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.
Arsenal have added Willian and are closing in on the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes, while Chelsea are set to add Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell to a squad already boasting new arrivals Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Manchester United continue to work on a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho – a saga which looks set to run and run – and Tottenham have completed deals Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart. However, the biggest story is currently coming out of Barcelona after Lionel Messi has requested to leave.
Reading sign Ejaria from Liverpool
Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria has joined Reading on a four-year deal.
Ejaria, 22, spent last season on loan with the Royals and made 39 appearances for the Sky Bet Championship club.
“Naturally, everybody at the club is delighted to have got this transfer over the line and it is a deal our owner, Mr Dai (Dai Yongge), was very keen to see completed as soon as was possible.”
WEST HAM NEWS
Four sides in Higuain chase
Fulham, West Ham, Aston Villa and Newcastle are ready to make offers for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.
That’s according to Corriere dello Sport, with the former Chelsea loanee deemed surplus to requirements in Turin.
Can the Argentine still do a job in the Premier League?
Arsenal ready to sell Martinez
Arsenal are ready to cash in on Emiliano Martinez this summer.
The Argentine’s stock has risen dramatically after superbly filling in for the injured Bernd Leno after the German suffered a season-ending injury shortly after the restart.
Leno is fit once again and is ready to continue as Mikel Arteta’s first choice no1 and according to The Athletic, the club have decied to cash in.
Arsenal value Martinez at £20m with the shot stopper eager to carry on playing first-team football.
Diaz heading to Milan
Real Madrid youngster Brahim Diaz will spend the 2020/21 season on loan at AC Milan.
Marca report confirmation of the deal is imminent with the former Manchester City youngster heading Italy having failed to nail down a first-team place under Zinedine Zidane.
United youngster heads out on loan
Swindon Town have confirmed the signing of Manchester United goalkeeper Matěj Kovář on loan for the coming season.
Tottenham agree Doherty fee, medical this weekend
Tottenham are set to make Wolves full-back Matt Doherty their third signing of the summer, paving the way for Serge Aurier to leave the club.
Spurs and Wolves have agreed a deal worth £15million for the 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international, who has been at Molineux for a decade and has three years remaining on his contract.
He is expected to undergo a medical with Spurs this weekend.
Doherty, who would count as another homegrown in Spurs’ Premier League squad, made nearly 50 appearances last season as Wolves made a deep run in the Europa League, impressing Spurs manager Jose Mourinho. As well as right-back, he can play on the left side of defence, in midfield and even at centre-half.
Brewster to stay at Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp has indicated Rhian Brewster is his first-team plans for the coming season.
“At the moment he is [in our plans],” Klopp said. “We will have to see what will happen in the next few weeks. We want to use and help Rhian, that is why we have to make decisions – but not now.”
MAN UTD NEWS
United and Spurs in for Regulion
Real Madrid full-back Sergio Reguilon could be available for as little as €25m this summer with Manchester United and Tottenham said to be interested.
The 23-year-old excelled out on loan at Sevilla last season but is unlikely to feature much under Zinedine Zidane who prefers the options of Marcelo and Ferland Mendy, according to Marca.
The report adds United and Spurs are following the situation.
Donnarumma on Chelsea list
Chelsea are considering a move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to Football Insider.
The Blues have been linked with a number of goalkeepers including Burnley’s Nick Pope but Donnaruma could be another option if Frank Lampard does decide to replace Kepa.
Messi has chosen City, says father
Lionel Messi’s father has informed Paris Saint-Germain of his son’s desire to move to Manchester City, report L’Equipe.
PSG’s sporting director Leonardo reportedly contacted Jorge Messi to express the club’s interest in the Barcelona star.
The French champions and Champions League finalists were reportedly politely told Messi already has his mind set on City.
Juve after Suarez
Juventus are interested in signing Luiz Suarez this summer – should he rescind his Barcelona contract, according to Sky in Italy.
The forward is reportedly not part of newly-appointed manager Ronald Koeman’s plans moving forward.
Suarez is now said to be looking for a £22.4million settlement which would see his five-year contract terminated.
And should that be the case, Juventus are reportedly considering offering him a bumper deal.
Chelsea want Pope over Onana
Chelsa would rather sign Burnley’s Nick Pope than Ajax’s Andre Onana this summer, according to Bleacher Report.
Standard Sport understands Frank Lampard intends to bring in another two players this summer in Kai Havertz and a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Havertz deal is now finally close to being agreed, with Chelsea potentially to pay an initial £70m plus more than £15m in add-ons.
