6pm Transfer news LIVE: Benrahma to West Ham ‘is OFF’, Messi to Man City LATEST, Suarez Barcelona row continues – The Sun

THE transfer window has CLOSED for Premier League clubs after a frantic final day.

But there are still deals to be done for free agents and domestic loans from EFL clubs while players can still leave for Portugal and the MLS.

Get all the latest deals, transfer updates and gossip here…

  • William Pugh

    POOR OLD PARRY

    Under-fire EFL chairman Rick Parry was plunged into a second crisis as chief executive David Baldwin quit after just three MONTHS in the job.

    Baldwin filled the vacancy left by December’s departure of Shaun Harvey only in June.

    But he has now announced he will walk out ofhis role in March, leaving Parry and the EFL scrambling to find a replacement.

    Baldwin, a former chief exec at Bradford and Burnley, insisted his decision was “not linked” to the Project Big Picture furore.

    He said: “Clearly, accepting this position pre COVID-19 means the situation is now very different to the one I originally envisaged.

    “That is coupled with it being a very different environment inside the EFL compared to the one I left in 2015/16. Taking those two factors into consideration and balancing the needs of my family, health and well-being, I feel the decision to leave is the right one.”

  • William Pugh

    KANE AIM

    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes his old club should abandon their pursuit of Jadon Sancho and go after Harry Kane or Erling Haaland instead.

    An interview clip tweeted by Stadium Astro's Alison Bender said: “Scholes tells me he wants Kane or Haaland, forget Sancho, he’s not the position they need. We also chatted a lot about defenders.”

    He also expressed his frustration with club officials for apparently failing to financially back Solskjaer and other former managers in the transfer market.

    In the same interview he said: “I don’t think he’s the first one who hasn’t been backed.

    “I think [Louis] van Gaal and [Jose] Mourinho especially had a moan about that and it’s understandable when they aren’t getting the players they want.

    “There’s been a lot of money spent but has it been spent on the first choices these managers want? I’m not too sure.”

  • William Pugh

    SAID BUT NOT DONE

    Said Benrahma's £25million move from Brentford to West Ham is OFF, according to reports.

    The Algerian has been linked with a move to London Stadium but the deal has fallen through, according to the Mirror.

    Benrahma told the Bees he wanted to leave at the weekend and he is now understood to have fallen out with the West London club over “broken promises”.

    West Ham will instead focus all their efforts on bringing in Josh King from Bournemouth.

  • William Pugh

    CAM AND GET HIM

    Manchester United could reportedly replace Paul Pogba with countryman Eduardo Camavinga.

    Pogba's deal expires next summer, but United do have the option to extend it for another season.

    But according to Spanish newspaper AS, plans are being drawn up to prepare for the 27-year-old's departure.

    And Rennes starlet Camavinga has emerged as a potential long-term replacement.

    United have 'put in place the mechanism' to sign Camavinga – and it started by already dealing with his agent.

    Camavinga is managed by Mousa Sissoko, who also looks after Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele.

  • William Pugh

    Clubs could also make backdated requests to cover recently-finished work, allowing Spurs and Liverpool to cash in.

    Up to £250m would be available for teams who have been in the top flight for at least 12 of the last 15 seasons.

    And clubs who have been in the Premier League for four straight seasons or eight out of ten seasons could claim £100m.

    The measures would also allow Liverpool to get back half of the estimated £60m costs of the planned expansion of the Anfield Road Stand.

  • William Pugh

    CASHBACK

    Tottenham and Liverpool will be entitled to multi-million pound rebates for their stadium rebuilds under the small-print in Project Big Picture.

    Spurs would be eligible to claim back £125million of the £1billion cost of their new 62,000 capacity home at white Hart Lane.

    Liverpool, meanwhile, the joint architects of the package with Manchester United, could rake back £30m of the cost of their new main stand at Anfield.

    The news of the potential pay-outs will only add to the backlash by the 14 Premier League clubs left out of the loop.

    Under the proposals, a new 'infrastructure fund' worth £150m per year would be set aside from the Premier League revenue stream for 'assistance payments' for clubs embarking on stadium projects…

  • Jake Lambourne

    CRISTIAN-OH NO

    Arsene Wenger has revealed how painfully close Arsenal came to signing Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.

