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The Premier League and EFL have announced that a 10-week transfer window will be open between July 27-October 5. There will be an additional domestic-only window, when Premier League clubs can deal exclusively with EFL clubs between October 5-16.
The transfer window in Germany is already open, Spain opens on August for and Italy not until September 1 - they all close on October 5 - the same day as in England.
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LEEDS TO SIGN SPANISH DEFENDER
Leeds have reached an agreement in principle to sign Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente, the Spanish club have announced.
The 27-year-old started his career at Real Madrid and moved to Sociedad in 2017, and has also picked up five caps for Spain.
The LaLiga club announced on their Twitter feed: “#RealSociedad and @LUFC have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Diego Llorente… We wish you the best of luck in this new stage of your career, Diego.”
Llorente is set to join up with fellow Spaniard Rodrigo, who moved to Elland Road from Valencia for a fee of £27million in August.
OLE DODGES TRANSFER TALK
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unwilling to discuss any potential new signings before next month’s transfer deadline, when questioned after the club's 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Luton.
The Norwegian told Sky Sports: “We are working with the ones we have now and let’s see what happens. We’ll give you updates when something happens, and if something happens.”
Solskjaer was also asked about Lingard, who has been linked with Tottenham, but chose to highlight his performance rather than comment on transfer speculation.
He said: “I thought he was bright. He’s getting closer to a goal. He’s got legs and was bright and busy today.”
FOREST SIGN CHERRIES' ARTER
Midfielder Harry Arter has agreed a permanent switch to Nottingham Forest from Bournemouth.
The 30-year-old heads to the City Ground after helping Fulham secure promotion to the Premier League last season, while on loan at Craven Cottage from the Cherries.
Arter made over 250 appearances for Bournemouth and was part of the promotion-winning sides as the Cherries climbed from League One into the top flight.
Arter told Forest’s official website: “I felt like I was ready for a new challenge and I wanted to come to a club with a strong past and an ambitious future.
“It’s a Premier League club in my opinion and getting it back there is what we all want to achieve.
“It is a move I’m really excited about and I want to contribute in helping the club get back to the top flight.”
SORLOTH LEAVES PALACE FOR LEIPZIG
Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth has joined RB Leipzig on a permanent transfer.
The Premier League club said the deal is subject to international clearance.
Sorloth, 24, joined Palace in January 2018 from Danish club Midtjylland for a reported £9million fee.
But the Norwegian made just four Premier League starts in his 20 appearances for the Eagles, with his solitary goal coming in a Carabao Cup tie at Swansea.
Sorloth had loan spells at Gent and Trabzonspor before moving to the Bundesliga.
🤞 DYCHE HOPEFUL OVER SIGNINGS
Sean Dyche has said there are “a couple of maybes” in terms of potential new signings for Burnley, while once again stressing the club’s “difficult task” in transfer windows.
With the current window set to close on October 5, the Clarets have still only made one senior signing since the end of last season, the capture of goalkeeper Will Norris from Wolves.
They have been linked with Brighton’s Dale Stephens and, when asked about the midfielder ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup trip to Millwall, Dyche said: “We always get names thrown at us – that’s not a problem.
“There is a couple of things that are maybes, but not like where it’s on the cusp. But I’m still not sure of the guidelines from the chairman and the board, so I’m waiting on that and what they want to do.
“It’s always a challenge here. Once I get that (answer to) ‘can we get these things done?’, that’s helpful of course, so we’re still waiting on that.”
🦁 DAVIS SIGNS NEW VILLA DEAL
Aston Villa have announced forward Keinan Davis has signed a contract extension running to 2024.
The 22-year-old, a graduate of Villa’s academy, has made 69 first-team appearances.
Davis’ senior debut came in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham in January 2017, and he scored his first Villa goal later that year in a Sky Bet Championship victory at Barnsley.
He has featured 19 times in the Premier League since Villa’s promotion in 2019.
