TRANSFER NEWS is picking up with the domestic football season on the verge of reaching its conclusion.
And the official dates are now in! The window will open on July 27 and close on October. Yes, that's in just one week!
Follow all the latest gossip and rumours below…
IT'S NO PIE IN THE SKY
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has stated once again he is confident Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will put pen to paper and agree a new deal at the Emirates.
The Gunners striker still faces an uncertain future in North London with his contract at the club to expire in 2021, with Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly weighing up moves.
Juventus have also been linked with the Gabon international, but it is claimed that Aubameyang favours a switch to the Nou Camp should he depart Arsenal.
Arteta said: “I don’t know, to put a date right now is very difficult.
“I like the way the conversations are going, I like what I’m hearing. I’m sure for both parties, the quicker we can do it, the better for everyone.
“I am confident he will extend his stay.”
Huddersfield are expected to appoint Carlos Corberan as Danny Cowley's replacement after sacking the brothers over the weekend.
Corberan, Marcelo Bielsa's assistant at Leeds, has been crucial for implementing the Argentine's demanding tactical vision.
According to Sky Sports, the two clubs are close to agreeing a compensation package for the 37-year-old.
The Spaniard started his coaching career at Villarreal and has had stints in Saudi Arabia and Cyprus.
Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Arsenal.
He told Stats Perform News: “I think he [Arteta] is doing a really, really, good job there.
“He is a really good coach who started as the second coach at [Manchester] City, so he has a little experience and Arsenal play very good football and I think he is doing very well there.
“He is a Spanish coach, he is a bit similar to Portuguese coaches, they also want to play with the ball and improve with the ball, so I think he is a good coach.
“The style I think I can fit there, the way he plays also thinking on the ball, the team always has to be together – I think it is a good way to play.
“Of course I like to be here in Porto to be here in my country, but I want to be in a better league like the Premier League.”
GROUNDS FOR OPTIMISM?
Coventry City have announced they are going to build a new ground at the University of Warwick's campus, ending any talk of a return to the Ricoh Arena.
The stadium will be build near the campus and have connection via train and road.
A statement said: “Whilst an exact site has yet to be agreed, its proximity would be on the agricultural field area of the University of Warwick land on its main campus at the southwest edge of Coventry.
“The club will own and be entirely responsible for the cost of the stadium and its operation; equally, the club will receive all stadium revenues it generates.
“Both the University and the club are committed to a visionary, environmentally friendly stadium in terms of materials, energy, noise, building and of course access.
“We envision supporters arriving at the stadium through a new light rail station at the ground running alongside a new link road.”
RIO LIKES RAUL
Rio Ferdinand has backed Europe’s top clubs, including Manchester United, to make a move for Raul Jimenez.
The former Old Trafford defender said: “I wouldn’t say no at all. I think he’s something different to what they’ve got.
“What I like about him is he scores all types of goals.
“He’s at the back post heading things and bullying defenders, and he can score tremendous goals out of nothing.
“I think he’s a player with immense talent and I think his goalscoring record over the last two years has been really good.
“Before that, his record was a bit shady, but he has come to the Premier League and hit the ground running. He’s been a breath of fresh air.”
STONES MOVE ODDS
John Stones could be set for a sensational move away from Manchester City this summer.
The England ace has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad and Ladbrokes make it just 5/2 he reunites with former coach Mikel Arteta at Arsenal when the transfer window opens.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “If Arteta wants defensive reinforcements and familiar faces then he could kill two birds with one Stones later on this summer.”
Mesut Ozil has reportedly snubbed a move to Fenerbahce but could be offered an Arsenal escape route by Istanbul Basaksehir.
The 31-year-old winger has yet to feature under Mikel Arteta since the Premier League’s restart and only has 12 months remaining on his £350,000-a-week deal.
Despite being frozen out, German publication Bild claim he has rejected an advance from Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce.
They claim his massive wages prove to be the major stumbling block, with the star now planning to sit out the rest of his contract.
However, newly-crowned Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir are ready to make an offer for the 2014 German World Cup winner.
That is according to 90min, who have “been informed that Istanbul Basaksehir are prepared to formalise interest in Ozil that initially began last summer” once the window re-opens.
Chelsea plan to offer West Ham a swap deal for Declan Rice including Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi, according to reports.
The Blues are keen to be reunited with the Hammers star but the East Londoners are reportedly not interested in taking on the rarely used pair.
