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Tuesday 5 September

Chalobah should have stayed – Wilkins

12.40: Chelsea should have kept Nathaniel Chalobah instead of signing Tiemoue Bakayoko in the summer transfer window, according to pundit and former Chelsea midfielder and coach Ray Wilkins.

Bakayoko joined the Blues from Monaco for £40million in July, just two days after Chalobah completed a £6million move to Watford.

“When you think what we’ve lost, we’ve lost Nathaniel Chalobah for £6million,” Wilkins said on Sky Sports.

“I can’t see the difference between the £40million that we paid for Bakayoko, I don’t see that £34million difference, I really can’t.”

Bartomeu on Coutinho

12:35: Barcelona chief Josep Maria Bartomeu has hinted they could resurrect their interest in Philippe Coutinho in January.

Barcelona failed to convince Liverpool to sell Coutinho in the transfer window, seeing bids as high as £118million rejected.

Coutinho remains intent on joining the Spanish side with reports describing the Brazilian as ‘crestfallen’ at having to stay at Liverpool.

And when asked whether Coutinho might arrive in the new year, Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo: “I’m not talking about names. We’ll see.”

Bartomeu on Messi contract

11:50: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has played down fears Lionel Messi could leave claiming the contract extension is “all agreed and signed”.

He told Diario Sport: “It’s all agreed and signed. There are three contracts.

“One with the Messi Foundation, which is signed with the president of the Foundation and the player’s brother. There’s an image rights contract with Messi, which his father has signed, who is the administrator of his company, and the employment contract, which his father has signed, who has the power to do so.”

Barnes happy Coutinho stays

11.30: Liverpool legend John Barnes initially thought Philippe Coutinho was going to join Barcelona this summer but has praised his former club for standing firm and refusing to sell.

Barnes says he was initially surprised Liverpool turned down over £100million for Coutinho but reckons Reds manager Jurgen Klopp would have had a big influence in stopping him leaving the club.

“Who could have thought Liverpool could have turned down a bid of £140million for a footballer?” Barnes said on Sky Sports.

“Initially I did (think he would go) but towards the end I was with Liverpool. 

“The good thing about Liverpool is that Jurgen Klopp is in complete control of everything at the club.”

Matic worst decision ever – Wilkins

11.15: Chelsea allowing Nemanja Matic to join Manchester United this summer was the worst transfer decision of all time, according to pundit Ray Wilkins.

Wilkins believes Matic has not only strengthened United but has also helped Paul Pogba have more influence in midfield.

“It’s the worst I’ve ever seen, if I can say,” he said on Sky Sports.

“I just could not see that for the life of me, why would we let Nemanja go there? 

“He’s been outstanding for us and you’ve seen in the short period that he’s been there how he’s allowed Pogba to basically do what he wants.”

Tense Ronaldo and Mourinho relationship

11:00: Manchester United are not interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo due to his ‘tense relationship’ with Jose Mourinho.

That is according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

He wrote in Spanish newspaper AS: “Manchester United does not want Cristiano Ronaldo. 

“For some time, since the departure of David Moyes, the English [side] have not considered signing the Portuguese. 

“It is not just the tense relationship with Jose Mourinho: the Reds consider that the players for whom they must bet for sports and commercial reasons are others.”

Barca’s Coutinho frustration

10.00: Barcelona sporting director Josep Maria Bartomeu has vented his frustration at not being able to sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

“We would have liked to bring Coutinho to strengthen centre of the field and help the front,” he told Spanish newspaper Sport.

“We said no because of the market prices.

“He would have been the icing on the cake to have a better team but the team is good enough and very competitive.”

Draxler never considered exit

09.45: Julian Draxler claims he never thought about leaving PSG last month.

Draxler’s future was in doubt after the signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

He was linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

But the German insists he is looking forward to the competition for places and the project in Paris.

“I only played two games for a short time [on the pitch] in Paris, but I came back to training four weeks later than other players because of the Confederations Cup,” Draxler told RTL. “That’s something which is forgotten about in the media sometimes.

