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Transfer news LIVE: Man United agree Sancho fee, Rashford latest, Bardhi to Arsenal, Ugurcan Cakir to Chelsea

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Welcome to the Evening Standard‘s rolling transfer news and rumours live blog.

The transfer speculation is building as we approach the end of the 2019-20 season and while Chelsea have already wrapped up some impressive deals, they continue to be linked with some star names from across the continent.

Manchester City will today learn whether their two-year ban from European competition will be upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and, if so, you would expect that to have ramifications in the transfer window.

Latest transfer news and rumours…​

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Arsenal bid for Bardhi

Arsenal have launched a bid for Levante midfielder Enis Bardhi, according to Onda Deportiva.


Mikel Arteta is keen to overhaul his squad this summer and has reportedly set his sights on the 25-year-old, who has scored five in 22 La Liga starts this season. 


Arsenal’s Mavropanos set for Bundesliga move

Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos is in talks with Stuttgart and Werder Bremen over a loan move for next season.

Mavropanos has just finished six months at German second division side Nurnberg, where he impressed.


The 22-year-old’s performances have attracted interest from other sides in Germany and he is expected to stay in the country through another loan.

Mavropanos, however, is likely to join a side in the top-flight with Stuttgart and Werder Bremen in talks with Arsenal over a deal.


Mourinho wants a new right-back

Jose Mourinho targeting a new right-back but is thought to favour a more physical player to Kyle Walker-Peters (below), who has yet to make a decision on his future.


The situation is further complicated because Serge Aurier is expected to push for a move away from Spurs again in the summer.

Spurs did not receive an adequate bid for the wantaway Ivorian last summer but the club is likely to be more open to offers next month, with Aurier having entered the final two years of his contract and little desire to agree a new deal.


PSG make Rashford top target

PSG have made Marcus Rashford their top transfer target, according to The Independent.


United would reportedly want north of £100million for the England international, and PSG are willing to pay it. 

Thomas Tuchel is a huge admirer of Rashford and believes he is undervalued by England. 


Spurs line up McKennie

Tottenham have lined up a move for Bundesliga star Weston McKennie this summer, according to Football Insider. 


McKennie is expected to leave Schalke this summer and Jose Mourinho is an admirer. 

He signed a new deal until 2024 last summer and is expected to command a fee of around £27million. 


AC Milan rival Tottenham for Koch

AC Milan have joined Tottenham in the race for Robin Koch, according to Bild.


Spurs now face a real fight for the central defender, who has been linked with RB Leipzig, Benfica, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli.

Koch is expected to cost around €15million. 


Chelsea prepare Oblak offer

Chelsea are ready to use Kepa Arrizabalaga as a makeweight in a deal to sign Jan Oblak this summer, according to The Mirror.


Oblak has a a £120million buyout clause but Chelsea are willing to offer Kepa in exchange in a bid to bring that figure right down. 


Arteta talks up Tierney

Mikel Arteta has talked up Kieran Tierney amid reports Leicester could move for the Scotland international if Ben Chilwell leaves this summer. 


“Everybody loves him at the club and he earns that every single day with the way he treats people, the way he works and the energy he brings to the place,” Arteta said.

“And then with his performances, I am delighted. He has adapted really well, he is a player that gives you everything in every session and every game. And the quality he has added as well.”


Gunners to loan out Mavropanos

Arsenal are set to allow Konstantinos Mavropanos the opportunity to go out on loan for the 2020/21 campaign with several teams interested.

Photo: Getty/Bongarts

That’s according to, who report the Greek centre-back is likely to continue his development elsewhere having spent the campaign on loan with Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen.

The 22-year-old is also being watched by Stuttgart, who have former Arsenal sporting director Sven Mislintat working for them.


Everton ‘had agreement’ for Lille defender

Everton had an agreement in place for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes before the coronavirus outbreak, according to Sky Sports. 


However, Napoli now lead the race for Gabriel with the Toffees reluctant to meet the €25m asking price. 


Chelsea agree deal for Cakir

Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, according to Haber365 in Turkey. 


The Blues have been linked with Dean Henderson, Jan Oblak and Andre Onana as Frank Lampard looks to replace Kepa between the sticks ahead of the new season. 

And now Cakir has entered the frame. 

The clubs have reportedly struck a £30million deal but personal terms are yet to be agreed. 


Man Utd ‘need five signings’

Gary Neville says Manchester United need up to five signings to challenge for titles domestically and in Europe. 


“Mason Greenwood is playing right wing, but I think they need a winger,” Neville told Sky Sports. 

“I think they need a centre forward, I think they need a centre back, they need a proper challenge for David de Gea and then at left-back, they maybe need something if Luke Shaw gets injured.

“For me, they need four or five players still to challenge, whereby they can get into a position where they can challenge for a title and win in Europe – that’s where the club needs to get to.”


Ake’s Bournemouth career over?

