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Transfer news LIVE: Sancho to Man United latest, Arsenal 'complete' Willian deal, Hojbjerg to Tottenham close

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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.

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Bayern ready to sell Boateng

Bayern Munich are actively looking to sell Jerome Boateng, reports Bild.

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The former Bayern Munich defender is deemed surplus to requirements at the club.



Man City is the ‘perfect place’ for Ferran Torres

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain said the club had been tracking Ferran Torres for some time and backed him to reach the “next level” under Pep Guardiola.

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“We have followed Ferran’s progress closely and have been very impressed,” he said.

“He is young and still developing, but his technical qualities are exactly what we are looking for in a winger.

“He is quick, direct, can create space with one movement and is capable of producing match-winning moments.

“I feel this is the perfect place for him to develop and with Pep in charge he can take his game to the next level.”



The best free agents available this summer

Following the huge financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, many teams will be looking at swap deals as a way to bring in new players.

Others will have to sell before they can buy, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, usually two of the biggest summer spenders.

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Signing out-of-contract players is another alternative and here, Standard Sport takes a look at some of the most intriguing options on offer for free this summer.

Click here for Ben Hayward’s window recommendations!




Mourinho waiting to make Clarke decision

Mourinho is willing to give teenager Jack Clarke a chance to win a place in his Spurs squad, amid interest from newly-promoted Fulham and West Brom.

Clarke, 19, spent an unhappy season on loan at former club Leeds and QPR, making just 10 appearances in total, but Spurs believe the winger was not given a proper chance to impress last term.

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Mourinho wants more competition in his front four and is therefore set to run the rule over Clarke in pre-season before deciding if he will spend another year out on loan.

The youngster is most likely to return to the Championship but play-off winners Fulham expressed an interest before sealing promotion last night, while West Brom could also make a move if Grady Diangrana, who spent the season on loan at the Hawthorns, returns to West Ham.

Brentford, who lost 2-1 to Fulham at Wembley last night, are also interested in taking Clarke on loan, as they prepare for a battle to keep highly-rated front three Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo.

Fulham manager Scott Parker and his assistant Matt Wells both joined Fulham from the Spurs academy and are also interested in loan deals for Oliver Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon.



Spurs close in on Hojbjerg

Tottenham are poised to make Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg their first summer signing, with Kyle Walker-Peters set to move the other way in a separate deal.

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The clubs are close to finalising a £15million deal for Hojbjerg, while a £12m fee has been agreed for full-back Walker-Peters, who spent the second half of the season on loan at St. Mary’s.

Hojbjerg has made it clear that he wants to join Jose Mourinho’s side and personal terms are expected to be a formality once the clubs have settled the finer details of the deal.

The sale of Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier’s move to centre-half have left Mourinho without a holding midfielder and the Spurs manager believes Hojbjerg can provide a platform for the likes of Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele – who Spurs insist is not for sale amid interest from Inter Milan.

Walker-Peters has impressed for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side since the Premier League restart and wants regular first-team football, having been a bit-part player since coming through the Spurs academy.



Alex Telles Old Trafford bound?

FC Porto’s Alex Telles is being linked with a move to Manchester United.

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The left back, who is considered Chelsea’s back-up option should they fail to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City, is being linked with a move to Old Trafford by Portuguese publication A Bola.



Free transfer option: Giacomo Bonaventura

Roma and Fiorentina have both been linked with AC Milan midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura, who is out of contract at San Siro this summer.

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A return to former club Atalanta is another possibility for the 30-year-old Italian international, while a stay at Milan has not been ruled out either.



Now its not all about splashing the cash on transfer fee, and in this particular window club’s will be forced to act shrewdly amid the financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

We tasked Ben Hayward to identify the best free agents available, and we’ll be running through those this morning.

First up, we have former Bayern Munich and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

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The former Juventus and Atletico Madrid striker is available on a free transfer after a short spell in Qatar.

Mandzukic rescinded his contract with Al-Duhail last month and has been linked with Tottenham. The Croatian is 34, but could represent a good short-term option as back-up — especially with five substitutions allowed again next season. 



Tottenham in talks with Milan over Aurier sale

Spurs are also in talks with AC Milan over right-back Serge Aurier, who wants to leave the club and is reluctant to sign a new contract.

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Spurs have quoted the Rossoneri €25m for the Ivorian – roughly what they paid Paris Saint-Germain three years ago – but the Italians are trying to push down the price.




Is Willian’s to Arsenal ‘done’

Willian’s move to Arsenal may have been confirmed on Wednesday morning by leaked footage from PES 2021.The Gunners have partnered with Konami to promote this year’s edition of PES, the biggest rival to the FIFA series.A clip, exclusive to The Sun, which claims to promote an ‘Arsenal Edition’ of the new video game sees Willian in the Gunners’ recently launched new adidas kit with “new signing” and then his name appearing across the screen.Then a virtual image of the Emirates Stadium appears with the words “Welcome to the Emirates”.  

