Welcome again to the Evening Standard’s LIVE protection of all the newest switch information following a dramatic summer time window.
Golf equipment within the UK had till 5pm on Friday October 16 to finish signings within the prolonged home window, however the large, worldwide strikes needed to be accomplished by 11pm BST on Monday October 5.
Tottenham adopted up a formidable summer time of offers with an £11million transfer for Swansea centre-back Joe Rodon, whereas West Ham sealed Brentford’s Said Benrahma on an preliminary mortgage deal after a tense day of negotiations.
As for offers throughout the primary window, Chelsea spent over £200m on the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, Manchester United missed out on Jadon Sancho however signed Edinson Cavani, and Arsenal nabbed £45m Thomas Partey amongst others.
Brighton have signed former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on a one-year deal.
The 29-year-old, who began his profession at Previous Trafford, spent final season at Watford the place he scored three objectives in 20 appearances because the Hornets have been relegated from the highest flight.
Brighton head coach Graham Potter instructed the Seagulls’ web site: “We’re delighted to have Danny becoming a member of us. He’ll complement our current putting choices.
“He is acquired an undoubted pedigree, and he’s fast and technically excellent. He’ll add to our attacking risk and we’re thrilled so as to add one other participant of his expertise and high quality.”
MAN CITY NEWS
Man Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola believes he can depend on new defenders Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake as a result of the pair “don’t make errors”.
The summer time arrivals lined up alongside facet one another in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal within the absence of Aymeric Laporte, although Ake was largely deployed at left-back with Kyle Walker taking a central position in a fluid Metropolis line-up.
Metropolis paid a reported £62million to usher in Dias from Benfica final month, the big-money defensive signing that was arguably wanted final summer time following the exit of Vincent Kompany. Guardiola mentioned it was meaningless to attempt to examine the 23-year-old Dias with the long-time membership captain, however is comfortable together with his first two outings in a Metropolis shirt.
“It is going to be a giant mistake to check him to Vincent,” Guardiola mentioned. “Vincent was distinctive. However he’s 23. We had each the defenders, Nathan and Ruben at present, and the rationale they play is they do not make errors.
“We suffered loads final season with errors. We nonetheless have to enhance however we’ve a sense we are able to actually assist them to adapt and create extra of the areas we want. It’s going to want time and coaching.
“(In opposition to Arsenal) was a troublesome sport. Ruben is the kind of chief, a man who in a short while will lead the sport. We’re delighted thus far with what we’ve seen.”
Chelsea have been large movers in the summertime window, however their defence nonetheless seems to be a giant challenge for Frank Lampard. The Blues have let in three objectives in two of their final three League outings, drawing 3-3 with West Brom and Southampton.
Chelsea wished Declan Rice in the summertime, and ESPN studies that the Blues are able to return in January if West Ham soften their stance.
The Hammers have been mentioned to need £80m for Rice and although that determine might come down slightly, they won’t lose certainly one of their brightest younger gamers on a budget.
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Paul Pogba’s Manchester United contract has reportedly been prolonged till summer time 2022, however that’s no shock given the Crimson Devils had the choice to lengthen it by a yr.
That does not essentially imply Pogba will not be bought; simply that United will not lose him totally free subsequent summer time. Nonetheless, The Solar studies that Actual Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde is a goal for United, and a swap deal might be on the playing cards.
22-year-old Valverde has a £640m launch clause at Actual, but when Zinedine Zidane needs to lastly hyperlink up with Pogba, a swap may swimsuit all concerned.
Mikel Arteta has instructed Arsenal followers it should take time to see the perfect from Thomas Partey as he will get in control together with his new team-mates.
The 27-year-old worldwide was formally unveiled at Arsenal earlier this week, and there had been hope amongst Gunners supporters that Partey would make his debut in opposition to Manchester Metropolis on Saturday.
Partey was concerned, but it surely was solely a late cameo look on the £45m midfielder got here on with eight minutes of the sport remaining as Arsenal slipped to a 1-0 defeat.
“We’ll see how rapidly we are able to make it with him,” Arteta mentioned after the sport. “I believe we’ve to respect that course of and that timing for him as a result of he solely skilled for a day actually and there’s lots of new data and completely different sport fashions for him to grasp, and we’ve to respect that.
“However I believe when he got here on he regarded good.”
The summer time window might solely simply be over, however the window window opens on January 1 – and there’s already loads of information, gossip and rumours swirling.
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Mikel Arteta claims he may deploy Willian as a makeshift striker extra recurrently after the Brazilian was given a false No9 position in defeat to Manchester Metropolis.
“We have to have the flexibility to play in numerous formations occupying completely different areas. I consider it was a sport for him the best way Metropolis play, attracting areas, and he was satisfied as properly.
“It was clearly arduous to depart two strikers on the bench, but it surely was a tactical resolution. In some moments it labored higher than others however he’ll develop and perceive that place as we use him in different events, maybe with completely different gamers.
“I’m proud of the sport he had.”
So, regardless of a £200m+ spending spree this summer time, issues aren’t fairly figuring out for Chelsea – notably in defence.
As soon as once more, Frank Lampard’s defence price him because the Blues twice threw away a lead to attract 3-3 with Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
Timo Werner, who scored twice, mentioned of the end result: “I do not know if we’ve an issue however the final three video games we concede six objectives and it’s not the place we need to be, to compete for titles.
“In Germany we all the time say defence wins titles. If we concede so many it’s arduous to win video games and win titles.”
Chelsea’s summer time signing Timo Werner has been below a little bit of stress to stand up and working when it comes to objectives, however the Germany worldwide has discovered the online at present with a tremendous strike in opposition to Southampton.
