The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain — the window closes for Europe’s top leagues today — but here are the rumours floating around. Plus, check out the latest major completed transfers across Europe.
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Window closes: England (11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET) | Spain (11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET) | France (11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET) | Italy (7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET) | Germany (5 p.m. BST/ 12 p.m. ET)
TOP STORY: Man United turn to Coman, Sarr, Traore?
Manchester United have been looking for a new winger for some time but haven’t been able to seal a deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
Sancho was the club’s top target, but sources told ESPN that negotiations stalled as the two clubs couldn’t agree on a fee, with Dortmund holding out for €120m.
Instead, United were linked with a loan move for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, though sources said that the Catalan club would only let him go on a permanent deal.
Now, with the deadline ticking down, Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman has emerged as an option, as has Atalanta’s €30m-rated 18-year-old Amad Traore (according to Di Marzio), while Watford’s Ismaila Sarr has also been linked. However, though the window for Premier League clubs to buy from the EFL is open until Oct. 16, to be eligible to play in the Champions League, a move for Sarr would need to be sorted by Tuesday.
– Sources: Man United set to sign Telles, Cavani
– PSG sign Everton’s Moise Kean on loan
13.27 BST: The Times reports that Everton want a backup goalkeeper to challenge the error-prone Jordan Pickford.
Manchester United’s Sergio Romero and Tottenham’s Paulo Gazzaniga are being linked but Everton want a loan move, while their clubs want a permanent deal.
13.15 BST: Manchester United endured a devastating weekend as they suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, leading to many questions about the club’s defensive options.
Much was made of United’s expensively assembled back line and how it once again crumbled as a back four that cost £200m was systematically torn asunder by Spurs. And that’s not even factoring in the vast amount of money that have been thrown at David de Gea in contract renewals over recent years to keep him between the sticks at Old Trafford.
Indeed, since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in May 2013, United have gone out and spent a total of £375.3m on defenders, with scant improvement to show for it. Here’s where and on whom that vast sum was frittered away, and a look at the relative value United got for their money.
13.00 BST: PSG have loaned 18-year-old forward Arnaud Kalimuendo to Lens for the season.
And Atletico Madrid forward Nicolas Schiappacasse has joined Sassuolo on a permanent deal.
12.57 BST: Goal is reporting that Arsenal have made a move to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
The 27-year-old has been the Gunners’ top target since Houssem Aouar opted to stay at Lyon, but it looked unlikely they would pull off a deal before the deadline ended.
Partey has a release clause of €50m though, so at least they know what they have to pay. Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira is closing on a loan move to Atletico but the two deals aren’t linked.
12.36 BST: Mesut Ozil is set to see out the final year of his £350,000-a-week contract despite Arsenal’s attempts to offload him this summer, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.
Having started the first 10 Premier League matches of head coach Mikel Arteta’s tenure, the 31-year-old has found himself frozen out of the first-team picture at Emirates Stadium having not appeared in any competition since March 7.
As revealed by ESPN on June 19, Ozil has been determined to stay at the club despite being offered around Europe. There was some interest in Ozil from the Far East, while Turkish club Fenerbahce had explored the possibility of a deal with Arsenal keen to cut their wage bill to help fund deals elsewhere.
Despite reports to the contrary, Arsenal have not looked to pay out the remaining 12 months of his contract and had hoped instead to offload him. But, barring an 11th-hour miracle, Ozil will now stay in north London and aim to win over Arteta in the coming months.
12.20 BST: Bayern Munich are close to completing a €10m deal for Marseille right-back Bouna Sarr, but they already have an American with plenty of potential.
12.12 BST: Fulham have been chasing a defender, with an €18m move for Barcelona’s Jean-Clair Todibo considered.
However, the Athletic reports that PSV centre-back Timo Baumgartl is set to complete a loan with option to buy. And they’re also exploring a loan move for Lyon’s Joachim Anderson.
11.50 BST: As Germany under-21 captain Arne Maier joins Arminia Bielefeld on a one-year loan from Hertha Berlin, the capital club are set to be busy themselves.
