Transfer Deadline Day Update: Mata to PSG, Ozil to Arsenal, Fernando to Everton

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As the transfer deadline day continues, a few clubs have been spending big with just a few hours left until all the speculation ends.

Will Wayne Rooney join Chelsea? Is Luis Suárez about to make a dramatic exit from Liverpool? And can Arsenal buy the players they desperately need to mount a title challenge?

It has been a tireless summer full of massive transfers and the biggest deal that is likely to go down in the Premier League sees Arsenal signing Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil for a staggering $60 million. Apparently the official word will filter through shortly but elsewhere Liverpool and Crystal Palace have been very busy.

(MORE: Deadline Day Transfer Rumor Roundup; Ozil to Arsenal, Fellaini to Manchester United)

Below we list the deals about to happen, or so the rumors say, and all of the confirmed arrivals into the Premier League so far today.

Expect plenty more business between now an 11pm BST. Stay logged on to ProSoccerTalk for all the latest news on the big transfers deals.

HAPPENING SOON…

Juan Mata to Paris Saint-Germain: Chelsea’s Spanish playmaker has been left out during the last two games as speculation is rife about his future. Word out of France is that he’s currently in Paris talking with the PSG representatives about a deal. More to come on this later.

Mesut Ozil to Arsenal: Has had a medical in Munich earlier today after joining up with the German national team. Ozil will reportedly be earning almost $300,000 a week and Arsenal will smash their transfer record in a $60 million deal. The 25-year-old attacker would be a huge investment by Arsene Wenger… but do the Gunners really need him?

Ander Herrera to Manchester United: The Athletic Bilbao midfielder could be close to a move to Old Trafford after United reportedly met his $45 million release clause in his contract. The 24-year-old Spaniard is extremely willing to cut his wages demands in order to make the deal happen and United will get a top quality midfielder if they fork out the cash.

Fernando to Everton: Brazilian midfielder has completed a medical at Goodison Park and is just waiting to hear about his work permit application. The FC Porto man will cost $22.5 million and is seen as a direct replacement for Fellaini. His nickname is ‘The Octopus’ and he would certainly be a high-profile arrival on Merseyside ahead of the World Cup in his homeland.

Fellaini to Manchester United: He has apparently been allowed to have a medical at United after the Red Devils agreed a $36 million fee with Everton. The Belgian international has not yet joined up with his national team as they give him extra time to figure out the move.

CONFIRMED SIGNINGS BY PREMIER LEAGUE TEAMS

Emiliano Viviano to Arsenal

Stephen Ireland to Stoke City

Morgan Amalfitano to West Brom (loan)

Libor Kozak to Aston Villa

Stephen Ireland to Stoke (loan)

Adrian Mariappa to Crystal Palace

Victor Moses to Liverpool (loan)

Lee Camp to West Brom

Mamadou Sakho to Liverpool

Morgan Amalfitano to West Brom (loan)

Tiago Ilori to Liverpool

Marko Arnautovic to Stoke

Jack Hunt to Crystal Palace

Serie A roundup: Napoli falls to Parma in debut for Gattuso (video)

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Napoli’s last-minute loss to Parma in Gennaro Gattuso’s debut highlights Saturday’s Serie A action.

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Napoli 1-2 Parma

Napoli remains in a dark place as Gennaro Gattuso debut with Gli Azzurri ended in a last-minute 2-1 loss to Parma.

The defeat marks eight consecutive games without a win in Serie A play for Napoli, who dismissed Carlo Ancelotti earlier this week despite punching a ticket in the last 16 of the Champions League after a win over Genk.

After their fifth loss of the season, Napoli are currently eighth on the table with 21 points, seven behind sixth-placed Atalanta and 17 behind league leaders Inter Milan.

 

 

In the third minute of stoppage time, Gervinho – experienced as anyone else in tightly-contested situations – received a simple pass from Dejan Kulusevski, carefully striking it into the back of the net inside the six-yard box. The 32-year-old Ivorian has five goals in Serie A this season, and Saturday’s was his most important yet. 

For Gattuso (and hopeful Napoli supporters), Saturday was the antithesis of dreamy start, but with time and a change of mentality the situation may change.

“I don’t believe in bad luck. Right now we’re not good mentally,” the 41-year-old manager said following the match. “The team is paying for the fact that it has not won (in the league) for 50 or more days.”

“The first 10 minutes also prove it,” he added. “It’s tough as are the whistles of the fans. There’s a lot of work to do.”