Blues followers will probably be hoping it is the primary of many…
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A few factors to notice concerning at present’s 3pm kick-off at Stamford Bridge…
As for the Blues, summer time signing Hakim Ziyech is among the many subs, and will lastly make his debut off the bench sooner or later.
WEST HAM NEWS
Moyes: Benrahma can provide us ‘further dimension’
David Moyes says he’s on the lookout for new signing Stated Benrahma to duplicate his Brentford goalscoring type at West Ham after finishing his deadline day transfer.
Benrahma scored 17 objectives and racked up 9 assists as a part of Brentford’s ‘BMW’ entrance three final season, alongside winger Bryan Mbeumo and striker Ollie Watkins, who has already made his mark within the high flight this season with Aston Villa.
“What I am on the lookout for is, he scored 17 objectives final season, the season earlier than 14 objectives and one thing like 10 assists,” mentioned the Hammers boss.
“So that you’re asking me what I would like him to deliver to the membership? I would like him to deliver these objectives and these assists to the membership.”
Koeman: I wished Wijnadlum
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that he wished to sing Gini Wijnaldum from Liverpool this summer time, however was pressured to prioritise in different areas.
Wijnaldum excelled below Koeman when he was in command of the Dutch nationwide facet and was closely linked with a transfer to the Nou Camp in the course of the switch window.
Nonetheless, the monetary influence of the coronavirus pandemic meant Koeman needed to spend in positions the place the squad’s wants have been most urgent.
“Gini has an amazing sense of area, he can get to the objective fantastically properly from midfield, he may actually add one thing to the group,” he instructed Algemeen Dagblad.
“However the monetary state of affairs was recognized to the membership. His place in the end had much less precedence than, for instance, the right-back or the striker place.”
Lampard: We would have liked spending to exchange Hazard
Frank Lampard says Chelsea’s summer time spending spree was mandatory after they have been unable to exchange Eden Hazard a yr in the past due to their switch ban.
“For me we misplaced in all probability the perfect participant within the League,” mentioned Lampard. “We couldn’t do any enterprise so the work we did was on the pitch final yr.
“Groups which might be striving to be in and round high six and upwards have been spending final yr, they have been spending once more this summer time.
“They’ve had the chance with the gamers they purchased final yr to get them embedded into their groups and we’re coping with groups above us, which is the place we need to get to, the place we’re aspiring to get to, which have been constructing their squads for a very long time.
“We need to construct our squad. We missed two home windows and now we come again in and we’ve introduced gamers in with a view to enhance us.”
Arteta: Partey signing reveals board intent
Partey’s arrival seems to be an announcement signing for Arsenal and, Arteta believes, additionally reveals how dedicated the membership’s proprietor, Stan Kroenke, is to restoring the Gunners to their former glory.
“It’s good that typically phrases aren’t sufficient,” Arteta mentioned.
“I believe you requested me the day earlier than or two days earlier than [the transfer window shut] if I felt we had the backing and the suitable connections with the possession, in the event that they have been concerned and prepared to do as a lot as potential to assist the squad. I mentioned sure and that I used to be very, very satisfied about that.
“Even when that [signing Partey] wouldn’t have occurred, I might have nonetheless mentioned the identical factor. However they confirmed this time, with large funds, they’re actually dedicated.”
Premier League debuts within the pipeline?
Loads of new summer time signings may properly make their debuts this weekend, from Thomas Partey for Arsenal at Manchester Metropolis to Hakim Ziyech for Chelsea in opposition to Southampton.
There may be a second Saints debut for Theo Walcott as he returns to his boyhood membership.
Chelsea eager on Donnarumma
Italian outlet Calciomercato say Chelsea have been excited by signing Gianluigi Donnarumma this summer time earlier than transferring for Edouard Mendy.
Nonetheless, the report claims that their curiosity will not be achieved there – the Italian worldwide is because of be out of contract subsequent summer time so might be a possibility if Frank Lampard remains to be not glad together with his goalkeeping choices.
It stays to be seen whether or not Mesut Ozil will ever play for Arsenal once more.
The German playmaker was not included in Arsenal’s Europa League squad, and might be overlooked of his Premier League squad as properly.
Together with Sokratis – additionally overlooked of the Europa facet – Ozil faces an unsure future in north London, and Arteta says he should see one thing completely different within the subsequent couple of months if modifications are to be made.
“I spoke to them head to head earlier than I launched the squad and I defined the rationale why the numbers that we had,” the Arsenal supervisor mentioned.
“It was actually troublesome to inform them that, however these are the restrictions and the principles. We’ve got to respect that call and attempt to practice in the absolute best means to assist the group in that second and see what occurs in December.”
MAN UTD NEWS
Manchester United have been revitalised by Bruno Fernandes’ arrival in January, but it surely’s superb how rapidly issues can flip.
The Portuguese midfielder guided United to Champions League soccer with some dominant performances, however the Crimson Devils have began the season terribly – and Fernandes was subbed off at half-time of the 6-1 house defeat to Tottenham.
Fernandes has publicly backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the incident, however that was to be anticipated – and now The Solar studies that Barcelona and Actual Madrid are able to battle to signal the United star.
The Clasico rivals are mentioned to be ‘intently monitoring’ Fernandes’ state of affairs on the membership, and although he appears comfortable for now, which will change if United’s possibilities of Champions League soccer for 2020/21 appear distant.
The home switch window might have slammed shut yesterday, however the winter window opens on January 1st – and which means loads of information, gossip and rumours heading into the New 12 months…
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When does the ‘winter window’ open?
The January switch window opens on Friday January 1, 2021, and can run till Sunday January 31.