Transfer rumours: Pogba, Sancho, Haaland, Pochettino, Mbappe, Diallo, Saliba, Choudhury

Manchester United will sell France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, in the summer after accepting that he will not sign a new contract. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Manchester United are unsure whether to pursue 20-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more interested in his Borussia Dortmund colleague and 20-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

New Paris St-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino hopes 22-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe will sign a new contract amid interest from Liverpool. (AS)external-link

Atalanta are keen on loaning 18-year-old Ivorian winger Amad Diallo to Manchester United for the rest of the season. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Diallo has the paperwork to complete his move to Manchester United but Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says the club have made a late plea to keep him. (Star on Sunday)external-link

William Saliba is ready to take a pay cut to leave Arsenal, with a host of clubs expected to bid for the 19-year-old French defender in the January transfer window. (L’Equipe via Sport Witness)external-link

Newcastle are among the clubs offered the chance to sign Leicester’s former England Under-21 midfielder Hamza Choudhury, 23. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Crystal Palace and Leicester are among the clubs interested in Schalke’s Turkish defender Ozan Kabak, 20. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is hopeful of a loan move for Chelsea’s 23-year-old England defender Fikayo Tomori. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

France forward Olivier Giroud, 34 – who has been linked with West Ham -says he would like to stay at Chelsea and win trophies. (Sky Sports)external-link

Versatile Netherlands international Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 23, wants to stay at Manchester United despite recently turning down a new contract. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Stoke are in talks to sign Wales and former Manchester City winger Rabbi Matondo, 20, on loan from German side Schalke. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta says he will not be drawn into naming potential transfer targets, unlike his rivals for the position. (Goal)external-link

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has opted against signing Manchester United’s Wales winger Daniel James, 23, and Middlesbrough’s English winger Duncan Watmore, 26. He favours a centre-back, midfielder and striker instead. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Germany midfielder Julian Brandt, 24, in January but Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says there has been no contact. (Bild via Goal)external-link

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has asked fans to be patient over the form of Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 21, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen in September. (Sunday Telegraph)external-link

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman thinks some of his players should leave in search of regular football. (Sport)external-link

Koeman says he has no regrets at seeing Luis Suarez leave Barcelona, claiming the decision to let the 33-year-old Uruguay striker join Atletico Madrid in September was taken by those above him. (Goal)external-link

Inter Milan have offered former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. The Dane, 28, has also been linked with a move to Paris St-Germain. (Marca)external-link

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England cruise past Ireland as Jadon Sancho leads stars staking their claim in Wembley win

No matter what they say in Germany, the England winger and Manchester United target showed no issues in terms of form or confidence on a night when he tormented Irish legs and minds.

He wasn’t alone in a Three Lions team bursting with menace in the form of the outstanding Jack Grealish, Reece James and Bukayo Saka in a 3-0 win.

Ireland were given a torrid time trying to withstand almost relentless pressure from England’s rich array of wide talent.

But Sancho was the one who went into this latest international break facing questions over his performances for Borussia Dortmund this season, with German media describing him as a “problem child” following his failure to secure a move to United in the summer.

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There was no evidence of that at Wembley – just of the supreme talent that has seen him establish himself as one of the most sought-after players in world football.

That was never better demonstrated than with his 31st-minute goal to give England a 2-0 lead.

Harry Maguire had already begun the process of redemption after his red card against Denmark last month by heading Gareth Southgate’s team ahead. But Sancho’s strike – after being slipped in by Grealish on the left – was a moment of pure quality.

With a host of white shirts in front of him and little sight of goal, he dropped a shoulder, cut in on his right foot and whipped a low, curling shot past the dive of Darren Randolph.

It was the type of response the very best players provide when doubts are being cast in their direction. The type of response to silence critics when he returns to Bundesliga action.

Sancho embodies the type of adventurous, free-spirited player Southgate is building his latest England team around.

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Grealish fits that description, too. And it is a measure of the depth of strength at the country’s disposal that a front three that also included Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be completely dismantled when England next play against Belgium on Sunday.

