Transfer Deadline Day LIVE! Chelsea FC sign Saul Niguez; Tomiyasu to Arsenal; Man Utd, Spurs latest rumours

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Transfer Deadline Day LIVE! Chelsea FC sign Saul Niguez; Tomiyasu to Arsenal; Man Utd, Spurs latest rumours
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Transfer deadline day - LIVE!

One of the most incredible transfer window’s in history closed on Tuesday night with Chelsea signing Saul Niguez.

The midfielder has joined from Atletico Madrid on an initial loan with an option to buy for £30million next summer.

However, the Blues’ bid to sign France defender Jules Kounde failed to come off after Sevilla rejected what they have described as an "unsatisfactory" offer.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have agreed an £17.2million deal to buy defender Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna, while Tottenham have confirmed the £25.7m signing of Barcelona right-back Emerson on a five-year contract.

Cristiano Ronaldo has officially completed his sensational return to Manchester United today after passing a medical and penning a lucrative two-year contract, though Kylian Mbappe is one superstar staying put.

His proposed move to Real Madrid this month is off. Real offered £189m to sign Mbappe but walked away after Paris Saint-Germain stalled on the deal. Mbappe is now set to join Real on a free when his contract expires next summer.

See how the final day of the window unfloded in our LIVE blog below!

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Transfer deadline day latest news

  • Ronaldo completes Man United return

  • Chelsea say Saul is a ‘proven winner'

  • Arsenal set to sign ex-Spurs target Tomiyasu

  • Bellerin joins Real Betis on loan

  • Tottenham confirm Royal signing

  • West Ham sign Kral after securing Vlasic deal

  • Mbappe to stay at PSG

  • Real Madrid sign Camavinga

  • Palace seal £14m Edouard signing

Griezmann’s shock move back to Atletico

07:28 , Marco Giacomelli

Antoine Griezmann has made a surprise return to Atletico Madrid from Barcelona on a season-long loan.

The 30-year-old France forward scored 133 goals in 257 matches during his first spell with Atletico, catching the eye of Barcelona who bought him for £103m in 2019.

However, the World Cup winner largely failed to make his mark at the Catalan club, scoring 22 goals in 74 La Liga games.

Chelsea say Saul Niguez is a ‘proven winner’

07:23 , Marco Giacomelli

So it went the distance, but Chelsea managed to get the Saul Niguez deal over the line.

Blues director Marina Granovskaia described the midfielder as “a proven winner”, and the 26-year-old, who has joined from Atletico Madrid, helped bolsters the club’s bid to regain the Champions League.

The transfer window is shut!

Tuesday 31 August 2021 23:03 , Giuseppe Muro

Clubs who have been granted an extension to finalise deals have until 1am to get all of the paperwork sent across to the Premier League.

Aurier bids adieu to Tottenham

Tuesday 31 August 2021 23:00 , Giuseppe Muro

Serge Aurier has confirmed his Tottenham exit after his contract is terminated by mutual consent.

Spurs were desperate to offload Aurier after completing a £25.7million deal to sign Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal on a five-year contract.

They were willing to listen to offers for Aurier but could not to find a buyer and have now ripped up his contract by mutual consent.

Aurier, who joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, has one year remaining on his Tottenham deal but has been told he has no future at the club.

The Ivorian played 110 times for the north London side, scoring eight goals.

Aurier said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Spurs and would like to thank the club and the fans, but I feel now is the right time for me to move onto a new challenge.”

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Arteta looking forward to working with Tomiyasu

Tuesday 31 August 2021 22:52 , Daniel Gallan

Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta is need of some defensive solidity and he’ll hope he’s found exactly that in Japan’s Takehiro Tomiyasu who has joined from Italian club Bologna.

“Takehiro is a strong defender with good experience in Serie A and at international level,” Arteta said on the club’s website announcing the transfer.

“He’s a versatile defender with great defensive qualities, high technical ability and composure on the ball. He will be an important member of our squad. We look forward to Takehiro joining up with us when he returns from international duty.”

Technical director Edu added: “We’re delighted to have signed Takehiro. We’ve been watching him for a while now and we’re pleased that we have reached an agreement with Bologna. He is an important addition to our squad.”

Tomiyasu will wear the number 18 shirt.

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Takehiro Tomiyasu completes deal with Arsenal

Tuesday 31 August 2021 22:48 , Daniel Gallan

Few clubs in Europe have had a busier few hours than Arsenal. Japan’s Takehiro Tomiyasu has officially joined the Gunners, so says Fabrizio Romano.

The 22-year-old defender who can play at centre back or right back is a welcome addition to Mikel Arteta’s beleaguered side.

Wolverine loves Bellerin (and supports Real Betis)

Tuesday 31 August 2021 22:28 , Daniel Gallan

Promise, we haven’t made that up.

Bellerin loan deal confirmed

Tuesday 31 August 2021 22:22 , Daniel Gallan

Hector Bellerin has joined Real Betis on loan.

The right-back has been pushing to leave Arsenal and secured a loan switch to La Liga late on deadline day.

The deal does not include an option to buy Bellerin, who has spent his entire career at Arsenal with the exception of a short loan spell at Watford in the 2013-14 season.

Bellerin has spoken in the past about his dad being a Real Betis fan and how he used to wear a Betis shirt when he played football growing up.

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Tottenham looking to cut Aurier

Tuesday 31 August 2021 22:18 , Daniel Gallan

Tottenham are in talks to terminate Serge Aurier’s contract a year early after failing to find a buyer for the right-back before the deadline.

Spurs were desperate to offload Aurier after completing a £25.7million deal to sign Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal on a five-year contract.

They were willing to listen to offers for Aurier but could not to find a buyer and have now entered discussions with Aurier about ripping up his contract.

Aurier, who joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, has one year remaining on his Tottenham deal but has been told he has no future at the club.


45 minutes left. Any more twists?

Tuesday 31 August 2021 22:15 , Daniel Gallan

It’s been wild.

Edouard signs for Crystal Palace

Tuesday 31 August 2021 21:56 , Daniel Gallan

Crystal Palace have signed Odsonne Edouard from Celtic on a four-year deal.

He’s been on Patrick Vieira’s radar for some time now and the new Eagles boss has got his man.

The 23-year-old striker arrives in south London having scored three goals already in the 2021/22 Scottish Premiership, taking his tally with Celtic to a 86 goals from 179 appearances.

