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The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain, but with the window now closed in Europe, there was plenty of action on deadline day. Here you can check out the latest major completed transfers and catch up on all the live action below.

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TOP STORY: Arsenal sign Partey; Man United have busy day

It took until the 11th hour, but Arsenal announced that they have signed Ghanaian international Thomas Partey after activating the midfielder’s £45 million release clause earlier in the day.

The Gunners landed their top target, with Atletico Madrid holding firm that they would not sell Partey unless the 27-year-old’s release clause was triggered.

In a separate deal, Lucas Torreira joined Atletico on loan, and Matteo Guendouzi joined Hertha Berlin on loan earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, Manchester United signed left-back Alex Telles, who arrives from Porto on a four-year contract in a deal worth around €15 million, and completed a deal for free-agent striker Edinson Cavani.

United are also set to sign Atalanta‘s Amad Diallo, though a move for the 18-year-old will have to wait until January to be completed because of work permit regulations.

Leaving Old Trafford is Chris Smalling, who completed a permanent transfer to Roma just before the Italian transfer deadline passed.

DEADLINE DAY AS IT HAPPENED!

00:30 BST: The European transfer window has come and gone. Did your club land the player they needed? Here’s how an eventful Deadline Day unfolded in real time.

22.49 BST: Catching up on a few more newsworthy items from the end of the day …

Everton have signed competition for Jordan Pickford, bringing in goalkeeper Robin Olsen from Roma on loan.

– As we predicted earlier, PSG have signed Barcelona’s Rafinha on a free transfer. The Brazilian was told earlier this month that he was not part of Ronald Koeman’s plans at Barcelona.

– Chesea’s Fikayo Tomori turned down a last-minute loan move to West Ham, electing instead to stay and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.

– Nice landed Lyon and ex-Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide on loan. The Riviera club have an option to buy the France Under-21 international next summer for €25 million.

– Barca failed to land centre-back Eric Garcia from Man City, refusing to meet City’s £20 million asking price.

– Everton flop Sandro Ramirez joins newly promoted Huesca on a free transfer.

– Benfica have landed Jean-Clair Todibo on a two-year loan from Barcelona, which can be converted into a permanent deal for €20 million.

– New MLS franchise Charlotte FC got in on the Deadline Day action, signing Riley McGree from Adelaide United before immediately loaning him to Birmingham City.

– Fulham announced that they signed Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan while agreeing to a permanent deal for former Man City centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo.

23.36 BST: Manchester United have already signed a veteran Uruguayan in Edinson Cavani and now have one for the future in Facundo Pellistri!

The 18-year-old winger joins on a five-year contract from Penarol, having made 37 appearances for the Uruguayan giants.

“To join a club with the history of Manchester United is a dream come true,” Pellistri said. “I have learned a lot at Penarol, and I would like to thank them for everything they have done for me. To have the confidence of the manager is an amazing feeling, and I know that working with him will be perfect for my development.

“I am coming into a squad full of great players who I will learn from every day. Everyone knows that Manchester United is a club that gives young players an opportunity, and I am ready to work hard every day to earn those chances and prove myself in England.”

United also signed another highly rated youngster, Willy Kambwala, 16, from Sochaux.

23.20 BST: There it is!

Arsenal announced that they have signed defensive midfielder Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal triggered the 27-year-old’s £45 million release earlier in the day before Partey subsequently completed his medical.

Here’s what our resident scout, Tor-Kristian Karlsen, had to say about the high-profile transfer:

Partey brings a relatively rare blend of industry, creativity and mobility to the Arsenal midfield. He likes to pick up the ball deep, creating a link between the defence and the midfield. Plus, he has the vision to pick out movements farther up the pitch. He is perhaps slightly underappreciated in Spain, but his presence and ability to shield the centre-backs and start attacks could prove vital for Arsenal.

23.11 BST: Atletico Madrid have just sent a couple of newsworthy tweets …

Thomas Partey is off to Arsenal, and Lucas Torreira comes the other way in a separate deal and joins Atletico on loan.

23.00 BST: Pens down! The European summer transfer window is officially closed. As is customary, deals can still filter in and be announced, assuming the necessary paperwork and conditions of the deal were faxed in ahead of the 11 p.m. buzzer. Also, a reminder that the domestic deadline in England this year does not close until Oct. 16.

22.57 BST: Fulham finally brought in some defensive help, with the club unveiling Joachim Andersen.

The Denmark international joins on a season-long loan from Lyon, whom he joined last summer from Sampdoria for €24 million. The 24-year-old, who was excellent during his time at Samp, struggled to adapt to life in France with Lyon, starting only 17 games for OL in his debut season.

Andersen will have his work cut out for him, as he hopes to stabilise a defense that has conceded 11 goals in four Premier League games. Stay tuned, as it sounds as if Fulham aren’t finished just yet.

22.45 BST: Everton want to bring in a goalkeeper to push the struggling Jordan Pickford, and reports indicate that the club is closing in on Sweden No. 1 Robin Olsen.

The 30-year-old is expected to arrive from Roma after spending last season on loan at Cagliari. Everton also pursued Manchester United’s Sergio Romero, whose wife does not seem happy to be staying at Old Trafford.

22.34 BST: Leeds have gotten a deal for Brazilian winger Raphinha over the line.

The 23-year-old, who is valued at €17 million, scored nine goals and added five assists last season for Rennes and becomes newly promoted Leeds’ eighth signing of the window.

