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Transfer news LIVE: Sancho to Man United breakthrough, Mendy to Chelsea update, Arsenal's Aouar bid, Milik

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Welcome to the Evening Standard‘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 confirmed the £90m arrival of Kai Havertz, having previously signed Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech – with a new goalkeeper expected to follow.

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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DONE DEAL

2020-09-09T18:53:49.500Z

Fulham clinch Areola loan deal

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Alphonse Areola – a member of France’s 2018 World Cup-winning squad who spent last season at Real Madrid – has joined Fulham from PSG on a season-long loan deal that includes the option of a permanent transfer next summer.

He was recently offered to Arsenal as a potential short-term replacement for Emiliano Martinez, but the newly-promoted Cottagers always looked favourites to get a deal over the line.

“I am very happy everything is done,” Areola said. “Scott Parker called me and I had a good feeling. He said he really wanted me.

“Fulham is a historic club in London and I have heard a lot about the stadium.

“I hope this season will be a good one for us. I want to bring my energy and do everything for this team to keep us where we belong to be.”

BREAKING NEWS

2020-09-09T18:40:10.503Z

Fulham sign Areola

Fulham have completed the signing of Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

More on that breaking news to come shortly.

ARSENAL NEWS

2020-09-09T18:04:39.243Z

PSG leading Bellerin race

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Hector Bellerin could soon be waving goodbye to Arsenal.

Forest Green Rovers’ newest shareholder has spent his entire career with the Gunners aside from a brief loan stint at Watford in 2013-14, though now appears to be searching for a fresh challenge.

According to The Independent, Paris Saint-Germain have already made contact with Bellerin’s representatives, with Arsenal prepared to sell the right-back for a fee of around £35m as they look to raise the necessary funds to sign a new midfielder.

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SPURS NEWS

2020-09-09T17:30:00.330Z

Tottenham ponder Milik bid

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Tottenham could bolster their forward ranks with the signing of Napoli frontman Arkadiusz Milik.

The Express reports that Spurs are weighing up an offer for the Polish international, 26, as they look to provide support and competition for Harry Kane.

Napoli are said to want around £26m for Milik, who has less than 12 months left to run on his current contract at the Stadio San Paolo and has reportedly told the Serie A club that he is not interested in penning an extension.

MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-09T16:53:56.833Z

Sancho to Man United latest

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Here’s the latest from James Robson on Manchester United’s progress on the Jadon Sancho front…

Manchester United have made progress in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

But the Old Trafford club remain adamant they will not meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108million asking price for the England forward.

United have held constructive talks over the agent fees being demanded by Sancho’s representative Emeka Obasi.

That has given rise to fresh optimism they will be able to secure a deal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target during this window.

But there are still significant obstacles regarding Dortmund’s valuation and Sancho’s salary that is forcing United’s hierarchy to proceed with caution.

While there is a strong belief the England international wants to join Solskjaer’s revolution, United are adamant they will not overpay in a market hit by Covid-19.

They believe transfer prices have been depressed by around 20-30 per cent.

And despite their determination to land Sancho, they remain prepared to move on to alternative targets.

MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-09T16:13:10.696Z

Man United make Sancho breakthrough

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Speaking of Manchester United, it appears the club have finally made a breakthrough of sorts in their long-running bid to land no1 target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

Here’s the latest from Standard Sport’s Manchester correspondent James Robson…

Encouraging signs in United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

At last progress made regarding agent fees. Not there yet, but after a quiet few weeks it’s evidence of their ongoing efforts to get the deal done.

Strong belief Sancho wants to come to United.

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MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-09T15:44:07.026Z

Van de Beek trains at Man United

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Donny van de Beek trained with his new Manchester United team-mates for the first time on Wednesday.

The versatile midfielder became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer when he arrived at Old Trafford from Eredivisie giants Ajax in a £40m deal last week.

However, the 23-year-old was then immediately required for international duty, featuring for the Netherlands in their Nations League matches against Poland and Italy.

Van de Beek was finally able to get to work at Carrington earlier today as United continued preparations for their 2020-21 Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on September 19.

CHELSEA NEWS

2020-09-09T15:15:04.046Z

Chelsea open talks over Mendy

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Chelsea are in formal talks with Rennes over a deal to sign goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, writes Jack Rosser.

Frank Lampard wants to sign a new goalkeeper after losing faith in Kepa Arrizabalaga and has identified 28-year-old Mendy as his no1 target.

Chelsea initially looked at signing Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, but then turned their attentions to more affordable options.

Mendy, a Senegal international who helped Rennes qualify for the Champions League last season, has told the French club he wants to join Chelsea.

Rennes president Nicolas Holveck has confirmed they are in talks with Chelsea over a deal as the Blues prepare to take their summer spending to around £250million.

Holveck said: “Discussions have started with Chelsea for Edouard Mendy. I can understand his desire, he told us. But for the moment, there is no agreement and for a transfer, we need an agreement of the three parties.”

Chelsea finalised the signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen last Friday and have also brought in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva this summer.

MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-09T14:31:19.293Z

Man Utd sign Tobin Heath

Manchester United Women have completed the signing of USA international Tobin Heath.

The two-time World Cup winner has signed a one-year deal with Casey Stoney’s side, subject to obtaining a work permit.

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The 32-year-old returns to Europe after seven seasons with National Women’s Soccer League side Portland Thorns.