Provided they are all fit, Southgate could field a front three of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford.

But this was a night when the ‘understudies’ staked their claims.

Grealish is surely knocking on the door for more action. A player who seems built for the international stage.

Southgate side-stepped the so-called rivalry between him and Mason Mount by naming them both in his starting line-up.

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While Mount and Harry Winks were responsible for turning the screw with their forward passing, it was Grealish, Sancho and wingbacks Saka and James who left Ireland’s defenders dizzy with their twisting runs.

The minds and legs of the visitors were left exhausted as they tried to repel one attack after another.

As if the threat of Grealish and Sancho wasn’t enough, the overlaps of James and Saka just compounded the pressure.

And when Cyrus Christie hung out a tired leg as Saka skipped past him 10 minutes into the second half it was a result of constantly being forced to retreat.

Referee Carlos del cerro Grande pointed to the spot and Calvert-Lewin stepped up blast the penalty into the top corner.

It was relief to Ireland when Southgate began to ring the changes – but the introduction of Phil Foden, for example, just underlined the depth of attacking talent in this generation of England players.

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Transfer rumours: Sancho, Traore, Gomes, Dybala

Manchester United have been given hope a deal for Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, can still be done after they ‘misjudged’ their summer approach. (Star)external-link

United are also targeting Sporting Lisbon’s 16-year-old Luis Gomes. The Portuguese midfielder has been dubbed ‘the next Luis Figo’ in his homeland. (Mirror) external-link

Wolves winger Adama Traore, 24, is set to snub interest from Barcelona and Liverpool in order to sign a new £100,000-a-week contract at Molineux. The Spain forward joined the club from Middlesbrough in 2018. (Sun)external-link

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says the club must sign a new centre-back after Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk, 29, was injured against Everton. (Mail) external-link

Derby County player-coach Wayne Rooney, 34, is expecting the results of a Covid-19 test on Monday after discovering a friend who sold him a watch has tested positive for coronavirus. (Daily Telegraph – subscription required)external-link

Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 26, was involved in a tunnel bust-up with Juventus’ chief football officer Fabio Paratici after being left out of the starting line-up on Saturday. (Mail via Tuttosport)external-link

French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 23, became one of Newcastle’s top earners when he signed a new six-year deal – with his wages almost doubling to £70,000 per week. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Liverpool winger Harvey Elliott, 17, studied Blackburn’s squad before agreeing a loan move to the Championship side. (Mail)external-link

EFL clubs are threatening to withhold taxes in an attempt to secure a government bailout. (Sun)external-link

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Transfer rumours: Mbappe, Ronaldo, Sancho, Dybala, Wilson, Torres

Juventus are planning a £360m move for Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, 21, and the Serie A side could send Cristiano Ronaldo the other way. (Mirror)external-link

German club Borussia Dortmund are not prepared to sell 20-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho, who was linked with Manchester United during the summer, in the January transfer window. (Sport Bild, via Mail)external-link

Chelsea have identified Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 22, as a potential transfer target. (Tutto Mercato Web, via Star)external-link

And Chelsea were apparently willing to pay Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 33, £1m a week in a £225m transfer in 2014. (Sky Sports)external-link

Cardiff City have agreed a deal to sign Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on loan, with Derby County and Nottingham Forest also chasing the 23-year-old. (Football Insider)external-link

Arsenal want to beat Manchester United to the £35m signing of 23-year-old Villarreal defender Pau Torres in January. (Express)external-link

Middlesbrough are attempting to complete a deal to sign winger Yannick Bolasie, 31, on loan from Everton. (Sky Sports)external-link

Championship side Swansea City want £18m from Tottenham for 22-year-old Wales centre-back Joe Rodon. (Telegraph – subscription required)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 26, has denied criticising manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team-mates when they were thrashed 6-1 by Tottenham prior to the international break. (Sport TV, via Metro)external-link