22.23 BST: Southampton have brought Theo Walcott home after 14 years away.

The South Coast side have signed the former England man, who played for them during the 2005-06 season, on a loan deal. Walcott was expendable at Everton.

22.06 BST: As expected, Man United have signed free-agent striker Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguayan striker, 33, joins on a free transfer and will put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Old Trafford club. El Matador’s prestigious CV includes being PSG’s all-time record scorer (200 goals in 301 appearances) and 19 trophies at the French club. With 50 goals in 116 caps for Uruguay, Cavani also won the 2011 Copa America with his country.

Our resident scout, Tor-Kristian Karlsen, ran the rule over the veteran striker’s move to Old Trafford:

Cavani should add experience, finishing quality and presence to the Manchester United attack. He might not be the player he was some years back — when he could outrun opposing centre-backs and chase balls played in behind — but he can still make himself felt in the penalty area, on the ground as well as in the air.

This is a low-risk signing. If it doesn’t work out, he’ll pick up a contract somewhere else, and Man Utd will move on.

21.57 BST: Barcelona’s Rafinha is close to joining French side Paris Saint-Germain, sources have confirmed to ESPN. The two clubs are negotiating the terms of the transfer, and a source close to the talks says a deal is “probable” before the transfer window closes in two hours.

Mundo Deportivo report that PSG will pay up to €3 million in variables for the Brazilian international, who is out of contract next summer. Barca will also receive 35% of any future sale.

Rafinha, 27, has been at Barca since 2006 but spent last season on loan at Celta Vigo. New Barca coach Ronald Koeman told him he wasn’t in his plans when he took over, opening the door to a move for the midfielder, whose brother, Thiago, joined Liverpool earlier this summer.

21.36 BST: What’s up with DeAndre Yedlin?

The United States international looked to be a lock to leave Newcastle this window, but now it looks like he could stay. Aaron Stokes from the Daily Star reports that Yedlin will be staying on Tyneside through the deadline and will reevaluate his future in January.

The 27-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season, was linked with clubs in Holland, the United States and Turkey.

21.20 BST: Celtic have got their man, with the club announcing that they have signed Uruguayan left-back Diego Laxalt on loan from AC Milan.

The 27-year-old, who can play left-back or left-winger, joins after spending the past two seasons at Milan. A key player at the 2018 World Cup for Uruguay, the pacy Laxalt previously had spells in Italy with Inter, Bologna, Empoli, Genoa and Torino.

21.11 BST: Sticking with Man United for a moment, the Red Devils are set to sign young Atalanta winger Amad Diallo.

The 18-year-old, who has played only 25 Serie A minutes for Atalanta, is poised to move to Old Trafford for a reported €21 million plus £20m in add-ons. The deal for the Ivorian will have to wait until January to be completed because of work permit regulations, sources added.

United turned to Diallo late in the window after failing to make headway with moves for the likes of Jadon Sancho, Ousmane Dembele and Ismaila Sarr.

20.54 BST: Chris Smalling is finally a Roma player.

After months of back-and-forth between Roma and Man United, the clubs left it late on deadline day, just beating the buzzer with the necessary paperwork. Roma will pay €15 million plus a potential €5m in add-ons for the centre-back, who was a revelation for Roma while on loan last season.

Smalling, 30, spent 10 years at United after joining from Fulham in 2010.

20.33 BST: Fulham are expected to land two centre-backs in Joachim Anderson and Timo Baumgartl, but could a talented young midfielder also be on his way to Craven Cottage?

The Athletic understands that Fulham are closing in on a loan move for Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with the England man currently undergoing a medical with the club. The 24-year-old, who has struggled with injuries in recent years, would represent a coup for a Fulham side that has scored in only one of their four Premier League games since jumping up to the top flight.

The England international has made 82 appearances for the Blues, scoring 12 goals and adding 11 assists.

20.17 BST: One from a little earlier: Newcastle put a bow on a very productive summer window by signing Peruvian youngster Rodrigo Vilca from Deportivo Municipal.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder becomes Steve Bruce’s sixth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Callum Wilson, Jeff Hendrick, Ryan Fraser, Jamal Lewis and Mark Gillespie.

20.01 BST: How about some news from West Ham, where there are suddenly happenings going on?

– The Hammers have terminated Jack Wilshere’s contract by mutual consent, ending a disappointing two-year run at the club.

The club is monitoring Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori, hoping to land the promising young centre-back on a loan deal, now that Antonio Rudiger looks set to stay at Stamford Bridge.

– Finally, Felipe Anderson looks like he could leave the club, with Porto trying to acquire the winger on a season-long loan.

It looks as if they will be working late tonight at the London Stadium.

19.47 BST: Bayern Munich have loaned out young French midfielder Michael Cuisance to Marseille.

The 21-year-old, who saw a permanent deal to Leeds collapse in midweek, will join the Ligue runners-up on a season-long loan. Cuisance, who arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2019, has made 11 first-team appearances at Bayern to date and will continue his development in France.

The deal is the second the two clubs have done on deadline day, as Marseille sold Bouna Sarr to the treble winners earlier in the day.

