Welcome to Standard Sport’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.
Manchester United are set to sign Donny van de Beek while working on a deal for Jadon Sancho and – reportedly – Dayot Upamecano, and Tottenham have signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty.
Donny van de Beek’s agent has confirmed Arsenal were among the clubs interested in signing the Manchester United-bound midfielder.
Van de Beek is set to become United’s first signing of the summer transfer window after talks with Ajax progressed quickly over the weekend.
The 23-year-old was also on Real Madrid’s radar with agent Sjaak Swart revealing six sides were interested in a summer move including the Gunners.
“Manchester United is certainly the right choice,” he told Ajax Showtime. “There were more clubs with interest, such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal. There were six in total, but it all came to an end because of the coronavirus.”
Swart suggested Real Madrid were close to agreeing a deal for van de Beek earlier this year, a move that fell through when football came to a standstill.
“It was already a regular matter in March that he would go to Madrid, but because of the virus, all of that has been postponed. Clubs have no income, and they could not sell players. Ultimately, Manchester United pushed through, and that is, of course, a very nice club.”
Swart added Arsenal’s interest in the Dutchman was concrete but they were unable to meet Ajax’s valuation, with United understood to be paying £40m to bring him to Old Trafford.
“Yes, they really wanted him,” he added. “But they just couldn’t get the money for a transfer. Even the biggest clubs struggle. Arsenal is a great club, but Manchester United will certainly be an interesting adventure.”
Havertz completes Chelsea medical
Kai Havertz is putting the finishing touches on his £90million move to Chelsea after weeks of negotiations, report Bild.
The 21-year-old has completed a medical and could only be a few days away from officially becoming a Chelsea player.
Chelsea are set to pay an initial club-record fee of £72m, with Havertz agreeing a five-year contract to become Frank Lampard’s seventh summer signing.
Arsenal have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Thomas Partey with Atletico unwilling to negotiate, report AS.
The midfielder has been a target for Mikel Arteta since long before the summer window and has a €50million release clause in his contract.
Arsenal are not prepared to meet that and have reportedly offered Matteo Guendouzi in part-exchange, but it’s €50m or nothing for Atletico.
And Arsenal went for nothing.
Spurs open Lloris contract talks
The World Cup-winning goalkeeper still has two years to run on his existing deal, but the report claims Spurs are keen to tie him down for the rest of his career.
The club have already brought in renewed back-up this summer by signing Joe Hart on a free transfer after Michel Vorm left the club when his contract expired.
Inter not in Kante race
First Lionel Messi, now N’Golo Kante. Inter are not attempting to sign the Chelsea midfielder this summer, the club have confirmed.
The Serie A giants have been repeatedly linked with a move for the World Cup winner but sport director Piero Ausilio insists there is ‘no chance’ of the move happening.
“We’ve never started anything to sign Kanté from Chelsea. No chance. He’s not a target”.
Arsenal ready to sell Bellerin
Arsenal have reluctantly decided to sell Hector Bellerin this summer and are hoping to raise £30m for the defender, reports Football Lonond.
Paris Saint-Germain have made a £25m offer to sign Hector Bellerin, according to The Guardian.
Arsenal need to raise funds to pursue other transfer targets this summer – namely Thomas Partey. Might Mikel Arteta be tempted?
MAN UTD NEWS
ICYMI: Van de Beek to join Man United today
Manchester United are set to wrap up the signing of Ajax’s Donny van de Beek today, according to The Mirror.
Writing on Tuesday night, Jeremy Cross said the deal was expected to be completed in “the next 24 hours” after the 23-year-old passed a medical in his homeland and agreed personal terms on a long-term deal worth around £150,000 a week.
A fee in the region of £40million has been agreed.
It is “difficult” for Lionel Messi to remain at Barcelona this summer, his father and agent, Jorge, told reporters on Wednesday.
“I don’t know, I know nothing,” Messi’s father told Spanish TV channel Cuatro when asked if the 33-year-old would leave the only club he has played for professionally.
But when pressed if it would be hard for him to remain, he said “yes”. And asked how he sees Messi’s future at Barcelona, he replied “difficult, difficult.”
He dodged questions on whether Manchester City would be a good option for his son. A move to Manchester City would allow Messi to link up with his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.
“I don’t know, there’s nothing yet,” he said, adding he had not had any discussions with Guardiola, who enjoyed trophy-laden years as Barcelona manager with Messi in his pomp.
Partey wants Arsenal move
It’s been a good week at Arsenal, even better now Thomas Partey is said to be keen to join the club this summer.
Goal report the Atletico Madrid midfielder is eager to join the project at the Emirates.
Arsenal must trigger his £44.5 million release clause however with the club unsuccessful in their attempts to offer Matteo Guendouzi as part of the deal.
The Gunners are said to have made it clear they are not in a position to pay that clause in full. Partey is happy to wait to see how things progress and will not force a move away from Atletico.
Inter shut down Messi talk
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio says that there is “nothing” in reports claiming his side will sign Lionel Messi.
