It looks like being a manic Monday as clubs across Europe race against the clock to complete deals before the transfer window closes this evening.

A frenzy of activity is expected on deadline day, with clubs eager to strengthen or offload players while they can.

Edinson Cavani is on the verge of joining Manchester United, while Memphis Depay could be on his way to Barcelona.

We look at some of the standout deals that may or may not go through before the window shuts.

 

Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles to Manchester United

United have been unable to land number one target Jadon Sancho after failing to meet Borussia Dortmund's asking price.

Cavani is expected to arrive at Old Trafford a day after United were mauled 6-1 by Tottenham, the striker is reportedly going to sign a one-year deal with the possibility of a season after leaving Paris-Saint Germain.

Porto left-back Alex Telles is also poised to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side for an initial fee of €15 million (£13.5 million).

 

Memphis Depay to Barcelona


Lyon forward Depay has long since been linked with a move to Barcelona and could get his move on deadline day.

Juninho, Lyon's sporting director, suggested Depay could be reunited with former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman but "nothing is certain".

Former Manchester United man Depay is in the final year of his contract.

 

Douglas Costa to Bayern Munich

European champions Bayern Munich look set to land Juventus winger Douglas Costa on loan.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was on Bayern's radar, but it appears he will stay at Chelsea after playing in a defeat of Crystal Palace at the weekend.

A return to the Allianz Arena for Costa appears to be in the offing, though, to give Hansi Flick another dangerous attacking threat.

 

Federico Chiesa to Juventus 

With Costa looking like being on the way out, Juventus want to bring in Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina.

Andrea Pirlo said Juve know what business they want to do and it is no secret Chiesa is a top target.

It was reported over the weekend that a deal is close, with Juve initially taking the 22-year-old on loan with an obligation to sign him for €60million if he achieves performance-related targets.

 

Houssem Aouar to Arsenal, Juventus or PSG

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar may not be on the move on Monday, but he is certainly in demand.

Arsenal have been unable to meet Lyon's valuation of the 22-year-old, who has also been linked with Juve and PSG.

It will surely not be long before Aouar is at one of Europe's elite clubs, although he may be staying put for now.

Ousmane Dembele out, Memphis Depay in?

Barcelona want to reunite former Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman with Lyon captain Memphis Depay.

And Dembele is believed to hold the cards amid Manchester United links.

 

TOP STORY – DEMBELE TO UNLOCK DEPAY TRANSFER?

Ousmane Dembele's exit is the key to Barcelona signing Lyon star Memphis Depay, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Lyon captain Depay has an agreement with Barca, but the LaLiga giants must reportedly first sell forward Dembele before bringing in the Dutchman for a rumoured €25million fee.

Dembele is open to joining Manchester United, who are believed to be eyeing the Frenchman as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

United are poised to complete the signings of free agent Edinson Cavani and Porto full-back Alex Telles on Monday's deadline.

 

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- Goal confirmed Juventus are close to signing Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa. The Italy international is set to join Juve on an initial two-year loan deal, with an obligation to buy permanently for €40million if certain conditions are met.

Juve are free to bring in Chiesa as Douglas Costa prepares to move to Bayern Munich on loan, reports Goal. The 30-year-old previously played for Bayern between 2015 and 2018.

- Sky Sports says Milan and Chelsea are in talks over a loan deal for defender Antonio Rudiger. The Germany international is free to leave Chelsea, with Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham also reportedly interested.

- Fabrizio Romano claims Roma are poised to sign Chris Smalling from United. Smalling spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Roma.

- Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi is nearing a loan switch to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, according to Goal.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli insisted coronavirus protocols are "very clear" after Napoli did not travel for the Serie A blockbuster amid COVID-19 cases.

Napoli are reportedly facing a 3-0 forfeit after Gennaro Gattuso's side did not make the trip to Turin for Sunday's showdown against champions Juventus.

High-flying Napoli were advised not to travel by local health authorities after Piotr Zielinski, Eljif Elmas and staff member Giandomenico Costi tested positive for COVID-19.

Juve themselves reported two positive cases among staff on Saturday – revealing their squad were isolating internally as a result – but they later released a statement confirming they intended to play the game.

However, four hours before the scheduled kick-off time on Sunday, Serie A rejected Napoli's formal request to have the game postponed, as the club technically had at least 13 players available.

Juve still arrived at Allianz Stadium and named a starting XI, though Andrea Pirlo's team did not warm up on the pitch or come out at scheduled.

"I am here because it is only right that we express our opinion," said Agnelli. "We need clarity. There are protocols that are very clear for situations like this, the situation was predictable, that there would be one or two COVID cases in the matchday squad.

