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, with the Gunners set to sign Willian on a free transfer and hoping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs a new contract, while Tottenham will complete a deal for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the coming days .
Arsenal are close to agreeing a new contract with FA Cup hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after a breakthrough in talks with the forward, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Following months of negotiations, the 31-year-old is believed to have verbally agreed a new deal until 2023, thought to be worth more than £250,000 a week. Barring any late hitches, Aubameyang is now expected to commit his future to the club in a major boost to manager Mikel Arteta.
The club captain has scored 70 goals in 109 appearances since signing from Borussia Dortmund for £56million in January 2018 and he has proved indispensable for Arteta, most recently with a match-winning performance in last Saturday’s FA Cup Final win over Chelsea.
Aubameyang is set to be joined in north London next season by Willian, with the Chelsea winger close to agreeing a three-year deal with Arsenal, believed to be worth in excess of £100,000 a week.
The Gunners are also eyeing Lille central defender Gabriel Magalhaes and want a central midfielder, with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey among their targets.
A number of fringe players are expected to depart this summer, with AC Milan target Lucas Torreira and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is wanted by Everton and Brighton, among them.
Chelsea will be looking to former manager Antonio Conte next week to do them a favour in their pursuit of Kai Havertz.
Conte’s Inter Milan face Havertz’s Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League quarter-finals on Monday.
Leverkusen have been clear that star forward Havertz will not leave the club until their Europa League commitments are over. Sporting director Rudi Voller told Kicker in July: “It is set in stone [that Havertz will play]. There is no new stance.”
Should Inter knock Leverkusen out of Europa early next week, it paves the way for Chelsea to wrap up a deal for Havertz.
MAN UTD NEWS
Borussia Dortmund believe Jadon Sancho’s Manchester United transfer saga is a win-win for the club, report Bild.
Dortmund want a deal worth £108m for the 20-year-old and have set a deadline of August 10 for an agreement to be reached.
But are happy to keep Sancho should United not stump up the cash, meaning they won’t lose out in either scenario.
MAN CITY NEWS
Guardiola: Man City not interested in Bale
Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City are not interested in signing Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale this summer.
City progressed to the Champions League quarter-final with a 2-1 win against Los Blancos at the Etihad, emerging 4-2 victors on aggregate.
Bale was not included in Madrid’s squad that travelled to Manchester, with Zinedine Zidane claiming the Welshman asked not to play.
Standard Sport understands the Madrid forward understood he would play no part in the fixture, however, and therefore asked not to travel.
But while Bale is now being linked with a move back to the Premier League, Guardiola confirmed in his post-match press conference that City are not entertaining a bid.
Ronaldo set for Juventus stay
Juventus president Andrre Agnellu has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo is set to stay with the Italian giants next season.
The 35-year-old scored an emphatic double but could not prevent his side from exiting the Champions League as they slumped to defeat against Lyon.
Ronaldo has been linked with a move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but Agnellu has now quashed such talk.
Asked about the links to PSG, Agnelli told Sky Sports Italia: “He’s going to stay with us. I’m sure that he’ll play for Juventus also on next season”
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Leeds confident over Bielsa extension
Leeds are not at all concerned over the contract situation of manager Marcelo Bielsa, report The Athletic, who state it’s a when, not an if, that a deal will be signed.
After guiding Leeds to promotion to the Premier League, the enigmatic manager’s deal with the club came to an end.
The Athletic report the formalities of a new deal are taking some time to complete, but claim Leeds don’t expect anything other than an extension to be signed.
Tottenham eyeing up Emerson
Tottenham are interested in signing Barcelona right-back Emerson this summer, according to Diario de Sevilla.
With Serge Aurier reportedly in talks with AC Milan, Jose Mourinho is looking to bring a right-back to the club during the window.
The report claims Tottenham have already made contact with the Brazilian who has spent the last two season on loan at Real Betis.
Barcelona have shared ownership with the Spanish club, however, which could potentially make a move more challenging.
It’s well documented that Liverpool are not likely to make huge signings this summer.
However, that does not mean Jurgen Klopp will not add to his squad – and young Brazilian Talles Magno has been linked with a move to Anfield.
According to reports in the Brazil, Liverpool have enquired about the 18-year-old Vasco de Gama, who is said to have a release clause of £45m.
Antonio Rudiger has had his say on the Willian saga…
“He is a man of himself and he makes the decision for himself.
“I don’t know the situation but if he goes that will be for us and me a huge loss because I think after the restart people could see that he is very important for us in the team.”
“I think he leaves a hole as in a player who has been here seven seasons and performed and been part of successful teams,” said Lampard.
“When I came in this year and we had a lot of issues in terms of younger players, players back from loan – a transitional group – Willian was one you looked at and relied on in terms of experience and quality, he has shown me that all year.
“He has his own decisions to make and we as a club will always want to move forward no matter what. Eden Hazard left last year, the clubs continues.
“You try and continue in a forward direction, which I believe we have in many ways, that remains the same whatever player leaves the club.”
Lampard responds to potential Willian exit
With the acceptance that his seven-year stint in west London is coming to an end, the winger – who turns 32 on Sunday – is close to finalising a three-year contract with the Gunners, though Chelsea have tried their all to convince him to sign a new deal.
