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Football transfer news: Rumours, gossip and done deals; Premier League, EFL and Europe


The summer transfer window has now closed and you can recap a busy deadline day in our transfer blog.


When does the transfer window re-open?

The January transfer window reopens on Saturday, January 1 and closes on Monday, January 31.

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SPURS WANT WATKINS

Tottenham are reportedly lining up a move for Aston Villa and England forward Ollie Watkins.

The 25-year-old scored 14 Premier League goals from chances equating to 15.75 Expected Goals (xG) last season after joining Villa from Brentford for around £30m.

Spurs have been linked with numerous strikers since Harry Kane attempted to force a move to Manchester City in last transfer window, ultimately failing in his efforts.


LEEDS YOUNGSTER SIGNS NEW DEAL

Leeds’ teenager Jack Jenkins has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who made his senior debut for the Whites in their shock FA Cup defeat at Crawley in January, has committed until 2024.

Jenkins, a regular for Leeds’ Under-23 side, was included in Marcelo Bielsa’s match-day squad as an unused substitute for the final three Premier League games last season.

Fellow youngsters Liam McCarron and Charlie Cresswell, who made his full league debut in Saturday’s home defeat to West Ham, have also signed new deals at the club in recent weeks.


CLUBS CHASE CHIESA

Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are all reportedly set to renew their interest in Federico Chiesa this summer - but Juventus have no intention of selling him.

That's according to the Daily Mail, who claim that the winger is attracting interest from across Europe's elite.

The 23-year-old scored nine goals (7.22 xG) alongside contributing a further nine assists (8.56 xA) in Serie A last season.


CITY TARGET MBAPPE

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has given Pep Guardiola a mandate to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe in January "at any cost".

That's according to the Daily Mail, who say that the Premier League champions are interested in a move for the French superstar.

Mbappe is expected to depart PSG with his contract up next summer.


SELLING JAMES MADE SENSE - BENITEZ

Everton boss Rafael Benitez has given his take on James Rodriguez’s departure from the club after the Colombian joined Qatari outfit Al-Rayyan.

After joining from Real Madrid 12 months ago, the 30-year-old made 26 appearances for Everton, scoring six goals, in an injury-disrupted 2020-21.

“James is a very easy and complicated issue," said Benitez.

“That is the Premier League, that is Everton Football Club, that is intensity from day one until the last day, and then when you have a player in the situation that we have, that can be available just 50 per cent of the games, overall, in the Premier League, it is not something that we can manage easily.

“We have to maximise the resources that we have, and that is the situation.”


HAGI FOCUSED ON RANGERS NOT ROMA

Ianis Hagi is focusing on his Rangers performances amid speculation that Roma are lining up a January move.

Reports in Romania claim Roma and Rangers have agreed a £17m fee for a mid-season transfer.

“Right now I am in a position where tomorrow there is a game,” Hagi said, speaking ahead of their trip to Dundee.

“After five days there is another game. I am fully concentrated on Rangers. I don’t think right now is the moment to talk about transfers. The transfer window just ended so there is no point talking about transfers."


MCGREGOR SIGNS NEW CELTIC DEAL

Celtic skipper Callum McGregor was reassured by the board’s vision for the club before signing a new five-year deal.

McGregor has now committed himself to the club until the summer of 2026, weeks after being named captain ahead of the new campaign.

“It’s a great feeling, I’m very proud to extend my stay here at the club,” the 28-year-old said.

“I love playing for this club. It’s been my whole life and I enjoy my football here. I’ve had some good discussions with the board in terms of where we see the club going – very, very positive – and the negotiations were very quick.”


CITY IN FOR OYARZABAL

Manchester City are set to enter the race to sign Real Sociedad winger Mikel Oyarzabal, who could cost them more than £60m and is also interesting PSG and Barcelona.

Oyarzabal, part of Spain's Euro 2020 squad that reached the semi-finals, has scored four times in five La Liga games for Sociedad this season.


LEWANDOWSKI TO LEAVE BAYERN?

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has admitted he held meetings with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

The news comes after the Polish striker hinted he may be looking for a new challenge and, having recently collected the Golden Shoe for his 41 goals in 29 Bundesliga appearances last season, now would be a great time for Real to pounce.


ARSENAL AFTER ASENSIO

Arsenal have been put on red alert with Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio set to hold showdown talks with Carlo Ancelotti.

The Spanish forward scored a hat-trick on his first start of the season against Mallorca as his side ran out 6-1 winners to return to the top of La Liga.


CHELSEA EYE DE LIGT

Chelsea are ready to turn their attention towards Juventus central defender Matthijs De Ligt having failed to sign Jules Kounde in the summer window.

De Ligt singed for Juventus in 2019, but with the Old Lady enduring their worst start to a season for over fifty years, there is every chance his head will be turned by an offer from the European champions.


RODRIGUEZ COMPLETES MOVE

James Rodriguez has completed a move to Al-Rayyan from Everton for an undisclosed fee.

The Colombia international travelled to the Middle East at the weekend with the transfer window in the region still open until the end of the month.

Everton boss Rafael Benitez described the anticipated departure of Rodriguez as a “special situation” after the club’s Carabao Cup exit at QPR on Tuesday and the playmaker has now bid farewell to Goodison Park after 26 appearances.


O'BRIEN SIGNS NEW TOWN DEAL

Lewis O’Brien has committed his future to Huddersfield by signing a new long-term deal.

The 22-year-old midfielder was linked with a move to Leeds during the recent transfer window, but will now stay at Town until the summer of 2025.

O’Brien has scored six goals in 86 appearances for Town.

Head coach Carlos Corberan told the club’s official website: "It’s a very positive moment for the club, because Lewis is the perfect example of the kind of player we want to create – someone who has graduated from the academy to the first team, becoming an important player for the club."


UNITED READY TO SELL MARTIAL

Manchester United are reported to be ready to part ways with Anthony Martial.

The Frenchman, who missed the back end of last season through injury, has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford due to the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.


INTER LOOKING TO GET RID OF SANCHEZ

Inter Milan are reportedly desperate to get rid of Alexis Sanchez to cut down their wage bill.

The Chilean has had a hit and miss stint in Italy with Inter, but did help them win the title last season.

His campaign this term has been stop-start due to injuries, and it is reported that Inter are looking to get his sizable wages of their books.


JAMES ON HIS WAY OUT?

Everton midfielder James Rodriguez has travelled to Qatar ahead of his proposed move to Al Rayyan.

The Columbian international scored six goals in 23 appearances for the Toffees last season, assisting a further four, but he is yet to feature for Rafa Benitez and his future at the club looks touch and go.


NEW CHELSEA DEAL FOR CHRISTENSEN

Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer defender Andreas Christensen a new deal.

The news comes after Christensen was initially offered a contract at a reduced salary, but Thomas Tuchel looks keen on keeping the Danish centre-back, whose current deal runs out next summer.


POCH DISMISSES TALK OF RIFT WITH MESSI

Paris St Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has played down talk of a rift with Lionel Messi as the Argentina superstar faces a battle to be fit for the Champions League clash with Manchester City.

The 34-year-old was replaced during the second half of Sunday’s 2-1 Ligue 1 victory over Lyon, although appeared to be less than happy with the decision.

However, after PSG confirmed Messi had undergone a scan on his left knee and is awaiting a full assessment of the damage, Pochettino insisted there was no issue.

He told a press conference: "We saw that Leo Messi was checking his knee and made some gestures. We saw that when he took a shot."


NUNO - KANE SAGA IS 'IN THE PAST'

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo wants to focus on the present amid suggestions Harry Kane is suffering a hangover from his summer transfer saga.

The England captain had designs on joining Manchester City this summer and even went as far as turning up late for pre-season training to try and force a move through.

He has yet to score in four Premier League games and recently went through his first ever 90 minutes without having a shot in the 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace.

Asked whether the 28-year-old was affected by what went on in the summer, Nuno said: "That’s the past. Nothing that we can say or do now or in the future will change the past.

"What we have to do with the past is put it behind our heads and focus in the present."


READING COULD FACE POINTS DEDUCTION

Championship club Reading are set for a points deduction after breaching EFL finance rules according to the Telegraph.

The Royals are locked in talks with the Football League over a points deduction, likely to be six to nine points, which could drop them into a relegation scrap if applied this season.


FOREST APPOINT COOPER AS NEW HEAD COACH

Nottingham Forest have appointed Steve Cooper as their new head coach.

The former Swansea boss, who left the Welsh club at the end of July, replaces Chris Hughton at the City Ground.

Forest have had to pay Swansea compensation to get Cooper as he was on gardening leave in south Wales, having just under 12 months left on his contract.


JUVE AND ATLETI EYE SAKA

According to the Daily Mail, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are reportedly set to make a move for Arsenal's Bukayo Saka.

The 20-year-old signed a new four-year contract at the Emirates in July last year, though, putting the Gunners in a position of power if negotiations were to take place.


REDS KEEN ON HUSDON-ODOI

The Daily Express has reported that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi with January's transfer window on the horizon.

Hudson-Odoi, who has only played 84 minutes in the Premier League this season, has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after seeing little action under Thomas Tuchel.


STOREY SIGNS NEW PRESTON DEAL

Preston centre-back Jordan Storey has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

The 24-year-old moved to Deepdale from Exeter in 2018 and has made 87 appearances for the Lilywhites.

Storey’s performances have now seen him rewarded with a new long-term contract to keep him at Preston until 2025.


RODRIGUEZ IN QATAR TALKS

Out-of-favour Everton playmaker James Rodriguez has travelled to Qatar to discuss a move to the Middle East.

The PA news agency reports the Colombia international is to have talks with Al-Rayyan – managed by the former France player and coach Laurent Blanc – with the transfer window in the region still open until the end of the month.

Rodriguez was told by new manager Rafael Benitez he was not in his plans after taking over from Carlo Ancelotti, who brought in the South American having worked with him at Real Madrid.


PL CLUBS CHASE COMAN

Liverpool and Chelsea are on red alert after Kingsley Coman was tipped as a potential Bayern Munich departure.

That's according to the Daily Mirror, who say the winger could be on his way out of the Bundesliga club.

Coman has struggled for game time with Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry the established first choice wide options while Jamal Musiala has also been utilised in that area.


FATI COMMITTED TO BARCA

Ansu Fati, having just been handed Lionel Messi's number 10 shirt at Barcelona, is totally committed to the club according to Mundo Deportivo.

The newspaper reports he told agent Jorge Mendes he wants to stay at the Nou Camp despite the club's high-profile financial issues.


FERNANDES SET FOR NEW DEAL?

Bruno Fernandes is closing in on a bumper new contract at Man Utd worth more than £250,000 a week, according to reports.

The deal could be announced within the next few weeks and represents a £100,000 weekly pay rise.

His current contract runs until 2025 but would be extended by one year, with bonuses and incentives elevating him among elite earners at the club, such as Ronaldo and Paul Pogba.

Real Madrid and Barcelona were reportedly interested in signing the Portugal international but the midfielder is happy to commit his future in Manchester after the club made several marquee signings this summer.


WEST HAM EYE UP GOLDSON

West Ham are keeping a close eye on Rangers defender Connor Goldson, according to reports.

The ex-Brighton centre-back is out of contract at Ibrox next summer.


LEEDS BEGIN PHILLIPS TALKS

Leeds have opened talks with midfielder Kalvin Phillips over a new contract, according to reports.

The 25-year-old's existing deal at Elland Road runs out in 2024.


