11.30am Transfer news LIVE: Messi to Man City LATEST, Sturridge plots major comeback, Tottenham weigh up Rodon bid – The Sun

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 while players can still leave for Portugal and the MLS.

Get all the latest deals, transfer updates and gossip here…

  • Jake Lambourne


    David De Gea has reportedly fallen out with his former agent Jorge Mendes.

    The Athletic claim the pair's relationship first started to break down over the Spaniard's botched move to Real Madrid in 2015.

    De Gea almost moved to Real five years ago before the deal collapsed as the paperwork was not lodged in time due to a fax problem.

    The keeper hails from the Spanish capital and started his career at rivals Atletico Madrid before moving to Old Trafford in 2011.

    And De Gea is said to have been left 'exasperated' with Cristiano Ronaldo's super-agent by his own failed switch to the Bernabeu.

    Mendes was still tasked with sorting the 29-year-old's £375,000-a-week United extension in September 2019.

    But the pair’s relations have reportedly been severely damaged by a dispute during the final stage of the 18-month negotiations.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Daniel Sturridge has revealed a 'comeback is near' as the former Liverpool star gets set to return to football.

    The 31-year-old is a free agent having left Trabzonspor in February after being banned from football for four months over a breach of betting rules.

    Sturridge has been linked with FIVE clubs with Rangers, managed by his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard leading the chase.

    The striker uploaded a gif of him doing some floor exercises onto Instagram, captioned: “Still active and focused baby. The comeback is near.”

    Sturridge has been training at non-league Kidsgrove Athletic to keep fit ahead of his next big move.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Chelsea reportedly face competition from Liverpool in the race to sign Grimsby Town pair Louis Boyd and Ben Grist.

    According to The Athletic, the two teenagers – who are preparing to undertake their GCSEs this year – could leave the club due to Grimsby needing to raise funds.

    The midfielders, both 15, made their debuts earlier this season in the EFL Trophy.

    It has been said that the Blues or the Reds could make a move to sign them either in January on next summer.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Arsenal defender William Saliba is reportedly set to remain at the Emirates instead of going on loan to a Championship side.

    The French teenager is yet to make his debut for the Gunners, with the player seeing a return to Saint-Etienne on loan fall through on Deadline Day.

    And according to The Athletic, Arsenal want to keep the player in their squad until at least January.

    Mikel Arteta is understood to be a huge fan of the centre-back, but cannot offer him regular first team football at the moment.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Man Utd have reportedly slapped an £8million asking price on Sergio Romero – despite the goalkeeper having just a year left on his contract.

    According to The Athletic, the Red Devils rejected a £2m loan offer from Everton on Deadline Day, which would have seen the Toffees pay his £100,000-a-week wages.

    And they state they are holding out for £8m, despite Romero failing to be named in their Champions League squad, with Lee Grant taking United's third-choice spot.

    This is said to have infuriated Romero who was not aware he would be omitted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and is annoyed he has not been allowed to leave.

    It has been claimed that Romero could still make a move to the MLS with their transfer window not ending until October 29.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Chelsea outcast Lucas Piazon has lashed out at the club for their loan policy.

    The Blues have owned the Brazilian striker since 2012 which was the last time he played for the West Londoners' first team.

    Piazon, 26, is currently on loan with Portuguese top flight side Rio Ave.

    This is his seventh loan spell since arriving at Chelsea from Sao Paulo in his homeland and the Brazil Under-23 international does not think much of the way the Blues have treated him.

    He told Maisfutebol: “After a certain point the connection is no longer beneficial for both parties.

    “At first, I felt really good. I went through the U-23s, got to the first team and, even in the first loans, I felt Chelsea had expectations and interest in me.

    “I believed I could come back and have opportunities at any time. Later, as time passed, I became just another business for them.

    “They send me out on loan with the expectation of selling me and making some money with me. I think that’s more or less what they think.”

  • Jake Lambourne


    Arsenal icon Paul Merson has hailed the club's transfer window, but has criticised their handling of Gunnersaurus mascot man Jerry Quy's sacking.

    He wrote in the Star: “I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch. Mikel Arteta is doing really well.

    “And (Thomas) Partey is an unbelievable signing.

    “I don’t know why Manchester United or even Manchester City didn’t go for him. He’s better than what they’ve got.

