Transfers & Rumours

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The 14-Second Man: Adrien Silva Trains With Leicester City For First Time, Chooses Very Apt Squad Number (Photos)

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While still unable to represent his new club until January, the good news is that Adrien Silva has been cleared to start training with the rest of the Leicester City squad.

The Portuguese midfielder joined the Foxes from Sporting Lisbon on transfer deadline day but, despite being afforded a two-hour extension, the buying club still managed to overshoot the deadline for his registration by 14 seconds.

Leicester: FIFA Reject Appeal Over Botched Adrien Silva Transfer, Midfielder Stuck In Limbo Until January

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Leicester City have had their appeal over the botched registration of Adrien Silva rejected by FIFA.

The Foxes attempted to sign Silva from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day but missed the cut-off by 14 seconds.

The majority of the £22million deal had been agreed earlier in the window, but Leicester left it until the very last moment to start finalising the small print and, even with a specially requested two-hour extension, managed to overshoot the deadline, thus leaving FIFA with no choice but to reject the application.


Diego Costa Pens Obligatory Open Letter To Chelsea Fans After Wrapping Up Atletico Madrid Return

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It's done. Diego Costa has officially returned to the employ of Atletico Madrid, with the striker's Chelsea exit confirmed by both parties on Tuesday night.

The transaction, said to be valued in excess of £50million, will take effect on the first day of January, 2018 the day on which Atleti's current transfer embargo is lifted.

Official: Chelsea Confirm Diego Costa Is Free To Return To Atletico Madrid With Heartfelt 30-Word Statement

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It's over. It's finally... over.

Chelsea have announced that they've struck a deal with Atletico Madrid that will finally allow Diego Costa to return from whence he came.

The Blues issued a statement via their club website confirming as much, and incredibly touching it was too all 30 words of it.

Leicester City: FIFA Reject Adrien Silva Transfer Application After Deadline Missed By 14 Seconds

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Leicester City have had their attempts to sign Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon nixed by FIFA after the Foxes left it just a smidgen too late on deadline day.

The bulk of the £22million deal had been squared away earlier in the window, but the Foxes left it until deadline day to agree terms and finalise some of the small print.

Financial Fair Play Be Damned: PSG Welcome Kylian Mbappe On Board In Yet Another Exorbitant Cash-Spluff

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Monaco have been plundered once again as PSG have announced that their convoluted deal to sign Kylian Mbappe has now officially gone through.

The transfer basically boils down to a long-term contract, beginning with a bullshit one-season loan, presumably to allow the young lad to gain a vital bit of experience.

Official: Swansea Sign Renato ‘Golden Boy’ Sanches On Season-Long Loan From Bayern Munich

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As unlikely as it may sound, Swansea City have secured the services of Renato Sanches on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich.

The Swans announced their big coup on deadline day, confirming that the 20-year-old will spent the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign at the Liberty Stadium...

Welcome to @SwansOfficial, Renato Sanches.

Official: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Pulls On His New Liverpool Shirt For The First Time (Photos)

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With an agreement struck hours earlier, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain officially completed his £35-40million switch between Arsenal and Liverpool on Wednesday afternoon after successfully coming through a medical at England's training base at St George's Park.

Just to seal the deal, the midfielder was then allowed to pull on his new shirt for the first time and pose for a series of official club portraits.

Arsenal: If This Passionate, Anthemic Musical Plea Doesn’t Convince Alexis Sanchez To Stay, Nothing Will… (Video)

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Alexis Sanchez may well have 10 good reasons to leave Arsenal on transfer deadline day, but thankfully he now also has one good reason to stay.

From the same deranged, off-key genius who brought us 'Leave Right Now', the definitive anthem of the 2016/17 'Wenger Out' campaign, comes what might just prove to be the decisive factor in Sanchez's decision.

Official: Kieran Gibbs Joins West Brom On Permanent Deal After 13 Years At Arsenal (Photo)

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After Watford pulled out yesterday, West Brom have swooped in and wrapped up a deal to sign Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal.

The initial fee is reported to be £5million, rising to a potential £7million in add-ons, et cetera.

Gibbs, 27, has signed a four-year contract and will wear the No.

Obsessed: Some Liverpool Fans Are Conducting Forensic-Level Private Investigations Into Virgil Van Dijk Transfer Rumours

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With this current transfer season proving sillier than ever, it's perhaps understandable that some football fans have been driven to the very edge of lunacy by the constant whirling maelstrom of bullshit.

