18:30 - Bale omitted from Real Madrid Champions League squad
Real Madrid will travel without Gareth Bale for their Champions League last-16 second leg tie against Manchester City as rumours that the Welshman will leave the Spanish capital this summer intensify.
17:50 - Man City 'want five more players'
After completing the signing of Ferran Torres from Valencia, Manchester City want to sign five more players in this transfer window, according to Sky Sports.
Defenders are a priority for Pep Guardiola, whose team lost a surprising total of nine games last term, but they also want long-term replacements for David Silva and Sergio Aguero, the former of whom has left the club.
17:20 - Tottenham planning defensive shake-up
The Mirror are reporting that Serge Aurier could be on his way out of Tottenham as part of a defensive shake-up.
Aurier will follow Jan Vertonghen out the exit door at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – leaving Tottenham with no senior right-back.
Therefore Jose Mourinho will offer Inter Milan Tanguy Ndombele in exchange for a centre-half, Milan Skriniar.
17:00 - Arsenal redundancies include scouts
Arsenal have made some rather controversial redundancies as a result of the coronavirus pandemic today, and some of their scouting department have fallen foul of their restructuring.
16:50 - Jadon Sancho and the evolution of the English transfer record
Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand have held the title, so too Andy Carroll and Raheem Sterling, but now Jadon Sancho looks set to become the most expensive English footballer of all time.
Some 41 years ago history was made when Trevor Francis became the first £1m signing when moving from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest in 1979.
Fast forward to 2020 and the record for an English player now stands at £80 million, with United supposedly ready to eclipse the figure they paid for Harry Maguire in 2019 to secure Sancho's arrival at Old Trafford.
It has been some journey from Francis to Maguire (and we suspect Sancho soon), and we take a look at the evolution of transfer fees with regards to English players…
Brentford want in excess of £50m to sell Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins, according to various reports in the media.
The Bees value each at more than £25m following their stellar campaigns in a front three with Bryan Mbuemo. The 'BMW' scored a combined 57 goals in the 2019/20 and while the club insists there will be no firesale after Tuesday's play-off defeat to Fulham at Wembley, they know there is considerable interest in both players and are open to strong offers.
16:10 - Debut under Van Gaal, but now Riley joins Carlisle
15:55 - Hojbjerg edging closer to Spurs move
Tottenham are poised to make Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg their first summer signing, with Kyle Walker-Peters set to move the other way in a separate deal, according to the London Evening Standard.
The clubs are close to finalising a £15million deal for Hojbjerg, while a £12m fee has been agreed for full-back Walker-Peters, who spent the second half of the season on loan at St. Mary's.
Hojbjerg has made it clear that he wants to join Jose Mourinho's side and personal terms are expected to be a formality once the clubs have settled the finer details of the deal.
15:40 - United stance remains the same on Sancho
15:25 - Kepa with a point to prove?
15:10 - Dybala nears new Juve deal
Juventus are reportedly close to agreeing new terms with Paulo Dybala, who looks set to extend with the Bianconeri until June 2025.
The Argentine, named Serie A’s MVP for 2019-20, is in ongoing talks with the club and Tuttomercatoweb claims the Old Lady will soon announce a new deal with the 26-year-old.
Dybala is currently recovering from a thigh injury he suffered when Juventus won their ninth consecutive Scudetto against Sampdoria last month.
14:55 - Japanese star off to Villarreal
14:40 - Bale is 'very important' to Real
Gareth Bale has the full support of the Real Madrid squad, and the Welsh forward is still "very important" to the club, says Casemiro.
As Real celebrated their 34th La Liga title this season, Bale remained very much on the periphery, with his trophy-laden seven years in Madrid looking set to be coming to an end.
Casemiro, though, backed his team-mate, and hailed the impact Bale has made on the club.
14:10 - Manchester United right to play hardball for Jadon Sancho
Having been taken for a ride too often in the transfer market, playing hardball for Jadon Sancho is overdue, as long as Manchester United get their man in the end, even if that means waiting six months.