19.32 BST: Good news, Arsenal fans. It looks as if Thomas Partey will be a Gunner by the end of the day.

ESPN’s James Olley has confirmed that Arsenal have triggered Partey’s €50 million release clause (£45), the first step in finalising a deal for the Ghanaian defensive midfielder.

Arsenal have tracked Partey all summer, and pending a medical, Mikel Arteta looks as if he will get his man, despite the long wait. The rugged midfielder has been a lynchpin for Atletico in recent years and would fill a major void in Arsenal’s team. We’ll be following this one closely in the coming hours.

19.24 BST: Fiorentina have loaned out young winger Federico Chiesa to Juventus, but they have quickly found a replacement in Jose Callejon.

The veteran Spaniard, 33, has joined La Viola on a free transfer after seven successful seasons at Napoli. Callejon made 350 appearances for Napoli, scoring 82 goals and supplying 78 assists while winning two Coppa Italia titles for the Partenopei.

19.12 BST: Tottenham don’t look as if they will sign Inter’s Milan Skriniar or Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, but that doesn’t mean they won’t sign a centre-back before the deadline.

Sky Sports has learned that Spurs are working on signing a surprising target: Swansea’s Joe Rodon. Tottenham have begun talks with Swansea regarding the 22-year-old Welshman, who is rated at £18 million. Spurs don’t need to rush on this one, either, as the domestic window remains open until Oct. 16.

18.56 BST: Roma and Man United have come to a €15 million agreement, plus €5m in add-ons for the transfer of centre-back Chris Smalling, according to The Athletic.

This one has dragged on all summer, and there could be more drama yet, as though a deal has been agreed, the race is on to get the deal done in the closing minutes before Italy’s window closes at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. Italian time).

Smalling, who was excellent while on loan last season at Roma, has been Roma’s top target all summer, but the two clubs have yet to come to an agreement on a fee.

18.44 BST: Celtic are closing in on a new left-back, with AC Milan’s Diego Laxalt currently undergoing a medical ahead of a loan move to Parkhead, according to Sky Sports.

The Uruguay international, who can play as a left-back or left-winger, has been used sparingly at Milan since arriving from Genoa for €14 million in 2018.

18.33 BST: Chelsea have sent central midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko out on loan to Napoli.

The midfielder, who cost Chelsea £40 million in 2017, has been away from Stamford Bridge the past two seasons, spending a year each on loan at AC Milan and Monaco. Bakayoko made just 29 league appearances in his first season at Chelsea and will now be reunited with his former manager at AC Milan, Gennaro Gattuso.

Chelsea were hoping to sell Bakayoko outright to Milan or PSG but were ultimately forced to settle for a loan deal.

18.20 BST: Man United have unveiled their exciting, new left-back, Alex Telles!

The Brazilian arrives from Porto on a four-year contract with an option to extend the deal a year. Telles, 27, is one of the more prolific attacking left-backs in world football, racking up 26 goals and 50 assists the past five seasons with Porto, including 13 and 12 last season. Telles is the first player in for United on deadline day, with Edinson Cavani and Amad Diallo also expected to make the move to Old Trafford.

Here’s what our resident scout, Tor-Kristian Karlsen, thinks of Telles’ game:

Nowadays, full-backs tend to pick up more recognition for their attacking qualities than for their defending — and Alex Telles is no exception. The Brazilian is an excellent crosser of the ball, and his left foot has given Porto fans many a joy from set pieces. Quick, agile and direct, he covers the whole flank and has decent vision and creativity in the last third for a (left) full-back.

18.08 BST: One of the big dominos has fallen …

Juventus have landed their top target, Federico Chiesa, on a two-year loan from Fiorentina. The 22-year-old Italy international will join the Old Lady on a temporary basis, with Juve having an obligation to buy the player if certain conditions are met.

Juventus will pay Fiorentina €10 million over the next two years for Chiesa and have the option to buy Chiesa permanently for €40m after that, with the potential that the deal could rise to €50m based on Chiesa’s performance. The winger, who has been at Fiorentina since he was 9, has scored 34 goals and 25 assists in 153 games for La Viola.

17.51 BST: Will Spurs be landing Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar?

It sounds like the answer to that question is no, as transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims that talks between the two clubs have ended. Spurs were reluctant to meet Inter’s €60 million valuation of the Slovakia defender, and thus will turn their attention to other targets, such as Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.

17.34 BST: The Matteo Gueondouzi saga has come to an end — at least for now.

The Arsenal midfielder has finalised his loan move to Hertha Berlin after a bust-up in June with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. The 21-year-old central midfielder is highly rated as a talent, but his professionalism and maturity have come under question in recent months at the Emirates.

We’ll see if a year away can repair the relationship between the Frenchman and Arsenal.

17.18 BST: European champions Bayern Munich have strengthened further, making right-back Bouna Sarr the club’s seventh signing of the window.

The 28-year-old arrives after five seasons at Marseille and joins Leroy Sane, Douglas Costa, Marc Roca, Alexander Nubel, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Tanguy Nianzou as new Bayern arrivals. Bayern, who were desperate to add a right-back, initially chased Sergino Dest — who joined Barcelona — and were also linked with Norwich’s Max Aarons.

17.10 BST: Will Dele Alli stay or go?

Sources have told ESPN’s James Olley that Alli will stay at Tottenham and fight for his first-team place, despite late interest from Paris Saint-Germain. The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour at Spurs, having started just two of the club’s eight games in all competitions amid rumours of a fractured relationship with head coach Jose Mourinho.

