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Premier League 2020 summer transfers we already know are happening, including done deals for Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City

What will happen to the 2020 summer transfer window? It’s a question many fans are asking as the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc on the football calendar.

Usually due to open on July 1 and close on September 1, the ongoing postponement of a number of Europe’s top leagues means there is a big question mark over whether the transfer market will go ahead as planned.

A ball hasn’t been kicked in the Premier League since March, and it is still unclear when when 19/20 campaign will be allowed to resume
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The Dutch Eredivisie have voided their 2019/20 season, while French bosses have put all Ligue 1 and Ligue 1 football on hold until at least September, effectively ending their campaigns.

Meanwhile, the Premier League and Bundesliga are making tentative plans to resume action behind closed doors, but the ongoing pandemic means the futures of those campaigns are also under a heavy cloud.

All things considered, it appears unlikely the window will open as usual, especially as FIFA want the transfer market to only open between the end of the season and the start of the next one.

However, that has not stopped some Premier League clubs from completing some of their business early.

Some deals have already been done regardless of the crisis, while there are a handful of players set to depart at the end of their contracts this summer.

And you can read more about those transfers below…

Hakim Ziyech (Ajax to Chelsea) – £36m

Hakim Ziyech would have left Ajax as a league champion to join Chelsea, before the Dutch league was declared null and void
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Having announced this move in February to great fanfare, fans will finally get to see the Moroccan ace in a Blues shirt when he officially becomes a Chelsea player on July 1.

There has been plenty of doubt over player contracts, with some of the top leagues agreeing to postpone their campaign indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis, but with the Eredivisie cancelled it appears Ziyech will join this summer as planned.

The 27-year-old attacker has been sensational for Ajax since his move from FC Twente in 2016, scoring 48 goals and providing 82 assists in 165 games for the Amsterdam giants.

And there are big expectations on him to carry on where he left off when he finally takes to the pitch for the London club.

Alvaro Morata (Chelsea to Atletico Madrid) – £50.4m

Alvaro Morata helped Atletico Madrid knock holders Liverpool out of the Champions League, and seemed to enjoy it
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That’s right, a year and a half after his loan move from west London, the Spanish striker will officially become an Atletico Madrid player this summer.

It’s nice little fee for Chelsea that has come at just the right time amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but with Olivier Giroud also likely to leave, the Blues will be on the hunt for another striker.

Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis to Tottenham) – £28.8m

Lo Celso is another shrewd cut-price signing from Tottenham
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This is another ‘really’ deal – Yes, the Argentine’s move to Spurs will made official this summer.

Lo Celso initially joined the Premier League side on loan from Real Betis last summer, but it was widely expected it would be made permanent, especially following the departure of Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan.

Tottenham announced just that back in February, with Lo Celso becoming a full-time Spurs player on July 1.

It’s a great deal for the London side – Lo Celso has been one of their most consistent performances during what has been a hit-and-miss season under Jose Mourinho.

Helder Costa (Wolves to Leeds) – £15.93m

Leeds will hope Helder Costa can improve after busting out £15m to sign him from Wolves

Leeds signed the Wolves winger on a season-long loan last summer, with an obligation to pay £15million for him once the agreement ends.

Whether or not he will be back in the Premier League next season is yet to be seen, but he’s a fine squad addition after an okay first campaign at Elland Road.

However he has faced criticism for not showing great value for money with his performances under Marcelo Bielsa, having managed just four goals and five assists in 40 games.

Yan Couto (Coritiba FC to Man City) – £5.4m

Young Brazilian Yan Couto is highly rated in his homeland

He may have only played two senior games in Brazil but the right-back is already set to rock up in England.

At the Under-17 World Cup last November Couto created more chances than any other defender – so he’s right up Pep Guardiola’s alley.

He has even been touted as the long-term replacement for Kyle Walker, with Joao Cancelo struggling for games – just 11 since arriving from Juventus last summer.

Danel Sinani (F91 Dudelange to Norwich) – Undisclosed

New Norwich signing Danel Sinani in action against Sevilla in the Europa League

Norwich may have furloughed their non-playing staff, but that has not stopped the Premier League club from making a new signing…

Luxembourg forward Danel Sinani has signed a pre-contract agreement with the club and will move to Carrow Road on a three-year seal before the 2020/21 season.

