Published On: Thu, Aug 31st, 2017

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Transfer news LIVE updates: Deadline day latest from across Europe

TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Deadline day latest on Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona and much more!

Deadline Day – Top stories!

  • Riyad Mahrez has been given permission to leave the Algeria squad, believed to be in Paris
  • Arsenal NOT interested in the winger, Leicester have received no bids
  • Manchester City lodge second £55m bid for Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal want Thomas Lemar to replace him
  • Done Deal: Liverpool complete Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signing for £35m
  • Everton reject West Ham loan deal for Kevin Mirallas
  • Manchester United youngster Matty Willock joins FC Utrecht on loan
  • Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk arrives for training with Southampton
  • Done Deal: Tottenham complete Serge Aurier signing, Fernando Llorente to follow

Leicester Transfer News: Barcelona aren't interest in Riyad MahrezGETTY

Leicester Transfer News: Barcelona aren’t interest in Riyad Mahrez

Lemar deal possible

14:05: Arsenal could still land Thomas Lemar from Monaco this summer, according to French football expert Julian Laurens.

Arsenal are trying to sign the France star as Alexis Sanchez edges closer to a move to Manchester City.

City have bid £55m plus £5m in add ons for the Chile star but Arsenal will only sell if they can secure a replacement.

And Laurens thinks it could be Lemar but says they’d need to pay around £78m.

“Yes, I think so,” Laurens said on talkSPORT when asked if Arsenal could get their man.

“If Arsenal put a lot of money down on the table, it’s a player that they’ve chased all summer, that Arsene Wenger absolutely loves. Now he would probably have to pay 80-85million euros.”

Borussia Dortmund agree Sancho deal with City

14:00: Borussia Dortmund have agreed a deal with Manchester City for the permanent transfer of Jadon Sancho.

Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Red Bull Leipzig were among the clubs monitoring Sancho’s situation.

But the teenage prodigy’s future lies with the Bundesliga outfit.

City agree Bony sale

13:55: Manchester City have accepted a bid of £12m from Swansea for Wilfried Bony.

City boss Pep Guardiola has been desperate to off load him since he took charge at the Etihad.

Bony joined City from the Swans in a £28m deal in 2015.

But the move proved a disaster as he struggled to make an impact and Etihad bosses have decided to cut their losses.

Saints have a real problem – Hinchcliffe

13:50: Southampton have a problem with Virgil van Dijk because the player is still desperate to leave the club, Andy Hinchcliffe claims.

Van Dijk is keen on moving to Liverpool, who have been after the Dutchman throughout the summer.

He has handed in an official transfer request, voicing his displeasure to being forced to stay at Southampton.

However, Saints are refusing to change their stance and seem content to keep an unhappy player at the club.

Hinchcliffe thinks that will be an issue for Southampton going forward.

“The problem they have is Van Dijk wants to leave,” Hinchcliffe said on Sky Sports.

“No matter how important he is, how good he is, and he is a fabulous centre-half. If he’s unhappy in that dressing room and he really wants to go, you do have a problem. 

“Southampton clearly want to keep him for the right reasons, he’s a great player. If they want to develop the defensive side of their game, you’re not going to sell a player like this. If he wants to go then it can cause a problem.”

Barca don’t want Mahrez

13:50: Chelsea haven’t bid for Riyad Mahrez, Manchester United won’t submit an offer, and now Barcelona have distanced themselves from the Algeria international. Poor guy.

Mahrez, a key figure in Leicester’s surprise title triumph, has been allowed to leave the Algeria squad and return to Europe to “formalise his transfer to his new club”, the Algerian Football Federation announced.

But Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague‏ say Barca aren’t interested.

He tweeted: “Barca say they not interested in Mahrez. That kills that one then.”

Manchester United Transfer News: Jose Mourinho wants to raid Chelsea for WillianGETTY

Manchester United Transfer News: Jose Mourinho wants to raid Chelsea for Willian

Chelsea rejected… again

13:45: Antonio Conte just can’t catch a break!

He’s already seen Fernando Llorente and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian slip through his fingers, and now another has joined the growing list.

Sky Sports claim Chelsea have had a bid rejected by Bayern Munich for right-back Rafinha.

Done Deal: Watford sign Karnezis

13:40: Watford have announced the signing of goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis on a season-long loan from Udinese.

The 32-year-old Greece international will join up with Marco Silva’s squad on his return from international duty, and challenge Heurelho Gomes for a starting berth.

City submit second Sanchez bid, Arsenal want Lemar

13:30: There’s a major deal in the pipeline, according to Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague.

Balague claims Manchester City have made a second offer of £55million plus a further £5m in performance-related add-ons.

It’s believed that Arsenal have asked for more time locate a replacement in the shape of Monaco superstar Thomas Lemar.

Balague tweeted: “Alexis close to sign for City for £55m + £5m. Arsenal asked for few hours to sign Thomas Lemar, which they confident they are going to do.”

