And that is the summer transfer window officially closed, but it is still possible for clubs to seal transfers via a deal sheet!
And that is the summer transfer window officially closed, but it is still possible for clubs to seal transfers via a deal sheet!
Everton announce a late deal, with Enner Valencia moving north from West Ham United on a season-long loan, with the option of a permanent deal.
Jack Wilshere has left Arsenal for a season-long loan at Bournemouth in a bid to revive an injury-stalled career.
The 24-year-old midfielder had also been considering an offer from Crystal Palace after agreeing with Arsenal that he would benefit from playing regular first-team football.
Although Wilshere went to the European Championship in June, he was left out of new England manager Sam Allardyce's first squad.
Wilshere last completed 90 minutes of club football in September 2014. Back then, Bournemouth wasn't in the Premier League. The south-coast club survived its first-ever season in the topflight but is winless in the opening three matches of its second campaign.
Confirmed: Bournemouth have signed Jack Wilshere from Arsenal on a season-long loan.
Liverpool has offloaded Mario Balotelli to French club Nice, two years after signing the troubled striker.
The 26-year-old Italian managed only four goals in 28 appearances for Liverpool and spent last season on loan at AC Milan.
Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere says "we hope that Nice, in a family atmosphere, he will find the pleasure of the game."
Rivere added on the Nice website that "nothing will be easy but with the desire and hopefully the support of all our fans we will allow him to flourish and use his talent to help the team."
Balotelli was signed by then-Liverpool manager Brenan Rodgers late in the 2014 summer transfer window for 16 million pounds (then $27 million) as a replacement for Luis Suarez. But the gamble never paid off, with the former Manchester City player better known for his controversies than his goals failing to make an impact on the pitch at Liverpool.
Mario Balotelli is reportedly joining French club Nice on a free transfer from Liverpool.
Tottenham sign goalkeeper Pau Lopez on loan from Spanish club Espanyol.
The 21-year-old Lopez was Espanyol's starting keeper last season. He will join former Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino at the Premier League club.
Spurs' established number one, France international Hugo Lloris, has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, allowing Michel Vorm a run in the side. (AP)
According to Sky Sports, Moussa Sissoko is en route to Everton to undergo a medical ahead of a proposed club-record £30m move from Newcastle.
Juan Cuadrado completes his customary loan to Juventus. But hold on... this time it's a three-year loan. That breaks the streak
Meanwhile, Juan Cuadrado is returning to Juventus with a new three-year loan agreement finalised today... https://t.co/1F3lb1qS2k— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 31, 2016
Marcos Alonso confirmation!
Wilshere set for Bournemouth loan
Sky Sports reporting that that Jack Wilshere has made up his mind and is set to join AFC Bournemouth amid interest from Italy
Chelsea complete Marcos Alonso signing
Fiorentina have confirmed the sale of full-back Marcos Alonso to Chelsea FC. The Londoners are expected to make the announcement soon
Jack Wilshere is wanted by AC Milan
AC Milan became the second Italian team to show interest in Arsenal's Jack Wilshere according to Sky Sports. The midfielder is considering an option of a loan spell away from the Emirates stadium after falling behind in the pecking order in the recent years
Manchester United to keep Morgan Schneiderlin
Guardian reporting that Manchester United would not let Morgan Schnbeiderlin leave Old Trafford today with Toittenham Hotspur believed to be interested in the midfielder
More news on Chelsea
Chelsea have reportedly had one bid for PSG's David Luiz rejected already. But at least they look to be close to signing full back Marcos Alonso. But The Guardian now reports Chelsea are also interested in Newcastle's French winger Moussa Sissoko and Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour. How will this change things, especially considering Tottenham Hotspurs have themselves been pursuing Sissoko for a long time
Which striker will Stoke City get?
Looks like West Brom's Saido Berahino and Manchester City's Wilfried Bony are the top two options. One of them will be a Stoke City player by the end of today. But which one can it be?
Hart to Torino
It can be confirmed that Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart will join Italian club Torino FC on a season long loan.
Valencia medical for Manchester City's Mangala
Guillem Balague says Eliaquim Managala is undergoing a medical at Valencia right now. The bif money signing by Manchester City two years ago clearly hasn't worked out for the Citizens. Perhaps a new challenge awaits the Frenchman in Spain
My colleague @eduardoesteve tells me Mangala is doing his medical with Valencia right now— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 31, 2016
Isco's Spurs move unlikely!
Isco was considered by Spurs but right now is out of the equation— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 31, 2016
Marcos Alonso undergoing medical at Chelsea
Sky is reporting that full-back Marcos Alonso is currently having a medical at Chelsea before his proposed move to Stamford Bridge. He will be Chelsea's third major signing of the window, but if reports are to be believed, he won't be the only one coming in at Stamford Bridge in the day
Tottenham put off by Sissoko price
It was earlier reported that Tottenham Hotspur had put in a bid of £16m for Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko, but the Magpies' asking price which is reported to be over £30m has put off the north-London club.
Chelsea's David Luiz bid rejected. Another bid expected
Daily Mail reporting that Chelsea's initial bid of over £30m is rejected by PSG. However, the west-London club is expected to put in another bid before the deadline today. It is believed that a fee of £40m would help the Blues welcome Luiz back to Stamford Bridge
Samir Nasri to Sevila:
Samir Nasri's woes may finally be coming to a close, with Spanish club Sevila said to be interested in a loan deal, with Manchester City having to pay 35 per cent of his fee
All the completed deals
Struggling to keep up with all the ins and outs? Here's a ready reckoner: http://bit.ly/2bQyB2H
Building a Palace
Crystal Palace's transfer window just keeps getting better. Manager Alan Pardew had already secured the services of striker Christian Benteke and midfielder Andros Townsend, but on deadline day, he might also get Jack Wilshere and Loic Remy. That is four international stars and Crystal Palace are looking in great shape for the season ahead!
Sakho staying put
One player who is definitely not going anywhere is Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, who has declined a move to Turkish side Besiktas, instead preferring to fight for his place. But considering Sakho isn't among manager Juergen Klopp's favourites and the new additions in central defence at Anfield, we can only wonder if he will come to regret the choice.
Serge Gnabry on his way out
Looks like more players are being loaned out by Arsenal, the latest being Serge Gnabry, who is close to a move back to Germany, to join Werder Bremen
What's Bony been upto?
Were you one of those who was wondering what's been up with Wilfried Bony? This cryptic tweet will do nothing to ease your confusion.
It’s a new day and I look forward to a new exciting challenge 💪— Wilfried Bony (@wilfriedbony) August 31, 2016
News about the champions
It's been a quiet deadline day so far, so nothing like news about Premier League champions to liven things up a bit. Leicester City are close to announcing the signing of Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon. The two clubs have reportedly finalised a club record signing fee and the Algerian will soon be unveiled at Leicester.
Where's Wilshere going?
Arsenal has given the go-ahead to midfielder Jack Wilshere, allowing him to find a club and move on a season-long loan, but which club will it be? Manager Arsene Wenger has clearly ruled out a move to a title contender, so Wilshere's best options are either on the continent, or at a mid-table club side. Juventus is among those interested, as is PSG. Among British clubs, his options are Crystal Palace, West Ham and Bournemouth. With no clear favourites yet, this developing situation looks likely to become transfer deadline day's big story.
Chelsea want defensive options
Things are not looking quite as bright at Stamford Bridge. In fact, certain sections of the press have said manager Antonio Conte would look to bring back PSG's Brazilian defender David Luiz. Luiz was part of Chelsea until 2014, when PSG lured him away with an eyeball-popping 50 million pound transfer. But with Conte keen to bring him back to London, 32 million might be enough!
Manchester United news
One club who will definitely not be indulging in any transfer activity will be Manchester United. Manager Jose Mourinho has already said the club is happy with the players they have and won't be looking to either buy or sell in the market. Which brings us to this delightful post:
Some gentle criticism
It's probably not transfer deadline day if there hasn't been a player or manager criticising it and questioning its existence. This year's pick comes from Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Eric Dier, who said it's "unfair" that the window should be open while the Premier League season is already underway.
The cashed-up English Premier League led a record-breaking raid by Europe's top clubs before the transfer window slams shut on Wednesday, with Arsenal alone paying more than 60 million euros for German defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez.
The Premier League's TV riches have fuelled transfer inflation across the continent, with Inter Milan and Barcelona paying top dollar for Brazil's exciting Olympic gold medal-winning striker Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa and Valencia goal-scorer Paco Alcacer respectively.
About 50 million euros were spent on the pair and most analysts predict European spending will easily be the highest yet when the two-month transfer window closes — starting with the Bundesliga, which closes at 16:00 GMT and ending with the Premier League, which shuts six hours later.
Spending by England's 20-club Premier League alone was expected to bust the one billion pound (1.17 billion euros/$1.3 billion) barrier after Manchester United set a new world record with the 89 million pound purchase this month of French midfielder Paul Pogba.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was one of the late big-spenders. The Gunners, eighth in the early standings, spent an estimated 35 million pounds (42 million euros) to bring German international defender Mustafi from Valencia. "He is at the right age," Wenger said of the 24-year-old, who was in Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning squad. "And he has good experience."
Arsenal paid another 17 million pounds for Deportivo La Coruna striker Perez, according to media reports, while they have also bought Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, Japanese forward Takuma Asano and young English centre-back Rob Holding. "He (Perez) is not only a goalscorer, he's (also) a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs," said Wenger.
Arsenal defender Serge Gnabry returned to Germany with Werder Bremen.
Inter Milan confirmed the signing of Barbosa on his 20th birthday. "Gabigol is an Inter player," the Serie A giants said in a statement, announcing a five-year contract.
Inter did not release financial details, but Gazzetta dello Sport reported Inter paid the Brazilian club 27.5m euros for 'Gabigol', who has drawn comparisons with Neymar.
Spain international Alcacer joined Barcelona from Valencia in a 30 million euro, five-year deal, the Catalan side announced. The 20-year-old, who scored 13 goals in 34 appearances for Valencia last season, will heighten competition in the Barcelona frontline, already led by Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Other big-name deals are likely, as top players seek regular football in increasingly competitive squads. Chelsea let French international striker Loic Remy go on loan to Crystal Palace for one season. Palace are also among contenders to take Arsenal's England midfielder Jack Wilshere on loan.
Manchester City's out-of-favour England goalkeeper Joe Hart was set to complete a move to Torino in Italy. In France, just six months after signing for Monaco, Brazilian Vagner Love has moved to Alanyaspor in Turkey, another country where clubs have become big spenders.
But the English Premier League's £5.14bn (6.9 billion euro), three-season television deal has set a pace that few other championships can keep up with.
Christian Heidel, sporting director for German club Schalke said the Premier League has forced up prices everywhere. "If English managers are on the phone, then the (transfer) sums are automatically higher," Heidel said on a talk show for Kicker magazine. "If the negotiations are within Germany, then it is often difficult to exclude the higher sums from England."
Schalke this month sold Germany winger Leroy Sane, 20, to Manchester City for a reported 43m euros. With additional fees, the figure could rise to 50 million for a player who had made just 47 Bundesliga appearances before City signed him.
Published Date: Sep 01, 2016 03:00 AM | Updated Date: Sep 01, 2016 05:19 AM
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