Deadline day recap: Lukaku joins Inter, Arsenal signs David Luiz

Romelu Lukaku, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and more - we round up all the action from the the British transfer deadline day.

The 32-year-old Brazilian centre-back has left Stamford Bridge for the Emirates Stadium, boosting head coach Unai Emery’s backline options.   -  Getty Images

August 9 | 01:50

Everton confirms Iwobi signing

Everton have signed winger Alex Iwobi from Arsenal in a deal reportedly worth up to £40million.

The 23-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract and becomes the seventh arrival of a busy close season for Everton, the transfer being confirmed shortly after Thursday's deadline.

Iwobi spent four years in Arsenal's first team after coming through the academy and featured 51 times in all competitions last season.

But he seemingly slipped down the pecking order following the club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe and admitted in July he would consider leaving if his playing time was reduced.

Everton manager Marco Silva told the club's website: "Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team.

"He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.

"It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott.

"Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want in my model. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club."

August 9 | 00:34

Arsenal announces David Luiz

Finally! Arsenal fans were losing their patience with this one.

David Luiz has completed a sensational deadline-day move from Chelsea to London rival Arsenal. And all the deliberation over how they should announce it was probably what took so long.

 

The 32-year-old Brazilian centre-back has signed what is believed to be a two-year deal at Emirates Stadium, helping to plug the gap left by captain Laurent Koscielny's departure to Bordeaux.

Omnisport reports the transfer is worth around £8million, bringing an end to David Luiz's second spell at Chelsea after a two-year stint at Paris Saint-Germain where he worked with Unai Emery.

David Luiz first joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2011, before departing for Paris three years later. He returned to west London in 2016 and won the Premier League title in his first season back at the club.

The defender was a regular under Maurizio Sarri last term and it appeared he would again play a key role under new boss Frank Lampard.

However, reports emerged on Wednesday that David Luiz was keen on a move to Arsenal and he could now make his debut away at Newcastle United in the Gunners' Premier League opener on Sunday.

Chelsea released Gary Cahill at the end of last season and cannot replace either their former skipper or David Luiz due to a transfer ban, although Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori have returned from loan spells and Antonio Rudiger is nearing a return to fitness.

August 8 | 23:47

Still waiting on Arsenal

Arsenal is yet to confirm David Luiz's arrival and Alex Iwobi's departure to Everton. We're about fifteen minutes past the clubs' 19:00 BST deadline to submit all paperwork.

What's the delay? For all you know, it could be Luiz fooling around during the announcement photos session.

Meanwhile, there are rumours that the other deal sheet submitted before 5pm BST was Southampton's deal for Augsburg defender Kevin Danso. Waiting on that one, too.

While we wait, here's that Lukaku self-introduction video

 

August 07 | 23:38

Leicester signs Dennis Praet

Leicester City has signed attacking midfielder Dennis Praet from Sampdoria.

The 25-year-old signs a five-year deal reportedly worth £18 million.

August 8 | 23:16

Injured Sane may not go to Bayern

Leroy Sane is to have surgery on a damaged anterior cruciate ligament, Manchester City has confirmed.

The winger was forced off after just 13 minutes of the Community Shield clash with Liverpool last Sunday following a challenge with Trent Alexander-Arnold. Tests have since revealed he has ligament damage in his right knee, although City have not specified the extent of the injury.

Sane has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich, who is eager to sign new wingers following the departures of veterans Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

It is unclear whether Bayern will now explore alternative targets, having also been linked with Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele and Hakim Ziyech of Ajax.

August 8 | 22:30

Confrimation on Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll has returned to Newcastle United on a free transfer, eight and a half years after leaving the club in a British record deal.

A one-year deal was sealed ahead of the transfer deadline.

"It feels very good. My friends and family are here, and it's the club that I support – it is home," Carroll told the club's website.

"I enjoyed the time I spent here, and hopefully I can carry on where I left off. When I left eight and a half years ago, I was scoring goals and I was enjoying my football.

"It's been a pretty tough time since then and I just want to get back to that.

"I know it's home. I've played here, I've spoken to the fans, I am a fan, and my family is here. For me to get back to where I was, I think this is the only place for me."

It is reported past fitness concerns have seen Carroll agree to lower wages, with big bonuses for appearances and goals. The 30-year-old is likely to provide back-up to record £40m buy Joelinton.

Andy Carroll returns to Newcastle United after eight years.   -  Getty Images

 

August 8 | 22:25

Drinkwater joins Burnley

Burnley has announced the capture of Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea on a half-season loan deal.

August 8 | 22:20

Tottenham confirms Sessegnon

Tottenham Hotspur has completed the signing of Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.

The 19-year-old winger joins for a £25 million fee.

 

August 8 | 22:16

Man City completes deadline day deals

Manchester City has signed goalkeeper Scott Carson on a season-long loan from Derby County.

