Transfer deadline day LIVE!
The transfer window has officially shut, bringing an end to a hectic summer for Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham. The Gunners wanted to further bolster their midfield but failed with THREE bids for Douglas Luiz - and also missed out on signing Danilo after exploring that deal. Hector Bellerin has signed for Barcelona on a free transfer.
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Marcos Alonso heading to Barcelona in a player-plus-cash arrangement. The Blues have missed out on Memphis Depay but did have better luck with Denis Zakaria, with the Swiss midfielder joining on loan after Ajax defensive midfielder Edson Alvarez and PSG superstar Neymar stayed put.
Tottenham opted against signing Dan James, with Fulham getting the winger on loan. Bryan Gil went nowhere with no replacement found by Spurs. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip as Transfer Deadline Day comes to an end with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!
Transfer Deadline Day latest
Chelsea confirm Aubameyang deal
Zakaria joins Blues on loan
Arsenal fail in third Douglas Luiz bid
West Ham miss out on Bednarek
Gilmour joins Brighton for bargain fee
That wraps it up!
01:12 , Matt Verri
That brings an end to our live coverage - it’s been another late one as usual on deadline day!
Chelsea get their business done, bringing a close to a record-breaking summer of spending. Arsenal and Tottenham among those to be more efficient earlier in the window.
Now to see how it all plays out on the pitch.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 1, 2022
And another one!
01:08 , Matt Verri
Chelsea have completed a late loan move for Juventus midfielder Denis Zakaria.
The 25-year-old was happy to leave the Turin giants and Thomas Tuchel offered him a route out of Serie A during a frantic end to a record-breaking summer transfer window at Stamford Bridge.
Having already spent a club and British record during a single window, the Boehly-Clearlake Capital partnership continued to back Tuchel deep into the final hours of the window. A loan move has been rushed through and the club have an option to buy next year for £26m.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 2, 2022
Number nine for Aubameyang!
01:02 , Matt Verri
Aubameyang has been given the number shirt by Chelsea - a month after Thomas Tuchel joked it was cursed.
Can he break it?
Aubameyang: I have unfinished business
Friday 2 September 2022 00:39 , Matt Verri
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is delighted to be back in England, it’s fair to say.
“I have some unfinished business with the Premier League so it’s good to be back and really exciting,” he said.
The one we’ve been waiting for!
Friday 2 September 2022 00:25 , Matt Verri
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a two-year contract with the option of an extra season.
The 33-year-old returns to the Premier League only nine months after leaving Arsenal, the club he captained before a disciplinary breach saw him stripped of the role in November.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 1, 2022
Friday 2 September 2022 00:21 , Matt Verri
Brighton have completed a deadline day deal for Billy Gilmour from Chelsea.
The Blues accepted a bid in the region of £9million on Thursday despite concerns over their own midfield, with Conor Gallagher out of form and N’Golo Kante set for a spell on the sidelines.
The 21-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Seagulls, and could make his debut this weekend against Leicester.
“Billy arrives with a fantastic pedigree, having played in the Premier League and Champions League as well as for Scotland at last year’s Euros,” Brighton boss Graham Potter said after the move was officially confirmed.
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) September 1, 2022
Friday 2 September 2022 00:14 , Matt Verri
Sensational work from Brighton’s social media team.
Gilmour announcement coming up very shortly... sure he’s very happy about it too. Get it?
Happy? Gilmour? Like Gilmore? Anyway...
On we go...
Friday 2 September 2022 00:05 , Matt Verri
Fulham - done. Their busy deadline day is over.
Attention is now on Chelsea, as we wait official confirmation for Aubameyang and Zakaria.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) September 1, 2022
“We need help but haven’t been able to get that"
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:59 , Matt Verri
Brendan Rodgers is glad to see the back of the transfer window, but he’s certainly not happy with how it’s gone for Leicester.
"To have to watch virtually every single club in the top five leagues get players in & for us not to be able to improve was difficult" - Brendan Rodgers speaks at the end of #LCFC's quiet transfer window pic.twitter.com/D5aeNHuYap
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) September 1, 2022
Forest were looking a bit short...
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:56 , Matt Verri
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) September 1, 2022
James joins Fulham!
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:50 , Matt Verri
Dan James has joined Fulham on a season-long loan to finish what was a hectic deadline day for the newly-promoted side.
Left-back Layvin Kurzawa has also arrived on loan, with Willian sealing a move to Fulham on a free transfer and former Tottenham forward Carlos Vinicius signed for £5m.
Now James has been added to that list, joining from Leeds in a move that was confirmed 45 minutes after the window shut.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) September 1, 2022
Here we go
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:43 , Matt Verri
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) September 1, 2022
Silva: I love Manchester
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:41 , Matt Verri
Bernardo Silva has been discussing his situation at Manchester City, with the midfielder staying at the club despite interest from Barcelona.
“My culture [in Portugal] is a bit different from your culture off the pitch,” he told BBC Sport.
“I love Manchester, people are really nice, the way they’ve treated me in the street, bars, restaurants, it’s a bit different from where I’m from, sometimes you want different things.