“The 90 minutes [against Norway] have been very, very important for me. I also sent a sign to Paris that they can bank on me.

“I am greatly looking forward to playing with [Neymar and Mbappe] — but, if players are bought for €222m or €180m, they have an advantage on paper.

“But I am confident — that’s why I didn’t think about leaving Paris.”

Alderweireld saga

09.30: Manchester City and Chelsea have been informed of the stalemate in contract talks between Toby Alderweireld and Tottenham.

Alderweireld’s agent has come out this week claiming the defender either needed a new contract or a transfer.

The comments follow Danny Rose’s explosive interview claiming he was underpaid and would not hesitate to move on if he wasn’t given what he was worth.

And the Belgium defender’s situation has been noted by Manchester and Chelsea, two sides who looked to strengthen at the back this summer.

Alderweireld was joined in Tottenham’s defence by club-record signing Davinson Sanchez this summer.

The young Dutch defender is understood to now earn more money than Alderweireld.

The 28-year-old earns around £50,000 a week and is under contract until 2019.

Tottenham have the option to extend his deal but that would trigger a £25m release clause to become active in 2019.

And the Telegraph claim Chelsea and City are two of the clubs to have been informed of the situation.

Can battle

08.45: Liverpool face a battle to keep hold of midfielder Emre Can with Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly entering the battle for his signature.

Can is out of contract in the summer and is on Juventus’ radar, but reports in Italy claim the Serie A champions are bracing themselves for competition from Chelsea and United.

Can has impressed already this season, putting on a huge display in the 4-0 win over Arsenal.

But Jurgen Klopp has so far been unable to convince Can to sign a contract extension.

Juventus made a move of the 23-year-old during the summer transfer window and Express Sport understands they will make another approach next summer.

He can begin discussions on a pre-contract agreement from January and Juventus will steal a march on the competition if they hold talks then.

But if they fail to agree a deal then they could face competition from Chelsea and Manchester United.

Tuttosport claim the Premier League duo are keen on the German and could make moves in the summer.

Belotti battle

07.35: Chelsea tried to rival Manchester United for Torino striker Andrea Belotti last month.

That is according to journalist Mark Ogden who claimed the Blues had him in their sights as a third-striker option.

“[Alvaro] Morata on bench for Spain. Belotti, the third CF on Utd and Chelsea’s list, starts for Italy,” he tweeted.

Belotti has started the 2017/18 season brightly and has already scored three times in three appearances and provided one assist for Torino.

Monday September 4

Sanchez over Man City disappointment

21:42: Alexis Sanchez is back to his old self after getting over his failed move from Arsenal to Manchester City on deadline day.

Sanchez was fuming a deal to switch clubs on Thursday fell through late on.

The player was visibly furious during Chile’s shock 3-0 defeat to Paraguay, which kicked off almost immediately after the transfer window closed.

But Sanchez has not let the disappointment hang over him.

According to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, the 28-year-old was back to his chirpy best during training today ahead of his country’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia tomorrow (9pm).

Coutinho withdrawal threat

20:35: Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is considering NOT playing in the Champions League group stage as a protest against his failed move to Barcelona, claim reports in Spain.

That is according to Spanish newspaper SPORT, who claim Coutinho is considering not playing in Europe despite being named in Liverpool’s squad for the Champions League.

They claim Coutinho is worried Barca won’t want to sign him in January if he is cup-tied from playing in the Champions League.

Should the player get a run-out in the group stage for Liverpool he would be ineligible to play for another club in the same Champions League campaign.

De Gea in dream land at United

11.00: David de Gea insists it’s a dream to be at Manchester United.

De Gea has been linked with a move to Real Madrid over the past few years.

But he claims he is happy to be where he is.

“Of course, you feel really proud when people think this about you,” De Gea told MUTV.

“It’s really good, but I like to keep my focus, keep working hard and doing my best.