Indeed, it would appear that a handful of Liverpool fans though they are far from alone in their endeavours have been pouring hundreds of man-hours into conducting their own private investigations into the club's ongoing pursuit of Virgil van Dijk.

Official: Stoke City Sign Tottenham Cast-Off Kevin Wimmer In £18m Deal (Photo)

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Stoke City have announced the signing of Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham in a deal worth a not-insignificant £18million.

Having made just 15 league appearances for Spurs since joining from Cologne two summers ago, the Austrian centre-back has decided to cut his losses and move on, signing a five-year contract with the Potters.

Reports: Man City Eager To Nab Alexis Sanchez From Arsenal Before Deadline, Lodge ‘Player-Plus-Cash Offer’ Including Raheem Sterling

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Word on the gossip wire this morning is that Man City are getting increasingly eager to push through a deal for Alexis Sanchez before the transfer window closes this coming Thursday.

Indeed, City are reportedly plotting a "last ditch" effort to sign Sanchez, with reports this morning that the club have lodged a "player-plus-cash offer" for the Chilean that would see Raheem Sterling included in the bartering.

PSG Tease ‘Grand Announcement’ And Troll Thousands Of Their Own Fans Over Imminent Kylian Mbappe Transfer

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Continuing on the quest to become the biggest yuppie trolls in world football, PSG have trolled thousands of their own fans over the imminent arrival of one Kylian Mbappe.

With a convoluted, FFP-defying £166million 'loan' move for Mbappe now reported to be on the verge of completion, the Parisians roped in a willing accomplice in the guise of right-back Thomas Meunier to break news of a 'grand announcement' being made by his club on Twitter at 12:30pm on Monday.

Official: Samir Nasri Ends Patchy Six-Year Man City Stint By Joining Antalyaspor On Freebie

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Samir Nasri's time at Man City is now officially at an end, just one or perhaps two years later than the cord should have been cut.

After six long, eventful years at City, the last of which was spent on loan Sevilla, Nasri has moved on by signing a two-year deal with Turkish side Antalyaspor.


Le Cringe: French Journalist Tricked By Spoof Report That Bordeaux Have Signed Younger Brother Of Brazilian Winger Malcom, Named ‘Douwi’

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Bordeaux winger Malcom is currently enjoying something of a breakout season in Ligue 1 this year, having already contributed three goals and four assists in the space of just seven appearances so far.

As such, it's perhaps only natural that Bordeaux might think to scour the20-year-old Brazilian winger's family tree in search of more as-yet unearthed footballing gems.

‘Bullsh*t’ – Bayern Munich Hotshot Robert Lewandowski Addresses Resurfaced Real Madrid Transfer Rumours In Curt Fashion

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Robert Lewandowski invited a whirlwind of tabloid bullhonky upon himself recently when, in the wake of PSG splurging to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, he publicly criticised Bayern Munich for failing to match their state-financed Champions League rivals in the money-frittering stakes this summer.


Reports: Karim Benzema’s New Four-Year Contract Extension With Real Madrid Includes Bonkers €1bn Release Clause

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Despite being linked with an exit for the past dozen consecutive transfer windows, but today Karim Benzema has committed his long-term future to Real Madrid.

The 29-year-old French striker, who is currently in his ninth season at Los Blancos, has signed a new four-year contract extension thus tying him to the club beyond his 33rd birthday.

Blast From The Past: Ex-Arsenal Striker Julio Baptista On Cusp Of Signing For Bolton Wanderers

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There was a time, not so very long ago, when Bolton Wanderers seemingly made it their business to sign every ageing, out-of-work ex-international they could nab out of the transfer bargain bin.

Indeed, as unlikely as it may sound, the likes of Youri Djorkaeff, Jay Jay Okocha, Fernando Hierro, Jared Borgetti, Ivan Campo, Hidetoshi Nakata, Mario Jardel, Julio Cesar, Bruno N'Gotty, Ibrahim Ba, Fredi Bobic and Nicolas Anelka all played for the Trotters within about five or six years of each other.

Liverpool Agree £40m Deal To Sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain From Arsenal, Six-Year Contract On The Table

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain isn't likely to be an Arsenal player for much longer with the breaking news this evening that Liverpool have reached a £40million agreement to take him off the Gunners' hands.