RODGERS RELAXED ABOUT TIELEMANS' FUTURE

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insists he is relaxed about Youri Tielemans’ future despite contract talks dragging on.

The midfielder, who is tied to the King Power until 2023, said this week he was keeping his options open while negotiations over a new deal continue.

Rodgers said: “There’s no drama with it. It’s just the reality of the situation. It only becomes a problem to me if there’s a lack of commitment or there’s not the same intensity but that’s never been the case with Youri.

“It’s natural, he is a very talented player who is in discussions with the club and we’ll see where that takes us. I have no idea (why it is dragging on), I concentrate on the football and making sure he is the best player he can be, giving him the support, environment and culture to be that.

“He is a top-class professional and a joy to work with and while he is here – for however long that is – he will always give and I will always give the best to his development.”


FATI ON UNITED'S RADAR

Manchester United asked Cristiano Ronaldo's agent about signing Barcelona whizkid Ansu Fati during transfer talks.

Fati, who is still just 18 years of age, has not played for Barcelona since suffering a meniscus injury in November 2020, but his record prior to that is difficult to argue with, scoring 11 goals from 17 starts in La Liga since his debut in the 2019/20 season.


NO SHORTAGE OF SAKA OFFERS

Arsenal consider Bukayo Saka to be "untouchable" but that has not stopped a number of transfer approaches being made for the young England player.

Saka started 30 games for the Gunners in the Premier League last season, scoring five and assisting a further three goals, and he was a vital part of Gareth Southgate's England team at Euro 2020.


TIELEMANS STALLS OVER LEICESTER DEAL

Youri Tielemans admitted he is keeping his options open while talks over a new Leicester deal continue.

The Foxes are in discussions with the midfielder, whose current contract expires in 2023.

He told Sky Sports: “There’s no update really. I’m open to everything. The transfer market has just closed, but I want to keep as many options as I can open.

“As long as I’m here I will give everything for the club. I’ve already done so, but I will do so even more. The contract situation is just something that is going on in football, it’s a normal situation.

“There are talks going on – I’m not saying I’m going to sign, I’m not saying I’m not going to sign. We will see.”

Tielemans has made 113 appearances for the Foxes, scoring 18 goals – including the winner to beat Chelsea 1-0 in last season’s FA Cup final.

He joined for a club-record £35million from Monaco in 2019 and has been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona.


DEMBA BA RETIRES

Former Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham striker Demba Ba has announced his retirement from football.

The 36-year-old, who joined Swiss side Lugano in June, announced on Twitter that his “wonderful journey” had come to an end.

“It is with a heart filled with gratefulness that I announce the end of my playing career,” said the former Senegal international.

“Football has given me so many beautiful emotions. From the passion of the fans and the noise coming from the stands after every goal to the connection with my team-mates on and off the field. This will forever remain in my head and heart.”

Ba joined West Ham from German side Hoffenheim in January 2011 after a failed medical scuppered a move to Stoke, but at the end of that season he moved on to Newcastle before heading to Stamford Bridge in January 2013.

He left for Besiktas 18 months later before spells in China and back in Turkey.


CITY LOOKING TO STRENGTHEN

England and Borussia Dortmund teenage ace Jude Bellingham is on Manchester City's wanted list, but he is not the only one, with City also reportedly ready to fight Manchester United in the battle for Declan Rice next summer.

This all comes after rumours of Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati being offered to several European giants, including Manchester City.


COOK SIGNS NEW BOURNEMOUTH DEAL

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook has signed a new three-year contract with the Sky Bet Championship club.

The 24-year-old, who is currently recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in March, has made 120 appearances for the Cherries since joining from Leeds in 2016.

Cook won a single England cap in March 2018 – coming on as a substitute in a Wembley friendly against Italy – and was later named on standby for Gareth Southgate’s squad for that year’s World Cup.


LINGARD REJECTS NEW MAN UTD CONTRACT

Jesse Lingard has reportedly turned down a new contract with Manchester United.

The England attacker's current deal expires at the end of the season, meaning he will be available as a free agent.

Lingard was not short of suitors over the summer, with West Ham one of the clubs desperate to land his signature.

Lingard scored nine goals and provided a further four assists for David Moyes' side last season, but he has seen just four minutes of Premier League action for Manchester United this season, and with Cristiano Ronaldo's recent return, Lingard looks to have fallen even further down the pecking order.


ST MIRREN SIGN MATT MILLAR

St Mirren have signed Australian full-back Matt Millar on a deal until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old joins the Buddies following the expiry of his contract with A-League side Newcastle Jets.

Born in Melbourne, Millar joined Melbourne City in 2015 and also had spells with South Melbourne, and Central Coast Mariners.

He spent a spell on loan with English League One side Shrewsbury Town last season and joins Saints until the end of the 2021-22 campaign, subject to international clearance.


BAGGIES BRING IN BRYAN

West Brom have signed defender Kean Bryan on a two-year contract.

The 24-year-old left Sheffield United this summer after three seasons with the Bramall Lane outfit, which included a loan spell with Bolton.

Bryan, who made 13 appearances in the Premier League for the Blades last season, boosts West Brom’s options at the back following injuries to Matt Clarke and Dara O’Shea.

Baggies boss Valerien Ismael said on the club’s official website: “Kean has the same profile as a defender as Dara. He is a very aggressive, fast, centre-back, who is good in the build-up, is young, wants to learn, and has experience, so his profile is very good for us.

“The main difference to Dara is that Kean is left-footed and with Matt Clarke also out this was an opportunity for us to sign a player who can also play on the left side of our back three, as it is important to the balance of our team to have left-footed players in left-sided positions.


MBENZA LEAVES HUDDERSFIELD

Belgian winger Isaac Mbenza has left Huddersfield by mutual consent.

The 25-year-old was due to play for the Terriers up until the end of the 2021-22 season but both parties have agreed to terminate his contract.

Mbenza made 41 starts and 26 appearances from the bench and scored on six occasions for the West Yorkshire side after joining from French club Montpellier in 2018, initially on loan.


HUGGINS: SUNDERLAND WAS THE RIGHT MOVE

Wales Under-21 international Niall Huggins believes “massive club” Sunderland will bring the best out of him after the end of his 12-year Leeds stay.

Huggins progressed from the Leeds Academy into the first-team at Elland Road and made his Premier League debut against Arsenal in February. But he joined Sunderland in the search for first-team football last month, signing a four-year contract at the Stadium of Light.

“It was a great experience to be near that first-team level in the Premier League,” Huggins said ahead of Wales’ 2023 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifier in Bulgaria on Tuesday.

“But Leeds are looking to bring in lots of high-quality players from around the world and, opportunity-wise for me, it was going to be hard to break through. The pathway just got a bit smaller for me and when I heard Sunderland were interested it was huge.

“They are a massive club. I know they are in League One now, but they’re fighting to get back up the leagues and they’re a Premier League club really. The philosophy there is similar to Leeds and think I can bring a lot to them.”


THOMAS SIGNS NEW BURNLEY CONTRACT

Burnley have announced defender Bobby Thomas has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

The 20-year-old Clarets academy product made his first-team debut in a Carabao Cup win at Millwall last September.

He subsequently spent the second half of the season on loan at Barrow, making 21 Sky Bet League Two appearances, and has been on the bench for all of Burnley’s games so far this term.

Thomas said in quotes on the Turf Moor outfit’s official website: “It’s something you work towards since you are a young kid. To sign a long-term deal at an established Premier League side is a nice feeling.

“It’s an important step, that transition from coming out of the 23s, hopefully into a first-team environment, whenever that may be, which will be a nice reward for working hard and all the sacrifices.”


FODEN OFFERED HUGE PAY RISE

Manchester City star Phil Foden is being offered a new long-term deal at the Etihad, with his wages reportedly being quadrupled.

A six-year-contract, thought to be worth around £150,000-a-week has been offered to the 'Stockport Iniesta', who scored nine goals and provided a further five assists in the Premier League last season.

The news comes after Pep Guardiola apparently turned down the opportunity to sign Saul Niguez on Deadline Day, the Atletico Madrid man then making the move to Chelsea on loan.


EDU DEFENDS ARSENAL POLICY

Arsenal technical director Edu has defended the club’s transfer policy following fierce criticism and a poor start to the season.

The Brazilian told Sky Sports: “We suffered last year because we lost a lot of players and we didn’t really have good back-ups to play games.

“I believe we need a squad to win games. We need a squad to be in a good position at the end of the season because it is not only about the first XI. We need a foundation.

“Of course, it has hurt us to be in that situation. We are hurt, I am hurt. I don’t want to see the club there, but I want to see the team playing together. Let’s judge the team when they play together.

“Why are a few clubs around the Premier League just signing one or two players? It’s because they already have the foundation. They already have the team prepared. I’m sorry, but the reality is we don’t.”


RONDON CAN'T WAIT FOR RAFA REUNION

New Everton signing Salomon Rondon credits manager Rafael Benitez with ‘changing his mentality’ during his two previous spells under the Spaniard.

The Venezuela international completed a deadline-day return to the Premier League from China to be reunited with the man who previously signed him for Newcastle and Dalian Professional.

"I enjoy playing for Rafa a lot because he is the manager who changed my mentality and how I see the game, what he needs from me to help the team and my team-mates," he told evertontv.

"We were in Newcastle together and he explained very clearly the main points for a striker. In China, it was the same."


WOLVES TO OFFER TRAORE NEW DEAL

Wolves will offer Adama Traore a new contract in a bid to quieten down the speculation surrounding his long-term future, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Spain international Traore was heavily linked with a move to rejoin former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham this summer.


INTER COULD CAPTURE LENO

Inter Milan are monitoring Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, according to Tuttosport.

The 29-year-old Germany international is due to become a free agent next summer and Inter are considering a potential free transfer.


AURIER OPEN TO ARSENAL MOVE

Former Tottenham defender Serge Aurier would consider a move to north London rivals Arsenal after terminating his contract with Spurs a year early on deadline day.

The right-back's Spurs deal was set to expire at the end of the season, although Aurier had told the club of his intention to leave at the end of the last campaign.


PJANIC MOVES TO BESIKTAS

Another Barcelona transfer flop is on his way out, as midfielder Miralem Pjanic has secured a season-long loan to Turkish outfit Besiktas.

The Bosnian is looking for first-team football following a miserable spell since joining from Juventus in what was effectively a swap deal for Arthur last summer.

It is another departure from the Nou Camp as Barca desperately try to cut their wage bill, something they are even more in need of doing after the Catalan government restricted their stadium capacity to just 30,000.


STURRIDGE 'FIT AS A FIDDLE'

Former England and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has reassured any clubs potentially interested in his services that he is 'fitter than a fiddle' and 'more motivated than ever before'.

The 32-year-old has been without a club since leaving Turkish club Trabzonspor in March 2020 when he was given a four-month ban from breaking betting rules.


RICE WANTS WEST HAM RELEASE CLAUSE

Declan Rice will only sign a new contract at West Ham if it includes a release clause, according to this morning's papers.

The news comes on the back of Harry Kane's failure to force a move from Tottenham to Manchester City, with the lack of a release clause in his six-year contract highlighted as a huge error.

Rice, 22, has been linked with a host of top clubs since breaking into the England team around 18 months ago. The request for a release clause is reportedly proving to be a major stumbling block with the Hammers.


BISSOUMA SET FOR JANUARY TRANSFER?

Yves Bissouma is still attracting long-term interest from three of the Premier League big-boys, according to widespread reports.