🗣 POTTER: STEPHENS IS STILL OURS
Brighton manager Graham Potter has played down talk of Dale Stephens joining Burnley by insisting he is “still our player”.
Stephens, who hails from Lancashire, has reportedly been targeted by the Clarets as Burnley boss Sean Dyche attempts to strengthen his squad at Turf Moor.
The 31-year-old has made over 220 appearances for Brighton since joining from Charlton in 2014 but the midfielder has not featured in the Premier League this season.
“I haven’t heard anything,” Potter said about a reported Burnley bid for Stephens ahead of his side’s third-round Carabao Cup tie at Preston on Wednesday.
“I’ve been out training this morning so I’ve not caught anything. He’s still our player.”
✍️ KEEPER SIGNS EVERTON DEAL
Everton’s back-up goalkeeper Joao Virginia has signed a new four-year contract with the club.
The Portuguese, who joined from Arsenal two years ago, was handed his first-team debut by Carlo Ancelotti in last week’s Carabao Cup victory over Salford and is set to start in the third-round tie at Fleetwood on Wednesday.
“It is a bright future for me here at the club and I am so positive about it and so happy to sign this new deal,” Virginia told evertontv.
“I feel at home here and have done since the day I joined. Everybody at the club made me welcome, the fans have been terrific with me, too, so I’m so pleased to sign again.
“Mr Carlo is giving me the confidence I needed and for such an experienced manager to give me the thumbs up every day in training makes me feel even more confident. It is amazing.”
🤝 MENDY SET TO JOIN CHELSEA
Edouard Mendy is scheduled to complete his long-anticipated move to Chelsea on Tuesday, Frank Lampard has said.
The Rennes goalkeeper was undergoing a medical at Chelsea on Tuesday lunchtime, with Blues boss Lampard expecting the 28-year-old to complete his move shortly afterwards.
Mendy’s arrival will bring competition for Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has struggled for form and confidence.
🗣 CRITCHLEY ON GARBUTT SIGNING
Neil Critchley says the signing of Luke Garbutt is a signal of Blackpool’s intent this season.
Garbutt, 27, has joined the Seasiders on a 12-month contract after leaving boyhood club Everton in the summer.
The defender had been with the Toffees since 2009, rising through their academy to go on and represent the first team.
Blackpool boss Critchley said: “I’m delighted Luke has joined us for the upcoming season.
“He will bring experience to a youthful group, and he knows this division well having enjoyed a really successful season in League One last year.
“The fact he has chosen Blackpool over a number of other interested clubs, is a sign of how well the club is progressing.
“During my conversations with Luke, I felt his desire to come to Blackpool. I very much look forward to working with him, as he will be a vital member of our squad this season.”
🇪🇸 LEEDS CLOSE IN ON SPAIN DEFENDER
Leeds are closing in on the signing of another Spain international with a deal close for Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente.
Marcelo Bielsa has already added forward Rodrigo to his side but is targeting another centre-back and multiple reports say that a move is likely to be completed in the coming days.
The West Yorkshire club pushed to sign Brighton defender Ben White on a permanent basis following a successful loan spell last season but found their final offer of £25million turned down.
🤝 VIDAL JOINS INTER
Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal has joined Inter from Barcelona.
The Serie A club said they would pay one million euros (£916,000) for the former Juventus player following his two seasons at the Nou Camp.
Vidal played 96 times for the Catalans, winning LaLiga and the Spanish Cup and scoring 11 goals after arriving in 2018.
The midfielder boasts an impressive record of winning eight consecutive league titles across three different leagues during his time with Bayern Munich, Barca and Juve.
👀 BALE COULD EXTEND SPURS STAY
Gareth Bale could stay at Tottenham beyond his season-long loan deal, according to his agent.
The Wales forward has returned to Spurs on loan, seven years after leaving the north London club for Real Madrid in an £85million transfer.