Derby County owner Mel Morris says manager Phillip Cocu will not be sacked if the Rams lose to Watford on Friday as he also denied reports linking ex-England striker Wayne Rooney, 34, with replacing the Dutchman. (Talksport)external-link

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Transfer rumours: Messi, Haaland, Sancho, Pogba, De Bruyne, Saliba

Manchester City will be in a position to move for Barcelona’s Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi, 33, next summer if the opportunity arises, chief operating officer Omar Berrada says. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Borussia Dortmund’s Norway striker Erling Haaland, 20, and their England winger Jadon Sancho, also 20, remain top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s list of targets at Manchester United. (ESPN)external-link

Real Madrid have ruled out signing Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, after he said it was his dream to play for the club one day. (AS – in Spanish)external-link

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 29, is closing in on a two-year £300,000-a-week contract extension at Manchester City. (Sun)external-link

Arsenal’s £27m French defender William Saliba, yet to play for the club, looks set to join a Championship side on loan, with Brentford interested in the 19-year-old. (Goal)external-link

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, is set to make the first appearance of his second spell at Tottenham against West Ham next weekend. (Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea and France forward Olivier Giroud, 34, says he was close to a move to Serie A, both in January and in the summer. (RMC Sport, via Football London)external-link

Aston Villa are planning to clear space on their wage bill by selling squad players as they plot a fresh swoop for Bournemouth’s Norway striker Josh King, 28, who is also wanted by West Ham. (Football Insider)external-link

Villa are ready to offload Dutch winger Anwar El Ghazi, 25, French defender Frederic Guilbert, 25, and English midfielder Henri Lansbury, 29, before the domestic window ends on 16 October. (Football Insider)external-link

Manchester City are hopeful Pep Guardiola will sign a new contract but will start looking for a successor if the manager was to signal a desire to leave. (Telegraph)external-link

Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 24, says he was determined to return on loan to Arsenal despite Real Madrid asking him to wait a month. (Marca)external-link

English midfielder Jack Wilshere, 28, wants to join a La Liga or Serie A club following his release by West Ham. (Talksport)external-link

French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 23, says he would be happy to stay at Newcastle long-term – if the Magpies can match his ambitions. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Manchester City never made a serious attempt to sign Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, from Napoli. (The Athletic, via Inside Futbol)external-link

Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 22, has dropped the England flag on his Instagram bio and replaced it with a Democratic Republic of Congo flag. The Croydon-born right-back is eligible for the two countries at senior level, having represented both at youth level. (Goal)external-link

Leicester’s Algerian striker Islam Slimani, 32, who has spent the last two seasons on loan and looked set to leave the club, has hinted that he could be part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans for the current season. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Denmark international Christian Eriksen, 28, the former Tottenham midfielder, says he is frustrated at starting this season largely on the bench for Inter Milan. (Independent)external-link

Tottenham have had plans approved to build an amphitheatre at their Hotspur Way training complex in Enfield which is designed to help with first team and academy bonding. (Football London)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to John Lennon on what would have been The Beatles star’s 80th birthday by singing a selection of tunes penned by the iconic songwriter. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Former Arsenal and Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner admits he became “too fond of the lifestyle that came with the money” as a professional footballer. (Guardian)external-link

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West Ham loss not impacted by anger over Diangana sale

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Declan Rice said West Ham’s dreadful display against Newcastle had nothing to do with the disappointment among the players regarding the sale of Grady Diangana.

West Ham players were furious when Diangana was sold to West Brom for £18million last week.

Captain Mark Noble tweeted that he was “gutted, angry and sad” and David Moyes said this week that the skipper showed “exactly what the players feel”.

But after the Hammers lost 2-0 to Newcastle on the opening day of the new season, Rice said: “Grady went 10 days ago. He is a big miss for us. But none of that was in our minds, the dust has settled.”

Speaking to Sky Sports, he added: “I do not think we could have played any worse to be honest. We were poor as a team and individually. There is no time to play poor in the Premier League.

“We had a dip last year and found ourselves in the deep end and it was not enjoyable.

