Transfer Deadline Day: Live updates— Arsenal chasing Douglas Luiz down to the wire; Depay to stay at Barcelona; and more!


Bayern Munich may have a quiet deadline – the German transfer window has already closed – but the action is hot and fierce in Europe as Bayern’s Champions League rivals in England and Spain rush to finalize their roster for the season. We’re here to bring you a few more interesting updates from the last day of the summer window.

Wow! (5:45 PM EDT)

This one is just for the name:

Arsenal attempt to close winger (17:35 EST)

Arsenal FC may only have room for one more signature on this window, and it looks like they are targeting the attacking wings with Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz. Fabrizio Romano previously reported that the Gunners “will try till the end” with the player himself also interested, but Villa won’t let him go.

This one seems to be going down the drain.

Depay to stay with Barcelona

Recently linked to Juventus, it appears that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move to Chelsea has settled matters for Depay at Barcelona.

Medically failed to keep Bamba Dieng in Marseille?

Another young attacking talent from Ligue 1, Olympique Marseille’s Bamba Dieng looked poised to jump to Leeds United before fellow French club OGC Nice dove in. An eleven-hour problem, however, could leave him clumsily out of all options:

Espanyol snaps Martin Braithwaite (5:00 p.m. EST)

Well, that was fast. The unwanted Barcelona attacker saw his contract terminated but has secured a quick move within La Liga:

Justin Kluivert loaned to Valencia

AS Roma had struck a deal with Fulham in the Premier League for the 23-year-old winger, formerly of RB Leipzig, but work permit issues are ruining the deal, much to Jose Mourinho’s chagrin. He now gets the chance to revive his once promising career in La Liga.

Nottingham Forest continue their tear

It’s what, a few weeks and several signings since Nottingham Forest was on something like new addition #17 for the 2022/23 season? Count three more on Deadline Day for the newly promoted Premier League club:

In addition to Loïc Badé (from Rennes, the club that Mathys Tel sold to Bayern) and Michy Batshuayi, there is also former Tottenham Hotspur right-back Serge Aurier, also by Fabrizio. Forest, of course, has been financially well-managed for years to achieve this – and have also seen their team poached by more than a dozen expenses after getting promoted. It’s a huge amount of change all at once, but it’s a go-big-or-go home play to stay in the English top flight.

Julian Draxler Officially Joins Benfica (4:30 PM EST)

Now picking up some older pieces from across the continent – the German national team winger/midfielder is finally, officially out of Paris.

Barca terminate Braithwaite contract

According to FC Barcelona’s website, the club “publicly expresses its gratitude” for Braithwaite’s “dedication and dedication” in releasing funds for the Catalan club to use elsewhere. He is one of a number of departures from Barça on the last day to facilitate their latest round of incoming earnings. Braithwaite was signed just over two seasons ago — Outside of the transfer window, thanks to some Spanish rules that allowed Barca to snatch Leganés (since relegation) to deal with their own injury emergency at the time.

Maxence Lacroix stays with VfL Wolfsburg

The talented 22-year-old centre-back is expected to be a hot item on the market soon, but Niko Kovač’s club has managed to keep him in the Bundesliga for now – fending off a late push from English Premier League club Southampton, who have instead opted for Olympique Marseille’s Croatian centre-back Duje Ćaleta-Car in Ligue 1:

Chelsea swap Marcos Alonso for Aubameyang (3:30 p.m. EST)

Sky reports that Chelsea FC’s deal for FC Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “in the region of £10 million plus [left-back Marcos] Alonso.”

Meanwhile, current disgraced Barca left-back Jordi Alba is reportedly feeling cheated (Catalunya Radio, via BarcaUniversal) by his club’s attempts to push him to Inter Milan and will instead insist on staying with the club.

And Barca may not be done with dropping strikers now that they’ve added Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski:

Will Cristiano Ronaldo stay? (3:20 p.m. EDT)

The last we heard from Fabrizio Romano was that Ronaldo was all set to stay at Manchester United:

Turkey’s Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe has reportedly made a real effort to sign him – according to the Turkish outlet Ajansspor:

Fenerbahçe is about to detonate the transfer bomb of the century, not the year. Fenerbahçe mobilized all its resources to tie Cristiano Ronaldo to his colors. According to the information we received, both parties agreed in principle.

But as far as we can tell, this is either not really true or it didn’t materialize.

The 26-year-old Brazilian midfielder was once a known talent but ended up languishing at FC Barcelona and then Juventus. Liverpool were desperate for reinforcements in midfield and having missed previous goals, they found a last minute stopgap solution.

Barca, Barca, Barca…

Having just completed all the necessary maneuvers to register Joules Koundé and boost the financial pot a little more, Barcelona is already on the hunt for more signings. Fabrizio Romano says they look like they’ve secured Arsenal’s right back Hector Bellerínbut failed to match the talented attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir of Real Betis . to get.

Bellerín is pushed out of Arsenal; hopefully he won’t meet the same fate with his new club choice. From David Ornstein:

Arsenal have agreed to let Hector Bellerin come to Barcelona. Free transfer – no contract termination. 27 years awaiting authorization to travel medically after agreeing terms with #FCBarcelona. Reduce salary and waive payments #AFC due

In terms of spending, Barca striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Chelsea FC) displaces one-time Bayern target and USMNT right-back Sergiño Dest (AC Milan):

Aubameyang reunites with his former Dortmund coach, Thomas Tuchel, back in London.

Bayern’s window

Despite all the expenses the club has made, it is a very respectable balance that is only slightly over 30 million euros in the red. That’s a lot of long-term investment at a low cost – typical of the well-organized Bavaria.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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