Talking of City kids, Roméo Lavia, who left for Southampton in July, looks a player – as does Armel Bella-Kotchap, as it happens. Ralph Hasenhüttl might just be building something.
News from our man in Manny – I still can’t believe people call it that, but I am, as I said, 43: Sam Edozie and Juan Larios are at Southampton hoping to complete moves. Edozie, a 19 year old winger, may cost up to £10m. Larios, who is 18 and primarily a left-back, will cost £5m.
I’m 43 years old, I shouldn’t enjoy this, but I enjoyed this. Everything I hear of Antony tells me he’s got what he’ll need to wear a ludicrous price-tag and deliver.
Arsenal have, apparently, offered £20m for Douglas Luiz of Villa. I can’t imagine they’ll want to let him leave, but I also can’t imagine he’ll want to stay, so.
Wout Faes, the centre-back Leicester have just signed, will be in the crowd tonight, as the Foxes take on Man United. It’s remarkable, really, that he’s their first acquisition of the summer – they desperately need something and will be hoping that he’s it, or part of it. They are, though, also looking to get hold of a right-winger with Atalanta’s Jérémie Boga in their sights.
Thanks Will and happy transfer deadline day one and all! May we merit many more.
Right … I am off to find some lunch. In the meantime, I will leave you in the hands of Daniel Harris.
There is interest from Chelsea, among other clubs, in the Peterborough centre-back Ronnie Edwards, though no deal has been agreed. The teenager was part of England’s triumphant Under-19s squad this summer. Posh co-owner Darragh MacAnthony previously christened Edwards “new stadium” because he said the former Barnet defender would end up fetching a fee that would pay for a new ground …
In non-deadline day news … Yoshimi Yamashita, one of three women who will become the first female referees to officiate at a men’s World Cup in Qatar, said on Thursday she hoped to inspire girls in the region to become match officials.
It looks like Leeds will get some business done today. Bamba Dieng, who has been linked with a plethora of Premier League clubs, is on his way to Elland Road from Marseille.
Leander Dendoncker looks set to join Aston Villa from Wolves after a £13m fee was agreed. The Belgian’s medical is expected to take place this afternoon.
Speaking of Belgians on the move, Leicester have completed the signing of Wout Faes from Reims. The defender has signed a five-year deal with the club.
Check out all the deals from the women’s game this summer.
Wolves are interested in signing the West Ham centre-half Craig Dawson. Were West Ham to sanction the sale they would want £7m.
Danny Rose has departed Watford, meaning he can join a club on a free transfer outside the window. He has Turkish Super Lig written all over him.
Steven Gerrard wants Douglas Luiz to be an Aston Villa player come 11pm but last night hinted the Brazil midfielder could be sold. Villa have been in talks with Douglas Luiz over a new contract but a €15m bid for Leander Dendoncker suggests they have a contingency plan in place. Dendoncker’s move to Villa Park looks likely. “Douglas has got a year to go and it is one of those really touchy situations where the club has to do what is best for the club, even if it is not necessarily best for me,” Gerrard said.
The word from inside Manchester United regarding Cristiano Ronaldo and his want-away wish is this will close to 100 per cent not occur. Only football’s most important law: never say never prevents it being the deadest of dead certs. So: never say never but highly unlikely so tune in between now and the January transfer window to see how this narrative strand of The Manchester United Soap Opera starring CR7 and Erik ten Hag plays out …
Arsenal midfielder James Olayinka will join League One Cheltenham Town on a permanent deal.
After being linked with a £77m move to Chelsea, Joško Gvardiol has agreed to extend his contract at RB Leipzig.
Manchester City have a new centre-back!
Bournemouth and Wolves, fresh from playing out a stalemate, both expect to be busy. Jack Stephens is joining the former on loan from Southampton, who are also happy to allow Jan Bednarek to depart. Aston Villa and West Ham both keen.
Arsenal intend to test Aston Villa’s stance that Douglas Luiz is not for sale with a bid of about £20m. The Brazil midfielder is out of contract next summer and Steven Gerrard admitted he may be powerless to keep him, despite Villa’s determination to do so. The player is thought to be keen on a move, but has only 12 hours to make one. Douglas Luiz scored directly from a corner against Arsenal in defeat at the Emirates on Wednesday. Villa are pursuing a move for Leander Dendoncker, who was left on the bench for Wolves at Bournemouth. Wolves aim to sign a centre-back following the departure of Willy Boly to Nottingham Forest. They have offered a contract to the free agent Jason Denayer and are also keen on Craig Dawson from West Ham. In the east Midlands Leicester are set to wrap up a deal worth about £15m for the Reims centre-back Wout Faes as a replacement for Wesley Fofana.
David Squires on the transfer window …
I guess who suits their style as someone who is good at hitting teams on the break and Antonio Conte fancies a touch more variety on the bench.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on his way to Southampton but will sign a new deal with Arsenal, despite there being an option to make the deal permanent. I am sure there is a business logic involved but my simple mind cannot compute.
Tottenham’s surprise enquiry for Leeds’s Dan James looks doomed to fail, as things stand, because they want him on an initial loan, which is a non-starter for the Yorkshire club.
Ideally, Eddie Howe would sign a midfielder today but, although a loan is not out of the question, Newcastle’s options have receded and they may now wait until January.
However there are a few outgoings; while Martin Dubravka is expected to finalise a season-long loan at Manchester United with a view to a £6m move next summer, Federico Fernandez seems set to head to Spain for a loan at Elche - unless Stoke manage to hijack that move - and Matty Longstaff in en route to another loan with Barnsley.
