Transfer round-up September 1: Joao Palhinha's Bayern Munich transfer collapses, Manchester United agree to sign Sofyan Amrabat

During the 2023 summer transfer window, the football world witnessed both surprising and emotional updates that brought joy to some fans and heartbreak to others.

Joao Palhinha in a file photo; Credit: Instagram@joaopalhinha6
By Animesh | Sep 2, 2023 | 4 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

During the 2023 summer transfer window, the football world witnessed both surprising and emotional updates that brought joy to some fans and heartbreak to others. With the window set to close on September 1, clubs are making a final push, utilizing all available resources to secure deals and bolster their squads for the upcoming seasons. In recent transfer news, Liverpool is reportedly making a formal move for Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch, despite recent midfield signings. They have allegedly agreed on personal terms and plan to submit an official bid to Bayern. Gravenberch joined Bayern last year but has seen limited action this season, and a reported fee of around £30m could facilitate his departure. The player is keen on the move, with Liverpool’s sporting director Jorg Schmadtke playing a facilitating role.

Fiorentina has given Sofyan Amrabat permission to undergo a medical with Manchester United. Man United had initially offered a loan deal, which was reportedly rejected, but negotiations have progressed. Amrabat’s contract with Fiorentina expires next summer, and Man United is seeking a loan move with an eventual purchase obligation, with his value estimated reportedly at around £30m due to contract details. He has garnered interest from various clubs, including Barcelona, following his impactful role in Morocco’s World Cup journey. Bayern Munich has reportedly made a £50m bid for Fulham’s midfielder Joao Palhinha. Bayern is keen on securing Palhinha amid uncertainties surrounding their midfield options. Fulham, however, is looking to find a replacement before agreeing to the transfer. While they have considered Alex Iwobi from Everton, he lacks Palhinha’s defensive strengths.

Read more- Transfer round-up August 31: Liverpool set to bid for Ryan Gravenberch, Sofyan Amrabat set to undergo Manchester United medical

Joao Palhinha’s Bayern Munich transfer collapses

Joao Palhinha’s reported £55 million transfer to Bayern Munich fell through, leading to his return to Fulham. Despite passing a medical and agreeing to personal terms with Bayern, Fulham hesitated to sell without securing a suitable replacement. They reportedly pursued Scott McTominay from Manchester United and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Tottenham as potential replacements but failed to finalize a deal in time. The German transfer deadline was 5 pm, six hours ahead of the British window, causing the deal to collapse due to Fulham’s inability to find a replacement promptly. Palhinha was signed by Fulham allegedly for £20 million from Sporting Lisbon last summer.

Manchester United agree to sign Sofyan Amrabat

Manchester United has reportedly reached an agreement with Fiorentina to acquire Sofyan Amrabat. The 27-year-old Moroccan midfielder is en route to Manchester for a medical. According to reports, the deal involves an initial €10m (£8.6m) loan fee, with a purchase option of €20m (£17.1m) plus €5m (£4.3m) in add-ons for the following summer. Manchester United has also officially secured the loan signing of Spanish left-back Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham Hotspur for the 2023-24 season due to Luke Shaw’s injury, with a possible break clause in January. Furthermore, Manchester United has announced the signing of Turkish goalkeeper Altay Bayindir from Fenerbahce, strengthening their goalkeeping options following Dean Henderson’s move to Crystal Palace and Tom Heaton’s injury. Bayindir has reportedly signed a contract until June 2027, with an option for an additional year, for a fee ranging from €6m (£5.1m) to €7m (£5.9m).

Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay will stay at Manchester United

Manchester United’s head coach, Erik ten Hag, has officially confirmed that both Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay will not be leaving Old Trafford before the transfer deadline. Despite significant summer transfer rumors, Maguire and McTominay will remain at the club. Maguire, who had been linked with a move away, including West Ham United’s alleged £30m bid, will stay following Raphael Varane’s injury, which leaves Man United short on center-back options. Similarly, McTominay’s future had been in question, with West Ham showing interest, but he will also stay at Manchester United.

Chelsea FC sign Cole Palmer

Chelsea has completed the signing of English forward Cole Palmer from Manchester City on a seven-year contract, with the possibility of extending it for an additional year. Palmer, at 21 years old, bid farewell to Manchester City and expressed his gratitude to his former club for their support. Chelsea has now officially announced the acquisition, and there is a chance Palmer may feature in the squad for Saturday’s Premier League encounter against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge. In his statement, Palmer expressed his excitement about joining Chelsea and cited the appealing project at the club, which provides him with an excellent platform to display his talents. He also noted the youth and hunger of Chelsea’s squad and expressed hopes of achieving something special with the team.

Al-Ittihad’s Mohammad Salah proposal rejected

Liverpool has reportedly turned down a £150 million offer from Al Ittihad, a Saudi Arabian team, for Mohamed Salah. After weeks of rumors, Al Ittihad made a formal bid to Mike Gordon on Thursday, but Liverpool is determined to retain their star player this summer and rejected the offer. The offer from Al Ittihad reportedly included a guaranteed £100 million and an additional £50 million in add-ons. It’s uncertain whether they will return with an improved offer in their attempt to bring an iconic Arab player to their growing league. Liverpool, however, is prepared to stand firm, despite the looming closure of the Premier League transfer window posing a significant challenge.

More football news:

Transfer round-up August 30: Manchester City reach verbal agreement with Wolves to sign Matheus Nunes, Chelsea FC eyeing Cole Palmer

Transfer round-up August 29: Manchester United eyeing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Benjamin Pavard set to join Inter Milan

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