Welcome to the Evening Standard’s rolling coverage of the summer transfer window.
Tottenham have signed Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid, along with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty. Champions Liverpool have signed £25m Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, while Diogo Jota has also joined from Wolves.
Arsenal have secured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future after signing Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, while goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson has joined following Emiliano Martinez’s departure.
Chelsea have spent big on Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy expected to sign this week. Manchester United have brought in Donny van de Beek but are struggling to sign top target Jadon Sancho.
Lampard refuses to rule out Hudson-Odoi loan exit
Frank Lampard has opened the door to the possibility of Callum Hudson-Odoi leaving Chelsea on loan before the window closes, writes Jack Rosser.
Hudson-Odoi has fallen down the pecking order since returning from a ruptured Achilles, while he also suffered a hamstring problem last season and started only seven Premier League games.
The winger, who after breaking through at Chelsea pushed for a move to Bayern Munich before signing fresh terms shortly after Lampard’s appointment as manager, is not pushing to leave west London yet but would consider a loan should first-team opportunities not present themselves.
And with a large squad in need of trimming, Lampard is ready to consider his options.
Asked if Hudson-Odoi and team-mate Antonio Rudiger could leave before the season finishes, Lampard said: “It remains to be seen. We’re not in a period where the transfer window or market is acting like it has done in recent years in terms of how players move or what level they move at.”
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Man Utd eye Tagliafico as Telles alternativee
Manchester United are weighing up a move for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico as an alternative to Alex Telles, according to The Sun.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are reportedly in talks with Porto over a move for Telles, however they are now considering their options, with Tagliagico being one.
The full-back could reportedly be available for £23million.
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Aarons agree’s five-year Barca deal
Norwich defender Max Aarons has agreed a five-year deal with Barcelona, report Sport.
Barcelona have not yet reached an agreement with Norwich, however, who have rejected previous offers for the full-back.
Norwich could be tempted by a loan deal with an obligatory purchase clause next summer, however.
Tottenham open talks for Skriniar
Tottenham have opened talks with Inter Milan over the signing of Milan Skriniar, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The centre-back is reportedly one of Jose Mourinho’s favourite options this summer.
Romano also reports a potential swap-deal involving Tanguy Ndombele is now totally off the cards.
However, he does report that the price tag is an issue, with Inter valuing the defender at £55million.
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Sociedad confirm Llorente is joining Leeds
Leeds United have agreed a deal in principle for Diego Llorente, Real Sociedad have confirmed.
The defender – who will sign in a deal worth around £20million – will become the second centre-back to join the club this summer following the arrival of Robin Koch.
Suarez camp hold Barca talks after Atletico move called off
Representatives of Luis Suarez met with Barcelona officials on Tuesday evening in an attempt to find a solution after the club vetoed a transfer to Atletico Madrid, writes Ben Hayward.
Suarez had agreed to rescind his contract with Barca and was all set for a move to Atletico, but saw the move called off by the Catalan club as they were unwilling to strengthen a direct rival.
Standard Sport understands the Uruguayan was left furious by Barca’s change of posture and instructed his agents to meet club directors on Tuesday in order to seek a solution.
According to reports in Catalonia, Barca would not be prepared to pay the settlement they had agreed with the striker for him to sign for Atletico, while they would also demand a fee.
Atletico had thought a deal was wrapped up, but the Rojiblancos are not prepared to meet the new conditions and are considering a move for Suarez’s out-of-contract Uruguay team-mate Edinson Cavani instead.
Suarez and his representatives had threatened to call a press conference to explain his situation, but the striker now hopes his exit and transfer will be resolved after Tuesday’s talks with the club.
Sokratis exit linked to Koulibaly deal
Reports in Italy suggest that Arsenal’s hopes of selling Sokratis this summer depend on Kalidou Koulibaly’s future.
The Senegalese defender has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City and the suggestion is that Napoli will buy the Arsenal defender as a replacement if that deal goes through.
Champions League club to rival Arsenal for Aouar?
The Telegraph report that Arsenal’s pursuit of Houssem Aouar has suffered a blow after Lyon were contacted by an unspecified Champions League club looking to sign the midfielder.
Aouar is one of Mikel Arteta’s midfield targets but Lyon value one of their star men in excess of £50m and have reportedly rejected Arsenal’s attempts to include Matteo Guendouzi as part of a deal.
Bale could be ‘one of the signings of the decade’
Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson reckons Tottenham have smashed it out of the park with their move to bring Gareth Bale back to north London.
“Bale has a lot to prove,” Robinson told Football Insider. “It is very quick to claim that it is an emotional signing and suggest that he is too old.