Speaking with Palace TV, Edouard said: “I’m very happy to be here today. I can’t [wait] start to train with the team and to play for this club… Scoring goals in the Premier League may be the biggest challenge in my career. But I’m confident in myself and my teammates to be successful.”

For a side that looks short of goals despite already possessing some attacking talents, this young Frenchman could prove the difference in south London.


Edouard signs for Crystal Palace

Tuesday 31 August 2021 21:56 , Daniel Gallan

Crystal Palace have signed Odsonne Edouard from Celtic on a four-year deal.

He’s been on Patrick Vieira’s radar for some time now and the new Eagles boss has got his man.

The 23-year-old striker arrives in south London having scored three goals already in the 2021/22 Scottish Premiership, taking his tally with Celtic to a 86 goals from 179 appearances.

Speaking with Palace TV, Edouard said: “I’m very happy to be here today. I can’t [wait] start to train with the team and to play for this club… Scoring goals in the Premier League may be the biggest challenge in my career. But I’m confident in myself and my teammates to be successful.”

For a side that looks short of goals despite already possessing some attacking talents, this young Frenchman could prove the difference in south London.


Looks like Bellerin deal is as good as done

Tuesday 31 August 2021 21:52 , Daniel Gallan

Seems as if the Spanish right back is moving to Spain.

West Ham’s Xande Silva could be heading to Nottingham Forest

Tuesday 31 August 2021 21:42 , Daniel Gallan

As Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser confirms, Nottingham Forest are pushing to sign young West Ham striker Xande Silva before the close of the transfer window tonight.

Talks are being held over a £200,000 deal to take the forward to the City Ground, with West Ham looking for a sell on clause of 40 per cent.

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Griezman back at Atletico Madrid

Tuesday 31 August 2021 21:39 , Daniel Gallan

It’s been a summer of reunions. This time French striker Antoine Griezmann is trading the stripes of Barcelona for the stripes of Atletico Madrid as he links up once again with the Spanish champions.

It’s a two-year loan deal with the option to buy for €40million (£34.35 million).

According to Fabrizio Romano, João Felix is not part of the deal as earlier reports had indicated he might be.

Barcelona are instead working to complete Luuk de Jong deal with Sevilla.

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Cristiano is a Red (again)

Tuesday 31 August 2021 21:05 , Daniel Gallan

There it is. Cristiano Ronaldo is back in the red of Manchester United. This is what fans had been waiting to see.

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Arsenal’s Alex Runnarson sent out on loan

Tuesday 31 August 2021 20:52 , Daniel Gallan

Arsenal’s third choice goalkeeper Alex Runnarsson has been sent out on loan to Belgian club OH Leuven in search of regular game time.

The 26-year-old with ten caps for his native Iceland has made just six first team appearances for the Gunners since joining last September from French side Dijon.

On the club’s website, Arsenal have wished the player “the best of health and success during his time in the Belgian top division.”

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Kral move confirmed as West Ham get their man

Tuesday 31 August 2021 20:35 , Daniel Gallan

Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser reports that West Ham have completed the deadline-day signing of midfielder Alex Kral from Spartak Moscow.

The 23-year-old has been a target of Hammers boss David Moyes since the start of the window and joins on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

Should Kral make a certain number of starts for West Ham during his time on loan over the season then that option becomes an obligation for the east Londoners.

Kral, formerly of Slavia Prague, joins Czech Republic teammates Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal at the London Stadium and will meet the rest of the squad following the international break. Kral was named in the Czech squad for this current break.

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Koundé not going to Chelsea

Tuesday 31 August 2021 20:24 , Daniel Gallan

it’s hard to imagine after so many wins in this transfer window, but Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea have failed to nab one of their targets.

Jules Koundé will not be wearing the blue of the European champions as Seville stood firm, refusing to let their 22-year-old French defender leave for anything less than his 80million euros release clause.

Kounde, who joined the La Liga side in 2019, has made 91 appearances for Sevilla and attracted the attention of many of Europe’s top clubs.

Now, Tuchel must make do with the superstars he has. How ever will he manage?


Bellerin inching closer to Real Betis loan

Tuesday 31 August 2021 20:11 , Daniel Gallan

Hope is growing that Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin will complete his loan move to Real Betis before the window closes in just under three hours, says Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser.

The right-back is keen to leave north London after a decade at the club but there have been issues over wages on the final day of the window.

They seem to have been resolved now while the Spaniard has completed his medical. Arsenal’s signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bolonga knocks Bellerin further down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta.


Lingard to fight for place at Old Trafford

Tuesday 31 August 2021 19:47 , Daniel Gallan

Jesse Lingard will definitely remain at Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s blessing, according to Standard Sport’s James Robson.

The England international enjoyed a stunning second half of last season when inspiring West Ham’s charge to Europa League qualification.

But the Hammers’ failure to come up with an acceptable bid - plus Lingard’s own desire to fight for his future will see him remain at Old Trafford until at least January.

It’s understood Solskjaer is happy to reintegrate the forward into his squad, despite the fact that playing time is likely to be limited.

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Gray joins QPR on loan

Tuesday 31 August 2021 19:35 , Daniel Gallan

Andre Gray has joined his eighth club as he’ll pull on the blue and white hoops of Queens Park Rangers this season.

The 30-year-old striker will set up shop in West London after being loaned out from Watford.

Gray will link up once again with manager Mark Warburton whom he played under at Brentford in the 2014/15 season and scored 17 league goals en route to the Championship playoffs.

“I wanted to go somewhere where I can try to get back to my best,” Gray, who has made over 100 Premier League appearances, was quoted on the club’s website.

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Villa full-back joins Strasbourg

Tuesday 31 August 2021 19:24 , Giuseppe Muro

Aston Villa full-back Frederic Guilbert has joined French side Strasbourg on loan.

Mbappe to stay in Paris

Tuesday 31 August 2021 19:09 , Daniel Gallan

The biggest story of this summer’s transfer window has now closed. Kylian Mbappe will remain a Paris Saint-Germain player despite Real Madrid offering to pay £189million for the French forward.

According to Sky Sports, the deal stalled when PSG failed to respond to the bid in time. As such, the Spanish serial-winners will refocus their efforts in the January window.

The 22-year-old’s PSG contract expires at the end of the current campaign and he has made it clear to the club he has no intention of extending the deal.

He joined PSG from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco in 2017 and has gone on to win three French titles and three French cups with the side.

Mbappe was also part of the France squad that lifted the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

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Ampadu commits to Chelsea and packs his gear for Venice

Tuesday 31 August 2021 19:03 , Daniel Gallan

Chelsea’s 20-year-old Welsh centre back has secured his his long-term future with the Blues, signing a contract that extends his stay in West London until 2024.

However, he won’t be part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans this season as he’s on his way to join Italian side Venezia on loan.

This is his third laon spell having spent time in the English and German top flights, with Sheffield United and RB Leipzig.

Ampadu played in all three of Wales’ group games as they reached the knockout stages of Euro 2020 in the summer, having been a regular for his country since making his debut aged 17.

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West Ham not done with Kral signing

Tuesday 31 August 2021 18:58 , Giuseppe Muro

West Ham may not be quite done following the signing of Alex Kral from Spartak Moscow, as Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser reports.

The midfielder is set to join on a season-long loan with an option to buy which will become an obligation after a certain amount of starts.

Once he has signed his new deal with the club, attention will turn to a signing for the future for a fee of around £1million. It may not come off in time but there is a chance of a third deadline day arrival.

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Tottenham make Royal signing from Barcelona

Tuesday 31 August 2021 18:42 , Daniel Gallan

Tottenham have completed the signing of Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal on a five-year contract.Emerson completed a medical this morning after the clubs agreed a fee worth around €30million (£25.75 million), with the deal thought to include add-ons.

Spurs coach Nuno Espirito Santo has targeted an new right-back this summer and Spurs decided to pursue Emerson despite their apparent failure to find a buyer for Serge Aurier.

Emerson will compete with Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty for a place in Nuno’s side, with Aurier unlikely to play a significant part in the final year of his contract.

The Brazil international, who joined Barca from Atletico Mineiro in 2019 but has spent the past two seasons at Real Betis, was also targeted by Arsenal but favoured a move to their north London rivals. Arsenal are instead set to sign Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu, who was the subject of interest from Spurs.

Spurs said: “We are delighted to announce the signing of Emerson Royal from Barcelona, subject to international clearance and a work permit. The right-back has signed a contract with us until 2026 and will wear the number 12 shirt.”

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Saul deal done

Tuesday 31 August 2021 18:23 , Daniel Gallan

We expected this one to drag on a bit, but Fabrizio Romano (who else?) has just confirmed that Chelsea have acquired a serious player for the season.

Saúl Ñíguez, the 26-year-old defensive midfielder from Spain, is leaving Atletico Madrid to join Thomas Tuchel and his European champions.

The deal is worth a reported £4million. Saúl will be in London soon to sign the contract.

Does this now make the Blues favourites for the title?

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Too many teams in one season? Sima denied Brighton return

Tuesday 31 August 2021 18:08 , Daniel Gallan

As far as obscure football rules go, this one is quite something.

Saul saga continues to see-saw

Tuesday 31 August 2021 17:54 , Daniel Gallan

Standard Sport’s James Robson has more on this topsy turvy transfer deadline day yarn: “Chelsea are still trying to get Saul done. Clear intention to bring him to the club before deadline. Tuchel sees him as someone who can make an immediate impression.”

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Mendes joins PSG

Tuesday 31 August 2021 17:50 , Daniel Gallan

Fabrizio Romano has the inside line again and this time reports that Nuno Mendes, one of the best left backs in the world, has joined PSG on a season long loan from Sporting Lisbon worth around £6 million with the option to buy for £34 million.

Left back was a problem (relatively) area for the Frencg giants. Now that that’s sorted, they have quite the team. Anyone fancy playing against this lot?

Real Madrid secure French teenage sensation Camavinga

Tuesday 31 August 2021 17:41 , Daniel Gallan

The 18-year-old is one of the most exciting talents on the continent and attracted the interest of Manchester United.

However, Real Madrid have just announced on their website that they have won the tug of war for the dazzling midfielder and have snapped him up for six seasons until 2027. The deal is reportedly worth around £27 million with add-ons taking it to around £34 million.

Camavinga has won four caps for the French national side and has starred for Renne in Ligue 1.

He was born in a refugee camp in Miconge, Angola in 2002, to Congolese parents, who fled from Kinshasa. His family moved to France when he was 2.

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André-Frank Zambo Anguissa is off to Italy but committed to Fulham

Tuesday 31 August 2021 17:35 , Daniel Gallan

Fulham’s André-Frank Zambo Anguissa is set to join Napoli on a season long loan. But before he packed his things for his Italian job he signed a a new deal that now ties him to Craven Cottage until the summer of 2024.

Fulham wished their midfielder with 66 appearances for the club “all the best”.

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Brighton bulking up their strike force

Tuesday 31 August 2021 17:27 , Daniel Gallan

Brighton are set to complete the signing of striker Abdallah Sima from Czech side Slavia Prague, according to Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser.

The striker, who had been on the radar of Arsenal and West Ham in recent months, is expected to complete a deadline day switch to the south coast club.

Sima will become the latest product of Slavia to make their way to the Premier League after West Ham duo Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal. Czech midfielder Alex Kral, who has agreed a loan with an option deal to join West Ham from Spartak Moscow, is also a former Slavia man.

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So much for Instagram, Maitland-Niles staying at Arsenal

Tuesday 31 August 2021 17:13 , Daniel Gallan

Despite taking to social media with one of the most audacious ‘come-and-get-me’ pleas, it looks like Ainsley Maitland-Niles will remain with the Gunners.

Tomiyasu completes Arsenal medical

Tuesday 31 August 2021 17:03 , Giuseppe Muro

According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal have just secured the services of 22-year-old Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu following a succesful medial.

The deal for the now former Bologna defender, who can play both in the middle and down the right, is reportedly worth £19.8million.

Tomiyasu’s arrival comes with Gunners right-back Bellerin having a medical in London ahead of a loan move to Real Betis with an option to buy.

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‘Hudson-Odoi is staying put’ says Chelsea boss

Tuesday 31 August 2021 16:46 , Daniel Gallan

According to Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has ruled out a loan exit for Callum Hudson-Odoi today.

Talks had been held with German side Borussia Dortmund over a loan move in recent days but the Chelsea boss has put the stoppers on any move for Hudson-Odoi.

The winger, who had initially wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge this summer, was keen on the move but has now found his attempts to leave un vain. There were a few other enquiries but Dortmund was the only real option.

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Arsenal wish Reiss Nelson all the best as he heads across the pond to Feyenoord

Tuesday 31 August 2021 16:43 , Daniel Gallan

Arsenal’s 21-year-old attacking midfielder Reiss Nelson is packing his bags and heading across the Channel to spend a season on loan with Feyenoord in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Not that the Gunners are too sad to see him go. On the contrary, this is a wonderful opportunity for the young man to get some regular game time and the North London club have wished him all the best.

Nelson joined the Arsenal academy when he was just nine-years-old and signed as a scholar in 2016. It’s not his first trip abroad as he spent the 2018/19 on loan in Germany with Hoffenheim.

Griezmann to Atletico deal “moving very fast"

Tuesday 31 August 2021 16:37 , Daniel Gallan

It’s all quite manic at the moment. But one of the biggest deals of the transfer window is gaining speed according to Get French Football News (GFFN) - quoting L’Équipe - as Antoine Griezmann is close to leaving Barcelona and linking up with his old pals at Atletico Madrid.

Daniel James signs for Leeds

Tuesday 31 August 2021 16:34 , Daniel Gallan

The last Welsh winger to head north-east up the M62 to trade the red of Manchester for the white of Leeds went by the name of Lee Sharpe.

This time, it’s young Daniel James who just signed a five-year contract, which will run until the summer of 2026, for an undisclosed fee.

Victor Orta, Director of Football at Leeds United, has been a huge fan of the player over recent years (according to the club’s website): “I have to say a huge thank you to my team firstly – the football department have been monitoring Daniel for a number of years and every member of my team has worked hard to get this deal over the line. It is no secret that Daniel is a player we have been keen to acquire for a number of years and today we achieved our goal.

“As a player we feel Daniel is an excellent fit for a Marcelo Bielsa team, he is quick, direct and works hard – we look forward to him joining up with the squad, finally!”

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Hector Bellerin poised to leave Arsenal

Tuesday 31 August 2021 16:23 , Daniel Gallan

Arsenal’s industrious right back with an eye for fashion and a mind for climate crisis has completed a medical ahead of the proposed loan move to Spanish club real Betis.

According to David Ornstein from the Athletic, it’s all wrapped up. Everyone is just waiting on approval from La Liga.

The 26-year-old Spanish international will return to Arsenal at some stage as there is no option to buy.

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Saul is keen to link up with Chelsea

Tuesday 31 August 2021 16:01 , Daniel Gallan

According to the Telegraph, Saul Niguez is “keen” to join Chelsea and just needs to the go ahead from his current employers Atletico Madrid.

A possible loan deal with the option to buy down the road has kept the conversation flowing between the two clubs after an initial bid had stalled negotiations.

This could be one of those transfers that runs all night.

Saul is keen to link up with Chelsea

Tuesday 31 August 2021 16:01 , Daniel Gallan

According to the Telegraph, Saul Niguez is “keen” to join Chelsea and just needs to the go ahead from his current employers Atletico Madrid.

A possible loan deal with the option to buy down the road has kept the conversation flowing between the two clubs after an initial bid had stalled negotiations.

This could be one of those transfers that runs all night.

Saul saga takes another twist

Tuesday 31 August 2021 15:43 , Daniel Gallan

Chelsea are bending over backwards to get their man.

Nuno Mendes is going.... somewhere

Tuesday 31 August 2021 15:41 , Daniel Gallan

News has just broken that Sporting are prepared to sell their 19-year-old left back Nuno Mendes. Where he’ll land up remains to be seen.

Real Madrid, Manchester United, City and Barcelona are all possible destinations but the emerging front runners for the young man’s signature is PSG.

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Tottenham looking to shed some extra weight

Tuesday 31 August 2021 15:33 , Daniel Gallan

Tottenham are hoping to find a permanent buyer for centre-half Cameron Carter-Vickers before the deadline, with Newcastle and Celtic interested in the centre-half.

The USA international has entered the final year of his contract, so another spell on loan is not thought to be under consideration.

The 23-year-old started at Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League and is recovering from a knee injury suffered in the 1-0 defeat in Portugal.

Spurs are conscious that Joe Rodon has been injured and Cristian Romero is facing a spell in quarantine after international duty, but they still consider Carter-Vickers expendable, with Ben Davies and Japhet Tanganga comfortable at centre-half.

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Seville not happy with Chelsea’s “unsatisfactory” offer for Kounde

Tuesday 31 August 2021 15:23 , Daniel Gallan

Ouch. That’ll hurt. According to the BBC, Seville have branded Chelsea’s offer for their French defender Jules Kounde as “unsatisfactory”.

Needless to say they’ve rejected it.

The Spanish club are standing firm over the fee required for Kounde, insisting he will not be allowed to join the Blues for less than his €80million (£68.6million) release clause.

Sevilla sporting director Monchi, confirmed In a press conference a bid had been rejected for the 22-year-old.

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Jerome Boateng leaves Bayern Munich after 10 years

Tuesday 31 August 2021 15:10 , Daniel Gallan

The World Cup winning centre who won 22 trophies in ten years with Bayern Munich is leaving Bavaria to join French outfit Olympique Lyonnais. He joins as a free agent.

Boateng, 32, earned 229 caps for the German giants and has played 76 times for his country.

More to come.

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Griezmann for Joao Felix swap?

Tuesday 31 August 2021 14:37 , George Flood

Now this is a doozy.

ESPN are reporting in the last few minutes that talks have begun between LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona over a swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix.

Apparently Barca failed with a loan bid for Felix yesterday before coming back with that blockbuster swap offer.

Is there enough time to get a deal as big as that with all the different components over the line before tonight’s deadline?!

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Camavinga to join Real Madrid

Tuesday 31 August 2021 14:31 , George Flood

One of the biggest deals of this deadline day has now been fully agreed!

Per Fabrizio Romano, France starlet Eduardo Camavinga has settled on personal terms with Real Madrid, signing his contract in the last few minutes.

The move is worth €31m plus add-ons, with Camavinga previously heavily linked with the likes of Manchester United.

Is that the end of the Mbappe talk until January?

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Saul to Chelsea hopes not over yet

Tuesday 31 August 2021 14:22 , George Flood

Further updates on the Jules Kounde/Saul Niguez to Chelsea front.

The Telegraph’s Matt Law suggests that there is still some life in terms of the Saul pursuit.

But there seems to be considerable doubt that Chelsea will be willing to pay Kounde’s full €80m release clause.

Can they call Sevilla’s bluff?

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Done deal! Burnley sign Roberts from Swansea

Tuesday 31 August 2021 14:12 , George Flood

Not too many deals over the line so far today, but there has now been movement at Burnley.

The Clarets signed Maxwel Cornet from Lyon earlier this week and have now added Wales full-back Connor Roberts from Swansea on a four-year deal.

The 25-year-old is Burnley’s fifth signing of the summer.

“It’s great to add another player with strong international experience to our squad and provide an opportunity for Connor to play Premier League football again having provided outstanding service to Swansea and impressed on the international stage with Wales,” said Burnley chairman Alan Pace.

North of the border, meanwhile, Celtic have loaned striker Leigh Griffiths to Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee.

Real Madrid not giving up on Mbappe

Tuesday 31 August 2021 13:42 , George Flood

Perhaps the Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid saga isn’t quite over for this summer just yet.

Reports from France last night suggested that Los Blancos had withdrawn from talks having not heard back from PSG with regards to their second, improved bid for the French superstar worth a total of €180m.

However, Sky Sports now say that Madrid have not given up hope at this stage and that there is a small chance the deal could still be done.

Watch this space...

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Monchi offers Kounde to Chelsea update

Tuesday 31 August 2021 13:21 , George Flood

How unusual to see a sporting director hold a press conference halfway through deadline day!

Here’s what Monchi had to say about Chelsea’s attempts to sign Jules Kounde...

“The only written, formal offer from Chelsea came last Wednesday, around 5pm,” he insisted.

“We weren’t satisfied with the offer, and it was linked to Chelsea selling a player. It was a decent fee but it didn’t meet our criteria.

”We haven’t spoken with Chelsea since Friday night. We all decided that it was best Jules didn’t travel to Elche. It’s normal for players to be affected by news of any kind. Last year he had the interest from City and now Chelsea this year.

“Kounde’s clause never went up to €90m. It has always been €80m.”

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Done deals!

Tuesday 31 August 2021 13:03 , George Flood

Just to bring you up to date with a couple of deals that went through earlier but flew under the radar amid the Cristiano Ronaldo show.

Highly-rated right-back Dujon Sterling has signed a new contract at Chelsea before joining Championship side Blackpool on loan.

On the south coast, meanwhile, Brighton have clinched the signing of former Barcelona midfielder Marc Cucurella from Getafe.

Kral complications for West Ham

Tuesday 31 August 2021 12:51 , George Flood

Here’s the full story from Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser as West Ham attempt to sign Czech Republic and Spartak Moscow midfielder Alex Kral...

West Ham are pushing to add Czech Republic international Alex Kral on loan before the transfer window closes on Tuesday night.

The Spartak Moscow midfielder has long been a target for David Moyes and would add to an already strong Czech contingent in east London, with Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal key members of the West Ham squad.

Talks are ongoing over a loan deal with an option or obligation to buy at the end of the season.

Kral's agent is understood to be in London to help move the deal along quickly, but the player himself is with the Czech Republic squad ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Thursday and manager Jaroslav Silhavy is thought to be reluctant to let the midfielder leave due to a lack of options.

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Cavani to Barcelona ‘not happening'

Tuesday 31 August 2021 12:37 , George Flood

Edinson Cavani to Barcelona is a rumour that has been doing the rounds today.

However, Fabrizio Romano now insists that deal is not happening.

He reports the Uruguayan striker is committed to staying at Manchester United, where he signed a one-year contract extension in May.

Will the former PSG star keep his no7 shirt with Ronaldo now back in town?

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Saul a no-go for Chelsea; Kounde update

Tuesday 31 August 2021 12:23 , George Flood

However, it doesn’t look like good news on the Saul Niguez to Chelsea front.

Multiple outlets are now reporting that Atletico Madrid have blocked the deal.

Meanwhile, Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi has just said this about Jules Kounde at a press conference in Spain...

“Kounde can leave before midnight if anybody pays his clause, then we can do nothing,” he said.

“He has the same chance to leave as all his team-mates.”

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Tomiyasu to Arsenal ‘here we go’

Tuesday 31 August 2021 12:17 , George Flood

Takehiro Tomiyasu to Arsenal now has the coveted ‘here we go’ treatment from Fabrizio Romano.

The transfer specialist says a deal worth €20m (£16m) plus a further €3m in add-ons is in place with Bologna.

Tomiyasu has now agreed personal terms and will undergo a medical this afternoon ahead of an official announcement later on.

Zouma takes no4 shirt at West Ham

Tuesday 31 August 2021 12:13 , George Flood

West Ham are working to add further to David Moyes’s squad today but have just confirmed some more news about one man already in the door.

Kurt Zouma, signed from Chelsea for £29.8m last week, will wear the No4 shirt in east London.

Crystal Palace to clinch Edouard deal

Tuesday 31 August 2021 11:57 , George Flood

Crystal Palace are finalising a move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

After a big-spending summer, new Eagles manager Patrick Vieira has been keen to complete his overhaul with the addition of a striker and French forward Edouard is set to complete his move in a deal worth up to £20m.

Vieira has Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew and Jean-Philippe Mateta on his books but none of his strikers have managed to score a goal so far this season.

Edouard, 23, will join Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen, Conor Gallagher, Michael Olise and Will Hughes on the list of incomings at Selhurst Park this summer.

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Ronaldo dedicates Man United return to Ferguson

Tuesday 31 August 2021 11:47 , George Flood

More now from Cristiano Ronaldo, who had dedicated his sensational Manchester United return to iconic former boss Sir Alex Ferguson and pleged to write more history at Old Trafford...

“Everyone who knows me, knows about my never ending love for Manchester United. The years I spent in this club where absolutely amazing and the path we’ve made together is written in gold letters in the history of this great and amazing institution,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I can’t even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide. It’s like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Man. United, and even as an opponent, to have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands. This is absolutely 100% the stuff that dreams are made of!

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“My first domestic League, my first Cup, my first call to the Portuguese National team, my first Champions League, my first Golden Boot and my first Ballon d’Or, they were all born from this special connection between me and the Red Devils. History has been written in the past and history will be written once again! You have my word!

“I’m right here! I’m back where I belong! Let’s make it happen once again!

“PS - Sir Alex, this one is for you…”

West Ham eye late Alex Kral deal

Tuesday 31 August 2021 11:24 , George Flood

West Ham are pushing for one more signing before the close of the window as David Moyes looks to add Czech Republic international Alex Kral to his squad.

