Transfer speculation is building as we approach the end of the 2019-20 season and while Chelsea have already wrapped up some impressive deals, they continue to be linked with some star names from across the continent.
Manchester City learned on Monday that their two-year ban from European competition had been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and you would expect that to have ramifications in the transfer window.
The revised dates of the summer window have been confirmed, and we’ll bring you all the latest transfer news and rumours…
WEST HAM NEWS
West Ham looking to sell Anderson
West Ham will look to offload Felipe Anderson this summer regardless of whether they survive relegation, according to The Times.
The 27-year-old – who signed from Lazio in 2018 – has two years remaining on his contract, with David Moyes keen to raise funds for summer activity.
The Brazilian has certainly shown his class on occasions but has failed for a consistent level of form and fitness, scoring just one goal in the Premier League this season.
Arteta: Maitland-Niles has ‘incredible quality’
Mikel Arteta insists the versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles has “incredible” quality, refusing to comment on the speculation pointing towards a potential exit.
The Athletic have reported the Englishman to be looking for a move away from the Emirates this summer.
“I don’t disclose those reports, first of all because I don’t read them so I don’t know about them,” Arteta said. “I speak to the players about how they are feeling and how we can help them.
“If they are having difficulties again I speak to them and make them easier for them. He’s a player who can play in many different positions, we have discussed the things in my opinion that he can improve or adapt to his game because he has incredible quality.
“He has every quality that you need to be a football player to play the highest level and he just needs to do it in a little bit more of a consistent way, but he is someone who can adapt to any position as well.”
Tottenham not in for Kim-min Jae
Standard Sport understands there is no truth in reports linking Kim-min Jae with a move to Spurs.
There have been reports (12.34) in Korean media that the 23-year-old is jetting in for Tottenham talks.
MAN UTD NEWS
ICYMI: Dortmund expecting £109m Sancho bid
According to Bild, Borussia Dortmund are expecting Manchester United to offer in excess of £100m for Jadon Sancho if they secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Sancho is United’s No.1 target this summer, and the German publication report that Dortmund are in no rush to sell the England international amid reports of a possibly reduced fee closer to £50m.
Instead, despite the pandemic affecting cashflow in the sport, Dortmund are happy to hold out for nine figures.
Arteta positive about Auba future
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said on Friday that he is positive about captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at the club.
Aubameyang, the club’s top scorer this season with 20 league goals, is out of contract at the end of next season and has not yet agreed to an extension with the north London club.
“I’ve always been very positive about (Aubameyang’s future). I don’t have the key to the future and in football anything is possible,” Arteta said.
“But I see his reaction, I see how he’s training every day and know that he’s happy. I talk to him a lot and if we’re able to do it, I think we can do it. We know how important he is to this team.”
World Cup winner Andre Schurrle has announced his retirement from football at the age of 29.
The former Chelsea, Fulham and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder had his contract cancelled by Borussia Dortmund after coming to an agreement with the club this week despite having a year remaining.
“I want to let you know that I’m stepping away from playing professional football,” the former Germany international, who was part of the squad which won the World Cup in 2014, wrote on Instagram.
“On behalf of myself and my family I want to thank everybody who was a part of these phenomenal years.
“The support and love you shared with me was unbelievable and more I could have ever asked for. Now I’m ready and open for all the beautiful possibilities that are coming towards me.”
In an interview with German newspaper Der Speigel Schurrle added: “I don’t need the applause any more. The decision matured in me for a long time… the depths became deeper and the highlights less and less”.
Skipp, 19, agreed a new deal until 2024 on Friday and Mourinho revealed the youngster is likely to go out on loan next season.
“I’m really happy,” Mourinho said. “Everybody in the club is, his team-mates are, I am and Skippy is or not he wouldn’t sign the contract. I think he’s genuinely Tottenham’s future.
“He’s one of these players by human quality, by personality, he is one of these kids that I have no doubt he will be an important player for Tottenham.
“Sometimes coaches are selfish and I told him that. I never told him I want him to go on loan, I always told him I wanted him to stay here because that’s the selfish perspective of a coach who wants the best possible squad.
“In his mind he wants to go on loan, [for] six months, the whole season. He feels that he needs that, I also feel that would be good for his evolution, so maybe that is the direction we go. I think he can be more than a player, he can be a future captain here. Hugo, Harry.
“I see this kid being one day a future captain here by his character, by his personality. I feel really happy that he signed.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has made clear his desire to keep hold of Alexandre Lacazette.
Arteta said: “Why would I want to lose a player like him? I’m really happy with him. I really like Alex, I said that even before I joined here that he is the type of striker that I really like.
“I think he had periods where he was very unlucky because he was having the chances and not converting them which he is not used to.
