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.
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 requested to leave.
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Villa keen on United duo in Grealish deal
Manchester United could offer two players to Aston Villa as part of their attempts to sign Jack Grealish this summer.
Grealish remains on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wanted list and according to The Star, United could offer Sergio Romero and Diogo Dalot in a part-exchange deal for the midfielder.
Romero has slipped further down the pecking order at Old Trafford following Dean Henderson’s return with Dalot out of favour under Solskjaer.
Lacazette left out of Arsenal squad
Alexandre Lacazette will not be involved in today’s Community Shield against Liverpool. The Arsenal striker has been linked with a move away from north London throughout 2020 with reports of interest from Atletico Madrid resurfacing this week.
Debut goal for Werner
Timo Werner has a goal on his Chelsea debut this afternoon – it took him just four minutes to slot home against Brighton in a friendly clash down at the Amex.
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Manchester United have announced that Joel Pereira will spend the 2020/21 season on loan at Huddersfield Town.
Competition is fierce among goalkeepers at United, with David de Gea, Sergio Romero and now Dean Henderson set to battle for the No.1 spot – along with Lee Grant as a backup.
Pereira is highly rated at United, and it seems likely he will return to become third choice if and when Romero departs.
Holding set for Newcastle loan
Rob Holding is reportedly on the verge of leaving Arsenal.
The Athletic report that Newcastle are closing in on a season-long loan deal for the Gunners centre-back after seeing off competition from multiple Premier League rivals including Leeds.
The agreement is not expected to include an option for Newcastle to buy on a permanent deal next summer, while Holding is still set to play for Arsenal in the Community Shield today with defensive colleagues Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers all still sidelined through injury.
Klopp’s Wijnaldum update amid Barcelona links
Along with Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum is another Liverpool regular to have been linked with Barcelona over recent days.
The midfielder has entered the final 12 months of his current deal at Anfield and also has experience of playing under Ronald Koeman with the Dutch national team.
Speaking ahead of today’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal at Wembley, Jurgen Klopp remained coy on contract negotiations with Wijnaldum, but suggested all remained well in terms of the relationship between player and club.
“That’s an open contract situation, otherwise we would know,” he said.
“It’s all between us and the player, these kind of things. It’s all good at the moment, all fine.
“Gini played very well in pre-season and has obviously had a couple of good seasons for us. That’s all I can say about that.”
ICYMI: Thiago Silva outlines Chelsea ambition
Thiago Silva says he joined Chelsea to “challenge for honours” as Frank Lampard continued his summer spree with the capture of the former Paris Saint-Germain man.
The Brazil centre-back has completed his free transfer move to Stamford Bridge just days after falling narrowly short in the Champions League Final.
He has signed a one-year contract with the Blues, with the club holding the option of adding another 12 months.
Silva’s addition will help manager Frank Lampard restructure his defence and follows Wednesday’s £45million capture of England left-back Ben Chilwell from Leicester.
The 35-year-old said: “I am so happy to be joining Chelsea. I am delighted to be a part of Frank Lampard’s exciting squad for next season and I’m here to challenge for honours. See you soon Chelsea fans, I look forward to playing at Stamford Bridge very soon.”
Silva’s eight years in France ended with PSG’s 1-0 defeat by Bayern Munich on Sunday, and the Blues have since moved quickly to tie up a deal for the 89-cap Brazil international.
“We are delighted to be able to add a player of Thiago Silva’s proven world-class credentials to our squad,” said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
“Having performed at the highest level for many years, we have no doubt his experience and quality will complement the many exciting talents we already have here.
“Thiago will be an excellent fit and we hope he can add some new trophies to his impressive list of honours.”
Reading appoint Paunovic
One of the worst-kept secrets in the Championship has finally been confirmed after Reading announced the appointment of Veljko Paunovic as their new manager.
The Serbian replaces Mark Bowen, who reports suggest has been offered the chance to move back upstairs at the Madejski Stadium in a director of football role.
Paunovic previously played as a midfielder for clubs such as Atletico Madrid and Getafe, with his only senior club job in management to date coming with a four-year spell in charge of MLS outfit Chicago Fire.
Mane ‘open’ to Barcelona move
It’s been a baptism of fire already for Ronald Koeman as Barcelona boss, given the turmoil erupting at Camp Nou following a woeful 2019/20 season and Lionel Messi’s transfer request.
However, a summer reunion with one of his former players could help brighten the Dutchman’s mood somewhat.
Koeman previously worked with Sadio Mane at Southampton and Mundo Deportivo suggest that the Senegalese forward is open to a possible move to Barcelona, having reportedly admired the LaLiga giants since the old Ronaldinho days.
However, they are likely to find it very difficult indeed to convince Liverpool to sell, with Mane under contract until 2023 and a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s title-winning side.
Juventus ‘make contact’ with Messi
Among the latest Lionel Messi rumours today is a particularly juicy line emanating from France.