Bale helped Real to four Champions League triumphs but has been frozen out at the Bernabeu after falling out with boss Zinedine Zidane.
🐏 IBE REJOINS DERBY
Jordon Ibe has rejoined Derby on a two-year contract after leaving Bournemouth as a free agent in the summer.
The 24-year-old has already played for the Rams during a 24-game, five-month loan spell from Liverpool in 2014-15, scoring five goals.
Derby manager Phillip Cocu told the club website: “Jordon is a player with a lot of potential and undoubted ability.
“He has performed for several years in the Premier League and at 24 years of age he still has many years ahead of him in his career.
“We have been keen to strengthen our attacking options out wide for some time, while we believe Derby County is the right place for Jordon at this stage of his career.”
👍 GOOD NEWS FOR CELTIC
It looks like Celtic will be able to keep hold of Kristoffer Ajer. He had been linked with a move to AC Milan, but the club's technical director Paolo Maldini claims the Serie A giants are not currently working on a deal to sign the defender.
🥊 RANGERS FIGHTING TO KEEP MORELOS
Rangers' resolve yo keep striker Alfredo Morelos will be further tested by French Club Lille, who are set to table a take-it-or-leave-it bid of £18m.
✋🏽 NO GO FOR DCL
After his weekend hat-trick Dominic Calvert-Lewin's stock continues to rise quickly.
It was resulted in Everton slapping an £80m price tag on the striker, in the hope that puts off clubs like Manchester United, who have started to show interest in the player.
🛑 NO EASY EXIT FOR ALLI
Things really are falling apart for Dele Alli. Not just losing his place in the Tottenham and England teams, but no facing a battle to rebuild his career elsewhere.
Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy says he won't allow Dele Alli to leave on the cheap, and would prefer a loan move for the midfielder.
PSG and Inter Milan are both interested in Alli, but Real Madrid are are.
🇳🇱 MORRISON GOES DUTCH
Ravel Morrison has signed for Dutch side ADO Den Haag until the end of the Eredivisie season.
Former Manchester United midfielder Morrison, 27, was released from Sheffield United in the summer with ADO Den Hagg becoming his 11th club.
He made only three appearances for latest club Middlesbrough, who he joined on loan in January, and has also had spells with Ostersund and Lazio.
📰 TUESDAY'S PAPER TALK
Tuesday's roundup of the national newspaper transfer stories include...
- Everton have slapped an £80m price tag on Manchester United target Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
- Manchester United are interested defender Dayot Upamecano, who is currently plying his trade at in RB Leipzig.
- AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini claims the Serie A giants are not currently working on a deal to sign Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.
🤝 ARSENAL CONFIRM RUNARSSON CAPTURE
Arsenal have signed Iceland goalkeeper Alex Runarsson from Dijon on a four-year deal, the Premier League club have announced.
The deal is reported to be worth around £1million and will see Runarsson provide cover for Bernd Leno after Emiliano Martinez left to join Aston Villa.
Runarsson said on the Arsenal website: “I’m just extremely happy, extremely proud, it is a big day for me and my family. I can’t wait to get started."
✍️ HUTCHINSON MAKES CYPRUS MOVE
Former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson has joined Cypriot club Pafos.
Hutchinson scored six goals in 154 appearances during six years with the Owls before leaving Hillsborough at the end of his contract in June.
He fell out of favour under Wednesday manager Garry Monk last season, with his final outing coming in a 2-1 FA Cup success at QPR in January.
Pafos, who announced Hutchinson’s arrival on their Instagram account, are managed by Cameron Toshack, son of former Real Madrid and Wales boss John Toshack.
🦁 MINGS SIGNS NEW VILLA DEAL
Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has signed a contract extension which ties him to the club until 2024.
Mings initially joined on loan from Bournemouth in January 2019, helping Villa to win promotion to the Premier League.
