Transfer news LIVE: Torres close to Man City move, Lallana CONFIRMED – Liverpool, Tottenham, LATEST gossip and rumours

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TRANSFER NEWS is picking up with the domestic football season on the verge of reaching its conclusion.

The window will open on July 27 and close in October, following the restart of the new campaign on September 12.

Follow all the latest gossip and rumours below…

FOXES FEAR CHIL OUT

Leicester’s failure to secure Champions League football is set to cost them the chance to persuade Ben Chilwell his future remains at the club.

Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in the England star.

The Foxes had hoped to be able to offer top-level European football as a carrot to convince him to stay at the King Power.

But their late-season collapse saw a top-four finish slip through their fingers with 23-year-old Chilwell’s two suitors making the cut instead.

There would be more money on offer if Chilwell did push for a move but that is not the only factor in making his mind up.

He also wants to cement his place as England’s first-choice left-back with the Euros looming — and Champions League football helps his cause.

FOXES FEAR CHIL OUT

Leicester’s failure to secure Champions League football is set to cost them the chance to persuadeBen Chilwell his future remains at the club.

Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in the England star.

The Foxes had hoped to be able to offer top-level European football as a carrot to convince him to stay at the King Power.

But their late-season collapse saw a top-four finish slip through their fingers with 23-year-old Chilwell’s two suitors making the cut instead.

There would be more money on offer if Chilwell did push for a move but that is not the only factor in making his mind up.

He also wants to cement his place as England’s first-choice left-back with the Euros looming — and Champions League football helps his cause.

CITY MUST SPEND QUICKLY

Man City director of football Txiki Begiristain believes they will have to move quickly to secure their targets for a summer rebuild, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.

Valencia’s £39million-rated winger Ferran Torres , 20, and Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, 25, valued at £35m, are among the players boss Pep Guardiola has identified.

The transfer window is now open but City’s plans are up in the air due to their involvement in the  Champions League next month.

John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi’s Etihad futures are in doubt — and Begiristain admits some players may have to make way for new arrivals.

He said: “We have to bring in players who can improve our squad, but also it means that maybe someone can leave.

“We have the Champions League, so we have to wait to move forward.  We might have less time than ever — but enough  to make changes.”

KAI IN A RUSH FOR BRIDGE

Kai Havertz wants Chelsea to tie up a deal with Bayer Leverkusen before his German side face Rangers in the Europa League next month.

That’s the claim from Sky Sports over the Blues’ main remaining transfer target this summer.

ARSENAL ‘AGREE TO PAY £40M JOELSON RELEASE CLAUSE’

Arsenal are reportedly ready to meet Joelson Fernandes’ £40million release clause.

A Bola claims the Sporting Lisbon winger, 17, could become a Gunner in the next 24 hours.

It’s said Gunners’ chiefs are in Lisbon to “close an agreement” between Sporting, Fernandes and his agent Kia Joorabchian.

They are aware of interest from Barcelona and Juventus.

And Mikel Arteta wants his club to strike while the iron is hot.

PREM CLUBS QUEUE UP FOR BENRAHMA

Brentford sensation Said Benrahma is reportedly being monitored by Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Leeds.

The £30million-rated Algeria winger, 24, is battling to take Brentford up in the play-offs.

But as Benrahma has arguably been the Championship’s stand-out player, he is strongly tipped to be in the Premier League next season one way or another.

GUNNERS TIPPED TO ‘SEAL JOELSON DEAL’

Sporting Lisbon 17-year-old Joelson Fernandes is reportedly on the brink of joining Arsenal – a day after it seemed he would sign a new long-term deal with the Portuguese giants.

Fernandes, dubbed “the new Cristiano Ronaldo” by some, has been a regular starter for Sporting post lockdown.

LALLANA ‘EXCITED’ TO SEAL BRIGHTON MOVE

Liverpool title-winner Adam Lallana has posted a photo toasting his Brighton move.

The England midfielder, 32, said he “couldn’t be more excited… a club with ambition and hunger to match my own”.

NOU WAY I’M COMING BACK

Arthur Melo has refused to turn up for Barcelona training after agreeing a move to Juventus.

Sport claims the midfielder, 23, has returned to Brazil following the end of LaLiga.

And Arthur has told Barcelona he will not return for their upcoming Champions League campaign after agreeing to join Juventus in a deal worth £70million last month.

It’s said that Arthur did not appear for Barca training and scheduled coronavirus tests on Monday, sparking concern from coaches.

After going on holiday to Ibiza after the end of LaLiga a week ago, it transpired Arthur had then taken a secret trip to his homeland.

When confronted, the soon-to-be-Juve playmaker spoke with club officials over the phone and told them he would not be returning for the Champions League campaign.

Barcelona were said to be infuriated and told Arthur he was in breach of his contract.

