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 have added Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell to a squad already boasting new arrivals Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Crystal Palace win Gallagher loan race
Staying with Crystal Palace for a moment, it seems as if they are closing in on a deal for Conor Gallagher.
Football.London report that the young Chelsea midfielder underwent a medical on Sunday, with Palace seeing off competition from several other clubs in the race to land the 20-year-old on a season-long loan.
Gallagher – who featured for Chelsea in their pre-season friendly at Brighton on Saturday – initially shined in the Championship last season at Charlton before helping Swansea reach the play-offs.
Now he looks poised for a step up to Premier League football.
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Crystal Palace eye Welbeck and Osayi-Samuel
Watford are braced for Premier League interest in Danny Welbeck.
The former Manchester United, Arsenal and England forward was unable to prevent the Hornets from suffering relegation back to the Championship last term after returning from injury.
Now The Mail report that Crystal Palace – in addition to Southampton – are eyeing a move for Welbeck as Roy Hodgson looks to further bolster his attacking options at Selhurst Park.
It is also rumoured that Palace are now chasing QPR’s Bright Osayi-Samuel having recently wrapped up a £19.5m deal for his former team-mate Eberechi Eze.
Arsenal target trio of new contracts
Arsenal are hoping that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t be the only player to commit his future to the club soon.
Standard Sport understands that the Gunners skipper is close to agreeing a new three-year contract at Emirates Stadium worth around £250,000 a week.
And according to The Mirror, Ainsley Maitland-Niles could also be set for a fresh deal if Arsenal resist transfer overtures from Wolves.
The report adds that there is also a new contract in the works for goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who impressed once again in the Community Shield win over Liverpool but will not be satisfied with reverting back to being Bernd Leno’s deputy amid interest from the likes of Aston Villa.
Argentine president wants Messi return
Argentina president Alberto Fernandez has urged Lionel Messi to return to his homeland.
Manchester City are the current favourites to sign the six-time Ballon d’Or winner this summer after he formally requested an exit from Camp Nou.
Messi joined Barcelona at age 13 and has spent 20 years in total at the club, never getting the opportunity to play professional football in his native Argentina.
And Mr Fernandez now wants to see that remedied, encouraging the 33-year-old to go back to where his youth career started at Newell’s Old Boys.
“You are in our hearts and we have never seen you play in our country,” he said.
“Give us the pleasure of ending your career with Newell’s Old Boys, your club.”
Mr Fernandez added: “The great merit of [Diego] Maradona is that he played alone against the world.
“I’ve never seen a player like Maradona. I admire him deeply – more than Messi, to be honest, because he comes from the Argentinos’ youth. He was a kind of gladiator, with incredible strength.”
ICYMI: Fulham sign Reed and Lemina
This flew under the radar a little last night with the Van de Beek news, but Fulham have now confirmed two midfield signings from Southampton.
As reported by Standard Sport last week, the newly-promoted Cottagers have swooped to land Mario Lemina on a season-long loan deal following his return from a similar stint at Galatasaray.
He follows Harrison Reed to Craven Cottage, with the 25-year-old having helped Scott Parker’s side return to the Premier League during a productive loan spell last season.
MAN UTD NEWS
Van de Beek ‘deserves’ Man United move
Manchester United’s swoop for Donny van de Beek seems to have got the seal of approval from compatriot Rafael van der Vaart.
“Donny deserves this transfer so much,” the former Tottenham playmaker told NOS in the Netherlands.
“He has played excellent for Ajax.
“And Manchester United really need this kind of player in their team. This transfer is fantastic for us [Dutch people] too.
“We are all going to follow him now. This move is so deserved.”
Arsenal’s Diawara interest confirmed
Arsenal’s interest in Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara has been confirmed by the player’s agent.
The Gunners have been frequently linked with the Guinean international – formerly of Napoli – over recent weeks, with some reports suggesting that Lucas Torreira could even head in the opposite direction as part of a deal.
And while Diawara is said to be happy at Roma, his representative claims he is flattered to be linked with suitors such as Arsenal.
“Diawara is at a top club like Roma, where he is happy, as there is enthusiasm around the new owners,” Daniele Piraino told Tuttomercatoweb.
“However, he is also liked by many clubs in England, including Arsenal.
“Being linked with certain clubs is pleasing for him, as these are prestigious sides.
“Amadou is concentrated on football and his career.”
MAN UTD NEWS
Man United hold Grealish talks
With a deal for Donny van de Beek on the brink of being completed, Manchester United appear to be targeting further midfield additions.
Jack Grealish has been mentioned in connection with a switch to Old Trafford intermittently throughout the summer and The Mail now report that talks have been held involving the Red Devils and Aston Villa.
However, Villa are said to be demanding an £80m fee for their influential captain, which could prove a stumbling block with United reluctant to pay above £60m-£70m for any single target this summer.
Liverpool ready to make £40m Sarr bid
Liverpool have made relatively slow progress on the transfer front this summer amid repeated warnings that they will not be splashing the cash after ending their Premier League title drought amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Reds have already acquired Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos, though there has yet to be any substantial movement with regards to the future of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Ismaila Sarr is another player heavily linked with Liverpool this summer and The Mirror now report that the Reds are ready to bid for the Senegalese winger, who was recently relegated from the Premier League with Watford.
