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LIVE: Transfer Deadline Day – Window closed

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The day has arrived.

Teams looking to make mid-season improvements or jettison want-away players have until 6 p.m. ET to do so, with a flurry of deals set to take place between now and then.

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Arsenal started the day off with a bang, signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a record fee, and there are more deals expected to be completed today, including Olivier Giroud to Chelsea and Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea. In addition, with the World Cup six months away, some other players will be looking for a loan around Europe for more playing time.

And remember, there is a live Deadline Day show on NBCSN and online from 5 p.m. ET today which you can steam by clicking on the link below.

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Let’s get stuck in…

6:10 p.m. ET – The window is closed, but moves can still be announced.

Check back, and tune into our Deadline Day show for all the latest.

Situations to keep an eye on include goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to Newcastle, Benik Afobe loan away from Bournemouth, Andy King moving from Leicester City.


5:39 p.m. ET – Newcastle has apparently sealed a deal for the center forward its needed since last season:


3:30 p.m. ET – Badou Ndiaye has finally been confirmed as a member of Stoke City, the Potters fending off competition from Newcastle United for the $18 million center midfielder. The Galatasaray man’s fee is less than only one other Stoke purchase: Giannelli Imbula


2:40 p.m. ET – A day after stating he needed more experience to cope with the Premier League level, Everton has loaned Ademola Lookman to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. Another Englishman moving abroad this year.


2:30 p.m. ET – Here it is! Some transfer drama with just a few hours until the deadline. Lille’s captain Ibrahim Amadou has taken the train to London, hoping to sign with Crystal Palace or West Ham. But an agreement between the clubs and player has not been reached…


2:25 p.m. ET – Some transfer news to catch up on.

Official: Mathieu Debuchy completes a permanent transfer from Arsenal to AS Saint-Etienne. Arsenal also sends Krystian Bielek on loan to Walsall.

Official: Liverpool loan Ovie Ejaria to Sunderland.

Called off: Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s proposed loan to Anderlecht has fallen through, per Sky Sports.


2:10 p.m. ET – Newcastle has loaned Rolando Aarons to Hellas Verona in Serie A through the end of the season.


2:05 p.m. ET – In news that may interest some El Tri fans, Mexican centerback Hector Moreno is set to complete a move from AS Roma to Real Sociedad.


2 p.m. ET – A couple of Watford notes. Stefano Okaka is set to remain with the club, but Ben Watson is moving on-loan to Nottingham Forest FC until the end of the season.

The club also announced the signing of Swedish 19-year-old goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg, loaning him back to IFK Goteborg through the summer.


1:56 p.m. ET – Oh look, another Arsenal player leaves on-loan. This time it’s Chuba Akpom to Sint-Truiden in Belgium.

1:50 p.m. ET – Mesut Ozil is getting in on the fun. Doesn’t look like an Arsenal contract down there though…


1:45 p.m. ET – Another DONE DEAL! Lucas Moura is officially a member of Tottenham. And it appears this deal has been done for a while, considering how much time Moura and his teammates have had to work on their handshake routines.


1:30 p.m. ET – Well, it’s a bit of a change from the earlier reports, but the Guardian’s Jamie Jackson fills us in on the Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City saga…


1:25 p.m. ET – In case you forgot, in addition to the transfer window craziness, there’s also *SEVEN* Premier League matches tonight. Our Joe Prince-Wright is at Wembley Stadium for Tottenham vs. Manchester United. Should be a good one.


1:22 p.m. ET – With Emerson Palmieri signing for Chelsea, AS Roma has gone back to South America for a replacement left back, signing Argentine native Jonathan Silva from Sporting Lisbon for $7.5 million.


1:20 p.m. ET – Another Arsenal player is on the move. Jeff Reine-Adelaide is back in France, joining Angers on loan.

1:15 p.m. ET – L’Equipe is reporting that Tottenham is paying $34.8 million with an additional $5 million in bonuses.


