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THE transfer window has CLOSED for Premier League clubs after a frantic final day.

But there are still deals to be done for free agents and domestic loans from EFL clubs.

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    Blackburn and Watford are leading the chase for out-of-favour Leeds full-back Barry Douglas.

    The 31-year-old hasn't even made the matchday squad yet this season as the Whites have made a terrific start to life back in the Premier League.

    And with EFL clubs still permitted to do business with the top-flight, the Scot could be playing Championship footballs soon.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo's house was robbed of personal items as played for Portugal on Wednesday night, according to reports.

    The former Manchester United star, 35, had his home in Funchal, Madeira burgled while he was off taking on Spain.

    Partner Georgina Rodriguez was also away at Paris Fashion Week.

    The chancer is claimed to have snuck into the house after a member of Ronaldo's staff opened the garage door, according to respected local paper Diario de Noticias Madeira.

    Police are said to be on the hunt for the suspected burgler.

    A signed Juventus shirt is said to have been among items taken.

    A relative of the footballer’s raised the alarm on Wednesday.

    Police have already visited the property and are said to have identified the thief.

    The crook has been described as someone who is already known to them, and was identified thanks to the property's CCTV.

    No arrests have yet been made.

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    Thomas Partey was convinced to complete his move to Arsenal by the prospect of playing alongside Granit Xhaka, according to reports.

    Gunners officials met with the former Atletico Madrid man during the 2018-19 season, say The Athletic.

    During those meetings, Francis Cagigao – then the head of international recruitment – discussed how Partey could fit into the club's system.

    It's claimed Arsenal chiefs pitched the idea of the Ghanaian playing as the deepest in a midfield three – like he did so often for Atleti.

    But they also pitched playing as part of a deep-lying midfield duo alongside Xhaka – with a No10 playing ahead of them.

    And it was during one of those meetings Partey revealed his admiration for Xhaka, it's claimed.

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    Manchester United's new signing Edinson Cavani is in amazing shape with an ‘astonishing’ body fat percentage, at the age of 33.

    Sources describe him as being ‘like a Greek god’ who can ‘run like a maniac.’

    And he is so devoted to his fitness regime, he has even been likened to Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Uruguay legend moved to United on a free transfer from French giants PSG in a surprise deadline day deal.

    And although he has not played football for six months, having been left out of PSG’s squad for the Champions League at the end of last season, he is in top shape.

    He has kept in condition, posting workout videos from his luxury home in the exclusive Neuilly-sur-Seine area of Paris to tell potential clubs that he was working as hard as ever.

    And, according to The Athletic, Cavani – who will wear the iconic No7 shirt – will arrive in Manchester as one of the fittest, and strongest, players at the club.

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    Manchester United are reportedly ready to sign Dayot Upamecano for a bargain £36.5million next summer.

    Sport Bild reports the RB Leipzig centre-back's release clause will drop to the figure next year, potentially sparking a transfer battle.

    The Frenchman was being monitored by a host of Europe's top clubs during the summer transfer window.

    His old contract had a release clause of £54m and would have expired next summer.

    But after nobody paid up, Upamecano signed a new deal until 2023 with the reduced release clause coming into force in 2021.

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    Manchester United have announced their 25-man Champions League squad.

    And there is no place for Sergio Romero, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.

    All three were linked with moves away from Old Trafford this summer, but nothing materialised.

    Here is the full list.

    Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Dean Henderson, Lee Grant.

    Defenders: Eric Bailly, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

    Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Facundo Pellistri, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek.

    Forwards: Edinson Cavani, Odion Ighalo, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford.

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    Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has hinted he fancies a move to play in Serie A.

    The Frenchman will find chances hard to come by this season with Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham ahead of him in the pecking order.

    Speaking to French broadcaster RMC Sport show ‘Top of the Foot he said: “I’ve been close to moving to Serie A. They appreciate experienced players there, but the transfer didn’t materialise.

    “For the future we will see what happens, I will decide by evaluating the opportunities I will have.”


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    Manchester United could be beaten to the transfer of Josh King by West Ham.

    The Hammers are interested in the versatile Norwegian forward and are mulling over making an offer.

    King, 28, is into the last year of his contract at the Vitality.

    He is a former United player – but seemingly West Ham are the new favourites to land him.

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    Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles was the subject of interest from Barcelona on transfer dealine day.