The 33-year-old will join City as Pep Guardiola's third-choice goalkeeper behind Ederson and Claudio Bravo.

Carson has spent the last four seasons at Derby County, helping the Rams reach the Championship play-offs on three occasions.

"It's an honour to have signed for City on loan," Carson said.

"It's something I didn't expect but an opportunity I simply could not turn down. To be part of this squad - the Champions of England - is a dream come true. I can't wait to see Pep's work on the training field up close. What he has achieved in his management career has been amazing, and it's every player's dream to play under him."

City has completed the deadline day signings of the highly rated Pedro Porro. Porro, 19, is reported to have cost City £11million (€12m) from Girona and is expected to be sent back on loan to a club in LaLiga.

The versatile right-sided player broke into Girona's team last season, playing 32 times in LaLiga as the Catalan club were relegated to the second tier.

August 8 | 22:04

Tottenham announces Lo Celso

Tottenham has reached an agreement for the loan signing of Giovani Lo Celso, with the club retaining an option to make his move from Real Betis permanent.

Lo Celso becomes Spurs' third acquisition of the window, following the signings of Tanguy Ndombele – who completed a £55million move in July – and Jack Clarke, who was immediately loaned back to Leeds United.

Fulham's versatile left-sided teenager Ryan Sessegnon is also thought to have completed his move to White Hart Lane for a reported £30m fee, although that transfer had yet to be officially confirmed.

The attacking midfielder will wear the number 18 shirt.

 

 

August 8 | 21:42

Time's up!

It's past 5pm BST and that's it for the British transfer window.

Biggest deals of deadline day

Romelu Lukaku - Manchester United to Inter Milan

Ryan Sessegnon - Fulham to Tottenham Hotspur

Kieran Tierney - Celtic top Arsenal

Giovani Lo Celso - Real Betis to Tottenham

Andy Carroll to Newcastle United

Ismaila Sarr - Rennes to Watford (£30m - club record transfer)

Emil Krafth - Amiens to Newcastle United

Aaron Mooy - Huddersfield Town to Brighton (loan)

Eddie Nketiah - Arsenal to Leeds United

However, Premier League says six more deals can still be announced.

If clubs submit deal sheets by 5pm, they have till 7pm BST to complete the full paperwork and announce signings.

 

August 8 | 21:36

Zaha not leaving - Hodgson

Wilfried Zaha is staying at Crystal Palace, manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Zaha signed a new five-year contract at Selhurst Park in August 2018 but was heavily linked with Arsenal and Everton and handed in a transfer request this week.

Hodgson acknowledged Zaha's desire to leave and confirmed he sent the player home from training on Thursday. However, he does not expect any lingering problems with the winger heading into a Premier League season where Palace are many people's tip for relegation

"Yes, he's staying, we are pleased about that. He's an important player for the club," Hodgson told Sky Sports News. "We're looking forward to him doing this season what he's done for the last two seasons. He wasn't really in the right frame of mind today, so I sent him home today which is understandable. It's been well documented that he's wanted to leave but it has not worked out for him in that respect.

"He's a professional and has got a good contract with us. He's very much a player we respect and I believe he respects us. We expect him to come back and do what he does and we're looking forward to a season with him again. Everyone here has a good relationship with him. There's not a problem with that.

"His beef is with the chairman and owners of the club because he's wanted to leave and they haven't received the offer that they think is sufficient to allow him to leave.

"He has to come to terms with that, when you sign long-term contracts you are expected to honour them and we expect him to do that.

"I don't have any issues with him. Today wasn't the right day so I'm looking forward to seeing him tomorrow and hopefully he'll have come to terms with the fact he's got another season with Crystal Palace."

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha   -  Getty Images

 

August 8 | 21:28

Arsenal completes move for Celtic's Kieran Tierney

Arsenal has completed the signing of Celtic defender Kieran Tierney.

The left-back has agreed a long-term deal with the Gunners, bringing to an end its summer-long pursuit of the 22-year-old.

Arsenal saw two previous bids for the Scotland international rejected, however it has finally got its man ahead of Thursday's 17:00 BST deadline for Premier League clubs.

The reported fee of £25million is the highest received by a Scottish club for a player, eclipsing the £19.7m Lyon paid the Hoops for Moussa Dembele a year ago.

Read more about that here

 

20:33

OFFICIAL: INTER SIGNS ROMELU LUKAKU

Romelu Lukaku has completed his record-breaking transfer from Manchester United to Inter, the Serie A club confirmed.

The Belgium international has moved for a fee understood to be €80million (£73m), making him Inter's most expensive signing.

Lukaku signed a five-year contract with the Nerazzuri after a two-season stay at Old Trafford, as Antonio Conte landed the striker he has long hoped to acquire.

