Transfer deadline day – Chelsea snare Aubameyang, Liverpool land Arthur

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  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back in the Premier League after completing his deadline-day switch to Chelsea

  • Antony has completed his move to Manchester United while Cristiano Ronaldo appears set to stay at Old Trafford

  • Liverpool strengthen midfield with Arthur Melo loan deal

  • Manchester City bring in Swiss centre-back Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal

  • Fulham have signed former Chelsea and Arsenal star Willian

  • Nottingham Forest make defender Loic Bade their 21st summer signing

And with that, we will wrap up for today. Thanks for joining us!


Former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back in London after completing his deadline-day switch to Chelsea.

Aubameyang only left the Emirates Stadium for Barcelona in February after his contract was terminated following a falling-out with manager Mikel Arteta.

Aubameyang has agreed a two-year contract at Stamford Bridge to become the Blues’ sixth senior signing of the transfer window.

Aubameyang said: ‘I’m really happy. It’s an honour to be part of this team and I can’t wait to start. I have some unfinished business with the Premier League so it’s good to be back and really exciting.”

Nottingham Forest make their 21st signing of the transfer window with the capture of defender Loic Bade on loan from Rennes.


Fulham completed the season-long loan of Wales winger Daniel James from Leeds.

The 24-year-old said: “I’ve spoken to the Gaffer and it feels like a great fit for me, and I can’t wait to get started.”


Wolves have signed midfielder Boubacar Traore from Metz on an initial loan deal that could turn into a permanent transfer for £9.5m.


Barcelona have completed the signing of Hector Bellerin on a free transfer.

The right-back spent last season on loan in Spain with Real Betis.

The 27-year-old was with the Barcelona academy in 2011 before leaving for Arsenal.


That is that! Another hectic transfer deadline day has come to an end but there is still time for deals to be announced, providing clubs got their deal sheet in before the 11pm cut-off.

We wait and see who made their late move.


Jan Bednarek has swapped Southampton for Aston Villa.

The Poland international, who has made over 150 appearances for the Saints, has joined Steven Gerrard’s side on a season-long loan.


Fulham have left it late but Marco Silva’s side have swooped again to bolster their front line.

Carlos Vinicius, 27, has joined from Benfica on a three-year deal.

The Brazilian will be a familiar name to Premier League fans after a loan spell at Tottenham from 2020-21.

“I’m really happy to be here. I think it’s a big club with good people, so I’m really, really happy,” Vinicius told the club website.

“I’m happy to be back in the Premier League again. I’m more experienced now and I think I can help the club.”


A third signing of the day for Southampton and a second from Manchester City, as 18-year-old defender Juan Larios joins on a five-year contract.


James Garner has left Manchester United for Everton
James Garner has left Manchester United for Everton (Dave Thompson/PA)

James Garner has become Everton’s eighth summer signing, joining for an undisclosed fee reportedly in the region of £15million from Manchester United.

The 21-year-old impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest last season but was unable to force his way into Erik ten Hag’s first-team plans at Old Trafford.

He joins Frank Lampard’s side on a four-year deal.

“I’m made up to sign for Everton. It’s a huge step in my career and I want to help the team get better while progressing as a player,” Garner told the club webiste.

“I think Everton is the perfect place to do that. I can’t wait to get started.

“The manager has got a real plan for the club and for me. Working with him on a daily basis is major for me. Him and his staff can take me and the team to the next level. That’s what I’m hoping for.”


Memphis is not walking! The former Manchester United winger has been linked with a Barcelona exit throughout the window, but took to Twitter to confirm he is staying put.

“I have decided to stay at Barca! Fully committed to contribute to the club’s sporting success,” Depay tweeted.


With an hour of the window to go, Liverpool have got their new midfielder. Brazilian Arthur Melo has signed on a season-long loan from Juventus.

The 26-year-old joined Juve from Barcelona in 2020, making 63 appearances for the Serie A giants.