They will sign Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 21, on a loan without a view to a permanent transfer, says the Daily Mirror, while Germany’s 2014 World Cup hero Mario Gotze could also still join the club, according to Bild.
Out of contract since leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer, Hertha do not have to rush to sign the 28-year-old who could still join on a free transfer once the window closes at 6 p.m. CEST.
11.33 BST: Sevilla have signed winger Oussama Idrissi from Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar for around €12m.
The Athletic reports that they have also opened talks with Bournemouth for striker Joshua King, while Serie A side Torino have had a bid for the Norway international turned down.
11.22 BST: There are unlikely to be any more incomings at Manchester City on deadline day despite interest in bringing in a left-back, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Any move for another full-back would likely hinge on Oleksandr Zinchenko leaving the Etihad Stadium and he has told the club he would like to stay.
Defender Eric Garcia is still wanted by Barcelona and he wants to go, but there is still a gap in valuations. Barcelona are refusing to pay the full asking price of around £30m because Garcia only has a year left on his contract and has no intention of signing a new one.
Sources said that Garcia’s representatives are “waiting” for Barcelona’s next move.
11.18 BST: Panagiotis Retsos is set to leave Bayer Leverkusen for Saint-Etienne.
Retsos, 22, was on loan at Sheffield United during the second half of last season and now is set to join the Ligue 1 side where he could replace Wesley Fofana, who joined Leicester City. Leverkusen are hoping to reach an agreement on a loan deal with an option to sign the Greece international for €6.5m, kicker reports.
11.11 BST: Manchester United have been in a tailspin since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.
11.03 BST: Manchester United are set to keep hold of Daniel James today despite interest from other Premier League clubs, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Leeds want James — either on loan or on a permanent deal — but he is unlikely to be allowed to leave, particularly because United are struggling to bring in a right winger before the deadline.
10.58 BST: Tottenham have been exploring the possibility of a loan move for Manchester City defender John Stones, says the Athletic.
City are likely to let centre-back Eric Garcia leave for Barcelona, so allowing Stones to depart as well wouldn’t be smart without a replacement.
Stones, 26, has fallen down the pecking order after the £63m arrival of Ruben Dias but Tottenham are reportedly “focusing on alternative options such as Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea.”
10.41 BST: ESPN’s Rob Dawson reports on some incomings and outgoings at Manchester United.
[Edinson] Cavani’s medical has gone well. Set to agree two-year contract with break clause available to club and player next summer. Due to sign this afternoon with announcement to follow. [Alex] Telles deal all but done. Fee of €15m with €2m in add-ons. Four-year contract plus an option.
United are set to keep hold of Brandon Williams and Daniel James today despite loan interest. Still want a right winger but [Jadon] Sancho deal looks dead and Barcelona unlikely to agree to straight loan for [Ousmane] Dembele. [Kingsley] Coman an option but getting very late.
10.35 BST: Bild reports that Werder Bremen are working on a deal to sign midfielder Marko Grujic on loan from Liverpool
Grujic, 24, has spent time on loan with Red Star, Cardiff and Hertha Berlin since joining the Reds in 2016. He doesn’t seem to be in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team so will head out again to replace Davy Klaassen, who is set to join former side Ajax.
10.30 BST: Manchester United reserves, sorry Inter Milan, have signed full-back Matteo Darmian from Parma on a season-long loan with an obligation to make the deal permanent.
10.24 BST: PSG announce the loan signing of Danilo Pereira from FC Porto with an option to sign him permanently next summer.
Interesting from ESPN’s James Olley: “Revealed in June that Arsenal were looking at Danilo Pereira as a possible alternative to Thomas Partey. Player was interested in the move but contact from Arsenal dried up and PSG stepped in. Lack of prompt sales and Arsenal’s belief Partey/Aouar deal(s) could be key factors.”
10.15 BST: Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot Gunnersaurus has been axed as part of cost-cutting measures in the club.
Jerry Quy, who has played the mascot since its introduction in 1993, worked part-time for the club and was seen as an unnecessary cost with no fans in stadiums. Sources have told ESPN that Quy will be allowed to return to the role when fans return to games.