"Inter were the only club I wanted, because Inter is 'Not For Everyone'. I'm here to bring the Nerazzurri back to the top," said the striker.

Lukaku's move brings to a close a protracted saga that has rumbled on for much of the close season, with it becoming clear early on United wanted him out.

More on that here

19:24

Klopp unresponsive to Coutinho talk

 

Jurgen Klopp refused to be drawn on whether Liverpool had been offered the chance to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield.

The Brazil playmaker has been frequently touted for a potential departure to finance Neymar's mooted return to the LaLiga champions.

Arsenal and Tottenham have been suggested as destinations for Coutinho's Premier League return and, speaking ahead of Friday's season opener against Norwich City, Klopp elected to keep his cards close to his chest

"To part one of your question, no answer," he said. "How we deal with things like this in the past gives us the opportunity to say nothing. We don't make big comments on these things."

Liverpool has only added youngsters Sven van den Berg and Harvey Elliott to the squad that amassed 97 points as Premier League runner-up before going on to become Champions League winner.

Klopp joked about his club's lack of activity on deadline day for England's top-flight clubs but is happy with their measured approach

"It's not really likely [Liverpool will sign anyone] so if you have something to do I think you should go to Everton," he chuckled. "I think they are more busy. But we will see.

"Our transfer window was checking options and thinking about it. That's how we do it always. If nothing happens, it was because the decision was not the right option for us. We will not make signings just for making signings. That makes no sense."

Expects Keita to get better, update on Mane's fitness

By contrast, Liverpool spent heavily last close-season to bring in Alisson, Fabinho and Naby Keita. While the Brazilian duo were influential during an excellent campaign from Klopp's men, Keita struggled for form and fitness.

"There were ups and downs last year. He is still building 100 per cent fitness," he said. “Naby looks completely different, this pre-season you can see that he is much more settled in the team. [His] body language is different, everything is different. We expect a lot, he expects a lot and rightly so."

Like Keita, Sadio Mane's return to training was delayed by participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Senegal forward sat out last weekend's Community Shield at Wembley, where Liverpool were beaten on penalties by Manchester City after a 1-1 draw, but Klopp confirmed he is in contention to face Norwich along with James Milner, who has recovered from a muscular issue.

"[Mane] only had two weeks off, so he didn't lose a lot. He looks fit. Yesterday was the first session with the team," he added. "He looks absolutely okay, in good spirits, looking forward to it. Yes, he's an option."

 

 

19:19

Not much happening at Spurs

 

Tottenham looks set to have a slightly less busy day than supporters may have hoped for, as a move for Paulo Dybala is reportedly off, while its chase of Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon is also said to have hit an obstacle.

There do not seem to be any such issues with their pursuit of Real Betis' Giovani Lo Celso, however.

 

19:12

Lukaku undergoes Inter Milan medical

 

Romelu Lukaku is having a medical at Inter ahead of a deadline day move from Manchester United. Inter and United are understood to have agreed an €80 million (£73m) move to Serie A, ending a protracted transfer saga.

Ahead of confirmation of the deal, Lukaku waved to fans and the media from a window of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) offices in Milan, where the Italian Sports Medicine Federation (FMSI) is based. The Belgium international was going through the second stage of his medical at the facility.

 

19:09
 

Danny Drinkwater might get some time on the pitch this season!

 

Sadly, or thankfully if you are a Chelsea fan, that isn't going to happen in London. Drinkwater's dismal time there could be coming to an end, with the England international midfielder (!) potentially joining Burnley.

Sean Dyche confirmed Burnley's interest in the former Leicester City star, and although he suggested it was by no means a done deal, he is hopeful of securing a loan.

 

 

August 18:47 | 18:47

Carroll's back to Newcastle

 

The Guardian reports that Andy Carroll is moving back to Newcastle United on a one year deal. Contract details: Pay-as-you play wages heavily incentivised.

Makes sense for Newcastle. Can he stay fit for an entire season though?

 

August 08 | 18:30
 

Nantes brings in Gourcuff as head coach

 

While clubs in England are busy trying to buy/sell players in the final few hours of the transfer window, French club Nantes has announced a managerial appointment.

Christian Gourcuff has been appointed as new head coach, the Ligue 1 club has confirmed. The former Rennes and Lorient boss heads back to France's top flight after a spell in Qatar with Al-Gharafa.

Like predecessor Vahid Halilhodzic, Gourcuff has also coached the Algeria national team and, in a statement to confirm his appointment, Nantes noted previous attempts to appoint the 64-year-old by referring to "several opportunities missed between the two parties".

"FC Nantes has always represented something for me. In the past, I almost joined the club, but it did not happen," Gourcuff said. "When president Waldemar Kita called me, it was something I owed him. I'm really happy to sign here."