“To be fair, when you are really young, you don’t think about the future too much, you just want to play with your friends.

“When you get older, you start to dream about being there, about being at a top team.

“So of course it’s a dream to be at a team like Manchester United.”

Mbappe message

18:00: Kylian Mbappe has sent a message to Monaco fans after he moved to PSG on deadline day.

“I know that a few of you don’t understand my choice and that you’re angry and I understand that,” Mbappe wrote on Twitter.

“You can be angry, hate me or boo me but you can never stop me from loving you because the truth is there – I love you.”

Dembele wanted Real Madrid move

14.50: Ousmane Dembele ‘went crazy’ when he found out Real Madrid wanted to sign him, reports say.

Barcelona signed Dembele from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund following Neymar’s decision to join Paris Saint-Germain last month.

The 20-year-old rejected a Nou Camp move 12 months ago but has signed on the dotted line for a fee of £97million – making him the world’s second most-expensive player.

Yet Spanish outlet Don Balon claims Dembele was not always so optimistic about a move to Ernesto Valverde’s team.

Instead, he was in favour of a move to Barcelona’s fierce La Liga rivals Real Madrid.

It is said Dembele entered talks with Los Blancos about a Bernabeu transfer.

But, in a crushing blow, Zinedine Zidane pulled out of a move.

Arsenal statement of ambtion

12.30: Ivan Gazidis claims keeping Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil was a clear statement of Arsenal’s ambitions.

The duo remain at Arsenal despite their contracts running out at the end of the season – making both likely to leave for free or for a cut price in January.

But the chief executive says: “It was a clear statement of our ambitions and should help refute suggestions we are just about the money. 

“That is simply nonsense.”

Although Arsenal sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for £35m to Liverpool, Gazidis believes the club is in great shape.

He said: “At the end of the window, reviewing all activity, we have once again improved the quality and depth of our squad.”

Arsenal transfer revelation

10:55: BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein has given an explosive account of Arsenal transfer business following the closure of the window.

Arsenal made just two signings – Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette – saw several players leave including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, moves for Thomas Lemar fail and manager Arsene Wenger received a barrage of criticism. 

He claims Hector Bellerin returned from under-21 duty with Spain and told Wenger he wanted to leave, no contract talks with Ozil have taken place since March and that Wenger ‘did not hold back’ in a face-to-face meeting with Oxlade-Chamberlain, when he discovered he wanted to leave.

Coutinho upset after failed Barcelona move

09:30: Philippe Coutinho was left ‘crestfallen’ by his failed move to Barcelona.

That’s according to Catalan newspaper Sport.

The Brazil international was known to be desperate to secure a move to Catalonia.

But Liverpool managed to hold firm and keep their star asset.

That, supposedly, has left the 25-year-old devastated.  

Griezmann to Manchester United or Barcelona

09:10: Antoine Griezmann reportedly wants to leave Atletico Madrid despite agreeing to stay beyond the summer.

Spanish outlet Don Balon says the France international will accept offers from Manchester United and Barcelona.

Jose Mourinho’s side tried hard to sign Griezmann before Atletico’s transfer ban ended their hopes of a summer deal.

And their loss could be Barcelona’s gain with Ernesto Valverde still keen to reinforce his side’s attack.

Has Eden Hazard dropped an exit hint?

08:50: Chelsea star Eden Hazard was linked with a move to Real Madrid throughout the summer.

And, though a move to La Liga failed to happen, the Belgium international seems open to the idea.

“At the moment I’m good in England,” he told Spanish newspaper Marca.

“I play in one of the best teams, but yes, the Spanish League is special.

“Why not one day? Of course, for the moment I’m here.”

Welcome to Express Sport’s transfer blog

08:30: That was quite a transfer window, wasn’t it?

It will be one known for the moves that fell through rather than the ones that did.

There was no Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, no Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool and no Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United.

But, despite that, news continues to come in thick and fast so stay tuned for all the latest.

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