Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal want Brazilian defender as Man United continue plan to sign Jadon Sancho

Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal want Brazilian defender as Man United continue plan to sign Jadon Sancho

Follow the latest transfer news live from the second week of the summer window as Premier League clubs look to strengthen their squads, with European football also set to resume this week. Fresh from their FA Cup final victory on Sunday, Arsenal are set to dominate the headlines this week with talks ongoing to extend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract beyond the end of the season, while Mikel Arteta is also targeting Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos.

Tottenham Hotspur meanwhile have been offered the chance to sign Watford captain Troy Deeney in an effort to keep the striker in the Premier League, while Aston Villa are understood to be looking at a move for Liverpool forward Divock Origi.

Manchester United are set for a busy summer with interest in both Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, but one name who has cropped up on the radar is Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward reportedly held talks with his agent last week. United are also keeping an eye on Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar, though the defender may be priced out of a move to Old Trafford. Follow the live news below.

Arsenal are looking to offload eight players this summer to enable a restructuring for Mikel Arteta.

Sokratis, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Mohamed Elneny, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all available if bids come in to tempt the Gunners.

Newcastle are keen on another deal to bring back Danny Rose for next season, whether that’s on loan or on a permanent deal.

But those hopes have suffered an apparent blow with the left-back saying he’d be happy to return to Spurs and play out the last season of his contract, according to The Northern Echo.

Leeds have also been linked with him.

Looks like Willian has played his last game for Chelsea, though he still aims to feature in the Champions League against Bayern Munich if he recovers from injury.

Goal are reporting that he has rejected their two-year offer once more and now wants to wait before making a final decision on his future.

The Brazilian has several offers, one of which was from MLS.


In Liverpool news, TalkSport are reporting that Paris Saint-Germain see Joel Matip as their ideal summer signing.

PSG need a replacement for outgoing centre-back Thiago Silva, who is out of contract, and the former Cameroon centre-back is their £50 million.

Some news just in on Jadon Sancho.

Sky Sports are reporting that Borussia Dortmund are open to selling the forward to Manchester United as long as they commit before 10 August, which is next Monday.

With talks taking place over a move that appears to be structured in instalments, United will need to weigh up over the next seven days whether they are willing to part from a nine-figure fee for the former Man City academy product.

Much of the transfer speculation surrounding Manchester United has looked at how the club will bolster their attacking options, with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Raul Jimenez all mentioned.

But one name that has cropped up abroad that would help address their defence is Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

French outlet RMC Sport reports that United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held talks with Magalhaes’ agent over a move to Old Trafford, with the 22-year-old Brazilian up for grabs for the right price this summer.


Liverpool continue to be linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, though conflicting reports leave it hard to tell if Jurgen Klopp genuinely wants to sign the Spaniard or not.

The latest suggestions from Spain claim that Liverpool are ‘very likely’ to sign Thiago from Bayern after he expressed a desire to leave this summer, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that the Reds are ahead of Paris Saint-Germain as the two clubs who want to sign the 29-year-old.

Divock Origi will always be fondly remembered as the man who helped Liverpool to Champions League success in 2019, with his goalscoring heroics helping to see off Barcelona and Tottenham in the semi-finals.

But first-team football has not been easy to come by for the Belgium international, and he could well be on the move this summer after helping to wrap up the Premier League title.

The Sun reports that Aston Villa have identified the 25-year-old as the ideal transfer target to help push them forward after staying in the Premier League last season, and although he still made 44 appearances last season, the chance to become the focal point of a team’s attack force appears to be what he is looking for right now.

Tottenham are not willing to sell record signing Tanguy Ndombele amid reported interest from Inter Milan.

The Frenchman, who has also been linked to Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has had a torrid first year in English football and made just 17 starts following his £55million move from Lyon.

However, Press Association reports Spurs are not in talks with Inter or any other club and are committed to their investment, with chairman Daniel Levy not prepared to sell a player who they believe can come good.