1:05 p.m. ET – Looks like Michy Batshuayi is having fun in Germany already.


12:50 p.m. ET – Catching up in the Premier League…

Eliaquim Mangala has a loan deal agreed with Everton, per Sky Sports, and Watford has signed Didier Ndong on loan with an option to buy from Sunderland.


12:45 p.m. ET – Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid midfielder Augusto Fernandez has joined Chinese club Beijing Renhe and Englishman John Bostock has left RC Lens to join Bursaspor.

In addition, former Arsenal striker Niklas Bendtner has turned down a move to join Bordeaux to stay with Rosenborg in Norway.


12:30 p.m. ET – According to the Mirror, Yaya Toure has turned down big-money offers from China in order to stay in Manchester and help Man City attempt the quadruple.


12:15 p.m. ET – Where’s he headed? One day after terminating the contract of Samuel Eto'o, Turkish club Antalyaspor terminated today the contract of Samir Nasri, just six months after signing him to a two-year contract.


12:10 p.m. ET – More news of Arsenal departures. Backup right back Mathieu Debuchy is reportedly headed back to his native France to join AS Saint-Etienne.


12:05 p.m. ET – Another Done Deal: Michy Batshuayi heads to Borussia Dortmund on loan until the end of the season. That’s what we call a three-team trade.


12:03 p.m. ET – WOW. Here’s some big news. Pep Guardiola‘s attempts to sign Riyad Mahrez have been rebuffed, and it appears Man City has exited that race as it did for Alexis Sanchez.


Noon ET – Now it’s official. Another Done Deal. West Ham’s Reece Oxford is back on loan for the rest of the season with Borussia Monchengladbach.


11:50 a.m. ET – DONE DEAL. Olivier Giroud, hours after featuring for Arsenal at Swansea City, is now a Blue. Signs for Chelsea on an 18-month contract and should get more playing time.

11:45 a.m. ET – Catching up here. Watford’s Isaac Success moves away on loan to Malaga. Lewis Grabban is headed to Aston Villa in the Championship from Bournemouth, and West Ham target Leon Dendoncker didn’t take part in Anderlecht training and could be leaving the club.


11:40 a.m. ET – Interesting note here for Arsenal fans. Of course, they’ve added Henrik Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month alone.


11:35 a.m. ET – One to watch for the future. FC Basel announces it has promoted and signed 17-year-old Noah Okafor to a new contract and handed him the 11 shirt. Okafor scored two goals and set up four others during the group stage of the UEFA Youth League this past fall.


11:25 a.m. ET – Lucas Moura watch! The Paris Saint-Germain winger has reportedly finally completed his move to Tottenham, signing a contract this morning. Thus ends Lucas Moura watch.


11:15 a.m. ET – Lots to catch up on. Olivier Giroud’s deal from Arsenal to Chelsea is nearly complete, per many reports. Sounds like he’ll be moving for $25.5 million. In addition, there’s more reporting on Arsenal looking to sign a last-minute defender. Either David Luiz or AS Roma’s Kostas Manolas.

Lastly, our old friend Demba Ba has signed for Goztepe in Turkey.


10:50 a.m. ET – Javier Pastore, who was expected to leave as Paris Saint-Germain has to deal with the ramifications of Financial Fair Play, will be staying in Paris for the time being, per his agent.


10:37 a.m. ET – Swansea City is about to reunite the Ayew brothers. Reports are that the club is close to a deal with for Andre Ayew worth $25-28 million.


10:27 a.m. ET – Here’s some intrigue. David Luiz to Arsenal in the Olivier Giroud swap. Arsenal really taking a book out of American sports teams with their trades this window.

10:20 a.m. ET – Well well. Apparently David Moyes isn’t prepared to make Reece Oxford a part of his first-team squad. The youngster is set to move back on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach.


