Deadline day RECAP: Chelsea sign Saul, Griezmann moves, Arsenal and Spurs transfers done
Nuno comments on transfers as deadline day approaches
Premier League clubs had until 11pm tonight to finalise their squads for the first half of the season – and there was plenty of business done. Chelsea were trying to bring in a new centre-back and were in talks with Sevilla for Jules Kounde – and although a deal never materialised for the Frenchman, they did bring in someone else…
The Blues have also been negotiating with Atletico Madrid for midfielder Saul Niguez after he was offered to a host of clubs – and landed their man just fifteen minutes before the deadline.
Tottenham had already signed Emerson Royal from Barcelona, but it remains to be seen whether there would be any more signings to do with royalty – despite Odsonne Edouard’s move to Crystal Palace.
Arsenal have made a disastrous start to the campaign as they are cemented to the foot of the table having not scored a single goal in their opening three matches.
They did, however, sign Takehiro Tomiyasu in a bid to sort their shaky defensive woes.
Stay tuned for all the latest transfer news throughout deadline day.
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- Real Madrid walk away from deal for PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, but sign French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga
- Man Utd confirm Cristiano Ronaldo return on two-year deal
- Chelsea agree Saul Niguez loan with midfielder on his way to London, although a deal for Jules Kounde failed
- Arsenal sign £19.8m deal Takehiro Tomiyasu
- Dan James completes £30m move to Leeds United
- Leicester complete loan move for Ademola Lookman
- Crystal Palace complete Odsonne Edouard deal
- Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin moves to Real Betis
- Serge Aurier has been released by mutual consent at Tottenham, who have signed Emerson Royal from Barcelona
12.15am: Griezmann and De Jong DONE
And there we go, deals done! La Liga confirm that the paperwork for Antoine Griezmann and Luuk de Jong has been received in time.
They posted on Twitter: “No extension was handed by #LaLiga. The Griezmann and De Jong transfers were submitted on time to the LaLiga Manager platform. Once submitted, documentation for each transfer has to be revised by LaLiga.”
Griezmann rejoins Atletico Madrid on loan in a deal which includes an obligation to buy the Frenchman next summer.
De Jong joins Barca as Griezmann’s replacement from Sevilla.
11.55pm: Carter the Celt…
Another deal that flew under the radar, but Celtic have signed Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan, the club have announced.
The defender is not in Nuno’s plans and is free to leave – heading north of the border to sign for Ange Postecoglou’s men, who lost Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie today for a combined £16.5m today.
The deal is subject to a medical, but it represents brilliant persistence from Celtic who were linked with the defender throughout the summer.
11.50pm: One down, two to go
Well, now that Saul’s transfer is out of the way, that leaves just Antoine Griezmann and Luuk de Jong’s transfers to complete.
Fabrizio Romano claims they’re done – now we must wait on the official word from both clubs.
Standby as we watch Barcelona’s third-most expensive player move back to his old club for £70m less than they bought him for just two years ago…
A deal for Saul is done, claim reports
11.45pm: SAUL ANNOUNCED
Better Call Saul – he’s arrived!
The Spaniard signs for Chelsea on a season-long loan worth £4.2m, with the option to make it permanent for £34m.
It represents a great deal for Chelsea, who now have a top talent in midfield who has experienced it all. Rest, Chelsea fans – you have your man.
11.40pm: A bit of Everton news…
It isn’t transfer news as such, but there is something that Everton fans may be happy about – James Rodriguez is staying at the Blues for the foreseeable future.
Rafa Benitez seemingly didn’t have him in his plans – but, after failing to sign Luis Diaz and with Gylfi Sigurdsson still not with the club, the Colombian may just force his way into Rafa’s plans over the next six months or so.
He hasn’t played infront of a full Goodison Park – that may (and probably will) change over the coming months.
11:30pm: Saul done and dusted, reports say…
Another twist in the tale – as various sources have said that the deal to take Saul Niguez to Stamford Bridge is DONE.
The midfielder will sign on an intial loan with an option to buy at the end for £30m – just awaiting confirmation…
11.20pm: Nuno Mendes signs for PSG
Nuno Mendes has signed for PSG to mark a big coup for the French side.
The left-back signs on an inital £7m loan deal, with an agreed £34m (€40m) purchase available in June 2022 should PSG decide to activate it.
Manchester City were also interested, but PSG have got their man.
11.10pm: Helder Costa signs for Valencia
Perhaps a forgotten transfer, but Leeds’ winger Helder Costa has gone on loan to Valencia just after the deadline closed.
The Angolan-born Portugal international has played a bit-part role at Leeds over the last year, and the arrival of Dan James will have halted his progression even more.
11.10pm: Late move at Spurs?
No, it isn’t Adama Traore – but in fact a potential departure from Spurs to Celtic, in the form of Cameron Carter-Vickers, according to Sky.
The Celts have been linked with Carter-Vickers throughout the summer, but have failed in a bid to sign the America international prior to today.
Whether a deal will be done remains to be seen, but the Scottish window closes at 12. This one will go right down to the wire.
11.05pm: Deals still not confirmed – will they happen?
Salomon Rondon may have been announced, but there is growing doubt that Griezmann, de Jong and Saul’s transfers will go through – as Saul’s incomplete move could have a lasting effect on the other two.
According to Guillem Balague, Saul’s transfer not being completed as of yet will have major implications in the transfer window.
His failed move would stop Griezmann’s move away from Barca to Atletico, which in turn would mean that Barca wouldn’t need de Jong…wow!
11.01pm: Everton sign Salomon Rondon
Everton have had all summer to sign Rondon, and leave it to the first minute after the deadline to announce his signing. Better late than never, eh?
The Venezuelan signs on a two-year deal with the option to extend for an extra year, where he links up with Rafa Benitez on Merseyside.
He previously played under Benitez where he became a fan favourite at St. James Park – and the Spaniard will be hoping he does the same.
11.00pm: TRANSFER WINDOW SHUT!
And that, is that…will the remaining deals get over the line?
Odsonne Edouard has completed a move to Crystal Palace
10.55pm: FIVE MINUTES TO GO!
Remember, clubs can still complete deals two hours over the deadline with special dispensation.
10.50pm: Aurier – Au revoir confirmed…
A transfer of sorts – but, again, it isn’t a transfer.
Following the arrival of Barcelona’s Emerson Royal, alongside Nuno Espirito Santo’s preferance for Matt Doherty, Serge Aurier has been granted a free transfer in order to find a club.
It is yet to be seen where he will go, however, Barcelona might be looking for a right-back…
10.45pm: Tomiyasu announced!
Finally, we have Arsenal’s man! Takehiro Tomiyasu has been announced by the club’s website.
The Japan international signs on a four-year deal, with the option for a fifth, for a fee of just £17million.
Adept at right-back and centre-back, this is an astute signing from Mikel Arteta. You can breathe now, Arsenal fans…
10.40pm: Potential spanner in the works…?
Could Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann’s deals to and from Atletico Madrid are in the balance – as Diego Simeone’s side cannot complete the deal for the Frenchman without the sale of Saul.
Chelsea are supposed to be signing the Spaniard on loan for £4m, but according to Catalan TV outlet RMC, the deal may be faulting – not ideal with 20m to go…
Griezmann could end up staying at Barcelona after all.
10.30pm: Newcastle won’t land Leicester lad Choudhury
Newcastle have had arguably the worst transfer window in the Premier League.
Signing only Joe Willock – who they had on loan last season – and letting squad members such as Christian Atsu, Andy Carroll, Florian Lejeune and Matty Longstaff go, the Magpies are weaker than when they set off.
That could have changed with the loan signing of Hamza Choudhury from Leicester – however, various reports have stated the transfer is off, leaving fans reeling at Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley.
10.25pm: Wolves wanted £50m for Adama Traore
What does £50m get you nowadays?
I haven’t bothered to do the old ‘Cadbury’s Freddo’ comparisons that used to be made back in the days of old, but there is a lot more value in them than paying £50m for the Spaniard.
According to David Ornstein, Wolves rejected a £30m bid yesterday from Tottenham for Traore – and as ex-boss Nuno registered his interest in the winger today, the west Midlands outfit wanted £50m for the pacy winger – which Spurs laughed at and left.
10.15pm: Fulham look to sign trio
It’s gone a bit quiet on the transfer front for most teams – but not Fulham, who are looking to bring in three new additions in the next 45 minutes, according to The Athletic.
Matt Grimes, Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah are the players in question – with the former being the least likely.
Chalobah and Quina are going down to the wire – let’s see if they come to fruition…
10.00pm: ONE HOUR TO GO…
I wonder what this hour will bring us, eh?
Saul, Tomiyasu, Griezmann, Mendes and Rondon all left to be done – plus any other surprises…
Let’s get down to business.
9.50pm: Edouard over the line
Another deal over the line – and Odsonne Edouard’s move to Crystal Palace from Celtic is finally complete.
The striker has signed a five-year deal on a reported £70,000 per week (9:30pm), announced via the very chant he was christened with at Celtic – the Stone Roses’ “I Wanna Be Adored”.
The move means Palace have now brought in Edouard, Marc Guehi, Michael Olise, Joachim Andersen, Will Hughes and Conor Gallagher this summer – which is arguably the best transfer window of any Premier League club.
Griezmann is on his way to Atletico Madrid
9.45pm: Bellerin es un Betico!
Hector Bellerin has finally joined Real Betis, the club’s official account has cryptically tweeted.
The right-back, 26, joins on loan for the season after struggling for game time at the Emirates Stadium.
It is a breath of fresh air for the full-back, who could face Celtic in the Europa League group stages should he play against the Hoops.
9.35pm: Au Revoir Aurier?
Spurs are in talks to completely terminate Serge Aurier’s contract, according to French outlet RMC.
Aurier joined Spurs for £23m in 2017 from PSG, although he struggled to make an impression in the first-team.
And, after Spurs bought Emerson Royal from Barcelona on deadline day, there may be no room left for Aurier – hence his departure.
9.30pm: Edouard agrees five-year deal with Crystal Palace
In one of the biggest deals yet to be completed before the deadline, Odsonne Edouard has agreed a five-year deal with Crystal Palace, according to Sky Sports.
The south London outfit have agreed a fee of around £15m with Celtic for the Frenchman, who will earn £70,000-per week with add-ons once he completes the move.
Edouard scored 88 goals in 179 appearances in his four-year stint at Celtic Park, and will look to test himself in the Premier League.
9.25pm: Millwall set to land Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo
A report by the Athletic’s Caoimhe O’Neill understands that Sheyi Ojo is set to move on loan to Millwall.
The midfielder has been loaned out every year since 2017, and that looks set to continue in east London.
Ojo endured a fruitful loan last year at Cardiff, scoring five goals in 41 league appearances.
9.15pm: Did Griezmann’s arrival spell the end of Messi’s tenure at Barcelona?
Not really transfer news as much, but Express Sport cannot believe the amount of money Barcelona have lost in this deal.
£70m in two years, and not counting the obscene wages they were paying Griezmann – if they hadn’t spent this money, would they have been able to keep Lionel Messi?
One to ponder…
9.05pm: Griezmann? Here we go!
A return to the Wanda Metropolitano for Antoine Griezmann, it seems!
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Frenchman is headed back to the Spanish capital just two years after he left for Barcelona.
It has been a dour two years for Griezmann at the Camp Nou – although much can be attributed to the financial chaos that plagues the Catalan club.
The striker joins on a loan-to-buy option, with Diego Simeone’s men able to exercise that option for just £34m – after joining Barca for £104m just two summers ago.
What a piece of business by Atletico!
8.50pm: Lyon fail in move for United defender
Reports coming out of France are that Lyon have made a move for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly; albeit unsuccessfully.
The Ivorian has been shunted down the pecking order following the arrival of Raphael Varane, although is considered a valued squad member at Old Trafford.
The French outfit considered a move but it was too complicated, instead opting for Jerome Boateng.
8.45pm: Runarsson moves to Belgium
Forgotten Arsenal keeper Alex Runarsson has joined Belgian outfit OH Leuven on loan, the club have confirmed.
He was second choice to Bernd Leno prior to Aaron Ramsdale’s arrival – although the England stopper’s arrival has virtually ended that.