The midfielder, who plays for Spartak Moscow, has been a target since the start of the summer and the Hammers are working to bring him in on an initial loan with an option to buy.

Kral’s arrival could see youngster Conor Coventry join Championship Peterborough on loan.

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Tomiyasu to Arsenal dependent on exits

Tuesday 31 August 2021 11:17 , George Flood

Here’s the latest from Standard Sport’s Simon Collings on Arsenal pushing to land Takehiro Tomiyasu before the deadline...

Arsenal are working on a deal for Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu on transfer deadline day.

The Gunners want to sign a right-back before the summer window shuts at 11pm BST on Tuesday night and they have identified the versatile 22-year-old as a prime target.

Tomiyasu is viewed as someone who could operate at right-back or in the heart of defence, while his age profile suits Arsenal’s forward planning.

Tottenham were quoted £20million for the Japanese international earlier this summer before going on to sign Cristian Romero from Atalanta and pursuing Barcelona full-back Emerson Royal.

A move for Tomiyasu is expected to be contingent on outgoings at Arsenal, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin both trying to leave.

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Chelsea deals for Kounde and Saul in the balance

Tuesday 31 August 2021 10:51 , George Flood

Chelsea are prepared to take their deadline-day business down to the wire, writes James Robson.

Moves for Jules Kounde and Saul Niguez were left hanging in the balance this morning as Thomas Tuchel remains determined to make late additions to his Champions League-winning squad.

Kounde wants to complete a move to Stamford Bridge, but his hopes of a switch have stalled over Sevilla’s refusal to budge from their £60million asking price.

Tuchel has tracked the France centre-back all summer, with Kurt Zouma’s move to West Ham over the weekend expected to pave the way for his arrival.

But as of this morning Sevilla were adamant the 22-year-old would not be allowed to leave unless their valuation was met in full.

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Arsenal in talks over Tomiyasu

Tuesday 31 August 2021 10:37 , George Flood

Arsenal are trying to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu on deadline day, reports suggest.

According to The Athletic, talks have begun over a deal for the Japanese international centre-back who was pursued by Tottenham earlier this summer.

Southampton and Aston Villa have also previously tried to sign Tomiyasu, while David Moyes also had a look for West Ham.

A deal to take the 22-year-old to the Emirates depends on Arsenal being able to trim their squad further, so could well go down to the wire...

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Ndombele set for Tottenham stay

Tuesday 31 August 2021 10:22 , George Flood

Here’s the latest from Standard Sport’s chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick on the future of Tottenham’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele, who has yet to feature for the club this season...

I understand Ndombele is now expected to stay at Spurs.

The club has not received any acceptable offers so the expectation will be for Nuno Espirito Santo to get him going, just as Jose Mourinho did.

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Hudson-Odoi facing anxious wait over Dortmund move

Tuesday 31 August 2021 10:16 , George Flood

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is anxiously waiting to see if Thomas Tuchel can sign a player on deadline day and allow his loan move to Borussia Dortmund to go through, says Jack Rosser.

The forward, who initially wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge but is struggling for game time under Tuchel, is keen on a move to the Bundesliga club after discussions over a loan were held.

Chelsea, however, are undecided on whether or not to allow the move and are only expected to sanction a deal should any new faces arrive today.

Talks over moves for Saul Niguez and Jules Kounde have stalled in recent days

Discussions over Hudson-Odoi’s loan have not featured an option to buy at this stage.

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BREAKING: Man United confirm Ronaldo deal

Tuesday 31 August 2021 09:38 , George Flood

It’s done!

Manchester United have just officially confirmed the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has penned a two-year contract back at Old Trafford with the option for a further 12 months.

“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday,” Ronaldo said.

“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: “You run out of words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a marvellous player, but also a great human being. To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level for such a long period requires a very special person.

“I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the younger players in the squad. Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted he is coming home to where it all started.”

Henderson pens new Liverpool contract

Tuesday 31 August 2021 09:36 , George Flood

Not a transfer, but a big announcement nevertheless from Liverpool this morning.

The Reds have announced that influential captain Jordan Henderson has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Anfield.

“I’m obviously very honoured and proud to continue the journey I’ve already been on here,” Henderson said.

“It’s amazing to finally get it done and just concentrate on looking forward and what the future may hold.

“I’m in a different place of course, as a player and as a person, from when I first walked in. I’ve learned and grown a lot over my time here, and I’ve got to thank a lot of people for that.

“I’ve loved every minute of it, even when I look back at the tough times, I was still enjoying being a part of this football club. The longer I can do that, the better for me really. I want to be here as long as possible, I’ve always said that.

“To continue this journey is incredible for me and my family, and I hope the fans and the club feel the same way.”

West Ham accept Lingard defeat?

Tuesday 31 August 2021 09:25 , George Flood

Does West Ham’s signing of Nikola Vlasic spell an official end to their hopes of securing the return of popular ex-loanee Jesse Lingard?

The Hammers turned their attentions to Vlasic a few days ago after it became clear that Lingard’s desire to stay and fight for his place at Manchester United, where he is out of contract at the end of the season, had not diminished despite only making one substitute appearance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far this term.

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

West Ham announce Vlasic deal

Tuesday 31 August 2021 09:09 , George Flood

News of a confirmed deal at West Ham.

Croatian international midfielder Nikola Vlasic has now completed his proposed switch to east London from Russian club CSKA Moscow.

The former Everton man has signed a five-year contract at London Stadium, with the transfer worth €30m plus another €9m in add-ons.

Happy with that, Hammers fans?

Real Madrid pull plug on Mbappe talks

Tuesday 31 August 2021 09:02 , George Flood

In a window that has seen Lionel Messi and now Cristiano Ronaldo swap clubs, it looks like fellow superstar Kylian Mbappe is staying put... for now.

According to outlets including France’s RMC Sport, Real Madrid have withdrawn from negotiations over the French forward after failing to agree a fee with Paris Saint-Germain.

Los Blancos were said to have returned with a second bid for Mbappe worth a total of €180m including add-ons after failing with an initial offer of €160m.

Mbappe - who played and scored twice in Sunday’s Ligue 1 win at Reims, with Lionel Messi also making his debut off the bench - is out of contract at PSG next summer and can sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January.

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Bellerin heading for Betis switch

Tuesday 31 August 2021 08:48 , George Flood

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin is hopeful of joining boyhood club Real Betis on loan before the close of the window, writes Jack Rosser.

