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Top-flght football in England will return after a 100-day absence on June 17 after the government green-lighted the Premier League’s Project Restart proposals to resume the 2019-20 season after it was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Fixtures will be played behind-closed doors, and with clubs across Europe facing reduced revenues there will be implications for this summer’s transfer window, and how much clubs are able to spend.

This will force clubs to reconsider their transfer strategies for the summer, and we’ll bring you all the latest news and rumours in our live blog below…

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No Liverpool loan offer for Dembele

David Lynch | Liverpool football correspondent

Liverpool have not made a loan offer for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, Standard Sport understands.

The Frenchman has failed to live up to his £135million price tag since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, and while head coach Quique Setien is a fan of the player, his fitness record means that Barcelona would listen to offers.

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While a series of devastating injury setbacks have undoubtedly played a part in his troubles to establish himself at Camp Nou, Dembele has also been regularly subjected to accusations of unprofessionalism by the Spanish media.

Those suggestions do not seem to have put off potential suitors, however, with reports emerging this week suggesting that a number of European clubs are keen on taking advantage of the situation.

Juventus are said to have already entered talks with Barca over a move for the 23-year-old, who is said to be receptive to the idea of playing in Serie A.

It was also reported that Liverpool have entered the battle for his signature, making a sizeable loan offer featuring a purchase option. However, Standard Sport understands that the Reds are currently not considering a summer swoop for Dembele.

The Premier League leaders tracked the France international extensively during his time at Rennes, but were beaten to his signing by Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2016.

And they have no plans to revisit that interest, with Jurgen Klopp not believed to be keen on bringing Dembele to Anfield.

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When does the 2020 summer transfer window open?

The summer window opens in England is set to open at the end of the season – though the specific date remains to be seen due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Players can be officially registered with their new clubs when the Fifa international window opens on July 1 – though Fifa guidelines suggest players joining in July will not be able to play for their new clubs during the current 2019/20 season.

From January 1 onwards, Premier League players with six months left on their contract have been able to negotiate and agree pre-contract deals with foreign clubs.

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