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

Premier League football returns to spotlight today after a blockbuster weekend of FA Cup football. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all progressed to the semi-finals with wins this weekend, in what is a mouth-watering final four of the competition.

Tonight, Crystal Palace are in action as they take on Burnley at Selhurst Park.

Meanwhile, and despite the unseen economic strain on clubs brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, transfer activity and speculation remains bouyant ahead of this summer's window.

Latest transfer news and rumours…?


Yorke urges Man Utd to sign Sane

Dwight Yorke has urged his former club Manchester United to consider a move for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. 

Pep Guardiola has confirmed the German will not sign a new contract with City and will either leave this summer or next on a free. 

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“United have got a real good attacking bunch of young players, add in Sancho, I like the boy Sane. If I was to airdrop, the boy Sane at City I really do [like]," Yorke told Stadium Astro. 

“We haven’t got a left-footed sort of winger. The boy [Mason] Greenwood is coming to the fore recently but I like Sane.”

“I really do think this kid is probably the quickest out of all them as well and he’s really got a good attitude.”

“I know he’s got some injuries, but if I was brave, if I was Man United manager at this point in time that’s the type of person I would go for.”


Shearer, Wright analyse Man Utd transfer requirements 

BBC pundits Alan Shearer and Ian Wright have outlined Manchester United's transfer requirements this summer. 

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Shearer told BBC Sport: “I think three or four big players. Right side of midfield, possibly a centre-forward, centre-halve and maybe another midfielder.”

Ian Wright added: “That’s the kind of signing [Jadon Sancho] they have to make if they’re going to be challenging City and Liverpool. Everybody is excited about Bruno Fernandes and Pogba.

“[Anthony] Martial and [Marcus] Rashford, both of them 19 goals each, last time any Man Utd players got that was Chicharito [Javier Hernandez] and [Dimitar] Berbatov.

“It seems like it’s starting to happen [for United].”


Bruce jokes Newcastle will sign De Bruyne 

Well, this would be an interesting one, wouldn't it?

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce "exclusively" revealed Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne will sign for Newcastle as he hilariously interrupted the midfielder's post-match interview. 

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The Magpies fell to a 2-0 defeat to City, who booked an FA Cup semi-final tie against Arsenal with the win. 

"He's going to stay here and come here," Bruce said. "That's an exclusive coming out of Newcastle tonight.

"He's had enough of Manchester City and he's going to come to play for Newcastle!" 



Havertz 'not thinking too much' about transfers

Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz insists Chelsea target Kai Havertz is "not thinking too much" about a summer transfer. 

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"I don't feel that he is thinking too much about transferring," he said, as per Goal. "Neither are we. I certainly don't have the impression that this will be his last game for the club.

"He is still under contract with us and I have to assume that he will be with us next season too. That will include the German Cup final next month and the next Europa League game against Rangers in August.

"Of course, that's all dependent on nothing happening before then."


Dzeko may have to take a pay cut to stay at Roma

Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko may have to take a wage cut in order to stay at Roma, report Calciomercato. 

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The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has had drastic financial implications for football clubs across Europe. 

And with the forward Roma's highest paid player, there has been talk he may have to be sold this summer. 

Dzeko does not want to leave, however, and neither do the club. The forward, therefore, may be willing to sign a one-year extension but at a reduced wage.


Inter ready to offload Skriniar 

Potentially some good news for Pep Guardiola!

Inter Milan are considering letting centre-back Milan Skriniar go this summer, report Calciomercato. 

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The defender wanted by a number of teams, but it's Manchester City who are reportedly leading the race. 

Inter are reportedly looking to raise funds this summer, with Skriniar deemed dispensable despite his quality performances this season. 



Gomez set for retirement 

Mario Gomez has revealed he will most likely hang up his boots after his side Stuttgart were promoted to the Bundesliga. 

The prolific former German international scored the only goal in a 3-1 defeat as Stuttgart confirmed promotion in their final game of the season. 

And the 34-year-old, formerly of Bayern Munich, revealed he is definitely to leave Stuttgart and most likely retire. 

"It was my absolute goal to say goodbye here as a first division player,” Gomez told SID.

"I was sure at the beginning of the season that we will go up. So I decided that this will be my last year at Stuttgart, in Germany and probably as a football player.”

Gordon to leave Celtic 

Craig Gordon is set to leave Celtic, the goalkeeper has confirmed on Instagram. The 37-year-old declined a new contract offer in pursuit of a new challenge. 

The Scot is considering a return to Hearts, PA Media have reported.

"Six League Titles. Five League Cups. Three Scottish Cups," he wrote. 

"The last six years have been the most successful period of my professional career, and I would like to thank everyone who has played their part in making this possible."


Arteta: Tierney will get 'better and better and better'

Mikel Arteta heaped praise on Kieran Tierney following Arsenal's FA Cup triumph against Sheffield United. 

The defender hadn't made an appearance for the Gunners under Arteta prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, but has featured in all four games since the restart. 

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"He’s been training incredibly hard through [the] COVID-19 [lockdown," he said.

“It’s been a tough moment for him in the last six or seven months and to move here from a different city, a different football club.

