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Transfer news LIVE: Angel Gomes to Chelsea, Van de Beek to Man Utd, Carlos Soler to Arsenal, Arthur confirmed

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Premier League football returns to spotlight today after a blockbuster weekend of FA Cup football. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all progressed to the semi-finals with wins this weekend, in what is a mouth-watering final four of the competition.

Meanwhile, and despite the unseen economic strain on clubs brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, transfer activity and speculation remains bouyant ahead of this summer's window.

Latest transfer news and rumours…?

Chelsea to sign Angel Gomes? Marc Jurado Man United update Barca sign Pjanic | Arthur joins Juve Arsenal chase Carlos Soler Chelsea chase £45m Rice Liverpool lead Koulibaly race

MAN CITY NEWS

Man City want Ake 

Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake is among Manchester City's list of summer targets, report The Athletic. 

Pep Guardiola is determined to improve his side defensively after failing to replace Vincent Kompany last summer. 

Ake, 22, has scored two goals in 25 Premier League outings this season. 

MAN UTD NEWS

Man Utd bound Jurado confirms Barca exit

Marc Jurado has confirmed he will leave Barcelona this summer ahead of an expected move to Manchester United. 

Standard Sport understands that United will complete a move for the Spaniard, while the 16-year-old posted a farewell message to Barcelona on his Instagram page on Monday evening.

"It’s never easy to leave a team that has given you everything. FC Barcelona has been my second home, my second family, where I have developed as a player and as a person. 

"Today it’s time to say goodbye, but not before expressing my gratitude to each of the people who have helped me since I started in the prebenjamín in the year 2011," he said. 

"I have been lucky to share my passion with a fantastic generation, with which I will always be linked. We started as boys who just wanted to run after a ball and I say goodbye, nine years later, calling them friends. 

"Only we know the immense luck we have had with all the coaches who have developed us and helped us to keep fulfilling our dreams

"Every stage has a beginning and an end. Mine, having reflected a lot with my family, has come. I leave behind unforgettable memories which will always stay with me."

MAN CITY NEWS

Man City in for Grealish?

Are Manchester City set to pull one over their rivals Manchester United by moving for Jack Grealish?

The Telegraph report City are eyeing the Aston Villa captain as a replacement for Leroy Sane, who has told the club he will not sign a new contract.

United have long been linked with Grealish, who is rated at £70m by his club. But with question marks over their finances after posting losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, City could steal a march on the playmaker.

One to watch, for sure.

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Arsenal miss out on Kurzawa

Layvin Kurzawa has put pen to paper on a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain to all but end speculation linking him with Arsenal.
 

Photo: GettyThe French full-back was thought to be on the verge of joining the Gunners back in March on a free transfer but the deal failed to materialise.
Now the France international has agreed a new four-year deal with the Ligue 1 champions, keeping him at the club until 2024.

The player confirmed the news via his Twitter account, writing: "I am very happy to extend with PSG. Allez Paris."

ARSENAL NEWS

Gunners to sell Balogun after rejecting new deal

Arsenal will cash in on youngster Folarin Balogun after he turned down a new contract, according to reports.
 

Photo: Getty/Arsenal FCThe 18-year-old, who is eligible to represent Nigeria, USA and England at international, is yet to make his senior debut but is highly-rated by youth coaches and has appeared for the Under-23 development team.

Balogun signed his first professional deal last year but that is set to expire in 2021 and Goal report after the starlet snubbed the chance to sign a long-term deal, the north London side will attempt to raise funds by selling him this summer.

The same report adds Brentford failed with a £5m bid in January and the Bees may be tempted to return for the youngster with his future hanging in the balance.

DONE DEAL

Official: Pjanic joins Barcelona

Now that the Arthur side of the deal has gone through, Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Miralem Pjanic from Juventus.
 

Photo: ReutersThe 29-year-old joins in a deal worth €60 million (£55m) with an extra €5m (£4.6m) in add-ons. 

The Bosnian has signed a four-year deal which contains a release clause worth £400m. 

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Ahead of his move to Juventus, Barcelona midfielder Arthur delivers a goodbye message in Italian, Spanish and Catalan. Talk about multi-lingual!

"Thank you for the great interest on the part of @juventusfc for the integration to the society. I know I'm going to belong to a big club and many challenges lie ahead with the Bianconeri.

Now I'm focused on the present, we have important objectives in Barcelona and I will continue to the end giving everything: for my teammates and all the fans. Thank you for your support."

CHELSEA NEWS

Werner: How Lampard convinced me to join Chelsea

Chelsea' new signing Timo Werner has revealed how Frank Lampard played a key role in convincing him to join the club from RB Leipzig.

The 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal in a deal worth £47.5m and will arrive at Stamford Bridge on July 1, with Lampard praised for pulling off a transfer coup in capturing a player of Werner's quality.
 

Photo: GettyThe Germany international, who scored twice on his final appearance for Leipzig in the 2-1 win over Augsburg, has lifted the lid on his talks with Lampard.

“The discussions with the board at Chelsea were so good that I ultimately chose them," he told Sky Sport Germany.

"Frank Lampard in particular stood behind me and really wanted me to know that if I went to Chelsea, I could feel just as comfortable as I do with Leipzig.

“In the conversations with me, the coach often emphasised how much he wanted me, how much he valued me as a person," the player continued.

"Of course it's hard to give up an oasis of wellbeing like the one I've had in Leipzig for years, but you can only get ahead in a career if you take the next step. This season was the crossroads, otherwise I would always have stayed with Leipzig. I’ve decided on something new and I hope that my form will continue like this.”

ODDS

Juventus backed to land Gomes

Angel Gomes is set to leave Manchester United after failing to agree terms on a new contract. But where will the 19-year-old choose to go next?

