Transfer news 30-09-2020

There are just six days remaining of the transfer window as clubs throughout the land look to strengthen their squads for the first half of the season.

Manchester United have been told nothing less than £108million will see them land Jadon Sancho before deadline day.

United remain hopeful a deal can be agreed with Borussia Dortmund for Sancho before the transfer window shuts next Tuesday, but are adamant they will not overpay for him.

Lyon have claimed Arsenal made a ‘timid’ bid for midfielder Houssem Aouar and the Gunners now face competition from Juventus for his signature.

Chelsea continue to be linked with Declan Rice, while Antonio Rudiger could be heading for the exit.

Elsewhere, Man City confirmed the signing of Benfica defender Ruben Dias, while there could be some outgoings at Liverpool.

Villa keen on Barkley

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith wants to bring in Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley on loan before the end of the transfer window, according to reports from Birmingham Live.

Barkley has been linked with a move to Villa Park after slipping down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and Smith is confident of securing a deal.

The former Everton star made 21 Premier League appearances for Frank Lampard’s side last season, but only 13 came as a starter and a move away could reignite his career.

However, despite Villa’s confidence of convincing Barkley to join on a season-long loan, Football Insider claims the 26-year old wants to stay at Chelsea and will only leave if Lampard confirms he is not in his plans for 2020/21.

Neville takes aim

Gary Neville has taken aim at Manchester United’s transfer business – branding their summer efforts “appalling”.

The Old Trafford legend tweeted: “It’s appalling that in this market which is probably the easiest in PL history to get transfers done that United haven’t done more yet!

“They must get Ole a CB, LB and forward pre-deadline! The others are managing to get things over the line why not United!”

Burnley keen on Wilson

Burnley are still in the hunt for a new wide player and have not given up hope of clinching a deal for Harry Wilson in the coming days.

Liverpool are thought to want a fee north of £15million for the Wales international, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, with the current bid from Sean Dyche’s side reportedly standing at £12m with a further £4m in add-ons.

According to LancsLive, Burnley remain confident of wrapping up a deal before Monday’s deadline, but the Clarets face some competition with Leeds United and Fulham also mentioned as potential suitors.

Aston Villa were also linked with Wilson over the summer, but have since moved for a similar player in Lyon wide man Bertrand Traore.

Pereira on verge of exit

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira hasn’t featured much since lockdown, with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January and Van de Beek over the summer limiting his chances in the middle of the park.

The Brazilian last started for United in February, playing 71 minutes against Club Brugge in the Europa League, and he hasn’t been involved at all since the 2-1 victory over LASK in August.

According to the Guardian, Lazio have agreed a deal to take Pereira off United’s hands, agreeing a loan move with an option to buy.

He will move to the Serie A club for the 2020/21 season, with Lazio able to make the deal permanent next summer for £24.5m.

Lazio have already brought in one ex-Premier League player ahead of this season, with former Liverpool and Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina joining from AC Milan, and they could be drawn against Manchester United in this season’s Champions League group stage.

PSG eye Chelsea duo

Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are planning a double loan bid for Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to Sky Sports.

Rudiger has been linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes on October 5, but Sky claim the French club may have difficulties in convincing Chelsea to agree to a loan.

Although when asked if the defender’s future was away from the club following Chelsea’s defeat to Spurs, Lampard said: “No.”

Bakayoko is likely to be a more realistic target for Thomas Tuchel’s side, with Chelsea keen to offload the France international after talks over a return to AC Milan broke down earlier this month.

However, Lampard will push for a permanent move for the former Monaco star, as he looks to rebalance the books after a busy summer of spending.

Lyon move for Aouar replacement

Lyon appear to be readying themselves for Houssem Aouar moving to Arsenal, putting together a £16.3million offer for a player who they see as the Frenchman’s replacement.

That man is Lucas Paqueta, the Brazilian midfielder who has dropped down the pecking order at AC Milan over the last few months.

According to L’Equipe, Lyon are ready to offer £16.3m for the former Flamengo man, who hasn’t started for Milan since 12 July.

It would mark a significant financial loss for Milan, who paid roughly double that to bring him over from Brazil in January 2019.

