Transfer news LIVE! Bale to Tottenham with Reguilon, Arsenal chase Partey AND Aouar, Telles to Manchester United

Welcome to the Evening Standard’s rolling coverage of the summer transfer window.

The window officially opened in July after the completion of the delayed 2019-2020 Premier League season. Clubs will now be busy tweaking their squads ahead of the new campaign, with the deadline pushed back until October 5.

Arsenal have secured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future after signing Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, while Chelsea have confirmed the £90m arrival of Kai Havertz, having previously signed Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech – with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy expected to follow this week.

Manchester United have signed Donny van de Beek while working on a deal for Jadon Sancho, while Tottenham are closing in on a sensational double deal for Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon having already signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty.

Liverpool are biding their time in pursuit of Thiago Alcantara.

Live Updates


Reguilon to Spurs latest

Sergio Reguilon has agreed personal terms with Tottenham, according to Fabrizio Romano.


Spurs and Real Madrid have reportedly reached an agreement in the last few hours over a €30m deal for the left-back.

Reguilon has agreed to join Tottenham after also holding talks with Manchester United.


ICYMI: Eagles swoop for Brewster

Crystal Palace are hoping to beat Sheffield United to the loan signing of Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster, Sky Sports are reporting.


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The 19-year-old is set to head out on loan to a Premier League club for the 2020/21 campaign after catching the eye with Swansea last season.

Palace want to bolster their strikeforce despite already capturing Michy Batshuayi, while Sheffield United remain in the running to sign the England Under-21 international.


Bayern back in for Hudson-Odoi

Bayern Munich have revived their interest in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to Sky in Germany.


Bayern made several bids in January – the latest worth up to £35m – but saw their offers knocked back. 

Their interest has since cooled but the increased competition for places at Chelsea after an unprecedented transfer splurge means Bayern could move for Hudson-Odoi once more. 

The 19-year-old signed a new five-year deal last September.


Chelsea close in on Mendy

Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Edouard Mendy, according to RMC Sport.


The Blues are expected to pay around £18million for Mendy but a deal between the two clubs has still not been reached. 

The player is eager to move and ready to fly to London to complete the deal once he gets the green light. 

He has already agreed a five-year deal with the Blues as Frank Lampard aims to bring in top-level competition for Kepa. 

Barca must sell before they buy

Barcelona boss Ronaldo Koeman is going after Memphis Depay but knows he must raise the funds before a deal can be completed.


Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has suggested Barca’s move for Depay has hit a stumbling block because of coronavirus-related financial problems. 

And Koeman has since admitted: “We need to sell players before we can sign Depay”.

It has left the former Manchester United man in limbo. 

Ivanovic: I missed English football

Branislav Ivanovic says he has plenty to offer West Brom after the 36-year-old free agent joined the promoted Premier League side on a season-long deal.

Ivanovic made more than 350 appearances for Chelsea and won nine major titles with the London club before leaving for Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2017.


“I’m so happy to be back,” he said.

“I know Slaven from before. He’s amazing and I hope together we’re going to be a success. He understands football and looks like a guy who everyone wants to play for.

“I missed English football … I looked to be back in the previous year but it didn’t happen, so now I’m happy to be here and I’ll try and do my best. I can give something more. I’m completely different… I’m ready for the challenge.”


The Special One and the special partnership

When Luka Modric left Tottenham to sign for Real Madrid in the summer of 2012, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy announced a “special partnership” with the Spanish giants.


Levy said he hoped the two clubs would share a “long and productive relationship”, but the benefits of the agreement were never seen in north London. Instead, Gareth Bale followed Modric from White Hart Lane to the Santiago Bernabeu 12 months later.

Seven years down the line, the “partnership” has long been forgotten by most, but those cordial terms may well have helped Spurs in their sensational bid to bring back Bale and also sign left-back Sergio Reguilon.

Jose Mourinho is also likely to have played a pivotal part in the double deal.

Click here for the full read from our Spain correspondent, Ben Hayward, on why the “special partnership” is finally bearing fruit.


Arsenal close in on goalkeeper deals

Now that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has committed his future to Arsenal, the club can focus on other deals.

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One of which is for goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson, an Iceland international who currently plays for Ligue 1 outfit Dijon. Sky Sports say Gunners are in “advanced talks” to sign the 25-year-old, who will arrive as back-up for Bernd Leno.

It is believed the deal will go through once Emiliano Martinez has completed his £20m move to Aston Villa.


Dyche keen on Tarkowski stay amid West Ham interest

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he wants to keep James Tarkowski at the club and insists he will only be sold if the “numbers are considerable”.

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West Ham have had two bids for Tarkowski rejected, believed to be £20m and £25m, with the Clarets demanding near £50m for the England international.

“It seems relevant at the moment, we’re hoping it’s not obviously,” he told Sky Sports.

“We want to keep our best players in house that’s for sure. He’s a very good player and he’s delivered for us on a consistent basis over a long period of time.

“I don’t see why the player would want to leave here at the moment in time. If so, I’d imagine that the numbers are considerable for that to even be considered.”


Arsenal turn attentions to Partey and Aouar

Following on from securing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at the club, Arsenal will turn their attentions back to bringing in new talent.