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Crystal Palace make Fraser offer

Crystal Palace are said to have offered Ryan Fraser £50,000-a-week contract after he became a free agent.

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The Daily Mail report that the Scotland international, who opted against signing a short-term deal to complete the season with Bournemouth, is also reportedly wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham.



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.




Villa to offer Grealish pay rise

Aston Villa will offer their captain Jack Grealish a bumper pay rise as they look to keep their star man from the clutches of Manchester United.

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As reported by Standard Sport, Man United are interested in signing Grealish to bolster their midfield options after the 24-year-old played a huge role in keeping Villa in the Premier League this season.

And The Sun reports that Villa are willing to increase his salary from £70,000-a-week to £100,000-a-week to keep him at the club.



Arsenal in box seat to sign Willian

Willian expects his future to be resolved swiftly but is resigned to leaving Chelsea with no sign that his contract demands will be met by the Blues.

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Chelsea offered a two-year-deal to the Brazilian more than six months ago, but the winger – who turns 32 next week – has been holding out for three.

Manager Frank Lampard has always wanted his former team-mate to stay following some important contributions this season, while Willian’s preference was to remain at Stamford Bridge after seven years with the club.

But Willian is keen to stay in London which has prompted Arsenal to take advantage. Willian’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, is well connected at the Emirates. Joorabchian is close to technical director Edu, while David Luiz and Cedric Soares are both on his books.

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Tottenham to clinch Hojbjerg deal

Tottenham look set to make their first big signing of the summer transfer window.

The Telegraph report that Southampton midfielder – and former captain – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is on the verge of joining Spurs in a deal worth £15million.

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Apparently Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker-Peters – who joined the Saints on loan in January – will head in the opposite direction on a permanent basis.

That separate arrangement is reported to be worth £12m.




Liverpool to rival Crystal Palace for Watford’s Sarr

Liverpool are not expected to make too many high-profile additions to their title-winning squad this summer.

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The champions continue to be linked with Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, while they are also said to be chasing Real Betis full-back Aissa Mandi.

The Watford Observer now report that Liverpool are one of three Premier League clubs to have made initial contact with the representatives of Ismaila Sarr.

Likewise Wolves and Crystal Palace, who will reportedly only move for relegated Watford’s record signing in the event that they lose respective key wingers Adama Traore and Wilfried Zaha.

Sarr was instrumental in Watford’s shock 3-0 win over Liverpool last season – the first defeat Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered in the Premier League during the campaign.



Man United and Dortmund miles apart on Sancho fee

Standard Sport’s James Robson has the very latest on Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho…

Manchester United are refusing to pay anywhere near Borussia Dortmund’s £108m asking price for Jadon Sancho after the latest round of talks between the clubs.

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Negotiations are ongoing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top transfer target, but it’s understood the two sides are miles apart in their valuations of the England international.

Sancho’s wages are also a sticking point, with United determined not to upset their wage structure for a player so young.

Suggestions that personal terms worth £250,000-a-week had already agreed are believed to be premature.

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Liverpool considering Jamal Lewis

Liverpool are weighing up a move for Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis, writes David Lynch.

The 22-year-old caught the eye of scouts with his performances for the Canaries last season, despite their relegation from the Premier League after just a single campaign.

Lewis as a major target, and Liverpool’s bid will be helped by Norwich’s interest in Reds academy defender Yasser Larouci.

The Algerian qualifies for homegrown status this summer having spent three years in England – a factor that makes him all the more attractive to potential suitors.

Leeds United and Brentford have also been credited with an interest, but Liverpool hope to strike a deal that would see Lewis and Larouci essentially swap places.




Zappacosta set for Chelsea return 

Davide Zappacosta is set to return to Chelsea ahead of discussions regarding his future at the club, according to Sky Sport Italia.

The right-back spent the season on loan with Roma, but will not be returning next season having been omitted from their Europa League squad.

The 28-year-old made just nine appearances for the Italian club this season.


Spurs ‘need to win a trophy’ for Kane to stay

Harry Kane will push for a Tottenham exit next summer if Jose Mourinho fails to deliver any major silverware in his first full season in charge, believes Jamie O’Hara. 

“He’s 27 and if he doesn’t do it next season, I think he has got to leave. Spurs need to win a trophy next season,” former Tottenham midfielder O’Hara told talkSPORT.

“[League Cup?] No, I don’t think so.

“I think if you win the FA Cup and get in the top four, you keep Harry Kane.

“If you just get in the top four next season and you don’t win a trophy, I think it’s time that Harry Kane moved on.”

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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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