Transfer news LIVE: Saul Niguez first Chelsea training session, Wilshere denied Como switch, Griezmann rejoins Atletico

DEADLINE DAY did not disappoint as clubs scrambled to get last minute deals over the line.

In one of the signings of the summer, Saul Niguez is heading to Chelsea on loan after the Blues swooped for their man late in the evening.

But Atleti fans were appeased by the arrival of former favourite Antoine Griezmann, who joins from Barcelona with an obligation to buy.

Luuk De Jong was his replacement at the Nou Camp, while PSG sensationally turned down a mammoth bid from Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappe.

Tottenham were busy, bringing in Emerson Royal while Odsonne Edouard is a Premier League player after completing his move from Celtic to Crystal Palace.

Follow all of the latest transfer updates and Deadline Day reaction below…

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  • Kealan Hughes

    'UNTOUCHABLE'

    Atletico Madrid were never planning to let João Felix leave the club this summer as he’s always been considered untouchable, reports Fabrizio Romano.

    The Italian journalist also touched on the Olmo interest, confirming Barca's interest was interest was genuine.

    But he adds that RB Leipzig were never going to let a key player leave on transfer deadline day.

  • Kealan Hughes

    OL OR NOTHING

    Barcelona have refused to give up on their pursuit of RB Leipzig's Dani Olmo despite seeing a reported £50million offer for the midfielder rejected on transfer deadline day.

    Olmo was subject of a late bid from the Spanish side on Tuesday only for Leipzig to turn down the offer, with the Bundesliga outfit valuing the Spain international at around £65m.

    According to MundoDeportivo, Barca will almost immediately work at trying to reignite the deal with a view to completing a move as early as the January transfer window in a few months' time.

    The report also claimed that Olmo was 'determined' to move back to Barca – where he featured as a graduate between 2007 and 2014 – and had agreed a five-year-deal pending Leipzig accepted an offer.

  • Kealan Hughes

    GUNNER STAY

    Cedric Soares is firmly committed to Arsenal and won't be joining Fenerbahce this summer, football.london understands.

    The Portuguese defender has been heavily linked with a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce in recent weeks along with fellow Gunners full-back Sead Kolasinac.

    Whilst Kolasinac's move to Istanbul appears to have broken down over personal terms, football.london has learned that Cedric remains committed to fighting for a place in Mikel Arteta's side.

    The transfer window in Turkey closes on September 8 with the likes of Cedric, Kolasinac and Mohamed Elneny all being linked with moves away from the club.

    Cedric faces vast competition at right-back with the likes of Calum Chambers, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu all able to play there.

  • Kealan Hughes

    THE KEY PLAYERS

    Outgoing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward 'played a key role' in securing the deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    High-level club sources insist there is an ongoing strengthening of the recruitment department, enhanced by scouting and analytics reporting communicated to the football director John Murtough, while Matt Judge has also excelled in his first summer as the director of football negotiations.

    CR7 arriving rounded off an excellent transfer window for United which also saw two other long-term targets finally arrive in Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.

  • Dylan Terry

    TRANSFER LATEST

    Manchester United and neighbours City are tipped to fight it out for Erling Haaland next summer.

    City and Chelsea were reportedly scared off a deadline swoop for Borussia Dortmund's goal machine by his potential £500million, five-year cost in transfer fee and wages.

    But the 21-year-old is understood to have a £64.5million release clause at the end of the season.

    And if as expected Real Madrid resume their pursuit of PSG striker Kylian Mbappe in January, it could mean an almighty Prem race for Haaland in the following transfer window.

    Reports in Germany suggest City are favourites for Haaland.

    That follows Etihad chief Pep Guardiola already hinting he might not come back in for Tottenham's England skipper Harry Kane.  

    Elsewhere, it's suggested Spurs might duel Arsenal for Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar in January.

    And another France star, frontman Alexandre Lacazette, is expected to leave the Gunners when his contract ends next summer.

    Lastly, 38-year-old Franck Ribery is being linked with Verona after leaving Serie A rivals Fiorentina.

  • Ian Tuckey

    E'S OUR HERO!

    Troy Deeney could not even go to the supermarket without Birmingham fans asking him: When are you coming home?

    The striker’s switch from Watford this week has left supporters buzzing — and the club shop even ran out of the letter ‘E’ for replica shirts.