    “But off the pitch, I don’t like what is happening at Arsenal at all sometimes. It’s not the club I remember.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>


    Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour could leave on loan in January despite the fact that he remains sidelined until at least December after a horror knee injury.

    Gilmour was forcing his way into Frank Lampard's first team plans when he required surgery after suffering a cruciate injury back in July.

    Chelsea's summer transfer splurge means places in the first-team could be hard to come by.

    And an unnamed football agent said: “Younger lads that didn't go on loan will force a move.

    “The Carabao Cup is out of the window for the next two months as the rounds have already been played.

    “Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour should go in January.”

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    Arsenal reportedly received a £5million bid for Mesut Ozil from Al-Nassr.

    The £350,000-per-week midfielder, 31, has not played for Mikel Arteta's side since March 7.

    According to Tyc Sports, the Saudi Arabian side want to sign Ozil on a two-year deal.

    But Ozil has made it clear that he is NOT prepared to accept the offer from Al-Nassr.

    He does not want to move to Asia despite being frozen out of Arsenal's squad.

  • Joe Miles


    West Ham are very busy at the moment, a week after they failed to strengthen their squad in the international market- they’ve dipped into the Championship to bolster their squad.

    According to various reports, West Ham have agreed a deal for 25-year-old Brentford winger Said Benrahma.

    The deal is believed to be worth around £30million plus add-ons.

    The Hammers are also close to completing the signing of experienced Watford defender Craig Dawson.

    Dawson is expected to complete the move in the coming days with the fee believed to be between £2m-£3m.

    Mesut Ozil could finally be on his way out of Arsenal with Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr reportedly putting a £5million offer on the table.

    Arsenal have been trying to offload the German for a while, and the problem is the player is on £350,000-per-week and his contract doesn't even expire till June 2021.

    Juventus are reportedly set to beat both Manchester United and Manchester City to the signing of David Alaba.

    Football Italia claims Andrea Pirlo is eager to sign the versatile Austrian defender when his Bayern Munich contract expires next summer.

    Sergio Aguero could leave Manchester City once his contract expires next summer, according to reports.

    Inter Milan are believed to be in the running for the 32-year-old and are prepared to offer Aguero a lucrative deal in order to lure him to the San Siro.

  • William Pugh


    Milwall chief Steve Kavanagh believes the impact on communities will be devastating if EFL clubs go to the wall.

    The Lions bigwig has called on the Government to act swiftly to save Covid-crippled clubs from going bust amid fury over Project Big Picture.

    Speaking to SunSport as part of the Save Our Clubs drive highlighting the work clubs do on and off the field, Kavanagh said: “We’re not just talking about our national sport, the community work done by clubs in this country is vital. It has been for years.

    “Boris Johnson cameto The Den to see it first hand when he was Mayor of London and was highly impressed.

    “And when you take into consideration lockdown and what clubs, including Millwall, did to support their local communities, society and the vulnerable who were scared and did not have food . . . the work that went on was incredible.”

  • William Pugh


    West Ham are closing in on a deal with Brentford to sign Said Benrahma.

    Hammers boss David Moyes wants to strengthen his attack before the domestic transfer window closes on Friday.

    Brentford are open to selling Benrahma, 25, who scored 17 goals in the Championship last season.

    But the Bees hope to hold out for a fee of £25million for the Algerian winger.

  • William Pugh


    Jordan Henderson turned Wembley into the Theatre of Screams to launch the England fightback against Belgium.

    The Liverpool skipper yelled at the top of his voice when he was pulled back by Thomas Meunier.

    And that was enough to convince German ref Tobias Stieler to award England a soft 39th minute penalty for Marcus Rashford to cancel out Romelu Lukaku’s earlier spot kick for Belgium.

    Borussia Dortmund full-back Meunier was so stunned by the decision that he even re-enacted the incident with Henderson at the final whistle.

    But Henderson smiled: “I got in front of my man and I felt he pulled me back on my shoulder. So it was a penalty…would you agree?”

  • William Pugh


    Bournemouth hope Everton will make a late move for Joshua King — after rejecting West Ham’s £13million bid.

    The Cherries are fuming that David Moyes’ side have held talks with King, 28, without agreeing a fee for the Norwegian ace.

    West Ham could yet increase their offer, with Bournemouth holding out for closer to £17m even though King is into the last year of his contract.

