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22.50 That’s it for us tonight. Thanks for staying with us the whole day and we will continue to update you with all that happened in the final hour of the transfer window on our website sportsdesk.com.mt.

22.45 Our final news of the day is confirmation of the transfer of Saul Niguez who joins Chelsea on loan from Atletico Madrid.

22.30 Odsonne Edouard has agreed a five-year deal with Crystal Palace.

The fee is believed to be around £14m, while it could rise to £18.5m, with Paris Saint-Germain due to a significant sell-on clause in the deal.

22.20 Antoine Griezmann is back at Atletico Madrid. Fabrizio Romano has announced that an agreement has been reached between Atletico and Barcelona on a season-long loan for the France international.

22.10 West Ham have announced the signing of Czech Republic midfielder Alex Kral on loan with an option to buy next summer.

22.00 SkySports News journalists have been discussing what number Cristiano Ronaldo will wear at Manchester United.

21.45 Barcelona are already looking for a potential replacement for Antoine Griezmann with Sevilla’s Luuk de Jong on their radar, according to Sky in Italy.

Joao Felix will not be part of any deal to re-sign Greizmann.

21.30 Another update on Antoine Griezmann’s future. It looks like the French striker is one step away from a return to Atletico Madrid according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

21.15 Sampdoria on Tuesday made a last-minute swoop for Francesco Caputo, signing the Italy international striker from Sassuolo minutes before the closing of the country’s transfer window.

With the summer window in Italy closing at 1800 GMT, Caputo has switched clubs on a season-long loan with obligation to buy, Sassuolo said in a statement.

Italian media report that Samp will have to pay 3.5 million euros ($4.1 million) to complete the purchase of Caputo.

The 34-year-old scored 11 times in 25 Serie A appearances last season after netting 21 times the previous campaign.

He has two caps for Italy, scoring his only Azzurri goal in a friendly with Moldova in 2020.

20.45 Keita Balde on Tuesday signed for Cagliari from Monaco in a permanent deal that keeps the once highly-rated forward in Serie A.

Cagliari did not announce the details of the transfer but media in Italy say Monaco allowed Keita to leave for free despite having a season left on his contract.

The 26-year-old was on loan at Sampdoria last season but was not kept on after scoring seven goals in 25 Serie A appearances.

He had been sold to Monaco by Lazio in 2017 after a long feud with club president Claudio Lotito, but following an underwhelming season in the Principality was then sent on loan, first to Inter Milan in 2018 and then Samp last term.

Keita has played 33 times for Senegal, scoring five times.

20.30 Barcelona could be involved in another major transfer as they are in talks to sell Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid, according to Fabrizio Romano.

20.10 Tottenham complete the signing of defender Emerson Royal from Barcelona.

20.00 SkySports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol says Paris St Germain are facing the prospect of losing Kylian Mbappe for free next summer after turning down a bid of over €220 million.

19.50 Ethan Ampadu has signed a new three-year contract with Chelsea but has been loaned out to Italian side Venezia on loan for the 2021-22 season.

19.30 Chelsea have completed a major signing when they reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for midfielder Saul.

Fabrizio Romano is reporting that an agreement was reached for €5m loan from Atletico Madrid. Personal terms agreed. Saúl will be in London soon to sign the contract.

19.14 Junior Messias has completed his transfer from Crotone to Milan, on loan with option to buy for a total €8m plus bonuses, and he will wear the Number 30 jersey.

It’s a dream move for the 30-year-old Brazilian, who only made his Serie A debut last season and until recently had been supplementing his income by delivering washing machines.

The details of the transfer are a loan for €2.6m with option to buy for another €5.4m plus bonuses.

Attacking midfielder Messias scored nine goals and provided four assists in 36 Serie A appearances for Crotone last term, but was unable to prevent their relegation.

19.15 Ademola Lookman has completed his season-long loan move from RB Leipzig to Leicester City, who have an agreed option to buy. 

19.00 Barcelona and RB Leipzig have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ilaix Moriba for €16million, plus €6m in add-ons.

Barcelona reserves the right to 10 per cent of any future sale of the player. 

18.45 Real Madrid have completed the signing of midfielder Eduardo Camavinga from Stade Rennais on a six-year deal.

18.30 West Ham are in talks with Czech Republic midfielder Alex Kral.

Kral, 23, is currently at Spartak Moscow and is understood to have turned down an approach from Italian side Atalanta.