BAYERN LINKED WITH SPURS TARGET AARONS

Bayern Munich are shock rivals to Tottenham for Norwich right-back Max Aarons.

The 20-year-old has been outstanding despite the bottom-placed Canaries going straight back down after promotion.

And Sky Sports Austria say Bayern are interested in the England Under-21 star.

CARLOS CAN BE NEW KOMPANY

Sevilla’s Diego Carlos is the latest candidate to become Manchester City’s long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany at centre-back.

The uncapped Brazilian, 27, follows names like Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Inter star Milan Skriniar and Holland ace Nathan Ake, whose Bournemouth side have just been relegated.

Carlos would certainly be cheaper than £70million-rated Koulibaly and Skriniar.

GUNNERS’ WILL POWER

Arsenal are still tipped to land 31-year-old Chelsea midfielder Willian – on a free transfer this summer.

The Gunners have edged ahead of Sours and Co after the Brazilian confirmed Chelsea will only offer his a two-year contract, not the three he wants.

And more reports today suggest Arsenal remain favourites to sign Willian.

TOO FAR A-PART

Arsenal are reportedly unwilling to fork out £46million for Thomas Partey.

The Atletico Madrid midfielder, 27, has been a key target for the Gunners as they look to strengthen in midfield.

But journalist Saddick Adams reckons the price of his release clause is going to be outside of the Emirates club’s range.

And as a result, they may be forced to walk away from the negotiating table.

That is despite reports earlier suggesting Partey would be open to making the switch.

The Ghanaian international – thought to be Mikel Arteta’s No1 priority – is delaying signing a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano.

But a distinct lack of funds could scupper those plans.

It had been stated that Arsenal will have to either sell players to raise money, while a swap deal with Alexandre Lacazette was mentioned.

Defeat in the FA Cup final next week would also mean there is no European football at the Emirates next season, another stumbling block.

HEND OF THE BRIDGE?

Dean Henderson nis reportedly stalling on a new Manchester United contract amid interest from Chelsea.

The Mirror claims Frank Lampard is ready to pounce for the £55million-rated Sheffield United loanee, who is seeking assurances on his Red Devils future from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It’s reckoned Henderson, 23, is wanted back at Old Trafford next season following some poor performances from David De Gea.

United are said to be offering a new and improved contract as they look to secure the England hopeful’s long-term future.

However, Henderson wants confirmation that he will be the club’s No 1 next term = whereas Solskjaer still sees De Gea as his go-to goalie.

So that could open the door for Chelsea, who are looking to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.

WRONG GEA FOR TITLE

United can’t win the Prmeier League unless they replace David De Gea with a world-class keeper, says Old Trafford legend Roy Keane.

The Spaniard kept his 13th clean sheet of an error-strewn league season in the 2-0 win over Leicester on Sunday to secure Champions League football at Old Trafford next year.

But even then he got away with some questionable handling from a scuffed Kelechi Iheanacho shot as Jamie Vardy looked to pounce.

And Keane, never one to mince his words, is adamant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to recruit a better No1 to challenge with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

The former United skipper told Sky Sports: “I’ve never been a big fan of his. He makes far too many mistakes, big mistakes that cost United big points.

“We talk about recruitment, it’s a difficult part of the game. That’s just my opinion. If Manchester United want to challenge for league titles, they need a better goalkeeper.

DON’T LET CHELSEA NAB EMILIANO

Arsenal legend Ian Wright is “frightened” Chelsea could nab Gunners’ keeper Emiliano Martinez.

Frank Lampard’s side are on the hunt for a new keeper with Kepa Arrizabalaga totally out of favour under the gaffer.

Atletico Madrid No 1 Jan Oblak has been the prime target – but Manchester United also appear keen on him.

That has reportedly led Stamford Bridge chiefs to turn their attention to North London.

Martinez has impressed mightily since coming in for the injured Bernd Leno.

Wright believes Chelsea’s qualification for the Champions League and Lampard’s success in bringing through youth could persuade Martinez to go elsewhere.

CITY SET TO BEAT UTD TO TORRES

Manchester City are reportedly close to signing Ferran Torres for £27million.

Goal claims the Valencia winger, 20, has agreed a five-year deal to replace Leroy Sane at the Ethad.

Pep Guardiola sold the German to Bayern Munich when he rejected a new contract.

And the decision has now paved the way for Torres to become City’s latest attacking addition.

It was claimed the Champions League hopefuls would have to splash out nearly £40m.

But Torres has entered the final year of his Valencia contract and the LaLiga side do not want to risk losing him on a free transfer next year.

The impending deal means City have seen off competition from rivals Manchester United and new Premier League champions Liverpool.

GOMES’ TEARFUL EXIT

Heurelho Gomes has revealed he will be leaving Watford at the end of the month after the club were relegated from the Premier League.

The 39-year-old – who will leave Vicarage Road when his contract expires – was seen sobbing after the Hornets lost 3-2 away at Arsenal on Sunday.

