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The transfer window may have shut in England, but Saudi Arabian and Turkish sides are still open for business, with Liverpool set to face a world-record bid for Mohamed Salah



Transfer Deadline Day deals completed by deadline

The summer transfer window may be closed in England and most of Europe, but deals are still being done.

With transfer windows still open in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, among others, there is still business available, with Premier League sides aiming to sell unwanted stars – and fend off interest in their stars.




That is the problem Liverpool face with Mohamed Salah, who has already been the subject of a failed bid with a new, potentially world-record £215million bid, coming in for the Egyptian from Saudi side Al-Ittihad.


Elsewhere, Manchester United have managed to offload Mason Greenwood to Getafe on loan, but now face another problem in Jadon Sancho. Erik ten Hag is in a public spat with the winger, who released a statement to contradict the manager’s reason for leaving him out vs Arsenal.

For all that and more, stay tuned to the Mirror Football transfer blog.

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Arteta tells Pepe to go

Mikel Arteta has told Nicolas Pepe he won’t play for Arsenal again – with club chiefs trying to agree a pay-off with the Ivorian.

Arsenal are willing to release Pepe but will need to agree a pay-off, with negotiations ongoing.

As reported by The Sun, Arteta is refusing to play Pepe. The winger won’t be reintegrated into the squad, even if club chiefs fail to agree a pay-off. Arsenal have accepted they won’t recuperate any of the £72million they paid Lille in 2019.

Read more here.

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ICYMI: Wolves in for Lingard

Wolves are rivalling West Ham for the signature of Jesse Lingard, according to Sky Sports.

Lingard is a free agent after being released by Nottingham Forest over the summer. He had been linked with DC United but salary cap rules prevented him from joining the MLS side.

West Ham are understood to be keen to take Lingard, who had a great loan spell there in 2021, but Wolves have emerged as another credible option.

Amrabat opens up on Man Utd strengths

Sofyan Amrabat has revealed what he will offer to Man United after completing a loan switch to Old Trafford on deadline day.

As quoted by club media, he said: “I don’t like to speak about myself. I want to show it on the pitch, but I can promise that I will give my best with everything; every day, every minute, every second. So, it is the only thing that I can say now.”

Done deal from Tottenham

Tottenham have confirmed that younfg defender Maksim Paskotsi has left North London to join Grasshoppers.

The 20-year-old has joined the Swiss side on a permanent deal. He made just one senior appearance for Spurs during his time at the club.

Carragher’s Salah claim

Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher has claimed Liverpool ‘can’t turn down’ a £200m bid from Al-Ittihad for Mo Salah.

He said: “He wouldn’t be worth £150m without the Saudi market, probably closer to £100m. But why have they left it so late? If they wanted him so badly, and they were prepared to spend the money, why didn’t they do it six months ago when they might have got him?

“It is up to Liverpool and it is up to Salah, he may not want to go. I think even for supporters who love him and don’t want him to move, if that number keeps going up and up, there is a stage where they can’t turn it down, and that would be £200m.”

Charlton fail in Buckingham approach

Charlton Athletic have been denied permission to speak with Mumbai City head coach Des Buckingham.

The Addicks are looking for a new boss after parting company with Dean Holden a week-and-a-half ago and quickly identified Buckingham, 38, as a top candidate.

Buckingham was involved in the Oxford United coaching set-up at around the same time Charlton’s new hierarchy was in situ at the U’s and has enjoyed success coaching abroad after linking up with the City Football Group. He enjoyed a record-breaking campaign with Mumbai last term, winning the Indian Super League.

Mirror Football understands that Charlton approached Mumbai and agreed to meet the club’s compensation demands in the hope of discussing the role with Buckingham. But with CFG and Mumbai reluctant to lose him, the Addicks’ approach was eventually rebuffed.

The League One outfit are pressing ahead with their search to find a replacement for Holden and are still interviewing for the role. It’s anticipated they will seek to conclude the process in the coming days.

Des Buckingham(Stephen Pond/FIFA)

Rooney had Premier League shortlist

Wayne Rooney attempted to bring three forgotten former Premier League stars to D.C. United over the summer but was left disappointed, reports claim.

