LIVE updates: Deadline day latest from across Europe
Deadline Day – Top stories!
- Riyad Mahrez has been given permission to leave the Algeria squad, believed to be in Paris
- Arsenal likely to keep Alexis Sanchez after reported £92m bid comes to nothing
- Manchester City lodge second £55m bid for Sanchez, but Gunners cancel move
- Done Deal: Liverpool complete Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signing for £35m
- Done Deal: Swansea sign Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches on season-long loan
- Torino full-back Davide Zappacosta flying to Chelsea for medical, £23m fee agreed
- Done Deal: Tottenham complete Serge Aurier signing, Fernando Llorente to follow
- Manchester United linked with Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto
Barkley To Chelsea and Tottenham
Chelsea and Tottenham’s hopes of signing Everton star Ross Barkley could be in tatters.
The London duo are known to be interested in the wantaway midfielder, who refused to sign a new contract at Goodison Park.
Barkley, 23, is currently sidelined with a groin injury, but his absence could be more serious than initially thought.
Sky Sports claim Barkley’s injury problems are severe and has a high chance of failing a medical.
Thompson: Sign Lemar if Coutinho leaves
14:50: Liverpool should challenge Arsenal for Thomas Lemar’s signature if Philippe Coutinho leaves, according to Phil Thompson.
Thompson told Sky Sports: “The club have always maintained the stance that Philippe Coutinho’s going nowhere and quite right because they didn’t have enough time to get somebody in of a similar quality.
“Is anybody as good as Coutinho at the moment? Thomas Lemar fits that bill.
“He’s left-sided, very skilful, more offensive and quick. All of those qualities fit Jurgen Klopp’s bill. If Lemar was to come in, Liverpool would allow Coutinho to go. If Lemar doesn’t come, then Coutinho stays at least for 12 months.”
Mahrez joining Chelsea
14:40: Here we go again! There’s been another twist in the never-ending saga involving Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez will complete a deadline day to move to Chelsea – despite pressure from those close to him to join Arsenal.
A source close to the Leicester playmaker has told Express Sport that a move to London is favoured by his family.
He will definitely not be joining Barcelona because Mahrez’s family don’t want to up sticks.
Arsenal would be the preferred option and there’s pressure on Mahrez to move to the Emirates.
But the Gunners’ interest has waned – they are instead chasing Thomas Lemar – meaning Mahrez has settled on a move to Stamford Bridge.
A source said: “One thing’s for sure, Riyad won’t be joining Barcelona. There’s no way he’ll move to Spain.
“There’s pressure on him to join Arsenal and it’s seen as a move that would work well. But at the minute it appears he will end up in London – although at Chelsea instead.”
Borussia Dortmund agree Sancho deal with City
14:00: Borussia Dortmund have agreed a deal with Manchester City for the permanent transfer of Jadon Sancho.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Red Bull Leipzig were among the clubs monitoring Sancho’s situation.
But the teenage prodigy’s future lies with the Bundesliga outfit.
City submit second Sanchez bid, Arsenal want Lemar
13:30: There’s a major deal in the pipeline, according to Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague.
Balague claims Manchester City have made a second offer of £55million plus a further £5m in performance-related add-ons.
It’s believed that Arsenal have asked for more time locate a replacement in the shape of Monaco superstar Thomas Lemar.
Balague tweeted: “Alexis close to sign for City for £55m + £5m. Arsenal asked for few hours to sign Thomas Lemar, which they confident they are going to do.”
Chelsea hopeful of double deal
18.00: Chelsea remain hopeful of securing late deals for Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley – but time is running out before tonight’s deadline.
Chelsea have lodged a third bid for Drinkwater and believe they can get a deal done in time.
The third offer comes closer to Leicester’s valuation and the clubs remain in talks over the transfer.
Leicester have snubbed the previous two bids but look likely to cave in the coming hours.
And the Blues are also hopeful of signing Barkley but are less confident of striking a deal before 11pm tonight.Kindly follow us on Twitter @TRIOTINAIJA Download Our ANDROID APPLICATION now! DOWNLOAD NOW