"At that point, we go to the protocol passed by the CTS and the Lega Serie A, which is that we go into fiduciary isolation at a structure agreed with the ASL.

"That allows us all to go into the structure, to continue training and playing when tested regularly. There is clarity, the Federation worked well with the Ministry for Health and CTS to make sure we all know what needs to be done.

"Juventus discovered there were two COVID cases yesterday [Saturday], so naturally we all went into the bubble so we'd be ready to play this game."

"The protocol was drawn up by the government and the CTS," he added. "If we go into situations with borderline scenarios, then we can look to the protocol and then work out the individual situations.

"The focus remains on public health, of course, but this protocol was drawn up in order to allow us to continue our profession."

"The sporting rules are... clear and say that if a team does not show up, they face disciplinary sanctions. The sporting judge will speak tomorrow [Monday], and based on his decision, there will be further reflections," Agnelli continued.

"It is evident that the fact that a team does not reach a stadium to play a planned match does not give a great image of Italian football. We are too provincial, and we are not concerned enough about things happening outside our borders. We are only concerned about internal matters, without understanding the damages that we do the international image of our football."

Asked if he had contact with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, Agnelli said: "His message was to postpone the game, which can well be a legitimate request, but there are some very clear rules and we all have to stick to them.

"Any industry has its rules and if we don't follow them, that is an error not just as professionals, but as citizens."

Stefano Pioli has praised Rafael Leao's versatility after the Portuguese scored twice in Sunday's 3-0 Serie A win over Spezia at San Siro. 

Milan struggled in the first half against the newly-promoted side but a double from Leao either side of a fine Theo Hernandez goal ensured the Rossoneri made it three wins from three to start the new domestic campaign. 

Pioli previously said he expected Leao to "explode" this season after the 21-year-old scored six goals from 12 league starts in his maiden Milan campaign in 2019-20. 

Leao started as a wide forward against Spezia but can also play as a central striker; versatility that Pioli hopes to utilise throughout the season. 

"I'm happy with his performance," the Milan boss told a media conference. "He has been working for a few days but he was ready and played well both as a winger and as a central striker. 

"This allows me to have many solutions for a demanding calendar. He knows very well that he is not at 100 per cent but he has the qualities to do well and help the team."

Six players kept their places after Thursday's penalty shoot-out win over Rio Ave in the Europa League play-offs, and a lack of freshness was apparent in the first half, with Milan struggling to break down Spezia. 

Pioli was not too concerned about his side's display, though, and commended them for remaining patient. 

"I always expect the best possible match," he added. "In the first half we played well but maybe the ball wasn't moving that fast. The performance was there.

"It's quite normal to relax a little after having played such a tiring game. We were mature today. We managed to stay focused and intense."

Milan face city rivals Inter following the international break in two weeks' time. 

Juventus seem likely to be awarded a 3-0 victory over Napoli after the game was not started as scheduled as Gennaro Gattuso's side did not travel to Turin for Sunday's Serie A match.

Napoli were advised not to travel by local health authorities after Piotr Zielinski, Eljif Elmas and staff member Giandomenico Costi tested positive for COVID-19.

Juve themselves reported two positive cases among staff on Saturday – revealing their squad were isolating internally as a result – but they later released a statement confirming they intended to play the game. 

However, four hours before the scheduled kick-off time on Sunday, Serie A rejected Napoli's formal request to have the game postponed, as the club – who also confirmed Gattuso had not tested positive for coronavirus, despite rumours to the contrary – technically have at least 13 players available.

Despite having no opponents to play, Juve still arrived at Allianz Stadium, with Andrea Pirlo naming a starting XI, though the players did not warm up on the pitch or come out at the scheduled kick-off time.   Napoli will conduct a further round of testing on Monday, with their next match set to be played on October 17 against Atalanta.

Milan extended their 100 per cent start to the Serie A season with a 3-0 win over newly-promoted Spezia at San Siro on Sunday. 

Six players kept their places after Thursday's penalty shoot-out win over Rio Ave in the Europa League, and a lack of freshness was apparent in the first half, with Milan struggling to break down their less illustrious opponents. 

They looked sharper at the start of the second period, though, and duly went ahead shortly before the hour mark when Rafael Leao prodded home from close range. 

Theo Hernandez added a second in the 76th minute before Leao made sure of all three points with another predatory strike two minutes later, as Milan made it three wins from three.

After a largely dismal opening period, the game burst into life on the stroke of half-time. 

First, Alexis Saelemaekers blazed over from 15 yards after being teed up by Davide Calabria, while at the other end Gianluigi Donnarumma pawed away Daniele Verde's powerful strike. 

