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Transfer news LIVE: Coutinho to Arsenal update, Havertz to Chelsea, Man United eye Gabriel, Liverpool gossip

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Welcome to the Evening Standard's rolling transfer news and rumours live blog as the summer transfer speculation increases.

The window officially opened this week following the completion of the delayed 2019-2020 Premier League season. Premier League clubs will now be busy reshaping their squad ahead of the new campaign, with the window scheduled to close on October 5.

Chelsea have already brought in the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, stealing a march on their rivals, while the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City are making early progress on adding to their squads.

Stay tuned for the latest transfer news and rumours...

Arsenal favourites to sign Coutinho on loan Man United target Gabriel in talks with PL duo Havertz to Chelsea update Arsenal urged to sign Man City's Stones Crystal Palace prepare £15m Eze bid Ndombele latest: Spurs not in talks to sell


Gabriel agent in talks with Premier League duo

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Is Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes closing on a move to the Premier League?

According to Sky Sports, the Brazilian's representatives have travelled to the UK for talks with two unnamed clubs.

Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been linked with Gabriel, who almost sealed a switch to Goodison Park earlier this year before the coronavirus shutdown.

Sky add that the 22-year-old is expected to reach a final decision over his future in the coming days.

Lille have already bid farewell to one top talent on Friday, with striker Victor Osimhen heading to Napoli in a big-money deal.


Watford close to Ngakia deal

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After leaving West Ham last month, Jeremy Ngakia looks set to join relegated Watford.

The Guardian report that a deal is close, with the teenage right-back having rejected the offer of a long-term contract extension at London Stadium.

West Ham would be due compensation if Ngakia joins another English club.


...and speaking of Real Madrid

The LaLiga champions have confirmed the departure of forward Dani Gomez to Levante.

The 22-year-old, who spent this season on loan at CD Tenerife, will now link up with the Spanish top-tier outfit.


Real star heading to Everton?

Real Madrid defender Sergio Reguilon is being targeted for a potential summer transfer to Everton, according to Sky Sports.

The 23-year-old spent the season on loan at Sevilla but has returned to the Santiago Bernabeu, with several clubs interested in signing the full-back permanently.

The report claims Reguilon could cost £18m, which is within Everton's transfer budget, but with interest from three unnamed Premier League clubs, Carlo Ancelotti may need to convince the Spaniard to head to Goodison Park.


Juve 'to release Khedira'

Sami Khedira looks to heading out of Juventus after negotiations began to cancel his contract, reports in Italy say.

Photo: GettyThe 33-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Allianz Stadium and has made just 12 Serie A appearances for the Bianconeri this season.

The German midfielder has a year left on his current deal but the club are set to allow him to leave early, and that could be of interest to West Ham, who have been mentioned as a possible destination.


Bees discover Balogun price

Arsenal have told Brentford they will need to pay £8m to sign young striker Folarin Balogun.

The 19-year-old, who is eligible to play for Nigeria, USA and England, has rejected a new contract with his current deal set to expire in 2021.

Sky Sports report Balogun wants assurances over his path to the first team but the Gunners aren't willing to meet his demands.

Brentford are at the front of the queue to snap up the striker, but may have to wait for his price to fall before sealing any transfers with a play-off final still to play.



Napoli owner drops Koulibaly hint

Kalidou Koulibaly could leave Napoli this summer if the club receive a bid matching their asking price, says owner Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Photo: GettyReports in Italy suggest Man City have offered £61m for the Senegalese defender and De Laurentiis admits it is possible the 28-year-old leaves if their £81m valuation is met.

“Kalidou is a wonderful person and of course it’d be sad to lose him,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.

“Everything has a time and a place, even when it comes to going our separate ways. Having said that, we don’t have €90m on the table and in any case, it takes two to separate.”


Aarons pledges future to Canaries

Norwich defender Max Aarons has brushed off speculation linking him with Bayern Munich after the club's relegation to the Championship.

Bayern Munich are rumoured to be interested in the young full-back along with Arsenal and Tottenham, but Aarons is only focusing on returning to Norwich next season.

“It’s kind of natural that, as a 20-year-old playing in the Premier League, there will be things out there in the press," he told The Athletic.

"I just leave that to the people off the pitch, like Stuart [Webber, Norwich sporting director] or the club to deal with.

“Anything else that happens or takes place, it’s not really in my hands. All I can do as a professional footballer is try to develop my game and come back sharp, come back strong and come back ready for a big season.

“I’ve got four years left on my contract here, so I’ll be coming back ready to go, ready to attack next year.”

Karanka appointed Birmingham boss

Birmingham City have announced the appointment of Aitor Karanka as their new manager.

Photo: GettyThe former Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest coach has been out of work since January 2019 but has agreed a two-year deal to take over at St Andrews.

Karanka replaces fellow Spaniard Pep Clotet, who was sacked at the end of the season after Birmingham secured their Championship status.


Former Guardiola no.2 takes Flamengo job

Pep Guardiola's former assistant Domenec Torrent has agreed to take charge of Brazilian outfit Flamengo.

The 58-year-old, who worked at City from 2016 to 2018 before taking over at New York City FC, will replace Jorge Jesus on an 18-month contract.

The Brazilian coach is returning for a second stint with Benfica, who he managed for six years until 2015.


Palace step up Eze move

Crystal Palace are preparing to make a £15m offer for QPR starlet Eberechi Eze but could face competition from West Ham.

Photo: GettyEze, 22, has enjoyed a fine season in the Championship with 14 goals and eight assists for the R's this season.

