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Welcome to the Evening Standard’s live blog covering the latest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League and beyond.
Football in England has been suspended ‘indefinitely’ due to the coronavirus crisis, and while hopes remain to resume the season by June 30, speculation around potential transfer for the 2020-21 season remains in full swing.

We’ll keep you abreast of all the news from our correspondents, and the talking points and rumours from the rest of Europe.
Latest transfer news and rumours…

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Roma ‘extend loans of Premier League duo’
Roma have agreed to extend the loans of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling from Arsenal and Manchester United respectively.

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The pair have impressed since moving to the Italian capital last summer and the Giallorossi wanted to turn the temporary deals into permanent ones.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Roma have settled for extending their loans until the end of the Serie A season before discussing any further business.
While an official announcement is yet to arrive, if the report is accurate Mkhitaryan, 31, and Smalling, 30, will stay at the Stadio Olimpico beyond the June 30 date.


Blues offered Bernardeschi in Jorginho swap
Reports in Italy suggest Chelsea will demand Juventus include Federico Bernadeschi in any deal should they decide to move for midfielder Jorginho.

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According to journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Maurizio Sarri is keen for a third reunion with Jorginho, who he brought from Napoli with him to Chelsea in 2018. 
The Italian coach is willing to offer Bernadeschi, 26, as part of the deal to bring the cost down with Chelsea likely to demand a fee close tot he £57m they paid Napoli two years ago.


Man City want Skriniar
Manchester City have identified Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar as a target to solve their problems in the backline.

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The Slovakian defender has featured 32 times for the Serie A outfit this season but Calciomercato claim Antonio Conte wants “more” from the 25-year-old.
But Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the towering centre-back and wants to bolster his defensive options, although the £80 million price tag could put off the Premier League champions.


Karius goes to Fifa over unpaid Besiktas wages
Besiktas board member Erdal Torunogullari has confirmed that on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has made a complaint to Fifa over unpaid wages.

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The German shot-stopper is in the final year of a two-season stint with the Turkish giants but is believed to be readying himself for an early return to Anfield due to a long-running dispute over money.
Recent reports originating in Turkey suggested that Karius’ grievance related to a belief that he is owed four months’ worth of wages by his loan club. But, while Torunogullari has acknowledged the existence of the ‘keeper’s complaint, he has cast doubt on its veracity.
“Karius has gone to Fifa over his unpaid wages and termination of his contract,” he said on Instagram, according to A Spor.
“He wants us to pay him for the months he hasn’t played. He wants to leave, and that’s his decision.
“We don’t want to make an undeserved payment.”


Man Utd line up Monaco star
Wissam Ben Yedder is one of the most prolific strikers in Europe and reports in France suggest Manchester United are ready to give him a chance in the Premier League.

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The 29-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season back in Ligue 1 with Monaco, scoring 18 goals in 26 appearances since his big-money switch from Sevilla.
Le10 Sport report Man Utd are keen on Ben Yedder as one of their striking options this summer, in case they cannot land Harry Kane and Odion Ighalo does not sign a permanent deal.
Monaco are likely to demand a return on their £35m investment but that should be affordable for United, who could face competition from PSG.


Diop ‘priority’ for Tottenham
West Ham defender Issa Diop is a transfer “priority” for Tottenham this summer, according to Foot Mercato.
The 23-year-old is likely to leave the east London outfit this summer and the Hammers are willing to sell for £52m, the French outlet report.
It also claims Jose Mourinho is keen on the French centre-back and the club have already made contact with his representatives about a potential move.

Man Utd ‘enter talks’ for Semedo
Manchester United have been pressing ahead with marquee signings to improve their frontline but it seems Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants additions at the back as well.

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A report from Diario Sport suggests Barcelona full-back Nelson Semedo is on the Norwegian’s wishlist with Tottenham and Manchester City also interested.
But United appear to have got the jump on their rivals by starting negotiations with the Catalans, who are ready to sell the Portugal international to raise funds to spend elsewhere.


Hakimi ‘waiting’ on Real future, says agent
The agent of Achraf Hakimi has confirmed he has an offer from Borussia Dortmund but revealed they are still waiting on his future amid interest from three Premier League clubs.

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Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have been linked with the 21-year-old, who has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Bundesliga outfit.
His agent Alejandro Camano told Sky Germany revealed there is interest from “all the big teams” but suggested Dortmund are at the front of the queue.
“Achraf is the best right-back in the world together with Trent Alexander-Arnold. All the big teams in Europe want him and, of course, Real Madrid is one of them.
“But BVB is still an option for us. We are just waiting now.”


No Blues bid for Waldschmidt
Freiburg have denied receiving a bid from Chelsea for forward Luca Waldschmidt.

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The 23-year-old, who has won three caps for Germany, has scored 14 goals in 45 games for the Bundesliga outfit and attracted attention for across Europe.
It was claimed in Germany that Chelsea had opened talks over a £20m move for Waldschmidt but Freiburg’s sporting director Clemens Hartenbach says they have not discussed a deal with any club.
“It is clear that Luca is rightly interesting for other clubs. However, no contact has been made in this case. We don’t know anything about it,” Hartenbach told Bild.


Mane ‘open’ to Madrid transfer
It’s the news that Liverpool fans may be dreading as it emerges from France that Sadio Mane is open to moving to Real Madrid.

