Transfer Deadline Day: Live analysis of all the major deals, rumors
Transfer deadline day is in full swing. We’re providing live, quick-hit analysis of the biggest deals – and rumors – until tonight’s 6 p.m. ET deadline.
DONE DEAL: Bayern add Costa, Choupo-Moting ✅
- Details: Costa joins on season-long loan (Read more)
- Details: Choupo-Moting signs one-year contract (Read more)
Bayern Munich, unable to reach an agreement with Chelsea for Callum Hudson-Odoi, moved to ensure they have cover out wide by bringing back a familiar face to Bavaria. Assuming he can stay fit, which has long been an issue, Douglas Costa will provide speed and spectacular dribbling ability off the bench for Hansi Flick this season after returning from Juventus.
The move for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting may leave some scratching their heads, but the veteran forward proved last year with PSG he can be a valuable asset in key situations and should allow goalscoring extraordinaire Robert Lewandowski to get a breather every now and again. This season more than ever, that’s crucial.
Dembele not going to Old Trafford?
Having already missed out on prime target Jadon Sancho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s search for another winger isn’t going so well:
Manchester United scrambling late
Manchester United already figured to be active on the final day of the transfer window before they were humiliated by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday; the surreal 6-1 defeat only exacerbated the glaring issues for the Red Devils, who simply can’t afford to come away empty-handed now.
Deals for Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles, both on the verge of completion, should help immediately, with the former taking some pressure off Marcus Rashford and the latter slotting into the starting left-back role. In a move designed for the future, 18-year-old Atalanta winger Amad Traore is reportedly set to make the switch to Old Trafford for €30 million at some point today. Will those three deals be enough to placate the fans? We’ll see.
Arsenal make final push for Partey
Having missed out on Lyon star Houssem Aouar, Arsenal – still desperate to bolster their midfield – have once again turned their attention to Thomas Partey. The Atletico Madrid midfielder has long been viewed as the alternative to the young Frenchman, despite the two being completely different players. The Spanish club has maintained all summer that the Ghanaian won’t leave unless his €50-million release clause is satisfied.
Though Arsenal certainly need help in the center of the pitch to properly execute Mikel Arteta’s tactical plan, a 27-year-old defensive midfielder who isn’t exactly known for his passing range or creative spark seems like an odd bit of business – if the Gunners are even able to finalize the deal, of course.
Juventus on verge of Chiesa move
Juventus’ youth movement looks set to continue with the anticipated signing of Federico Chiesa, who’s undergoing medicals ahead of his switch from Fiorentina. Douglas Costa is apparently on his way to Bayern Munich in a corresponding loan move that will make way for the Italian winger.
Exactly where the 22-year-old will play under Andrea Pirlo is something of a mystery. Naturally a winger, Chiesa has seen time as a wing-back at Fiorentina; perhaps Pirlo, who’s favored using wing-backs and a three-man defense early in his tenure, will stick with that trend? On the surface, it seems like a waste of Chiesa’s most exciting attributes, but perhaps Pirlo has a grand plan in mind for one of Italy’s most intriguing talents.
DONE DEAL: Everton sign Godfrey ✅
- Details: Reported £25-million fee (Read more)
Everton, currently sitting atop the Premier League table, finally got the defender they’ve long coveted by adding Ben Godfrey from Norwich City. The 22-year-old earned praise for his performances in the Premier League with the Canaries last season and was initially valued at roughly £50 million. But Norwich’s relegation, in addition to the financial hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, halved the fee, allowing the Toffees to pounce.
Godfrey will look to supplant either Michael Keane or Yerry Mina in the starting lineup for Carlo Ancelotti, who previously looked at adding the likes of Fikayo Tomori and Gabriel Magalhaes during the window. Though it may take some time to materialize, the move should help Everton in both the immediate future and long-term.