8.40pm: Donny denied loan deal?
A report coming out of the Netherlands has suggested that Donny van de Beek was denied a loan move to Everton – but was denied by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Dutchman has been isolated in terms of game time at Old Trafford, thanks in large part to Solskjaer – and his agent claims he is blocking every move.
“Today I have been trying to find a club for Donny. Everyone knows the situation. We worked very hard for it, but the club is blocking everything. There was much interest from Italy, Germany & England.”
A move could have been in the offering, however, he looks set to stay – despite Rafa Benitez’s advances.
Hector Bellerin is expected to move to Real Betis
8.40pm: West Ham announce Kral
David Moyes’ side have added to their Czech continent – with more ‘Czech mates’ for Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek – by adding Alex Kral to their ranks.
The midfielder joins on a loan to buy deal from Spartak Moscow as the Hammers look to continue their brilliant form this season.
However, with no striker on the cards, the club will have to rely on Michail Antonio not to become injured – unless something happens soon.
8.35pm: What now?
Just over two hours to go now, and a whole host of deals are still up for completion. Most notably, Chelsea’s deal for Saul Niguez is the Premier League’s biggest deal.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Takehiro Tomiyasu awaits a move to Arsenal – although deals elsewhere seem to be at a minimum.
On the continent, Nuno Mendes and Antoine Griezmann dominate the headlines as they look to move to PSG and Atletico Madrid respectively.
8.30pm: Wolves despair
Wolves were in talks for Boubacar Kamara and Keiffer Moore as the deadline approached – however, with little time left, the club will not be completing deals for either of the pair.
Talks for the pair have broken down according to Sky – with Cardiff wanting £12m for Moore, and Kamara not completely convinced on a move to England.
Elsewhere, Morgan Gibbs-White has gone out on loan to Sheffield United.
8.25pm: United done for the day
Manchester United have wrapped up their transfer deadline day almost three hours before the deadline, according to reports – signalling that no midfielder will sign for the club.
The club have added Cristiano Ronaldo to their ranks officially today, whilst Daniel James has departed for Leeds for a fee of £28m.
However, with fans desperate for a midfielder, it appears there will be no more incomings – meaning it will be at least another six months until a new man can enter.
8.20pm: Leeds winger Costa heads for the Costa del Azahar
Leeds winger Helder Costa is set to leave on a season-long loan to Spanish outfit Valencia, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Portuguese winger signed for Leeds last summer for £17m, however has made just 23 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds have just added Daniel James to their ranks, thus forcing Costa out of the club.
8:15pm: Everton move for Diaz collapses
Everton’s pursuit of Luis Diaz has completely collapsed, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Colombian winger, 24, is set to stay at FC Porto after a deal could not be completed between the two sides.
It was thought James Rodriguez could be used as a makeweight in the deal, however it appears that deal is now definitely not happening.
8.05pm: Bellerin close to Betis move
Arsenal have got rid of a right-back, and it isn’t Ainsley Maitland-Niles…rather, Hector Bellerin, who has reportedly moved on loan to Real Betis.
The Spaniard has spent seven seasons in Arsenal’s first-team, but after being ostracised from Mikel Arteta’s plans, he has found a new home in Seville.
Maitland-Niles looks set to stay after talks with Arteta, and may make the right-back berth his own.
7.55pm: Christie deal done
A deal involving Ryan Christie’s transfer from Celtic to Bournemouth is done, the club’s official website has announced.
The Scottish international, 26, had a contract at Celtic Park until January, but with a £2.5m bid, the midfielder is on his way to the south coast.
Scott Parker will be delighted that he has signed Christie in his bid to achieve promotion with the Cherries.
7.45pm: Kounde deal NOT happening…
Huge news coming out of Stamford Bridge! Chelsea have been in talks with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde throughout the transfer window, but won’t sign their target, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Despite selling three key centre-back options in Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi, the club have not been able to close a deal for the ex-Bordeaux defender.
It appears Thomas Tuchel will stick to his guns in the coming months – will a deal be done in September?
7.45pm: Griezmann in Atletico return?
Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann may just make a move back to Atletico Madrid, after Sky sources claimed talks between the two sides are nearing completion.
The Frenchman, 30, scored 133 goals in 257 games for the capital outfit, before departing for Barcelona just two years ago.
Howver, after a less than desirable spell in Catalonia, he is reportedly nearing a move back to the Wanda Metropolitano.
7.35pm: Wolves look to hijack Newcastle bid for Frenchman
We brought you news before (5:45pm) that Newcastle had made a bid for Boubacar Kamara – however, Express Sport’s Ryan Taylor has reported a spanner in the works.
Marseille defensive midfielder Kamara is also on Wolves’ radar – but he wants to stay at OM and will need convincing.
Newcastle have made a late loan offer that includes an option to buy the 21-year-old, who can also play in defence.
7.30pm: Berahino returns to England
Former West Bromwich Albion starlet Saido Berahino has returned to England for Sheffield Wednesday after two years in Belgium, where he scored 12 goals in 54 games.
However, the 28-year-old has been given a lifeline in South Yorkshire to reignite his career in England.
Ademola Lookman has joined Leicester on a season-long loan
7.25pm: De Jong in late Barcelona bid?
Dutch striker Luuk de Jong may be on his way to Barcelona in a late move, if reports by Helena Condis are to be believed.
The journalist claims that there is ‘quite a chance that a move will be done’ for the 31-year-old striker, who currently plays for Sevilla.
He certainly wouldn’t be a replacement for Lionel Messi – but he would be a handful for most La Liga defences.
7.15pm: Wolves looking for Moore options
Pardon the pun – but Wolverhampton Wanderers could be in for a late move to sign Cardiff City striker Keiffer Moore, according to the Telegraph.
The Welsh international, 29, joined Cardiff last August, and has immediately impressed for the Bluebirds – scoring 21 goals in 49 games.
It remains to be seen on a fee – but keep your eye on this one.
7.10pm: City’s Doyle off to Deutschland…
This in from Express Sport’s Gideon Brooks…
“Manchester City midfielder Tommy Doyle is to go out on a season long loan to German top flight side Hamburg.
