8pm Transfer news LIVE: Kounde to Man Utd latest, Wilson set for late Liverpool exit, Clyne to join Crystal Palace – The Sun
THE transfer window has CLOSED for Premier League clubs after a frantic final day.
But there are still deals to be done for free agents and domestic loans from EFL clubs while players can still leave for Portugal and the MLS.
The EFL transfer window closes at 11pm on Friday, October 16.
Get all the latest deals, transfer updates and gossip here…
- William Pugh
Chelsea are reportedly planning a stunning summer swoop for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland.
The Blues have made the Norwegian striker a key target ahead of next season, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
The West Londoners are set to splash more cash on the 20-year-old after splurging over £230million in the latest window.
Haaland is believed to have a £63m release clause in his Dortmund contract which would facilitate a deal.
Boss Frank Lampard poached £70m Kai Havertz and £48m Timo Werner from the Bundesliga.
And the former England midfielder is set to look abroad once again, as he builds his dream forward line.
- William Pugh
Liverpool want a £1million loan fee for Harry Wilson as Swansea City head the chase for his signature.
The Kop have demanded the extra payment on top of Welsh star Wilson’s wages for the rest of the campaign.
That has given the pack chasing midfield creator Wilson something to think about as they work out the cost of taking him for the season.
Swansea want Wilson, 23, and sources close to the player say he is keen on the move.
Derby County would also take him back after a previous spell. Liverpool initially wanted £20m for Wilson at the start of the window.
Nobody came near to the valuation and they now want to get some money back with the loan fee.
- William Pugh
RICE RICE BABY
Declan Rice is an upgrade on World Cup winner N'Golo Kante, according to Darren Bent.
He told talkSPORT's Breakfast Show: “For me, Declan Rice would be an upgrade.
“Not only because he can play that role really, really well, he can get about the pitch, has got good energy, reads the game really well.
“Not only that as well, he can drop into centre-half, that's two positions he can play.
“N'Golo Kante has been a superb footballer and still is a great footballer.
- William Pugh
Bayern Munich have insisted Manchester United never approached them about Kingsley Coman despite him being linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer
Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was quick to dispel any rumours of United's interest in Coman.
He also said the German side wouldn't have considered an offer even if United did make one as Coman still has three years on his contract.
In an interview with Sport Bild he said: “There was nothing, and we wouldn't have looked into it either.
“His goal in the Champions League final should explain enough why we are relying on him wholeheartedly.”
- William Pugh
Pressed on his response to Project Big Picture by members of the DCMS Select Committee, Dowden said: “I've made clear my deep scepticism and concern about this.
“This would tend towards a closed shop for effectively the six most powerful clubs in the Premier League.
“More importantly there is a problem which football is perfectly capable of resolving itself, whereby the Premier League and the EFL just need to get together and do this deal.
“From the conversations I've had we know the EFL clubs will not be allowed to go bust – and there are resources there – but we need a comprehensive deal.
“This is a distraction at best from that and demonstrates we were wise to put in our manifesto the provisions for a fan-led review because it genuinely brings into question the ability of football to govern itself properly.
“Football can show it can govern itself well is to get this deal over the line, where the Premier League uses its wealth to support the wider football family and the EFL comes properly to the negotiating table.”
- William Pugh
FAN BAN STANDS
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden ordered football’s warring factions to come together and save the EFL.
In a clear statement of intent, Dowden told MPs the Government is prepared to intervene and force wholesale change on the game if it cannot sort out its most pressing issues.
Dowden agreed that Gareth Bale’s Tottenham weekly salary was “perverse” when the sum could have kept Macclesfield alive.
He attacked the weekend launch of pay-per-view Prem games and called on BT to make this weekend’s Merseyside derby free to air rather than being screened behind a paywall.
But he revealed he had been “promised” that action would be taken to ensure “no EFL club goes bust” as a result of the Covid crisis.
And Dowden admitted there were “inconsistencies” in the Government policy that has allowed some indoor venues to open to the public while fans are locked out of football stadiums…
- William Pugh
League One and League Two clubs rely more heavily on matchday revenue and have fewer resources at their disposal than Championship or Premier League clubs and are therefore more at risk, especially at a time when fans are excluded from attending matches.
This offer will consist of grants and interest-free loans totalling a further £50million on top of the £27.2m solidarity payments already advanced to League One and League Two this year, making a total of £77.2m.
Discussions will also continue with the EFL regarding Championship clubs’ financial needs.
This addresses Government concerns about lower league clubs’ financial fragility.
Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them.
The Premier League and all our clubs remain committed to the safe return of fans as soon as possible.
- William Pugh
PREMIER LEAGUE STATEMENT
All 20 Premier League clubs today unanimously agreed that Project Big Picture will not be endorsed or pursued by the Premier League, or The FA.
