Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea close on Kai Havertz, Liverpool chase winger, Manchester United eye Jadon Sancho, Arsenal weigh-up Philippe Coutinho

Follow the latest transfer updates live from the Premier League summer window as clubs look to strengthen throughout the summer ahead of the start of the new season. Manchester United look set to be one of the most active clubs of the window, with interest in Jadon Sancho, Raul Jimenez and Jack Grealish giving fans plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

The Independent understands that Borussia Dortmund are ready and willing to come down to £60m in negotiations for England star Sancho. However, that spending could price them out of a move for Aston Villa captain Grealish, with the club unwilling to budge on their £80m valuation. Arsenal meanwhile have been offered the chance to sign former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona – for just £9m.

Chelsea are set to continue their summer spending spree with Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz set to join Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech at Stamford Bridge. Napoli’s Kaliodou Koulibaly is set to be allowed to leave the Serie A club with Manchester City the frontrunners to get him while champions Liverpool could spend themselves with Watford winger Ismaila Sarr an option being considered. Follow the live updates below.

Salzburg attacking midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai has been earning admirers all over Europe across the last couple of seasons and he could be the next to depart the Austrian club.

The likes of Erling Haaland (Dortmund) and Takumi Minamino (Liverpool) were sold in January, while Hwang Hee-chan (Leipzig) left in July.

Now Szoboszlai will be allowed to leave for less than £30 million, reports Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachtrichten, with Arsenal and Chelsea among those from the Premier League keen to land the 19-year-old Hungarian. Atletico Madrid and AC Milan are also credited with strong interest.

News from the fourth tier, as former Liverpool and Leeds winger Harry Kewell is appointed manager of Oldham Athletic in League Two.

Wolves are on the trail of midfielder Joao Palhinha.

The Portuguese 25-year-old has been on loan at Braga, the same club that striker Paulinho is at – who Wolves have also been heavily linked with this week.

Palhinha’s parent club is Sporting, but they “don’t see a future for him” according to national outlet Record, who say Wolves are keen on a deal for less than €15m.

Quite why he’d be a success there but not at Sporting is not covered in detail, so perhaps merely a watch-this-space rumour for now.

One for Manchester City fans, here.

We saw earlier that Barcelona are keen on Eric Garcia and might be tempted to make a big bid for the City centre-back – but Sport have another angle on the same story.

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They say City chiefs are keen to meet for talks, but rather than it being over a sale for Garcia, they are actually keen to sign Sergi Roberto and will simply use Garcia as a makeweight in the deal if needed. There is still a contract renewal on offer for the City man, too.

Sergi Roberto can play right-back or central midfield and the 28-year-old has close to 300 appearances for Barcelona to his name.

Barcelona and Juventus love a swap deal. There was one earlier in the year for young players, then another at the start of summer for Miralem Pjanic-Arthur Melo.

Now a third exchange could be on the cards, with Sport saying Juve could take Ivan Rakitic and €30 million, with Barca taking Rodrigo Bentancur.

Might be easier to just switch badges at this rate – and when does the Messi-Cristiano swap happen?

Crystal Palace forward Wilf Zaha wants out this summer, that much is clear. What’s less apparent is exactly where he’ll end up. Everton have been suggested as a potential destination, but The Athletic’s Greg O’Keeffe reports it’s “unlikely” to be the case.

“While they harbour some interest, we’ve been told at this stage that it’s unlikely that Zaha will be an Everton player next season.

“I think there are a range of impediments from transfer fee, to wages, to potential other interest in Zaha.”

Leicester City and top-flight newcomers West Brom are set to go head-to-head in the battle for Kosovan striker Vedat Muriqi.

That’s according to Turkish outlet Turkiye, who say the Fenerbahce striker will cost at least €15 million – but Fener are hoping for more interest to “generate a bidding war” for the 26-year-old.

Muriqi scored 17 this season in all competitions.

Surprising one here – Jeremy Ngakia on the verge of joining Watford, apparently.

The right-back broke into the West Ham side at the start of 2020 but opted against signing a new deal there and left and the end of his contract, rather than sign an extension to the end of the season.

Now the Evening Standard report that he’s set to drop down into the Championship with the Hornets, who were relegated on the final day.

There are changes afoot at Southampton this summer, too.

Reports recently have suggested they are keen on Real Valladolid centre-back Mohamed Salisu, who has a €12 million release clause and who wants to move on.

