Transfer deadline day: Liverpool reject £150m Salah bid, Spurs agree £45m Johnson deal – live | Transfer window

Transfer deadline day: Liverpool reject £150m Salah bid, Spurs agree £45m Johnson deal – live | Transfer window

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Højberg going nowhere?

David Hytner

Am told that Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg will not get a move from Spurs today. We’ve already reported how he did not fancy Fulham.

A Reuters reminder of the summer’s biggest deals. Will Mohamed Salah join them?

  • Lionel Messi: Paris St Germain to Inter Miami (free)

  • Moises Caicedo: Brighton & Hove Albion to Chelsea (£115m)

  • Declan Rice: West Ham United to Arsenal (£105m)

  • Jude Bellingham: Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid (€103m)

  • Harry Kane: Tottenham Hotspur to Bayern Munich (€100m)

  • Josko Gvardiol: RB Leipzig to Manchester City (€90m)

  • Karim Benzema: Real Madrid to Al-Ittihad (free)

  • Neymar: Paris St Germain to Al-Hilal (€90 million)

  • Rasmus Hojlund: Atalanta to Manchester United (£72m)

  • Dominik Szoboszlai: RB Leipzig to Liverpool (€70m)

  • Matheus Nunes: Wolves to Manchester City (£53m)

Jacob Steinberg

Jacob Steinberg

More Chelsea thoughts: Trevoh Chalobah’s situation is hard to read. Nottingham Forest have bid £25m for the Chelsea defender but he’s reluctant to go there. Bayern Munich have been trying to get him on loan and Chelsea are now ready to send him there. But it’s gone quiet at the Bayern end and the German window shuts at 5pm… I’ve been told Bayern may be signing someone else.

Shaun Tooze on *that* Arteta press conference metaphor: “Just thank God Arteta doesn’t live near Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham. It would have the potential for a recording being made and sold to insomniacs everywhere. It’d probably gross more than Chelsea have spent in the last few windows.”

James Humphries gets in touch: “It’s not in any danger of knocking Cantona’s “if the seagull follows the trawler it’s because it expects fish” off its perch (ha!), is it?”

Not if he goes via the A21, it’s not.

Jacob Steinberg

Jacob Steinberg

It’s a bit strange to see Chelsea so willing to shift their academy players. Mason Mount went to Manchester United earlier this summer, Callum Hudson-Odoi is off to Nottingham Forest and they’ve always been willing to listen to offers for Trevoh Chalobah, Conor Gallagher and Ian Maatsen.

Of course we all know why it’s happening – the sale of academy players helps a club’s Financial Fair Play position and Chelsea have spent around £1bn since last summer.

So here we are with them trying to convince Maatsen, a player rated by Mauricio Pochettino, go to Burnley on loan with an obligation to buy the left-back for £31.5m. This comes after they couldn’t agree a deal for the luckless Marc Cucurella to join United on loan. Maatsen doesn’t want to go and time’s running out.

As for Chalobah, talks over a move to Bayern aren’t really progressing. Gallagher, who captained Chelsea against Wimbledon, will probably only go if Tottenham manage to sell Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

And here’s Football Daily, reminding that there’s actual football to be played this evening, and this weekend.

In other news, and almost two weeks on, this saga continues in Spain. Rubiales is still in a job…

Peter Oh gets in touch: “A couple of days ago it looked like Man City’s out-of-favour Portuguese man was on his way to Barcelona, but I haven’t seen any confirmation of the deal. Has someone been Cancelo’d?”

Sky’s German reporter just looked very confused when asked if Cancelo was going to Bayern, where he’s already been and gone. No takers? A year ago, he was the wind beneath City’s wings.

Ian, a Hammer, gets in touch: “Hi John – West Ham fan here – almost halfway through the ‘three peaks challenge’ of European draw, Transfer Window closing and Luton away tonight.

