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Deadline Day LIVE: Man Utd, Brighton and Liverpool are all looking to add to their squad

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 01/09/2023

- 08:01

Updated: 01/09/2023

- 16:03

Teams are looking to add to their squad before tonight's 11pm deadline

  • Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Aston Villa have all made signings
  • Ansu Fati has touched down from Brighton on loan from Barcelona
  • Liverpool are on the verge of signing Ryan Gravenberch and have rejected a huge bid for Mohamed Salah

That's it from us today. The majority of the big transfer deadline day deals have been announced.

Read on below for all the big news with Manchester United close to landing Sofyan Amrabat, having already recruited Altay Bayindir and Sergio Reguilon.

Tottenham are expected to sign Brennan Johnson, while Brighton have recruited Ansu Fati from Barcelona.

Manchester City and Chelsea have signed Matheus Nunes and Cole Palmer respectively.

And Liverpool, having turned down a huge bid for Mohamed Salah, are on the cusp of sealing a deal for Ryan Gravenberch.

Wolves slam Nunes in club statement

It was confirmed earlier on Friday that Matheus Nunes would be joining Wolves from Manchester City.

And Wolves chief Matt Hobbs has now slammed the Portugal international for the way he behaved prior to the move going through.

"I was disappointed with how it ended, it wasn't necessary the stance Matheus took, but we ended with a good resolution for everyone," said Hobbs, referring to Nunes going on strike.

"Matheus is a hugely talented player but would admit that last season he didn't hit the heights he expected, but it was a tough season for the team, so maybe he wasn't allowed to do that.

"We've lost a player with a lot of potential, a lot of ability, but the situation has led to us bringing a greater number of players in to improve the squad and provide competition in the group.

"The players here want competition in training, so while we've lost a good player, it's made us a more competitive and better squad overall."

Tottenham agree Brennan Johnson deal

Brennan Johnson

Brennan Johnson is poised to join Tottenham from Nottingham Forest


Tottenham have had a quiet transfer deadline day so far.

But that's all set to change with the club agreeing a huge £47.5million deal to sign Brennan Johnson from Nottingham Forest.

Forest have negotiated a 10 per cent sell-on clause should Spurs choose to jettison the Wales international at a later date.

A big statement of intent from Ange Postecoglou's side.

Merson thinks Liverpool have Salah issue

Speaking on Sky Sports, Paul Merson believes Liverpool have a big conundrum when it comes to Mohamed Salah.

"He's one of the best players in the world," he said. "It's a hard one. He's 31, £150 million. If you sell him for £150 million then what can you buy for that?

"They're not going to be better than Salah. At the same time, are they going to win the league this season? I don't think so.

"Do you take the money and try and rebuild and win the Premier League in the next four years?

"I'm a massive fan of Salah, he scores goals for fun."

Man Utd sign Reguilon

Sergio Reguilon

Sergio Reguilon has become Man Utd's second signing of transfer deadline day


Erik ten Hag, speaking ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday, has now confirmed Manchester United's capture of Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham.

“He is here, yes,” he said.

“He is very experienced player, he has played for big clubs and played a lot of games in La Liga and the Premier League so has a very good background.

"So he can play very intense football so we are happy.

"We had a problem with Luke Shaw injured and Tyrell Malacia injured so we covered very well in an emergency situation.”

READ MORE: Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag confirms loan signing of Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham

Brighton confirm Fati deal

Brighton Ansu Fati

Brighton have confirmed the arrival of Ansu Fati from Barcelona


Brighton have confirmed the arrival of Ansu Fati on their website by saying: "We are pleased to confirm the signing of Ansu Fati on a season-long loan from Barcelona.

"The 20-year-old made 36 La Liga appearances last season for Barca, as they secured their first title for four years."

And manager Roberto De Zerbi explained his decision to sign Fati by saying: “This is a great deal for all of us.

"I am sure Ansu will help us to reach a new target and we can help him get back at the level he deserves to be.”

