Transfer Deadline day: Mauro Icardi seals PSG loan switch; Mkhitaryan completes Roma loan move

The European transfer window closes today and we round up all the transfer news, rumours and speculation across La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and various other leagues.

Mauro Icardi will spend a season on loan at PSG from Inter Milan.   -  GETTY IMAGES

There's quite a bit of action taking place on the last day of the European transfer window.

Bundesliga teams have until 18:00 local time (17:00 BST, 21:30 IST) to conduct their business, while the window shuts at 20:00 local time (19:00 BST, 23:30 IST) for Juventus, AC Milan, Inter and the rest of Serie A.

All close-season movements across Europe's top five leagues will be then finalised when the deadline for La Liga and Ligue 1 sides is reached at midnight local time (23:00 BST, 03:30 IST).

We round up the front and back pages across Europe for the latest transfers news and rumours.

The biggest benefactors of the day seems to be Ligue 1's PSG, which completed moves for Mauro Icardi and Keylor Navas, and in the process keeping hold of star player Neymar.

Here are the biggest transfers from the summer.

 

September 03 | 03:40

- TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS IN SPAIN AND ITALY -

That's the end of the drama for the night and the summer. No La Liga return for Neymar as he is set to continue with PSG for another season. Christian Eriksen will remain a Tottenham Hotspur player but it remains to be seen if he will sign a new contract with the club.

September 03 | 02:36

- BREAKING NEWS: Icardi seals PSG loan switch after agreening Inter contract extension

Mauro Icardi has completed an initial season-long loan move to Paris Saint-Germain after penning a one-year contract extension with Inter.

The striker's San Siro soap opera took its latest turn on deadline day as he flew to Paris to undergo a medical before signing with Thomas Tuchel's team.

The agreement includes an option to buy for PSG, with the required fee reportedly set at €70million.

Inter allowed its former captain to leave only after securing his signature on a new deal, although it seems likely he has played his last game for the Nerazzurri.

The fresh terms safeguard against the Argentina striker potentially leaving on a free at the end of next term.

Icardi's move to Parc des Princes comes after weekend reports by La Gazzetta dello Sport that his legal team were threatening to sue Inter over his exclusion from the first team.

Inter coach Antonio Conte overlooked the former Sampdoria forward for wins over Lecce and Cagliari as a long-running saga dragged into the new season.

September 03 | 00:57

- Bobby Duncan seals Liverpool exit with Fiorentina move -

Bobby Duncan has completed a permanent move to Fiorentina from Liverpool, ending a turbulent few days for the teenage forward.

Duncan's future hit the headlines last Wednesday after a remarkable statement from his representative Saif Rubie accused Liverpool of "mentally bullying" the 18-year-old by keeping him at the club against his will.

Liverpool pledged to seek a resolution with Duncan and described Rubie's allegations as "inaccurate" and "inflammatory".

Fiorentina is reported to have paid €2million to Liverpool, which retains a 20 per cent sell-on clause.

"Everybody at the club wishes Bobby the best of luck in his future career," a statement issued by the European champions concluded.

It is proving to be a busy deadline day for Fiorentina and its head coach Vincenzo Montella.

Brazilian forward Pedro has joined from Fluminense, where the 22-year-old boasted a record of 20 goals in 58 appearances, while Leicester City winger Rachid Ghezzal and free-agent Hatem Ben Arfa have also been linked with moves to Florence.

Another attacker set to leave Liverpool is Ryan Kent, who is reportedly on the verge of joining Rangers for £7m after spending last season on loan at Ibrox.

September 03 | 00:33

- Roma signs Mkhitaryan and Kalinic on loan -

Roma has signed Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan, while the Serie A side has also lured Nikola Kalinic from Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal will receive a loan fee of €3 million, with a further €100,000 subject to specific performance targets being met.

Neither club has declared that there is an option to make Mkhitaryan's transfer permanent.

"It's a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter, with a great club," the Armenia international told Roma's official website.

"I know what this club is all about and I am sure we can achieve great things together."

The 30-year-old Armenian scored six goals in 39 appearances across all competitions last season.

Roma has also completed the loan signing of former Croatia striker Kalinic, who previously played for Fiorentina and AC Milan.

Kalinic moved to Atletico in 2018 following a disappointing spell at Milan but the 31-year-old has struggled to make an impact in Madrid, where he managed only two LaLiga goals.

He arrives in Rome as a replacement for Patrik Schick, who has joined Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig on an initial one-season loan.

September 03 | 00:27

- Rafinha gets loan switch after Barca renewal -

Rafinha has joined Celta Vigo on a season-long loan after signing a new deal at Barcelona.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder is now contracted to his parent club until the end of the 2020-21 campaign but will spend another spell away from Camp Nou.

