The European transfer window is set to close at 6pm and there will likely be a flurry of moves across the continent’s top leagues before it closes. Stay up to date with the TSN.ca blog on the transfer deadline.
Antony unavailable against Leicester
Brazilian winger Antony officially completed his £81.3million transfer to Manchester United on Thursday, but don’t expect to see him suit up at the King Power.
The club confirms that his registration has not been finalized in time to play later Thursday against Leicester City. United hope he will be available for selection on Sunday when Arsenal come to Old Trafford.
After losing their first two matches of the season, United have won two in a row.
Kluivert gets his move
The last few days have been strange for Justin Kluivert.
The Dutch winger was expected to join Fulham on loan but the move fell apart when his work permit failed. Although a Roma player, 23-year-old Kluivert spent last season on loan at Nice, which was why he was denied a work permit.
But it looks like he will eventually be loaned out.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Roma have an agreement in principle with Valencia on a Kluivert loan.
This will be a third consecutive loan for the son of Oranje legend Patrick Kluivert, after his spells at Nice and RB Leipzig.
Aubameyang at Chelsea back?
It looks like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to London after all.
Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague reports that Chelsea have agreed a deal with Barcelona for the ex-Gabonese striker worth £12million. Left-back Marcos Alonso is also expected to travel to Camp Nou as part of the deal.
Aubameyang joined Barca last February after his contract with Arsenal was canceled by mutual consent following what manager Mikel Arteta called disciplinary misconduct. He scored 11 goals in 17 La Liga appearances last season.
His arrival at Stamford Bridge will be controversial after Aubameyang has already spent five seasons at the Emirates and captained the Gunners.
He will become the seventh player to play for the Blues in the Premier League era after playing for Arsenal and the first since Olivier Giroud made the switch in 2018.
Dubravka’s United switch approaches the finish line
Martin Dubravka’s extended move to Manchester United appears to be almost over.
The Slovak goalkeeper’s loan is set to end this afternoon, reports The Guardianit’s Jamie Jackson.
Dubravka, 33, is in his sixth season in the Premier League and is set to become No.2 behind David De Gea.
Dubravka made 127 league appearances for the Magpies and was capped 30 times by Slovakia.
The Red Devils needed another goalkeeper after sending Dean Henderson on loan, this time to Nottingham Forest.
Backline help for Villa
The start of the season has not been easy for Aston Villa. Following Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal, the side under fire from Steven Gerrard have now collected just three points from five matches and sit second bottom of the table.
To help bolster the defence, David Ornstein of The Athletic reports that the club will bring in Polish centre-back Jan Bednarek on loan from Southampton.
Bednarek, 26, is in his sixth season at St. Mary’s and has made 132 league appearances for the Saints.
Ornstein notes it is a one-year loan and comes after Villa failed to sign Nat Phillips from Liverpool and a loan move from West Ham for Bednarek failed to get together.