JOSE MOURINHO is reportedly keen to offer Gareth Bale an end to his Real Madrid nightmare with a move to Tottenham.
And Zinedine Zidane would certainly be receptive to an offer for the winger after stating he refused to play against Manchester City.
Follow ALL of the latest transfer gossip, news and updates below…
DANI HAPPY RETURNS
Dani Ceballos has given Joe Willock big birthday wishes on the Arsenal youngster’s 21st birthday.
The Spaniard said: “Happy birthday little brother.”
And lower down he added the caption: “See you soon.”
This is leading Arsenal fans to believe the midfielder IS staying put!
Fans will reportedly be treated to an extra 20 live Premier League games in 2020/21 although NONE will be free.
There was hope that, with fans not expected to return to stadiums for a couple of months at least, broadcasters will again allow for a handful of free-to-air games.
However, Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime are said to have successfully banded together to keep matches on their subscription services.
The Mail report that, with fans locked out for the start of the campaign at least, 20 more games will be shown.
Sky’s total has been bolstered by 12 to total a whopping 140 live games, with BT handed six more to make 58.
Online streaming service Amazon Prime, which secured a number of games from the decision to show every game during the lockdown, ups its tally from 20 to 22.
NO SMALL MATTER
Chris Smalling is willing to “dig his heels in” to get his Old Trafford exit, according to reports in Italy, with Roma’s CEO Guido Fienga flying to London to get a deal done.
The centre-back is currently on course to return to duties with United next season.
But he has settled well on loan at Roma, before the stint ended.
He even posted a goodbye Instagram post to the AS Roma fans after his stay at the Stadio Olimpico ended.
Roma hope to do a deal to sign the 30-year-old permanently, but United are determined to hold out for the right price.
KAI GETTING CLOSER?
Chelsea HAVE made an improved offer above the £77million they initially thrust under the noses of Bayer Leverkusen, according to reports.
The Blues are hoping to get a deal for less than the £90m valuation the Bundesliga side have on the 21-year-old.
Leverkusen have reportedly lowered their asking price to £86m, giving Chelsea the chance to make the next move.
Jan Aage Fjortoft tweeted: “Havertz latest.
“Chelsea have offered 85 mill Euro. Leverkusen will accept 95 mill. Negotiations ongoing.”
‘LET’S CASH IN’
Gabrielle Marcotti is convinced Leverkusen are trying to squeeze every penny out of Chelsea in the chase for Kai Havertz.
He told ESPN: “I don’t know, it to me continues to smack of Leverkusen saying ‘oh let’s try to cash in on Havertz, let’s try to strike while the iron is hot.
“I don’t think Chelsea are in any rush, I don’t think Chelsea feel that they need Kai Havertz, given the players they’ve already added, Werner and Ziyech and the players who are already there, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the list goes on.
“But equally Chelsea are saying ‘if there’s a chance to get this guy on terms we like because yeah we’re going to go for it, because apparently he wants to come to us.’
“So I don’t think Chelsea are going to budge from their position or inch upwards or Lampard is going to force the club to say ‘I need Havertz now’, not when they have more important positions to fill.”
Lyon have reportedly rejected a bid from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar involving outcast star Matteo Guendouzi.
The French midfielder looks increasingly likely to head for the Emirates exit after falling out with Mikel Arteta.
Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Roma and Unai Emery’s new club Villarreal are all linked with Guendouzi.
According to L’Equipe, via GFFN, Arsenal attempted to move on the 21-year-old by offering him in a player-plus-cash deal for Lyon star Aouar.
At 22, Aouar has become an integral part of the Ligue 1 side’s midfield and is said to be valued at £54million.
The Champions League semi-finalists are not optimistic about their chances of holding on to the attacking midfielder.
THIS IS THE HEND
Dean Henderson has thanked Sheffield United in a heartfelt Instagram post after leaving the club, following his two-year spell on loan.
The Englishman said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at @sheffieldunited for the last two years.
“Winning promotion to the Premier League with my brothers and having the season we had this season is something I will never forget.
“I would like to thank the manager, my team-mates, the backroom staff and of course, the fans, who have been unbelievable towards to me.
“I will look back at the last two years as an important chapter in my career and more than anything, i’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and develop with such a class group of lads.
“I can’t wait for the next chapter! Once again, thank you for everything! Once a blade, always a blade!”
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at @sheffieldunited for the last two years. Winning promotion to the Premier League with my brothers and having the season we had this season is something I will never forget. I would like to thank the manager, my teammates, the backroom staff and of course, the fans, who have been unbelievable towards to me. I will look back at the last two years as an important chapter in my career and more than anything, i’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and develop with such a class group of lads. I can’t wait for the next chapter! Once again, thank you for everything! Once a blade, always a blade! ❤️🔜🔛🔝
SILVA’S A GO-GO
Thiago Silva has been offered to Chelsea, AC Milan and Fiorentina, according to reports in Italy.
