And with that, we come to the end of the summer transfer window of 2022. Thanks for joining me folks, and goodnight to all!
PS: Clubs can still complete moves if they have submitted a deal sheet before the deadline.
The summer transfer window is now closed— Premier League (@premierleague) September 1, 2022
But clubs can still complete moves after 23:00 BST if they have submitted a deal sheet before the deadline#DeadlineDay ➡️ https://t.co/KhwbtZdVb4 pic.twitter.com/iTcD5myeL3
Everyone take a guess
On the mystery midfielder Chelsea bid £50m on, @FabrizioRomano said : “Not Neves, he is very possible, it’s someone very crazy that’s impossible to guess”— Pys (@CFCPys) September 1, 2022
The Daily Mail reports that Southampton are interested in pursuing a move for Ross Barkley, with Ralph Hasenhuttl keen to strengthen his midfield department. It’s worth noting that Barkley, who is now a free agent, can sign for a club even after the transfer window closes.
I have decided to stay at Barça !— Memphis Depay (@Memphis) September 1, 2022
Fully committed to contribute to the club's sporting success. ❤️ #ViscaBarca
Memphis Depay rumors played down
As it stands, Chelsea have a slim chance of signing Depay with time running out. Moreover, Thomas Tuchel himself may not be convinced, even though the Dutchman wants to join us.
Memphis Depay’s camp continue to work on his exit from Barcelona. Depay would be keen on a move to Chelsea, but from Chelsea’s side as of now they feel it’s unlikely. Difficult deal. #CFC #FCBarca pic.twitter.com/WqZ7WZgo3n— Nathan Gissing (@Nathan_Gissing) September 1, 2022
There have been late discussions about Memphis Depay to Chelsea, but - again - it doesn't look like there is enough time.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) September 1, 2022
HARVEY VALE NEW CONTRACT ALERT!
According to the Evening Standard, Harvey Vale has signed a new 4-year contract and is now set to join Xavier Simons on loan at Hull City.
Very good news!
Batshuayi to stay in the PL
Nottingham Forest are set to sign Michy Batshuayi. I love it when Nottingham Forest’s transfer craziness of a buying a whole new squad coincides with us offloading our unwanted players!
Tiemoue Bakayoko has refused a loan move to Monza, and is now expected to continue at AC Milan, despite the likelihood of receiving little-to-no playing time.
Bakayoko is in a 2 year loan deal from Chelsea with an obligation to buy.— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) September 1, 2022
However, Milan stopped playing him to avoid paying the £12m which is triggered on appearances.
In theory, he returns as a Chelsea player next summer with his deal running until 2024. #CFC #DeadlineDay
WOAH WHAT IS THIS SPEED MR. BOEHLY?
EXCLUSIVE: Denis Zakaria having medical in Turin after Chelsea reached agreement with Juventus to take 25yo Switzerland int’l on loan with option to buy. Personal terms no problem. All being well with checks, midfielder joining #CFC @TheAthleticUK #Juve https://t.co/s7dKRZB3x5— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 1, 2022
Chelsea move to Denis Zakaria
After failing to sign Edson Alvarez, Chelsea have moved on to Denis Zakaria. Talks have already started and Chelsea are offering to take him on a loan with a buying option inserted.
Excl: Chelsea have just approached Juve for Denis Zakaria! Talks have just started as Sangaré deal is off — ongoing right now. #CFC #DeadlineDay— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022
Chelsea are offering loan with buy option. pic.twitter.com/pBVdWizu6U
Denis Zakaria wants Chelsea move and details of loan with buy option are being discussed with Juventus, as exclusively revealed earlier. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022
Up to Juventus - Zakaria wants CFC and hopes the club can agree soon. pic.twitter.com/BlZn43OKPO
Fiabema to head out on loan again
Bryan Fiabema is set to head out on a season-long loan to League One side, Forest Green Rovers, as per the Evening Standard.
More midfield happenings
No Alvarez, no Sangare, and wee Billy gone? Well, that’s a damper.
May be a late twist dependent on how hard Edson Alvarez pushes but, right now, Chelsea consider any deal for the Mexican midfielder this summer to be dead. More @TimesSport. https://t.co/csHTsPVoXP #cfc #ajax #DeadlineDay— Tom Roddy (@TomRoddy_) September 1, 2022
Ibrahim Sangaré deal is currently off — nothing going on right now, unless Chelsea submit an huge proposal later, it won’t happen. ❌ #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022
Rumours on Denis Zakaria are also wide of mark. #DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com/1RccMtbtOg
Memphis Depay coming too?