Rice, 21, came through Chelsea’s academy but was released aged 14 when he signed for the Hammers.
But having been the stand out performer for West Ham this season, his old club will move to sign him again and offer two of their own players in return, according to the Times.
Barkley and Batshuayi have played peripheral roles under Frank Lampard and seem destined to leave Stamford Bridge this summer regardless.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed Manchester United are a top transfer prospect even without Champions League football.
He said: “Always you want to be a part of the best tournaments and teams but then again Manchester United is attractive enough.
“I think everyone can see now we're on a journey towards something better – I think so, anyway.
“It's in our own hands. I don't want to talk about how much it will mean financially to attract people.
“We have just got to focus on these next two games and make sure we're there.”
This seemingly never-ending Premier League season could produce one last unbelievable twist.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester City have been slugging it out for a Champions League position since the campaign got underway, all the way back on August 9, 2019.
But now, with the season set to finally come to an end 352 days later – the latter pair could be in for yet another extension to their domestic campaigns.
For if the Red Devils and Foxes were to finish below Chelsea and on the same number of points, goal difference, goals scored and head-to-head – FA rules stipulate that the pair would need to meet in an unprecedented top-four play-off.
This would decide which team would snatch the final Champions League position.
Eric Dier has signed a new contract at Tottenham till 2024.
GET BERA SOON
Leeds United star Gaetano Berardi is facing nine months out after suffering an ACL tear.
The 31-year-old defender was stretchered off during the champions’ 3-1 win at Derby County.
The Swiss international underwent scans on the injury yesterday and now the club have confirmed the full extent of the damage to the soon-to-be out of contract ace.
Berardi will become a free agent later this month and it is unclear whether he will get an extension to his deal at Elland Road.
A statement said: “Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi suffered an ACL tear in his knee during Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Derby County.”
ICYMI – KAI OH MY
Chelsea may end up paying more than £90million for top target Kai Havertz.
Germans Bayer Leverkusen are resigned to losing the impressive forward with Chelsea close to a deal.
But they want £63m up front plus add-ons that would take the fee above £90m.
Frank Lampard’s Blues have already signed striker Timo Werner and winger Hakim Ziyech.
And closure on a deal for Havertz, 21, would take Chelsea’s spending to more than £170m.
That will wipe out the £150m banked, add-ons permitting, when they sold superstar Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this time last year.
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Manchester United will reportedly announce the academy signings of Marc Jurado, Alvaro Fernandez and Isak Hansen-Aaroen once they receive international clearance.
Having already announced their intake in their academy for the 2020/21 season, United are still looking to add to their squad, and hope to confirm the trio of youngsters in the near future.
SunSport reported in May how the Red Devils had wrapped up a deal to land Jurado from Barcelona after he rejected a deal at the Nou Camp.
And last month the 16-year-old took to social to bid farewell to the Blaugrana, further fuelling his imminent switch to England.
United are also understood to have agreed a free transfer for left-back Fernandez after he failed to extend his stay at Real Madrid.
Spanish media have stated the 17-year-old will pen a four-year deal at Old Trafford after he we was “blown away” by their sports project.
NO ANGUI-SH FOR SCOTT
Fulham boss Scott Parker is weighing up a £22million bid for one of his biggest names, reports ANDY DILLON.
Spanish side Villarreal have lodged a bid for on loan midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
The Cameroon international has been with the La Liga club since the start of the season.
Anguissa, 26, was signed from Marseille a year previously.
Fulham are weighing up the offer to make his loan permanent as they continue to push for promotion back to the Premier League.
SANCHO £80M QUICK DEAL
Manchester United will reportedly make a “take it or leave it” £80million offer to Dortmund for Jadon Sancho.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the 20-year-old England international his top summer transfer target.
The Bundesliga outfit are believed to have told the Red Devils to put up or shut up as they demanded a £115m fee for the winger and are reluctant to sell him on the cheap.
However, United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has made it clear that asking price is unrealistic amid the financial climate of Covid-19.
And the Daily Star claims he believes he can get a deal done for much less and will offer just £80m to make it happen and do not want talks to drag on.
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Manchester United will hold showdown talks with Dean Henderson next week over the possibility of replacing David De Gea as the club's No1, according to reports.
The English stopper is set to return to Old Trafford after Sheffield United's last league game following a two-year loan stint at Bramall Lane.
Henderson, 23, has impressed under Chris Wilder with the boss keen on keeping him for an extra year.
