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: PSG trying to hijack Arsenal move for Aouar
Arsenal’s hopes of signing long-term target Houssem Aouar took a big blow Thursday with the news that French giants Paris Saint-Germain have started negotiations with Lyon to sign the France international.
The update comes from L’Equipe, which reports that the Gunners have had two bids turned down for the influential midfielder. The most recent was said to be around £32 million, with PSG reportedly bidding something closer to the £46m fee Lyon are after.
ESPN’s Julien Laurens reports his sources say there has been no breakthrough in the discussions between Arsenal and Lyon regarding a deal for Aouar and that Mikel Arteta is now weighing a move for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as a contingency plan.
Lyon had set the Gunners a deadline of Oct. 2, and their inability to return with a bigger offer has seen PSG take centre stage.
18.34 BST: So long as Juventus find a buyer for Douglas Costa, they will secure the signing of Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa before Monday’s transfer deadline, according to Corriere della Sera. The deal would be structured as a €10m loan deal with an option to purchase that becomes an obligation should easily achievable milestones be reached, with the final outlay for the Bianconeri to land between €50m and €60m. In addition to Costa, Juve will also look to offload at least two of at least two of Daniele Rugani, Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira to help fund the move for the 22-year-old Italy international.
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United have again smashed the club’s record transfer fee to secure the services of the sought-after striker on a 5 year deal.
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) October 2, 2020
17.28 BST: As links between Manchester United and Ousmane Dembele continue to intensify, Mundo Deportivo reports that the Red Devils have enlisted the help of Paul Pogba, asking the World Cup winner to help convince his France teammate to leave Barcelona for Old Trafford.
16:55 BST: Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho welcomed the rumours of signing striker Alexander Sorloth, as it aided the club in the signing of Benfica striker Carlos Vincius, according to ESPN’s James Olley.