It was reported earlier in the day that Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected a move to Chelsea for fears he'd be stationed at wing-back.


Hot Air: Roy Keane Thinks Diego Costa Is A ‘Balloon’ And Chelsea Should Get Rid Of Him ASAP

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Roy Keane has bestowed us with his definitive assessment of Diego Costa as the impasse between the striker and his current employers, Chelsea, continues to rumble on into a third month.

Costa is currently refusing to return to the club after being informed (via text message) that he was surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte after finishing as top goalscorer in the Blues' title-winning 2016/17 season.

Reports: Turkish Giants Fenerbahce Eye Loan Move For Chelsea Outcast Diego Costa

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Fenerbahce are eyeing a swoop for Diego Costa, with the Turkish giants reported to have opened talks with Chelsea over a loan deal for the striker.

Costa was deemed surplus to requirement by Blues' boss Antonio Conte, and remains in his homeland of Brazil after failing to move away from Stamford Bridge before the end of transfer deadline day.

Lightning Round-Up: Handy List Of All The Premier League Movers And Shakers On Transfer Deadline Day

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That's it. The summer transfer window has closed, with the Premier League racking up an enormous net spend of £665million in the process taking the top-flight's total 25-year outlay past the £1.41billion mark.

Let's see what people got for their money, eh?

Deadline Day: Riyad Mahrez Given Special Permission To Leave Algeria Squad To Finalise Move To ‘New Club’

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With the last hours of the transfer window wicking away, it looks like Riyad Mahrez is finally preparing himself to leave Leicester City.

The winger, who politely informed the Foxes of his desire to leave several months ago, has been given special dispensation to leave the Algeria squad and travel to London in order to "free himself up" to negotiate with an as-yet unnamed new club.

Reports: Chelsea Strike £35m Deal With Arsenal To Sign Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain

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Chelsea are gearing up to sign Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain from Arsenal after the two clubs reportedly agreed a fee of £35million over the Bank Holiday weekend.

With one year remaining on his current contract, Arsenal reached an impasse with Oxlade-Chamberlain recently when the 24-year-old rejected their final offer, supposedly worth around £180,000-a-week silly money for a man who's scored just nine league goals in six seasons.

Chelsea: Diego Costa Once Again Reiterates He Would Really, Really, Really Like To Return To Atletico Madrid If It’s At All Possible, Thank You

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Coming precisely one day after Diego Costa confirmed his desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid, the AWOL Chelsea striker has re-confirmed his desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid.

After being informed via text message a couple of months ago that he was no longer part of Antonio Conte's plans, Costa has hunkered down in his hometown of Lagarto, Brazil, where he apparently intends to remain until his demands are met.

Deadline day

Reform: Premier League Summer Transfer Window Will Close Before Start Of Next Season

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The Premier League transfer window will shut before the start of the season as of next year after club chairman voted in favour of bringing the deadline forward.

Starting in 2018/19, the summer window will close at 17:00 BST on the Thursday before the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign (i.

West Ham: David Sullivan Claims Slaven Bilic Rejected Chance To Sign Renato Sanches And Grzegorz Krychowiak On Deadline Day

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Whether you choose to believe him is another matter, but West Ham owner David Sullivan has made it known that Slaven Bilic rejected the chance to sign both Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches on transfer deadline day.

Krychowiak eventually agreed a season-long loan at West Brom, while Sanches struck a similar deal to join Swansea for the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign.

Going To Waste: 10 Premier League Exiles In Dire Need Of Deadline Day Moves

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It's transfer deadline day (again), and a cursory glance around the Premier League reveals a fair amount of players who must be crossing everything that their agent pulls something anything out of the bag before the 11pm cut-off.

Here are but a few...

Eliaquim Mangala (Man City)

He's not without his flaws, but Mangala has undoubted potential and is far too good to be left wasting away in City's reserve string for six months.


Official: Tottenham Complete £23m Deal To Sign Serge Aurier From PSG

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With a timely assist from the French judicial system, Tottenham have completed their deal to sign Serge Aurier from PSG.

The flying right-back joins for a fee of around £23million, has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.24 shirt last sported by none other than Brad Friedel...

Tottenham: Serge Aurier Free To Enter UK After New French Court Ruling ‘Downgrades’ Assault Conviction

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Last time we dipped in, Tottenham were progressing nicely with their efforts to sign Serge Aurier from PSG.

