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Transfer news LIVE! Thomas Partey to Arsenal CONFIRMED; Man United sign Cavani, Diallo, Telles AND Pellistri

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Welcome back to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the transfer window as we reach deadline day for the European market.

Clubs in the UK will have until 5pm on Friday October 16 to complete domestic transfers, but the big moves had to be completed by 11pm BST tonight.

Arsenal sealed a dramatic late deal for Thomas Partey after triggering his £45million release clause, following the news that Houssem Aouar would be staying at Lyon for another season.

Manchester United announced four signings, with Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri confirmed with Amad Diallo Traore to join the club in January.

Tottenham, meanwhile, decided against a late move for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar but have entered talks with Swansea over Joe Rodon – and they have until October 16 to seal that move.

Stay tuned for all the latest transfer news and rumours in our live blog….

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ES COVERAGE

That’s all from us for what proved to be a very busy transfer deadline day!

Manchester United signed four players including Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles, Arsenal beat the clock by 28 minutes to seal the £45m Thomas Partey deal.

It’s been a heck of a ride, now we can forget all about transfers until January 1. And remember, can check ALL of the done deals by clicking here.

Until then, goodnight!

FULHAM NEWS

Fulham secure Loftus-Cheek loan

Wow.

An hour and a half past the deadline, Fulham have signed Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea!

As announced by the club’s owner Tony Khan, here is Loftus-Cheek in the Fulham shirt…

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City)
Interest from: Leeds United

One of the brightest sparks of a difficult and short-lived Premier League return for Norwich was the performances of Cantwell, who managed seven goals in 2019/20 and generally impressed for a vastly overmatched side.

Those performances evidently caught the eye of Leeds, who are rumoured to have submitted a £15m offer as they attempt to further bolster Marcelo Bielsa’s attacking options.

The situation regarding Cantwell is causing plenty of consternation at Carrow Road, with Norwich boss Daniel Farke leaving him out of the squad for last weekend’s defeat to Bournemouth due to concerns over his focus and mentality – not to mention questions over statistical output – amid such fervent transfer speculation.

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Josh King (Bournemouth)
Interest from: Aston Villa, Torino

Bournemouth have already lost several key stars in Ryan Fraser, who declined a new contract and walked away at the end of June before joining Newcastle, Nathan Ake, Callum Wilson and Aaron Ramsdale.

If reports are to be believed, then Wilson’s former strike partner King could be available for a cut-price fee of £10m as he looks to secure an exit from the Vitality Stadium.

The Norwegian has also been mentioned as a potential low-key option for former club Manchester United and Spurs after scoring 50 goals in 171 appearances for Bournemouth, including six during the 2019/20 campaign, while Aston Villa have also been linked along with Serie A outfit Torino.

The EFL stars who could still move

While the international deadline may now have passed, clubs in England can still do business amongst themselves until 5pm on October 16.

Here’s a detailed look at some of the EFL stars that could still be snapped up before then…

Ismaila Sarr (Watford)
Interest from: Liverpool, Man Utd
 

Photo: Getty

The close of the international window won’t come as an overwhelming relief for Watford, who will still be wary of domestic interest in some of their more established stars. Arguably the club’s greatest asset is record signing Sarr, who arrived in a £30million deal from Rennes last summer and scored six goals as the Hornets were relegated from the Premier League on the final day.

Speedy and skilful with plenty of quality but in need of developing greater consistency, the 22-year-old was a target for the likes of Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Wolves earlier in the window, while Manchester United have held negotiations over the £45million-rated Sarr.

After missing the start of the campaign while he got back up to speed under new boss Vladimir Ivic, Sarr is now fully fit and started successive games against rivals Luton and Reading.

One deal left?

We’ve gone past midnight now and that means we’re an hour beyond the transfer deadline.

But our understanding is that the deal-sheet for Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s loan move to Fulham has been submitted, meaning all that is left is for the deal to be officially announced.

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SOCIAL

Sevilla announce Gunnersaurus ‘signing’

Arsenal announced their Gunnersaurus will no longer be retained as their ambassador. But their loss is Sevilla’s gain!

The LaLiga club have ‘announced’ the signing of the Gunners’ beloved mascot in a late deadline-day deal.

