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, 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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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the Premier League’s best player

Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, says Ander Herrera. (Getty Images)Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League.

The Spain international is preparing to face the Belgian this Saturday as Jose Mourinho’s side take on Antonio Conte’s men in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Mohamed Salah has been crowned PFA Player of the Year after an impressive season at Liverpool, while the Egyptian also won the Premier League’s Golden Boot with his record-breaking 32-goal campaign.

But Herrera believes Hazard should still be considered the division’s best player.

‘For me, Hazard is the best player in the league,’ the United midfielder said on The Big Interview with Graham Hunter.

Mohamed Salah is considered the Premier League’s best after his impressive season. (Getty Images)

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‘In my opinion he’s the best player in the league, I’ve said that since my first day here.’

Herrera also believes his United teammate David De Gea is comfortably the best goalkeeper in world football.

‘For me, David is the best by far,’ said Herrera.

‘I think he has something that comes from god.

‘God chose him in the goal and god chose Messi on the pitch.

Herrera says David De Gea is easily the best goalkeeper in the world. (AFP/Getty Images)‘You cannot train what he did against Liverpool [at Anfield].

‘You cannot train what he did against Kun Aguero when he was two metres in front of him and he put the hand out, you cannot train it.

‘You can train when he receives the ball from the left defender and he passes the ball to Antonio Valencia pefect.

‘You can see when he receives the ball he knows always what to do.

‘He has some special abilities that I think he hasn’t trained them, because you cannot train them, you just have them.’

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Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool & Spurs: Which Champions League pot can each club be in?

The group stage draw for 2018/19 will take place at the very end of August (Picture: Getty)With four Premier League teams now assured of their place in next season’s Champions League, clubs can begin thinking about who they might play in next season’s competition.

Unlike previous seasons, all qualified clubs from the big four leagues – Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga – will go straight into the group stage, avoiding the play-offs entirely.

That means, even if Liverpool fail to win the Champions League, they will still go straight into the group phase courtesy of their fourth place league finish.

There are already 21 teams from around Europe who have secured their place in the group stages (out of 26 automatic qualifiers, and 32 total), and more who will play in the qualifying rounds, and the pots are starting to take shape…


Pot 1

BarcelonaBayern MunichManchester CityJuventusParis Saint-GermainLokomotiv MoscowWinners of Champions League Winners of Europa League

Pot 2

Borussia Dortmund (89.000)Porto (86.000)Manchester United (82.000)Shakhtar Donetsk (81.000)Napoli (78.000)?????????

Pot 3

Roma (64.000)Schalke (62.000)CSKA Moscow (45.000)???????????????

Pot 4

Valencia (36.000)Club Brugge (29.500)Hoffenheim (14.285)???????????????

Pot unconfirmed

Real Madrid (160.000)Atletico Madrid (138.000)Benfica* (80.000)Basel* (71.000)Tottenham (67.000)Liverpool (62.000)Salzburg* (55.000)Ludogorets Razgrad* (37.000)PSV* (36.000)Celtic* (31.000)

The champions’ pot (Pot 1) is complete, aside from the identities of the winners of the Champions League and Europa League. As none of the four clubs involved in the two finals are their domestic league’s champion, there will only be six title winners in the first pot; last season, the Europa League winner was not seeded in pot 1, while Real Madrid had won the title, meaning Portugal and Ukraine both got a spot in the champions’ pot.

Manchester City and Manchester United are the only Premier League teams locked into their pots at present. Pep Guardiola’s side are seeded in pot 1 for the very first time – meaning they avoid the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Juventus – while United will be in pot 2 once again, and will no doubt be hoping they draw Lokomotiv! All teams in the ‘unconfirmed pot’ with an asterisk need to come through qualifying to make the group stage.

The final four guaranteed spots in the group stage will go to: the second-placed team in France (currently Monaco – 57.000), the fourth-placed team in Italy (currently Lazio – 41.000), the champions of Turkey (currently Galatasaray – 29.500) and the champions of Czech Republic (currently Viktoria Plzen – 33.000).


If Liverpool win the Champions League, they will be seeded in pot 1 (Picture: Getty)Both Liverpool and Tottenham will have to wait until after the Champions League final to learn which pot they will be in. If the Merseysiders – who have a lower coefficient than Tottenham – win the competition they will leapfrog them into pot 1. If they lose, they will be in pot 3. Not only do Spurs need Real Madrid to win, but they also need their neighbours Atletico Madrid to triumph in the Europa League final. Atletico have a mammoth coefficient score while Marseille’s is less than Tottenham’s.

If both Liverpool and Marseille (who are one point outside the third and final Champions League place in Ligue 1) win their respective finals, Spurs will be in pot 3. If only one of those teams triumphs, then Spurs can still sneak into pot 2 if both Benfica and Basel – the only two teams with higher coefficients – get knocked out in the qualifying rounds.


Incredibly, the preliminary round draw for the Champions League – which features teams from Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar and Kosovo – takes place before the World Cup has even started, with matches scheduled in the middle of the tournament. The first qualifying round, which will involve Celtic, also overlaps with the World Cup, though the play-off proper is not until the end of August.

No Premier League clubs will have to worry about that, though, with all four sides going straight in the group stages. The draw for the group stage will take place on Thursday August 30th in Monaco, not the usual location of Nyon, with the first matches played in the middle of September.

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Jurgen Klopp outlines how Liverpool can close gap to Manchester City next season

The German was full of praise for the runaway Premier League champions (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has backed his Liverpool team to challenge Manchester City next season if they improve in certain areas and has hinted at further spending this summer.

The Merseysiders finished in fourth place in the Premier League, 25 points adrift of City, and while Klopp was full of praise for Pep Guardiola’s men, he believes the gulf between the teams is not quite so great.

After City hit a century of points, Klopp told Sky Sports: ‘Wow, unbelievable! Congratulations, fantastic season for Manchester City – no doubt about it, they deserved it. Fantastic football, fantastic season.’

Salah scored in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Brighton to seal the Golden Boot (Picture: Getty)Probed on how Liverpool can bridge the gap to the champions, the German continued: ‘We need more consistency, we need to have a little bit more luck with injuries and to be honest we would be closer.

‘We need experience. I think we got a lot of experience this year. You could see that today at 2-0 at half-time. I told the boys at half-time if someone from outside described us they would say Liverpool is drama.

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‘When everyone thinks it is done we make it exciting again but not today. Today we showed that we have matured during the season. Nothing happened in the game, it was never open, never kind of on the edge. And that’s what we need to do again.

‘We will have quality again. It will be a difficult season for all of us after the World Cup, boys coming back late, but that’s for all teams. Pre-season will not be that long, but we try again.

Man City romped to the title, though Liverpool beat them in Europe (Picture: Getty)‘It’s not easy to play better football than we did in our good moments, but doing it more consistently is the next challenge for us to face.’

On whether there were would be significant investment in the summer, Klopp added: ‘Significantly? It’s difficult. To the squad for sure we will do that.

‘We need to be a little bit wider, stuff like this, we need more players here and there. But I am still a big believer in developing a team and these boys made a big step and I’m sure they can do another one.’

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Pep Guardiola expects Liverpool to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City stormed to the Premier League title this season (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola expects Liverpool to challenge his Manchester City team for the Premier League title next season.

With one game of the 2017-18 campaign remaining, Man City could still reach 100 points for the season and have already scored over 100 goals.

Guardiola struggled in his first season in England but has transformed City into a formidable outfit this year and secured the title with five games remaining.

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Despite City’s dominance, they have been beaten three times by Liverpool across the campaign, suffering defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side in the quarter-final of the Champions League.

The Reds went on the progress to the final of the European competition and Guardiola fully expects them to challenge for the title next season.

‘This season they were a big contender and they will be again next season,’ the Manchester City boss said.

Liverpool beat champions City three times this season (Picture: Getty)‘I will not say just Liverpool, but it’s true – Liverpool, [because of] the way they play and the quality of their players, not just up front.

‘I think [Virgil] van Dijk has helped them a lot to be more consistent in the defensive department, especially in the box, and [there is] the quality up front and the quality in the way they play.

‘Jurgen is a top manager, creating not just an offensive style and not just thinking about the spectators. He’s always positive, going there and creating good environments in the clubs.

‘OK, we are 25 points in front so it’s difficult to say he was difficult [to play against] in the end – but he was because they beat us.

City wrapped up the title with five matches remaining (Picture: Getty)‘Next season will be the same, like [Manchester] United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham.’

Guardiola, 47, also confirmed City goalkeeper Joe Hart will return to the club for talks over his future.

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The England international was sent on loan to West Ham at the start of the season and has struggled to impress at the London Stadium.

Asked if a decision has been made over Hart’s next move, Guardiola said: ‘No. He is going to come back here and I think his [agent] is going to speak with the club and they’re going to decide.’

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Which Premier League games are on TV today? Sky Sports showing three matches live on final day

Will Mohamed Salah secure the Premier League Golden Boot this afternoon? (Picture: Getty Images)The Premier League season comes to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon and three of the 10 games will be shown live on Sky Sports.

There is little to play for going into the final game of the season, but the matches that have anything on the line are being broadcast.

The battle for fourth spot is still alive and so both Liverpool and Chelsea’s games are being shown.

The Reds have the upper hand in that duel as they just need a draw at home to Brighton to confirm their spot in the Champions League next season.

Antonio Conte may be taking charge of his last Premier League game as Chelsea manager (Picture: Getty Images)Chelsea got to Newcastle needing a victory and in hope of Liverpool losing at home to the Seagulls.

