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.
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.
Gabriel says Arsenal fans played key role
New Arsenal signing Gabriel Magalhaes says the club’s passionate supporter base played a big part in him joining the club.
Gabriel on was Tuesday unveiled as the club’s second summer signing, joining for around £26million and penning a five-year deal.
Fellow Brazilians David Luiz and Willian were on hand to welcome Gabriel to the club, the defender being handed the no.6 shirt previously worn by the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Tony Adams and Steve Bould.
Official confirmation of the move comes after weeks of speculation, and Gabriel says a number of clubs were interested in signing him but it was the Arsenal fans who swayed him towards north London.
“So many fans were sending me messages asking me to join Arsenal, and that played a big part in me signing for this club,” Gabriel told Arsenal Digital.
ICYMI: Partey wants Arsenal move
More good news for Arsenal fans tonight – 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.
Messi adamant he wants out
Lionel Messi is unlikely to change his mind about leaving Barcelona, the club’s presidential candidate Victor Font has said.
Messi rocked Barcelona last month when his lawyers told the club he wanted to activate a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for free before the 2020-21 season.
The club disputed the claim saying the clause expired on June 10 – with La Liga also releasing a statement saying his contract was still valid – but Font is not optimistic about convincing Messi to stay another year.
“I really hope the decision can be changed,” Font told Sky Sports. “It doesn’t seem likely, though… if that’s the case, the focus should be on making the transition as smooth as possible.
“Messi loves the club and he wants to win, he wants to compete. He has been saying this for many, many years, it’s not just been for a few weeks.
“Unfortunately the club has not been able to deliver on the promise of building a competitive team.”
Wijnaldum agrees Barca terms
Georginio Wijnaldum has agreed terms over a move to Barcelona, according to Diario Sport.
Wijnaldum is entering the final years of his Reds deal, prompting plenty of speculation about his future. Talks over a new deal have stalled while new Barca head coach Ronald Koeman is believed to have identified the 29-year-old as a target.
Wijnaldum worked alongside Koeman in the Netherlands national set-up and the latter has moved swiftly to strike a deal. Wijnaldum has reportedly agreed a three-year deal at the Camp Nou but the clubs are yet to agree a fee.
Liverpool hope to bank up to £18million for the 29-year-old.
Chelsea chase eighth new signing
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen to bring in a top-level goalkeeper once a £90million deal for Kai Havertz is over the line.
Havertz’s arrival is imminent meaning Lampard can switch his focus his attention on Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
The Chelsea boss lost faith in Kepa Arrizabalaga last term and is keen to bring in another option between the sticks. The Blues have had an opening bid of around £14m rejected by Rennes but are expected to return with a second bid.
The 28-year-old will become Chelsea’s eighth summer signing if Lampard can strike a deal.
Chelsea prepare Havertz announcement
Chelsea are preparing to unveil Kai Havertz after striking a £72million deal, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The agreement between Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea for Havertz was reportedly signed nine days ago and the player underwent a medical on Sunday.
It is now only a matter of time before the Blues announce the Germany international as their seventh summer signing.
He follows Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Malan Sarr and Xavier Mbuyamba through the door at Stamford Bridge.
PSG launch £25m bid for Bellerin
Paris Saint-Germain have made a £25m offer to sign Hector Bellerin, according to The Guardian.
Bayern Munich and Juventus have also shown interest in the Arsenal right-back but the report states PSG have been in almost daily contact with the Gunners.
Arsenal need to raise funds to pursue other transfer targets this summer – namely Thomas Partey. Might Mikel Arteta be tempted?
MAN UTD NEWS
Man Utd to complete Van de Beek deal today
Manchester United are set to wrap up the signing of Ajax’s Donny van de Beek today, according to The Mirror.
Writing on Thursday 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.
Fulham keen on former Chelsea forward
Fulham could turn their attention to Lyon forward Bertrand Traore.
Sky Sports News report Fulham have joined London rivals Crystal Palace, along with Newcastle, Leiceter and Everton, in registering interest in the former Chelsea forward.
Inter not in Kante race
Inter are not attempting to sign Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante this summer.
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”.
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.”
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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.