THE new season is finally here – but there's still plenty of time left for Premier League clubs to wheel and deal in the transfer window.
And one team making the running is Tottenham, with Gareth Bale closing in on returning to the club in a blockbuster loan move TODAY.
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Follow all the latest transfer gossip and news below…
OUT ON LOAN
Brighton have announced their highly-rated youngster Jan Paul van Hecke is going out on loan.
The 20-year-old Dutchman will be joining SC Heerenveen on loan.
BACK DOWN TO EARTH
Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon have now officially landed.
Tottenham fans' dreams are getting closer to reality now.
Recently-relegated Watford have announced the signing of Manchester United's James Garner on a season-long loan.
The transfer window doesn't shut until October 5th, but it is worth reflecting on some of the undeniable talent who have arrived on these shores this summer.
Despite the chaos caused by Covid-19 – or maybe because of it – the wealthy Premier League clubs are hoovering up plenty of quality.
'LOOKS QUITE PROMISING'
Jurgen Klopp has been speaking ahead of Liverpool's trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and says the prospect of the Thiago deal “looks quite promising”.
He encouraged Reds fans to keep their eyes locked on “LFC channels” today, not that they needed much encouragement.
ALL EYES ON LUTON
Gareth Bale's plane looks set to land at Luton airport very soon…
FULHAM DEFENDER SEARCH
Fulham are believed to be in the market for a defender, reports say, and are targetting Watford's Craig Dawson.
The newly-promoted club are keen to nab the centre-back on a loan deal.
They are also believed to be open to a permanent switch for Tottenham's Juan Foyth, according to the Athletic's Peter Rutzler
BLAST TO THE PAST
When Bale made his Spurs debut against Man United in August 2007, the world was a very different place.
Gordon Brown had just become Prime Minister, TikTok had yet to be invented and Derby County were beginning life in an ill-fated Premier League campaign where they would gain only 11 points.
More importantly, Tottenham looked a lot different as well:
IN THE SKY SPORTS NEWS
The excitement over Bale's arrival in the capital has taken on a life of it's own.
Sky Sports News were broadcasting his flight tracker, via an Ipad, just this morning.
BALE'S IN THE AIR!
Tottenham fans are excitedly tracking Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon's flight from Madrid to London as the pair jet in to seal their transfers later today.
The Lilywhites have agreed deals to bring the Real Madrid pair to N17 this summer, with fans whipped into a frenzy of excitement.
And one in particular appears to have found the private flight online as they count down the moments until the pair are unveiled as Spurs players.
The eagle-eyed fan tweeted: “Just checking that everyone else is tracking his flight as well? It’s normal behaviour right? hescominghome coys bale“.
SPURS IN FOR RUBY
Tottenham are in the market for Benfica defender Ruben Dias, according to the Evening Standard.
The 23-year-old is represented by Gestifute, who also cover Mourinho.
Spurs reportedly tried to sign Dias in January but decided not to, and have since been hit by their failure to qualify for the Champions League, as well as coronavirus.
SOLSKJAER ON TRANSFERS
After rumours of Jadon Sancho's transfer moving closer, the Manchester United boss revealed he understands why supporters want the best players.
He said: “Fans will always want the best possible Man United team to watch.
“That’s the passion we want, with the history we’ve had, we can look back 10 years 20 years and look back at the great players we’ve had
“Since Sir Alex left we’ve been averaging fifth position, last season we got third, we had Bruno come in and Harry coming in as captain and showing leadership on the pitch and off the pitch.
“We can go into the season with confidence and we’re always looking to go into the season with a boost.
“And we’re working on it.”
HOLD ON JADON
Manchester United are set to launch a last-minute bid for Jadon Sancho – and are confident Borussia Dortmund will be forced to accept a cut-price fee.
The Red Devils missed out on the England ace after failing to negotiate a transfer fee before Borussia Dortmund's August 10 deadline.
United hoped to convince the German giants to sell for a deal closer to £60m up front, with the remainder of their £108million valuation paid in instalments.
But Dortmund held firm and ruled out the sale of Sancho, as United looked elsewhere – despite having agreed personal terms with the 20-year-old.
As well as taking a look at Watford ace Ismaila Sarr, the Red Devils had hoped to sign Gareth Bale.
However, Tottenham appear to have won the race for the Real Madrid outcast on a season-long loan deal.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is to be the focus of a new Entourage-style show about his glamorous life in football.
The ex-Gunner is working with the creator of the original hit Hollywood series Doug Ellin to make a similar show about the world of football.
Doug said the show will be inspired by Henry's life – just like Entourage was based on the life of actor Mark Wahlberg.
The HBO show was based on Mark's experiences as a young actor in Hollywood and the wild parties and excesses of the LA scene.
Ellin revealed: “It's a show set in the world of football. We’re actively trying to get that going right now.
“Thierry Henry was in the Entourage movie so I’ve known him a long time. And Darren Dein, who is his long-time manager, is a good friend of mine.”
SIGHT FOR SARR EYES?
Manchester United have started making enquiries over Ismaila Sarr as they look for alternatives to Jadon Sancho.
The Senegalese, 22, is valued at around £30million and after being stumped by the asking price from Borussia Dortmund, the Red Devils are considering walking away for a deal for the England international.
