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Transfer news LIVE! Sancho to Man United latest; Chelsea plot Rice bid; Aouar to Arsenal; Tottenham want 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, while Real Madrid seem more determined that ever to move Gareth Bale on this summer.

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Liverpool want Dortmund wonderkid

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Liverpool are keeping table on Borussia Dortmund forward Gio Reyna, according to the Mirror.

Reyna is the less high-profile of an thrilling front three at Dortmund, alongside Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.

At just 17 years old, he made 18 appearances, scoring once, for Dortmund last season and looks to have an exciting future.



ICYMI: Aouar wants to leave Lyon

Reported Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has expressed his desire to leave Lyon, according to L’Equipe. 

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Arsenal have reportedly seen an opening offer for the midfielder turned down with Lyon sticking to their £55m valuation.

The Gunners have remained in talks with the player’s agent and according to L’Equipe, Aouar could now attempt to force his way out of the club.



Chelsea reject Kante offers

Chelsea have rejected bids from Inter Milan for midfielder N’Golo Kante, according to The Guardian.


Inter have tried to tempt Chelsea into a deal that could include either Marcelo Brozovic or Christian Eriken going in the opposite direction.

But the Blues are adamant the midfielder will not be sold.




Man United set to sign City youngster

Manchester United’s impressive youth recruitment drive looks set to continue with the club set to sign Manchester City youngster Charlie McNeil.

ESPN report the 17-year-old striker is poised to complete his move to Old Trafford in a move that could end up costing the club £1.5m. 

United have also reportedly signed Atletico Madrid starlet Alejandro Garnacho on a five-year deal.



Fofana drops cryptic Leicester hint

Saint-Etienne defender Wesley Fofana is making no secret of his desire to join Leicester.

The Foxes have reportedly made a £26.8 million bid for the defender and judging from his comments, we reckon he’s a bit keen.


“My decision is made: I will accept an offer. Leicester? Yes. I have always dreamed of playing in England. It is not a whim”, he said. “I’d be crazy to say no to Leicester. That contract can change my life.”



Klopp on Thiago interest

Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out a Liverpool move for Thiago Alcantara, insisting he “cannot end speculation” linking the Bayern Munich midfielder with a move to Anfield.

The Reds’ interest in the Spain international, who is available for a cut-price fee as he nears the end of his contract, has resulted in one of the summer’s most intriguing transfer sagas.

For their part, Reds officials insist departures in midfield would be necessary before any such high-profile signing is made.

But, when asked about the possibility of Thiago arriving on Merseyside at his latest press conference, Klopp did not take a chance to completely quash the rumours.

He said: “If I would invent now a word that would end speculation I think I could become really rich. I cannot end speculation as long as the transfer window is open, so that’s all I can say about that.

“Did I mention that Thiago Alcantara is a really good player long ago? It’s nice that we are linked with him but that’s pretty much all really, it’s because he’s a good player, Liverpool’s a big club, so that’s nice.

“But apart from that, really nothing to say about it. Maybe good for you I cannot end the speculation!”




Tottenham WILL sign striker

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Jose Mourinho believes Tottenham will sign a striker this summer as he has told Daniel Levy he “wants” and “needs” one.

Spurs have been in then market for a back-up to Harry Kane all summer though on Friday were dealt blows in their pursuits of Patson Daka and Arkadiusz Milik.

Former Spurs striker Freddie Kanoute represents RB Salzburg striker Daka and informed his old club that his client wants to stay in Austria for the coming season.

Meanwhile, Napoli have set an asking price of around €30million (£27.6m) for Milik, which is understood to be beyond what Spurs are willing to pay for a player with just one year left on his contract.

Mourinho told reporters: “Yes, I want, I need a striker,” Mourinho told reporters.

“But I want to make it very, very clear that the club – the structure above me – knows that I need a striker and also wants a striker.

“Are we going to get one? I honestly believe so.”



Arteta responds to Auba contract talk

Having started the season by beating Liverpool on penalties in the Community Shield, Arsenal begin their Premier League campaign against Fulham on Saturday, with the club set to confirm star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has penned a new three-year deal in north London.


“I can say that I am even more confident than I was at the end of last season,” Arteta said of his situation. “I am really optimistic.”



Arsenal still active in transfer window, says Arteta

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are “still active” in the transfer market but has warned fans it will take more than a couple of windows to get the squad he wants to take the Gunners back to the top.

Arsenal have already signed Willian on a free transfer as well as Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille while Dani Ceballos will spend another season on loan at The Emirates. Furthermore, Arteta now has William Saliba available after the defender spent last season on loan back at Saint-Etienne.


However, the Spaniard still has plenty of work to do with his now rather swelled squad. There are a number of players to be moved on – Emiliano Martinez, Lucas Torriera and Matteo Guendouzi are just a few of the names the Gunners are looking to sell.

They’re not finished when it comes to additions either, as they look to press ahead with deals for either Thomas Partey or Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.

“We are still active in the market,” Arteta said. “We are looking at different options. We are active in the market with players in and out, at the moment the squad balance is not ideal and what we want to achieve.

“There is still some work to do but we have to bear in mind the complications of this market. The complexity and as well the timing because you can see that clubs are behaving in many different ways and it is a bit uncertain how this is going to evolve in the next few weeks.

“Number-wise, some positions are overbooked [in the squad]. Some others are in terms of the specific qualities we need, they are still not there. It is going to be very difficult to achieve what we want in one or two windows. It is a process, it has to be evolving and most importantly it has to be a sustainable model that we can consistently fit in, as well of course using our academy players.”