The 23-year-old is currently playing for Luxembourg side F91 Dudelange and has 24 goals and eight assists in 30 games this season.

William Saliba (Saint-Etienne to Arsenal) – £27m

Saliba is one of the most highly-rated defenders in France – and he’s only 18
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The transfer might have been completed last year, but fans will finally get to see William Saliba in an Arsenal shirt this summer when he arrives from France.

The Gunners signed the 19-year-old for £27m last summer, but the deal meant he had to spend one last season at Saint-Etienne before he made his move to north London.

And his arrival at the Emirates Stadium may now be brought forward, after it was announced the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons have been suspended until September, meaning the current campaign is effectively over.

Saliba is only registered as a Saint-Etienne player until June 30, so while he may not be allowed to play if/when the 2019/20 Premier League term resumes, it is likely he will be able to train with his new teammates in the meantime before making his Arsenal debut next season.

Pape Gueye (Le Havre to Watford) – Free transfer

Arsenal were also linked with an interest in young French midfielder Pape Gueye, but Watford have swopped in
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Watford recently announced the signing of the French midfielder in a free transfer, with his contract at Ligue 2 side Le Havre set to expire this summer.

The 21-year-old is highly-rated in his homeland and was linked with a surprise move to Arsenal, with the Gunners on the look out for cut-price deals to keep spending low.

But the Hornets have quickly swooped for the France Under-19 international, who has penned a pre-contract agreement and a five-year contract with the Premier League side.

Luke Matheson (Rochdale to Wolves) – £1m

Luke Matheson (centre) caught the eye of top clubs with his performance and goal against Manchester United in the EFL Cup this season

Another deal that we already knew about…

Wolves announced their £1m deal for 17-year-old full-back Matheson in January, but he was loaned back to the League One club for the remainder of the campaign.

The England Under-18 international caught the eye of several big clubs after his brilliant performance against Manchester United in EFL Cup back in September, scoring a memorable goal at Old Trafford that took the tie to a penalty shoot-out, which the Red Devils won.

He was back at school the next day!

He only signed his first professional deal with Rochdale, where he has played since he was eight, in October but from this summer will be a Premier League player.

Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth to Rangers) – Free transfer


Jermain Defoe is still banging in goals at the age of 37 – He’s got 25 goals and eight assists in 52 games for Rangers[/caption]

The veteran striker will officially become a full-time Rangers player this summer, having signed a deal with the Scottish club back in January.

Defoe joined the Glasgow club in January 2019 on loan from Bournemouth, and has been a hit.

And boss Steve Gerrard has been so impressed by his goal output that he has moved to tie him down to a permanent deal, landing Defoe on a free with his Cherries contract set to run out this summer.

Pretty decent deal for the seventh highest scorer in Premier League history.

David Silva (Released by Man City)

David Silva will leave Manchester City this summer after a stunning ten years at the club
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The Spaniard confirmed back in June this season will be his last at Manchester City – what a shame if he won’t be able to complete it.

Silva will undoubtedly leave as a City great – in ten years at the club he has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and five League Cups.

The 34-year-old has also lifted two European Championships and the World Cup with his country.

It was widely expected he will return to his homeland to see out his career, but there are reports he could become the new face of David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer club Inter Miami.

Pedro (Released by Chelsea)

Pedro has confirmed he will leave Chelsea in the summer
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Pedro has already confirmed he will leave Chelsea when his contract expires this summer.

The 32-year-old, who has won the Premier League title, one FA Cup as well as the Europa League in a Blues shirt, will become a free agent and it is widely believed he is seeking a return to Spain.

However, he has admitted he is unsure what the future holds amid the COVID-19 pandemic and has not yet made a decision about his next move.

Pablo Zabaleta (Released by West Ham)

Pablo Zabaleta has been told to find a new club in the summer

The 35-year-old Argentine is set to end his Premier League career this summer, having confirmed this is his final season at West Ham after signing a contract extension last year.

Zabaleta won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup with Manchester City before joining West Ham in 2017.

And, while admitting there are greater worries amid the COVID-19 crisis, he has said he’d be disappointed to not say a proper goodbye to fans when football returns, with games likely to be held behind-closed-doors.

“I’m coming to the end of my career and it’s my last season in England, and I wanted to finish in a different way, playing in front of the fans, having those emotions and that adrenaline,” Zabaleta said.

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