“The highly-rated teenager, 19, who made his first-team breakthrough last season, remains in City’s long term plans, but the Premier League Champions feel Doyle needs exposure to more regular first team football.
“Several Championship clubs had expressed an interest but City view the Bundesliga as the perfect environment for his development.”
7.05pm: Martial turns down French move
Manchester Utd striker Anthony Martial has reportedly turned down a move to French side Olympique Lyon in order to fight for his place at Old Trafford, according to L’Equipe.
The talisman, who struggled at United over the course of last season, is even further down in the pecking order due to Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival and Mason Greenwood’s form.
However, his reluctancy to leave has indicated his determination to succeed in Manchester.
7pm: James speaks out
Dan James has explained why he swapped Manchester United for Leeds today, insisting to Sky Sports: “I think for me, my football career, it was completely the right decision.
“Don’t get me wrong I had an unbelievable time and made great friends.
“The staff were amazing to me and the fans. For me it’s my time to move on career-wise and moving forward. I’m looking forward to it.”
6.50pm: Chelsea’s Saul deal explained
Saul will join Chelsea on an initial loan deal which gives the Blues the option to sign the Spaniard permanently next year.
Sky Sports News say a deal has been agreed between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid with the 26-year-old eager to move to England.
Saul has made over 300 appearances for Atletico and has previously been linked to Manchester United and Liverpool.
6.40pm: Another Celtic exit
With Odsonne Edouard expected to join Crystal Palace today, Celtic are also set to lose Ryan Christie to Bournemouth.
The Scot, in Denmark with his national team, is poised to join the Cherries for around £2.5m per Sky Sports.
It is thought Premier League clubs had shown interest in the attacking midfielder before he chose to join Bournemouth instead.
6.30pm: Spurs sign Emerson Royal
Tottenham have kickstarted their deadline day business with a deal for Barcelona’s Emerson Royal, the north London club have announced.
The Brazilian, 22, has signed for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team in a deal which could reach £25.7m as they look to adapt to the Portuguese boss’ style of play.
However, the club face a race to sell Serge Aurier in a bid to reduce the numberes in their defensive department.
6.20pm: Mbappe deal OFF – after PSG reject £188.9m bid for the Frenchman
Amazing, isn’t it? Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer – and even after a bid of £188.9m was made, the French club turned it down, says Kaveh Solhekol.
This would have made Mbappe the second and third-most expensive footballer in the world, after Neymar in first – but astonishingly PSG have rejected the offer.
This leaves Mbappe free to leave PSG for Madrid next summer – as he can agree a pre-contract agreement in January with Los Blancos.
6.15pm: Saul nearing Chelsea move
Wow, wow, wow! Chelsea are finally getting their midfield maestro in Saul, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Atletico midfielder has been a key part of the Spanish champions’ midfield for half a decade, but will now try his trade at the European champions.
The Blues will reportedly pay Diego Simeone’s men a fee of £4.3m (€5m) for the Spaniard, with Saul on his way to London.
6.05pm: Liverpool loan out youngster Williams alongside new contract
Liverpool starlet Rhys Williams has joined Swansea City on a season-long loan – and signed a new five-year deal in the process.
The centre-back, 20, was thrown into the deep end for the Reds last season following the injury crisis that engulfed the Merseyside club.
And, after some stellar performances, the Preston-born defender has been loaned out to Wales after being given reassurances about his long-term future.
6.00pm: Leicester land Lookman loan
Leicester have confirmed the loan signing of RB Leipzig’s Ademola Lookman, the club have confirmed.
And with Leicester needing a winger, they have acted quickly to secure the signature of the London-born speedster.
Eduardo Camavinga has joined Real Madrid on a six-year deal
6.00pm: Celtic sign Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis
Celtic have hit double figures in their transfer incomings this summer, with talisman Giorgos Giakoumakis joining the club.
The top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie last season, Giakoumakis joins the Hoops on a five-year deal for a fee of around £2.5million.
With Odsonne Edouard likely to be leaving the club for Crystal Palace before the deadline comes, Celtic have moved quickly for his replacement.
5.55pm: Tomiyasu to sign four-year contract at Arsenal
Arsenal’s impending transfer deadline day signing Takehiro Tomiyasu will sign a four-year contract with the option of a fifth, according to Sky.
The Bologna defender will sign for the Gunners for a fee of just over £15m before the deadline, after considerable interest from Tottenham earlier in the window.
And, at the age of just 22, it is clear that Arsenal are focusing on youth this summer – alongside the signings of Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard.
5.45pm: Newcastle make offer for Boubacar Kamara
Steve Bruce’s Newcastle have made a loan-to-buy offer for Marseille starlet Boubacar Kamara, according to Loic Tanzi.
The Magpies have reportedly offered a £2.15m (€2.5m) loan offer for the Frenchman, with an option to buy for £12.88m (€15m) at the end of the season.
The 21-year-old has already made 121 appearances for Les Olympiens, scoring three goals in the process.
5.35pm: Real Madrid announce the signing of Camavinga
Real Madrid have announced the signing of Rennes prodigu Eduardo Camavinga on a six-year deal.
The midfielder, 18, was arguably the most saught after young midfielder in the world prior to his move to the Bernabeu.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were interested in the youngster, however he had chosen the Spanish capital.
5.30pm: Brighton sign Sima
Brighton have announced the signing of Slavia Prague striker Abdallah Sima for an undisclosed fee.
The striker, 20, has made 21 league appearances for the side from the Czech capital, scoring 11 league goals in the process.
He will be loaned straight out to Stoke City as a result of the transfer.
5.25pm: Maitland-Niles set to stay at Arsenal
Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks as though he will remain in north London, according to the Mirror.
The versatile player seemed to be on his way out of The Emirates, with a move to Everton supposedly on the cards.
However, after talks with Mikel Arteta, the 24-year-old will remain at the Emirates for the time being.
5.20pm: Burnley offered chance to sign Juventus midfielder McKennie
What on earth is happening at Turf Moor recently?!
After being linked with Ross Barkley (3.45pm), signing Connor Roberts (1.45pm) and breaking their transfer record for Maxwel Cornet on Sunday, the Clarets have reportedly been offered Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.
Sky’s Kaveh Solhekol suggests the Clarets’ have offered a loan deal for the American star, however it is understood that Juventus would be unlikely to accept that deal.
