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.
- Man City red-hot favourites for Messi
- Gabriel signs Arsenal deal to 2025
- Thiago Silva Chelsea medical TODAY
MAN CITY NEWS
City red-hot favourites for Messi
Manchester City have emerged as the red-hot favourites to sign Lionel Messi, according to The Mail.
Messi has told Barca he wants to quit the Camp Nou, raising the possibility of a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Etihad Stadium.
Messi believes his contract allows him to leave for free but Barcelona are adamant there will be a fee. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s release clause is £635million.
There is hope the issue will be solved out of court in the coming days, given Messi’s long service to Barcelona. There is a reluctance in Catalonia to let the transfer saga grow ugly.
City know signing Messi would require massive financial might even without paying a fee and are among just a handful of clubs capable of landing the Argentina international.
Tottenham will face competition from Newcastle United to sign AS Monaco defender Guillermo Maripan, according to reports in Chile.
The 26-year-old looks set to leave the Ligue 1 outfit just a year after joining from Deportivo Alaves and there appears to be interest from the Premier League.
It is reported by Chilean outlet CDF that Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is keen on the central defender but Newcastle could move ahead for Maripan, who has 24 caps for his country.
It’s not just Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez who are heading for the Barcelona exit door.
According to the latest reports in Italy, Arturo Vidal could finally be set to join Inter Milan after Antonio Conte’s long pursuit of the Chilean.
Sky Sport Italia claim the Nerazzurri have already begun talks with Vidal’s agent, who also represents Alexis Sanchez, so a move may not be far off from being completed.
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Crystal Palace are on the brink of completing a deal to sign sought-after QPR forward Eberechi Eze.
The deal, which could reach up to £19.5million after add-ons with £14.5million up front, is set to be completed with Eze thought to be penning a four-year deal in south London with the option of an extra year.
London rivals West Ham, as well as promoted side West Brom, were both interested in a deal for the 22-year-old but had yet to formerly register their interest with a firm bid. Palace initially saw an enquiry of £12million knocked back by Rangers.
Eze, who started every single game in the Championship under Mark Warburton last season – scoring 16 goals, will form a key part of Palace’s plans to inject youth into the squad – following on from the signing of 19-year-old Nathan Ferguson on a free transfer.
The forward will, Roy Hodgson hopes, address Palace’s chronic lack of goals, with only Norwich having scored fewer than the Eagles’ 31 last season.
The deal will make Eze the most expensive player signed during Hodgson’s time in charge of the club, with the south Londoners having largely relied upon loans and free transfers in recent years.
Atletico still in for Lacazette
Atletico Madrid are still hoping to sign Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal.
Marca report Atletico are willing to offer, Thomas Lemar or Angel Correa in any possible deal for the Frenchman.
Lionel Messi has told Pep Guardiola to prepare for his arrival at Manchester City, according to reports in his native Argentina.
Newspaper La Nacion report that a source close to Messi said his cycle at Barcelona “is complete” and reportedly made the decision to leave Barca with his wife, Antonella.
It goes on to suggest Messi will contact Guardiola and make plans for a sensational move to Man City, who are understood to be leading the race to sign the 33-year-old.
Liverpool face a tough decision on where to send Rhian Brewster next season with several Premier League clubs eyeing the young striker.
The 20-year-old spent the second half of the season on loan at Swansea City and was an instant hit in South Wales, scoring 11 goals in 22 Championship appearances.
Having been part of the Reds’ pre-season tour, it now seems likely Brewster will head out on loan with Brighton and Sheffield United both registering their interest, according to The Express.
Tottenham are reportedly edging closer to reaching an agreement to sign Matt Doherty from Wolves.
The 28-year-old has become a mainstay at right wing-back since the Midlands outfit returned to the Premier League and has caught the eye with some impressive displays.
The Republic of Ireland international is apparently valued at £20m, say The Independent, but Spurs are hoping to agree a cut-price deal with Serge Aurier recently in talks with AC Milan.
Barcelona’s summer overhaul looks set to continue with Luis Suarez expected to depart – and he could be replaced by his national team-mate Maxi Gomez.
According to SER Deportivo Valencia, the Catalan giants have sounded out the Uruguay striker’s representatives over a move.