Willian wanted at Old Trafford

13:20: Jose Mourinho has made an audacious last gasp bid to land Willian from Chelsea.

It would be the second player Manchester United boss Mourinho has plundered from his old club after landing Nemanja Matic in a £40million deal.

It would see Mourinho reunited with another of the key figures from his 2014-15 title winning side at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho always said he had four targets this season and had completed the transfer of three with striker Romelu Lukaku, defender Victor Lindelof and defensive midfielder Matic.

He is likely to cost in the region of £35million having joined Chelsea for £30million from Russian side Anzi Makhachkala back in August 2013.

Initially Mourinho had been chasing Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan to fill a role wide right but kept hitting a brick wall in his bid to land him.

It would be another incredible coup for Mourinho if he were to get Willian.

Tottenham Transfer News: Spurs have completed the signing of Serge AurierTWITTER

Tottenham Transfer News: Spurs have completed the signing of Serge Aurier

Diafra Sakho wants out

12:50: West Ham wantaway Diafra Sakho has begged the club to allow him to leave.

He told Sky Sports: “I have had a frustrating time for the past couple of seasons. I want a fresh start and I want to get back to playing regular football

“I have got no issues with West Ham or West Ham fans. This is purely a footballing decision. I want to go back to France.”

Another done deal?

12:46: Fernando Llorente is now a Tottenham player, according to Sky Sports expert Guillem Balague.

Spurs have had a £15million bid accepted for the Swansea striker, who had been expected to join Chelsea.

Chelsea came back with a subsequent bid but it appears that came too late.

Balague tweeted this afternoon: “All done. @fernandollo is a Spurs player. 2 years (plus one) and around £12m #TransferDeadline.”

The Swans will replace Llorente with Manchester City striker Wilfred Bony, who left the club in 2015.

The arrival of Llorente could mean Dutch forward Vincent Janssen will leave the club on loan.


12:45: Tottenham have announced the signing of Ivory Coast full-back Serge Aurier from Paris St-Germain.

The defender has signed a contract with the Club until 2022 and will wear the number 24 shirt.

Serge said: “This is a huge and exciting opportunity at a massive football club and I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch.

“This is a fresh start for me and I will do everything to make the Spurs fanbase, which is huge and diverse, proud of me. The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier.”

Coutinho announcement tonight!

12:40: There’s major claims that Philippe Coutinho is heading to Barcelona in stunning £138m deal.

The Sun claim Liverpool’s talented playmaker will join Barcelona, and the announcement will be made a 7pm tonight.

After three unsuccessful bids, it’s believed Jurgen Klopp’s side have finally accepted a £138million bid from the Catalan giants.

Everton making waves

12:30: There’s a couple of things happening at Everton today.

The Toffees have made a season-long loan enquiry for Arsenal outcast Lucas Perez.

Sky Sports claim Arsenal don’t want to sell to a rival club, while Perez himself would prefer to return to Spain with Deportivo de La Coruna.

Meanwhile the Daily Mail claim Nikola Vlasic is having medical at Finch Farm right now ahead of £8million move from Hajduk Split.

Parlour offers thoughts on AOC move

12:20: Ray Parlour has given his opinion of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Liverpool.

The Arsenal legend thinks Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dad was a big influence on the move, as was the promise of a central midfield role.

He said: “He only just made his mind up, simple. He thinks he needs to further his career. His dad has probably been a big influence as well. He was a football player himself and said ‘look son this is on the table’.

“He had the opportunity to go to Chelsea, where he would have been a wing back. He’d have competition with Victor Moses  at right wing-back.

“Maybe he’s met the representatives and then the people at Liverpool and told you’re going to be central midfield. Four at the back, thee in midfield and you’ll be in that three. Maybe that’s the reason he’s chosen Liverpool over Chelsea.”

OX signs, more to follow…

12:15: Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a £40million deal.

And Virgil van Dijk and Thomas Lemar could follow him on a dramatic deadline day at Anfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has signed a five-year contract to join the club he supported as a boy, having rejected the chance to move to Chelsea.

Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp could yet make further signings before tonight’s transfer deadline, as they continue to hold talks with Monaco in an attempt to secure a £75m deal for French forward Lemar.

They have not given up hope either of signing Van Dijk, though they acknowledge that it would take a significant shift in Southampton’s stance for the £70m-valued centre-back to move to Anfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain: I’m delighted to have signed

12:10: In a message to Reds fans after sealing the move, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “I’m currently away with England, so I’m at St George’s Park.

“Firstly, I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help.

“I’m not going to say too much today. I’m here with England and we’ve got two big games coming up, so I want to focus on them. But I can’t wait to get to Melwood.”


12:00: Liverpool have announced the signing of England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.

The versatile midfielder has signed a five-year deal in a transfer worth £40million.

In a message to Reds fans after sealing the move, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “I’m currently away with England, so I’m at St George’s Park. Firstly, I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help.