Indeed, the Evening Standard had it that the Ivory Coast international defender had tentatively agreed a five-year contract with Spurs, with the piffling matter of him not being legally allowed to enter the UKbeing the only hitch holding up the transfer.

Reports: West Brom Very Close To Completing Shock Loan Deal For PSG Evacuee Grzegorz Krychowiak

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In one of the more brow-furrowing developments of the transfer window, West Brom are closing in on the signing of Grzegorz Krychowiak from PSG.

According to John Percy in the Telegraph, the Polish defensive midfielder is currently in the West Midlands to undergo at medical at the Baggies...

Reports: Tottenham Hope To Complete £23m Deal For PSG Loose Cannon Serge Aurier Sooner Rather Than Later

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On the very day that Kyle Walker-Peters has signed a new five-year deal at the club, it's being reported that Tottenham are within a hair's breadth of bringing in Serge Aurier from PSG.

According to the Evening Standard, Spurs are hopeful of reaching a deal with Aurier sooner rather than later, with the Ivory Coast defender expected to sign a five-year deal.

FC Barcelona

Cack-Footed: Ousmane Dembele Rivals Paulinho For Skill And Trickery While ‘Freestyling’ At Barcelona Unveiling (Video)

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Just as Paulinho recently wowed the crowd with a stunning display of six kick-ups in a row, Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona's new club record signing, decided to seize the chance and show the Barcelona fans exactly what he's all aboutduring his grand unveiling.

Mere days after joining the Catalan club in a £96million deal, the 20-year-old French forward dazzled his audience with a quick burst of fleet-footed magic.

Official: Barcelona Make Ousmane Dembele Second-Most Expensive Footballer Ever, Less Than Two Years Into His Senior Career

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Barcelona have completed the signing of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth an eye-swivelling €105million (around £98million).

Dembele has agreed a five-year deal that contains add-ons which could inflate the final fee beyond the€150million (£138million) mark.

That means that, in the space of just 719 days, the young French forward has gone from making his senior career debut to becoming the second most expensive footballer of all time which is, of course, utter lunacy.

Reports: Barcelona To Make Final Take-It-Or-Leave-It Offer Of £138m For Philippe Coutinho, And Liverpool Would Be Bonkers To Reject It…

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Word on the wire today is that Barcelona are cobbling together one final take-it-or-leave-it offer for Philippe Coutinho, reportedly worth £138million with £100million paid upfront.

The colossal bid would constitute Barca's fourth official attempt to coax Liverpool into parting with their man, with the Catalans prepared to walk away from the negotiating table and pursue other targets should their advances be rejected this time.

The Rest

Reports: Crystal Palace In Contact With Free Agent Carlton Cole After Losing Christian Benteke To Knee Ligament Injury

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Roy Hodgson's soul-sapping start to life as Crystal Palace's new manager has plumbed a new depth today with news that, having lost their sole remaining striker to injury, the club are mulling over the prospect of signingCarlton Cole.

Having lost Christian Benteke to a knee ligament injury last week, Hodgson currently doesn't have a single recognised senior striker at his disposal with Connor Wickham already ruled out until January and, well.

Official: Fenerbahce Tentatively Agree To Take Vincent Janssen On Loan From Tottenham For Rest Of Season

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Fenerbahce have announced that they've come to a tentative arrangement with Tottenham to take Vincent Janssen off their hands for the remainder of the season.

The Dutch international striker has failed to gel at Spurs, scoring just six goals (many of which were penalties) in 38 appearances to date.

Official: West Brom Sign Sprightly Winger Oliver Burke From RB Leipzig In £15m Deal (Photo)

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West Brom have pulled off a mildly interesting signing by bringing in young Scottish international Oliver Burke from RB Leipzig on a permanent deal.

The fee involved is reported to be around £15million, roughly akin to that recouped by Nottingham Forest when Burke left for Leipzig at the start of last season.

Official: Burnley Mulch Club Transfer Record To Bring In Bulky Target Man Chris Wood From Leeds (Photo)

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Burnley have broken their club transfer record to bring in Chris Woods from Leeds, with the fee involved reported to be £15million (plus add-ons).

The pointy 6'2" target man, who finished top goalscorer in the Championship last season with 27 goals in 44 appearances, has signed a four-year deal with the Clarets.