The 24-year-old will not come cheap, however, with four years remaining on his contract at the Mestalla.
Chelsea are wasting no time in getting their new squad in place for the new season in three weeks’ time, with Thiago Silva set to undergo a medical according to Sky Sports.
The 35-year-old has agreed a one-year deal with an optional year to extend his contract should both parties decide to.
And the Brazilian will undertake a medical in Milan on Thursday before putting the finishing touches to his free transfer to Stamford Bridge.
Fulham are closing in on a deal to sign Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina on loan, writes Jack Rosser.
The move comes with the Cottagers set to complete the permanent signing of Lemina’s team-mate Harrison Reed, who spent last season on loan with Scott Parker’s side.
Southampton were keen to sell Lemina and clear his wages for good, but no clubs have appeared keen to meet the asking price of at least £10m. Galatasaray were looking to orchestrate a deal but lacked the funds while Crystal Palace were offered the 26-year-old but decided against a move.
It is understood the deal includes an obligation to buy should Fulham stay in the Premier League come the end of the new season.
It’s a busy day at Chelsea today in terms of arrivals and departures.
This one is only a temporary exit, however, as Swansea have sealed the return of centre-back Marc Guehi on loan until the end of the season.
The England Under-21 international impressed while on loan at the Liberty Stadium and will link up with Steve Cooper’s side for the forthcoming Championship campaign.
Dean Henderson speaks to the club’s official website after penning a new long-term deal with Manchester United.
“The faith that the manager and the club have shown in me with this contract means a lot to me and will continue my progression as a goalkeeper,” he said.
“I’ll be giving everything to improve every day so that I can play as many games as possible for this great club.”
MAN UTD NEWS
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has signed a new five-year contract and will challenge for the No1 jersey next season.
The 23-year-old returned from his loan spell at Sheffield United after two seasons at Bramall Lane and has opted to commit his long-term future to the club.
The deal includes an option to extend the length of the contract by a further year.
The highly-rated stopper will remain at Old Trafford for the 2020/21 campaign and compete with David de Gea to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one.
Francisco Trincao has revealed he wants Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona and says he is ready to create “history” at Camp Nou.
The 20-year-old has officially been unveiled after making his £26m move from Sporting Braga last season before remaining with the Primeira Liga outfit for the 2019/20 season.
Speaking after being presented in front of the media, Trincao said “Of course I want him to stay. We’ll see what happens.
“I arrived two weeks ago and I’m here to do my job and be a benchmark for this club. I am very happy to be here and I hope to be able to have many games, goals and assists.
“Everyone has had their story and I want to create mine and make history.”
Chelsea’s transfer spree looks set to continue with as many as three new signings set to join this week.
Kai Havertz’s £90m transfer looks set to be completed after he reportedly underwent a medical with the Blues, while Thiago Silva’s free transfer is only awaiting official confirmation.
Another defensive addition is imminent, with 21-year-old Malang Sarr – also a free agent after leaving OGC Nice – looks poised to join on a five-year deal.
According to Sky Sport Italia’s transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, all three deals will be concluded by the end of the week.
Ben Chilwell has echoed Timo Werner’s revelation that talks with Frank Lampard convinced him to join Chelsea.
“Talking to Frank before I signed really made up my mind that I wanted to come and play here,” he said.
“He installed a lot of confidence in me, he told me about the system he wants to play, how I fit.”
Leicester City have confirmed the sale of Ben Chilwell to Chelsea for an undisclosed fee. The Foxes mention in a club statement that it will be “one of the largest transfer fees received by the club.”
Currently, their record sale is the £60m received after Riyad Mahrez joined Man City in 2018.
“Leicester City Football Club can confirm that an agreement has been reached for the sale of Ben Chilwell to Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.
“Ben leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Leicester City, and the Club would like to thank him for his contribution to an exciting period for the team and its fans as they look forward to another season of European football.
New Chelsea signing Ben Chilwell has been speaking to the club’s official website after his move from Leicester City.
“I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.
“I can’t wait to get started and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.”
Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell.
While the fee has not been disclosed, it is believed the Blues will pay £50m for the England international.
The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract and becomes the Blues’ third summer signing, following Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to Stamford Bridge.
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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.