“Things did not go our way, slack touches, not really getting in behind enough, not creating chances. There are a couple of things you can put it down to. We need to turn up in these types of games.

“We need to be collectively better.”

Asked whether the feeling among the players about the sale of Diangana had an impact on their performance against Newcastle, Moyes said: “Not a thing.

“When you are a footballer and are out on the pitch, that has nothing to do with it. You concentrate on the game once you cross the white line.

“The same players who played brilliantly well at the end of last season – I was hoping to get much the same from them, but we did not.”

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Transfer rumours: Koulibaly, Messi, Smalling, Sancho, Reguilon, Anderson

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says they want to sign Arsenal’s 32-year-old Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, which could pave the way for Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, to join Manchester City. (Standard)external-link

Lionel Messi’s father has spent a second day negotiating with Barcelona over his son’s potential exit, and Liverpool defender Andy Robertson says he hopes the 33-year-old Argentina forward does not sign for another Premier League club. (Sky Sports)external-link

Manchester United’s England defender Chris Smalling, 30, looks set to join Roma on a permanent basis. (Mirror)external-link

Monaco have rejected a sizeable bid from Manchester United for 19-year-old French defender Benoit Badiashile, who is set to stay at the club. (Metro)external-link.

Manchester United are attempting to finalise Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho’s salary and agent fees before making a bid for the 20-year-old England international. (Star)external-link

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Transfer news LIVE: Gabriel completes Arsenal medical, €100m Havertz to Chelsea agreed, Sancho latest

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

The window officially opened last month after the completion of the delayed 2019-2020 Premier League season. Clubs will now be busy tweaking their squads ahead of the new campaign, with the window scheduled to close on October 5.

Arsenal have completed the signing of Willian and are set to sign Gabriel Magalhaes, while Chelsea have already brought in the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, and are now closing in on Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell.

Manchester City have signed Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres, while champions Liverpool have signed Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas and are looking at Watford’s Ismaila Sarr. Manchester United continue to work on a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho – a saga which looks set to run and run – and Tottenham have completed deals Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart.

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Kolasinac happy to stay at Arsenal

Sead Kolasinac is happy to remain at Arsenal during this transfer window.

Press Association report there have been no talks, offers or negotiations for the defender who is not pushing to leave the Emirates. 


Thiago Silva to Chelsea a ‘done deal’

Thiago Silva to Chelsea is now a ‘done deal’, according to Fabrizio Romano with The Athletic also reporting the Brazilian is set to sign a one-year deal with the option of a further year.

A medical is expected this week. 


More on Gabriel’s Arsenal medical

Gabriel Magalhaes has undergone his medical in London ahead of his move to Arsenal.

The Gunners have agreed to pay around £25million to bring the Lille defender to the Emirates and he has agreed personal terms on a long-term contract, which is thought to be for five years.

Gabriel will have to quarantine for 14 days before training with his new team-mates with current UK guidelines stipulating that arrivals from France must self-isolate due to the threat of Covid-19.

But it is understood the Brazilian was able to undergo a medical at a location in London away from the club’s training ground.  

As well as Arsenal, Napoli made a concrete approach and there was late interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal have won the race however with Gabriel won over by head coach Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu’s pitch on why he should join their project in north London.


Gabriel ‘completes Arsenal medical’

More Arsenal news – Gabriel Magalhães has completed his medical with the Gunners today, according to Fabrizio Romano, who claims the defender is now ready to sign a contract until June 2025. 


Newcastle sign Hendrick 

Newcastle have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland international Jeff Hendrick from Burnley.

The midfelder has signed a four-year deal with the Magpies.


Maddison signs new four-year deal

James Maddison has signed a new contract with Leicester City, the club have confirmed.

Maddison was among Manchester United’s list of summer transfer targets with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to strengthen his side further ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Maddison and Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish were among the options being considered at Old Trafford.


The 23-year-old has become a firm favourite at Leicester since arriving from Norwich City in a £24million deal in 2018, making 73 appearances across all competitions as a key starter in midfield.