He told the Liverpool website: “I’m really, really happy to be here wearing this great shirt with this famous badge that represents so much in world football, it’s a dream.

“We talked a lot, and our ideas and visions were a good fit so I’m sure it was the right choice. I’m really happy and highly motivated to continue living my dream on the pitch and giving my all in a Liverpool shirt.”


It’s a quickfire double for Southampton, who have signed promising teenage winger Samuel Edozie from Manchester City on a five-year deal.

The England Under-19 international joined City from Millwall in 2019.

Hasenhuttl said: “Samuel is another promising young player who brings good attacking qualities to us, and he is someone who fits very well with our philosophy.

“He is a quick player who has impressive technical ability, so he will be able to help our squad immediately, but we also see a lot of potential in him for the future.”


Southampton have signed versatile Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles on a season-long loan.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “Ainsley is at a good point in his career, with a lot of experience already, but he is also still a player with potential, and he is someone who can definitely help us.

“I think he fits well with us and can develop his game even further during his time here. He can also play in different positions, which is always a good thing, and I am pleased to welcome him as part of our squad.”


Two hours to go! Plenty of deals still bubbling away, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still expected to be a Chelsea player by the time Big Ben strikes 11pm. The Blues are also being linked with Juventus midfielder Denis Zakaria.

Nottingham Forest could yet take their summer signings past the 20 mark, with Michy Batshuayi and Blackpool’s Josh Bowler reportedly in their sights.


Or is it no deal? No it is definitely deal! Terrific work from Burnley’s social media admin to announce the signing of Jordan Beyer, who has joined Vincent Kompany’s Championship side on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach.


Sergino Dest has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs this summer, most notably Manchester United, but has joined AC Milan.

USA right-back Dest has joined the Serie A champions from Barcelona on loan with the option to make the deal permanent.


Manchester United’s new signing was watching on as they took on Leicester.


Leander Dendoncker has made a move across the midlands, joining Aston Villa from Wolves for an undisclosed fee.


Bit of business for French giants PSG, who have signed Valencia captain Carlos Soler.


It would appear deadline day has not gone to plan at Leeds. Reports suggested they were close to a deal for Marseille’s Bamba Dieng, with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani replying to a tweet earlier to seemingly confirm the forward’s imminent arrival.

“Let’s welcome Bamba Dieng and we will continue to work on Gapko. Now it s time to focus on the pitch and support our new project and the great job Jesse and the staff are doing,” Radrizzani wrote.

But it now seems the deal has not come off, with Radrizzani replying to the same supporter to say “we have been screwed up” but remaining upbeat about the window.

“Part of the madness of deadline day. We have been screwed up, it happens even to the best ones. We have done a great market, planned and executed our targets at very early stage. Keep going,” Radrizzani’s second tweet read.


A couple of youngsters are on the way to Italy!

Wales international Ethan Ampadu, who spent last season on loan at Venezia, has joined Spezia on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

And Manchester City’s 22-year-old midfielder Claudio Gomes has moved to Palermo on a permanent deal.


Speculation over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo has been running throughout the window.

The Portuguese star was said to want a move away from Old Trafford but he has been named on the bench for United away at Leicester tonight which would seem to confirm he will be staying at the club.

Meanwhile, Leicester’s Youri Tielemans has been the subject of rumours but he is also in action at the King Power Stadium. The Belgium international is out of contract at the end of the season but it seems he will be staying with the Foxes until January at least.


Billy Gilmour could end the day as a Brighton player
Billy Gilmour could end the day as a Brighton player (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Five hours left of the Premier League summer transfer window 2022. Still plenty of clubs looking to add to their squads, with Chelsea, Leicester, Leeds and Fulham among those on the hunt for additions before 11pm.

Reports also suggest Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour could be set for a permanent move to Brighton and Southampton are closing in on a deal for Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car.


Manchester United have completed the signing of Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on a season-long loan.