Ndombele has shown flashes of brilliance but his first season in the Premier League has been undermined by fitness issues, while he has also taken time to adapt to the new culture without speaking much English. Spurs, including boss Jose Mourinho, are willing to be patient with the 23-year-old, believing they have a major asset in the squad.

Mourinho has tried different ways to get the best out of the midfielder, including several public dressing downs. The Portuguese complained Ndombele was “always injured” in January and then said his player had to give more after he was hauled off at half-time of the 1-1 draw at Burnley in March – his last start of the season.

But recently Mourinho has said he “will not give up” on Ndombele. “Every player is part of my plans,” he said. “Everyone. I don’t give up on players, no player has a privilege, all the same. No problem at all. Every player is part of my plans.”


Gareth Bale has held talks with Wales boss Ryan Giggs about his future at Real Madrid, according to The Mirror.

Bale’s agent has spoken already this summer about his desire to remain in the Spanish capital, despite an apparent fractious relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane and a lack of first-team football.

That has led to concern from Giggs that Bale will be short on match fitness when Euro 2020 comes about next summer, but Bale has moved to appease the national team manager that he will be ready to go for the Euros even if he struggles for regular football next season.

He’s determined to stay at Madrid though largely because of the lack of possible options, with clubs unable to afford Bale’s hefty transfer feee and wages.

Chelsea remain keen on a new goalkeeper, and after being told in no uncertain circumstances that Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak is not for sale, they appear to have switched target.

Spanish daily Cadena Ser reports that the Chelsea have tabled their opening offer for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has cemented his place as the No 1 at the Nou Camp since joining from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Any move for the Germany stopper will not be cheap, and Chelsea may well have to throw Kepa Arrizabalaga into the mix as Quique Setien will need a replacement should Ter Stegen depart.

Though Chelsea desperately want a new goalkeeper, the world class options on the market look limited and Ter Stegen will come at a premium.

The moves for Jadon Sancho and Raul Jimenez, if completed, could well spell the end of Manchester United’s interest in Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.

United will have to outlay well over £100m to sign both Sancho and Jimenez this summer, and Villa’s staunch valuation of Grealish has seen the Premier League side refuse to budge on their £80m asking price.

Sky Sports reports that Arsenal have tentatively shown interest in Grealish alongside United, but unless Villa agree to lower their demands, any move away from Villa Park may have to be forced by Grealish himself.


Manchester United are not in the hunt for Raul Jimenez.

That’s the claim made by the Daily Mail today, despite reports in Portugal suggesting last week that the club were on the verge of signing the Mexico striker.

The report suggests that United feel they are being used to inflate player asking prices, with it all too easy to link the club with players without basis that a transfer is imminent. However, whether Jimenez remains at Wolves remains to be seen, with the striker one of the best goalscorers in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

More now on Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

According to German publication Bild, United are putting together a financial package that they believe will prose Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund.

It’s believed that United will pay an initial £63m for the 20-year-old, but commit to paying out a considerable sum across the ensuing two years that would see instalments of £27m paid in 2021 and another £18m paid in 2022.

Overall, the financial deal would see United pay a club-record £108, for Sancho, should the deal go ahead.

Tottenham Hotspur could make one of the stranger signings of the summer transfer window after they were linked with Watford captain Troy Deeney.

According to The Daily Mail, Deeney has been offered to Spurs manager Jose Mourinho, with the club looking at strikers to support Harry Kane, who has been forced to carry the bulk of the attacking workload at the club for a number of years now.

Deeney faces an uncertain future after being relegated with Watford, with the striker unsure if he will remain at Vicarage Road or move on ahead of what would be his 10th season with the club.


Manchester United continue to pursue Jadon Sancho, with the Borussia Dortmund forward one of the most sought-after young players on the market this summer.

Sancho has been coy on his future, but United are determined to sign the England international this summer in order to continue the squad revamp under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, it appears that a former United player could actually hold the key to sealing his path to Old Trafford.