The midfielder despite remained with Brighton this summer despite consistent speculation that he could move on, with Arsenal in particular linked early on in the transfer window.

The Mali international has made a big impact at Albion since joining from in 2018, and played in all but two of their Premier League games last term.


MANCHESTER MOVE FOR HAALAND?

After Cristiano Ronaldo opted for Old Trafford only a few days ago, Manchester rivals United and City are set to go head-to-head again next summer, this time for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland - according to this morning's papers.

Despite speculation, Haaland stayed put in January but is expected to move on in six months' time when his £75m release clause becomes active.

The Norwegian, 21, has scored 46 Bundesliga goals from chances equating to 32.34 expected goals (xG) since joining Dortmund midway through the 2019/20 season.


MAGUIRE - 'RONALDO IS GREATEST EVER'

Harry Maguire considers Cristiano Ronaldo to be the best footballer of all time and cannot wait to line up alongside the returning Manchester United great.

Shockwaves were sent around the footballing world on Friday as the Old Trafford giants swept in to strike a deal with Juventus for the 36-year-old, just as the forward appeared to be edging towards rivals Manchester City.

Ronaldo completed the move on deadline day, signing a two-year deal with the option of a further season at a club where he is revered thanks to a memorable, success-laden stint between 2003 and 2009.

“It’s amazing,” the defender said. “Obviously I’m away with England at the moment so my focus is on the game tomorrow but for him to sign back for the club (is amazing).

“For me, the greatest player to play the game.

“Obviously he’s going to improve our team as well with his goalscoring record. It’s amazing to have him at the club. I’m looking forward to meeting him in a few days.”

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DEENEY WANTS TO ENJOY BIRMINGHAM SPELL

Troy Deeney has vowed to enjoy life after realising his dream and signing for Birmingham.

The Blues fan has penned a two-year deal after leaving Watford following 11 years at Vicarage Road.

He scored 139 goals in 419 appearances for the Hornets but his final months were wrecked by an Achilles injury he suffered in February.

The 33-year-old has been given a different perspective amid the Covid-19 pandemic and his injury struggles and wants to relish his time at St Andrew’s.

He said: “Why not come back and enjoy myself, be at a place where I’m loved and have some pressure?


DEALS STILL BEING DONE IN SCOTLAND

St Johnstone have confirmed the signing of Finland under-21 striker Eetu Vertainen on a two-year deal, while Hibernian have signed Dylan Tait from Raith Rovers on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.


DALE JOINS BLACKPOOL ON LOAN

Blackpool have confirmed the signing of Crewe forward Owen Dale on loan until January, with a view to making the move permanent then.

The 22-year-old was the Railwaymen’s player of the year last term, scoring 12 goals, including their goal of the season – an overhead-kick against Burton.


SWANS ADD NTCHAM TO RANKS

Swansea have announced the signing of former Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham on a three-year contract.

The 25-year-old Frenchman becomes the Swans’ ninth summer signing, subject to international clearance and EFL approval.

He was released by the Hoops, for whom he made 146 appearances and scored 24 goals, a month ago.


EDERSON SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has signed a contract extension until 2026.

The 28-year-old two-time Golden Glove winner has been Pep Guardiola’s undisputed first-choice since arriving from Benfica four seasons ago and has helped the club win three Premier League titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup.

Ederson, who has kept 95 clean sheets in 194 City appearances, follows Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, John Stones and Ruben Dias in extending his contract this year.


DID MAN UTD NEED RONALDO?

As the deadline day dust (just about) begins to settle, Richard Jolly has taken a look at what was undoubtedly the biggest Premier League deal to go through - Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United.

But did they really need him, and if so exactly what will he bring to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side beyond the obvious of goals, goals, and more goals.

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MAN UTD MISS OUT ON TRIPPIER AND KEEP DUO

Several of this morning's papers are carrying the story that Manchester United made a late move for Kieran Trippier, something we anticipated in our deadline day 'Big Six' preview.

But after a reported £18m bid for the England right-back was turned down, he was denied a move to his boyhood club.

Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek, meanwhile, came close to leaving Old Trafford. Both would have been loan moves, to Lyon and Everton respectively, but the deals were rejected by Martial himself, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer respectively.


THE LATE LATE SHOW

Antoine Griezemann's return to the Spanish capital wasn't the only deal to be confirmed, after the deadline, with several others sneaking through too.

Here's a rundown of the rest..

The arrival of Daniel James at Leeds United triggered the late departure of Helder Costa, as he joined Valencia on loan late on. Fulham made two loan signings from Watford with time almost out, bringing in Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina

Cammy MacPherson's loan move from St Mirren to St Johnstone was another that went through by the skin of its teeth.


GRIEZMANN BACK AT ATLETI

Deadline day is over, so the time stamps are gone - but the deals are still trickling in, and this is a biggy.

Antoine Griezmann is back at Atletico Madrid after joining from Barcelona on a season-long loan, with an option to extend for a further year.

The France World Cup winner, 30, was bought by Barcelona in 2019 in a headline-grabbing deal worth 120million euros (£103million).


0000 | THAT'S ALL FOR NOW!

With many of the major deals now confirmed, we're bringing our live blog to an end for the day.

However, make sure you check sportinglife.com first thing tomorrow morning for all the latest overnight news, plus the done deals across the major English, Scottish and European leagues.


2355 | THE BIGGEST DEALS

Most expensive summer signings

2345 | CHELSEA COMPLETE SAÚL DEAL

Chelsea have completed the signing of Saúl Ñíguez on a season-long loan deal which contains the option to buy.

Saul said: “I am very excited to start this new challenge with Chelsea. Blues fans, I am one of you now and I can’t wait to wear the shirt, start training and see all of you. See you soon!”

In 33 LaLiga appearances last season - 22 of which were starts - Saul scored two goals (3.63 xG) and contributed another helper (1.59 xA).

The 26-year-old is under contract at Atletico until 2026 and - despite those games last season - has moved down the pecking order.


2332 | MENDES JOINS PSG

PSG have announced the signing of Sporting's Nuno Mendes on an initial loan deal with the option to buy.

The 19-year-old featured in 29 league games last season - scoring one goal (1.06 xG) alongside posting another assist (3.69 xA).


2323 | SWANSEA SIGN STRIKER

Swansea have filled the void left by Jamal Lowe's departure for Bournemouth by bringing in Michael Obafemi from Southampton for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old Republic of Ireland international has joined the Swans on a three-year deal.


2320 | COSTA TO JOIN VALENCIA

It appears as if Helder Costa's move from Leeds to Valencia was sorted prior to the deadline.

We now await official confirmation from either club.


2312 | FOREST ADD HAMMERS FORWARD

Nottingham Forest have announced the arrival of forward Xande Silva on a two-year deal from West Ham.

The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Greek side Aris.


2306 | BLADES ADD OLSEN

Sheffield United have completed the signing of Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

The Swedish national team stopper joins on a season-long loan deal and is a replacement for Aaron Ramsdale, who departed for Arsenal.


2302 | RONDON JOINS EVERTON


2301 | LIVERPOOL WINGER JOINS MILLWALL

Millwall have announced the loan signing of Sheyi Ojo from Liverpool.

The 24-year-old winger has joined the Lions for the whole season.

Ojo, who spent last term at Cardiff, has become Millwall’s sixth summer signing.


2300 | WINDOW CLOSED!

We've hit 11pm and plenty has happened today...but we can expect more to come.

Clubs still have an extra two hours to complete moves if a deal sheet was submitted in time and there are a few still in the pipeline.


2252 | AURIER DEPARTS TOTTENHAM

Tottenham have confirmed the departure of Serge Aurier following the mutual termination of his contract.

The right-back made 110 appearances for the North London club, scoring eight goals.

On leaving, Aurier said: "I have really enjoyed my time at Spurs and would like to thank the Club and the fans, but I feel now is the right time for me to move onto a new challenge."


2249 | ARSENAL BRING IN DEFENDER

Arsenal have completed the signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Serie A side Bologna on a long-term contract.

The Japan international has arrived to provide competition in the defensive areas - most notably at right-back.

Speaking to the club website, technical director Edu said: "We’re delighted to have signed Takehiro.

"We’ve been watching him for a while now and we’re pleased that we have reached an agreement with Bologna. He is an important addition to our squad."


2244 | KERR MAKES WIGAN SWITCH

St Johnstone’s double-winning captain Jason Kerr has signed for Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal.

The 24-year-old centre-back, who led the Perth side to success in both the League Cup and the Scottish Cup last term, has joined the English League One club for an undisclosed fee.


2239 | CITY MIDFIELDER DEPARTS

Barnsley have announced the loan signing of midfielder Claudio Gomes from Manchester City.

The 21-year-old, a former Paris St Germain player, will stay at Oakwell for the rest of the season.

Gomes told Barnsley’s official website: "I’m excited because I want to play men’s football and I think, for me, it’s a good place to play and get experience.

"I know the Championship is a good place in England and I’m excited to start playing with the guys here."


2236 | WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?

Ahead of the 11pm deadline, there are a few deals that we are expecting to happen...

  • Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid
  • Saul to Chelsea
  • Salomon Rondon to Everton

Alongside that, there are a number of deals set to be concluded across the Sky Bet EFL.


2232 | BELLERIN JOINS REAL BETIS

Arsenal have allowed right-back Hector Bellerin to join Real Betis on loan for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old has spent the last decade with the club and made 239 appearances for the Gunners, winning three FA Cups during his time at the Emirates Stadium.

Bellerin sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage at the beginning of 2019 and has struggled to hold onto a regular starting berth since, with boss Mikel Arteta not using the Spaniard so far this season and subsequently letting the defender sign for his boyhood team on the final day of the transfer window.


2227 | ROBERTS MOVES TO FRANCE

Ligue 1 club Troyes have announced the signing of Patrick Roberts from Manchester City.

The 24-year-old joins up with the French top-flight side on a season-long loan.


2220 | JAMES SAYS GOODBYE


2215 | SUNDERLAND SIGN DUO FROM GERMANY

Sunderland have completed two signings from the Bundesliga.

Winger Leon Dajaku has arrived from Union Berlin while goalkeeper Thorben Hoffmann has made the switch from Bayern Munich.

Both have joined on season-long loan deals.


2205 | MORSY MAKES IPSWICH SWITCH

Sam Morsy has become Ipswich’s 19th summer signing.

The Tractor Boys have secured the 29-year-old midfielder on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Middlesbrough.

Morsy is reunited with Ipswich boss Paul Cook, who was his manager at Chesterfield and Wigan.


2200 | TOTTENHAM IN AURIER TALKS

Tottenham are in talks with Serge Aurier over terminating his contract.

The right-back’s deal runs out at the end of the season and the PA news agency reports he has no future at the club.

Both parties wanted to part company during the transfer window but there was no suitable offer.


2152 | EDOUARD JOINS PALACE

Odsonne Edouard's statistics

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of forward Odsonne Edouard from Celtic for an initial fee of £15million.

The Eagles were eager to improve their attacking options and manager Patrick Vieira will be pleased to secure the services of his countryman.

Edouard has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League club and links up with Said Aigoun, who worked with the striker at Paris St Germain and moved to Selhurst Park as development coach this summer.


2145 | ARSENAL KEEPER DEPARTS

Arsenal's Alex Runarsson has joined Belgian Pro League side OH Leuven on loan for the 2021/22 season.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper has fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of Aaron Ramsdale this summer.


2140 | ROBERTS RETURNS TO MOTHERWELL

Jordan Roberts has returned to Motherwell on loan from Hearts.

