Updates on Cristiano Ronaldo, Chelsea, USMNT Stars and more
The summer transfer window in European men’s football is closed. News of deadline day deals are still trickling in in the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 and elsewhere. But most of the business is done.
Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, is definitely staying at Manchester United, mainly because no legitimate interest from a Champions League club has ever arisen.
Christian Pulisic also remains at Chelsea with the club “blocking all deals and holding him against his will,” a source told Emox News on Wednesday.
But Chelsea were the biggest climbers on deadline day. The London club agreed a deal with Barcelona for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and sent Marcos Alonso the other way back to Spain. Then, just hours in the window, Chelsea allegedly switched to Juventus midfielder Denis Zakaria for one season.
Arsenal also tried to negotiate last-minute deals for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz but were reportedly unable to meet Villa’s asking price.
Aside from Pulisic, other American players have their near-term future settled. Ricardo Pepi on Wednesday signed on loan for Dutch club Groningen from Augsburg. AC Milan came out of nowhere to save Sergiño Dest from Barcelona after the 21-year-old full-back rebuffed Villarreal’s interest. Dest signed with the Serie A champions on a season-long loan with a €20 million ($20 million) purchase option.
Elsewhere, John Brooks withdrew from a move to Mallorca in the 11th hour and signed for Benfica in Portugal.
As the final details emerge, Emox News will be following all breaking events here.
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.