“He is a kid with an incredible attitude and he is so willing to learn and to put in everything he has. He has a massive heart and I am delighted to have him in the team.

“He’s a kid who is going to get better and better and better.”



Porto open to Pereira departure 

Porto are willing to let Arsenal target Danilo Pereira leave the club this summer but it will require a hefty fee, state Record. 

The Gunners have been linked with the midfielder of late but may struggle to finance a move. 

The Portuguese club reportedly will listen to offers of €40 million (£36m)


Kalou to Botafogo 

Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is on the verge of completing a free transfer to Botafogo, reports have claimed, via Goal. 

The striker has entered negotiations with the Brazilian side with his contract at Hertha Berlin set to expire this month. 

Goal report a club official has stated they are hopeful a deal will be completed imminently. 


Robben explains retirement U-turn 

Arjen Robben insists his return to foootball is not a comeback, but an "attempt to come back" 

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The Dutchman recently announced he was coming out of retirement to sign a one-year deal for boyhood club FC Groningen. 

"I want to make clear: it is not a comeback yet, it is an attempt to come back," he said. "It can be zero games, it can be a lot of games.

"I have been in training for five or six weeks now. Getting fitter and fitter. I am on the right course to get fit enough to play again. And I have to become fitter before I can play but I feel good about it. It can grow to something very good here."



Man City and Juve agree swap-deal 

Manchester City and Juventus have agreed a swap deal, with Felix Correia travelling to Italy, while Pablo Moreno comes to England, according to Sky in Italy. 

City's Correia - who was signed last summer from Sporting Lisbon - was in Italy on Saturday to take the first part of his Juventus medical. 

Moreno - an 18-year-old attacker - will join City before going on loan to Girona. 


Leicester join Castagne chase

Leicester have become the latest team to register an interest in the in-demand Atalanta full-back Timothy Castagne, report Le10 Sport. 

The Belgian has revealed he is looking for a move away from the Italian club, insisting he couldn't turn down a move to either Tottenham or Paris Saint-Germain. 

Leicester have now joined the mix, but they have some serious competition. 


Van Persie would 'bully' Luiz 

Former Gunner Robin van Persie has blasted David Luiz, insisting he would "bully" him if he came up against the defender. 

The 33-year-old centre-back recently signed a one-year contract extension with the club. 

Arsenal have been heavily criticised following the extension, with many believing Luiz to be a liability. 

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"With David Luiz, if he was 24 or 25 you would say he is potentially world-class," Van Persie told BT Sport. "But he is not. He is 33. 

"He has all the skills too because he is confident on the ball, he can pass, he can dribble. He can defend but he just makes too many silly mistakes which makes it easy for an opponent.

"If you play against him, I would go at him, almost try to bully him and to make physical contact with him and move around him and try to tease him a little bit because he is vulnerable. 

"The first job you have to do is to defend, be solid and be trustworthy. If you have extra, you can dribble, do some nice passes perfect but he needs to focus on his job."



Bale-Zidane relationship worsened further 

Gareth Bale's relationship with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane continues to worsen with his future in doubt, according to ESPN. 

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Zidane desperately tried to offload the Welshman last summer, who was seemingly extremely close to a move to China. 

The Frenchman has reportedly been furious by Bale's response to being dropped, with ESPN reporting their relationship is “at breaking point” and “worse than ever”.

The 30-year-old last scored for Madrid in September and still has two years remaining on his contract. 


Cazorla 'would love' Arsenal coaching role 

Santi Cazorla wants to rejoin Arsenal in a coaching role, reveals Guillem Balague, who states the Spaniard is aiming to keep playing for as long as possible. 

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"He told me he would love to join Arteta in a coaching role but wanted to keep playing for as long as he could. 

"He has said now that he has decided his future already but will only tell at the end of the season. 

"He has given no clues of what he will do."


Arthur and Pjanic complete Juve/ Barca medicals 

Arthur and Miralem Pjanic have completed medicals at Juventus and Barcelona respectively ahead of their transfers this summer, report Goal. 

Pjanic will join Barcelona for a €60m (£55m) fee, while Arthur will join Juventus for €70 million (£63m). 

Both midfielders will remain at their clubs for the remainder of the season. 


Gerrard unsure over Morelos future 

Steven Gerrard admits he remains unsure over the future of Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos. 

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“Alfredo is a fantastic footballer. He scores goals in big volumes and I’m really looking forward to him getting match fit, up to speed and ready to play," Gerrard told reporters per the Daily Record. 

“But I suppose what you want me to say is, whether he will be here next year. That’s the million dollar question.

“I want all my best players here, I’ve said that many times. For us to be successful, we need our best players fit, available and out there on the pitch.

“But you and I know that every player has his price. Will we get bids for our best players? It’s quite possible. That’s something I can’t control, so it’s something we are just going to have to manage going forward.”


Tottenham planning Ndombele stay 

Tottenham have no intention of selling record signing Tanguy Ndombele this summer, according to Football.London. 

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The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Tottenham following reports of a bust up with manager Jose Mourinho. 

Mourinho has since quashed such reports, but is yet to give the Frenchman a single minute of play since football's return. 

Tottenham remain confident the midfielder has a long-term future at the club, however, despite links to Barcelona. 


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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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