“I’m not going to say too much today. I’m here with England and we’ve got two big games coming up, so I want to focus on them. But I can’t wait to get to Melwood.”

Liverpool Transfer News: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has joined Liverpool from ArsenalLFC

Liverpool Transfer News: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has joined Liverpool from Arsenal

No Chelsea bid for Mahrez

12:00: Well would you look at that!

Leicester have responded to claims that Chelsea are trying to sign Riyad Mahrez before tonight’s 11pm deadline.

The Foxes say they’ve received NO bids for their Algeria international, who left the national side to resolve his future today.

Leicester say any claims of a Mahrez move to Stamford Bridge are false.

Could Manchester United be the mystery club he’s joining today?

Coutinho ready to beg

11:45: Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho will reportedly beg the Reds to let him join La Liga giants Barcelona.

The playmaker is currently with the Brazil squad at their Port Alegre base.

And he is supposedly keeping abreast of developments over in England Spain.

The Sun say he will approach Klopp himself and beg the German to let him seal his dream move to Barcelona.

Bizarre VVD story

11:43: Liverpool won’t sell a shirt with Virgil van Dijk’s name on – unless you prove your surname is Van Dijk!

We contacted Liverpool’s official club shop this morning to enquire whether there was any way Van Dijk shirts were for sale.

A helpful shop worker asked: “Is it officially signed off now?”

When we confirmed no deal had been confirmed, they added: “Okay, so we can’t print shirts with his name on until he’s actually signed.”

There was a way round it, though. If your name is Van Dijk the club WILL allow you to print shirts.

The worked added: “You’d need to fill out a shirt personalisation form and show that’s your surname.”

New Drinkwater bid

11:41: Chelsea have made new bid for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

The Premier League champions have struggled in negotiations with Leicester, who value the England international at around £40million.

But The Telegraph journalist Matt Law claims Chelsea have returned with a new over worth over £30m, which would be £27m up front.

He tweeted: “Chelsea have made a new bid worth over £30m for Danny Drinkwater. Around £27m plus add-ons I’m told. Over to Leicester.”

Liverpool Transfer News: Liverpool CEO Peter Moore posted a picture from their boardroomTWITTER

Liverpool Transfer News: Liverpool CEO Peter Moore posted a picture from their boardroom

Eagles want Niasse

11:40: Crystal Palace are working hard to secure a deal for Everton outcast Oumar Niasse.

No deal has been struck, but Eagles representatives are trying to secure a permanent transfer for the Senegalese international.

Everton are not willing to let Niasse leave on a loan deal again.

Can bid in the pipeline 

11:35: Liverpool can expect a £23m bid from Juventus today as the Italian side push to sign Emre Can before the transfer deadline.

Juve have been public in their interest in Can, with director Beppe Marotta expressing his desire to snap up the German.

The Serie A giants are willing to wait until January to discuss a free transfer with the midfielder at the end of the season.

But Italian newspaper La Stampa claim a final move to sign Can on a permanent deal this summer will be lodged before today’s 11pm transfer deadline.

VVD would normally leave – Smith

11:30: Liverpool transfer target Virgil van Dijk “would normally” leave Southampton due to the circumstances he is in at St Mary’s, according to former Arsenal striker Alan Smith.

Smith believes it is strange Saints have made Van Dijk train with the youngsters, especially if they want to re-integrate him into the squad.

“It’s a strange one because if you want to keep a player on side, you don’t make him train on his own,” Smith said on Sky Sports.

“He’s obviously unhappy, fed up at Southampton. Then they’ve got to bring him back into the first-team squad and get him onboard again which won’t be easy. 

“I don’t know why he’s been made to train on his own. When that happens they normally go don’t they, they normally go.”

Spies everywhere…

11:25: Liverpool CEO Peter Moore has posted a funny picture from inside their deadline day boardroom.

Chief executive Moores has had a bit of fun this morning on what could prove a frantic day of business.

“I know everyone is interested in what is happening today, but this is becoming beyond ridiculous…” he tweeted.

The message was accompanied with a picture from what appeared to be a boardroom in Liverpool’s city centre of a window cleaner doing his work.

Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger has revived interest in Julian DraxlerGETTY

Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger has revived interest in Julian Draxler

Bookies: Money suggests Chelsea move for Mahrez

11:20: Riyad Mahrez has been released from Algeria’s training to finalise a transfer today, but the problem is that nobody knows where to.

Well, bookmakers Paddy Power might have a clue – they’re reporting a flood of bets on a Chelsea switch for the Leicester playmaker.

Spokesman Lee Price said: “There’s been a stream of bets on Mahrez to Chelsea this morning, having previously attracted very little attention.

“As a result, our traders have had to slash the price from 7/1 to 4/1 on the move.”

No Dybala deal

11:15: Barcelona did not make a bid for Juventus hitman Paulo Dybala, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

Barcelona are aiming to tie up deals with the Spanish transfer window shutting tomorrow.