“It’s nothing to do with how nice the people are here and how good Man City is, and how happy I am to be staying. I’m staying for this season and if I stay here two or three seasons, I’m always going to do my best for this club.”
Four deal sheets...
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:34 , Matt Verri
Confirmation from the Premier League that there are more deals to be done, despite the deadline being 11pm.
It’s believed the Aubameyang announcement could come tonight, though Barcelona may wait until tomorrow morning to unveil Alonso.
Four deal sheets were submitted by #PL clubs on time, ahead of prospective moves...
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 1, 2022
Late move for Wolves...
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:31 , Matt Verri
Arteta hails Bellerin’s Arsenal career
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:26 , Matt Verri
Mikel Arteta has paid tribute to Hector Bellerin after his move to Barcelona.
“We today say goodbye to Hector and we thank him so much for his loyalty and commitment to Arsenal Football Club,” Arteta said.
“During his 11 years with Arsenal, Hector won three FA Cups and made nearly 250 appearances – such a huge contribution to the club. I’m privileged to have played in the same squad as Hector for three seasons, wearing the Arsenal shirt and sharing many great moments on and off the football pitch together.”
Nizaar Kinsella on Batshuayi
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:20 , Matt Verri
Michy Batshuayi’s move to Nottingham Forest collapsed in the final few minutes of the summer transfer window, meaning that he will remain at Chelsea until at least January.
The 28-year-old could be caught in limbo as Chelsea will carry 17 non-homegrown players and eight further homegrown stars allowed in the 25 man squad.
However, he can still look for a move to one of the few leagues with transfer windows still open with a loan to the Belgian, Greek or Turkish leagues most likely.
Forest had come close to agreeing on a free transfer for the Belgium international where they would take his full wage expense for the last year of his contract.
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:16 , Matt Verri
Hector Bellerin has joined Barcelona on a free transfer, returning to the Camp Nou after over a decade.
The defender started his career in the Catalan giants’ youth ranks before joining Arsenal as a teenager and later broke into the Gunners’ first-team in 2015.
Across his ten years in north London, Bellerin won three FA Cups but fell out of favour under Mikel Arteta and spent last season on loan with Real Betis, where he won the Copa del Rey.
For three FA Cups and 239 appearances.
For the dedicated support for our local community, GayGooners and so much more.
For understanding what it means to be a Gooner.
Thank you, Hector ❤️
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 1, 2022
Barcelona’s video team are ready
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:10 , Matt Verri
Stand by, stand by.
Marcos Alonso or Hector Bellerin? Or both? Barcelona are ready for an announcement.
Nottingham Forest miss out on Batshuayi!
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:06 , Marc Mayo
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) September 1, 2022
Transfer window shut!
Thursday 1 September 2022 23:01 , Marc Mayo
That is that for the summer transfer window of 2022... sort of.
There is still time for deals notified to the proper authorities to be completed and we await those transfers already done to be announced.
Thursday 1 September 2022 22:56 , Marc Mayo
Aston Villa snap up Jan Bednarek after beating West Ham to Southampton defender’s loan.
Jan Bednarek has arrived. 💪 pic.twitter.com/p4KwqgRy4Q
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) September 1, 2022
Thursday 1 September 2022 22:48 , Marc Mayo
Fulham have snapped up their third signing of the day.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) September 1, 2022
Thursday 1 September 2022 22:44 , Marc Mayo
Another Chelsea exit in the books as Kenedy leaves on permanent deal to Real Valladolid.
— Real Valladolid CF 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realvalladolidE) September 1, 2022
Thursday 1 September 2022 22:42 , Marc Mayo
As Standard Sport reported exclusively earlier today, Bryan Fiabema has completed his loan move from Chelsea to Forest Green.
Likewise, Harvey Vale’s switch to Hull is also confirmed.
Norwegian striker Bryan Fiabema signs on a season-long loan from Chelsea ✍️
Velkommen til Nailsworth! 🇳🇴#WeAreFGR 💚
— Forest Green Rovers (@FGRFC_Official) September 1, 2022
Zinchenko keen for more on Douglas Luiz
Thursday 1 September 2022 22:39 , Marc Mayo
Oleksandr Zinchenko is every Arsenal fan tonight.
On Fabrizio Romano’s live stream, the Ukrainian midfielder reveals he has been texting Gabriel Jesus to seek out information on Douglas Luiz’s potential move to north London.
Alas, the Brazilian did not know what his compatriot would be doing - with three Arsenal bids now rejected.
Just 30 minutes to go!
Thursday 1 September 2022 22:28 , Marc Mayo
The Athletic are reporting on Arsenal finally accepting defeat in their chase of Douglas Luiz.
Meanwhile, we await an announcement of Denis Zakaria’s move to Chelsea.
Only a few minor details remain before Pierre-Emerick Auabmeyang’s deal with the Blues is also done.
Crystal Palace update
Thursday 1 September 2022 22:20 , Marc Mayo
Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella delivers the latest on the Eagles: “Crystal Palace look set to miss out on Peterborough United defender Ronnie Edwards after two bids up to £4million, with a further £4m achievable in add-ons, were rejected.
“The 19-year-old has been subject to interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in the past but looks set to stay in League One after no side met his valuation.
“The South Londoners are now expected to wait until January before making another approach for the England Under-19s European Championship winner.”
Thursday 1 September 2022 22:16 , Marc Mayo
Manchester United midfielder James Garner signs for Everton for £15m.
Thursday 1 September 2022 22:14 , Marc Mayo
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Juventus Arthur Melo on a season-long loan deal.
Depay puts a halt to Chelsea rumours
Thursday 1 September 2022 22:08 , Marc Mayo
Memphis Depay has announced that he is going nowhere this transfer window!
Chelsea were offered the chance to sign the Barcelona striker but he has publicly stated his desire to stay at the Camp Nou.
I have decided to stay at Barça !
Fully committed to contribute to the club's sporting success. 💙❤️ #ViscaBarca
— Memphis Depay (@Memphis) September 1, 2022
Arsenal strike out
Thursday 1 September 2022 22:01 , Marc Mayo
For the third time today, Aston Villa have rebuffed Arsenal’s bid for Douglas Luiz, sources have told Standard Sport’s Simon Collings.
Anyone fancy a fourth? I’m sure that will make all the difference.
Third bid from Arsenal for Douglas Luiz
Thursday 1 September 2022 21:44 , Marc Mayo
Standard Sport understand that Arsenal have indeed launched a THIRD bid for Douglas Luiz.
Worth £25m, will it end Aston Villa’s resistance?
Just 75 minutes until the deadline!
Thursday 1 September 2022 21:38 , Marc Mayo
Standard Sport’s Malik Ouzia brings us an update from west London: “In a little bit of a surprise move, Brentford have allowed defender Mads Bech Sorensen to join Nice on loan.
“The Dane featured heavily towards the back end of last season and with injuries to Ethan Pinnock, Kristoffer Ajer and Pontus Jansson, Thomas Frank hasn’t been blessed with centre-back options at the start of the new campaign.
“However, Ben Mee has arrived on a free from Burnley and Zanka has returned, so when everyone is fit, Sorensen would have found himself a fair way down the pecking order.
“Looks like the Bees have taken a little bit of a short-term gamble to ensure the 23-year-old’s continued development.”
Thursday 1 September 2022 21:33 , Marc Mayo
A few loan exits we have no brought you yet with Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu heading back to Serie A with Spezia.
Dujon Sterling will spend the season at Stoke.
And, at Arsenal, Miguel Azeez is off to UD Ibiza in the Spanish second-tier.
— UD Ibiza | 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@ibizaud_en) September 1, 2022
Arsenal nudge up Douglas Luiz bid
Thursday 1 September 2022 21:24 , Marc Mayo
Still life in the old dog yet, report Sky Sports, as Arsenal plot a fresh bid of £23m plus £2m in add-ons for Douglas Luiz.
It feels as though that is unlikely to break down Aston Villa’s defences yet it is claimed they are considering the fee.
A reminder that the Brazilian midfielder is out of contract in June and reportedly keen on leaving Villa Park.
More on Depay talks
Thursday 1 September 2022 21:15 , Marc Mayo
Standard Sport’s Chelsea reporter Nizaar Kinsella reports: “The intermediaries around Memphis Depay are attempting to place him at Chelsea before the transfer deadline.
“Barcelona are willing to let him go for a nominal fee, or even for free, but the Blues are running out of time to do a deal for the Netherlands international.
“The other issue is that Chelsea don't have space in their squad list to add any more senior players and would have to move on a first-team star to fit him in.
“The most obvious candidate to be cut is Hakim Ziyech but the Dutch transfer window is closed and Ajax are unable to make a move. Chelsea already have 17 non-homegrown players which is the upper limit in any 25-man Premier League squad.”
Thursday 1 September 2022 21:09 , Marc Mayo
Southampton have confirmed a deadline day loan deal for Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Signed, sealed... and soon to be delivered
Thursday 1 September 2022 21:01 , Marc Mayo
Denis Zakaria’s move to Chelsea is complete, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.
It comes as Rafael Leao’s potential switch to the Blues collapses due to AC Milan’s demand for his full £130m release clause.
And Billy Gilmour’s medical at Brighton has also been finished, according to Fabrizio Romano.
It’s all going on at Chelsea...
Depay to Chelsea still in the works
Thursday 1 September 2022 20:58 , Marc Mayo
Memphis Depay’s surprise move to Chelsea could still come off, according to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero.
Eugenio Botas, an intermediary working on the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal, is also involved in negotiations over the Dutch striker.
So just the three deals could be completed at th Bridge in the final two hours of the window!
Batshuayi set for free Forest switch
Thursday 1 September 2022 20:50 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is closing in on a move to Nottingham Forest to become the newly-promoted club’s 22nd signing of the summer transfer window, writes Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella...
The 28-year-old will have his contract bought out by Nottingham Forest without a fee being paid and is travelling to the Midlands to conduct his deadline day medical.
The Belgium international was not part of Thomas Tuchel's plans at Chelsea and has not been included in any matchday squad for their first five games of the season.
Arsenal accept defeat in Douglas Luiz deal
Thursday 1 September 2022 20:35 , Marc Mayo
No dice for the Gunners with a third bid for Douglas Luiz not forthcoming.
The Telegraph report on Arsenal deciding against making a third offer for the Aston Villa midfielder after having a second bid worth £23m rebuffed.
But, Fabrizio Romano says the club are pushing hard and will persist until the window shuts.
Just over two-and-a-half hours to go until the transfer window shuts...
The quickest medical ever?
Thursday 1 September 2022 20:21 , Marc Mayo
We reported Denis Zakaria had completed his medical even though he was filmed entering the Juventus facility at 7.40pm.
Well, only 20 minutes later, he left - medical complete!
— Raimondo De Magistris (@RaimondoDM) September 1, 2022
Spotted: Zakaria arrives for Chelsea medical
Thursday 1 September 2022 20:16 , Marc Mayo
Denis Zakaria has been pictured arriving for his medical ahead of completing a loan move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day.
— Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) September 1, 2022
Exclusive: Chelsea starlet off to Hull
Thursday 1 September 2022 19:59 , Marc Mayo
Harvey Vale has signed a new four-year Chelsea contract ahead of completing a transfer deadline day loan move to Hull, reports Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella.
The 18-year-old won Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year last season but sparked fears of a possible exit with less than 10 months remaining on his previous contract.
The youngster is highly regarded in west London and academy director Neil Bath has been pushing to renew his deal for several months.
A key part of negotiations has been putting together a development plan with a loan stint in Hull seen as vital to Vale’s reasoning for staying in west London.
Deadline day over for West Ham
Thursday 1 September 2022 19:47 , Marc Mayo
West Ham’s hectic summer transfer window looks to finally be over after the club pulled the plug on Craig Dawson’s deadline day move to Wolves, writes Standard Sport’s Malik Ouzia.
Dawson had been hoping to secure a switch to the Midlands club in order to move closer to his young family in Cheshire and the Hammers were reluctantly ready to sell the centre-back, provided they were able to bring in a replacement.
However, Southampton’s Jan Bednarek, their chief loan target, is instead set to join Aston Villa as a replacement for the injured Diego Carlos.
All the Zakaria details as medical completed
Thursday 1 September 2022 19:35 , Marc Mayo
A £26million purchase option will be inserted into Denis Zakaria’s loan move to Chelsea.
The quickfire deal is near completion after a medical for the Swiss midfielder was completed in Turin.
A potential five-year contract is in the offing if he signs permanently with Chelsea covering 100 per cent of his salary, according to reports.
Thursday 1 September 2022 19:23 , Marc Mayo
Sergino Dest has completed his loan move from Barcelona to AC Milan, featuring a £17m purchase clause.
The right-back’s departure opens the way for the Catalans to sign Hector Bellerin from Arsenal.
Bakayoko set for year in wilderness
Thursday 1 September 2022 19:15 , Marc Mayo
Nizaar Kinsella, Standard Sport’s Chelsea reporter, has the latest on the dealings at Stamford Bridge: “Chelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko is set to stay at AC Milan next season and continue the second year of his loan.
“In theory, the Italian giants have a £12m obligation to buy the midfielder at the end of the loan but it is based on his league appearances.
“He has played 14 Serie A matches and if he plays one more, the clause will be activated. However, Milan have stopped playing him as they don't want to sign him permanently which has meant he has only made one appearance in eight months.
“Chelsea and Milan have been in talks to cancel both his loan and his contract with his agents so he could move to Monza. Unfortunately, it hasn't come to anything just yet and he could be set for a full year in the wilderness with his Chelsea contract still running until 2024.”
West Ham set to fail in Aina move
Thursday 1 September 2022 19:02 , Marc Mayo
West Ham correspondent Malik Ouzia has the latest on Ola Aina’s potential move to London Stadium: “West Ham’s brief pursuit of full-back Ola Aina looks to be over - the Nigerian has been named in Torino’s starting lineup for their clash with Atalanta this evening.”
Douglas Luiz to Arsenal latest
Thursday 1 September 2022 18:57 , Marc Mayo
Standard Sport Arsenal correspondent Simon Collings delivers his update on the Gunners’ deadline day bid: “It’s a game of poker between Aston Villa and Arsenal now.
“The Gunners have shown their hunger to sign a midfielder by making two bids, but how desperate are they? A third bid would give us the answer but surely going into the realms of £30m, maybe more, does not represent good value for Luiz.”
Medical for Zakaria!
Thursday 1 September 2022 18:46 , Marc Mayo
The Athletic are now saying Denis Zakaria is near to signing for Chelsea as he undergoes a medical in Turin.
A loan offer has been accepted by Juventus with personal terms described as not an issue in the deal, with a purchase clause also included in the deal.
Tottenham target Malinovskyi snubs move
Thursday 1 September 2022 18:43 , Marc Mayo
Both Tottenham and Marseille are set to miss out on Ruslan Malinovskyi.
Atalanta’s hierarchy have decided to halt the Ukrainian winger’s exit despite reports of a feud with coach Gian Piero Gasperini, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.
