Transfer Deadline Day, as it happened! Late signings galore, drama, intrigue, a player search, and…well, all the rest of it.
Chris Deeley here to take you all the way through until the early hours of Friday morning, after Scott Saunders spent the last six hours smashing out the day’s early deals ALL OVER HERE, and the massive middle portion – Kylian Mbappe and all – HERE.
03:45 – SO LONG, GOODNIGHT
Right, we’re done here. It’s been a hectic day, although maybe more a day of deals that didn’t happen – Sanchez, Lemar, Van Dijk, Draxler, Barkley – than those which did.
The biggies? Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea, Fernando Llorente and Serge Aurier to Spurs, Renato Sanches to Swansea and Mamadou Sakho (back) to Crystal Palace.
Adrien Silva is expected to still be announced as a Leicester signing, but at this point who knows.
Remember me not as the man who couldn’t last until the Foxes announced Silva – remember me instead as the man who liveblogged for 12 hours straight until the wee small hours for you, the people.
Fare thee all well. I leave you with this.
03:33 – RECORD BREAKER
On my second deadline day at 90min, I stayed up past 3am to wrap up the Radamel Falcao to Manchester United deal. This is now comfortably my longest deadline day at 19 straight hours with nose to grindstone – if it doesn’t happen soon, I’m going to shut this down for a couple of hours and update youse all when I log back on at 8.
03:20 – SILVA TO LEICESTER
They really aren’t going to announce it tonight, are they? That begs the question – is this just wilful stubbornness on their part, or have they dropped a massive clanger and let Danny Drinkwater go without properly securing his replacement? Nampalys Mendy’s gone away on loan too, that’s a light midfield…
03:05 – BREAKING: 90MIN LOSE KEY MAN ON DEADLINE DAY
Yeah, Scott’s gone to bed. And then there were two. And those two are me and Adrien Silva. And that little bastard will not beat me. Not tonight. This is the long haul.
02:46 – WISHFUL THINKING
If only, lads…
02:27 – SILVA TO LEICESTER
The only major deal we’re still expecting to go through tonight is Adrien Silva to Leicester for £22m. The only problem is that our two editors on duty – myself and Scott Saunders – have been on shift since 8:30 this morning. That’s 18 hours straight, if you’re counting; and about 7-8,000 words each. Plus video appearances. We’re flagging, is the point.
It’s getting desperate.
02:10 – SAKHO TO PALACE DETAILS
It’s a four-year deal for the Frenchman at Selhurst, and he told the club’s website: “I am really happy to be here because I have some friends here. I loved the challenge last year; it was difficult but beautiful and it’s why this summer I thought that Palace was the best choice.
“I am really excited about playing for the Palace fans again, but in football the past is the past and you need to think about today and tomorrow. Last year we did a good job and we need to prove that again and have a good objective. If we put all of our power together, we will have a great season.”
02:00 – DONE DEAL
ONLY ONE TO GO! Mamadou Sakho has finally completed his £26m move to Crystal Palace from Liverpool.
For the record, I was also on the liveblog at 01:06 on Deadline Day in January when the Eagles signed him on loan. I’m beginning to get a little resentful. Contract details coming when Palace release them!
02:00 – DONE DEAL
I mean, I missed a Barnet signing in the dark earlier. It’s National League South record-setter Dave Tarpey, who turned down Coventry last week. His 35 goals last season were the most ever in the division, and he’s got four in a game already in this campaign. Finisher.
01:55 – THE WAITING GAME SUCKS
Hungry Hungry Hippos, anyone? It’s all gone very quiet again…
01:33 – DRINKWATER SIGNS 5-YEAR CHELSEA DEAL
Well that was relatively quick and painless. A five-year deal for the new Chelsea man, and a crap hashtag.
01:31 – DONE DEAL
Good god, how good does that feel to write? Leicester City have confirmed that they have an agreement in place with Chelsea to sell the Blues midfielder Danny Drinkwater. The fee received by the Foxes is a club record – more, then, than the £32m they got from Roman Abramovich and co just 12 months ago for N’Golo Kante.
Contract length, Chelsea confirmation and likely Adrien Silva confirmation when we have them.
01:25 – SILVA TO LEICESTER
Has he signed? We don’t know. Will he sign? We don’t know. Was he at least at Leicester’s training ground? We can now say…yes.
01:15 – NIASSE TO PALACE OFF
That’s definitely that one chalked off then. Drinkwater, Silva, Sakho all left…
Confirmation: Palace will NOT be signing Oumar Niasse from Everton.
— Michael Bridge (@MichaelBridge_) September 1, 2017
01:07 – THE WAITING GAME SUCKS
Look, it is what it is at this point. We’re playing the waiting game. But, and dropping this in a liveblog is making me look up at my late, great friend Dan Lucas…
00:48 – NIASSE TO PALACE OFF
Not even the most exciting potential late move involving Crystal Palace but – I’ll level with you all – I really like Oumar Niasse. This would be a shame.