Spanish outlet Diario La Grada say they have been told the move to Saints is all but complete, and should be confirmed in the coming days.

It’s not all about incomings at Manchester United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to move on about six players, including Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones, as he seeks to reshape the squad.

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It is possible that Chris Smalling could return after an impressive loan spell at Roma. 
United are still deciding on whether to move on a centre-half, and that may depend on circumstances, and availability.

They have long-standing interest in Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, although Manchester City have agreed a fee for one and are looking closely at the other.

Solskjaer meanwhile wants to give Axel Tuanzebe the chance to step in next season, having been impressed with his progress.

Tottenham striker Troy Parrott has joined Championship side Millwall on loan.

The 18-year-old will spend next season in south London after making four first-team appearances for Spurs last term.

“I’m buzzing to get straight into things, I’m really looking forward to it,” he says.

Manchester United are in the market for a centre-back and ESPN are reporting that Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings is on their wanted list.

United have a host of centre-halves on their books but only Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have really impressed this season. As a left footed player Mings would also help to play a back three with Maguire in the centre.

Another option is also reported to be AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli.

Chris Basham has signed a new deal at Sheffield United to stay at the club until the summer of 2022.

Basham is the Blades’ longest-serving player and has played a key role in the club’s rise from League One to the Premier League under manager Chris Wilder.

The 32-year-old defender has made 282 appearances since arriving on a free transfer from Blackpool in 2014.

Callum Wilson has apparently told his Bournemouth teammates that he has to leave the club to maintain his England ambitions.

The Cherries are set to lose a number of high-profile players after their relegation to the Championship with Nathan Ake already on his way to Manchester City.

The Telegraph report that Wilson is pushing for an exit too with Tottenham, West Ham and Newcastle all thought to be interested.

Gareth Bale has held talks with Wales boss Ryan Giggs about his future at Real Madrid, according to the Mirror.

Bale’s agent has spoken already this summer about his desire to remain in the Spanish capital, despite an apparent fractious relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane and a lack of first-team football.

That has led to concern from Giggs that Bale will be short on match fitness when Euro 2020 comes about next summer, but Bale has moved to appease the national team manager that he will be ready to go for the Euros even if he struggles for regular football next season.

He’s determined to stay at Madrid though largely because of the lack of possible options, with clubs unable to afford Bale’s hefty transfer fee and wages.

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Willian’s Chelsea future remains firmly up in the air.

The Brazilian, who will play in tonight’s FA Cup final, could yet stay at Stamford Bridge as contract negotiations continue.

But if not David Beckham’s Inter Miami could prove another option with Sky Sports reporting that the MLS side are preparing a contract offer of their own.

To Germany where there could be a move that helps Manchester United in the offing.

Borussia Dortmund are said to be pondering who to sign if, as expected, Jadon Sancho leaves for United this summer.

German newspaper Bild are now reporting that they will turn to former United wide man Memphis Depay, now of Lyon, if Sancho departs.

To Everton where Carlo Ancelotti will be desperate to put his stamp on his new team.

Sky Sports report that Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon is an option that is being explored this summer.

They say a bid of £18m has gone in for the 23-year-old.

City’s second potential signing could well prove to be Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, after the Austrian’s contract talks with the Bundesliga champions hit a stalemate.

German newspaper Bild report that Alaba’s agent has asked Bayern to pay the defender €20m a year in order to extend his contract, which is set to expire at the end of next season, but the club have not been impressed by his demands and are considering selling him this summer or letting him leave on a free transfer.

That has alerted Manchester City, who are in the market for a new left-sided defender despite Benjamin Mendy’s return to fitness after growing concerned with the Frenchman’s performances.

Kalidou Koulibaly, who is available for upwards of £70m this summer, is also an option as City look to bolster their defence.

Sticking with Barcelona and their No 1 summer target apparently comes from the Premier League.

They are said to be hoping to re-sign centre-back Eric Garcia from Manchester City this summer.

That’s according to Goal.

Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of the 19-year-old and is unlikely to want to lose him so Barca may have to stump up a hefty fee to change his mind.

David Alaba continues to attract interest from the Premier League with Chelsea joining Manchester City in chasing the Austrian full-back, who is currently stalling on a new contract with Bayern Munich due to a disagreement on wages, while City are also poised to make a double-swoop for Valencia winger Ferran Torres and Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake – having agreed a £41m fee with the recently-relegated club on Thursday.



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