– Jones: The untold story of Arsenal’s mascot
10.04 BST: Sky Sports reports that “AC Milan and Chelsea are in talks over a loan deal for defender Antonio Rudiger.”
Rudiger has dropped out of favour at Stamford Bridge and will be allowed to leave. PSG and Tottenham are also reportedly interested, but the 27-year-old would only be a backup option for those clubs and Chelsea want to avoid sending him to a rival, so interest from Spurs is probably a non-starter.
10.00 BST: Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon has headed to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on loan for the season.
After starting just four Premier League games for Spurs since joining last summer, Sessegnon moves to Hoffenheim to resurrect a young career that has nosedived spectacularly. At Fulham the left-sided wide player looked destined for great things, but he’s failed to show much at Spurs. The open, attacking nature of the Bundesliga should provide a suitable environment for the 20-year old to recapture the threat going forward from his Fulham days. — Tor Kristian-Karlsen
09.51 BST: Bayern Munich look to have ended their interest in bringing in Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea on loan, sources have told ESPN.
The Bundesliga champions tabled an offer over the weekend to loan Hudson-Odoi with the option to sign him permanently set at €70m, but Chelsea rejected the approach, sources said.
Bayern Munich were considering a follow up offer but turned attention to Juventus’ Douglas Costa and are close to agreeing a deal to sign him on loan for the season.
Hudson-Odoi was linked with a move away from Chelsea as the club bolstered their attacking resources in the summer, but he started their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday and Frank Lampard has stated he is keen to keep the young winger at Stamford Bridge.
Bayern Munich have been long-term admirers of Hudson-Odoi and made a number of offers for him in 2019, but the winger opted to sign a new deal at Chelsea through to 2024.
09.40 BST: Ronald Koeman has said he wants two more signings and Barcelona are working to satisfy the Dutch coach’s demands, sources have told ESPN.
Personal terms have already been agreed with Manchester City defender Eric Garcia and Lyon forward Memphis Depay but financial problems are holding up the completion of any deals. Both players are out of contract next summer and Barca believe the pair would cost less than €40m, but they must sell before they can buy.
Barca are fielding offers for Jean-Clair Todibo, including one worth €18m from Premier League side Fulham, but the French defender is not sold on any of the clubs interested in him. If he leaves, sources say it’s almost certain Garcia will return to the club, having left for City in 2017.
09.26 BST: Real Madrid have beaten Barcelona to the signing of highly-rated teenage left-back Rafael Obrador, according to Marca.
The club had tracked the 16-year-old Real Mallorca youngster for several seasons, the newspaper reports, and sealed the deal in recent weeks ahead of a number of rival suitors, including the Catalan giants.
Obrador signed a long-term contract at Mallorca in October 2019, but was persuaded to change his plans by the head of Madrid’s academy Manu Fernandez.
09.11 BST: Everton winger Theo Walcott is in talks with Southampton over a season-long loan move to his former club, sources have told ESPN’s Mark Ogden.
Walcott, 31, who signed for Everton in a £20m transfer from Arsenal in January 2018, has been told he can leave Goodison Park by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The former England international is one of Everton’s highest earners with wages of £135,000-a-week and talks are ongoing with Southampton over the size of their contribution to Walcott’s salary.
09.00 BST: Premier League leaders Everton have signed Norwich defender Ben Godfrey for around £20m, plus add-ons.
The England U-21 international has signed a five year deal and is Everton’s fifth signing of this transfer window following the arrivals of Niels Nkounkou, Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
08.51 BST: Atletico Madrid’s priority on the last day of the transfer window is to finalise departures for midfielders Thomas Lemar and Hector Herrera to make room for the arrival of Lucas Torreira, Diario AS reports.
Arsenal’s Torreira was pictured taking a medical in Madrid on Saturday ahead of what’s expected to be a season-long loan deal with an option to buy.
Atletico need to free up wages to complete the signing, though, and according to AS, Lemar — who has been a huge disappointment since joining from Monaco for €72m in 2018 — and Mexico international Herrera could make way, with both linked to Porto.
