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David Luiz on his way back to Chelsea; Leicester seal Islam Slimani deal

Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey delves into where David Luiz will fit into Antonio Conte's plans.

The summer transfer window is close to swinging shut -- it closes at 6 p.m. ET / 11 p.m. BST -- so stay with Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip as the clock ticks down on deadline day. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here.

Top Story: Luiz back at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been searching for defensive reinforcements this summer -- and now he has brought back David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Blues confirmed they have...

Bobby Wood, Jozy Altidore rapport could benefit Dempsey-less U.S.

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke ahead of their WCQ's, stressing the time is now for younger players to step up amid key absences.
United States forward Jozy Altidore elaborates on his current fitness levels following a lengthy string of injuries.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Forward partnerships are typically formed on the practice field. Preferences, from a player's favored foot to the runs he likes to make, are noted. Repetition and time are then needed for such knowledge to take hold, though the infrequency of national team matches can make this difficult at international level.

In the case of Jozy Altidore and Bobby Wood, there was work off the field as well.

When Wood was first getting called into the U.S. national team on a consistent...

 By Tim Vickery

Bolivia and Peru go head-to-head with eyes on 2022 Qatar World Cup

Bolivia coach Angel Guillermo Hoyos
Angel Guillermo Hoyos' plan for Bolivia centres around giving youth the chance to shine.

With Lionel Messi quickly going back on his decision to retire from international football, and both Argentina and Brazil under new coaches, there is much to dwell on in the seventh round of South America's World Cup qualification campaign. Which makes it easy to understand why a clash such as Bolivia versus Peru on Thursday can fly under the radar.

It is true that this game likely won't have too much bearing on the next World Cup, in Russia in 2018. After the first six rounds of qualifiers, Peru...

 By Chris Wright

Valencia make a mess of Eliaquim Mangala's social media mosaic

Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith explains the ins and outs of the Eliaquim Mangala loan move to Valencia.

Not that it's likely to have much bearing on the outcome of the move itself, but Valencia accidentally gave Eliaquim Mangala an inauspicious start to his loan move from Man City.

In announcing the arrival via the club's official Instagram account, Los Che tried to create a multi-photo mosaic of the French centre-half in his new jersey.

Sadly, what they actually ended up with was this:

LA Galaxy has no margin for error following Nigel de Jong departure

Former MLS star Brian McBride shares his thoughts on Nigel De Jong's horror tackle on Darlington Nagbe.

The news that Nigel de Jong is headed to Galatasaray ends a brief but eventful chapter in the LA Galaxy's existence rather abruptly.

As it turns out, De Jong is only one of a handful of key players who will suddenly be missing for the Galaxy at a key part of the year. What started the season as what was supposed to be, on paper, the strongest MLS roster ever assembled, is going to be ending the regular season with that paper looking distinctly tattered at the edges.

In the short term, Galaxy...

Five things you need to know about new Chelsea signing Marcos Alonso

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner assesses Chelsea's recent signing of defender Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina.
Jules Breach and Liam Twomey discuss whether the club will complete a defensive signing before the window closes.

After an entire summer spent trying to make sense of a "very crazy" transfer market, Chelsea have finally managed to sign a defender for head coach Antonio Conte on deadline day.

Marcos Alonso becomes the fourth arrival of the Italian's fledgling reign at Stamford Bridge, earning Fiorentina around £23 million just three years after La Viola acquired the Spanish left-back on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers. But who exactly is the man Chelsea have bought?

ESPN FC gives you a rundown...