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Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham want Leon Bailey, Man United in Reguilon talks TONIGHT, Runarsson in at Arsenal

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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 goalkeeper Edouard Mendy expected to follow shortly.

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. Could the former Spurs star be about to return to the Premier League?

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Genoa plotting transfer for Wilshere

Italian club Genoa are interested in signing West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshire this summer, report Corriere dello Sport. 

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Wilshere has endured an injury-plagued stint with the Hammers since his 2018 arrival, playing just 18 times. 

The midfielder was not involved in their opening day home defeat to Newcastle, despite featuring in pre-season. 



Man Utd speaking to Reguilon TONIGHT

Manchester United are holding talks with Sergio Reguilon’s agents TONIGHT, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

United are reportedly seriously working on bringing in the Spaniard as an option at left-back. 

As Romano reported earlier, United will not accept the buy-back clause Madrid have asked for. 

Meanwhile, Sevilla – who were also interested in a move – have completed the signing of Marcos Acuna, leaving the door open for United. 



Liverpool defender Gallacher joins Toronto 

Liverpool defender Tony Gallacher has joined Major League Soccer side Toronto FC on loan until January. 

The 21-year-old joined Liverpool from Falkirk in 2018 and is now set for his first spell away from the club. 




Bale willing to move to United on loan

Gareth Bale would be willing to move to Manchester United on loan or permanently, according to Sky Sports. 

The Real Madrid forward would willingly join any big club – but only if the club show they really want him. 

The Welshman does not want to be a back-up option. 

Meanwhile, Madrid are prepared to let Bale leave on loan this summer, with Sky reporting they need a deal due to the impacts of coronavirus. 



Oscar: Willian and Luiz asked me to join Arsenal 

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has revealed Brazil pair Willian and David Luiz tried to convince him to join Arsenal. 

Oscar – who now belongs to Shanghai SIPG – played alongside the Arsenal pair at Chelsea. 

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“They called me, they had to call me,” Oscar told Fox Sports Brasil. “Because we have good communication. Sometimes I talk to them. They said ‘come to Arsenal, come here’

“But for me it’s a little more difficult. I have a contract with Shanghai, it’s a little more difficult to leave. Willian had finished the contract.

“I was happy that they got together again. And happy that Willian is happy. The most important thing is to be happy, regardless of the place. So I hope they are happy there.”


Watford face fight to keep Deeney

Watford manager Vladimir Ivic has admitted the club faces a battle to keep Troy Deeney beyond the transfer window. 

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The Hornets boss said: “Everything depends on the offer, on the wishes of the player and the club. We follow the situation and we will take a decision if something happens. 

“We’ll discuss with him the situation and if he wants to stay or move. To keep someone who doesn’t want to stay here or be with us is not good for me. 

“If he wants to be here this is our choice.”




Martinez set for Inter stay

Lautaro Martinez’s agent Beto Yaque has confirmed there is no truth in the player’s links to Real Madrid. 

Yaque held a meeting with the Inter Milan board today, subsequently revealing Martinez will stay at Inter. 

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“There’s absolutely nothing with Real Madrid, we didn’t speak about it or about Barcelona,” Yaque said, as per Fabrizio Romano.

“He’s gonna stay? That’s it. Lautaro stays here at Inter.”

Yaque will reportedly hold further talks with the Inter board after the transfer window to extend his deal. 



Tottenham interested in Bailey 

Tottenham are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, according to Sky Sports, who claim the player wants to join the Premier League before the end of the window. 

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Spurs have watched the 23-year-old winger, who scored five goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances last season, though his £40million asking price would have to be reduced. 

Everton have also been linked with the midfielder. 



Man Utd considering loan move for Bale 

Manchester United are considering a loan move for Gareth Bale should their pursuit of Jadon Sanchi prove unsuccessful, report Sky Sports. 

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Standard Sport understands Sancho is the priority signing for United, though they have been dealt a blow with Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre confirming he will be staying this summer. 

United will continue to look for alternatives for Sancho, of which wantaway Real Madrid winger is one. 

While Bale has revealed he would consider a Premier League return, he reportedly favours a permanent move, rather than a loan deal. 




Drinkwater wanted by Sampdoria 

Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater could be set to leave the club for Sampdoria, report Il Secolo XIX. 

The former Leicester midfielder could be set for a reunion with Claudio Ranieri, who is now the coach of the Seria A club. 