The former Manchester United hero’s draw has helped the franchise to secure the services of the likes of Mateusz Klich and Christian Benteke previously. However, the four-time MLS Cup champions eventually were left frustrated in their efforts to sign established names this summer.

Those players were Jesse Lingard, Andre Ayew and Ravel Morrison.

Read the full story here

Red Devils had Amrabat alternative

Manchester United wanted to sign Joao Palhinha from Fulham ahead of striking a deal for Sofyan Amrabat.

That is according to The Athletic, who suggest that Erik ten Hag had been left impressed by the Portuguese’s performances against the Red Devils. Palhinha was also reportedly interested in a move to Old Trafford.

However, United instead plumped for Amrabat, who put pen to paper on a season-long loan with an offer to buy.

Ramos’ Sevilla arrival greeted by protests

Sergio Ramos is facing a backlash from Sevilla supporters just days after returning to his boyhood club on a free transfer.

Ramos came up through the ranks of Sevilla’s academy, before joining Real Madrid for £23million in the summer of 2005. The defender became a club legend at Los Blancos, winning five LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues before joining PSG in 2021.

He left the Ligue 1 giants this summer and turned down offers from the Saudi Pro League to join Sevilla. But his arrival has not gone down well at Los Nervionenses, with supporters from their ultras group slamming Ramos.

Read more here.

BREAKING: Man Utd release statement on Antony

Manchester United have released a statement as police investigate claims that Antony attacked an ex-girlfriend.

His former girlfriend, Gabriela Cavallin, alleges that the Brazilian international, who has been dropped by his country for their next round of fixtures, headbutted and punched her in a hotel room on January 14, the day after a Premier League game against Manchester City. She claims to have suffered a cut to her head and a damaged breast implant.

Antony has denied the allegations on social media and stated that he’s co-operated with the police. United have now broken their silence, issuing a statement for the first time since the accusations came to light.

Read the statement here.

Tuchel ‘irritating’ Bayern chiefs

Thomas Tuchel is leaving Bayern Munich bosses ‘irritated’ with his complaints on the club’s transfers just weeks into the new season.

The reigning Bundesliga champions have enjoyed a productive start to the 2023/24 campaign as they attempt to defend their title again. They sit second behind early pace setters Bayer Leverkusen after winning each of their opening three matches.

However, former Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel does not seem particularly pleased off the pitch at the very least. The German coach reportedly displayed ‘erratic’ behaviour during the transfer window, something that has continued after last week’s deadline with a series of public demands and statements.

Read more here.

Nketiah sends Jesus message

Eddie Nketiah has made clear to Gabriel Jesus that just because the Brazilian is now fit and firing again, he shouldn’t expect to waltz back into the Arsenal starting line-up.

Mikel Arteta has made no secret in the past of the fact that when both are available, Jesus is the man he’ll call upon to lead the Gunners line. However, since the 26-year-old was signed from Manchester City last summer, he has struggled with persistent injury issues including undergoing knee surgery after the Qatar World Cup.

Read more here.

Man Utd see £500m wiped off share price

The much-maligned Glazer family are under fire again from Manchester United supporters after the club’s valuation plummeted by more than £500million.

The news comes amid speculation that the American owners will take the club OFF the market, a full 288 days after publicly announcing their intention to sell up.

Read more here.

Arteta takes firm stance with Pepe

Mikel Arteta has told Nicolas Pepe he won’t play for Arsenal again – with club chiefs trying to agree a pay-off with the Ivorian.

Arsenal are willing to release Pepe but will need to agree a pay-off, with negotiations ongoing.

As reported by The Sun, Arteta is refusing to play Pepe. The winger won’t be reintegrated into the squad, even if club chiefs fail to agree a pay-off. Arsenal have accepted they won’t recuperate any of the £72million they paid Lille in 2019.

Read more here.

Nicolas Pepe spent last season on loan at Nice(Getty Images)

Lingard in demand

Wolves are rivalling West Ham for the signature of Jesse Lingard, according to Sky Sports.

Lingard is a free agent after being released by Nottingham Forest over the summer. He had been linked with DC United but salary cap rules prevented him from joining the MLS side.

West Ham are understood to be keen to take Lingard, who had a great loan spell there in 2021, but Wolves have emerged as another credible option.