The last I heard was that Niasse’s move from Everton to Palace was OFF #longday
— David Hytner (@DaveHytner) August 31, 2017
00:47 – JANSSEN TO BRIGHTON UPDATE
This is one of the main deals keeping us up this evening…but it may all be for nought. Massive blow for Brighton if so.
Awaiting verification, but gather Vincent Janssen is not happening. He’s decided to stay at Spurs. #bhafc
— Andy Naylor (@AndyNaylorArgus) August 31, 2017
00:35 – DEALS OFF
So, I wrote a big long list before I left the office on Wednesday evening. Players to watch over the next 30-odd hours.
The ones who went through? Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Juan Foyth (Spurs), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Grzegorz Krychowiak (WBA), Divock Origi (Wolfsburg).
The one which still might? Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid).
The ones which haven’t? Alexis Sanchez, Riyad Mahrez, Thomas Lemar, Virgil van Dijk, Philippe Coutinho, Jonny Evans, Moussa Sissoko, Ross Barkley, Demarai Gray, Fabian Delph.
What I’m saying here is…for all the talk, it’s been a quiet one!
00:20 – STILL WAITING
I dunno. We’re in a bit of a void at the moment. Listen to the Menzingers instead.
00:03 – …………
HARRY. STOP IT.
00:00 – DONE DEAL
Over on the other side of the Atlantic, Liga MX side Atlas FC have signed Ravel Morrison! Yes, that one.
23:53 – DONE DEAL
One more for the Championship – Wolves have brought in Senegal international Alfred N’Diaye on a season-long loan from Villarreal. Classy player.
23:50 – DONE DEAL
Remember when Hull basically came into last season without a squad? Well, they’ve at least brought some players in this summer.
Meet number 12: Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori, a 19-year-old centre-back who joins on loan for the season.
23:45 – DONE DEAL
It’s Callum McManaman. And that’d better bloody be it, Sunderland.
23:43 – DONE DEAL
Sunderland have signed Jonny Williams from Crystal Palace on loan. And there’s another one coming…
23:35 – BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Troopz arrived at 90min Towers about 45 minutes ago, and he’s barely stopped shouting for more than three consecutive seconds. He’s now locked in the (soundproofed) studio.
23:31 – STRIKER TO BRIGHTON
Brighton are on the verge of signing a striker…but who?
They’ve got an extension until 1am, Paul Hayward says it ‘has to be’ for a goalscorer – they’ve scored 0 goals in three games – and it could very, very well be Tottenham’s Vincent Janssen…
Brighton desperately need a striker so fans will be glad to hear the club have a signing extension until 1am. Has to be for a goalscorer.
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) August 31, 2017
23:20 – DONE DEALS
Swansea have officially confirmed the (re-)signing of Wilfried Bony from Manchester City on a two-year deal! Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Davide Zappacosta from Torino on a four-year deal! Sunderland have signed Marc Wilson from Bournemouth on a one-year deal!
23:15 – DONE DEAL
It’s official! The latest of late swoops – Spurs steal Fernando Llorente from right under Chelsea’s noses after joining the race for the Blues’ long-term forward target just yesterday.
That’s a two-year deal to run until 2019. But wait, there’s more…
23:13 – DONE DEAL
Signing picture on Instagram! Wilfried Bony is back at Swansea – and his caption reads: “THANK YOU TO THE FANS OF @mancity & @stokecity YOUR SUPPORT HAS HELPED ME THE LAST FEW YEARS. EXCITED TO BE BACK HOME WITH @swansofficial”
23:10 – SIX TO GO
Reckon one of these is Zappacosta, plus Drinkwater, Silva, Bony, Llorente and…a sixth? Mamadou Sakho?
Understand six deals currently subject to Premier League Deal Sheet. Sent in 9-11pm. Clubs have until 1am to complete transfer. #SSN
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) August 31, 2017
23:03 – DONE DEAL
Torino have confirmed that they have ‘definitively surrendered’ Davide Zappacosta to Chelsea, in a deal thought to be worth £23m plus possible add-ons.
No Chelsea confirmation yet, but we’ll bring you more details as soon as we get them.
23:00 – TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES
SLAM. BANG. THE TRANSFER WINDOW. IS. SHUT. THERE WILL BE NO MORE TRANSFERS IN TO BRITISH CLUBS.
Except Adrien Silva. And Danny Drinkwater. And Fernando Llorente. And Wilfried Bony. And…and…and…
This is going to be a late one, huh?
22:57 – DONE DEAL
Sheffield Wednesday have done a loan signing. It is this.
22:55 – DONE DEAL
Birmingham. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Maxime Colin is Harry Redknapp’s new…friend? Victim? Lord knows. It’s late.
22:52 – DONE DEAL
We’ve been talking about it all day, but here it is for good – Tim Krul has signed for Brighton on a season-long loan from Newcastle.
22:46 – DONE DEAL
Leicester City have brought in Austria defender Aleksandar Dragović on a season-long loan from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.
No messing now – or ‘no gaaaasssss’, as some of the 90min video guys might say – one of the best signings of the summer. Maybe of the window.
