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Premier League football will return after a 100-day absence on June 17 after the government green-lighted their Project Restart proposals to resume the 2019-20 season after it was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Fixtures will be played behind-closed doors, and with clubs across Europe facing reduced revenues there will be implications for this summer's transfer window, and how much clubs are able to spend.

This will force clubs to reconsider their transfer strategies for the summer, and we'll bring you all the latest news and rumours in our live blog below...

Latest transfer news and rumours…

Loanees a tough sell for Man United ... and Real Madrid want Jadon Sancho Arsenal line up £23m Orkun Kokcu bid Saul confirms his new club Chelsea still want £85m Chilwell Liverpool lose ground on Werner

SPURS NEWS

Spurs confirm positive Covid-19 test result

Tottenham have confirmed that they have returned one positive coronavirus result in the latest round of Premier League testing for Covid-19.

The Premier League announced on Wednesday afternoon that one positive Covid-19 test result had been returned from 1197 players and staff from all 20 top-flight clubs in the latest round of testing.

Spurs soon confirmed that they were the club to have received the positive test result, with the person in question now set to self-isolate for seven days.

EUROPEAN NEWS

Benfica 'reject Vinicius bid' 

Benfica say they have turned down a bid of €60million for Manchester United target Carlos Vinicius. 

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The forward has been the subject of Premier League interest after a breakthrough season, though the club's president Luis Filipe Vieira did not specify where the offer had come from.

"I received an offer of €60million (£54m) for Vinicius and did not sell. He is priced at €100m," Vieira told BTV.

"If it weren't for the pandemic, Benfica would have had two players sold for €100m each."

EUROPEAN NEWS

PSG would do Neymar deal at £155m

Spanish outlet Sport say PSG would be willing to sell Neymar this summer, but only if Barcelona stump up £155million. 

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I could stop writing there, because you sense there's no chance that will happen in the current climate, particularly with Barca supposedly prioritising a move for Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan.

Neymar's agent himself said last month that the financial situation means it is almost certain he will stay at PSG next season. 

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MAN UTD NEWS

Birmingham want cash up-front for Bellingham

Birmingham City want a significant proportion of any deal to sign Jude Bellingham up front in cash, according to ESPN.

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The report claims that the Blues are consigned to losing the teenage star this summer amid strong interest from Manchester United, but want to ensure they get a large chunk of money now to ease the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

United had been keen to do a deal involving a smaller down payment and a number of performance-related add-ons. 

However, Birmingham's stance could actually be good news for United, with the club likely to have a greater cash budget than the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal, who have both also shown interest. 

EUROPEAN NEWS

New contract for Handanovic

Inter Milan stalwart Samir Handanovic is set to sign a new one-year contract extension, according to reports in the Italian press.

The goalkeeper has been a mainstay since arriving from Udinese in 2012 and was due to be out of contract at the end of next season, but the agreement means he will be tied down until the end of the 2021/22 campaign. 

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Milinkovic-Savic situation 'will be evaluated'

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has provided an update on the future of star midfielder Sergei Milinkovic-Savic.

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The Serbian has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea in recent windows.

"On Milinkovic-Savic, the boy's relationship with the city and Lazio will never die because there is a very strong bond that has grown over years," Tare told Sky Sport Italia.

"On the other hand, considering the situation, his wishes, everything we've talked about, every situation will be evaluated at the right time without any pressure, but above all for the good of both parties."

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MAN UTD NEWS

Loans stars a tough sell for United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hopes of boosting transfer funds through sales are set to be hit by the financial impact of coronavirus.

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The Manchester United manager is looking to secure permanent moves for on-loan players such as Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo.

Smalling, in particular, has impressed on loan at AS Roma this season, with the Serie A club keen to keep him in Italy beyond the end of the season, while Rojo, who saw a loan to Everton blocked last August, has since been allowed to return to his former club Estudiantes.

Neither are in Solskjaer’s thinking, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof established at the heart of the Norwegian’s defence, while there are high hopes for Axel Tuanzebe and fit-again Eric Bailly.

But with football across the globe counting the cost of Covid-19, United are likely to have to lower their expectations in terms of fees – or even accept extended loan deals.

LIVERPOOL NEWS

Lyon named Aouar price

RMC Sport say Lyon would be willing to sell Houssem Aouar if they get a bid of around £44.5million this summer.

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The midfielder has been linked with several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. 

The report names Jurgen Klopp's side as particularly interested and says the French outfit are keen to cash in because of the financial impact of the coronavirus shutdown. 
 

ARSENAL NEWS

Ozil to be dropped by Adidas? 

Reports in the German press today suggest that Adidas are to end their relationship with one of their most high-profile stars, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.

Bild say the midfielder's £22million seven-year contract expires this summer and the manufacturer will not renew it because of concerns over his public image, particularly his relationship with controversial Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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MAN CITY NEWS

Guardiola keen on Roberto reunion?

