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Transfer Deadline Day LIVE! Tomiyasu to Arsenal; Kounde to Chelsea; Ronaldo return; Man Utd, Spurs rumours

Transfer Deadline Day LIVE! Tomiyasu to Arsenal; Kounde to Chelsea; Ronaldo return; Man Utd, Spurs rumours

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After more than two-and-a-half months, an explosive transfer window that was originally predicted to be one of the slowest owing to the effects of the Covid pandemic is drawing to a close.

Clubs in England have until 11pm BST tonight to get those last-day deals over the line, after which they have to wait until January for a chance to strengthen their respective squads once again.

Chelsea have seemingly not given up on deals for LaLiga duo Jules Kounde and Saul Niguez, while Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Barcelona full-back Emerson Royal and have been eyeing Adama Traore at Wolves.

Manchester United are also on the trail of Ronaldo’s Portuguese team-mate Ruben Neves amid more links to Declan Rice, with Renato Sanches in talks to join Wolves on loan and Leicester going for Ademola Lookman.

Arsenal are in talks with Bologna over a deal for ex-Spurs defensive target Takehiro Tomiyasu, meanwhile.

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And will Liverpool strengthen any further before the deadline? Captain Jordan Henderson has signed a new contract at Anfield.

Stay up to date with all the latest transfer deadline day news, rumours and deals with our LIVE blog below!

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Chelsea deals for Kounde and Saul in the balance

Chelsea are prepared to take their deadline-day business down to the wire, writes James Robson.

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Moves for Jules Kounde and Saul Niguez were left hanging in the balance this morning as Thomas Tuchel remains determined to make late additions to his Champions League-winning squad.

Kounde wants to complete a move to Stamford Bridge, but his hopes of a switch have stalled over Sevilla’s refusal to budge from their £60million asking price.

Tuchel has tracked the France centre-back all summer, with Kurt Zouma’s move to West Ham over the weekend expected to pave the way for his arrival.

But as of this morning Sevilla were adamant the 22-year-old would not be allowed to leave unless their valuation was met in full.

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Arsenal in talks over Tomiyasu

Arsenal are trying to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu on deadline day, reports suggest.

According to The Athletic, talks have begun over a deal for the Japanese international centre-back who was pursued by Tottenham earlier this summer.

Southampton and Aston Villa have also previously tried to sign Tomiyasu, while David Moyes also had a look for West Ham.

A deal to take the 22-year-old to the Emirates depends on Arsenal being able to trim their squad further, so could well go down to the wire…

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Ndombele set for Tottenham stay

Here’s the latest from Standard Sport’s chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick on the future of Tottenham’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele, who has yet to feature for the club this season…

I understand Ndombele is now expected to stay at Spurs.

The club has not received any acceptable offers so the expectation will be for Nuno Espirito Santo to get him going, just as Jose Mourinho did.

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Hudson-Odoi facing anxious wait over Dortmund move

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is anxiously waiting to see if Thomas Tuchel can sign a player on deadline day and allow his loan move to Borussia Dortmund to go through, says Jack Rosser.

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The forward, who initially wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge but is struggling for game time under Tuchel, is keen on a move to the Bundesliga club after discussions over a loan were held.

Chelsea, however, are undecided on whether or not to allow the move and are only expected to sanction a deal should any new faces arrive today.

Talks over moves for Saul Niguez and Jules Kounde have stalled in recent days

Discussions over Hudson-Odoi’s loan have not featured an option to buy at this stage.

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BREAKING: Man United confirm Ronaldo deal

Manchester United have just officially confirmed the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has penned a two-year contract back at Old Trafford with the option for a further 12 months.

“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday,” Ronaldo said.

“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: “You run out of words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a marvellous player, but also a great human being. To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level for such a long period requires a very special person.

“I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the younger players in the squad. Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted he is coming home to where it all started.”

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Henderson pens new Liverpool contract

Not a transfer, but a big announcement nevertheless from Liverpool this morning.

The Reds have announced that influential captain Jordan Henderson has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Anfield.

“I’m obviously very honoured and proud to continue the journey I’ve already been on here,” Henderson said.

“It’s amazing to finally get it done and just concentrate on looking forward and what the future may hold.

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“I’m in a different place of course, as a player and as a person, from when I first walked in. I’ve learned and grown a lot over my time here, and I’ve got to thank a lot of people for that.

“I’ve loved every minute of it, even when I look back at the tough times, I was still enjoying being a part of this football club. The longer I can do that, the better for me really. I want to be here as long as possible, I’ve always said that.

“To continue this journey is incredible for me and my family, and I hope the fans and the club feel the same way.”

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West Ham accept Lingard defeat?

Does West Ham’s signing of Nikola Vlasic spell an official end to their hopes of securing the return of popular ex-loanee Jesse Lingard?

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The Hammers turned their attentions to Vlasic a few days ago after it became clear that Lingard’s desire to stay and fight for his place at Manchester United, where he is out of contract at the end of the season, had not diminished despite only making one substitute appearance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far this term.

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West Ham announce Vlasic deal

News of a confirmed deal at West Ham.

Croatian international midfielder Nikola Vlasic has now completed his proposed switch to east London from Russian club CSKA Moscow.

The former Everton man has signed a five-year contract at London Stadium, with the transfer worth €30m plus another €9m in add-ons.

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Happy with that, Hammers fans?

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Real Madrid pull plug on Mbappe talks

In a window that has seen Lionel Messi and now Cristiano Ronaldo swap clubs, it looks like fellow superstar Kylian Mbappe is staying put… for now.

According to outlets including France’s RMC Sport, Real Madrid have withdrawn from negotiations over the French forward after failing to agree a fee with Paris Saint-Germain.

Los Blancos were said to have returned with a second bid for Mbappe worth a total of €180m including add-ons after failing with an initial offer of €160m.

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Mbappe – who played and scored twice in Sunday’s Ligue 1 win at Reims, with Lionel Messi also making his debut off the bench – is out of contract at PSG next summer and can sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January.

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Bellerin heading for Betis switch

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin is hopeful of joining boyhood club Real Betis on loan before the close of the window, writes Jack Rosser.

Bellerin, who joined Arsenal from Barcelona’s academy 10 years ago, has been keen to leave the north London club for more than a year now and finally looks set for a fresh start.

No option to buy is being considered at this stage but the 26-year-old, who is yet to feature this season, looks to have little future under Mikel Arteta.

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