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Today's transfer headlines, featuring Everton, Aston Villa and Chelsea!
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Today’s top stories:
Everton improve offer for Udinese’s Beto.
Philippe Coutinho agrees personal terms with Qatari-club.
New Chelsea signing already in London.
Fode Ballo-Toure wants to join Werder Bremer as a priority but AC Milan would prefer the player to agree a deal with Royal Antwerp as it’d be on better conditions. The final decision to follow in the next days.
Gabri Veiga has signed his contract as a new Al Ahli player — done deal, here we go confirmed! His medical was completed on Friday, and documents signed at 2am CET. Gabri Veiga leaves Celta Vigo and joins Al Ahli as they complete one more huge move.
Mikel Arteta has spoken about Gabriel Magalhaes’ links to Saudi. He said: “Gabby is really important for us, an important player — there’s nothing going on at the moment.”
Elsewhere, Kieran Tierney is in Spain ready to complete his loan switch to Real Sociedad.
There is also another two players who could leave Arsenal before deadline day. Find out which two players in my exclusive column.
Folarin Balogun to AS Monaco - here we go! Agreement completed with Arsenal on €40 million package including add-ons.
I understand Arsenal will also retain a significant sell-on clause for the future. The striker’s medical tests are expected this weekend. Long-term deal for Balogun.
Qatari side now insisting on signing Philippe Coutinho. Negotiations are proceeding well on the player’s side but there is no agreement with Aston Villa yet.
Joao Felix has been approached by Saudi clubs again after the deal with Al Hilal collapsed. There is new interest from Saudi in signing Felix. I understand the player’s position remains clear though - he is waiting for Barcelona - there are no changes. “Barca, my dream,” he told me in July.
Joao Cancelo will join Barcelona in the final days of the transfer window. Told again that all parties don’t feel the deal is in doubt or danger. The hold is is because the club are still waiting for green light from Financial Fair Play but deal in place and should be sealed soon. Cancelo is patiently waiting.
Thomas Tuchel has spoken about Benjamin Pavard’s potential move to Inter Milan. He said: “Pavard has asked for a move, but we really appreciate him — there must be a replacement. The request came to me very late, which surprised me a bit, we have to think of the interests of our club. As of now, I'll continue to work with him.”
Tuchel really appreciates a Premier League defender and has included the defender on his shortlist of Pavard replacements. Find out which defender it is in my exclusive column.
Official and confirmed - Daniel Peretz has signed as a new Bayern player on a five-year deal for a €5 million fee plus add-ons.
Joao Moutinho has signed as a new SC Braga player on a free transfer — deal was sealed on Friday afternoon. Moutinho’s contract is until June 2024.
The Carlos Baleba deal remains on. Brighton have sent a new bid to Lille in the last two days. The Seagulls are waiting for the final decision. Arsenal’s Albert Sambi Lokonga remains the club’s plan B, but Brighton want to get the Baleba deal done.
💬 Where do you think Brighton will finish in the Premier League this season? - Let me know below!
The agent of Chelsea’s new goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic has been pictured at Stamford Bridge together with John Terry.
Petrovic has completed his medical tests and is in London set to be unveiled as the new Chelsea player later this weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of Nicolas Jackson. He spoke about the striker after his goal against Luton Town on Friday: “Nicolas Jackson has top potential to become one of the greatest strikers. It’s not easy to find players like him. His work ethic is amazing. He has the potential to be a great striker. He needs time, and space to grow and his qualities are fantastic.”
💬 How good can Nicolas Jackson be for Chelsea? - How many goals do you think he will score this season? - Drop your predictions below!
Roy Hodgson has spoken about rumoured interest in Eberechi Eze. He said: “I imagine Eberechi Eze would be right at the top of those players the club are not interested in selling.”
Find out exactly what Hodgson thinks of Eze amid linked interest from Premier League clubs in my exclusive column.
Everton have submitted a new formal bid for Beto after their opening €25 million proposal was rejected.
They’ve improved their bid to €30 million. Udinese always asked for €35 million as that is the value of the player’s release clause but clubs working on add-on structure now. Talks underway.
Official and confirmed - Fenerbahce have signed goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic for €6.65 million plus $950,000 in add-ons.
Alexis Sanchez has signed as a new Inter player on a short-term deal — free transfer completed on Friday. He’s back at the club after spending last season with Marseille.
Udinese have asked Juventus for Brazilian striker Kaio Jorge. The deal is at advanced stages as Jorge could leave Juventus on loan until the end of the season. Talks advancing while all sides wait to confirm Beto's future.
Manchester City and Wolves remain in direct contact over Matheus Nunes as he’s Pep Guardiola’s top target for midfield.
A new bid will be submitted after €55 million package rejected but the next offer is likely to be the last one from City. Nunes wants the move, City always been in active talks with Wolves.
💬 Do you think Matheus Nunes could be a better player than Lucas Paqueta for Man City? - Drop your thoughts below.
Erik Ten Hag has spoken about the possibility of signing a replacement for Luke Shaw after his injury was confirmed. He said: “If there are opportunities… yes. But it has to be the right player”. “If not, we have to make do with the current squad.”
Murillo to Nottingham Forest - here we go! Verbal agreement with Corinthians on €12 million deal plus €3m add-ons fee. I understand Corinthians will also have a sell-on clause included in the deal. Another European club tried to hijack the move but he’s joining Forest.
🚨 ICYMI - Jude Bellingham has now registered four goals and one assist in his first three games as a Real Madrid player.
💬 Will Jude Bellingham win the Ballon d’Or in the future? - Let me know how good you think the English midfielder is in the comments below.
Roma are set to make a big push for Romelu Lukaku by submitting an official loan bid to Chelsea today. The club's director and owner is in London to hold direct talks with Chelsea. Loan fee and salary being covered are crucial points for Chelsea to give the green light. Important weekend of talks ahead.
Mohammed Kudus to West Ham, here we go! Agreement sealed with Ajax for €45 million deal including add-ons plus sell-on clause. Player’s five year deal also agreed and medical booked for today. Huge effort by new director Tim Steidten to get deal across the line.