Rice next for Chelsea?

Surely Mendy will be the last piece of business for Chelsea this summer? Maybe not. Fabrizio Romano adds the club could move onto Declan Rice once the deal for the goalkeeper is wrapped up.


Frank Lampard has identified Rice as one of his top summer targets, seeing him as a possible centre-back option to strengthen the Chelsea defence.

The Hammers recently dismissed reports they have received a £50million bid for Rice from Chelsea and are determined to keep hold of the England international.



Chelsea make new bid for Mendy

Chelsea have submitted a new offer for Edouard Mendy within the last few hours, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

Chelsea are confident of wrapping up the deal today with personal terms already agreed. 



Sancho tells Solskjaer he wants move 

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had several conversations with Jadon Sancho and is confident the move is edging closer.


That’s according to Norwegian outlet Dagbladet, who claim Sancho has told the United boss he wants to join his side.

Dagbladet also add United have ambitions of completing a deal for the Borussia Dortmund star before their opening game of the season against Crystal Palace on September 19. 




Not the end for Rodak

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Scott Parker insists the signing of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola does not mark the end for Marek Rodak at Fulham.

Rodak was thrown into Parker’s side in October last season and did not look back as he kept 15 clean sheets and established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the division.

The arrival of Areola from Paris Saint-Germain, however, raises a question mark over his future but Parker insists the No1 spot is up for grabs.

“Areola coming brings competition which is needed in one of the best leagues in the world,” said Parker. “What’s vital for us to be successful this year is competition. They’ll push each other. We’ve got two very good keepers and that’s exactly what I need.”

Fulham last night confirmed their fifth signing ahead of the new season by bringing in Kenny Tete joining from Lyon and they will not stop there, with Ola Aina set to join on loan from Torino.



Rose unsure over Genoa

Genoa are in talks over a move for Danny Rose but the left-back is not convinced about a move to the Serie A relegation-battlers, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

The England international has set his sights higher.

Rose has been training away from the Spurs first team this summer after returning from a loan at Newcastle.



Daka and Milik blow for Spurs

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Tottenham have been among the clubs tracking promising Red Bull Salzburg forward Patson Daka, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

However, the agent of the 21-year-old Zambian, former Spurs striker Freddie Kanoute, has informed his old club that his client wants to stay in Austria this summer.

Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik is also on Spurs’ radar but the Italian club’s demands of around €30million (£27.6m) for the Poland striker, who has just one year remaining on his contract, are proving a sticking point.




Giroud ‘agrees Juve deal’

Olivier Giroud has agreed a deal to join Juventus, according to Sky Italia.


The Chelsea striker, a January arrival from Arsenal in 2018, was an integral part of Frank Lampard’s first team during the second-half of last season but reports in Italy now suggest he could be on his way. 



Auba to sign three year deal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to sign a three-year contract with Arsenal, claims Sky Sports.


Could an announcement come before tomorrow’s curtain raiser at Craven Cottage?



Solskjaer ready to bring in other targets if Sancho bid fails

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Manchester United a top class right winger is a must if he is to mount a genuine challenge for the Premier League title.

While Jadon Sancho remains his priority – and United have been encouraged by progress in negotiations this week – the Norwegian is prepared to bring in an alternative target, rather than go into another season without addressing his problem position.

Mason Greenwood has had an outstanding impact since bursting onto the scene last term. But that hasn’t dissuaded Solskjaer from trying to lure Sancho to Old Trafford, where the iconic No7 shirt is waiting for the winger.


The Borussia Dortmund star is seen as a transformative signing who can help United bridge the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City and mount a first serious title assault since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

United believe they have resolved issues over agent fees during latest talks with Sancho’s representative Emeka Obasi – but the forward’s personal terms and Dortmund’s £108million valuation remain obstacles.

Old Trafford’s hierarchy insist that fee is unrealistic in a market that has been depressed by coronavirus. And such is their determination not to pay over the odds, they remain adamant they will walk away.

That would be a personal disappointment to Solskjaer, who has already waited more than 12 months to land a target he believes is a perfect fit for United.

But it appears he is not willing to further delay making a key addition to his squad after plugging the gap with Greenwood and Daniel James last season.

He has told United to press ahead with alternatives if agreement cannot be reached over Sancho.

Kingsley Coman was among the alternatives drawn up by United’s transfer committee – but Bayern Munich were reluctant to let the Frenchman go.

Juventus’ Douglas Costa has also been strongly linked.

But Sancho remains Solskjaer’s overwhelming priority and United are encouraged by the belief he sees his future at Old Trafford.

His agent’s willingness to compromise over intermediary fees is also an indication of the determination on all sides to make the deal happen before the October 5 transfer deadline.




Fred staying at Man United

Manchester United midfielder Fred insists he will fight for his place following the arrival of Donny van de Beek at Old Trafford.

United are well stocked in the centre of the park following the Dutchman’s arrival but Fred insists he will not be squeezed out. 


The 27-year-old told FourFourTwo: “I want to stay here – that’s my desire.

“I don’t want to leave. As I’ve always said, I want to be an important player and win trophies for this club.

“[Van de Beek’s arrival] means we’re getting stronger and that’s good for everyone at United.

“When you play at a big club, there will always be competition – I’m used to it. It’s been like that from day one at United.”



Real make contact with Mahrez

Real Madrid have made contact with Riyad Mahrez’s represenatives over a possible transfer.


Footmercato report Real Madrid are currently ‘gathering information’ on the Manchester City star – who still has three years remaining on his contract at the Etihad. 

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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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