Welcome to the Evening Standard’s rolling transfer news and rumours live blog.

Liverpool have already wrapped up the Premier League title, but the chasing pack will busy this summer. Chelsea have signed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech; Manchester United and Man City will be busy, and Tottenham and Arsenal will have to shop carefully.

Time will tell to what extent the economic strain of the coronavirus pandemic will pose to the transfer market, though speculation remains buoyant ahead of this summer’s window.

Latest transfer news and rumours…​


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2020-07-08T16:06:04.000Z

Moyes: Antonio contract talks at season end

West Ham manager David Moyes has confirmed the club will hold contract talks with Michail Antonio at the end of the season. 


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“We have to find out what league we’re going to be in,” Moyes said, per Sky Sports. “We’ve got a job to do. We’ve not taken our focus for one minute away from the next game. At the end of the season it’s something we’ll start to look at.”
 


2020-07-08T15:45:32.000Z

Hasenhuttl remains coy on Walker-Peters future

Sticking with Kyle Walker-Peters, then. Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has certainly been impressed by the defender, but is uncertain whether a permanent deal will be made. 

”He took the chance with both hands and showed some good performances, especially on Sunday which was very difficult against this opponent. We had some very good defensive actions and with the ball he had some good moves.

“Yeah he’s in a good way. Must stay hungry and must show up until the end of the season and then we can decide.

“We haven’t decided yet what we do with him, he’s still a player from Tottenham and then we can decide.”


2020-07-08T15:23:42.753Z

Mourinho: We won’t stop Walker-Peters from going 

Jose Mourinho insists Kyle Walker-Peters has a future with Tottenham but says he would not stand in the right-back’s way should he decide to leave. 

The Englishman is currently enjoying a positive loan spell with Southampton, where he put in a solid performance in their recent 1-0 win against Manchester City. 

”We see a future here, yes,” Mourinho said. ”But we always see a future outside where he can be happy. The reason why he went to Southampton was not because we pushed him to go.


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”But if his desire is to be playing every time and leaving the club in search of happiness I don’t think we’d stop him.

”He’s a player with a good value in the market but I don’t think we’d stop him doing it.”


2020-07-08T15:03:59.330Z

Rojo ’likely’ to leave Man Utd this summer

Marcos Rojo is likely to leave Manchester United this summer, according to the players’ agent. 

The Argentine was on the periphery of the United squad prior to a January loan move to boyhood club Estudiantes, making just nine appearances. 


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“I couldn’t comment on what Solskjaer thinks but I think it’s obvious,” Johnathan Barnett told Stretty News. ”I think with Rojo, probably [a move] is more than likely somewhere else.”

On whether a permanent move could be to Argentina, Barnett said “I don’t know yet. I’m not sure.”


2020-07-08T14:39:54.073Z

Keown: Ozil has no future at Arsenal

Martin Keown believes his former club Arsenal must move on Mesut Ozil this summer to ”protect the next generation” 

The German remains on the periphery of Arsenal’s squad following Mikel Arteta’s arrival, despite being reinstated into the first-team following the Spaniard’s initial arrival. 

Ozil is yet to play a single minute since the restart, and the former Gunners defender believes he no longer has a future at the club. 


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”I think it’s a real shame, because he had a magnificent talent, but if you’re not prepared to work hard out of possession for the team, then you don’t get to play in the new Arsenal at the moment and that’s what Arteta is all about. 

”Work ethic comes first and then everything else is a bonus, you play from there. Clearly he’s not seeing enough on the training pitch.”


2020-07-08T13:39:24.410Z

Havertz wants Chelsea move

Kai Havertz has indicated he wants to join Chelsea this summer, according to ESPN.

Bayern Munich bowed out of the race to sign the Bayer Leverkusen star last week, leaving the Blues in pole position to sign him in what would be another huge statement of intent from the club. 


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A latest report now suggests Chelsea are moving forward with the deal having been given the green light from the player who wants to leave Leverkusen this summer.


2020-07-08T12:00:58.000Z

City jump ahead of Barca in Traore hunt

Manchester City have moved ahead of Barcelona in the race for Wolves winger Adama Traore, according to ESPN. 


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Wolves still remain in the hunt for a Champions League berth on two fronts, but will demand £80m if Traore does leave. 


