Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool make contact for £41m Ozak Kabak, Man United doubts over Jadon Sancho fee, Chelsea near Kai Havertz agreement
Follow the latest updates live from the Premier League summer transfer window as clubs continue to strengthen ahead of the new season. Manchester City look poised to announce their first signing of the off-season with reports that a £24m fee has been agreed with Valencia for winger Ferran Torres, who could arrive to replace Leroy Sane imminently.
City have also been alerted to the availability of David Alaba, whose contract extension talks with Bayern Munich have hit a stalemate, while Chelsea are pressing on with their interest in another defender in Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell.
Arsenal meanwhile appear to have had a second offer for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey rejected which included offering midfielder Matteo Guendouzi in the opposite direction, while the Gunners continue to be one of three clubs linked with Barcelona’s unwanted midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who is also being monitored by Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester. Manchester United meanwhile remain coy on their interest in Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, with Borussia Dortmund and Aston Villa demanding £90m and £80 respectively for their prized assets. Follow the latest transfer news below.
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With the longest ever Premier League season finally wrapped up and consigned to the history books, attentions once again turn to the summer transfer window, which opens nearly two months later than normal.
Clubs are set for a busy 10 weeks until the 5 October transfer deadline, with a number already confirmed to be in the market to reinforce their squads ahead of the 2020/21 season – which will begin on the weekend of 12 September in fewer than seven weeks’ time.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the headlines this morning.
We kick-off Thursday morning with news from Manchester City, where the club are on the hunt for not one but two major signings.
The first looks to be edging towards an imminent conclusion, with the club reported to have reached an agreement to pay Valencia £24.5m for winger Ferran Torres.
The 20-year-old has been lined up to replace Leroy Sane after the German left for Bayern Munich last month, and an announcement could come from City as early as today to confirm an agreed deal.
Having seen their Uefa ban lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, City are keen to strengthen their squad for their Champions League campaign next season with the ability to offer European football a major factor in who they will sign this season.
City’s second potential signing could well prove to be Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, after the Austrian’s contract talks with the Bundesliga champions hit a stalemate.
German newspaper Bild report that Alaba’s agent has asked Bayern to pay the defender €20m a year in order to extend his contract, which is set to expire at the end of next season, but the club have not been impressed by his demands and are considering selling him this summer or letting him leave on a free transfer.
That has alerted Manchester City, who are in the market for a new left-sided defender despite Benjamin Mendy’s return to fitness after growing concerned with the Frenchman’s performances.
Chelsea have dominated the headlines in the transfer window so far with the acquisitions of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, along with their interest in Kai Havertz, but if this season was anything to go by, it’s their defence that is in desperate need of strengthening.
One player who has remained on their radar is Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell, and Goal reports that the Blues will prioritise his signing over interest in other options, which includes Ajax’s Nicholas Tagliafico and Getafe’s Marc Cucurella.
The future of Alexis Sanchez is one of the key topics that needs resolving at Manchester United, with the Chile international currently on loan at Inter Milan.
The Daily Mail reports that Sanchez has ‘told the club he wants to leave’, which would cap a complete failure of his time at Old Trafford since joining from Arsenal in January 2018.
The report adds that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘believes he still has something to offer’, but given how he has regenerated his side since Sanchez left alongside Romelu Lukaku, it’s hard to see how he could return to make an impact at United, and that may be a ploy to ensure the 31-year-old doesn’t end up leaving on the cheap.
Richarlison has spoken out over his Everton future, having been linked in the past with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United.
The Brazilian has already held talks with manager Carlo Ancelotti, who has made it clear that he remains crucial to his plans at Goddison Park, but whether that convinces him to stay or not is yet to be determined.
Richarlison says that he could look to stay for another season with the club, but should the right offer come in, he will have to take it seriously and consider his options.
Brighton have completed their second signing of the summer.
Fresh from completing the addition of Adam Lallana after he left Liverpool, Brighton have announced the signing of Dutch defender Joel Veltman, who joined on a three-year deal from Ajax for an undisclosed fee.
“We’re delighted to welcome Joel to the club. He has terrific experience from his time with Ajax including the Champions League and, of course, with the Dutch national team,” said Brighton boss Graham Potter.
“He’s an excellent defender who can play at right-back and at centre half, but he’s also comfortable in possession.
“He is really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Premier League and we’re delighted he is now a Brighton player and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
Manchester United have a decision to make.
On one hand, they have one of the best goalkeepers in the last decade on their books in David De Gea, who has hit a rough patch of form and has cost them points this season. On the other hand, they have Dean Henderson, the man pushing to be England’s No 1 after impressing on loan at Sheffield United this season.
Sky Sports reports that talks between United and Henderson have reached a “vital stage” this week on deciding whether the 23-year-old remains at United for the 2020/21 season, or whether he is sent on loan once again.
However, any decision to keep Henderson could well spell the end for De Gea, and it could even spook him into pushing for a move if he wants to jump before he is pushed.
Atletico Madrid are standing firm on their valuation of Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey after rejecting a second offer from Arsenal.
The Gunners are keen on the 27-year-old and have been for some time, having first registered an interest in him towards the start of the year.
Partey has a release clause of €50m (£45.5m), but The Guardian reports that Arsenal attempted to undercut that with a €25m bid two weeks ago that was initially rejected, which prompted the Premier League side to add out-of-favour Matteo Guendouzi to negotiations.