08.45 BST: Could there be half a chance that Man United land Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona on loan today?
08.34 BST: River Plate centre-back Lucas Martinez Quarta will undergo a medical in Buenos Aires on Monday ahead of his permanent transfer to Fiorentina, according to TyC.
Quarta, 24, becomes a free agent next summer but the Argentina international will join La Viola for a reported €7m transfer and sign a five-year contract.
08.25 BST: Inter Milan are making one last attempt to bring back Víctor Moses to the club, Sky Italia reports.
The Nerazzurri are reportedly in talks with Chelsea to sign the Nigeria winger on a season-long loan.
Moses moved to Inter in January and made a total of 20 appearances for the club. Inter did not exercise the option to sign Moses permanently from Chelsea this summer but are hopeful of convincing the London club to loan the 29-year-old again for the season.
07.58 BST: Ajax are closing in on the signing of Davy Klaassen from Werder Bremen, sources have told ESPN’s Tom Hamilton.
Klaassen will undergo his medical on Monday morning and is then expected to sign for €12m.
The move sees him return to Ajax having left the club for Everton in 2017 for £24m. After an underwhelming season at Goodison Park he joined Werder in 2018 but he now returns to Amsterdam to help Ajax steer their season back on course after their 1-0 defeat to Groningen at the weekend.
07.45 BST: ICYMI – Everton striker Moise Kean will spend the rest of the season with Paris Saint-Germain after completing a loan move to the French champions on Sunday.
Italy international Kean, who arrived at Everton from Juventus in August 2019, has scored four goals in 37 appearances for the Merseyside team in all competitions. The 20-year-old has struggled for regular first-team opportunities under Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti.
07.39 BST: Manchester United will complete some final day ins and outs, says Mark Ogden, with Edinson Cavani likely to be the most high profile name arriving at Old Trafford.
The Uruguayan forward, a free agent following his summer exit from Paris Saint Germain, underwent a medical in Manchester on Sunday night, as did Porto left-back Alex Telles. Both deals are expected to be wrapped up today and United are continuing to look for a winger after missing out on top target Jadon Sancho.
Defender Chris Smalling is close to sealing a permanent move to Roma, while goalkeeper Sergio Romero and winger Daniel James could leave if interest from a group of clubs progresses before the deadline.
07.00 BST: Welcome to the start of Transfer Deadline Day. ESPN will have you covered across all of the major deals after a frankly ridiculous weekend of action in soccer.
What could the big European clubs do?
By Jon Molyneux-Carter
LIVERPOOL: A backup option at centre-back is probably the only area the Reds need to strengthen, but it’s been a quiet few days and nobody has really been linked. Forward Xherdan Shaqiri could depart, as his place in the squad looks under threat. Another backup goalkeeper would also be useful after Alisson’s injury.
MAN CITY: Pep Guardiola says he’s happy, but the club’s poor start to the Premier League shows there are gaps to be filled. It’s unlikely anyone will fill them, though, and centre-back Eric Garcia could leave for Barcelona, while Oleksandr Zinchenko could also go.
CHELSEA: After spending over £220m on a host of new players, the Blues will be looking to raise some funds. Fikayo Tomori, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Emerson Palmieri and Antonio Rudiger could depart on loan. West Ham’s Declan Rice is top of the list as Frank Lampard still wants a defensive midfielder but, at £80m, is likely to be too expensive.
MAN UNITED: Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho was top target, but former PSG striker Edinson Cavani will arrive on a free transfer, and young winger Facundo Pellistri should come, too. Ousmane Dembele won’t happen but could a move for Bayern’s Kingsley Coman come off? Defence hasn’t seemed to be a priority, though it should be, and a backup for left-back Luke Shaw should arrive in the form of Porto’s Alex Telles. Diogo Dalot has joined Milan on loan, and there’s still time for Chris Smalling to get his move to Roma done.