    The Cherries are also anticipating interest from Everton, who are keen to bolster their forward line before Friday’s cut-off for trades between Premier League and EFL clubs.

    King remains determined to leave the South Coast after Bournemouth’s relegation to the Championship.

  • William Pugh


    Football reacted in fury over a Manchester United and Liverpool-led plot to transform the Premier League.

    The backlash even saw the Government rap plans described as a “hostile takeover” by Prem chiefs.

    Under the proposals drawn up by United — run by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward — and the Reds’ US owners, the top flight would be reduced from 20 clubs to 18.

    That would result in four teams going down and two coming up in the season before reform.

    The Carabao Cup and Community Shield would both be scrapped, while EFL clubs are offered an instant £250million bailout payment and promised a quarter of Prem revenues “for 25 years”.

    But the Prem’s voting structure would be torn up to give Big Six clubs an effective veto on ANY major decision.

    And SunSport can also reveal that the rest of the Big Six — Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City — were offered the chance to break away and rejoin the EFL, taking the Premier League’s European spots with them.

  • William Pugh


    New Manchester United star Edinson Cavani has spilled the beans about his turbulent relationship with Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.

    Cavani told Sport: “We are very different.

    “We didn’t share many things and we think in different ways. That doesn’t stop you from getting along.

    “In the group we didn’t all have to be friends or brothers.

    “The important thing is to be friends on the pitch, protect each other, run for each other.

    “Everything they said [after the penalty argument] is not true. Ney is a good kid.”

  • Joshua Mbu


    Juventus are reportedly winning the race to sign Manchester United and City target David Alaba.

    Football Italia claims Andrea Pirlo is eager to sign the versatile Austrian defender when his Bayern Munich contract expires next summer.

    Man United are known to be fans and feel Alaba would be a great option at centre-back.

    Meanwhile, City believe he could replace left-back Benjamin Mendy after already strengthening their middle with Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake.

    But Juventus are understood to be in pole position for Alaba.

  • Joshua Mbu


    According to Don Balon, Manchester City are eyeing up a move for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland.

    City see Haaland as a replacement for Sergio Aguero, who's contract expires at the end of the 2020-21 season.

    The 20-year-old has a €70m release clause that comes into action in 2022.

  • Joshua Mbu


    Mesut Ozil could be set for a move to the Middle East with Al-Nassr reportedly offering Arsenal £5million for the player.

    According to TyC Sports journalist Cesar Luis Merlo, Al-Nassr have offered Ozil a two year contract as well as making their bid to Arsenal.

    Arsenal have been trying to offload the German for a while, and the problem is the player is on £350,000-per-week and his contract doesn't even expire till June 2021.

  • Joshua Mbu


    According to Calciomercato, Inter Milan are lining up a move for Sergio Aguero when his contract expires next summer.

    Man City are reportedly drawing up a list of replacements for the 32-year-old.

    Inter are reportedly willing to offer Aguero a lucrative contract to lure him to the San Siro.

  • Joshua Mbu


    Watford defender Craig Dawson is expected to complete a move to West Ham before Friday's EFL transfer deadline, according to reports.

    David Moyes has highlighted the defence as a key area to strengthen going into the rest of the season, and the Hammers failed with multiple bids to land a defender from abroad last Monday.

    The fee is believed to be between £2m-£3m.

  • Joshua Mbu


    Ex West Ham player Trevor Sinclair has tweeted out “Welcome Benrahma”………

    Does Trev know something that the rest of us don't?!

    We know the two clubs are close to agreeing a deal, but could this be a sign that the deal is 100 per cent done?

  • Joshua Mbu


    Newcastle winger Christian Atsu could leave the club on loan before Friday's EFL transfer deadline, according to reports.

    The Northern Echo claim that Atsu is one of the Magpies outcasts that Steve Bruce intends to send out on loan.

    Both Watford and Nottingham Forest are interested in signing the player and it is believed that Newcastle will still pay a portion of the players wages.

  • Joshua Mbu


    Spurs new boy Sergio Regulion joined in on the how it started challenge….. and it includes Gareth Bale!

  • Justin Lawrence


    West Ham United are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Brentford's Said Benrahma.

    The Hammers are close to agreeing a deal to sign the winger from the Championship side said to be worth around £30million, according to Sky Sports.

    Crystal Palace are also said to be interested in the Algerian who scored 17 goals and provided four assists in the Championship last season.

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