However, the bid was once again rejected, and Atletico have made it clear they have no intention of lowering their valuation due to the release clause.
Arsenal also need to resolve the future of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is already into the final 12 months of his contract and weighing up his next move.
Mikel Arteta has struck a positive chord recently in discussing the likelihood of Aubameyang signing a new deal at the Emirates, in order to prevent him from leaving the club next summer on a free transfer.
According to The Mirror, his decision depends entirely on this weekend’s FA Cup final, which will see Arsenal either qualify for the Europa League or face yet another disappointment in a season that has been filled with them.
Should Arsenal fail to lift the FA Cup and miss out on European, the report adds that Barcelona and Inter Milan are ready to bounce in an effort to secure the striker on a cut-price fee.
Tottenham have been one of the quieter clubs during the transfer window so far, with the club keeping their interests close to their chest – no surprise there.
With Daniel Levy known for leaving his business late in the window, Spurs fans could be left to sweat long after the season gets underway on 12 September, with clubs having nearly an extra month to complete any deals.
But one name who has cropped up in reports is the Porto winger Luis Diaz, with Portuguese outlet Record reporting that Jose Mourinho has expressed an interest in the 23-year-old.
Liverpool are on the look-out for the right players to add to their Premier League title-winning squad.
With Adam Lallana having already left, and others such as Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri facing an uncertain future, Jurgen Klopp is open to making moves in the transfer window, and one name who has constantly cropped up in recent months is Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
The Spain international has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League over the years, only to remain in the Bundesliga, but he is said to be keen on a move to England before it’s too late and has his heart set on Liverpool.
But ESPN reports today that Liverpool have no interested whatsoever in the 29-year-old due to his age, injury record and the fact that he doesn’t fit into Klopp’s current style, given the intensity required. If the report is correct, it looks like the move is not only off, but it was never on.
The future of Philippe Coutinho will prove to be one of the most talked-about subjects this summer, with the Brazilian midfielder not required at Barcelona and unlikely to remain at Bayern Munich.
Spanish newspaper Sport reports that Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has already been locked in talks with a number of Premier League clubs in an effort to secure him a return to England, having left Liverpool in 2018.
Sport reports that Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all snubbed the chance to sign Coutinho, but Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City are all interested and remain in dialogue with Joorabchian – who already has a large say in matters at Arsenal given his other interests in David Luiz and Cedric Soares as well as his close ties with technical director Edu.
It’s said that talks have included a permanent transfer and a loan with an option to buy, but Tottenham and Leicester have the current bonus of European football as Arsenal need to win the FA Cup final this weekend to book a place in the Europa League.
Norwich City have announced the signing of England Under-21 midfielder Kieran Dowell on a three-year deal from Premier League side Everton.
The Canaries have confirmed the move for an undisclosed fee, with the 22-year-old actually making his first Premier League appearance for the Toffees against Norwich four years ago, before heading out on loan to Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Derby County and Wigan Athletic.
Dowell will be tasked with trying to help Norwich secure an immediate return to the Premier League after their relegation this season.
More news just landing – but this will create a much bigger stir than the latest from Norwich.
The BBC are reporting that Bournemouth have accepted a £41m offer from Manchester City for defender Nathan Ake, who has also interested the likes of Arsenal and former club Chelsea in recent months.
It would be a serious sign of intent that City are ready to spend, spend spend this summer, and offers Ake the chance to step up and follow int he footsteps of his Dutch teammate Virgil van Dijk in leaving the south coast for a chance to challenge for the Premier League title with a much more established club.
At £41m, Man City may be getting a bargain in signing a young defender who qualifies for the homegrown quota and gives them more options in what was a stretched defensive department.
But it’s understood that Chelsea still have a clause in their agreement with Bournemouth that will allow them to match any accepted offer, meaning that should frank Lampard feel that he is in need of a centre-back, Ake would represent a very attractive and affordable option.
Whether Ake would want to go back to the club that decided he wasn’t good enough for them though, that is the question.
The race to sign former Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is hotting up as Tottenham look to have moved ahead in the battle with Everton for his signature.
Sky Sports reports that Spurs are leading the race to sign the Denmark midfielder and have lodged a £15m offer, though Saints have put an asking price on his head that is £10m more than their bid.
However, it’s added that Tottenham will look to include right-back Kyle Walker-Peters in negotiations which could sway Saints into parting with their wantaway midfielder, with the 24-year-old submitting a transfer request last month.
Here’s the full story on Norwich City’s latest acquisition after they announced the signing of midfielder Kieran Dowell on a three-year deal from Everton.
Chelsea’s hopes of attracting a new world class goalkeeper may have suffered a blow after Atletico Madrid issued a hands-off warning over Jan Oblak.
Speculation is rife that Frank Lampard does not see Kepa Arrizabalaga as his long-term goalkeeper due to his poor performances this season. The £72m goalkeeper looks set for a Stamford Bridge exit if Chelsea can find a replacement, but that could prove the tricky part.
Spanish publication Marca reports that Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has said that Oblak “remains an Atletico player, period”, and while that may well change in the future, it’s worth noting that he said exactly the same when Antoine Griezmann stayed with the club two years ago.
Liverpool are also expected to dip their toes into the transfer market this summer, although Jurgen Klopp appears to have no interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara and will not make a move for the 29-year-old. The club instead have been linked with a replacement for Dejan Lovren in the form of Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, while they will also be on the hunt for a replacement for Adam Lallana, who joined Brighton on a three-year deal.