Slovakia’s Dubravka has lost his place in goal to Nick Pope this season, while Fernandez has been pushed down the central defensive pecking order by Sven Botman’s arrival. At 33 the immensely popular Argentinian - who will be much missed at St James’ Park where he is regarded as an extremely positive dressing room influence and is known for organising excellent South American style barbecues - wants to play regularly. So, too, does Matty Longstaff. The younger brother of Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff, his career has stalled in the three years since he marked his debut by scoring against Manchester United. Barnsley have an option to buy Matty should the loan work out well.
I think this is the first time I have watched Sky Sports News for more than 30 seconds in a year. Not sure how much of the ‘We are hearing team X might bid for player X’ I can take.
After a tough summer of Barcelona pretty much forcing Martin Braithwaite to leave, he has finally found a new club and will not even need to move house.
From the archives … Scott Murray on deadline buys.
There is an outgoing at Southampton, who have sold Oriol Romeu to La Liga side Girona. The Catalan started his career at Barcelona and is back in Spain after 11 years in England, following a move to Chelsea in 2011.
Jamie Jackson has plenty more on Antony’s arrival at Manchester United.
Manuel Akanji is a Manchester City player. The defender joins from Borussia Dortmund for £16.7m, and has signed a contract until 2027. The move came out of the blue a couple of days ago and means City now have five senior centre-backs, with John Stones, Rúben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Aké already on the books.
“It was a bit unexpected in the last stage of the transfer market, but I had no doubts about moving,” Akanji said. “I’m here to prove myself. I want to show everyone that they were right in choosing me.”
They have already signed one player from Borussia Dortmund this summer, so this could work out quite well for City.
City teased the deal a few minutes ago.
Liverpool are attempting to sign Brazil midfielder Arthur Melo on a season-long loan from Juventus. The 26-year-old, who swapped Barcelona for Turin as part of the deal for Miralem Pjanic in 2020, has been made available by the Italian club and received an offer from Liverpool. The deal would be a loan with no obligation to buy, leaving the path clear for Jurgen Klopp to move for long-time target Jude Bellingham at Borussia Dortmund next summer.
Klopp was satisfied with his midfield options earlier in the summer but a raft of injuries has prompted a change of heart. His latest problem concerns captain Jordan Henderson, who sustained a hamstring injury against Newcastle last night and is expected to miss Saturday’s Merseyside derby. Henderson will undergo a scan in the next 24 hours with doubts already surfacing over his availability to face Chelsea on 18 September.
Check out our comprehensive list of all the transfers from the big five European leagues.
It is already starting to feel like a three coffee kind of day. In addition to the usual scratching around for players to fill space on the bench there will be a few big deals today. Everyone working hard to get things over the line.
Which summer signing are you most excited about?
Fill your boots with rumours.
In unsurprising news, Antony is very pleased to join Manchester United on a deal running to 2027. I spoke to an Eredivisie full-back who said the Brazilian is the best he has come up against in the league. Now he just needs to prove it in England.
“This is an incredible moment in my career to be joining one of the most iconic clubs in the world,” Antony said. “I’m thankful to everyone who has believed in me, especially my family, and all my coaches and team-mates, because I could not have got here without them.
“Playing under Erik ten Hag at Ajax was perfect for me and my development. His style of football and coaching brings out the best in me, and I am excited by what he has told me about his plans and ambitions in Manchester.
“My time at Ajax was fantastic and I will always be grateful for the trust they put in me, but now I am ready for the next challenge, and I can’t wait to join my new team-mates and play my part in bringing success to Manchester United.”
It looks like Liverpool will get the midfielder they need. Arthur Melo is set to join from Juventus, according to Fabrizio Romano. Jurgen Klopp’s need for more bodies in the engine room was highlighted on Wednesday night after Jordan Henderson picked up an injury in the win over Newcastle.
Manchester United have completed the signing of Antony from Ajax in a deal worth €100m. The Brazilian made it clear he wanted to leave the Eredivisie to move to the Premier League, and he has his wish. It’s an exciting signing for Manchester United fans.
United are still in the market for a second-choice goalkeeper, with Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka the key target.
Manchester City are closing on a deal for Manuel Akanji. The Swiss international will make it five senior centre-backs at the club. It is being reported that his imminent arrival means youngster Luke Mbete will be allowed to depart on loan to Huddersfield.
Has United’s summer been a success in the market? Erik ten Hag believes circumstances have not helped.
Send in your favourite panic buys of deadline days past. I will kick off with Andy Carroll joining Liverpool from Newcastle for £35m.
A little news from me … Nottingham Forest will complete a deal for Wolves defender Willy Boly before the close of play. Two-year deal agreed with the centre-back.
Some early bad news for Brentford, courtesy of Nick Ames, who knows his Ukrainian football.
The Guardian’s very own Fabrizio Romano will be leading the way with all the news. It looks like Chelsea will get the No 9 they so desperately need. Although, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang will arrive with a broken jaw after a burglary at his home.
Welcome one and all to this most wonderful of events: Transfer Deadline Day. It only comes round twice a year so we really need to make the most of it.
I will be bringing you the very latest news from our correspondents, rumours and done deals from across the continent as clubs look to do some last-minute shopping. It seems everyone in the Premier League is still keen on adding to their squads, which will add an extra layer of intrigue because wherever we look something might be about to happen. What a celebration of capitalism this will be.
Manchester City still want a centre-back, Arsenal have high hopes of bringing in a fresh face or two, Chelsea need a striker and Liverpool might even be convinced to shell out on a midfielder.
There will be no shortage of deals done today, I am sure. We will go through the leagues to pick out the best under the radar transfers the Football League has to offer.
In England, the window closes at 11pm BST. Deals can be done after that, but that is the key time to keep in mind. I will be with you until lunch and then some other yellow ticker fanatics will take you through to the most bitter of ends.
Let the fun commence!