    The then-Gunners chief revealed he 'had an agreement' with Sporting Lisbon to sign the Portuguese star in the summer before embarking on the famous 'Invincibles' season.

    Wenger revealed all after being asked if there were any players he regrets missing out on during his career.

    He told The Guardian: “I would say there is not one player… there are 50. We had an agreement with Sporting and Man Utd took Carlos Queiroz as assistant coach, and they just outbid us quickly and took Ronaldo.

    “But we had an agreement basically. He had the shirt of Arsenal, I had lunch with him and his mother at the training ground.

    “It’s one example but there were so many. The history of a big club is full of missed great players.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BROOK THE BANK

    Said Benrahma and David Brooks will rank among the most-expensive Championship players ever if they complete transfers before deadline day.

    Premier League clubs have until Friday to snap up lower-tier talent after the international window shut.

    And Brentford's Benrahma, 25, is tipped to move to West Ham with interest in Brooks, 23, also high.

    The Hammers have reportedly beaten Crystal Palace to the Algerian star in a deal worth around £30million.

    A medical is being planned amid talks over personal terms.

    Should the pair seal £30m moves to the top-flight, they will enter a star-studded line-up of players to swap the Championship for the Premier League.

    With transfers amounting to £241m ahead of the final days of the market, these two deals would boost the XI's value past £300m.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WIGAN TAKEOVER

    EXCLUSIVE – Wigan’s mystery Spanish takeover is being fronted by former advertising chief Andy Clilverd. 

    Clilverd is the owner of Signature Sport who have been looking for a football club to buy for the past three years. 

    The Bristol-based businessmen has previous experience working in marketing and on the Rugby World Cup but running Wigan would be the biggest task of his career. 

    Clilverd was at Wigan’s ground yesterday (Monday) as he finalised the deal to be put to the administrators and the details demanded by the EFL. 

    The identity of the ‘money man’ in Spain has yet to be confirmed but sources reveal it is former Albacete owner Jesus Garrido Cristo. 

    Clilverd found a previous buyer for Wigan two years ago before they were taken over by the Hong Kong group who eventually left them in administration. 

    However at the time Clilverd brought Leganes owner Felipe Moreno to the table but that deal did not progress. 

    Clilverd advertises his services by saying he Is looking to match his backer with ‘a League One or Two club looking for a prudent investor.’

  • Jake Lambourne

    SUAR SUBJECT

    Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez has revealed he will 'point to those responsible' for his Barcelona exit if he scores against them next month.

    Suarez, 33, revealed he was reduced to tears after he was booted out of the Barcelona squad.

    And he will make his feelings towards the club's board known if he scores against them on November 22.

    As reported by The Mirror, Suarez said: “I will not shout 'goal' but I will point to those responsible. I spent six years there and felt I had earned respect.

    “I deserved to know my fate before I found out from the press. Also the coach Ronald Koeman came to me saying that he doesn't count on me.

    “But that was after the leadership of the club had already there was going to be a change of players.

    “That raises doubts about whether it was the coach's decision or a directive from above.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Scholes has been named as Salford's interim manager after the club's Class of 92 owners sacked Graham Alexander.

    A statement released on Monday confirmed the former midfielder's appointment.

    Scholes, 45, was part of the consortium to buy 50 per cent of the minnows back in 2014.

    A club statement read: “Salford City Football Club announces that manager Graham Alexander has left the club with immediate effect. The club met with Graham this morning and after discussion have agreed to part company.

    “The club would like to thank Graham for his contribution and all his hard work. In his first season he guided the team to Wembley, resulting in promotion to League 2 and in his second season he reached the Leasing.com Trophy final.

    “The club would like to wish him all the best and success in the future. First team coach, Chris Lucketti, will also leave the club.

    “Paul Scholes will act as the interim head coach while the club looks to secure a new manager. Warren Joyce, currently in isolation, will join Paul once he is able to.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MADE A MES

    Arsenal have stumped up an £8million loyalty bonus after failing to sell Mesut Ozil, according to reports.

    The German playmaker remains an outcast under Mikel Arteta but could not be moved on during the autumn transfer window.

    Moves to MLS and Saudi Arabia were touted although Al-Nassr failed to convince Ozil after reportedly bidding £5m.

    And it has now emerged that Arsenal's failure to get rid of the 31-year-old had huge financial ramifications.

