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The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain — the window closes for Europe’s top leagues today — but here are the rumours floating around. Plus, check out the latest major completed transfers across Europe.

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TOP STORY: Arsenal trigger Partey’s release clause

With the deadline rapidly approaching, Arsenal are aiming to complete a deadline day swoop for Ghanaian international Thomas Partey after activating the midfielder’s £45 million release clause.

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

However, with Lucas Torreira set to finalise a loan move to Atletico in a separate transaction and Matteo Guendouzi having joined Hertha Berlin on loan, Partey is set to arrive, pending the agreement of personal terms and completion of a medical.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have 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 Traore, although a move for the 18-year-old will have to wait until January to be completed due to work permit regulations.

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

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Atletico Madrid have just sent a couple of newsworthy tweets…

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

21.57 BST: Fulham have finally brought in some defensive help, 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 struggled to adapt to life in France with Lyon, starting only 17 games for OL.

Andersen will have his work cut out for him, as he hopes to stablise a defense that has conceded 11 goals in four Premier League games. Stay tuned as it sounds as if Fulham are quite down just yet..

21.45 BST: Everton want to bring in a goalkeeper to push the struggling Jordan Pickford, and reports indicate 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 year away.

The South Coast side have signed the former England man on a loan deal, with Walcott having fallen down the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti.

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 may 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.

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 percent 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, had been linked with clubs in Holland, the United States and Turkey.

21.20 BST: Celtic have got their man, the club announcing 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 last two seasons at Milan. A key player at the 2018 World Cup for Uruguay, the pacy Laxalt has 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 Traore.

The 18-year-old, who has only played 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 due to work permit regulations, sources added.

United turned to Traore 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 still left it late on deadline day, just beating the buzzer with the necessary paper work. Roma will pay €15 million plus a potential €5m more 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 only scored in one of their four Premier League games since jumping back 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 also 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. Cuisanace, 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 October 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 while a deal has been agreed, the race is on to get the deal done in the closing minutes before Italy’s window closes at 7pm (8pm Italian time).

Smalling, who was excellent while on loan at 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 last 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 fhis ormer 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 further year. Telles, 27, is one of the more prolific attacking left-backs in world football, racking up 26 goals and 50 assists over 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 Traore also expected to make the move to Old Trafford.

Here’s what our resident scout Tor-Kristian Karlsen thinks of Telles’s 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: And 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 the deal could rise to €50m based on Chiesa’s performance. The winger, who has been at Fiorentina since he was nine, 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 had been interested in taking the England international on loan but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy dismissed suggestions of a temporary switch, indicating instead 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 now 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 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 initially 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 only played 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 only 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 may lose Thomas Partey to Arsenal by the end of the day. It had been reported that Herrera would 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. But is that because he’s got 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 2015-2018 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’s not allowed to depart — in the centre-back pecking order.

14.26 BST: Arsenal are all the rage today and Aftobladet reports 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 Traore 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 Traore 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 had hoped to become the first club to break €1bn 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 over €200m on the €1.06bn 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, but it looks like Arsenal are going to sign Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey after all.

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ESPN FC’s Colin Udoh delves into where the Gunners stand in their pursuit of Thomas Partey.

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, while 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. And that’s not even factoring in the vast amount of money that have 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, and 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.

And 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 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, while Turkish club Fenerbahce had 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 had hoped instead to offload him. But, barring an 11th-hour miracle, Ozil will now 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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Jan Aage Fjortoft praises Chris Richards as the latest young talent to break through at Bayern Munich.

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. And 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 also 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 also opened talks with Bournemouth for striker Joshua King, while 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 leaving the Etihad Stadium and he has told the club 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 only has a 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 now 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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Julien Laurens thinks the likelihood of Ousmane Dembele joining Man Utd has grown because of Paul Pogba’s influence.

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 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 non-starter.

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’s 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 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 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 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 had 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 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 on 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, says Mark Ogden, 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 in Manchester on Sunday night, 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, while 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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LIVERPOOL: A backup option at centre-back is probably the only area the Reds need to strengthen, but it’s been a quiet few days and nobody has really been linked. Forward Xherdan Shaqiri could depart, as his place in the squad looks under threat. Another backup goalkeeper would also be useful after Alisson’s injury.