The 27-year-old made 33 top-flight appearances last season, having joined in a permanent deal last summer, and his performances earned England recognition, making his competitive debut against Bulgaria in October 2019.
🔵 OLDHAM DUO DEPART
David Wheater and Gary Woods will no longer be part of Oldham’s first-team squad, the club have announced.
Defender Wheater and goalkeeper Woods have yet to turn out for Latics this season.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Oldham Athletic can confirm that players David Wheater and Gary Woods will no longer be a part of the first-team squad.
“Due to matters that neither party is in a position to disclose, the decision has been made to ensure the football club can now focus on the season ahead.
“No further comment will be made by the club at this time.”
👀 OR NOT!
*TRANSFER SAGA KLAXON*
🦅 BREWSTER TO PALACE GATHERING PACE
🤔 WHAT HAS GONE WRONG FOR DELE?
Tottenham attacker Dele Alli has been linked with a move to Paris St Germain after falling out of favour under boss Jose Mourinho.
Alli came off at half-time in the opening game of the season against Everton and has since been left out of the last two games all together.
We take a look at where it has gone wrong for Alli.
🚪 DOOR NOT CLOSED ON ALLI
Jose Mourinho says Dele Alli still has a future at Tottenham, despite being left out of the 5-2 win at Southampton.
Alli was substituted at half-time in last week’s defeat by Everton and didn't make the macthday squad at St Mary’s or for Thursday's Europa League qualifier against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
Reports have linked him with a move to Paris St Germain.
“I want a balanced squad, that’s what I want,” said Mourinho when asked whether he wanted Alli to stay. “No he doesn’t need to be sacrificed, but the squad is a puzzle.
“I’m not responsible for the market. I don’t know how to answer your question in relation to that.
“I cannot have on the bench four wingers or three wingers and a number 10, and then no defenders. Everything is a puzzle so in these matches that he stayed out, probably Tuesday he will play and others he will stay out.”
🤝 CITY AGREE KOUNDE DEAL
Manchester City are close to announcing the signing of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
The final details of the deal are being ironed out after City agreed personal terms with the France U21 international.
🦅 BREWSTER HEADING FOR PALACE?
Crystal Palace are leading the race to sign in-demand Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.
The Premier League champions signed Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota for a combined £65m last week, and are now looking to offload players to balance their books.
Brewster has been the subject of interest from a host of top-flight clubs throughout the summer but the Eagles look set to beat their rivals to his signature.
🐺 WOLVES CLOSE ON SEMEDO
Wolves are hopeful of completing a deal for Barcelona full-back Nelson Semedo this week.
The Portugal international is expected to cost the club around £30m.
Wolves have money to spend after selling Diogo Jota to Liverpool for £41m on Saturday, and need a new right wing-back following Matt Doherty move to Spurs earlier this summer.
✍️ VIDAL TO JOIN INTER FROM BARCA
Inter Milan are completing the formalities before announcing the signing of Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal from Barcelona.
The 33-year-old will be reunited with Antonio Conte, under whom he won three successive Serie A title at Juventus.
He will become the latest player to leave Barca as new boss Ronald Koeman continues his major rebuild of the squad.
🗼 DELE TO PARIS?
Paris St-Germain reportedly want to sign Dele Alli.
The England midfielder looks set to leave Tottenham after being left out the matchday squad for successive matches, first against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League and then at Southampton in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old could yet stay at Spurs and fight for his place, but the club's recent signing of Gareth Bale has added further competition.
🗞️ MONDAY'S PAPER TALK
Dele Alli could be on his way to PSG and Crystal Palace look set to win the race for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, according to Monday's back pages.
Elsewhere Chelsea are finally set to sign a new goalkeeper and Arsenal have offered Lucas Torreira as a makeweight in their efforts to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
UNDER THE RADAR
Leicester have agreed terms for the signing of Turkish winger Cengiz Under on a season-long loan from Roma. The 23-year-old was due to join up with his new team-mates and manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of Sunday evening’s game against Burnley, although the move is subject to Premier League and international clearance.