Sarr had six goals and six assists for Watford last season after signing from Rennes in August last year.
According to the Independent, Sancho remains United's No1 target, but Ed Woodward and Matt Judge are being pragmatic over the £108m fee Dortmund are demanding, given the Red Devils are one of the biggest losers from no fans inside their stadium.
DON'T SWEAT IT
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has arrived at Spurs' training ground where he had his temperature checked.
The Spurs supremo is on the verge of signing Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid.
The pair are due to fly in to Tottenham's training ground today.
SARR'S THE STAR
Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a £36million bid for Watford ace Ismaila Sarr to boost their star-studded attack.
The Mail claims Jurgen Klopp sees the Senegal forward, 22, as ideal back-up for Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Sarr scored six goals in 30 appearances for Watford last season.
But despite their relegation to the Championship, he is still very much seen as a Premier League player with bags of potential.
Liverpool are said to have now made an enquiry for Sarr, who only joined Watford a year ago from Rennes for £30m.
However, the champions will have to fork out at least £36m for his signature.
Edin Dzeko has agreed terms with Juventus ahead of a £15million switch from Roma.
The Serie A side are set to sign the 34-year-old instead of Luis Suarez – even though the Barcelona star sat his Italian language exam today.
According to Goal, Dzeko will join Juventus on a two-year deal worth £7m-per-year.
He was put up for sale by Roma as the club wanted to get his salary off the books.
Dzeko – who joined Roma permanently in 2016 – scored 19 goals last season.
Juventus have picked the ex-Manchester City star to replace Higuain instead of Suarez.
CARABAO ABOUT THAT
Liverpool and Arsenal could meet in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup following Thursday night’s draw.
There’s also a London derby on the cards with Chelsea potentially heading to rivals Tottenham.
Manchester United face a trip to either Preston or Brighton and holders Man City could take on one of Millwall or Burnley.
LAMPS CASH BOOST
Chelsea are on the verge of shipping unwanted duo Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta to Serie A, according to reports.
Neither have appeared in a competitive game for the Blues during Frank Lampard's tenure, having both been shipped out on loan last season.
And the Chelsea boss' stance hasn't changed, with club chiefs having been busy trying to arrange permanent transfers for the pair.
According to Fabrizio Romano Zappacosta, 28, will again only depart on loan, however, with Genoa borrowing him until June 2021.
The 28-year-old has agreed on personal terms and will undergo his medical today.
Genoa will pay a chunk of his £70,000-a-week wages, and could also add fellow Premier League full-back Danny Rose from Tottenham in the coming days.
Tottenham fans believe Gareth Bale's return from Real Madrid is in the (golf) bag.
A leaked image on social media appeared to show the 31-year-old booked in for a round of golf today… with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and chief scout Steve Hitchin.
Supporters on social media suggested the Wales superstar, 31, will swing back into town in the way he has spent much of the past year – playing his second-best sport.
Bale said his goodbyes to his Real team-mates on Thursday, having reportedly agreed terms with Spurs and passed a medical.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are pondering Watford's £36million-rated winger Ismaila Sarr as back-up for their famed front three.
Reds' boss Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the Senegal star, 22, as he looks for options to Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
And Erling Haaland claims Manchester United target Jadon Sancho will remain an “important” team-mate at Borussia Dortmund this season
Elsewhere, Roma's ex-Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is thought to have accepted a £15million move to Juventus that leaves Luis Suarez in limbo.
Barcelona discard Suarez, 33had been rated certain to join Juve after Ronald Koeman was named Nou Camp chief last month.
Gonzalo Higuain is set for David Beckham's Inter Miami amid reports Juventus will cancel the Argentina striker's contract at a cost of £17million.
The 32-year-old, who underwhelmed on loan at Chelsea, is behind compatriot Paulo Dybala and of course Cristiano Ronaldo in the Juve pecking order up front.
SPURS SWING IT FOR BALE
A leaked image appears to show Gareth Bale is booked in for a round of golf with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy on Friday.
Real Madrid star Bale is expected in London to complete his season's loan move.
And fans went wild after seeing an image that further suggests the deal is in the bag.
The photo seems to show Bale, 31, will play at Hadley Wood Golf Club with Levy and chief scout Steve Hitchin.
Typical comments on social media included: “He's going to be announced while playing golf isn't he.”
Here are what Arsenal's sales that left for PENNIES could be worth now.
It doesn't make great reading for the Gunners.
KOP CAN ADD SARR QUALITY
Liverpool are pondering Watford's £36million-rated winger Ismaila Sarr as back-up for their famed front three.
Numerous reports suggest Watford might even push for more than £40m for the Senegal star, 22.
It is thought Premier League champions Liverpool have yet to launch a bid.
But boss Jurgen Klopp wants options to Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
EDIN TO JUVE
Roma's ex-Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has reportedly agreed terms with Juventus over a £15million deal that leaves Luis Suarez in limbo.
Bosnia star Dzeko, 34, seems certain to join the Serie A champions, having joined Roma in 2016 after winning the Premier League twice in four years at the Etihad.
And that puts a question mark over Suarez's mooted move to Juve.
Barcelona are thought to have made it clear they no longer want the Uruguay and ex-Liverpool frontman, 33.
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