The 33-year-old has been at St James’ Park since 2018 but has fallen down the pecking order following Nick Pope’s summer arrival from Burnley.

Dubravka has now moved to Old Trafford as back-up to David De Gea, with United understood to be paying a £2million loan fee.

There is a £6million obligation if the Slovakia international starts a certain number of Premier League games.


Fulham fans were waiting for a deadline day deal and two have come along in half an hour!

This time it is a player who is no stranger to the Premier League – former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian.

The 34-year-old, who has 70 caps for Brazil, has joined the Cottagers on a free transfer following his departure from Corinthians.

“Fulham is a special club, a club that wants to improve, that wants to fight for something bigger, so I’m here to help, and I cant wait to get started,” Willian told the club website.


Idrissa Gueye is back at Everton
Idrissa Gueye is back at Everton (Nick Potts/PA)

Look who’s back! Three years after leaving Everton for PSG, Idrissa Gueye is back at Goodison Park.

The Senegal international spent three years with Everton from 2016 and returns on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

“There is no better feeling than coming back home,” Gueye told the club website. “I am very happy to be here at Everton again, to help and to work hard. I’ll give my soul to this team.

“Coming back here was important to me because I feel like I’m in my home. I’ve followed the team every week and watched how they play. For me, there is no better place than Everton, so that’s why I chose to come back here.

“There is also a great atmosphere at the stadium and everyone here is like a family. I felt very, very good when I was here [the first time] and even when I went to Paris, I kept in touch with some of the players here and continued to support the team.

“For me, it’s special. I told PSG if I am going to leave it will be for one team — and that was Everton.”


Fulham are up and running on deadline day with the arrival of left-back Layvin Kurzawa on a season-long loan from Paris St Germain.

The former Monaco full-back, who joined PSG in 2015, told the club website: “I feel very, very happy to be here. It’s a family here, everyone is very cool.

“I’ve watched every Fulham game this season, and I can’t wait to play with this team.”


It has been a tough summer for Ajax, losing their manager Erik ten Hag and star players Lisandro Martinez and Antony all to Manchester United. But there is some good news on deadline day with the arrival of Austria international Florian Grillitsch.


It is presentation day in Spain for Sergio Reguilon, who will spend the season on loan at Atletico Madrid from Tottenham.


Bit of news from Spain where LaLiga giants Barcelona have terminated Martin Braithwaite’s contract. The 31-year-old Denmark striker joined the Catalan club in February 2020 from Leganes and has scored five goals and provided three assists in his 44 league games.


Eight hours to go until the window closes! Plenty of time for business to be done. Will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang be a blue by the end of the day? Could Douglas Luiz end Thursday as a Gunner? Stay with us to find out…


Bournemouth make a bold push forward into the post-Scott Parker era by boosting their ranks with the addition of defender Jack Stephens on loan from south coast rivals Southampton.


Leeds boss Jesse Marsch is remaining tight-lipped over possible transfer targets – but he did confirm Elland Road is a hive of activity on deadline day.

The Whites are hoping for a successful end to their summer-long hunt for a striker after Rodrigo dislocated his shoulder in the midweek draw against Everton.

PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo has opted to remain in the Eredivisie according to some reports, while others claim Marseille’s Bamba Dieng is close to completing a deal to join the Yorkshire club.

PSV Eindhoven's Cody Gakpo
PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo, left, has been linked to Leeds (Zac Goodwin/PA)

On possible last-ditch transfer deals, Marsch said: “No comment because there is so much going on at Elland Road. (Director of football) Victor (Orta) is active.

“Different discussions have been made about strikers. I’m not sure how it will play out. I haven’t had an update yet.”

Marsch, whose side play at Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday, also refused to comment on reports linking winger Dan James with a move away from Leeds.



PA understands Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is closing in on a move to Barcelona.

The right-back has found himself surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium and looks set to return to his former club.

The move is likely to be pushed through by Arsenal terminating Bellerin’s contract or by allowing him to leave on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, Hull have signed Adama Traore – no, not that one.

