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…
Arsenal aren’t blessed in terms of transfer funds this summer, but they may have an ace up their sleeve.
According to the Mail, the Gunners are considering offering Matteo Guendouzi as part of a swap deal to lure players that would be out of their budget range in the next window.
Guendouzi appears to have fallen out of favour with Mikel Arteta, and though he clearly has a temper on him, there would be plenty of takers around Europe – with Manchester United reportedly interested.
Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater will remain with Aston Villa until the end of the season after the club secured an extension on his loan deal.
The 29-year-old is out of favour at Stamford Bridge and the Blues have allowed the central midfielder to remain with the relegation-threatened side until the close of the campaign, according to the Express & Star.
A sad farewell for Maya Yoshida, who leaves Southampton today after eight years with the club.
The 31-year-old made 194 appearances for the Saints, scoring nine goals. He has spent the 2020 season on loan at Sampdoria and will now become a free agent.
At least he’s looking smart!
Chelsea are ready to make an approach for Ajax full-back Nicolas Tagliafico ahead of a summer transfer, according to reports.
Transfermarketweb report the Blues are preparing an offer for the Argentine with Emerson’s future uncertain at Stamford Bridge.
The 27-year-old has been told he can leave Ajax if they receive an appropriate offer and Tagliafico may welcome the chance to link up with Hakim Ziyech at Stamford Bridge once again.
Manchester City have completed the signing of Juventus starlet Pablo Moreno on a four-year contract.
The 18-year-old will head to the Premier League with City youngster Felix Correia going in the other direction, and the Serie A outfit are paying a £10m fee to seal the deal.
Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will spend next season on loan at Roma, the club have announced.
The Giallorossi have reached a “preliminary agreement” that will see the Armenian stay at the club for the rest of the season and remain for the 2020/21 campaign.
“I’m very pleased,” Mkhitaryan said.
“I’m happy to extend my stay here, because I still have things that I haven’t achieved yet that I want to achieve. I’m looking forward to it.”
More to follow…
MAN UTD NEWS
Manchester United need three or four signings of the same quality as Bruno Fernandes to mount a title challenge, according to Gary Neville.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he would like to sign another striker yesterday, but former United man Neville believes the Red Devils require more signings to compete.
“This team is a lot more likeable than the one which was here two years ago when you thought Manchester United’s recruitment had lost direction.
But l would urge some caution. Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League. They have a squad which is improving with young players. But there is still some work to be done in the transfer market to get this team to a title-winning team – which has to be Manchester United’s ambition.
“There is more needed and a lot more needed: Three or four players of high quality of the Bruno Fernandes type to get them to the point where they can challenge.”
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has identified Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as his top target this summer, report Foot Mercato.
The Serbian playmaker has been long linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester United showing interest in the past.
But the report claims Mourinho wants Milinkovic-Savic and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to bolster his midfield this summer, and could raise funds by selling Tanguy Ndombele.
MAN CITY NEWS
The move brings to an end a saga that has dragged on for more than a year after Sane refused multiple attempts to tie him down to a long-term contract.
The 24-year-old made it clear he wanted to return to his homeland to join up with German giants Bayern.
Despite demanding around £140million last summer, City accepted they could not stick to that valuation post coronavirus, while Sane has also entered the final year of his contract.
It’s understood the Germany international has agreed a deal worth £20million-a-year, which is double what was on offer at the Etihad.
MAN CITY NEWS
Here’s the full story on Leroy Sane’s move to Bayern Munich…
Bayern Munich have agreed a £44.5million deal for Leroy Sane.
The Manchester City winger is due to fly out to Germany overnight or tomorrow morning to undergo a medical and complete his move.
He will leave City immediately, but will not be eligible to play for Bayern until next season.
The deal also includes £10million in add-ons, with City inserting a 10 per cent sell-on clause.
MAN CITY NEWS
Reports suggest Bayern Munich have all but agreed a deal worth £45 million to sign Leroy Sane from Manchester City.
More on that as we get it.
Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi has rejoined Celtic on loan for the 2020/21 campaign, the Scottish champions have confirmed.
The Norwegian, who signed for the Saints for £17m in 2018, scored seven goals in 20 appearances for Celtic as they claimed at 10th league title in a row.
WEST HAM NEWS
West Ham are ready to battle it out with Watford for Chelsea’s young striker Ike Ugbo, according to TeamTalk.
The 21-year-old has been on loan at Roda JC in the Dutch second tier but the Blues want to keep him in the EFL next season, with a number of Championship clubs in the running to sign him.
But it seems the east London side are keen to take the youngster on loan to provide back-up to Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti.
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.
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.
Tottenham are hoping to capture Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer.
The 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.
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.
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.”
Frank Lampard has refused to comment on Chelsea’s potential interest in signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
“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.
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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.