L’Equipe suggest that Juventus have made contact with the Barcelona superstar as new boss Andrea Pirlo attempts to recruit him to Turin.
You don’t need me to tell you that such a sensational move would create one of the most devastating – not to mention unlikey – tandems in football history, with Messi’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo still having two years left to run on his current Juve contract.
If the rest of Serie A thought they’d had it tough with the Bianconeri’s dominance over recent years, it turns out they might have seen nothing yet…
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West Ham tracking Matviyenko
After signing Rodrigo, Leeds could now be on a collision course with West Ham over Mykola Matviyenko.
90min.com claim that the Hammers are one of several clubs chasing the versatile Ukrainian defender, who was part of the Shakhtar Donetsk team that reached the semi-finals of the 2019/20 Europa League.
Matviyenko could be available for around £20m.
Leeds complete Rodrigo deal
Newly-promoted Leeds have finally completed the signing of Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia.
The Spanish forward, 29, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Elland Road after passing a medical and signs for a club-record fee believed to be in the region of £26m.
“For me I’m really happy and very excited to join the club, this is an important season for all of us, coming back to the Premier League” Rodrigo told Leeds’ official website.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their messages on social media, the club, the president Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta for their efforts.
“For me this is a new step in my career and I want to help the team achieve the goals of the season.
“Leeds have been working for almost two weeks on this deal with Valencia and from the first time Victor talked to me, I knew I wanted this new challenge with Leeds, a historic club.
“Of course Marcelo Bielsa is one of the best coaches in football at this moment, he has done important things at different clubs and I’m excited to learn from him, improve my football with hard work and teamwork and I hope we can do important things this season.
“My first experience of the Premier League was with Bolton in 2010, which was my first season in a top division and it was a nice experience.
“I was very young in that moment, nowadays I am a better player, a much more complete player than I was and I’m really excited to come back to the Premier League.”
Arsenal eye Raya as Martinez replacement
Staying on the goalkeeper theme, Arsenal are supposedly considering replacements for Emiliano Martinez, who may be sold before the end of the current transfer window with Bernd Leno’s return to fitness likely wrecking his hopes of continued first-team opportunities.
Current third-choice option Matt Macey is unlikely to be thought of as sufficient back-up for Leno, so a new signing would surely have to be made in the event the Argentine was to depart over the coming weeks.
Per The Athletic, the Gunners are admirers of David Raya, who performed brilliantly for Brentford last season following a summer move from Championship rivals Blackburn.
Chelsea in Donnarumma talks
Circling back to Chelsea for a moment, is Gianluigi Donnarumma the man to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga as the club’s long term no1 goalkeeper?
Frank Lampard is understood to be chasing a new first-choice option between the posts, having not been impressed by Kepa’s form in 2019/20.
The likes of Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak, Burnley favourite Nick Pope and Ajax’s Andre Onana have all been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge over recent months, though it could be that Donnarumma is the preferred option.
According to Football Insider, Chelsea have now opened talks over a potential deal for the Italy stopper, who is valued at around the £50m mark by AC Milan.
However, the report adds that an agreement is seen as a “long shot”.
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Man United target Reguilon
Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon appears to have a number of Premier League suitors following a hugely impressive season on loan at Sevilla, whom he helped to another Europa League crown.
Tottenham and Chelsea are among the English top-flight clubs to have been linked with the Spanish left-back so far this summer.
And Marca now report that Manchester United are also monitoring his situation, along with Serie A duo Juventus and Inter Milan.
ICYMI: Tottenham agree £15m Doherty deal
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 player in Spurs’ Premier League squad, made nearly 50 appearances last season as Wolves made a deep run in the Europa League, impressing Jose Mourinho.
As well as right-back, he can play on the left-side of defence, in midfield and even at centre-half.
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Messi to Man City update
As ever, there are no shortage of Lionel Messi updates doing the rounds on the rumour mill this morning!
A potential stumbling block to a mammoth deal by Manchester City is detailed by The Times, who claim that the Premier League giants are unwilling to include any of Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva or Riyad Mahrez in a part-exchange deal for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Barcelona are reported to be particularly keen on Jesus as a long-term successor to Luis Suarez, who has been told that he does not feature in new boss Ronald Koeman’s plans for the future.
Chelsea ready Rice bid
Chelsea are reportedly ready to take the latest step in their busy summer transfer planning.
With deals for Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva already wrapped up, the Blues are also expecting to complete the signing of Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz over the coming weeks.
But there is still room for other additions, with The Sun reporting that Chelsea are now ready to table an official offer for West Ham’s Declan Rice.
Rice is known to be one of Frank Lampard’s top targets, though David Moyes previously warned that it would take “Bank of England money” to prise the £80m-rated Three Lions international away from London Stadium.
Can Chelsea successfully negotiate a discount, as they did with Leicester for Chilwell?
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.”
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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?
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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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