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Welcome to the Evening Standard's rolling transfer news and rumours live blog as the summer transfer speculation increases.

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...



Man Utd Bernardeschi deal Coutinho to Arsenal ON Parrott on Millwall move Depay key to Sancho deal Auba wanted Chelsea move Ngakia to join Watford

SPURS NEWS

Parrott: I want to follow Kane's example

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.

Osmihen agent reveals English offers

The agent of Victor Osimhen has claimed English clubs were chasing his client before he decided to join Napoli.
 

Photo: AFPThe 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.


“It was a great deal and, like any move of this size, required a lot of organisation,” D’Avila toldRadio Kiss Kiss.

“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."

Spurs 'in talks' over Skriniar-Ndombele deal

It seems like swap deals may be the theme of the summer transfer window due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
 

Photo: ReutersAnd 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.

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MAN UTD NEWS

Juve to offer Bernardeschi for Smalling

Well, this would be quite something.
 

Photo: AFPReports 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.

SPURS NEWS

Vertonghen heading to Inter?

Jan Vertonghen could be set to reunite with Christian Eriksen at Inter Milan after announcing his departure from Tottenham.
 

Photo: PAThe 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.

Gerrard: Morelos will only leave for big fee

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has said it will take a 'big number' to convince the club to sell Alfredo Morelos.
 

Photo: AFPThe 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."

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WEST HAM NEWS

Ngakia set for Watford switch

Watford are in pole position to sign free agent Jeremy Ngakia, Standard Sport understands.
 

Photo: Getty/West Ham United FCThe 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

Jimenez wants Wolves stay

Raul Jimenez looks set to snub any interest from Juventus and Manchester United this summer in favour of staying at Wolves.
 

Photo: PAA 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

Basham pens new Blades deal

Sheffield United have wasted no time in locking down their star performers to new contracts after Chris Basham signed a new deal.
 

Photo: Getty/PoolThe 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.

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SPURS NEWS

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.

Photo: Getty Images

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 step up Eze move

Crystal Palace are preparing to make a £15m offer for QPR starlet Eberechi Eze but could face competition from West Ham.
 

Photo: Getty ImagesEze, 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 NEWS

Brentford discover Balogun price

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.

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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.

Photo: AFP via Getty Images

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.

ARSENAL NEWS

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.

Photo: Getty Images

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."

SPURS NEWS

Tottenham not in Ndombele talks

Contrary to reports around this morning, Standard Sport understands Tottenham are not in talks to sell Tanguy Ndombele. 

Photo: Getty Images

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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WEST HAM NEWS

Watford close to Ngakia deal

After leaving West Ham last month, Jeremy Ngakia looks set to join relegated Watford.

The Guardian report that a deal is close, with the teenage right-back having rejected the offer of a long-term contract extension at London Stadium.

Photo: AFP via Getty Images

West Ham would be due compensation if Ngakia joins another English club.

MAN UTD NEWS

Depay key to Man United's Sancho move

Manchester United could be helped in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho by a familiar face: Memphis Depay.

Photo: AFP

The former Manchester United winger is, according to Bild, wanted by Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for Sancho.

England international Sancho is Man United's top transfer target this summer.

ARSENAL NEWS

Coutinho to Arsenal ON

Arsenal have emerged as favourites to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona this summer as the Brazilian looks set to return to the Premier League in 2020-21.

Photo: Getty Images

The 28-year-old has been offered to a number of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Tottenham, with Gunners' boss Mikel Arteta believed to be keen on taking him to north London.

Barca had hoped to sell Coutinho this summer for a fee in the region of €80m, but the financial effects of the coronavirus crisis make that almost impossible.

Coutinho's annual wages of around €13.7m are prohibitive for Arsenal and Standard Sport understands Barca would be willing to pay half his salary, although the Gunners would be charged a loan fee of around €10m for the Brazilian.

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PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

Aubameyang targeted January Chelsea move

This is quite the intriguing line ahead of Saturday's FA Cup Final clash between the London rivals at Wembley.

The Mail are reporting that Chelsea were sounded out - at the player's behest - over a potential move for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the January transfer window.

Photo: Getty Images

However, it is said that the striker's enormous salary demands ultimately put paid to the chance of such a high-profile deal ever coming to pass.

DONE DEAL

...and speaking of Real Madrid

The LaLiga champions have confirmed the departure of forward Dani Gomez to Levante.

The 22-year-old, who spent this season on loan at CD Tenerife, will now link up with the Spanish top-tier outfit.

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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.


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