Nuno comments on transfers as deadline day approaches
Premier League clubs have until 11pm tonight to finalise their squads for the first half of the season and there is still plenty of business still to be done. Chelsea are trying to bring in a new centre-back and are in talks with Sevilla for Jules Kounde.
The Blues have also been negotiating with Atletico Madrid for midfielder Saul Niguez after he was offered to a host of clubs.
Manchester United are looking for a new right-back with Diogo Dalot looking to be heading to Borussia Dortmund. The Red Devils want to bring Kieran Trippier back to the UK from Atletico.
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.
Mikel Arteta’s side are crying out for a creative midfielder – but will Edu sanction a move before the window shuts?
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
- West Ham confirm Nikola Vlasic signing, Jesse Lingard set for Man Utd stay
- Jordan Henderson signs new four-year contract at Liverpool
- Man Utd confirm Cristiano Ronaldo return on two-year deal
- Arsenal agree £19.8m deal for Takehiro Tomiyasu
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.
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.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles wants to join Everton.
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: Ederson 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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