Malinovskyi’s wife made her anger known at having to leave Bergamo in a social media post last month.
More on Chelsea’s Denis Zakaria bid
Thursday 1 September 2022 18:33 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea have begun talks over a loan move for Juventus midfielder Denis Zakaria - which would include an option for a permanent transfer, reports Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella...
The 25-year-old is keen to leave the Turin giants and the west Londoners have offered him a possible escape route as they search for a midfielder in the final hours of transfer deadline day.
It comes amid Chelsea’s struggles to sign a new midfielder late in the summer window after Thomas Tuchel expressed his concerns over mounting injuries.
Arsenal sales latest
Thursday 1 September 2022 18:25 , Marc Mayo
A little quiet on the Arsenal front right now, compared to Chelsea at least...
But Hector Bellerin’s return to Barcelona is chugging along with the Spaniard to have his medical in London, as reported by Revelo.
Zakaria next name in Chelsea hunt
Thursday 1 September 2022 18:18 , Marc Mayo
With deals for Edson Alvarez and Ibrahim Sangare seemingly now ruled out, Chelsea have turned their attention to Denis Zakaria with a loan-to-buy offer on the table.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Juventus and Switzerland midfielder is their next target in a frantic hunt for a new defensive midfielder.
The Blues gave the green light to sell Billy Gilmour to Brighton earlier this evening...
Depay emerges as Chelsea option
Thursday 1 September 2022 18:12 , Marc Mayo
Memphis Depay is ready to accept a one-year deal to sign for Chelsea.
Football Insider report on the deal after earlier moves to Tottenham and Juventus fell away for the Dutch striker.
Barcelona are keen to let Depay go to cut their wage bill with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also set to seal a switch to Stamford Bridge.
Thursday 1 September 2022 18:03 , Marc Mayo
Martin Dubravka completes season-long loan move to Manchester United from Newcastle.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 1, 2022
Tottenham to miss out on Gelson Martins
Thursday 1 September 2022 17:57 , Marc Mayo
No dice for Spurs in their apparent chase of Gelson Martins.
GFFN report on the Monaco winger staying put amid Antonio Conte’s chase of a new winger.
Transfer deadline day could be drawing to a close in north London with Marcel Lavinier heading to Swindon.
We can confirm that Marcel Lavinier has left the Club following the conclusion of his contract and signed for League Two side Swindon Town.
We wish Marcel all the best for the future. pic.twitter.com/SdG1cxqYvb
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 1, 2022
Gilmour set for £9m Brighton deal
Thursday 1 September 2022 17:38 , Marc Mayo
Standard Sport’s Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella gives his reaction to Billy Gilmour nearing a permanent exit to Brighton: “I remember discovering that Chelsea had won the race to sign Billy Gilmour against a host of clubs from across Europe when he was just 15 years old.
“I didn't really get the hype initially but I soon discovered that he was considered a generational talent within the Scottish youth system.
“Shortly after joining Chelsea, I watched him become Academy Player of the Year in 2020 and win man of the match on his first two starts, interviewing him after one of them.
“Therefore, it was sad to see his subsequent struggles at Norwich and over pre-season with Thomas Tuchel. Brighton feels like the perfect move for a player of his talents and I expect he'll be quickly back on track to realising his potential as a top midfielder.”
Second Douglas Luiz bid REJECTED
Thursday 1 September 2022 17:28 , Marc Mayo
Aston Villa have knocked back a £23million bid for Douglas Luiz from Arsenal.
That is the second offer from the Gunners for the Brazilian midfielder today with the Midlands club determined not to sell, according to talkSPORT.
Luiz is out of contract in a year’s time and is thought to be keen to leave Villa Park.
Nizaar Kinsella exclusive
Thursday 1 September 2022 17:26 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea academy striker Bryan Fiabema has agreed on a season-long loan move to Forest Green after his spell at Rosenborg was cut short.
The 19-year-old Norway youth international is travelling for his medical to join the League One club before the transfer window closes at 11pm tonight.
It follows an underwhelming spell in the Norwegian top flight, but the youngster still managed two goals and two assists in 13 games since moving on his first loan to taste men’s football in January.
Thursday 1 September 2022 17:08 , Marc Mayo
Willian completes anticipated permanent move to Fulham.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) September 1, 2022
More on Billy Gilmour
Thursday 1 September 2022 17:02 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea have accepted a bid from Brighton to sell Billy Gilmour to Brighton in a permanent deal, report’s Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella...
The 21-year-old was made to wait over his transfer deadline day proposed move after concerns about injuries in the Blues’ midfield, but the club have ultimately opted to sanction his exit from west London.
The Scotland international was dropped from Chelsea's first-team squad over the summer and spent pre-season working with the Under-21s.
Thursday 1 September 2022 16:50 , Marc Mayo
Everton snap up PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye for a return to Goodison Park on a two-year deal - Arsenal having been linked with a late swoop for the player.
Gilmour heads to Brighton
Thursday 1 September 2022 16:47 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea have accepted a transfer bid to sell Billy Gilmour to Brighton.
