Premier League clubs prepare to launch summer spending spree this week

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Hector Bellerin has been linked with a move away from Arsenal.

Domestic dealing can officially begin at one minute past midnight, giving buyers and sellers 12 weeks to do their business, in line with FIFA regulations, before the window closes on the new earlier date of August 9.

However, international transfers cannot be processed until June 8.

A statement on the governing body’s official website, www.premierleague.com, said: “The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs will open at 00:01 on May 17 2018.

“Before then, clubs are able to agree deals for the acquisition of players but, in the case of a domestic transfer, the paperwork cannot be processed until after midnight on May 17, once the window opens.

“The transfer of players from another national association may take place once the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) opens at midnight on June 8 2018.

“This means that any international transfers cannot be processed until the FIFA TMS transfer window opens.

“As agreed by the clubs in September 2017, the summer transfer window will close at 17:00 BST on Thursday, August 9 2018.”

The Premier League has brought forward the deadline in a bid to avoid the kind of disruption which surrounded the likes of Jamie Vardy and Gylfi Sigurdsson last year with the season already under way.

Fourteen of the 20 top-flight clubs at the time voted in favour of the shortened period.

It was a move which was supported by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.

He said: “As a football man, as somebody who wants to work with the team, work with players, I would prefer the window to close as soon as possible.”

Newcastle counterpart Rafael Benitez has insisted there will still be more than enough time for clubs to get their business done.

He said: “You had three months to do whatever you wanted to do, now you have two months. You can do whatever you want in two months.”

The Football League, whose window for permanent signings has already reopened, has also confirmed they will comply with the August 9 pre-season deadline.

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Chelsea swoop for Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles to boost defence

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Jamaal Lascelles.

The summer transfer window is now less than one month away and the rumours of players and coaches potentially being on the move is gathering pace.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

JOHNNY EVANS

Manchester City lead the chase to sign the influential West Brom captain. The Daily Mirror reports the Northern Ireland international could leave the club for £3m (Dh 14.8m) following the Baggies’ relegation. 

With John Stones slipping down the pecking order and add to that Vincent Kompany’s constant injury problems, Evans’s leadership qualities would make him a fearsome addition at heart of the City defence. A move to the Etihad Stadium would guarantee the potential to win trophies, but it is unlikely he will see first team action on a regular basis if both men are fit.

Jonny Evans.

Jonny Evans.

JAMAAL LASCELLES

Chelsea are preparing to launch a bid for Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles, reports the Evening Standard. Gary Cahill is 32 and David Luiz is 31, with Chelsea determined to add youth to their squad.

The Blues are keen to bolster their defensive options, and the 24-year-old ticks all the boxes for Antonio Conte’s side. But Rafa Benitez will be desperate to keep hold of Lascelles, who was a close contender to make Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.

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Willian headlines our Rumour Mill as Man United set to launch move for Chelsea star

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The summer transfer window is now less than one month away and the rumours of players and coaches potentially being on the move is gathering pace.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

WILLIAN

Manchester United are ready to launch a move for the elusive Chelsea attacker, as Anthony Martial continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

According to the Express, Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer of the Brazilian and wants to sign him this summer.

While the Blues refused to sell, Willian’s future hangs in the balance and he is said to be open to a move away from West London.

The 29-year-old has made over 200 appearances since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2013, scoring six goals and providing seven assists this season.

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CAGLAR SOYUNCU

Arsenal are pushing ahead with a move for the highly-rated Freiburg defender, according to the Telegraph.

The Gunners are currently without a manager after Arsene Wenger left the club, but are still determined to secure a deal for the 21-year-old.

Soyuncu was a regular for the Bundesliga side this term, making 32 appearances in all competitions.

A number of Premier League clubs are said to be interested in the Turkish international but the North London side are in pole position to acquire his services.

MATTHIJS DE LIGT

Tottenham are lining up a £50m (Dh 248.5m) bid for the Ajax star, reports the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old is considered one of the best defensive prospects in world football – and has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is expected to use the money raised by the expected sale of Toby Alderweireld to bring in the youngster.

Barcelona are believed to be hot favourites to land his signature, but Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City have been all been linked with the Dutchman.

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