Nantes finished 12th in Ligue last season and parted company with Halilhodzic last week amid reports of a breakdown in relations between the veteran tactician and Kita.

 

August 08 | 16:40

Krafth seals Newcastle switch; Sheffield Wednesday signs Luongo

 

Newcastle United has brought in right-back Emil Krafth from Amiens as its fourth signing of the transfer window.

The Sweden international, who played twice in the knockout stages of last year's World Cup, has signed a four-year contract at St James' Park following a reported £5 million switch.

Krafth had only joined Amiens on a permanent deal earlier in the window, having impressed in 35 appearances on loan from Bologna last term.

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce said: "We're pleased to bring him here. He turned 25 last week and has great experience, with more than 20 caps for Sweden and having played in the top flight in three different countries. He's a good height for a full-back, speaks excellent English and is a very good player. He's a really good acquisition."

Krafth is expected to provide competition to DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo in the right wing-back position, although the Spaniard has been linked with a loan departure.

Newcastle was also linked on Thursday with a move for free agent Andy Carroll, who began his career at the club.

Meanwhile, Championship side Sheffield Wednesday has signed midfielder Massimo Luongo from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

The 42-cap Australia international spent four years with QPR and made 152 appearances in all competitions.

Luongo, who started his career at Tottenham before spells with Ipswich Town, Swindon Town and QPR, becomes Wednesday's fifth signing of the window.

He has been handed the number 21 shirt for the 2019-20 campaign and is in line to make his debut against Barnsley on Saturday.

 

August 08 | 15:09

Breaking news: Lo Celso is in Engand for Tottenham medical

 

Good news for Tottenham fans.

According to The Guardian, Giovani Lo Celso is in England to complete his medical ahead of the rumoured move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Meanwhile, the North-London club might also complete deals for Paulo Dybala and Ryan Sessegnon before the PL transfer window slams shut today.

August 08 | 14:18

Other news: Valverde plays down Neymar speculation

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde played down reports linking Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar with a move to Real Madrid.

Neymar has been widely linked with a return to Camp Nou, but reports on Wednesday said Madrid were lining up a move for the Brazil star.

But Valverde dismissed the talk as speculation while saying he was unsure what would happen with Neymar.

"Now it's Madrid and we'll see what happens tomorrow," he told a news conference after Barca's 2-1 friendly win over Napoli.

"Two years ago he was right here and I had to answer questions from many journalists. Now, they ask me again about him.

"It seems that Neymar is following me. We have nothing to say about players who are on other teams."

Neymar seems set to leave PSG after just two seasons, during which he has scored 51 goals in 58 games since his €222million arrival in 2017.

August 08 | 13:30

David Luiz close to Arsenal deal as Chelsea accept defender bid

Chelsea defender David Luiz is set to join London rival Arsenal.

The 32-year-old Brazilian centre-back will leave Stamford Bridge for the Emirates Stadium, boosting head coach Unai Emery’s backline options.

Omnisport understands a deal worth around £8million has been agreed between the clubs for a player who has enjoyed two spells at Chelsea either side of a two-year stint at Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea defender David Luiz might move to London rival Arsenal on Premier League deadline day.   -  Getty Images

 

David Luiz first joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2011, before departing for Paris three years later. He returned to west London in 2016 and won the Premier League title in his first year back at the club.

He was a regular for the Blues last season but the appointment of former team-mate Frank Lampard as Chelsea’s new manager has signalled change.

The transfer window in England closes at 17:00 BST on Thursday, meaning the clubs must now move quickly to get the transaction finalised, with David Luiz expected to sign a two-year deal.

Chelsea is prevented from signing a replacement as it is currently serving a transfer ban that allows players to leave but prevents any incoming deals.

Arsenal lost club captain Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux this week.

August 08| 13:05

Breaking: Inter and Manchester United agree Lukaku fee

Romelu Lukaku's transfer to Inter has moved closer after the Serie A club agreed a fee with Manchester United.

Omnisport understands Inter will pay €80million (£73m) to make the Belgium striker its record signing.

READ MORE| Lukaku en route to Milan ahead of reported Inter move

Lukaku arrived at Milan Malpensa Airport during the early hours of Thursday morning and was enthusiastically greeted by around 500 Inter fans.

Inter boss Antonio Conte tried to sign Lukaku during his time in charge of Chelsea, only for United to get its man as it paid Everton £75m in July 2017.

Lukaku scored 16 Premier League goals in his first season at Old Trafford but his form dwindled as Jose Mourinho's troubled reign came to an end last time around.

The frontman was unable to sustain a resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – a double as United stunned Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in March was his third brace in as many matches, but he did not score again for the rest of the campaign.

READ MORE| Lukaku greeted by rapturous Inter fans after landing in Milan

Injury ruled Lukaku out of United's pre-season tour of Australia and East Asia, with Solskjaer omitting him from the subsequent friendlies against Kristiansund and AC Milan.

