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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…?

Jadon Sancho to Man Utd latest Bellingham key to talks Man Utd to approach Torres? Roback visits Gunners Arsenal chase Weghorst Man United and City battle for Grealish


Man Utd won't pay more than £50m for Sancho

Manchester United are adamant they won't part with more than £70million to land Jadon Sancho this summer.


Sancho is keen to join United but the clubs are at odds over his valuation in the current economic climate.

Dortmund remain adamant that Sancho will not be sold below their asking price of more than £100m. 


Arteta tells Saliba to stay at St-Etienne

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta believes William Saliba should extend his loan with Saint-Etienne so he can play in next month’s Coupe de France final.

The defender joined the Gunners last summer for a fee of around £27million, but he was loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the season.Ligue 1 was cancelled in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Coupe de France final between Saint-Etienne and Paris-Saint Germain has been rescheduled for July 24.


That creates a problem for Saint-Etienne as Saliba’s loan deal with them is due to expire on June 30.

The French club naturally want the 19-year-old available for next month’s final and they remain in talks with Arsenal over a possible extension of his loan for one month, with Arteta giving such an agreement his blessing.

“I think he needs to stay there. We’ve got an agreement with Saint-Etienne, he’s been over there all year,” he said.

“He has earned the right to play in that final if the manager wants to do that. I think we have to give him the opportunity to do that, to enjoy that and we can have him after that.


Man Utd close in on Grealish


The Express claim Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Jack Grealish. 

Manchester City are also keen on the Aston Villa captain, but United have intensified their interest with Angel Gomes set to depart. 

Gomes has turned down a new deal worth round £30,000-a-week to stay at Old Trafford.


Leipzig close in on Werner replacement

RB Leipzig have agreed a deal with Red Bull Salzburg for striker Hwang Hee-chan, according to South Korean public broadcaster KBS. 


The 24-year-old's contract was due to expire next summer and a deal has been agreed in the region of 10million euros.

He will plug the void left by Chelsea-bound Timo Werner. 


Arsenal locked in talks over Saliba loan extension

Arsenal remain locked in talks with Saint-Etienne over the possible extension of William Saliba’s loan so he can play in next month’s Coupe de France final.

The defender joined the Gunners last summer for a fee of around £27million, but he was loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the season.


Ligue 1 was cancelled in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Coupe de France final between Saint-Etienne and Paris-Saint Germain has been rescheduled for July 24.

That creates a problem for Saint-Etienne as Saliba’s loan deal with them is due to expire today.

The French club naturally want the 19-year-old available for next month’s final and they remain in talks with Arsenal over a possible extension of his loan for one month.

Saliba would be unable to play for Arsenal if he returns next month, but would be allowed to train at the club.


Roback visits Arsenal

Arsenal want teenager Emil Roback from Hammarby.

The Gunners face a battle for the 17-year-old with Bayern Munich.


Hammarby sporting director Jesper Jansson confirmed Roback has visited Arsenal as he considers his next step. 

“There is a strong interest… he has also been to Arsenal," he told Swedish outlet Fotboll Direkt.

"Yes, I understand the interest.

“He is forward with a great physique and speed and already a skilled scorer.”



Man Utd consider Torres move

Manchester United are weighing up a move for Ferran Torres, according to Fichajes.


Torres's agent has been in touch with United, who are considering alternative options should a move for Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho fall through. 

Manchester City and Liverpool are also keeping tabs. 


ICYMI: Juve unlikely to go for Aubameyang 

Some good news for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta...

Juventus will not likely join the extensive list of clubs considering a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, according to Bleacher Report. 

Photo: Getty

The Bianconeri are reportedly focussing on a move for Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik.

A number of clubs remain linked with the Gunners captain, however, who is entering the final year of his contract. 


Angel Gomes to Chelsea

Chelsea are poised to sign Angel Gomes, after the Manchester United academy product failed to reach a new deal with the club.


