Now that the transfer window has officially closed, we can all take a step back, take a breath, and think about just how crazy the whole Kylian Mbappe situation is. The 18-year-old is officially a Paris Saint-Germain player on loan, with a £166 million obligation to buy, making the move from Monaco on deadline day. He then went out and had a shining performance (nothing new) as a 75th-minute substitute for France in their World Cup qualifying shellacking of Holland on Thursday, with a great goal that put France up 4-0. What a day for the young Frenchman, who now joins Neymar in France’s capital, where there must be a world of pressure come the Champions League rounds.
After Leicester City requested an extension to finish some transfer deadline deals, Chelsea officially signed midfielder Danny Drinkwater for £35 million. The 27-year-old joins 25-year-old right-back Davide Zappacosta as Chelsea’s deadline day transactions, with Fernando Llorente choosing Spurs over the Stamford Bridge side. Leicester then signed Adrien Silva from Sporting as the midfield replacement for Drinkwater, who reunites with N’Golo Kante in the midfield under Antonio Conte.
It wouldn’t be transfer deadline day without some drama and finger-pointing. Ross Barkley is set to stay at Everton, after a reported deal with Chelsea reportedly fell through. I say “reportedly” so many times because this story has turned into two parties saying two different things: Everton’s owner came out and said Barkley’s deal was set, including personal terms, but that the player “changed his mind.“ Other reports say Barkley backed out mid-medical. Now, another source told the BBC that Ross Barkley never went to have a Chelsea medical, and that Barkley just wants to make the decision in January when he is fully fit to play after his hamstring injury heals. Barkley has been linked to Tottenham and Chelsea all summer, so it is surprising to see him stay at Everton, especially with this amount of drama after the window has closed.
Reports say that Manchester City are livid with Arsenal about their handling of a potential Alexis Sanchez deal. Arsenal and City reportedly agreed on a £60 million fee for Sanchez, but that was dependent on getting a replacement for Sanchez lined up and signed on the deadline day. Since Arsenal is Arsenal, their £90m bid for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar fell through after the player reportedly said he wants Champions League football and said no to a move to Arsenal. City are reportedly, understandably, confused that Arsenal did not have a replacement lined up, as City have had interest in Sanchez since May. Sanchez is in the last year of his contract and has been declared not for sale by Arsene Wenger, but we may only have to wait until January to see him added to an already potent City attacking force.
U.S. Men’s National Team Coach Bruce Arena has stressed that the U.S.’ World Cup qualifier at Red Bull Arena against Costa Rica on Friday is “critically important,“ as they sit in 3rd place in the final Hex round of CONCACAF. Costa Rica is, of course, the team that hammered the U.S. in November with a 4-0 loss, which saw the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann with the squad sitting with two consecutive losses. The U.S. now has a crucial stretch of games, starting tonight with Costa Rica, as well as Tuesday in Honduras, to qualify for Russia 2018.
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