    The Catalans were in the market for a right-back, and according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano their search took them to North London.

    But in the end Ajax star Sergino Dest was the man tasked with filling the role, and the Maitland-Niles interest never got more than that.

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    It's common knowledge that Chelsea chief Maria Granovskaia is a shrewd operator – but her demands for a couple of potential outgoings were, shall we say, extortionate.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi was once again courted by Bayern Munich – but Granovskaia valued the player well out of the Germans' reach.

    And it has been revealed that she wanted a hefty bit of money to let Fikayo Tomori move on loan to West Ham.

    But incredibly, the Hammers AGREED to pay a five figure fee for every game the young centre-back DIDN'T play.

    The only problem was the player didn't want to leave. Ho hum.

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    Here is how Manchester United COULD have lined up had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got all of his transfer targets.

    The defence could have looked very different… with United fans probably wishing it did!

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    Lionel Messi reportedly nearly joined Chelsea in 2004.

    Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that a then-16-year-old was tempted with a switch to West London after a 'long phone call with Jose Mourinho'.

    But it seems his love for Barca kept him in Spain. Could the Blues emerge as dark horse to go back in for the little magician at the end of the season?

    Messi has of course agreed to stay with the Catalans for one more season after sensationally handing in a transfer request in the summer.

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer missed out on ALL of his summer transfer targets – including Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.

    The Manchester United boss had huge plans for this summer, hoping to bring in a host of star talent.

    Having missed out on Erling Haaland in January, Solskjaer was determined to spend big and revamp his lacklustre squad.

    But Sancho and Grealish stayed at their clubs. United also missed out on back-up options Ousmane Dembele, Douglas Costa and Federico Chiesa.

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    Manchester United outcast Sergio Romero is eyeing up a move to the MLS following his wife's angry outburst on social media.

    The Argentine stopper, 33, is now third choice at Old Trafford behind Dean Henderson and David De Gea.

    But Romero hasn't given up hope of a move and is keen to escape to the US, according to the Daily Mail.

    The MLS transfer window is open until October 29, giving Romero – currently at home in Argentina while his future is resolved – three weeks to find a club.

    After the full Premier League window closed, Romero's partner, Eliana Guercio, lashed out at United on Instagram.

    Guercio posted: “Sergio Romero worked hard for his club.

    “Last trophy they won, they lifted it with him.

    “He helped the team reach four finals/semi-finals and then he was on the bench, only to lose them all.

    “It is time for them to return the opportunity and let him go.


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    Manchester United reportedly considered making a move for Chelsea defender Emerson Palmeri.

    Speaking on the Here We Go podcast, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the Red Devils would have moved for the Italian had their move for Alex Telles failed.

    Telles eventually joined United from Porto on deadline day while Emerson had been heavily linked with a move back to Serie A following Ben Chilwell's arrival at Stamford Bridge.

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    Victor Moses was left in limbo after Inter Milan failed to sanction his permanent move from Chelsea.

    According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the Italian club's owners Suning 'did not approve the move'.

    That means Moses is back at Stanmford Bridge with nowhere to go.

    The Blues have Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James at right-back. And the versatile Moses has no chance in breaking into a star-studded midfield.

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    Edinson Cavani could make his Manchester United debut in an emotional clash with old side Paris Saint-Germain.

    Uruguayan striker Cavani, 33, joined United in a free transfer worth £200,000 a week on deadline day after leaving PSG when his contract expired at the end of June.

    And The Times reports that because he has continued to live in Paris, he will have to quarantine for 14 days in line with government regulations for anyone arriving into the UK from France.

    The exemption for elite athletes only applies if players are coming from a secure bubble environment where they are tested regularly.

    New left-back Alex Telles has been in a bubble with Porto therefore is available to link-up immediately with his new team-mates.

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    Chelsea hero Pat Nevin expects Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to “explode” for Chelsea sooner rather than later.

    Neither German has made a huge impact at Stamford Bridge since their big money moves but Nevin believes it is only a matter of time.

    He told the club website: “We are still waiting for the expected explosion of goals from the newer players.

    “It still feels like Timo and Kai are just bubbling under ready to explode onto the scene.

    “For once I think the Chelsea staff might be absolutely delighted to see many of these players leave on international duty, but why?

