Transfer news LIVE: Man United ‘sign’ wonderkid, Areola to Arsenal, Mendy to Chelsea, Eric Garcia latest

Welcome to the Evening Standard’s rolling coverage of the summer transfer window as the speculation ramps up.

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 a new goalkeeper expected to follow.

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, but the biggest story is that Lionel Messi has decided to stay at Barcelona.

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Batshuayi relishing Palace loan

Michy Batshuayi is relishing the prospect of regular football ahead of his return to Crystal Palace on loan.

The Chelsea striker, who scored twice for Belgium against Iceland last night, is set to pen a 12-month contract extension with the Blues before joining Palace on loan for the second time in his career.


During his previous spell at Selhurst Park, Batshuayi bagged six goals in 13 appearances and Roy Hodgson is now looking to the 26-year-old to solve his side’s goalscoring woes.

For Batshuayi, who has not played a minute for Chelsea since a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in February, the move is all about getting playing time ahead of next summer’s Euros.

“Am I going to re-sign at Chelsea to be loaned to Palace? You’re on the right track when you say that,” said Batshuayi. “It’s something like that. The most important thing for me is to be ready when I come to the national team.”


Chelsea close in on Mendy

Chelsea are also closing in on a deal for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, as Frank Lampard looks to provide competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga.


Defender Fikayo Tomori is thought to be in line for another season away on loan, this time with Everton.


West Ham Tarkowski boost

West Ham have been told Burnley will sell James Tarkowski if the Hammers meet their asking price.


David Moyes wants to sign Tarkowski as he bids to strengthen his defence and West Ham hope a bid of around £30million will be enough to secure the 27-year-old.


Doherty trains with Tottenham

Matt Doherty has been pictured training with his new Tottenham team-mates for the first time as they step up preparations for Sunday’s Premier League opener against Everton. 

The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland full-back joined Spurs from Wolves in a £15million deal last month as Jose Mourinho bolstered his right-back options ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.


Doherty is in line to make his first competitive start for Tottenham in their curtain-raiser against the Toffees at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He played in every Premier League game of the 2018-19 season and is poised to play a regular role under Mourinho, with Serge Aurier up for sale. 

Joe Hart also joined in training with several first-team signings away on international duty, including new signing Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.


ICYMI: Leeds pushing for Draxler deal 

Leeds are pushing to sign German forward Julian Draxler from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to RMC Sport. 


Marcelo Bielsa is looking to significantly bolster his side after gaining promotion to the Premier Leauge, having already brought in Rodrigo from Valencia. 

Draxler, 26, has just 12 months remaining on his contract, but reportedly has rejected a number of Bundesliga approaches with no intention of leaving the club. 

Sporting Director Leonardo is reportedly desperate for him to leave, however. 


Arsenal offered Areola

Paris Saint-Germain have offered Arsenal the custodian services of Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan, according to the Sun. 


Emiliano Martinez has performed well since replacing the injured Bernd Leno, but the back-up goalkeeper is being courted by Aston Villa.

France international Areola, 27, offers the Gunners significant experience and a pair of hands that have won titles in Spain and his native country.


Leicester leapfrog United in winger race

Leicester have moved in front of Manchester United as the likely destination of winger David Brooks. 

The Manchester Evening News reports the versatile 23-year-old, who can also play in central midfield, is expecting an offer from the Foxes in coming weeks. 

United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho has seen them slip below Leicester for the Wales international, who is fancied to leave relegated Bournemouth.


Reguilon to Manchester United latest

Manchester United’s hopes of signing 23-year-old Spain left-back Sergio Reguilon are being held up by Real Madrid, according to the Mirror. 


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign the £27m man but Real are adamant any deal should include a buy-back clause.

Inserting a buy-back clause has become common practice, particularly among Spanish clubs, but United are unwilling to enter into such an agreement with Real.


Osayi-Samuel stalling over QPR deal

Bright Osayi-Samuel is stalling over a new QPR contract amid interest from Crystal Palace, according to Sky Sports.


The QPR winger has one year left on his current deal and the Championship club are desperate to tie him down and avoid losing him on the cheap to the Premier League.

The 22-year-old can depart now for less than £5million or he will be available for free next summer if he does not agree a new deal. 

Palace, who signed Ebere Eze from QPR last month for a deal worth up to £20m, have been watching Osayi-Samuel for more than a year.


Barca bid for City man

Barcelona have made a £7.2m bid to sign Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, according to reports in Spain.

City manager Pep Guardiola revealed last month Garcia had turned down a new contract offer and is fixed on leaving the Etihad Stadium.


Gabriel in Arsenal training

Arsenal signing Gabriel Magalhaes has been pictured in training for the first time after the summer addition completed a spell in quarantine ahead of the new campaign. 