But the Daily Mail report how United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to hold face-to-face talks with Henderson as the dilemma over the future No1 spot rumbles on.
Solskjaer is coming under serious pressure to drop £375,000-a-week David De Gea after yet another series of disastrous blunders.
The Spaniard made two howlers in United's 3-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea but they are just the latest in a number of mistakes made by De Gea over the last three seasons.
GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS
Arsenal star Dani Ceballos says he is “very happy” at the club amid uncertainty about his future.
The Spaniard has been on a season-long loan at the Emirates from parent club Real Madrid.
He told Sky Sports: “The truth is I'm very happy at Arsenal.
“It's a club in which I already have a year of experience, so it would be very easy to return.
“I wouldn't have to adapt to a new league or new club with a different manager and players. I think it would be a good step for me.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United are interested in signing Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to reports.
The 27-year-old is one of EIGHT first-team stars that the LaLiga side could sell this summer in order to aid their precarious looking financial situation.
And according to FootMercato, the former France international “dreams” of a move to the Premier League.
They also claim that Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for the former Sevilla, AS Monaco and Inter Milan star.
In other news, Gareth Bale will not quit Real Madrid but Zinedine Zidane simply “does not want to play him”, the Welshman's agent has confirmed.
Bale, 31, was stuck on the bench for most of Real's title-winning campaign.
Long-term agent Jonathan Barnett told BBC Sport: “Gareth is fine. He has two years left on his contract.
“He likes living in Madrid and he is going nowhere.
“He is still as good as anyone else in the team. It's up to Zinedine Zidane.
Manchester City have made their first move in their bid to land Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.
Pep Guardiola is on the look-out for at least one – and possibly two – new centre-backs this summer.
And he is a long-term admirer of the versatile Dutch ace, 25, – who could also fill in at full-back.
While no bid has yet been lodged, it is believed an approach from City has gone into the relegation-threatened Cherries.
Axed Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi have been warned: Show your team-mates you are worth keeping.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Aston Villa, Arteta said: “It’s not just me that needs to give a green light. Everybody has to be supportive.
“Without that support it’s very uncomfortable.
“If you show you have decided to do the best not only for yourself but for the club, I think everyone will welcome you.
“I sense great chemistry at the moment. They’re all on board and they can rely on each other.
“Most important on the pitch is they know what to expect from each other, not a flick of a coin with a few players.”
David De Gea is walking a tightrope at Manchester United.
The club's highest paid player – who signed a new £375,000-a-week deal last September – has made a series of shocking blunders.
With his future up in the air – despite the backing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – here are five keepers who could replace De Gea.
Juventus have made contact with a representative of Mauricio Pochettino, according to reports.
The Old Lady currently top Serie A under ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, ahead of the final four games of the season.
But the 61-year-old's job is under threat, with Juve's performances having regressed from previous years under Massimiliano Allegri.
And according to La Stampa, club chiefs have already begun sounding out former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as Sarri's potential replacement.
Mesut Ozil has reportedly been handed a career lifeline by Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.
The newly-crowned Super Lig champions already boast a number of ex-Premier League stars including Demba Ba, Martin Skrtel and Gael Clichy
And he looks to have slipped even further down the pecking order since Mikel Arteta’s arrival.
Indeed, Ozil has featured just 18 times this season, yielding one sole goal.
And with only a year left on his £350,000-a-week contract, Arsenal are keen to get him off their wage bill.
STAT'S GOTTA HURT
Mario Gotze's sad end to his Borussia Dortmund career just got that bit worse.
The World Cup winner beat Arsenal target Philippe Coutinho in a brutal players' poll to find the Bundesliga's biggest “disappointment”.
Dortmund are offloading Gotze as his contract ends this summer following a dramatic slump in form since his return from rivals Bayern Munich four years ago.
And having won three Bundesliga crowns, the 28-year-old has now finished off with a domestic nomination he certainly did not want.
German top-flight players put Gotze way ahead of his rivals on 30 per cent in their list of flops.
RUN OF THE MIL
Inter Milan are reportedly hoping to sign Chelsea star Emerson for a bargain price.
However, Antonio Conte has accepted he will receive no favours from his old side after a disastrous fallout two years ago.
Tuttosport claims Emerson, 25, is a target for Inter this summer as Conte looks to rebuild his five-man defence.
Achraf Hakimi has already been snapped up from Real Madrid to become Inter’s new right wing-back.
And Emerson is wanted to slot in on the left after falling out of favour under Frank Lampard.
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