The Sun reports that Dortmund are keen on signing current Lyon winger Memphis Depay as a replacement for Sancho, and will only allow him to leave if the move for the Netherlands international is signed off. 

Depay’s time at United never took off as he struggled to make an impact between 2015 and 2017, when he eventually moved on to France where he is enjoying a new lease of life in Ligue 1.

While The Mirror strikes a more positive update for Arsenal fans on the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubaeyang, reports in France are a bit more reserved.

Le10 Sport says that the Gabon international will continue to monitor the club’s position over their summer transfer business, before deciding whether he wants to commit himself to a new contract.

Aubameyang is already into the final 12 months of his existing deal, and should he decide that a new deal is not for him, Arsenal would almost certainly have to sell him this summer otherwise risk losing him on a free transfer at the end of the season. Both Manchester United and Barcelona have been tentatively linked with Aubameyang, as have Inter Milan in recent months, but interest currently appears to be minimal.

Arsenal are also being linked with a move for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos, who is attracting interest from other Premier League clubs and could be in store for a move to England in the coming weeks.

The Telegraph reports that Mikel Arteta will begin a summer overhaul with the addition of the 27-year-old, who has attracted interest from Tottenham and Leicester already, and his arrival would likely spell the end for one or two of Arsenal’s current defenders who have failed to impress this season.

The addition of Europa League football next season will help Arsenal move in the transfer window thanks to the extra funds that they will receive, meaning a move for Carlos should not be an issue for the club financially.


We begin this morning with the newly-crowned FA Cup champions Arsenal, who are set for a busy week after confirming their spot in the Europa League next season.

The guarantee of European footballer despite finishing eighth in the Premier League is a major boost for their hopes of attracting leading players to the club, but it could also help to convince captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to remain beyond the end of the season when his contract expires.

The Mirror reports that Arsenal are ready to persuade Aubameyang into staying at the club by offering him an enormous £250,000-a-week contract to stay until 2024, which could be signed and sealed by the end of the week.

Good morning and welcome back to The Independent’s transfer news live blog!

With the longest ever Premier League season finally wrapped up and consigned to the history books, attentions once again turn to the summer transfer window, which opens nearly two months later than normal.

Clubs are set for a busy 10 weeks until the 5 October transfer deadline, with a number already confirmed to be in the market to reinforce their squads ahead of the 2020/21 season – which will begin on the weekend of 12 September in fewer than seven weeks’ time.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the headlines this morning.

Liverpool are still being linked with a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, though French champions Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race for the Spain midfielder as he nears a move away from Bayern Munich.

Hobbycraft's online sales triple in lockdown as pandemic inspires home crafting boom

<div>Hobbycraft's online sales triple in lockdown as pandemic inspires home crafting boom</div>

Hobbycraft has emerged from the coronavirus lockdown in a “strong position” after online sales tripled amid the pandemic.

The arts and crafts retailer, which has 100 stores across the UK, said like-for-like online sales increased by more than 200 per cent during the 12-week lockdown period.

It added that the rise is largely due to a boom in home crafting, which saw people take up new interests such as sewing, scrapbooking and cross stitch.

Hobbycraft said there had been “exceptional levels of customer demand” over the last few months and that interest in arts and crafts has “remained strong” in stores since they reopened.

The retailer also announced that it is permanently moving its popular craft demonstrations and workshops online as part of its post-coronavirus adjustment.

Chief executive Dominic Jordan said it has been “pleased” with its performance over the past year.

“We continue to execute our strategy with improvements in product ranges supporting multi-channel growth,” Jordan said.

“Our broad range of products continues to evolve with more specialist materials and newness, ensuring that we satisfy the needs of craft enthusiasts and stay ahead of the competition.

“Our resolute focus on the strategy will see us bring further product innovation and inspiration, a new approach to online demonstrations and workshops, new stores and further investment in our e-commerce platform to support future growth.”

