- SunSport Reporters
- 4 Aug 2020, 23:46
- Updated: 4 Aug 2020, 23:46
THE transfer window is open and clubs are getting their business done quickly ready for the imminent new season.
Today it was Man City's turn to make a big splash as they completed the £20m signing of Valencia's Ferran Torres.
Follow all the latest gossip and updates with our live blog below...
Jadon Sancho has agreed a contract with Manchester United, according to Bild's Head of Football Christian Falk.
However, the clubs still appear to be a way off over the transfer fee that will be played.
Falk claims Dortmund are not budging from their demands for a £108m fee.
Update @Sanchooo10: @ManUtd and Sancho have an agreement on a contract til 2025. the Player gets a mega salary. but: Dortmund still insists on 120 million euros Transfer fee @BILD_Sport
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) August 4, 2020
SELL HENRIKH TO LAND WILLIAN
Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Chelsea’s Willian on a free.
But there are still hurdles to be cleared before agreement can be reached with the Brazilian, who turns 32 on Sunday.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to sign the winger on a three-year deal.
But that is dependent on Henrikh Mkhitaryan not returning from his loan at Roma.
And Arteta also needs to overcome fears about the player’s age and the club becoming too reliant on agent Kia Joorabchian.
Willian, who missed Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal on Saturday injured, is definitely leaving Stamford Bridge after running down his contract.
The Blues offered him a two-year deal but would not agree to his request for an extra 12 months.
VILLA TO OFFER GREALISH HUGE PAY RISE
Jack Grealish is set to be offered a bumper pay rise to £100,000 a week to keep him out of the clutches of Manchester United.
Aston Villa are demanding at least £80million for their talismanic midfielder, who scored on the final day of the season to complete the club’s great escape from relegation.
illionaire owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have no intention of losing their skipper this summer.
And tying Grealish, currently on £70,000 a week, to a lucrative new five-year contract will show they mean business.
Tyrone Mings and John McGinn will also be rewarded for impressive seasons with new deals.
Despite splashing out £140m on new players last season, Sawiris and Edens are ready to make around £100m available to add “three or four quality additions”.
MAKE ME No1 OR IT HENDS NOW
Dean Henderson is heading into showdown talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insisting: “Make me No 1 or let me go.”
The keeper, 23, has enjoyed two massively successful seasons on loan with Sheffield United.
But he does not want to return to Old Trafford to play second fiddle to current first-choice keeper David De Gea.
The Spaniard’s high-profile blunders have led to calls for in-form Henderson to replace him as United's main man between the sticks.
Chelsea are among the teams monitoring the situation – and are reported to be willing to more than double his wages.
Frank Lampard's side could bid for Henderson but United do not want to lose him to a Premier League rival.
It leaves Solskjaer in a difficult position, with De Gea having signed a six-year deal worth £117million this time last year.
GUNNERS LEAD GAB RACE
Arsenal have overtaken Napoli in the hunt for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, according to France Bleu Nord.
The 22-year-old Brazilian, who was even linked with Manchester United earlier in the summer, could cost around £27million.
Expecting his departure, Lille have signed 20-year-old Sven Botman from Ajax's reserve team.
UTD 'EYE KANE IN CASE SANCHO DEAL FALLS THROUGH'
As United's interest in Jadon Sancho reaches make-or-break time, Old Trafford chiefs are said to have identified three top-name alternatives in case the deal falls through.
United reportedly hoped Borussia Dortmund would accept a £100million-plus fee for England frontman Sancho, 20, in instalments.
But with doubts now emerging, England skipper Harry Kane has again been mentioned as a summer target – even though Spurs are thought to have assured boss Jose Mourinho there is no need to sell in this transfer window.
And apart from Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, the Star claim Ajax's attacking midfielder Donny van de Beek is also back in the spotlight for United.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked with the ten-cap Dutchman, 23.
WILLIAN 'WANTS' ARSENAL MOVE
Chelsea midfielder Willian reportedly wants to join Arsenal despite higher offers from the MLS.
The Mirror say the Brazil star, who will be 32 on Sunday, is after both the security of a new three-year deal and extending his stay in the Premier League.
Spurs were also in the running at one stage, but David Beckham's newly-formed Inter Miami were thought to have put together the largest pay package.
FOXES CAST CHEEKY EYE TO BARCA STARLET
Leicester are keen on 20-year-old Barcelona striker Francisco Trincao, reports suggest.
One claim is that the Foxes are willing to borrow the Portuguese starlet for two seasons ahead of a £45million permanent deal.
Barca are looking to cutback to raise money for big buys.