With the Argentine eager to leave the Camp Nou, Inter have been named as one of the few sides capable of prising him away.
But Ausilio says a move to the San Siro is virtually impossible.
“If we talk about Messi, there is no club that doesn’t want to sign him [but] the reality is different. In the market, we must be careful and smart.
“We know what we have to do. First of all, the exits. Through these, we will finance the newcomers.
“The opportunities are few and the ones we can take are not so expensive.”
Bayern waiting on new Liverpool bid
Liverpool are still working on a deal for Thiago Alcantara, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Bayern Munich expect to receive a new bid from Liverpool soon with Jurgen Klopp pushing to get the 29-year-old over the line.
Manchester United are also interested but as yet have only held talks wit the player’s agent and there is no dialogue between the clubs.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Ryan Fraser in Newcastle talks
Newcastle have held talks with free agent Ryan Fraser, according to Sky Sports.
The Scotland international left Bournemouth when his contract ended in May and is also weighing up an offer from Crystal Palace.
WEST HAM NEWS
West Brom close in on Diangana
Newly promoted West Brom are closing in on a deal for West Ham’s Grady Diangana.
Former Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is keen to bring back Diagana, who earned promotion with the Baggies on loan last season, on a permanent basis.
The two clubs have been in talks over a deal for some time and are closing in on a deal that could reach around £18million after add-ons.
Werner settled in London thanks to ‘agent Rudiger’
Timo Werner has revealed how Antonio Rudiger is helping him settle in west London, having played a part in convincing him to make the move in the first place.
“Having someone who can speak German [Rudiger] always helps, and also Kova [Mateo Kovacic] can speak German too, so he’s helped me settle in,” Werner said of his two teammates. “They have helped me around the training ground but also in explaining to me where is good to go for dinner, where is good to live, things like this.
“I didn’t know London very well, I’d only visited a few times, so it was really important to have two guys like this helping me settle in.
“When I first came to England it was hard to understand everyone’s English,” he admits, “because I haven’t had to speak this language since my school days. It’s not been as hard as I expected though, everyone has helped me settle in. People have spoken very slowly so I can understand and right now I feel very happy. I can understand everything and communicate in English.”
Arsenal change transfer stance on Maitland-Niles
Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ England call-up caps off a remarkable turnaround for the versatile midfielder, who looked set to leave Arsenal this summer.
Clubs in Germany and Wolves had shown an interest in the 23-year-old and Arsenal looked ready to cash in on Maitland-Niles.
The academy graduate, who confessed on Saturday his heart is with Arsenal, has fought back and now looks set to stay at the club after a brilliant run of form – which has seen him start and excel in the FA Cup semi-final and final, as well as the Community Shield.
WEST HAM NEWS
Duffy move a blow for West Ham
West Ham had been keen on the 28-year-old, who started his career under manager David Moyes at Everton, as they look to bolster the back line.
Duffy, however, had his heart set on a move north of the boarder.
Moyes is desperate to add some experience to his defence ahead of the new season, but is restricted in what he can afford by huge spending in previous summers.
Speaking exclusively to Standard Sport last month, Moyes said: “We’re lacking in defensive cover. We’re also looking to see who could move on, because that could change the direction we take during the transfer window.
“The owners have spent a lot of money in the last few years and I’m not sure a similar amount will be available this time. Whatever there is, though, we will spend it wisely.
“We’re trying to bring in a younger group but we will also need a couple of experienced players. Central defenders are usually better when they’re more experienced.”
Celtic sign Shane Duffy
Celtic have announced the signing of Shane Duffy on a season-long loan from Brighton.
The Republic of Ireland defender has moved to link up with the reigning Scottish Premiership champions having fallen out of favour with the Seagulls towards the end of last season.
“I really am delighted to sign this deal with Celtic,” Duffy said in the club statement announcing his arrival.
“It is a huge honour for me to join Celtic, such a huge institution and a brilliant football club that I have always loved and admired.”
Arsenal target two more
The Gunners are keen to bring in Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar after qrapping up a deal for Gabriel Magalhaes, according to David Ornstein.
Partey has a £44million release clause while conversations have taken place over the Lyon playmaker Aouar.
It is unclear if deals for those players will be affected by the return of Dani Ceballos, who is set to re-join the Gunners on loan.
Messi set for crunch talks
Barcelona hope to negotiate a new two-year deal with Lionel Messi during talks with the player and his father today, according to The Times.
Messi’s camp are insistent that he should be allowed to leave for free due to a clause in his current contract. He again missed training on Tuesday.
Messi’s father Jorge, who is also his agent, flew to Barcelona on Tuesday and is set for talks with the club’s president.
Arsenal clearout after Gabriel deal
Gabriel Magalhaes has signed for Arsenal paving the way for several defensive players to leave the club, according to The Times.
Gabriel’s arrival is expected to trigger the departures of Rob Holding, Sokratis, potentially Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers, after he returns from a knee injury.
Holding is close to a loan move to Newcastle United, Sokratis has an offer to move to Napoli and interest from Roma and Mustafi is out of contract next summer.
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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.