Transfer news LIVE: Guendouzi to Man Utd, Danilo and Partey to Arsenal, Chelsea Alaba boost, Thiago to Liverpool
Premier League football returned last week after the 2019-20 season was put on hold for 100 days.
Today we take a brief break from live action as Liverpool celebrate their first-ever Premier League title, following Chelsea’s win over Manchester City last night.
The games will be behind closed doors for the forseeable, but among many clear changes following the hiatus is the unseen economic strain on clubs which will mean implications for this summer’s transfer window.
Latest transfer news and rumours…
- Man United in for Guendouzi
- Arsenal track Porto’s Danilo
- Partey to Arsenal latest
- Chelsea target Alaba says goodbyes
- Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool
- Arthur agrees Juve deal; Pjanic to Barca
Man Utd earmark Sancho alternative
Manchester United will move for Jeremie Boga if they cannot strike a deal for Jadon Sancho this summer, according to ESPN.
The performance which convinced Man Utd to sign Wan-Bissaka
Manchester United were convinced to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka after seeing him shackle Leroy Sane.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he was so impressed with the full-back’s performance against Manchester City last season that he knew he could handle a move to Old Trafford.
They eventually paid Crystal Palace £50million for Wan-Bissaka – underlining Solskjaer’s faith in the 22-year-old.
The Norwegian said: “You saw an exceptional defender when I watched him last season. He had a couple of games against Sane with Man City, and you think, ‘Wow he is so hard to go past.’
“And then when you sign him you get to know him and he is a shy boy. He wants to learn.
Ole not certain over Lingard future
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not certain what the future holds for Jesse Lingard.
Solskjear said: “Hopefully he can kick on. He has scored vital goals for us and has been a vital player for us. Let’s see what the future will hold. At the moment he is looking really sharp and focused.
Arsenal tracking Danilo
Arsenal are tracking Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira, according to ESPN.
The 28-year-old is open to a move to the Premier League and Arsenal plan to meet with his representatives once the European picture becomes clearer.
Man Utd in for Guendouzi
Manchester United have expressed an interest in signing Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal, according to L’Equipe.
Inter Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also among clubs keeping an eye on the Frenchman, whose contract expires in 2022.
He escaped an FA ban for an altercation with Neal Maupay but was left out of the squad by manager Mikel Arteta in Thursday’s win over Southampton.
The player made clear to Arsenal board that he would not oppose a move away from Emirates Stadium this summer.
Partey to Arsenal latest
Arsenal have been told that they must pay £43million to sign Thomas Partey this summer.
Man Utd and Spurs in Milik tug-of-war
Manchester United and Tottenham are set for a transfer tug-of-war for Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.
According to TuttoMercato, Tottenham have made contact with Milik’s camp in case Harry Kane leaves this summer.
The Pole hass scored 13 goals in 23 outings and looks unlikely to extend his deal beyond 2021
Bruce urges Matty Longstaff to commit
Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce has urged midfielder Matty Longstaff to commit his long-term future to the club as he stalls over a contract offer.
The 20-year-old has extended his stay at St James’ Park until the end of the current campaign with his exiting arrangement due to expire next week, but is yet to indicate that he will be on Tyneside next season amid interest from Serie A side Udinese.
“I have said it many times now, that being a Newcastle lad and having the season he’s just had, it’s now his way forward.
“Of course, we all would love him to stay, but as young as he is, the players now, it’s their prerogative. If they want to run down their contracts, then there’s nothing much more we can do as a club.
“We’ve done everything we possibly can, the rest is now up to Matty and for him to decide.
Arsenal face Guendouzi transfer decision
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says “the door is always open” for Matteo Guendouzi and he could return to the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup clash at Sheffield United after being dropped for last night’s win over Southampton.
It has brought forward the conversation about Guendouzi’s future, and with two years left on his deal the club have a decision to make over his future.
Ideally, they need to extend his deal or cash in on him now when they can get value for him.
Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSG have all been linked with the Arsenal man.
Thiago has said his good-Bays
Thiago Alcantara has already said his goodbyes to Bayern Munich after rejecting a new deal at the Allianz Arena, according to The Sun.
The 29-year-old is reportedly determined to play in the Premier League and feels this is his last chance to seal a move to the top flight.
Liverpool have emerged as favourites for his signature with Bayern set to demand £72million
Tottenham offer new deal to Pochettino
Tottenham have offered a new contract to Mauricio Pochettino’s son, Maurizio.
The 19-year-old joined the club’s academy in summer 2017 when his dad was the manager and his current contract is up on June 30.
The youngster is yet to make a first team appearance for the club and has not always been a regular for the U-23s.
Pochettino’s other son, Sebastiano, worked as a first-team conditioning coach at Spurs but left the club when his dad was sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho.
Shortly after succeeding the Argentine, Mourinho revealed he had sent a message to Pochettino through Maurizio.
“I spoke with his son, who is a player in our youth categories, and I think through his boy he can understand my feelings too,” the Portuguese said
Leeds in advanced talks with Palace wonderkid
Crystal Palace youngster Jadan Raymond is in advanced talks with Leeds, according to The Athletic.
The 16-year-old is highly-rated at Palace but has rejected a professional contract at Selhurst Park. Discussions over a new deal broke down and he informed the club of his intention to leave.
Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes have also been in talks with Raymond.
Raymond has featured at youth level for England and Wales, but does not see a clear route to the Palace first team, prompting his search for a move elsewhere.
Manchester United Bellingham boost
Birmingham are “hesitant” to accept Borussia Dortmund’s transfer offer amid growing interest in Jude Bellingham, according to Kicker.
Bellingham had been expected to sign for Dortmund but Kicker claim Birmingham now hope for a bigger fee amid emerging interest.
The player has reportedly agreed a move to Dortmund, but if a transfer fee cannot be agreed between the two clubs it will blow the saga wide open once more.
Chelsea line up Alaba
Chelsea are preparing a sensational transfer swoop for David Alaba, according to The Athletic.
Frank Lampard is determined to sign a new left-back this summer and has reportedly turned his attention to Alaba after being priced out of a move for Ben Chilwell.
His contract expires next summer, but with no breakthrough over an extension to his stay at Allianz Stadium the Bundesliga champions could choose to cash in this summer.
The true cost of Werner
Bild claim that Chelsea striker Timo Werner will earn nearer £270,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge.
The same report claims he will also receive a £9.9million signing on bonus. Pressure’s on, lad.
Sancho has one option
Manchester United is now the only club in the race to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, according to Bild.
Chelsea had made the former Manchester City man a priority target earlier in the year, but have been priced out of a move for the £117m-rated forward.
Borussia Dortmund are still hopeful they can keep Sancho for another 12 months, but if he does depart his destination will be Old Trafford.
Arsenal prepared Willian contract
Arsenal were poised to give Chelsea’s Willian a £250,000-a-week deal before the coronavirus pandemic put a strain on finances, according to The Mirror.
It is unclear whether Arsenal will follow up their interest in the Chelsea forward.
Arteta said on Thursday the club will have to “wait another four to six weeks” before their financial situation becomes clearer.
Bayern won’t pursue Bellingham
Bayern Munich will not join the race for Jude Bellingham this summer, according to Bild.
Manchester United have been attempting to charm the Birmingham youngster in a bid to beat Borussia Dortmund to his signature.
And despite reports to the contrary, Bayern will not attempt to sign Bellingham because they “know” Dortmund already have a deal in place
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Mourinho wants five new faces at Tottenham
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has asked Daniel Levy for up to FIVE new players this summer, according to 90min.
They have missed out on Thomas Meunier to Borussia Dortmund, but deals for Aaron Ramsey, Thiago SIlva, Philippe Coutinho, Adrien Rabiot and even a sensational return for Gareth Bale have all been mooted