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 have signed Donny van de Beek while working on a deal for Jadon Sancho and – reportedly – Dayot Upamecano, while Tottenham have signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty.
MAN CITY NEWS
Manchester City clearly want to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, but there was bad blood between the two clubs when the Italian side sold Jorginho to Chelsea two years ago.
Man City felt they had a deal agreed before Napoli then agreed a transfer with Chelsea, and the Serie A club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis admits this means talks over Koulibaly could be strained.
Fabrizio Romano quotes the Napoli chief as saying: “How we can have a normal and calm negotiation with Manchester City to sell Koulibaly?
“They won’t talk directly with us because of the Jorginho deal.”
It’s a bold strategy if City really are trying to sign Koulibaly without talking to the club he plays for…
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Villa bid for Wilson knocked back
Aston Villa have had an offer for striker Callum Wilson rejected by Bournemouth, according to Sky Sports.
The bid was reportedly between £13m-£15m with significant add-ons.
Negotiations are continuing.
Leverkusen thank German FA
Bayer Leverkusen have thanks the German national team for allowing Kai Havertz to leave the camp in order to conclude his move to Chelsea.
Havertz left the Stuttgart team quarters of the German national side on Friday after consultation between Bayer 04 and the DFB management.
“I exchanged ideas with Oliver Bierhoff and Jogi Löw over the past few days,” said Bayer Leverkusen chief Rudi Völler.
Voller expressly emphasised “the DFB’s understanding of the special situation of the player and also of us as a club. We are grateful to the national coach that Kai can now sort things out with our support on site in London.”
German FA confirm Havertz departure
Kai Havertz has left the Germany camp and is travelling to London in order to complete his £90million move to Chelsea.
The German FA confirmed this morning that the midfielder, who is set to sign a five-year deal with Frank Lampard’s side, had been granted permission to leave the camp ahead of an “impending transfer to England.”
The deal, which will see Chelsea pay around £72million up front to Bayer Leverkusen, will take the Blues’ spending past the £220million mark for the summer.
WEST HAM NEWS
West Ham insert 20 per cent clause in Diangana deal
West Ham have inserted a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the deal which will see Grady Diangana join West Brom.
The Hammers academy graduate, who won promotion on loan with the Baggies last season, will complete an £18million move to the Midlands club after undergoing a medical on Friday.
Fulham had registered late interest in Diangana but could not match the offer on the table from ex-West Ham boss Slaven Bilic and West Brom.
The deal has caused some consternation among supporters with such a promising academy product being sold, but the Hammers are well stocked in wide areas and need to raise funds for targets.
Havertz heads to London
Kai Havertz has left the Germany camp to wrap up his move to Chelsea, according to Bild.
Havertz has been in Stuttgart with the national team, who drew 1-1 with Spain in the Uefa National League last night.
He is expected to undergo a medical at Chelsea later today with the announcement of his signing due within 24 hours.
He will become Chelsea’s seventh addition this summer and take the club’s spending past £200million.
Arsenal step up transfer clearout
Arsenal want to step up their summer clearout by offloading Lucas Torreira to Fiorentina.
The Gunners are in talks with Italian club Fiorentina about an initial loan deal with an option to make the move permanent next summer.
Arsenal paid £26million for Torreira in 2018 and the deal would see them recoup around £20m for the 24-year-old Uruguay midfielder.
They next hope to offload Sokratis Papastathopoulos as they bid to balance the books following the arrivals of Willian and new £26m signing Gabriel Magalhaes, and the imminent return of Dani Ceballos on a second loan spell from Real Madrid.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed they want to sign Sokratis, which would could pave the way for Kalidou Koulibaly to join Manchester City.
Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding are also available to leave Arsenal this summer. Hector Bellerin is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain, who are reported to have made a £30m bid for the right-back.
Lemar available at cut-price €25m
Thomas Lemar wants to secure a move to the Premier League, according to Sport.
The one-time Arsenal target, who secured a €70million move to Atletico in 2018, is now free to leave the Wanda Metripolitano for as little as €25million.
Relegated to the bench under Diego Simeone, Lemar knows he must leave.
Everton and Wolves were the last clubs to show interest.
Chelsea to announce Havertz ‘within 24 hours’
Chelsea are expected to announce the signing of Kai Havertz in the next 24 hours, according to David Ornstein.
The Blues are set to take their summer spending past £200million with the £90million (£72m plus add-ons) signing of Havertz.
He will undergo his medical today before official confirmation of the deal.
Havertz was an unused substitute in Thursday’s friendly between Germany and Spain to avoid the risk of injury scuppering the deal.
Coventry sign Arsenal’s Sheaf
Coventry City have completed the loan signing of Arsenal midfielder Ben Sheaf.
The 22-year-old has joined Coventry for the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign.
The deal includes the option for Coventry to sign Sheaf on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
MAN UTD NEWS
Joshua King says it would be “amazing” to seal a return to Manchester United after seeing a proposed transfer collapse in January.
King, 28, was heavily linked with United – the club he signed for as a 16-year-old – during the January transfer window, but the Red Devils opted to sign Odion Ighalo on loan.