However, the Serie A side are well stocked in midfield, with Sandro Tonali joining the likes of Ismael Bennacer, Franck Kessie and Hakan Calhanoglu ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Emerson’s defending ‘a worry’ amid talk of Chelsea exit

Emerson Palmieri could be on his way out of Chelsea this summer – with former Blues striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink saying his defending is ‘a worry’.

The left-back was at fault for Erik Lamela’s equaliser on Tuesday which led to Tottenham knocking Chelsea out of the Carabao Cup on penalties.

Emerson has been linked with Inter Milan and a reunion with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – and it doesn’t sound like Hasselbaink would miss him too much.

Talking about Lamela’s goal on Sky Sports, the 48-year-old said: “Emerson has the time to run back and make it a four. You smell danger but it’s like he goes through the motions and jogs back.

“He doesn’t see the urgency and the danger. It’s a big worry.”

Diawara emerges as target with Arsenal considering swap deal

Arsenal are reportedly considering involving Lucas Torreira in a swap deal to land Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara.

Diawara has emerged as a late alternative option to Atletico Madrid man Thomas Partey, according to Italian publication Il Messaggero, cited by the Daily Star.

Roma would reportedly want around £19m for the 23-year-old – which would be reduced further with Torreira thrown into the bargain.

Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele does not want to leave Barcelona amid interest from Manchester United.

The Premier League giants are struggling to land Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

And reports in Spain are claiming that United are ready to give up on Sancho and turn their attention to Barcelona star Dembele instead.

However, Sky Germany report that the former Borussia Dortmund star does not want to leave the Nou Camp.

City appear to announce Koulibaly signing in Ruben Dias gaffe

Ruben Dias might not be the last defender Manchester City sign this summer – after a gaffe appeared to suggest that Kalidou Koulibaly was on his way.

City confirmed the signing of Portugal international Dias from Benfica on Tuesday, with the 23-year-old signing a six-year deal following a club-record £65m switch.

The centre-back’s arrival cannot come soon enough, with Sunday’s 5-2 defeat at home to Leicester showing how desperate Pep Guardiola’s side are for defensive reinforcements.

So desperate, in fact, that when a story appeared on City’s official website revealing what the new arrival’s squad number would be, it mistakenly suggested that Koulibaly had also signed for the Premier League side.

Leeds ‘agree deal’ for Bayern star

Leeds are closing in on the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Cuisance.

Various outlets have reported that Leeds have agreed a fee of €20m (£18m) with Bayern for the 21-year-old’s signature.

The European champions will retain a buyback clause on the France under-20 international, who joined them from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer.

Cuisance will arrive in England for a medical on Wednesday, according to French source TF1.

Messi makes statement on Barcelona future

Lionel Messi has called an end to his war with Barcelona as he told fans he always had the club’s best interests at heart.

Messi rocked the football world this summer when he told Barca he wanted to leave the Nou Camp – and was linked with a shock switch to Manchester City.

He also blasted Barca last week for “throwing out’ his pal Luis Suarez.

But Messi has now offered an olive branch, saying he “takes responsibility” for any mistakes he may have made in his treatment of the club as he addressed his future.

Otamendi unveiled at Benfica

Nicolas Otamendi has been pictured with a Benfica shirt for the first time following his switch from Manchester City.

The Argentine centre-back has signed a three-year deal with the Portuguese side as part of the deal which took Ruben Dias to the Etihad.

Sean Dyche on James Tarkowski transfer

Sean Dyche admits Burnley could sell James Tarkowski if their asking price is met.

Tarkowski has a £50million buy-out clause and Leicester have renewed their interest in the England centre-half after failing to land him last summer.

Dyche has made it clear he does not want to lose his defensive linchpin, but concedes every player has his price.

Carvalho leaves Forest

Joao Carvalho has left Nottingham Forest on loan for Spanish side Almeria.

The 23-year-old midfielder, signed from Benfica in 2018, has scored five times in 61 Championship appearances and another in last season’s League Cup win over Derb.

But he was named in the starting line-up for only nine of his 23 league games last season.

