Fernando Torres set for two-year Milan loan; Tom Cleverley out
The twilight of the summer transfer window is truly upon us. Thankfully, that's when the white-hot light of the rumour and gossip mill burns brightest. It's Transfer Talk...
TOP PICK - Fernando Torres' days are numbered at Chelsea as the club have agreed a two-year loan deal AC Milan. Read the full story here.
- Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid for a reported fee of around five million euros. Read the full story here.
- Manchester United's exodus continues as Tom Cleverley is poised to follow Wilfried Zaha out of the exit door as Aston Villa and Valencia have both made bids. Shinji Kagawa is also said to be on his way to Germany to undergo a medical with former club Borussia Dortmund. Read the full story here.
- Radamel Falcao is available for 20 million euros but only on loan for a season. Arsenal are one of many clubs hovering around the Colombian. Read the full story here.
22.59 BST: That's all for tonight. Who will Chelsea get to replace Torres? Tune in tomorrow to find out!
22.41 BST: Liverpool could be set to lose one of their defenders:
Daniel Agger looks set to return to Denmark with Brondby closing in on a deal to sign the Liverpool defender.- Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) August 29, 2014
22.30 BST: Saphir Taider is set to leave Southampton just three weeks after arriving on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old midfielder joined Saints on loan for the campaign on Aug. 6, with a view to signing permanently from Inter Milan. Taider did not fit into the group of players or manager Ronald Koeman's work ethic, meaning he is packing his bags already and could be on the way to Sassuolo.
22.11 BST: Victor Valdes' representative, Gines Carvajal, claims that the former Barcelona goalkeeper will be joining a big side before 2015 arrives. "One can sign at any time and I'm sure we'll see Valdes at a big team before Christmas," he told Cadena Ser's 'El Larguero'. "The recovery is going well, but we do now yet know when he will be cleared [to return to action]."
21.38 BST: Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi claims that Ezequiel Lavezzi will not be leaving the club anytime soon. "Lavezzi's future? There are no players leaving," the Qatari told reporters. "All of our players are bound to a contract with PSG. They will either remain until the end [of their contracts] or renew [their deals]."
21.18 BST: Chelsea not wasting any time. Looks like they have a spare 8.5 million pounds to spend on Loic Remy.
Chelsea look to have rekindled their interest in Loic Remy as they aim to replace Fernando Torres. No surprise and QPR were expecting it.- Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 29, 2014
21.04 BST: Arsenal fans, your left-back is staying. Marca claim that Nacho Monreal wanted to move to Athletic Bilbao, but Arsene Wenger has blocked the move as he needs cover for the injured Kieran Gibbs.
19.55 BST: Montpellier have confirmed that they have accepted an offer from Tottenham Hotspur for Benjamin Stambouli. So it looks like the search for a defensive midfielder is over. Read more
19.38 BST: Not a done deal, yet. But Fernando Torres could be set for AC Milan as Chelsea have agreed a two-year loan deal. The deal is still waiting for the approval of Torres over personal terms and of course a medical. But it's close. Also, our man Miguel Delaney says that Torres and his representatives wanted a two-year deal, rather than the one Milan were keen on. Read more
19.15 BST: DONE DEAL! Of course there's another one.
19.03 BST: DONE DEAL! And another! Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazilian defender Douglas, the club have announced. The 24-year-old signed a five-year deal on Friday after a four million euros (£3.2m) move from Sao Paulo. The fee could rise to 5.5 million euros (£4.4m) depending on the number of games he plays.
18.04 BST: DONE DEAL! Swansea have completed the signing of midfielder Giancarlo Gallifuoco on a one-year deal.
17.39 BST: DONE DEAL! Middlesbrough have signed Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on a season-long loan deal.
17.25 BST: Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes' agent Gino Carvajal has told the media he is confident his client will have signed for a new club by Christmas. Speaking to Cadena Ser, he said: "He can sign at any time and I am sure we will see Valdés in a great team before Christmas."
17.20 BST: Crystal Palace are looking to make a last-minute bid for Norwich City's unsettled striker Gary Hooper according to the Mirror. QPR had reportedly been close to agreeing a deal for the English striker but Neil Warnock is keen to bolster his attacking options and sees Hooper as the ideal man. It is thought Norwich would at least want the five million they paid for him should any deal be made.
17.15 BST: Ronald Koeman has told reporters Gaston Ramirez is not for sale after a move to Sevilla broke down at the last moment. The Dutch boss said of the Uruguayan: "He's a very good player because I know him, I see him in the training sessions but he had a big problem. He missed two times in a week in the first six or seven weeks of the season and then you are always back with your physical way and your football way and you need time for that."