The home side recorded 33 shots throughout the night, but Parma proved to be more clinical, scoring at death and opening the scoresheet just four minutes in. In the 64th minute, Napoli were able to get one go their way, as Dreis Merten’s lofting cross with force was headed home by Arkadiusz Milik. 

Gattuso and his men will be tested once as they travel to Sassuolo in a weeks time, while Parma look to trim their four-point gap with Atalanta when they host Brescia.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Brescia 3-0 Lecce

Genoa 0-1 Sampdoria

Hertha’s under-16s stop playing after alleged racist abuse

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BERLIN (AP) Hertha Berlin’s under-16 team stopped playing a game at regional rival Auerbach after its players were allegedly subjected to racist abuse from their opponents on Saturday.

The Bundesliga club says in a statement on its website that “several players from our team were racially abused by their opposing players.”

Hertha officials informed the referee of the alleged abuse and decided to stop playing in the 68th minute while leading 2-0 “because we as Hertha BSC condemn racism and discrimination in every form,” the club said.

Hertha executive board member Paul Keuter called it “the only correct decision, not to continue with the game.”

On Twitter, the club said: “There are times when football doesn’t come first. Racism has no place in our society.”

Hertha under-23 player Jessic Ngankam said he was targeted with monkey chants and called an “ape” by an opposing player during his side’s fourth division game against Lokomotive Leipzig on Dec. 6.

“Insults are unfortunately an everyday occurrence in football, and I can put up with them. But racist abuse is a no-go,” the 19-year-old Ngankam told broadcaster MDR.

Both Hertha and Lokomotive condemned the alleged abuse.

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La Liga roundup: Sociedad hold leaders Barcelona to draw (video)

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A stunning draw from top-of-the-table Barcelona highlight La Liga’s Saturday action.

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Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona

If Real Madrid manages to walk away from Mestalla with three points, they’ll dethrone nemesis Barcelona and become clear-cut leaders of La Liga.

Just days before El Clasico itself, a rare 2-2 draw from Barcelona against hosts Real Sociedad is the reason behind Los Blancos’ prime opportunity.

 

Former Borussia Dortmund starlet Alexander Isak tapped in his fourth goal of the season in the 62nd minute, leveling the score for Sociedad and sending the home fans into a frenzy.

In true Barcelona fashion, Real Sociedad, ironically hit the ground running first. 

After earning a foul inside the box from a corner kick set piece, Reala captain Mikel Oyarzabal converted from the spot, putting Sociedad, who have exceeded expectations this season under first-year manager Imanol Alguacil, up against the defending champions. 

It wouldn’t take long before the visitors responded, however.

A familiar face and experienced goalscorer at Anoeta, it was the ideal scenario for Antoine Griezmann to shake off some pressure that has been a key talking point surrounding the Frenchman lately. Darting inside the box with only Alex Remiro to beat, No. 17 – like in the old days – carefully chipped the ball over Remiro and into the back of the net the ball wandered. 

If the second half indicated anything early on it was that it was going to be difficult for Barcelona to drop points on Saturday. Unselfish as ever before, Lionel Messi laid off the ball to an unmarked Luis Suarez, who his team up 2-1 four minutes into the second half.

A lack of control of possession and, most notably, an unstable defensive line, would end up costing Barcelona two points.

Next for Barcelona is the game of the season: a league bout against Real Madrid on Wednesday, while Real Sociedad travel to Becerril in the second round of Copa del Rey. 

Elsewhere in La Liga

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Osasuna

Granada 1-2 Levante

Atheltic Bilbao 0-0 Eibar

South Florida officials seeking more international soccer

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) More than two dozen political leaders in South Florida have written letters to the U.S. Soccer Federation’s board of directors, urging them to allow top-tier international matches to take place in the Miami region.

Relevent Sports, the soccer-promoting group owned by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, filed suit against the USSF earlier this year saying that the sport’s governing body in this country was helping to prevent them from hosting certain matches.

The letters were released Friday to media outlets, including The Associated Press.

The USSF did not respond to a request for comment.

Ross’ group and top Spanish league La Liga have been working for some time to bring a regular-season match to Hard Rock Stadium, the facility Ross owns and is the Dolphins’ home.

The politicians – ranging from city mayors, county mayors, county commissioners and one state Senator – all essentially said the same thing, that bringing major international soccer to South Florida only will help the region’s tourist-dependent economy.

“Doing so will demonstrate a genuine commitment to our communities and the growth of the game, which you, as the United States Soccer Federation, are charged with promoting,” wrote Dean Trantalis, the mayor of Fort Lauderdale. That’s the city where David Beckham’s new MLS team, Inter Miami, will begin play next March.