Do you agree? Can United afford to miss out on Sancho? Let us know:
13:55 - The forgotten signing from Liverpool departs...
13:40 - Ter Stegen to sign new deal
According to Mundo Deportivo, Marc-Andre ter Stegen is nearing a new five-year deal at Barcelona.
The club wants to keep hold of him, he wants to stay. Money is the problem, although it is also true that, according to negotiating sources, the difference is not insurmountable.
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13:10 - Ake in Manchester for medical
12:55 - Machin in at Alaves
Deportivo Alaves have appointed former Sevilla and Espanyol manager Pablo Machin as their new head coach to replace Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz, the La Liga club announced on Wednesday.
Muniz had taken charge of Alaves at the back end of the 2019-20 season and guided them to a 16th-place finish despite managing just one win in four games.
12:40 - The vultures are swooping in
12:25 - Are Arsenal making a mistake?
Signing a player of Willian's calibre on a free is something that would appeal to many an Arsenal fan, but giving the Brazilian a three-year deal could be foolish. What do you think? Is three years too long for a soon-to-be 32-year-old? Let us know:
Arsenal have made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian, edging them in front of Chelsea in the race to sign the Brazilian winger, according to Sky Sports.
With Chelsea unwilling to give Willian a three-year deal, Mikel Arteta is primed to swoop. The report suggests Arsenal have made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian, but it is still some way short of the terms offered by Barcelona and Inter Miami.
11:55 - Can Thiago make Liverpool even better?
Thiago’s contract in Germany is expiring next year and he’s not going to put pen to paper on an extension having won the title in every season since his 2014 switch from Barcelona – and German football expert Raphael Honigstein thinks Liverpool are missing a trick by turning the opportunity down.
"In Germany they are saying that if Liverpool buy Thiago, they’ll win every game next year! he said. He’s just been so good. If there’s one player they’re missing in that midfield it’s that technical player. It’s not a player that Liverpool have accommodated in recent years and it would change the dynamic of their midfield if you find space for him. But in terms of real quality, technique and unique skills any club in the world should be in for him.
If Liverpool get him in the summer when the traditional powerhouses on the continent can’t do it, the deal would be an absolute steal for the kind of money Bayern are talking about – £25m.
11:40 - Zappacosta thanks Roma, returns to Chelsea
11:25 - Did Juve settle for second best?
11:10 - Suarez departure key to Martinez capture
Barcelona will only sign Lautaro Martinez if Luis Suarez leaves the club, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Suarez has been linked to a move to the MLS, but Barcelona’s third all-time top scorer is adamant on sticking around until his contract expires in 2021, and can even have his tenure extended for another year if featuring in 60 per cent of next term’s matches under Quique Setien.
In which case, then, if Suarez cannot be persuaded to join David Beckham’s Inter Miami prematurely, the Catalans will wait another year to approach Martinez, which then leads you to wonder if El Pistolero will be underplayed so as not to automatically renew for a further 12 months.
10:55 - No squad overhaul at Fulham.
They have done, it, Fulham are back in the Premier League at the first attempt! This time, things will be different, manager Scott Parker says, no wanting a repeating of the £100m on players who ultimately could not keep them in the top flight last time around.
You can't build teams with drastic changes, drastic swings of players coming in," Parker told British media. This team has been around myself now for the best part of 15 months and they have improved and improved and improved. I'm happy with where we are. We are going to need additions – we are going into the biggest league there is – but no drastic changes.
Arsenal need to offload on-loan winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan if they want to complete a deal for Chelsea winger Willian in the coming weeks, according to reports.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a deal for Willian, who is set to leave Stamford Bridge when their Champions League campaign comes to an end later this month.
Arsenal are prepared to offer the Brazilian winger a three-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, with Chelsea only prepared to offer the 31-year-old a two-year agreement.
