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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...

Aubameyang's Arsenal decision 'already made' Man United eye shock Schmeichel bid Chelsea want Pope to replace Kepa Arsenal delegation in Portugal Willian axed from Chelsea squad Coutinho to Arsenal ON


Chelsea want Pope as Kepa replacement

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Speaking of goalkeeper deals, Chelsea are said to be 'stepping up' their pursuit of Burnley's Nick Pope.

That is according to the Star on Sunday, who believe that Lampard views the impressive Pope as the best option to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.

It is said that a bid of around £50m could convince Burnley to sell a player who many believe will replace Jordan Pickford as England's long-term no1.


Man United eye shock Schmeichel deal

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Like father, like son?

The Sun are reporting tonight that Manchester United are considering a surprise summer swoop for Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel, son of Old Trafford legend Peter.

It is suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's faith in mistake-prone no1 David de Gea is now dwindling, with doubts also circling over Sheffield United loanee Dean Henderson's readiness to return to his parent club and hold down a regular starting berth.

Watford braced for interest in key trio

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Watford are on the verge of signing right-back Jeremy Ngakia following his exit from West Ham, but how many star names will they lose this summer following relegation?

According to The Mirror, record signing Ismaila Sarr, midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure and attacker Gerard Deulofeu are all being lined up for moves elsewhere.

More specifically, Everton could soon reignite their bid to sign Doucoure, while AC Milan are after Deulofeu and Wolves see Sarr as a potential replacement for Adama Traore, should he leave over the coming months.



Aubameyang has 'already decided' to leave Arsenal - Ferdinand

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Rio Ferdinand believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already made the decision to leave Arsenal.

Captain Aubameyang scored twice at Wembley on Saturday as the Gunners came from behind to win their 14th FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Chelsea.

Some fans feared that the final could be the Gabon striker's last game in red and white with his contract due to expire next summer and no agreement yet reached over an extension, with Arsenal no doubt eager to avoid losing their star man for nothing in 2021.

However, head coach Mikel Arteta is optimistic that the experience of lifting the trophy will help convince him to stay put long-term.

Aubameyang swiftly brushed aside questions over his future after the final whistle at Wembley, insisting that he was not thinking about the matter as he focused on celebrating the triumph with his team-mates.

And Ferdinand - working as a pundit on BT Sport - believes such a reaction is a sign that his mind is already made up over an Emirates Stadum exit.

"I think he's gone from that reaction," he said. "He's already decided. 

"'I'm going to enjoy this with my team-mates' - he sounds like someone who is going elsewhere. 

"Arsenal need to do all they can to keep him. He was unbelievable [today], Jesus.

"But the Arsenal fans adore him. Is he going to find that elsewhere in his career?"

Howe leaves Bournemouth by mutual consent

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Eddie Howe's long second stint in charge at Bournemouth is over after he left the club by mutual consent.

The decision comes just six days after the Cherries were relegated from the Premier League after five years by a solitary point.

In a statement released by Bournemouth via their official club website on Saturday night, Howe said there was a collective feeling that "now is the right time for the club to go in a new direction" after agreeing his exit during talks with the club hierarchy.

“Having spent a total of 25 years with the club as both a player and a manager this decision - made together with the club - is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make," he said.

“Bournemouth will always be in my heart, but I firmly believe that now is the right time for the club to have a change.

“I have always ensured that every decision I have ever made as manager has been in the best interests of the club and its supporters, and this is no different.”


RB Leipzig taunt Chelsea over FA Cup

Timo Werner caught a glimpse of what life at Chelsea will be like next season after watching his new team take on Arsenal in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

Unfortunately for the Blues, it wasn't their day at Wembley after they went down 2-1 to Arsenal as the curtain finally came down on the doemstic season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's double helped the Gunners come from a goal down after Christian Pulisic's early strike.

And after Werner completed his big-money switch from RB Leipzig in June, his former club just could not resist a cheeky parting shot.

Fresh from their defeat at Wembley, the Bundesliga outfit decided to poke fun at Chelsea, posting an image to Twitter which appeared to imitate Werner texting his former colleagues.

The message read: "Timo Werner is typing...", insinuating that the German forward wanted to return to his native land after Chelsea's defeat.



Arteta hope over Auba

Arteta hopes Aubameyang will still be an Arsenal player next season.


"He knows what I think about him, I want to build a squad around him," the Gunners boss said on BBC One.

"I want him to stay, it is about getting the deal done.

"I think moments like that will help him to believe we are on the right path and he is a big part of it. He is loved by everyone at the club. I think he will (stay)."


Arsenal delegation fly out to Portugal

Arsenal have sent a delegation to Lisbon to tie up a deal for Sporting's Joelson Fernandes, according to O Jogo.


The 17-year-old has been linked with a move to Emirates Stadium this summer amid a standoff in talks over a new contract with Sporting. 

The Gunners have been alerted after talks broke down over a new release clause. 

He could be available for a fee of between £13.5m and £18million.


Willian axed from Chelsea squad

There is no place for Willian or Michy Batshuayi in the 20-man squad at Wembley this afternoon. 

Lampard instead keeps the same line-up from the final day 2-0 win over Wolves, with Willy Caballero picked ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal.

Olivier Giroud starts against his former club with Tammy Abraham on the bench.


Lille complete Yilmaz signing

Lille have signed veteran Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz from Besiktas.

Yilmaz comes in days after Lille sold Victor Osimhen to Italian side Napoli for around 80million euros.

Yilmaz, 35, has signed a two-year deal.

Gerrard eyes Rangers signings

Steven Gerrard will continue his efforts to bolster his Rangers squad this summer after they opened their campaign with a 1-0 win at Aberdeen today. 


Gerrard said: "We want to try to add some faces to make us better and make us more competitive over 38 games."


Man City chase Sergi Roberto

After losing David Silva this summer, Pep Guardiola is reportedly eyeing a move for Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto.

The 28-year-old, who can also play right-back, was handed his debut by Guardiola while he was in charge of the Catalan giants.

And according to Diario Sport, Guardiola is keen to bring the versatile Spaniard to the Etihad Stadium, with a big fee likely to tempt Barca into a sale.



Grant: Havertz will join Chelsea if Abramovich wants deal

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant says Chelsea's move for Kai Havertz will simply come down to whether or not Roman Abramovich wants the player.

Photo: Pool/AFPFrank Lampard wants to wrap up a deal for Havertz so the 21-year-old has more time to settle in west London, but Bayer Leverkusen's Europa League bid could hold up the move.

Havertz has told Leverkusen he wants to join Chelsea, who have already signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for next season.

Personal terms are not expected to prove an issure, with the clubs yet to settle on a fee which satisfies all parties. But Grant says Abramovich will stump up the fee necessary if he is sold on Havertz.

"Abramovich didn't have a problem with money before! When he wants something, he buys it," Grant told Stats Perform News.

"He doesn't do things to save money. Whether they have more or less money, I don't think it's important.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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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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