The 27-year-old attacker had a spell at Fir Park last season in which he scored three goals in eight appearances.

After being unable to force his way into the plans of manager Robbie Neilson at his parent club over the summer, Roberts has been allowed to go back to Motherwell until January.

2130 | GRIEZMANN SET FOR ATLETICO RETURN

Antoine Griezmann is set for a return to Atletico Madrid with a deal likely to be announced before the deadline.

Atletico will welcome back the forward on a season-long deal from Barcelona with an obligation to buy.

In 36 LaLiga appearances last season, the 30-year-old scored 13 goals (13.69 xG) and contributed a further seven assists (6.28 xA).


2125 | FULHAM PUSHING FOR CHALOBAH DEAL

Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah could be set for a late move to Fulham, according to Sky Sports News.

They are reporting that a deal to take the former Chelsea man back to west London is '50-50' at the moment.


2117 | WHAT COULD STILL HAPPEN?

It's been a busy deadline day, and as ever there are a handful of deals which look set to go to the wire.

Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid, Saul Niguez to Chelsea and Odsonne Edouard to Crystal Palace seem to be most high-profile three.

Should Chelsea manage to add the Spain international in time he would be some addition to their central-midfield ranks, competing with Jorginho, N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic for a starting spot.

Saul Niguez stats


2109 | RONALDO BACK IN RED

The first images of Cristiano Ronaldo back in a Manchester United shirt have been posted on social media by the club after he completed his sensational return to Old Trafford earlier on deadline day.

No sign yet if it will be CR7 though. Good luck fighting Edinson Cavani off.


2105 | DOUBLE SWOOP FOR FOREST

Nottingham Forest have completed the double signing of Braian Ojeda and Mohamed Drager in an attempt to turn around their fortunes.

Chris Hughton’s side have failed to win any of their opening five games in the Sky Bet Championship this season and sit bottom of the table.

Central-midfielder Ojeda joins from Paraguay Premier Division side Olimpia on a four-year deal, while Tunisia full-back Drager arrives from Olympiakos.


2055 | WEST HAM SIGN KRAL

West Ham have completed their second piece of deadline day business, bringing in midfielder Alex Kral on a season-long loan from Spartak Moscow.

The Czech Republic, 23, joins compatriots Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal at the London Stadium.

West Ham have the option to make the move permanent at the end of the campaign.


2038 | ONE IN FOR DUNDEE UNITED

Dundee United have signed defender Scott McMann from Hamilton on a three-year deal.

The 25-year-old is considered a natural replacement for left-back Jamie Robson, who joined Lincoln earlier in the day.

McMann has moved to Tannadice for an undisclosed fee.


2029 | COVENTRY SIGN KANE

Coventry have signed defender Todd Kane from QPR for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old, who played 65 games for the R’s, will remain with the Sky Blues until July 2023.

Manager Mark Robins told the club’s official website: “We’re delighted to welcome Todd to Coventry City.

“He is a player with quality and versatility, and also brings with him experience at this level. He adds to our options and is a good player to have within the squad, and we look forward to working with him.”


2021 | COSTA CLOSING IN ON LEEDS EXIT

Leeds winger Helder Costa is closing in on a loan move to Valencia.

The 27-year-old helped Leeds to win the Sky Bet Championship title in 2019/20 and went onto make 22 Premier League appearances last season - scoring three goals (2.36 xG) and assisting a further three (0.66 xA).

The arrival of Daniel James has further pushed Costa down the pecking order.


2017 | CELTIC SIGN JOTA

Celtic have confirmed the signing of winger Jota from Benfica on an initial season-long loan deal. The club hold the option to make it a permanent move.

On the switch, Jota told the club's website: "I am very happy to join such an historic and exciting team as Celtic. Having played in Portugal and Spain, everyone knows that Celtic is a huge name across Europe and a club with real heart and soul.

"It will be a pleasure and an honour to fight for this club and I can’t wait to feel the atmosphere from our supporters at Paradise. I know the Manager wants us to play fast, attacking football, the way it should be played and, I can’t wait to play my part in this."


2009 | BOURNEMOUTH BRING IN CHRISTIE

Bournemouth have completed the signing of Scotland international Ryan Christie from Celtic. He has signed a three-year deal with the club.

The Cherries' chief executive Neill Blake told afcb.co.uk: "We are delighted to have secured the services of Ryan. He was being courted by a number of Premier League clubs, so it is a huge coup to have signed him.

"We think it speaks volumes about him as a player and us as a club that he chose to come here and work under Scott Parker and his staff. Ryan enjoyed a hugely successful stay at Celtic and was instrumental in them winning a host of trophies."

Ryan Christie interview: On Scotland at Euro 2020, a serious facial injury, mindset & life at Celtic

2005 | GIBBS-WHITE JOINS THE BLADES

Sheffield United have confirmed the signing of Wolves attacking midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White.

"I'm delighted to be in the doors, all signed up and ready to get started," he told the Blades' website.

"Coming here is a good opportunity to get game time and help the Blades get back to winning ways. I've watched the club, the style of play intrigued me and I'm here to get involved."


2000 | RANGERS DEFENDER DEPARTS ON LOAN

Rangers defender Nikola Katic has joined Hajduk Split on a season-long loan.

The Croatia centre-back, who has made 59 appearances for the Ibrox club since joining from NK Slaven Belupo in 2018, has returned to his homeland to get his career back on track following a difficult period battling injury.

A statement on Rangers’ website said: “Everyone at Rangers wishes Niko well for his loan spell as he works his way back following a difficult year on the sidelines.”


1952 | ATLETI AND BARCA CLOSE TO GRIEZMANN DEAL

The summer fire sale continues at the Nou Camp...

Having rumbled on all summer, a deal to take Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid looks like it could finally be happening.