5.15pm: Dani Olmo has ‘no chance’ of moving to Barcelona
Barcelona have been let down in their pursuit of Spanish midfielder Dani Olmo after his club RB Leipzig announced he was not for sale, says Fabrizio Romano.
The ex-Barcelona playmaker, 23, will not be leaving the Red Bull Arena as the German side look to keep hold of one of their main assets.
Olmo left the famous La Masia academy in 2014 for first-team opportunities at Dinamo Zagreb – and will be made to wait longer for his return to the Catalan club.
5.10pm: Housssem Auoar set to stay at Lyon
Arsenal and Tottenham’s pursuit of Lyon’s Houssem Aouar looks set to drag on to the next transfer window, according to David Ornstein.
The midfielder, 23, has been linked with a move to north London in recent years, but appears set to stay at the Groupama Stadium.
That isn’t to say a move won’t happen in the future for the one-time capped Frenchman – with only two years left on his contract, a move in the next year could be on the cards.
Daniel James has joined Leeds.
5pm: PSG set to win chase for Mendes
Paris Saint-Germain have seemingly won the race to sign Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Mendes is closing in on a move to PSG after agreeing personal terms with the Ligue 1 giants.
Manchester City were interested, but will not meet Sporting’s £34.3m valuation. PSG’s stellar transfer window looks set to continue.
4.50pm: Reiss Nelson leaves Arsenal on loan
Feyenoord has announced the loan signing of Arsenal attacking midfielder Reiss Nelson, who has extended his contract at the Emirates Stadium until 2023.
It’s Nelson’s second loan stint away from Arsenal are spending the 2018/19 season at Hoffenheim.
4.40pm: Griezmann’s Atletico return on the cards
Antoine Griezmann could re-join Atletico Madrid from Barcelona before the summer transfer deadline.
According to L’Equipe, via GFFN, Griezmann’s Atletico return is moving ‘very fast’ with talks over a £42.9m (€50m) transfer ongoing.
Barcelona are also willing to entertain a loan with an option to buy, if Los Rojiblancos can’t afford the Frenchman this summer.
4.30pm: Project CR7 in full flow?
With Daniel James now a Leeds United player, the number 21 shirt is now free at Manchester United.
Interestingly, Edinson Cavani wears that shirt for Uruguay and could inherit it for the remainder of the season at Old Trafford.
If he’s allowed to do so, it would free up the iconic number seven shirt for its previous owner, Cristiano Ronaldo.
4.20pm: James joins Leeds from Man Utd
Leeds United have completed the signing of Manchester United winger Daniel James on a permanent deal.
James has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Elland Road in a deal worth an initial £24m.
Almost three years after the 23-year-old’s deadline day move to Leeds fell through, he has finally sealed his move to West Yorkshire.
4.10pm: Spartak Moscow confirm Kral exit amid West Ham links
Spartak Moscow’s general director has confirmed that midfielder Alex Kral is leaving the club, amid links to West Ham United.
He said: “Alex Kral is leaving. We had different options for him. We agreed on all terms with West Ham. It will be a paid loan with a mandatory purchase option.”
Express Sport’s Ryan Taylor reports that West Ham are closing in on Kral on a loan move with an option to buy.
4pm: PSG and Man City in Mendes talks
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have received late hope in their interest in Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Sporting are open to selling Mendes in the closing hours of deadline day.
The Portugal international’s agent Miguel Pinho has contacted PSG and Man City in the last few minutes over a potential deal.
3.45pm: Burnley consider late Barkley pursuit
Burnley are considering a last-ditch move for Chelsea outcast Ross Barkley, according to Express Sport’s Ryan Taylor.
Chelsea want to offload the midfielder, but a deal is difficult to see unfolding at this stage and nothing is concrete.
Any move would be a loan, with Barkley likely to be open to the idea after being stripped of his number eight shirt earlier this summer.
3.30pm: Chelsea optimistic over Saul deal
Perhaps there’s life in Chelsea’s deadline day yet…
The Athletic report that Chelsea are actively working on signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez in the closing hours of the summer transfer window.
Negotiations are ongoing over a potential loan with an option to buy for the 26-year-old, with all parties optimistic of the deal going through.
Eduardo Camavinga snubbed Man Utd and PSG for Real Madrid.
3.15pm: Boateng set to join Lyon
Some news from around Europe now…
Jerome Boateng, who left Bayern Munich as a free agent earlier this year, is set to join Lyon imminently.
The 32-year-old has agreed a contract and completed his Lyon medical earlier this afternoon.
3pm: Chelsea prospect Andorin to leave for Russia
Chelsea attacking midfielder Tino Anjorin is on his way to Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow, according to Sky Sports.
Anjorin is set for a medical ahead of a loan move, but Lokomotiv have an obligation to buy the 19-year-old for £17m.
Chelsea have ensured they will have a chance to re-sign the teenage attacker by including a buy-back clause worth £40m.
2.45pm: Alexandre Lacazette eyeing Arsenal exit
Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette is planning to leave the club on a free transfer next year.
According to football.london, Lacazette isn’t considering extending his Arsenal contract, which expires at the end of the season.
Mikel Arteta could need to prioritise a new striker next summer, with Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s futures unclear.
2.30pm: Camavinga Real Madrid-bound
Eduardo Camavinga will become a Real Madrid player today after signing his contract, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Real Madrid and Rennes signed the paperwork last night ahead of the 18-year-old midfielder’s move worth £26.6m (€31m) plus add-ons.
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have also been linked with Camavinga in recent months, but Real is his dream destination.
2.25pm: James to Leeds edging closer
Daniel James is edging ever closer to switching Manchester United for Leeds United in an initial £24m deal on transfer deadline day.
The 23-year-old has arrived at Elland Road after completing the second part of his medical at the club today.
He will likely now be taking pictures with the Leeds shirt and answering questions from club media before the deal is announced tonight.
2.15pm: Berahino back in English football
Saido Berahino… remember him?
BBC Sport’s Simon Stone reports Berahino is very close to joining Sheffield Wednesday from Zulte Waregem.
The 28-year-old knows Wednesday manager Darren Moore from his time at West Bromwich Albion, where he earned mass plaudits before his 2017 exit.