According to the Telegraph, the Seagulls are set to seal the Scottish midfielder on deadline day.
It had earlier been claimed that Chelsea’s hierarchy did not want to sell Gilmour...
Thursday 1 September 2022 16:34 , Marc Mayo
Fulham sign Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa on a season-long loan.
“I feel very, very happy to be here. It’s a family here, everyone is very cool,” he told the club website. “I’ve watched every Fulham game this season, and I can’t wait to play with this team.”
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) September 1, 2022
Alvarez blow for Chelsea
Thursday 1 September 2022 16:31 , Marc Mayo
Edson Alvarez’s move to Chelsea is in doubt.
A bid of £40m was reported by Standard Sport last night but Ajax do not want to sell the Mexican, according to Sky Sports.
Alvarez missed training this morning amid his desire to sign for the capital club.
More on Douglas Luiz
Thursday 1 September 2022 16:21 , Marc Mayo
Arsenal will make a second offer for Aston Villa‘s Douglas Luiz on deadline day after having their first approach rebuffed, reports Standard Sport’s Simon Collings.
The Gunners want to sign a new midfielder before the transfer window shuts at 11pm BST and Luiz has emerged as the most likely option.
Arsenal have already failed with an opening bid, believed to be worth around £20million, and will return with a higher offer in the region of £23m.
Thursday 1 September 2022 16:10 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea youngster Xavier Simons heads on loan to Hull.
— Hull City (@HullCity) September 1, 2022
Dawson set to stay put
Thursday 1 September 2022 16:07 , Marc Mayo
Standard Sport reporter Malik Ouzia delivers his latest update on the Hammers: “Plenty of time left in the day for things to change, but as things stand it is looking increasingly likely that Craig Dawson will stay at West Ham beyond tonight’s 11pm deadline, having looked a very likely departure this morning.”
Zakharyan deal off... for now
Thursday 1 September 2022 16:02 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea will not sign Arsen Zakharyan this summer but could return for the Dynamo Moscow midfielder as early as January amid the complex rules around the transfer of Russian players, writes Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has restricted the movement of money and people into the country, which has had the knock-on effect of disrupting this summer’s transfer market.
The 19-year-old, who has already made four appearances for his national team, wants to move to a European club and was keen to accept a proposal from Stamford Bridge.
What Steven Gerrard said on Douglas Luiz last night
Thursday 1 September 2022 15:44 , Marc Mayo
“I am not in control of that. That will be Douglas, his agent and what happens around that. I would like to keep him. I think he is in a fantastic player. I have made that abundantly clear.
“We are not in a position where we need to lose our top players but at the same time Douglas has a year to go. It is one of those really touchy situations where the club has to do what is best for the club, not necessarily what is best for me.”
New offer for Douglas Luiz
Thursday 1 September 2022 15:34 , Marc Mayo
The race for Douglas Luiz is hotting up with Arsenal making a second bid for the Aston Villa midfielder.
The Athletic report on another offer coming up as Luiz looks to leave Villa Park ahead of his contract expiring next summer.
This one could go down to the wire!
Neymar going nowhere
Thursday 1 September 2022 15:31 , Marc Mayo
Sky Sports are reporting that Neymar is not going to sign for Chelsea today - surprise, surprise.
A shock move for the PSG star had been touted yet the French club are not keen on selling Neymar on deadline day.
It had been claimed that FFP issues were forcing Les Parisiens to offer the Brazilian forward around.
West Ham miss out on Bednarek
Thursday 1 September 2022 15:22 , Marc Mayo
No dice for West Ham in their pursuit of Jan Bednarek.
The Athletic report on the Polish defender agreeing to join Aston Villa on loan despite Southampton agreeing to send him to London Stadium.
Standard Sport’s Malik Ouzia writes: “News that Jan Bednarek is headed for Aston Villa is bad news for West Ham but also, at this stage, bad news for Wolves because West Ham are insisting at the moment that Craig Dawson will not be allowed to leave the club unless they can secure a replacement.”
Barcelona confirm striker departure
Thursday 1 September 2022 15:11 , Marc Mayo
Barcelona have announced the exit of a striker as what was a fairly surprising tenure at the Camp Nou comes to an expected end.
Yes, Martin Braithwaite’s contract has been terminated.
Who else did you think I meant?
Agreement to terminate Martin Braithwaite's contract with FC Barcelona
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 1, 2022
West Ham’s Aina bid rejected
Thursday 1 September 2022 15:05 , Alex Young
We understand West Ham’s bid for Ola Aina has been rejected.
Malik Ouzia reports that West Ham are weighing up whether to make an improved bid as they push to sign a new right-back before tonight’s transfer deadline.
A signing in the position would allow the Hammers to sanction the departure of youngster Harrison Ashby, who is wanted by Newcastle as back-up to Kieran Trippier.
Aina, who was born in London and came through Chelsea’s youth ranks, joined Torino in 2018, initially on loan, before making the switch permanent the following summer.
West Ham lodge Aina bid
Thursday 1 September 2022 14:51 , Alex Young
West Ham are exploring a deal for former Chelsea wing-back Ola Aina.