PSG and Inter Milan were interested in taking the England international on loan, but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy dismissed suggestions of a temporary switch, indicating that he would prefer a straight sale. However, no club has tabled a bid, and with Levy determined not to let Alli go on the cheap, the midfielder is almost certain to stay in North London.

Alli has not agitated to move and is keen to fight for his future at the club, having joined Spurs from MK Dons for £5m in 2015.

17.02 BST: RB Leipzig have announced that they have signed Roma winger Justin Kluivert on loan from Roma.

The highly rated 21-year-old, who has never truly taken off in Rome since arriving from Ajax in 2018, will join the German club on loan, with Leipzig having an option to buy next summer.

16.46 BST: Olympiacos have agreed to a deal for Wolves wing-back Ruben Vinagre.

The Portuguese, 21, will join initially on a season-long loan, with reports suggesting that the Greek giants have the option to buy the player outright next summer for around £22.5 million. Vinagre, who has been at Wolves since 2017, has made 70 appearances for the club, scoring three goals.

16.25 BST: Marco van Ginkel is still somehow on the Chelsea books, but it looks as if he is headed out for another loan.

The Daily Mail has learned that the Dutch attacker is set to return to PSV for a fourth straight season on loan after signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge this past summer. The 27-year-old, who has played only four times for the Blues, has not played for Chelsea since 2013, spending time on loan at AC Milan, Stoke and PSV.

Van Ginkel, who has eight caps for Holland, missed last season while recovering from an ACL injury but scored 16 goals for PSV in 2018.

16.04 BST: Atletico Madrid’s Hector Herrera has received interest from clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and elsewhere in recent months, including Major League Soccer, but isn’t set to move away from Los Colchoneros in the remaining hours of the transfer window, sources have told ESPN’s Tom Marshall.

The Mexico international, who signed for the club in July 2019, will fight for more minutes under Diego Simeone in a midfield that should be bolstered by the loan of Lucas Torreira but might lose Thomas Partey to Arsenal by the end of the day. It was reported that Herrera will leave to make way for Torreira.

16.00 BST: Juventus have announced that defender Mattia De Sciglio has left to move to Lyon on loan.

15.50 BST: Davy Klaassen has left Werder Bremen to return to his boyhood club, Ajax.

Ajax had offered €12m for the Dutch midfielder, but Werder held out for a fee closer to €15m, and the 27-year-old has moved back to the Eredivisie.

15.44 BST: Deadline Day is fun, isn’t it?

Sources have told ESPN’s Moises Llorens that Ousmane Dembele is not training with Barcelona today. Is that because he has his heart set on a move? We’ll see.

15.34 BST: River Plate centre-back Lucas Martinez Quarta is now a Fiorentina player.

15.31 BST: The Guardian reports that Tottenham left-back Danny Rose is of interest to FC Porto.

Porto are looking to loan the 30-year-old to replace Manchester United-bound Alex Telles.

15.18 BST: Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Douglas Costa from Juventus on loan.

Costa, 30, scored 14 goals in 77 competitive matches in his first spell at Bayern between 2015 and 2018 following his move from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Bayern board member Hasan Salihamidzic said, “Douglas will strengthen us on the wings, which is important for our game. With Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sané, Kingsley Coman, Jamal Musiala and Douglas, we now have top players in those areas. This gives the coach the opportunity to rotate the squad sensibly. Douglas knows FC Bayern and will settle in again very quickly.”

Costa said: “I’m very happy to be playing for FC Bayern again. I had a wonderful time in Munich with lots of successes, and I’m sure we’ll win titles again.”

15.00 BST: Germany under-21 captain Arne Maier has joined Arminia Bielefeld on a one-year loan from Hertha Berlin.

The injury-prone midfielder decided against signing for the likes of Sampdoria or Rangers, as he is looking to win more experience as a key player.

14.51 BST: Bayern Munich have completed the free signing of striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting after he left PSG.

In early 2011, Choupo-Moting was involved in one of the great Bundesliga transfer stories, as a broken fax machine scuppered his loan move from Hamburg to Cologne. Instead, he joined Mainz in the summer of 2011, where he met Thomas Tuchel, who, of course, later signed him for PSG. It’s fair to say that a broken fax machine in January 2011 played a part in him joining Treble winners Bayern now. – Stephan Uersfeld.

14.40 BST: Record reports that Chelsea new boy Malang Sarr will head out to FC Porto on loan.

Sarr, 21, left French club Nice on a free this summer and signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge. However, he is behind Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen — as well as Antonio Rudiger if he isn’t allowed to depart — in the centre-back pecking order.

14.26 BST: Arsenal are all the rage today, and Aftobladet reports that they are set to sign Malmo striker Nikolaj Duus Moller.

Moller, 18, is rated at around £500,000 and has reportedly signed a four-year deal with the club, though he will go into Arsenal’s academy.

14.15 BST: Arsenal are working on securing a deal to sign Atletico Madrid‘s Thomas Partey before Monday’s transfer deadline after indicating they are willing to pay the midfielder’s €50m release clause, sources have confirmed to ESPN’s James Olley.

The Gunners have retained an interest in the 27-year-old throughout the summer, but Atletico refused to budge from their valuation, with Arsenal struggling to finance the deal as they sought to trim a bloated squad.