Watford paid a club-record £40m fee to sign the player from Rennes last summer, with Liverpool said to be willing to match that figure one year on.
MAN CITY NEWS
Man City ‘willing to pay Messi £450m’
Unsurprisingly, Manchester City seem ready to spend heavily in a bid to pull of a sensational coup and sign Lionel Messi.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner failed to attend Barcelona’s pre-season tests on Sunday, with LaLiga later publicly announcing that he can only leave Camp Nou this summer if his €700m release clause is met.
According to the Daily Star, City are willing to pay Messi a mammoth £450m as part of a long-term strategy that would also include a move to sister club New York City FC later down the road.
Havertz to Chelsea latest
A potentially key development in the Kai Havertz to Chelsea saga.
Bild report that the German playmaker was NOT involved in pre-season fitness testing with Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
Standard Sport understands that Chelsea are close to agreeing an initial £70m deal for Havertz that would include further add-ons potentially worth in excess of £15m.
Leverkusen are due to train later today, so it will be fascinating to see if Havertz is absent again…
MAN UTD NEWS
Van de Beek set for £40m Man United move
Manchester United are set to seal the signing of Donny van de Beek.
Standard Sport understands that a fee of £40m has been agreed with Ajax for the Dutch international midfielder, who will become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first summer signing at Old Trafford.
Talks progressed significantly over the weekend, with United having tracked Van de Beek – a former target for Real Madrid – since the January transfer window.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Fulham hold talks with Benfica’s Luis
Fulham have held further talks with Benfica over a proposed summer move for Florentino Luis, according to the Daily Mail.
The newly-promoted Premier League side have reportedly offered a fee of £2million to take the midfielder on loan with a £25million option to buy.
Meanwhile, the Cottagers have sealed two swift signings with Harrison Reed on a permanent deal and Mario Lemina on loan.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Southampton open Ings contract talks
Southampton have opened talks with prolific forward Danny Ings over a new long-term contract, according to the Daily Mail.
Ings has been recalled to Gareth Southgate’s England squad after a stunning season, in which he scored 22 Premier League goals.
The forward has two years remaining on his Saints deal, with no agreement reached as of yet.
Southampton are looking to provide the striker with a bumper new deal, however.
Conte ‘asks Inter to sign Kante’
Antonio Conte has asked Inter Milan to raid his former club Chelsea to sign N’Golo Kante, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
The former Chelsea boss reportedly is keen to sign the Frenchman on loan with a view to a £44.5million permanent move.
Chelsea signed Kante from Leicester in 2016 while Conte was in charge.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Mancini rules out Premier League return
Roberto Mancini has ruled out the possibility of leaving his post as Italy manager.
The former Manchester City manager has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with reports in Italy claiming he’s been contacted by a number of teams.
Mancini is determined to succeed with Italy in next summer’s European Championships, however.
“My goal is to do well in the European Championships and do well in the World Cup. It would be a regret to leave the national team to someone else,” he said, as per Goal.
“No one tried to hire me this summer.”
Mourinho: ‘I hated playing against Doherty’
A delighted Jose Mourinho has revealed he “hated” playing against new Tottenham signing Matt Doherty.
The 28-year-old made over 300 appearances during his 10-year Wolves stay, but has now switched to Spurs for £15million, signing a four-year deal.
Mourinho has previously expressed his delight with Tottenham’s early transfer business, a sentiment he has echoed once more.
“I hate to play against him, so I’m so, so happy that I don’t play against him again,” he told the club’s official website. “I’m so happy that we have him.
“Incredible career at Wolves…League One, Championship, Premier League and Europa League. He did everything for them, so job done there.
“I know that he’s leaving with a lot of pride but this is one new step for him and he’s full of motivation. I am so, so happy.”
Kepa to fight for Chelsea future
Kepa Arrizabaga is determined to fight for his Chelsea future under Frank Lampard, according to The Sun.
The Spaniard has reportedly repaired his relationship with Lampard and has been left thoroughly impressed by Chelsea’s summer signings.
The ‘keeper has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea, and Standard Sport believes Lampard is looking to replace the youngster.
Kepa still has four years remaining on his long-term contract.
Emerson’s agent confirms Inter Milan interest
Inter Milan are interested in signing Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri this summer, his agent Fernando Garcia has confirmed.
Garcia reveals Inter are yet to speak to Chelsea regarding the defender, who made just 15 Premier League games under Frank Lampard last season.
“It is possible he will leave Chelsea,” he told FCInter08. “I have not yet spoken to the club. All I can say is that there is interest from Inter in the player. We’ll see.”
MAN UTD NEWS
Van de Beek to Man United: ‘Here we go’
Here we go! This is really picking up pace now!
Manchester United have had a bid of €40million (£35.6m) for Donny van de Beek accepted by Ajax, according to Fabrizio Romano.
United reportedly sent their first official bid tonight, which the Dutch champions immediately accepted without negotiation.
Romano reports the final paperwork and his medical will take place next week!
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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.