Palace have shown interest in the Nigerian forward and, as told by The Beautiful Game Podcast, QPR are now willing to accept a lower fee - having demanded £20m before the coronavirus pandemic.


No Ozil for Arsenal in FA Cup final

Mesut Ozil will not be part of Arsenal's squad for the FA Cup final clash against Chelsea on Saturday, according to reports.

Photo: Getty/Arsenal FCThe playmaker has not featured for the Gunners since the restart and was not expected to feature in Mikel Arteta's starting XI anyway.

But according to widespread reports, the 31-year-old has spent the past few days in Turkey and will not be included in the squad, along with exiled midfielder Matteo Guendouzi as the Gunners look to offload the young midfielder.



Man Utd end Roma talks for Smalling 

Chris Smalling's hopes of extending his loan spell at AS Roma look to be over after talks broke down with Manchester United.

Photo: GettyThe 30-year-old has spent the season on loan with the Giallorossi and coach Paulo Fonseca has publicly declared his interest in sealing a deal.

But the centre-back is valued at £25m by United and Sky Sport Italia report negotiations between the two parties have broken down, with Smalling now likely to return to Old Trafford.


Arsenal urged to sign Stones

Arsenal have been told to do all they can to sign John Stones this summer by former Gunner Ray Parlour.

Manchester City are set to sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth and that could leave Stones surplus to requirements, with the 26-year-old down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.

Everton and West Ham have also been linked due to Stones' affiliations with his former club and David Moyes, but Parlour believes Arsenal should go for the England international.

"That would be a great deal for West Ham if they can get him for £20m, especially when you look at Ake who is going to City for £40m," he told talkSPORT.

"Arsenal are desperate for a centre-half… why don’t you take your chance and try and go in and bid for Stones?

"He’s had a bad time in recent years and he hasn’t really gone to where they thought he might go to. But you don’t become a bad defender overnight, he just needs that bit of coaching."


Reds to sell duo to fund Klopp spending

Liverpool are set to allow Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson leave on permanent deals in order to fund moves for transfer targets.

That's according to The Mirror, who say Jurgen Klopp is willing to let the pair depart this summer after completing their respective loan spells at Hertha Berlin and Bournemouth.

It is believed Liverpool want £20m for Wilson, 23, while Grujic may fetch a lower fee with clubs in Germany reportedly interested in the Serbian midfielder, with Hertha keen on a permanent deal.



Rolfes: Leverkusen yet to receive Havertz bid

Bayer Leverkusen are yet to receive an official bid for attacker Kai Havertz amid intense speculation linking Chelsea with a move.

Photo: GettyThe 21-year-old is believed to be the Blues' top target as Frank Lampard looks to strengthen his squad, with a £70m bid expected.

But sporting director Simon Rolfes says the Bundesliga club have not had any offers for the Germany international, although he admitted there is interest in Havertz.

"So far we have no offer," he told reporters. "We know about the interest of clubs, but there is no official offer.

"We have said several times that we will end the season with our entire squad. And that includes Kai. That goes without saying for us."


Lonergan would jump at Reds return

Andy Lonergan has revealed he would relish the chance to re-sign for Liverpool but admits he will not turn down other opportunities in order to do so.

Photo: GettyThe 36-year-old reserve stopper saw his contract expire after the completion of the Premier League campaign, but the Northern Irishman hinted he would not hesitate to rejoin the Reds if the opportunity comes along.

“At the moment I’m unemployed. At the moment, my time at Liverpool is up," he told The Liverpool Echo.

“If I got the call [to re-sign for Liverpool], of course I’d answer it but obviously there are things I want to do in my career and I can’t afford to not take an option if it’s there.


Official: Osimhen joins Napoli

Napoli have confirmed the signing of striker Victor Osimhen from Lille.

The Nigeria international was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Tottenham and Manchester United among the clubs most recently linked.

But the Partenopei have moved quickly to seal a deal worth a reported £50m, with various add-ons expected.

Photo: Twitter/@en_sscnapoli



Silva heading to Italy?

Lazio have offered David Silva the chance to play in the Serie A after making an approach for the outgoing Man City star.
 Photo: GettyThe 34-year-old is set to depart after the conclusion of the Champions League, having spent a decade at the Etihad Stadium.

The Spaniard has been inundated with offers from China, UAE and USA. But according to Corriere dello Sport, Lazio are keen to wrap up a deal for the playmaker, offering him a lucrative three-year deal worth £4m-a-season.


Seagulls eyeing swoop for Arsenal star

Brighton have already caught the eye with the signings of Adam Lallana from Liverpool and Ajax defender Joel Veltman for just £900,000.

Photo: GettyBut manager Graham Potter isn't finished there. As Standard Sport revealed last month, the South Coast outfit want to bring Ainsley Maitland-Niles to the Amex Stadium.

The 22-year-old, who can operate as a right-back or central midfielder, has seen his game time limited under Mikel Arteta and may welcome the chance to play regularly again.

Arsenal could be looking to cash in too as Arteta looks to raise funds to bring in some of his top targets, including Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.


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When does the 2020 summer transfer window open?

Premier League clubs have agreed on the revised start and finish dates of this summer’s transfer window.

The window is now open for 10 weeks from July 27.

Following consultation with the EFL, a domestic-only window will be added from 5 October, closing 5pm on 16 October. During this window, Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs (either loans or permanent registrations). No transfers can take place between Premier League clubs in this period.

Chelsea will push ahead with moves for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz and remain interested in Leicester City’s Ben Chillwel, while Manchester United are also expected to be busy this summer.

Jadon Sancho remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one target, and a deal should be completed if Man United can negotiate a compromise on the £100m-plus valuation Dortmund has for the England international.

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