Welcome to the Evening Standard‘s rolling coverage of the summer transfer window.

Tottenham have completed a sensational double deal for Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon having already signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty during the window.

Champions Liverpool have signed one of the best midfielders in the world in Thiago Alcantara, with the Spain international arriving in a deal that could be worth up to £25m from Bayern Munich. Diogo Jota has also joined from Wolves.

Arsenal have secured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s future after signing Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar appears to be the next target.

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 this week.

Manchester United have signed Donny van de Beek but are struggling to sign top target Jadon Sancho.

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PSG in talks over Dele Alli deal

The Telegraph reports that Tottenham and PSG are in talks over a deal for midfielder Dele Alli.

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Having been left out of the squad for Tottenham’s Europa League qualifier in midweek, Alli was also absent for their Premier League trip to Southampton.

Jose Mourinho said on BT Sport of Alli’s omission when asked whether he was injured: “No, we have a huge squad with numbers that are very difficult to manage.

“I never had it, I don’t like to have it. It isn’t easy for me to be here with 18 players and 10 at the training ground – too many players.

“We have too many players for some positions and some of them are paying the price for this.”


Ndombele staying at Tottenham

We’ve been saying it all summer, but the release of Tottenham’s All or Nothing Amazon documentary showed a tense meeting between the France midfielder as the club’s hierarchy which would cast doubt on his future at the club.

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But L’Equipe reports that Jose Mourinho and Tanguy Ndombele has resolved their differences during the off season, and now the midfielder wants to stay at Spurs.

He of course scored their winning goal in the tight Europa League win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in midweek.


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Arsenal’s desire to sign Aouar questioned by Lyon president

Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has questioned Arsenal’s desire to sign Houssem Aouar this summer.

Lyon are believed to want a transfer fee in the region of £44million for a player who was key to the Ligue 1 side reaching the Champions League semi-finals last season.

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But in an interview with Goal.com, Aulus questioned Arsenal’s desire to sign Aouar, suggesting the Gunners either don’t want the player, or don’t have the funds to sign him. 

“No I don’t think so, no offer yet,” Lyon’s president told Goal. “It seems that Arsenal don’t want to, or can’t invest the price for Houssem, who is our best player.”

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Tottenham want Lingard?

Tottenham are being linked with a move for Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard.

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The Daily Star on Sunday claims that Spurs are interested in the out-of-favour 27-year-old, with the fee believed in the region of £30m.


Aouar and Partey top Arsenal wish list

Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey are at the forefront of a four-man transfer shortlist at Arsenal, claims the Express. 

Arsenal are reportedly desperate to sign a midfielder this summer, with Aouar (below) and Partey believed to be the pick of the bunch. 

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Meanwhile, Arsenal are also looking to bring in a keeper following Emi Martinez’s departure, with David Raya and Runar Alex Runarsson linked. 


Chelsea set to sign £22m Mendy 

Chelsea are on the verge of sealing a £22 million move to sign goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes.

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The 28-year-old is thought to have agreed terms with the Blues earlier this week but the two clubs still had a number of issues to iron out before the deal could go through.

Rennes manager Julian Stephan confirmed after their game against AS Monaco that the stopper is “certainly” heading to west London.

The Senegal international will reportedly sign a five-year deal to become Frank Lampard’s seventh summer signing.


Martinez excited for new Villa challenge

Emiliano Martinez has revealed his excitement to be starting a new challenge with Aston Villa after completing his move from Arsenal. 

Martinez said. “Obviously I trust the manager, I trust the goalkeeper coach and the club’s ambition. That’s why I decide to come here. I believe the club is going forward.

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“I’ve been at Arsenal 10, 11 years fighting for my spot. When I won the FA Cup and the Community Shield, I spoke to my family and said ‘it’s time to have a new challenge’.

“When Aston Villa gave me the opportunity to fight for the spot and play loads of Premier League games and that’s why I decided to come here.

“I trust the process and I trust the manager’s playing style. I truly believe that we can do a good season at Villa.”


Neville highlights wear Man Utd must strengthen 

Gare Neville has highlighted three key areas in which his former club Manchester United must strengthen if they are to compete in the coming seasons. 

United started their Premier League campaign with a highly disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace. 

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Asked what United need, Neville told Sky Sports: “A striker, a right-winger and a centre-half is a must.

“At some point in the next couple of years, Manchester United and Chelsea need to be ready to strike when Manchester City and Liverpool drop below that standard.

“That’s probably going to be when Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp leave.”


Keown: Auba can become Arsenal legend

Former Gunner Martin Keown believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can now cement his legendary status at Arsenal after finally signing a new contract. 

The 31-year-old ended months of speculation by signing a new three-year deal worth £250,000-a-week. 

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Keown told talkSPORT: “Aubameyang loves playing there [Arsenal] and he wants to be a legend in the future, so why not?

