Transfer deadline day as it happened: Cavani, Raphinha, Partey done

Date published: Monday 5th October 2020 3:13 - Robert McCarthy

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Our live deadline day blog brought you all the news, rumours and done deals on Transfer Deadline Day 2020. This is how it all unfolded.



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23.42pm: That is a wrap for deadline day. We’re still awaiting possible confirmation on Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Fulham and Joe Rodon to Spurs. Join us on Tuesday for any late deals and reaction to Monday’s business.

23.35pm: Another late one from Man Utd as they confirmed a £9m deal for Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri.

23.26pm: Good banter…..

23.19pm: It’s done – and WHAT a signing for Arsenal. Thomas Partey joins Arsenal.

23.15pm: West Ham have failed in a late bid to sign Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori after a late change of heart from the player. A loan deal had been agreed between the clubs.

23.11pm: Everton have signed Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen on a season’s loan. Some competition now for Jordan Pickford for the table-topping Toffees.

23.07pm: An exit at Everton: Sandro Ramirez leaves to join Huesca on a three-year deal.

23.01pm: Atletico Madrid confirm that Thomas Partey has joined Arsenal. Awaiting confirmation from the Gunners’ end.

22.55pm: Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Lucas Torreira from Arsenal.

22.51pm: Partey to Arsenal done, it seems.

22.49pm: Very gentlemanly from Theo Walcott.

22.37pm: Fulham have signed Joachim Andersen on a season-long loan from Lyon.

22.31pm: Southampton have re-signed Theo Walcott from Everton on a season-long loan deal.

22.30pm: And Raphinha confirmed for Leeds. He’ll wear the No 18 shirt and signs a four-year deal. Here’s our story…


22.15pm: Cheeky from Leeds United. To put into context, Raphinha’s move to Leeds has angered some Rennes fans, with some branding Leeds a mid-Premier League club from a “fish and chip shop” country. The reference to the ‘don’t go to bed yet’ cites a social media own goal from the club when they announced the sale of two players from a deadline day of yesteryear…

22.13pm: Everton reportedly close to signing of goalkeeper Robin Olsen from Roma

22.12pm: Steven Gerrard gets his midfield wish as Rangers beat the transfer deadline to sign South African Bongani Zungu in a reported £4m deal.

22.07pm: Benfica sign Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo on a two-year loan deal worth €2m with a €20m option to buy.

21.59pm: Edinson Cavani has been confirmed by Manchester United.

21.56pm: Two exits at Southampton. Wesley Hoedt has re-joined Lazio on loan, while Sofiane Boufal moves to Angers for an undisclosed fee.

21.52pm: Aston Villa have terminated the contract of goalkeeper Orjan Nyland.

21.50pm: QPR have signed Chris Willock and Albert Adomah. We exclusively revealed Adomah was headed to Loftus Road last week.

21.47pm: The Daily Telegraph reports that Fulham are close to announcing a deal for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

21.40pm: Nice little video from Roma to welcome Smalling back.

21.34pm: “Hopefully there’s one more piece of good news this evening. We’re pretty confident we can get this one over the line.” – Angus Kinnear, on the prospect of Leeds signing Raphinha, on Sky Sports News.

21.28pm: One in the bag for Celtic as Diego Laxalt signs on a season’s loan from AC Milan.

21.23pm: Amad Diallo to Manchester United is done. United will pay €20m up front, with €21m in add-ons. Deal will go through in January.

21.13pm: Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is heading for PSG tonight on a free transfer, claims Mundo Deportivo.

21.00pm: Rennes have completed the signing of Liverpool target Jeremy Doku. This fella is destined for the top. Very good signing! Read more on that, here…

20.57pm: Manchester United have now officially confirmed Chris Smalling’s departure after 10 years.

20.52pm: ‘Here we go’ Arsenal – and on the deadline too……!

20.45pm: Jack Wilshere’s statement after his time at West Ham came to an end.

20.26pm: The story behind Ousmane Dembele and Man Utd’s failure to sign him.

20.15pm: Chris Smalling to Roma is done. €15m, plus add-ons.

20.05pm: Chelsea midfielder Tieumoue Bakayoko has moved to Napoli on a season-long loan.

19.49pm: West Ham are set to announce that Jack Wilshere’s contract has been terminated by mutual consent, according to Sky Sports.

