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The window officially opened this week after the completion of the delayed 2019-2020 Premier League season. Premier League clubs will now be busy reshaping their squad ahead of the new campaign, with the window scheduled to close on October 5.
Chelsea have already brought in the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, stealing a march on their rivals, while the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City are making early progress on adding to their squads.
Stay tuned for the latest transfer news and rumours…
There is no place for Willian or Michy Batshuayi in the 20-man squad at Wembley this afternoon.
Lampard instead keeps the same line-up from the final day 2-0 win over Wolves, with Willy Caballero picked ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal.
Olivier Giroud starts against his former club with Tammy Abraham on the bench.
Lille complete Yilmaz signing
Lille have signed veteran Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz from Besiktas.
Yilmaz comes in days after Lille sold Victor Osimhen to Italian side Napoli for around 80million euros.
Yilmaz, 35, has signed a two-year deal.
Gerrard eyes Rangers signings
Steven Gerrard will continue his efforts to bolster his Rangers squad this summer after they opened their campaign with a 1-0 win at Aberdeen today.
Gerrard said: “We want to try to add some faces to make us better and make us more competitive over 38 games.”
MAN CITY NEWS
After losing David Silva this summer, Pep Guardiola is reportedly eyeing a move for Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto.
The 28-year-old, who can also play right-back, was handed his debut by Guardiola while he was in charge of the Catalan giants.
And according to Diario Sport, Guardiola is keen to bring the versatile Spaniard to the Etihad Stadium, with a big fee likely to tempt Barca into a sale.
Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant says Chelsea’s move for Kai Havertz will simply come down to whether or not Roman Abramovich wants the player.
Frank Lampard wants to wrap up a deal for Havertz so the 21-year-old has more time to settle in west London, but Bayer Leverkusen’s Europa League bid could hold up the move.
Havertz has told Leverkusen he wants to join Chelsea, who have already signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for next season.
Personal terms are not expected to prove an issure, with the clubs yet to settle on a fee which satisfies all parties. But Grant says Abramovich will stump up the fee necessary if he is sold on Havertz.
“Abramovich didn’t have a problem with money before! When he wants something, he buys it,” Grant told Stats Perform News.
“He doesn’t do things to save money. Whether they have more or less money, I don’t think it’s important.
Troy Parrott says he is hoping to follow in Harry Kane’s footsteps and forge a successful career at Tottenham after joining Millwall on loan.
The 18-year-old will join the Championship outfit for the 2020/21 campaign to replicate Kane’s move in the 2011/12 season.
The Irish starlet has found first-team opportunities at Spurs limited in recent months and the experience of playing in the second tier will give Parrott some much-needed game time.
“Harry Kane went on loan to Millwall so hopefully I can follow in the same footsteps and go back and play in the Premier League,” Parrott said.
The agent of Victor Osimhen has claimed English clubs were chasing his client before he decided to join Napoli.
The 21-year-old completed a £54m switch to the San Paolo which could rise to £71m, making him one of the most expensive African players of all-time.
But his agent, William D’Avila, claimed there were clubs from the Premier League and Bundesliga interested in signing the Lille striker.
“Victor is happy, he can’t wait to come back to Naples and begin working with his new team. It’s not that the transfer was difficult, rather it took a long time, because we wanted to be sure it was the right choice.
“There were several clubs pushing to get involved, from England and Germany, but after some reflection, we decided Napoli was the right decision. It’s the right club for Victor to achieve results and success.”
It seems like swap deals may be the theme of the summer transfer window due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
And according to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport, Tottenham and Inter Milan are in discussions over a deal which would see Milan Skriniar and Tanguy Ndombele swap clubs.
The 23-year-old, a record signing from Lyon in 2019, has struggled to make an impression for the north London club and has barely featured under Jose Mourinho, with Barcelona also interested in the Frenchman.
However, Standard Sport understands Tottenham are keen to keep Ndombele, recognising the 23-year-old needs more time to adapt after a difficult debut season in England.
MAN UTD NEWS
Well, this would be quite something.
Reports in Italy suggest Juventus are keen on stealing a march on Roma by snapping up Chris Smalling from Manchester United.
Roma have so far failed to reach an agreement with United over a loan extension after the 30-year-old’s impressive loan stint at the Stadio Olimpico.
Now Calciomercato say Juve will offer a swap deal to the Red Devils which would see Federico Bernardeschi head to Old Trafford in exchange, with the Italian winger down the pecking order at the Allianz Stadium.
Jan Vertonghen could be set to reunite with Christian Eriksen at Inter Milan after announcing his departure from Tottenham.
The Belgian is a free agent after his contract with Spurs expired at the end of the Premier League season.
A return to former club Ajax has been mooted but Gazzetta dello Sport claim the 32-year-old could be heading to Inter, where his former Spurs team-mate Eriksen now plays after joining in January.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has said it will take a ‘big number’ to convince the club to sell Alfredo Morelos.
The Colombian is being watched by Lille after they sold Victor Osimhen to Napoli for £54m and want the 22-year-old as a replacement.
But Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports, said they don’t want to lose the striker: “You know what I know, you get noise around those types of players.
“It’s one of those where myself and the board will only sit down if we are happy with the numbers. We don’t want to lose any of our top players, but if it does happen it will be for a big number, for sure.”
WEST HAM NEWS
Watford are in pole position to sign free agent Jeremy Ngakia, Standard Sport understands.
The 19-year-old left West Ham after rejecting terms on a new deal as he searched for regular first-team football.
The right-back is now set to head to Vicarage Road to join Watford, who will play in the Championship next season after their relegation from the Premier League.
It is understood that a deal is close to completion and if it goes through, Watford are required to pay a compensation fee to West Ham as part of FA rules on free transfers for players under the age of 24.
MAN UTD NEWS
Raul Jimenez looks set to snub any interest from Juventus and Manchester United this summer in favour of staying at Wolves.
A report from Mexican outlet Record claims the 29-year-old is on both clubs’ radar after a fine season for Wolves, with his 17 goals helping them qualify for the Europa League for a second successive season.
But it adds Jimenez isn’t looking to leave Molineux any time soon after he became a father for the first time recently.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Sheffield United have wasted no time in locking down their star performers to new contracts after Chris Basham signed a new deal.
The 32-year-old was ever-present for the Blades this season as they secured a top-10 finish in their first season back in the Premier League.
Having played an instrumental part in Chris Wilder’s back three, Basham has now committed his future by putting pen to paper on a new contract which will keep him at Bramall Lane until 2022.
Spurs striker Parrott joins Millwall on loan
Tottenham striker Troy Parrott will spend next season on loan at Millwall, the Championship side have confirmed.
The Lions have agreed a season-long deal for the 18-year-old, who agreed personal terms and passed a medical earlier this week.
A teenage Harry Kane spent the second half of the 2011-12 season on loan at the Den, helping to save the Lions from relegation, and he has said the spell “turned me into a man”.
Parrott is already a Republic of Ireland international, having made his debut against New Zealand last November, but was repeatedly declared “not ready” for Premier League football by Spurs manager Jose Mourinho before the lockdown.
He missed the restart after undergoing a hernia operation and was not included in any match-day squads after returning to fitness in mid-July.
Parrott has been given a glowing reference by Ireland U-21 teammate Jayson Molumby, who spent last season on loan at Millwall from Brighton.
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Crystal Palace are preparing to make a £15m offer for QPR starlet Eberechi Eze but could face competition from West Ham.
Eze, 22, has enjoyed a fine season in the Championship with 14 goals and eight assists for the R’s this season.
Palace have shown interest in the Nigerian forward and, as told by The Beautiful Game Podcast, QPR are now willing to accept a lower fee – having demanded £20m before the coronavirus pandemic.
Arsenal have told Brentford they will need to pay £8m to sign young striker Folarin Balogun.
The 19-year-old, who is eligible to play for Nigeria, USA and England, has rejected a new contract with his current deal set to expire in 2021.
Sky Sports report Balogun wants assurances over his path to the first team but the Gunners aren’t willing to meet his demands.
Brentford are at the front of the queue to snap up the striker, but may have to wait for his price to fall before sealing any transfers with a play-off final still to play.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Gabriel agent in talks with Premier League duo
Is Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes closing on a move to the Premier League?
According to Sky Sports, the Brazilian’s representatives have travelled to the UK for talks with two unnamed clubs.
Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been linked with Gabriel, who almost sealed a switch to Goodison Park earlier this year before the coronavirus shutdown.
Sky add that the 22-year-old is expected to reach a final decision over his future in the coming days.
Lille have already bid farewell to one top talent on Friday, with striker Victor Osimhen heading to Napoli in a big-money deal.
Lacazette’s Arsenal future not tied to Aubameyang
Alexandre Lacazette says his future at Arsenal is not linked to that of fellow striker and close friend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Gunners captain Aubameyang has now entered the final 12 months of his current deal, while Lacazette has yet to begin talks over an extension to a contract that is due to expire in 2022.
However, he insists his own decision is not tied to Aubameyang’s.
“No, because we know that Auba has a lot of discussions with the club and I can’t put my future on someone else,” Lacazette said ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup Final.
“When he came everyone knows we had a good relationship together. We always talk about everything, not only about football but everything in life.
“He’s a good guy. That’s why between us it became really easy.”
Tottenham not in Ndombele talks
Contrary to reports around this morning, Standard Sport understands Tottenham are not in talks to sell Tanguy Ndombele.
There is still determination to give him time to be a success at the club after a difficult first season.
Ndombele made just 12 starts following his club-record £55m move from Lyon last summer.
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When does the 2020 summer transfer window open?
Premier League clubs have agreed on the revised start and finish dates of this summer’s transfer window.
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.
Chelsea will push ahead with moves for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz and remain interested in Leicester City’s Ben Chillwel, while Manchester United are also expected to be busy this summer.
Jadon Sancho remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one target, and a deal should be completed if Man United can negotiate a compromise on the £100m-plus valuation Dortmund has for the England international.