When does the transfer window open and close over summer 2018?

Transfer speculation over Willian is already rife (Picture: Getty Images)The Premier League season may be over, but we still have the Champions League final and World Cup to look forward to, not to mention the usual summer excitement surrounding transfers.

Thankfully we are being treated to actual football this summer, but that won’t stop the hype around which players are coming and going from all the major leagues across the world.

Speculation is already rife over the future of some players and we can expect some huge deals to go down this summer, but when can they be done?

Here is everything you need to know…

Will Anthony Martial be on the move this summer? (Picture: Getty Images)When does the transfer window open?

The transfer window is already open!

Yes, it was officially unlocked and pushed ajar on 17 May, but this is only for domestic transfers.

International transfers can only be made from midnight on 8 June (when FIFA’s Transfer Matching System opens).

Emre Can looks likely to leave Liverpool (Picture: PA)When does the transfer window close?

The window closes at 5pm on 9 August.

This is earlier than in previous years as clubs wanted to avoid disruption after the season starts on 11 August.

However, they can still sell players to foreign clubs after this deadline, until the deadlines in other countries are reached.

Arsenal close to signing Barcelona wonderkid Joel Lopez

Joel Lopez is set to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of completing a deal for Barcelona youngster Joel Lopez.

Lopez, 15, has been with Barcelona since the age of seven but the promising full-back is set to secure a switch to the Emirates this summer.

Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s head of football relations, joined from Barca at the beginning of the year and it’s believed the Spaniard has been behind the move for Lopez.

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According to Goal, Liverpool were also interested in landing Lopez but Sanllehi persuaded the teenager to choose north London.

Barcelona offered Lopez a contract but young defender rejected it and has set his sights on England.

Raul Sanllehi (left) has been behind Arsenal’s bid to sign Joel Lopez (Picture: Getty)

Hector Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2011 (Picture: Getty)The highly-rated Lopez will initially join the Gunners on schoolboy terms before putting pen to paper on a professional deal when he turns 16 next year.

Hector Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a 16-year-old back in 2011 and the right-back has gone on to make 162 appearances for the club.

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Lopez will hope to make a similar impact should he complete a move to Arsenal in the coming weeks.

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Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool rival Manchester City in race to sign Jorginho from Napoli

Jorginho is wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. (Getty Images)Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are competing with Manchester City to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

The 26-year-old, who is valued at £60 million, is one of Europe’s most in-demand midfielders following his impressive season in Serie A.

Jorginho is one of Pep Guardiola’s top targets for the summer transfer window and City are understood to be confident of winning the race for the Italy international.

But the midfielder’s representative has confirmed that City face competition from three other Premier League sides, even though Arsenal have yet to appoint Arsene Wenger’s successor, while Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea remains uncertain.

‘I’m in Brazil, nobody called me from Naples, but English teams have called me, Liverpool, Manchester City, but also Arsenal and Chelsea,’ Joao Santos told Italian station Radio CRC.

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‘It depends on Napoli and sports director Giuntoli.

‘Of course it is not difficult to find agreements with teams like these.

‘I don’t know if Maurizio Sarri’s possible exit would speed up Jorginho’s transfer, for Napoli it will be positive to capitalise on the offers then we will talk.

‘I don’t know if Jorginho’s future depends on Sarri’s future.’

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson hails Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold as his ‘unsung hero of the season’

Trent Alexander- Arnold has developed into a first-team regular for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has named Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold as his ‘unsung hero of the season’.

Having made his first-team debut for the Reds last season, Alexander-Arnold has emerged as a key player for Jurgen Klopp this term.

The 19-year-old has made over 30 appearances in all competitions, playing a huge role in Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final.

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While Merson believes this summer’s World Cup will ‘come a bit too soon for him’, the Arsenal legend is adamant Alexander-Arnold is an England player of the future.

‘He is my unsung hero of the season because he’s come from nowhere at Liverpool and been very impressive,’ Merson told the Daily Star.

‘He’s sneaked under the radar a little bit at times but I think he deserves more credit. He’s a young lad playing for a big club where you’re always under pressure.

The 19-year-old has starred in this year’s Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘But he’s handled it so, so well. Yes, he’s made mistakes but he’s always bounced back and to be the best player on the pitch in a Champions League semi-final is phenomenal.

‘He never hides, and while the World Cup will come a bit too soon for him, he’s an England player for the future all day long.’

Merson, who earned 21 caps for England, added: ‘He’s got many a World Cup in him if he keeps doing what he’s doing. Liverpool have found a real gem.

‘They just need to look after him because he’ll be under the microscope a lot as a homegrown youngster.

Former Arsenal and England star Paul Merson (Picture: Getty)‘Sometimes you get more criticism when you do something wrong if you’re in that position, but I think he can go on to have a great career if he keeps his feet on the ground.’

Klopp has been equally as impressed by Alexander-Arnold’s contributions this season and says Gareth Southgate should take him to Russia for the World Cup.