A reminder of how release clauses work in Spain: The player’s lawyers pay the clause at LaLiga HQ. LaLiga process and approve it, release the player’s registration, pass the fee on to the club. Hence no need for talks with Atletico. – Alex Kirkland

14.13 BST: More on Man United’s chase for some young wingers from ESPN’s Rob Dawson:

Man United consider Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri first-team signings if they come in. Very young but highly rated and would be given the opportunity to break into the senior squad rather than going in with the academy. Possible Diallo could be done today but join in January.

14.11 BST: Barcelona have announced losses of €97m for the 2019-20 season and confirmed that their total debt has doubled to €488m. Barca hoped to become the first club to break €1b in revenue last season but saw their finances hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The club posted their accounts for last season on Monday, revealing a total income of €855m, down more than €200m on the €1.06b they predicted they would have brought in without the coronavirus outbreak. That would have led to profits of around €30m.

13.54 BST: From last month: It looks like Arsenal are going to sign Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey after all.

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Jan Aage Fjortoft praises Chris Richards as the latest young talent to break through at Bayern Munich.

13.27 BST: The Times reports that Everton want a backup goalkeeper to challenge the error-prone Jordan Pickford.

Manchester United‘s Sergio Romero and Tottenham’s Paulo Gazzaniga are being linked, but Everton want a loan move, and their clubs want a permanent deal.

13.15 BST: Manchester United endured a devastating weekend, as they suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, leading to many questions about the club’s defensive options.

Much was made of United’s expensively assembled back line and how it once again crumbled, as a back four that cost £200m was systematically torn asunder by Spurs. That isn’t even factoring in the vast amount of money that has been thrown at David de Gea in contract renewals over recent years to keep him between the sticks at Old Trafford.

Indeed, since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in May 2013, United have gone out and spent a total of £375.3m on defenders, with scant improvement to show for it. Here’s where and on whom that vast sum was frittered away, with a look at the relative value United got for their money.

13.00 BST: PSG have loaned 18-year-old forward Arnaud Kalimuendo to Lens for the season.

Atletico Madrid forward Nicolas Schiappacasse has joined Sassuolo on a permanent deal.

12.57 BST: Goal is reporting that Arsenal have made a move to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

The 27-year-old has been the Gunners’ top target since Houssem Aouar opted to stay at Lyon, but it looked unlikely that they would pull off a deal before the deadline ended.

Partey has a release clause of €50m, though, so at least they know what they have to pay. Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira is closing on a loan move to Atletico, but the two deals aren’t linked.

12.36 BST: Mesut Ozil is set to see out the final year of his £350,000-a-week contract despite Arsenal’s attempts to offload him this summer, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.

Having started the first 10 Premier League matches of head coach Mikel Arteta’s tenure, the 31-year-old has found himself frozen out of the first-team picture at Emirates Stadium, having not appeared in any competition since March 7.

As revealed by ESPN on June 19, Ozil has been determined to stay at the club, despite being offered around Europe. There was some interest in Ozil from the Far East, and Turkish club Fenerbahce explored the possibility of a deal with Arsenal keen to cut their wage bill to help fund deals elsewhere.

Despite reports to the contrary, Arsenal have not looked to pay out the remaining 12 months of his contract and hoped instead to offload him. But barring an 11th-hour miracle, Ozil will stay in north London and aim to win over Arteta in the coming months.

12.20 BST: Bayern Munich are close to completing a €10m deal for Marseille right-back Bouna Sarr, but they already have an American with plenty of potential.

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Frank Leboeuf says Manchester United must react immediately after their 6-1 loss to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.

12.12 BST: Fulham have been chasing a defender, with an €18m move for Barcelona‘s Jean-Clair Todibo considered.

However, the Athletic reports that PSV centre-back Timo Baumgartl is set to complete a loan with option to buy. They’re also exploring a loan move for Lyon’s Joachim Anderson.

11.50 BST: As Germany under-21 captain Arne Maier joins Arminia Bielefeld on a one-year loan from Hertha Berlin, the capital club are set to be busy themselves.

They will sign Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 21, on a loan without a view to a permanent transfer, says the Daily Mirror, while Germany’s 2014 World Cup hero, Mario Gotze, could still join the club, according to Bild.

Out of contract since leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer, Hertha do not have to rush to sign the 28-year-old, who could still join on a free transfer once the window closes at 6 p.m. CEST.

11.33 BST: Sevilla have signed winger Oussama Idrissi from Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar for around €12m.

The Athletic reports that they have opened talks with Bournemouth for striker Joshua King, and Serie A side Torino have had a bid for the Norway international turned down.

11.22 BST: There are unlikely to be any more incomings at Manchester City on deadline day, despite interest in bringing in a left-back, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

Any move for another full-back would likely hinge on Oleksandr Zinchenko‘s leaving the Etihad Stadium, and he has told the club that he would like to stay.

Defender Eric Garcia is still wanted by Barcelona, and he wants to go, but there is still a gap in valuations. Barcelona are refusing to pay the full asking price of around £30m because Garcia has one year left on his contract and has no intention of signing a new one.

Sources said that Garcia’s representatives are “waiting” for Barcelona’s next move.