2pm: Villa looking to offload Guilbert
Aston Villa are in talks with several European clubs over right-back Frederic Guilbert.
Sky Sports report Villa want to offload the Frenchman on loan, with Matty Cash firmly Dean Smith’s first-choice option.
Strasbourg, where Guilbert spent the second half of last season on loan, are one of the clubs interested in Guilbert.
1.50pm: Arsenal trio to leave on loan
Arsenal are expecting three players to leave on loan today, Express Sport’s Ryan Taylor understands.
Reiss Nelson will join Feyenoord, Hector Bellerin has taken a pay-cut to join Real Betis and goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson is heading to Belgian side OH Leuven.
The Gunners are still negotiating the finer details of the deal that will see them sign Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna.
1.50pm: Sima to join Stoke on loan after Brighton move
Brighton are set to loan Abdallah Sima to Stoke City following the completion of his £7m transfer from Slavia Prague.
The young Senegalese forward starred in last season’s Europa League and has also attracted interest from Arsenal and West Ham.
He has cost Albion around £7m but will now head to the bet365 Stadium to being his adaptation to English football.
Takehiro Tomiyasu is nearing Arsenal.
1.45pm: Burnley sign Roberts from Swansea
Burnley have completed the signing of Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old Wales international has signed a four-year deal at Turf Moor to bolster Sean Dyche’s defence further.
He is the Clarets’ fifth summer signing after Maxwel Cornet, Nathan Collins, Wayne Hennessey and Aaron Lennon.
1.30pm: Arsenal not interested in Aouar
Arsenal are not interested in moving for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar in the closing hours of the summer transfer window.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are solely focused on securing Takehiro Tomiyasu’s services and offloading Hector Bellerin.
Romano reports there are currently no talks with Lyon for Aouar, so Tomiyasu will likely be the only arrival of the day.
1.25pm: Runarsson nearing Arsenal exit
Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Runarsson is closing in on a temporary departure from the club.
According to Sky Sports, Runarsson is set to sign for Belgian club OH Leuven on a loan deal, with talks at an advanced stage.
After the Gunners’ £30m capture of Aaron Ramsdale, Runarsson is now the club’s third-choice goalkeeper.
1.10pm: Ronaldo’s FPL price revealed
One for you Fantasy Premier League managers eagerly awaiting Cristiano Ronaldo’s price to drop…
Manchester United’s latest signing will be priced at £12.5m on FPL, making him currently the most expensive forward on the game.
He’s the joint-highest priced player on the game alongside Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Salah.
12.45pm: Sevilla director says Kounde can leave
Sevilla director of football Monchi has stated that Jules Kounde can leave the club if his release clause is matched before the summer transfer deadline.
Chelsea have been vying for the 22-year-old defender’s signature this summer, but are yet to match Sevilla’s hefty £68.7m (€80m) valuation.
Monchi said: “Kounde can leave before midnight if anybody pays his clause, then we can do nothing. He has the same chance to leave as all his teammates.”
12.35pm: Mbappe to Real Madrid still alive
Real Madrid haven’t given up on signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe today, although a deal is looking increasingly unlikely.
According to Sky Sports, there is still a small chance Mbappe will seal his dream move to Real on deadline day.
If Los Blancos fail to sign the French superstar, they will approach him in January to negotiate a pre-contract agreement.
12.30pm: Hudson-Odoi set for Chelsea stay
Callum Hudson-Odoi will stay at Chelsea this season, according to Sky Sports, amid uncertainty over his future at the club.
Chelsea have decided to not sanction a loan move to Borussia Dortmund on deadline day, ending talk of a potential departure.
Hudson-Odoi might be a part of Thomas Tuchel’s long-term plans, but is yet to start a Premier League game this season.
12.10pm: Edouard having Crystal Palace medical
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is set to complete a Premier League move on deadline day.
According to Sky Sports, Edouard is currently undergoing a medical ahead of a summer switch to Crystal Palace.
The Eagles have agreed an initial £14m fee with Celtic for the 23-year-old Frenchman, but it could potentially rise to £18.5m.
12pm: Arsenal agree £19.8m Tomiyasu fee
Arsenal have agreed a deal worth £19.8m (€23m) with Bologna for defender Takehiro Tomiyasu in a rapid deadline day development.
The Gunners have monitored Tomiyasu all summer, and he will now undergo a medical ahead of his move to the Emirates Stadium.
He will likely act as a replacement for Hector Bellerin, who is Real Betis-bound, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future also up in the air.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles wants to join Everton.
11.45am: Chelsea’s Saul hopes ‘over’ as focus turns to Kounde
Chelsea’s summer transfer business could very well be done, with Saul Niguez and Jules Kounde looking unlikely.
According to The Guardian, Chelsea’s hopes of signing Saul on loan are over. Barring a late turnaround, the deal is off.
The report states the Blues will now push forward with their attempt to sign Kounde, but Sevilla’s increased valuation could prevent a move.
11.30am: Brighton confirm Cucurella signing
Brighton have confirmed the £15.5m (€18m) signing of Getafe left-back Marc Cucurella on a five-year deal.
The 23-year-old Spaniard arrives at the Amex Stadium as Brighton’s second most expensive defender after Adam Webster.
Manager Graham Potter has said: “We have been keen to bring Marc to the club, and we are really pleased to finally welcome him here and are excited to begin working with him.
“He has had a fantastic education in the youth teams at Barcelona and he has gone onto make a real impression in La Liga and within the national set up.
“He is a versatile player, and he will add competition and options to the squad.”
11.15am: Tottenham ‘unlikely’ to move for duo before deadline
Tottenham Hotspur are unlikely to complete moves for Wolves duo Adama Traore and Ruben Neves on transfer deadline day.
According to football.london, moves for Traore and Neves have been deemed unlikely today, while Tottenham aren’t expected to sign a striker either.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s summer business looks set to be concluded with the arrival of Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal.
11am: Barcelona in advanced Cavani negotiations
Barcelona are in advanced talks with Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani over a potential deadline day move.
According to Gerard Romero, Barcelona are working with Man Utd to resolve the situation but it’s ‘not a simple operation.’
