Follow the latest updates live from the first day of the summer transfer window after the Premier League season drew to a close on Sunday after, resulting in the relegation of Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City and confirmation that Manchester United and Chelsea will play in next season’s Champions League.
Two months later than usual, the summer transfer window opens for business with clubs still expected to be busy even though they are facing the financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. Champions Liverpool are being linked with Watford striker Ismaila Sarr and Leicester winger Harvey Barnes, while United’s proposed move for Jadon Sancho hangs in the balance over doubts surrounding his £90m price tag.
Arsenal are likely to move for another centre-back due to the number of injuries their defenders have suffered, while Chelsea remain in the hunt for sought-after Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, having already signed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech earlier in the year. Premier League new boys Leeds United meanwhile are ready to ramp up their recruitment drive with interest in Candaian forward Jonathan David strongly linked after impressing at Gent, though they look set to miss out on free agent Edinson Cavani after he left Paris Saint-Germain. Follow the live news below.
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Premier League champions Liverpool are eyeing Leicester winger Harvey Barnes, according to the Daily Mirror. Barnes, 22, has impressed for the Foxes this season. However, the paper says that Leicester will not be letting Barnes go cheaply.
Doubts have clouded Manchester United’s efforts to sign Jadon Sancho, according to The Times. Sancho, 20, is said to have agreed personal terms with United, but uncertainty surrounds the club’s budget for buying the winger. Borussia Dortmund are said to be holding out for at least £90m. Still, the German club are reportedly moving to buy Lille and France attacking midfielder Jonathan Ikone, 22, as a replacement for Sancho.
Newly-promoted Leeds are lining up one of their first transfers ahead of their return to the Premier League, with 20-year-old Canadian forward Jonathan David in their sights. David has shone at Belgian club Gent this season to attract interest from Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa. Leeds will face stiff competition, however, with Manchester United also having been linked to the £27m-rated player.
Leeds look set to miss out, however, on veteran Uruguay striker Edinson Cavini, the Daily Express reports. The 33-year-old had been linked to the club in light of his move away from Paris Saint-Germain, but has reportedly settled on a switch to Benfica instead, according to Portugal’s Todo Fichajes.
Liverpool are also keen on Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak, according to the Daily Mail. The 20-year-old Turkey international is rated around the £40m mark, but Schalke could sell him for less due to financial difficulties. The Reds will likely have rivals for his signature, with Manchester City, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund having been linked to Kabak in the past.
Albian Ajeti: The 23-year-old West Ham and Switzerland striker is a target for Celtic, the Daily Record says.
Ousmane Dembele: The 23-year-old French winger could be a target for Manchester United after falling out of favour at Barcelona, The Times reports.
Liverpool are also keen on Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak. The 20-year-old Turkey international is rated around the £40m mark, but Schalke could sell him for less due to financial difficulties. The Reds will likely have rivals for his signature, with Manchester City, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund having been linked to Kabak in the past.
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