So that could speed up the exit of players like Philippe Coutinho, Rafinha, Nelson Semedo and Ousmane Dembele.
LEEDS LINKED TO BATSHUAYI
Leeds could make a shock swoop for Chelsea for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.
Football Insider say the Belgium star, 26, is finally set for a permanent exit after four years at Stamford Bridge regularly spent away on loan.
Premier League newcomers are looking for big names for their first season back in the top flight.
And Batshuayi has enjoyed temporary spells with Borrussia Dortmind, Valencia and Crystal Palace.
SAINTS AND SPURS IN 'SWAP'
Southampton's Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is closing on a £15million move to Tottenham – with right-back Kyle Walker-Peters moving the other way for £12m.
Sky Sports suggest the deals – first mooted in June – are on the brink of completion.
Walker-Peters shone on loan for Saints in the second half of this season.
PRO DEAR! WILLIAN 'MOVE' LEAKED
WILLIAN'S transfer to Arsenal appears to have been confirmed in a leaked Pro Evo clip.
The Chelsea winger – who has rejected the club's latest offer of a new two-year deal – is shown wearing the Gunners kit in the seven-second video.
Arsenal have partnered with video game series Pro Evo – whose game rivals Fifa as the biggest on PS4 and Xbox.
The clip says “new signing” at the beginning and appears to show the 31-year-old Brazilian in Arsenal colours with “Willian” across the screen.
Arsenal tweeted a video earlier today showing what players can expect from the game set for release on September 15 – three days after the new Premier League season begins.
The leaked video suggests Willian will by then have completed his move from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates.
CITY COMPLETE TORRES DEAL
Manchester City have announced the signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres.
Pep Guardiola has forked out £20.8million on the 20-year-old to replace Leroy Sane.
The Spain under-21 star completed his medical and put to pen paper in Catalonia today.
VILLA HEAD CHELSEA IN FIGHT FOR WHIZKID
Aston Villa are set to beat Liverpool, Chelsea and German giants Bayern Munich to sign Exeter City’s England youth international Ben Chrisene.
The midfielder became the Grecians’ youngest ever player last August when he came on against Coventry City in the Carabao Cup, aged 15 years, seven months.
That was three months sooner than Exeter’s previous record holder Ethan Ampadu, who later joined Chelsea and starred for Wales.
Chrisene had been tipped to follow in Ampadu’s footsteps after emerging as one of the top teenagers in Europe
And Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has personally tried to persuade him to join.
Jurgen Klopp has also invited Chrisene to watch a Champions’ League game as a VIP guest of Liverpool, while the youngster has already turned out for Bayern Munich’s youth team last season.
But Dean Smith now looks favourite to sign Chrisene, according to Devon Live.
They say the youngster has turned down the League Two side’s offer of a pro contract, having made five first team appearances for the Grecians before the season ended.
GUNNERS STILL PURSUING COUTINHO
Arsenal are still hungry to sign Barcelona's ex-Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.
The Brazil star, who's had a moderate season on loan for Bayern Munich, was linked with Chelsea earlier in the summer.
But the Gunners are making the running now – although it is claimed Coutinho has so far offered little encouragement for such a move.
IVANOVIC SET FOR EVERTON
Branislav Ivanovic says he will “probably” join Everton after receiving a “good offer”.
The free agent and Chelsea legend, 36, has been with Russian side Zenit St Petersburg since 2017.
And the Serb defender has also been attracted interest from home country club Red Star Belgrade.
But he has been tipped to reunite with his ex-Stamford Bridge boss Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park.
Ivanovic said: “I will probably continue my career at Everton. I received a good offer from them.
“So far, I have not received any offer from Red Star.
“If anyone calls me then I will consider the offer.”
CITY WINDFALL IF UTD BAG SANCHO
Manchester City are in line for a £15million windfall from Jadon Sancho’s move to rivals United.
Borussia Dortmund are sticking to their £110m valuation of the England attacker – but are now willing to accept instalments.
And City inserted a sell-on clause when they sold the youngster to the German club three years ago.
They are entitled to 15 per cent of the profit made by Dortmund – having sold him for £8m plus £2m in add-ons.
That means City will be due a large chunk of the £100m-plus heading to Borussia over the next few years from neighbours United.
YOU'VE KOP MAIL
Liverpool are reportedly among a trio of Premier League clubs who have made contact with Watford winger Ismaila Sarr.
The 22-year-old impressed Jurgen Klopp after putting in a man-of-the-match performance during the Hornets' 3-0 win over the Reds in February.
The winger scored a quick-fire double before Troy Deeney notched to hand Liverpool their first league defeat of the season and end their hopes of emulating Arsenal's Invincibles campaign.