Further, Premier League Shareholders agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football, consulting with all stakeholders to ensure a vibrant, competitive and sustainable football pyramid.
Clubs will work collaboratively, in an open and transparent process, focusing on competition structure, calendar, governance and financial sustainability.
This project has the full support of The FA and will include engagement with all relevant stakeholders including fans, Government and, of course, the EFL.
Also at today’s meeting it was agreed to make available a rescue package which aims to ensure that League One and League Two clubs will not go out of business as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 and be able to complete the 2020/21 season…
- William Pugh
That move comes after the clubs agreed on their bail out package for the lower two divisions, even though Championship sides could use their own veto power to block the funds being accepted.
The Prem sides recognised the expectation from the fans and pressure from the Government on them to help keep the lower league clubs alive.
That saw what is effectively a “take it or leave it” offer to Leagues One and Two.
The danger, though, is that Championship clubs are able to block any deal with the lower tier clubs.
Under EFL rules, the Championship must be in favour for any policy to be agreed by the entire League and the 24 clubs would be certain to vote unanimously against a deal that cuts them out.
- William Pugh
Premier League chiefs will declare Project Big Picture “dead” after today’s club meeting.
The two-hour summit ended with the Prem clubs agreeing to make a £50m bailout offer to keep League One and Two clubs alive.
But there will be NO money available for Championship clubs.
And despite the determination of Liverpool and Manchester United to keep their grand proposals alive, League bosses have agreed to make a formal denunciation which ALL clubs have been agreed to sign up to.
League chiefs were this afternoon drafting an emergency release that will be signed off by the clubs before it is published.
But SunSport has been told the statement WILL contain the stark message that Project Big Picture is dead…
- Joe Miles
GOING ALL IN
Newcastle look set to give star winger Allan Saint-Maximin a huge new six-year contract, according to reports.
The 23-year-old Frenchman has gone from strength to strength since his £16.5million arrival from Nice in 2019.
That original deal was for six years and this new one, with 'better terms', will see him remain at the club until 2026, say the Daily Mail.
It is believed Saint-Maximin's new contract will put him more in line financially with top earners such as Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey.
- Joe Miles
Leeds are eyeing up Norwich ace Todd Cantwell and Derby star Louie Sibley as Marcelo Bielsa looks for a midfield reinforcement, according to reports.
The two players are making names for themselves early in their careers and are seen by the Yorkshire club as potential targets.
But Leeds are in no rush to get them through the Elland Road front door and any moves before Friday's domestic deadline are unlikely.
This is despite the Whites' move for German midfielder Michael Cuisance falling apart earlier this month, with the two parties disagreeing on why.
But with all of that now behind them, Leeds' director of football Victor Orta reveals they are looking elsewhere even with the limitations of the domestic window.
- Joe Miles
FREE TO A GOOD HOME
Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba head the list of seriously big names who are now into the final year of their current contracts.
And that means we could see some incredible free transfers at the end of the season.
Messi threatened to quit Barcelona this summer but decided to honour his deal while Pogba made another ploy to try and manufacture a 'dream' move to Real Madrid over the international break.
But with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero also running down their deals, plenty of clubs will be eyeing up some smart business.
And could there even be a surprise return to the Premier League in store for Diego Costa?
SunSport picks out some of the best players available for nothing next summer.
- Joe Miles
Manchester United outcast Diogo Dalot is wanted by AC Milan for the long-term with the Italian club prepared to make his loan move permanent, according to reports.
The 21-year-old has fallen down the pecking order after the emergence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
He left for AC Milan earlier this month but with the side having a busy schedule coming up, he is expected to get much more game time.
Dalot made only a single appearance for United this season in a Carabao Cup win against Brighton before he left for the continent.
Italian media outlet Tuttosport claim Milan manager Stefano Poli recognises the full-back's talent and the club are prepared to re-enter negotiations to make the move permanent in January.
- Joe Miles
Said Benrahma and Todd Cantwell lead a long list of Championship stars who are ODDS-ON to make the move to the Premier League.
The deadline for Premier League clubs to poach talent from the Championship is this Friday as clubs look to bolster their squad.
In total there are seven stars who are odds-on with Ladbrokes to make the switch to the Premier League.
SunSport will take a look at each star and highlight which clubs they are linked with.
- Said Benrahma – 1/100
- Josh King – 1/5
- Todd Cantwell – 1/4
- David Brooks – 1/4
- Ismaila Sarr – 1/3
- Karlan Grant – 1/3
- Troy Deeney – 4/9
- Max Aarons – 5/4
- Teemu Pukki – 9/2
- Rico Henry – 5/1
WIL I NEVER
Nottingham Forest and Derby County have reportedly both submitted loan bids for Liverpool star Harry Wilson.
Football Insider claim both clubs are keen to get a deal over the line before Friday's domestic transfer deadline.
