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Transfer news LIVE: Sancho to Man United rests on Belingham; Arsenal target Weghorst, Roback; Chelsea gossip

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

We've another busy night of football in store with an action-packed Championship schedule, Manchester United travel to Brighton in the Premier League, while Barcelona face Atletico Madrid in a match that could go a long way to deciding the title race in LaLiga.

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

Latest transfer news and rumours…?

Sancho to Man Utd latest | Bellingham key to talks Arsenal linked with Weghorst Roback visits Gunners Man United and City battle for Grealish


Arsenal linked with Weghorst

The Gunners could be on the lookout for a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replacement this summer, and Wout Weghorst may fit the bill.

According to Bild, the Wolfsburg striker - who has scored 16 goals this season - would be available for around £32m.

Osimhen set for Napoli switch

Lille striker Victor Osimhen is closing in on a move to Napoli, according to reports in Italy.

The 21-year-old, who has bagged 18 goals for the Ligue 1 outfit this season, has been linked with Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United.

But it seems Napoli are in pole position to land the Nigeria international as Sky Sport Italia report his representatives will travel to Italy to discuss personal terms.


Spurs 'confident' of Hojbjerg capture

Tottenham are hoping to capture Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer.

Photo: GettyThe Denmark international is out of contract next summer and has made no secret of his desire to play at a higher level in the Champions League.
 Spurs will believe they can offer the 24-year-old what he wants, although the Saints have refused to budge from their £35 million price tag.

However, The Telegraph report the north London outfit are confident of securing Hojbjerg's signature in a cut-price deal this summer as Jose Mourinho plans ahead for next season.


Ancelotti unaware of Garbutt release

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was caught by surprise by a question from a journalist asking why defender Luke Garbutt, a product of the club's academy system, had been released.

The 27-year-old will leave the club upon the expiry of his contract after a loan spell at Ipswich Town and clearly, Ancelotti had been left out of the decision-making.

"Who?" He replied when asked about Garbutt.

After consulting with the club's press officer, Ancelotti added: "I'm sorry, I am surprised about this question because I don't know."

Lampard coy on Rice move

Frank Lampard has refused to comment on Chelsea's potential interest in signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

Photo: Getty/West Ham United FC"Declan Rice is a good player. I've known him for a long time, he was in Chelsea's academy but there's no talk," he said.

"I'll keep saying it about every player that we'll be asked about until this season is finished - there's nothing to say."


Cedric set for Arsenal debut

Mikel Arteta has a couple of injury concerns as he picks his Arsenal team to face Norwich City on Wednesday.


Defender David Luiz (knee) and midfielder Mesut Ozil (back) are doubts, while Lucas Torreira is still not fully fit from his ankle fracture in March.

As a result, Rob Holding is likely to come into the back-three and Sokratis could also be handed a first start since football returned this month.

Ahead of them, Cedric Soares is fully fit and could make his debut if Arteta gives him the nod over Hector Bellerin.



Chelsea not interested in Gomes

Frank Lampard insists Chelsea are not interested in Angel Gomes, who is a free agent after leaving Manchester United.

Manchester United have confirmed London-born 19-year-old Gomes is leaving Old Trafford, with the highly-rated attacking midfielder's services now in high demand.


Chelsea have been linked with a swoop for the England Under-20s star, but Blues boss Lampard rejected any interest out of hand.

“It has never been mentioned at my end,” he said.


Lampard preparing for Werner and Ziyech arrivals

Frank Lampard is formulating a plan for when new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will start training at Chelsea and whether they will join up with the squad this season.

Werner and Ziyech officially become Chelsea players on July 1 but they cannot play for the Blues in the remaining games this season.


Lampard is working out a training schedule for the pair to ensure they hit the ground running at the start of next season.

“I am in the process of arranging that plan now,” said the Chelsea manager, speaking via Zoom at his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game at West Ham.

“They are in different positions in the fact that Hakim has not played for a long time because of the Dutch league situation and Timo finished at the weekend.

“So we will formulate a plan for them that will be slightly different individually. And I will decide in the meantime how it looks at the training ground, and whether that means mixing with the squad or whether it means doing some physical work in the short-term for themselves.

“We have to make sure they will arrive at good fitness levels and freshness levels for next season. When I feel it is the right time to bring them in and around the squad this season I can do that. If not, the priority is that they are fresh and ready for next season.


De Bruyne 'looking for house in Newcastle'

Steve Bruce has joked Kevin De Bruyne is now looking for property in the north-east. 

Bruce made a "tongue-in-cheek" offer to De Bruyne while the player was doing a post-match interview after Sunday's FA Cup tie at St. James' Park.


“I believe he's looking for houses up on the coastline," said Bruce today. 

“He enjoys being by the sea. He hasn't got that in Manchester, so we'll see if we can find him something by the sea.