In January 2018, Rafinha joined Inter for the second half of that season before re-joining Ernesto Valverde's squad for 2018-19.

A painful theme of his career recurred when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Atletico Madrid last November – the third serious knee setback to befall Rafinha since 2015.

The Brazil international has featured in all three of Barca's LaLiga games so far this season, with Valverde short of wide attacking options as the likes of Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele work their way back to fitness.

Celta will cover the player's salary and are liable for up to €1.5million of performance-related add-ons.

Rafinha has scored 12 goals over the course of 91 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions.

September 02 | 22:11

- Schick loaned to RB Leipzig by Roma -

RB Leipzig has signed Roma forward Patrik Shick on loan for the rest of the season. The Bundesliga club will pay a fee of €3.5million, with a further €500,000 depending on certain performance-related conditions being met.

If Leipzig qualifies for the 2020-21 Champions League, it will have the option to make Shick's transfer permanent for €29m. The 23-year-old Czech Republic international joined Roma on an initial loan from Sampdoria in August 2017, having impressed with 11 goals in his maiden Serie A season.

A youth product from Sparta Prague, Shick had seen a proposed move to Juventus collapse despite undergoing a medical in Turin – a saga that seemingly lingered over an underwhelming start to life in Italy's capital.

 

Over the course of 57 appearances for Roma in all competitions, he managed eight goals and will now look for a new lease of life with Julian Nagelsmann's Bundesliga pacesetters.

"I am very happy to be part of this great, young team and look forward to my new job," Shick, who has eight goals in 18 appearances for the Czech Republic, told his new club's official website. "Of course, I came here to help the team and achieve our goals together. I am glad that everything worked out in the end with RB Leipzig."

Leipzig is the only team in Germany's top flight with a 100 per cent record from their opening three matches and host Bayern Munich in a mouth-watering clash on their return to action following the international break.

Roma has bolstered its attacking options on transfer deadline day with the loan signing of Nikola Kalinic from Atletico Madrid, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan also on the verge of completing a switch from Arsenal.

September 02 | 21:38

- Luis Gustavo joins Turkish club Fenerbahce -

Turkish giant Fenerbahce has announced the arrival of 32-year-old former Brazilian international midfielder Luiz Gustavo from Ligue 1 side Marseille for a reported €7m.

According to French football news, the deal was negotiated directly by Marseille president Eyraud, who was faced with a player who wanted to leave his club for a new adventure at all costs. Fener has matched the wages that Gustavo was earning with Marseille in his new contract.

September 02 | 21:05

- BREAKING NEWS: Three-time Champions League winner Navas leaves Madrid for PSG -

Paris Saint-Germain has signed Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Real Madrid. Navas has penned a four-year deal in a transfer reported to be worth in the region of €15million.

PSG's Alphonse Areola has joined Madrid on a season-long loan as part of the deal. Navas moved to the Santiago Bernabeu from Levante after starring during his country's unlikely run to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

 

He proved a key performer as Los Blancos claimed three consecutive Champions Leagues between 2015-16 and 2017-18. However, since returning as head coach, Zinedine Zidane has elected to put his faith in Thibaut Courtois as his number one, who now has France international Areola as cover.

Navas' honours for Madrid also include La Liga in 2016-17, the Supercopa de Espana in 2017, two UEFA Super Cups and four Club World Cups. "I'm really excited to sign for Paris Saint-Germain," he told PSG's website. "After my experience in Spain, I'm coming to France with high hopes."

"Paris Saint-Germain is a very prestigious club in Latin America and I am keen to be part of the adventure that started several years ago. I will do everything I can to help PSG win new titles, bringing all my experience and professionalism. And I will also try to win the hearts of the Parisian fans, famous throughout Europe for their passion."

On Sunday, PSG signed Sergio Rico on a season-long loan from Sevilla and the Navas deal completes an overhaul of its goalkeeping department, with veteran Gianluigi Buffon having returned to Juventus before the start of the 2019-20 season.

September 02 | 20:20

- Juventus-linked Rakitic out of Croatia squad -

Ivan Rakitic pulled out of the Croatia squad over uncertainty about his Barcelona future, Zlatko Dalic has confirmed.

Croatia's head coach revealed rumoured Juventus target Rakitic would not be able to focus on the national team until his club situation is resolved.

 

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has only used Rakitic, who was reportedly offered to Paris Saint-Germain in a proposed deal for Neymar, for 44 minutes over the course of the club's three La Liga matches this season.

Serie A champion Juve is thought to be interested and the Italian giant has until 20:00 local time (19:00 BST, 23:30 IST) Monday to finalise a deal before the transfer window shuts.

