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The summer transfer window is in full swing with less than three weeks until the 2020-21 Premier League season gets underway. Deals are being completed every day with Manchester United’s capture of Jadon Sancho the most recent major done deal. And there’s plenty more business being conducted across the league with Manchester City keen to raid Tottenham for Harry Kane, Spurs themselves looking to do deals and Chelsea seeking a new striker. Arsenal and Liverpool are also exploring deals. Express Sport brings you all the latest transfer news throughout the day.

Arsenal have free run at Neto

12.30pm update: Arsenal will get a free run at Barcelona goalkeeper Neto with Pierluigi Gollini having joined Tottenham on loan.

Spurs’ north London rivals want a rival to Bernd Leno between the sticks and Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale is their top target, but will cost around £30million.

Barcelona’s Neto could be a cheaper alternative Mundo Deportivo say the Brazilian wants to leave Barca in the current window.

Better yet, the report says Spurs signing Gollini leaves Arsenal as the only club who hold a strong interest in Neto.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is said to admire Neto’s ability with the ball at his feet and thinks he is better in that area than his current keepers.

Jadon Sancho’s Erling Haaland hint

12pm update: Jadon Sancho has teased Manchester United fans over the prospect of former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland joining him at the club.

Haaland was one of many to congratulate Sancho on his move to Old Trafford, saying earlier this week on Instagram: “Good luck on your next journey bro, we had some good times together! Can’t wait to see you shine!”

And Sancho has teased the possibility of Haaland joining him in Manchester in the future.

He replied: “A connection like no other, we will soon meet again brother. Take care and good luck to you to.”

Sancho excited to play with Utd’s young stars

Man Utd’s Dan James decision

11.30pm: Manchester United are thought to have decided they will not allow Dan James to leave on loan or permanently this summer.

That’s despite the arrival of Jadon Sancho, which could further limit the Welshman’s minutes at Old Trafford.

However, with Marcus Rashford set to miss the first few months of the season with the forward to undergo surgery, United want to keep James to ensure they’re not left light on the wings.

Romelu Lukaku EXCLUSIVE

11am update: Romelu Lukaku is happy at Inter Milan and isn’t planning on leaving the club this summer, Express Sport understands.

Chelsea will have to look elsewhere for potential alternatives to Erling Haaland, who also appears too tricky to sign before the end of next month.

While Lukaku was upset by the departure of Antonio Conte, he’s ready to give his all for new manager Simone Inzaghi as they look to retain their Serie A crown.

The Belgian feels appreciated by Inter, unlike when he was last in the Premier League with Manchester United.

And it seems Chelsea will now have to look at alternatives, especially with Haaland set to be beyond their reach as well. More here.

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United belief will worry rivals

10.30am update: Having announced the signing of Jadon Sancho on Friday, Manchester United are said to be confident they have one of the best attacks in Europe.

The Red Devils can line up with, when fully fit, Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani in attack with the likes of Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial in reserve.

And the Manchester Evening News say United believe they have one of the best and most exciting frontlines on the continent.

Even more so, United plan to move for a long-term new centre-forward in 2022 with Erling Haaland among the options they could target.

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Spurs deal approved

10am update: Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has given his thumbs up to a deal for Cristian Romero – and Spurs are confident of signing the Argentine.

That comes from Romero is on loan at Atalanta from Juventus for another year but can join the club permanently this summer for around £13.8million.

He could join Atalanta then immediately be flipped to Spurs for around £38.5m. The report claims there is a growing confidence at the north London club that they can get a deal done.

The two teams are making progress in negotiations to agree a deal and Levy has given his thumbs up to the signing.

Romero is said to be keen on following team-mate Gollini to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Man Utd target Varane ‘uncomfortable’

9.45am update: Raphael Varane is reportedly ‘uncomfortable’ at having returned to pre-season training at Real Madrid amid ongoing interest from Manchester United.

The Red Devils are looking to wrap up a deal for the French World Cup winner and Spanish outlet AS says United are confident they can sign the 28-year-old for as little as £34.2m (€40).

Real, though, want up to £59.9m (€70m) despite knowing they could lose the player for nothing in a year’s time.

The report claims the situation has left Varane ‘uncomfortable’ after returning to the club’s training ground earlier this week.The highly-rated centre-half is now waiting to see when United can agree a fee with Los Blancos.

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Man Utd risk repeating mistake

9.15am update: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be wary of repeating mistakes in the transfer window, writes Ben Parsons.

United fell to a 4-0 pre-season friendly defeat to Championship side QPR on Saturday afternoon as a second-string side were torn apart in the second half.

Ben writes: “Solskjaer has been reminded time and time again of United’s lack of squad depth and the issue was highlighted against QPR.”

He added: “United require the signing of an assured central defensive midfielder to help make Solskjaer’s new system functional and bolster the quality in the squad.

“And while the Red Devils would almost certainly not have been as vulnerable against QPR with their first-choice back four, an elite central defender, namely Raphael Varane, is still required.”

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Carragher hits out at Wijnaldum

9am update: Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has hit back at Gini Wijnaldum’s claims he “didn’t feel loved and appreciated” at Anfield.

The Dutchman also said that he was too harshly criticised on social media, saying: “On social media, if we lost, I was the one who got the blame.”

But Carragher has responded to the now Paris Saint-Germain midfielder and said he could’ve simply deleted the Twitter app.

Paul Pogba to snub PSG?

8.30pm update: Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who is out of contract in 2022 and is linked with Paris Saint-Germain, could remain at Old Trafford if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s words are anything to go off.

The United boss offered an update on the Frenchman’s future after their friendly clash with QPR yesterday.

The Norwegian said: “The talks are ongoing between Paul’s representatives and the club’s representatives. All that I’ve ever heard from Paul is that he is looking forward to the start of the season.

“There’s always speculation about Paul. As for the talks between the club and Paul’s representatives, I’ve not got every detail.

“There are always clubs interested in him. We’ve seen Paul at his best – and Paul knows what we feel about it.

“I’ve enjoyed my time working with him and hopefully we can work together. It’s all speculation again. Let’s see what happens.”

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Lukaku’s Chelsea return stance

8am update: Romelu Lukaku would seemingly be open to swapping Inter Milan for Chelsea if the opportunity arises this summer, going off reports.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is working on a move for Lukaku with Erling Haaland unobtainable at in excess of £150million.

According to Eurosport, former Blues striker Lukaku is happy in Milan but would jump at the chance to prove himself at Stamford Bridge.

The Londoners are said to have already submitted a ‘very good’ personal offer to the striker through intermediaries earlier in the summer as they seek to bring the Inter man back to the club.

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Arsenal’s Maddison hope

7.30am update: Arsenal have been offered hope of landing James Maddison from Leicester, with the Foxes willing to cash in on the playmaker. say that Brendan Rodgers and co. will give up England international Maddison, who did not go to the Euros, for the right price.

A £60million price tag has been bandied about in connection with the 24-year-old, who has 21 goals and 17 assists in 98 Premier League appearances.

Leicester are not actively looking to get rid of their attacking midfielder, who is under contract until 2024, but are ready to listen to offers.

Spurs angry at Kane

7am update: Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ‘more determined than ever’ to prevent Harry Kane joining Manchester City, per reports.

Reports emerged in May that the Spurs chief was furious with Kane for making public his desire to move on from the north London club.

And according to The Athletic, Levy is now insistent he will not give in and allow the striker to join champions City in light of reports that he was willing to agree to concede defeat.

City have made it clear they will not meet Spurs’ £160million price tag but The Athletic add they are not giving up on Kane just yet.

Senior figures at Spurs are confident he will remain at the club for the new season.

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