Chelsea sign a big-money defender and pursue a second


French defender Wesley Fofana has joined Chelsea from Leicester City. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

European football’s summer transfer window closes on Thursday 1 September, with clubs in the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 competing in the last few days before the deadline against the clock.

Manchester United and Chelsea have already won their greatest races. United confirmed on Tuesday that Antony, a 22-year-old Brazilian winger, will join from Ajax for a fee of 95 million euros ($95 million) plus 5 million other potential bids. A day later, Chelsea introduced Wesley Fofana, a French centre-back who will come from Leicester City allegedly cost the Blues more than $80 million.

And Chelsea are reportedly not done yet. Fabrizio Romano reported on Tuesday that the club are in “advanced talks” with RB Leipzig to sign 20-year-old Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol for $90m next summer. Talks between Chelsea and Barcelona are also about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

However, after a frustrating Tuesday night, there was no movement regarding Christian Pulisic’s situation. A source told Emox News on Wednesday that Chelsea are “holding him against his will”.

Elsewhere, back in Manchester, Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be staying. United manager Erik Ten Hag said on Wednesday his squad is set – which also means reported interest in America full-back Sergiño Dest has fizzled.

Dest, however, is the subject of interest elsewhere. Two of his US team-mates also appear to be on the move – centre-back John Brooks signs for Mallorca in La Liga and Ricardo Pepi has reportedly joined Dutch side Groningen on a loan deal.

As the deadline nears, Emox News will be following the latest happenings here – with a rundown of the biggest stories below.

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The latest on Cristiano Ronaldo

The latest reports about Ronaldo suggest that his agent Jorge Mendes reached out to Napoli last week about a potential move – but that Ronaldo has since turned it down.

In a proposed deal, Man United would have reportedly sent a nine-figure transfer fee plus Ronaldo to Napoli with a large chunk of his salary in exchange for 23-year-old Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen. But the deal appears to have fallen through for a number of reasons.

So Ronaldo’s situation is the same as it has been for weeks. He wants to leave United for a Champions League contender. But no Champions League contenders seem to want him. So it looks like he will stay in Manchester.

Christian Pulisic is apparently staying at Chelsea

After reports of interest from Man United, Newcastle and others, it now appears Pulisic is set to stay. The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported on Monday that Pulisic and England midfielder Conor Gallagher “are expected to remain at Chelsea unless there is an offer for either player that is too good to refuse”.

The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio and ESPN’s James Olley later confirmed that this is Chelsea’s stance. A source told Emox News on Wednesday – the morning after a frustrating Chelsea defeat at Southampton that saw Pulisic play 25 minutes off the bench at right-back – that Pulisic wants to leave Chelsea either on loan or permanently. But the club are “blocking all deals and holding him against his will,” the source said.

When does the transfer window close?

The window closes on Thursday in all major leagues, but the exact transfer deadline varies in different countries.

In England and Spain the window closes at 6pm ET.

In Germany it closes much earlier, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

In France, it closes an hour later at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Closed Deals

For a rundown of all the transfers completed this summer across the big five leagues day by day and club by club, The Guardian has a comprehensive list. And Transfermarkt sorts them from the most expensive to the cheapest.

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