LIVE Transfer Talk: Chelsea want Rice to complete big summer of signings


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 all the latest major completed transfers across Europe.

TOP STORY: Chelsea to make last push for Rice

Chelsea are preparing one final effort to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, according to the Daily Mirror.

Rice was a trainee at Chelsea before moving across London to join the Hammers in 2014, and his since established himself and an England international and one of the Premier League’s most promising young midfielders. Although no fee is mentioned in the latest report, West Ham have previously been reported as valuing the 21-year-old at around £70 million

The Mirror reports that Rice’s signing — which would follow other big-money summer arrivals Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy — could pave the way for Jorginho to leave Stamford Bridge and join Arsenal.

However, Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is still eager to bring Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante to Inter Milan.

If Chelsea have to negotiate either or both of those exits to make space for Rice in their squad, that will be a tough task for them to complete before the Oct. 5 transfer deadline.

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10.18 BST: Manchester City have been dealt another injury blow after Gabriel Jesus was forced to withdraw from the Brazil squad and is expected to be out for a month. With Sergio Aguero also out as he continues his recovery from knee surgery, could Pep Guardiola be forced into the transfer market to sign a striker?

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Don Hutchison says Pep Guardiola has several options to respond to the absences of Man City’s star strikers.

09.41 BST: Atletico Madrid aren’t ruling out signing Edinson Cavani despite the arrival of Luis Suarez, according to Diario AS.

Cavani was close to joining Atletico in January before a deal fell apart and is now a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Alvaro Morata joining Juventus allowed Atletico to bring in Suarez, and if the club can find a buyer for Diego Costa, AS reports that they would look to bring in another forward, which could be Cavani to form an all-Uruguayan strike partnership.

The newspaper says “the second reinforcement is only being considered if Costa leaves, for sporting and financial reasons.”

09.00 BST: Arsenal have offered Lyon €35m for star midfielder Houssem Aouar, sources have told ESPN’s Julien Laurens.

Sources add that while the French club is likely to reject this first bid, Arsenal are expected come back with an improved amount.

Initially, Lyon wanted €60m for their playmaker. But with the coronavirus pandemic changing clubs’ financial situations, they have lowered their expectations with a fee of €40m or €45m likely to be enough. Arsenal might have to finalise the departure of Lucas Torreira first to raise funds to improve their offer for Aouar.

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