Maddison recently said that he felt like a ‘part of the furniture’ at the King Power Stadium and has now committed his future to the club by signing a new four-year deal.

Speaking to, Maddison said: “I’m so happy to sign a new contract for this Football Club. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a Leicester City player with so many positive things happening on and off the pitch and I’m delighted to be part of that. What we’ve achieved as a Club this season is a huge step forward for us and I know there’s so much more to come from this team.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment since joining Leicester City. The supporters have been incredible to me and we’ve a fantastic set of players in that dressing room who are determined to show what we’re capable of doing together in both Europe and the Premier League next season.”


New deal for Maddison confirmed

James Maddison has signed a new contract with Leicester, keeping him at the King Power until 2024. 

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Soares and Mari sign permanent deals

A bit more Arsenal news – The Gunners have this afternoon confirmed the permanent signings of Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.

That might a little familiar – The Gunners did initially announce the pair were to commit to permanent deals in June but a further statement today says all parties have now agreed to the arrangement ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Mari moved from Brazilian team Flamengo and was restricted to three appearances for Arsenal before sustaining a season-ending ankle injury after the restart of the Premier League season following the coronavirus outbreak.

Soares is a Portugal international who joined from Southampton.


Wolves closing in on Maitland-Niles

Wolves are in pole position to sign Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, writes Simon Collings. 

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from Emirates Stadium this summer in search of more first-team football.

Wolves have now moved to the front of the queue for Maitland-Niles and are the favourites to sign.


Personal terms with the midfielder, who can play at right-back too, will not be an issue as he is ready to move to Molineux.

Maitland-Niles is understood to be excited by the prospect of working under Nuno Espirito Santo and the increased game time on offer.

Wolves need to agree a fee with Arsenal and it is thought that will be in the region of an initial £20million, plus add-ons.

As reported by Standard Sport, Brighton were the first to show an interest in Maitland-Niles earlier this summer before sides in Germany made their presence known too.

North London rivals Tottenham were also linked a shock swoop for the Arsenal academy graduate – but there was never a concrete approach from them.


Everton tracking Tomori

Everton remain interested in a move for Chelsea defender Fikayo timiri, report The Telegraph. 

The 22-year-old has fallen significantly down the pecking order at Chelsea under Frank Lampard, making just 15 Premier League appearances last season. 

With the seemingly imminent signing of Thiago Silva, the centre-back would likely fall further down the list at Stamford Bridge. 


Leeds fail in White chase

Brighton will not sell Ben White for any price this summer, according to Sky Sports. 

After a successful loan spell with Leeds, the newly-promoted Premier League club have bid three times for the centre-back, most recently seeing a £25million bid knocked back. 

Brighton are reportedly determined they will strengthen this summer, however, and see Leeds as a rival for the upcoming season. 

Sky Sports report that Leeds are now resigned to the fact they won’t re-sign White and will now look elsewhere. 


Wolves in advanced talks with Maitland-Niles 

Wolves are in advanced talks with Arsenal over a move for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, report Sky Sports. 

Nuno Espírito Santo is looking to finalise a four-year deal for the veerstaile 22-year-old. 

The Wolves boss is keen to add reinforcements in centreal midfield and at full-back with the Englishman deemed an answer in both departments. 

Despite having three years remaining on his Arsenal deal, Maitland-NNiles is reportedly surplus to requirements and will be allowed to leave for around £20million. 

Wolves are short at right-back with Jonny Otto sidelined for up to nine months after injuring his anterior cruciate against Olympiacos earlier this month. 

Sanogo close to Middlesbrough move

Remember him? Former Arsenal foward Yaya Sanogo is set for a move to Middlesbrough, report Sky Sports. 

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The 27-year-old left Toulouse last month and is now a free-agent. 

Manager Steven Warnock wanted a move for Kieffer Moore, but is now looking to sign Sanogo after missing out on a deal. 

Sanogo visited the club’s training ground last week ahead of the proposed move. 