Jesse Lingard is a free agent(Getty Images)

Lindstrom makes Liverpool admission

Jesper Lindstrom has admitted he is a Liverpool supporter – despite rejecting Jurgen Klopp’s side to join Italian champions Napoli.

Liverpool tried to sign Lindstrom, 23, from Eintracht Frankfurt during the summer after a promising two-year spell in Germany. The attacking midfielder, who can also play on the wing, scored 12 goals and provided nine assists in 57 Bundesliga games.

Read more here.

Getafe chief makes Greenwood blunder

Getafe sporting director Ruben Reyes has claimed Mason Greenwood is “just the same” as other footballers after being cleared by a judge – despite that never happening.

The Manchester United man was officially unveiled as a Getafe player on Tuesday after taking part in an open training session at the club’s home stadium – the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. He has moved to Spain on an initial season-long loan.

“The most important person to say anything has already spoke and that is the judge,” Reyes said. “That is the absolute highest authority. What we have done is sign players who are ready to be signed.”

Read more here.

Man City monitoring Ferguson

Manchester City are keeping an eye on Brighton star Evan Ferguson, according to The i.

Ferguson netted a hat-trick in Brighton’s 3-1 win over Newcastle on the weekend and is one of the hottest prospects in the Premier League.

The 18-year-old signed a new contract in April which runs to June 2028, meaning Brighton would undoubtedly demand a gigantic transfer fee. They have developed a reputation for driving a hard bargain, having sold Ben White (£50m), Marc Cucurella (£60m) and Moises Caicedo (£115m) in recent windows.

Schmeichel joins Anderlecht

Former Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has joined Anderlecht on a one-year contract.

The 36-year-old was a free agent after leaving Nice.

Clock ticking on Salah deal

Al-Ittihad still want to sign Mohamed Salah – but the clock is against then.

The Saudi Pro League transfer window closes at 10pm on Thursday evening and Al-Ittihad face many hurdles.

Firstly, Liverpool don’t want to sell and have already rejected an offer worth £150million. Secondly, Jurgen Klopp and Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, say Salah wants to stay too.

Thirdly, any Salah offer needs to be given the green light by the Saudi Pro League itself, including sporting director Michael Emenalo.

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Wan-Bissaka in contract talks

Manchester United are in talks with Aaron Wan-Bissaka over a new contract.

The news, as first reported by The Telegraph, comes as the 25-year-old enjoys a run of games at right-back. He is said to have impressed Erik ten Hag recently.

Sancho facing exile at Man Utd

Jadon Sancho faces being exiled at Manchester United following his public criticism of boss Erik ten Hag.

Sancho took to social media to defend himself after Ten Hag claimed the winger was left out of United’s squad for Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal because of poor training performances. Ten Hag is said to have taken a dim view of Sancho’s public show of dissent and criticism of him and could decide to make the 23-year-old train away from the first-team squad.

Read more here.

How Colwill chose to stay at Chelsea

Levi Colwill has revealed how a word from an unlikely mentor helped persuade him to commit his future to Chelsea.

Adam Lallana became an influential figure in Colwill’s development when the young defender was on loan at Brighton last season.

And having played under Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton, Lallana was quick to give the new Chelsea manager a glowing testimony when asked about him by Colwill.

“I have had conversations with Adam,” said Colwill. “And he told me about how much of a good guy he (Pochettino) was and he thinks he is a really good manager and I took that on board when I was making my decision.”

Read more here.

Dyche hits out at Gray

Everton manager Sean Dyche has hit out at Demarai Gray after the winger criticised him for a lack of respect on social media.

Gray saw a proposed move to Fulham fall through and is now strongly linked with Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia. Dyche has accused him of not wanting to train and declaring a transfer already done, without the club’s say-so.

“Demarai made it clear that he felt he was getting a move [away from Everton] and he told us a move was done, which was interesting to hear from a player,” he told the club website.

“We reminded him of the truth of the fact that no moves are done without this club’s say so. That’s the truth of it.”

Mbappe in PSG talks

Kylian Mbappe’s situation at Paris Saint-Germain is a complicated one.