The Catalan giants have been pursuing marquee names following the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer.

Yesterday, reports suggested they had made a bid for Juventus’ Dybala.

But, speaking on his personal Twitter account, Balague insisted that news of a bid for the Argentina international was false.

“Offer that @CorSport mentioned of Barcelona for Dybala (€160) didn’t take place,” he said.

United fans despair

11:10: Manchester United fans are desperate for Jose Mourinho to seal deals for Riyad Mahrez and Alexis Sanchez today.

Manchester United have enjoyed a good start to the season, winning their first three Premier League games.

But it appears that, despite the signings of Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, their fans want more.

Sanchez and Mahrez are being tipped to leave Arsenal and Leicester this afternoon.

And, after the Red Devils posted a tweet about sending Matty Willock to Utrecht this morning, fans were off on one.

One wrote: “_ announce Sanchez  and find a replacement of Valencia his cross is like a hell”

“S**t post!! SIGN SANCHEZ!!” one clearly tired supporter demanded.

“Can’t ya grasp the simple fact that we need an out and out winger. Any *** established winger would do now. Sign someone!” another despaired.

Draxler back on radar!

11:00: Telegraph journalist Matt Law has provided some exciting updates for Arsenal fans.

Law claims that Arsene Wenger has revived his interest in Julian Draxler, who may be allowed to leave Paris Saint-Germain today.

With Manchester City still weighing-up a second approach for Sanchez, it’s believed Wenger has selected Draxler as his replacement.

The arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have left PSG needing to balance the books with Draxler the most likely to leave.

No bids for Sanchez

10:50: Arsenal have received no further bids for Alexis Sanchez.

Sky Sports claim nobody has bid for the Chilean superstar since Tuesday, and Arsenal will NOT accept a cash offer as they don’t have enough time to replace him.

Perez to replace Gayle

10:50: Arsenal striker Lucas Perez is reportedly the most likely man to arrive at Newcastle to replace Fulham-bound Dwight Gayle.

Newcastle this week received a £15million bid from Fulham for last season’s top goalscorer Gayle, but the Magpies are reluctant to make a decision on Gayle’s future until they find a replacement for the 26-year-old.

And Sky Sports reporter Keith Dowie claims Arsenal outcast Perez is the most likely man to fill Gayle’s shoes.

Remy medical

10:45: Chelsea have given Loic Remy permission to leave the club, according to Gianluca di Marzio.

The Frenchman is heading to Spanish side Las Palmas to undergo a medical, and will sign a two-year deal with the club.

Burnley double deal

10:43: Burnley are closing on signing Huddersfield’s Nahki Wells – despite him being injured.

Express Sport understand a deal is sure to be done today and a medical shouldn’t prove a problem.

But Sean Dyche won’t be stopping there.

BBC reporter David Ornstein claims Aaron Lennon will leave Everton for Burnley today.

More on that when we get it.

Liverpool Transfer News: Fresh photos of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian wearing a Liverpool kit have emergedTWITTER

Liverpool Transfer News: Fresh photos of Oxlade-Chamberlian wearing a Liverpool kit have emerged

Saints standing firm

10:40: Virgil Van Dijk’s name keeps cropping up in transfer talk but Daily Star journalist Paul Brown has been told there’s “no way in a million years” that Southampton agree to sell him to Liverpool today.

Club position is even firmer on it in private than they have been in public and it would be a huge shock if he ends up at Anfield now.

Chelsea or Spurs?

10:35: Fernando Llorente should join Arsenal ahead of Chelsea and Tottenham, former Gunners striker Alan Smith joked this morning.

Smith was asked who he would join if he was Llorente and his response was typical of an ex-Arsenal man.

“That’s a nice one to open up with isn’t it,” Smith said on Sky Sports.

“Neither! I’d choose Arsenal. I suppose it all depends on the conversations they have with the respective managers. 

“At both clubs you would imagine he would be there as a No 2 in case of injury to (Alvaro) Morata at Chelsea or Harry Kane at Spurs. I don’t know. 

“You’re joining the champions aren’t you at Chelsea. Obviously Tottenham have their concerns at Wembley. Will it be that type of treading water type of season? 

“But (Mauricio) Pochettino is a player that most players want to play for. I’m not saying Conte isn’t. It’s a close call. It will probably come down to money in the end.”

Ox closer to Anfield switch

10:25: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks to be edging ever closer to being a Liverpool player with another photo being leaked of him wearing the Reds kit.

The winger is on international duty with England this week, but underwent a medical at St. George’s Park on Wednesday evening.

Last night the England international was pictured in full Liverpool kit after undergoing a medical ahead of his move from Arsenal.

And today another photo doing the rounds on Twitter looks to be from a leaked photoshoot ahead of his unveiling.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is shown smiling holding the badge to the camera.

