Transfer Deadline Drama

Muhammad Jamiu Mubarak

Mbappe's deal stalled, Camavinga joins Real Madrid, Griezmann shock Atleti return,
Takehiro Tomiyasu joins the underwhelming gunners as Ateltico's Saùl Joins UCL holders(Chelsea) in a Loan deal:

Kylian Mbappe's proposed move to Real Madrid failed because Paris Saint-Germain failed to respond to the Spanish side's final offer.

Real were willing to pay £197m to sign Mbappe, but walked away after PSG stalled on the deal.

Real will now focus on signing Mbappe to a pre-contract agreement in January in order for him to move to the Bernabeu on a free transfer next season.

The 22-year-old's PSG contract expires at the end of the current campaign and he has made it clear to the club he has no intention of extending the deal.

Mbappe's dream is to play for Real, who signed his France international team-mate
*Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes on a six-year deal for up to €40m (£34.4m) on Tuesday.*

PSG sporting director Leonardo said last week Mbappe wanted to leave, but they would not sell him in the final week of the window and they would not sell him for less than his market value.

Antoine Griezmann has made a shock return to Atletico Madrid after the Rojiblancos completed a season-long loan move for the Barcelona forward with a €40 million (£34m/$47m) option to buy.

The France international has sealed a surprise homecoming to the Wanda Metropolitano two years on from a rancorous exit in one of the final twists to a dramatic summer transfer window.

The World Cup winner now heads back to the capital where he had stamped his feet as one of the game's strongest talents.

In a summer market that has already seen several of the game's greatest players swap clubs, a reunion with La Liga's reigning champions for old star Griezmann still felt like a distant pipe dream.

.Chelsea have signed Atletico Madrid and Spain midfielder Saùl Niguez on loan with an option to buy.

Chelsea doubted they could sign Saul, but managed to strike a deal, paying a loan fee with an option to make the move permanent.

Sevilla earlier confirmed that they had rejected Chelsea's "unsatisfactory" offer for France defender Jules Kounde.

"I am very excited to start this new challenge with Chelsea," said Saul, who was previously linked to Manchester United.

"Blues fans, I am one of you now and I can't wait to wear the shirt, start training and see all of you. See you soon!" He tweeted with his official handle.

Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu has joined Arsenal from Serie A side Bologna on a long-term contract

The 22-year-old defender started his career in his homeland with Avispa Fukuoka, where he developed through their youth ranks before making 45 first-team appearances between 2015 and 2017

In January 2018 Takehiro moved to Europe, signing for Belgian club Sint-Truiden, where he spent 18 months - during which time he was voted as the club’s player of the season for the 2018/19 campaign.

His performances in Belgium earned Takehiro a move to Italy and he completed a move to Bologna in July 2019. During his time in Italy, Takehiro became a regular in Bologna’s defence, making 63 appearances in his two seasons with the Serie A side.

Technical director Edu said: “We’re delighted to have signed Takehiro. We’ve been watching him for a while now and we’re pleased that we have reached an agreement with Bologna. He is an important addition to our squad.”

Mikel Arteta added: “Takehiro is a strong defender with good experience in Serie A and at international level. He’s a versatile defender with great defensive qualities, high technical ability and composure on the ball. He will be an important member of our squad. We look forward to Takehiro joining up with us when he returns from international duty.”

International Break: Nigeria's Camp bubbles ahead of World Cup Qualifier.*

Nigeria's camp for the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying games against Liberia and Cape Verde was graced by the arrival of Leicester City stars Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Everton’s Alex Iwobi, Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and Abia Warriors centre-back Adekunle Adeleke amongst others.

The Super Eagles are scheduled to take on their West African rivals, Liberia at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Friday before flying to Cape Verde for their second Group C fixture, on September 6.

The five players joined Nantes winger Moses Simon at the team’s camp in Victoria Island, Lagos as they await the arrival of other invited stars.

Over the weekend, Ndidi played the entire duration while Iheanacho came off the bench in Leicester City's 2-1 win over Norwich City while Iwobi was introduced as a 69th-minute substitute in Everton's 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Nigeria squad for Liberia and Cape Verde

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Troost-Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany)

Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Samuel Kalu (FC Bordeaux, France); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium)

Seven others on standby: Terem Moffi (FC Lorient, France); Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden); Valentine Ozornwafor (Sporting Charleroi, Belgium); Tyronne Ebuehi (Venezia FC, Italy); Kingsley Michael (Bologna FC, Italy).

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