17.11 BST: Bordeaux boss Willy Sagnol has told the club's board - via the media - that he expects Sporting Lisbon bound Hadi Sacko to be replaced before the transfer window shuts. The board have previously said all summer spending is over but Sagnol is quoted in L'Equipe as saying: "Will he (Sacko) be replaced? Not before the match against Bastia ... " It is thought he wants PSG's young striker Hervin Ongonda on loan.
17.07 BST: So many lines on this Fernando Torres transfer.
Interestingly, El Confidencial said today that Simeone failed to convince Torres to move to Atletico and accept lower wages.- Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) August 29, 2014
17.00 BST: Read the full story here on Ronald Koeman's admission he wants to sign Spurs' Andros Townsend.
16.55 BST: Despite no agreements on a severance package, I guess that meeting between the striker and Chelsea wasn't totally fruitless...
16.53 BST: West Ham owner David Sullivan's son everybody...
we have not made a bid for cleverly and he won't be coming. We hope to have news of a top signing within 48 hours if not sooner.- Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) August 29, 2014
16.48 BST: Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has told Eurosport he has received no offers from either Swansea City or Fiorentina for defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli. But according to Get French Football sources, two offers have been made and Nicollin's threat for them to 'hurry up' appears to be a bluff designed to get a bigger fee.
16.40 BST: Southampton are hoping to sign Stoke City winger Brek Shea on loan according to reports. Since his move from FC Dallas, the American has made only five appearances for the Potters in two seasons.
16.33 BST: Clubs all over Europe have been alerted to Tomas Hubocan being released from his contract with Zenit St Petersburg after six and a half years in the Russian capital, according to L'Equipe.
16.27 BST: Burnley boss Sean Dyche is finding the prices he is being quoted on players joining the club are 'bizarre.' He is quoted in the Daily Star as saying: "Some of the figures being quoted are bizarre. We are in the market, we are trying to be active but I conduct myself with a manner where we concentrate on ourselves."
16.22 BST: Can't work out whether that is bad news for Chelsea or AC Milan...
The meeting between Torres' agents and Chelsea is now over.Chelsea still don't want to pay the severance- The Milan Guys (@TheMilanGuys) August 29, 2014
16.18 BST: After finding his account copied, BBC's David Ornstein re-iterates he does not expect Arsenal to move for Radamel Falcao - despite what the fake account said...
Ignore fake accounts - Arsenal not in for Falcao or any other CFs. #AFC plan to go with existing options but may get CB/DMF before deadline- David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 29, 2014
16.15 BST: Newcastle had made a fresh approach to sign QPR forward Loic Remy but the French striker is said to have rejected the move. According to West London Sport, Magpies boss Alan Pardew was asked about the deal and simply replied: "No comment." Someone doesn't take rejection too well...
16.09 BST: Another exclusive from Tuttomercatoweb's people at the ATA Hotel in Milan. This time it is Inter Milan who have decided to keep Marco Andreolli despite interest from other Serie A clubs.
16.05 BST: Not yet announced by Norwich City but this looks pretty official...
16.02 BST: Highly sought after centre forward Andy Delort, once linked with Atletico Madrid, is now the subject of a two-horse race between Wolves and Wigan according to Le 10 Sport. He saw a move to Charlton fall through because of a lack of funds.
15.54 BST: Read the full story here on Jose Mourinho telling Fernando Torres he can leave the club.
15.49 BST: Javier Mascherano has spoken again to Mundo Deportivo about he possibility of him leaving Barcelona earlier in the summer. He said: "I remember leaving Liverpool not as I would have liked and I would regret it for a lifetime if the same thing happened to me with Barca. Obviously I'm very grateful I was told I could continue. Before the World Cup I had a short conversation [with Luis Enrique] that let me know they wanted me."
15.42 BST: Super agent Kia Joorabchian is in Italy to try and bring Adel Taarabt and Roberto Soldado to AC Milan according to Gianluca Di Marzio. The Italian journalist thinks the QPR man may end up in Italy but Spurs' Spanish striker is less likely due to the high price Spurs are asking for their man.
15.37 BST: Le 10 Sport are claiming an exclusive! They say former Marseille hero Mamadou Niang is set to return to France with Arls-Avignon on Ligue 2. They go as far to say it is a done deal and he will be at the ground tonight for his unveiling.