The Blues are ready to offer the 19-year-old a lucrative contract, according to The Independent. 

The midfielder turned down a deal of around £30,000 per week as he said he has had far better offers elsewhere, including from abroad.

Chelsea, however, are said to be keen to land the talented youngster.


Newcastle target Robert

Thomas Robert is a target for the Magpies, according to the Daily Mail.


The 19-year-old son of former Newcastle player Laurent Robert is available on a free transfer after turning down a three-year deal with Montpellier. 

Robert is open to a move. 

RB Leipzig chase Bees guru

RB Leipzig are targeting Brentford head of recruitment Lee Dykes, according to The Mail. 


The Bundesliga club are searching for a new transfer guru after former Tottenham and Southampton man Paul Mitchell departed for Monaco. 


Arsenal giving up hope on Auba

Arsenal have begun preparing for life without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to The Express. 


The Gunners are keen to tie Aubameyang to fresh terms, though they are not willing to let him leave on a free if he does not commit to the club long-term.

With his current deal set to expire in 2021, Arsenal will sell the striker this summer if there is no movement in contract talks. 



Leicester sign Gyamfi

Leicester City youngster Dennis Gyamfi will leave the club when his contract expires on 30 June, according to the Leicester Mercury. 


The Netherlands youth international has turned down several contract offers from the Foxes, with a news coming as a surprise to the Champions League-chasing club. 

Two clubs in England and a host of sides across Europe are keen on the 18-year-old full-back.


Alaba wants Spain move

David Alaba wants a move to Spain rather than the Premier League if he leaves Bayern Munich, according to The Telegraph. 


Alaba is locked in talks with the Bundesliga champions but has not yet agreed terms over an extension, putting several clubs on alert across Europe. 

Chelsea have been linked with the 28-year-old, who according to one report has already said his goodbyes at Bayern. 

But Alaba favours a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid, should he move this summer.


Arsenal won't buy Ceballos

Arsenal will not try to buy Dani Ceballos when his loan deal with Real Madrid expires, according to The Sun.

The Gunners last week extended his deal at Emirates Stadium to keep him on loan until the end of the disrupted 2019-20 campaign.


But Mikel Arteta has not seen enough to hand Ceballos a permanent deal. He will return to Real Madrid this summer and likely be sent out on loan again next term. 

The Spaniard said: "Next year I want to play and I will hardly be able to do that at Real Madrid.

"I am not closing the door on any club and I do not rule out continuing with a team in the Premier League."



Rodgers plans Evans talks

Brendan Rodgers will hold talks with defender Jonny Evans at the end of the season.

Evans has one year left to run on his deal at the King Power Stadium.


Rodgers said: "We'll see where we're at in the summer but he's clearly a player I'd love to keep.

"It will be looked at when the season ends."


Angel Gomes to become free agent tomorrow

Manchester United youngster Angel Gomes is on his way out of Old Trafford.

He is set to become a free agent tomorrow unless United can strike an eleventh hour deal to extend the 19-year-old's contract. 


Juventus and Chelsea are interested, according to The Sun. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "You can ask Angel why he's not signed. I don't know what the talks are behind the scenes. Angel's a top kid.

"There are people around him that advise him to do different things.

"If he doesn't sign, all the best to Angel."

Roy Keane to Azerbaijan?

Roy Keane is in talks with the Azerbaijan FA about becoming their new national team boss


Azerbaijan are reportedly pushing for an answer in the coming days as they search for Nikola Jurcevic's replacement.



ICYMI: 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: Getty

The 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."


Saints chase Arsenal youngster

Southampton have joined the race for Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun, according to The Mail. 

The Gunners turned down Brentford's £5m offer for Balogun in January but now look set to lose him after failing to agree a new deal with the 18-year-old. 


Balogun's deal is up next summer meaning they are minded to sell him this summer to ensure he doesn't leave on a free.

Brentford remain interested, while Saints have now joined AC Milan in the battle for his signature.


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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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