“When Arteta says he’s hitting the A21 would it be naughty of me to suggest that if he’s on the A21, he’s further away from his intended route than he usually is from the inside of his technical area – the A21 being the road between SE London to Hastings via the footballing mecca of Tonbridge (Angels).”

We think he meant the A12, the dual carriageway of proper Eastenders. But who knows?

Done deal: Manchester United sign Reguilón on loan

From a United club release: Sergio Reguilón has joined Manchester United on loan from Tottenham Hotspur until June 2024. The 26-year-old has played 230 games for clubs including Real Madrid, Sevilla, Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid, and won 6 caps for Spain. Reguilón has won the Europa League and FIFA Club World Cup.

Sergio Reguilón said:

In life you have to be ready for everything and the chance to represent this great club with such an illustrious history is one that I could not turn down. Having spoken to the manager, I know what he needs from me, and I am ready to play my part in helping the team to achieve success. I know that I can contribute to Manchester United this season; I am ready to fight for this group and show everyone my qualities.

John Murtough, Manchester United Football Director, said:

Once it became clear that we needed to bring in another left-back we assessed a number of targets and acted quickly to sign Sergio. He possesses all the required qualities to help us achieve our aims this season. He has good experience in both the Premier League and in European competitions, so he is ready to come into the squad and perform straight away.

Jacob Steinberg

Jacob Steinberg

More Chelsea news: their young striker Mason Burstow, who started in the League Cup win over AFC Wimbledon on Wednesday, is going out on loan to Sunderland. Mauricio Pochettino had wanted to keep Burstow but the youngster needs more experience.

Scott Robinson gets in touch: “Can you ask David Howell where he thinks Klopp’s principled stance against “the Saudi threat” was when Liverpool were selling Firmino, Fabinho and Henderson to Saudi clubs?

What do you mean you don’t want to relive Wayne Rooney’s acting performances? And if he was so bad, how bad must have been the others that didn’t make the cut?

Arsenal news: nobody coming in, according to Mikel Arteta.

I don’t expect anybody to come in. We’ve done quite a lot and we had a lot of uncertainty with a lot of players so we have to be very cautious. Sometimes it’s not possible and we have to adapt. We cannot go and buy another three players. It’s not possible.

Instead, he offered this defence of his tactics so far this season. Warning: heavy on the metaphor.

I played different against Manchester City (in the Community Shield) and there were 43 different formations. Every morning I come from my house to Colney. Sometimes I leave at six and I need to go to the windscreen because it’s icy. At six o’clock normally I go Finchley Road and then the A21 because it’s faster.

Now Finchley Road is 20 miles per hour so sometimes I take a back door. But then I go on the M25. But depending on if it’s a school ride I take one exit. If it’s after seven o’clock I take a different exit and then I go. One day I have a flat tyre, what do I do? Maybe I have to replace it because there’s a garage there. So every game is a different story guys.

A different story. If we have another injury we’re going to have to do something else. If Bukayo (Saka) is not there we’re going to have something else. So the M25 won’t be good enough. Maybe we’ll take another one. If I speak to a taxi driver that has learned the whole of London for 20 years, I know nothing compared to him because he will tell me all the streets and options at the best time.

So there’s that.

Another Manchester City outgoing, James McAtee, has joined Sheffield United on loan for the season, where he spent last season in their promotion campaign.

Return of the 𝗠𝗰. 👋

United’s tenth signing of the transfer window is a major capture with James McAtee returning to Bramall Lane on a season-long loan.#SUFC 🔴

— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) September 1, 2023

David Howell makes himself a hostage to fortune: “Even in this transfer market era, selling a thirty-something to a non-rival for up to £150m is almost certainly brilliant business for Liverpool. But if there’s one man at the top of football whom I’d trust to make a principled stand against the Saudi threat, it’s Jurgen Klopp.”

Via PA Media’s Tottenham man, George Sessions, on Hugo Lloris, expected to leave tonight: somewhere, possibly nowhere.