A bid of £3.45million, plus a further £3.45m in add-ons, has been sent to Torino, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Serie A club are asking for slightly more to sanction the sale of a player who spent time on loan at Fulham two seasons ago.
Done deal! Bournemouth sign Stephens
Thursday 1 September 2022 14:45 , Alex Young
Bournemouth have completed the loan signing of Jack Stephens from fellow south coast side Southampton.
Centre-back Stephens has joined the Cherries on a season-long deal after falling down the pecking order at Saints.
Neill Blake, Bournemouth's chief executive, said: "We're very pleased to bring Jack to the club and he strengthens our defensive options.
"He brings with him significant Premier League experience and I'm sure will prove a very valuable addition both on and off the pitch."
Ronaldo is staying put
Thursday 1 September 2022 14:31 , Alex Young
It’s all been a bit quiet on the Cristiano Ronaldo front today, given he’s desperate to leave Manchester United.
Well, he is with the squad tonight for their game against Leicester City. I don’t think even Jorges Mendes could engineer a move away now.
Ronaldo is staying put.
Newcastle want West Ham defender
Thursday 1 September 2022 14:14 , Alex Young
Newcastle are interested in signing West Ham right-back Harrison Ashby before tonight’s deadline as they seek back-up for Kieran Trippier, writes Malik Ouzia.
Ashby is in the final year of his contract and yet to agree a new deal but the Hammers are undecided about allowing the youngster to leave, given full-back Ben Johnson is out injured at the moment.
Should they agree to an exit for Ashby, we could yet see West Ham make a late move for a right-back. One to keep an eye on.
Bellerin to join Barca on a free
Thursday 1 September 2022 13:59 , Alex Young
Arsenal have agreed to send Hector Bellerin to Barcelona on a free, but will hold a sell-on clause for any future sale, writes Simon Collings.
The deal should go through before tonight’s deadline.
Pedro staying put
Thursday 1 September 2022 13:54 , Alex Young
Joao Pedro has confirmed he is staying at Watford this summer.
Both Newcastle and Everton had lodged bids for the striker but fell short of Watford’s valuation.
"I’m very happy here," he has posted on social media. "I love being at Watford and I want to do more with them.
"I spoke to the Board yesterday and I am fully committed to the club and looking forward to a successful season. Let's go Hornets”
Valencia target Gil alternative
Thursday 1 September 2022 13:43 , Alex Young
With Dan James heading to Fulham, over Tottenham, it means Bryan Gil is unlikely to leave.
Valencia wanted the youngster back on loan, but have now turned attention to Justin Kluivert, whose move to Fulham collapsed.
The transfer merry-go-round in action.
Marsch not giving anything away
Thursday 1 September 2022 13:37 , Alex Young
Leeds look set to be busy today, with incoming and outgoing, but Jesse Marsch is keeping mum. Or mom.
“I’m not really ready to comment at all on transfers just because I haven’t spoken to Victor [Orta, sporting director] yet,” he has told reporters.
“We just got off the training pitch. I know there’s a lot going on over at Elland Road. He’s active, we spoke when the day started and there were different discussions about strikers but I don’t have an update yet.”
He added: “I don’t want to comment about Dan [James]’s situation right now either.”
Fulham win race for James
Thursday 1 September 2022 13:27 , Alex Young
Leeds winger Dan James is on the verge of joining Fulham on a season-long loan deal, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The 24-year-old had interest from Tottenham and Everton but is now set to move to Craven Cottage.
Former Fulham target and Marseille forward Bamba Dieng will replace James at Elland Road, allowing him to join up with Marco Silva’s men.
Done deal! Forest sign Boly
Thursday 1 September 2022 13:15 , Alex Young
Nottingham Forest have confirmed their 19th summer signing, with Wily Boly joining from Wolves.
He has signed a two-year deal and his arrival could be followed by Serge Aurier, formerly of Tottenham, on a free transfer.
Barca want Bellerin before deadline
Thursday 1 September 2022 13:09 , Alex Young
Barcelona are working to wrap up a move for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, writes Simon Collings.
Bellerin is into the final year of his contract at Emirates Stadium and is ready to leave for a new challenge.
The Spaniard spent last season on loan at Real Betis but he is now attracting the most interest from Barca, who he left in 2011 to join the Gunners.
The structure of any deal is still being worked out, however Bellerin could leave for free as Arsenal look to make a saving on his £100,000-a-week wages.
Chelsea agree Aubameyang deal
Thursday 1 September 2022 13:05 , Alex Young
Chelsea have agreed on a deal to sign Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona on a permanent deal, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The 33-year-old will cost £12million and is included in a swap deal with Marcos Alonso moving in the other direction.
The striker will fly out to London this afternoon to sign and complete his medical, with Alonso travelling from Madrid to Catalonia to complete his move.
Chelsea have long had an agreement over personal terms with the Gabon international set to sign a two-year deal that includes an option for an extra season.
Unfortunately, the former Arsenal captain will have to wait at least three weeks to make his debut due to a broken jaw.