19.40pm: It looks like Thomas Partey to Arsenal is heading in the right direction.

19.27pm: Good news for Leeds, with former loanee Jean-Kevin Augustin set to join Nantes as a free agent from RB Leipzig. The move could conclude a complex battle between the two clubs over the striker’s ownership. Read more here…

19.17pm: Valentino Fass of Sky Sports Italia claims a deal to take Chris Smalling has beaten the deadline in Italy. Smalling is costing the Giallorossi €15m, plus add-ons.

19.04pm: Manchester City defender Tosin Adarabioyo is having a medical ahead of a potential move to fellow Premier League side Fulham.

18.53pm: The Daily Telegraph are claiming that Roma have sealed a last-gasp deal for United defender Chris Smalling, who impressed on loan last season.

18.40pm: It’s fair to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted with the addition of Alex Telles: “He is a player we have been tracking for some time and his performances over the past few years are exactly what we are looking for. He is a fighter and a winner and will add real determination and competition to the squad.” Read more…

18.34pm: Napoli have confirmed the signing of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea on a season-long loan.

18.22pm: Get ready to start the Partey Arsenal fans, looks like Mikel Arteta’s top target is on his way to The Emirates…

18.15pm: Another addition for Newcastle too. Toon old boy Nobby Solano will be blowing his trumpet with this one…

18.10pm: Man Utd have actually made a signing!!! You are reading correctly United fans, Ed Woodward has got one over the line. Alex Telles is now a Red Devil after completing his £15.4million switch from Porto.

18.01pm: Tottenham could be about to sign a new centre-back after all, with reports claiming that an £18m deal has been agreed with Swansea City to bring in the highly-rated Joe Rodon.

17.50pm: We told you it was happening and now QPR have confirmed the signing of local boy Albert Adomah.

17.44pm: In other Arsenal news, Sky Sports are reporting that Sead Kolasinac’s proposed £10m move to Bayer Leverkusen is off.

17.37pm: Arsenal have confirmed that midfield misfit Matteo Guendouzi has joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.

17.24pm: RB Leipzig do some sneaky good business you know and they are seemingly at it again…

17.15pm: Some Celtic business to bring to you. AC Milan left-back Diego Laxalt is undergoing a medical in London ahead of a loan deal with Neil Lennon’s men.

17.03pm: Atletico Penarol’s vice-president has confirmed that he “expects” Manchester United to sign winger Facundo Pellistri before Monday’s transfer deadline. Read more…

16.54pm: Certainly not one for Deadline Day, but watch out for January. Antoine Griezmann is unhappy with the new role he is playing under Koeman at Barcelona, according to France coach Didier Deschamps.

16.38pm: A potential outgoing for West Ham, and it’s a big one, with Felipe Anderson in talks over a move to Porto – that’s according to Fabrizio Romano…

16.27pm: In other Sarr business. Chelsea centre back Malang Sarr, who joined in the summer from Nice, is close to agreeing his proposed loan move to Porto.

16.16pm: Manchester United have seen a deadline day bid for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr rejected, according to the MEN. The Red Devils are said to have made an offer of an initial season-long loan with the option to buy at £25million, but Watford are holding out for an outright permanent deal. Yet more disappointing news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer…  Read more…

16.01pm: Paul Merson has given his reaction to Arsenal trying to get a £45m deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey over the line, and it’s classic Merson…


15.50pm: Another potential outgoing for Arsenal, with centre-back William Saliba heading out on loan again. His old club St Ettiene have been mentioned, but there is also reported interest from Fulham and other Prem sides. Read more…

15.37pm: Anyone waiting for the obligatory Peter Odemwingie Deadline Day update, he actually hung up his boots last year. He probably has his feet up watching SSN, with a nice brew in hand, having a little chuckle to himself

15.28pm: Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic were all being tipped for Anfield exits today, but it looks as is all three are staying on Merseyside…

15.17pm: Looks like Everton are on the prowl for some last-ditch competition for the under-fire Jordan Pickford. Manchester United’s Sergio Romero and Tottenham’s Paulo Gazzaniga are both said to be under consideration. They’ve also been linked with Roma stopper Pau Lopez. Read more here…

15.05pm: Several reports are claiming that Tottenham will make a last-ditch bid to bring in Mourinho’s top centre-back target Milan Skriniar. Otherwise known as ‘Classic Levy Deadline Day action’. A deal still looks unlikely at this stage however.

14.56pm: If the bookies odds are a good indicator, Thomas Partey has been slashed to 1/20 to join Arsenal. Meanwhile…

14.48pm: Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has turned down the chance to join West Ham, according to the Guardian. Some reports suggested Rudiger could be used as part of a deal to bring Declan Rice to Chelsea. But that won’t happen now.

14.39pm: Positive news in Arsenal’s pursuit of Thomas Partey. Goal report that the Gunners will pay his £45m release clause. And that could mean they finally get their man. The Atletico Madrid midfielder has been a priority target all summer. Read more here….

14.30pm: There was once a time when Wilfried Zaha dominated Transfer Deadline Day. However, there seems to be no chance the winger will leave Crystal Palace today. Roy Hodgson insisted last week that Palace wouldn’t entertain any late bids.

14.20pm: Some updates on a couple of players looking to move away from Chelsea. Fulham are still pushing to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan. It’s reported that the loan fee plus wages would cost the Cottagers around £8m. Meanwhile, it seems AC Milan have dropped their interest in Antonio Rudiger. His high salary is the stumbling block.

14.10pm: West Ham and Fulham are both trying to seal a permanent move for Manchester City centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo. The former academy star has had previous loan spells at West Brom and Blackburn. The 23-year-old isn’t part of Pep Guardiola’s future plans.

14.02pm: Tottenham have made an enquiry to sign John Stones from Manchester City. The Manchester Evening News say it could be a loan move with a view to a permanent £20m deal. Spurs boss Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Stones when he was manager at Chelsea.

13.55pm: An interesting table which gives some context to each Premier League club’s spending in the transfer window. 

13.49pm: Newcastle’s work appears to done in this transfer window. That’s in terms of incoming deals. They could still let several players go. Several sources say Christian Atsu could be heading to Watford.

13.37pm: Transfer Deadline Day wouldn’t be complete without trying to decipher cryptic tweets. Arsenal are still trying to sort a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey. So what exactly could this egg timer mean on a tweet sent by the player’s supposed PR Officer?

13.30pm: Everton are in talks to sign AS Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez, according to reports in Italy. Corriere Dello Sport say Roma want a permanent deal rather than a loan. He’s been valued at €22m.

13.23pm: Fresh update about Theo Walcott. The Everton attacker is now heading for a medical at Southampton. Sky Sports report that it’s a one-season loan deal. The two clubs will pay 50% each of his wages.

13.16pm: It’s more about the outgoings for Liverpool today. But it seems Xherdan Shaqiri is set to stay put. Few take a free-kick as good as the Swiss star so Reds fans may be happy to hear that he won’t be leaving.

13.10pm: A new twist on the Amad Traore story. Various sources now claim that Manchester United have reached an agreement with Atalanta to sign the teenager winger. But the €30m deal is set to go through in January. Of course, this suggests their pursuit of Jadon Sancho could be over. Read more here….

13.00pm: A good one to shout across the office (or, more likely, message/text if you’re working from home)… Mario Balotelli may be returning to English football. Calciomercato claim he could be set for a move to Watford. His current club, Brescia, were relegated last season. Then again, so were Watford!

12.51pm: Sky Sports report that Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles are at Manchester United’s Carrington training complex. Both should complete moves today. Cavani arrives on a free while United are set to secure Telles on a five-year deal from Porto for £15.4m.

12.46pm: The reports of Everton moving for Fernando Llorente would appear wide of the mark, according to footballitalia.

12.37pm: Time for some Euro Paper Talk. It includes news of an under-the-radar bid from Spurs to sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele. Read more here….

12.28pm: Manchester United fans are desperate to hear news of incomings. So an interesting line here from journalist Fabrizio Romano about Atalanta’s teenage star Amad Traore. United are set to beat Parma to the punch.

12.18pm: An update on Liverpool’s potential move for Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga. The Echo report that there will be no deadline move for the Spurs stopper. That’s supported by a tweet from The Athletic’s James Pearce (formerly of The Echo). He says: “Not expecting any incomings for #LFC today.”