11.18 BST: Panagiotis Retsos is set to leave Bayer Leverkusen for Saint-Etienne.

Retsos, 22, was on loan at Sheffield United during the second half of last season and is set to join the Ligue 1 side, where he could replace Wesley Fofana, who joined Leicester City. Leverkusen are hoping to reach an agreement on a loan deal with an option to sign the Greece international for €6.5m, kicker reports.

11.11 BST: Manchester United have been in a tailspin since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.

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Ale Moreno explains how Barcelona managed to cede possession Sevilla early in their challenging 1-1 draw.

11.03 BST: Manchester United are set to keep hold of Daniel James today, despite interest from other Premier League clubs, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

Leeds want James — either on loan or on a permanent deal — but he is unlikely to be allowed to leave, particularly because United are struggling to bring in a right winger before the deadline.

10.58 BST: Tottenham have been exploring the possibility of a loan move for Manchester City defender John Stones, says the Athletic.

City are likely to let centre-back Eric Garcia leave for Barcelona, so allowing Stones to depart as well wouldn’t be smart without a replacement.

Stones, 26, has fallen down the pecking order after the £63m arrival of Ruben Dias, but Tottenham are reportedly “focusing on alternative options, such as Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea.”

10.41 BST: ESPN’s Rob Dawson reports on some incomings and outgoings at Manchester United.

[Edinson] Cavani’s medical has gone well. Set to agree two-year contract with break clause available to club and player next summer. Due to sign this afternoon with announcement to follow. [Alex] Telles deal all but done. Fee of €15m with €2m in add-ons. Four-year contract plus an option.

United are set to keep hold of Brandon Williams and Daniel James today despite loan interest. Still want a right winger, but [Jadon] Sancho deal looks dead and Barcelona unlikely to agree to straight loan for [Ousmane] Dembele. [Kingsley] Coman an option but getting very late.

10.35 BST: Bild reports that Werder Bremen are working on a deal to sign midfielder Marko Grujic on loan from Liverpool

Grujic, 24, has spent time on loan with Red Star, Cardiff and Hertha Berlin since joining the Reds in 2016. He doesn’t seem to be in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team, so he will head out again to replace Davy Klaassen, who is set to join former side Ajax.

10.30 BST: Manchester United reserves — sorry, Inter Milan – have signed full-back Matteo Darmian from Parma on a season-long loan with an obligation to make the deal permanent.

10.24 BST: PSG announce the loan signing of Danilo Pereira from FC Porto with an option to sign him permanently next summer.

Interesting from ESPN’s James Olley: “Revealed in June that Arsenal were looking at Danilo Pereira as a possible alternative to Thomas Partey. Player was interested in the move, but contact from Arsenal dried up, and PSG stepped in. Lack of prompt sales and Arsenal’s belief Partey/Aouar deal(s) could be key factors.”

10.15 BST: Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot, Gunnersaurus, has been axed as part of cost-cutting measures in the club.

Jerry Quy, who has played the mascot since its introduction in 1993, worked part-time for the club and was seen as an unnecessary cost with no fans in stadiums. Sources have told ESPN that Quy will be allowed to return to the role when fans return to games.

— Jones: The untold story of Arsenal’s mascot

10.04 BST: Sky Sports reports that “AC Milan and Chelsea are in talks over a loan deal for defender Antonio Rudiger.”

Rudiger has dropped out of favour at Stamford Bridge and will be allowed to leave. PSG and Tottenham are also reportedly interested, but the 27-year-old would only be a backup option for those clubs, and Chelsea want to avoid sending him to a rival, so interest from Spurs is probably a nonstarter.

10.00 BST: Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon has headed to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on loan for the season.

After starting just four Premier League games for Spurs since joining last summer, Sessegnon moves to Hoffenheim to resurrect a young career that has nosedived spectacularly. At Fulham, the left-sided wide player looked destined for great things, but he has failed to show much at Spurs. The open, attacking nature of the Bundesliga should provide a suitable environment for the 20-year-old to recapture the threat going forward from his Fulham days. — Tor Kristian-Karlsen

09.51 BST: Bayern Munich look to have ended their interest in bringing in Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea on loan, sources have told ESPN.

The Bundesliga champions tabled an offer over the weekend to loan Hudson-Odoi, with the option to sign him permanently set at €70m, but Chelsea rejected the approach, sources said.

Bayern Munich were considering a follow-up offer but turned attention to JuventusDouglas Costa and are close to agreeing a deal to sign him on loan for the season.

Hudson-Odoi was linked with a move away from Chelsea as the club bolstered their attacking resources in the summer, but he started their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, and Frank Lampard has stated that he is keen to keep the young winger at Stamford Bridge.

Bayern Munich have been long-term admirers of Hudson-Odoi and made a number of offers for him in 2019, but the winger opted to sign a new deal at Chelsea through to 2024.

09.40 BST: Ronald Koeman has said that he wants two more signings, and Barcelona are working to satisfy the Dutch coach’s demands, sources have told ESPN.

Personal terms have already been agreed with Manchester City defender Eric Garcia and Lyon forward Memphis Depay, but financial problems are holding up the completion of any deals. Both players are out of contract next summer, and Barca believe the pair would cost less than €40m, but they must sell before they can buy.

Barca are fielding offers for Jean-Clair Todibo, including one worth €18m from Premier League side Fulham, but the French defender is not sold on any of the clubs interested in him. If he leaves, sources say it’s almost certain that Garcia will return to the club, having left for City in 2017.