Lloris only has one year left on his contract and if no suitor can be found before the English transfer window closes on Friday night, PA understands the Frenchman may depart Tottenham by mutual consent with the final 12 months of his deal likely to be terminated.

When asked about the 36-year-old, Ange Postecoglou said: “I have only been here a couple of months but Hugo has been excellent throughout the whole process.

“There is no doubt he has had an outstanding career and contribution to this football club. He has been the captain for quite a long time and been very professional, obviously working with (Rob) Burchy and the other goalkeepers.

“He has been helping the others, Vic (Gugliemo Vicario) being the new goalkeeper, so I have nothing negative to say about him and I wouldn’t.

“There has been nothing other than him being very, very professional about everything.”

Jacob Steinberg

Jacob Steinberg

Chelsea have agreed a deal to loan Ian Maatsen to Burnley with an obligation to buy at £31.5m – but there’s a twist: basically the left-back doesn’t want to go. Let’s see how this plays out.

Another Celtic development from our Fabrizio.

Told Liel Abada signs new deal at Celtic today! Agreement reached on four year contract, he’s staying and extending at the club ⚪️🟢 #CelticFC

Excellent news for Celtic as Abada was wanted by many clubs. pic.twitter.com/x0s1VB65Is

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2023

Manchester City assistant manager Juanma Lillo on the departure of Cole Palmer to Chelsea:

This is the reality – it’s very difficult to go against a player’s wishes. When a player wants to go, it is very difficult to go against that. We have to work out the operation that has value for the club as well.

On the other side, there is a pride that young player upon player is being created now and starting to give life to the rest of the country, like at Chelsea. We have to be proud and satisfied at Manchester City that we have done this, but to deny a footballer the opportunity to do what he wants to do is very difficult.

Harriet Osborn on Todd Boehly’s billion spent: “On the continuing subject of Chelsea’s excesses- also Serbian keeper Djordje Petrovic from the New England Revolution (Matt Turner’s (apt) replacement after he left for Arsenal, as it turns out) for about £12.5m pounds. Surely in excess of £1bn over three windows with that addition. And £20m of that on keepers from MLS…”

We’re running the calculations: Transfermarkt – £920m approx, Soccerbase £930m approx, with a few undisclosed sums in there. It’s close….

Thomas Tuchel really really likes the English Premier League.

Fulham’s Joao Palhinha in Germany just waiting for the deal to be signed off with Bayern Munich. Big loss for Fulham & very good signing for Bayern after bringing in Harry Kane.

— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) September 1, 2023

Chris gets in touch: “On the Salah front – I think that people who are saying Liverpool should take £150m for Salah are slightly missing the point. It is, of course, ludicrous money, even for someone of Salah’s significance and stature. But – he is Liverpool’s talisman. Even last year, which detractors said was an off year, 19 goals and 12 assists in the league alone. Secondly, it’s too late in the window. Had this offer come in when the ones for Fabinho / Henderson had, Liverpool would have time to line up a replacement (as they have done with Endo, and look to be doing with Gravenberch). Who could they realistically sign now who would be worth it? I expect Salah to go next year, for around £100m.”

Good advice for anyone, this.

Celtic news. Does Brendan mean “many” or “any” as the club prepares to announce a loan deal for Benfica midfielder Paulo Bernardo?

Asked by PA Media if there could be some late deals, Rodgers said: “I’m not so sure. I don’t think there will be many more coming in.”

On the imminent signing of 21-year-old Bernardo, Rodgers said: “Again a young player that’s coming in with potential and that will hopefully be confirmed. He comes in with the opportunity to see him and give us more strength in depth in that midfield area and we will see how he develops.”

Matt Dony gets in touch: “£150m for a 31yr old? I love Salah so much, and it would be frustrating to not be able to replace him until January (at best), but surely that got to be seriously considered? Well, no. i don’t mean ‘replace’ him. I doubt he can be replaced. But the money couldn’t be reinvested straight away. There would be an obvious hole in the attack. At the risk of over-simplifying things, however, it’s a lot of money.”