Bellerin, who joined Arsenal from Barcelona’s academy 10 years ago, has been keen to leave the north London club for more than a year now and finally looks set for a fresh start.

No option to buy is being considered at this stage but the 26-year-old, who is yet to feature this season, looks to have little future under Mikel Arteta.

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Tottenham agree Emerson deal

Tuesday 31 August 2021 08:46 , George Flood

Tottenham look set to add to their ranks on deadline day, meanwhile.

Having recently signed young midfielder Pape Sarr from Metz, Spurs - who will hold on to Harry Kane after a long transfer saga - have also been locked in talks with Barcelona over a deal for Brazilian full-back Emerson Royal.

According to Fabrizio Romano, that is now a done deal worth €30m, with the necessary paperwork completed overnight and €5m of that fee due to Real Betis.

He says the deal will be announced later today following a medical, with Emerson having agreed a five-year contract in north London.

It remains to be seen if Tottenham will make a last push to sign Wolves star Adama Traore today.

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Kounde and Saul Niguez to Chelsea?

Tuesday 31 August 2021 08:39 , George Flood

So, what’s the state of play elsewhere in the Premier League early on deadline day?

This could be a very busy day for Chelsea, who have seemingly not given up hope on a late double deal for Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde and Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

However, reports suggest that ever-changing demands from the two LaLiga clubs has led to frustration on the Blues’ part, so it remains to be seen if either player will arrive at Stamford Bridge before the 11pm BST deadline.

As ever, you can likely expect a number of further exits from Chelsea today as their usual loan army swells back to full size.

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Juventus re-sign Kean on two-year loan deal

Tuesday 31 August 2021 08:25 , George Flood

Juventus are having a busy morning.

With Ronaldo now out of the building, the club have moved to re-sign Moise Kean from Everton.

The Italian forward - a product of the Bianconeri’s youth academy - heads back to Turin from Goodison Park on an initial two-year loan deal.

Kean spent last season at Paris Saint-Germain, having joined Everton from Juventus in 2019.

How much are Man Utd paying for Ronaldo?

Tuesday 31 August 2021 08:15 , George Flood

Here’s confirmation on the financial details of Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United, supplied by Juventus...

Juventus confirm Ronaldo exit

Tuesday 31 August 2021 08:05 , George Flood

Some big news to start the day as Juventus confirm their agreement with Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo and say a fond farewell to the Portuguese superstar.

Juve say the deal is worth an initial €15m plus €8m in add-ons, payable over five years.

“On 10 July 2018, two icons of the European and football world came together - Cristiano Ronaldo became a Juventus player,” the Bianconeri said in a statement.

“Today, after three years together and 133 appearances, 101 goals scored and five trophies won, that chapter has come to an end…. The paths of CR7 and Juventus have gone their separate ways.

“What has been written will forever remain. It has been an incredible journey.”

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Deadline day - LIVE!

Tuesday 31 August 2021 07:38 , George Flood

What was predicted to be one of the dullest and slowest summer transfer windows on record as clubs feel the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has turned out to be anything but, with some huge deals completed and the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the move.

So what drama will deadline day have in store?

Stay with Standard Sport as we guide you through all of the news, rumours and last-minute deals ahead of the window slamming shut in England at 11pm BST...

Deadline day - LIVE!

Tuesday 31 August 2021 07:38 , George Flood

What was predicted to be one of the dullest and slowest summer transfer windows on record as clubs feel the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has turned out to be anything but, with some huge deals completed and the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the move.

So what drama will deadline day have in store?

Stay with Standard Sport as we guide you through all of the news, rumours and last-minute deals ahead of the window slamming shut in England at 11pm BST...

Renato Sanches set to join Wolves on season long loan

Monday 30 August 2021 22:12 , Daniel Gallan

The box-to-box midfielder from Portugal, who currently plays for Ligue 1 champions Lille, is set to join Wolves on a season long loan.

According to reports, the 24-year-old who also attracted the interests of Arsenal and Liverpool, could make a surprise move to the West-Midlands.

Sanches previously failed to impress during a loan spell at Swansea from Bayern Munich back in 2017/18.

However he has since revitalised his career at Lille and looked a different man when featuring for Portugal at the Euros in the summer.

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Crystal Palace close to signing Odsonne Edouard from Celtic

Monday 30 August 2021 22:01 , Daniel Gallan

New Eagles boss Patrick Vieira is reportedly keen on the 23-year-old Frenchman and has willing to part with around £17.5 million to get him.

The Celtic forward who is a product of PSG’s youth academy.

According to Fabrizio Romano there will be a medical tomorrow as the deal is almost done.


Troy Deeny leaves Watford after 11 years at Vicarage Road

Monday 30 August 2021 20:18 , Daniel Gallan

He provided one of the most memorable moments in English football when he hammered home the winner against Leicester in the Championship play-off semi-final, capping off a remarkable minute that ended with Watford going to Wembley.

Now, after 11 years and more than 400 games with the Hornets, Troy Deeny is moving on. The 33-year-old forward will be joining Birmingham as a free agent ona two year deal. He shared an emotional message for his supporters:

Maitland-Niles told he’s not going anywhere

Monday 30 August 2021 19:34 , Daniel Gallan

Despite sending out a public plea on Instagram, Arsenal have told 24-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles that he’s staying put.

The England international, capped five times by Gareth Southgate, posted an audacious statement on his Instagram page:

““All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play,” he wrote accompanied with three crying emojis.”

But Mikel Arteta has ignored Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ impassioned personal plea to resurrect his career away from north London.

As news of a potential switch to Everton gathered pace on Monday morning, Gunners supporters took to social media to express their disappointment at the prospect of their academy graduate leaving the club ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

But just a few hours later, having already indicated privately that Maitland-Niles could leave the Emirates, the versatile midfielder was told in an hastily-arranged face-to-face meeting that he was no longer allowed to go.

Daniel James is going to Leeds

Monday 30 August 2021 18:52 , Daniel Gallan

That’s confirmed then. The 23-year-old Welsh winger is off to Yorkshire as he swaps the red of Manchester United for the white of Leeds.

The fee, subject to a medical tomorrow, is said to be around £24 million with add ons.

Bakayoko back to Milan on loan from Chelsea

Monday 30 August 2021 18:03 , Daniel Gallan

Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko is back with Italian giants AC Milan on a two-year long loan deal.