Despite the rise in online sales, the company said that having to close all of its stores during lockdown had a significant impact.

“During this time the retailer experienced exceptional levels of customer demand, with sales growing in excess of 200 per cent LFL [like-for-like] and our craft classes reaching over 15 million customers,” Hobbycraft said.

“The impact of Covid-19 presents new challenges and will undoubtedly change the shape of the UK retail sector. However, the business has emerged from the March-June lockdown in a strong position and is now well placed to withstand the longer-term impacts of the pandemic and drive further growth.”

Total revenue for the company increased by 8.9 per cent to £193.6m for the year ending 16 February – before the Covid-19 crisis – and online sales grew by 19 per cent over the same period.

Previously, Hobbycraft reported that the number of people visiting the ideas page of its website had tripled since the lockdown began.

Its “50 sewing projects for beginners” blog post proved to be the most popular post with searches for sewing machines, fabric and thread up 155 per cent, 60 per cent and 310 per cent, respectively compared to the six weeks before.

Among the top emerging craft trends that emerged during lockdown, Hobbycraft said crochet was the most popular with searches up 140 per cent, followed by macramé (134 per cent) and brush lettering (70 per cent).

My Mum Tracy Beaker: Dani Harmer to reprise role in reboot after 15 years

My Mum Tracy Beaker: Dani Harmer to reprise role in reboot after 15 years

Dani Harmer is officially reprising her role as Tracy Beaker in a reboot of the show, 15 years after the last series aired on CBBC.

My Mum Tracy Beaker will follow the former stroppy teenager as a single mother to her 12-year-old daughter Jess.

The new series is based on the 2018 book of the same name by Jacqueline Wilson, who wrote the original children’s novels that inspired the first show.

An official synopsis for the book reads: “Jess thinks Tracy is the best mum ever, even when she shouts at her teachers! Yes, their flat’s a bit mouldy. It’s only just big enough for two. And the Duke Estate is a bit scary. But it’s their happy home.

“Until Sean Godfrey, Tracy’s rich boyfriend, whisks them away to his mansion, life of fast cars and celebrity stardom. Will Jess’s brilliant mum turn into a new person altogether?”

Harmer said she “can’t wait” to return to the beloved role of Beaker, who became synonymous with catchphrases such as “bog off” and “porridge brain”.

“I’m a fan myself and want to know what happens next and where this journey takes her,” Harmer, 31, told The Sun. “Being a mother, I know how much it changes you.”

She added: “I’m looking forward to seeing how it has changed Tracy but still keeping her the same feisty, strong female lead that people know and love.”

The Story of Tracy Beaker aired on CBBC from 2002 to 2005. Its spin-off, Tracy Beaker Returns, then followed from 2010 to 2012.

The show followed Beaker and a group of kids who lived in a children’s care home, which they nicknamed “The Dumping Ground”.

It is not yet known whether the rest of the original cast will return, such as Beaker’s enemy Justine Littlewood, played by Montanna Thompson.

Andrew Lloyd Webber criticises Cats film adaptation: 'The whole thing was ridiculous'

<div>Andrew Lloyd Webber criticises Cats film adaptation: 'The whole thing was ridiculous'</div>

Andrew Lloyd Webber has criticised last year’s film adaptation of his hit musical Cats, describing it as “ridiculous”.

The film, which boasted an ensemble cast including Idris Elba, Dame Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Rebel Wilson, was disparaged by critics and viewers alike.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Lloyd Webber said: “The problem with the film was that [director] Tom Hooper decided that he didn’t want anybody involved in it who was involved in the original show.”

“The whole thing was ridiculous,” he added.

Much of the criticism at the time of the film’s release focused on the CGI graphics used to transforms its stars into humanoid-cat fusions, which were widely described as “creepy”.

Cats swept the Golden Raspberry awards – known as the Razzies – winning Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor (James Corden), Worst Supporting Actress (Rebel Wilson), Worst On-screen Combo, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director.