MAN CITY: Pep Guardiola says he’s happy, but the club’s poor start to the Premier League shows there are gaps to be filled. It’s unlikely anyone will fill them, though, and centre-back Eric Garcia could leave for Barcelona, while Oleksandr Zinchenko could also go.

CHELSEA: After spending over £220m on a host of new players, the Blues will be looking to raise some funds. Fikayo Tomori, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Emerson Palmieri and Antonio Rudiger could depart on loan. West Ham’s Declan Rice is top of the list as Frank Lampard still wants a defensive midfielder but, at £80m, is likely to be too expensive.

MAN UNITED: Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho was top target, but former PSG striker Edinson Cavani will arrive on a free transfer, and young winger Facundo Pellistri should come, too. Ousmane Dembele won’t happen but could a move for Bayern’s Kingsley Coman come off? Defence hasn’t seemed to be a priority, though it should be, and a backup for left-back Luke Shaw should arrive in the form of Porto’s Alex Telles. Diogo Dalot has joined Milan on loan, and there’s still time for Chris Smalling to get his move to Roma done.

ARSENAL: Lyon‘s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid‘s Thomas Partey were key midfield targets but both look unlikely. Chelsea‘s Jorginho could be an option in an area the Gunners need to strengthen. Any or all of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers could leave, with midfielder Lucas Torreira expected to head to Atletico Madrid and Matteo Guendouzi to Hertha Berlin. Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith-Rowe could go out on loan; Mesut Ozil will likely stay but his friend Sead Kolasinac could join Leverkusen.

TOTTENHAM: Dele Alli continues to be linked with a loan move away to PSG, but Tottenham got their backup striker in Carlos Vinicius from Benfica. Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar is rated at €60m and Spurs want him, but they could go for Chelsea’s Rudiger as a backup if a deal can’t be done. Ryan Sessegnon has joined Hoffenheim on loan.

BARCELONA: It’s been a real mess, but new manager Ronald Koeman says that a centre-back and a No. 9 are needed. Man City’s Garcia is the top defensive target, while Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez was the attacking option but is too expensive at over €100m. Memphis Depay could yet come from Lyon for around €25m. Samuel Umtiti and Jean Clair Todibo could go, but only if a new defender arrives.

REAL MADRID: Nothing to see here. Real have done nothing all window and are happy with their options, especially now they’ve got rid of Gareth Bale on loan. PSG striker Kylian Mbappe and Rennes teenager Eduardo Camavinga will be targets in 2021.

JUVENTUS: A move for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa would usually cost around €60m, but they’ve seemingly managed a two-year loan, while links appeared to Aouar before the midfielder decided to stay at Lyon. Defender Daniele Rugani left for Rennes and Mattia de Sciglio could be allowed to leave as well.

BAYERN MUNICH: Marseille‘s Bouna Sarr will fill the right-back hole for around €10m, while Espanyol’s Marc Roca has arrived to provide depth in midfield for €15m. A free transfer for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, after he left PSG, will provide backup for Robert Lewandowski, but Joshua Zirkzee should go out on loan as a result. The club failed with a loan move for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi but could bring Douglas Costa back to Bavaria with a loan move for the Brazil international, who played for Bayern Munich from 2015 to 2018.

PSG: Links with Tottenham’s Alli continue to surface, but FC Porto‘s Danilo Pereira came in on loan to strengthen the midfield, while Everton forward Moise Kean should help fill some gaps up front after his loan move to the Ligue 1 giants was confirmed on Sunday.

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Barcelona keen to make Depay-Dembele switch

Lyon sporting director Juninho has admitted that Memphis Depay is close to completing a move to Barcelona.

Speaking to Telefoot Chaine, he said: “He has 12 months left on his contract, so. … He has got an agreement with Barcelona, we don’t hide that. It is possible that Memphis signs for Barcelona, but it is not certain. He is the most likely to go. If he stays, he will help us.”

This could be facilitated by the departure of Ousmane Dembele, as sources have told ESPN’s Moises Llorens that Barca are expecting a call from Manchester United for the Frenchman before the deadline ends.