“I will not lie, because I really wanted to go there in January, but what happened, happened,” he told TV2.
“I know why things happened. We’ll just have to wait and see. There is a lot that is open. I have a dream to play in the Champions League. Whether it will happen this season or in two years, I do not know.
“But I have a dream about it that all boys have. What if United are still interested? That would be amazing. I was at United for five years and I learned lot there.”
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Doucoure completes Everton medical
Abdoulaye Doucoure has completed his Everton medical ahead of a proposed transfer from Watford, according to the Daily Mail.
Everton will part with an initial fee of around £20million for the 27-year-old, but that could rise to closer to £25m due to add-ons.
The Toffees are long-term admirers of Doucoure and that has helped their pursuit of him this summer.
The midfielder was not short of interest, with Ligue 1 side Monaco the latest to enquire about his service.
MAN UTD NEWS
Signing Harry Kane would propel Manchester United towards a Premier League title challenge, says Rene Meulensteen – but the former Old Trafford coach doubts such a transfer is possible.
Meulensteen was a long-time assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at United, and believes that a world-class forward is vital if Solskjaer is to mount a title bid.
United were interested in England captain Harry Kane earlier this year, but Tottenham were adamant that their star striker would not be sold under any circumstances.
“What is vitally important is that United need to have a really good start to the season, so they don’t lose any ground and they are in there and they can keep competing. That will grow the belief,” Meulensteen told talkSPORT.
“I think with maybe another good signing, I keep saying they should bring in a really top, top striker.
“For instance, if they were able to get Kane – which I don’t think they can – but if they could get Kane, I would say ‘yes, they will compete for the title next year.”
Chelsea told Edouard Mendy fee
Chelsea have been told they must pay a transfer fee of around £30million to sign goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes, according to the Telegraph.
The Blues are set to make Kai Havertz their seventh signing of the summer before turning attention to Mendy, who Frank Lampard has identified as his favoured goalkeeper target.
Lampard wants to bring in a top-level goalkeeper after losing faith in Kepa Arrizabalaga and has seen an opening bid of around £14m rejected.
Hojbjerg reveals Eriksen role in Spurs move
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has revealed a conversation with former Tottenham star Christian Eriksen convinced him to sign for the club earlier this summer.
Hojbjerg became the Jose Mourinho’s first summer signing last month, joining from Southampton on a five-year deal as full-back Kyle Walker-Peters moved in the opposite direction.
Spurs identified Hojbjerg as a key transfer target and beat off competition from Everton to land the former Bayern Munich man. Hojbjerg said it was “not difficult” deciding to join Spurs after talks with Mourinho, but has now claimed compatriot Eriksen helped strengthen his desire to join the Europa League club.
“I called Christian and had a chat. I had some questions that I would have had clarified. And that was really positive. The talk I had with Christian, strengthened my desire and feeling to move to Tottenham,” he told Ekstra Bladet.
MAN UTD NEWS
Man Utd Sancho boost
Manchester United are preparing to return with an official bid for Jadon Sancho, according to the Daily Mail.
The saga has gone quiet in recent weeks after Dortmund chief Michael Zorc insisted last month that the 20-year-old was staying.
That was because United missed an early-August deadline imposed by the Bundesliga to get the deal over the line. However, United believe they can still sign the 20-year-old and are keen to do so this summer while they have a free run at him.
United are reportedly focusing on negotiating the salary and fees of intermediaries before approaching Dortmund with an official bid.
ICYMI: Messi ‘to stay at Barca’
Spanish outlet Marca are reporting that Lionel Messi is set to STAY at Barcelona next season, completing a remarkable U-turn.
The report claims that after talks between the club and his father, also his agent, Messi has decided to remain at the Camp Nou for another season, with his contract set to expire next summer.
The suggestion is that while Messi does want to leave, he wants to do so on amicable terms, not through a legal battle.
New Arsenal Partey approach
Arsenal have been told again by Atletico Madrid to meet Thomas Partey’s £45million release clause or forget about a deal, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The transfer saga is set to run and run with the Gunners needing to raise funds through sales before they can launch an official move for Partey.
The clubs have shared contact in recent days but there has been no progression towards a deal.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have reached ‘total agreement’ with Real Madrid over a new loan deal for Dani Ceballos, with paperwork all signed.
Havertz announcement due after ‘signing contract’
Kai Havertz is putting the finishing touches on his £90million move to Chelsea after weeks of negotiations.
Havertz has already signed his five-year contract at Chelsea, according to Goal.
The 21-year-old has completed a medical and official confirmation is due. The Blues are set to pay an initial club-record fee of £72m, with Havertz set to become Frank Lampard’s eighth summer signing.
WEST HAM NEWS
Diangana set for West Ham medical
West Ham forward Grady Diangana is expected to have a medical at West Brom today, according to Sky Sports.
The two clubs have agreed a deal which could reach £18million after add-ons.
The funds raised from the sale of Diangana are set to be reinvested into West Ham’s squad, with defenders and another forward the targets.
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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.