Dervisoglu heading to Burnley
Thursday 1 September 2022 12:53 , Alex Young
One that we mentioned earlier on is Halil Dervisoglu’s move from Brentford to Burnley on loan and it looks to be close to completion, with the forward having travelled up north, writes Malik Ouzia.
Dervisoglu got a fair bit of playing time in pre-season and, after Marcus Forss’ departure, there was a feeling he might stay with the Bees this season.
It’s an interesting call from Thomas Frank, who has a few players in his squad, like Bryan Mbeumo and Mikkel Damsgaard, who can play up front but only really Ivan Toney that you would call a proper centre-forward.
Barkley wanted in France
Thursday 1 September 2022 12:40 , Alex Young
Nice are interested in free agent Ross Barkley, who recently had his Chelsea contract terminated, according to reports in France.
He is the latest British player targeted by the Ligue 1 side, who also signed free agent Aaron Ramsey earlier in the window.
As Barkley is without a club, an agreement does not need to be reached before tonight's deadline.
Villa close in on Luiz replacement
Thursday 1 September 2022 12:32 , Alex Young
Aston Villa have had a bid accepted for Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker, who is likely to be the replacement for Arsenal target Douglas Luiz.
The Belgian midfielder had also been of interest to West Ham during a frantic end to the summer transfer window.
David Moyes’ side were already in talks with the Molineux club over a potential move for Craig Dawson as the deadline approaches, with the veteran defender expected to leave the London Stadium.
Still, Villa have now had an offer believed to be in the region of around £13m accepted for the 27-year-old and his arrival comes as Arsenal target Luiz.
Latest on Aubameyang
Thursday 1 September 2022 12:14 , Alex Young
Chelsea are still working on an agreement to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports Nizaar Kinsella.
Marcos Alonso plus cash is expected to be enough to convince Barcelona to sell. The deal could be as low as £6.5million-plus-player.
The plan is for Aubameyang to board a flight to London at 2.15pm to fly out for his medical should an agreement be reached. Until a final figure is fully agreed, he won’t board the plane.
Williams staying with Blues
Thursday 1 September 2022 12:07 , Alex Young
A loan move for Chelsea academy signing Dylan Williams has been mooted in some circles but he is likely to stay, reports Nizaar Kinsella.
The January transfer window signing from Derby County has had an injury-hit start to life with the Blues but has been encouraged to fight for his Under-21s place this season.
The 18-year-old will only leave if an opportunity too good to refuse emerges in the final hours of the transfer window.
New deal for Gvardiol but hope for Chelsea
Thursday 1 September 2022 11:57 , Alex Young
RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol has now signed a contract extension until 2027.
Chelsea were linked with a huge £77million bid for the centre-back, to then loan him back to the club for the season, in an attempt to beat rivals to his signature.
The Blues and Manchester City are likely to come back in for the player next summer - or earlier in January? - as we reported last night.
Leipzig may have taken a leaf out of Chelsea’s book as they are reportedly lining up a Gvardiol replacement in the form of Josip Sutalo, who could be signed and loaned back to Dinamo Zagreb until next summer.
West Ham could miss out on Dendoncker
Thursday 1 September 2022 11:53 , Alex Young
It looks as if West Ham may well miss out on Leander Dendoncker, with reports that Wolves have accepted a €15million bid from Aston Villa for the Belgian, writes Malik Ouzia.
We were told that West Ham were likely to only be interested in a loan deal today and given their own expenditure this summer, it'd be no surprise if Wolves decided on an outright sale instead.
That, of course, would be good news for Arsenal in their Douglas Luiz pursuit.
No surprise if Gil stays
Thursday 1 September 2022 11:50 , Alex Young
It would be no great surprise if Bryan Gil’s loan move to Valencia is off, as reported this morning in Spain, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Tottenham have only ever been willing to allow the winger to leave if they can sign a replacement and there is an acceptance that finding an alternative who is better than the Spain international and willing to be a bit-part player is not an easy task at this late hour.
If true, the news would be a blow for Gil, who had wanted to return to the Mestalla for the rest of the season to boost his chances of making Spain’s World Cup squad.
The 21-year-old may now have to remain at Spurs and compete with Harry Kane, Dejan Kulusevski, Heung-min Son and Richarlison for minutes.
One intriguing but unlikely possibility is that Spurs face pressure to sell Lucas Moura, who has a year remaining on his contract and is interesting Aston Villa.
Fulham close in on Vinicius
Thursday 1 September 2022 11:48 , Alex Young
Fulham are closing in on a £5million deal to sign former Tottenham striker Carlos Vinicius from PSV Eindhoven, hijacking his loan at Benfica.
The Dutch giants will be due a sizeable sell-on clause and bonuses depending on performances, which has kept the initial fee low.
It remains to be seen whether the Cottagers will follow up their initial bid for Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz with the signing of the Brazilian striker now highly likely.
Palace back in for Edwards
Thursday 1 September 2022 11:40 , Alex Young
Crystal Palace have made a second bid to sign Chelsea target Ronnie Edwards from Peterborough United, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The England Under-19s defender won the Euros with the likes of Carney Chukwuemeka and Harvey Vale this summer.
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