Hammers manager has already enjoyed great success with two Czech players already in Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal.

Kral joined Spartak in a five-year-deal in 2019.

18.05 Leicester midfielder Dennis Praet has completed his loan move to Torino until the end of the season. 

17.50 Genoa have signed Chile international midfielder Pablo Galdames as a free agent after his spell at Velez Sarsfield.

The 24-year-old was out of contract and already had his medical this morning.

He has put pen to paper on a contract with Genoa until June 2024, as also confirmed by Sky Sport Italia.

17.30 Leeds have confirmed the signing of Daniel James from Manchester United.

The Wales international has signed a five-year contract, which will run until the summer of 2026, for an undisclosed fee.

17.15 Floriana FC have announced the signing of Moldovan forward Eugeniu Rebenja, the Premier League club announced. Full story here.

16.45 Mosta have completed the signing of Nigerian striker Sunday Akinbule, the Times of Malta can confirm.

The Blues have been desperate to boost their forward line before the end of the transfer window and have set their sights on the 24-year-old forward.

Akinbule has put pen to paper on a one-year contract and could make his debut against Ħamrun Spartans on September 12.

16.30 Sliema Wanderers have signed Dutch defender Julius Bliek, the Times of Malta can confirmed.

The Wanderers have been looking to bolster their squad after a low-key start to the season and have targeted the 27-year-old.

Personal terms have been agreed between the two parties and the players has put pen to paper on a one-year contract.

Bliek spent the majority of his career in his homeland. He started his career with JVOZ youth before moving to DFC and VV Kloetinge before moving to Go Ahead Eagles in 2018.

The defender left the Netherlands in January 2020 when he moved to Georgian side Saburtalo.

After six months in the former Russian republic, Bliek opted to return home at FC Dordrecth.

16.15 Chelsea attacking midfielder Tino Anjorin to have a medical ahead of a loan move to Lokomotiv Moscow.

The Russian club have an obligation to buy the 19-year-old for £17m.

Chelsea have inserted a buy back clause of around £40m.

Russian window closes on September 7 – but deal has to be done by tomorrow for Anjorin to be available for the Europa League.

16.00 Barcelona have opened negotiations with Atletico Madrid over a swap deal involving Joao Felix and Antoine Griezmann, various sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Barca failed with an offer to take Felix on loan on Monday, with Atletico knocking them back immediately, but returned on Tuesday with a new proposal involving Griezmann.

Felix’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is working as an intermediary on the operation, while sources close to Griezmann say a deal is not “impossible.”

15.45 Sergio Oliveira dropped a hint on social media that the FC Porto midfielder is on the way to Roma for transfer deadline day, but there are mixed reports.

The 29-year-old has started following the Giallorossi on Instagram.

It comes amid reports from Sky Sport Italia that Oliveira is in advanced negotiations for the transfer to Jose Mourinho’s club.

Portuguese transfer expert Pedro Almeida and Sky Sport Italia both claim a deal is very close to completion.

However, there are also reports that his agency denied a move was possible.

15.25 Real Madrid are set to complete the signing of Edouard Camavinga, according to Fabrizio Romano.

15.00 Napoli have secured midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa from Fulham, on loan with an option to buy for €15m, claim reports in Italy.

The 25-year-old will arrive on transfer deadline day to bolster their options in the middle of the park, according to Sky Sport Italia.

Fulham had purchased Anguissa from Olympique Marseille in 2018 for €25m and he spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Villarreal.

He is a Cameroon international with four goals in 29 senior caps for the Indomitable Lions.

14.40 Sheffield United are set to sign French winger Yann Karamoh from Serie A side Parma.

14.20 Lyon are in talks to sign former Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng.

Manager Peter Bosz is looking for an experienced defender for his team.

There is no pressure to complete the deal today as Boateng is currently a free agent.

14.05 Liverpool announced on Tuesday that captain Jordan Henderson has signed a new long-term contract with the club reportedly keeping him tied to the English giants until 2025.

“Jordan Henderson has signed a new contract with Liverpool Football Club to commit his long-term future to the Reds,” they said in a statement.

The 31-year-old has made 394 appearances since joining from Sunderland a decade ago and led Liverpool to their first league title for 30 years in 2020.