Speculation is rife that the England youth international could join top four rivals Chelsea.


According to the latest odds from Betfair, Juventus are the favourites to land the highly-rated playmaker, having been priced at 3/1. Chelsea are rated as a decent shot at 4/1, while PSG (6/1) and Barcelona (8/1) could also be in the running.
 

Angel Gomes' next club odds:
Juventus: 3/1
Chelsea: 4/1
PSG: 6/1
Barcelona - 8/1
Real Madrid: 10/1
Man City: 14/1
Liverpool: 20/1

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More on that incredible Arthur-Pjanic deal...

Barcelona have revealed Juventus will pay €72 million (£66m) plus another €10m (£9.1m) in add-ons for the Brazil international. 

As part of the deal, the 23-year-old will remain with Barcelona until the completion of the LaLiga season. 

The Catalan giants are expected to announce the arrival of Pjanic, who will move for Barca for a slightly smaller fee.

DONE DEAL

BREAKING: Arthur-Pjanic swap deal completed

Barcelona have confirmed midfielder Arthur Melo will join Juventus in a swap deal which will see Miralem Pjanic head to the Camp Nou.

Jimenez flattered by interest

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez insists he is happy at the club but admits he is flattered by reported interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.
 

Photo: GettyThe Mexico international has scored 12 goals in the Premier League this season with Wolves in contention for a European place and Jimenez, while attracting interest from elsewhere, is glad to be catching the eye.

“First of all I am very happy here with the Wolves,” Jimenez told Telemundo. “I am in a place where from the first moment we made an incredible connection.

“I am no stranger to all that [the rumours], every day a new team comes out, every day a new offer comes out, I do not know how many millions.

“It is good to know that they are talking about you, but what I have to do to make that happen is to continue doing my job here with the Wolves.”

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LIVERPOOL NEWS

Liverpool aren't in for Koulibaly

That's according to Sky, who have poured cold water on reports that the Reds are going to follow up their Premier League title win with a mega-money move for Kalidou Koulibaly. 

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The report states Liverpool's strict transfer policy prohibits them spending more than £60m on a 29-year-old, which is well below Napoli's asking price. 

CHELSEA NEWS

ICYMI: Werner defends decision to join Chelsea and miss Leipzig finale

Timo Werner has defended his decision to miss RB Leipzig’s finale Champions League games ahead of joining up with his new Chelsea team-mates.

Photo: Getty Images

"Of course it hurts me that I can't help out [RB Leipzig] to play in the Champions League," Werner told Sportbuzzer. "But I'm a Chelsea FC player from July 1st and I'm being paid by Chelsea from then on."

"It was clear that all parties - Chelsea, RB and my side - should and must settle this. Of course I tried to keep out of the Champions League issue as much as I could because it was clear that I would have to hurt one side. That's why my agent finally agreed it with the clubs."

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MAN UTD NEWS

Ajax confirm Van de Beek agreement

Manchester United have been given a huge boost in their pursuit of Donny van de Beek.

That's because Ajax boss Erik ten Haag has confirmed the club has an understanding with the player that he will be allowed to move abroad if he so wishes this summer. 

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Ten Hag said: “Based on their performance and ambition, a number of our players also want to make the move abroad.

“Agreements have been made with Andre Onana, Donny van de Beek and Nicolas Tagliafico, but it remains to be seen whether the market is indeed breaking loose.

“For Onana and Van de Beek, another year of Ajax could certainly be an option, for Tagliafico it is slightly different because of his age.”

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SPURS NEWS

Pochettino signs new Tottenham deal

No, not that one!

Mauricio Pochettino's son, Maurizio, has put pen to paper on a contract extension at Spurs.

ARSENAL NEWS

Arsenal watching three LaLiga midfielders

Arsenal are tracking three further LaLiga midfielder as part of their summer recruitment drive, according to La Razon.

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The Gunners are already in the race to sign Thomas Partey, though they are casting their net further. 

Arteta is reportedly keeping tabs on Levante’s Enis Bardhi, Espanyol’s Marc Roca and Valencia’s Carlos Soler.
 

MAN CITY NEWS

City step up Ake chase

Manchester City's pursuit of Nathan Ake has intensified, according to The Athletic. 

Pep Guardiola has been monitoring Ake for some time but opted against a January move despite a long-term injury to Aymeric Laporte.

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However, Guardiola is still keen to add a left-sided defender and Ake has moved to the top of his wishlist.

The 25-year-old is set to leave Bournemouth this summer with relegation to the Championship looking increasingly likely for Eddie Howe's side.

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ARSENAL NEWS

Arteta wants more from Pepe

Mikel Arteta has called for more consistency from Nicolas Pepe after the £72million summer signing impressed in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. 

Arteta said: “It’s very important to try and understand a player and find out what his feelings are, how hard it’s been to adapt to a new country and a language that he doesn’t understand.

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“I don’t know him from before, but he is very willing and he is a player with incredible potential. However, he needs to take care of moments in the game when he disconnects himself a little bit. He cannot do that, and I will be very persistent with him to try to change that.

“He also needs to be decisive in every game because if he is at his best he is a player who can make the difference. There are things to work on and improve but he is heading in the right direction. He is doing things very well too, like realising what he needs to do for the team when we don’t have the ball. I am very pleased with him.”

EUROPEAN NEWS

Arthur and Pjanic deals set to go through

Barcelona and Juventus are expected to announce the transfers of Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic after the two players passed medicals and signed papers on Sunday.

Arthur travelled to Turin after the Catalans' 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday and underwent examinations with Juve the following day, while a Barca doctor accompanied the Brazilian to Italy for checks on Pjanic.

Barca have agreed to sell the 23-year-old to Juventus for a fee of around €70million (£64m), with Pjanic (30) moving the other way for approximately €60m (£55m).

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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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