Transfer news LIVE! Leon Bailey to Tottenham, Thiago to Liverpool, Mendy to Chelsea, Reguilon to Man 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 signed 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 have signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty.

Liverpool are biding their time in pursuit of Thiago Alcantara, while Real Madrid seem more determined that ever to move Gareth Bale on this summer. Could the former Spurs star be about to return to the Premier League?

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West Ham targetting Arsenal’s Kolasinac 

West Ham are targetting a move for Arsenal outcast Sead Kolasinac this summer, according to The Athletic. 

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Kolasinac has struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta with Kieran Tierney emerging as the first-choice pick. 

Hammers boss David Moyes is keen to sign a new left-back, with Tomas Soucek the only signing this summer so far. 

Moyes is also reportedly monitoring the situation of Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri.


Lampard insists he’s ‘happy with Kepa’ as Mendy signing nears

Frank Lampard insists he is ‘very happy’ with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga despite the club pursuing Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

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“I am very happy with Kepa,” said Lampard after the match. “With the shot I’m not sure if he could’ve done any better. But I saw a bit more confidence in how he was playing. Kepa is here, he’s our keeper and I’m happy with him. 

“If we are bringing in competition, it will be competition. That’s the nature of Chelsea and it goes throughout the squad.”

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Man Utd speaking to Reguilon

Manchester United were holding talks with Sergio Reguilon’s agents last night, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

United are reportedly seriously working on bringing in the Spaniard as an option at left-back. 

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As Romano reported earlier, United will not accept the buy-back clause Madrid have asked for. 

Meanwhile, Sevilla – who were also interested in a move – have completed the signing of Marcos Acuna, leaving the door open for United. 


Liverpool will wait to make Thiago move

Liverpool will finally make their move for Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara, but not before the final week of the transfer window.

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Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for the former Barcelona midfielder, with Jurgen Klopp a keen admirer of the Spain international.

And talkSPORT reports that Liverpool will make their move for the player who has only a year to run on his contract, but not until the final week of the transfer window.


Tottenham interested in Bailey 

Tottenham are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, according to Sky Sports, who claim the player wants to join the Premier League before the end of the window. 

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Spurs have watched the 23-year-old winger, who scored five goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances last season, though his £40million asking price would have to be reduced. 

Everton have also been linked with the midfielder. 


And here’s the Chelsea boss on another debutant, Kai Havertz…

“I liked him,” Lampard added. “It’s not a game that you’d come away from and say: ‘here are ten vintage moments. But I thought there were moments of real quality and calmness.

“It’s a big ask, there’s a lot on his shoulders for the signing that he was, the fact that he’s young and coming from a different league. He plays the game at such a pace in terms of his quality and how he receives the ball and I thought he showed a few glimpses of that. 

“We also saw him sprint back 80 yards to make a defensive interception having given the ball away so everything I’ve seen about him in terms of his character is spot on and I think his quality is going to come through. It was asking a lot of him tonight and we’re going to see a lot more of him, he’s a hugely promising young player.”


Lampard gives verdict on Werner debut

Timo Werner made his Chelsea debut in tonight’s 3-1 win over Brighton, winning the penalty which led to Jorginho’s opener. This is what his manager made of his display…

“I love the way Timo pops up in different areas,” Lampard told Sky Sports. “He’s not a front man that attaches himself to defenders so much, sometimes he can start from a bit deeper but when he goes he goes. 

“We saw that with the burst of pace that got him in for the penalty. I think the ball was slightly overplayed but he still gets there and he has that about him, a real hunger to score goals and be ruthless in those areas. We saw a lot of signs from Timo tonight on what he’s going to bring.”


Sancho on the score sheet

Jadon Sancho remains on Manchester United’s wanted list – but the England international opened his Borussia Dortmund account for the season this evening. 

Jude Bellingham marked his competitive debut for Borussia Dortmund with a goal in their 5-0 win over MSV Duisburg in the DFB-Pokal first round.

The teenager, who signed from Sky Bet Championship club Birmingham in the summer, got on the scoresheet with 30 minutes played when he collected a pass from Thorgan Hazard and applied the finish.

It created history for Dortmund after Sancho had opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 14th minute on his 100th appearance for the German outfit.


Bowyer wants to manage West Ham one day

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has revealed he would like to manage former club West Ham one day ahead of their Carabao Cup clash on Tuesday. 

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“It’s really special [to be going back],” he told talkSPORT. “Growing up as a West Ham fan and playing there as well,” Bowyer said.

“It’s going to be a bit surreal going there as a manager. It’s like I’ve gone through every stage of going to a West Ham stadium, so I’m looking forward to it.

He added: “Having the fans singing my name will be something I never forget so hopefully one day I might be able to manage them, so I can go the full circle.”


Bent: Poch will be there if Lampard fails to win a trophy

Frank Lampard will face increased pressure this season following Chelsea’s spending spree, believes Darren Bent. 

Chelsea have spent in the region of £200million this summer on the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech. 