"I talked to Rakitic, who has not yet resolved his status at the club and is not ready for the national team at the moment and would not be able to give his maximum," Dalic told a news conference.

"I do not have time now to deal with what will happen in the future. Hopefully it will work out for the best."

September 02 | 19:48

- Real Madrid target Pogba out of France squad -

Paul Pogba has suffered a sprained ankle, thereby ruling him out of France's Euro 2020 qualifiers squad. This injury might finally end any speculations relating to the Manchester United midfielder's switch to La Liga club Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has received his first senior call-up for France at the expense of Pogba and he will join Didier Deschamps' side to face Albania and Andorra.

Pogba has completed 90 minutes in each of the Red Devils' Premier League games so far this season, including Saturday's 1-1 draw at Southampton.

September 02 | 19:25

- Skrtel terminates Atalanta contract as Kjaer replaces him -

Martin Skrtel has terminated his Atalanta contract by mutual consent less than a month after joining from Fenerbahce and been replaced by Simon Kjaer on deadline day.

 

Skrtel, 34, is reported to have fallen out with coach Gian Piero Gasperini regarding slow first-team integration and the two parties agreed to end their association just 24 days after the defender joined.

Atalanta moved efficiently to secure a replacement, however, with Denmark international Kjaer arriving on loan from Sevilla, where he had spent two seasons.

Although generally first choice at the back in those two campaigns, the signings of Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos saw Kjaer fall way down the pecking order and he becomes the third player to swap Sevilla for Atalanta in this window after Luis Muriel and Guilherme Arana.

 

Kjaer is the 19th player to leave Sevilla since Monchi's return as sporting director, while they added a 13th new signing of this window with the deadline-day arrival of goalkeeper Yassine Bounou on loan from Girona with a purchase option.

September 02 | 18:57

- Dybala to remain a Juventus player -

As Inter forward Mauro Icardi's move to Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint-Germain draws closer, his Argentina teammate Paulo Dybala looks set to stay in Serie A.

According to Mirror, Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has ruled out the possibility of Paulo Dybala leaving the club before the summer transfer window closes.

Dybala was close to joining both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs just before the Premier League deadline day on August 8 but both the deals didn't materialise.

The 25-year-old forward was also touted to join Juve's title rival Napoli, a few days back. However, the news turned out to be just another rumour.

September 02 | 18:23

- Neymar, Bruno Fernandes, Icardi, Rebic and Rakitic on the move? -

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Neymar (PSG to Barca?)

The fallout that would come from the forward finally rejoining Barcelona in the remaining hours makes it a deal too important to ignore, even if it is now highly improbable.

 

Neymar is said to have resigned himself to another season in France but, with Icardi to be added to what is already a star-studded attack, PSG might just relax one or two of its demands. Tuchel, certainly, could do without a full campaign of massaging the Brazilian's ego.

Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP to Real Madrid?)

Frustrated in its attempts to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United and seemingly unconvinced by Tottenham's Christian Eriksen, Madrid might finally have settled on a midfield target.

Portugal international Fernandes was linked to Manchester United and Tottenham before Zinedine Zidane zeroed in on the 24-year-old, a highly technical player with goalscoring ability.

Mauro Icardi (Inter to PSG?)

The Inter outcast, stripped of the captaincy earlier this year, seems set to escape to PSG, but not before another twist in his San Siro soap opera. Reports in France and Italy suggest the striker will agree a new deal with the Nerazzurri - to prevent him from leaving on a free in 2021 - before linking up with Thomas Tuchel's team on a season-long loan.

 

That could be become a permanent move if, as is expected, the Ligue 1 champion negotiates an option to buy. Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is preparing to join Icardi at Parc des Princes, with Alphonse Areola headed in the opposite direction.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona to Juventus?)

Barca's late business is more likely to be focused on what to do with Croatia midfielder Rakitic, who has made no starts and a solitary substitute appearance in La Liga this season.

Juventus is understood be keen on taking him to Turin and could even discuss a swap deal involving Daniele Rugani, though captain Giorgio Chiellini's long-term knee injury has made centre-backs a valued commodity for Maurizio Sarri. Rakitic, usurped by Frenkie De Jong at Camp Nou, has been replaced in the Croatia squad, so does that mean he's on the move?

Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt to AC Milan!)

AC Milan is very close to the capture of a player also admired by city rival Inter. Rebic is due to move to the Rossoneri on an initial loan deal that will see Andre Silva head for Frankfurt.

 

Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic and the attacker himself have already confirmed an agreement is in place, meaning only the formalities are to be completed.

September 02 | 18:05

- DEADLINE DAY UPDATE -

Time is running out for clubs across Europe to finalise last-ditch deals but multiple big moves could yet go through.