Lloyd Webber first adapted TS Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats into a stage musical in 1981. Cats went on to become the fourth longest-running show on Broadway, and the sixth longest on London’s West End.

The composer has previously criticised the film, singling out Corden’s performance as Bustopher Jones, which he described as “absolutely un-Eliot”.

X-Men: The Last Stand director denies he 'mugged off' Vinnie Jones by reducing Juggernaut role

<div>X-Men: The Last Stand director denies he 'mugged off' Vinnie Jones by reducing Juggernaut role</div>

X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner has denied he “mugged off” Vinnie Jones by cutting back his role in the film.

Jones portrayed the villain Juggernaut in the maligned 2006 sequel, who memorably shouts at one point, “Don’t you know who I am? I’m the Juggernaut, bitch!”

The actor claimed that he was initially meant to have a larger role in the film, having been cast by filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, who was originally hired to direct the sequel.

When Ratner replaced him, Jones claims much of his role was cut from the script.

“I basically got mugged off,” Jones told Comic Book Movie. “Brett Ratner basically dissolved the character. I was in my f***ing trailer half the time. It’s one of the most disappointing jobs I’ve been on as far as, you know, ‘What am I doing here?’ … Basically, I was an extra, mate. That’s how I felt. I was gutted, to be honest.”

Ratner has now denied that he deliberately cut Jones. In a since-deleted post to his Instagram, Ratner joked that Rebecca Romijn’s nearly-naked blue villain Mystique was “easier on the eyes”.

Ratner added: “In all seriousness, I shot the script I was given and I was not able to expand the role of Juggernaut as per Vinnie’s request due to the extremely limited time I had to deliver the film.

“I have the utmost respect and admiration for Vinnie Jones and his talent and thought he created a memorable character.”

The Last Stand marked the final entry in the initial X-Men trilogy. In its wake came a rebooted prequel series in 2011, which was set in motion by a re-hired Vaughn.

Richard Baxter and How to Do Good to Many

Richard Baxter, the English Puritan churchman and theologian, was perhaps one of most prolific English language author in the seventeenth century. His writings were wide ranging from doctrinal theology to devotional classics. And his practical theology was a model of German sociologist Max Weber’s understanding of the protestant work ethic.

Baxter’s worldly aestheticism was focused on service to others across sectarian divides. His book, How to Do Good to Many: The Public Good is the Christian’s Life, offers practical guidance to lay people grounded in Christian faith.

This classic, updated for modern readers by Jordan Ballor, remains a thought provoking and inspirational meditation on Paul’s admonition to, “…do good to all people…” (Gal. 6:10)

Acton’s Dan Hugger talks with Jordan Ballor, senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute, about Baxter’s life and work, and the new updated edition of How to Do Good to Many.

How to Do Good to Many: The Public Good Is the Christian’s Life

How to do Good to Many (1682)

Selections from How to Do Good to Many (Part 1Part 2Part 3)

Maslow, material needs, and the gospel

The Redemption and Restoration of Man in the Thought of Richard Baxter

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

How Groundhog Day changed my life

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The intersection of faith and economics with Russ Roberts

Since 2006, economist Russ Roberts – the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution – has hosted the podcast EconTalk, a weekly deep conversation with economists and thinkers from other disciplines on ideas related both directly and indirectly to economics and the economic way of thinking.

Economics is a powerful analytic tool which can empower us to choose more wisely as both individuals and groups. Such tools, however, should not be confused as either ends in themselves or the measure of human values.

Religion is, like economics, embedded in the fabric of life itself. Its neglect, and the neglect of other humanistic values in the face of unprecedented prosperity, poses new challenges to animate our lives of affluence with purpose.

Acton’s Dan Hugger talks with Russ Roberts about the intersection of faith and economics, and how Roberts’ own Jewish faith has influenced his life and work.

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