15.31 BST: Can't be long from an official announcement now.
Salomon Kalou has passed his medical in Berlin, contract details are now being finalised.- Hertha English (@HerthaBSC_EN) August 29, 2014
15.25 BST: Micah Richards has emerged as a surprise target for Italian side Fiorentina according to Tuttomercatoweb's sources inside the ATA Hotel in Milan.
15.20 BST: All those column inches about a move and ESPN FC's James Horncastle breaks this for us with three days remaining of the window!
Nice birthday present for Fiorentina and a big one too from the Della Valle family who say Cuadrado is staying- James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 29, 2014
ADV: I can say with certainty Cuadrado is staying. It's a big present for the city. I hope it's the strongest Viola of the Della Valle era- James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 29, 2014
15.17 BST: DONE DEAL! Hellas Verona have completed the loan of Frederik Sorensen from Juventus. A very shrewd signing.
15.10 BST: Manchester United have no interest in signing Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho and are not planning to bring in Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal in the remainder of the transfer window, sources told ESPN.
15.04 BST: And here is treble-winning Argentine Esteban Cambiasso on his move to Leicester City.
15.00 BST: DONE DEAL! And in Italy, Perugia have completed the double loan signing of Brayan Perea and Vinicius de Freitas Ribeiro from Lazio. Both have options to buy next summer.
14.55 BST: DONE DEAL! Kasımpaşa have signed Liverpool youth keeper Yusuf Mersin on a three-year deal. They've also completed the signing of Atila Turan on a one-year loan from Stade de Reims.
14.49 BST: DONE DEAL! Tongo Doumbia has joined Toulouse from Wolves for an undisclosed fee. He spent last season on loan at Valenciennes.
14.43 BST: DONE DEAL! Liverpool send one of their star academy products out on loan.
14.40 BST: No worries about his attitude just yet then...
Brendan Rodgers: "Mario has settled down very well. He has looked fantastic in training." pic.twitter.com/mExa25IiWZ- Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) August 29, 2014
14.35 BST: Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero will sign for a new club by Monday as Sampdoria look to find him a new home. According to sources at the ATA Hotel in Italy, where club officials are meeting to thrash out deals, the player's agent Mino Raiola is said to be working on a deal to bring him to England. Raiola's other big client? Mario Balotelli. Make of that what you will...
14.28 BST: The news no Man Utd fan wanted to hear. Or Louis Van Gaal for that matter...
Latest info from #MUFC - and always reluctant to post these - is that there will be nothing happening with them and Vidal/Carvalho- Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) August 29, 2014
14.24 BST: Another defender linked with a move to Man Utd is Antonio Rudiger of Stuttgart. But again, as quoted in the Daily Express, it is just interest and United have yet to make a bid. The defender said: "Of course I am aware of the interest from Manchester United. They are definitely one of the top clubs in Europe and they are in a league I have been dreaming of."
14.19 BST: Sunderland defender Modibo Diakite has terminated his contract at Sunderland and is now going to join Fiorentina according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
14.15 BST DONE DEAL! El Ahmadi's exit from Villa may explain their attempts to bring in Tom Cleverley.
The fee Aston Villa will receive from Feyenoord for midfielder Karim El Ahmadi is rumoured to be 700.000 euros.- Michiel Jongsma (@JongsmaJongsma) August 29, 2014
14.11 BST: Fernando Torres move looks like it is getting closer and closer.
Mourinho on Torres: "What we have clear as a club is we need three strikers to face season. He's one. I like him as a person and player."- Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) August 29, 2014
(Any time Mourinho is about to sell a player he often comes out with that "I like him as a person" line - a lot of qualifiers.)- Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) August 29, 2014
Mourinho on Torres: "If he wants to leave - and I have not heard that from him - any possibility would be analysed."- Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) August 29, 2014
14.06 BST: West Ham are also reportedly still interested in Ludovic Obraniak from Werder Bremen who would cost some five million pounds.
14.00 BST: Boom! Could be a huge signing for West Ham. Reportedly refused to move to Spurs. Loyal Gunner.
13.50 BST: Ajax could have signed Angel Di Maria for JUST six million euros according to Dutch daily De Volkskrant. Well, they could have back in 2007 when Rosario Central were resigned to losing the 60 million pound man to Europe, joining Benfica instead.
13.45 BST: Didn't the Colombian start following Real Madrid players on Instagram about a month ago!?
13.41 BST: New Italy coach Antonio Conte has told reporters Fernando Torres would be 'devastating' for Pippo Inzaghi's AC Milan. Read the full story here.
