Transfers latest LIVE: Ansu Fati set to fly to Brighton to complete season-long loan from Barcelona

Premier League clubs have just two days to conclude their business with the transfer deadline approaching

Karl Matchett,Ben Fleming
Thursday 31 August 2023 20:35 BST
Mauricio Pochettino refuses to comment on Cole Palmer signing

The transfer deadline is fast approaching - clubs have to wrap up all their deals by 11pm BST on Friday 1 September, meaning today and tomorrow will be chaotic and potentially exciting with a host of switches still pending.

Among the biggest clubs, Man City could be set to sell Cole Palmer to Chelsea, while the latter could offload Callum Hudson-Odoi after his return from loan. Manchester United, meanwhile, are still looking for at least two more additions, with rivals Liverpool hoping to land another midfielder in Ryan Gravenberch, currently at Bayern Munich.

Brighton look set to sign Ansu Fati on loan from Barcelona, while several other Premier League teams could also conclude deals late on before the window shuts. Follow all the latest news and transfer rumour updates below; get all the latest football betting sites offers here.


Transfer news LIVE

Dean Henderson set for Sam Johnstone battle after Crystal Palace move

Dean Henderson will have to fight for a place at Crystal Palace ahead of a £15m move from Manchester United. The signing is seen as one for depth and the future of the squad at Selhurst Park.

The intention is to retain Sam Johnstone as the Eagles No 1 goalkeeper, having started all four of Palace’s games this season.

Johnstone has been recalled to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for games against Ukraine and Scotland. The decision from Southgate reflects his recent form at Palace and Roy Hodgson is hugely content with the 30-year-old.

Read more from Miguel Delaney below:

Dean Henderson set for Sam Johnstone battle after Crystal Palace move

Henderson leaves Manchester United after six loan spells and will strengthen Roy Hodgson’s squad at Selhurst Park

Ben Fleming31 August 2023 19:30

Raheem Sterling misses out as Eddie Nketiah handed debut England squad call-up

Raheem Sterling has been omitted from the England squad while Eddie Nketiah was handed a first senior call-up by Gareth Southgate for the games against Ukraine and Scotland.

Sterling, who missed the summer internationals, was a candidate for a recall after starting the season in fine form for Chelsea but Southgate preferred Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace.

Arsenal striker Nketiah was selected ahead of Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins as the third specialist striker.

Southgate also kept faith with Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips, who have played no first-team football for Manchester United and Manchester City respectively, while also picking Jordan Henderson, who has moved to Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.

Read more about Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad below:

Sterling misses out as Nketiah handed debut England squad call-up

The Three Lions face Ukraine in a Euro 2024 qualifier before a friendly against Scotland

Ben Fleming31 August 2023 19:20

How Romelu Lukaku, football’s nearly man, became Jose Mourinho’s ideal signing

Like Wolfgang Wolf managing Wolfsburg or Arsene Wenger taking charge of Arsenal, perhaps Romelu Lukaku’s imminent arrival in Rome is striking a blow for nominative determinism in football. When Roma secure his services on a year’s loan, it may seem a triumph for the Giallorossi’s negotiating skills and an extension to the strange on-off relationship between Lukaku and Jose Mourinho.

Yet for Lukaku and Chelsea, trapped in a loveless marriage during which neither has been able to formalise a lasting parting of the ways, it represents a failure on both fronts. Even as Chelsea have sold a host of players this summer, it is ever likelier that they will not recoup a transfer fee for a man who cost them a then club record £97m. Chelsea, it feels, have been doubly culpable in the last two summers, first being too generous and too willing to loan him out to Inter for a relatively small sum last year and then overpricing him 12 months on, when cash-strapped Italian clubs were unlikely to pay £40m and Lukaku had little interest in moving to Saudi Arabia. It was a sign he still has footballing ambitions.

After Lukaku signs for Roma on loan, Rich Jolly dissects the striker’s fortunes and Chelsea’s part in his riddle:

How Lukaku, football’s nearly man, became Mourinho’s ideal signing

The Belgian is poised to join Rome, two years on from his £97m move to Stamford Bridge

Ben Fleming31 August 2023 19:10

Transfers news LIVE

Liverpool are in talks with Bayern Munich about Ryan Gravenberch as they try to sign a fourth midfielder this summer.

