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

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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.

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

Arsenal also 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.

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….

Live Updates

MAN UTD NEWS

BREAKING: Man United seal Pellistri deal

Manchester United have captured Uruguayan starlet Facundo Pellistri from Penarol.

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

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.”

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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!

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.

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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?

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.
 

Premier League

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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Confirmed deals to come!

Don’t go to sleep just yet!

There could yet be more twists and turns in this transfer window. Stay tuned as we bring you confirmation of which deals have gone through and which failed to beat the clock.

ES COVERAGE

THE TRANSFER WINDOW HAS SHUT!

That’s it!

Premier League clubs will no longer be able to sign players from foreign leagues unless they have submitted a deal sheet, which means they will have until 1am to conclude the deal.

ARSENAL NEWS

Partey to Arsenal DONE!

Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Thomas Partey’s release clause has been met by Arsenal and his contract has been “terminated”.

A statement read: “LaLiga has communicated to Atlético de Madrid this Monday at 11:28 pm that representatives of Arsenal have appeared at the headquarters of the football organisation in order to exercise the termination clause of the footballer Thomas Partey.

“In this way, the player has unilaterally terminated the employment contract that bound him to our club until June 30, 2023.”

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ARSENAL NEWS

Thomas Partey latest

With just minutes to go before the deadline, multiple reports suggest Arsenal HAVE signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid for £45m.

LaLiga have also confirmed Lucas Torreira has completed his loan move to the Wanda Metropolitano.

We’ll bring you official confirmation as soon as we have it.

SPURS NEWS

Tottenham to wait on Rodon move

Tottenham’s move for Joe Rodon will not be completed tonight, but the Swansea defender could still join the club.

Standard Sport reported earlier the two clubs are way apart on the fee, with the Swans demanding £18m for the 22-year-old.

But while a deal is not going ahead tonight, according to Sky Sports, a deal could still be struck with the deadline for EFL clubs on October 16.

SOCIAL

Wilshere… to Hitchin Town?!

Jack Wilshere’s statement about his West Ham departure highlighted his frustration.

But the midfielder has still found it within himself to laugh after becoming a free agent – and joked he could turn out for Hitchin Town if he’s not late on the first day of training!

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WEST HAM NEWS

15 MINUTES TO GO!

The deadline is fast-approaching!

Our reporter Jack Rosser says West Ham are racing against the clock to get a loan move done and dusted…

“West Ham still pushing to get Tomori over the line, could go either way still but they’re working. Can get an extension if they submit a deal sheet before 11pm.”

MAN CITY NEWS

Barcelona fail in Garcia bid

Manchester City centre-back Eric Garcia looks set to remain with the club until January at least after Barcelona failed to agree a fee.
 

Photo: AFP

The 19-year-old informed City that he did not intend to sign a new contract and the Catalans were interested in re-signing the youngster.

However, ESPN report Barca’s last bid of €10m (£9.1m) with another €8m (£7.3m) in add-ons was turned down by City.

Grujic left in limbo at Liverpool

David Lynch | Liverpool correspondent

Marko Grujic faces the prospect of no senior football until January after missing out on a move away from Liverpool on deadline day.
 

Photo: AP

The Serbian was widely expected to depart during the summer transfer window after his already slim chances of regular game time were further reduced by the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

Hertha Berlin, where Grujic has impressed across back-to-back season-long loan spells over the last two campaigns, were initially thought to be keen on making the move permanent.

However, they failed to follow up on their interest after baulking at the Reds’ £20m asking price.
Fellow Bundesliga club Werder Bremen’s last-ditch attempt to snare the midfielder also fell through for financial reasons despite encouraging early talks.

And that means Grujic will now be forced to watch on from the sidelines until the January transfer window opens.

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DONE DEAL

Walcott rejoins Southampton

Theo Walcott has returned to Southampton on a season-long loan.

The former England winger fell out of favour at Everton under Carlo Ancelotti and has now opted to return to his boyhood club – 14 years after leaving for Arsenal.
 

Photo: Getty

FULHAM NEWS

Fulham clinch Andersen signing

Fulham have wrapped up the signing of Lyon defender Joachim Andersen on a season-long loan.

Cottagers boss Scott Parker has finally landed a centre-back after failing to sign Marlon from Sassuolo and the 24-year-old will join for the 2020/21 season.

“I’m really happy to make this move. I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League and playing for a nice club like Fulham,” he told the club’s website.

“It’s a league I’ve been following since I was a child and it’s a big, big dream to play in the Premier League, so I’m looking forward to it.”

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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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