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The Mirror reports that Atletico Madrid’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey and Lyon’s French playmaker Houssem Aouar remain two of their targets. 


Bayern to resurrect Hudson-Odoi interest

Bayern Munich are expected to resurrect their interest in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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But now, will Chelsea have significantly strengthened their attacking options this summer, Bayern believe they have an opportunity to finally bring him to the Bundesliga, according to the Mail.


Aubameyang contract worth £55m

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new three-year deal at Arsenal is worth a whopping £55m, according to the Times.

Photo: Arsenal/Getty Images

The Gabon international committed his future to the Gunners on Tuesday in what was a major coup for the club.

Read all about it here.


Bale agent: Spurs is where he wants to be

The agent of Gareth Bale has confirmed his desire to re-join Tottenham and revealed talks are ongoing between the club and Real Madrid over a sensational return. 

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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is exploring the possibility of bringing Bale back to north London on loan – seven years after selling him to the Spanish giants for £85million.

It is understood a loan deal is in the pipeline for the 31-year-old but remains dependent on Real paying a sizeable proportion of his reported £600,000-a-week wages.

Despite declaring back in February that the Wales international would be unlikely to return to north London, Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has now claimed he wants to link up with his former club again.

“Gareth still loves Spurs,” Barnett told BBC Sport Wales.

“We are talking [Spurs, Real and Bale’s camp]. It’s where he wants to be.”


Martinez bids farewell to Arsenal

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez looks set to join Aston Villa after confirming he is leaving the club on Instagram.

Photo: Getty/Arsenal FC

The Argentine stopper, who joined the Gunners in 2010 from Independiente, was loaned out six times before finally breaking into the first team under Mikel Arteta last season and was in goal for their FA Cup triumph against Chelsea.

But with Bernd Leno set to take back the No.1 spot in goal, Martinez has opted for a new challenge. Reports suggest he is set to join Aston Villa in a £20m deal, with Arsenal reportedly set to replace him with Runar Alex Runarsson.


ICYMI: Tottenham working on Bale & Reguilon double deal

Tottenham are working on deals to sign Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid.

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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is exploring the possibility of sensationally bringing Bale back to north London on loan, seven years after selling him to the Spanish giants for a then world-record £85million fee.

It is understood a deal for the 31-year-old is dependent on Real paying a sizeable proportion of his reported £600,000-a-week wages.

Manchester United have also been offered Bale but he is thought to prefer a return to Spurs over a move to Old Trafford this summer.

Levy is driving the move for the Welshman but is determined not to rush, given the numbers involved and complexity of the transfer.

The move for Reguilon is likely to be more straightforward, with the Spanish left-back close to moving to Spurs in a transfer worth around £25million.

The deal is expected to included a buy-back clause and a clause allowing Real Madrid to match any future fee for the for 23-year-old.

Manchester United are also interested in Reguilon but were thought to be unwilling to include the clauses, leaving Spurs in pole position.

Moyes coy on Wilshere future

David Moyes has refused to confirm whether Jack Wilshere will still be a West Ham player by the time the transfer window closes next month. 

The Hammers manager made ten changes to the side that lost against Newcastle for the 3-0 victory over Charlton tonight but Wilshere remained absent, the Scot saying the former Arsenal man had rolled his ankle. 

When asked about Wilshere’s future Moyes said: “We’ll have to wait and see.”

Fraser nets on Toon debut 

It was also a good night for a debutant up at St. James’ Park as Ryan Fraser marked his first competitive appearance for Newcastle with the only goal of the game as they beat Blackburn in the EFL Cup. 

The Scot joined on a free transfer after leaving Bournemouth in controversial fashion earlier this summer.


Grealish and Watkins on mark for Villa

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It was a good night for Aston Villa’s two headline-makers in recent days.

New record-signing Ollie Watkins scored his first goal for the club on his debut as the Villains beat 3-1 Burton Albion in the EFL Cup tonight.

It wasn’t straightforward though, with the sides locked at 1-1 until a wonderful volley from Jack Grealish, who signed a new long-term contract earlier today, put the Premier League side ahead two minutes from time.


Giroud reveals how close he came to Spurs move

Chelsea striker Oliver Giroud has admitted he was so “determined” to leave the club for first-team football that he nearly joined Tottenham, as well as two Serie A clubs.

Photo: PA

The 33-year-old was poised to leave the Blues in January but the move broke down owing to their failure to sign a replacement. Giroud remained at Stamford Bridge, scored six goals under Frank Lampard and penned a new one-year deal.

“During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach’s office to find a solution. I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me,” he told French outlet So Foot. 

“For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking: I almost signed for Lazio, Inter… I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham!”

Spurs ‘leading Man Utd in Bale chase’

It appears Tottenham are ready to do some serious business in the transfer market after their disappointing Premier League opener against Everton.

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According to ESPN, a sensational move to bring Gareth Bale back to north London – seven years after his £85m transfer to Real Madrid – is well underway.

The 31-year-old has been frozen out of the first-team by Zinedine Zidane as the club attempt to offload Bale, who is thought to earn £500,000-a-week at the Santiago Bernabeu.

And while it seems unlikely Spurs would even be able to pay half of those wages, the report claims Tottenham are ahead of Manchester United in the race to bring Bale back to England.

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When does the 2020 summer transfer window close?

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.

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