Cavani has given the La Liga his OK, but Man Utd don’t want to let him leave after extending his current deal until next summer.
10.45am: Maitland-Niles to have crunch talks with Arteta
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is planning to meet Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta at the club’s training ground this afternoon to request a move away.
According to David Ornstein, Maitland-Niles wants to meet Arteta to outline his desire to leave for Everton.
The Toffees have made a two-year loan offer with an option to buy, but Arsenal are yet to accept it.
After he publicly stated that he wanted to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer, the Gunners may be forced to offload him.
10.30am: Ndombele set for Spurs stay
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele looks set to stay at the club beyond tonight’s summer transfer deadline, despite a mutual desire to part ways.
According to Sky Sports, Ndombele will remain in north London, seemingly due to a lack of interest in his services.
Tottenham were willing to sell the Frenchman, but a suitable deal hasn’t been found in time for the window’s conclusion.
Ndombele is yet to feature under Nuno Espirito Santo but could enter his plans after the international break.
10.20am: Arsenal working on Tomiyasu deal
Arsenal have launched a last-ditch pursuit of Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu after considering a move all summer.
According to David Ornstein, Arsenal are working on a deal to sign Tomiyasu and talks are underway.
But he reports that the 22-year-old’s arrival will depend on other movements, with Hector Bellerin’s future still uncertain.
Tomiyasu can play at centre-back and right-back and was heavily linked with Tottenham Hotspur before they signed Cristian Romero.
10.10am: Tottenham haven’t given up on £50m-rated Traore
Tottenham Hotspur are still vying for Adama Traore’s services, despite having loan approaches pushed back earlier in the summer.
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham are trying to sign Traore on deadline day but Wolves don’t want him to leave the club.
Wolves will only entertain offers north of £50m, due to the 25-year-old winger still having two years left on his deal.
10am: Arsenal freeze Ainsley Maitland-Niles out
Following his public plea to leave the club this summer, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has seemingly been punished by Arsenal.
According to John Cross, Arsenal have told Maitland-Niles he won’t be training with the first team if he stays beyond tonight’s transfer deadline.
The Gunners blocked his move to Everton, so Mikel Arteta’s harsh decision to drop him down to the reserves leaves much to be pondered.
Jesse Lingard looks set to stay at Man Utd.
9.50am: Henderson commits future to Liverpool
A pretty busy minute of action as at the same that Manchester United re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool announced that Jordan Henderson has committed his long-term future to the club.
Henderson has signed a new contract until 2025, spelling the end of speculation over his future at the club.
As part of his statement, he said: “To continue this journey is incredible for me and my family, and I hope the fans and the club feel the same way.”
9.45am: Solskjaer thrilled to welcome ‘marvellous’ Ronaldo
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unsurprisingly delighted to add Cristiano Ronaldo to his squad.
He said: “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.”
9.40am: Ronaldo ‘overwhelmed’ after completing Man Utd return
On his Manchester United return, Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his excitement to play at Old Trafford again.
He said: “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.
“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.”
9.35am: Man Utd confirm Ronaldo return
Manchester United have completed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo on a two-year deal with the option of a further year.
Ronaldo has returned to Old Trafford from Juventus 12 years after departing in an £80m move to Real Madrid in 2009.
The 36-year-old is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner and has lifted over 30 major trophies throughout his decorated career so far.
9.30am: Emerson undergoing Tottenham medical in Barcelona
Emerson Royal is undergoing his Tottenham Hotspur medical in Barcelona ahead of a £25.8m (€30m) move to north London.
According to Sky Sports, the fee has been agreed between Barcelona and Tottenham, with personal terms also shaken on.
Emerson will bolster Nuno Espirito Santo’s defensive options further after a clean sheet in each of Spurs’ opening three Premier League games.
9.25am: Lookman travelling to Leicester ahead of loan
RB Leipzig winger Ademola Lookman is travelling to Leicester City to complete his Premier League return on deadline day.
According to Sky Sports, the Foxes will sign Lookman on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
Brendan Rodgers is looking to bolster his options on the wing after Lookman impressed on loan at Fulham last season.
Cristiano Ronaldo poses with Man Utd fans in Portugal.
9.20am: Neves in Tottenham contract talks
Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is in talks with Tottenham Hotspur ahead of a potential deadline day move.
According to Portuguese insider Pedro Almeida, Neves is negotiating a long-term contract with Tottenham to reunite with Nuno Espirito Santo.
Wolves want around £34.3m (€40m) for the Portugal international, with Manchester United also linked with an interest.
9.05am: West Ham confirm Vlasic signing
West Ham have completed the signing of CSKA Moscow attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic on a five-year deal.
Vlasic, the 2020 Russian Premier League Footballer of the Year, has reportedly arrived at the London Stadium for a fee of around £25m.
The Croatia international has scored 33 goals and provided 21 assists over the last three seasons at CSKA and adds quality to David Moyes’ attack.
It’s his second stint in the Premier League after a disappointing 2017/18 season at Everton, but still only 23, he has his best years ahead of him.
9am: Bellerin edging closer to boyhood club Real Betis
Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is set to complete a deadline day return to Spain, but not to Barcelona as previously reported.
According to football.london, Bellerin is a boyhood Real Betis fan and is on the verge of joining the club after his agents met with officials at their office.
The Spaniard has previously said: “My first shirt was Betis because my father was a fan of the Verdiblanco team. It was difficult for me to support another club.”
After not featuring in Arsenal’s first four games of the season, Bellerin looks set to depart before 11pm.
8.45am: Man Utd still open to offers for Lingard
Jesse Lingard is very likely to stay at Manchester United beyond tonight’s transfer deadline, but the club are still open to offers for his services.
According to Sky Sports, if an offer for Lingard arrived today, it will be discussed with the 28-year-old ahead of a collective decision on his future.
If he stays at Old Trafford, though, the Red Devils could enter contract extension talks to prevent him from leaving for free next summer.
West Ham have been ruled out after opting for CSKA Moscow’s Nikola Vlasic in a £25m deal.
8.30am: Leicester edging closer to Lookman deal
Leicester City are nearing an agreement with RB Leipzig to sign winger Ademola Lookman.