EUROPEAN NEWS

Barca miss out on Garcia, Depay as Dembele stays

Ben Hayward |

Spain correspondent

Barcelona have missed out on the signings of Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia on transfer deadline day.
 

Photo: Getty

Coach Ronald Koeman revealed on Saturday that the Catalan club were working on a deal to sign centre-back Garcia from Manchester City and told Dutch TV earlier on Monday that he hoped Depay would join from Lyon.

However, Barca were ultimately unable to complete either transfer after French forward Ousmane Dembele rejected a move to Manchester United.

A deal to bring in Depay was all agreed for around €25 million, but was dependent on Dembele leaving the club and the 23-year-old preferred to stay and fight for his place.

Barca had wanted to sell the winger and were only willing to loan on the condition that he extended his contract by one more year until 2023, but his refusal means the Catalan club will have to wait at least until January to sign the pair.

FULHAM NEWS

Confirmed: Fulham seal Adarabioyo signig

Fulham have had quite the transfer deadline day.

The Cottagers have wrapped up a deal for Man City centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo, who joins on a permanent deal.

About an hour ago, Fulham had confirmed the arrival of Joachim Andersen from Lyon. Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek make it a hat-trick of deadline-day signings?

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ARSENAL NEWS

Partey contract details

Some more details from our reporter Simon Collings on Thomas Partey’s Arsenal contract:
 

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New Man United signing Facundo Pellistri speaks to the club’s official website:
 

Photo: AFP

“To join a club with the history of Manchester United is a dream come true. I have learnt a lot at Penarol and I would like to thank them for everything they have done for me.

“To have the confidence of the manager is an amazing feeling and I know that working with him will be perfect for my development.

“I am coming into a squad full of great players who I will learn from every day. Everyone knows that Manchester United is a club that gives young players an opportunity and I am ready to work hard every day to earn those chances and prove myself in England.”

MAN UTD NEWS

BREAKING: Man United seal Pellistri deal

Manchester United have captured Uruguayan starlet Facundo Pellistri from Penarol in a €10m (£9.1m) deal.

The 18-year-old has signed a five-year deal with an option to extend by a further year.

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FULHAM NEWS

Fulham clinch Loftus-Cheek, Adarabioyo loans

Fulham are set to complete the signing of Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan.
 

Photo: PA

The 24-year-old will spend the season at Craven Cottage after the west London side got the deal-sheet done before the 11pm deadline.

We’re still awaiting confirmation from the clubs, with Tosin Adarabioyo the other loan signing which could go through.

Full story: Arsenal sign Partey for £45m

Arsenal have completed the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey on a long-term contract.

The 27-year-old will wear the No.18 shirt for the Gunners and Mikel Arteta says he is delighted to have secured the Ghanaian.

“We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad,” he told the club’s official website.

“He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years.

“We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”

BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING: Arsenal confirm Partey signing

Arsenal have got their man!

Thomas Partey has completed his £45m move from Atletico Madrid. A huge signing!

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DONE DEAL

Olsen joins Everton

A late arrival at Goodison Park, where Premier League pacesetters Everton have sealed the loan signing of AS Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

WEST HAM NEWS

Tomori to West Ham is OFF

West Ham had been hoping to get a late deal for Fikayo Tomori over the line but the Chelsea defender will be staying at Stamford Bridge.

Standard Sport understands the 21-year-old changed his mind over a move to the London Stadium and will stay at Chelsea.

Huge disappointment for the Hammers, who had been searching for a centre-back for several weeks.

But they could now look to the Championship for reinforcements, with Watford’s Craig Dawson among their targets.

ARSENAL NEWS

Arsenal tease ‘RSVP’ for Partey announcement

Arsenal have dropped a big hint that Thomas Partey is officially a Gunners player.

We’ll be tuning in. Will you?

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The Premier League deal sheet

Here it is.

This deal-sheet provided by the Premier League allows clubs an extra two hours to get their transfers over the line providing all parties have agreed to the move.
 

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DONE DEAL

Official: Torreira joins Atletico Madrid

Here’s the first of our announcements to get through. 

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has joined Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan deal.

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When does the ‘winter window’ open?

The January transfer window opens in 88 days, on Friday January 1, and will run until Sunday January 31.

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