After refusing to sign a new contract over the summer, and being left out of Luis Enrique’s squad as a punishment, the two sides are all happy families once more. Mbappe is back in the team and is the undisputed star, with Lionel Messi and Neymar gone.

Now L’Équipe reports that talks are ongoing behind the scenes. Mbappe’s current deal expires at the end of the season and he has long been expected to move to Real Madrid. However, PSG want to keep him and think the arrivals of France stars Randal Kolo Muani, Ousmane Dembele and Lucas Hernandez, as well as the emergence of his younger brother Ethan, might help convince him to stay.

(Bagu Blanco / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport)

ICYMI – Saudi side ready £215m Salah bid

Al-Ittihad are expected to launch a jaw-dropping bid to buy Mohamed Salah from Liverpool.

The Saudi club have already seen an initial verbal offer rejected, but are desperate to sign the Egyptian.

They are willing to make him the highest paid player in the world and will offer Liverpool an initial £170m, with another £45m in add-ons.

Read more here.

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We’ll back from 5am tomorrow, as the clock ticks on the Saudi transfer window….

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Ramsdale left sweating over Arsenal future

Mikel Arteta is planning to give David Raya a chance to stake his claim to be Arsenal’s No 1.

There is now a clear chance for Raya to get his chance to play in the Carabao Cup on September 27 ironically against his parent club. Premier League rules mean Raya could not play against Brentford but that is not the case in the Carabao Cup and loan players can play against their parent club as long as they get permission.

Read the full story here.

Saka crowned England Player of the Year

Bukayo Saka has been named England’s Player of the Year for a second successive year.

Saka was given the award on his 22nd birthday on Tuesday ahead of Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane who finished second and third respectively. England fans vote for the award – sponsored by EE – and Saka played ten times for his country in the last 12 months, scoring seven times.

Read the full story here.

Mourinho praised over Lukaku deal

AS Roma director Pinto has today praised Jose Mourinho for getting Romelu Lukaku to the club.

“The Lukaku deal was impossible for us in Juneor July. No way,” he told reporters.

“Mourinho has been crucial to make it happen, it took four to five days to convince Lukaku — then our owners Frienkdin entered talks with Chelsea and literally unlocked the negotiation.”

Mbappe gives up on €100 million bonus

Kylian Mbappe has agreed to give up his loyalty bonus of €100M to PSG so he can play again this season.

However, he still does not intend to extend his contract beyond the summer of 2024, meaning he can leave for free next summer.

(Matthieu Mirville/DPPI/REX/Shutterstock)

Ndombele confirmed by Galatasaray

Wolves line-up Lingard move

Wolves will offer a contract to free agent Jesse Lingard this week, Sky Sports News are reporting.

The 30-year-old is also training at West Ham and they are considering an offer too.

Webb explains controversial United call

Manchester United avoided giving away a late penalty vs Wolves thanks to officials “overthinking” the situation.

That’s the view of chief of referees Howard Webb, who acknowledged the disappointing mistake during unprecedented access to the decision-making process. In a bid to add more transparency to the use of VAR in the Premier League, Webb is fronting a show which highlights controversial calls and the process that leads to them.

Read the full story here.

Donde deal! Anderlecht confirm Kasper Schmeichel signing

United under pressure to drop Antony

Manchester United are under pressure to drop Antony after Brazil withdrew the footballer from their squad following allegations of physical assault, according to the Guardian.

The player posted a statement on social media yesterday insisting he was innocent.

Antony has denied the allegations(Getty Images)

Galtier to return to management

Former PSG coach Christophe Galtier is set to return to management in Qatar with Al-Duhail, according to RMC Sport.

Despite winning Ligue 1 last season, Galthier was sacked by the club.

Man City learn Club World Cup draw

Man City will face Club Leon or Urawa Reds in their opening match at the Club World Cup.

Should City come through their semi-final, they could face the winners of the ongoing Copa Libertadores, Al Ahly, Al-Ittihad or Auckland City in the final. The tournament takes place in Saudi Arabia between December 12-22.

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Anderson quits Scotland camp

Elliot Anderson has pulled out of Scotland Euro 2024 squad.

The Newcastle United midfielder has returned to his club for treatment after suffering an injury in training.

Anderson had played for Scotland at under-age levels before he switched to England at under-19 level. He returned to play for the Scots at under-21 level – but is yet to win a senior cap.