    “I reckon the likes of Kai and Timo both need as many games as possible to get themselves not only up to their own levels of mid-season match fitness, but higher still to the level expected week in and week out in the Premier League.”

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    Antonio Rudiger’s transfer from Chelsea to Tottenham collapsed as he reportedly feared the backlash from Blues fans for joining one of their main rivals

    Rudiger, 27, was concerned there would be a backlash from the Stamford Bridge faithful if he went to White Hart Lane, according to the Daily Mail.

    He was on the verge of completing the move after holding positive talks with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.

    The Blues weren't too keen on the move either as they have a policy to not sell players to their main rivals.

    The club's owner Roman Abramovich has said he refuses to do business with Spurs particularly in the past according to former player Carlton Cole.

    In the end Rudiger decided against the move to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place.

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    Atletico Madrid were left unhappy by Arsenal’s deadline day move for Thomas Partey, according to reports.

    ESPN claim the LaLiga club were “angry” but “resigned” to the midfielder’s exit.

    With the clock ticking on the European market, the Gunners made a play for Partey’s £45million release clause.

    That left Atletico powerless to stop their man leaving, although Lucas Torreira did arrive on loan in return.

    Los Colchoneros are chiefly described as upset with Thomas for his eagerness to leave after eight years in Madrid.

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    Atletico Madrid are still smarting over losing Thomas Partey as the blame game continues over his Arsenal transfer.

    The Gunners finally got their man on transfer deadline day when they paid the midfielder's £45million release fee.

    But Arsenal didn't hand that cheque over to Atletico – they went straight to LaLiga to get the deal over the line.

    The relationship between the two clubs has been described as 'irreparable' with Atletico feeling let down.

    Now, according to BBC's Spanish Football writer Guillem Balague, the Spanish club's anger is actually more directed at the player than his new club.

    He writes that: “The Gunners had wanted to negotiate a fee for the 27-year-old throughout the window but Atletico were unwilling to enter discussions, as they had no interest in accepting an offer for him.”

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    Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is in advanced talks to join Rangers in a shock free transfer, reports say.

    The 28-year-old is on the move after announcing on deadline day that he and West Ham had agreed to terminate his contract.

    He is now a free agent and on the brink of a move up north.

    Sports journalist Nicolo Schira reports that he is in “advanced talks” with SPL leaders Rangers, managed by Wilshere's former England teammate Steven Gerrard.

    It would be a surprise move after Wilshere dropped the bombshell on Monday that he and West Ham were parting ways.

    He joined his boyhood club two years ago but has endured an injury hit spell.

    However, Wilshere revealed his frustration that West Ham failed to play him – even though he was fit for the last eight months.

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    Leeds are reportedly eyeing the development of Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius.

    Leeds ended their window having signed Raphinha as well as bringing in Diego Llorente and Robin Koch at centre-back.

    They were also interested in Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol and Brighton's Ben White.

    But according to Hanuaer Anzeiger, Ambrosius is their latest target for the winter window.

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    Baba Rahmanis reportedly wanted on loan by Watford and Middlesbrough – as the defender faces being shipped out for a SIXTH time.

    The Ghanaian has failed to kickstart a career at Stamford Bridge and has been sent on loan for five seasons in a row.

    He has not appeared in a senior game since the 2015-16 season – the year he joined the club – when Jose Mourinho began the campaign in charge.

    Now Goal report the hapless left-back could be off on loan again to the Championship.

    Watford and Middlesbrough are both believed to be interested in picking him up for the season.

    The domestic transfer window does not close until October 16 meaning clubs in England can still trade with one another.

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    GOT YA

    Mario Gotze has joined PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer after leaving Borussia Dortmund.

    PSV announced Gotze, 28, has signed a two-year deal with the Dutch club after leaving Dortmund when his contract finished at the end of last season.

    Germany's 2014 World Cup final goalscoring hero came through the ranks at Dortmund and had two spells at the club either side of a stint at Bayern Munich.

    The attacking midfielder said: “I had a lot of offers this summer but I am a man of feeling and make my own decisions.

    “I feel I am ready for a very different challenge and I am confident that this should be a very comfortable transition for me.”

    PSV director of football John de Jong added: “Mario became interested after our head coach Roger Schmidt had gotten in touch with him.

    “And in the end he proved to be the godsend we had hoped for.

    “We are delighted he has signed a contract with PSV. We are very proud.”

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