The deal will see Inter break their long-standing transfer record of €49m, paid to Lazio for Christian Vieri in 1999.

August 08 | 12:48

Transfer deadline day: Five potential transfers to look out for

The Premier League transfer window closes at 17:00 BST on Thursday – and there could yet be some major deals involving England's elite.

We look at five potential transfers on Premier League deadline day.

Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

This one is starting to look a long shot but far stranger things have happened on deadline day.

Juventus is ready to cash in on its Argentine forward, yet his wage demands proved too high for Manchester United, who pulled the plug on a move.

 

Dybala has, however, set social media alight by liking a post from ex-United player Patrice Evra, a former team-mate at Juve, stressing what it means to play for the Old Trafford club. Tottenham should not be entirely ruled out of the running yet either given Eriksen's situation.

David Luiz (Chelsea)

Arsenal could yet make a surprise swoop for Chelsea's Brazil defender after selling Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux.

David Luiz sat out training with Chelsea on Wednesday and is believed to be keen for a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Blues are believed to be open to a deal with their London neighbours but will want in the region of £20m.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace have played hardball over selling their star forward thus far yet his decision to hand in a transfer request amid interest from big-spending Everton could yet force the London club's hand.

 

The Toffees now appear very much in the driving seat for the Ivory Coast international following Arsenal's move for Nicolas Pepe and they are expected to launch one final push to get their man. 

Any deal would almost certainly be in excess of the biggest deal of the British window to date – Maguire's £80m switch to Old Trafford.

Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) 

While the prospect of a return to Liverpool is off the cards for the Brazil international, a return to English shores is not completely out of the question.

Barcelona are understood to be ready to allow the midfielder, who joined them from Anfield 18 months ago, out on loan.

Tottenham halted their interest after reaching an agreement with Real Betis to sign Giovani Lo Celso, while Manchester United have also been linked.

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been linked with both North London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham.   -  Getty Images

 

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

The departure of Eriksen on deadline day would be a devastating blow for Tottenham, but the Denmark international is believed to be keen on a new challenge.

There was interest from Manchester United, however, they halted talks on Wednesday after being left under the impression the ex-Ajax midfielder fancies a move overseas.

Should he depart, a move to Madrid appears Eriksen's most likely destination, with Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico both believed to be keen – and those sides can still make moves after Thursday's deadline.

August 08 | 12:15

Other news: PSG has to keep Neymar, says Lyon president Aulas

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has told Paris Saint-Germain to do whatever it takes to keep Neymar.

Neymar, 27, is heavily linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 champion this close season, with a return to Barcelona mooted just two years after his €222million switch.

While the Brazil star staying at PSG would only make Thomas Tuchel's men stronger, Aulas said they needed to keep the forward.

 

"It's embarrassing for Ligue 1 if at one point the TV rights bidding was done with visibility that included Neymar," he told Le Parisien on Wednesday.

"He was before at Barca. With a very big cheque, he arrived in Paris. I think PSG have to do what it takes to keep him.

"But as president of OL, I am in a bad position to judge."

August 08 | 11:55

Valverde unsure about Coutinho future

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde believes Philippe Coutinho will remain with the La Liga champion, but admitted he was unsure.

Coutinho, 27, has been linked with a return to the Premier League, a year and a half after joining Barca from Liverpool for a reported €114million (£105m).

The Brazil international is reportedly a target for Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal, with the transfer window in England shutting on Thursday.

 

Valverde is far from certain about Coutinho's future, but he thinks the attacker will stay at Camp Nou.

"We do not know what will happen, but Philippe is a player who is with us," he told a news conference after Wednesday's 2-1 friendly win over Napoli.

"He has not played but the plan we have with him is the same. We'll see if he plays a few minutes on Saturday.

"But he is a player who is with us and we have him, of course. He is with us and we think he will continue with us."

August 08 | 11:41

UPDATE: Everton had signed Sidibe on season-long loan

Everton has signed World Cup-winning right-back Djibril Sidibe on a season-long loan deal from Monaco.

READ MORE| Everton signs Sidibe on season-long loan

Sidibe scored four league goals in three seasons at Monaco, where he won the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17.

The 27-year-old France international played in one game of Les Bleus' triumphant 2018 World Cup finals campaign, and he will compete for a place in Marco Silva's starting line-up with Seamus Coleman, following Jonjoe Kenny's loan move to Schalke.

 

Sidibe is the Toffees' sixth signing of the close-season after goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and striker Moise Kean.

August 08 | 11:20

English Premier League deadline day and other transfer roundup

-  According to Sport, Real Madrid has offered €120m plus Luka Modric for wantaway Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar. Barcelona has been linked with its former forward but the La Liga champion must raise funds before trying to re-sign the Brazil international. Barca could free up space by selling Philippe Coutinho, who has reportedly attracted interest from Premier League trio United, Tottenham and Arsenal.

