Transfer deadline day 2022: Arthur Melo signs for Liverpool, Aubameyang arrives in London – live! | Transfer window

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James Garner isn’t the only Manchester United midfielder to leave the club this evening. Jamie Jackson reports that Tahith Chong has joined Birmingham City on a permanent transfer.

There’s always one deadline-day fiasco. Bamba Dieng, who decided to turn down Leeds at the last minute in favour of Nice, has reportedly failed his medical at the French club.

Bamba Dieng has failed medical at OGC Nice after Leeds deal hijacked. It’s the most incredible story of the day. 🚨❌ #DeadlineDay

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022

Dan James has passed his medical at Fulham, while Billy Gilmour has done the same at Brighton. Expect both moves to go through now, though no official announcements have been made yet.

Andy Hunter

Andy Hunter

Everton have signed a second midfielder today with James Garner completing his move from Manchester United. The 21-year-old who spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, has cost an initial £9m with £6.5m payable in add-ons. United are also entitled to 20% of the profit on any future sale. Garner has signed a four year contract and is eligible to make his debut against Liverpool on Saturday.

Nick Ames

Nick Ames

Bad news for Arsenal fans: I understand there’ll be no deal for Douglas Luiz tonight. Arsenal tried hard all day and made three bids, the final last-ditch attempt totalling £25m, but Aston Villa were not for turning and Mikel Arteta will have to go with what he’s got.

Turns out Liverpool may have an option to buy Arthur Melo after all. Juventus have released a statement laying out terms of the agreement, which includes a €4.5m loan fee, and the option to “definitively acquire the player’s registration rights” for a further €37.5m.

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Premier League bottom club Leicester City have done next to nothing in this transfer window. Brendan Rodgers, interviewed after his significantly weakened squad’s latest defeat, against Manchester United this evening, has launched a shot across the board’s bows. “With the greatest respect, we have not had the help in the transfer market that this team has needed,” he told BT Sport. This sort of thing didn’t do Scotty Parker much good, so it’ll be worth keeping an eye on events at the King Power over the next few days, weeks and months. Do we give it weeks and months?

James Garner joins Everton

As expected, James Garner has made the move from Old Trafford to Goodison Park. The fee is undisclosed, but rumoured to be £15m once add-ons are factored in. It’s a permanent four-year deal.

✍️ | James Garner has signed for the Blues on a four-year deal from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.@jgarnerr96 🔵 #EFC

— Everton (@Everton) September 1, 2022

Juan Larios signs for Southampton

The path from the Etihad to St Mary’s is becoming very well trodden this summer. Manchester City’s 18-year-old defender Juan Larios is the latest to make the journey south to Southampton. Jamie Jackson reports that he joins for £6m with, again, buy-back and sell-on clauses part of the deal. Gavin Bazunu, Romeo Lavia and Samuel Edozie prepare to welcome their old pal with open arms.

Memphis Depay has decided to stay at Barcelona. Exactly how many options he had to leave remains unreported, though Chelsea were said to have been vaguely interested.

I have decided to stay at Barça !
Fully committed to contribute to the club’s sporting success. 💙❤️ #ViscaBarca

— Memphis Depay (@Memphis) September 1, 2022

Sky are reporting that Arsenal have had a final £25m bid for Douglas Luiz rejected by Aston Villa. Other than that, they’re vamping. We’re vamping. Everyone’s vamping. Deadline day, right here.

Liverpool sign Arthur Melo

The formal announcement is in. Melo joins on a season-long loan from Juve, and Liverpool will stump up the majority of his wages. There’s no option to buy.

We’re delighted to confirm the signing of @arthurhromelo on loan from Juventus for the remainder of the 2022-23 season, subject to international clearance 🙌🔴

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 1, 2022

One hour to go, and …

In actual proper football news, the whistle has gone at the King Power. Manchester United’s resurgence under Erik ten Hag continues apace, as they make it three wins on the bounce for the first time since April 2021. Leicester meanwhile remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, and it’s not a happy club right now. Rob Smyth has the details.

Aston Villa’s new midfielder speaks!

Nottingham Forest. They’re insatiable.

Saints sign Sam Edozie

“Manchester City’s Sam Edozie has signed for Southampton for a fee that could rise to £10m,” reports Jamie Jackson. “The champions have retained a buy-back clause and sell-on fee.” Southampton’s social media team have immediately, eh, Kranked into gear. The depths we plumb.

A big transfer on the continent. Paris Saint-Germain have announced the capture of Spain midfielder Carlos Soler from Valencia.

Less than 100 minutes until the summer transfer window is slammed shut. Nice and tight, no draught, no noise.

A reminder of today’s big deals so far.

  • Antony (Ajax to Manchester United, £82m)

  • Manuel Akanki (Dortmund to Manchester City, £16.7m)

  • Wout Faes (Reims to Leicester City, £15m)

  • Leander Dendoncker (Wolves to Aston Villa, £13m)

  • Willy Boly (Wolves to Nottingham Forest, £4.65m)

  • Idrissa Gana Gueye (PSG to Everton, £2m)

  • Willian (to Fulham, free agent)

  • Martin Kelly (to West Brom, free agent)

  • Martin Dubravka (Newcastle to Manchester United, loan)

  • Layvin Kurzawa (PSG to Fulham, loan)

  • Jack Stephens (Southampton to Bournemouth, loan)

  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal to Southampton, loan)

Saints sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Southampton have had a good summer window, having already brought in Joe Aribo, Gavin Bazunu, Mateusz Lis, Sekou Mara and the extremely promising pair Romeo Lavia and Armel Bella-Kotchap. Now they’ve landed the versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles on a season-long loan from Arsenal.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles hoists Southampton’s shirt.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles hoists Ajax’s Southampton’s shirt. Photograph: Matt Watson/Southampton FC/Getty Images

The less-travelled road from Rome to Oxford. Djavan Anderson was on the Lazio bench for their Serie A game against Sampdoria last night. Today he’s signed permanently for Oxford. “It’s always been my biggest dream to play in England,” the 27-year-old Dutch right back told the Oxford Mail. “I’m really a ‘feeling’ type of guy, if I feel something and it feels right then I know. I spoke with the owner and the head coach, we had a good chat and it felt like home. I didn’t even see the facilities or the city but as soon as I arrived I knew I made the right decision.”

James Garner is off to Everton. He’s reportedly signed on the dotted line at Goodison, with Manchester United pocketing an initial £9m that will rise to £15m with add-ons, and there’s no buyback clause. All together now, kids of the 70s …

Having packed Leander Dendoncker off to Aston Villa, Wolves have a gap in their midfield roster. They’re hoping to fill it this evening with Boubacar Traore, and Sky have just reported that a loan deal for the 21-year-old Malian has been struck with Metz. Wolves have also secured an £11m option to buy.

Rangers meanwhile are hoping the window will shut without any further movement. That’s because Nice and Reims are sniffing around Glen Kamara. Some better news: the Ibrox club will trouser 15 percent of the £10m fee Brighton are paying Chelsea for their old boy Billy Gilmour.

Celtic are reportedly preparing to announce one in, one out. Rubin Kazan’s defensive midfielder Oliver Abildgaard is heading for Parkhead, while Mikey Johnston is talking to Vitoria Guimaraes about a potential year-long deal.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back in that London, ahead of his move to Chelsea. Here’s footage of him walking down the road while one of his goons sets about the Sky Sports camera crew. Enjoy, enjoy.

Arthur Melo to Liverpool is all but done, according to that man Fabrizio Romano. Looks like Liverpool will be bolstering their injury-decimated midfield after all.

Another Chelsea player heads for the exit door, albeit on a career-developing loan. The 18-year-old midfield prospect Harvey Vale has signed a new four-year deal with the Stamford Bridge club, before hot-footing it up to Hull, where he’ll play his football this season.

Leander Dendoncker joins Aston Villa

The 27-year-old Belgium international swaps Molineux for Villa Park. The fee is undisclosed, although rumoured to be around £13m. Will this have the knock-on effect of sending Douglas Luiz to Arsenal?

Aston Villa is pleased to announce the signing of Leander Dendoncker from Wolverhampton Wanderers. ✅

— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) September 1, 2022

Our man in Manchester, Jamie Jackson, has this snippet from Old Trafford: Manchester United’s Ethan Galabrith has joined Salford City on a season-long loan.

WBA sign Martin Kelly

Martin Kelly has been snapped up by Championship draw specialists West Bromwich Albion. (Five in seven games!) Kelly, now 32, had been out of contract since leaving Crystal Palace in the summer after eight years at Selhurst Park.

We’re delighted to confirm the signing of experienced defender Martin Kelly. ✍️

Welcome, Martin! 💙🤍

— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 1, 2022

Transfer deadline day: a tale of two tweets, as told by Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani.

Agreed. Let s welcome Bamba Dieng and we will continue to work on Gapko. Now it s time to focus on the pitch and support our new project and the great job Jesse and the staff are doing 💪💛💙

— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) September 1, 2022

It s all good Ollie 🙂 . Part of the madness of deadline day. We have been screwed up , it happens even to the best ones. We have done a great market, planned and executed our targets at very early stage. Keep going 💪

— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) September 1, 2022

All roads lead in and out of Eindhoven. Fulham’s efforts to sign Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz have come to nought, so they’re doubling down on their bid to prise Carlos Vinícius from Benfica. Vinícius is currently on loan at PSV, so if that’s cut short there’s a knock-on effect: anyone interested in Cody Gakpo – Leeds, Southampton, Manchester United – can pretty much forget about it.

Wesley Fofana’s transfer from Leicester to Chelsea: the story that keeps on giving. Brendan Rodgers has responded to that Instagram statement in his pre-match interview with BT Sport. “We’d hoped he’d stay on at least another year … he’s a good guy and I know probably other influences have taken him away from the club.”

🗣 ‘I know where the statement came from and I know it wasn’t Wesley Fofana’

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers gives his view on Wesley Fofana’s transfer to Chelsea 😳 pic.twitter.com/XReyCTfIkp

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 1, 2022

Forgotten Men of Chelsea dept. Ethan Ampadu has agreed to move to Spezia on loan for the season, while Nottingham Forest are in for Michy Batshuayi.

A reminder of today’s big deals so far.

“Has everyone had Woly Boly by the Butthole Surfers going through their head this transfer deadline day, or is it just me?” asks Brian Sharon. “I look forward to hearing Forest fans belting this out on the terraces.” It’d be a departure from Mull of Kintyre all right.

Manchester United had been linked with Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest. However the 21-year-old USA international has opted to join AC Milan on loan. The Rossoneri have a €20m option to buy come the end of the season.

Fans of actual football are reminded that there’s some hot Premier League action coming up tonight. Rob Smyth has all the details of Manchester United’s trip to current Crisis Baton™ holders Leicester City here. But hey, we can squeeze some transfer-related stuff out of this if we really try hard enough. And look who’s getting off the coach outside the King Power! Yep, he’s turned up for work, has been named on the bench, and that surely puts any chance of his leaving the club in this window to bed. Great news for United!

Here we don’t go!
Here we don’t go! Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC/Getty Images

Chelsea’s extravagant summer spree continues right up until the last minute. They’ve secured the services of Juventus defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria on loan. Here Fabrizio Romano goes!

Denis Zakaria to Chelsea, here we go! Total agreement reached with Juventus as revealed earlier. Loan deal agreed, personal terms also approved. 🚨🔵 #CFC

Exclusive news confirmed. Medical ongoing in Italy. ✅ pic.twitter.com/GemeOnPEzW

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022

Paulo Gazzaniga’s days at Fulham looked numbered after the arrival of Bernd Leno, and so it has proved. He’s off to Girona on loan. Look!

Some potentially annoying news for Leeds United. It looked like they’d landed Bamba Dieng, but it appears the Marseille forward is off to Nice instead. He was preparing to take a flight to Leeds Bradford Airport when Nice’s bid for a one-year loan came through. The pilot was told to cool his boots, and Dieng went back to the terminal to think it through. Now all signs point to his staying in Ligue 1.

[Exhales slowly, and at length, through the nose. Rubs temples. Snaps out of it.]

Right, it’s going to be a long night. The transfer window shuts in less than four-and-a-half hours. All aboard the rollercoaster! Let’s go!

Billy Gilmour is closing in on that £10m permanent deal to Brighton. What a good move for the Scot that is – he’s miles from the first team at Chelsea and after a disastrous loan spell at Norwich, you would not have been surprised to see him in the Championship before too long. Loads of talent in there though, the 2022 Joshua McEachran.

That’s my little stint done on the blog, I’m going to hand over to Scott Murray, who will take you through to the close in a few hours. ‘Enjoy’ it. Cheers!

Julian Draxler has joined Benfica on loan from PSG. One of my favourite players to watch and terrifyingly silky when he’s on form. The thing is, he hasn’t been on form for a while now. Amazingly, though, he’s still just 28 years old. Feels like he’s been around for decades.

Nottingham Forest are at it again. They could complete two more signings in the coming hours, with Rennes defender Loïc Badé and Blackpool’s Josh Bowler (think Jarrod Bowen lite) both mooted for deals.

Bowler is a tricky left-footed winger that plays off the right that could apparently end up going immediately off to Olympiacos on loan, just as Hwang Ui-jo did last week. It would be a very odd deal, but with could sort all parties. Bowler is in the final year of his contract to Blackpool are minded to cash in now, Nottingham Forest are getting a promising young player for good value (reportedly £4m) and on sensible wages, and while Bowler gets to play in the Europa League this season and earn more money than he’s on at the moment. Steve Cooper has been a fan of Bowler for a while, and tried to buy him in January. I suspect Forest see him as one for the future and maybe even a player that would excel next season in the Championship if Forest aren’t able to stay up. Anyway, a long way to go before all.

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Hot segue alert: somebody else that connects Newcastle and Manchester United together (sort of) is Matty Longstaff, who is tumbling out of the Prem and down the EFL to League Two Colchester United. The midfielder made famous by that screamer against Manchester United joins on a quite remarkable loan that runs to January.

✍️ 𝐋𝐎𝐍𝐆𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐅𝐅 𝐉𝐎𝐈𝐍𝐒 𝐎𝐍 𝐋𝐎𝐀𝐍!

🤝 Welcome @NUFC midfielder, Matty Longstaff who joins the U’s on a loan deal that runs until January! 👇#ColU | #WeAreUnited

— Colchester United FC (@ColU_Official) September 1, 2022

Speaking of goalkeepers, Jamie Jackson has been in touch with more details of the Martin Dubravka loan to Manchester United. Newcastle are owed £2m, plus a £6m obligation to buy if he starts a certain number of Premier League games.

Down the coast from Almería, Girona have signed Paulo Gazzaniga from Fulham. The former Southampton and Tottenham keeper joins on a season-long loan which will take him to the end of his Fulham contract – the 30-year-old has been moved down the pecking order since the arrival of Bernd Leno from Arsenal earlier in the summer.

Anyway back to the football. A rather big deal that has just been completed is Real Sociedad’s move for Sadiq Umar from Almería, which is reportedly around €20m + €6m in add-ons. The pacy striker scored 19 goals in the Spanish second tier to help Almería to promotion and has bagged two in three in La Liga this season.

Evening all. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s 1 September which means, here on the UK, the duvet has gone back on the bed and I can start dressing like an extra in Good Will Hunting once again.

I’m going to hand over to Michael Butler, so thanks for your company and emails. I’ll leave you with a list of the biggest deals so far. Bye!

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