The Blues have offered their best wishes to the 27-year-old, who has one France cap, for the season.

Milan announced Bakayoko’s arrival with a video on Instagram.

Daniel James close to permanent Leeds move

Monday 30 August 2021 16:39 , Daniel Gallan

There was always going to be some reshuffling of the pack once Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford. Add in the form of Mason Greenwood and the additional signing of Jadon Sancho and there doesn’t seem to be much room for young Daniel James.

As such, the Welsh winger is in talks with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, the same club he almost joined two years ago when he was still with Swansea, in the hope of more first team action.

The 23-year-old started in the 1-0 win over Wolves on Sunday but has been used sparingly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He has three years left to run on his deal in Manchester and the expectation is that they will ask for a fee in the region of £20m.

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Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Nilespleads for a move on Instagram

Monday 30 August 2021 15:46 , Daniel Gallan

As far as ‘come-and-get-me’ pleas go, this is certainly a memorable one.

Arsenal’s wantaway fullback is desperate for some regular first team action and has posted his intentions to his 455 thousand Instagram followers as well as his current employers (whom he tagged).

The 24-year-old is a product of the Arsenal youth system but has recently returned from a loan spell with Ipswich. Now back in North London, the five-times capped England international is keen on another move.


Everton try to seal Maitland-Niles switch

Monday 30 August 2021 13:56 , Marco Giacomelli

Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his first Premier League appearance of the season on Saturday in the 5-0 rout by Manchester City, but could now be about to leave Arsenal.

Everton are trying to tie up a deal for the 24-year-old midfielder, which could be an initial loan with an option to buy.

Maitland-Niles, who came through the Arsenal academy, won the last of his five England caps in November 2020 and spent part of last season on loan at West Brom.

Mbappe repeats that he won’t extend PSG deal

Monday 30 August 2021 12:14 , Marco Giacomelli

Kylian Mbappe has reiterated to Paris Saint-Germain that he plans to leave on a free next summer if he does not join Real Madrid in this window, reports Marca.

Real have bid 180m euros for the forward and although Mbappe wants the move he will not try to force it through this month.

Should he stay, PSG hope to persuade him to sign a new contract but Marca says that will not work as the World Cup winner will run down the final year of that deal.

Mbappe is due to meet up with the France squad later today ahead of their World Cup qualifiers, and Real fear it will be difficult to do a deal once that happens.

Despite the tug-of-war over his future, the 22-year-old played for PSG last night, scoring both goals in their 2-0 win over Reims.

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Dias extends City deal until 2027

Monday 30 August 2021 11:09 , Marco Giacomelli

Ruben Dias has signed a new deal with Manchester City until the summer of 2027, just a year after arriving at the Etihad.

The 25-year-old defender shone following his £50million move from Benfica last summer, helping City win the Premier League.

He has his sights set on more glory and said: "The club want to be the best and that is an ambition I love and want to be a part of.”


Sevilla playing hardball with Chelsea over Kounde

Monday 30 August 2021 10:28 , Marco Giacomelli

The closing stages of the transfer window are set to be a battle of wills between Sevilla and Chelsea with the Spanish side reportedly sticking to their guns over Jules Kounde.

The France centre-half has a £68million release clause and although Sevilla accept the Blues may not meet that, they expect something close to it.

Chelsea have been looking for a deal at around £43m but, according to Mundo Deportivo, that is a non-starter.

And with the Blues having brought in £29.8m by selling Kurt Zouma to West Ham, it further strengthens Sevilla’s belief they will not sell the 22-year-old at a cut price.

Fulham’s Zambo Anguissa having Napoli medical

Monday 30 August 2021 09:45 , Marco Giacomelli

Fulham’s Andre Zambo Anguissa is undergoing a medical today at Napoli, according to Sky Sport Italia.

It reports that the agreement is for the 25-year-old defensive midfielder to join on loan with an option to buy for £8.5m.

Zambo Anguissa moved to Fulham in 2018 and although he has played three Championship games this season he was an unused substitute in the 3-0 win over Stoke on Saturday.

Tammy’s first strike for Roma

Monday 30 August 2021 07:29 , Marco Giacomelli

Tammy Abraham got off the mark for Roma in just his second Serie A game since joining from Chelsea for £34m.

The striker finished emphatically from the edge of the box as Jose Mourinho’s side cruised to a 4-0 win at Salernitana last night.

Messi’s calming influence

Monday 30 August 2021 07:21 , Marco Giacomelli

Just two days left of a stunning transfer window.

After all the frenzy surrounding Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain, he finally made his debut last night…and brought an air of calmness to the side, said boss Mauricio Pochettino.

PSG won 2-0 at Reims and they had already scored both those goals by the time the Argentina superstar was brought on in the 66th minute.

But Pochettino believes Messi’s presence had an impact, and said: "I felt it as soon as he came on to the field and his first touches of the ball.

"He brought a calmness to the team. It’s very important to get off to a good start, even for him.

"He was happy and he is well integrated into the group. It was a question of common sense to give him his debut."

Both goals came from Kylian Mbappe although whether he will still be a PSG player by the time the window shuts is debatable with Real Madrid hot on his tail . . .

Ronaldo passes Man Utd medical

Sunday 29 August 2021 23:04 , Alex Young

Cristiano Ronaldo completed his Manchester United medical over the weekend, according to Sky Sports.

The 36-year-old still needs to finalise a visa and agree personal terms to complete his return to Old Trafford, neither of which are expected to be a problem.

All must be sorted before Tuesday's 11pm transfer window deadline.

Adama Traore desperate for Spurs switch

Sunday 29 August 2021 22:35 , Alex Young

Adama Traore is desperate to complete a move to Tottenham in the next two days, according to Cadena SER.

Spurs are equally keen, but Wolves are holding out for around £40m - which may be out of reach.

Traore has told agent Jorge Mendes to work on a reunion with former boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Chelsea’s Saul loan bid rejected

Sunday 29 August 2021 22:15 , Alex Young

Are Chelsea running out of time to sign Saul Niguez?

Sky Italy report that an opening bid to take the midfielder on loan has been rejected by Atletico Madrid.

Saul wants to leave and has been offered to a number of club.

Messi makes PSG debut

Sunday 29 August 2021 21:52 , Alex Young

Lionel Messi replaced Neymar earlier for a decent run out as he made his PSG debut. No goals but some minutes under his belt.


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