Welcome to the Transfer Deadline Day 2016. Hope you got your yellow ties at the ready.
Chelsea have already been ridiculously busy over the past 24 hours, confirming no less than three loan moves yesterday as Patrick Bamford (Burnley), Loïc Rémy (Crystal Palace), and youngster Kenedy (Watford) joined their new Premier League teams for the next season.
Many others are still waiting for potential moves. Christian Atsu to Newcastle is almost confirmed, as are, finally, Kenneth Omeruo to
Besiktas Alanyaspor and Juan Cuadrado to Juventus. Matt Miazga has been linked with teams in Germany and England in recent weeks, but there was a report linking him with Anderlecht as well. Lucas Piazon (Feyenoord), Islam Feruz (Royal Mouscron), Cristian Cuevas (RC Lens) are ones to watch out for as well.
The Chelsea Loan Army stands at 27 at the start of the day; expect that number to rise to well over 30 by the day's end. As a reminder, there is no more emergency loan window, so all deals must be done today, or not at all until January.
As far as permanent moves, Chelsea are expected to finalize the transfer of left back Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina, while center back rumors continue to swirl at ever increasing sensationalism. Re-signing David Luiz would be a universe-shattering move (in both good and bad ways), while Inter's midfielder Marcelo Brozovic remains a target after Chelsea supposedly lodged a €25m bid. Chelsea are also said to be open to bringing in defensive reinforcements on loan.
At the bare minimum, the Alonso deal must get done so that we don't go into the rest of the season with just five players for four starting positions in defense.
We'll of course keep you updated here to the best of our abilities, but a good place to also keep an eye on online would be Sky Sports' Transfer Centre. Sky will be covering Transfer Deadlne Day all day — starting right now — and they will also provide a free live stream for Sky Sports News between the hours of 8am-9am, 12pm-1pm, 5pm-6pm and 10pm-11pm. The transfer window slams shut at 11pm (BST).
In the USA, NBC Sports will air a three-hour live show starting one hour before the end of the window (5pm-8pm EDT). They are streaming it live on NBC Sports Live Extra as well.
May the force be with us all.