2020-07-08T11:40:02.516Z

Benrahma to Chelsea?

Has Said Benrahma’s mate Fahd Moufi just dropped the biggest hint yet that the Brentford man is bound for Chelsea?


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During Benrahma’s Instagram Live, Moufi wrote in the comments: ”Congratulations on Chelsea my brother…”


2020-07-08T11:11:35.650Z

Bowen and Soucek the blueprint for West Ham deals

David Moyes says January signings Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek can show the club the direction they should take with recruitment in the future.


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”But I think that if you get signings that work you can see where you’re going, we’re trying to be a bit more diligent in the ones we bring in. We are trying to have a type we want to bring in. If we continue to bring in players of a similar type we’ll be going in the right direction.”


2020-07-08T10:45:23.000Z

West Ham plan Antonio talks

David Moyes has said West Ham plan to start contract talks with Michail Antonio at the end of the season.

Antonio has a year left on his current deal.  


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“We’ve got a job to do. We’ve not taken our focus for one minute away from the next game. At the end of the season it’s something we’ll start to look at.”


2020-07-08T10:27:03.396Z

Man Utd not after Ake

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has quashed links with Bournemouth centre back Nathan Ake, who he was seen talking to after last week’s 5-2 win.


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He said: “I’ve got seven centre backs. I don’t know where that’s come from. We’re fine.”


2020-07-08T10:00:58.000Z

Solskjaer hails Grealish

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Manchester United target Jack Grealish.

Grealish is among Solskjaer’s leading targets when the transfer window opens – and will have the chance to enhance his reputation when United travel to Aston Villa on Thursday.


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“Grealish scored a fantastic goal. There’s been loads said about him and we need to be aware of him. If he’s off the left, middle or right, he attracts players to him – but there’s not just one player in that Villa team, there are a lot of them.”


2020-07-08T09:40:50.000Z

Man Utd end Dembele chase

Manchester United have ended their pursuit of Moussa Dembele, according to The Mirror. 


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The emergence of Mason Greenwood as a first-team asset has also played a role in the decision to move on from Dembele. 


2020-07-08T09:20:10.000Z

Martinez set for Bayern exit 

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez is to leave the club after eight seasons with the German champions, report WAZ. 


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The 31-year-old has won everything there is to win in a Bayern shirt, including eight Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokals and the Champions League back in 2012. 


2020-07-08T09:00:09.000Z

Solskjaer shortlist

Nathan Aké, Tyrone Mings and Alessio Romagnoli are all in the frame for Manchester United this summer, according to ESPN. 


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2020-07-08T08:40:25.000Z

Klopp: Liverpool unlikely to recruit

Jurgen Klopp has reiterated that Liverpool are unlikely to be able to dip into the transfer market this summer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “Are there players out there on the market who could help us as well? Probably, yes. This is the challenge for us, to improve a really good football team.


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“This team is how it is but that doesn’t mean we will not strengthen, we don’t want to strengthen.

“If we have to and we have the opportunity and we have the financial resources then it will always happen and we will always try.

“But at the moment it’s really, really a difficult time and this team makes pressure on each other by themselves internally. Training quality is really important and high.

“This is a difficult year for all football clubs in the world and I don’t think it’s a time where we talk about transfers like the rest around us did not happen.”


2020-07-08T08:20:13.000Z

Barca ’will sack Setien to keep Messi’

Barcelona could be set to sack Quique Setien and bring in Xavi to ensure Lionel Messi stays at the club, according to The Express.


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2020-07-08T07:59:34.330Z

Kai Havertz to Chelsea ON

Kai Havertz to Chelsea is on this summer with the player set to ask for a mover in the coming weeks.

Bild report Havertz will ask Bayer Leverkusen to sell him this summer. 


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It is a similar situation for Real Madrid, meaning Chelsea’s main rivals for his signature are out of the running. 


2020-07-08T07:40:07.000Z

Alaba to snub Inter-est

Inter Milan are interested in David Alaba but the player does not want to join Antonio Conte’s side, according to Bild. 


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2020-07-08T07:20:30.000Z

Griezmann staying at Barca

Barcelona have assured Antoine Griezmann that he will stay at the club, according to L’Equipe. 


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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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