‘I am a fan of Trent,’ Klopp said this week. ‘That’s why he plays very often, and because he plays on a high level.

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‘He’s developed over the past year. Mentally he didn’t have to improve but physically he did.

‘I’m not Gareth Southgate, but if he needed a player who can play right-back and maybe other positions too, I think he would be a good choice. If Gareth needs him, he’d be ready.’

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Liverpool and Arsenal in battle to sign Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy has enjoyed a fine season for Southampton (Picture: Getty)Liverpool and Arsenal are set for a battle to sign Alex McCarthy from Southampton this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

Scouts from the Emirates and Anfield have watched McCarthy extensively this season as both clubs look to strengthen their goalkeeping options.

The Gunners are looking for a replacement for Petr Cech – the 35-year-old has endured a difficult season and is expected to end his Premier League career this summer.

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Jurgen Klopp is also on the look-out for a new goalkeeper with Simon Mignolet potentially heading for the exit door and Loris Karius often failing to impress.

McCarthy, who joined Southampton in 2016 in a £3.5million deal from Crystal Palace, started the current campaign in the Southampton reserves, playing back-up to Fraser Forster.

But he came back into the side over Christmas and kept Forster on the sidelines as Southampton narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship.

McCarthy signed from Crystal Palace two years ago (Picture: Getty)Newly-promoted Wolves are also interested in striking a deal for McCarthy.

Liverpool’s interest in McCarthy comes after the club were linked with a stunning move for Pepe Reina, the former Spain international who played almost 400 games for the Reds.

Reina, 35, is currently at Napoli but Liverpool chiefs are said to be keen to bring him back to Anfield to help a more inexperienced goalkeeper flourish.

Liverpool’s top target in goal is Alisson but Roma have slapped a whopping price-tag on the Brazilian’s head.

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Manchester United, Arsenal and Man City make offers to Feyenoord teenager Melayro Bogarde

A number of Premier League clubs wants to sign Melayro Bogarde, right (Picture: Getty)Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have all made contract offers to Melayro Bogarde, the teenage nephew of former Chelsea player Winston.

The talented defender will be in a position to sign his first professional deal when he turns 16 later this month and Chelsea and Liverpool are also monitoring the situation, according to The Guardian.

Bogarde is rated as one of the most promising young players in Europe and Pep Guardiola, the Man City manager, is said to see similarities between him and John Stones, who he signed from Everton two years ago.

Manchester City, who wrapped up the Premier League title last month, have invited Bogarde and his family to visit their Academy but United and Arsenal have also tabled similar proposals.

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The teenager is rated highly by coaches at Feyenoord (Picture: Getty)United will hope good relations with Feyenoord puts them in a better position than their domestic rivals – the club signed Tahith Chong from the Dutch side in 2016.

With a number of Premier League clubs interested in securing his signature, Bogarde is expected to decide on his next destination after considering which team will give him the best chance of eventually progressing to the first-team.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all believed to have scouted the youngster extensively this season, while RB Leipzig are also known admirers.

The player’s uncle Winston earned 20 international caps with Netherlands and had a spell in the Premier League with Chelsea.

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Arsenal to submit bid for Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic when summer transfer window opens

Andrija Zivkovic has impressed since signing for Benfica in 2016 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are ready to submit an official offer for Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic when the summer transfer window opens, according to reports.

Zivkovic, 21, has made an impressive impact at Portuguese outfit Benfica since signing from his boyhood club Partizan Belgrade in 2016.

The Serbia international’s performances helped Benfica win the domestic title last season, while he featured in the Champions League this term, facing Manchester United in the group stage.

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But with Benfica’s title defence set to end in failure – Porto lead the standings by seven points ahead of the final day of the season – the club plan to have a clear-out and sell a number of players.

Zivkovic is no stranger to Premier League interest – he was scouted by Manchester United and Liverpool last season – and he has now caught the attention of Arsenal.

According to Sport Witness, the Gunners will make an offer for Zivkovic once the summer window opens, having been impressed on a number of scouting missions.

The Serb was linked with Manchester United and Liverpool last year (Picture: Getty)

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It is claimed the player’s entourage are excited about the possibility of signing at the Emirates and that he has a release clause written into his current contract worth around £53million.

Arsene Wenger is set to leave Arsenal after 22 years this weekend and he believes the club only need to make ‘two or three’ signings to compete for the Premier League next season.

The Gunners will finish sixth this season, having also missed out on the top four last year.

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Speaking after his departure was confirmed last month, Wenger said: ‘I want to say this team has quality.

‘Two years ago we finished second in the league, last year we made 75 points, won the FA cup, won the Charity Shield, we were in the League Cup final we are in semi-final of Europa League.

‘So these players have quality, hopefully we can show that again before end of the season. Convinced in the future with two or three additions this team can fight for the championship.’

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Liverpool eye move for Manchester United and Arsenal’s £40m transfer target Malcom

Liverpool have joined the race to sign Brazilian forward Malcom (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have entered the race to sign Brazilian star Malcom from Bordeaux, according to reports.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham have all expressed interest in signing the 21-year-old forward in the past year.

But Liverpool are looking to beat their Premier League rivals to a summer deal as Jurgen Klopp bids to bolster his attacking options.

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The Reds are set for a top-four finish this season and could yet win the Champions League – they face Real Madrid in the final in Kiev later in the month.

But Klopp knows further spending is necessary to keep up with Liverpool’s rivals and he has identified Malcom as a top target, according to the Daily Mail.

Malcom, who has scored 21 goals in 94 appearances for Bordeaux since signing from Corinthians in 2016, is one of the most highly-rated players in Ligue 1.

Manchester United and Arsenal are also interested in the Bordeaux star (Picture: Getty)He was heavily linked with Manchester United and Arsenal over the winter and looks destined to finally leave for the Premier League at the end of the season.

Liverpool have included Malcom on a shortlist of targets that also includes Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey and Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic.

Malcom is valued at around £40million and Bordeaux have essentially confirmed he will be sold this summer.

Nicolas de Tavernost, one of the French club’s majority shareholders, said last month: ‘There is a major player from Brazil who you know wants to leave the club and we will do that in all of our interests.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster Liverpool’s squad this summer (Picture: EPA)‘It is the reason we bought this player in the first place, to eventually sell him in between seasons.’

Recent reports suggested Liverpool were also closing in on a deal for Nabil Fekir, the Lyon and France ace.

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But the player’s father has dismissed the rumours by saying: ‘Nabil in Liverpool? That’s wrong. I hear there are arrangements, stuff like that… I was surprised.

‘I can deny this information right now. It’s not true. Otherwise Nabil would have told me right away, we are very close.’

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Liverpool leading Arsenal and Manchester City in race to sign Diogo Leite

Diogo Leite (left) is being linked with a move to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are favourites to sign Porto defender Diogo Leite, according to reports.

Leite is yet to break into Porto’s first-team but the 19-year-old centre-back has impressed for the side’s B team this season and his performances have put the Premier League’s elite clubs on red alert.

There has been speculation in Portugal that Arsenal are ready to pay Leite’s £13million release clause and Manchester City have also registered an interest in the highly-rated youngster.

However, according to The Guardian, Liverpool are in pole position to land the teenager ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

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It’s claimed the Reds are keen on wrapping up a deal this summer and Leite will immediately be sent on loan for more regular game-time.

The teenager played as Porto’s Under-23 side defeated Arsenal 1-0 earlier this week and several scouts were in attendance at the Emirates.

Porto’s U23s lifted the Premier League International Trophy at the Emirates on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool completed a club-record move for Virgil van Dijk in January (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp currently has Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez at his disposal in central defence.

Gomez, though, will miss the remainder of Liverpool’s season after undergoing ankle surgery.

‘Gutted to confirm that my season for both club and country is over having undergone successful ankle surgery,’ he confirmed.

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‘Been a tough few weeks trying everything possible to be available on the pitch to help the team.

‘I’m going to do all I can to get back and be in the best possible shape for pre-season. The focus now is to support the team in the two biggest games of the season.’

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Barcelona open to selling Luis Suarez if they sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid

Barcelona chiefs are considering selling Luis Suarez. (AFP/Getty Images)Barcelona’s hierarchy have discussed the prospect of selling Luis Suarez this summer, according to reports in Spain.

The newly crowned Spanish champions are expected to complete a deal for Antoine Griezmann this summer by activating the player’s release clause with Atletico Madrid.

Griezmann signed a new contract shortly after his failed move to Manchester United last summer, and a stipulation in that deal will see his release clause halved from €200 million (£175m) to €100m (£87m) from July 1.

And according to Catalunya Radio, if Barcelona complete the signing of Griezmann, Suarez could leave Camp Nou.

The report claims that Barcelona’s board members have already floated the idea of Suarez’s sale, providing they receive a good enough offer.

Barcelona want to sign Antoine Griezmann this summer. (Getty Images)Barcelona paid £65m to sign Suarez from Liverpool nearly four years ago.

And during his time at Camp Nou, the Uruguay international has won 11 trophies, five of which came in his first season.

Speaking about Griezmann last week, Suarez admitted he would welcome the France international’s arrival.

‘It makes the club proud to bring players of this quality like Antoine, like [Ousmane] Dembele and [Philippe] Coutinho came,’ the former Liverpool striker told Spanish station Radio Rincon.

Suarez’s contract with Barcelona expires in 2021. (Getty Images)‘He’s a player who brings a huge amount, he has a lot of years playing at the highest level, always fighting.

‘He rules up front for Atletico and that is fundamental.

‘He is not coming to take the place of anyone, but with the ambition of winning important things.

‘He will be welcomed.’

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