According to Sky Sports, no fee has been agreed yet, but the gap between the two clubs’ valuations is significantly smaller than it was 24 hours ago.
It is thought there is a race against time to complete the deal, but Lookman’s English nationality has made the logistics easier.
The move would bring the 23-year-old back to the Premier League after stints at Everton and Fulham.
8.15am: Kean leaves Everton for Juventus
Juventus have confirmed that Moise Kean has returned to the club on loan with an obligation to buy, two years after leaving Turin for Everton.
Kean rejoins Juventus on an initial two-year loan deal, with the transfer worth a total of £32.6m (€38m) including add-ons.
The 21-year-old scored just four goals in 39 appearances for Everton after joining from Juve in 2019.
He spent last season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain, where he scored 17 goals in 28 starts for the Parisiens.
8am: Bernardo Silva set for Man City stay
Manchester City aren’t expecting any further transfer business this summer, ruling out incomings and outgoings on deadline day.
According to The Times, it means Bernardo Silva will stay at the Etihad Stadium despite his future being uncertain in recent months.
AC Milan had submitted an offer for the 27-year-old in recent days, giving him the chance of regular football at the summit of Serie A.
But Bernardo turned down the move and now looks set to remain a part of Pep Guardiola’s squad.
7.50am: Juventus confirm Ronaldo departure
Juventus have confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club ahead of his move to Manchester United becoming official today.
The Serie A club has issued a lengthy statement to say goodbye to the 36-year-old after three years in Turin.
It ended: “Today that bond born on July 10, three years ago, has been dissolved, but what has been written will forever remain. It has been an incredible journey.”
Man Utd are expected to announce Ronaldo’s return at some stage on deadline day, so stay tuned!
7.45am: Emerson to Spurs could see Bellerin depart Arsenal
Emerson Royal’s impending move to Tottenham Hotspur could prompt Barcelona to target Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin as a replacement.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona will try to sign Bellerin once Emerson completes his move to north London.
The 26-year-old Spaniard’s Arsenal future has been unclear all summer and he is yet to play under Mikel Arteta this season.
Bellerin would likely be interested in a return to Spain, should Barcelona submit an offer before 11pm.
Emerson Royal is set to join Tottenham,
7.30am: Leicester approach Chelsea over Hudson-Odoi
Leicester City have approached Chelsea over the prospect of signing Callum Hudson-Odoi on a permanent deal.
According to football.london, Leicester have enquired about Hudson-Odoi’s availability in the last 24 hours, with Brendan Rodgers keen to sign a new winger.
The FA Cup champions are also keen on RB Leipzig’s Ademola Lookman and talks are progressing with the Bundesliga club.
Hudson-Odoi has been an unused substitute in all three of Chelsea’s Premier League games so far, but Thomas Tuchel may not sanction his exit if a replacement doesn’t arrive.
7.15am: Traore hires Mendes to push through Spurs switch
Wolves forward Adama Traore has hired super agent Jorge Mendes to help negotiate a move to Tottenham Hotspur before tonight’s summer transfer deadline.
According to Football Insider, Traore is firmly on Tottenham’s radar in the closing hours of the window, with Nuno Espirito Santo interested in a reunion.
Mendes has signed a mandate even though he isn’t the 25-year-old’s representative, with Wolves willing to listen to permanent offers.
They have already knocked back loan bids this summer, but could be open to selling Traore should a suitable approach arrive.
7am: No late West Ham move for Lingard
West Ham United won’t be making a last-ditch attempt to sign Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard on deadline day.
According to reputable Man Utd insider Jonathan Shrager, Lingard won’t return to the Hammers ahead of tonight’s 11pm deadline.
The 28-year-old is ready to fight for his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, despite the summer arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
West Ham are on the verge of signing CSKA Moscow attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic, who seems to be an alternative.
6.50am: Real Madrid walk away from Mbappe deal
Real Madrid won’t be signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe this summer after walking away from negotiations.
According to Kaveh Solhekol, PSG didn’t respond to Real’s final offer worth around £150m (€180m), prompting the La Liga giants to walk away.
Real will now wait until January to discuss signing Mbappe on a pre-contract agreement ahead of a free transfer next summer.
They are said to be ‘confident’ the French superstar will sign after a long-standing interest.
6.40am: Tottenham beat Arsenal in Emerson battle
Tottenham Hotspur have beaten Arsenal in the battle to sign Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Spurs have agreed a £25.7m (€30m) deal for Emerson, who will join Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad on a five-year contract.
Kaveh Solhekol reports Arsenal wanted to sign the Brazilian star this summer, but he chose Spurs in a blow to Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners are still eyeing a new right-back with Hector Bellerin’s future uncertain and concerns over Cedric Soares’ overall quality.
6.30am: James closing in on £24m Leeds switch
Daniel James is nearing a £24m transfer from Manchester United to Leeds United, almost three years after he nearly joined the club on loan from Swansea City.
According to The Guardian, James will have his medical in Leeds this morning after agreeing personal terms on Monday.
The 23-year-old has started two of Man Utd’s three Premier League games this season, but his game time will be affected by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
United will be happy with almost doubling their money on James after paying Swansea £15m to sign him in 2019.
6.20am: Dalot departure rests on Man Utd replacement
Manchester United will only offload Diogo Dalot today if they can sign a replacement before the deadline, which is currently unlikely.
According to Sky Sports, Borussia Dortmund are confident of striking a deal for Dalot, but only if Man Utd can sign a replacement.
The Bundesliga giants are ready to secure Dalot’s services on loan with an obligation to buy, should United replace him before 11pm.
With the Red Devils unlikely to be active regarding incomings on deadline day, Dalot’s exit is all but off the cards.
6.10am: Sevilla frustrate Chelsea with Kounde demand
Sevilla are standing firm on their increased asking price for Jules Kounde, frustrating Chelsea as the summer deadline closes in.
According to The Athletic, Chelsea had a ‘verbal agreement’ with Sevilla for the highly-rated 22-year-old defender.
But the La Liga outfit suddenly increased their demand by £12.8million (€15m), ‘halting’ Thomas Tuchel’s hopes of a deal.
Chelsea’s interest in Kounde will likely go down to the wire today, but Tuchel is said to be happy with his current options.
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