Mendy signs two-year Leicester extension 

Nampalys Mendy has signed a two-year contract extension with Leicester, keeping him at the club until 2022. 

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The 28-year-old signed a short term extension in June to cover the remainder of the Premier League season. 

“The more I’ve seen of him, the more impressed I’ve been,” said Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.

“To have someone with his experience, quality and maturity is a big boost for us, especially with European football next season.”


Maddison set for contract extension 

James Maddison is set to extend his contract at Leicester, report The Telegraph. 

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The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium but looks set to pledge his long-term future to the club, extending beyond his current 2023 expiry. 

The midfielder enjoyed a stellar 2019/20 campaign with Leicester, subsequently linked to both Manchester United and Arsenal. 

It appears he’ll be staying with Leicester, however. 


Voller rubbishes latest Havertz to Chelsea talk

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News broke a little while ago that the Blues were apparently on the verge of sealing their latest high-profile transfer for a fee of around €100m.

However, Voller appears to have reacted quickly to reject that speculation.

“That’s nonsense!” he is reported as telling German news agency SID.


Gabriel in London

Gabriel Magalhaes has landed in London, according to Fabrizio Romano.

A private flight from Lille to Luton was being tracked by Arsenal fans this morning. Asked to confirm it was indeed Gabriel arriving in the capital, Romano tweeted: “Yes.”

The Brazilian has arrived to complete his move to Arsenal. 

The Gunners have agreed to part with around £25million to sign the Brazilian and he has agreed personal terms on a long-term contract, which is thought to be for five years.


Liverpool contract for teen goalkeeper?

Liverpool are considering offering a permanent contract to teenage goalkeeper Javi Cendon.

The Spaniard, who left Villarreal in July, has joined the Reds on their pre-season training camp in Austria this summer.

The 19-year-old has impressed goalkeeping coach John Achterberg thus far and will be further assessed upon returning to Melwood with the first team this week.

And he could earn himself a permanent deal with the club should he continue to shine in training.


Chelsea strike €100m Havertz deal

Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Kai Havertz after striking a €100m deal with Bayer Leverkusen, according to Fabrizio Romano.


The clubs are expected to reach a total agreement in the coming hours before final details can be completed and the transfer concluded.


Arsenal rival Barca for Sarr

Arsenal are ready to rival Barcelona in a bid to sign free agent Malang Sarr.


The defender has left Nice after his contract with the Ligue 1 outfit expired. He refused new terms with the club, sparking a scramble for his signature. 

Barca are monitoring the situation but the Mail reports Arsenal see the 21-year-old as a cost-effective addition in the current climate.

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When does the 2020 summer transfer window close?

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 Chilwell, 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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Jadon Sancho addresses transfer talk as Manchester United and Dortmund negotiate £108m deal

Jadon Sancho has addressed the intense speculation over his future as Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund continue talks over a deal.

Dortmund are demanding £108million for the England winger, who scored 17 goals and provided 17 assists last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to sign his no.1 summer target and United are understood to be relaxed about the player returning to training with Dortmund.

Sancho says he tries to ignore rumours about his future and is instead concentrating on getting his fitness back during pre-season.

“I try not to look at the media because I think once you start looking at all that it would be easy to get carried away with it,” Sancho told Soccerbible.

“It can affect players. For me it’s about not looking at those things and just focusing on trying to do the best I can on the pitch. Especially in training.

“For me it’s about improving every single day. It’s important for me to keep a smile on my face and keep happy.

“I don’t really look at all the noise and all that stuff. I’d rather keep my head down, keep focus and improve every day.”

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Transfer rumours: Gabriel, Havertz, Wilshere, Thiago, Sancho, Doucoure, Rodrigo

Arsenal are close to completing the transfer of Gabriel Magalhaes after the 22-year-old Brazilian centre-back completed a medical after a fee of up to £27m was agreed with Lille. The Gunners have offered a five-year contract, although Napoli have not given up hope of signing the player. (Times, subscription required)