m Wilson bid

Liverpool have rejected Burnley’s £12million bid for midfielder Harry Wilson, according to Football Insider. 

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The Reds reportedly believe the offer is too low for the 23-year-old, wanting to bring in more for the Welshman. 

Wilson is significantly down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp, however, his case not helped by a crucial penalty miss in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal. 

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