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 .
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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Man Utd to listen to Lingard offers
Manchester United are will listen to offers for the out of favour Jesse Lingard this summer, according to The Guardian.
Despite chipping in with a crucial final-day goal as United secured a top-four finish, the 27-year-old has fallen significantly down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Soksjaer.
Lingard made just 22 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring 1 goal and providing no assists.
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.”
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Fulham prioritise Parker, 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.
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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Jack Grealish should seriously consider the option of staying at Aston Villa this summer, believes Darren Bent, who sees Tottenham as his only possible destination.
The 24-year-old has been a transfer target for Manchester United in recent months, but the Red Devils have reportedly now shifted their focus away from the midfielder with Jadon Sancho the priority.
With the January acquisition of Bruno Fernandes, alongside Paul Pogba’s resurgence, the Englishman is no longer as attractive a proposition – particularly with his value skyrocketing following Villa’s Premier League survival.
And Bent believes Grealish – who scored the crucial goal that secured Villa’s survival in their final day draw against West Ham – may now be struggling for options.
“You start looking about and I’ve had this discussion with so many different people, it’s where does he go?” Bent told Football Insider.
ICYMI: Angel Gomes loaned to Boavista
Angel Gomes is officially on the move once again.
The teenage midfielder rejected the chance to extend his stay at Manchester United this summer and signed for Ligue 1 club Lille earlier this week.
But Gomes isn’t in Christophe Galtier’s immediate first-team plans at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy and will instead spend the 2020/21 season on loan with Portuguese top-flight outfit Boavista.
Leeds United want Benrahma
Leeds United are the latest club to be linked with a move for Brentford star Said Benrahma.
Yesterday the Mirror linked Tottenham with a move for the Bees’ Algerian winger, but the Telegraph report this morning that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are keen on bringing him to Elland Road.
Lazio confident of signing Silva
Lazio are growing ever more confident they will sign free agent David Silva this summer, report Sky in Italy.
The Spaniard’s 10-year stay at City will come to an end following their Champions League campaign, having already played his final game domestically.
And while negotiations were initially proving difficult, the report states Lazio believe they are coming towards a breakthrough.
Silva holds the record for the player with the most Premier League appearances, wins and assists for City.
His final game in blue could come on Friday when City welcome Real Madrid to the Etihad in their Champions League last 16 quarter-final second leg.
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.
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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.
Pep Guardiola supposedly “adores the player”, add GFFN, but chose to sign Ferran Torres from Valencia instead.
Lyon want €60 million for the 22-year-old, but no deal is expected imminently with the Champions League and Europa League campaigns ongoing.
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is still Chelsea’s first-choice centre-back transfer target, reports The Athletic.
Other names on Frank Lampard’soptions include Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez, Brighton’s Lewis Dunk and Burnley’s James Tarkowski.
Fikayo Tomori could be offered to West Ham in any deal to bring Rice to Stamford Bridge.
The Ligue 1 side face competition from unnamed teams in England and others across Europe but Chelsea are yet to make a decision on the defender’s future.
Tomori signed a new five-year contract late last year.
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.
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has accepted that Thiago Alcantara may wish to take on a new challenge in the Premier League amid strong links to Liverpool.
The 29-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Bavarian giants and is believed to be keen on linking up with Jurgen Klopp’s newly crowned champions.
Standard Sport understands a Liverpool bid for the Spaniard remains unlikely without a major departure, and even then his injury record and wage demands would likely prove a stumbling block.
However, Thiago would at least has the blessing of his current manager were he to push for a move to England this summer.
“I can understand when a player thinks about a move,” Flick told Sport1. “Thiago has played for FC Barcelona in Spain and for FC Bayern München in Germany. If he wants to play in the Premier League now, I totally understand.”
Ajax are ready to make a move for Ryan Sessegnon should Tottenham make the winger available for loan, reports The Telegraph.
Standard Sport understands the former Fulham man will be staying in north London this summer.
Though Ajax are looking for a replacement for Hakim Ziyech following his move to Chelsea.
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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.