13.45 Atalanta announced the signing of the Dutch midfielder Teun Koopmeiners for a reported €14m fee.

“I’m really excited to be an Atalanta player. I think it’s a club that fits me really well. I also really like the country and the culture,” the former PSV man told Atalanta’s official website.

“Marten de Roon and Hans Hateboer told me a lot of positive things about the club but also the city and the people. So, I cannot wait to meet you,” he continued.

13.20 Fabrizio Romano has just revealed that Sevilla sporting director Monchi has said that Chelsea will only sign Joules Kounde if they pay his release clause that stands at €75-80m.

13.10 Valletta FC have announced the signing of veteran goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo.

Bartolo, who left champions Ħamrun Spartans this summer following the arrival of Malta goalkeeper Henry Bonello, was initially tipped to be heading to his former club San Ġwann.

However, the deal failed to materialise and Valletta FC entered the race to secure the services of the experienced goalkeeper and an agreement was finally reached this week.

Bartolo has put pen to paper on a one-year contract.

13.05 Arsenal have agreed a deal worth €23m with Bologna for defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The Japan international will now undergo a medical. Personal terms are not expected to be a problem. Tottenham were interested earlier in the window.

As reported earlier, Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin to have a medical in Seville ahead of a move to Real Betis.

13.00 More news from Maltese football, and the Times of Malta can confirm that Brazilian striker Ronald Makalysten Melo Costa is not going to play for Santa Lucia FC this season.

Reports on Wednesday had said that the Premier League club had registered the Brazilian striker on a one-year deal.

Melo Costa trained with Sta Lucia FC but the player will now be heading to Mqabba FC for the upcoming season.

Sta Lucia FC have an option on the player at the end of the season.

12.45 Ħamrun Spartans have completed the signing of Ghana wingback Isaac Ntow.

Isaac Ntow… new signing for Ħamrun Spartans. Photo: Christine Borg

Ntow was on the books of Birkirkara FC but has fallen out of favour and initially it was thought that he would sign for Mosta but the transfer fell through.

Now the Malta champions agreed terms with the player who has put pen to paper on a one-year deal.

12.15 Everton are pursuing a deal to bring in former Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon and re-unite him with manager Rafael Benitez at Goodison Park.

Benitez is looking for attacking cover after Moise Kean returned to Juventus on loan and with James Rodriguez now not figuring in Everton’s plans.

The 31-year-old Venezuelan played under Benitez on Tyneside and then again during his spell in China as coach of Dalian Yifang.

11.50 Wolves appear out of the race to sign Sven Botman – while Duje Caleta-Car is also not an option for them on deadline day.

Sevilla still want Botman, who is keen to remain playing Champions League football this season, if they sell Jules Kounde to Chelsea.

That deal is still not done, however, and Sevilla still need to agree a deal with Lille for Botman – and the French club want to keep him.

11.30 Back to Maltese football as Mosta FC have announced that they have sent young Liam Portelli on loan to Challenge League side Qrendi FC for the rest of the 2021-22 season.

Portelli made one appearance for the Blues this season, coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 defeat against Birkirkara.

11.15 Atalanta have reportedly made a move for Jeremie Boga, but Sassuolo are asking for at least €25m.

The Ivory Coast international has excelled at the Mapei Stadium after arriving from Chelsea in July 2018.

The 24-year-old has since scored 18 goals in 92 competitive games with the Neroverdi, where he has spent three seasons under Roberto De Zerbi.

But De Zerbi moved to Shakhtar Donetsk this summer and Alessio Dionisi has replaced him at the helm and Sassuolo have started the season in a positive way.

11.00 SkySports News is reporting that Tottenham are still trying to sign Adama Traore despite Wolves not wanting him to leave the club.

Wolves will only entertain an offer of £50m plus for the winger, who still has two years left on his contract.

Wolves are also in discussions to sign Renato Sanches from Lille.

A loan deal has been offered.

10.40 Some quotes from Cristiano Ronaldo himself on his move to Manchester United: “Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday. 

“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. 

“I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”

10.30 Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo on a two-year deal.

A club statement said: “Manchester United is delighted to confirm the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo on a two-year contract with the option to extend for a further year, subject to international clearance.”

Full story here.

10.15 Birkirkara have announce the signing of young striker Miguel Micallef.

The 19-year-old had already spent the first part of pre-season with Birkirkara but had opted to venture in a move to Spanish club La Roda FC where he would feature for them in the youth league.