The experienced Brazilian is leaving PSG after this season, with one game to go for the French club: the Champions League final.
If he can lift Old Big Ears and walk away with club football’s biggest trophy then Chelsea fans would surely be keen to have him at Stamford Bridge.
However, Silva turns 36 just 10 days after the new season starts and his best years are most certainly behind him.
First choice for #ThiagoSilva as free agent was #ACMilan but the only exception player’s salary cost/age (36) will be #Ibrahimovic (39) for ACMilan.
In Italy, #Fiorentina is still a choice to play in Serie A. The brazilian centre-back has been also offered to #Chelsea. @SkySport pic.twitter.com/JsRlRWxIyj
— Angelo Mangiante (@angelomangiante) August 20, 2020
Amazon Prime Video have released the 20 fixtures fans can watch for free in the 2020/21 Premier League season – including Liverpool against Tottenham.
Just like last season, the online streaming platform won the rights to two complete match weeks.
An extra two additional individual fixtures will be confirmed at a later date.
But in the two rounds of Premier League matches already in the Prime diary, Spurs’ trip to Anfield is the standout tie.
Amazon have the midweek games from December 15 to 17 as well as the round of fixtures between the Boxing Day games and New Year, from December 28 to 30.
All 20 matches will be shown live on Amazon Prime Video across the two three-day windows.
Matty Longstaff is to complete a new contract u-turn and stay at Newcastle United, reports claim.
The 20-year-old impressed at St James’ Park in his debut season with the first team, memorably scoring on his league debut against Manchester United.
But he had appeared set to leave upon the expiry of his £800-a-week contract, turning down numerous offers that would have increased his salary exponentially.
Serie A side Udinese were the favourites to land his signature, while Premier League new-boys Leeds United were also keen.
But according to The Times, Longstaff has now finally been convinced that his future lies at Newcastle.
Steve Bruce’s side are currently training in York as they step up their preparations for the new campaign, although Longstaff is yet to join up with his team-mates as he sorts out his future.
HANDS ARE TIED
Joel Glazer is the one brother of the family who own Manchester United who has allegedly told Ed Woodward he is NOT to bid £108million for Jadon Sancho.
Joel, 49, and Avram, 59, are the two co-chairmen of United, with executive vice chairman Woodward sitting under them.
But it appears the pair are using their power to yay or nay any transfer activity.
The problem is, when that player is your marquee signing, there is not much wiggle room for Woodward under pressure from the fans.
It also shows how much power the brothers have over the day-to-day running of United.
Gabriel Magalhaes is set for his Arsenal medical today, according to reports.
The Lille defender, 22, looks on course to complete a £22million transfer to the Gunners in the coming days.
And according to journalist Duncan Castles, he will get checked over by doctors before signing a five-year deal at the Emirates.
But it is likely he will need to have the medical in France due to coronavirus lockdown measures.
Arrivals in the UK from France must go into a 14-day quarantine.
Unless he can somehow get an exemption, that would mean the Brazilian would not be able to meet up with his team-mates until early September.
Benfica are interested in signing out of favour Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, according to reports.
The Brazilian was a regular in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield in the first half of the 2019-20 campaign, but had a limited role by the end of the season.
The emergence of Fred and Scott McTominay, coupled with Nemanja Matic’s renaissance and Bruno Fernandes’ January arrival saw Pereira’s game time become limited.
And Paul Pogba’s return from injury post-lockdown made things even more difficult.
So much so, that ESPN claim that he could be on his way to Benfica, who are interested in bolstering their squad with the 24-year-old.
Solskjaer still likes Pereira and would like to keep him around at Old Trafford, but he will not give him any assurances over his playing time.
OPENING DAY FIXTURES
Here are the games that will get your opening Premier League weekend fix sorted.
Remember the two Manchester clubs have their matches postponed because they were involved in the Europa League.
TIME TO LUIS EARNINGS
Luis Suarez is set for a significant pay cut if he leaves Barcelona, with both Ajax and Juventus prepared to offer him around £52,000 a week in wages.
The Uruguayan appears to have reached the end of the road at the Nou Camp after Barca’s incredible 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich as they crashed out of the Champions League.
Ajax were first to offer the 33-year-old an exit from the Barcelona muddle, with Juventus reportedly prepared to match that offer.
Vamosssssssssssssss grande equipo💪💪💪💪 🔴🔵 #soñarjuntos #siemprepositivo
COMETH THE AOUAR
Manchester City are ready to rival Arsenal for the signature of Houssem Aouar.
According to reports, the Lyon midfielder is being highly sought-after among Europe’s top clubs.
According to Matt Spiro, his price has jumped from £36million to around £54m, following Lyon’s impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals.