The result means that Watford’s five-season spell in the English top-flight is over – just a year after the club finished in 11th spot and were runners-up in the FA Cup final.

Gomes was initially set to depart the Hertfordshire outfit after their defeat to Manchester City at Wembley last season, but was persuaded to stay for another term.

But after managing just three games for Watford in all competitions this season – and failing to play in the Premier League in the last two years – Gomes has announced his time has come to an end.

In an emotional Instagram post, the Brazilian said: “It’s hurting and will hurts (sic) for a while!

“Not because of myself, maybe I’m the least affected, I knew one day it was going to come to an end for me, but I feel for the fans, I feel for my team-mates and friends…”

UTD FACE BATTLE OF WILL

United are at risk of missing out on the signing of 15-year-old defender Willy Kambwala, according to reports.

Old Trafford transfer chiefs are believed to have made an offer of just under £1million for the highly-rated teen earlier this month.

Kambwala plays in central defence for Ligue 2 side FC Sochaux – who rejected the offer.

United are reported to have been interested in France Under-16s star Kambwala for “several weeks”.

But respected French journalist Loic Tanzi claims Sochaux have absolutely no intention of letting their star man go.

He claims the club have offered him a “project with a professional signing in the coming weeks”.

KOP JOIN UTD AND ARSENAL IN OZAN HUNT

Liverpool have joined Manchester United and Arsenal in the transfer hunt for highly-rated young defender Ozan Kabak, according to reports.

The recently crowned Premier League champions are already turning their attention to strengthening for next season.

Dejan Lovren looks set to leave Anfield and if he goes, Kabak could be the man to replace him.

Bild report Klopp has set his sights on the 20-year-old centre-back with talks already beginning.

With his contract running until 2024, current club Schalke are in a commanding position over the fee.

It’s reported that they will want at least £32m for the Turkey international.

GO FOR A NOU START

Barcelona are reportedly eyeing a shock summer move for Manchester United outcast Diogo Dalot.

ESPN claims the Portuguese full-back, 21, could be heading to the Nou Camp in a surprise switch after making just four Premier League appearances this season.

Dalot joined United from Porto for £19million in 2018 and was tipped to become a future Old Trafford star.

However, he has only played 34 times in all competitions during his three years in England.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not appear to have Dalot in his future plans, with the likes of Brandon Williams and Timothy Fosu-Mensah pushing past the defender in United’s pecking order.

However, Dalot could be handed an extraordinary reprieve by Barcelona.

The Spaniards have lost their LaLiga crown to Real Madrid and are looking to add to their squad.

POGBA DROPS STAYING HINT

Paul Pogba has hinted he is staying at Manchester United as he relishes qualifying for the Champions League.

The Real Madrid target has transformed his fortunes post-lockdown, with SunSport exclusively revealing ten days ago he is close to agreeing a new five-year contract.

And after a 2-0 win at Leicester secured third spot, the French World Cup winner posted jubilantly: “Let’s gooooooo Champions League baby.”

Pogba, 27, has bounced back from injuries to unite well with £55million January signing Bruno Fernandes in central midfield.

Meanwhile, interest from Real and especially old club Juventus appears to have cooled as the coronavirus crisis hits clubs’ finances.

DO I YOT LIKE THAT

Arsenal have been handed a major blow in the race to sign Dayot Upamecano after he agreed a new contract at RB Leipzig, according to reports.

But the Gunners will be encouraged that his deal is set to include a release clause.

According to Sportbuzzer, RB Leipzig have ensured they won’t lose him for free by getting him to sign a new deal.

Although it won’t prevent his admirers from matching his release clause which is set to be around £53million.

Leipzig had similar tactics with striker Timo Werner when he penned a new deal before Chelsea activated his clause.

ANGEL DELIGHT

Ex-Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes has been thrown a career lifeline by French club Lille, according to reports.

French outlet RMC Sport claim Ligue 1 Lille have begun talks with London-born Gomes’ advisors.

The England Under-20 midfielder left Old Trafford last month after talks over a new contract broke down.

Gomes, 19, had been with United since joining their academy at the age of six.

He made ten senior appearances, including half a dozen this term for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side.

But despite leaving the Red Devils, Gomes could still get some European action next season as Lille will play in the Europa League.

RAM RAID

Chelsea are set to be offered Arsenal icon Aaron Ramsey by Juventus in a shock swap for Jorginho, according to reports in Italy.

Maurizio Sarri is set to raid his former club to sign out-of-favour Jorginho this summer.

And TuttoMercatoWeb have suggested the Italian boss could use Ramsey as bait in a straight swap deal.

Jorginho has grown frustrated since the season restarted, with N’Golo Kante and even youngster Billy Gilmour preferred, before the Scot’s injury.

The Italian could now be offered an escape by ex-Chelsea chief Sarri.

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