It is understood the Foxes have the option to buy Under, who is a Turkey international, at the end of the loan period.
Speaking to lcfc.com, the player said: “I can’t wait to go to Leicester and start training. I’ve always wanted to play in England and this is a great opportunity to play in the Premier League. I will try to help my team-mates on the pitch and off the pitch and I believe that I can improve my performance every day. I think I am fast and can create lots of chances for my colleagues.
“I feel very good because my best friend plays for Leicester City. I am very happy to be able to play with Caglar and I always watched Leicester’s games because of him."
If you were lazily thinking defeat at home to Crystal Palace would spark Man United into some sort of late spending spree in which they end up paying over the odds for players they'd previously attempted to sign... you'd be right on the money, according to today's back pages.
Jadon Sancho looks the prime target but the Old Trafford side are reportedly also turning their attentions to Watford's Ismaila Sarr.
👀 BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE...
Tottenham have completed the signing of left-back Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid.
The 23-year-old has signed a contract until 2025 and moves for an undisclosed fee but with a £27.5million buy-back clause.
Having come through the youth system at Real, Reguilon went on to make 22 appearances for the first team and won his first cap for Spain earlier this month.
🚨 BREAKING! BALE BACK AT SPURS
Gareth Bale has returned to Tottenham after the North London club completed the signing of the Real Madrid forward on a season-long loan deal.
Bale originally joined Spurs from Southampton in 2007 before signing for Real for a then world record £85million fee in 2013.
The 31-year-old has since fallen out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu and has been linked with a return to the Premier League in recent transfer windows.
🤝 DONE DEAL! JOTA JOINS LIVERPOOL
Liverpool have completed the signing of Portugal international Diogo Jota from Wolves.
The Premier League champions have announced the 23-year-old has signed a “long-term” contract at Anfield, which the PA news agency understands is a five-year deal.
Jota, who is the club’s third major signing of the summer transfer window, arrives at the club a day after the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.
The forward has caught the eye over the last three seasons at Molineux, two of which have seen the club in the Premier League.
🗣 NUNO ON JOTA'S DEPARTURE
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo says Diogo Jota is “going to the right place” after confirming the player will join Premier League champions Liverpool.
Portugal forward Jota will move to Anfield for a fee potentially rising to £45million, with young defender Ki-Jana Hoever heading in the opposite direction.
Nuno believes the deal is positive for all parties and insists the 23-year-old is leaving Molineux with his blessing.
“Diogo is amazing and everybody knows the relationship we built during four seasons,” said Nuno.
“Three seasons in particular here in Wolves what Diogo did for us is absolutely fantastic. I think things happen when naturally things should happen.
“I think Diogo is going to the right place and we wish him all the best, knowing that it will never be forgotten, especially by our fans, all the memorable moments that Diogo provided.
“As a club, we did the deal because we believe it us good for everybody.
“In this case you have to attend the will of the player. I know Diogo was really happy here but it’s normal that players like to face new challenges in their careers so joining Liverpool I think is a good move for him.”
🥇 LFC AGREE £45M JOTA DEAL
Liverpool have agreed to sign Wolves forward Diogo Jota for £41m hot on the heels of signing Thiago Alcantara.
The deal for Jota could rise to £45m with add-ons with the 23-year-old Portugal winger likely to provide cover for Liverpool's dynamic front three.
In a separate deal, Wolves will sign Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever from the Reds. The 18-year-old's move is expected to be worth £9m, but could rise to £13.5m in add-ons.
😱 GREAT EIGHT!
Bayern Munich began their defence of the Bundesliga title in the best possible fashion with a thumping 8-0 win over Schalke on opening night.
Serge Gnabry grabbed a hat-trick while Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka, Robert Lewandowski, Jamal Musiala and new signing Leroy Sane also got onto the scoresheet.