09.26 BST: Real Madrid have beaten Barcelona to the signing of highly rated teenage left-back Rafael Obrador, according to Marca.

The club tracked the 16-year-old Real Mallorca youngster for several seasons, the newspaper reports, and sealed the deal in recent weeks ahead of a number of rival suitors, including the Catalan giants.

Obrador signed a long-term contract at Mallorca in October 2019 but was persuaded to change his plans by the head of Madrid’s academy, Manu Fernandez.

09.11 BST: Everton winger Theo Walcott is in talks with Southampton over a season-long loan move to his former club, sources have told ESPN’s Mark Ogden.

Walcott, 31, who signed for Everton in a £20m transfer from Arsenal in January 2018, has been told that he can leave Goodison Park by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The former England international is one of Everton’s highest earners, with wages of £135,000-a-week, and talks are ongoing with Southampton over the size of their contribution to Walcott’s salary.

09.00 BST: Premier League leaders Everton have signed Norwich defender Ben Godfrey for around £20m, plus add-ons.

The England U-21 international has signed a five-year deal and is Everton’s fifth signing of this transfer window, following the arrivals of Niels Nkounkou, Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

08.51 BST: Atletico Madrid‘s priority on the last day of the transfer window is to finalise departures for midfielders Thomas Lemar and Hector Herrera to make room for the arrival of Lucas Torreira, Diario AS reports.

Arsenal‘s Torreira was pictured taking a medical in Madrid on Saturday ahead of what’s expected to be a season-long loan deal with an option to buy.

Atletico need to free up wages to complete the signing, though, and according to AS, Lemar — who has been a huge disappointment since joining from Monaco for €72m in 2018 — and Mexico international Herrera could make way, with both linked to Porto.

08.45 BST: Could there be half a chance that Man United land Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona on loan today?

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08.34 BST: River Plate centre-back Lucas Martinez Quarta will undergo a medical in Buenos Aires on Monday ahead of his permanent transfer to Fiorentina, according to TyC.

Quarta, 24, becomes a free agent next summer, but the Argentina international will join La Viola for a reported €7m transfer and sign a five-year contract.

08.25 BST: Inter Milan are making one last attempt to bring back Víctor Moses to the club, Sky Italia reports.

The Nerazzurri are reportedly in talks with Chelsea to sign the Nigeria winger on a season-long loan.

Moses moved to Inter in January and made a total of 20 appearances for the club. Inter did not exercise the option to sign Moses permanently from Chelsea this summer but are hopeful of convincing the London club to loan the 29-year-old again for the season.

07.58 BST: Ajax are closing in on the signing of Davy Klaassen from Werder Bremen, sources have told ESPN’s Tom Hamilton.

Klaassen will undergo his medical Monday morning and is then expected to sign for €12m.

The move sees him return to Ajax having left the club for Everton in 2017 for £24m. After an underwhelming season at Goodison Park, he joined Werder in 2018, but he now returns to Amsterdam to help Ajax steer their season back on course after their 1-0 defeat to Groningen at the weekend.

07.45 BST: ICYMI: Everton striker Moise Kean will spend the rest of the season with Paris Saint-Germain after completing a loan move to the French champions on Sunday.

Italy international Kean, who arrived at Everton from Juventus in August 2019, has scored four goals in 37 appearances for the Merseyside team in all competitions. The 20-year-old has struggled for regular first-team opportunities under Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti.

07.39 BST: Manchester United will complete some final day ins and outs, Mark Ogden says, with Edinson Cavani likely to be the most high-profile name arriving at Old Trafford.

The Uruguayan forward, a free agent following his summer exit from Paris Saint Germain, underwent a medical Sunday in Manchester, as did Porto left-back Alex Telles. Both deals are expected to be wrapped up today, and United are continuing to look for a winger after missing out on top target Jadon Sancho.

Defender Chris Smalling is close to sealing a permanent move to Roma, and goalkeeper Sergio Romero and winger Daniel James could leave if interest from a group of clubs progresses before the deadline.

07.00 BST: Welcome to the start of Transfer Deadline Day. ESPN will have you covered across all of the major deals after a frankly ridiculous weekend of action in soccer.

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The attorney representing eight Black former Iowa football players who allege racial discrimination during their time with the Hawkeyes said Monday night that the university’s rejection of their demands, which included a payment of $20 million, is not the end of the matter.

Civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons of Tulsa, Oklahoma, had stated the players’ demands in a 21-page letter to university officials dated Oct. 5. In addition to $20 million, the players called for the firings of head football coach Kirk Ferentz, offensive line coach Brian Ferentz and athletic director Gary Barta.

The university general counsel’s office issued its response Sunday, saying it would not give in to the demands and that work had already begun to create a more welcoming environment for Black athletes. The general counsel’s response was issued to the media along with a copy of Solomon-Simmons’ original letter.

“In response, it appears Iowa released our confidential letter to the media with the sole intention of trying to shame and intimidate our courageous clients,” Solomon-Simmons said in a statement. “It did not work. In fact, Iowa’s move has not only strengthened the resolve of our clients to continue to stand up for their rights and the rights of their teammates.”

The former players who have said they were mistreated are Akrum Wadley, Aaron Mends, Jonathan Parker, Marcel Joly, Maurice Fleming, Reggie Spearman, Kevonte Martin-Manley and Andre Harris.