 

-  Arsenal is set for a busy deadline day. The Sun reports the Gunners could land Chelsea defender David Luiz in a £12m deal, while Unai Emery's side has agreed a Scottish transfer record fee of £25m for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, according to the BBC.

-  Sportitalia says Wolves have agreed a £23m (€25m) fee to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who reportedly wants a wage increase. Wolves have already signed Patrick Cutrone from Milan.

-  According to Sky Sports, Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has handed in a transfer request as Everton looks to sign the former Manchester United forward.

-  Mario Balotelli is on the verge of joining Brazilian side Flamengo until December 2021. That is according to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia. Balotelli is a free agent following his Marseille exit.

August 08 | 10:53

Tottenham set to complete Lo Celso deal; Dybala move still on the cards

Tottenham is set to complete deadline-day deals for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon, reports the Telegraph. Spurs are hopeful of clinching a transfer for Lo Celso at £55m (€59.7m), while Sessegnon could cost £20m.

Tottenham has also reportedly agreed to sign Juventus star Paulo Dybala but the player's image rights are holding up the deal, says the Independent. Dybala has also been linked to Paris Saint-Germain after turning down a move to Manchester United.

 

August 08 | 10:25

TOP STORY - Lukaku set for deadline-day move to Inter

After months of speculation, Lukaku will swap Manchester United for Serie A side Inter according to widespread reports.

Lukaku landed in Milan in the early hours of Thursday morning ahead of his €75million (£70m) move to Inter.

 

Inter will reportedly pay a €65m fixed fee and €10m in add-ons, with the deal also including a five per cent cut of any future sale.

With Lukaku leaving Old Trafford, United are willing to pay the £81m (€88m) release clause to lure Inaki Williams from Athletic Bilbao, reports El Chiringuito TV. The Red Devils are also continuing to be linked to Juventus' Mario Mandzukic and former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, who is a free agent.

August 08 | 09:40

Danilo joins Juventus as Man City completes Joao Cancelo deal

Juventus has completed the signing of Danilo from Manchester City, the full-back moving to Turin as part of the deal that sees Joao Cancelo join the Premier League champion.

Brazil defender Danilo has signed a five-year contract with the Serie A giants after completing a medical on Wednesday following his arrival in Turin a day earlier.

 

Cancelo – who signed from Valencia for a reported €40.4million in 2018 – has gone in the opposition direction, with Juve paying City €37m (£34.1m) for Danilo. The Cancelo transfer is worth €65m (£60m) in total.

City reportedly spent £26.5m to bring Danilo in from Real Madrid in 2017, though he played only 34 times in the Premier League across his two seasons in England.

READ MORE| Manchester City seals Joao Cancelo signing as Danilo joins Juventus

The 28-year-old becomes the latest addition for Juve in a busy close season.

It has also recruited Aaron Ramsey, Luca Pellegrini, Adrien Rabiot, Gianluigi Buffon, Merih Demiral, Matthijs de Ligt and Cristian Romero, who has returned to Genoa on loan.

August 08 | 01:00

Crystal Palace signs Camarasa

Crystal Palace has signed Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa on a season-long loan deal, the club has confirmed.

Palace will have the option to buy Camarasa, who spent last season on loan at Cardiff City, for £15 million at the end of his loan period.

Camarasa scored five goals in 33 appearances for Cardiff. He was named Players' Player of the Season and won the club's Goal of the Season award for a strike against Leicester City.

He is Palace's fourth acquisition of the summer.

 

August 7 | 23:31

Man United accepts Inter's Lukaku bid

It's finally happening. Romelu Lukaku will get his move away from Manchester United, claims the Guardian

The club has accepted Inter Milan's offer worth £72 million, including £11 million in add-ons after a day of negotiations between Lukaku's agent and United and Inter's representatives in London.

Lukaku has been new Inter boss Antonio Conte's top target for the summer. This is the club's third bid for the Belgian striker after having two bids of £54 million and £68 million rejected.

The 26-year-old was fined two weeks' wages by United for missing training without permission. He was seen training at his old club Anderlecht.

With the Eriksen deal out of the picture, it remains to be seen who United will turn to before the 5pm BST deadline tomorrow.

August 7 | 22:20

David Luiz to Arsenal?

David Luiz wants a move to Arsenal.

Unai Emery has been in the market for a central defender and former captain Laurent Koscielny's departure to Bordeaux has amplified the need.

Luiz is reportedly trying to force a move away from Chelsea. Goal reports the Brazilian didn't train with the first-team. No official bid has been placed yet.

Emery shares a close relationship with Luiz from their time together at PSG and the Brazilian had earlier praised the Gunners boss for rebuilding Arsenal.