According to Gerard Romero and Diario AS, Chelsea have also enquired about Memphis Depay, and may have even made an offer. Barcelona will have to make a decision seemingly since they could be left without any cover for Robert Lewandowski. Depay has apparently asked to leave.
Arsen Zakharyan could happen in January
While Dynamo Moscow have confirmed that Arsen Zakharyan will not be moving in this transfer window, there is a good possibility that the situation will be revisited in the future.
Understand an agreement is in place between Chelsea and Dynamo for Arsen Zakharyan but the issue in transferring funds to a club in Russia means there will be a delay in confirmation. #cfc https://t.co/pvyN2BqrQd— Tom Roddy (@TomRoddy_) September 1, 2022
Chelsea are ready to pay Arsen Zakharyan's £12.6m release clause but need to get creative after the transfer window closes. Here's the situation after Dinamo Moscow's statement: https://t.co/qx16dcGrrJ #CFC #DeadlineDay— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) September 1, 2022
Kenedy to join Real Valladolid
According to Ge Globo, Kenedy will sign a 5-year contract after sealing a permanent transfer to Real Valladolid. Only the final details remain to be formalized.
Kenedy is already in Spain with his agents to finalize his transfer to the Spanish club, which is owned by former striker Ronaldo Fenômeno.
Todd Boehly gets his swap deal
Here we go!
Pierre Aubameyang to Chelsea and Marcos Alonso to Barça: here we go! Full agreement completed. €14m fee to Barcelona. #DeadlineDay— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022
More: Aubameyang will fly to London around 5pm! Two year deal + one more option.
Alonso in Spain to undergo medical and sign three year deal. pic.twitter.com/nILbmEk8G8
Lots of creativity involved in signing Zakharyan
According to Championat, Chelsea and Dynamo Moscow have reached an agreement for Arsen Zakharyan’s transfer. Zakharyan will remain on loan in Russia until January 2023.
Chelsea and Dynamo had to be really creative in getting this deal done apparently, with both the clubs working on getting into the Transfer Matching System before the end of the transfer window in England. Upon receiving the money in the following days (weeks?), Zakharyan’s transfer to Chelsea will be activated in this system and registered.
Chelsea reach an agreement to sign Dinamo Moscow’s Arsen Zakharyan.— Hrach Khachatryan (@hrachoff) September 1, 2022
Zakharyan will remain on loan in Dinamo until January 2023, due to problems with money transfer.#DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com/P4ElJvYTCv
✅UPDATE:“Today, it is impossible to complete Arsen Zakharyan's move (this transfer window). This transfer is not frozen until January, but it is possible.— Hrach Khachatryan (@hrachoff) September 1, 2022
Now we are still working to ensure that Dinamo Moscow can receive money from Chelsea,”said Rafaela Piamenta [Sport Express] https://t.co/eRzSw5lN0k
Barkley to France?
Recently-turned free agent, Ross “the boss” Barkley is wanted by OGC Nice, as per RMC Sport. They are in no hurry since they can sign him even after the transfer window closes. Nice are also interested in Bakayoko.
Agreement for Aubameyang
According to Fabrizio Romano, we have now reached an agreement in principle for Aubameyang. The fee is €14m, with Marcos Alonso going the other way.
Chelsea and Barcelona have now reached an agreement in principle for Pierre Aubameyang! €14m fee plus Marcos Alonso to Barça included — now finalizing details. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022
Aubameyang is expected to fly to London in the upcoming hours, once details are resolved. pic.twitter.com/ehCYYpfcgF
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been authorised to travel to London after Chelsea + Barcelona reached verbal agreement for transfer. Private jet ready for 33yo to fly over & if all goes to plan sign 2+1yr deal @TheAthleticUK #CFC #FCBarcelona #DeadlineDay https://t.co/LL1NVb63V4— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 1, 2022
Michy Batshuayi update
Turkish club Fenerbahce are interested in bring Michy Batshuayi back to the country after his loan spell with Besiktas last season.