Drinkwater won the Premier League under Ranieri but has made just 23 appearances since signing for Chelsea for £35million. 

The Englishman also made just six appearances last season on loan at both Burnley and Aston Villa 



Traore undergoing Villa medical

Bertrand Traore is undergoing his Aston Villa medical today ahead of a proposed move, report Sky Sports. 

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The former Chelsea forward is undertaking the medical in Copenhagen, and he will have hit hearing to obtain a work permit tomorrow. 

Villa are set to complete the signing from Lyon on a four-year deal in a transfer worth £17million plus £2millin add-ons. 

Once his visa is obtained, Traore will fly to Birmingham on Wednesday. 



Atletico reject £92m City bid for Gimenez

Manchester City have seen a £92million bid for Jose Gimenez turned down by Atletico Madrid, according to Marca. 

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Pep Guardiola has already secured the services of £40million Nathan Ake but is reportedly eyeing more defensive reinforcements after a sub-par Premier Leauge campaign last season. 

The 25-year-old has made 191 appearances for Atletico, where it looks he will stay after the club reportedly turned down a jaw-dropping offer. 




Torreira agrees fee with Torino 

Torino have agreed a €24million (£22m) fee with Arsenal for Lucas Torreira, according to Calciomercato. 

The 24-year-old – who has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates of late – was left out of Mikel Areta’s squad for their opening day win over Fulham. 

Should Torreira complete the move to Italy, he would once again work under coach Marco Giampaolo, who played a crucial role in his development at Sampdoria. 

Arsenal are reportedly looking to bring in a high-profile midfielder this summer in either Thomas Partey or Houssem Aouar, which Torreira’s exit could fund. 


Madrid join race for Martinez

Real Madrid have joined Barcelona in the race for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez, according to Sport Mediaset.

The Argentine has been heavily linked with a move away from Inter, with the Camp Nou seemingly his likely destination. 

Madrid reportedly will rival Barcelona to his signing, however, after he scored 21 goals in 49 appearances last season. 



Dalot looking for Man Utd exit

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot is looking for a move away from Old Trafford, according to The Sun. 

The full-back is reportedly unhappy with his game time, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not keen for the Portuguese to leave. 

Dalot featured in just four Premier League matches last season and would fall further behind in the pecking order should Sergio Reguilon join. 



Sevilla announce Acuna signing 

Sevilla have announced the signing of Sporting Lisbon left-back Marcos Acuna, leaving the door open for Manchester United to swoop for Sergio Reguilon. 

The Spanish club have been accredited with significant interest in Reguilon this summer after he spent last season on loan with the club. 

Fabrizio Romano earlier reported Sevilla were out of the race, however, which now looks to be confirmed.

With United reportedly to launch a bid in the coming days, they could be set for their second incoming of the summer, with Donny van de Beek the only first-team signing so far. 



Palace interested in Benrahma 

Crystal Palace are interested in signing Brentford forward Said Benrahma this summer, report Sky Sports. 

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Officials from Palace are reportedly set to meet Benrahma’s advisors to discuss the possibility of a deal. 

And Brentford are willing to sell Benrahma this summer – as long as their valuation is met. 



Barca ready to force Suarez out 

Newly appointed Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is keen to get Luis Suarez off the book and will look to force him out the club, report Sport. 

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Barcelona will reportedly leave Suarez to sit and watch matches in the stands rather than give him any game time. 

The Spanish giants have confirmed that all-but seven first-team players are up for sale this summer. 




Holding hails impact of Willian and Gabriel 

Arsenal defender Rob Holding has hailed the impact of new signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Fulham. 

Gabriel looked assured at the back, and exhibited his threat up top with a headed goal at the other end, while compatriot Willian assisted all three of the Gunners’ goals.

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“I know Willian from when we’ve played Chelsea,” Holding said following the win. “I know he’s got all the ability so it’s nice to have him in your team.

“He proved today why we signed him and Gabriel was solid as a rock.

“He won everything aerially and finished off with a nice goal as well.”



Man Utd will NOT allow Reguilon buy-back clause

Manchester United will not accept Real Madrid’s proposal of a buy-back clause in their deal for Sergio Reguilon, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

Romano earlier claimed that United are set to launch a bid for the left-back, with Sevilla now out of the race. 

It was also reported that Madrid would look to insert a buy-back clause, which Romano has now claimed United will not accept. 

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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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