Paris Saint-Germain is bound to be active players as Monday's transfer deadline forces heavyweights in France, Italy, Spain and Germany to make tough decisions on squad strengths and weaknesses.

Matteo Darmian has ended a difficult period at Manchester United by completing a permanent move to Serie A club Parma. He becomes the fourth United player to finalise a switch to Serie A in recent weeks, after Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both joined Inter and Chris Smalling signed for Roma on loan

Meanwhile, Napoli has sealed the signing of free agent Fernando Llorente. The former Juventus striker returns to Italy following the expiry of his contract with Premier League club Tottenham.

September 02 | 17:42

- Falcao's Galatasaray move close to completion -

Colombian striker ​Radamel Falcao received a hero's welcome when he arrived in Istanbul, ahead of completing his reported move from AS Monaco to Galatasaray.

The 33-year-old forward was greeted by around 25,000 fans in Istanbul on Sunday as he arrived to complete a move from the 2017 Ligue 1 champion.

 The Turkish champion side is also close to complete the signing of Brighton & Hove Albion forward Florin Andone on loan.

The Romanian striker has already played for Brighton this season, but he was sent off in its Premier League match against Southampton for a horrible tackle on Yan Valery.

Falcao, on the other hand, has been a regular for Leonardo Jardim's side. But the Monaco skipper narrowly avoided relegation with his club from the top tier in the 2018-19 season.

September 02 | 17:15

- Javier Hernandez becomes Sevilla's 12th signing of transfer window -

Javier Hernandez has left West Ham for Sevilla in a reported €7.7million (£7m) deal, becoming the Spanish club's 12th signing of the transfer window.

Mexico international Hernandez, 31, leaves London after two seasons and has signed a three-year contract in LaLiga.

 

The striker made the leap to Europe in 2010 when moving from Chivas to Manchester United, becoming a fan favourite during four years in their first-team squad, before going on loan to Real Madrid and then being sold to Bayer Leverkusen.

Hernandez's form in Germany brought about a return to England with West Ham and, although he has not always been its first-choice striker, he scored 16 goals from 31 Premier League starts.

He becomes Sevilla's 12th new arrival of the transfer window – which closes on Monday – and his signing is expected to lead to Munas Dabbur's exit, despite the Israel international only joining in July after the club acquired him from Salzburg in January.

September 02  | 16:43

- Mkhitaryan arrives ahead of expected Roma loan -

Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan has arrived in Rome ahead of his mooted loan move to Roma.

The Armenia international joined in January 2018 as part of the infamous swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United, but he has generally underwhelmed in London.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Rome airport ahead of his proposed move to Serie A club AS Roma from Premier League team Arsenal FC.   -  Twitter: @ASRomaEN

 

Mkhitaryan, 30, made only 19 starts in the Premier League last season and struggled to convince Unai Emery he was worthy of more regular appearances.

Although he made a substitute appearance in Sunday's north London derby draw with Tottenham, Arsenal have opted to let the midfielder depart.

Much like Sanchez, who has left United on loan for Inter, Mkhitaryan's next challenge will also be in Serie A, having arrived at Rome airport.

Mkhitaryan was photographed with a Roma scarf upon his arrival and he will become the club's second loan acquisition from the Premier League in the last week, as he links up with former United team-mate Chris Smalling.

Roma will hope Mkhitaryan can finally rediscover the form he showed at Borussia Dortmund, when he scored 11 goals and provided a league-high 15 assists in the 2015-16 Bundesliga campaign.

 September 02 | 16:05

ROUND-UP

- The Neymar saga will finally end – for now – with the Paris Saint-Germain star staying with the Ligue 1 champion. L'Equipe reports the Brazil international will remain with PSG, while Sport reports Barcelona will resume its pursuit of Neymar in 2020.

 

- That could mean a few more eyes on Mauro Icardi on Monday. PSG is in talks with Inter over a potential loan deal for the forward, according to RMC Sport and Gianluca Di Marzio.

- Paul Pogba may still be hoping to eventually get his move to Real Madrid. The Mirror reports the France international will resist signing a new deal with Premier League giant Manchester United, with his current contract running until 2021, although the club has an option to extend that by a year.

 

- Javier Hernandez should get a deadline-day move from West Ham. The Premier League club has agreed to sell the forward to Sevilla for close to €8.9m (£8m), according to Sky Sports News.

- Henrikh Mkhitaryan came off the bench during Arsenal's draw against Tottenham on Sunday and he could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium a day later. Roma is pressing hard to sign the midfielder on loan with an option to buy, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

- Phil Foden may have to wait for his chances at Manchester City, but the Premier League champion is keen to keep the teenage midfielder in its squad. The Sun reports City rejected loan bids from Rangers and Roma for the England youth international.