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How transfer deadline day unfolded: Arsenal sign Thomas Partey with Man Utd flourishing at the end

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Mikel Arteta bolstered his squad on Monday night as Arsenal completed a dramatic deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey — while Manchester United had to fight to bring in four new faces. 

The Gunners made a late dash to deposit the £45million buy-out clause for Partey. The combative Ghanaian holding midfielder, 27, took his medical in Spain prior to grabbing a flight to London. 

He will earn around £260,000 a week over a four-year contract with the option of a further year. Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira completed his loan move in the opposite direction. 

Arsenal bolstered their squad by activating Thomas Partey's £45million buy-out clause

Arsenal bolstered their squad by activating Thomas Partey’s £45million buy-out clause

Earlier in the day Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi joined Hertha Berlin on loan

Earlier in the day Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi joined Hertha Berlin on loan

Partey’s transfer caused some disquiet in Madrid, with Atletico left with no time to find a replacement. The Spanish club say they were informed Partey’s release clause had been paid just 32 minutes before the deadline. 

Earlier Matteo Guendouzi, who had fallen out of favour with Arteta, joined Hertha Berlin on loan. But Arsenal signed defender Omar Rekik, 18, from Hertha Berlin for £900,000 and Malmo striker Nikolaj Duus Moller, 18, in a deal which will cost around £450,000.

United ended a traumatic window with four new signings on deadline day. After failing with their main objective of prising Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, United lined up two young wingers and brought in Alex Telles from Porto for £15million plus free agent Edinson Cavani on a two-year deal worth £250,000 a week after tax. He is expected to wear the legendary No 7 shirt at Old Trafford. 

Manchester United finished the transfer window with a flourish as they signed Alex Telles

Manchester United finished the transfer window with a flourish as they signed Alex Telles

Cavani’s deal has a break clause after a year to suit both parties. Cavani said: ‘Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, so it is a real honour to be here.’

The surprise move for United was for Atalanta’s rising star Amad Diallo who will cost around £21m and will arrive in January when he has a work permit. They also paid £9m for Penarol’s Facundo Pellistri. ‘I can promise that I will give everything,’ said Telles.

Wishing to satisfy the demands of fans for a high-profile name, United made one last bid to prise Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona on loan only for the Frenchman to decide to stay. Watford’s winger Ismaila Sarr was offered but United were only willing to make any move a temporary one.

United also brought in free agent Edinson Cavani on a two year deal worth £250,000-a-week

United also brought in free agent Edinson Cavani on a two year deal worth £250,000-a-week

Chris Smalling finally got his wish as his £18m move to Roma was completed in the nick of time. After weeks of protracted negotiations and with a plane on standby, Roma made their move with barely an hour to go before Italy’s 7pm deadline. However, the Italian federation cleared the paperwork and Smalling ended his 10-year spell at Old Trafford.

Everton completed the £25m signing of Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey then signed Roma’s Swedish international goalkeeper Robin Olsen on a season-long loan to increase pressure on Jordan Pickford. 

United also struck a deal for Atalanta's rising star Amad Traore, who will arrive in January

United also struck a deal for Atalanta’s rising star Amad Traore, who will arrive in January

A deal for Manchester United’s Sergio Romero had earlier collapsed despite an initial agreement being in place. Roma also attempted to sign Everton midfielder Bernard.

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Tottenham pulled a surprise by making a move for Swansea City’s centre back Joe Rodon. Tottenham offered £7m for the 22-year-old Wales international whom Swansea value at £18m. Spurs sent 20-year-old full back Ryan Sessegnon out on loan to Hoffenheim.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek signed for Fulham on a season-long loan from neighbours Chelsea, who agreed to subsidise some of his £150,000-per-week wages to help the move go through.

Loftus-Cheek was joined at Craven Cottage by Danish defender Joachim Andersen, who also arrived on a season-long loan from Lyon. 

Fulham were unable to complete their move for PSV’s German defender Timo Baumgartl despite him completing a medical but did secure a £1.5m deal for Manchester City’s Tosin Adarabioyo, with Scott Parker determined to finish deadline day with two new centre backs. Chelsea saw Tiemoue Bakayoko move to Napoli on a temporary deal while defender Malang Sarr spoke to Porto.

The Portuguese giants were also the destination for West Ham winger Felipe Anderson, whose loan move for the season will be confirmed on Tuesday ahead of the deadline for Champions League squad declarations. 

Everton completed the signing of defender Ben Godfrey from Norwich for £25million

Everton completed the signing of defender Ben Godfrey from Norwich for £25million

Tottenham pulled a surprise by making an offer of £7million for Swansea's Joe Rodon

Tottenham pulled a surprise by making an offer of £7million for Swansea’s Joe Rodon

West Ham also held talks with Chelsea over a deal for Fikayo Tomori, who emerged as a target for David Moyes after a bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah fell through. Moyes was glad to keep hold of Declan Rice, but West Ham’s Josh Cullen signed for Anderlecht for £800,000.