As a result, Bent now believes Lampard must win a trophy or fear the likes of Mauricio Pochettino waiting for him to slip up. 

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“The next step is trophies,” Bent told Goal. “He has got to deliver trophies as he has bought top players from around Europe.

“Chelsea had a free crack at them and after having a free hit year with a transfer embargo, it has ramped up the pressure twofold. Werner, [Hakim] Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Havertz are all top players. They are luxuries for any manager in the positions they play.

“For me, he has got to deliver. My fear is that if they don’t get off to the best of starts, other great managers like Pochettino will be waiting to go in


Genoa plotting transfer for Wilshere

Italian club Genoa are interested in signing West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshire this summer, report Corriere dello Sport. 

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Wilshere has endured an injury-plagued stint with the Hammers since his 2018 arrival, playing just 18 times. 

The midfielder was not involved in their opening day home defeat to Newcastle, despite featuring in pre-season. 


Liverpool defender Gallacher joins Toronto 

Liverpool defender Tony Gallacher has joined Major League Soccer side Toronto FC on loan until January. 

The 21-year-old joined Liverpool from Falkirk in 2018 and is now set for his first spell away from the club. 


Bale willing to move to United on loan

Gareth Bale would be willing to move to Manchester United on loan or permanently, according to Sky Sports. 

The Real Madrid forward would willingly join any big club – but only if the club show they really want him. 

The Welshman does not want to be a back-up option. 

Meanwhile, Madrid are prepared to let Bale leave on loan this summer, with Sky reporting they need a deal due to the impacts of coronavirus. 


Oscar: Willian and Luiz asked me to join Arsenal 

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has revealed Brazil pair Willian and David Luiz tried to convince him to join Arsenal. 

Oscar – who now belongs to Shanghai SIPG – played alongside the Arsenal pair at Chelsea. 

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“They called me, they had to call me,” Oscar told Fox Sports Brasil. “Because we have good communication. Sometimes I talk to them. They said ‘come to Arsenal, come here’

“But for me it’s a little more difficult. I have a contract with Shanghai, it’s a little more difficult to leave. Willian had finished the contract.

“I was happy that they got together again. And happy that Willian is happy. The most important thing is to be happy, regardless of the place. So I hope they are happy there.”

Watford face fight to keep Deeney

Watford manager Vladimir Ivic has admitted the club faces a battle to keep Troy Deeney beyond the transfer window. 

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The Hornets boss said: “Everything depends on the offer, on the wishes of the player and the club. We follow the situation and we will take a decision if something happens. 

“We’ll discuss with him the situation and if he wants to stay or move. To keep someone who doesn’t want to stay here or be with us is not good for me. 

“If he wants to be here this is our choice.”


Martinez set for Inter stay

Lautaro Martinez’s agent Beto Yaque has confirmed there is no truth in the player’s links to Real Madrid. 

Yaque held a meeting with the Inter Milan board today, subsequently revealing Martinez will stay at Inter. 

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“There’s absolutely nothing with Real Madrid, we didn’t speak about it or about Barcelona,” Yaque said, as per Fabrizio Romano.

“He’s gonna stay? That’s it. Lautaro stays here at Inter.”

Yaque will reportedly hold further talks with the Inter board after the transfer window to extend his deal. 


Man Utd considering loan move for Bale 

Manchester United are considering a loan move for Gareth Bale should their pursuit of Jadon Sanchi prove unsuccessful, report Sky Sports. 

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Standard Sport understands Sancho is the priority signing for United, though they have been dealt a blow with Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre confirming he will be staying this summer. 

United will continue to look for alternatives for Sancho, of which wantaway Real Madrid winger is one. 

While Bale has revealed he would consider a Premier League return, he reportedly favours a permanent move, rather than a loan deal. 


Drinkwater wanted by Sampdoria 

Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater could be set to leave the club for Sampdoria, report Il Secolo XIX. 

The former Leicester midfielder could be set for a reunion with Claudio Ranieri, who is now the coach of the Seria A club. 

Drinkwater won the Premier League under Ranieri but has made just 23 appearances since signing for Chelsea for £35million. 

The Englishman also made just six appearances last season on loan at both Burnley and Aston Villa 


Traore undergoing Villa medical

Bertrand Traore is undergoing his Aston Villa medical today ahead of a proposed move, report Sky Sports. 

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The former Chelsea forward is undertaking the medical in Copenhagen, and he will have hit hearing to obtain a work permit tomorrow. 

Villa are set to complete the signing from Lyon on a four-year deal in a transfer worth £17million plus £2millin add-ons. 

Once his visa is obtained, Traore will fly to Birmingham on Wednesday. 


Atletico reject £92m City bid for Gimenez

Manchester City have seen a £92million bid for Jose Gimenez turned down by Atletico Madrid, according to Marca. 

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Pep Guardiola has already secured the services of £40million Nathan Ake but is reportedly eyeing more defensive reinforcements after a sub-par Premier Leauge campaign last season. 

The 25-year-old has made 191 appearances for Atletico, where it looks he will stay after the club reportedly turned down a jaw-dropping offer. 

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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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