Saha wades in on Sancho saga

Louis Saha is the latest ex-Man Utd star to have his say on the Jadon Sancho controvery.

“Sancho and Ten Hag is not a great situation, it’s not what you want to see,” he told Paddy Power. “We’ve seen managers where they open up unnecessarily and this was one of those times. You don’t need to leave out a player and then expose him.

“Of course, Sancho has to defend himself, he thinks he has done okay physically and commitment wise, and the manager is asking for more. It wasn’t necessary from the manager; I feel sorry for both because it’s an unnecessary situation.”

Demarai Gray update

Al-Ettifaq are still pushing to sign Demarai Gray before the transfer deadline expires in Saudi on Thursday, according to reports.

Everton are reluctant to sell, but Gray is said to be keen on a £7 million switch.

United share price plummets

The Manchester United share price has dropped more than 20% this week, amid reports the Glazer family are set to scrap all plans to sell up, Sky Sports are reporting.

The share price closed at $23.66 on Friday and has dropped to as low as $18.83 on Tuesday with it currently at $19.02. The New York Stock Exchange was closed on Monday because it was Labor Day.

The Glazers are set to take Manchester United off the market(Getty Images)

Napoli make stunning Kvaratskhelia statement

Speculation that Napoli are in talks with star winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia over a new contract have been denied by the club in sensational fashion.

“Some media continue to tell, having the footballer’s agents as their only source, of alleged negotiations in progress for the renewal of Kvaratskhelia,” read the club statement. “It’s about “bull****. No one from Napoli has ever talked about the possible renewal of the player (whose contract expires in 4 years). Neither Mauro Meluso, nor Maurizio Micheli, nor Aurelio de Laurentiis, nor Andrea Chiavelli did it.”

Pride in Football chief angered by Henderson

Co-chair of Pride in Football and the co-founder of Three Lions Pride, Joe White, has hit out at Jordan Henderson after he tried to explain his move to Saudi Arabia.

“It feels like it’s a way of him trying to rebuild his image,” said White. “Nothing he’s said is either convincing or makes any kind of difference. It just re-establishes the disappointment.

“It feels very much like a ‘saviour complex’ and it’s just frustrating that at no point has he spoken to LGBT people or LGBT Saudis. Has he thought of the wider impact? He talks about not being a politician. You don’t need to be a politician to learn, consult and be fully informed on the impact of a decision that you’re going to make.”

Savage calls for Sancho talks

For mer United player has urged Erik ten Hag to make up with Jadon Sancho.

“The transfer window is now closed everywhere other than Saudi Arabia and I can’t see Jadon Sancho going there so now they have to think about how they get the best out of him. You put your arm round him, develop him and give him encouragement,” he told Planet Sport Bet.

“Erik ten Hag and Sancho now find themselves in a very awkward situation and they both have different opinions on it. They both need to get together and resolve it.”

Alaba rejected Saudi offer

Real Madrid defender David Alaba was offereda a €20M-a-year contract to play in Saudi Arabia this season but rejected the offer, Spanish media outlet Revelo have reported.

Amrabat agent breaks silence

Sofyan Amrabat’s agent has reacted on Instagram after his player was handed the No 4 shirt by Man United.

“My bro! With some obstacles you reached your dream,” he wrote. “This is what you fought for. I can’t wait for your Premier League debut. May Allah give you more strength and all the happiness in the world.”

Vilda sacked as Spain women’s manager

Jorge Vilda has been sacked as the Spanish women’s national team manager.

The decision arrives after the Spanish FA (RFEF) issued a public statement apologising to “football and society as a whole” for the spiralling scandal concerning the actions of suspended federation president Luis Rubiales after the national team’s Women’s World Cup victory.

Follow the breaking story here.

Salah’s private jet

Al-Ittihad prepared a private jet for Mohamed Salah on deadline day last Friday – such was their confidence of signing the Liverpool forward.

According to the ECHO, Al-Ittihad thought Liverpool would accept their £150million bid and lined up a private jet to take Salah to Jeddah.

Yet Fenway Sports Group’s president Mike Gordon instantly rejected the bid to leave the Saudis frustrated.

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