Transfer deadline day is in full swing and Premier League clubs are rushing to finalize deals ahead of today’s 11pm BST deadline. Here are today’s top completed and pending moves:
Anthony >Manchester United
Manchester United have completed the signing of Brazilian winger Antony from Ajax for an initial fee of €95m (£82.1m) on the final day of the summer transfer window. A deal was already in place between the two clubs, with United agreeing to potential surcharges of €5m (£4.3m), making Antony the fourth-most expensive signing in Premier League history. He has signed a contract that runs until 2027 with an option for a further year and will follow Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Casemiro through the door this summer.
“This is an incredible moment in my career to join one of the most iconic clubs in the world,” the 22-year-old told United’s official website.
Manuel Akanji >Manchester City
Manuel Akanji has his sights set on winning a silver medal in England after signing a five-year deal to complete his move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City. City were believed to have had their summer deal wrapped up but returned to the market to add depth to defense after recent injuries to Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias and John Stones being the only fit center halves for Pep Guardiola. The Premier League champions have reportedly paid £17million to sign the Switzerland international, who spent four seasons at Dortmund after joining from Basel in 2018.
“I’m really excited to be here and can’t wait to get started,” said Akanji, who has inherited the number 25 jersey vacated by former City captain Fernandinho this summer.
Wout Faes > Leicester City
Leicester City have signed Belgian defender Wout Faes from French club Stade de Reims on a five-year deal, subject to international clearance, the Premier League club announced on Thursday, transfer deadline day. Faes, who has been named Reims’ player of the season for 2021/22, will join Leicester to replace Wesley Fofana, who joined Chelsea this week. The 24-year-old made his Nations League debut for Belgium in June this year. Faes is Leicester’s second summer signing after they signed Alex Smithies as back-up goalkeeper on a free transfer.
Willy Boly > Nottingham Forest
Boly, 31, has been liked with a move to Forest in recent weeks and is the latest in a long list of arrivals at the City Ground. The club said he has signed a two-year deal after spending five seasons at Wolves. Nottingham Forest signed their 19th summer signing when Ivory Coast defender Willy Boly joined from Wolves.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang > Chelsea
Chelsea and Barcelona have agreed on a deal after lengthy negotiations. that of the independent Miguel Delaney reports for around 14 euros plus Marco Alonso. Aubameyang returns to the Premier League and is resurrected with his former manager Thomas Tuchel.
Martin Dubravka > Manchester United
It’s believed it’s just a matter of final formalities before Dubravka is confirmed as a United player on loan from Newcastle and 33-year-old David de Gea is set to face competition.
Arthur Melo > Liverpool
Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo’s loan transfer to Liverpool has received the ‘let’s go’ treatment and appears to be complete. Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Arthur Melo to Liverpool here we go! The contracts can now be signed as soon as the medical treatment already booked is completed in the afternoon. Arthur is flying to the UK right now. Loan contract valid until June 2023, no purchase option.”
Douglas Luis >arsenal
The Brazil midfielder is close to a £20m transfer, according to multiple reports. His transfer means…
Leandro Dendoncker > Aston Villa
Villa have moved to quickly fill the gap in Steven Gerrard’s squad left by Douglas Luiz with the around £13million signing of Wolves midfielder Dendoncker.
Dan James, Carlos Vinicius > Fulham
Leeds winger James is set to join Marco Silva’s side from Fulham where he can expect more playing time, while former Spurs striker Vinicius is expected to sign for around £5million.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s immediate future will be decided on the last day of the summer transfer window. As Thursday dawned, debate was ongoing over whether he would remain at Manchester United after the 11pm deadline, although boss Erik ten Hag had downplayed suggestions that the 37-year-old could leave the club. The imminent arrival of Ajax frontman Antony in a deal costing over £80million has sparked suggestions Ronaldo could leave, with the striker linked with Napoli and Sporting Lisbon.
However, when asked about the Portuguese captain’s future, Ten Hag said: “We’re happy with him, he’s happy to be here and we want to make the season a success together.”
Edson Alvarez > Chelsea
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel likes midfielder Edson Alvarez but Ajax are reluctant to sell due to heavy spending this summer. The only reason they let Antony go to Manchester United was the huge asking price – “too much to keep him on the table,” according to a source – and Chelsea’s current £43m valuation for Alvarez is too short to say the least to change their position. Talks with Barcelona have of course led to Frenkie de Jong being approached and the player’s family are more open to a move to London than Manchester. At this stage of the window, a significant change would still be required.
Saints could have a busy day when approaching Ainsley Maitland Niles, Samuel Edozie and Juan Lariosbut they will reportedly face competition from Leeds for the PSV winger Cody Gakpo.
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