Liverpool vs Brighton will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event, whilst the Blues against the Magpies will be on Sky Sports Premier League.

The other match being shown is Southampton vs Manchester City, with the Saints hoping to confirm survival in the division, but City wanting to reach 100 points for the season.

Raheem Sterling has had a superb season with Manchester City (Picture: Getty Images)Southampton need a point to guarantee their safety, although a loss will probably not hurt them as Swansea need  to win and make up a 10-goal swing to overhaul the Saints.

The Swans are at home to Stoke so victory for them and a loss for Southampton is not out of the question, but the goal difference will likely be too much for them to recover from.

Southampton vs Manchester City is on Sky Sports Mix.

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Which Premier League games are on TV?

Liverpool vs Brighton – Sky Sports Main Event – 3pm

Newcastle vs Chelsea – Sky Sports Premier League – 3pm

Southampton vs Man City – Sky Sports Mix – 3pm

Premier League fixtures on the final day of the season

Burnley  vs Bournemouth

Crystal Palace vs West Brom

Huddersfield vs Arsenal

Liverpool vs Brighton

Manchester United vs Watford

Newcastle vs Chelsea

Southampton vs Manchester City

Swansea vs Stoke

Swansea City look doomed (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham vs Leicester

West Ham vs Everton

All 3pm kick-offs

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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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Jurgen Klopp names Pep Guardiola as his Premier League Manager of the Season

Jurgen Klopp believes Pep Guardiola deserves to be named Manager of the Season (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has picked out Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as his Premier League Manager of the Season.

City have dominated the English top flight this term and sealed the title in mid-April following Manchester United’s shock defeat to West Brom at Old Trafford.

Guardiola’s side have broken a number of records in the process including most the most victories, the most goals and the most points in a single campaign.

The likes of Roy Hodgson and Rafael Benitez have been touted as contenders for the Manager of the Season award, but Klopp is adamant that Guardiola deserves the prize.

‘Pep obviously has been impressive for the season… but I’m pretty close,’ he joked ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Southampton.

Pep Guardiola’s side secured the Premier League title last month (Picture: Getty)‘David Wagner and Chris Hughton, Sean Dyche, should also be close. They have done a fantastic job in a tough league.

‘Rafa [Benitez], wow. All three promoted teams staying up is a massive achievement.’

Liverpool are preparing to take on Southampton (Picture: Getty)Klopp stressed that he has temporarily put the Champions League to the back of his mind and is fully focused on this weekend’s match with Southampton.

‘People told me good luck for [the Champions League final] at the LFC awards last night,’ he said.

‘But right now it’s onto the next challenge. We need to deliver on Sunday again. It’s not a farewell thing.

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‘It’s a proper competition against a strong football team. Having no pressure, like Brighton do, can be quite positive. That’s the situation we face.

‘A lot of things can happen in football but we have eleven players and we will try and make sure we play Champions League again next year.’

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Manchester United and Liverpool transfer target Jorginho tells friends Maurizio Sarri wants to take him to Chelsea

Napoli ace Jorginho is a target for a host of Premier League clubs (Picture: Getty)Manchester United and Liverpool target Jorginho has reportedly told friends that his current manager, Maurizio Sarri, wants to take him to Chelsea if he replaces Antonio Conte.

Conte looks set for the exit door at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea on the verge of missing out on a top-four finish just a year after winning the Premier League.

Sarri, the 59-year-old Italian who has worked at Napoli for the past three years, is considered one of the favourites to replace Conte in west London.

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One of Sarri’s most influential players in Naples has been Jorginho, the Italy midfielder has featured in over 150 games for Napoli since signing from Verona in 2014.

Jorginho is attracting interest from each member of the Premier League’s top six and, according to The Times, expects to move to England this summer.

It is claimed Manchester City, Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have all scouted the Italian extensively in recent weeks and hope to secure his signature for around £53million.

Maurizio Sarri is in line to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)But Chelsea are also in the hunt and the player has reportedly told friends that he believes Sarri would be keen to sign him if he replaces Conte at the end of the season.

Recent reports suggested Manchester United were leading the race to sign Jorginho but his agent insists there has been no contact from Old Trafford chiefs.

‘I heard that Jorge Mendes would like to take him [Jorginho] to United but I do not know anything about it, nobody called me,’ Joao Santos told Radio CRC.

‘At the moment, given the two-year contract with Napoli, the last word is up to De Laurentiis [Napoli’s president].

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‘Everyone asks for information, but nobody has made any official offers so I can’t say which track is hotter.

‘I’ve already been to all the English clubs because that’s my job, I get information.

‘If he were to leave Napoli I can say that Jorginho wouldn’t play for any other team, even if he didn’t have any release clause.’

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