The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market insecure – and you can find out when the windows open here – but here are the rumors circulating in the major leagues of Europe and beyond.
TOP STORY: Man United expects Sancho to have battle with Real and Barca
Manchester United are keen to conclude a deal for winger Borussia Dortmund Jadon Sancho once they are aware the competition will increase for next summer, says the Daily Mirror.
Sancho’s protracted talks over a possible milion 120m move have officially become a transfer saga, with United growing frustrated by Dortmund̵7;s behavior, sources told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Dortmund are confident the striker will not go anywhere this summer, and extended his contract by one year until 2023 a few months ago.
The report says that “La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona will enter the race for next year. This would leave United fighting him in a bidding battle with the Spanish giants for Sancho – unless they exaggerate their bid this summer and will meet the Dortmund assessment. “
Though it also suggests that the talk of interest could be “a ploy by Dortmund to force their hand and pressure them to make bids for what the German club wants this summer.”
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12.29 BST: Sky Sport Italia says AC Milan are in talks to sign the Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.
Milan is looking to include Lucas Paqueta, who has only been at the club since January 2019, as part of the deal, but Fiorentina want 40 million euros in total.
12.08 BST: Reports in Spain that Dani Ceballos will return to Real Madrid this summer came as a surprise to those familiar with his frozen relationship with coach Zinedine Zidane, sources have told ESPN’s Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez.
The pair have not seen each other face to face in the past, and another season on loan at Arsenal was looking more likely before claiming this week that the midfielder will rejoin Madrid for training in the preseason.
11.27 BST: RB Leipzig is advancing to the Champions League semi-finals and star defender The tall wolf has attracted a lot of attention in the transfer window.
Steve Nicol and Don Hutchison highly praise Dayot Upamecano UCL stellar performance against Atletico.
11.02 BST: Chelsea are ready to sell Tiemoue Bakayoko to AC Milan but are aiming to recover almost all of the 40 million they spent to sign the midfielder in 2017, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.
The 25-year-old has been deemed excessive in demands as Chelsea aim to help fund a summer spending spree he has already seen Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner arrive at the club as talks are set to continue with Bayer Leverkusen for a deal worth at least 70 million for Kai Havertz.
Bakayoko has two years left on his 100 100,000-a-week contract.
10.43 BST: News in The Sun that Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks could be on his way to the Etihad Stadium has come as a surprise to Manchester City, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
City are not looking to add a holding midfielder to their squad this summer with Pep Guardiola and football director Txiki Begiristain pleased with the options in that area – especially after signing RODRI one year ago.
The city has signed Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake in the transfer window and again could add another center-back, but a defensive midfielder is not on the club’s list of priorities.
10.00 BST: Arsenal have completed the signing of Willian in a free transfer.
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– Arsenal (@Arsenal) 14 August 2020
09.30 BST: The ESPN Insider notebook is out, with some fluid transfer news news including:
– Arsenal’s efforts to fix and improve their operations have been extended to an internal investigation into whether they paid too much to sign the club’s 72 million records Nicolas Pepe. Sources have told ESPN’s James Olley that the deal has been reconsidered as part of a wider recruitment repair that led to the departure of a host of scouts including Francis Cagigao, Brian McDermott and Brian Clark as well as some senior employees based in all over Europe.
– The coach of Barcelona Quien Setien will lead the squad to Friday’s Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich but the club has already started sounding possible replacements, sources have told ESPN’s Samuel Marsden and Moises Lawrence.
– It felt inevitable from the moment Jose Mourinho was appointed Tottenham manager that he would clash with chairman Daniel Levy given their opposing approaches to the transfer market, however both are giving ground for things to work so far . Sources have told ESPN’s James Olley that while Levy was teased by the prospect of academy graduates Kyle Walker-Peter and Troy Parrott entering the first team next season, Mourinho did not rate any player. Walker-Peters has now left for Southampton and Parrott is already out on a seasonal loan spell at Milwall.
– A number of Premier League clubs want to sign the former Barcelona defender Xavier Mbuyamba, various sources have told ESPN, with Chelsea among those who wanted to lower it.
08.57 BST: That’s no way to handle a € 126 million signing, right?
Don Hutchison throws in Diego Simeone’s tactics, in particular his decision to leave Joao Felix on the bench to start.
08.39 BST: Benfica is expected to announce the signing of Jan Vertonghen as a free agent later.
Vertonghen underwent a medical in Lisbon on Thursday and is expected to sign a contract with Benfica. The Belgium defender, who made over 300 appearances for Tottenham before his contract expired last month, was also a target for Napoli, Inter Milan and Roma.