Milan belatedly woke from their slumber at the start of the second period and were rewarded with the opener 12 minutes after the resumption when Leao stole in at the back post to stab home Hakan Calhanoglu's teasing free-kick. 

Donnarumma made a smart stop from Kevin Agudelo before Hernandez doubled Milan's advantage, the French full-back racing forward from just inside the opposition half and drilling past Rafael from 15 yards. 

That knocked the stuffing out of Spezia and Milan added a third shortly after when Leao met Franck Kessie's headed knock-down with a simple finish inside the six-yard box to wrap up an ultimately routine win. 

Napoli's formal request to have Sunday's game with Juventus called off due to a coronavirus outbreak has been rejected by Serie A. 

Local health authorities ordered Napoli into quarantine after players Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive for COVID-19, as well as staff member Giandomenico Costi. 

Juve themselves reported two positive cases among staff on Saturday – revealing their squad were isolating internally as a result – but they later released a statement confirming they intended to play the game. 

But Gennaro Gattuso's side have not travelled to Turin, asking instead for the game at the Allianz Stadium to be pushed back to another date. 

However, Lega Serie A announced around four hours before the scheduled kick-off that the match is still on as Napoli technically have at least 13 players available for selection. 

It means Juventus are expected to be awarded a 3-0 walkover win, should they turn up and Napoli fail to show.

A statement on the Lega Serie A's official website read: "Following Napoli's official request, the Lega Calcio states that the current rules aim to guarantee the health of everybody, the equal treatment for all clubs and the respect of the principles of sportsmanship. 

"The statement of ASL Campania asks fiduciary isolation for the close contacts of Piotr Zielinski. Therefore, in this case it is applied the FIGC (Italian Football Federation) protocol agreed with the Technical-Scientific Committee and integrated with the notice of the Italian Health Minister on June 18, 2020 and that was not taken into account in the email sent by the vice-head of cabinet of the Regione Campania. 

"The same rule was applied to other cases in the past and, for instance, it allowed Torino to play against Atalanta, Milan's trip to Crotone, Genoa's away game at the San Paolo v Napoli and Atalanta's home match against Cagliari. 

"Even if there are cases of players in the group who tested positive for coronavirus, the protocol provides certain and mandatory rules that allow games to be played by fielding all the footballers who tested negative through exams undergone within the time range given by the health authorities. 

"The Council of the Lega Calcio did also approve a set of rules that can lead to the postponement of a game only with several cases of players testing positive for the virus. These conditions can’t be applied to the current Napoli case at the moment and there are no decisions of the local authorities that prevent the game from being played." 

Meanwhile, Napoli issued a short statement on Sunday to deny rumours that head coach Gattuso had also tested positive for coronavirus.  

Napoli will conduct a further round of testing on Monday, with their next match scheduled for October 17 against Atalanta.

Ciro Immobile and Stefano Sensi both saw red as Inter were held to a 1-1 draw by Lazio in an ill-tempered Serie A clash at Stadio Olimpico.

Lautaro Martinez kept up his fine start to the season to open the scoring in the 30th minute of Sunday's clash, lashing in a shot which Thomas Strakosha failed to keep out.

But with Romelu Lukaku wasting a chance to double Inter's lead, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's brilliant header restored parity.

Lazio's hopes of a comeback were dented in the 69th minute as Immobile, who managed just one shot from 26 touches in a frustrating individual display, saw red for slapping Arturo Vidal.

Inter almost snatched the points in the closing stages when Marcelo Brozovic struck the woodwork, before Nerazzurri substitute Sensi received his marching orders for hitting Patric.

Having lost Stefan Radu to injury, Lazio had the first meaningful attempt in the 19th minute, with Samir Handanovic palming Luis Alberto's strike over.

Handanovic's goalkeeping counterpart Strakosha failed to cover himself in glory as Inter hit the front 11 minutes later – the Lazio man only able to parry Martinez's low effort into the net.

Ivan Perisic bundled the ball into Martinez for that goal, and the winger would have had his second assist had Achraf Hakimi put a header on target.

Lukaku was inches away from adding a second after the restart, with Martinez then firing just wide of the upright.

Yet Lazio soon hit back, as Milinkovic-Savic sent a towering header in at the back post after connecting with Francesco Acerbi's excellent cross.

Lazio looked good for a second but their efforts were derailed when Immobile reacted badly to a challenge by Vidal, who made the most of it. The referee sent Lazio's talisman straight off.

Brozovic saw a deflected effort clip off the post as Inter pressed to make their numerical advantage count, only for Sensi to receive a red card for violent conduct as both sides settled for a point.

