Welcome to the Evening Standard’s rolling transfer news and rumours live blog as we move towards the opening of the transfer window on Monday.
Chelsea have already wrapped up some impressive deals, Manchester United and Man City – after Pep Guardiola’s side had their Champions League ban overturned – are also expected to be busy this summer.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have smaller budgets, but there could be some surprise deals in store in what will be a unique summer.
The revised dates of the summer window have been announced, and we’ll bring you all the latest transfer news and rumours…
- Man Utd eye Jan Oblak
- Havertz to Chelsea update
- United rival Arsenal for Magalhaes
- Bayern will knock back Coman approach
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Man Utd monitor Oblak
Manchester United are keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, according to The Sun.
David De Gea’s position at United is under threat after several high-profile errors since the restart, with two significant howlers in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.
Chelsea are also in the hunt for the Atleti man, who is reportedly open to a fresh challenge.
Oblak’s release clause is around £109m.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits he doesn’t know if Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will play his final game for the club on Sunday.
The Danish midfielder has been the subject of a £25m bid from Everton while Tottenham remain interested in the 24-year-old and it seems he is likely to depart this summer with only a year left on his contract.
“I don’t know,” Hasenhuttl replied when asked if it is Hojbjerg’s final game.
“I am not really using a lot of energy on this topic because my only goal is to find the right game plan for the weekend, to prepare my team.
“This is my job and all I have to do. All of the rest, there will be enough time after the game to speak about that. It is not something I really concentrated on.”
James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Luka Jovic will all be sold by Real Madrid to raise funds for new arrivals this summer, Marca report.
Rodriguez and Bale have been on the periphery of the first-team since Zinedine Zidane returned in 2019 while Jovic, 22, has struggled to settle since his £53m move from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer.
All three players have been linked with moves away and with Bale and Rodriguez on high salaries, it may not be long before Madrid decide to cut ties with the pair.
The newly-crowned champions are hoping to raise £165m by selling the trio, although it remains to be seen whether clubs will be willing to pay such high fees due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kyle Lafferty is no stranger to an adventure playing in the Italian Serie B and it seems the Northern Ireland international can’t get enough with his latest switch.
The 32-year-old, who left Sunderland after signing a short-term deal with the League One outfit in January, looks set to join Serie B outfit Reggina after his prospective new club posted a picture of the striker arriving earlier this evening.
Lafferty also played for Palermo during the 2013/14 campaign before returning to the UK with Norwich City.
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David Silva will make his final appearance for Man City after 10 seasons at the Etihad – and what a signing he has been.
The 34-year-old will leave the club when his contract expires and the Spaniard has ended his City career in the best way possible, with three goals and three assists since the restart.
After 433 appearances and 77 goals since arriving from Valencia, Silva will depart for pastures new with offers from clubs in the USA, China and UAE.
Read James Robson’s interview with David Silva here…
Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham will not be influenced by their big-spending rivals in the transfer market and says he is “totally convinced” the club will improve his squad over the summer, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
The pandemic has blown a £200million hole in Spurs’ revenues and Mourinho will have to sell before he can buy and rely on free transfers, loans and swap deals when the transfer window reopens on Monday.
Mourinho, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and chief scout Steve Hitchen will decide transfer policy this summer and the Portuguese says there is complete harmony in their approach.
“The targets are linked to what we can do,” Mourinho said ahead of Sunday’s visit to Crystal Palace.
“Internally we don’t have any contradictions, I am not asking for anything that cannot be done and the club is not promising anything that is going to affect the club as a whole – so we are balanced.”
Read the full article here!
They were slim at best, but Liverpool fans’ hopes of signing Kylian Mbappe this summer appear to be over after the PSG star was pictured on crutches.
The 21-year-old suffered an ankle injury after a late challenge from St Etienne’s Loic Perrin during the Coupe de France final and was later seen hobbling about on crutches.
That would suggest Mbappe may face a race against time to be fit to play against Atalanta in the Champions League – and rule out any potential deal for the Frenchman this summer.
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According to reports in Spain, Barcelona are ready to offer Ansu Fati in an attempt to ward off interest from Manchester United.
The 17-year-old has broken records this season for the Catalan giants after scoring his first LaLiga goal in September and has gone on to make 31 appearances, scoring eight goals.
Fati only signed a new deal in December but interest from the Red Devils, according to Diario Sport, means Barca are ready to hand the Spain Under-21 international a big pay rise which will include a mammoth release clause.
Arsenal are interested in bringing Nice defender Malang Sarr to the club this summer but will have to sell first. according to Football.London.
The 21-year-old has been watched by Europe’s top clubs since breaking into the team aged 17. Now playing under Patrick Vieira, it is believed Mikel Arteta is keen on the young defender.
However, Arsenal have eight defenders in his position on their books at present when including William Saliba and will need to move on players surplus to requirements before making any further signings.
Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo is set to ignore interest from Tottenham and sign a new contract with the Serie A club, reports in Italy suggest.