    According to The Athletic, the Gunners paid Ozil £8m at the end of September as a loyalty bonus for entering the final year of his contract.

    The clause was implemented when he agreed a new contract in January 2018, at the height of his spell in North London.

    It leaves the Gunners with a huge bill for a player who has not played competitively since March – and earns £350,000-a-week.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DAVID BETRAYER

    David De Gea has reportedly fallen out with his former agent Jorge Mendes.

    The Athletic claim the pair's relationship first started to break down over the Spaniard's botched move to Real Madrid in 2015.

    De Gea almost moved to Real five years ago before the deal collapsed as the paperwork was not lodged in time due to a fax problem.

    The keeper hails from the Spanish capital and started his career at rivals Atletico Madrid before moving to Old Trafford in 2011.

    And De Gea is said to have been left 'exasperated' with Cristiano Ronaldo's super-agent by his own failed switch to the Bernabeu.

    Mendes was still tasked with sorting the 29-year-old's £375,000-a-week United extension in September 2019.

    But the pair’s relations have reportedly been severely damaged by a dispute during the final stage of the 18-month negotiations.

  • Jake Lambourne

    STURR CRAZY

    Daniel Sturridge has revealed a 'comeback is near' as the former Liverpool star gets set to return to football.

    The 31-year-old is a free agent having left Trabzonspor in February after being banned from football for four months over a breach of betting rules.

    Sturridge has been linked with FIVE clubs with Rangers, managed by his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard leading the chase.

    The striker uploaded a gif of him doing some floor exercises onto Instagram, captioned: “Still active and focused baby. The comeback is near.”

    Sturridge has been training at non-league Kidsgrove Athletic to keep fit ahead of his next big move.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUES BATTLE

    Chelsea reportedly face competition from Liverpool in the race to sign Grimsby Town pair Louis Boyd and Ben Grist.

    According to The Athletic, the two teenagers – who are preparing to undertake their GCSEs this year – could leave the club due to Grimsby needing to raise funds.

    The midfielders, both 15, made their debuts earlier this season in the EFL Trophy.

    It has been said that the Blues or the Reds could make a move to sign them either in January on next summer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WILL I NEVER

    Arsenal defender William Saliba is reportedly set to remain at the Emirates instead of going on loan to a Championship side.

    The French teenager is yet to make his debut for the Gunners, with the player seeing a return to Saint-Etienne on loan fall through on Deadline Day.

    And according to The Athletic, Arsenal want to keep the player in their squad until at least January.

    Mikel Arteta is understood to be a huge fan of the centre-back, but cannot offer him regular first team football at the moment.

  • Jake Lambourne

    POWER SERG

    Man Utd have reportedly slapped an £8million asking price on Sergio Romero – despite the goalkeeper having just a year left on his contract.

    According to The Athletic, the Red Devils rejected a £2m loan offer from Everton on Deadline Day, which would have seen the Toffees pay his £100,000-a-week wages.

    And they state they are holding out for £8m, despite Romero failing to be named in their Champions League squad, with Lee Grant taking United's third-choice spot.

    This is said to have infuriated Romero who was not aware he would be omitted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and is annoyed he has not been allowed to leave.

    It has been claimed that Romero could still make a move to the MLS with their transfer window not ending until October 29.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PIAZ TAKERS

    Chelsea outcast Lucas Piazon has lashed out at the club for their loan policy.

    The Blues have owned the Brazilian striker since 2012 which was the last time he played for the West Londoners' first team.

    Piazon, 26, is currently on loan with Portuguese top flight side Rio Ave.

    This is his seventh loan spell since arriving at Chelsea from Sao Paulo in his homeland and the Brazil Under-23 international does not think much of the way the Blues have treated him.

    He told Maisfutebol: “After a certain point the connection is no longer beneficial for both parties.

    “At first, I felt really good. I went through the U-23s, got to the first team and, even in the first loans, I felt Chelsea had expectations and interest in me.

    “I believed I could come back and have opportunities at any time. Later, as time passed, I became just another business for them.

    “They send me out on loan with the expectation of selling me and making some money with me. I think that’s more or less what they think.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    FEVER PITCH

    Arsenal icon Paul Merson has hailed the club's transfer window, but has criticised their handling of Gunnersaurus mascot man Jerry Quy's sacking.

    He wrote in the Star: “I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch. Mikel Arteta is doing really well.