The 30-year-old France forward moved in the other direction back in 2019 for €120m, and now Atleti are set to take him back to the Spanish capital for just €50m, according to various reports.

Some business that, no wonder Barca are skint.


1943 | QPR SIGN GRAY FROM WATFORD

QPR have signed Watford striker Andre Gray on a season-long loan.

The 30-year-old worked under current R’s boss Mark Warburton at Brentford during the 2014-15 campaign, scoring 17 league goals.


1928 | SEVILLA STAND FIRM ON KOUNDE

Sevilla insist Jules Kounde will not be allowed to join Chelsea for less than his €80m (£68.7m) release clause, with sporting director Monchi making their stance clear in a deadline day press conference.

Chelsea are chasing the highly-rated France defender, 22, after selling Kurt Zouma to West Ham.

“The only written, formal offer from Chelsea came last Wednesday, around 5pm,” said Monchi.

“We weren’t satisfied with it, and it was linked to Chelsea selling a player. It was a decent fee but it didn’t meet our criteria. We haven’t spoken with Chelsea since Friday night.

"Last year he had the interest from Manchester City and now Chelsea this year. Kounde’s (release) clause never went up to €90m euros. It has always been €80m.”


1920 | BURNLEY CHASE BARKLEY

Burnley are hoping to complete a move for Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley before the deadline.

The Sun reports that Sean Dyche is hoping to add the 27-year-old to his squad prior to 11pm.

Barkley spent last season on loan at Aston Villa where he featured in 26 Premier League games - scoring three goals (3.58 xG) and contributing one assist (4.66 xA).


1913 | WOLVES WANT MOORE

Wolves are in talks with Cardiff to sign striker Kieffer Moore, according to various reports.

The 29-year-old scored 20 goals (18.37 xG) in the Sky Bet Championship last season and the Molineux club are keen on doing a deal.

However, it's reported that a fee is yet to be agreed.


1911 | BOURNEMOUTH BRING IN LOWE

Bournemouth have announced the signing of striker Jamal Lowe from Sky Bet Championship rivals Swansea for a fee reported to be in the £1.5m region.

The 27-year-old, who netted 14 goals for the Swans last season, has joined the Cherries on a three-year deal.

Lowe told the club’s official website: “I’m over the moon to be here at this big club and I am buzzing to get started.

“It’s gone really quickly. The last 24 hours I have had lots of phone calls and to finally be here at Bournemouth is surreal. The manager, the size of the club and the style of play. It was a no-brainer for me.”


1903 | WILLIAMS JOINS SWANSEA

Swansea have announced the signing of Liverpool defender Rhys Williams on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old signed a new contract at Anfield, where he made 19 appearances in all competitions last season, before heading to Wales.

Williams told Swansea’s official website: "I am buzzing, I have heard nothing but good things about the club and the manager from a few of the lads back at Liverpool, so I am delighted to be here.

"I am looking forward to getting some good results on the board and keeping us moving forward."


1855 | DOYLE DEPARTS FOR HAMBURG

Manchester City have confirmed that Tommy Doyle will spend the 2021/22 campaign at 2. Bundesliga side Hamburg.

The midfielder made his first team debut against Southampton in the Carabao Cup in October 2019.

A City statement said: "Everyone at the Club wishes Tommy the best of luck for the rest of the campaign."


1852 | SANCHES TO WOLVES DEAL OFF

Renato Sanches' potential move to Wolves has been called off due to injury, according to BBC Sport.

The midfielder was set to make the switch to the West Midlands from Lille but Wolves discovered that he will be out for between two and three months so opted against the signing.

It's reported that the Molineux club will press on with other targets instead.


1849 | BORO SIGN CAMEROON INTERNATIONAL

Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Cameroon international James Lea Siliki on loan from Rennes.

The midfielder will stay at the Riverside for the season after Boro fought off strong competition to sign him.

On the deal, Neil Warnock said: "James is another name that came up and he will be another good addition to the squad.

"My contacts in France are very impressed with him and we feel he will add to what we have, particularly with his range of passing."


1846 | AMPADU SIGNS NEW DEAL BEFORE LOAN MOVE

Ethan Ampadu has signed a new three-year contract with Chelsea before joining Italian side Venezia on loan for the 2021/22 season.

The 20-year-old spent the 2020/21 campaign at Sheffield United - with a temporary spell at RB Leipzig in 2019/20.


1837 | EVERTON DEFENDER DEPARTS

Everton defender Niels Nkounkou has completed a season-long loan move to Belgian club Standard Liege.

Nkounkou joined Everton in the summer of 2020 and has two years remaining on his current deal at Goodison Park.


1832 | TOTTENHAM BRING IN EMERSON

Tottenham have completed the signing of full-back Emerson Royal from Barcelona. The 22-year-old joins for a £25.8million fee.

He scored one goal (1.67 xG) in 34 LaLiga appearances last season alongside posting a further four assists (3.35 xA).

The North London club have confirmed that Emerson will travel to the capital from Spain later this week.


1828 | AMPADU HEADING TO SERIE A

Chelsea's Ethan Ampadu is set to join Serie A club Venezia on a season-long loan deal.

The 20-year-old spent the 2020/21 campaign at Sheffield United - with a temporary spell at RB Leipzig in 2019/20 - and he is set for another loan spell for the remainder of this season.


1825 | SAUL SET TO JOIN CHELSEA

Various reports are claiming that Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement for midfielder Saúl Ñíguez.

He will make the switch to Stamford Bridge on an initial loan deal with Chelsea holding the option to make that permanent.


1815 | REAL WILLING TO SPEND BIG ON MBAPPE

An incredible update regarding the Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid deal from Sky Sports.

The move is completely off at this stage but the LaLiga club were willing to pay more than €220m today to secure the services of the forward. However, PSG stalled and Real have pulled out.

They claim that Real will now sign Mbappe on a pre-contract in January.

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