Leeds signed Brazilian winger Raphinha from Rennes for £21m. The 22-year-old’s Italian passport saved the need for a work permit. Leeds midfielder Mateusz Bogusz joined Spanish side UD Logrones.

Fulham secured a loan move for Joachim Andersen as they sought to improve their squad

Fulham secured a loan move for Joachim Andersen as they sought to improve their squad

Leeds United secured the signing of Brazilian winger Raphinha from Rennes for £21million

Leeds United secured the signing of Brazilian winger Raphinha from Rennes for £21million

Burnley made a surprise move for Angers’ 19-year-old French youth international midfielder Anthony Gomez Mancini. The deal is a loan with an option to buy for around £2m.

Leicester winger Rachid Ghezzal has completed a season-long loan move to Besiktas. 

Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu managed a loan move to Udinese. Watford moved to replace him with Christian Atsu from Newcastle United.

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Jamie Carragher leads backlash to £4.6bn European Premier League plans

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Jamie Carragher has led revulsion at reports Liverpool and Manchester United are in talks to set up a European Premier League.

The Anfield legend tweeted ‘Oh f*** off’ in response to the news of the latest attempts to re-shape the face of European football.

Carragher’s fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighted in, asking for an ‘independent regulator’ within football, later linking to a petition. 

The Manchester United legend outlined how an independent regulator for the game would work in a weekend interview with Sportsmail.  

According to Sky News, the new tournament is backed by FIFA and Wall Street giant JP Morgan, who are assembling a £4.6billion funding package.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has led the social media backlash to news that Liverpool and Manchester United are involved in plans for a European Premier League competition

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has led the social media backlash to news that Liverpool and Manchester United are involved in plans for a European Premier League competition

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighed in instantly to call for an independent regulator

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighed in instantly to call for an independent regulator

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville reacted with dismay to the news

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville reacted with dismay to the news

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly key players in talks over the new competition

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly key players in talks over the new competition

United and Liverpool are among more than a dozen teams from England, France, Germany and Italy in negotiations about becoming founder members of a competition that could start as early as 2022.

The European Premier League would reportedly have 18 teams and involve fixtures played during the regular European season with the top-ranked sides advancing to a knockout format.

Prize money worth hundreds of millions of pounds would be on offer each year.

The news comes as a fresh bombshell after Liverpool and United were the driving force behind the radical Project Big Picture proposals that emerged last week.

Real Madrid are expected to make up part of the Spanish contingent in the new competition

Real Madrid are expected to make up part of the Spanish contingent in the new competition

Lionel Messi's Barcelona would join them in a competition among Europe's elite teams

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona would join them in a competition among Europe’s elite teams

Current Champions League holders Bayern Munich would likely lead German representatives

Current Champions League holders Bayern Munich would likely lead German representatives

Arsenal and Manchester City are seen as other English candidates to include in the league

Arsenal and Manchester City are seen as other English candidates to include in the league

That would have seen the number of teams in the Premier League reduced from 20 to 18, the scrapping of the EFL Cup and Community Shield, and power concentrated in the hands of the so-called ‘Big Six.’

The plans were abandoned last week after a vote of Premier League clubs and condemnation by the Government. They had gained the support of the EFL because they included a £250million rescue package for cash-strapped league clubs.

The latest plans for a European league also drew criticism from fans on social media.

The Football Supporters’ Association tweeted: ‘Seriously, if you’re a club owner or football financier who thinks a global health crisis is the perfect opportunity to rip up and reshape football to suit billionaires… you have no idea how much fans detest your concept. It will not go how you think.’

The Football Supporters' Association led a chorus of discontent from fans at the news

The Football Supporters’ Association led a chorus of discontent from fans at the news 

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One fan wrote: ‘Greed must be the driver, would it be any different from the Champions League.’

Another user tweeted: ‘There’s literally no point in a European Premier League. What makes the Champions League so special is that you get multiple big teams that rarely play each other which makes every match a special occasion. Seeing them play each other twice a season takes that away.’

Another comment said: ‘A European Premier League would absolutely kill football off. Worth 6 billion with the winner getting hundreds of millions in prize money meanwhile small clubs and non league teams are struggling to stay afloat. The game is completely ruined.’

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4pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil AXED from Gunners squad, Joelson Fernandes £17m transfer bid, Aubameyang hits out at critics

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MESUT OZIL has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad in an incredible fall from grace for the playmaker.

Meanwhile the Gunners reportedly made a £17m transfer bid for Sporting striker Joelson Fernandes, 17, in the summer window.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

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4pm Chelsea news LIVE: Mendy ‘IN SQUAD to face Sevilla’ tonight, Rudiger REJECTED by Everton, Kepa LATEST

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CHELSEA have been given a welcome boost ahead of tonight’s game with Sevilla as Edouard Mendy trained with the first team – and is reportedly in the squad.

Meanwhile it has also been revealed that Everton rejected the chance to sign defender Antonio Rudiger in the transfer window.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

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