READ MORE: Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi explains Ansu Fati transfer as deal confirmed on deadline day

Europa League draw

Europa League trophy

Liverpool, Brighton, West Ham and Rangers have all learned their Europa League fates


Away from transfer deadline day for a moment and Brighton, West Ham, Rangers and Liverpool have all learned their fates in the Europa League draw.

West Ham are in Group A along with Olympiacos, Freiburg and TSC Backa Topola.

Brighton are in Group B where they'll face Marseille, Ajax and AEK Athens.

Rangers have been put in Group C along with REal Betis, Sparta Prague and Aris Limassol.

And Liverpool will face LASK, Union SG and Toulouse in Group E.

Liverpool reject huge Salah bid

Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Liverpool have turned down a huge transfer bid for Mohamed Salah


According to The Athletic, Liverpool have turned down a massive bid from Al-Ittihad for Mohamed Salah.

The Saudi Arabian side want to make the Egypt international the poster boy of their side.

Al-Ittihad's proposal was worth over £100million, a fee that would have made Salah one of the most-expensive players of all time.

For now, however, the forward looks set to stay.

Time to wind the clock back

What was the best transfer deadline day of all time?

Well, it'll take something spectacular to beat the summer of 2008.

Manchester City fans woke up to learn they were the richest club in the world and ready to splash the cash.

They set their sights on signing Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham - only for the Bulgaria international to end up at Manchester United instead.

City then opted to sign Robinho, who had previously looked set for Chelsea. It was a frantic day and the deals for Berbatov and Robinho were only confirmed extremely late on.

Clement Lenglet

Clement Lenglet has joined Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season


Aston Villa have signed Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona.

A statement on their website read: "Aston Villa is delighted to announce the loan signing of French international Clement Lenglet.

"The centre-back joins Villa from Barcelona and returns to the Premier League having spent last term on loan at Tottenham Hotspur.

"Lenglet started his career with Nancy in his native France before going on to enjoy a spell at Sevilla.

"The move is subject to a successful visa application."

Marc Jurado reacts to Man Utd exit

Manchester United have allowed youngster Marc Jurado to leave the club, with the defender joining Espanyol.

And he's now sent a message to fans following his exit by saying: "Dear Manchester United fans, it is not easy to say goodbye to what has been my house for the last 3 years but the time is perfect to start a new chapter in my career.

"I have had the opportunity to play with some unbelievable teammates, that I will now call friends and worked with fantastic coaches that helped me along the process.

"There are too many people who works in the club to thank, they made my job easier.

"I’ll always support this football club.

"Once a red, always a red.

"Thank you, @manchesterunited."

When does the transfer window close?

Just in case you need to know...

The Premier League transfer window closes at 11pm tonight - but deals can still be announced after that, providing paperwork is filed on time.

That's the same with Scotland and Spain, too.

France's transfer window shuts at 10pm - whereas Serie A and Bundesliga sides have until 7pm and 5pm respectively.

One thing to note, however, is that the Saudi Arabian transfer window is open until September 7. Liverpool, given Al-Ittihad's interest in Mohamed Salah, can be forgiven for fearing the worst...

Greenwood transfer update

Man Utd Mason Greenwood

Man Utd striker Mason Greenwood could join Lazio on transfer deadline day


Earlier today we reported that Lazio were looking at a deal for Mason Greenwood.

And The Mirror have now provided an update.

It's claimed the Serie A giants are 'determined' to sign the 21-year-old, who hasn't played football professionally since January 2021.

Olympiacos and Besiktas have also explored a loan deal for the United outcast.

Matheus Nunes leaves Wolves for Man City

Matheus Nunes Wolves Man City

Matheus Nunes has left Man City for Wolves


Matheus Nunes has completed his move to Manchester City from Wolves - and the forward has now opened up on his move.

“I’m so happy to be joining Manchester City, the champions of Europe and a club I’ve admired for a long time," he said.

“The opportunity to work under Pep Guardiola, one of the greatest managers ever, and alongside some of the best players in the world was something I couldn’t turn down.

“I’ve learned so much during my season at Wolves and I’m excited to continue improving in the Premier League, a division which brings the best out of me.

