Welcome to Football365’s transfer deadline day blog. If it’s completed deals you want, here you go. If you’re here for the bullsh*t and bluster, then strap in…
11:55: The Daily Star suggests Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ‘two concerns’ over Mario Mandzukic.
1) His age
2) His wages
If only there was some way United could have known about either before deadline day…
11:50: Running through the tears…
11:40: This needs a little tweaking but it’s nearly midday so let’s get leathered.
11:35: Numerous sources say Everton and Villa target Marcos Rojo is currently at Carrington with his agent.
Expect United to announce a new contract just after 5pm.
11:25: It seems Watford are getting no closer to an agreement with Rennes for Ismailia Sarr. Sky Sports reckons a deal is unlikely.
11:15: Wait, what? The Mirror’s Darren Lewis reckons talks between Spurs and Fulham over Ryan Sessegnon have ‘hit an impasse’.
Jesus, this must be the simplest deadline day deal of all time but Levy gonna Levy.
11: 10: Ronaldo doesn’t recognise Danilo, does he…
11:05: This one doesn’t have to be done today since Carroll is a free agent. We bet he is keen…
11am: Oh, Mike. You are too kind..
10:50: Well, well, well…
10:45: Nottingham Forest there, stockpiling footballers before Brexit…
10:35: Some of the figures involved in the negotiations to take Paulo Dybala to Spurs, courtesy of The Guardian…
Dybala will be on around £350,000 a week, which some reports have suggested Juve might top up. But image rights and agents’ fees could cost £12million in addition to a transfer fee of £64million.
Just a hunch based on absolutely nothing, but we can see this one not happening, before Dybala joins PSG later in the month.
10:25: Man Utd might be about to shift one centre-back off the books. Apparently, Everton and Aston Villa are both keen in Marcos Rojo’s own brand of kamikaze defending. It might be worth their while to put their physios through a medical before going near that one.
10:20: Let’s just take a moment to remember Bruno Fernandes.
10:05: Sky Sports’ James Cooper appears to have emerged from a cave in Tora Bora to offer an update on Man Utd’s activity today. Mario Mandzukic ‘could happen’ but that’s about it.
United apparently don’t feel the need to reinforce a midfield that was already creaking before Ander Herrera moved to PSG. For all the talk of Sancho, Dybala, Eriksen and co, they are set to have a lower net spend than Arsenal, who fooled us all into thinking they didn’t have a pot to piss in. Bravo, Ed.
10am: Derby found it ‘impossible to stand in the way of a dream move’ for Scott Carson, apparently. We all dream of getting paid a sodding fortune for sitting down, to be fair.
9:55: Just a quick reminder that Matteo Darmian is still a Manchester United player.
9:50: A new deal for Sir Alex Ferguson’s favourite…
9:40: It’s been a big few minutes for Leeds. Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah is on his way to Yorkshire for a medical ahead of a season-long loan. Once he arrives in God’s Own Country, he’ll be greeted by a new keeper. Let’s hope this doesn’t end Kiko Casilla’s reign of terror in the Leeds goal…
9:30: Sorry, just had to nip off and compile a Mailbox. I bet The Athletic don’t have these problems.
Anyway, David Luiz is the bargain of the summer, apparently…
9:05: Gary Neville won’t miss the big man…
9:02: Good morning to you, Mr Gold…
9am: Southampton have been gasping to shift Charlie Austin this summer and it seems like he’s taken the hint. Apparently he’s currently at West Brom for a medical.
As for Mario Lemina, the midfielder is probably checking that his phone is still working.
8:50: Dybala and Lo Celso? No wonder two of us have Harry Kane to win the Golden Boot.
8:45: United have done well here to get something close to their money back on a player they really don’t want.
Scenes when they sign Fernando Llorente for free as his replacement.
8:30: Scott Carson is set to follow in the footsteps of his great heroes Richard Wright and Stuart Taylor by moving to Manchester City on a season-long loan. He’s due to have a medical this morning to make sure he’s fit for all that sitting…
8:20: Aye, all the talk is that Arsenal and Chelsea have an £8million deal agreed for David Luiz.
8:15: Look how happy Inter Milan fans are to see Romelu Lukaku. Bless.
8:10: Three of us here at F365 have Brighton to go down this season.
Graham Potter is doing his best to make us look dafter than normal by making additions today. Reports of a a £28million bid for Genk midfielder Sander Berge are said to be wide of the mark, but the Seagulls are reported to be signing Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy on loan for the season.
You’re going to have to do better than that, Gary Porter.
8am: Watford could regret faffing over Ismaila Sarr. Rennes want just shy of £37million, which the Hornets have so far refused to pay. But, apparently, now Palace might swoop if they sell Zaha for around double that figure.
To cover themselves, Watford are reported to be talking to PSV winger Steven Bergwijn as an alternative.
The Hornets did one very shrewd piece of business yesterday.
7:55: We bring you terrible news. The dream of a David Luiz-Shkodran Mustafi partnership in the centre of Arsenal’s defence could be dead. Sky Sports reckon Mustafi might be heading to a Ligue 1 club today either permanently or on loan.
We were so close.
7:45: Where’s Wilf?
Frankly, we’ve no idea. Having breakfast, perhaps. But he’s waiting on Everton to make a renewed bid after he slapped in a transfer request yesterday to turn the screw on Palace. Everton and Palace have already conducted business in the last 24 hours after James McCarthy went to Selhurst Park for £8million.
7:30: Leicester have got a wedge the size of Harry Maguire’s head burning a hole in their pocket. Apparently £18million of it is going to Sampdoria for midfielder Dennis Praet. Sampdoria coach Eusebio Di Francesco said: “I will miss Praet, he is one of the best midfielders in Italy.”
7:25: Will United replace Lukaku? Maybe. Maybe not.
There are plenty of whispers around Mario Mandzukic – Sky Italy reckon talks with Juventus have reopened – and Inaki Williams. Apparently, United are willing to pay his £81million release clause. Because they had so much fun the last time they got into it with Athletic Bilbao on deadline day, they want to do it all again…
7:20: Romelu Lukaku is in Milan having his final tests before becoming an Inter player. Let’s hope they don’t measure his first touch having not played a minute in pre-season.
7:10: Kieran Tierney is hurtling towards Arsenal for what we presume will be a stringent medical at Arsenal after the Gunners finally agreed to pay Celtic’s asking price without making the final total dependent on the number of Grand Nationals, Royal Rumbles and Super Bowls he might win at the Emirates.
As for David Luiz… as of yesterday, Arsenal had not made a formal approach for the Chelsea defender but reports suggest an £8million deal will get done.
7:05: Plenty of dropping trousers and coughing expected in north London this morning.
Giovani Lo Celso is expected at Tottenham after they finally agreed a deal with Real Betis. ORNSTEEEEEEIIIIIN reckons that’s a loan deal with the obligation to buy.
Ryan Sessegnon is also set to have a medical with Spurs following an agreement with Fulham that really need not have taken all summer.
7am: Good morning. Right, where are we?
Since yesterday evening, Man City have completed the signing of Joao Cancelo with Danilo going to Juventus in part-exchange; Crystal Palace have done deals for Victor Camarasa and James McCarthy; and Everton have signed a Word Cup winner in Djibril Sidibe.
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