The same Spanish publication also say that Manchester City have made their interest known in Barcelona's Sergi Roberto. 

The versatile Spaniard was handed his Barcelona debut by Pep Guardiola, but has fallen behind Nelson Semedo in the right back pecking order. 

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CHELSEA NEWS

Pedro has 'five offers'

Mundo Deportivo say that Chelsea star Pedro has had offers from five clubs ahead of his probable departure from Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season so will be a free agent and has reportedly had deals put on the table by Juventus, Real Betis, Valencia, AS Roma and Sevilla. 

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PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

So not the big transfer story that some fans - mainly Manchester United ones - were hoping for, but not the cynical 'new boot deal' that many were expecting either. 

Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has announced the creation of a new academy for 4-18-year-olds. 

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BREAKING NEWS

Saul Niguez announcement

Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has confirmed this "new club" after three days of teasing, revealing it to be... the creation of a new team.

The 25-year-old has been linked with a host of clubs in recent months, namely Manchester United and Premier League rivals Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, and leaned into the transfer speculation in a big way with a vague tweet on Sunday.

According to initial reports, Saul and his brother Aaron have announced the creation of the Costa City club.

The project will be based in Elche and bring together over 30 teams and 500 youth players in all age categories in the area.

ARSENAL NEWS

Gunners told to gamble on Aubameyang 

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Arsenal should hold on to captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, even if it risks losing him for nothing in a year's time.

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The Gabon star is out of contract next summer and is yet to agree a new deal, meaning the Gunners could cash in now. But Carragher believes keeping him at the club and hoping his goals can fire them back into the Champions League next season is a risk worth taking.

"I would keep Aubameyang and see what you could do," Carragher told Sky Sports' The Football Show.

“Could you bring players around that and hopefully have a successful season?

“Maybe in the next 12 months convince him to stay, but if not, I think it gives Arsenal a greater chance of getting into the top four, and that’s where they need to be.”

Saul Niguez announcement

Fashionably late? Hope he's not like this turning up to Diego Simeone's training sessions...

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SOCIAL

Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has got a countdown clock running on his Instagram until his big announcement. 

In 12 minutes' time we'll know what this big charade has been all about...

EUROPEAN NEWS

Sancho to Madrid?

Jadon Sancho is Manchester United's number one transfer priority, but there are doubts over a summer deal.

Standard Spprt understands United want Sancho this summer, but Dortmund are standing firm over a £100m+ deal - and that could put a spanner in the works.

BVB are perfectly happy to keep Sancho for another year at least, and Spanish paper AS has put Sancho on its front page today and declared that Real Madrid will consider signing the England forward in 2021.

Los Blancos will not have the money to sign Sancho this summer, but if he's still at Dortmund next year, they may make their move - so the pressure is on United as they ponder an expensive move at a tough time.

EUROPEAN NEWS

Saul to name 'new club' today - but is it a transfer?

So, there will be plenty of buzz around Saul Niguez's big announcement today after the Atletico Madrid midfielder teased on Twitter at the weekend that he would be naming his "new club".

Saul has been heavily linked with Manchester United and less so with Arsenal, but transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has the scoop (again), it seems.

The Italian journalist says Saul will "announcement something related to personal business - nothing about transfers or leaving Atletico de Madrid."

Oh well...

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PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS

Longstaff offered big contract by Udinese

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This has come from nowhere. Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff has been offered a "lucrative" deal to sign for Serie A club Udinese, according to Sky Sports.

The 20-year-old - earning just £850 per week as things stand - has been offered £30,000 by the Italian club.

The Englishman flew out to Italy to hold talks with Udinese prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and faces a tough decision ahead, with the midfielder reportedly desperate to stay with The Magpies.

However, Longstaff reportedly turned down an offer in the region of £15,000 from Newcastle earlier in the season, with no further negotiations since. 

SPURS NEWS

Spurs urged to sign Coutinho

 

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Tottenham should try to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan, says former striker Darren Bent.

Chelsea have reportedly been in talks with his agent Kia Joorabchian about a loan deal, but Bent thinks Spurs should throw their hat into the ring.

“You’re talking about a top, top player who knows the Premier League very, very well. It’s not like you’re taking a risk," he told Football Insider.

“Coutinho’s a top player, he’s a superstar signing that Spurs need and even if it’s on loan, that’s the sort of superstar that they need to maybe encourage other superstars to come there.

“For me, I’d go all out and pay that £8 million, pay that and try and get him. £8m for a top player like him for a year?

"You take that risk because at the end, you never know, at the end of the year it might work out really, really well. He could transform Spurs into an absolute powerhouse of a team. I wouldn’t even consider it – I’d just do it.” 

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When does the 2020 summer transfer window open?

The summer window opens in England is set to open at the end of the season - though the specific date remains to be seen due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Players can be officially registered with their new clubs when the Fifa international window opens on July 1 - 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.




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