However, the Spanish clubs experienced financial difficulties and Micallef was forced to return to Malta and has now joined Birkirkara FC.

10.00 West Ham have announced the signing of CSKA Moscow midfielder Nikola Vlasic on a five-year deal.

9.45 Jesse Lingard will remain at Manchester United and the club would be happy if that’s the case, SkySports News is reporting.

If an offer was to arrive in the final hours of the transfer window, it will be discussed with Lingard and a collective decision will be made on his future.

If he does remain at Old Trafford, a contract extension has not been ruled out with his current deal up next summer.

9.20 The first major transfer from the Maltese Premier League comes from Floriana FC who have signed Romanian forward Andrei Ciolacu, the Times of Malta can confirm.

The Greens were determined to bolster their forward line after their struggles to take their chances in their opening two fixtures of the season.

The 29-year-old forward has been in talks with Floriana over the weekend and a deal was finally agreed on deadline day that saw him put pen to paper on a one-year contract.

09.10 Cristiano Ronaldo has left Juventus and in comes Italy international forward Moise Kean, who has completed a two-year loan deal from Everton.

The loan deal worth €7m and there is an obligation to buy worth €28m.

There are also add-ons in the deal worth 3m euros with the total agreement of the deal 38m euros.

Kean, 21, had been with Juve between 2016-19, before moving to Goodison Park.

But he struggled for first-team action with the Toffees and was on loan at Paris St-Germain last season.

09.00 Leeds United have agreed a £25m fee with Manchester United for winger Daniel James.

James will have a medical today before flying out to Finland with the rest of the Wales squad for an international friendly.Wales then have two World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia.

Personal terms are not expected to be a problem.

08.45 Juventus have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving the club to join Manchester United.

Juventus have posted a lengthy farewell to Cristiano Ronaldo on the club’s website as his move to Manchester United nears.

The club has also confirmed the value of the transfer to take him to Old Trafford as €15m (£12.9m) with another €8m (£6.9m) dependent on his performances.

08.35 Tottenham have agreed a fee of €30m (£25.7m) to sign Emerson Royal from Barcelona as Nuno Espírito Santo attempts to bolster his defensive options, reports this morning’s Guardian.

The 22-year-old right-back has four caps for Brazil and spent three years on a joint-ownership deal at Betis before Barca bought his entire rights earlier this summer.

08.30 Wolves are in talks to sign Portugal international midfielder Renato Sanches from Lille on loan.

Sanches is currently recovering from a knee injury and faces another month out, but Wolves still hope to finalise a deal before Tuesday’s deadline.

The 24-year-old has rejuvenated his career at Lille after moving to France from Bayern Munich in 2019.

08.20 Brazilian midfielder Willian has left Arsenal and is set to join Brazilian side Corinthians.

Willian has struggled for first-team football at Arsenal in the last few months and has decided to return to his homeland.

He has walked away from £20.5m and terminated his Arsenal contract as his move to Brazilian side Corinthians nears.

Willian had two years left on his £240,000-a-week Arsenal contract but instead of staying at the Emirates or asking for a pay-off, he has decided to tear up his contract.

08.05 Real Madrid have pulled the plug on a move for Kylian Mbappe and are now set to sign Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.

Paris St Germain and Manchester United were both interested in the player who has now opted for the Merengues.

08.01 Roma announced on Monday that Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore had left the club two years before the end of his contract.

Pastore, 32, scored four goals in 36 games for the Italian side after joining from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.

He made the last of his 29 international appearances four years ago.

“The club can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Javier Pastore for the mutual termination of his contract,” Roma posted on Twitter.

“Everyone at #ASRoma would like to wish Javier the best of luck for the future,” they added.

08.00 We kick off with some news on the biggest transfer saga in the last few days… Kylian Mbappe’s desire to move to Real Madrid from Paris St Germain.

SkySports News is reporting that PSG have no chance of convincing Mbappe to sign a new contract. The player told PSG again on Monday night he would not sign a deal.

He will be professional and keep giving 100 per cent for PSG until next summer when his contract runs out.

He is planning to sign a pre-contract agreement with Real Madrid in January.

He knows all the biggest clubs will want him next year but he wants to sign for Madrid.

Good morning and welcome to the Times of Malta transfer deadline day blog. The summer transfer window comes to an end today and the future of several football players such as Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi will be decided today. Stay with us to follow all the latest transfer news from all over Europe, including the Maltese Premier League.


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