    It was a move the lifelong Bluenose said he would never make as recently as last December, after he had scored the winner for the Hornets at St Andrew’s.

    Now — after 11 years at Watford — Deeney, 33, has ambitions to one day have a say in running the Blues, like Niall Quinn did at Sunderland.

    He added: “I’ve always thought about ownership. I’ve always been successful with certain endeavours I’ve got into off the pitch.

    “It’s just something that was said to me about a year ago, that I should come to Blues, and I said ‘we should talk about owning it’. That’s where my mindset was at, trying to own different companies and things of that nature.

    “Maybe I’ll do a Niall Quinn — if you know any rich friends, please send them my way and we’ll have a chat with the owners.

    “From where I grew up and being in jail, to nearly losing it all, it made me a bit more street smart and I put money in houses, things like that.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAGUIRE: GOAT RON WILL INSPURE UTD ATTACKERS

    Harry Maguire hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as the ‘greatest player to have played the game’.

    And the Manchester United captain is certain new signing Ronaldo will be a massive influence on the club’s young English attackers.

    And England centre-back Maguire reckons United new-boy Jadon Sancho, teenager Mason Greenwood and fellow forward Marcus Rashford will only improve by learning from a true great.

    Maguire, 28, said: “It’s amazing to have Cristiano join us and come back home. His career speaks for itself.

    “For me, he’s the greatest player to have played the game.

    “He’s a great example for our players, the attackers especially, to look up to, to learn from. On and off the field.

    “It has happened so quickly and has probably not sunk in properly but it is amazing for the club in general — and the atmosphere he will create around the place.

    “He can bring great experience and a good mentality to the squad. I think it is big for the fans but, more importantly, it will improve us on the pitch.

    “He is an exceptional player as you saw last season and in the Euros.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD VS CITY FOR HAALAND

    Manchester rivals United and City are set to go head-to-head again next summer – for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

    The pair were both looking at a deal for Cristiano Ronaldo last week – with the Portuguese choosing a move back to Old Trafford.

    And even though the former Juventus man, 36, has signed a two year deal with the Red Devils, they are expected to be on the look-out for a new centre forward in 2022.

    Haaland, 21, is likely to be top of their wish-list – but they could find themselves battling it out with City for his signature.

    The Norwegian has a clause in his contract with the German club which allows him to move for £64.5million at the end of this season.

    And reports in Germany suggest Pep Guardiola’s English champs are in pole position for his signature – which could spell bad news for Harry Kane.

    City were desperate to sign the Three Lions captain in the last window but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would not budge.

    And Guardiola hinted last week that will be the end of their pursuit – by wishing Kane well for the rest of his career in North London.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA: TAKEHIRO GIVES US ‘COMPOSURE’

    Boss Mikel Arteta believes his final transfer window signing Takehiro Tomiyasu will give Arsenal’s struggling defence extra “composure”.

    Japan star Tomiyasu, 22, cost an initial £17million, meaning the Gunners made it six and out for summer recruits – totalling £144m.

    Arteta said: “He’s a versatile defender with great defensive qualities, high technical ability and composure on the ball.

    “He will be an important member of our squad. We look forward to Takehiro joining up with us when he returns from international duty.”

    He added: “Takehiro is a strong defender with good experience in Serie A and at international level."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SPENDING DOWN

    According to analysis by the Deloitte Sports Business Group, this summer represented the lowest gross spending between season window since 2015.

    The analysis suggests top-flight clubs spent a combined £1.1billion before 11pm last night, 11% less than last summer’s window.

    And Deloitte report that the gross spending is down 20% on 2019, largely due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Despite that the number of players signed by Premier League clubs actually increased.

    Last summer 132 signings were made, while 148 new deals were announced before yesterday’s deadline.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA MUST MIK’S UP HIS SIGNINGS

    Arsenal legend Sol Campbell says Mikel Arteta needs more balance in his transfer dealings – mixing marquee buys with players of the future.

    Former England defender Campbell appears to be worried the struggling Gunners are plotting too much for the longer-term rather than actually strengthening their team now.

    He said: “I’d rather take two transfers – money and wages – and buy a ready-to-go player and then you can pad it out with some other potentials as well. 

