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Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal to swap Guendouzi; Sancho Man United update; £44m Sane Bayern deal; Chelsea gossip

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Welcome to the Evening Standard's rolling transfer news and rumours live blog.

We've another busy night of football in store, with the London derby between West Ham and Chelsea the headline fixture as Arsenal host Norwich.

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 to swap Guendouzi | Weghorst linked £44m Leroy Sane leaving Man City for Bayern Sancho to Man Utd latest | Bellingham key to talks Roback visits Gunners Man United and City battle for Grealish


No Arsenal Kluivert talks

Arsenal never started any talks over a swap deal with Justin Kluivert, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

The Gunners were linked with a move for the Roma man, with reports claiming his name had come up in talks over a permanent deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.


The Giallorossi have reached a "preliminary agreement" that will see Mkhitaryan stay at the club for the rest of the season and remain for the 2020/21 campaign.

Kluivert will not be part of the deal. 


Juve lead race for Torres

Juventus have stepped up their pursuit of Manchester United target Ferran Torres, according to Onda Cero. 

United and Borussia Dortmund have been linked with Torres but Juve now appear to have jumped to the front of the queue, with talks intensifying. 


Torres has a deal until 2021 at Valencia, so the Liga club are well aware of the pressure to sell for a fee this summer if they cannot tie him to new terms. 

His release clause is £87m but suitors believe the circumstances will bring that price right down as Valencia fear missing out on a transfer fee altogether in 12 months. 


Tottenham confident over Hojbjerg

Tottenham are confident of landing Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, according to The Telegraph. 


Hojberg is near the top of Jose Mourinho's summer wishlist and is thought to favour a move to Spurs this summer. 

Spurs will have to raise the money to sign the 24-year-old - valued at £30million by Saints - through transfer sales. 



Guendouzi a swap option?

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.

Drinkwater extends Villa loan

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.

Yoshida leaves Saints

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 step up Tagliafico chase

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.


Man City confirm Moreno signing

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.


Roma confirm Mkhitaryan agreement

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.”



BREAKING: Roma complete Mkhitaryan loan signingMore to follow...


Neville: A striker? Man Utd need 3-4 signings

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."


Mourinho targets Lazio star

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.



More on Sane

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.


Here's the full story on Leroy Sane's move to Bayern Munich...

James Robson | Manchester football correspondent

Bayern Munich have agreed a £44.5million deal for Leroy Sane.

Photo: ReutersThe 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.


Bayern 'agree £45m deal for Sane'

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.



Celtic secure Elyounoussi loan

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.


Hammers chase Blues starlet

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.


Arsenal linked with Weghorst

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.


Osimhen set for Napoli switch

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.


Spurs 'confident' of Hojbjerg capture

Tottenham are hoping to capture Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer.

Photo: GettyThe 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.
 Spurs will believe they can offer the 24-year-old what he wants, although the Saints have refused to budge from their £35 million price tag.

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.


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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.

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