Heartbroken Sanchez…

10:20: Alexis Sanchez will be left ‘heartbroken’ if he doesn’t leave Arsenal today.

The Chilean is desperate to leave Arsenal before tonight’s 11pm deadline and Manchester City are working to complete a deal.

Both clubs are in negotiations but Arsenal aren’t prepared to sell unless they receive an offer of around £70million, having already rejected a £50m bid.

And the Daily Mail claim Sanchez will be upset if he is forced to stay in north London for another season should the Gunners refuse to sell him.

Tottenham Transfer News: Spurs have agreed a deal with Swansea for Fernando LlorenteGETTY

Tottenham Transfer News: Spurs have agreed a deal with Swansea for Fernando Llorente

Done Deal: Leeds sign Pawel Cibicki

10:16: Leeds have completed the signing of Pawel Cibicki from Swedish side Malmo FF.

The 23-year-old forward, who can also operate on either flank, has signed a four-year deal with the club.

Cibicki netted 12 goals in 30 starting appearances for Malmo, and will wear the number 22 shirt for The Whites.

Crouch set for ‘Appy ‘Arry reunion?

10:15: Harry Redknapp is notoriously busy on Deadline Day, and he could be set for a really BIG signing, according to bookmakers Paddy Power.

They’ve reported bets on Stoke’s veteran forward, and Redknapp favourite, Peter Crouch joining Birmingham.

He’s in to 4/1 to join the Blues. Or 100/1 to head to Barcelona, if you fancy something mind-blowing.

Arsenal agree Sanchez fee – Alan Brazil

10:10: Arsenal look to have agreed a fee to sell Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City, according to Alan Brazil.

Brazil reckons the fact Manchester City have sent a delegation to Chile to thrash out a deal with Sanchez, means a fee must have been settled with Arsenal.

“If what we here is true that a delegation from Manchester City have gone out there, that tells me the clubs have agreed a price,” Brazil said on talkSPORT.

“It’s just personal terms now.”

Former Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman agreed that looked like the case.

Seaman is hopeful Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will bring some players in before the transfer deadline shuts at 11pm tonight.

“Yeah it does look like that,” he said in response to Brazil’s claim.

Spurs strike Llorente agreement

10:00: Antonio Conte will NOT be happy about this.

Tottenham are now favourites to sign Fernando Llorente after agreeing a deal with Swansea this morning. Negotiations between the two clubs began yesterday afternoon and were concluded this morning.

However, there’s still a glimmer of hope for Chelsea with Llorente yet to agree personal terms with Spurs.

Transfer News: Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk has arrived for training at SouthamptonGETTY

Transfer News: Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk has arrived for training at Southampton

First deal of day done for Matty Willock

10:00: Manchester United have confirmed they have sent Matty Willock on loan to FC Utrecht.

The 21-year-old is yet to make his first-team debut for the Reds but trained with Jose Mourinho’s side towards the end of last season.

He even made it on the bench for the Premier League games against West Brom in April and Crystal Palace in May.  

Willock joined United in 2012 and established himself as a regular starter for the Under-18s before making the step up to the Reserves.

He scored a dramatic last-minute winner at Anfield against Liverpool in last term’s Premier League 2 fixture and played in the opening two games of this campaign for Ricky Sbragia’s side.

A club statement read: “Everyone at the club wishes Matty a successful season in Holland.”

Chelsea livid with Liverpool

09:45: Chelsea are furious with Liverpool and Arsenal after missing out on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Arsenal winger looked set to join the Blues after both clubs agreed a £40million fee.

But the England international rejected a switch to north London at the last minute as he was holding out for a move to Liverpool.

The Reds then made their move and are now on the verge of completing his transfer after the 24-year-old underwent a medical at St George’s Park last night, where he has been with the England squad preparing for tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier in Malta.

And the Mirror claim Chelsea have been left angered by the actions of Liverpool and Arsenal, feeling like they have “been played” by the Anfield club to try and force Arsene Wenger’s side into selling to them.

Gayle early for training

09:35: Fulham’s reported £15million bid for Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle appears to have messed with his head!

The striker arrived at the Newcastle training ground and quickly realised he was four hours early!

Afternoon training today, Dwight.

Van Dijk arrives… at Southampton’s training ground

09:30: Liverpool’s hopes of signing Virgil van Dijk have taken a knock after the sought-after defender arrived at Southampton’s training ground this morning.

The Dutchman arrived through the back entrance to avoid the cameras but continues to train alone following his transfer request last month.

Transfer News: Harry Redknapp discusses transfer plans from his car windowTWITTER

Transfer News: Harry Redknapp discusses transfer plans from his car window

Perisic deal alive?!

09:15: Manchester United could still sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic before tonight’s deadline.

Perisic has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United all summer, with Jose Mourinho desperate to add another winter to his squad.

United’s pursuit of the Croatia international has cooled in recent weeks due to the early season form of Anthony Martial.