Bournemouth’s defender Nathan Ake might not play again this season after hobbling off with a groin problem against Leicester, according to the Bournemouth Echo.


That could mean he has played his last game for the Cherries, with relegation to the Championship a real possibility and links to a number of leading Premier League clubs. 


Liverpool plan to sell Lovren

Liverpool are looking to sell defender Dejan Lovren this summer despite extending his deal at Anfield, according to Goal. 


The Croatian, who has slipped down the pecking order at Anfield in recent seasons, is attracting interest from across Europe ahead of a potential summer move.

Liverpool are planning to take up an option to extend his deal until 2022, but reports claim that is a purely a move to protect his value.


City set to offer Pep new deal

Manchester City are set to offer Pep Guardiola a lucrative new long-term deal after their Champions League ban was overturned, according to The Mirror. 


City were spared a ban which could have led to a mass player exodus, raising concerns Guardiola would follow them out the door at the end of his contract in 12 months’ time. 

But now City are hopeful the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss will sign fresh terms at Etihad Stadium. 

Update on Man City’s transfer plans

Photo: AFP
Earlier, the Telegraph reported that Manchester City were ready to loosen the pursestring – well, ‘rip open’ is probably a more apt metaphor – as the step up interest in the likes of Ruben Dias, Pau Torres, Milan Skriniar, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Caglar Soyuncu, Jack Grealish and Ben Chilwell.

The Mail this morning has elaborated and added a host of new names: Lautaro Martinez, David Alaba, Ferran Torres and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Plus, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus will all be offered new contracts along with manager Pep Guardiola.

They are not messing around.

ICYMI: Willian rejects Beckham


Chelsea forward Willian has turned down the chance to join MLS outfit Inter Miami, according to The Telegraph.

Arsenal and Tottenham have both been linked with the Brazilian, who is expected to leave Stamford Bridge despite his fine form since the league restart after they refused to meet his demands for a three-year deal.

David Beckham was keen to bring Willian Stateside, but the winger is reportedly keen to remain in the Premier League.

Zidane Real confident of signing Mbappe

Photo: Reuters

One move which had been mooted for this summer for Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid.

The financial impact of the coronavirus appears to have put that one to bed for now and Marca report that the soon-to-be-crowned La Liga champions are feeling pretty sure about signing their key transfer target in 12 months time.

Mbappe’s contract at PSG runs until 2022, meaning a cut-price deal is currently in the offing next summer – much like Eden Hazard last year.

Bayern want Ndombele and Bakayoko

Bayern Munich are bracing themselves for the departures of Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez and, possibly, Corentin Tolisso by turning attentions to Tanguy Ndombele and Tiemoue Bakayoko, report Le10Sport.

Photo: Reuters
Standard Sport reported last week that Barcelona have approached Spurs about the French midfielder’s availability, along with Ryan Sessegnon. Spurs are not interested in selling either player, but that has not stopped the speculation.

Bayern reportedly hope to conclude a loan move for either player, though that appears to be a non-starter. Spurs are unwilling to loan out their club-record signing, despite his struggles to adapt, while Chelsea are looking to recoup €35m for Bakayoko

Barca delay Lautaro move

Barcelona president Jose Maria Bartomeu has confirmed talks have taken place with Inter Milan over the signing of Lautaro Martinez but says they will delay their move for the striker.

Photo: Getty Images

The Catalans reportedly have no intention of activating his release clause due to the coronavirus pandemic causing financial difficulties and Bartomeu says talks have been shelved for the time being.

“The coming market will be very different. The big clubs will be limited by economic problems, but Barca are always a market-mover,” Bartomeu told TV3. 

“In Lautaro’s case the negotiation is halted right now. We spoke to Inter a few weeks ago. We are in an assessment phase.

“We have spoken with Inter about Lautaro, but not recently. We will wait to finish the season and re-assess everything.”

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When does the 2020 summer transfer window open?

The Premier League’s chief executive, Richard Masters, has confirmed that the window is not set to open until the end of the season.

The campaign is currently scheduled to finish on Sunday July 26th, though the FA Cup Final will be held on August 1.

Therefore, August 2 seems a likely date for the window to open, though Masters admitted there is not yet a plan for how long it would go on for – especially with no dates yet confirmed for the 2020/21 season.

A summer transfer window usually lasts at least 12 weeks. Recent reports suggest Fifa will allow leagues to open their windows up to four weeks before the culmination of the season.

Players can be officially registered with their new clubs when the Fifa international window opens on July 1 – such as Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner with Chelsea – though Fifa guidelines suggest players joining in July will not be able to play for their new clubs during the current 2019-20 season.

From January 1 onwards, Premier League players with six months left on their contract have been able to negotiate and agree pre-contract deals with foreign clubs.

Some players have signed short-term deals with their clubs to finish the current season, but there is no obligation for players to do so. However, they will not be able to play for a new team this season even if they become a free agent due to Fifa regulations on registrations.

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