👀 THE WAIT GOES ON...
Gareth Bale was still waiting to officially complete his return to Tottenham from Real Madrid on Friday evening.
The Wales international was pictured arriving at Tottenham’s training ground in the afternoon after flying into London to seal a season-long loan return to the club he left in 2013.
But Spurs fans were still waiting for confirmation of the signing.
The club have been in discussions over the last few days to sign the 31-year-old, seven years after he left, and it appears all financial hurdles have been overcome.
Madrid are understood to be paying a large chunk of Bale’s sizeable salary.
📺 REDKNAPP: BALE WAS NO REAL FLOP
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🔴 JOTA SET FOR LIVERPOOL
It's a busy Friday at Anfield...
Liverpool completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich and now they are closing in on a deal for Wolves forward Diogo Jota!
🤨 DYCHE'S TRANSFER DESCRIPTION
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has described the club’s approach in the transfer market as having often been “lastminute.com”.
With their 2020-21 Premier League campaign starting on Sunday at Leicester, the Clarets’ only senior signing since the end of last season has been goalkeeper Will Norris from Wolves.
Dyche said at his pre-match press conference: “Different clubs have different models. I have to accept that, I have done for the eight years I have been here.
“Ours has often been ‘lastminute.com’; sell first, buy second, that kind of thinking. That’s the way the club is.
“When you know what you have to manage, you manage it the best you can. We work from zero upwards – at least we know that is the case.”
✍️ BRYSON JOINS ST JOHNSTONE
Scotland international Craig Bryson has signed for St Johnstone until the end of the season.
The 33-year-old midfielder, capped three times by Scotland, left Aberdeen earlier this month.
The former Derby County, Kilmarnock and Clyde player will resume his career in Perth.
👀 THIAGO COULD FEATURE AGAINST CHELSEA
Liverpool managed to register the paperwork in time for new signing Thiago Alcantara to be available for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.
Although the £20million deal for the Bayern Munich midfielder was not announced until late on Friday afternoon the formalities had already been completed in advance for the Spain international to join the squad if manager Jurgen Klopp requires.
Thiago would most likely start on the bench if selected but fellow midfielder Fabinho could start at the expense of Naby Keita.
🗣 MORE FROM THIAGO...
Midfielder Thiago Alcantara admits he has been waiting a long time for his move to Liverpool.
“I think it’s an amazing feeling,” he told liverpoolfc.com. I was waiting for this moment for a long time and I am very, very happy to be here.
“When the years are passing, you are trying to win as much as you can – and when you win, you want to win more.
“I think this club describes what I am as well; I want to achieve all of the goals, win as many trophies as possible.
“It also (has) this kind of family (feeling) that I need because we (like to) have a very close relationship with the club and I think I will feel this, I will have this feeling, with this club as well.”
🐺 WOLVES MOVE FOR LIVERPOOL DEFENDER
Wolves have made a move for Liverpool youngster Ki-Jana Hoever but the versatile defender will cost them in excess of £10million.
The 18-year-old made his debut at Molineux in a third-round FA Cup defeat in January 2019 – becoming the club’s youngest player in the competition – but has made only three cup appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side since.
Liverpool brought the Holland youth international to their academy from Ajax in September 2018 for a fee of around £90,000.
His versatility means he can play at right-back and centre-half and, with Wolves having sold Matt Doherty to Tottenham, Hoever is seen as an option for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
However, the PA news agency reports any deal would cost them in excess of £10million, including add-ons.
🤝 DONE DEAL! THIAGO JOINS LIVERPOOL
Liverpool have completed the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara on a four-year contract.
The Spain international, who was in the last year of his deal with the Bundesliga club, arrives for an initial fee of £20million.
Manager Jurgen Klopp insists the 29-year-old’s arrival will not “negatively impact” any player in his squad despite Georginio Wijnaldum being heavily linked to Barcelona.