John Brewin is back from his lunch and ready to steer this blog ever onwards. Bye!

Spurs agree £45m deal with Forest for Johnson

Jacob Steinberg

Jacob Steinberg

Tottenham have agreed a £45m deal to sign Brennan Johnson from Nottingham Forest. The winger is on his way to Tottenham’s training ground for a medical.

Forest, meanwhile, are on the verge of completing the signing of Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea for a fee in the region of £5m. The deal includes a significant sell-on clause.

Here’s a bit from Brighton on the terrific loan signing of Ansu fati from Barcelona.

Manager Roberto De Zerbi said:

This is a great deal for all of us. I am sure Ansu will help us to reach a new target and we can help him get back at the level he deserves to be.”

And technical director David Weir said:

We are delighted to bring Ansu to the club. He is one of the most highly-rated young players in the world and arrives with an impressive amount of experience both domestically and in European competition, despite his age. This season is the biggest in the club’s history and we’re really happy that a player of Ansu’s quality is going to be part of it.”

Tottenham pushing hard for Brennan Johnson

David Hytner

David Hytner

It’s a busy day at Spurs and it feels appropriate to whisper the dreaded two words – deal sheet. Lots of moving parts, with outgoing business linked to incoming. In midfield, the move for Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher seems to hinge on shipping out Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg but he does not fancy a move to Fulham.

In central defence, there is interest in Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly. Japhet Tanganga has completed a loan move to Augsburg while Sergio Reguilón to Manchester United on loan is also done. Augsburg will be obligated to buy Tanganga for €6m if he makes a certain number of appearances. There are January break clauses on both sides in each deal.

At present, there is nothing to report on moves for Eric Dier, Davinson Sánchez and Tanguy Ndombele. Hugo Lloris’s situation also remains unclear. Dier is not expected to leave.

Spurs are pushing hard for Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson, who wants the move. Forest have a replacement for him in Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi lined up. They want a package worth £45m for Johnson.

“Wocher Gregg, nice to see footie keeping its sense of perspective in these times of climate change, inflation, austerity, collapsing school buildings, Rubiales, etc,” chirps Jeremy Boyce. “How many climates could you change back with the lolly that is sloshing around today, never mind in the whole window, right up to next Friday when Mo Salah does one to Saudi Arabia? It’s lovely that Saka, Rashford etc. do good works socially, but it’s a bread and circuses thing these days, isn’t it ? Loads of bread and a huge circus. Thank goodness for coats down in the park … eh Ron?” The kids take their own plastic cones to the park these days, Jeremy. Sigh.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has passed his Nottingham Forest medical and will sign from Chelsea for what appears to be a bargain-basement price of £8m. It’s only a few seasons ago that Bayern Munich offered to take the player on loan with an option to buy for £70m – and Chelsea rejected it.

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The transfer window moves quickly! A couple of hours ago it was only rumoured that Sergio Reguilón may be joining Manchester United. But it turns out he has already trained with the club and is available to take on Arsenal this weekend. Here’s what Erik ten Hag had to say:

He is here, he trained. Yes (he will also be available for Sunday).”

Summer signing Rasmus Hojlund is also fit to make his debut this weekend as well as the goalkeeper Altay Bayindir.

He was tight-lipped about Sofyan Amrabat would be joining, though a wry smile suggested it is close and Sky are reporting that a loan deal is almost done.

Done deal – Ansu Fati joins Brighton on loan

One of the more surprising summer moves is complete. And what a heartening signing this is for Brighton. The club’s burgeoning ability to improve youngsters has clearly made players – and clubs – sit up and take notice. If they can get Ansu Fati firing again, what team they’ll be to watch.