ÖZEL | Fenerbahçe, Michy Batshuayi için yeniden devreye girdi!— Yağız Sabuncuoğlu (@yagosabuncuoglu) September 1, 2022
Josko Gvardiol extends contract
As previously reported, Gvardiol has now extended his contract by a further year. While this is meant to drive up his already exorbitant price, it won’t have an impact on the negotiations itself.
Chelsea make €100m bid for Rafael Leao?
According to Diario AS and Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sempre Milan), Chelsea made a €100m bid for Rafael Leao, but AC Milan have simply pointed at his €150m release clause. Milan don’t want to lose their talisman, and will look to extend his contract once the transfer window ends.
El Milan ha rechazado una oferta del Chelsea de 100 millones de euros por Rafa Leao. El club italiano se remite a la cláusula (150 millones). Más información en @diarioas— Manu Sainz (@Manu_Sainz) September 1, 2022
Chelsea plan to shelve their interest in Rafael Leao and return to negotiations with AC Milan in the January transfer window. Likely to cost up to £130m if done today. #cfc #ACMilan https://t.co/csHTsPVoXP— Tom Roddy (@TomRoddy_) September 1, 2022
Xavier Mbuyamba to join FC Volendam
As previously reported as well, Xavier Mbuyamba is set to depart Chelsea on a permanent basis. According to the Telegraaf, the former Netherlands U19 international. has signed a 3+1 year deal with FC Volendam in the Eredivisie.
Chelsea defender Xavier Mbuyamba is set to join FC Volendam, as @MikeVerweij reported and will sign a three-year contract that will include the option for a further year. Mbuyamba is yet to do his medical, could take place tomorrow. #CFC #DeadlineDay— Nathan Gissing (@Nathan_Gissing) September 1, 2022
Zakharyan’s move to Chelsea is off
As expected, the current political climate has ensured that Arsen Zakharyan won’t be coming to Chelsea this summer. The FA have blocked the move, with Chelsea being unable to transfer the money to Dynamo Moscow.
Understand Arsen Zakharyan’s potential move to Chelsea from Dynamo Moscow is now off. Chelsea had been in negotiations, but the deal has now stalled, with the FA currently blocking the move. ❌ #CFC— Nathan Gissing (@Nathan_Gissing) September 1, 2022
Zakharyan has a €15m release clause.
Dujon Sterling is currently having a medical at Stoke City, after deciding to head there on a season-long loan.
Meanwhile, Jayden Wareham is also set for a temporary stint away, and is in advanced talks to join Leyton Orient.
The midfield domino
Chelsea caused quite the unrest in PSV’s offices last night after the bid for Sangare, but the Eredivisie club will not let him leave. A similar situation is happening at Aston Villa, who will not let Douglas Luiz leave, as per Sky Sports.
There is a much better possibility of signing Edson Alvarez, who has now refused to train, as per the Telegraaf.
NIEUWS: @EdsonAlvarez19 traint niet mee bij #Ajax. Mexicaan wil dat club meewerkt aan vertrek naar #Chelsea.— Mike Verweij (@MikeVerweij) September 1, 2022
Edson Alvarez will not train with Ajax. Mexican wants club to cooperate with departure to Chelsea.https://t.co/a4GuCSvKoQ
Edson Alvarez understood to see himself as a perfect fit in Thomas Tuchel's #ChelseaFC system. The Ajax midfielder is pushing hard for a deadline day transfer to #CFC and is thought to be impressed by Chelsea's new era— Nick Purewal (@NickPurewal) September 1, 2022
Billy Gilmour’s situation could also be intertwined in all of this.
Chelsea ownership currently reluctant to sanction Gilmour’s permanent move to Brighton due to central midfield shortage. Tuchel open to letting him go.— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) September 1, 2022
Situation could change if a midfielder is signed today. More here #CFC https://t.co/GYn2JRm33Y
Nice join Bakayoko race
L’Equipe report that OGC Nice have been in talks with Tiemoue Bakayoko’s representatives, and could move to sign him if his loan with AC Milan (and contract with Chelsea?) is terminated.
Tuchel to have the final say in Gilmour’s future
Brighton will come up with a bid for Billy Gilmour’s permanent transfer, but the final decision lies with Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel will speak with Gilmour, before deciding whether to sanction a permanent departure. Brighton may be front runners, but there will definitely be other clubs happy to take him on a season-long loan.