12.08pm: Either Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso will be heading out of Chelsea today, according to Latest reports from Italy say Emerson’s potential move to Juventus has fallen through due to a dispute over finances. Inter are showing interest in Alonso.

12.00pm: News from Southampton now. Sky Sports are reporting links to three players. The Saints are also showing interest in Ruben Loftus Cheek while they’re enquired about Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams. However, the most likely deal, as we reported earlier, is the return of Theo Walcott. That would be on loan.

11.50am: Fulham are hopeful of securing a loan deal for Chelsea and England star Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The midfielder is struggling to get first-team football at Stamford Bridge. The Cottagers need quality reinforcements after starting the season with four straight defeats.

11.42am: More details on Edinson Cavani’s impending move to Manchester United. The Red Devils are all set to sign the 33-year-old Uruguayan striker on a two-year deal. Read more here….

11.32am: Liverpool’s Marco Grujic is a target for Werder Bremen. The Serbian spent two seasons on loan with Hertha Berlin. However, the Reds are seeking a permanent deal this time.

11.25am: Antonio Rudiger was mentioned earlier as an option for Spurs. But it’s also emerged that AC Milan and PSG could be lining up a move for the out-of-favour Chelsea defender.

11.17am: Everton have made an approach to sign Fernando Llorente from Napoli, according to Football Insider. The striker has just one year left on his contract in Italy.

11.07am: Liverpool’s need for a stronger back-up goalkeeper could be addressed today with Alisson Becker set to be out for several weeks. Adrian’s early howler in the embarrassing 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa highlighted the problem. Reports are linking Liverpool with a move for Tottenham stopper Paulo Gazzaniga. The Independent claim the Reds have made contact with Spurs about the Argentine’s availability. Read more here….

10.53am: Edinson Cavani is on the brink of signing for Manchester United, with an agreement now reached. That’s according to Fabrizio Romano.

10.39am: Hoffenheim have announced the loan signing of Ryan Sessegnon from Tottenham. Can’t wait to see how he fares in the Bundesliga!

10.31am: We can confirm that Cameron Carter-Vickers will join Bournemouth today, subject to a successful medical. We exclusively brought you this story last week. 

10.15am: Leeds midfielder Mateusz Bogusz is set to join Segunda Liga side UD Logrones on a season’s loan.

10.04am: Arsenal still have hopes of strengthening their midfield on deadline day. We look here at Mikel Arteta’s possible business.

9.54am: Tiemoue Bakayoko is heading to Napoli on loan, while Victor Moses is returning to Inter, according to Fabrizio Romano.

9.45am: Godfrey speaks! The Everton new boy has told supporters what to expect after he sealed a £26m switch to Goodison Park. Read more here….

9.28am: We’re also told it could be a busy day at Arsenal. Sead Kolasinac is set to seal a £9m return to Germany with Bayer Leverkusen. We also we understand Calum Chambers could also be on the move

9.12am: We can reveal that Theo Walcott has decided to leave Everton after slipping down the pecking order. We exclusively revealed last week he has been told he is free to leave should he wish. We understand it is former club Southampton who are favourites. What a story that would be!

9.04am: The first major signing of deadline day arrives – and it’s more good news for Everton. That’s after Ben Godfrey secured his arrival at Goodison in a £25m deal from Norwich.

9am: We’re told Albert Adomah is with QPR this morning undergoing a medical, as exclusively revealed last week.

8.49am: Good news for Leeds fans. A deal for Rennes winger Raphina looks set to go through with a deal worth around £20m agreed for the Brazilian.

8.37am: Your deadline day Paper Talk has landed. Spurs’ Milan Skriniar hopes may be fading, but a Brazil defender could be incoming. Meanwhile, a United full-back could be heading to Southampton.

8.24am: Could Liverpool make a shock deadline day swoop for a new keeper? Jamie Carragher certainly thinks it’s a possibility….

8.12am: Manchester United look set to be busy boys on the final day. Here’s a look at the three deals they hope to seal

8am: Good morning, hope everyone is well. Stick with us for a full and comprehensive coverage of Transfer Deadline Day 2020. Premier League clubs have until 11pm (BST) to secure their business ahead of the new season.

A reminder though to give clubs more time in the age of coronavirus, they will be able to do domestic transfers up until October 16. This will be for loans or permanent transfers between Premier League and EFL clubs.


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