Heath, who has 168 caps for her country, had two spells in Europe with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013 and 2014.

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CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS

2020-09-09T14:07:28.433Z

Eze given Palace No10 shirt

Eberechi Eze has been given the No10 shirt at Crystal Palace, according to The Beautiful Game Podcast. 

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Andros Townsend has worn the No10 shirt since arriving at Crystal Palace in 2016 but he has been moved aside to accommodate the new arrival.

Townsend is one of a number of players who could still leave Selhurst Park this summer.  

ARSENAL NEWS

2020-09-09T13:42:14.606Z

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.”

MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-09T12:46:50.133Z

Man Utd want Kante

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is now a major target for Manchester United, according to Transfermarketweb.

Though the player has stated his intention to stay at Stamford Bridge, the Blues could be willing to sell for a €60m transfer fee

Kante, who is tied to a Chelsea contract until 2023, is still a signing dream for Inter Milan as well.

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CHELSEA NEWS

2020-09-09T12:23:55.523Z

Havertz takes No29 at Chelsea

Kai Havertz has taken the No29 shirt from Fikayo Tomori, according to The Athletic.

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Havertz had the same squad number at Bayer Leverkusen and asked to take it upon arrival at Chelsea.

Tomori, who now looks poised for a loan move to Everton, was happy to oblige.

MAN UTD NEWS

2020-09-09T11:45:29.620Z

Van de Beek at Carrington

New Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has arrived at the club’s training facility for the first time after his £40m move from Ajax.

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The 23-year-old has been in Uefa Nations League action with the Netherlands and will now meet his new team-mates before the Premier League campaign starts. 

PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

2020-09-09T11:18:54.566Z

Villa sign £28m Watkins

Aston Villa have signed Brentford striker Ollie Watkins on a five-year deal.

The 24-year-old scored 26 goals as the Bees reached the Championship play-off final last season.

Manager Dean Smith said: “Ollie has developed into one of the most sought-after strikers in the country and we are looking forward to seeing him show his great qualities in an Aston Villa shirt.”

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Reports had suggested Villa were prepared to pay a club-record £28million, rising to a potential £33million, for the forward.

The club had previously been linked with Callum Wilson, who instead joined Newcastle from Bournemouth.

Watkins, who previously played under Smith at Brentford, said: “I am so excited to join Aston Villa and to reunite with Dean Smith as my head coach. I cannot wait to wear the famous claret and blue in the Premier League. I want to do something special here and score some goals.”

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LIVERPOOL NEWS

2020-09-09T11:01:31.020Z

Klopp to hold Wijnaldum talks

Jurgen Klopp is set to hold talks with Georginio Wijnaldum over his uncertain future today with Barcelona continuing to circle.

After representing the Netherlands in Nations League over the course of the last week, the Dutchman will return to Melwood on Wednesday in order to continue preparations for the new Premier League season.

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However, whether he will be at Liverpool beyond the opening stages of the coming campaign remains unclear amid links with a move to Camp Nou.

New Barca boss Ronald Koeman is keen on signing a player who starred for him in the Dutch national team prior to his decision to take the reins at Barca.

And Klopp now hopes to ascertain whether Wijnaldum himself is eyeing a change of scenery after winning a string of honours across his four years at Anfield.

CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS

2020-09-09T10:20:19.000Z

Batshuayi relishing Palace loan

Michy Batshuayi is relishing the prospect of regular football ahead of his return to Crystal Palace on loan.

The Chelsea striker, who scored twice for Belgium against Iceland last night, is set to pen a 12-month contract extension with the Blues before joining Palace on loan for the second time in his career.

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During his previous spell at Selhurst Park, Batshuayi bagged six goals in 13 appearances and Roy Hodgson is now looking to the 26-year-old to solve his side’s goalscoring woes.

For Batshuayi, who has not played a minute for Chelsea since a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in February, the move is all about getting playing time ahead of next summer’s Euros.

“Am I going to re-sign at Chelsea to be loaned to Palace? You’re on the right track when you say that,” said Batshuayi. “It’s something like that. The most important thing for me is to be ready when I come to the national team.”

CHELSEA NEWS

2020-09-09T10:17:46.586Z

Chelsea close in on Mendy

Chelsea are also closing in on a deal for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, as Frank Lampard looks to provide competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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Defender Fikayo Tomori is thought to be in line for another season away on loan, this time with Everton.

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WEST HAM NEWS

2020-09-09T10:00:53.000Z

West Ham Tarkowski boost

West Ham have been told Burnley will sell James Tarkowski if the Hammers meet their asking price.

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David Moyes wants to sign Tarkowski as he bids to strengthen his defence and West Ham hope a bid of around £30million will be enough to secure the 27-year-old.

SPURS NEWS

2020-09-09T09:39:46.370Z

Doherty trains with Tottenham

Matt Doherty has been pictured training with his new Tottenham team-mates for the first time as they step up preparations for Sunday’s Premier League opener against Everton. 

The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland full-back joined Spurs from Wolves in a £15million deal last month as Jose Mourinho bolstered his right-back options ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

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Doherty is in line to make his first competitive start for Tottenham in their curtain-raiser against the Toffees at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He played in every Premier League game of the 2018-19 season and is poised to play a regular role under Mourinho, with Serge Aurier up for sale. 

Joe Hart also joined in training with several first-team signings away on international duty, including new signing Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

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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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