13.35 BST: But... Arturo... You're supposed to be moving to Manchester United aren't you?
Siamo pronti per tornare al 100% forza Juve!!!!! pic.twitter.com/mdnvno498C- Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) August 29, 2014
13.33 BST: Atalanta CEO Pierpalo Marino has told reporters that star player Luca Cigarini will not be going anywhere despite huge interest from wealthier Serie A clubs. He is 'off the market.'
13.27 BST: Another shrewd bit of business from Gus Poyet if he can pull this one off.
I understand that Ricky Alvarez to #SAFC is all but done. Simply awaiting confirmation from Inter's side of things.- Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) August 29, 2014
13.23 BST: River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio has set a 5.5 million euro valuation on Eder Alvarez Balanta. The 21-year-old has been wanted all summer by Galatasaray and Liverpool but no-one has yet stumped up the cash for the highly rated defender. D'Onofrio told reporters: "The most important thing is that we want the money as quickly as possible. Clubs instead want to pay a small amount now for a loan and then talk about it in a year. This is not possible."
13.18 BST: Besiktas could look to bring former Demba Ba teammate Hatem Ben Arfa from Newcastle to Turkey according to reports. With the Frenchman now an outcast at St James' Park, Slaven Bilic is hopeful of re-uniting the pair to launch an assault on the Turkish league title.
13.14 BST: Could the quiet be reason for the transfer to be on the cards? But then, that isn't really Real Madrid's style.
13.08 BST: Five European clubs including Stuttgart and Standard Liege are lining up to sign in-form Helsingborg striker David Accam, according to Ghanasoccernet.com. Lens, Reims and Belgian giants Club Brugge are also interested in 'the new Majeed Waris.'
13.03 BST: Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has agreed to join Marseille on loan for a season, according to the Daily Mail. Newcastle will OK the deal to allow the defender to gain more first team football but are delaying the transfer while they consider the suspension of Mike Williamson and interest from Roma in Davide Santon.
12.58 BST: Leicester City are in talks to sign Lokomotiv Moscow striker Dame N'Doye. According to the Leicester Mercury, Foxes boss Nigel Pearson confirmed earlier this week that he was looking to bring in another forward before the transfer deadline, and the club is believed to have made a bid in the region of £3.5million for Senegal international N'Doye.
12.52 BST: AC Milan expect to loan both Marco Van Ginkel and Fernando Torres from Chelsea according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The report also says the Italian giants are hopeful of getting the Spaniard on a permanent deal but expect the Dutch midfielder to sign for them on loan before the transfer window shuts.
12.44 BST: So the Feyenoord captain won't be joining Porto or Southampton. Well, not in this window anyway!
BREAKING: Jordy Clasie has signed a new 4 year contract at Feyenoord, making an end to rumors about a transfer to FC Porto.- KuipTalk (@KuipTalk) August 29, 2014
12.37 BST: According to L'Equipe, Ligue 2 side Laval will be selling top scorer Christian Bekamenga to Tunisian side Club Africain. The striker, who scored 18 times last season, is reportedly in Tunisia to finalise the deal.
12.33 BST: Here is Sochaux confirming they have agreed deals with Florian Tardieu from Istres and Raphael Caceres from Zulte Waregem.
12.30 BST: Sevilla are kicking off at everything this summer! First it was the Alberto Moreno deal with Liverpool and then this farce with Federico Fazio and Spurs. And now Estadio Derpotivo are reporting the Spanish club are fuming with Southampton about 'moving the goalposts' with regard to a six million euro offer for Gaston Ramirez. Deary me.
12.24 BST: Arturo Vidal update. Need I explain further? He isn't going anywhere.
Juve coach Allegri:"Vidal will start tomorrow, he's a fundamental player who will stay"- David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) August 29, 2014
12.21 BST: Straight out of left field this one. The Daily Star are reporting Atletico Madrid want to bring back Fernando Torres and are going to try and hijack the deal in place with AC Milan. Mmmm, let's see shall we...
12.17 BST: Man Utd are interested in Ricardo Carvalho. No, really, RICARDO Carvalho. Tuttomercatoweb with the exclusive.
12.13 BST: After seeing a move to Lorient break down, Guillaume Hoarau looks like he will get a transfer sorted soon.
Former #PSG striker Guillaume Hoarau (and his guitar) is currently going free to a good home. Swiss side Young Boys are interested.- PSG Tourist (@PSGTourist) August 29, 2014
12.10 BST: Salomon Kalou is definitely in Berlin. And probably not for a holiday this late in the window. Likely to join Hertha Berlin from Lille according to reports.
