He whispers, but after a red-hot summer transfer window, José Mourinho’s Roma could be on the Serie A title track this season. That is Nicky Bandini’s opinion after Roma were joint leaders in Italy. They made £37m back this summer and upgraded their squad. Salaries make that figure a bit misleading, but it’s still impressive. Check it out for yourself here.
Brighton will have Billy Gilmour, signed from Chelsea on deadline day, available for the game against Leicester on Sunday. Are the club and player happy? Bet!
Brendan Rodgers spoke at length after Leicester’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United about his frustration at not being able to strengthen his squad. There was a hint of Scott Parker in what he said, and if ever a coach needed a win on Sunday, it was Rodgers. They face fourth-placed Brighton to mind. It’s not like a Leicester manager to be so nervous in public.
I’m glad the window is closed, if I’m being honest. I mean, there were big distractions for this window. You will have read the program notes and seen the situation the club is in, so to have to watch pretty much every club in the top five leagues get players and not be able to improve, that was tough, not just as a manager but for the players, because the players want to compete. This group has shown that it can compete, but we needed [help] – but unfortunately, we haven’t been able to achieve that. So, as for the results, it is my responsibility. I take that. We should have won by now. We’ve been in a couple of games and in very good positions, but we couldn’t pull it off, so I totally get it. The fans want to see the team win and if they don’t, they will tell you. So for us, we will not hide behind the rock and walk away. We’re ready to fight now, but it’s going to be very, very important that the fans really support the players. Like I said, it’s a really challenging situation not being able to refresh this team and this group of players. We really need your encouragement and help to push players forward. We’ll get a win sooner rather than later, but we really need them behind us and that’s important.”
From Nottingham Forest’s 21 deals to Arsenal’s goal signings, we run the rule on the Premier League’s £1.9bn outlay. Not a great read for Leicester and Bournemouth fans to be honest.
Eddie Howe loves an early press conference and the Newcastle manager has already anticipated the home game against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Asked about the £106m summer spend, he said his club could have been busier if Premier League rivals were willing to do business with them, but they appear to be avoiding them and their Saudi riches.
I would say that has definitely been something that we have felt in the market. The national clubs really didn’t want to be seen as helping us. We’ll have to take that. That’s part of where we are right now.”
And after Newcastle were criticized for their perceived time-wasting antics at Liverpool, Howe won’t be changing his tactics any time soon.
We’re just trying to be very competitive, we’re trying to play our way. We don’t want to lie down and accept anything. We want to fight for every point, every tackle and do everything to win. If that’s unpopular with people then so be it, but hopefully we’ll continue to play the way we all see we should. We have to fight for everything.”
Morning! So the transfer window is closed until January. Many coaches will be relieved, especially Brendan Rodgers, when the player speculation ends. It was a busy window in which Premier League clubs spent £1.9bn, surpassing the previous record of £1.4bn in 2017. That figure is higher than the outlay in La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Series A combined. Chelsea went wild in the halls when Todd Boehly loosened the purse strings for a reported £278m to strengthen Thomas Tuchel’s side. His latest deals were midfielder Denis Zakaria, who arrived on loan from Juventus, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for £12m from Barcelona. How will he behave in the Premier League? Seems like good value for money, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, Steve Cooper will be like a school teacher frantically trying to learn the names of his new class after Nottingham Forest brought in 21 players. And who won the transfer window? I would say the two best teams in the Premier League after five games, Arsenal and Manchester City. Liverpool moved late to add a midfielder, Juventus safety playmaker Arthur Mello, to their ranks as Jordan Henderson joined other midfielders on the Anfield treatment table. Will he feature in the Merseyside derby on Saturday morning? If he does, he could face Idrissa Gueye, who is back at Everton after leaving PSG. And Cristiano Ronaldo stayed at Manchester United, as Erik ten Hag said he would. Now he has Anthony as a teammate. How will the incoming winger deal with that £82m price tag when he steps onto the pitch at Old Trafford?
Here’s a list of some of yesterday’s biggest moves in Europe, in case you missed them:
Marcos Alonso Chelsea to free agent
Denis Zakaria Juventus to Chelsea
Wilfried Gnono FC Zurich to Leeds
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Barcelona to Chelsea
billy gilmour Chelsea to Brighton
Loic Bade Rennes to Nottingham Forest
josh bowler From Blackpool to Nottingham Forest
Daniel James London to Fulham
Lazarus Flamengo to Almeria
wow christopher Lens to Rennes
Boubacar Traore Metz to Wolverhampton Wanderers
Duje Caleta-Car Marseille to Southampton
Hector Bellerin Arsenal to Barcelona
Jan Bednarek Southampton to Aston Villa
Andre Gomes Everton to Lille
Carlos Vinicius Benfica to Fulham
Juan Larios Manchester City to Southampton
james garner Manchester United to Everton
The Bilal Touré Reims to Almeria
arthur melo Juventus to Liverpool
sam edoze Manchester City to Southampton
johan mojica Elche to Villarreal
justin kluivert Rome to Valencia
Amine Gouiri Nice to Rennes
Ainsley Maitland-Miles Arsenal to Southampton
Leander Dendocker Wolverhampton Wanderers at Aston Villa
Carlos Soler Valencia to Paris Saint-Germain
Destination Sergiño Barcelona to Milan
julian draxler Paris Saint-Germain to Benfica
Martin Dubravka Newcastle United to Manchester United
Umar Sadik Almeria to Real Sociedad
William Corinthians to Fulham
Idrissa Gueye Paris Saint-Germain at Everton
Abdu Diallo Paris Saint-Germain at RB Leipzig
Layvin Kurzawa Paris Saint-Germain to Fulham
Aster Vranckx Wolfsburg to Milan
Juan Onana Bordeaux to Lens
julian weigl Benfica against Borussia Monchengladbach
Kasper Dolberg Nice to Seville
Ignatius Ganago Lens to Nantes
willy boly Wolverhampton Wanderers to Nottingham Forest
Jorgen Strand Larsen Groningen to Celta de Vigo
what do you do Reims to Leicester City
manuel akanji Borussia Dortmund at Manchester City
anthony Ajax to Manchester United
You can see all the summer moves in our men’s summer transfers interactive below.
There is also the little matter of the sixth: sixth! – round of Premier League matches this weekendwith some greats among them, including Everton v Liverpool on Saturday and the reinvigorated Manchester United v Perfect Arsenal on Sunday.
Here are 10 things to watch out for in them: