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Transfer news LIVE: Sancho to Man United, Aubameyang Arsenal update; Hojbjerg to Tottenham; Havertz to Chelsea

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Welcome to the Evening Standard‘s rolling transfer news and rumours live blog as the summer transfer speculation increases.

The window officially opened last week after the completion of the delayed 2019-2020 Premier League season. Premier League clubs will now be busy tweaking their squads ahead of the new campaign, with the window scheduled to close on October 5.

Chelsea have already brought in the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, stealing a march on their rivals, while the likes of Manchester United and Man City are making early progress on significant deals.

Arsenal and Tottenham can now offer European football to their targets, and that could prove invaluable during what promises to be a difficult summer of negotiations.Arsenal are the front-runners to sign Willian on a free transfer.

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LIVERPOOL NEWS

2020-08-06T18:00:00.000Z

Liverpool bid £10m for Lewis 

Liverpool have made an offer of £10million for Norwich left-back Jamal Lewis, according to Sky Sports. 

The Canaries are reportedly looking for £20million, however, and with three years remaining on his contract, the recently relegated side believe they have some bargaining power. 

Sky Sports also report Norwich are interested in signing Yasser Larouci, and with Liverpool making him available, that could play a part in the deal.

MAN UTD NEWS

2020-08-06T17:40:03.000Z

Man Utd were interested in Ake

Manchester United were hoping to sign Nathan Ake this summer, before rivals Manchester City stole a march on the deal, report Sky Sports. 

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The defender sealed a £41million move to City on Wednesday, with United now searching for another left-footed centre-back. 

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attention on Jadon Sancho, United reportedly had to sell before placing a bid for Ake. 

And with attempts to sell Marcus Rojo falling flat, they were unable to prevent Ake from signing for City. 

2020-08-06T17:20:00.000Z

Celtic in talks with Fletcher and Taylor 

Scottish champions Celtic are in talks with both Steven Fletcher and free agent Lyle Taylor, according to reports. 

Taylor – who recently left Charlton after his contract expired – had been on Rangers boss Steven Gerrard’s radar, but is no longer after they signed 

strikers Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten this week, report Sky Sports. 

Manager Neil Lennon earlier told Sky Sports that Celtic are in talks with Fletcher, with BBC Sport reporting they have offered him a one-year deal. 

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SPURS NEWS

2020-08-06T17:00:00.000Z

King joins Tottenham first-team staff

Ledley King has joined Jose Mourinho’s backroom team as a first-team assistance, Tottenham have confirmed. 

The 39-year-old has replaced tactical analyst Ricardo Formosinho after impressing Mourinho while working with defensive players during football’s suspension.

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“I am extremely pleased to be welcoming Ledley into the first team group as we continue our preparations for the new season,” the Spurs boss said. 

“He has a tremendous affinity with this football club and the fans appreciate just how much he has accomplished as a true Spurs man both on and off the pitch.

“We have developed a good relationship since I arrived, and we hope to use his experience and insight to support the work we are doing with the squad.”

MAN CITY NEWS

2020-08-06T16:40:23.000Z

Barca will have to pay £30m for Garcia 

Manchester City are demanding £30million for Eric Garcia this summer amid interest from Barcelona. 

After Pep Guardiola confirmed 19-year-old will not sign a new contract, City will now look for an upfront fee of £20million, with a further £10million in add-ons.

The defender has just one year remaining on his contract and, despite his determination to leave the club, Guardiola is still considering starting him against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

ARSENAL NEWS

2020-08-06T16:20:00.000Z

Bellerin and Lacazette could both leave Arsenal 

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been assured Arsenal will spend this summer, they will undoubtedly have to sell players in order to fund any acquisitions. 

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And according to The Telegraph, Arsenal will listen to offers for both Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette, while Matteo Guendouzi will also be allowed to leave.

Bellerin – who has spent nine years at Arsenal – reportedly is keen on the idea of a new challenge. 

Francis Cagigao – the scout who helped bring Bellerin to England from Barcelona – is reportedly one of the 55 Arsenal staff members to be made redundant. 

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ARSENAL NEWS

2020-08-06T16:00:00.000Z

Aubameyang assured Arsenal will strengthen this summer

As referenced earlier, an abundance of reports are stating Arsenal’s captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the brink of signing a new three-year deal. 

While the 31-year-old has been offered £250,000-a-week, The Telegraph also report he has been assured Arsenal will make improvements to their squad this summer. 

The Gunners are expected to complete the signing of Willian on a free, while Gabriel Margalhaes has also been heavily linked with the north London club. 

PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

2020-08-06T15:40:00.000Z

Harrison confirms third Leeds spell 

Manchester City forward Jack Harrison has confirmed he will once again be playing for Leeds next season. 

The 23-year-old – who featured in all 46 Championship games as Leeds were promoted to the Premier League – has spent the last two seasons on loan at the Elland Road club.

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“I still don’t think it’s quite sunken in yet,” he told ESPN FC. “I don’t think it will really sink in until the first game where you walk out obviously in a Premier League stadium.

“We don’t know the fixtures yet or anything like that, but until we start preparing for that I don’t think it will really sink in until then. As of right now I’m just trying to enjoy the moment, enjoy the time, the celebrations with the team.

“I’ll be there again next season, so it’s exciting to go back and do it all again in a few weeks.”

ARSENAL NEWS

2020-08-06T15:20:00.000Z

Aubameyang ‘on the brink’ of new contract 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “on the brink” of agreeing a new three-year contract, according to The Telegraph.

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The 31-year-old – who has less than a year on his current deal remaining – will reportedly earn in excess of £250,000 a week including lucrative bonuses.

The new deal covers his remaining 12 months, also extending it by another two years. 

The Telegraph report Aubameyang and his representatives have already made verbal promises and will sign the extension assuming they don’t find any problems with the contract. 

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SPURS NEWS

2020-08-06T15:00:01.000Z

Leeds interested in Foyth

Recently promoted Leeds are interested in bringing Tottenham centre-back Juan Foyth to Elland Road this summer, according to the Daily Star. 

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The 22-year-old has drastically fallen down the pecking order since Jose Mourinho’s arrival and will reportedly be available for around £15million. 

The Argentinian last played for Spurs back in December, with youngster Japhet Tanganga promoted to the first team ahead of the defender. 

2020-08-06T14:40:00.000Z

ICYMI: Ivanovic set for Everton switch

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Former Chelsea favourite Branislav Ivanovic looks to be on the verge of securing a move back to the Premier League.

The veteran Serbian defender has spent the last three years with Russian giants Zenit Saint Petersburg since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2017, but now seems likely to reunite with former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti by sealing a free transfer to Everton.

“I will probably continue my career at Everton,” said the 36-year-old, who is also a target for Red Star Belgrade in his homeland.

“I received a good offer from them.

“I will see how things will turn out.

MAN UTD NEWS

2020-08-06T14:20:00.000Z

Schmeichel ‘dream’ to join Man United

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Kasper Schmeichel has emerged as a surprise summer transfer target for Manchester United as they weigh up the future of their goalkeeping situation.

The son of Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel has been a crucial part of Leicester’s success over recent years, and it has been reported that United are pondering an offer amid criticism aimed at the increasingly error-prone David de Gea and question marks over whether Sheffield United loanee Dean Henderson is ready to step up on a full-time basis.

And according to former Manchester City team-mate Mikkel Bischoff, Kasper would jump at the chance to follow in his famous father’s footsteps.

“United will certainly not be deterred by his age of 33 years,” he told Ekstra Bladet. “The most successful goalkeepers at the club in recent years have been well into their thirties.

“He can easily play three or four good years there.

“Schmeichel is a huge United fan. He always has been and always will be, it will be the biggest dream come true if he were to succeed.

“If Kasper gets the opportunity to play just ten games for United, then he jumps. It’s simply so big for him. He is such a big fan that he will do anything to get to that club.”

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ARSENAL NEWS

2020-08-06T14:00:00.000Z

Emery to offer Guendouzi Arsenal exit

Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery will offer Matteo Guendouzi a route out of the Emirates by trying to sign him for Villarreal.

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Emery was in charge when Guendouzi signed for Arsenal, with the club now looking to move the French midfielder on after disciplinary issues saw him fall out of favour with Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal had hoped to use Guendouzi in a part-exchange with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, but Standard Sport understands that Barca are not interested in the Frenchman.

So, as Foot Mercato reports, Villarreal could be an option for the 21-year-old.

SPURS NEWS

2020-08-06T13:40:02.000Z

Hojbjerg to join Spurs this weekend

Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will complete his move to Tottenham this weekend, with Kyle Walker-Peters heading the other way, writes Jack Rosser.

Both deals have been kept separate but fees of £15million for the Dane and £12m for the English defender have been agreed.

Hojbjerg will now discuss personal terms with Tottenham, which is expected to be a formality given the player’s desire to join Jose Mourinho’s team.

Mourinho has been an admirer of Hojbjerg for some months, with Spurs registering tentative interest in the 25-year-old during the January transfer window.

The Spurs boss is keen to bring in a more combative midfielder to allow his creative talents to flourish further forward, while Hojbjerg has been outspoken about his desire to play at a higher level.

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MAN CITY NEWS

2020-08-06T13:16:08.143Z

Garcia will not sign new City contract
 

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Eric Garcia has told Manchester City he will not sign a new contract – paving the way to a potential move to Barcelona.

The teenaged centre back has rejected all attempts by City to convince him to commit his long-term future to the Etihad.

Barca are believed to be leading the race to sign him and will be buoyed by the news he is determined to leave City.

But it is a major blow to Pep Guardiola, who has promoted Garcia above John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho this season.

The City manager said: “He announced to us that he doesn’t want to extend his contract with Manchester City.

“He has one more year and after that, he doesn’t want to extend. We want it, but he doesn’t want to extend it so I imagine he wants to play in other places.”

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2020-08-06T12:50:00.000Z

Spurs close in on Hojbjerg
 

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Tottenham moved a step closer to signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg today after meeting Southampton’s valuation for the player, reports BBC Radio Solent.

The report adds: “Everton also matched it, but the Danish international is set on a move to Spurs.”

Another that looks almost done.

2020-08-06T12:30:00.000Z

Boateng open to Premier League return
 

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Interesting. Bayern defender Jerome Boateng looks to be leaving Bavaria this summer and a move back to England for the former Manchester City player is of interest.

“I would not say no [to a Premier League return]. I love to [watch] the Premier League, I loved also when I was there to play,” Boateng said at a news conference.

“For me it was really unlucky because I got injured straight [away] and then I didn’t really play the position they promised me. But I still took a lot from this year, playing in the Premier League, it helped me a lot to play and train with great players, world-class players.

“I am definitely down [for] it, but I don’t know for the future. You never know. But it’s not that I would say ‘I never want to play there.’ It’s one of my favourite leagues for sure.”

ARSENAL NEWS

2020-08-06T12:10:00.000Z

Willian agrees Arsenal contract
 

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Willian will join Arsenal on a three-year deal worth £100,000 a week, according to ESPN.

Frank Lampard had been keen to keep the player at Chelsea but the club were not prepared to offer a similar length contract, allowing Mikel Arteta to swoop in with a more attractive offer.

The deal will be confirmed in the coming weeks. This one looks done.

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SPURS NEWS

2020-08-06T11:50:02.000Z

ICYMI: Spurs eye Brentford star Benrahma

Tottenham are interested in signing Brentford star Said Benrahma according to reports.

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The Bees are braced to receive offers for their top players after missing out on promotion to the Premier League.

Benrahma is understood to be ready to leave Brentford to secure Premier League football, and the Mirror reports that Tottenham have entered the race for the 24-year-old Algerian.

LIVERPOOL NEWS

2020-08-06T11:27:17.250Z

Thiago wants Liverpool move
 

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An update on Thiago future from Kicker now. They claim the player has his heart set on a move to Liverpool, with the price set at €20million.

Liverpool, though, must weigh up the move due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s all on hold. For now.

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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.

Chelsea will push ahead with moves for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz and remain interested in Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, while Manchester United are also expected to be busy this summer.

Jadon Sancho remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one target, and a deal should be completed if Man United can negotiate a compromise on the £100m-plus valuation Dortmund has for the England international.

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