The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain — you can find out when the windows close here — but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond. Plus, check out the latest major completed transfers across Europe.
TOP STORY: Hudson-Odoi wants Bayern Munich switch
Sky Germany is reporting Chelsea sensation Callum Hudson-Odoi is still interested in a move to Bayern Munich.
The German champions have tried and failed to lure the England winger to Munich a few times now, but it’s never quite come to fruition.
Alas, with Hudson-Odoi failing to lock down a consistent place in Chelsea’s first team — despite featuring in their shootout loss to Spurs in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday — he has turned his attention towards finally getting the Bayern deal back up and running.
Hudson-Odoi reportedly feels as if the Champions League winners have faith in his abilities and he wants nothing more than to prove them right.
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10.40 BST: Aston Villa have signed Ross Barkley on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season.
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10.35 BST: Arsenal and Lyon have continued talks for the transfer of French midfielder Houssem Aouar but no agreement has been reached, sources told ESPN.
Arsenal’s first offer of €35m was rejected by Lyon on Friday but the two clubs are still in negotiations for the 22-year-old France under-21 international.
Here’s why Julien Laurens thinks Aouar is perfect for the Gunners.
In Arteta’s mind, Aouar is the missing piece to his current jigsaw puzzle. He would not solve all the Londoners’ issues, but he would certainly improve the journey Arteta and the club are on at the moment. Like the Spaniard repeatedly said after his side’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Monday night, his team is on a journey and it has not even been a full year since Arteta took charge. Well-oiled Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, in comparison, are already five years into theirs.
Arteta wants Aouar to be part of the journey because he will be the one to lead it. As a source close to the situation puts it, the Lyon man would be to Arteta what Kevin De Bruyne is to Pep Guardiola. He is enamoured with the Frenchman’s profile who, like the Belgian, is very versatile. Aouar is a playmaker who can play as a No. 10 behind one or two strikers, as a No. 8 in a midfield two or three, and even as a wide player on the left if needed. Where he is most influential, though, is in the middle, where he can possess the ball the most and use his vision, passing range and technical ability to create chances for teammates. He takes set pieces, too.
10.18 BST: ICYMI – Manchester United are exploring the possibility of a loan deal for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele with little progress being made in their move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
United still believe there is a chance of signing Sancho before the transfer deadline, a feeling shared by the 20-year-old’s representatives.
But with a gap in valuation still to be bridged, United are interested in a short-term deal for Dembele — who cost £135m from Dortmund in 2017 — to ensure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets the winger he asked for at the start of the summer.
09.57 BST: Arsenal have a choice to make, but who should they sign?
Colin Udoh and Ed Dove disagree over whether Arsenal should sign Thomas Partey or Houssem Aouar next.
09.44 BST: Boca Juniors are targeting former Newcastle and West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, sources have told ESPN Argentina.
Rondon, 31, plays for Dalian Yifang of the Chinese Super League but admitted recently that he would love to return to Newcastle.
09.33 BST: This one has come out of the blue. Manchester United are reportedly in talks with Arsenal for the transfer of Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The 22-year-old full-back/midfielder is keen to find regular football and a deal has been struck for £20m, plus add-ons, according to Sport1.
08.52 BST: Villarreal are leading the race to sign 22-year-old Tottenham defender Juan Foyth on a season-long loan, according to El Periodico Mediterraneo.
Spurs are keen to let the Argentina international leave on loan before the close of the transfer window so he can get regular playing time.
Foyth, who joined Tottenham in a €12m transfer from Estudiantes La Plata in 2017, made just four league appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side last season.
Valencia are also keen on Foyth but Villarreal are considered favourites to sign the player. Villarreal are prepared to include a buy-out option in the deal.
08.27 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are the latest to be linked with Diego Costa, with Diario AS reporting that the Ligue 1 club is the forward’s preferred destination after his agent Jorge Mendes “spent several days exploring the possibilities that the market offers to find a top team.”
Costa, who has a year left on his deal at Atletico Madrid, revealed after Sunday’s 6-1 win over Granada that he would be willing to stay or go, depending on what his current club decides before the transfer window closes on Monday.
According to AS, Costa would be available for free, but PSG would have to move a player on first to be able to accommodate his wage demands and meet FFP requirements.
If Costa were to go, Diego Simeone would look to replace him, with former PSG striker Edinson Cavani — who almost joined Atletico in January — the leading candidate.
08.00 BST: Ruben Dias has joined Manchester City from Benfica in a deal worth €68m plus add-ons, it was announced on Tuesday evening.
City defender Nicolas Otamendi is set to go the other way in separate transfer worth €15m.
Sources told ESPN on Sunday that the Dias move was imminent after City refused to pay the asking price for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez.
Dias has made 137 appearances during his four years at Benfica, winning the 2018-19 Portuguese Liga title.
The 23-year-old has 19 Portugal caps and was part of the team that won the UEFA Nations League trophy in 2019, while being awarded man of the match in the final.
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Torreira and Kolasinac to leave Arsenal
Arsenal are working hard to move on both Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac in the next few days, Fabrizio Romano reports.
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The depth in Mikel Arteta’s squad was always going to force his hand in the transfer window and the two players are set to be victims of that overhaul.
Torreira’s proposed switch will see him head to La Liga to join Atletico Madrid, whereas Kolasinac’s next venture will be with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, according to the report.
There are still other irons in the fire for the Gunners, but these transfers are moving fairly quickly.
Nainggolan on the verge of Cagliari transfer
Another from Fabrizio Romano, who says that Radja Nainggolan is close to completing his permanent move to Cagliari.
After a strong return season on loan with the club that helped put him on the map between 2010 and 2014, the Belgian is moving in the direction of an exit from Inter Milan with the reported fee being €12m.
There has been no formal bid made by Galatasaray, who were also rumoured to be interested, as talks between Inter and Cagliari are ongoing.
– West Ham are interested in signing Slavia Prague full-back Vladimir Coufal, says The Guardian. Hammers boss David Moyes is clearly eager to add to his defensive ranks before the summer transfer window closes and the 28-year-old seems to be one of his primary targets. The fee would be £4m as Coufal prepares to come in as cover for the recently injured Ryan Fredericks.
– West Bromwich Albion are contemplating a move for Leicester City striker Islam Slimani, The Telegraph reports. Slimani, who has spent time with Newcastle, Fenerbahce and Monaco in recent years, has been unable to make a real impact at the King Power Stadium since signing in 2016. The hope from the Baggies at this stage is that they can sign him on loan for the remainder of the Premier League season.