elcome back to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of all the latest transfer news as clubs plan ahead for the January window.
The domestic summer market finally closed for Premier League clubs in its entirety on Friday, 16 October, with the international window having already closed on October 5.
Top-flight clubs utilised the initial eleven days of negotiation with EFL clubs to good effect, as West Ham sealed a potential £30million deal for Brentford’s Said Benrahma, while Tottenham nabbed Jose Rodon from Swansea and Crystal Palace brought in Jack Butland to strengthen their goalkeeping options.
As for deals during the main window, Chelsea spent over £200m on the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, Manchester United missed out on Jadon Sancho but signed Edinson Cavani, Arsenal recruited £45m Thomas Partey among others and Tottenham brought in the likes of Gareth Bale and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Keep up to date with all the latest news, deals and gossip below…
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Chelsea to bid for Rice?
Chelsea are likely to revisit their interest in Declan Rice in January.
The versatile England midfielder was a key target for the Blues over the summer, though ultimately he remained in east London and did not form part of Frank Lampard’s expensive recruitment drive.
However, transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano believes that pursuit looks poised to be resurrected during the January window.
“Declan Rice would still love to join Chelsea, I think they would try again for him in January, they already have an agreement on personal terms with him,” the Italian said on his Here We Go podcast, via The Sun.
Mendy living up to Cech recommendation
As personal references go, Edouard Mendy could hardly have got a better one when he was recommended by Petr Cech before he signed for Chelsea, writes James Robson.
Cech, Chelsea’s greatest-ever goalkeeper, was asked by Frank Lampard to identify a potential replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga over the summer.
Having followed Mendy’s career closely for three years since being told about him by Christophe Lollichon, his former goalkeeping coach at Rennes and Chelsea, Cech suggested the Blues sign the Senegal international.
Mendy moved to Stamford Bridge for £22milion in September and faces his former club in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
He has made a good start to his Chelsea career, keeping five straight clean sheets, and he has not conceded a goal since his debut against Tottenham.
Chelsea transfer spree to help secure Champions League title?
Chelsea’s decision to spend big in the summer transfer market has them firmly in contention for Champions League glory.
That is the opinion of in-form striker Timo Werner, who was among the most high-profile signings during a recruitment drive that cost in excess of £200m.
Since that £45m move from RB Leipzig, the German international has netted five goals in 10 appearances and will have his eyes fixed on improving that record further against French side Rennes at Stamford Bridge tonight.
“I think we have a big squad – a really big squad of good players,” Werner said. “That’s not normal.
“We have so many players, and so many good players. We have to have the goal to come very far in this competition.”
Son set for huge contract?
Optimism abounds at Tottenham that Heung-min Son will soon commit to a contract extension, though there is plenty of time for an agreement to be reached with the South Korean’s current deal not due to expire until 2023.
Football Insider is now reporting that Spurs owner Joe Lewis has given the green light to a big offer for Son – currently the Premier League’s joint-top scorer with eight already this term – worth around £200,000-a-week plus performance-related bonuses.
It is said that negotiations are expected to be completed by the end of this calendar year.
Liverpool new boy Jota has not given Klopp ‘headache’
Liverpool’s £41m summer signing Diogo Jota shone again last night, netting a hat-trick in a 5-0 Champions League rout of Atalanta.
Those heroics took the former Wolves star to six goals in his last four matches for the club, with Jurgen Klopp starting with Roberto Firmino on the bench in Bergamo.
However, he insists Jota has not given him a selection headache with regards to potentially permanently disrupting that famous Anfield front three.
“Good performances never give me a headache,” Klopp said. “For tonight the decision it was clear.
“It made sense to use the good shape Diogo is in and because of the way Atalanta plays and defends the skillset of Diogo helps.
“But the world is sometimes a bad place that in a moment when someone is shining we speak immediately about another player – who it feels like played for us 500 games in a row and we wouldn’t be in the Champions League if Bobby Firmino is not with us – and I have to explain why he is not in the team. He will be in the team.”
West Ham close on Ibsen deal
West Ham are eager to clinch a deal for Danish centre-back Frederik Alves Ibsen.
According to The Mail, the Hammers are in talks over a £1.2m transfer for the 20-year-old, who currently plays his club football for Silkeborg.
Ibsen – rumoured to also be a target for Leeds – is said to have visited London with his agent, with some reports even going as far as to suggest that a medical has been booked in.
Haaland for Liverpool?
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Braut Haaland is destined to “land” at Liverpool.
That is according to Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund, who discussed the Norwegian striker during a recent appearance alongside Germany legend Lothar Matthaus on the Sky90 podcast.
Manchester United and Juventus were previously heavily linked with Haaland before he swapped Salzburg for Dortmund in December 2019.
“He can play for any club in the world,” Freund added.
“With his mentality, his will and self confidence, he will be able to make a mark on European football in the next ten years.”