22:37 – BREAKING: EVERTON OWNER REVEALS DETAILS OF BARKLEY DEAL BREAKDOWN
Speaking live to Jim White on Sky Sports News, Farhad Moshiri said: “The two clubs agreed a fee of £35m. Personal terms were agreed. We heard from Paul Martin, Ross Barkley’s agent, that he decided to stay. He wants to reconsider during the January window.
Asked if Barkley would be part of the club’s plans in the near future, he said: “Well, he is injured now. Technically he will be with us, because he is under contract for another year.”
22:33 – BARKLEY TO CHELSEA
I give up.
Another Ross Barkley update. I’m told he has not fully rejected Chelsea and they hope to reach an agreement that will see him move in Jan.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) August 31, 2017
22:21 – BARKLEY TO CHELSEA
…What more is there to say? MID-MEDICAL? Hahahahhaahahahahahhah
Chelsea £30m deal for Ross Barkley collapses after he changes his mind during the medical and decides to go back to Everton
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 31, 2017
22:18 – ADRIEN SILVA TO LEICESTER
It’s coming. It’s really coming this time. Adrien Silva is at Leicester’s training ground – with about 40 minutes left of the transfer window – and is on the verge of moving to the Foxes.
Then, of course, it’s Drinkwater time…
22:15 – RIYAD MAHREZ MYSTERY
There’s always one, isn’t there? Riyad Mahrez has been ‘spotted’ in airports all around Europe today, the Algerian FA said he was good to go and get his transfer situation sorted out.
22:11 – NO GO-MES FOR SPURS
Looks as though Barcelona’s thin, thin squad will not be taken apart any further! No Andre Gomes – but Fernando Llorente is still on his way…
Unfortunately hearing Spurs will not be getting Andre Gomes. Barcelona not willing to do business this evening as they needed replacement.
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) August 31, 2017
22:08 – BONY TO SWANSEA
Speaking of which…
Sources: Swansea are rerecording Bony’s announcement video due to him not being happy with the sound of it. #swans! “Come on Wilfred Bony”
— Robert James (@robjascfc) August 31, 2017
22:06 – DONE DEAL
Hellas Verona have signed Juventus’ disgustingly young forward Moise Kean on a season-long loan – after earlier appearing to fail in a move for Wilfried Bony.
21:55 – DONE DEAL
What is it about club presidents/owners who tweet, eh?
Napoli head honcho Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the arrival of 25-year-old Roberto Inglese from Chievo in a deal thought to be worth €12m – including €2m in add-ons.
Benvenuto Roberto, un Inglese nel mondo Napoli #ADL
— AurelioDeLaurentiis (@ADeLaurentiis) August 31, 2017
21:50 – DRINKWATER TO CHELSEA
Literally! Physically! He’s gone to Cobham!
This will be very closely linked to Adrien Silva’s move to Leicester – with the Portugal manager confirming after their game against the Faroe Islands that Silva has left the squad to sort out a move…
Big news – Danny Drinkwater has just arrived at the Cobham training complex ahead of @ChelseaFC medical.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) August 31, 2017
21:46 – THOMAS LEMAR SPEAKS
It couldn’t happen. Could it?
Breaking | Thomas Lemar to TF1: “For the moment I am a Monaco player and everything is going very well.”
— Get French Football (@GFFN) August 31, 2017
21:43 – TOON TROUBLE
19 Premier League clubs have broken their transfer record in the last 25 months.
Newcastle United last broke theirs 144 months ago today.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) August 31, 2017
21:36 – DONE DEAL
Wahbi Khazri – he of ‘scoring directly from a corner last season’ fame – has gone on a season-long loan to Stade Rennais as Sunderland continue to offload a few of their higher-paid Premier League stars.
21:33 – DONE DEAL
Arsenal’s king of loan deals Joel Campbell is back out on loan again. This time a season with Real Betis, who he spent a year playing for…back in 2012/13. On loan.
21:24 – WORLD CUPDATE
France are taking the Netherlands apart – doing bits, if you will – and Paul Pogba’s just absolutely embarrassed Daley Blind in the box.
Meanwhile, PSG right-back Thomas Meunier has just scored a hat-trick against Gibraltar. And provided four assists. Calm night…
Kylian Mbappe on for France to replace Giroud. €160m+ for Olivier Giroud’s backup. Football’s gone mad.
— Chris Deeley (@ThatChris1209) August 31, 2017
21:15 – THOMAS LEMAR
…has just scored an absolute screamer for France. €100m-worth, you might say.
21:08 – DONE DEAL
West Brom youngster Rekeem Harper has signed a new contract at the Hawthorns – a two year deal – and headed out on loan to Blackburn Rovers for the rest of the season.
Speaking to the club’s website, he said: “I’m delighted. I’ve been here since I was 12 years old and I’ve always dreamed of signing a pro deal. It’s a great feeling.”
21:00 – DONE DEAL
Never dull for Alex Bruce on deadline day, is it? Released earlier today, he looks to have signed for Wigan on a one-year deal.
20:43 – LLORENTE TO SPURS
This one looks about as done as it’s going to get. Expect an announcement in a few minutes after Spurs’ Under-23 game against West Ham, maybe at 9pm sharp…
20:42 – LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOO
Start as we finished, shall we?