All the top stories and transfer rumours from Friday’s national newspapers…
Marseille striker Dieng intercepted by Nice while waiting for Leeds flight, but fails medical
Bamba Dieng’s name was not well known before Thursday, but the Marseille striker is now more widely known after he staged a miraculous transfer drama in the space of 24 hours.
The 22-year-old striker was previously almost set to sign for Leeds United, with a transfer fee of £10 million being negotiated between the two clubs, according to Sky Sports. Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani even took to his personal social media to welcome him: “Let’s welcome Dion and we will continue our efforts to bring in Gakpo.”
However, Nice suddenly intervened in the deal, contacted the player’s agent and managed to intercept the deal. By the time the offer from Nice was received, Dieng was already at the airport waiting for his flight to Leeds.
Leeds United chairman Radrizzani later said on social media, “This is part of the transfer deadline madness. We messed up. It happens to even the best of us.”
But that’s not the end of the story.
Dieng was supposed to join Nice for 9 million euros, but then he had some minor problems during his medical and the deal was scrapped.
Dieng eventually returned to Marseille, and he’s like the Odemwingie of 2022 (QPR had a bid for Odemwingie from West Brom rejected in January 2013, but the player drove himself to QPR headquarters to try to negotiate, and was turned away), though he should be even more famous than before.
Barca will officially announce the signing of Marcos Alonso
According to Romano’s news, Barca will officially announce the signing of Marcos Alonso on Friday morning local time.
On the deadline day of the transfer window, Barca officially announced that Bellerin joined the team and completed the registration for him in La Liga.
Journalist Santi Ovalle said that according to club sources, Barca will officially announce Marcos Alonso to join the team as a free agent on Friday.
Well-known journalist Romano also confirmed the news, saying that Marcos Alonso has terminated his contract with Chelsea and he will join Barca as a free agent, with the official announcement on Friday morning local time.
Manchester United 1-0 Leicester City | Highlights
Manchester United visited Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, with Craig Paulson as the referee. In the first half, Manchester United played a quick counter-attack and Rashford assisted Sancho to score a one-touch goal past the goalkeeper. In the second half, De Gea offered a miraculous save, Ronaldo came on as a substitute in the 67th minute and slid a barbed shot through the goal + two final passes failed to contact his teammates. Finally, Manchester United won 1-0 away to Leicester City, ushering in three consecutive wins to move to the fifth place in the table.
Barcelona striker Aubameyang joins Chelsea
Barcelona striker Aubameyang joined Chelsea for a transfer fee of 12 million euros.
Chelsea officials said the club signed a two-year contract with Aubameyang, who will wear the Blues’ No. 9 jersey.
Aubameyang, 33, was released from his contract with Arsenal in January this year and then joined Barca on a free agent. During his time at Barca, he played 24 games, contributing 13 goals and one assist. With Chelsea, he will return to the Premier League after a gap of more than half a year.
On joining Chelsea, Aubameyang said, ‘I’m really happy and honored to be part of Chelsea and can’t wait to get started, I have some unfinished business in the Premier League, so it’s really exciting to return.’
Chelsea chairman Burley said, ‘Aubameyang is an excellent goalscorer who has had a great career in the Premier League and his arrival complements our squad and provides us with new attacking options. It is great to have Aubameyang with us in this new era at Chelsea and we look forward to working with him.’
Juve midfielder Arthur joins Liverpool on loan
Officially, Juventus midfielder Arthur has joined Liverpool on loan.
Although all parties have previously stated that this is a pure loan deal, an official release from Juve shows that Liverpool have the right to buy out Artur at the end of the season for €37.5 million, which can be paid over two years. In addition to that, the price of this loan is 4.5 million euros loan fee plus 300,000 euros floating bonus.
In addition, Arthur will wear Liverpool’s number 29 shirt.
Arthur joined Juve from Barcelona in the summer of 2020, after contributing one goal and one assist in 63 games for Juve.
In an interview from his new owners, Arthur said, ‘I’m really happy to be here in this great shirt and this famous team logo that represents world football, it’s a dream.’
‘We talked a lot and our ideas and visions fit very well, so I believe this is the right choice. I’m really happy and very motivated to continue to live my dream on the pitch and give my all for the Liverpool shirt.’
Barça waived the signing of Arsenal defender Bellerin
Barça officially announced that the club and Hector Bellerin reached an agreement, Bellerin joined Barça after the termination of his contract with Arsenal, signed until June 30, 2023, with a default of 50 million euros. Registration has been completed in La Liga.
The 27-year-old Bellerin came from Barça’s youth academy and moved to Arsenal’s youth academy in 2011. Last season, the Spanish defender played on loan at Betis.
Bellerin’s original contract with Arsenal will expire in 2023. According to previous media reports, Arsenal agreed for Bellerin to join Barcelona for a 0 transfer fee, with Arsenal owning 25% of his future transfer share. In order to join Barcelona, Bellerin accepted a significant pay cut and also gave up any money that Arsenal had not yet paid him.
Milan signed Barcelona defender Dest on loan for 1 season
Barça officially announced that Dest joined Milan on loan, and Milan has the right to buy out the player.
Romano said that Dest will play for Milan on loan until the end of the season, and that Milan will also be able to buy him out for 20 million euros.
Dest will wear Milan’s No. 21 shirt.
Dest is a right-back and current U.S. international who joined Barca in the 2020-21 season. He has made 72 appearances for the team, scoring 3 goals and giving 4 assists.