Lampard’s attention will then reportedly switch to Pope in goal.
MAN UTD NEWS
Man Utd never wanted Gabriel
Manchester United were never interested in signing Gabriel Magalhaes, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Arsenal are set to complete the transfer of the Lille defender, with Mikel Arteta insisting he’s positive about the deal, though warning it’s not completed yet.
The Gunners seemingly saw off competition from Napoli primarily, though United reportedly threw their name into the mix with a last-minute attempt.
However, according to the report, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were never interested in a move for the defender, but merely attempted to pressure Arsenal into pushing a deal through.
Barcelona want Wijnaldum
Ronald Koeman wants to bring Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum to Barcelona this summer, according to Goal.
The report states Wijnaldum is not pushing for a move, while Barcelona are yet to launch a formal offer.
Wijnaldum, who has played under Koeman on numerous occasions for the Netherlands, has entered the final 12 months of his Anfield contract.
No extension talks have been held for some time, with Liverpool keen not to lose any players for free.
Klopp would welcome Messi to the Premier League
Jurgen Klopp admits he would love to see Lionel Messi make a switch to the Premier League, but insists the wantaway Barcelona start will not be joining Liverpool.
Asked about a potential swoop, Klopp replied: “Interest? Yeah, who doesn’t want to have Messi in their team?!
“But no chance. The numbers are absolutely not for us, so we don’t even have to start thinking about it! It is clear, there is no chance.
“But… good player, to be honest!”
While Klopp acknowledged that the 33-year-old’s arrival in England would make winning the league even more difficult, he expressed a desire to see it happen.
“It would obviously help Manchester City!” he added. “It would make it even more difficult to beat them – and it was already very difficult.
“For the Premier League it would be great, 100 per cent. Having, I think, the best player in the world come to the league would obviously help. I’m not sure the Premier League needs a boost, but it would be a boost.
“It would be interesting to see as well. Messi never played in another league than Spain. Football is different here, so I actually would like to see it. But I’m not sure if I will.”
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Baggies interested in Deeney
West Brom are interested in signing Watford striker Troy Deeney this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The 32-year-old admitted he will consider his future this summer after Watford were relegated from the Premier League.
West Brom, on the other hand, were promoted from the Championship last season and are looking to bring in an experienced forward, with Deeney scoring 47 goals during his 5-years of top-flight football.
Barcelona struggling to find buyer for Umtiti
Barcelona are open to sending Samuel Umtiti on loan, according to Mundo Deportivo, who claim the Spanish giants are struggling to find a buyer for the center-back.
The Catalan side are set for a major squad overhaul this summer following the arrival of Ronald Koeman, with Barcelona putting all-but seven first-team players up for sale.
Umtiti has been linked with a number of clubs, including West Ham, Leicester, Arsenal and Tottenham, Roma and Lazio, though no offers have yet been made.
MAN CITY NEWS
Man City not planning mass exodus to fund Messi bid
Manchester City are not planning a mass exodus of first-team players to fund a move for Lionel Messi this summer, report Sky Sports.
Reports emerging from Spain have claimed Pep Guardiola is willing to include Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Eric Garcia in a player plus cash deal for the potentially outbound forward.
The report states City have not yet commented on their interest in Messi, but insists they are not looking to sell a number of players this summer.
WEST HAM NEWS
West Ham goalkeeper joins Valladolid
Spanish goalkeeper Roberto has left West Ham to join Real Valladolid on a free transfer, the Premier League club have announced.
The 34-year-old made 10 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers after joining from Espanyol last summer.
His time at the London Stadium was blighted by individual errors and the club took just two points from the eight top-flight games in which he featured, while he also played in a 4-0 Carabao Cup thrashing at League One Oxford.
In January, Roberto was allowed to move on loan to Spanish side Alaves after David Moyes replaced Manuel Pellegrini as Hammers manager.
The well-travelled keeper, who counts Atletico Madrid, Benfica and Olympiacos among his former clubs, returns to LaLiga having agreed a three-year contract with Valladolid.
DONE DEAL: Chelsea confirm Thiago Silva signing
Chelsea have completed the signing of Brazil centre-half Thiago Silva on a free transfer.
Silva, 35, arrives at Stamford Bridge from Paris Saint-Germain, signing a one-year deal with the Blues with the option of a further year.
He becomes the latest addition to a Blues side which has strengthened greatly since the end of the 2019-20 season, following the additions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner in attack.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was eager to keep the Brazil captain in the French capital for a ninth season but Silva revealed his plans to leave following Sunday’s Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich, eager to test himself in a new league.
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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.