But Sky Sports reporter Alan Irwin admits a deal could still happen before tonight’s deadline, despite talk of Perisic signing a new deal at Inter Milan.

“Mourinho had his targets and has pretty much achieved them all,” Irwin told Sky Sports.

“He did also want a wide player in Ivan Perisic, and that may still go through.”

What the bookies think

09:10: Paddy Power are confident that several of the summer’s biggest transfer sagas will come to an end today – with wantaway players getting their wish.

They make it odds-on that Virgin Van Dijk finally gets his move to Liverpool (5/6); Alexis Sanchez is allowed to leave Arsenal for Man City (3/10); Ross Barkley completes his long-awaited departure from Everton, with Chelsea first in line (8/11); and that Liverpool complete a U-Turn and allow Philippe Coutinho to join Barcelona (1/2).

Other short priced moves at this early stage of Deadline Day include Fernando Llorente (1/6) and Danny Drinkwater (3/10) joining Chelsea, and a big overnight odds cut on Angel Di Maria joining Barcelona (10/11).

Sancho to Borussia Dortmund

09:05: The future of Manchester City rebel Jadon Sancho looks to have been resolved.

The highly-rated teenage prodigy has barely turned up for training in August, and has been ignoring City’s attempts to get in contact, according to the Telegraph.

Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Red Bull Leipzig were among the clubs monitoring Sancho’s situation.

But The Mirror claim Borussia Dortmund are close to agreeing a deadline day deal.

Redknapp arrives!

09:00: Transfer deadline day has is officially underway folks!

Why? Well, because Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp has been speaking to Sky Sports through the window of his car. It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.

Might be a bit early for the poor fella. Fetch this man some coffee, stat!

Mega Sanchez bantz 

08:55: Sky Sports reporter Alan Irwin is most famous for having a sex toy shoved into his ear on deadline day.

But today Irwin showed he could play the joker by staging a mini transfer prank.

Irwin is stationed at Manchester United’s training ground today to bring Sky Sports News viewers the latest on deadline day.

He delivered an update shortly after 8am whereby he said incomings were unlikely.

With a steely straight face, he said: “One thing I should tell you is Sanchez has arrived in Manchester.”

Could the Arsenal star move to United or City on deadline day?It had viewers on tenter hooks… at least for a second.

Irwin then smiled: “But don’t get too excited, it’s the name of our security gig! We were shocked too but it’s all eventually been sorted.”

Sky Sports then cut back to the studio to a laughing Mike Wedderburn.

A City fan himself, Wedderburn retorted: “That is bants, reporter bants, that’s what that is!”

Batshuayi to Everton

08:50: Everton are said to be planning a Deadline Day move to sign Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.

Ronald Koeman has had a busy summer recruiting at Goodison Park, having spent close to £130million.

But the Everton boss is still in the market to bring in another forward to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku.

And according to French outlet Foot Mercato he could turn his attentions to Batshuayi.

Everton snub West Ham bid

08:40: Everton have rejected West Ham’s offer for winger Kevin Mirallas.

Sky Sports claim Slaven Bilic’s side are looking to sign the Belgium international on a season-long loan.

But the Toffees aren’t interested in loaning Mirallas, 29, to a Premier League rival.

Deal Agreed: Brighton to sign Denswil

08:30: Brighton are set to sign Club Brugge defender Stefano Denswil on a season-long loan.

Albion boss Chris Hughton has been busy; breaking the club’s transfer record three times to recruit goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, midfielder Davy Propper and winger Jose Izquierdo.

He has also brought in Chelsea’s Izzy Brown on loan, Austrian left-back Markus Suttner, young defender Ales Mateju, and midfielders Pascal Gross, Soufyan Ahannach and Mathias Normann.

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Transfer News: Angel Di Maria has reportedly told PSG that he wants to join Barcelona

No Arsenal deal for Mahrez

08:25: Arsenal are NOT trying to sign Leicester star Riyad Mahrez.

As previous reported, Mahrez was given permission to leave Algeria’s national squad to resolve his future with a mystery club.

But it won’t be Arsenal, according to BBC reporter David Ornstein.

He tweeted: “The club Riyad Mahrez has left the Algeria squad to sign for is… not Arsenal. The Gunners are not in contention for the Leicester winger.”

Sanchez deal alive – Balague

08:15: Sky Sports football expert Guillem Balague has provided an update on the future of Alexis Sanchez.

And it appears Arsenal were the ones to suggest a swap deal involving Raheem Sterling and Manchester City believe the deal is still alive with Sanchez desperate to leave.

Balague tweeted: “Arsenal entertained conversations with City for Alexis. The Gunners did not ask for a fee at first but 2 weeks ago suggested a swap for Sterling.

“City, still hopeful of landing Alexis, now wondering if Arsenal ever wanted to sell. Player, as you all know, is desperate to leave.”

Di Maria wants out!