“He’s 31 years of age and he’s turned down Barcelona by the way to stay there. I think that tells you how much he loves the football club and what he’s looking to achieve.

“If they win the Premier League in the next three years then he certainly will become a legend if he plays a major part in that.”


Townsend: Hopefully ‘incredible’ Zaha stays a while 

Andros Townsend admits he hopes team-mate Wilfred Zaha stays at Crystal Palace for a while after he put in another stunning performance against Manchester United. 

Zaha scored twice at Old Trafford to haunt his former club, who started their Premier League campaign with a disappointing loss. 

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Asked about his team-mate, Townsend told Sky Sports: [He’s] incredible. What else can I say? 

“He’s an incredible talent, he’s shown that in the six or seven years he has been here and we’re very fortunate to have him in our ranks.

“Hopefully we can have him for a while longer yet.”


Liverpool forward leaves for Germany 

Liverpool have announced forward Taiwo Awoniyi has joined Union Berlin on loan. 

The Nigerian signed a new long-term contract with the club only in 2018 and spent last season on loan with Mainz. 

While with Mainz, Awoniyi scored one goal in 12 appearances. 


Aouar and Partey top Arsenal wish list

Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey are at the forefront of a four-man transfer shortlist at Arsenal, claims the Express. 

Arsenal are reportedly desperate to sign a midfielder this summer, with Aouar and Partey believed to be the pick of the bunch. 

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also looking to bring in a keeper following Emi Martinez’s departure, with David Raya and Runar Alex Runarsson linked. 


Neville: Man Utd need to buy a centre-back 

Gary Neville believes Manchester United must sign a new centre-back if they are going to compete this season. 

The former United defender was commentating as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace in their Premier Leauge opener. 

He said: “He’ll be asked a lot of questions after the game about recruitment, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – why they haven’t signed more players. It’s been simmering all week, particularly now Liverpool have done business, with Chelsea having done business, with Gareth Bale going back to Tottenham..

“You can talk about Jadon Sancho all you like but until they get a centre-back in who can run, who can defend one-on-one, they’re not going to win a league. They have to get a mobile, quick, dominant centre-back in alongside Lindelof or Maguire.”


Reguilon excited to play for Mourinho

Tottenham signing Sergio Reguilon has revealed he cannot wait to work under the “world class” Jose Mourinho. 

“I’m very happy to be here. I really like the philosophy of the club and the coach, those were the things that made me want to come here. The desire to grow, the vision of the club and I’m eager to grow as a player.

“Tottenham has world-class players and a world-class manager. I can’t wait to start working with him on my first day. I think I am now in the hardest league in the world. I can’t wait to start this new adventure.”


Bale explains what Reguilon will bring Spurs

We continue on the news that both Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon have completed their moves to Tottenham. 

And Bale has been explaining just the Spanish left-back will bring the club. 

“He’s an exciting young player,” he told Tottenham’s website. “I’ve been with him for a couple of years at Madrid and he did great last season for Sevilla winning the Europa League.

“He’s an exciting young left-back, very energetic. He loves attacking, he’s got a great delivery. So, he’ll be a great addition to the squad, and I think everyone will enjoy watching him.”


Bale explains what he’ll bring Spurs

After leaving Spurs for Real Madrid, Gareth Bale believes he’s had a winning mentality instilled in him, which he now hopes to share with the rest of the squad. 

“I think by going to Madrid, winning trophies and going far with the national team, I believe I have that winning mentality,” he said. 

“[I know] how to win trophies. You don’t realise it until you’re there. Being in those situations in final, knowing how to deal with those situations, the nerves, the pressure – that all goes with experience. 

“Hopefully, I can bring that to the dressing room – a bit more belief to everybody that we can win a trophy. And that’s the target this season, not just to win one but to be fighting on every front possible. 

“I want to bring that mentality back to Tottenham. I was speaking with the chairman before about the past and what we did to take the club to the next level.”


Bale: It’s incredible to back

Gareth Bale has revealed he always thought a return to Spurs may one day be on the cards after sealing a sensational loan switch from Real Madrid. 

“It’s nice to be back, it’s such a special club to me, it’s where I made my name,” Bale told Tottenham’s official website. “What an amazing club, amazing fans; it’s just incredible to be back. 

“Hopefully now I can get some match fitness, get underway, help the team and hopefully win trophies. 

“It’s such a special club; I always thought when I did leave that one day I would love to come back. The opportunity has now arisen and I feel that it’s a good fit, a good time for me. 

“I’m hungry, motivated; I want to do well for the team and I can’t wait to get started.”

After sealing his sensational return to Tottenham, Gareth Bale has sent his message to the fans!


Gareth Bale is back at Spurs!

It’s official, Gareth Bale has rejoined Spurs! The forward has sealed his loan move from Real Madrid – he’ll wear the No.9 shirt! 

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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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