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Transfer news LIVE: Sancho to Man United, Aubameyang's new Arsenal deal; Hojbjerg to Tottenham; Chelsea latest

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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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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. 


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.



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.”




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.



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.

Read more here.



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.”



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.


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.”



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.




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.



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.



Rice off the menu

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West Ham boss David Moyes says there have been no bids for Declan Rice, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea.

“We don’t want any,” said Moyes, who revealed in an interview with Standard Sport that keeping West Ham up this season has been one of his toughest tests in management.

“There’s always the chance of interest but we don’t want to encourage it.”




Torres: I wanted Valencia stay

New Man City signing Ferran Torres has revealed he wanted to stay at Valencia but was forced out by the club.

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The 20-year-old arrived at the Etihad in a deal worth £25m earlier this week and will link up with City ahead of next season.

But Torres was keen to point out the problems at the club where he came through the academy and claims he was told he was not wanted at the Mestalla.

“I wanted to stay and I put forward the conditions to do so,” he told Marca.

“They weren’t above the club’s means. I know they’re not in the same position as big European clubs, but I was able to lead that project and wanted to be treated as such. The club didn’t want to keep me.”



Arsenal face backlash over job cuts with transfers going ahead

Arsenal are facing a backlash from current and former players over the decision to axe 55 staff while pressing ahead with their summer transfer plans .

A number of senior players are thought to be preparing to demand an explanation for the proposed redundancies, announced yesterday by head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham.

The majority of the squad agreed to a 12.5 percent pay-cut in April – reduced to 7.5 percent following Europa League qualification – on the understanding it would help save jobs, and some have been left dismayed by the news and fear they could be blamed.

Player power has already proved influential during the pandemic, with the Tottenham and Liverpool squads playing a part in their clubs’ decisions to reverse using the taxpayer-funded furlough scheme.

Arsenal’s decision to cut nearly 10 percent of employees was explained to staff by Sanllehi and Venkatesham in a conference call on Wednesday afternoon, with the players and Mikel Arteta informed separately. While some staff have already been told their fate, others remain in the dark despite the club having gone public.

Gunners legend Ian Wright was among those to express dismay as social media reacted with anger, tweeting at the club: “Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent!!!” accompanied by three upset emojis.

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ICYMI: Chelsea make breakthrough in Chilwell talks

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Everything has sounded rather pessimistic on the Ben Chilwell to Chelsea front over the last few days.

Leicester are obviously reluctant to part with one of their prized assets and understandably want to be significantly compensated in the event that he does move on this summer.

Chelsea have been linked with several other left-backs as they look to address a problem position over the coming weeks, with reports from Spain yesterday even claiming that they were in advanced talks with Real Madrid over Sergio Reguilon, who has been so impressive out on loan at Sevilla.

However, Football Insider now claims there has been a key breakthrough in the Chilwell saga, with Chelsea increasingly confident of sealing a transfer worth approximately £50m for the England defender, having negotiated Leicester down from the initial £80m price tag previously being touted.




Arsenal closing in on Coutinho

Sport report that talks between Arsenal and Barcelona regarding a loan deal for Philippe Coutinho are at an ‘advanced stage’.

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Manchester United have confirmed what was already known really, that Alexis Sanchez has joined Inter Milan on a three-year deal.



Arsenal in for Gabriel Magalhaes AND Willian

Arsenal are the front-runners to sign Willian, that much is known, but there are fresh reports today linking them with a move for Manchester United target Gabriel Magalhaes.

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Goal reports that Gabriel, the Brazil under 20 centre back, is under consideration by Arsenal as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his defensive options.

It’s looking like it could be a busy summer at the Emirates Stadium!




Chelsea turn attentions to Atletico’s Gimenez

Chelsea are plotting a move for £60m-rated Jose Gimenez after being priced out of a move for West Ham’s Declan Rice, according to reports.

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Standard Sport understands that, along with Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, Chelsea want to sign Rice to play in a back-three under Frank Lampard.

But the Daily Star reports that West Ham’s reluctance to sell has lead to Chelsea turning their focus to Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan defender.



Fulham prioritise Parker contract and permanent Arter and Reed deals

Fulham are pressing ahead with permanent transfers for midfield duo Harrison Reed and Harry Arter and a new contract for manager Scott Parker.

The pair, who spent last season on loan from Southampton and Bournemouth respectively, are both firm favourites of Parker and keen on a stay at Craven Cottage.

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Parker himself is set to extend his deal with the club having secured promotion, with talks to begin when they return from short breaks. The 39-year-old and his coaching staff were handed two-year deals in May 2019.

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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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