However, for Depay to arrive, sources said that Dembele must leave first. There was interest from Manchester United but the Premier League side would prefer a loan, while Barca want to bring in a transfer fee for the France international, meaning he is likely to stay.

Chiesa to Juventus loan deal close

Juventus are close to completing a deal to bring Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa in on loan, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.

The transfer journalist says that the player has already agreed to terms with the Serie A champions, while the two clubs have agreed on a financial structure.

This will see an initial €2m paid in the first year and €10m in the second campaign of the loan, which will then be followed by a conditional obligation to sign him for €40m.

The only things now holding up the move is that Chiesa needs to sign a new deal with Fiorentina first, and he wants assurances that the club will match Juventus’ wage offers if the permanent move does not come to fruition.

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Barcelona working on pair of loan deals

Barcelona are working on a deal with FC Porto that would see the Portuguese outfit get two players on loan, while the Catalan giants would get one loanee in return, says AS.

The report says that they are looking to send out Rafinha and Jean-Clair Todibo, who have both had other suitors throughout this transfer window.

In return, they would get the centre-back Diogo Leite, who is also wanted by Valencia.

Rafinha’s stance is said to be the only thing that can hold up this deal as he weighs up his other options, but Barcelona are keen to get Leite into the club.

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Toronto FC hoping to make MLS Cup run having spent much of 2020 far from home

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On a recent Thursday in Hartford, Conn., Toronto FC goalkeeper Quentin Westberg pondered the dichotomy of wanting to reach MLS Cup on Dec. 12, but also desiring to see his family again. Meanwhile, Jim Liston, the team’s director of sports science, was planning a trip to Lowe’s to buy 15 garbage cans so players could have an ice bath after training. As for manager Greg Vanney, he was fretting about his team’s health and the lack of practice time their schedule was affording.

Such is the life of a team as it attempts to not only navigate its way through the COVID-19 pandemic, but has been forced to do it away from home.

Due to travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada, TFC — like the league’s other two Canadian teams, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps — set up a “home” base in the U.S. for the remainder of the season; Toronto were stationed in Hartford. (Vancouver Whitecaps took roost in Portland, ground-sharing with Timbers, while Montreal Impact split use of New York Red Bulls’ facilities in Harrison, N.J.) This was on top of nearly every team spending nearly a month inside a bubble back in July at the MLS is Back Tournament outside Orlando, Florida.

The Reds spent about seven weeks back in Toronto as they played a series of matches against Canadian teams. In mid-September, the remainder of the regular season — and the temporary move to Hartford — beckoned. The vagabond nature of the campaign is what led Liston to joke that he was willing to discuss “whatever five seasons” the team has been through so far. But for Vanney and the players, the campaign has required a special kind of focus.

“A lot of what we’ve done here, and what we try to preach here is just control the controllables, and don’t get too drawn into the things you can’t,” Vanney told ESPN. “Roll with it, and make the best out of whatever the situation is.”

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Toronto has largely succeeded in spite of its odyssey. While there was disappointment at missing out on the Supporters’ Shield to the Philadelphia Union, TFC went 7-3-2 during its Hartford sojourn and finished with the second-best record in the league. But the challenges have still been immense. Simply being out of one’s home environment is difficult enough, but the time spent away from family and loved ones weighs heavy on the psyche, even as Vanney has given players the occasional trip back to Toronto — under quarantine — to reconnect with loved ones.

“It’s just very different, very challenging and emotionally exhausting,” Westberg said of his experience while based in Hartford.

Westberg has arguably had it tougher than most. The TFC goalkeeper is married with four children, including a baby girl who was born in June. For that reason, Westberg and his wife, Ania, made the decision at the end of September that it would be better for her and their kids to head back to his native France so they could be surrounded by family. Westberg called it “the least bad decision,” but there are difficulties nonetheless.

“I’m a very even person, and this year has challenged me a lot,” he said. “I’m still pretty even, but I keep a lot to myself and for sure there’s some difficult days, seeing your family [struggle] from your absence.”

The inability to be home has affected the players and staff in other ways. In Toronto, there are ways of disengaging from the game. Being with friends, loved ones or even in familiar surroundings can be the best medicine in terms of forgetting a bad game or training session. But in Hartford, at the team’s hotel, that escape is nearly impossible even as players try to distract themselves by reading or taking online classes.