Jadon Sancho transfer latest

Manchester United have been told nothing less than £108million will see them land Jadon Sancho before deadline day.

United remain hopeful a deal can be agreed with Borussia Dortmund for Sancho before the transfer window shuts next Tuesday.

But United remain adamant that they will not overpay for him.

Man City sign £65m Ruben Dias

Pep Guardiola has taken his spending on defenders through the £400million barrier at Manchester City with £65m club record signing Ruben Dias.

City last night confirmed the signing of Portugal international Dias from Benfica on a six-year deal, the 23-year-old entrusted with shoring up their leaky defence.

Since taking charge at City in 2016, Guardiola has spent big on his defence, but still has problems at the back, as shown by Sunday’s 5-2 mauling at home to Leicester.

Centre-back Dias has been brought in to address those frailties, with City defender Nicolas Otamendi moving in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

Van de Beek’s agent not happy

An agent who works for the company which represents new Red Devils signing Donny van de Beek has hit out at Manchester United.

Sjaak Swart has criticised the midfielder’s bit-part role so far for United and added a scathing assessment of the team’s display against Brighton.

Van de Beek arrived from Ajax this summer for a deal worth £40million. Former United shot-stopper and current Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar played a big role in the switch and even requested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co. to “take care” of the 23-year-old.

But according to Swart this hasn’t been the case so far. The Dutchman is unhappy that Van de Beek has made two substitute appearances against Crystal Palace and Brighton and only one start against Luton.

Aouar to Arsenal transfer latest

Arsenal are continuing their push to sign Houssem Aouar from Lyon – but with less than seven days of the transfer window remaining, now face competition from Juventus.

Mikel Arteta remains keen to add another central midfielder to his squad before next week’s transfer deadline.

But the Spaniard is facing a battle to land either of his two main targets.

Man Utd ‘turn to Ousmane Dembele’

Manchester United are reportedly ready to sign Ousmane Dembele after seeing a £90million bid for Jadon Sancho rejected.

According to Sky Sports in Germany, the Red Devils offered Dortmund €80m (£73m) up front plus €20m (18m) in add-ons for their prized asset.

This is significantly less than Dortmund’s £108m valuation, and was swiftly rejected.

But United are not resting on their laurels, and are keen to strengthen their attack before the summer transfer window slams shut next week.

Reports in Spain are now claiming that Man United are ready to give up on signing Sancho and turn their attention to Barcelona star Dembele instead.

Watford snap up William Troost-Ekong

Watford have announced the signing of defender William Troost-Ekong from Udinese on a five-year deal.

The Nigeria international, who represented his country at the 2018 World Cup, made 66 appearances for the Serie A club in two seasons after joining them from Bursaspor in 2018.

Saint-Etienne say Fofana deal agreed

Leicester have agreed a deal with St Etienne for defender Wesley Fofana, reports the press association.

The Foxes are expected to pay more than £30million for the 19-year-old, with the Ligue 1 side confirming it would be a club record sale.

It will end Leicester’s interest in Burnley’s James Tarkowski, who had been keen on a move to the King Power Stadium, after they had a bid worth more than £30million rejected last week.

Sancho not in Dortmund squad for Bayern clash

Manchester United transfer target Jadon Sancho has not travelled with the Dortmund squad for their German Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich.

The England international, alongside BVB team-mate Roman Burki, is suffering with a respiratory infection. Both players have tested negative for the coronavirus.

The duo will play no part against Bayern while they’re in recovery.

Sancho has been a United target all summer but it seems the Red Devils have faced the reality they will not be signing him this window.

Wright wants Arsenal to keep spending

Ian Wright says Arsenal’s defeat by Liverpool did one thing if nothing else – proved they need to sign someone like Houssem Aouar this month.

The Gunners have been linked with the Lyon midfielder all summer, and Wright has called on his former club to get the transfer over the line.

“It felt like a training game for Liverpool in respect of Arsenal were saying you can try and get out but we will press you,” Wright told Premier League Productions.

“You can see that in Liverpool’s team everyone can move forward because Arsenal were starting so deep but what was evident to me was that we didn’t have that person in midfield who was comfortable enough on the ball until [Dani] Ceballos came on.