If completed, Vertonghen, 33, will become Benfica’s fourth reinforcement following the arrival of Pedrinho, Helton Leite and Gilberto. Benfica is also expected to announce the signatures of Everton and Luca Waldschmidt.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has spoken of Vertonghen’s possible move to Benfica and told Record: “I do not know if he will become a Benfica player or not, but if confirmed, a great gentleman will play in the Portuguese league. “He is an excellent professional, a silent leader and an example of teamwork.”
08.00 BST: Real Madrid is considering selling the left Sergio Reguilon for € 25 million this summer but will include a buyout clause in the deal, according to AS.
Reguilon has enjoyed a strong campaign while on loan at Sevilla this season. The 23-year-old has scored three goals and placed four more in 36 appearances, 33 as a starter, to attract the interest of major European clubs.
Discussions with Chelsea are already at an advanced stage, sources told ESPN’s Rodrigo Faez and Alex Kirkland. Both Arsenal and Napoli are interested in signing the defender, while Sevilla would also like him to continue at the club beyond this summer. Reguilon’s wish is to return to Real Madrid this summer but according to Diario AS, this will not happen with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane unable to offer the player regular playing time.
Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli acknowledged his club’s interest in Reguilo.
“We want Reguilo on loan, but Real Madrid’s demands are high and there is also competition from the Premier League,” he told Cadena Cope radio.
Sid Lowe says Gareth Bale choosing money during game time is sad to watch for football.
LETTER T LETS: (by James Capps)
Real desperate to fire Rodriguez, Bale
Real Madrid is set to dramatically lower their prices for desperate pairs Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, according to Sport.
Boss Zinedine Zidane is particularly keen to sell Bale, who continues to be isolated from the squad amid a background of unusual behavior from the 31-year-old as he watched from the stand as his side secured the La Liga title last month. passed.
Sport claims a fee of just € 17 million would be enough to reward ex-husband Spurs away from the Bernabeu, as long as the buyer can compete with the 600 600,000-a-week salary he collects Whites.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, is available for a short price tag of € 8.5 million, and the 29-year-old has reportedly attracted interest from Serie A and Premier League clubs.
Pirlo’s eyes deal with Zapata
Calciomercato claims new Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has identified the Atalanta striker Tobacco zapata as one of his main transfer targets, as the Serie A champions seek to rebuild after a degrading season in Europe.
The 29-year-old has had an excellent season, scoring 18 goals and securing seven further assists in just 28 appearances in all competitions, including two shots in the excellent Champions League campaign.
This form has not gone unnoticed by Pirlo, who hopes to lure the international Colombian to Turin for a fee of around € 30 million.
Interest in a number of Atalanta players is expected in the weeks following their run in the Champions League quarter-finals, where they were denied a place in cruel semi-fashion through a late return from Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.
Naples coincides with the double raid of the Roma
Napoli are preparing for the departures of their two main players, with Jose Callejon and Allan determined to leave the club in the coming days, and Gazzetta dello Sport claims Gennaro Gattuso’s side have lined up moves for Roma Cengiz Nën and Jordan Veretout of Fiorentina as their replacements.
Callejon, 33, is leaving Napoli on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract, while midfielder Allan is close to securing a transfer to Carlo Ancelotti at Everton in a deal worth around € 25 million. Part of this payment is set to be spent on Veretout, which enjoyed a successful loan spell in Rome during the 2019-20 season, making 37 appearances in all competitions
Turkey’s international member Nain, meanwhile, is considered Napoli’s target 1, and they have not been removed from Rome’s € 30m asking price.
Monaco’s new boss, Niko Kovac, has told a dozen of his players to find new clubs by the end of the summer transfer window on October 5, according to L’Equipe. The high-profile victims appear to be returnees in central Brazil Jemerson and wing Keita balde, who scored just four league goals in the 2019-20 season.
– Sky Sports claims Ligue 2 Amiens team has made a loan move for the lost Celtic Boli Bolingoli. The Belgian recently broke the coronavirus rules in Scotland following his side’s victory over Hamilton on 2 August, with boss Neil Lennon saying it would be “very difficult” to welcome the player back to his squad as a result.
– Stoke City championship side is said to have reduced the price required for their international goalkeeper in England, Jack Butland. Sky Sports claims the Potters were asking for at least milion 30m for the 27-year-old last year, but as the banner enters the final 12 months of his contract, the price has now dropped to around milion 10m.