“You don’t really unplug,” Westberg said. “You FaceTime family, or this or that, but it’s too short. You’re 100 percent focused on your soccer, and your whole day basically relies on being ready for whatever soccer activity that you have next, whether it’s practice or game. It’s good for your physique, it’s optimal for the way you eat and the way you [train]. But mentally, you’re not as fresh as your body.”

That isn’t to say there are only negatives to the separation. There is also an us-against-the-world mentality that Toronto has adopted, given that their players and personnel are experiencing the season in a way that is vastly different than most other teams. The team staff has done what it can to make their surroundings a home away from home, whether it’s personalizing the locker rooms at Rentschler Field or having hotel staff brand the surroundings in TFC colors. The hotel went so far as to bring in a barista who could consistently give the players their coffee fix. Supporters groups have even sent down banners in a bid to convey the fact that the players are remembered.

The care that TFC takes for players has extended to families back home, with the club supplying meals to loved ones three times a week.

On the logistical side, Liston made sure that one of the gyms used at MLS is Back was brought to TFC’s hotel in Hartford, and he remarked that the food at the hotel is “arguably the best we’ve ever had on the road.”

There have also been efforts to create new routines. Assistant coach Jason Bent, aka DJ Soops, has been in charge of the pregame music selection for the past 18 months — no easy feat for a squad that has a considerable international presence. In Hartford, Bent has set aside Thursday nights to spin music in one area of the hotel. He’ll even go live on Instagram or Twitch for those who prefer to relax in their rooms.

“[We] opened it to players and staff and basically anyone that’s part of our bubble to come relax, listen to music and just enjoy each other’s company,” Bent said. “I enjoy making people happy so if it’s helping everyone even in the slightest, I have no problem arranging the set and spinning.”

For Vanney, the pandemic and operating outside of the team’s home market has meant any number of challenges. He said the team has used three different training facilities in Hartford, with varying field conditions. He recognizes that the trips home are vital for the mental health of his players and staff, but any breaks also mean less time spent on the practice field. The compressed schedule, which at times involved games every three or four days, has had an impact as well. Even the best-laid plans in terms of squad rotation were impacted as minor injuries began popping up.

“We end up with a lot of guys in different positions because they need special kinds of treatment or care to help them get fit and back to health,” Vanney said. “So it ends up being a lot of different things kind of going on all at once, and that’s been the challenge of it.”

Recovery from matches has been complicated by the fact that TFC doesn’t have access to the same level of facilities that it does at home — hence Liston’s emergency trip to Lowe’s to fashion impromptu ice baths for the players. Then there are the different ways the players occupy themselves on the road as compared to home, especially amid the pandemic.

“There’s really no life outside of the hotel,” Liston said. “[At home], you may go walk the dog in the afternoon or go for a walk with your wife or friend or girlfriend or family and you’re out and about. The recommendation [here] is to kind of stay put. So you’ve got a really active population and pro athletes, who we’re asking them to be sedentary the rest of the time, kind of stay in the hotel from a COVID and safety standpoint. That’s not optimal for recovery either.”

There are also the creature comforts of home that are no longer available on the road, which can impact sleep.

“Sleep is the number one tool for recovery, and that’s definitely been a challenge,” Liston said. “We do well-being questionnaires and the scores on quality of sleep, and hours of sleep, just drop.”

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Another change has been same-day travel, which has drawn mixed reactions from the TFC players and staff. Vanney and Westberg are generally in favor, saying it reminds them of when they each played in France. Flying back the same night also means a training day isn’t lost. Liston has a different perspective in that he prefers arriving the day before, and then leaving the same day.

“I think [same-day travel] makes for a really long day,” he said. “And there’s definitely a negative impact on performance, taking three bus rides and a plane ride before your game. You’re getting home — it can be 12:30, but it could also be 1:30 in the morning, and that’s where you know our well-being scores and sleep hours and quality just disappear. When you have so many games in succession, you can’t make up the sleep.”

With the playoffs set to begin for TFC on Nov. 24, the end is in sight, even as it makes for a complex — and even conflicting — set of emotions.