    “I’d much prefer that type of way and build up over the next two or three years.

    “Every year buy those kind of signature players that can give you that instant success… instant success? Well maybe proven and they’re more likely going to work out.’

    “Sometimes you need to join two transfer fees and the money to sign those [signature] players. They should look at that and balance it out with potential.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    HARRY: RON’S THE BEST EVER

    Skipper Harry Maguire believes Manchester United’s returning legend Cristiano Ronaldo is the “greatest player” ever.

    Barely a week after six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi swapped Barcelona for PSG, five-timer Ronaldo rejoined United from Juventus.

    And England centre-back Maguire said: “For me, he’s the greatest player to have played the game.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON CAN ‘HELP UTD LAND HAALAND’

    Manchester United believe Cristiano Ronaldo can be the secret weapon in attracting Erling Haaland to the club, according to reports.

    Ronaldo, 36, returned to Old Trafford in sensational fashion after snubbing Manchester City in the final days of the transfer window.

    The Portuguese superstar signed for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side more than a decade after departing for Real Madrid.

    But not only have Man Utd re-claimed Ronaldo’s remarkable goalscoring pedigree, they have also obtained his pulling power when it comes to other deals.

    Haaland, 21, looks set to leave Borussia Dortmund next summer as clubs are alerted to the fact that his £64million release clause is active.

    And Europe’s biggest teams are all set to fight it out for the Norwegian’s signature.

    Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain will all be keeping tabs on Haaland as he assesses his options.

    But ESPN are now reporting that the acquisition of Ronaldo could see United emerge as the front runners.

    This is because of the ‘well-known admiration’ Haaland has for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

    Speaking about Ronaldo in February 2020, the Dortmund striker told Record: “I would love to meet him and tell him that I am a footballer thanks to him. For me, he was always a model.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    HIRO CAN MAKE RON A ZERO

    Arsenal fans believe Takehiro Tomiyasu may be the man to stop Cristiano Ronaldo after a clip of his Serie A exploits went viral.

    Arsenal fans reckon Takehiro Tomiyasu is ‘better than Ronaldo’ as clip of him tackling Man Utd star in Serie A emerges

    The short highlight shows the full-back dominate his rival in a game for Bologna against Juventus.

    Tomiyasu, 22, nicked the ball from Ronaldo before holding him off and turning him to clear the danger.

    Some Gooners watching the clip on Reddit felt it raised false hopes but others were convinced that the club had signed a star defender.

    One fan on Reddit commented: “CR7 came to Prem to get away from him.”

    Another joked: “I’m convinced. He’s better than Ronaldo, you can’t tell me otherwise.”

    While one said: “We brought him as a response to CR7 for United, bring it on!”

    But another noted: “Clips like these just build up false hopes.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEW HOME FOR JEROME

    Free agent Jerome Boateng has been officially unveiled as a Lyon player on a two-year deal.

    The former Manchester City flop, 32, who has 76 Germany caps, left Bayern Munich this summer after ten glorious years.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RIB RIPE FOR VERONA SWITCH

    Franck Ribery could stay in Italy’s top-flight as Hellas Verona reportedly pondering a swoop for the France legend.

    The wideman, 38, is a free agent after parting company with Fiorentina at the end of last season. 

    Bayern Munich legend Ribery looked to be coming towards the end of his journey as a player in football’s top leagues.

    And the playmaker, who won nine Bundesliga titles, seemed set to join the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere on the available list. 

    But Sky Italia claim he is keen to switch to Verona. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    CITY FAVOURITES TO LAND HAALAND

    Erling Haaland has several of Europe’s biggest clubs competing for his signature.

    Heavyweights Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are all reportedly interested in the Norwegian superstar.

    But Premier League champions Manchester City are the leading contenders with bookmakers Betfair.

    The Citizens missed out on signing Tottenham talisman Harry Kane after a summer-long pursuit.

    But their failure to prize Kane from North London could increase the likelihood that they’ll challenge for Haaland next year.

    Betfair have installed City as 7/4 favourites having been 3/1 during the transfer window.

    Real Madrid are next in the betting at 5/2.

    The Spanish giants proved they still have the financial capabilities having submitted a £137m bid for Kylian Mbappe.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WHO BLUES COULD CHOOSE WITH SAUL

    Chelsea completed their transfer dealings this summer with the loan capture of Saul Niguez.