 

What does it mean? Defence a cause for concern for Conte

Inter have scored 10 goals in their opening three league games this season – the most they have scored at this stage of a Serie A campaign is 13 goals, in 1960/61. However, they give up far too many chances at the other end, and Antonio Conte must find a way to shore things up if they are to truly challenge on all fronts this term.

Martinez keeps up his form

Three games, three goals in Italy's top flight for Martinez this season. The Argentine forward had three shots in total, with his goal the only one on target. He managed 32 touches and created one chance, with Inter's best attacking play coming through him.

Immobile's red caps disappointing day

Immobile was the leading scorer in Serie A last term, but the 30-year-old cost his side a great opportunity to push on and get three points with his rash reaction to Vidal's tackle. Of sides that he has faced at least three times with Lazio in Serie A, Inter are the only one against which Immobile has not found the net, excluding penalties.

What's next?

It is the small matter of the Milan derby coming up on October 17 for Inter, while Lazio face Sampdoria on the same day.

Milan have signed Diogo Dalot on loan from Manchester United for the 2020-21 season. 

Although reports previously suggested Milan would have the option to purchase Dalot at the end of the campaign, no such clause has been included in the deal. 

Dalot, 21, joined United from Porto in 2018 to great expectations, with then-manager Jose Mourinho declaring him to be "the best full-back in Europe" in his age group. 

Mourinho also suggested in December 2018 that in Dalot, United had a right-back "for 10 years", but the Portuguese coach was sacked later that month and the player has failed to kick on under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Dalot had previously been praised for his attack-minded nature from right-back and the quality of his final ball, but with questions raised over the defensive side of his game, United signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka last year in a deal potentially worth up to £50million. 

Subsequently, Dalot – who did also suffer from injuries – made just four Premier League appearances in 2019-20 and only one start. 

Nevertheless, it seems he still has a chance of resurrecting his career at Old Trafford given the absence of a purchase option in the deal. 

When he makes his debut for the Rossoneri, Dalot will join a long list of players to represent both clubs, emulating Joe Jordan, Ray Wilkins, Jesper Blomqvist, Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Massimo Taibi, Matteo Darmian and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is still at the club.

Atalanta made history with their 5-2 win over Cagliari on Sunday as they became the first side to score four or more goals in each of their first three Serie A matches of a season.

Five different scorers registered for the hosts at the Gewiss Stadium to help last season's Champions League quarter-finalists achieve a third straight victory to begin the 2020-21 campaign.

After beating Torino 4-2 in their opening game and Lazio 4-1 last weekend, Gian Piero Gasperini's side were once again at their free-flowing best against Cagliari.

Luis Muriel's VAR-awarded goal inside seven minutes got the ball rolling for Atalanta and Papu Gomez curled in a second after debutant Diego Godin had equalised.

Mario Pasalic and Duvan Zapata found the net before half-time and, after Joao Pedro pulled another back for Cagliari, Sam Lammers rounded things off with his first goal for the club.

Real Madrid were the last side in Europe's top five divisions to start a league campaign with four or more goals in each of their first three games, doing so in 1987-88.

But Atalanta boss Gasperini insists there is still more to come from his side, who finished last season five points off champions Juventus in third place.

"We played with plenty of quality even if there is always something to improve. But I am happy," he told DAZN.

"This team has been built on a very solid basis. We've been working with a well-defined team for the last three years and with the help of everybody."

Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has ruled out a move for Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso but says Radja Nainggolan is likely to leave ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

The Italian club have already spent big this window and had been tipped to move for Alonso, who is out of favour at Chelsea after falling out with boss Frank Lampard last week.

Inter have also been busy in terms of outgoing activity since the end of last season by moving on a number of fringe players, with Nainggolan expected to be next out of the door.

Former Belgium international Nainggolan spent last season on loan with Cagliari and they are in talks with Inter over a deal worth a reported €12million.

Providing an update on Inter's plans heading into the final day of the transfer window, Marotta told DAZN: "I can say that [Alonso] is not on our agenda and so he will not arrive.

"We cannot keep a player [Nainggolan] who wants to leave. This will be evaluated with all members of the club."

Inter took maximum points from their first two matches and Marotta feels they are a better side than they were 12 months ago.

"In this market we have strengthened," he said shortly before Inter's clash with Lazio on Sunday. "We have spent a year that has led to this and we feel stronger."

Manchester United are reportedly set to finally make another signing with the arrival of Edinson Cavani.

Cavani, 33, has been a free agent since leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract in June.

Linked with numerous clubs, the Uruguayan appears set for Old Trafford.