“I’m really excited to get going, meet the fans and hopefully be a part of plenty more success at City.”

READ MORE: Matheus Nunes opens up on leaving Wolves as Man City confirm transfer deadline day deal

Nottingham Forest land Tavares

Nottingham Forest have announced the loan arrival of Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares.

The left-back said: "I'm really happy to stay in the Premier League as it's the best league in the world and I'm thankful to Forest for giving me that opportunity."

Tavares has failed to make the grade at Arsenal.

And he'll be eager to show the Gunners what they're missing during his spell at the City Ground.

Wolves confirm Doyle signing

Tommy Doyle Wolves

Tommy Doyle has joined Wolves on loan from Manchester City


Wolves have confirmed the signing of Tommy Doyle on loan from Manchester City.

Sporting director Matt Hobbs said: “I’ve talked about players coming here with the hunger to kick on again, and Tommy is another one of those.

"He’ll give us something different – he’s a good age profile, a good character profile, but most importantly a good footballer. He ticks a lot of boxes for us.

“He went to Championship and forced his way into the team, and showed he was beyond that.

"The next challenge is to prove he can do it every week in the Premier League and we’re here to help him, [manager] Gary [O'Neil] is here to develop him as a Premier League midfielder like he was, so I think we’re a perfect place for Tommy to show what he’s capable of."

Klopp insists no offer received for Salah

Jurgen Klopp was asked about Mohamed Salah at his press conference on Friday.

And the German insisted Liverpool were still hoping to keep hold of the Egypt international, despite Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad eyeing a spectacular swoop.

"The position remains the same. Absolutely no doubt about that. That's how it is. Nothing else to say," he said.

When asked if Liverpool had received an offer for Salah, he added: "Not as far as I know but that doesn't mean a lot to be honest."

Palmer explains move to Chelsea

Cole Palmer Chelsea Man City

Cole Palmer has turned his back on Man City in order to join Chelsea


Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of Cole Palmer.

And the former Manchester City winger has explained his decision to move to Stamford Bridge by saying: "I’m excited to get started and it feels great to sign.

"I’ve joined Chelsea because the project here sounds good and because of the platform I will have to try to showcase my talents.

"It is a young and hungry squad and, hopefully, we can do something special here."

READ MORE: Cole Palmer gives two reasons for joining Chelsea as Man City transfer exit confirmed

Klopp asked about Gravenberch

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has kept his cards close to his chest over Liverpool's pursuit of Ryan Gravenberch


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been asked about Ryan Gravenberch.

However, the German wasn't exactly forthcoming and kept his cards close to his chest.

"We cannot talk about that because nothing has really happened yet," he said.

"If something happens then we can talk about it on Sunday."

Southampton confirm Harwood Bellis signing

Southampton have confirmed the signing of Taylor Harwood Bellis.

The goalkeeper moves to the Championship side on loan from Manchester City.

Southampton also have an obligation to buy the England Under-21 skipper if they make an immediate return to the Premier League following their relegation last season.

Should that happen, the overall deal will be worth in the region of £20m.

Man Utd confirm first deadline day deal

Man Utd Altay Bayindir

Man Utd have confirmed the deadline day signing of Altay Bayindir


Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Turkey goalkeeper Altay Bayindir, with the 25-year-old becoming their first signing of transfer deadline day.

The former Fenerbahce star has admitted he can't wait to get going at United in the wake of his arrival.

"It is a huge honour to join Manchester United and become the first Turkish player to represent this incredible club," he said.

"I have a passion for success, and I will give everything to help this special group of players to achieve our ambitions.

"I cannot wait to start working with such an experienced goalkeeping unit.

"We will support each other and drive high standards every day so that each of us is ready to perform whenever called upon."

READ MORE: Man Utd confirm signing of Altay Bayindir as goalkeeper speaks out on move

Lazio offered Greenwood chance

Lazio Mason Greenwood

Lazio have been offered the chance to sign Man Utd striker Mason Greenwood


Lazio have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Mason Greenwood.

Manchester United confirmed earlier this month that they'd allow the England international to leave Old Trafford.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Lazio have been offered the chance to bring Greenwood to Italy.