Although Brighton are front runners, there are expected to be other straight-loan suitors. That's why Tuchel's input is going to be important before any final decision is made.— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) September 1, 2022
Brighton will be back with a new bid for Billy Gilmour later today. Chelsea are discussing on the fee as it would be a permanent move. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022
Final decision will be up to Thomas Tuchel. pic.twitter.com/wmCGtP01gR
Zaha to stay
As the Daily Mail notes, Wilfried Zaha is expected to stay at Crystal Palace. Makes even more sense since we’re close to clinching Aubameyang.
Crystal Palace fully expecting Wilfred Zaha to stay beyond deadline. As yet Palace are yet to receive a formal approach from Chelsea this summer. Follow TDD on: https://t.co/uHoKXVFnbV— Sami Mokbel (@SamiMokbel81_DM) September 1, 2022
Aubameyang on the verge of signing for Chelsea
As multiple sources claim, we are now on the verge of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Chelsea’s latest proposal is believed to be worth around €7.5million (£6.5m) plus Marcos Alonso moving in the opposite direction.
Chelsea on verge of agreement to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona. Latest bid ~€7.5m + Marcos Alonso. Proposed deal 2+1y (y3 based on % of apps in y2). 33yo currently in Barcelona. Moving towards conclusion @TheAthleticUK #CFC #FCBarcelona https://t.co/ZiKsnQjGDO— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 1, 2022
As Mundo Deportivo notes, Barcelona not only want, but need to offload Aubameyang if they want to be able to sign a pair of fullbacks. Barca are sympathetic to Aubameyang’s injury that could see him miss up to a month of action, but it has certainly not helped them in transfer negotiations.
Chelsea looking at Douglas Luiz
We have already reported about Chelsea’s interest in Douglas Luiz, but Sky Sports being the Internet Explorer of the calciomercato world, seem to have finally caught on.
Luiz is expected to be on the move today, with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all tracking the Brazil international - and one club is set to make an official offer of £20m today. Luiz’s current contract runs through next summer.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool & Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 1, 2022
Twist in the Joško Gvardiol saga
According to Christian Falk, RB Leipzig are trying to extend Gvardiol’s contract till 2027. The Bundesliga side’s hierarchy have been pretty clear on their intention to hold on to Gvardiol even next season.
Oliver Mintzlaff, CEO @RBLeipzig, don’t want to sell Josko Gvardiol to @ChelseaFC : "Josko still has a contract with us until 2026. We assume that he will not only play with us this season, but also next season.” @BILD_Sport @YvonneGab https://t.co/egbwpgiLy1— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) August 30, 2022
As per the Athletic and the Evening Standard, we could postpone our pursuit of the Croatian defender till the January transfer window since RB Leipzig have raised their asking fee from €70m (£60.5m), to €80m (£69.2m) and finally to €90m (£77.8m). Chelsea will also face competition from Manchester City.
As we finally hit the deadline day of summer 2022, here’s a liveblog to quench your thirst for transfer news mania! All the updates pertaining to Chelsea in one place, updated as close to real time as possible.
With respect to expectations for the day, Chelsea are targeting two further signings (attacker and midfielder) for the first-team before the transfer window shuts close. The attacker is expected to be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Marcos Alonso going the other way.
There is still not much clarity on the midfielder we will sign, but we have made late offers for Edson Álvarez of Ajax and Ibrahim Sangaré of PSV (Eredivisie clubs can still sell players even if their transfer window is closed now), but our efforts to sign either of them are likely to be futile.
There should also be more clarity arriving today on our pursuits of Arsen Zakharyan and Ronnie Edwards.
Regarding outgoings, Alonso as aforementioned is heading to Barcelona. Billy Gilmour is expected to join Brighton on a permanent deal. Ethan Ampadu will return to Serie A in the form of Spezia on a season-long loan. Salernitana and Real Valladolid are interested in loan deals for Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy respectively. Hakim Ziyech is expected to stay now that Ajax have signed Lucas Ocampos, although Tottenham Hotspur also maintain a mild interest in him.
Dujon Sterling should head out on a Championship loan, while young stalwarts Joe Haigh and Xavier Simons have been linked with loan stints to Derby County and Hull City respectively. Tiémoué Bakayoko is facing termination, both from his AC Milan loan deal, as well as his contract with Chelsea, with Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, and Monza interested in his services.
That’s it folks for your introductory notes, and stay tuned for all the updates as they come through the day.