AC Milan FC is pleased to announce the signing of Sergio Dest from FC Barcelona, who joins the club on loan with a buy-out option. The American player is signed with the club until June 30, 2023.
Juve midfielder Zakaria joins Chelsea on loan
Official news, Juventus midfielder Zakaria joined Chelsea on loan until the end of the season, including a buyout clause.
As previously reported, the 25-year-old Zakaria can be bought out by Chelsea at the end of the season for £30 million, and once bought out, Zakaria will sign a five-year deal with Chelsea. In addition, Chelsea will pay Zakaria’s full salary during his loan.
After signing, Zakaria said, ‘I want to say hello to all the Chelsea fans, I’m happy and proud to be part of the Blues and can’t wait to meet you at Stamford Bridge.’
Chelsea boss Burley said, ‘Zakaria is a talented and outstanding midfielder with great ability and skill. He will add to the thickness of our squad and we are looking forward to seeing him in a Blues shirt.’
Dortmund centre-back Akanji joins Manchester City with a contract until 2027
Manchester City has officially announced that Dordt centre-back Akanji has joined the team on a contract until 2027, and will wear the number 25 shirt.
Akanji, 27 years old, is 1.88 meters tall, plays as a central defender, right footed player, Swiss international footballer.
He has previously played for Winterthur, Basel and Dortmund. Since moving to Dotters in ’18, Akanji has made 158 appearances for Dotters, scoring four goals and adding two assists. Last season, he made 36 appearances for Dortmund.
Manchester United signs Newcastle goalkeeper Dubravka on loan
Manchester United have officially announced the signing of Newcastle goalkeeper Dubravka on loan, with a buy-out option at the end of the season.
Dubravka’s loan deal includes a buyout option, with United paying a £2 million loan fee and a £6 million permanent transfer if Dubravka makes a certain number of appearances in the Premier League.
Slovakian international goalkeeper Dubravka officially moved to Newcastle in the summer of ’18, and gradually took his place as Newcastle’s main goalkeeper. In four seasons, he has made a total of 130 appearances for the Magpies, with 37 clean sheets.
After Pope joined this season, Dubravka lost his starting position and has yet to get a chance to play; and after Dean Henderson left on loan, United’s second goalkeeper position became vacant, which led to Dubravka joining on loan.
Brazilian striker Willian returns to the Premier League and signs a one-year deal with Fulham
Fulham officially announced that Brazilian winger Willian has joined the team and he signed a one-year contract with the team.
Before joining Corinthians, Willem played for Chelsea and Arsenal in the English Premier League. He made a total of 259 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 38 goals and providing 38 assists. He also helped Chelsea win the Premier League title in the 2014/15 and 2016/17 seasons.
The 34-year-old Willem has not had the best season for Corinthians in the Barclays Premier League. He made a total of 36 appearances for the team and only delivered one goal and four assists.
After his early termination of contract with Corinthians, William has been training with Fulham for the past two weeks. Fulham boss Silva has been impressed with William’s performance in training, and the veteran Brazilian can provide experience and ability to the lineup.
Willem said, ‘It’s great to be back in the Premier League and at Fulham, it’s a special club to want to progress and fight for bigger goals, I’m here to help and can’t wait to play.’
Draxler joins Benfica on loan until the end of the season
Official news, Paris Saint-Germain striker Draxler has officially joined Benfica.
Paris Saint-Germain officials said that this will be a loan deal, and Draxler will play at Benfica on loan until the end of the season.
He will wear the number 93 shirt at Benfica.
Lazio defender Acerbi joins Inter on loan
Official news, Lazio defender Acerbi officially joined Inter Milan.
According to previous reports, Acerbi will join Inter on loan, Inter will not need to pay the loan fee, and can also buy him out at the end of the season for 4 million euros.
Inter officials said that Acerbi will wear the team’s No. 15 shirt.
Brighton signs Chelsea midfielder Gilmour
Brighton officially announced that the team signed Chelsea midfielder Gilmour.
Gilmour signed a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, with Sky Sports indicating a transfer fee of £10 million.
Gilmour, 21, joined Chelsea’s youth academy from Rangers in 2017 and has since been offered a place in the first team.
Gilmour was loaned to Norwich last season and has not played for Chelsea this season.
22-year-old youth player Tahith Chong moves to Birmingham on a permanent basis
Manchester United has officially announced the permanent transfer of 22-year-old youth player Tahith Chong to Birmingham.
Tahith Chong has suffered several injuries during his previous loan spell at Birmingham and had to return to Carrington early to recover from his loan spell.
Tahith Chong comes from the Manchester United youth academy and has made 16 appearances for the first team, as well as playing in this year’s pre-season.
The 22-year-old is now on a permanent move to Birmingham and will get the chance to showcase his talent in the Championship.
United’s official website said it took the opportunity to thank Tahith Chong for all he has given to United and wished him the best of luck in his future career: “From boy to man, we are proud to be part of your journey so far in life and wish you success in the days to come!”
As previously stated by British journalist Simon Stone, Tahith Chong’s transfer fee is £1.5 million.
Leeds United sign Italian international Gnonto
Leeds United has officially announced that the team has signed FC Zurich striker Gnonto.
Gnonto is signed until the summer of 2027 for an undisclosed transfer fee.
Gnonto, 18, joined FC Zurich in the summer of 2020 from Inter Milan, where he scored eight goals in the Swiss Super League last season.
Gnonto made his debut for the Italian national team in the UEFA Nations League against Germany in June and scored his first goal in the second round of the competition against Germany.