“I think Gareth Bale still has the hunger to play football – 31 is no age the way players look after themselves now.
“It is a fantastic signing and a huge show of support from Daniel Levy to his manager, bringing in a world-class player of that level.
“It is a real statement from Tottenham and I think this is one of the signings of the decade for Spurs.
“The money that the chairman has outplayed, in what it is a tough financial climate, is a real statement of intent.”
Sorloth joins Leipzig
RB Leipzig have completed the signing of Crystal Palace forward Alexander Sorloth on a five-year contract.
The striker flopped at Selhurst Park but was sent on a two-year loan to Trabzonspor at the start of last season and enjoyed a superb campaign, winning the Turkish top flight golden boot.
An agreement has been reached between all three clubs to allow that deal to be cut short and facilitate his transfer to the Bundesliga on a permanent basis.
Silva: Age is just a number
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has no concerns about his age as he prepares to make his Blues debut against Barnsley in the EFL Cup tomorrow night – the day after his 36th birthday.
“No, I don’t worry at all because I know where I want to get to and I have high hopes about this young team,” said Silva. “I feel really good, age is just a number on a document.
“Physically I feel young. I am very well prepared for this, I have been preparing for my whole life.
“People who know me know how much I love my work, how I put in 200 per cent.
“This is a great opportunity that Chelsea and Lampard have given me, I don’t want to let them down.”
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Davis signs new Villa deal
Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis has signed a new long-term contract at the club.
The 22-year-old academy graduate has penned a deal that will keep him at the club until 2024.
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United to reignite Wendel interest?
French outlet L’Equipe say Manchester United could make a late move for Sporting star Marcus Wendel.
The report claims United had a €25million bid for the 23-year-old rejected in July, but with a deal for Jadon Sancho looking increasingly unlikely, they could revisit.
Cech played ‘influential role’ in Mendy deal
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed the key role that club legend Petr Cech played in the imminent arrival of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Mendy is having his medical today ahead of a £22million move to Stamford Bridge from Ligue 1 side Rennes.
Cech made the same switch from the French club to the Blues in 2004 and went on to four Premier League titles and the Champions League during a glittering spell in west London.
“Petr was important in that, because the goalkeeper position is a very particular position,” Lampard said ahead of Wednesday night’s EFL Cup meeting with Barnsley.
“Petr Cech was the best in the world at that for a long time. He certainly will have a big say in this situation from my point of view, I lean heavily on him when it comes to the goalkeepers day to day, planning and the future. He was very influential.”
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Leeds closing on Llorente deal
Leeds United are closing in on a £20million deal to sign Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente.
The Spanish international would be the second high profile addition Marcelo Bielsa has made at centre-back this summer, after Germany’s Robin Koch.
Leeds have conceded seven goals in their first two games of the season, beaten 4-3 by Liverpool before triumphing by the same scoreline against Fulham, and have been weakened by the return of Ben White to parent club Brighton after his successful loan spell last season.
Mendy having Chelsea medical
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is currently giving his press conference ahead of the EFL Cup tie against Barnsley, and has some good news on the transfer front regarding Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
“Yes, Mendy is having a medical as we speak,” he said. “Subject to that being okay then he will become our player.”
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United ‘in Dembele talks’
The Daily Record say Manchester United have opened talks with Barcelona over a possible loan move for Ousmane Dembele.
The French winger has been out of favour after struggling with a plethora of injuries that have marred his time at the Nou Camp since his 2017 arrival from Borussia Dortmund.
Current Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is United’s no.1 target but a deal is looking increasingly unlikely.
The report claims Barcelona would only sanction a loan move for Dembele if it included an obligation to buy.
Stephenson signs Liverpool deal
Liverpool youngster Luca Stephenson has signed his first professional contract at the club.
The midfielder only turned 17 last week but featured for the club’s U18 side last season.
No Guendouzi transfer request
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has not handed in a transfer request, contrary to speculation.
The French midfielder was left out in the cold by Mikel Arteta towards the end of last season and despite the Spaniard suggesting every player started the new season with a fresh slate, has not featured in the Gunners squad for either of the first two Premier League games.
A new central midfielder is known to be high on Arteta’s wishlist for the final weeks of the window and that could involve Guendouzi leaving, but Standard Sport understands that things have not deteriorated to the point where he has handed in a formal request to leave.
‘No chance’ Lingard will join Tottenham
Speculation that Jesse Lingard could be set to join Tottenham is wide of the mark, according to The Athletic.
Jose Mourinho managed the England international at Manchester United and according to the report is not interested in a reunion.
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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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