ARSENAL: Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey were key midfield targets but both look unlikely. Chelsea’s Jorginho could be an option in an area the Gunners need to strengthen. Any or all of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers could leave, with midfielder Lucas Torreira expected to head to Atletico Madrid and Matteo Guendouzi to Hertha Berlin. Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith-Rowe could go out on loan; Mesut Ozil will likely stay but his friend Sead Kolasinac could join Leverkusen.
TOTTENHAM: Dele Alli continues to be linked with a loan move away to PSG, but Tottenham got their backup striker in Carlos Vinicius from Benfica. Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar is rated at €60m and Spurs want him, but they could go for Chelsea’s Rudiger as a backup if a deal can’t be done. Ryan Sessegnon has joined Hoffenheim on loan.
BARCELONA: It’s been a real mess, but new manager Ronald Koeman says that a centre-back and a No. 9 are needed. Man City’s Garcia is the top defensive target, while Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez was the attacking option but is too expensive at over €100m. Memphis Depay could yet come from Lyon for around €25m. Samuel Umtiti and Jean Clair Todibo could go, but only if a new defender arrives.
REAL MADRID: Nothing to see here. Real have done nothing all window and are happy with their options, especially now they’ve got rid of Gareth Bale on loan. PSG striker Kylian Mbappe and Rennes teenager Eduardo Camavinga will be targets in 2021.
JUVENTUS: A move for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa would usually cost around €60m, but they’ve seemingly managed a two-year loan, while links appeared to Aouar before the midfielder decided to stay at Lyon. Defender Daniele Rugani left for Rennes and Mattia de Sciglio could be allowed to leave as well.
BAYERN MUNICH: Marseille’s Bouna Sarr will fill the right-back hole for around €10m, while Espanyol’s Marc Roca has arrived to provide depth in midfield for €15m. A free transfer for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, after he left PSG, will provide backup for Robert Lewandowski, but Joshua Zirkzee should go out on loan as a result. The club failed with a loan move for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi but could bring Douglas Costa back to Bavaria with a loan move for the Brazil international, who played for Bayern Munich from 2015 to 2018.
PSG: Links with Tottenham’s Alli continue to surface, but FC Porto’s Danilo Pereira came in on loan to strengthen the midfield, while Everton forward Moise Kean should help fill some gaps up front after his loan move to the Ligue 1 giants was confirmed on Sunday.
PAPER TALK (by Danny Lewis)
Barcelona keen to make Depay-Dembele switch
Lyon sporting director Juninho has admitted that Memphis Depay is close to completing a move to Barcelona.
Speaking to Telefoot Chaine, he said: “He has 12 months left on his contract, so. … He has got an agreement with Barcelona, we don’t hide that. It is possible that Memphis signs for Barcelona, but it is not certain. He is the most likely to go. If he stays, he will help us.”
This could be facilitated by the departure of Ousmane Dembele, as sources have told ESPN’s Moises Llorens that Barca are expecting a call from Manchester United for the Frenchman before the deadline ends.
However, for Depay to arrive, sources said that Dembele must leave first. There was interest from Manchester United but the Premier League side would prefer a loan, while Barca want to bring in a transfer fee for the France international, meaning he is likely to stay.
Chiesa to Juventus loan deal close
Juventus are close to completing a deal to bring Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa in on loan, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.
The transfer journalist says that the player has already agreed to terms with the Serie A champions, while the two clubs have agreed on a financial structure.
This will see an initial €2m paid in the first year and €10m in the second campaign of the loan, which will then be followed by a conditional obligation to sign him for €40m.
The only things now holding up the move is that Chiesa needs to sign a new deal with Fiorentina first, and he wants assurances that the club will match Juventus’ wage offers if the permanent move does not come to fruition.
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Barcelona working on pair of loan deals
Barcelona are working on a deal with FC Porto that would see the Portuguese outfit get two players on loan, while the Catalan giants would get one loanee in return, says AS.
The report says that they are looking to send out Rafinha and Jean-Clair Todibo, who have both had other suitors throughout this transfer window.
In return, they would get the centre-back Diogo Leite, who is also wanted by Valencia.
Rafinha’s stance is said to be the only thing that can hold up this deal as he weighs up his other options, but Barcelona are keen to get Leite into the club.
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