The 20-year-old had reportedly been been watched by Spurs scouts with a view to a £50m move in the summer after the Giallorossi missed out on Champions League qualification.
It was even reported Zaniolo fell out with coach Paulo Fonseca, but the Italy international has since returned to the first-team fold and Corriere dello Sport claim he is set to sign a new bumper contract.
Arsenal are set to step up their interest in Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Joelson Fernandes with talks set to begin next week.
A report from Portuguese channel TV24 claims agent Kia Joorabchian, who has close links with Arsenal sporting director Edu, is set to fly to Portugal to discuss terms with the Primeira Liga outfit.
Joelson, 17, recently made his debut for Sporting and Arsenal are reportedly prepared to pay £13m to capture the Brazilian youngster, who is yet to sign a long-term deal at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
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Manchester United are reportedly weighing up a move for Lille’s in-demand defender Gabriel Magalhaes, according to the Daily Record.
The Brazilian centre-back has attracted attention from Chelsea, Everton and Napoli after a fine season playing in the French top-flight for Lille.
The Ligue 1 outfit may be forced to cash in on their star names, with Victor Osimhen set to join Napoli, and the 22-year-old could be available for just £23m, with the Red Devils reportedly in the market for another defender.
Tottenham legend Ledley King is set to join Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff from next season, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Mourinho confirmed on Friday that his assistant and tactical analyst, Ricardo Formosinho, is leaving the club to pursue a career as a head coach and revealed he would be replaced by someone “connected with the club”.
King is understood to have agreed to join Mourinho’s backroom team, having impressed the Spurs manager while working with the defensive players since the suspension of football in March.
The 39-year-old former Spurs captain, who has completed his UEFA coaching badges, retired in 2012 and was named a club ambassador.
He has previously coached Spurs’ U-18s part-time and continued to be involved in the academy set-up as a coach and mentor.
A one-club man, King made over 320 appearances for Spurs and is said to be a calm presence and well-respected by the current squad.
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Manchester United will not extend Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling’s respective loan spells at Inter Milan and Roma, according to Sky Sports.
Smalling, 30, has impressed in his loan stint at the Stadio Olimpico while Chilean forward Sanchez has spent the season with the Nerazzurri, with some uncertainty as to whether Inter would pursue a permanent deal.
It was believed Roma would try to negotiate another loan deal for the 2020/21 season but the report claims United are only interested in a permanent transfer, as is also the case with Sanchez.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has admitted he cannot guarantee he will remain with the club beyond the summer transfer window.
The 28-year-old has been linked for some time with a big-money switch to Man United and Liverpool more recently, and the Senegalese says he will sit down for talks over his future at the end of the season.
“I would love to stay at Napoli for life, but I can’t make promises,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss.
“I am part of the project and at the end of the season I will speak to the directors. Right now, my mind is 100% on the pitch.”
West Ham have added their names to the long list of potential suitors for Brentford winger Said Benrahma, according to The Mirror.
The Algerian has starred for the Bees alongside Bryan Mbuemo and Ollie Watkins as Thomas Frank’s side secured a play-off spot in their bid for promotion.
The 23-year-old scored 17 goals in the Championship this season and has been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal – and Benrahma may choose to depart if Brentford fail to win promotion.
And West Ham are also ready to rival their London neighbours with the sales of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko likely to free up funds for David Moyes.
Arsenal’s plans to snap up Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid have hit a snag after the midfielder was ruled out until August.
Reports in Spain claim the Ghanaian – heavily tipped to join the Gunners in a swap deal with Alexandre Lacazette – will be sidelined with a muscle injury and could miss Atletico Madrid’s participation in the Champions League.
Marca say there has been “intense” interest from Arsenal, but with the 26-year-old out for the next few weeks at least, Mikel Arteta may be forced to look at alternative targets.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho spoke earlier about the club’s assurances that key players will not be sold and the Portuguese already has his sights on some potential arrivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
As we told you last week, Spurs are interested in signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton and in addition to that, Mourinho is also keen on South Korea captain Kim Min-jae and Bournemouth stopper Aaron Ramsdale.
However, Spurs may have to raise funds first in order for those deals to go through.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has made another signing ahead of the new season with the capture of Brighton defender Leon Balogun on a free transfer.
The full-back had spent the season on loan with Wigan Athletic but has now linked up with the Scottish giants on a one-year deal, with the option of a further year included.
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Manchester United are in discussions with Bayern Munich over a move for Kingsley Coman, according to The Athletic.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bolster his squad ahead of next season with United hopeful of securing a top four finish and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has long been their top target.
However, doubts have arisen over United’s willingness to pay over £80m for any player this summer and with Sancho valued at over £100m by Dortmund, Coman could be seen as a cheaper alternative.
The 24-year-old faces an uncertain future at the Allianz Arena following the arrival of Leroy Sane from Man City, and the report mentions the France international is keen to link up with compatriots Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial at Old Trafford.
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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.