12.08 BST: Surely not another player Arsenal are going to miss out on?
Roma must now agree personal terms with Adrien Rabiot, so it is not done & dusted yet. But looks like Garcia might have beaten Wenger to it.- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 29, 2014
12.04 BST: France Football has linked Deportivo La Coruna with a move for Monaco defender Nicolas Isimat Mirin. According to their sources the young defender will have no shortage of clubs to go to with Bastia, Sampdoria and Lorient also interested in his signature.
12.00 BST: Looks like Spurs might have some doubts about the Michel Vorm transfer from Swansea.
Tottenham and Liverpool made late attempt for Alex McCarthy, Reading keeper going to QPR. THFC uncertain on Vorm?http://t.co/XbA14YdnXT- Gary Jacob (@garyjacob) August 29, 2014
11.53 BST: Udinese are likely to sign Lucas Evangelista from Sao Paulo in the coming days but will have to loan him out to either Granada or Watford as they do not have the space in their squad for another non-EU player, according to an exclusive from Tuttomercatoweb.
11.49 BST: Lewis Holtby is set for talks in London today with Hamburg officials about a potential move according to Hamburger Morgenpost.
11.46 BST: Arsene Wenger has given absolutely nothing away on the links with Arsenal and Radamel Falcao at his latest press conference. Read the full story here.
11.43 BST: Sampdoria will today conclude the transfer of Alessio Romagnoli from Roma after the Serie A runners up confirmed the signing of Kostas Manolas this week, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
11.41 BST: Manchester United are about to sign a defender! Except it is 16-year-old Ajax youth academy product Timothy Fosu Mensah, according to the Daily Mail. The highly-rated youngster however is also wanted by Manchester City and Inter Milan. As always with these transfers of kids, Ajax would be paid suitable compensation after a tribunal.
11.37 BST: Inter Milan have been speaking to the agent of Giacomo Bonaventura in the hope of signing him from Atalanta. The agent, Giocondo Martorelli, told Sky Sport Italia: "There have been contacts between Inter and Atalanta. With Fiorentina, however, there has never been anything. "
11.34 BST: Udinese are keen to sign Amauri from Parma according to Gianluca Di Marzio who claims the Brazilian-Italian's agent is in Parma today to discuss a move away from the club.
11.31 BST: Parma may lose not only Jonathan Biabany but also striker Ishak Belfodil after Tuttomercatoweb have reported the Algerian is wanted by both Dynamo Moscow and Shakhtar Donetsk.
11.28 BST: The defender had been linked with a move to the Premier League but has chosen La Liga instead!
11.21 BST: Torino are bracing themselves for another bid from Atletico Madrid for forward Alessio Cerci according to Sky Sport Italia. Apparently the Italian international has told the club he wants to leave and the Spanish champions are leading the race for his signature.
11.18 BST: Alex Song has told Barcelona players and officials he is going to leave and has even had a goodbye meal according to Sport. But no club has agreed a fee despite strong interest from Tottenham and West Ham.
11.12 BST: A Tuttomercatoweb exclusive has revealed Leeds are but a day away from signing Adryan from Cagliari.
11.09 BST: Another club for Parma's Jonathan Biabany to be linked to, this time it is AC Milan, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The transfer window does get weird towards the end...
11.06 BST: Well, there we go. Monaco, Arsenal or Sunderland it is...
The reports about Toby Alderweireld close to agreeing Everton move on loan are all false. #EFC- Sven Claes (@svenclaes) August 29, 2014
11.05 BST: Fiorentina are extremely close to signing Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier according to Il Corriere Fiorentino. The signing could be made as early as today.
11.04 BST: Excitement clearly building up ahead of steam in Dortmund.
Shinji Kagawa's agent Thomas Kroth is in Dortmund pic.twitter.com/Oxf6smrYcs- Borussia Dortmund FF (@BVBfansFF) August 29, 2014
11.02 BST: Some more departures from Feyenoord. Dismal summer for them so far.
Ruud Vormer is set to leave Feyenoord after the midfielder reached an agreement with Belgian side Club Brugge.- Dutch Football (@football_oranje) August 29, 2014
11.00 BST: Roma president James Pallotta has warned Chelsea off Mattia Destro by insisting the player is not going anywhere this summer. He said to reporters in Monaco: "Destro is absolutely not for sale. He never has been and he is staying where he is, 100% certain."