The 27-year-old Mali midfielder has signed a two-year contract after arriving as a free agent following his departure from Hatayspor.


Oriol Romeu had a message for Southampton fans after calling time on his seven-year stint at St Mary’s to join Girona.


Nineteen. That’s how many signings Nottingham Forest have made following promotion as Willy Boly becomes the latest new recruit at the City Ground.

The Reds have secured the Ivorian defender on a two-year contract after five campaigns with Wolves.

Over in Burnley, the Vincent Kompany revolution continues as striker Halil Dervisoglu joins on a season-long loan from Brentford. Only a 15th summer signing for the Clarets – those are rookie numbers.


Another Championship deal is done as Blackburn bring in defender Clinton Mola on loan from Stuttgart for the rest of the season.


This is not something you see every day! Leicester have made a signing – only their second of the window. The Foxes have moved quickly to replace Wesley Fofana, who joined Chelsea for £70million, with the capture of Wout Faes from Ligue 1 side Reims on a five-year deal.

“This is the dream step in my career and I’m very happy to be here,” said Faes, whose one senior Belgium cap came as a substitute in a Nations League win over Poland in June, on

“I’m progressing year after year, and I hope to continue doing the same here. All the facilities and knowledge is here to help me to get even better. I will have to work hard, but I will give 100 per cent to help the team.”


Another bit of news from the second tier. Josh Harrop is free to find another club after leaving Preston by mutual consent.


In the Sky Bet Championship, Watford are still reshaping their squad and former England international Danny Rose is a casualty as he departs Vicarage Road following the mutual termination of his contract.


Josko Gvardiol has been linked with Chelsea this summer but the Croatian defender is staying in Germany after signing a one-year contract extension with RB Leipzig.



There’s movement in the blue half of Manchester too as City manage to recruit Swiss centre-back Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal.

“I am delighted to be here, and can’t wait to get started,” the 27-year-old told

“City have been one of the best teams in Europe over the last few seasons. They are brilliant to watch, play an exciting brand of football and compete for trophies year in, year out, so coming here feels like the perfect next step in my career.

“Pep Guardiola is an exceptional manager, and this is an exceptional squad of players, so this is an exciting opportunity for me.

“I am really looking forward to testing myself in the Premier League and I will do everything I can to help this club be successful.”

Elsewhere, Oriol Romeu has departed Southampton for Girona after spending seven years at St Mary’s.


Manchester United get the ball rolling on deadline day by confirming the capture of Brazilian forward Antony from Ajax on a contract running until 2027 with the option of an additional year.

“This is an incredible moment in my career to be joining one of the most iconic clubs in the world,” he told “I’m thankful to everyone who has believed in me, especially my family, and all my coaches and team-mates, because I could not have got here without them.

“Playing under Erik ten Hag at Ajax was perfect for me and my development. His style of football and coaching brings out the best in me, and I am excited by what he has told me about his plans and ambitions in Manchester.”


Welcome to the PA news agency’s live transfer deadline day blog.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s immediate future will be decided on the final day of the summer window. The debate over whether he will remain at Manchester United after the 11pm deadline is ongoing despite boss Erik ten Hag having played down suggestions the 37-year-old could leave the club.

United’s moves for Ajax forward Antony and Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka are works in progress.

Chelsea could flash the chequebook again on Thursday after completing the signing of £70million Leicester defender Wesley Fofana on Wednesday. Barcelona’s former Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha, AC Milan’s Rafael Leao and Arsen Zakharyan of Dynamo Moscow are reported targets for the Blues.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha might attract some late bids on transfer deadline day (Nick Potts/PA)

Elsewhere, Liverpool may need midfield cover after Jordan Henderson suffered an injury during Wednesday night’s win over Newcastle, with Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz touted as a possible target for the Reds.

Will Arsenal make a move for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans? The Gunners have also been linked with Zaha and Wolves duo Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves.