Chelsea make late move for Barcelona’s Memphis Depay

The summer season switch window has reached the Sept. 1 deadline, and there is loads of gossip swirling about who’s shifting the place. Switch Discuss brings you all the most recent buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, in fact, carried out offers!

Bundesliga: 5 p.m. BST/midday ET
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LaLiga: 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET
Premier League: 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET

TOP STORY: Chelsea make late transfer for Depay

Chelsea are busy because the switch deadline ticks down, with journalist Gerard Romero claiming that they’re making a transfer to signal Barcelona ahead Memphis Depay.

Depay, 28, is out of contract subsequent summer season and Barca wish to transfer him on to economize as they wrestle with monetary points.

Chelsea are already set to signal Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after agreeing a player-plus-cash deal by which left-back Marcos Alonso will head within the different course, sources have advised ESPN.

The Blues have additionally made a £45 million bid to signal Ajax and Mexico midfielder Edson Alvarez, sources have advised ESPN. Head coach Thomas Tuchel is considered involved in regards to the membership’s midfield choices within the wake of Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Southampton and nagging damage issues over key midfielder N’Golo Kante, who is about to be sidelined for round a month with a hamstring drawback.

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15.53 BST: Chelsea made a proposal to signal Russian midfielder Arsen Zakharyan from Dynamo Moscow, however the transfer was unable to occur.

Dynamo claim that “technical causes past their management” — most definitely linked to the actual fact the British authorities is obstructing funds to any Russian firm over the nation’s invasion of Ukraine — was the rationale for the switch failure.

The 19-year-old prospect will now keep at Dynamo.

15.39 BST: Arsenal are making a second bid to signal Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, says The Athletic.

Luiz, 24, reportedly desires to maneuver however Villa aren’t eager on letting him go. The Gunners want cowl as Mohamed Elneny has suffered an damage, whereas Thomas Partey is combating a short-term drawback.

They’d a £20m bid rejected for Luiz and although they could up it, Villa’s stance may make a deal troublesome to finish earlier than Thursday’s 11 p.m. BST deadline.

15.27 BST: West Ham have made a proposal for Torino right-back Ola Aina, in accordance with Italian reporter Gianluca Di Marzio.

The east London membership have reportedly made a bid of a £4m preliminary payment with £4m in add-ons, however the Serie A facet are asking for an additional £2m up entrance.

Aina, who joined Torino from Chelsea in 2018, has earlier expertise within the Premier League — he performed 31 video games whereas on mortgage at Fulham in the course of the 2020-21 season.

15.08 BST: Barcelona have terminated Martin Braithwaite‘s contract with the striker set to hitch native rivals Espanyol on a three-year deal.

Braithwaite, 31, had gives from different LaLiga sides however opted for Espanyol’s proposal because it permits him to remain in Barcelona.

Barca signed Braithwaite for €18m from Leganes in 2020 and he had a contract at Camp Nou till 2024. Nonetheless, coach Xavi Hernandez advised him he wouldn’t characteristic underneath him this season and suggested him to discover a new membership.

The Denmark worldwide’s intention was initially to remain and combat for his place at Camp Nou, however with the World Cup across the nook he has opted to maneuver in quest of common soccer.

14.46 BST: An replace from ESPN’s James Olley on Chelsea’s take care of Barcelona to signal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang — a player-plus-cash deal has been agreed with Barcelona by which Marcos Alonso will be a part of the LaLiga giants, sources have advised ESPN.

The Blues pays £12m and permit Alonso to maneuver to Camp Nou after Aubameyang accepted phrases on a two-year contract with an possibility for a 3rd, dependent upon what number of video games he performs in his second 12 months at Stamford Bridge.

Sources have advised ESPN that the 33-year-old will fly to London on Thursday afternoon to bear a medical, with all events assured a deal will probably be accomplished earlier than the 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET deadline.

Alonso has been eager on becoming a member of Barcelona for months, however talks stalled amid Barcelona’s monetary points, with Chelsea holding out for a payment within the area of £8m. Barcelona needed round £20m for Aubameyang, so a compromise has lastly been reached to permit each gamers to make their desired strikes.



Julien Laurens says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being burgled in Barcelona will make him determined to go away the membership.

14.19 BST: Barcelona are set to re-sign Hector Bellerin, after the defender agreed a contract termination with Arsenal, sources have advised ESPN’s James Olley.

The 27-year-old is in superior talks with the LaLiga membership to finish a deal earlier than Thursday’s deadline, and sources near negotiations are assured an settlement will probably be reached in time.

Bellerin was the Gunners’ longest-serving participant, having joined the membership as a 16-year-old in 2011 from Barcelona. He went on to make 308 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 15 objectives, however spent final season on mortgage at Actual Betis, as sources advised ESPN he was intent on a contemporary problem after greater than a decade in north London.

Betis had been eager on signing Bellerin completely however proceed to have LaLiga registration points, an issue Barcelona additionally encountered however are regularly resolving.

There will probably be no payment concerned, as Bellerin is technically a free agent, having agreed his exit from Arsenal.

14.05 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have made an enormous deadline-day bid to Inter Milan for defender Milan Skriniar, RMC stories.

Skriniar, 27, has been at Inter for 5 years and began 31 video games of their Serie A title-winning marketing campaign of 2020-21.

The Slovakia worldwide is, in accordance with RMC, the topic of a proposal of €70m plus add-ons from PSG.

13.39 BST: AC Milan are set to beat Villarreal to the signing of United States worldwide Sergino Dest on mortgage from Barcelona, sources have advised ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens, and it is a switch that is sensible for all concerned.



Julien Laurens thinks Sergino Dest’s transfer to AC Milan is constructive for all events concerned.

13.16 BST: Nottingham Forest have signed defender Willy Boly from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Ivory Coast worldwide, 31, has signed a two-year deal to develop into the nineteenth summer season arrival on the Metropolis Floor.

13.03 BST: Manchester Metropolis midfielder Bernardo Silva has confirmed that he will probably be staying on the membership this summer season amid curiosity from Barcelona.

The Portugal worldwide advised ESPN’s Rob Dawson final month that his future on the Premier League champions was unsure. However, after Wednesday’s 6-0 win over Nottingham Forest, he mentioned he would stay on the Etihad.

“The reality is that we’ve not obtained gives from Spain,” Silva advised RAC 1. “No person has come and I keep in Manchester. I am completely happy and that is it. The choice is made.”

12.31 BST: Fenerbahce have joined the race to signal Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi, in accordance with L’Equipe.

The 29-year-old is in talks with Galatasaray, however with an settlement nonetheless not reached, the Yellow Canaries have made a transfer to try to hijack the deal from their Tremendous Lig rivals.

Icardi is but to make an look for PSG within the league this season, with supervisor Christophe Galtier seeking to half methods with him.

12.14 BST: Leicester Metropolis have introduced the signing of central defender Wout Faes from Reims.

Simply in the future after Wesley Fofana left for Chelsea in a £75m switch, the Foxes have changed him with Belgium worldwide Faes.

The 24-year-old, who was Reims’ participant of the season final time period, arrives after signing a five-year contract.

12.03 BST: Colombia worldwide Marlos Moreno has left Manchester Metropolis to hitch Troyes, the Ligue 1 membership introduced.

Moreno, 25, joined Metropolis from Atletico Nacional in 2016, however in six years on the membership’s books, he by no means made a first-team look for them.

As a substitute, he hung out on mortgage at seven completely different golf equipment throughout 5 completely different nations earlier than leaving this summer season on a everlasting deal.

11.39 BST: James Garner seems set to go away Manchester United right now, sources have advised ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

The 21-year-old midfielder is needed by Everton, Southampton and Leicester, with United on the lookout for a payment of greater than £15m.

Everton are main the race, and it is one which needs to be wrapped up properly prematurely of the deadline.

He is extremely regarded at Previous Trafford however is eager to play common first-team soccer after serving to Nottingham Forest win promotion to the Premier League final season.

11.22 BST: Arsenal are exploring a late transfer for Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz, sources have advised ESPN’s James Olley.

The Gunners are scouring the marketplace for a central midfielder after dropping Mohamed Elneny for a number of weeks to a hamstring damage, whereas Thomas Partey can also be out with a thigh drawback.

Arsenal are keen on Palmeiras’ Danilo, however the Brazilian membership are reluctant to promote at this level within the season, prompting the Gunners to have a look at different targets.

Villa are strongly against permitting Luiz to go away, regardless of the 24-year-old having lower than 12 months remaining on his contract. Sources mentioned Luiz is open to becoming a member of Arsenal, however Villa’s stance may make a deal troublesome to finish earlier than tonight’s deadline.

One source suggests Villa haven’t given up on persuading Luiz to signal a brand new deal on the membership, so Arsenal are more likely to discover any negotiation with the Midlands membership notably powerful.



James Olley explains why Arsenal are eyeing up Douglas Luiz as a deadline day midfield signing.

11.10 BST: Actual Madrid aren’t anticipating any last-minute switch enterprise, having carried out their main offers — bringing in Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger — earlier within the window.

Even the departure of Casemiro to Manchester United did not tempt the membership into the market, with Madrid feeling they’ve adequate midfield cowl with Tchouameni, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Fede Valverde and Dani Ceballos.

Marco Asensio had been contemplating an exit in quest of recreation time however is about to remain, according to reports in Spain on Wednesday evening, whereas Madrid have not discovered a vacation spot for fringe gamers they hoped to maneuver on equivalent to Mariano Diaz and Alvaro Odriozola.

10.47 BST: Manchester Metropolis try to shift two from Wednesday evening’s matchday squad earlier than the deadline, sources have advised ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

Ben Knight and Claudio Gomes, who had been each on the bench for the 6-0 win over Nottingham Forest, can be found to maneuver earlier than the tip of the window.

Knight, a 20-year-old ahead, is on the market to maneuver on mortgage, whereas Gomes, a 22-year-old midfielder, will probably be allowed to go away completely if an acceptable supply is available in earlier than the deadline.

10.41 BST: Chelsea have moved a step nearer to signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona after agreeing private phrases with the striker, sources have advised ESPN’s James Olley.

The 33-year-old has accepted in precept a two-year contract with the choice of a 3rd 12 months primarily based on the variety of appearances made in his second season at Stamford Bridge.

Talks are persevering with between the 2 golf equipment to decide on a payment, with Barcelona persevering with to demand within the area of £20 million whereas Chelsea try to include Marcos Alonso in a player-plus-cash switch.

Though a payment is but to be agreed, there may be optimism on each side {that a} deal could be reached earlier than Thursday’s deadline.

10.36 BST: Liverpool are closing in on the signing of midfielder Arthur Melo from Juventus on a season-long mortgage deal, sources have advised ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.

The Brazil worldwide is travelling to England from Turin with the deal because of be accomplished earlier than Thursday’s switch deadline.

Arthur’s transfer to the Premier League facet accelerated late on Wednesday after Jordan Henderson was injured in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle.

Jurgen Klopp’s facet had been already quick in midfield for that recreation with Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara amongst these sidelined.

Klopp confirmed earlier within the week that Liverpool had been open to signing one other midfielder if the best alternative got here up.

Arthur, 26, joined Juventus from Barcelona for round €70m in 2020. He has spent simply two seasons at Barcelona, the place he made 72 appearances after signing from Gremio.



Mark Ogden expects Arthur Melo to assist Liverpool’s injury-hit midfield however thinks he will not get a lot recreation time when the squad is totally match.

10.21 BST: Atletico Madrid are spending deadline day hoping to hold on to key gamers together with Yannick Carrasco, who was linked with a transfer to Tottenham this week, sources have advised ESPN’s Alex Kirkland.

The Rojiblancos aren’t prepared to barter over Carrasco, and any celebration must pay the winger’s €70m launch clause.

Atletico have been caught out on the final day of the window prior to now, equivalent to when Arsenal activated Thomas Partey’s launch clause in October 2020.

Antoine Griezmann is anticipated to remain on the Metropolitano regardless of the membership’s efforts to keep away from having to pay €40 million to make the 31-year-old’s transfer from Barcelona everlasting subsequent summer season.

Their mortgage settlement, agreed final 12 months, specifies that Atletico should pay the payment if Griezmann performs over 45 minutes in 50% of their video games, and whereas coach Diego Simeone is a fan of the participant — who has scored twice off the bench thus far this season — the membership wish to negotiate a discount.



Rob Dawson says Manchester Metropolis’s deal to signal Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund could not be turned down.

10.00 BST: Manchester Metropolis have signed centre-back Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal.

Akanji turns into Metropolis’s fifth new arrival this summer season after they signed Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Sergio Gomez and Stefan Ortega throughout this window.

The Switzerland worldwide will give Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola another choice in defence, becoming a member of centre-backs Ruben Dias, John Stones, Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte.

Akanji may even come up in opposition to his outdated membership when Guardiola’s facet face Dortmund in Group G of the Champions League.

The 27-year-old made 158 appearances for Dortmund after becoming a member of the Bundesliga facet from Basel in 2018 and helped them to the DFB Pokal title final 12 months.

Akanji has been capped 41 occasions by Switzerland and was a part of the staff that reached the quarterfinals eventually 12 months’s European Championship.

09.48 BST: Sevilla have introduced the signing of midfielder Kasper Dolberg on mortgage from Good.

The Denmark worldwide, 24, strikes to LaLiga till the tip of the season, at which level Sevilla have the choice to make the deal everlasting.

09.30 BST: First main carried out deal of the day, and it is a massive one — Manchester United have accomplished the signing of winger Antony from Ajax on a five-year deal, the membership have confirmed.

United agreed a payment for the Brazil worldwide on Monday, which sources advised ESPN was price an preliminary €95m with one other €5m in add-ons — making it the membership’s second-most costly switch behind the then-world-record €105m (£89.3m) deal to signal Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016.

Antony’s transfer to Previous Trafford means he will probably be reunited together with his former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, who has accomplished his fifth signing of the summer season after offers for Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro.

The 22-year-old winger offers Ten Hag extra choices in assault after Anthony Martial sustained an Achilles tendon damage in United’s 2-1 victory in opposition to Liverpool final week.

Antony scored 25 objectives in 82 video games for Ajax after becoming a member of the Eredivisie facet from Sao Paulo in 2020, successful two league titles and a KNVB Cup throughout his time there. He has made 9 appearances for Brazil, scoring twice, and helped his nation to an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo final 12 months.

Antony is ineligible for United’s match at Leicester Metropolis on Thursday however may make his debut at dwelling to Arsenal this Sunday.

– All the things you’ll want to find out about Antony

08.53 BST: Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta says he may signal one other central midfielder on deadline day following accidents to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny.

“We’re choices,” Arteta mentioned after Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa. “We’re simply choices out there. As I mentioned, the membership has been tremendous supportive to attempt to hold enhancing the squad and the staff as we will, and if the best participant is on the market and we will do it, we’ll attempt.”

He added: “We had been fairly protected in [central midfield] and now we’re extra uncovered, however we’ve to be ready for uncertainties, accidents and suspensions. Issues like that may occur, particularly this season it will be actually unusual with the World Cup. So, we attempt to forestall issues however generally it isn’t straightforward.”

The Gunners have been linked with curiosity in Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, who can also be a reported goal for Liverpool. The Brazilian scored direct from a nook on the Emirates on Wednesday, and Villa boss Steven Gerrard couldn’t rule out an exit for the midfielder.

“I am not answerable for that,” Gerrard mentioned. “There are greater than two individuals answerable for that, however I am definitely not one among them. That will probably be Douglas, that will probably be his agent’s resolution as to what occurs round that. I might prefer to hold him as a result of he is a improbable participant. I’ve made that abundantly clear.

“We aren’t ready the place we have to lose our high gamers, however on the identical time, Douglas has received a 12 months to go, and it’s a type of actually sensitive conditions the place the membership must do what’s finest for the membership and never essentially what’s finest for me.”

08.28 BST: Chelsea are discussing a possible transfer for AC Milan ahead Rafael Leao earlier than the summer season switch window closes on Thursday, in accordance with The Times.

It’s reported that the Blues have turned their consideration to the 23-year-old Serie A star, after they failed with an enquiry to land Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil worldwide ahead Neymar. Thomas Tuchel’s facet are eager to land a ahead and midfielder earlier than the switch deadline closes on Thursday, with Leao is without doubt one of the ultimate names on their shortlist.

The Portugal worldwide was a key participant for the Rossoneri final season in a Scudetto-winning marketing campaign the place he contributed to 19 objectives in 34 appearances. He had been linked with Actual Madrid this summer season, and it could reportedly take a proposal of not less than €115 million for the Serie A champions to contemplate parting methods with him.

Chelsea had been beforehand linked to Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, amongst others. The London facet are with no striker after Romelu Lukaku returned to Internazionale and Timo Werner made the swap again to RB Leipzig.

08.00 BST: Chelsea have made a €50m bid to signal Ajax and Mexico midfielder Edson Alvarez, sources have advised ESPN’s James Olley.

Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel is considered involved in regards to the membership’s midfield choices within the wake of Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Southampton and nagging damage issues over key midfielder N’Golo Kante, who is about to be sidelined for round a month with a hamstring drawback.

Sources have advised ESPN that Ajax are underneath no strain to promote, having already allowed Antony, Lisandro Martinez, Sebastien Haller, Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui to go away the membership in the summertime switch window.

Chelsea had been eager on a transfer for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong, however the Dutchman has thus far proven little interest in leaving Camp Nou.



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