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TRANSFERAPALOOZA 2023: Deadline Day Live Blog

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Ooh drama

Coming to Chelsea news

Chelsea have priced Conor Gallagher out of a move to Tottenham by demanding £48m plus add ons for the England midfielder, as per the Daily Mail. Gallagher’s situation was not helped by Tottenham’s inability to offload players today.

Deivid Washington is set to stay, and will not be moving out on loan.

Lucas Bergstrom is likely to go on an overseas loan, so his future doesn’t need to be immediately resolved (same with Malang Sarr?). Worth noting that since Bergstrom is U21 and club-trained, he will be exempted from FIFA’s seven-man loan limit.

Chelsea’s bids for both Antonio Nusa and Gabriel Moscardo has been rejected, although in the latter’s case, there is optimism that a deal can be concluded with a higher offer.

More and more done deals

Late moves

Leicester’s City Patson Daka is set to join Bournemouth on loan with an option to buy. The 24-year-old’s impending move to the Vitality Stadium means Bournemouth will sanction a late departure for fellow striker Keiffer Moore. The Wales international is likely to move to the Championship, if a deal can be found, as per the Athletic.

Divock Origi is set to join Nottingham Forest (ugh!) on a season-long loan with a buy option. Forest also want to sign Andrew Omobamidele at centre back after Trevoh Chalobah turned them down.

Atletico are not going to sign Pierre-Emile Hojberg as it stands. Spurs did not accept Atletico’s proposal as it did not contain any obligation to buy.

Sticking to Spain, Boubakary Soumare is set to join Sevilla on loan from Leicester City. There will be an option to buy.

Arsenal departure

Luton Town also want Albert Sambi Lokonga on a loan deal. Yet to be seen if he’s an alternative to Donny van de Beek.


Some more Chelsea updates

Bashir Humphreys is now set to join Swansea City on loan.

Trevoh Chalobah is reluctant to move to Nottingham Forest and will prioritize a move to Bayern Munich until the German transfer window closes.

Crystal Palace now in for Ekitike

Crystal Palace have now joined the race for PSG’s Hugo Ekitike. They have proposed a loan deal with a £26m buy option.

One more “Here We Go”

Hojberg to Atletico

Pierre Emile-Højbjerg could yet depart, with Atletico making a loan offer. They have FFP troubles, so they can’t afford a permanent deal.

However, the deal has not met Spurs’s expectations yet, so work is to be done.

Some more done deals

Chelsea updates

Nottingham Forest have made a £25m bid for Trevoh Chalobah. With Bayern Munich now looking at Armel Bella-Kotchap, maybe Chalobah will end up staying in England.

Chelsea and Tottenham are currently negotiating the transfer of Conor Gallagher with the key problem in closing a deal for the England midfielder one of price. Having turned down a £40m offer from West Ham last month, Chelsea want £45 million for the 23-year-old while Spurs’ valuation is closer to £35 million. In addition, the deal could be complicated by Hojberg’s refusal to sign for Fulham.

With Marc Cucurella now set to stay at Chelsea, Ian Maatsen could depart instead. Loan and permanent deal options are both open.

Bashir Humphreys is likely to stay at Chelsea till January atleast, despite loan offers from Swansea City and Stoke City. The Blues want him as RB and CB cover.

Antonio Nusa will stay for one more year at Club Brugge. Chelsea remain in the hunt to sign the player early, but other PL clubs also remain in contention, as per HLN.

Mason Burstow is set to join Sunderland on loan.

More “Here we go’s” from Fabrizio

AC Milan closing in on striker

After being rejected by Taremi, AC Milan have decided to pursue Rafa Mir. The Sevilla striker will join the Rossoneri on loan, with the option to buy.

Dual deal for Barcelona

After offloading Clement Lenglet, Ansu Fati, and potentially Abde, Barcelona will look to conclude deals for Joao Cancelo, and former Chelsea boy Joao Felix (both on loan).

As expected

Hojbjerg turns down move to Spurs

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has turned down a move from Tottenham Hotspur to Fulham, but talks are still ongoing. This could have a domino effect on Spurs’ pursuit of Conor Gallagher.

Can we get back Andrey please?

Nottingham Forest are set to sign Ibrahim Sangare for €30m. This makes the deal to send Andrey Santos on loan to them further stupid. They already have six other midfielders in addition to Andrey and they are now signing Sangare.

Manchester United also get their man

(Broke) Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Sofyan Amrabat on an initial loan deal. The loan price will be €10m and there will be an obligation to buy for €25m. Quite the unique deal if you ask me.

PSG get their man

PSG and Eintracht Frankfurt have reached a full agreement for a transfer of Randal Kolo Muani for a €90m deal. However, Hugo Ekitike will not be joining Frankfurt.