It's unclear if they'll sign the 21-year-old at this stage, however.

Burnley confirm latest signing

Burnley have confirmed the signing of France U21 international Han-Noah Massengo.

The 22-year-old has joined the club on a free transfer after leaving Bristol City earlier in the summer.

“I’m feeling really good. I’ve had talks with the manager and I just wanted to come here straight away," he told club media.

“The interest was there early and during the summer I just wanted to be here, I could see the manager and club wanted me and I wanted to be a part of it.

"It meant a lot to me.”

Everton flop heading to Inter Milan

Davy Klaassen

Davy Klaassen is poised to join Inter Milan from Ajax


If you ask Everton fans about Davy Klaassen, chances are they'll roll their eyes in dismay.

Big things were expected of the Netherlands international when he moved to Everton back in 2017.

Yet the midfielder toiled at Goodison Park and lasted just season before leaving the club behind.

Since then, however, he's rebuilt his career at Werder Bremen and Ajax.

And Klaassen has now earned a move to Inter Milan, with the 30-year-old poised to sign a two-year deal at the San Siro.

Divock Origi due to leave AC Milan

Divock Origi seems to be on his way back to the Premier League.

The striker, who previously impressed for Liverpool, is looking to leave AC Milan today as the clock ticks down.

Sky Sports say Burnley are one team showing interest in the 28-year-old, who only moved to the San Siro 12 months ago.

But Nottingham Forest are eyeing a deal as well and it'll be interesting to see where the Belgium international ends up.

A reminder of the biggest deals so far

Jude Bellingham Real Madrid

Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid remains the standout transfer deal of the summer so far


It's certainly been a manic transfer window, with top teams splashing the cash.

Jude Bellingham has cost Real Madrid an initial £88.5million, with that fee due to rise to £115m with add-ons.

Chelsea managed to recruit Moises Caicedo from Brighton for a mega £100m, gazumping Liverpool in the process.

And Moussa Diaby and Ousmane Dembele also make the list of most-expensive recruits, having cost Aston Villa and Paris Saint-Germain £51.9m and £43.5m respectively.

Fulham have two targets to replace Palinha

Fulham are facing the unwanted prospect of losing Joao Palhinha today.

The 28-year-old was a huge hit upon moving to the club last summer, helping the Cottagers finish 10th in the Premier League table.

But the Portugal international now wants out with Bayern Munich keen to secure his signature.

Fulham are eyeing Scott McTominay as a potential replacement, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also in their sights.

Man Utd chase three signings

Sofyan Amrabat

Sofyan Amrabat is one player Man Utd are hoping to sign on transfer deadline day


If all goes to plan, Erik ten Hag will have three new signings in his Manchester United squad by the end of today.

Altay Bayindir is expected to complete his move to Old Trafford, with the Turkey international poised to arrive from Fenerbahce.

United are on the verge of announcing Sergio Reguilon, with the Totttenham defender underdoing a medical with the club on Thursday.

And the Red Devils are also hoping to confirm a deal for Fiorentina star Sofyan Amrabat, with the Morocco international eager to make the move to Old Trafford.

Fati expected to join Brighton

Ansu Fati was once regarded as one of the best young players in world football.

However, having struggled with injuries and inconsistency, the winger is now set to join Brighton.

Fati has been impressed by the work of Seagulls boss Roberto De Zerbi and will arrive on loan.

He underwent a medical on Thursday and, barring a last-minute twist, will soon be strutting his stuff at the Amex Stadium.

Liverpool agree Gravenberch deal

Ryan Gravenberch Liverpool

Ryan Gravenberch is poised to join Liverpool after a transfer deal was agreed


Liverpool have missed out on several midfield targets so far this summer.

They were unable to acquire Jude Bellingham, who chose Real Madrid, while Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo both turned down Jurgen Klopp in order to join Chelsea.

Liverpool have, however, finally got their man in Bayern Munich star Ryan Gravenberch.

The Netherlands international will move to Anfield for a fee of £34million, just a year after touching down at the Allianz Arena from Ajax.

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