Solomon-Simmons did not respond to an Associated Press request to interview the former players. Other attempts to reach the players were unsuccessful.

Solomon-Simmons’ original letter said if the players’ demands were not met by Monday, the former players would file a lawsuit seeking damages.

The university in June hired an outside law firm to review the culture of the football program after dozens of former players, most of them Black, spoke out on social media to allege racial disparities and mistreatment. Their activism came as protests against racial injustice swept the nation following the death of George Floyd and after attempts to raise concerns inside the program resulted in only minor changes.

The athletic department cut ties with longtime strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who received $1.1 million in a severance agreement. Several players had accused Doyle of using racial slurs when addressing them, an allegation he denied. Brian Ferentz, the son of Kirk Ferentz, also was alleged to have been abusive to players.

The review, which included interviews with 111 current and former players and employees, found the cultural problems were systemic.

The players’ demand letter called for the university make a payment of $10 million “for the loss of earning capacity, loss of professional opportunities, defamation, pain and suffering, mental conditions, mental anguish, PTSD, humiliation, and overall emotional distress that our clients have incurred.”

In addition, they sought $10 million to set up a fund established for athletes, not including the eight former football players, to compensate them “for the discrimination and ongoing severe and pervasive acts that constitute intentional discrimination where Defendants intended to treat African-Americans differently.”

The players also wanted mandatory annual anti-racist training for all athletic department staff, the creation of a permanent Senior Black Male Administrator position and tuition waivers for Black athletes who attended Iowa during Kirk Ferentz’s 22 years and did not graduate.

“Our monetary demand for our clients and the over 100 other impacted African-American athletes may be shortsightedly characterized as a money-grab by some,” Solomon-Simmons said in his statement. “But our demand is just because the need for vindication and accountability is just. The need for meaningful change, and not mere administrative shuffles of Black employees for the sake of public relations, is just.”

Solomon-Simmons said the issue of racial discrimination won’t be erased with “diversity councils, grandiose statements of support, helmet decals, ‘unity’ walks, prepaid expensive reports, kumbaya implicit bias seminars, and tokenizing of a few Black faculty, athletes, and staff.”

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ARLINGTON, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have lost another starter on their offense with Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin suffering a concussion with 5:07 left in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals.

He was ruled out as the second half began with the Cowboys trailing, 21-3.

Martin spent a considerable amount of time in the blue tent getting looked at by the medical staff. He headed to the locker room at the start of the second quarter.

The Cowboys are playing their first game without quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a compound fracture and dislocated right ankle in last week’s win against the New York Giants. The Cowboys placed Prescott on injured reserve on Monday and he faces a 4-6 month recovery period.

A once-vaunted offensive line is now gutted. Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick retired in the offseason. Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith had season-ending neck surgery last week. Right tackle La’el Collins is on injured reserve because of hip surgery and did not play a down this season.

Joe Looney, who replaced Frederick, is on injured reserve with a knee injury but expected to return. In the season opener, the Cowboys lost tight end Blake Jarwin to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The Cowboys current offensive line, from left to right is: Brandon Knight (undrafted free agent, 2019), Connor Williams (second-round, 2018), Tyler Biadasz (fourth round, 2020), Connor McGovern 9third round, 2019) and Terence Steele (undrafted free agent, 2020). McGovern entered the game with two offensive snaps in his career.

The Cowboys scored a season-low 3 points in the first half.

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After a 4-0 start to the season during which Josh Allen resembled a possible MVP candidate, the Buffalo Bills have now dropped two games in a row, with their struggling quarterback acknowledging, “This team can’t afford to have me play poorly.”

Playing in his second consecutive prime-time game Monday night, Allen completed just 14 of 27 passes for 122 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in a performance reminiscent of his 2018 and 2019 seasons. Although he threw two touchdown passes, he also recorded his fourth interception of the season and missed receivers throughout the game, culminating in a 26-17 loss in Orchard Park, New York.

The third-year quarterback took responsibility for his performance, directly tying his team’s success — or lack thereof — to his play.

“We weren’t good enough — I was not good enough. I got to do a better job, it’s plain and simple,” Allen said. “I didn’t play very good tonight. I know that; I understand that. This team can’t afford to have me play poorly.

“Early on just not being as accurate with the ball as I should have been. Making the right reads, making the right throws, and we turned it on a little too late there.”

Through the first four weeks of the season, only Dallas‘ Dak Prescott threw for more yards than Allen’s 1,326, and only Seattle‘s Russell Wilson and Green Bay‘s Aaron Rodgers threw for more touchdowns than Allen’s 12. After failing to eclipse 300 passing yards in a game during his first two professional seasons, Allen did so in three consecutive outings to open 2020, including a career-high 415 yards against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.

However, he looked far from an MVP candidate during a 42-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 5, during which he completed 26 of 41 passes for a then-season-low 263 yards, two touchdowns and season-high two interceptions.

Against the Chiefs, Allen’s 122 passing yards marked his lowest total since Week 6 of his rookie season, excluding a Week 17 game against the New York Jets last season when he played only one series.

Allen and the Bills get a bounce-back game against the winless Jets in Week 7 before hosting the New England Patriots in Week 8.

Buffalo has publicly stated its goal of winning the AFC East for the first time since 1995, and in order for the Bills to do so, Allen must return to a level of play comparable to what he showed during the first four weeks of the season.

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