10.55 BST: Ronaldinho's move to Palmeiras broke down last week and his agent has told reporters he only wants a move to club's in competitive leagues. He also did not rule out a return to Europe.
10.50 BST: Former Chievo Verona striker Victor Obinna is set for a sensational return to Serie A with both Parma and Palermo both interested in bringing him back to the league from Lokomotiv Moscow, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
10.47 BST: According to Sky Sport Italia, Olympiakos are close to signing Atletico Madrid full back Emiliano Insua. The Argentine is keen to join a Champions League team and sees the Piraeus club as an ideal place to go.
10.43 BST: Stoke City are set to make a move for Lazio defender Michael Ciani according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Norwich City had also been interested but it is thought the French defender is keen on a switch to the Premier League.
10.40 BST: QPR are expected to announce the signing of Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy according to Get West London. Royals boss Nigel Adkins is quoted as saying: "It's now down to the player to sort things out. He trained with us this morning and now he's on his way to QPR to finalise things." Apparently a three million pound bid has been accepted. Just waiting for an official announcement now...
10.37 BST: Manchester City are bracing themselves for a 16 million euro offer from Real Madrid for Alvaro Negredo. According to El Confidencial, the Spanish giants want to bring in a back-up rather than a replacement for Karim Benzema and so president Florentino Perez has refused an offer to bring in Radamel Falcao. Man City are likely to want at least five million euros more to consider selling.
10.34 BST: And some more on that Radamel Falcao exit rumour...
Monaco using Berba not Falcao as poster boy to sell season tickets for new season- hint that Falcao could be on move? pic.twitter.com/cF3MQ2eGsD- tariq panja (@tariqpanja) August 29, 2014
10.32 BST: Arsenal fans will be gutted to hear Salomon Kalou has apparently landed in Berlin to undergo a medical at Hertha before signing from Lille.
10.30 BST: As has been said, it just hasn't worked out with Shinji Kagawa at Man Utd.
10.28 BST: Lots of lovely comments from Xabi Alonso's goodbye press conference. All very amicable. He also said it was entirely his decision to leave.
Alonso: "Not the club, not the president, nor Jose Angel, nor the boss [Ancelotti], wanted me to leave. It was my decision."- Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 29, 2014
Alonso: "It has been the most difficult decision of my life, it is never easy to leave Real Madrid."- Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 29, 2014
Butragueno "Alonso has decided to move on for new chapter in his life, and club has accepted that wish. We respect decision & wish him best"- Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 29, 2014
10.24 BST: Roma are set to go all out to sign Newcastle defender Davide Santon who has fallen down the pecking order at St James' Park. According to Il Messaggero, Roma boss Rudi Garcia is keen to bring in a new full back and sees the former Inter man as his ideal signing.
10.19 BST: DONE DEAL! Hamburg forward Jacques Zoua joins Turkish side Kayseri Erciyesspor on a one-year loan deal.
10.15 BST: Shinji Kagawa has reportedly turned down a move to Valencia after Super Deporte reported that the Japanese international wants a different move... Dortmund anyone?
10.12 BST: Liverpool starlet Suso has told the International Business Times that he wants to renew his contract at Anfield but is concerned by his lack of playing time. He said: "In December I will be free agent but what I want is to renew here. I am very happy. I know the city and the club and I would like to stay. But I have other offers too. It will depend on how things move forward this season. A player wants to play, it's what I want too. We've only played three games so let's be patient."
10.10 BST: DONE DEAL! The deal we knew would happen, is now official.
10.08 BST: London Evening Standard journalist Tom Collomosse with his thoughts on Spurs' Andros Townsend situation.
Think #thfc would still consider selling Townsend if they thought there was a genuine chance of getting Schneiderlin.- Tom Collomosse (@TomCStandard) August 29, 2014
10.04 BST: The claws come out after the Angel Di Maria transfer. Are Real Madrid telling fibs?
10.01 BST: West Brom boss Alan Irvine has told the Express and Star that the club are unlikely to sell Craig Dawson after rejecting four bids this summer from Burnley. Irvine said: "It's all quiet and Craig seems really happy. I don't think there's any way that move would happen and I don't think Craig would be interested now either.
09.59 BST: Crystal Palace in a mad trolley-dash to bring in the players new boss Neil Warnock wants before the deadline.
At QPR. Redknapp confirms Palace have made an offer for Armand Traore. #NEWS- Rory Smith (@RorySmithTimes) August 29, 2014
09.55 BST: Derby County have rejected a £1.5m bid from Premier League side Burnley for their captain Richard Keogh, according to the Irish Independent. Sean Dyche's recruitment drive is taking hit after hit.