    “And (Thomas) Partey is an unbelievable signing.

    “I don’t know why Manchester United or even Manchester City didn’t go for him. He’s better than what they’ve got.

    “But off the pitch, I don’t like what is happening at Arsenal at all sometimes. It’s not the club I remember.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    OUT OF JOINT

    Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour could leave on loan in January despite the fact that he remains sidelined until at least December after a horror knee injury.

    Gilmour was forcing his way into Frank Lampard's first team plans when he required surgery after suffering a cruciate injury back in July.

    Chelsea's summer transfer splurge means places in the first-team could be hard to come by.

    And an unnamed football agent said: “Younger lads that didn't go on loan will force a move.

    “The Carabao Cup is out of the window for the next two months as the rounds have already been played.

    “Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour should go in January.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    SAUDIS FOR OZ

    Arsenal reportedly received a £5million bid for Mesut Ozil from Al-Nassr.

    The £350,000-per-week midfielder, 31, has not played for Mikel Arteta's side since March 7.

    According to Tyc Sports, the Saudi Arabian side want to sign Ozil on a two-year deal.

    But Ozil has made it clear that he is NOT prepared to accept the offer from Al-Nassr.

    He does not want to move to Asia despite being frozen out of Arsenal's squad.

  • Joe Miles

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    West Ham are very busy at the moment, a week after they failed to strengthen their squad in the international market- they’ve dipped into the Championship to bolster their squad.

    According to various reports, West Ham have agreed a deal for 25-year-old Brentford winger Said Benrahma.

    The deal is believed to be worth around £30million plus add-ons.

    The Hammers are also close to completing the signing of experienced Watford defender Craig Dawson.

    Dawson is expected to complete the move in the coming days with the fee believed to be between £2m-£3m.

    Mesut Ozil could finally be on his way out of Arsenal with Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr reportedly putting a £5million offer on the table.

    Arsenal have been trying to offload the German for a while, and the problem is the player is on £350,000-per-week and his contract doesn't even expire till June 2021.

    Juventus are reportedly set to beat both Manchester United and Manchester City to the signing of David Alaba.

    Football Italia claims Andrea Pirlo is eager to sign the versatile Austrian defender when his Bayern Munich contract expires next summer.

    Sergio Aguero could leave Manchester City once his contract expires next summer, according to reports.

    Inter Milan are believed to be in the running for the 32-year-old and are prepared to offer Aguero a lucrative deal in order to lure him to the San Siro.

  • William Pugh

    TO THE WALL – EXCLUSIVE

    Milwall chief Steve Kavanagh believes the impact on communities will be devastating if EFL clubs go to the wall.

    The Lions bigwig has called on the Government to act swiftly to save Covid-crippled clubs from going bust amid fury over Project Big Picture.

    Speaking to SunSport as part of the Save Our Clubs drive highlighting the work clubs do on and off the field, Kavanagh said: “We’re not just talking about our national sport, the community work done by clubs in this country is vital. It has been for years.

    “Boris Johnson cameto The Den to see it first hand when he was Mayor of London and was highly impressed.

    “And when you take into consideration lockdown and what clubs, including Millwall, did to support their local communities, society and the vulnerable who were scared and did not have food . . . the work that went on was incredible.”

  • William Pugh

    SAID AND DONE?

    West Ham are closing in on a deal with Brentford to sign Said Benrahma.

    Hammers boss David Moyes wants to strengthen his attack before the domestic transfer window closes on Friday.

    Brentford are open to selling Benrahma, 25, who scored 17 goals in the Championship last season.

    But the Bees hope to hold out for a fee of £25million for the Algerian winger.

  • William Pugh

    RALLYING CRY

    Jordan Henderson turned Wembley into the Theatre of Screams to launch the England fightback against Belgium.

    The Liverpool skipper yelled at the top of his voice when he was pulled back by Thomas Meunier.

    And that was enough to convince German ref Tobias Stieler to award England a soft 39th minute penalty for Marcus Rashford to cancel out Romelu Lukaku’s earlier spot kick for Belgium.

    Borussia Dortmund full-back Meunier was so stunned by the decision that he even re-enacted the incident with Henderson at the final whistle.

    But Henderson smiled: “I got in front of my man and I felt he pulled me back on my shoulder. So it was a penalty…would you agree?”

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