“But the way he can link play, he’s a massive competitor he hates to lose. He goes for every ball, you see in every challenge how he’s ready to go. He works really hard and he’s a very intelligent player, I am really happy with him.”
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Rodgers: Chilwell not for sale
Brendan Rodgers has warned Chelsea and Mancher United that Ben Chilwell is “not for sale”.
“He’s a Leicester player, he’s not a player that I’m worried about at all” Rodgers said ahead of Sunday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
“We’ve got a fantastic squad, one that we want to keep together. There’s no intention for us to sell Chilwell and we don’t need to sell Chilwell. He’s not for sale.”
First the tracking of a flight, and now a medical is booked. It’s like deadline day for Tottenham. According to Daily Mail, Spurs will make 15-year-old Alfie Devine their first summer signing within the next 48 hours.
The youngster comes from Wigan, who are facing a very uncertain financial future.
Devine caught the eye as Wigan beat Tottenham in the FA Youth Cup.
Jude Bellingham has now completed his Borussia Dortmund medical and will return to Birmingham ahead of this weekend’s game against Preston, report Sky Sports.
Birmingham will reportedly receive an initial £25million alongside “several millions more” depending on “appearances, achievements and milestones”.
The 17-year-old had attracted plenty of interest around Europe, with Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United all interest.
Despite not yet signing a professional contract with Birmingham, its Dortmund who have won the race.
A Reddit user believes he has identified a flight from South Korea which has centre-back Kim Min Jae on board.
Spurs have been linked with a £15m move for for 23-year-old as they look to replace the departing Jan Vertonghen.
Liverpool must sell to sign Thiago
Liverpool will not sign Thiago Alcantara unless a midfielder leaves this summer.
Standard Sport understands Jurgen Klopp would have to lose at least one of his squad for FSG to release the funds necessary to sign the Bayern Munich man.
MAN UTD NEWS
Man Utd open Osimhen talks
Manchester United have opened talks with Lille over a summer move for highly-rated Victor Osimhen, according to CalcioNapoli24.
Napoli were reportedly set to win the race for the 21-year-old but United have made an eleventh hour bid to sign the forward, who scored 18 goals in his debut season.
The proposed move to Serie A was said to be worth around €50million, and United have asked to be kept up to date with any movements.
Skipp signs new four-year deal
Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp has signed a new contract until 2024.
The England Under-21 international came through the ranks at Spurs and has caught the eye of manager Jose Mourinho this season.
Skipp started back-to-back matches against Norwich and Burnley before the lockdown but has played just six minutes since the restart, a late cameo in the win over Arsenal.
Afterwards, Mourinho said: “I know his blood is Spurs blood. I know what it means for him to play against Arsenal, to beat Arsenal.”
Coutinho to Chelsea?
Philippe Coutinho is now odds on to join Chelsea.
The former Liverpool man is 10-11 to make the switch to Stamford Bridge, with Arsenal 3-1 and Bayern Munich – where he has been on loan – 5-1 to snap him up permanently.
“Chelsea have already made two attacking signings this summer but they’re not stopping there. We think Coutinho is on his way to the Bridge, perhaps as a replacement for Willian,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.
Thiago certain he’ll leave
Thiago Alcantara is “very sure” Bayern Munich will sell him this summer, according to The Mirror.
It comes amid reports in Germany that Alcantara has agreed personal terms ahead of summer move to Liverpool.
Tottenham eye Gray
Tottenham are interested in signing Demarai Gray, according to The Times.
Gray has started just three Premier League matches this season and is heading into the final 12 months of his deal at the King Power Stadium.
He should be available at a significantly reduced price with the Foxes keen to avoid losing him for free next summer.
Chelsea bank £18m after Hazard success
Chelsea have banked a massive £18million after Eden Hazard won the Liga title with Real Madrid on Thursday night, according to Sports Ration.
The Blues, who received £88m up front for Hazard, are due to receive £14m after Los Blancos qualified for next season’s Champions League and a further £4m for winning the title.
Frank Lampard will welcome the boost to his kitty as Chelsea chase Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, a centre-back and a goalkeeper.
Akinfenwa signs new Wycombe deal
Adebayo Akinfenwa will play Championship football next season after penning a new one-year deal at Wycombe.
Wanderers sealed promotion to the second tier with victory over Oxford in Monday’s Play-Off Final at Wembley, with Akinfenwa winning plaudits from Jurgen Klopp and Virgil Van Dijk among others.
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When does the 2020 summer transfer window open?
Premier League clubs have agreed on the revised start and finish dates of this summer’s transfer window.
The window will open for 10 weeks at the end of the current Premier League season, starting 27 July and ending 5 October.
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.
The transfer window is subject to the approval of Fifa.