10:12 a.m. ET – Manchester City has reportedly made a 4th offer for Riyad Mahrez worth more than $92 million plus a player to Leicester City. Will Leicester agree to a deal today?


10:00 a.m. ET – With Slimani coming in, Aleksandar Mitrovic has been deemed surplus to requirements at Newcastle. He’s heading back to his former stomping grounds at Anderlecht.


9:54 a.m. ET – Islam Slimani watch has been going on for hours in Newcastle. He arrived on a private jet just a few minutes ago and has been whisked away to St. James’ Park for a medical ahead of signing for Newcastle. He seems happy here.


9:51 a.m. ET – Arsenal began the day with the big move, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally made the switch to the Gunners. How do you think he’ll adjust to the Premier League?


9:48 a.m. ET – Sandro Ramirez’s time at Everton has likely come to an end, after just 276 minutes. He’s joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season.


9:41 a.m. ET – Who’s ready for the final day of the transfer window. I’m so excited I just can’t take it.

 

Bulgaria’s coach apologizes to England; Popov slams racists

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Bulgaria’s coach Krasimir Balakov has apologized to the England national team after they were subjected to racist chants during their EURO 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday.

Balakov was previously bullish about racism in Bulgaria, stating before the game that England had a bigger problem with racism than Bulgaria.

Initially after the game he said he didn’t hear any racist abuse and during the match he got into a heated debate with Jordan Henderson about why the game was halted for a second time.

In a post on Facebook, Balakov apaolgized to the England players and offered his views on the racist incidents plaguing Bulgarian soccer as three of their EURO 2020 home qualifiers have now seen racist abuse from their home fans.

“I condemn unconditionally all forms of racism as unacceptable behavior that contradicts normal human relationships. I think that this form of prejudice should be buried deep in our past, and nobody should ever be subjected, Balakov said. “I trained many Bulgarian teams with players of different backgrounds and never judged anyone about the color of their skin. In addition, I have always actively participated in all initiatives involving unprivileged people or the needy.”

“My comments before the game against England that Bulgaria had no problems with racism are based on the fact that the local championship has not seen such a problem on a large scale. There may have been isolated cases, but it’s definitely not something you see in the stadium. The majority of football fans do not take part in such chants, and I believe that was also the case in the game against England. One thing I would like to say very clearly is that as the stadium in Sofia has reported cases of racial discrimination, I sincerely apologize to the English footballers and those who feel offended.”

That is what Balakov should have said right after the game.

The cynics out there may also say he is only issuing this apology now after Bulgaria’s prime minister, Boyko Borissov, asked for the president of the Bulgarian Football Union, Borislav Mihaylov, to resign.

Mihaylov, who had previously complained to UEFA England boss Gareth Southgate sharing his concerns over previous racist incidents in Bulgaria, resigned on Tuesday.

After Bulgaria’s goalkeeper said England’s players “overreacted” in regards to the racist abuse hurled their way, their captain, Ivelin Popov, handled himself remarkably well throughout this sorry situation for Bulgaria.

Popov was seen remonstrating with home fans at half time in order to get them to stop the abuse, and he was praised by Marcus Rashford and others for his reaction.

“Of course I feel embarrassed. We are 11 v 11, it doesn’t matter your color, it’s no problem, we are all the same, we are one very big family in football, everybody and only we, if we are together, can we stop these bad things,” Popov said. “It was important that I spoke like this because it’s a very big problem for everybody, for our federation, for England and if they said more bad words, even one more time, then maybe they would finish the game.

“We would have such a big punishment and this is no good for Bulgarian football because if some other players want to come here, they hear what is said and how they speak bad, then this is no good for everybody. But when you start to speak to them, afterwards they understand. I think in the second half was better.”

Sergio Aguero unhurt after car crash

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Manchester City and Argentina star Sergio Aguero has escaped a car crash unscathed.

Aguero, 31, was involved in the incident on Wednesday morning but didn’t need to go to hospital and instead reported for training as usual with Man City.

