The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain — you can find out when the windows open and close here — but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond. Plus, check out all the latest major completed transfers across Europe.
TOP STORY: Arsenal to include Torreira in Partey deal
Arsenal’s interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is no secret, but they have been having issues negotiating a deal as the Spanish club are holding out for the player’s €50m release clause.
Partey, 27, is reported to be one of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s top targets, but the Ghana international won’t come cheap and the Gunners are having to get creative in talks over a move.
El Gol claims that Lucas Torreira could be included as part of the deal, with Arsenal valuing the 24-year-old at €25m. However, Atletico are also in discussions with Espanyol to sign Marc Roca for €15m and that could scupper any hopes Arsenal have of moving on Torreira.
Torreira has been left out of the Arsenal squad for the first two Premier League games of the season, with Torino and his former club Sampdoria monitoring.
10.12 BST: Manchester United lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace this weekend, suggesting they might require a few more additions in the transfer market this summer.
Indeed, left-back Luke Shaw certainly thinks so. “We have a very good group, but personally I think we need more players to strengthen the squad,” he said after the game. “It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others.”
But The Athletic reports that a new centre-back is not on the agenda. United have Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi to play backup to first-choice pair of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.
And the report says: “United did not view centre-back as a priority for the market and The Athletic has been told there has been no change in strategy, despite the perceived weakness. They have been offered players who could potentially help bolster that part of the team, however it has been made clear in conversations that other positions are of more immediate concern.”
09.45 BST: ICYMI – Wolves are looking to quickly reinvest the €45m they got for Diogo Jota from Liverpool.
Indeed, Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo is set to join Wolves in a deal worth around €40m, sources have confirmed to ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.
Semedo, 26, is expected in England in the coming days to finalise a move to the Premier League side, with Barca also keen on Ajax’s Sergino Dest and Norwich City’s Max Aarons as potential replacements.
Wolves have been in the market for a right-back since selling Matt Doherty to Tottenham earlier this summer. Barca’s desire to sell Semedo, plus the fact he’s represented by Jorge Mendes, who has a big influence at Wolves, made the Portugal international an obvious target.
09.27 BST: Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been linked with a shock move to PSG.
ESPN FC’s Frank Leboeuf delves into the rumours about a possible loan move for Dele Alli to PSG.
08.54 BST: Pep Guardiola has said he will only start discussions over a new deal at Manchester City when he feels he “deserves” to stay at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola has a contract until the end of the season and while he says he is open to extending his stay, the 49-year-old insists his future will be determined by performances on the pitch this term. He said:
“I would love to stay longer here, it is a place I love to be but I have to deserve it. This club achieved standards in the last decade but we have to maintain that and I have to deserve it. I am going to see if I deserve it this season in terms of how the club goes forward and improves.
“This is my mind. We didn’t speak with the club in these terms. They didn’t push me from day one to today in September. They didn’t tell me you have to do this or you have to do that or you have to win this or you have to win that.
“I know the standards of the club and if I don’t achieve the standards, I probably don’t deserve [to stay] so I have to win to extend my contract.”
08.26 BST: Tottenham are interested in signing Jesse Lingard from Manchester United, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Jose Mourinho is keen on a reunion with Lingard, who became a key player during his spell in charge at Old Trafford, and has asked chairman Daniel Levy to explore the possibility of bringing him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Sources have told ESPN that discussions between intermediaries are underway.
Lingard has slipped down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is open to a move in order to find more first team football. Zenit St Petersburg are also interested.
The England international would be reluctant to leave United, his boyhood club, after coming through the academy, but believes that at 27 he needs to be playing more regularly.
08.00 BST: Chile international Arturo Vidal arrived to Inter Milan on Sunday ahead of an expected transfer from Barcelona.
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The deal would see Vidal reunited with Inter manager Antonio Conte, under whom he won three Serie A titles in a row at Juventus.
Inter’s official Twitter account published a photo of Vidal’s arrival and a video of the player, 33, saluting fans saying “Hi Inter, I’m here.”
Conte had been keen to seal Vidal’s signature a year earlier when he took over at San Siro, but was unable to finalise the deal.
Gab Marcotti gives the latest update on Juventus’ pursuit of Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.
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Pedri, Alena next to depart Camp Nou
The clearout continues at Barcelona, and it looks like Riqui Puig, Carles Alena and Pedri will be the next players to exit the club, according to Sport.
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