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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 an action-packed Championship schedule, Manchester United travel to Brighton in the Premier League, while Barcelona face Atletico Madrid in a match that could go a long way to deciding the title race in LaLiga.

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…?

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

CHELSEA NEWS

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.

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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.

ARSENAL NEWS

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.”

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DONE DEAL

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

MAN UTD NEWS

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."

SPURS NEWS

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.

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MAN CITY NEWS

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.

MAN CITY NEWS

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.

MAN CITY NEWS

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.

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DONE DEAL

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.

WEST HAM NEWS

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 NEWS

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.

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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 NEWS

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.

Ancelotti unaware of Garbutt release

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was caught by surprise by a question from a journalist asking why defender Luke Garbutt, a product of the club's academy system, had been released.

The 27-year-old will leave the club upon the expiry of his contract after a loan spell at Ipswich Town and clearly, Ancelotti had been left out of the decision-making.

"Who?" He replied when asked about Garbutt.

After consulting with the club's press officer, Ancelotti added: "I'm sorry, I am surprised about this question because I don't know."

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Lampard coy on Rice move

Frank Lampard has refused to comment on Chelsea's potential interest in signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
 

Photo: Getty/West Ham United FC"Declan Rice is a good player. I've known him for a long time, he was in Chelsea's academy but there's no talk," he said.

"I'll keep saying it about every player that we'll be asked about until this season is finished - there's nothing to say."

ARSENAL NEWS

Cedric set for Arsenal debut

Mikel Arteta has a couple of injury concerns as he picks his Arsenal team to face Norwich City on Wednesday.

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Defender David Luiz (knee) and midfielder Mesut Ozil (back) are doubts, while Lucas Torreira is still not fully fit from his ankle fracture in March.

As a result, Rob Holding is likely to come into the back-three and Sokratis could also be handed a first start since football returned this month.

Ahead of them, Cedric Soares is fully fit and could make his debut if Arteta gives him the nod over Hector Bellerin.

CHELSEA NEWS

Chelsea not interested in Gomes

Frank Lampard insists Chelsea are not interested in Angel Gomes, who is a free agent after leaving Manchester United.

Manchester United have confirmed London-born 19-year-old Gomes is leaving Old Trafford, with the highly-rated attacking midfielder's services now in high demand.

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Chelsea have been linked with a swoop for the England Under-20s star, but Blues boss Lampard rejected any interest out of hand.

“It has never been mentioned at my end,” he said.

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CHELSEA NEWS

Lampard preparing for Werner and Ziyech arrivals

Frank Lampard is formulating a plan for when new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will start training at Chelsea and whether they will join up with the squad this season.

Werner and Ziyech officially become Chelsea players on July 1 but they cannot play for the Blues in the remaining games this season.

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Lampard is working out a training schedule for the pair to ensure they hit the ground running at the start of next season.

“I am in the process of arranging that plan now,” said the Chelsea manager, speaking via Zoom at his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game at West Ham.

“They are in different positions in the fact that Hakim has not played for a long time because of the Dutch league situation and Timo finished at the weekend.

“So we will formulate a plan for them that will be slightly different individually. And I will decide in the meantime how it looks at the training ground, and whether that means mixing with the squad or whether it means doing some physical work in the short-term for themselves.

“We have to make sure they will arrive at good fitness levels and freshness levels for next season. When I feel it is the right time to bring them in and around the squad this season I can do that. If not, the priority is that they are fresh and ready for next season.

MAN CITY NEWS

De Bruyne 'looking for house in Newcastle'

Steve Bruce has joked Kevin De Bruyne is now looking for property in the north-east. 

Bruce made a "tongue-in-cheek" offer to De Bruyne while the player was doing a post-match interview after Sunday's FA Cup tie at St. James' Park.

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“I believe he's looking for houses up on the coastline," said Bruce today. 

“He enjoys being by the sea. He hasn't got that in Manchester, so we'll see if we can find him something by the sea.

“It was tongue-in-cheek and I think people have taken it the right way. How wonderful would it be to have a player like that at Newcastle? What a fantastic footballer he is.”

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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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