Photos showed Aguero’s Range Rover badly damaged, as he posted photos of his car on his own Instagram page later on Wednesday.

The reigning Premier League champions head to Crystal Palace on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) as they aim to momentarily reduce Liverpool’s eight-point lead atop the table.

Aguero will likely be leading City’s line at Palace, as the Argentine striker has been in sensational form this season (even if City’s defensive line hasn’t) with eight goals in the opening eight games of the PL campaign.

Man City’s all-time leading goalscorer was previously involved in a car crash in Amsterdam in 2017, something which Pep Guardiola didn’t seem too pleased about at the time as Aguero had travelled to the Netherlands to attend a music concert.

This incident was a minor one and City will be thankful that Aguero is fine and able to lead what they hope is a very successful few months to put themselves back in contention for a third-straight Premier League title.

Why USMNT’s Christian Pulisic was subbed off v. Canada

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Christian Pulisic was not a happy man when he was subbed off in the second half of the USMNT’s damaging defeat to Canada in the CONCACAF Nations League.

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He didn’t look injured and after walking off the pitch he was visibly upset as Gregg Berhalter spoke to him on the bench.

But there’s a perfectly simple explanation for this: Pulisic was sick.

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USMNT head coach Berhalter revealed why he subbed out Pulisic in the 60th minute of their 2-0 defeat to Canada in Toronto on Tuesday, as Pulisic was suffering from “cold and flu-like” symptoms.

“He wanted to continue. You could see the disappointment in his face, and we had to make that decision,” Berhalter said. “We made the decision based on being not sure how much he had left. We wanted to inject some energy into the team.”

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Now, Berhalter is obviously telling the truth here, but perhaps it was a convenient excuse as Pulisic wasn’t playing his best.

Pulisic, 21, struggled against Canada and missed the USMNT’s best opportunity, as he was played in by Jordan Morris and hit his shot from 10 yards out straight at Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan.

In truth, it was a tough chance with the way the ball was played to him, but Pulisic knew he should have done better and moments later he was on the bench and then the USMNT were 1-0 down.

Things aren’t going Pulisic’s way right now and Tuesday night summed that up.

There is a ridiculous amount of pressure on his shoulders to single-handedly lift the USMNT out of a two-year long slump, and given the fact he has only played a handful of minutes for Chelsea over the past two months, getting a cold as he heads back to England is far from ideal.

Berhalter’s reasoning for taking off Pulisic makes sense, as he is the one U.S. player who is talented enough to make something out of nothing. But right now we aren’t seeing the best of Pulisic, and that’s probably down to his lack of playing time at Chelsea.

It’s too early to say whether or not that will impact his form for the USMNT in the months ahead, but there’s no doubting the Stars and Stripes need their best player to stand tall for the game against Canada in Orlando next month.

La Liga want to move Barcelona v. Real Madrid to avoid protests

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MADRID (AP) The Spanish soccer league wants Barcelona’s game against Real Madrid to be moved out of the Catalan capital to avoid coinciding with a planned separatist rally.

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Separatist groups in Catalonia have called for supporters to rally in Barcelona on Oct. 26 when Barcelona is scheduled to host Madrid in the “clasico” match.

The league runs the top two tiers of Spanish soccer. It has called on the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) – which controls regulations and fixtures for professional and amateur games – to shift the match to Madrid. The league has also requested for the return match to be switched from Madrid to Barcelona.

The league said Wednesday it has “requested the competitions committee of the RFEF to meet and change the location of El Clasico because of exceptional circumstances beyond our control.”

Catalonia has seen violent protests for the last two days with police clashing with protesters angered by the Supreme Court’s decision to sentence nine separatist leaders to prison.

The federation said the clubs have until Monday to respond to the request to change venues.

Catalan independence flags are a regular feature at Barcelona’s home games at the Camp Nou Stadium.

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