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France Football report the 28-year-old, who has scored 15 goals for the Reds this season, is admired by Real coach Zinedine Zidane and would be interested in joining up with Los Blancos.
However, Mane has a contract until 2023 and it is believed the Reds would ask for at leasr £130m for the Senegalese winger, who finished fourth in the Fifa Ballon d’Or last year.
That could give Liverpool the funds to pursue a deal for RB Leipzig star Timo Werner, who has been strongly linked with the Premier League leaders.


Rose set for PSG switch?
Tottenham defender Danny Rose could be set to end his 13-year spell at the club by joining PSG this summer.

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The 29-year-old has only a year left to run on his current deal and was farmed out on loan to Newcastle in January.
PSG had previously held an interest in the England international and Football Insider say they could seal a cut-price agreement for Rose to replace outgoing Layvin Kurzawa, who is reportedly on the verge of signing for Arsenal.


Shaqiri poised for Reds exit
Xherdan Shaqiri looks to be heading out of Anfield after falling out of favour at Liverpool.
That’s according to the Liverpool Echo, who says the Switzerland international’s situation has “frustrated everyone” at the club.
Sevilla and CSKA Moscow have been linked with the winger and despite only making two starts in the Premier League, Liverpool could fetch around £25m for the 28-year-old.

Chukwueze admits Chelsea ‘dream’
Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze has revealed he is a Chelsea fan and cried during the 2008 Champions League final defeat against Manchester United.

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The Nigerian has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester City, as well as the Blues, but the LaLiga outfit’s £60 million price tag reportedly warned off potential suitors.
But Chukwueze has hinted he would be interested in joining his “favourite team” during a Q&A session on Instagram Live.
“My favourite team in England is Chelsea. I was supporting Chelsea when I was young,” he said.
“When Chelsea lost that Champions League final against Manchester United, I was crying all through the night.”


Coutinho ‘close to completing Chelsea move’
Chelsea are set to complete a deal for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho, according to Diario Sport.

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The Brazilian is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but the Bavarians are unlikely to take up their option to sign the 28-year-old for £120 million.
The report says Barca are hoping to sell Coutinho outright but are willing to take a big hit on the £142m fee they paid Liverpool in January 2018.
Chelsea are hoping to bring down the Catalans’ €90 million (£79m) price tag before striking a deal with Coutinho, who is keen on a return to the Premier League.


Juventus want Kane… but not for £150m
Reports in Italy claim Juventus are interested in signing Harry Kane from Tottenham – but will only consider a deal for lower than his reported asking price.

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Calciomercato suggest that the Bianconeri are keeping a close eye on the situation with Kane’s “entourage” exploring possible destinations for the 26-year-old.
With Juve likely to miss out on Mauro Icardi to PSG, the Serie A giants are looking at Kane and it is mentioned that his representatives believe Spurs could be willing to let him go for £100m due to the drop in values in the transfer market.
Spurs have already reiterated their stance that Kane is not for sale but if the player wants to leave, the north London club may be wise to consider cashing in.


Chelsea in battle for Donnarumma

Chelsea are likely to face competition from PSG in their pursuit of AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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Tuttosport report the 21-year-old is set to leave the San Siro as Milan have been given no indication of a possible renewal of his contract, which expires in 2021.
PSG have made a ‘concrete’ offer which involves sending Alphonse Areola to the San Siro plus a fee, while Chelsea are thought to be willing to swap Kepa Arrizabalaga for the Italy international.
The report mentions the French giants are the only side to have made an offer so far, but Chelsea remain in the hunt for Donnarumma.


Neymar ‘accepts huge wage cut’ for Barca return
PSG star Neymar is desperate to return to Barcelona and will accept a huge wage cut to make the deal happen, according to Mundo Deportivo.

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The Spanish publication’s front page story today features Neymar’s decision to accept a 32m wage cut to earn 20m a year at Barcelona. 
The 28-year-old left Camp Nou to join the French champions in a world-record deal worth 222m but has only played in half of PSG’s games during that time owing to injuries and disciplinary issues. 
Will the Brazilian get his wish and return to LaLiga?


Tottenham out of Grealish race
Tottenham have been priced out of a move for Jack Grealish.
Spurs have been chasing the Aston Villa star for some time and came close to signing him in the summer of 2018 before a late move fell through.


They remain interested, but will face competition for his signature this summer and the finances involved are likely to rule Tottenham out of the race, according to Football London.

Manchester United are also keen on the Aston Villa man, though the Guardian says they too are revising summer plans due to the economic impact of the coronavirus shutdown. 


The latest on Sancho to Man Utd
So, what’s the latest on Jadon Sancho’s proposed move to Man Utd?
The Sun reported yesterday that Sancho has agreed terms with Manchester United ahead of a move from Borussia Dortmund.

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The England international is said to have agreed his salary, bonuses and contract length ahead of move to Old Trafford, but the clubs are yet to agree a fee.
The 20-year-old is Manchester United’s top target this summer, and Standard Sport understands they are confident of getting him over the line.
The odds reflect that, too.
United are currently a short-price 11/10 to complete a deal before September 1 2020 (in from 13/5), with Premier League rivals Chelsea second favourites at 16/5.


Spurs want Fabio Silva
Tottenham are interested in Fabio Silva, according to Calcio Mercato.


Jose Mourinho has been watching the 17-year-old Porto forward, and hopes his connection with the Portuguese club will give Spurs the edge.

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When does the 2020 summer transfer window open?
The summer window opens in England at the end of the season – currently May 18, but that will almost certainly not be when it finishes due to Covid-19 delays.
Players can be officially registered with their new clubs when the Fifa international window opens on July 1.
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.

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