How deadline day transfers fared on in European football
- September 1 marks the closure of the 2022 summer transfer window and clubs are in a hurry to beat the time frame
- Chelsea has signed itself two strikers after poor start of the Premier League campaign
- Liverpool has landed a new midfielder while the Premier League has seen a big number of players coming in
Deadline day has seen major shocking transfers happen, with clubs across Europe pushing to make various adjustments to their squads before the window slams shut until 2023.
La Liga side Barcelona have today terminated Martin Braithwaite’s contract, the striker now expected to join fellow La Liga side Espanyol, while in France, Abdou Diallo completed a switch to RB Leipzig to begin an exodus from Paris Saint-Germain.
Further deals for both clubs are also on the cards, with a frantic end to the window expected in the final hours.
Premier League’s push
PSG’s benched players was of benefit to English sides, Fulham signing Layvin Kurzawa on loan and Everton bringing Idrissa Gueye back to Merseyside three years after he left for the French capital. Gueye said: “There is no better feeling than coming back home. I’ve followed the team every week and watched how they play. For me, there is no better place than Everton so that’s why I chose to come back here.”
New boys Fulham have also signed former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian on a free transfer.
Nottingham Forest made their number 19 signing of the window, drafting in Willy Boly from Wolves, while Southampton saw Jack Stephens move across the south coast to join Bournemouth on loan.
Arsenal’s quest for a new midfielder has seen its radar turn to Aston Villa playmaker Douglas Luiz – who scored against them on Wednesday August 31, a day before the window closes, though the Gunners face a stern test with bids reportedly rebuffed from the side they defeated 2-1 that night.
Chelsea look set to bring one of the long-running issues of the window to a close, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang expected to join from La Liga side Barcelona. Marcos Alonso is expected to move to Camp Nou as part of that deal and the Blues may sell Billy Gilmour to Brighton and Hove Albion. The Blues have also landed the signing of another striker, with Dennis Zakaria joining from Serie A side on a one-year loan deal.
One player not on the move, however, was Joao Pedro as he confirmed he would remain at Championship side Watford amid reported interest from Newcastle United and Everton.
Back to the larger Europe continent, Julian Weigl moved to Borussia Monchengladbach on loan from Portuguese side Benfica.
Free agent Florian Grillitsch has joined Ajax, who are said to have turned down approaches from Chelsea and Everton for Edson Alvarez and Mohammed Kudus respectively.
Krzysztof Piatek also departed Germany, leaving Hertha Berlin for Serie A side Salertina, and was followed to Italy by Aster Vranckx, joining Milan on loan from Wolfsburg.
The Serie A champions are not yet finished, with an announcement confirming the capture of Sergino Dest from Barcelona expected imminently.
In Spain, Luca Zidane, son of Zinedine Zidane, joined second-tier outfit Eibar on a free transfer following his exit from Rayo Vallecano and Ilaix Moriba joined Valencia on loan from Leipzig, with Gennaro Gattuso’s side also closing in on signing Justin Kluivert from Roma following the collapse of a proposed move to the Premier League.
Real Sociedad were also in on the late action, landing forward Umar Sadiq from Tenerife, the Nigerian likely to be a replacement for Alexander Isak.