Newspaper suggests Lyon would have been ok with €40m, but now hope Aouar’s price will be closer to €60m following recent Champions League displays
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) August 20, 2020
Georginio Wijnaldum is a transfer target for Barcelona with new boss Ronald Koeman urging him to snub a new Liverpool contract, according to reports.
The midfielder, 29, has just one year left on his current deal at Anfield.
And according to AD in the Netherlands, Koeman has told his compatriot not to sign an extension.
That’s because, the report adds, the new Barca chief is keen to bring him to the Nou Camp instead.
Koeman replaced Quique Setien this week and is preparing for a major squad overhaul.
Other than seven ‘untouchables’ – Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Clement Lenglet, Nelson Semedo, Frenkie de Jong, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele – everyone else is up for sale.
JUVE HAD A LOOK
Manchester United are reportedly upping their interest in Juventus stars Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro.
The Italian champions are sifting through their finances amid the coronavirus pandemic with the two players deemed good assets to cash in on.
According to CalcioMercato, United are becoming increasingly keen on winger Costa, 29.
Juve value the Brazilian at £36million as they seek to get rid of his £5.4m annual wages, post-tax.
There is talk of a £27m opening offer for a player who scored three goals and made three assists in an injury-hit campaign.
Costa still has two years left to run on his Bianconeri contract and reports outline his desire to stay in Turin.
Here are the opening weekend of Premier League matches.
WOLVES AT THE D-ORE
Wolves are willing to sell Adama Traore this summer – but will demand £70million, according to reports.
The rapid winger, 24, had a 2019-20 to remember with a string of electrifying performances.
Traore finally added consistency to his game last season, as he scored six goals and added nine assists in all competitions and terrorised defences across Europe.
The Wolves star’s form has attracted the attention of the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp is desperate for some depth to his winger ranks, with Takumi Minamino, Xherdan Shaqiri, Harvey Elliott and Divock Origi his top options behind Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, at present.
The Kop boss called Traore “unplayable” and “unbelievable” last season.
DAY’ OF RECKONING?
Dayot Upamecano is still being scouted by Manchester United, according to reports.
The RB Leipzig defender, 21, was on the end of a thumping from PSG in the Champions League semi-finals, as the French club took Julian Nagelsmann’s side to the cleaners in Portugal.
But Upamecano has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including United.
According to the Athletic, the Red Devils will keep scouting him, but may not want to drag their feet.
The Red Devils missed out on the player three years ago when they approached him and his family before being accused of not meeting his requirements for family visits at the academy.
Arsenal have been closely linked to the French defender.
BROUGHT TO BROOK
United have been told they must cough up a whopping £40million to land Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks.
They have identified Wales winger Brooks, 23, as a viable alternative to top target Jadon Sancho as talks with Borussia Dortmund continue to stall.
The Red Devils are long-term admirers of Brooks and are ready to press ahead with a move despite the former Sheffield United man missing most of last season through injury.
Bournemouth’s new manager Jason Tindall wants to keep Brooks and build his side’s bid for an instant return to the Premier League around him.
But the club’s Russian owner Maxim Demin would be willing to sell for the right price as he looks to reduce the financial impact of the Cherries’ relegation to the Championship.
Brooks cost Bournemouth £11.5m from Sheffield United in the summer of 2018 and enjoyed a stellar debut season in the Premier League, scoring seven goals in 30 games.
Bristol City have signed midfielder Joe Williams from Wigan as the Latics’ fire sale continues.
🙌 #BristolCity can confirm the signing of Joe Williams on a four-year contract.
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— Bristol City FC (@BristolCity) August 20, 2020
THANKS A MIL
Manchester United look to have missed out on signing Arkadiusz Milik after Napoli agreed to sell him to Roma.
Reports claim the Polish striker’s move to the Italian capital is almost complete.
Under the proposed terms, Roma will pay just £14million for Milik.
They will also send Cengiz Under to Napoli in exchange for the hotshot striker, according to Corriere dello Sport.
Milik, 26, had been a £60m summer target of both Man Utd and Tottenham.
United fancied their chances, too – with Milik once admitting he was a fan of theirs growing up.
Jose Mourinho could try and offer Gareth Bale an escape from his Real Madrid hell by bringing him back to Tottenham, according to reports.
The Welshman, 31, is enduring a torrid time at Los Blancos and featured for just 100 minutes spread across two appearances after the season restarted.
His three goals last season – his two in LaLiga coming in one eventful game in September where he was also sent off – was his worst return since the 2009/10 campaign.
He even requested to be left at home for the Champions League clash at Manchester City because he knew he would not get on the pitch – and then played golf instead.
And with his relationship with Zinedine Zidane seemingly irreparable, a move this summer as part of a squad clear out may be best for both parties.