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Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea confirm record Fernandez deal and Man Utd land Sabitzer plus late Ziyech drama – The Mirror

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After a chaotic January transfer deadline day, stick with us here at Mirror Football for all the fallout from a dramatic end to January with Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal all busyVideo LoadingVideo UnavailableArsenal sign Jorginho from ChelseaKey EventsJanuary transfer deadline day is the most frantic date in the football calendar, and we got plenty of late, late drama. Arsenal confirmed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho for £12million, while Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag swooped for Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich, with a deal confirmed right at the death. Chelsea were another team to leave it late, British record fee for Enzo Fernandez. The Blues are understood to have sealed an eleventh-hour deal for the Argentina international for a British record fee, having already spent more than £100m earlier in the window. Tottenham have finally got their man in Pedro Porro, the Sporting Lisbon wing-back, while he arrives Matt Doherty is a shock exit, heading to Atletico Madrid on a free. The deadline has passed for Premier League clubs to make transfers, they can still pick up free agents. One name to keep an eye on is Ghana forward Andre Ayew, who could yet complete a move to Everton. For all the fall-out from a busy transfer deadline day, follow our Mirror Football live blog below…12:23Tom VictorCaicedo back in Brighton trainingMoises Caicedo has returned to Brighton training after failing to secure a move away from the club, according to The Express.The Ecuador midfielder was the subject of interest from Arsenal, but has remained at the Amex Stadium for the remainder of the season.It remains to be seen whether he will feature this weekend, with Roberto De Zerbi’s team taking on Bournemouth in the league.12:08Tom VictorAyew set to arrive in EnglandAndre Ayew is expected in England in the next 24 hours, with Everton eyeing up a deal for the Ghana international.Sean Dyche’s side could complete a move for the former West Ham and Swansea man outside the window, as he is a free agent after leaving Al-Sadd.According to The Mail, Ayew’s chances of joining the Toffees are rated at 50/50, with interest from other Premier League sides.11:53Tom VictorRiver set for huge Fernandez windfallEnzo Fernandez’s former club River Plate are set to receive a whopping £26.75million after the Argentina international completed his move from Benfica to Chelsea.The midfielder completed a £107m switch to Stamford Bridge after protracted negotiations between the Blues and Benfica. The fee is a record for Chelsea, trumping the £97.5m they paid for Romelu Lukaku in 2021, and also a new Premier League record.Read the full story here11:38Tom VictorNathan Jones hails Sulemana dealSouthampton manager Nathan Jones was full of praise after the club completed a move for Ghanaian youngster Kamaldeen Sulemana.“This is another really positive addition for us this month,” Jones said. “We’ve obviously been keen to add a little more potency to the side, and Kamaldeen is someone who does that for us.“He’s at a stage in his career where we feel he can help us in the immediate term, but also continue to grow and develop further into the future.”11:23Tom VictorChelsea snap up Southampton youngsterChelsea have moved for young Southampton talent Jimmy-Jay Morgan, The Athletic reports.The 17-year-old has four goals and five assists in Premier League 2 this season.Morgan is an England under-17 international, and made it onto the bench for a Premier League game for the first time on Boxing Day.11:08Freddie KeighleyMan Utd originally wanted Sabitzer team-mateMan Utd left it late but got a deal to sign Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich over the line. The Austrian playmaker, 28, has joined until the end of the season, bolstering United’s midfield ranks after Christian Eriksen was ruled out injured for at least three months.On paper, Sabitzer appears to be a shrewd last-minute acquisition for Erik ten Hag and Co. given his title-winning experience and eye for goal, even though his recent form has been far from prolific. However, it has emerged that the former RB Leipzig star was not United’s initial target – one of his teammates was.Read more here10:53Tom VictorZiyech denied his PSG switchThe French league has denied PSG’s desperate efforts to salvage their move for Hakim Ziyech, according to TF1.PSG had hoped a late appeal would be successful after issues with the Moroccan’s paperwork.Now, though, it appears the former Ajax man will return to London.10:38Tom VictorWorld Cup star Boufal leaves AngersFormer Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal left Angers on deadline day, joining Qatari side Al-Rayyan.He follows fellow Morocco international Azzedine Ounahi in leaving the Ligue 1 side, with Ounahi joining Marseille.The 29-year-old starred for his country