Despite Watford's relegation on the final day, Sarr impressed for them as he bagged five goals and produced six assists in 28 top-flight matches
According to the Watford Observer, Liverpool have made contact with the attacker's agent as they look to test the club's resolve.
A switch to Anfield would see Sarr reunite with fellow Senegal international and friend Sadio Mane.
The Liverpool ace famously urged Watford captain Deeney to look after the player after the two sides faced each other at Anfield in December.
Wolves are also said to be interested in the former Rennes star, but would only make their move if Adama Traore is prized away from the club.
UTD BIDE TIME FOR JACK
United are reportedly willing to wait until late in the transfer window before going for Jack Grealish.
But Aston Villa's £80million price tag is still putting off Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United are said to have reportedly agreed terms with No 1 transfer target Jadon Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund winger is thoguht to have said yes to a five-year, £220,000-a-week deal as part of his British record £110million move.
Busting the bank to such an extent could limit what United are able to do elsewhere in the summer window.
The Daily Mail say any “serious” offer for Villa captain and talisman Grealish will start at £80m.
HARRY NEEDS SERIOUS SILVERWARE
Former Premier League star Jamie O'Hara also believes it has to be major silverware to tempt Harry Kane to remain at Spurs beyond next summer.
He said: “[League Cup?] No, I don’t think so.
“I think if you win the FA Cup and get in the top four, you keep Harry Kane.
“If you just get in the top four next season and you don’t win a trophy, I think it’s time that Harry Kane moved on.”
TROPHY OR BUST FOR KANE
Jamie O'Hara has urged Harry Kane – often linked with Manchester United – to leave Spurs next summer if they fail to break their trophy drought.
The former Tottenham midfielder reckons England skipper Kane, 27, will give Tottenham one more season before moving to a more successful club.
Trophy-less Kane has established himself as one of the best in the world after 188 goals in just 287 games for Spurs.
And the striker fuelled transfer talk in May as he admitted he was “ambitious” and not prepared to stay at Tottenham “for the sake of it.”
O'Hara told talkSPORT: “He’s 27 and if he doesn’t do it next season, I think he has got to leave. Spurs need to win a trophy next season.”
KASPER WOULD 'DO ANYTHING' TO JOIN UTD
Ex-Denmark defender Mikkel Bischoff, who played for Man City and Coventry, also believes Kasper Schmeichel would be following i a fine tradition if he did join Manchester United.
Bischoff added: “The most successful goalkeepers at the club in recent years have been well into their 30s. He can easily play three or four good years there.
“Schmeichel is a huge United fan. He always has been and always will be. It will be the biggest dream come true if he were to succeed [in joining United].
“If Kasper gets the opportunity to play just ten games for United, then he jumps.
“It’s simply so big for him. He is such a big fan that he will do anything to get to that club.”
SCHMEICHEL 'DREAMS OF UTD MOVE'
Kasper Schmeichel still dreams of emulating legendary dad Peter by joining Manchester United – amid speculation Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will launch a shock bid.
That's the claim of Kasper's former Manchester City team-mate and fellow Dane Mikkel Bischoff, an Etihad centre-back from 2002-2006.
Schmeichel Jr is the latest name linked with Old Trafford as United ponder replacing No 1 David De Gea.
Sheffield United loanee Dean Henderson has seemed in pole position if he returns to Old Trafford.
But Bischoff told Ekstra Bladet of Schmeichel: “United will certainly not be deterred by his age of 33 years.”
UTD IN '£50M FED BID'
United have bid £50million for Fiorentina's Italy winger Federico Chiesa, reports in Italy say.
The 22-year-old's Serie A club are said to be willing to sell but only for the “right” price – and are expecting higher offers.
Inter Milan, Juventus and Newcastle have also been linked with the 17-cap star.
It is thought Fiorentina would prefer to sell to a Premier League club rather than an Italian rival.
WILSON FACING KOP EXIT?
Liverpool's £15million-rated winger Harry Wilson has been linked with Aston Villa, Newcastle, Premier League new boys Leeds and his last loan club Bournemouth.
The 23-year-old could finally be set for a permanent exit after failing to make the breakthrough during five years at Anfield.
But Bournemouth's relegation seemingly weakens their hand in the race for the 17-cap Wales star.
BRING MBUY FREE SALE
Chelsea are reportedly close to signing 18-year-old ex-Barcelona centre-back Xavier Mbuyamba – dubbed the 'next Virgil van Dijk' – on a free transfer.
Mbuyamba is frustrated at playing just three Uefa Youth League games for Barca this season.
And the Daily Mail say Chelsea wantthe Dutchman to develop his career with them.