09.52 BST: Some news from Ligue 1.
09.50 BST: Manchester United have made Danny Welbeck available for loan according to The Express. Apparently Louis Van Gaal will rubber stamp any deal with the striker himself wanting a move to a top six club in England.
09.47 BST: Hull City boss Steve Bruce has admitted he wants to sign Tom Cleverley from Manchester United and that the club's bid for Abel Hernandez is moving along quickly. He told the Hull Daily Mail: "Things are advancing quickly (with Hernandez) and we have to get bits and pieces done. We are trying hard. The medical is okay and the personal terms, we just have to iron out one or two issues."
09.44 BST: TalkSport are reporting that Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws is saying that Sunderland have agreed a deal for Toby Alderweireld. Apparently the Black Cats will take the Belgian defender on a one-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid despite strong interest from Monaco and Arsenal.
09.41 BST: According to the Portuguese press, Arsenal's pursuit of Edinson Cavani is crucial in Benfica's attempts to bring Joel Campbell to the Portuguese Liga. However, as expected, the Uruguayan is expected to remain at PSG and so any deal for Campbell is likely to be scuppered by Arsenal.
09.38 BST: Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has revealed that the French champions are in talks over selling wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot. Sportmedia Set claim the PSG president said: "We are in talks with several clubs for Rabiot," amid interest from Arsenal, Spurs and Juventus.
09.35 BST: Chelsea are set to make a bid for Loic Remy after seeing their big money move for Roma's Mattia Destro fall through, according to the Daily Express. Apparently Jose Mourinho is desperate for a new striker to replace AC Milan bound Fernando Torres and sees an 8.5 million pound move for Remy as a back-up solution.
09.30 BST: In a bizarre outburst, Sevilla president Jose Castro has claimed Federico Fazio, announced as Spurs' new signing yesterday, is still a Sevilla player. Read the full story here.
09.28 BST: Stuttgart midfielder Raphael Holzhauser is expected to drop down a tier and join Kaiserslautern according to Bild. Apparently the 21-year-old is surplus to requirements after a poor loan spell at Augsburg.
09.25 BST: Tottenham Hotspur could be selling Lewis Holtby before his career at White Hart Lane ever took off. He signed from Schalke for 1.5 million pounds in January 2013 but now finds himself the subject of interest from Hamburg. According to Bild, the German midfielder said: "Let's see what happens in the next few days. I am young player, and always want to play. That's important for me, my development, my career."
And then Hamburg boss Mirko Slomka said: "He's a class player, no need to discuss that. I don't know if a transfer is financially possible." It is all going on as he also says players like Jonathan Tah, Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Jacques Zoua and Kerem Demirbay are all available for transfer.
Holtby tells t-online: „" Hamburg coach Slomka tells the press: " Couple of Hamburg players like Zoua, Demirbay, Skjelbred, and Jonathan Tah on their way out of the club. [Bild: ]
09.23 BST: An update on the Tom Cleverley to Valencia deal from ESPN FC's own Dermot Corrigan.
All Cleverley to Valencia stuff seems to be coming from England end. Nothing in local press. United would have to do deal with Lim / Mendes- Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 29, 2014
09.21 BST: Werder Bremen attacker Ludovic Obraniak has told Bild that he is 'very open to a transfer' and that there have been enquiries but nothing concrete. The Frenchman only joined Bremen in January but his huge wages have seen the German side need to get him out of the squad. Apparently only Russian clubs are interested who can afford his wages.
09.18 BST: That's quite funny... if you're not a Blackpool fan.
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston refused to pay £100,000 for new Bayern Munich signing Mehdi Benatia (now £21m) when he was at Claremont.- Jack Gaughan (@Jack_Gaughan) August 29, 2014
09.15 BST: According to Der Westen, Borussia Dortmund have already agreed personal terms with Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United and a deal will be struck before the close of the transfer window. #FreeShinji
09.13 BST: Sevilla midfielder Jairiro Sampeiro has failed a medical at Mainz and has seen his transfer fall through. According to Bild, the German club had been eady to welcome the winger to the Bundesliga but have no called off the transfer.
09.10 BST: Napoli seem to have set their sights slightly lower than the Marouane Fellaini's and Sandro's of this world as they are now being linked with a 5.3 million euro move for Espanyol's tough tackling midfielder David Lopez. According to Marca, the Italian club are suffering from their Champions League exit and would prefer a loan deal but Espanyol want cash up front to meet a tax payment agreed for Sunday.