“He is injured and was injured for the cup final and tomorrow, he would have given everything to play in those games,” said Lampard. “I know Willian well, I have seen him and he has carried this injury a little bit in the latter part of restart.
“Certainly as a club we have done everything we can to explain to Willian. Mine and his relationship is really close, and I would have no feeling of disappointment if he did move on. I’ve played with him, coached him, he is a fantastic man and a fantastic player.
“I think he will feel like that about Chelsea, I’ll leave him to say his own words, but I don’t want anyone to find a negative attitude in this because the club have acted very well in this as well. I don’t have the answer, if he moves on, I personally would wish him well and that is kind of where are at now.”
Torreira to consider Arsenal future
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has admitted he needs to seriously think about his future amid links to AC Milan.
“I have to think thoroughly about my future. I have a contract with Arsenal and I have to respect it,” the midfielder told Uruguyana radio station Sport 890.
“Obviously, if I were to leave, I would do it for the best possible destination. We have to be calm and wait.”
“Last season I played continuously, this one less so,” he continued.
“This year has been more complicated: I have lost continuity and confidence. I do not like this. At this age I need to play to be called up for the national team.
“Transfer rumours? I don’t know anything right now. I need to rest because it was a very long season, I got injured, then there was the coronavirus.
“I have a contract with Arsenal, but if I have to change in the future it will be a decision I make for my own good.
“Every player looks for a team where he feels important. We will see what happens in the future.”
Has Willian played his last game for Chelsea?
Chelsea have flown out to Munich with a 23-man squad ahead of their Champions League last-16 clash against the German champions tomorrow.
Willian has been involved in light training this week after missing the win over Wolves and the FA Cup Final defeat to the Gunners through injury.
But the Brazilian was not among the 23 players who travelled to Munich, suggesting it is increasingly likely he will complete a free transfer to capital rivals Arsenal.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Brighton sign Dendonker
Brighton have announced the signing of Lars Den, who arrives on a free deal and will join up with the U23 squad.
The 19-year-old midfielder has agreed a two-year deal at the Amex Stadium after his contract with Belgian side Club Brugge expired.
If you’re thinking Dendonker is a familiar name, you’re most certainly right – his brother Leander plays for Wolves.
“I’m very happy to be a Brighton player, it’s a lovely set-up which made it an easy choice to sign for the club,” he told the club’s official website.
“Graham Potter uses young players and that attracted me. Also, the stadium and training ground are fantastic and English football is the best in the world.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in England. I spoke with him (Leander) and he told me England is something you have to experience.”
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Shakespeare joins Villa
Craig Shakespeare has been appointed Aston Villa’s assistant head coach.
The former Leicester manager – who is a long-term friend of manager Dean Smith – left Watford prior to their relegation last month, where he was number two to Nigel Pearson.
Shakespeare will add to both John Terry and Richard O’Kelly – who will both remain assistant coaches.
RVP couldn’t turn Feyenoord role down
Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie insists a return to Feyenoord on a coaching basis was an offer he couldn’t refuse.
The Dutchman – who last played for the club just over a year ago – has rejoined on an unofficial basis, where he will work with the side’s forwards.
“Dick called me and asked if I wanted to come,” Van Persie stated. “And I couldn’t turn Dick down.”
Leeds line up Wilson bid
Leeds are preparing a £15million bid for Liverpool’s Harry Wilson this summer, report The Sun.
The midfielder enjoyed a largely successful loan spell with Bournemouth but has returned to Liverpool following their relegation – where he is now deemed surplus to requirements.
While Liverpool hoped to receive £30million for the 23-year-old, they acknowledge the financial impacts of the pandemic, with Leeds believing they can land the Welshman for just £15million.
Neuer hoping for Thiago stay
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer hopes Thiago Alcantara will stay with the German champions beyond the season, describing him as “our engine in midfield”.
The midfielder – who has one year left on his Bayern contract – has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool of late.
And with Bayern to face Chelsea in their last-16 Champions League second leg tomorrow, Neuer insists he hopes it won’t be one of the Spaniard’s last for the club.
“I hope that it won’t be one of the last matches of Thiago,” Neuer said.
“He had to undergo surgery at the end of the season but now he’s back and 100 per cent. He’s a very valuable player for us, especially in ball possession. He’s very important for us. He’s our engine in midfield actually.”
Stoke look to offload Ince
With Stoke planning a major squad reshuffle this summer, Tom Ince has been identified as a player they want to move on, report Football Insider.
The 28-year-old struggled in front of goal this season, scoring just three goals in 38 Championship games.
The Englishman made his move to Stoke from Huddersfield only in 2018, and he still has two years remaining on his deal.
Liverpool prepare Lewis swap deal
Liverpool are planning to include Yasser Larouci as part of a swap deal for Norwich City full-back Jamal Lewis, report the Daily Mail.
The Reds reportedly had a £10million bid turned down by the Canaries, who value the left-back at double that.
Liverpool reportedly believe they will get their man for less than £20million, however, and are willing to include the 19-year-old in any deal made.
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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.