“This is the tricky part. I miss them a lot,” Westberg said of his family. “But in a way I want to see them as [late] as possible in December, because obviously, there’s this idea that we want to do well in the playoffs and we want to keep going. TFC has a history of setting high standards and high expectations. It’s a heavy load to carry but also an exciting one.”

Win or lose, it’s a season they’ll never forget.

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Bettman: NHL is mulling temporary realignment

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The NHL is considering a temporary realignment of its teams for the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, according to commissioner Gary Bettman.

Bettman said Tuesday that restrictions on travel across the Canadian border, as well as “limitations in terms of quarantining when you go from certain states to other states” within the United States, could mean the NHL creates a more regionalized alignment for its upcoming season.

“As it relates to the travel issue, which is obviously the great unknown, we may have to temporarily realign to deal with geography, because having some of our teams travel from Florida to California may not make sense. It may be that we’re better off — particularly if we’re playing a reduced schedule, which we’re contemplating — keeping it geographically centric and more divisional-based; and realigning, again on a temporary basis, to deal with the travel issues,” Bettman said during a 2020 Paley International Council Summit panel with fellow commissioners Adam Silver of the NBA and Rob Manfred of MLB.

The NHL board of governors has a meeting scheduled for Thursday which will provide a progress report and possible recommendations for a season format, based on talks between the league and the NHL Players’ Association. The target date for starting next season remains Jan. 1.

Bettman said the league is considering a few scheduling options for the 2020-21 season. Something that’s off the table: playing the entire season in the kind of bubbles the NHL had in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, to complete last season. But Bettman said teams opening in their own arenas is a possibility, along with a modified bubble.

“We are exploring the possibility of playing in our own buildings without fans [or] fans where you can, which is going to be an arena-by-arena issue. But we’re also exploring the possibility of a hub. You’ll come in. You’ll play for 10 to 12 days. You’ll play a bunch of games without traveling. You’ll go back, go home for a week, be with your family. We’ll have our testing protocols and all the other things you need,” he said.

Bettman also indicated that the NHL is exploring “a hybrid, where some teams are in a bubble, some teams play at home and you move in and out.”

The NBA’s board of governors unanimously approved a deal with the players’ union that sets the stage for a season that will open on Dec. 22 and with a reduced schedule of 72 games. Silver said that the commissioners are in communication on COVID-19-related issues, especially the NBA and the NHL, since the two leagues’ teams share arenas and, in some cases, team owners.

Silver said he senses that the NBA will have fans in many of its buildings this season.

“We’re probably going to start one way, where we’re maybe a little bit more conservative than many of the jurisdictions allow,” he said. “What we’ve said to our teams is that we’ll continue to work with public health authorities. Arena issues are different than outdoor stadium issues. There will be certain standards for air filtration and air circulation. There may be a different standard for a suite than there will be for fans spaced in seats.”

Silver said there will be standardized protocols that are consistent from arena to arena, such as proximity between players and fans: “In certain cases, for seats near the floor, we’re going to be putting in testing programs, where fans will certify that they’ve been tested — some within 48 hours, some within day of game.” While Silver supported a continued expansion of the NBA postseason through its play-in tournament, Bettman said that he’s not in favor of expanded playoffs or “playing with the fundamentals of the game.” The NHL had 24 teams in its postseason last summer.

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The Battleground States Where We’ve Seen Some Movement In The Polls

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With apologies to The Raconteurs, the presidential race continues to be “steady as she goes,” with little sign of tightening despite a plethora of new polls. FiveThirtyEight’s presidential forecast gives Joe Biden an 89 in 100 shot at winning the election, while President Trump has just an 11 in 100 chance. This makes Biden the favorite, but still leaves open a narrow path to victory for Trump, for whom a reelection win would be surprising — but not utterly shocking.

At the same time, we also have fewer polls from live-caller surveys, which have historically been more accurate and have shown slightly better numbers for Biden, than polls that use other methodologies, such as polls conducted primarily online or through automated telephone calls. Nevertheless, while the overall picture has shifted only a little in recent days, a few battleground states have seen at least some movement in their polls, which has slightly altered the odds Biden or Trump wins in each of those places.

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