Transfer news LIVE: The latest news, gossip and done deals with the summer transfer window now open

  • Manchester United have been handed a boost in their hunt of Jadon Sancho with Borussia Dortmund opening talks with his replacement
  • Chelsea will press ahead with signing Kai Havertz after Bayer Leverkusen’s Europa League decision
  • Mikel Arteta says Arsenal could look to sign defenders this summer

Man Utd must pay additional Bruno Fernandes fee

Manchester United must pay Sporting Lisbon an additional £4.5million because of a bonus clause in the deal they agreed to sign Bruno Fernandes in January after qualifying for the Champions League.

United are unbeaten in the league since back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Burnley in January.

With Fernandes in the team, they have won nine of 14 league games, scoring 30 goals.

With United’s Champions League qualification secured, Fernandes has already repaid the fee the 13-time Premier League winners paid to sign him.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side agreed an initial £47m fee that could rise to just shy of £68m.

And as part of the clauses that could take the eventual payment up to £68m, United now owe Sporting £4.5m after qualifying for next season’s Champions League, it’s understood.

Newcastle takeover update

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley told the club’s first-team squad that the proposed £300million Saudi takeover is still in the hands of the Premier League and that nothing has yet changed.

Steve Bruce revealed the message from Ashley to his players before their defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

“He wanted to say thank you to all my players and staff for the hard work and effort and to enjoy the summer,” Bruce said when asked what Ashley’s Zoom call to the squad from the United States entailed.

“What he reiterated was it’s in the hands of the Premier League and it’s been like that for weeks.

“We need a decision and one quickly. How long do we need to make that decision?

“All I want is what’s best for this great club. If new owners come in and take the club forward that’s what we all want as Newcastle fans.”

Man Utd discover Jadon Sancho development

Borussia Dortmund are preparing for life after Jadon Sancho in a major boost to Manchester United.

The Red Devils are desperate to sign the winger this summer.

And according to The Times, Dortmund are in talks over a deal for Lille’s Jonathan Ikone.

The £41million-rated forward would be a replacement for Sancho at Dortmund.

Dortmund are hoping to receive around £90m for Sancho this summer, however, United want to agree a cheaper deal.

Chelsea’s Kai Havertz boost

Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz.

The Blues can now press ahead with a move for the Germany international after securing Champions League football for next season.

And Bild claim Leverkusen are not insisting the playmaker should feature in their Europa League clashes next month.

Chelsea can now up their interest in the 21-year-old as Blues boss Frank Lampard looks to spend big this summer.

Mikel Arteta transfer hint

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal could look to sign defenders this summer.

The Spaniard confirmed centre-back Shkodran Mustafi will miss the start of next season, while Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are also injured.

“It looks a really nasty injury again,” he said.

“We have lost Calum Chambers the week after I arrived here, we lost Pablo as well for three months.

“Now we’ve lost Musti, so at the back we’re really touched and short. Musti has been playing really consistently and at a really good level with me.

“He pulled the tendon off the bone in his hamstring and that’s normally a lot of weeks. I already mentioned three central defenders that are not available and we haven’t had them available for a long time during the season. And we will have to address that.”

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