No deal has been agreed between the clubs yet but the Netherlands international is thought to be willing to move to Anfield as he looks for first-team football.

Gravenberch joined Bayern from Ajax last summer but the 21-year-old has only started three matches in the Bundesliga since then.

Jurgen Klopp has already bought three midfielders, in Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo, in this transfer window.

However, Liverpool have lost six other midfielders since the end of last season.

Liverpool hold talks with Bayern Munich over deal for Ryan Gravenberch

Gravenberch would become the fourth midfielder of the summer to come to Anfield if an agreement can be reached before the transfer deadline

Ben Fleming31 August 2023 19:00

Transfers news LIVE

Fulham are in talks with Monaco over the sale of Tosin Adarabioyo, after reluctantly accepting the defender will not sign a new contract.

The Ligue 1 club will put a new bid in once a price is agreed, which is expected to be in the next 48 hours. Tosin and his representatives had been telling Fulham over the past few weeks that he would not sign a new contract, and this was reiterated in stronger terms since the 2-2 draw away at Arsenal at the weekend. With Fulham now risking losing the player on a free at the end of the season, they have entered more productive talks with Monaco.

Fulham in talks with Monaco to sell defender Tosin Adarabioyo

Contract talks have broken down and left Fulham with little choice but to sell the 25-year-old

Ben Fleming31 August 2023 18:50

Transfers news LIVE

Tottenham plot last-minute bid for Connor Gallagher with Blues set to bring in Cole Palmer

Although it appears as if Chelsea’s transfer incomings may end with the imminent signing of Manchester City’s Cole Palmer, it looks like there is still the possibility of some outgoings.

The Englishman has started all four of Chelsea’s fixtures this year but The Telegraph are now suggesting that Spurs are considering a move for the midfielder who may now see his minutes affected by Palmer’s arrival.

Chelsea rejected a big of around £40m from West Ham for the 23-year-old earlier in the window and are expected to demand a fee of around £50m.

Ben Fleming31 August 2023 18:40

Transfers news LIVE

There may still be late action in the window for West Ham, with the club eyeing up a move for Juventus winger Filip Kostic.

The Serbian joined Juventus last summer from Eintracht Frankfurt but has not played for the Turin club this season.

According to The Evening Standard, David Moyes’s side are considering a loan or permanent deal for the 30-year-old. They are also said to be in the market for a striker, with PSG’s Hugo Ekitike a name under consideration.

Ben Fleming31 August 2023 18:30

Transfers news LIVE

Nottingham Forest were in talks last night, reportedly, over a deal for Fenerbahce striker Michy Batshuayi.

The 29-year-old was close to agreeing a deal with the Midlands club a year ago before the complicated free transfer fell through late on deadline day.

He subsequently moved to Turkey for £3m but Forest have maintained their interest and hope to bring the former Chelsea man back to the Premier League.

Ben Fleming31 August 2023 18:20

Transfers news LIVE

Spurs are plotting centre-back departures with Japhet Tanganga and Eric Dier potentially set to leave before the deadline.

Tanganga had attracted interest from Torino but now could be closing in on a deal with Augsburg, The Athletic reports. Both a loan and permanent move are being discussed for the 24-year-old who has fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane.

There may also be a departure for long-time Spurs defender Eric Dier who only has one year left on his contract. The Athletic reports that a loan offer from Burnley has been turned down, with the Englishman only likely to leave on a permanent deal, if at all, this window.

Ben Fleming31 August 2023 18:10

Transfer news LIVE

Che Adams targetted by Wolves

A busy few days in store for Wolves it appears with The Telegraph reporting that the midlands club are interested in taking Southampton striker Che Adams on loan for the season.

The Scottish international had attracted interest from Everton earlier in the window but, with that deal failing to materialise, Gary O’Neil’s side now appear in the driving seat as they look to replace Raul Jimenez who left for Fulham earlier in the summer.

Ben Fleming31 August 2023 18:00

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