Jurgen Klopp has allegedly given the 23-year-old the go ahead to leave on loan this summer.
But last season's Premier League champions are demanding a “multi-million” loan fee.
Liverpool boss Gerrard Houllier “almost choked” when Manchester United signed Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of them in 2003.
The Merseyside giants believed they were on track to sign the Portuguese star for £4million.
Phil Thompson, who was Houllier's assistant, told The Athletic: “For an 18-year-old, that was a lot of money.
“But Tony said it was negotiable and I thought, 'Jesus, these lot really are trying to push him out of the door'.
“We were keen, the boy was obviously a great talent.”
Before he added: “I will never forget what happened next.
“On the Tuesday morning, we were having lunch at the training ground and it came up on the yellow strap on Sky Sports, 'Manchester United have signed Cristiano Ronaldo for £12.2m'.
“Gerard and myself almost choked on our food. I can remember Gerard jumping up and saying, 'What the hell has gone on here?'”
KANTE BELIEVE IT
Declan Rice would be an 'upgrade' on N'Golo Kante for Chelsea, claimed Darren Bent.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Bent said: “For me, I think Declan Rice would be an upgrade.
“Not only because he can play that role really, really well, he can get about the pitch, has got good energy and can read the game but he can also drop into centre half, so that's two positions he can play in.
“For someone like Kante, he has been superb but we've not seen him play in the role over the past season and a half so if they sell Kante and bring in Rice, I am all for that.”
IN THE BAGG
West Brom are reportedly close to completing a deal for Karlan Grant from Huddersfield Town.
According to Football Insider, talks between the two clubs are at an 'advanced stage'.
A fresh breakthrough has allegedly given them hope that a deal can be completed before Friday's domestic deadline.
Grant is expected to join West Brom on loan with an obligation to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
Nathaniel Clyne is reportedly poised to join his former club Crystal Palace for free on a short-term deal after being released from Liverpool
Clyne, 29, is on the verge of signing a contract with Palace that will see him at Selhurst Park until January, according to the Athletic.
He has been training with the Palace squad over the past month and boss Roy Hodgson has been impressed with what he's seen.
Upon his arrival Hodgson said: “It will be very nice to see where Nathaniel is and if there is an opportunity for us to offer him something or if he is interested in us offering him something, then him joining us.”
The right back began his career at Palace in 2008 and made 137 appearances before leaving for Southampton in 2012.
Hodgson continued: “We are happy to welcome him back into the fold to give him that opportunity.”
MAR TO COME
Mario Balotelli has revealed he will sign for a new club “in a few weeks”.
The former Manchester City star has been without a team since he left Brescia at the end of last season.
During a live chat with his brother Enock, Balotelli was quizzed about where his future lies.
The 30-year-old said: “I still don't play, in a few weeks I'll sign, don't worry.”
HURRY UP HARRY
Liverpool winger Harry Wilson will return from Wales’ Nations League tie in Bulgaria tomorrow and spend two frantic days trying to settle his short term future.
Fierce East Midlands rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest both want to sign the 23-year-old on loan while Welsh duo Cardiff City and Swansea City are also in the frame.
The 18-times-capped Welsh international had hoped to tie up a permanent move to a Premier League club this summer.
Leeds United or Aston Villa and Burnley were all interested in the goalscoring winger.
However, after agreeing a near £10million move to Burnley, Liverpool were surprised when Clarets boss Sean Dyche had an 11th hour change of heart and pulled out of the deal.
Now Wilson will have to go on loan to a Championship club to guarantee himself regular top team football ahead of next summer’s European Championships, where he hopes to play a major part for Ryan Giggs’ Wales.
MES BE JOKING?
Mikel Arteta is reportedly SAVING Arsenal money over his decision to freeze Mesut Ozil out of his side.
The Gunners boss hasn't included the German in a matchday squad at all this season, with the 31-year-old's last competitive appearance coming in March.
According to The Athletic, Arsenal have had to pay the ex-Real Madrid star a loyalty bonus of £8m in September after they failed to offload him.
But they state that the North Londoners have been saving themselves money by Ozil not playing.
It has been claimed the former Schalke supremo is due bonuses for every appearance he makes due to a clause in the contract he agreed in January 2018.
Thiago Alcantara snubbed a move to Barcelona to join Liverpool, reports claim.
Jurgen Klopp signed the midfielder in a £25million move from Bayern Munich.
The Guardian claim Barcelona tried to persuade Thiago to rejoin them at the last minute.
But the 29-year-old was determined to join the Premier League champions this summer.
'JOR THE ONE'
Chelsea are ready to offer Jorginho a shock new contract, according to reports.
The midfielder, 28, was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.
But after snubbing Arsenal's interest to stay put in West London, the Blues could reward him with a new deal.
According to AreaNapoli, the Italian wants to put pen to paper on an updated contract.
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