at the World Cup in Qatar as they reached the semi-finals, eventually losing to France.10:23Tom VictorChelsea officially announce FernandezEnzo Fernandez is now officially a Chelsea player, with the club confirming the news.The Blues had previously teased the signing with a video captioned ‘coming soon’.Fernandez will move to London in a British record £105m deal from Benfica.10:16Tom VictorCancelo explains Man City exitJoao Cancelo denied his relationship with Pep Guardiola was the reason behind him joining Bayern Munich on loan from Manchester City.”I’ve not had much game time in the past few weeks, which influenced my decision,” the full-back said. “It has nothing to do with my relationship with Pep.”10:01Tom VictorPSG’s last hope over ZiyechPSG have a hearing with the LFP in France over their move for Hakim Ziyech, according to The Times.The Morocco international travelled to Paris hoping to clinch a loan move, but the paperwork was not completed in timr.Ziyech’s future at Chelsea has been hanging in the balance after the Blues spent big in January on the likes of wide forwards Mykhaylo Mudryk and Noni Madueke.09:46Alex RichardsMan Utd’s winners and losersAfter a tough start to the season, Manchester United have gone from strength-to-strength under Erik ten Hag.Quietly, the Red Devils are putting together quite a smart season under the Dutchman. They’re into the Premier League’s top three, have one foot in the Carabao Cup Final, are progressing nicely in the FA Cup and have two mouthwatering Europa League matches against Barcelona to look forwards to later this month. They look like a football team with a plan once more.Read about United’s January winners and losers here09:31Tom VictorChelsea failed with late Amrabat playFiorentina knocked back late efforts from Chelsea to sign Sofyan Amrabat, according to El Chiringuito (via Sport Witness).The Blues were among a number of clubs linked with the midfielder, who starred for Morocco at the World Cup.However, the Italian side were unprepared to let Amrabat leave in January.09:16Tom VictorRennes land Sulemana replacementRennes have already replaced Southampton-bound Kamaldeen Sulemana, landing Ibrahim Salah from Gent.21-year-old winger Salah, who is eligible to play international football for Morocco or Belgium, had scored three times in 14 games this season.”He is a player that we have been following for several months and who has shown very good things in the Belgian championship,” technical director Florian Maurice said. “He doesn’t have a lot of experience but we are going to see a player with incredible energy.”09:01KEY EVENTMore on ZiyechChelsea left Paris Saint-Germain furious in the dying embers of transfer deadline day as Hakim Ziyech’s move to France collapsed.The Moroccan international had been looking for a Stamford Bridge exit throughout the January window and thought he had found it with a switch to the French champions. PSG had been seeking someone to replace Pablo Sarabia within their first-team squad, after allowing the Spaniard to join Wolves on a cut-price deal.Read the full story here08:46Tom VictorFormer Leicester record signing Slimani on the moveIslam Slimani, once Leicester City’s record buy, has joined Anderlecht from Brest on a deal until the end of the season.The Algerian cost the Foxes £28m in 2016 but scored just eight Premier League goals.He has moved to the Belgian big-hitters from Brest, where he struggled in front of goal after a summer switch.08:31Mark JonesLiverpool’s winners and losersThe January transfer window came and went with Liverpool’s only bit of business actually occurring in the days beforehand.It was late on Boxing Day, and after a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, that news broke of the impending arrival of Cody Gakpo, the forward who starred for the Netherlands at the World Cup and who offered an even greater depth to Jurgen Klopp’s choice in attack.Back then things were more optimistic, but a January featuring more defeats and more injuries and left the Reds clinging onto hopes of a top four finish this season, and fans pining for new faces in the squad.Read about Liverpool’s winners and losers here08:17Tom VictorBayern rejected late Pavard bidBayern Munich knocked back a late bid from Inter Milan for Benjamin Pavard, according to L’Equipe (via Goal).Inter looked at a number of defensive targets, including Man Utd duo Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, as they looked to prepare for Milan Skriniar’s departure.Pavard is out of contract in the summer and could still move then, but Bayern were in no mood to sell early.08:01Tom VictorFerdinand’s Sabitzer verdictRio Ferdinand has hailed Manchester United’s recruitment team after they acted quick to bring in Marcel Sabitzer.The Austrian made a deadline day switch from Bayern Munich, signing on loan until the end of the season.Sabitzer was struggling for minutes at the Allianz Arena and United were looking for cover following the injury to Christian Eriksen, which will sideline him for three to four months.Read the full story here07:46Tom VictorPorro opens up on Spurs moveNew Tottenham signing Pedro Porro has hailed the atmosphere at his new club’s stadium after completing a move from Sporting CP.“Above all, it’s the atmosphere in the stadium and the supporters,” the Spaniard told club media. “The red-hot atmosphere that I felt when I came here in the Champions League, I was really impressed by it.“I feel great about the move. I really wanted to come here. It’s unique opportunity for me and I hope everything goes well.”07:31Tom VictorDONE DEAL: West Ham offload LongeloWest Ham have confirmed Emmanuel Longelo’s move to Birmingham City.The young left-back had already been on loan at St Andrew’s, and the move has now been made permanent.Longelo had made two senior appearances for West Ham, with his only start coming against Dinamo Zagreb in last season’s Europa League.07:16Tom VictorDONE DEAL: Forest’s late Felipe swoopKeylor Navas and Jonjo Shelvey weren’t the only player to complete a late move to Nottingham Forest last night.Centre-back Felipe has also moved to the City Ground, joining from Atletico Madrid.The 33-year-old played 31 times in Atleti’s 2020-21 title-winning campaign, and has also spent time with Porto and Corinthians.07:01Tom VictorEverton ‘made offer’ for GiroudEverton attempted to make a late move for Olivier Giroud, according to Calciomercato (via Sport Witness).The Toffees reportedly prepared an offer for the French striker which included bonuses and fees related to their Premier League survival.However, the veteran was reportedly in no mood to leave AC Milan, making the deal a non-starter.06:46Tom VictorMoffi not coming to EnglandOne deal you may have missed amid the Premier League pandemonium yesterday was Terem Moffi’s switch to Nice.The Nigerian international had been linked with West Ham and Bournemouth after excelling for Lorient in Ligue 1.Instead, though, he has remained in Ligue 1. Nice have signed Moffi on an initial loan, with an obligation to later make the move permanent.06:32David MaddockEverton chiefs face backlashEverton are facing a massive fans backlash, after a day of frustration, anger and eventual disappointment as the transfer window closed without a signing.Fans arrived late at the club’s Finch Farm training ground late in the evening as the deadline was looming, to hang banners over the main gates, protesting at the regime of owner Farhad Moshiri.The billionaire businessman had promised supporters “Everton would get the striker they need” before the deadline at 11pm on Tuesday evening, but despite pursuing more than half a dozen targets, the Blues failed to complete a deal.Read more here06:21Tom VictorDONE DEAL: Southampton also bag SulemanaOnuachu was one of two late arrivals for Nathan Jones’ side, who also saw their Carabao Cup dreams ended by Newcastle last night.20-year-old Ghana international Kamaldeen Sulemana has also moved to St Mary’s, signing a deal until 2027.Like his new Nigerian team-mate, Sulemana’s deal is subject to a work permit and international clearance.06:01Tom VictorDONE DEAL: Duffy’s Fulham loan made permanentFulham’s late loan swoop for Cedric Soares could only happen once one of their existing loans was made permanent.That meant Shane Duffy has ended his six-and-a-half year association with Brighton to make the switch to west London.“I’d like to thank him for everything and to wish him and his family all the best for the future from everyone associated with the club,” Brighton owner Tony Bloom said of the centre-back.“His contribution to our recent history won’t be forgotten and Shane will always be assured a warm welcome at the Amex.”05:46KEY EVENTSabitzer’s first words after Man Utd moveMarcel Sabitzer has opened up on his last-gasp switch to Manchester United.“Sometimes in life you have to make quick and important decisions,” the Austrian told club media. “From the moment I heard about this opportunity I knew it was right for me. I am a competitive player; I want to win and help the club achieve its aims this season. “I feel that I am at my peak as a player, and that I can contribute a lot of experience and energy to the squad.”I am excited to start with my new team-mates and manager and to show my qualities to Manchester United fans.”05:31Tom VictorDONE DEAL: Late deal for SouthamptonOne deal which crept in under the wire was Southampton’s move for Paul Onuachu.The striker has traded Genk for the south coast, subject to a work permit and international clearance.Everton had also been keen on the Nigerian, who leaves Genk as the top scorer in this season’s Belgian top division.Southampton have announced the signing of Paul Onuachu from Genk (Image:BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)05:16Tom BlowHeartbreak for ZiyechHakim Ziyech’s loan move to Paris Saint-Germain appears to have collapsed after Chelsea messed up the necessary paperwork.Ziyech, 29, was expected to complete a switch to PSG on deadline day. Chelsea were happy for the Morocco international to leave Stamford Bridge and he arrived in Paris on Tuesday to finalise the deal, but news of the transfer went quiet as the day progressed.Read the full story hereMORE ON

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