09.07 BST: Barcelona look set to remain active in the last days of the transfer window according to board member Andoni Zubizarreta. Speaking to press at the Champions League draw yesterday he said: "We are working so that we have the best team possible, and so that on September 2 we can say that we have the team we have. In the last hours many things have been moving. The market is active. A lot of things are done here."
09.04 BST: You may well have already heard but Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero has confirmed he is signing for Delhi Dynamos in the newly formed Indian Super League. Apparently Italian politicians aren't too happy about it because of a strained relationship with India but the former Juventus man says he doesn't want his position to be politicised.
09.02 BST: Huge news as Sky Sources claim Tom Cleverley, who was seemingly Aston Villa bound, is now the subject of an offer from newly financed Valencia who hope to sign the England international.
Sources: Valencia latest club to bid for Man Utd player Tom Cleverley. More on #SSNHQ- Amy Lewis (@SkySportsAmy) August 29, 2014
09.00 BST: DONE DEAL! Lets start the day with a done deal as Swansea announce the signing of highly-rated striker James Demetriou from Nottingham Forest!
Torres deal to be done at last?
What seem likely to be Fernando Torres' final days at Chelsea have passed rather agonisingly, with there being little secret that the club are desperate to move him on. They may get their wish soon: The Telegraph says that discussions are well afoot with Torres' representatives about how to get him to AC Milan, with Jose Mourinho and co preferring to get him off their hands on a permanent deal rather than a loan. It's looking complicated though, and so too is Chelsea's pursuit of Torres' potential replacement, Roma striker Mattia Destro. Now that the Italians have sold defender Medhi Benatia to Bayern Munich for 24 million pounds, they consider themselves well placed for a game of hardball. Alternatives apparently include Jackson Martinez and, intriguingly, Loic Remy.
Falcao focal for Gunners?
ESPNFC's own Miguel Delaney says that Arsenal, despite their protestations, are keen on a move for the in-demand Radamel Falcao, and the Express backs up the notion -- suggesting that the Gunners, who have pulled out of a possible move for Edinson Cavani, would like to get this one wrapped up on a short-term basis before the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus come calling. Monaco seem willing to let Falcao leave, and now time is of the essence as Arsene Wenger looks to close a deal that would certainly excite fans concerned about a lack of numbers in the centre-forward position.
Cleverley does it for Lambert and Villa
The exodus of Manchester United fringe players might just have started. No sooner had Wilfried Zaha joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan than news emanated from another Telegraph story that Aston Villa have agreed an eight million pound deal with the Red Devils for the much-maligned Tom Cleverley. Hull and Everton are also interested, but you sense that Villa -- whose recruitment has hardly been extensive or overwhelming -- particularly need this one. It might be one that keeps us burning the midnight oil on Monday.
Sokratis to give defensive lessons at Arsenal?
Who are Arsenal signing today? The Mirror has one possible answer, this time suggesting that their search for top-class centre-back competition has led them to Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
ALL-TIME HIGHEST TRANSFER FEES
1) £85m Gareth Bale -- Tottenham to Real Madrid, Sept. 2013
2) £80m Cristiano Ronaldo -- Man Utd to R. Madrid, June 2009
3) £75m Luis Suarez -- Liverpool to Barcelona, July 2014
4) £71m James Rodriguez -- Monaco to Real Madrid, July 2014
5) £59.7m Angel Di Maria -- Real Madrid to Man Utd, Aug. 2014
6) £56m Kaka -- AC Milan to Real Madrid, June 2009
In a move not remotely sponsored by their shirt lettering suppliers, the Gunners are tempted to throw 12 million pounds in the direction of their forthcoming Champions League opponents -- a particular carrot for the player himself being that he is finding it hard to break the pairing of Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic. Whether he can do that to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker remains to be seen, but the Greek international had a good World Cup and would be an attractive prospect. Now it remains to be seen whether Dortmund will budge on their apparent 20 million pounds valuation.
Keogh to survival for Burnley
Top-flight minnows Burnley could seemingly use some reinforcements after losing their first two games, and The Sun says that they are in for Derby centre-back Richard Keogh, who could be set to leave the Championship side with contract talks going nowhere fast. Keogh, the Rams' captain, would command a fee of around 1.5 million pounds -- although it seems unlikely that a deal would be done in time to allow him to debut against Louis van Gaal's floundering Manchester United.