But according to The Sun, the Gunners need to wait until Mkhitaryan has been offloaded, with a preliminary agreement in place with Roma to extend his current loan deal there.
10:25 - Vale opportunity for Sinclair
Port Vale have named Frank Sinclair as head of coaching development.
Sinclair will take on the responsibility of bridging the gap between the younger players and first team.
The former Chelsea and Leicester defender has been working with John Askey’s coaching staff since March 2020, having been invited into the set-up by Dave Kevan.
10:10 - Out with the old…
With Torres in, City have wasted no time in adding to their squad following David Silva’s departure. But what does the future hold for the departing Spaniard? Well, perhaps the madness of Rome with Lazio awaits?
German newspaper Bild have been reasonably quiet on Sancho's potential move, but they do believe Manchester United and Sancho have agreed on personal terms, and that means the transfer is ‘getting closer’. He’d earn £340k per week in a five year deal.
When it comes to what’s happening between the clubs, Bild state Dortmund won’t move an inch from their €120m valuation. There’s been no official offer, just intermediaries ‘scanning’ between the two clubs, which sounds like they’re trying to work out what each other will accept without getting in too deep.
9:20 – City to get payout for Sancho
Manchester City are set to collect a windfall of about £15 million if Jadon Sancho’s transfer to Manchester United goes through at Borussia Dortmund’s asking price, according to the Times.
During Sancho’s transfer to Germany, City inserted a clause that entitled them to 15 per cent of the profit that Dortmund made from his next move.
Perhaps this is why Dortmund are playing hardball over the deal?
9:10 – Morning, straight into Sancho developments
Welcome to another day of madness that is the transfer window. Let’s start with a look at the morning papers, which are dominated by the big overnight news that Jadon Sancho.
Almost all media outlets in the UK are reporting that the proposed move for Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United is in the balance. The 20-year-old England international has not yet agreed terms with his potential new club, and Dortmund are asking for the full 120 million euros in a single payment.
Paper Round’s view: Given every singe newspaper has this story, all at the same time, it’s a reasonable assumption that they have been briefed by United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. This is a transparent attempt at playing hardball, and unfortunately with this kind of briefing there is no way to tell if there is truth in it or not. Woodward may simply be trying to up the pressure to exact concessions on the fee.
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19:15 - Rangers sign Swiss striker
Rangers have signed Switzerland striker Cedric Itten from St Gallen on a four-year deal, the Scottish club have announced. Rangers said the deal was struck a week ago but they agreed to wait until the Swiss season ended at the weekend, with manager Steven Gerrard excited by Itten's potential.
18:14 - Torres to Man City close
The Guardian report that Ferran Torres is close to sealing a €27m (£24.5m) move to Manchester City, with sporting director Txiki Begiristain in Barcelona today to meet the Valencia winger.
17:00 - Salah pranked by Lovren
Dejan Lovren gives his former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah a special video call as he arrives in Russia after signing for Zenit St Petersburg.
Mohamed Salah pranked by Dejan Lovren as he arrives in Russia
16:42 - Angel Gomes 'joins Lille'
19-year-old Angel Gomes, who was a free agent after leaving Manchester United at the end of his contract, has joined Lille on a five-year deal and will go out on loan to Boavista - according to RMC Sport and Sky Sports.
The United academy product has posted a message of thanks to his former club on his Instagram account.
16:35 - Gabriel update
16:20 - Mbe Soh on the market
PSG couldn't reach an agreement to extend Luc Mbe Soh's contract, and the 19-year-old defender is expected to leave the Ligue 1 champions this summer, report L'Equipe.
Cadiz, who have just achieved promortion to La Liga, have shown interest in the centre back as well as Mallorca, Norwich, and Middlesbrough.
15:57 - The latest on Sancho
Jadon Sancho has agreed personal terms with Manchester United, but discussions between the two clubs over the transfer fee are ongoing, according to reports.
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15:30 - Did Covid-19 ruin Ronaldo's PSG dream?
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