Follow the latest updates live from the summer transfer window as Premier League clubs look to strengthen their squads ahead of the rapidly-approaching new season. Chelsea and Manchester United are among the teams to watch, with the Blues closing in on Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, while United are being strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.
While clubs are feeling the financial effect of the coronavirus crisis, many are still expected to be active in the transfer market – although there could well prove to be a cut-price deal or two available as teams desperately search for much-needed funds to survive.
Manchester City are targeting 20-year-old Valencia winger Ferran Torres in an effort to strengthen their attempt to regain the Premier League title from Liverpool, while Tottenham are closing in on former Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who has already handed in a transfer request to the club. Meanwhile, Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester are all options for former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho to secure a return to the Premier League, according to reports in Spain. Follow the latest news and rumors below.
Manchester City are stepping up their pursuit of Valencia’s young winger Ferran Torres.
ESPN reports that City have now made Torres their priority target this summer, with the 20-year-old identified as the ideal replacement for Leroy Sane following his departure to Bayern Munich.
Torres is valued by Valencia at £40m and negotiations have not yet reached a breakthrough, but following their successful appeal in overturning their two-year Champions League ban, City are ready to splash the cash in an effort to close the gap on Liverpool.
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.
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.
We begin this morning with an update from Anfield, where Liverpool are on the looking 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.
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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.
West Ham remain in pursuit of Queens Park Rangers forward Eberechi Eze in a deal that could be worth around £20m, while Leeds United have been linked with Tottenham’s out-of-favour defender Juan Foyth. Liverpool meanwhile remain linked with Schalke defender Ozan Kabak and Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.