08:10: Paris St-Germain star Angel Di Maria has reportedly told the Ligue 1 giants he wants to be sold to Barcelona.

Barcelona have been pursuing Di Maria following Neymar’s world-record £200million move to PSG earlier this month.

And Spanish outlet Don Balon claims the Argentina international is determined to join Ernesto Valverde’s side before the transfer window shuts tonight.

The Argentina international is close friends with compatriot and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi.

And he has supposedly informed PSG of his desire to ply his trade with Messi over at the Nou Camp, bringing his two-year stay in Paris to an end in the process.

It is said Di Maria conveyed his wishes via a phone call with manager Unai Emery.

He supposedly does not want to continue in France and is instead keen to return to La Liga, where he spent four successful years with Barcelona’s fierce rivals Real Madrid.

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Transfer News: Leicester star Riyad Mahrez has been spotted in Paris airport

Barca await Liverpool’s Lemar meeting

08:05: Barcelona are awaiting the outcome of Liverpool’s meeting with Monaco today regarding Thomas Lemar to decide on how they approach their transfer dealings.

Liverpool are hoping to wrap up a deal for France midfielder Lemar today and Spanish publication Sport claim the two clubs are in negotiations over his transfer.

The Reds may need to fork out up to £92million to convince Monaco to sell though.

Should Liverpool sign Lemar, and with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to join from Arsenal, the Merseyside outfit could finally decide to cash in on Coutinho.

Barca have been chasing the Brazilian all summer but Liverpool have so far rejected their advances.

But Sport suggest Liverpool will allow Coutinho to leave if their meeting with Monaco over Lemar results in a positive outcome.

Mangala/Mustafi/Evans merry-go-round

08:00: Crystal Palace have submitted a £23million bid for Manchester City outcast Eliaquim Mangala, reports claim.

BBC reporter David Ornstein says Frank de Boer’s side are optimistic that City will accept the offer.

However, Mangala is thought to prefer a move to Inter Milan after their pursuit of Shkodran Mustafi collapsed.

Mustafi is now set to remain with Arsenal, while the North London club have officially ended their interest in West Brom defender Jonny Evans.

Mahrez in Paris?

07:45: Leicester wantaway Riyad Mahrez has been spotted… in Paris!

The Algerian Football Federation announced that Mahrez was given permission to leave the national squad and return to Europe to “formalise his transfer to his new club.”

Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are reported to be interested in securing his services.

But could he be ready to join Neymar at Paris St-Germain?

Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur tweeted: “Blurry, but Riyad Mahrez’s been spotted at Paris airport. He’s there in case a deal gets done. No agreements yet.

Toon and Eagles target Tosun

07:30: Newcastle and Crystal Palace are considering a late approaches for Besiktas forward Tosun.

Both sides have struggled to collect points in the opening three games, and want to bolster their attacking options.

It’s believed Rafa Benitez is happy to offload Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is currently serving a three-match ban after admitting an FA charge of violent conduct.

Swans to seal Sanches

07:25: Swansea are close to completing the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches on a season-long loan.

Express Sport understands that Swansea have made significant progress in talks with Sanches’ representatives and that the deal could be concluded before tonight’s 11pm deadline.

Sanches’ signing would represent a significant coup for Swansea and their head coach Paul Clement, who worked with the Portugal midfielder in his role as Bayern assistant coach last season.

Swansea have been seeking a creative influence since the departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for a club-record £45million fee two weeks ago.

Spurs spoil the party

07:15: Tottenham have matched Chelsea’s bid for Swansea talisman Fernando Llorente.

The Premier League champions have offered £15million for the Spanish international, but Spurs have now offered the same.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants support for Harry Kane and powerful Spain forward Llorente fits the bill.

Hammers eye Gomes

07:05: West Ham are weighing up a deadline day move for Barcelona’s Andre Gomes.

Gomes managed just 17 starts in La Liga and isn’t set to be part of Ernesto Valverde’s plans this summer.

And according to ESPN, West Ham could make a move for the 24-year-old today with Barca willing to listen to offers.

The Hammers face competition from Juventus with the Serie A champions also interested.

Mahrez leaves Algeria squad

07:00: Riyad Mahrez has been given permission to leave the Algeria squad and return to Europe to “formalise his transfer to his new club”, the Algerian Football Federation has announced.

Leicester winger Mahrez has expressed a desire to leave the King Power Stadium and has been linked with a host of clubs over the summer, with Roma having already had three bids rejected for the 26-year-old, the third being £32million.

The likes of Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are also reported to be interested in Mahrez, who was PFA Player of the Year in 2016 after playing a key role in Leicester’s shock Premier League title win that season.

Barca’s Ozil/Turan swap

06:55: Barcelona have been linked with a dramatic late swoop for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.

With negotiations for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho proving difficult, the Catalan giants are searching for alternatives.

And it appears they’ve identified the Arsenal playmaker as a potential target, according to Spanish website El Mundo Deportivo.

The report claims Ernesto Valverde’s side want to capitalise on Arsene Wenger’s interest in Arda Turan, and will propose a swap deal plus additional cash.

£92m would be enough for Lemar – Solhekol

06:50: Monaco concede they could sell Thomas Lemar if a bid of £92million is tabled, according to Kaveh Solhekol.

Divock Origi has reportedly been offered to Monaco in a loan deal and the Anfield outfit are prepared to pay £74.4m for Lemar’s services.

But Sky Sports reporter Solhekol admits Monaco would struggle to reject a bid of £92m if it were tabled.

“Monaco say Liverpool target Thomas Lemar not for sale,” he tweeted.

“Every player has his price. Told Monaco would find it hard to turn down €100m (£92m).”

City prepare £70m Sanchez swoop

06:30: Manchester City will return to Arsenal with an offer of around £70million for Alexis Sanchez today.

They have already sent a team of legal and medical officials to South America to finalise a deal with the Chile international – who is on World Cup duty – if the Gunners give the green light for a transfer, reports the Independent.

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Liverpool and Barcelona want to sign Thomas Lemar

Philippe Coutinho latest news

05:30: Stay with us for all of the latest Philippe Coutinho news on deadline day.

What we know so far is that Barcelona want to buy, Coutinho wants to leave but Liverpool don’t want to sell.

A £148.5million offer could convince the Reds to sell up.

Their decision will depend much on whether or not Jurgen Klopp can sign a replacement before the 11pm deadline.

Chelsea transfer news

05:25: Diego Costa’s future at Chelsea could be resolved today.

The forward is on strike in Brazil and wants to join Atletico Madrid.

That is proving difficult because Atletico are trying to haggle on Chelsea’s £49million asking price.

Chelsea are happy to sell but have ordered Costa back to training nevertheless.

Potential moves to AC Milan and Everton have been mooted.

But Costa only wants Atletico, who wouldn’t be able to field him until 2018 due to a transfer ban.

Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool

05:20: Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has refused a move to Chelsea after the Blues came to an agreement with Arsenal over a £35m move.

Arsenal are happy to sell but Oxlade-Chamberlain doesn’t want to move to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool and Arsenal came to an agreement on Wednesday afternoon.

A medical is planned and he is expected to sign a long-term contract at Anfield.

Liverpool eye Van Dijk

05:15: Liverpool are the frontrunners to sign Van Dijk but they are not the only club interested.

Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with the Dutchman over the past few weeks.

Van Dijk is keen to quit Saints and secure a move to a title-challenger.

He has remained in the UK during the international break after not being selected for the Netherlands squad.

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Southampton are desperate to keep hold of Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk

Sanchez situation

05:10: Manchester City appear the most likely team to buy Alexis Sanchez this summer.

City boss Pep Guardiola is a massive fan of the Chile star and is ready to buy him this summer rather than wait for the end of the season, where he will be available on a free transfer.

Sanchez has refused a £300,000-a-week offer at Arsenal and City are willing to meet his £400,000-a-week demands.

Arsenal want Raheem Sterling as part of the deal but it is not known if the England international would be keen to head to the Emirates.

Costa owes £600,000

05:00: Diego Costa’s £49 million move to Atletico Madrid hit a potential snag last night – because the striker has still not returned to London.

The Spain striker’s lawyers were in Madrid yesterday along with Chelsea lawyers thrashing out a deal, and with the Spanish transfer window shutting an extra 24 hours later than the English, Atletico are still confident the transfer can be clinched.

But a potential hiccup lies in the fact that Costa owes Chelsea some £600,000 in fines for not returning for duty this summer – and the Stamford Bridge club want him to come back and pay up before a deal can go ahead.

Atletico Sporting Director Andrea Barta has rung Costa to try to persuade him to step on a plane today to smooth the way for the move. Atletico are set to pay an initial £39m for the stay away striker, with £10m in add ons. The two clubs were haggling over the details last night – as Chelsea prepared for what is certain to be a frantic final day of transfer dealing.

Gareth Bale latest

04:45: Gareth Bale is unsettled at Real Madrid and is aware of Manchester United’s interest in him.

However, it would still be a huge coup for United to pull off a deadline day transfer.

United have always been fans of Bale even when he was at Tottenham.

He is valued at £93million and reports in Spain claim the Wales international isn’t happy at the Bernabeu.

Watch this space (or likely don’t!).

Liverpool and Barcelona in Lemar battle

04:30: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said a move for Lemar was “dead” earlier this summer and that Monaco wouldn’t sell.

Yet both Liverpool and Barcelona believe they can get the player.

Both sides want him as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool made a £64.5m bid for Lemar, who is their top target to replace Coutinho if the Brazilian joins Barcelona.

And Barca want Lemar in case Coutinho never turns up at the Nou Camp!

Monaco are holding on for as much money as possible but they are likely to sell if the bidding goes higher than £80m.

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