    The Blues agreed to pay Atletico Madrid £4.5m up front, with the option to make it a permanent move for £40m at the end of the season.

    Boss Thomas Tuchel now has some impressive midfield options, all expected to provide the chances for £97.5m Romelu Lukaku up front.

    How Tuchel fits all his stars together is anyone's guess, and there could well be some outgoings in January from a squad valued at around £800MILLION.

    Here, SunSport runs through three possible starting XIs with Niguez in each, although there could be many more likely line-ups going forward.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    THE BIG HAALAND SWERVE

    Chelsea and Man City ended their interest in Erling Haaland after being told the superstar would cost £500MILLION.

    The Borussia Dortmund star was top of the Premier League pair’s transfer wish lists and also interests Man Utd but they baulked at the staggering investment needed to pull of a deal.

    According to the Financial Times, a move for the 21-year-old striker this summer would have cost a whopping £500m over five years.

    As well as a massive transfer outlay, that half a billion-pound investment would’ve been attributed to his wages and a big fee to super-agent Mino Raiola.

    The FT report a source close to the proposed transfer as saying: “This whole reduced transfer fee thing is a complete red herring.

    “Agent fees are still going up and the wages are just obscene.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    DOC PUTS US ON GAARD

    Martin Odegaard shared his honest opinion of Arsenal’s highly-anticipated All or Nothing documentary. 

    The Gunners’ summer signing – who completed a loan spell at the club last term – reckons having a camera crew observing the squad is a little off-putting.

    Odegaard, 22, who sealed a £30million permanent switch to Arsenal from Real Madrid, said:  “You automatically think a bit more about what you are saying when there are cameras there, but the crew is discreet.” 

    The club’s media director Mark Gonnella reckons the Amazon documentary will give fans a ‘unique insight’ at what will be going on behind the scenes for the club during the 2021-22 season.

    But the North London side’s disappointing start to the season could make for uncomfortable viewing. 

    Mikel Arteta’s side, who face Norwich next, have notched up a season-opening hat-trick of defeats in the Prem. 

    Losses to Chelsea, Manchester City and a shock loss to league newbies Brentford have left the Emirates side propping up the table. 

    It is the first time since 1975 that the Gunners men’s team are rock bottom in England’s top-flight after three games. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON TOP OF THE WORLD

    Brazilian legend Pele reckons Cristiano Ronaldo is experiencing the greatest possible feeling after returning to Manchester United after 15 years.

    Pele, 80,believes Old Trafford is the 36-year-old's spiritual home.

    He said: "There is no better feeling than conquering the world and returning home. Always be happy."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SLOWEST SUMMER SPENDING SINCE 2015

    According to analysis by the Deloitte Sports Business Group, this summer represented the lowest gross spending between season window since 2015.

    The analysis suggests top-flight clubs spent a combined £1.1billion before 11pm last night, 11% less than last summer’s window.

    And Deloitte report that the gross spending is down 20% on 2019, largely due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Despite that the number of players signed by Premier League clubs actually increased.

    Last summer 132 signings were made, while 148 new deals were announced before yesterday’s deadline.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HORNETS GIVE COTTAGERS BETTING STING

    Deadline-day signings from Watford, Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah, have helped make Fulham clear bookies' favourites to win the Championship.

    The relegated Cottagers are 13/10 with Ladbrokes after manager Marco Silva's double swoop on his former club, with West Brom tipped second at 9/4.

  • Ian Tuckey

    '£500m HAALAND DEAL' SCARED OFF PREM CLUBS

    Chelsea and Manchester City were scared off long-term Old Trafford target Erling Haaland in August by a staggering £500million bill over the next five years, reports say.

    The Borussia Dortmund goal machine's sky-high package of transfer fee and wages mean interest in the 21-year-old could even be delayed for TWO transfer windows – until NEXT summer.

    Credit: Reuters

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON: REJOINING UTD IS MY BEST DECISION

    Cristiano Ronaldo says he is back at Manchester United to win trophies rather than for sentimental reasons.

    But the Portugal superstar, whose 2003-6 Old Trafford spell was legendary, added: “I think it’s the best decision that I have made.

    “I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things.”

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