Luton Town making moves

Luton Town apparently want to sign Donny van de Beek on deadline day. This would be Luton Town’s 12th signing of the summer.

On the other hand, ESPN reports that Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay will stay at Manchester United.

Iwobi to Fulham!?

Considering that Iwobi has been one of Everton’s best players in recent times, it really seems like a poor decision to sell him to Fulham. Guess we will see.

Some more done deals

Could this really happen?

Don’t think Liverpool can afford the PR fallout this late, especially after the Caicedo and Lavia sagas.

Trevoh Chalobah might only head out on loan

In somewhat frustrating news, Bayern Munich may get their wish of signing Trevoh Chalobah on a season-long loan. In addition to the temporary nature of this arrangement, it also takes up a valuable overseas loan spot. Wonder what happens to Deivid Washington then.

AC Milan looking for a striker

Milan’s move for Porto’s Mehdi Taremi fell through, and they are now looking for alternatives. As per Gianluca Di Marzio, hey are now targeting Patson Daka of Leicester City, and/or Antonio Sanabria of Torino (they were also linked with a wild loan move for Mason Burstow late last night!!!)

Some done deals

Coutinho goes after the bag

Philippe Coutinho is close to signing for Qatar’s Al Duhail. Coutinho who joined Aston Villa from Barcelona in 2022, had a bright start, but his form tapered off. Now, with Aston Villa building a super team, with Zaniolo and Diaby signed in attack, there is no space for Coutinho, and he appears to have joined the Middle East project.

Also, would be interesting to see if Qatar also makes significant investments in football after Saudi Arabia’s exorbitant spending (Marco Verratti is also rumored with a move to Qatar).

A few Premier League moves

Divock Origi is expected to leave AC Milan. Burnley and Nottingham Forest have held talks over a loan deal.

Crystal Palace are leading the race for Arsenal’s Rob Holding.

Everton want to sign Maxwell Cornet from Burnley on a season-long loan deal. In addition, the Toffees are back in talks for Wilfried Gnonto.

Burnley’s enquiry for winger Crysencio Summerville has been rejected by Leeds United.

Nottingham Forest are keeping the crazy ongoing, having agreed a deal for Benfica GK, Odisseas Vlachodimos.

James McAtee appears to be joining Sheffield United on loan. He rejected Leicester City in the process.

Wolverhampton Wanderers remain in talks over deals for Southampton striker Che Adams and Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed.

Inter Milan get their midfielder

Inter Milan’s last piece after signing Benjamin Pavard of the puzzle was a midfielder. After their move for Lazar Samardzic fell through, they now appear to be close to signing Davy Klaassen on a on a free transfer. He will sign a two-year contract.

Spurs clearing deadwood

Tottenham Hotspur have too many centre backs, and they appear to be doing something to rectify the matter. Japhet Tangana is joining Augsburg on a season-long loan with a buy option, as per Fabrizio Romano.

Tuchel to get his defensive midfielder

Thomas Tuchel pushed Bayern Munich to sign a new no. 6. While Bayern were initially against the idea, Ryan Gravenberch’s imminent departure to Liverpool has opened up a spot, which will likely be filled by João Palhinha, contingent on Fulham signing a replacement.

Wonder how Joshua Kimmich feels, considering he has repeatedly spoken about how he feels he is best as a holding midfielder.

No Bella-Kotchap for Dortmund

As Florian Plettenburg reports, Armel Bella-Kotchap’s move to BVB seems to be off. Dortmund confirmed the signing of Niklas Füllkrug last night, and don’t have the funds to meet Southampton’s price demand now.

Maybe we can interest them in a certain Malang Sarr?

Ed.note: Welcome to our Transfer Deadline Day live blog. Rohaan, a.k.a. “WAGNH Fabrizio”, a.k.a. David Orohaanstein, a.k.a. The LinkMan Cometh, will be here to take you through the day, with all the news you can use, and many more you can’t.

Chelsea are expected to make one more major signing (namely Cole Palmer), but you never know when Behdad and The Toddmeister might get a bug up their butt and splurge another 50 mil on another right winger.

And we still need to find good homes for Callum Hudson-Odoi (Forest?), Malang Sarr, and maybe a few youngsters in the Academy and DevSquad. Trevoh Chalobah may yet end up at Bayern, but hopefully the list of outgoings will NOT include Conor Gallagher or Ian Maatsen at the end of the day.

In any case, sit back, relax, and enjoy the festivities. After all, it’s TRANSFERAPALOOZA and the weather is fine!

(To be clear, this post is for transfers and rumors and speculations. Other off-topic musings, like how bad you are at fantasy football or what’s the difference between brown and white eggs, go in The DH, as per usual.)

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