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Manchester United transfer deadline day 2020 —live thread!

Join us to discuss all the action in the final hours of the transfer window

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After a long “summer” transfer window full of hope, frustration, and exactly one new signing so far, Manchester United will be hoping to have a busy final day. The deadline in England is at 11 PM BST, which is 6 PM on the east coast of the US, and 3 PM on the west.

We will update this post over the course of the day with the latest rumors and news.

Here is what is happening so far:


Jadon Sancho

The long, tiresome saga over number one transfer target Jadon Sancho looks to be over. Barring a last-minute breakthrough, that deal is dead in the water.

Ousmane Dembélé

United are now looking at alternatives to Sancho, and first among those is Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé. United are reportedly negotiating a loan deal. Barcelona want a permanent deal, but are now open to to a loan.

Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles

While nothing is certain until the contracts are signed and the announcements are made, United are expected to announce the signings of striker Edinson Cavani and defender Alex Telles today. Cavani joins on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, while left-back Telles is at Carrington to complete his signing from Porto.

Amad Traoré

The Reds are signing teenage Atalanta winger Amad Traoré for £27.2m plus add-ons. Pending work permit approval — Traoré has only played a few minutes of senior football — the Ivorian attacker will join United in January.


Sergio Romero

Manchester United have one senior goalkeeper too many, and Romero was widely expected to move on in this window in search of regular football. Everton have reportedly expressed interest, but United are only interested in a permanent deal rather than a loan.

Chris Smalling

Smalling spent last season on loan at Roma, did very well, and widely expected to be the most straightforward exit from United this summer. Unfortunately, Roma don’t agree with United’s valuation of the England international, and unless this Serie A club raise their bid, Smalling will remain at United. The latest reported offer is €15 million.

Diogo Dalot

Dalot is joining AC Milan on loan for the season. Milan have already announced it, but United, weirdly, have not.


17:50: A final nail in the coffin for anyone holding out hope of Sancho happening. Cavani will reportedly wear no. 7 this season.

18:05: Telles is official.

18:40: Dembélé is still up in the air.

18:53: Smalling to Roma now looks like it will get over the line in time.

19:35: Amad Traoré is now being confirmed by multiple sources, and Facundo Pellistri isn’t far behind.

19:55: Remember about an hour ago, when a potential deal for Ousmane Dembélé was still “up in the air?” Well, that’s no longer the case. It’s OFF.

20:03: Romero wants out, and his wife feels that United are being unfair. No wonder that United can’t shift the likes of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones — they can’t even get deals done for the few players that have value.

20:57: Smalling to Roma is official. Decent player. Good move.

21:43: Another official announcement. Amad Diallo (Traoré) is a done deal.

22:07: Cavani has been announced.

23:40: A late announcement! Facundo Pellistri is officially a Red.