The Gunners beat a host of European clubs to the Brazilian’s signature, bringing him to the Emirates for a fee believed to be in the region of £25m.

He joins countrymen David Luiz and Willian at the Gunners and took little time embarrassing the latter during a training exercise at London Colney, nutmegging him in a training match.

The snaps also show Gabriel working alongside new arrival William Saliba, who signed from Saint-Etienne last summer before returning to Ligue 1 on a season-long loan. Saliba is also settling into new surroundings as Mikel Arteta works to patch up a defence which leaked 48 goals during the 2019-20 Premier League season. 


Tomori set for Everton move

Chelsea and England defender Fikayo Tomori is set to seal a move to Everton on a season-long loan, according to ESPN.


Tomori, who signed a new five-year deal in December, did not play a single minute after the restart but Frank Lampard still views him as a bright prospect for the future. 

Tomori has also been bumped down the pecking order by Thiago Silva’s arrival and has a better chance of regular game time at Goodison Park. 


Batshuayi speaks out on Crystal Palace move

Michy Batshuayi is closing in on loan move the Crystal Palace.

The Chelsea striker spent the second half of the 2018-19 campaign at Selhurst Park and now looks poised for a return to south London. 


He is expected to sign a new Chelsea deal before heading to Palace. The deal means Palace’s loan swoop for Conor Gallagher is off due to Premier League rules stating you can’t loan more than one player from the same club. 

Asked about a loan to Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, Bathshuayi said: “I think that you are along the right lines.” 


Bournemouth bid for Tottenham’s Carter-Vickers 

Bournemouth have made a bid to take Tottenham defender Cameron Cater-Vickers on loan, according to Football Insider. 

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The 22-year-old has featured heavily in Spurs’ pre-season campaign, but has reportedly been told he has no future with the club. 

Carter-Vickers spent last season on loan with both Stoke and Luton, and would be moving to his 6th Championship club should he join Bournemouth. 


Brentford’s Watkins to join Aston Villa in £28m deal

Aston Villa have agreed a £28million deal with Brentford for the signing of striker Ollie Watkins.

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Watkins, named Championship Player of the Season last term after scoring 26 goals across the regular season and play-offs, was of interest to a number of Premier League clubs, but is relishing the prospect of a reunion with former Bees manager Dean Smith at Villa Park.

Brentford, who earlier this month completed the signing of striker Ivan Toney from Peterborough, had started the window asking for around £25m for the former Exeter man, but have now agreed a deal which could rise to £33m after add-ons.

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Batshuayi set for Crystal Palace return

Michy Batshuayi is set to return to Crystal Palace on loan after agreeing a new contract at Chelsea.

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The deal will also mean that Palace are unable to loan Blues midfielder Conor Gallagher, who had already undergone a medical with the Eagles, due to Premier League laws dictating that no club can loan two players from the same top-flight side.

Gallagher is now thought to be in talks with West Brom over a loan move.

Batshuayi, who will agree a new 12-month contract extension with Chelsea before moving, has long been deemed surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge and could have left in January, though no new signings that month meant the club could not sanction the sale.

However, since then, Olivier Giroud has moved above the Belgian in the pecking order and Chelsea have also signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

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Wijnaldum set for Klopp talks amid Barcelona links

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will personally intervene in an attempt to keep Gini Wijnaldum at the club.

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The Dutch international has one year left on his contract and has been recently linked with a move to Barceona.

The Independent reports that Klopp will hold talks with Wijnaldum to obtain a clearer indication of his personal plans as Liverpool hope to extend his deal.


Chelsea to make goalkeeper move

Chelsea are pressing to complete their summer transfer business by bringing in a goalkeeper.

Frank Lampard wants to sign a goalkeeper after losing faith in Kepa Arrizabalaga towards the end of last season.

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The Blues have been linked with Rennes’s Edouard Mendy (above) and Manchester United No2 Sergio Romero. Chelsea have been offered Ajax’s Andre Onana.

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Manchester United sign Atletico wonderkid 

Manchester United have signed 16-year-old Atletico Madrid wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho, according to Marca. 

The forward reportedly opted for United ahead of both Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, who backed out of the deal due to the non-aggression pact between the two rivals. 

Atletico reportedly tried everything they could to persuade Garnacho to stay but were unable to do so. 


Arsenal to allow Sokratis exit

Arsenal are willing to let Sokratis Papastathopoulos join Napoli on a free transfer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The report claims the centre-back will sign a two-year contract with Napoli after reaching an agreement with Arsenal to leave for free. 

Sokratis struggled for game-time last season and has fallen further down the pecking following the incomings of William Saliba and Gabrial Magalhaes. 

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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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