August 7 | 21:40

Inter Milan makes new Lukaku bid

Inter Milan has made a fresh bid for Romelu Lukaku, Sky Sports says.

It's definitely more than the £54 million bid that United rejected before Juventus proposed a Dybala swap deal. Reports say the new deal is worth £64 million plus add ons.

Lukaku could finally get the move he wants.

August 7 | 21:00

Danny Welbeck signs for Watford

Watford has signed Danny Welbeck on a free transfer.

The former Manchester United striker has been a free agent since Arsenal released him at the end of last season.

 

 

August 7 | 20:39

Coutinho rejects Tottenham

Phlippe Coutinho's return to the Premier League looks unlikely. The last known English interest in him was from Tottenham Hotspur, but Sky Sports claims that the Barcelona midfielder has rejected a loan move to London.

Both Barca and the player prefer a permanent move.

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho   -  Getty Images

 

August 7 | 20:31

Zaha hands in transfer request

Wilfried Zaha has submitted a transfer request to Crystal Palace, trying to force a move before the 5pm BST deadline on Thursday, Sky Sports reports.

Palace has been reluctant to let the winger go for anything under £100 million, with the club rejecting a £70 million plus James McCarthy bid from Everton on Tuesday. Cenk Tosun would have also moved on a season-long loan.

Zaha had been on the radar of Arsenal but the Gunners' had let go since their first offer was rejected. Everton has seen two offers rejected so far.

August 7 | 20:22

Lukaku's agent flies to London

Romelu Lukaku's agent is in London to sort out the striker's future with Manchester United and representatives from Inter Milan.

Federico Pastorello will try to find a common ground will try to find a common ground between the clubs, claims BBC.

Lukaku has been the top target for new Inter boss Antonio Conte. The Belgian seemed to be heading to Juventus with Paulo Dybala going the other way, but United ended negotiations with Dybala, leaving Inter with the opportunity to swoop up Lukaku now.

Inter had an offer for him rejected last month. United's valuation of him stays the same - £75 million.

August 7 | 20:08

Man United pulls out of Eriksen deal

Manchester United's talks with Christian Eriksen have come to a halt.

The 27-year-old looked set to join United on a five-year contract as claimed by Spanish outlet AS. He was also set to earn the same amount of money as Paul Pogba, who could be on his way out.

But AS now claims that he favours a move to Spain or Italy and had personally called Solskjaer to inform him the same. United may not pursue this further, in line with Solskjaer's plan of only wanting players who are fully committed to the long-term project.

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has also been linked to Real Madrid and Juventus.   -  Getty Images

 

August 7 | 15:30

Dembele to United, Ozil to MLS

With Romelu Lukaku potentially set for Inter, Man United is now looking for a replacement. Yahoo Sport France says United has made an offer for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele.

Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil could finally be set for the exit. The Mirror reports Ozil's representatives are set for talks with DC United over a move to MLS, where the German could replace Wayne Rooney after the forward's move to Derby County in January was confirmed.

More on Rooney here -

 

August 7 | 13:30

Eriksen to United would work in Pogba's favour?

 

Spurs' moves for Dybala and Coutinho could send dominoes falling. Manchester United is looking to rope in Christian Eriksen – who is out of contract at the season's end – for £50m from Tottenham to Old Trafford, according to the Mirror.

That would boost Real Madrid's hopes of signing Paul Pogba from United. It has been learnt that the Frenchman's chances of leaving the Red Devils rest on their ability to sign a replacement – like Eriksen – before the window closes in England.

August 7 | 12:30

Spurs' Dybala offer accepted, eye Coutinho loan

 

Juventus has accepted a £65million (€70.6m) offer from Tottenham for Dybala, according to Sky Sports. Dybala has already reportedly rejected a move to Manchester United due to an unwillingness to take a pay cut, and a switch to Spurs is now in his hands.

It has also been reported that Tottenham is also leading the race to sign Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho on loan.  Arsenal and United are said to be interested in Coutinho as well.

What makes Coutnhio such a sought-after target? Here are your answers:

 

August 7 | 00:41

Juventus accepts Tottenham Hotspur's bid for Dybala

Paulo Dybala could be headed to Premier League after Juventus has accepted Spurs' bid of €70 million.

The player is now set for talks with Spurs over contract terms as a move to the Premier League grows closer, according to goal.com.

Earlier, Dybala's transfer to Manchester United was called off after the striker demanded a higher pay cut.

August 07 | 19:40

Koscielny leaves Arsenal

Center-back Laurent Koscielny has completed his move back to France with Bordeaux. The former Gunners skipper was part of the side's three FA Cup-winning squads and made 353 appearances since signing in 2010. 

"We decided to sanction his move to Bordeaux once we agreed acceptable transfer terms," the Gunners said in a statement.

"We thank Laurent for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future."

The 33-year-old plunged his Arsenal future into doubt in July when the club confirmed he had refused to travel on their pre-season tour of the United States.

Koscielny featured 17 times in the Premier League last term, despite missing the first few months due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.

August 07 | 14:30

Everton has put together a £100m transfer package to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha. According to The Sun, Everton will offer £65m plus striker Cenk Tosun and midfielder James McCarthy.

Meanwhile, La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Premier League side Wolves is ready to offer €30m for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani. The 25-year-old has also been linked to Arsenal following the arrivals of Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral.

August 07 | 12:30

United makes last-ditch move for Eriksen

 

Manchester United is hoping to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen before Thursday's deadline, according to the Daily Mail. Eriksen is reluctant to renew his contract – which expires in 2020 – with Tottenham and United are looking to lure the Denmark international to Manchester prior to the transfer window closing.

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has also been linked to Real Madrid and Juventus.   -  Getty Images

 

If Eriksen, who has also been linked to Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, leaves Tottenham then he could be replaced with Sporting CP captain Bruno Fernandes. Portugal international Fernandes has long been tipped to join United.

August 07 | 11:30

Crystal Palace sign former Chelsea captain Cahill

 

Crystal Palace has signed Gary Cahill on a two-year contract to bolster its squad ahead of the new Premier League season. The former Chelsea captain left Stamford Bridge last season having fallen out of favour with then-boss Maurizio Sarri.

It marked a low-key and ill-fitting end to seven-and-a-half decorated years at Stamford Bridge, where Cahill lifted every major honour in English football. He also played the full 120 minutes before the Blues beat Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final on penalties and won the Europa League for a second time last season.

 

Capped 61 times by England, Cahill was a regular for his country during the tenure of Eagles manager Roy Hodgson.

“I'm hungry to prolong my career as long as I possibly can," the 33-year-old said. "I feel like I’m in great shape and whoever I play for, I'd like to think that I give it 110 per cent and leave everything out there - so hopefully that will be good enough for the manager, my team-mates and also the fans."

Cahill is the third incoming of the transfer window at Selhurst Park, following Jordan Ayew and Stephen Henderson.

August 05 | 22:39

The Paul Pogba race heats up

Manchester United is not budging in its valuation of Pogba.

The club has rejected an offer for Pogba from Real Madrid that involves a player-plus-cash swap deal with James Rodriguez, according to the Times. Madrid offered £27.4 million and James for Pogba, who United values at £150 million.

Juventus is also looking to beat Real Madrid to the Frenchman's signing. Mario Mandzukic, Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala are all being offered in the exchange, according to Tuttosport.

This comes a day after United pulled the plug on negotiations with Dybala, who was part of a swap deal with Romelu Lukaku. Dybala was reportedly unconvinced by a move to United and demanded exorbitant wages.

August 05 | 19:24

Adrian replaces Mignolet at Liverpool

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old has joined the European champions as a replacement for Simon Mignolet, who has left for Club Brugge in a reported £6.4million deal.

"I'm feeling really happy; really happy to be here and to work in this great club and start doing my stuff on the pitch as soon as possible," Adrian, who spent six seasons with West Ham before leaving at the end of last term, told Liverpool's website.

"I'm very ambitious, I come here to try to win everything, to try to push Ali [Alisson] from the first minute and to make us better.

"Obviously, I want to win titles. I come here to fight for all the competitions. We have many competitions ahead – we’re going to fight for it and try to get them.

"I'm looking forward to playing my first game at Anfield and to win as many games as we can."

 

August 05 | 17:25

Maguire completes United move

It's official! Harry Maguire is the world's most expensive defender and is a Red Devil! He appears thrilled to pull on the red shirt as he penned a deal to start a six-year tenure at Old Trafford. Here are the details and the English center-back's first interview as a United player. (READ)

Most expensive defenders of all-time

Harry Maguire - Leicester City to Manchester United, £80m

Virgil Van Dijk - Southampton to Liverpool, £75m

Lucas Hernandez - Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich, £68m

Matthjis De Ligt - Ajax to Juventus, £67.5m

Aymeric Laporte - Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City, £57m

Benjamin Mendy - Monaco to Manchester City, £51.75m

David Luiz - Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain, £50m

Kyle Walker - Tottenham to Manchester City, £50m

Aaron Wan-Bissaka - Crystal Palace to Manchester United, £50m

John Stones - Everton to Manchester City, £47.5m

 

August 05 | 15:00

Emery dismisses Coutinho talks

Arsenal boss Unai Emery made it clear that the Gunners were never in the pursuit of Barcelona winger Philippe Countinho, refuting the recent rumours.

"I like Coutinho as a footballer, but it is another thing that we are interested in him. We have never talked about Coutinho," he told Spanish Radio program El Larguero.