 

TOP STORY – CAVANI AGREES TO JOIN MAN UTD

Cavani is set to travel to England on Sunday to complete his move to Manchester United, according to The Guardian.

Widespread reports say Cavani will join United on a one-year deal with the option of extending until 2022.

Cavani scored 200 goals across seven seasons at PSG, becoming the Ligue 1 club's all-time leading goalscorer.

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- Callum Hudson-Odoi's future looks set to be a major talking point before the transfer window closes on Monday. The Daily Mail reports Chelsea turned down an offer for Hudson-Odoi from Bayern Munich, who are said to have initially wanted the attacker on loan with an option to buy for €77.3million (£70m).

- Elsewhere in London, Dele Alli's future at Tottenham remains uncertain. The Daily Mail says Spurs are expecting another bid from PSG for the midfielder after having two offers rejected. Staying at Spurs and The Athletic reports they have reached an agreement with Hoffenheim to loan out Ryan Sessegnon for the 2020-21 season.

- It seems Arsenal have fallen short in their bid to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar. Goal reports the 22-year-old is planning to stay at the Ligue 1 club despite apparent interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

- Arsenal may look elsewhere. ESPN reports Arsenal have turned their focus to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, who they hope to sign on loan.

- Chelsea could be looking for others to leave too. The Sun reports the Premier League club want to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek depart on loan, with Southampton linked with the midfielder.

- Moise Kean may be heading back to Juventus. Corriere dello Sport says Juve want the Everton forward on a free loan with a purchase option, while the Premier League high-flyers are hoping to get back the €27.5million (£24.9m) plus €2.5m (£2.3m) in add-ons they paid for the 20-year-old last year.

Juventus confirmed the signing of Rolando Mandragora for €10.7million, but the midfielder will remain at Udinese on loan.

The one-time Italy international left Juve on a permanent deal in 2018 and has since become a regular at Udinese.

But the Serie A champions confirmed the signing of Mandragora on Saturday, although the 23-year-old will stay in Udine.

The fee will be paid across two seasons, with Mandragora – who has signed a contract with Juve until 2025 – staying on loan at Udinese for 2020-21.

Udinese also hold an option to extend that loan through 2021-22.

While the loan is free, Juventus said Udinese may receive bonuses up to €6m.

Mandragora has been sidelined since June after suffering a knee injury.

Andrea Pirlo praised Cristiano Ronaldo's start to the season and hopes the Juventus forward's form can continue.

Ronaldo has scored three goals and provided an assist in two Serie A games to begin the 2020-21 campaign, helping Juve collect four points.

Ahead of Sunday's scheduled clash against Napoli, Juve head coach Pirlo hailed the star – and hopes more goals are to come.

"Ronaldo works very hard. He is the first to come to training and the last to go home," he told a news conference.

"He brings enthusiasm, you can notice it on the pitch as well. He started the season really well, I hope he will keep doing like this until the end of the season.

"I wish he'll score one or two goals every game. He is really important for us.

"In Rome we were a man down and he helped a lot until the end of the game. He is an example for everyone."

Ronaldo and Juventus were drawn to face Lionel Messi's Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros in Group G of the Champions League.

Pirlo is ready for the challenge, but pointed to getting a trip to Kiev on October 20 as an important aspect for Juve as they target a first Champions League title since 1996.

"We are in a very good group. It's always great to face Barcelona because it brings more responsibilities and attention to our players," he said.

"We know we'll play lot of games, but I think it is good that we'll play the first game in Kiev. In October it's less cold than December there, maybe we'll not play in the snow then."

Juventus have reiterated their intention to take to the field against Napoli on Sunday, despite reports their Serie A visitors have not been allowed to travel to Turin.

Gennaro Gattuso's side have won each of their opening two league games this season, scoring eight times without conceding, and are set to face the reigning champions on Sunday.

However, Napoli have revealed that two players – Piotr Zielinski and Elif Elmas – and staff member Giandomenico Costi have contracted coronavirus, throwing the fixture into doubt.

Napoli's opponents last weekend Genoa have since reported 22 cases of COVID-19 and that serious outbreak, and the Partenopei's proximity to it, has reportedly resulted in local authorities stepping in and banning Gattuso's squad from travelling to Turin.

Juve themselves reported two positive cases on Saturday – revealing their squad were isolating internally as a result – but they released a statement confirming they still wanted to play the game against Napoli.

"Juventus Football Club announces that the first team will take to the field for the Juventus-Napoli match tomorrow at 20:45, as foreseen by the Serie A League calendar," it read.

League rules, which are based on UEFA protocol, state that a match must go ahead if a team has 13 players available, including a goalkeeper, though there are mitigating factors if there is intervention from local authorities.

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