“It was tongue-in-cheek and I think people have taken it the right way. How wonderful would it be to have a player like that at Newcastle? What a fantastic footballer he is.”



Bellingham key to Sancho talks

Birmingham wonderkid Jude Bellingham could play a key role in Manchester United's negotiations for Jadon Sancho, according to Sky Sports. 


Bellingham, 17, is set to choose between Dortmund and Manchester United in the next few weeks. With United pushing hard to sign Sancho, it raises the possibility of them allowing Dortmund a free run at Bellingham as part of negotiations over Sancho. 

Officials at Old Trafford feel Dortmund's asking price of more than £100m for Sancho does not fairly reflect the economic climate. 


Man Utd won't pay more than £70m for Sancho

Manchester United are adamant they won't part with more than £70million to land Jadon Sancho this summer.


Sancho is keen to join United but the clubs are at odds over his valuation in the current economic climate.

Dortmund remain adamant that Sancho will not be sold below their asking price of more than £100m. 


Arteta tells Saliba to stay at St-Etienne

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta believes William Saliba should extend his loan with Saint-Etienne so he can play in next month’s Coupe de France final.

The defender joined the Gunners last summer for a fee of around £27million, but he was loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the season.Ligue 1 was cancelled in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Coupe de France final between Saint-Etienne and Paris-Saint Germain has been rescheduled for July 24.


That creates a problem for Saint-Etienne as Saliba’s loan deal with them is due to expire on June 30.

The French club naturally want the 19-year-old available for next month’s final and they remain in talks with Arsenal over a possible extension of his loan for one month, with Arteta giving such an agreement his blessing.

“I think he needs to stay there. We’ve got an agreement with Saint-Etienne, he’s been over there all year,” he said.

“He has earned the right to play in that final if the manager wants to do that. I think we have to give him the opportunity to do that, to enjoy that and we can have him after that.



Man Utd close in on Grealish


The Express claim Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Jack Grealish. 

Manchester City are also keen on the Aston Villa captain, but United have intensified their interest with Angel Gomes set to depart. 

Gomes has turned down a new deal worth round £30,000-a-week to stay at Old Trafford.

Leipzig close in on Werner replacement

RB Leipzig have agreed a deal with Red Bull Salzburg for striker Hwang Hee-chan, according to South Korean public broadcaster KBS. 


The 24-year-old's contract was due to expire next summer and a deal has been agreed in the region of 10million euros.

He will plug the void left by Chelsea-bound Timo Werner. 


Arsenal locked in talks over Saliba loan extension

Arsenal remain locked in talks with Saint-Etienne over the possible extension of William Saliba’s loan so he can play in next month’s Coupe de France final.

The defender joined the Gunners last summer for a fee of around £27million, but he was loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the season.


Ligue 1 was cancelled in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Coupe de France final between Saint-Etienne and Paris-Saint Germain has been rescheduled for July 24.

That creates a problem for Saint-Etienne as Saliba’s loan deal with them is due to expire today.

The French club naturally want the 19-year-old available for next month’s final and they remain in talks with Arsenal over a possible extension of his loan for one month.

Saliba would be unable to play for Arsenal if he returns next month, but would be allowed to train at the club.



Roback visits Arsenal

Arsenal want teenager Emil Roback from Hammarby.

The Gunners face a battle for the 17-year-old with Bayern Munich.


Hammarby sporting director Jesper Jansson confirmed Roback has visited Arsenal as he considers his next step. 

“There is a strong interest… he has also been to Arsenal," he told Swedish outlet Fotboll Direkt.

"Yes, I understand the interest.

“He is forward with a great physique and speed and already a skilled scorer.”


Man Utd consider Torres move

Manchester United are weighing up a move for Ferran Torres, according to Fichajes.


Torres's agent has been in touch with United, who are considering alternative options should a move for Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho fall through. 

Manchester City and Liverpool are also keeping tabs. 


ICYMI: Juve unlikely to go for Aubameyang 

Some good news for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta...

Juventus will not likely join the extensive list of clubs considering a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, according to Bleacher Report. 

Photo: Getty

The Bianconeri are reportedly focussing on a move for Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik.

A number of clubs remain linked with the Gunners captain, however, who is entering the final year of his contract. 



Angel Gomes to Chelsea

Chelsea are poised to sign Angel Gomes, after the Manchester United academy product failed to reach a new deal with the club.


The Blues are ready to offer the 19-year-old a lucrative contract, according to The Independent. 

The midfielder turned down a deal of around £30,000 per week as he said he has had far better offers elsewhere, including from abroad.

Chelsea, however, are said to be keen to land the talented youngster.

Newcastle target Robert

Thomas Robert is a target for the Magpies, according to the Daily Mail.


The 19-year-old son of former Newcastle player Laurent Robert is available on a free transfer after turning down a three-year deal with Montpellier. 

Robert is open to a move. 


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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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