Report: Liverpool reject £150m Al-Ittihad offer for Salah

Andy Hunter

Andy Hunter

Liverpool have received and rejected their first serious offer from Al-Ittihad for Mohamed Salah, a £100m fee rising to a staggering £150m with add-ons.

The offer from the Saudi Pro League club was made in a phone call on Thursday night to Mike Gordon, president of Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group, and immediately rejected. Gordon reaffirmed Liverpool’s stance that Salah is not for sale although Al-Ittihad are expected to continue their pursuit of the Egypt international until the Saudi transfer window closes later this month.

Continue reading the full story here.

Any clubs looking for a quick-fix creative spark on the cheap? Papu Gómez is no spring chicken, mind, but he was a fine player a couple of seasons ago. Maybe he’ll return to Atalanta.

Hello. It’s Gregg here, in on a free transfer to do a job in the middle of the park while John grabs some food. I wonder how much money Al-Ittihad will have to throw at Liverpool before Mo Salah suddenly isn’t for sale any more? For all that Jürgen Klopp spoke of Salah staying I did think he seemed a little bit resigned when talking about the forward in his press conference this morning. Perhaps he was just fed up of being asked about it.

Gregg Bakowski is in the chair for the next hour while I devour a chicken Salah, sorry, salad.

Ed Webster gets in touch: “On your list of Chelsea’s signings under Todd Boehly, I think Chelsea have also signed Deivid Washington this summer for c. £15m…. so I think that pushes them over the £1bn mark!! Keep up the good work.”

Chelsea has completed the signing of Deivid Washington from Brazilian side Santos! ✍️

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 24, 2023

Well well, party for Todd? What an achievement.

Report: Saudis make their move for Salah

According to David Ornstein of the Athletic, a £100m “plus substantial add-ons” verbal offer was placed last night by Al-Ittihad to sporting director Mike Gordon. It was refused out of hand, and Liverpool consider the matter closed. The Saudis almost certainly don’t.

Liverpool have rejected formal bid from Al Ittihad for Mohamed Salah: £100m plus add-ons proposal turned down as per @David_Ornstein, insisting he’s not for sale 🚨🔴🇸🇦 #LFC

Proposal was also including huge add-ons but Liverpool want Mo to stay. pic.twitter.com/Xnh6XFOevd

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2023

Ron Stack: “I read your post about Fair Game before my first cup of coffee, so for a moment I thought they wanted the Government to transfer Levy. As a Spurs fan, I’m in favourr.”

This one’s been a long-running saga, all summer long but looks like the PSG reboot has got its man.

Randal Kolo Muani will join PSG later today! The agreement is being finalised, there are some points to clarify after €90m package deal agreed 🔴🔵⏳

Meeting right now to get details sorted.

Eintracht also need replacement (could be Ekitike) by 6pm to approve Kolo deal. pic.twitter.com/gw9b2nsDDo

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2023

Richard Hirst also gets in touch: “Am I the only person who finds the Man Utd screen behind ten Hag utterly incomprehensible? Team Viewer, DXC (presumably) Technology and the plea/instruction Download Now; I guess you have to be 12 to understand it. Which, thinking about it, also applies to their transfer ‘strategy’.”

Ben Lake gets in touch: “I imagine you as you sitting in your yellow suit and yellow chair, locked in your yellow vault that keeps you safe from a big purple floppy thing in your ear. Anyway, despite constant self affirmations that the (mostly men) running football can’t be that stupid and ignorant, I see from earlier reporting that some clubs are sniffing around Mason Greenwood.”

“I will be, honestly, a little impressed with whoever attempts to make that signing, particularly if it is in Europe. The genuine gall to welcome that level of vitriol onto your club for a single player is really astounding, yet somehow, totally unsurprising. Football has a long history of trying to ignore any murky past a footballer may have, particularly in relation to their activities around the bedroom.

“Let’s see where he ends up at the end of this window and wait for the totally predictable fallout that the perplexed looking man in a suit who sanctioned the whole thing will have to deal with.”

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