“[They need] someone who they can pass the ball to, who is comfortable to receive it with someone on his back, who can pop it off, who can turn it around the corner. From there Arsenal can play but we can’t do that at the moment.

“That’s why it’s imperative we get [Houssem] Aouar from Lyon. He’s someone that can get on the ball and get the forwards going. You saw the chances that Ceballos made when he came on, that’s what Arsenal need.”

Adams suggests Arteta may have made a transfer mistake

Tony Adams has suggested Mikel Arteta may have made a big mistake in selling Emiliano Martinez in favour of Bernd Leno.

Martinez had been an Arsenal player since 2010 but emerged on the scene as a first team contender last season, after Leno suffered an injury.

The shot-stopper went on to win the FA Cup and Community Shield with the Gunners, but found himself replaced by Leno as soon as the German returned to fitness.

Martinez promptly left Arsenal in search of regular football and was snapped up by Aston Villa, for whom he is now a first team starter under Dean Smith.

Adams was pleased with what he saw from Martinez last season, and has suggested Arteta made have sold the wrong keeper this summer transfer window.

Bayern Munich eye shock move for Lamptey

Bayern Munich are eyeing a shock move for Brighton full-back Tariq Lamptey.

Lamptey has been a revelation since joining the Seagulls from Chelsea in January and reports in Germany claim the European champs could make a £15million move.

Bayern are looking for a new right-back to compete with Benjamin Pavard, as Joshua Kimmich has stepped into midfield to replace Thiago, following his exit for Liverpool.

Man Utd dealt Sancho blow

Dortmund captain Marco Reus has insisted that his teammate Jadon Sancho will be staying at the club for at least one more year despite continued interest from Manchester United.

It is no secret that United have been chasing the England international all summer, with their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having made the forward his No.1 target.

The two clubs have struggled to negotiate an acceptable price, however, with Dortmund standing firm over their £108m valuation of the player.

But speaking to Sky Germany , Reus seemed highly confident that Sancho would remain a Dortmund player until next summer at the earliest.

When asked about the rumours he is set to stay, Reus said: “For us players that was great news. We all were happy that he will be with us for the season.”

Lampard coy on Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea future is up in the air, with the centre-back struggling to get a look in this season.

Rudiger is understood to have played a part in his German international teammates Werner and Havertz moving to Stamford Bridge, but he has yet to play a competitive minute for his club this season.

The arrival of Thiago Silva has helped push him down the pecking order, prompting talk of an exit for the former Roma man, but head coach Lampard refused to shut the door on the defender when quizzed on Rudiger’s future.

“I wouldn’t assume anything. I will make no assumption,” Lampard said in a press conference ahead of his team’s Carabao Cup meeting with Tottenham Hotspur, as reported by football.london.

Lacazette approach below asking price

Arsenal are continuing to make efforts to raise transfer funds in order to bring in their targets, but one move which looks unlikely involves Alexandre Lacazette and Roma.

The France striker had been linked with Atletico Madrid before the Spanish club sealed a move for Luis Suarez, but interest remains from elsewhere.

According to The Athletic, Roma expressed an interest in the 29-year-old, who cost Arsenal £47m back in 2017.

However, the amount floated by the Italian club has reportedly fallen “comfortably below” the amount the Gunners want for the striker, so much so that the deal is not expected to move any further.

Chelsea prepare Rice bid

The summer splurge might not be over just yet, with Declan Rice still on the Chelsea’s radar.

The midfielder, who began his career in Chelsea ’s academy, will not come cheap after continuing to play a key role at West Ham United, captaining the Hammers in their 4-0 victory over Wolves on Sunday evening.

Despite West Ham assistant manager Alan Irvine saying Rice “is not somebody with other things on his mind,” the Evening Standard reports that Chelsea are lining up a bid to bring the 21-year-old back to west London.

Rice remains good friends with Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, and the pair played together in England’s recent Nations League draw with Denmark.

The West Ham man played every minute of the 2019/20 Premier League season, helping his team do the double over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

 

 

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