LIVE Transfer Talk: Man City’s Garcia to force Barca move in January

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The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain, but there was still plenty of action on deadline day. With the window now closed across the major league in Europe, here you can check out the latest major completed transfers across Europe.

TOP STORY: Garcia threatens to leave Man City for free

Manchester City have failed to reach an agreement with Barcelona over the sale of Eric Garcia before the window closed on Monday.

This has led to the centre-back telling the board that he will leave in in January, or wait until next June and head off as a free agent, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The 19-year-old has his heart set on playing for Barcelona and is not willing to accept City standing in his way, according to the report, while adding that Garcia won’t be changing his mind.

In light of this, it will be interesting to see how Pep Guardiola chooses to use him in the coming months.

LIVE BLOG

07.30 BST: Jean-Clair Todibo and Rafinha left Barcelona on Monday but the club failed to bring in any deadline day signings of their own as they came up short in their attempts to sign Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay.

Todibo, 20, joined Benfica on a two-year loan deal worth €2m — the Portuguese club also have an option to sign the defender for €20m in the future — while Rafinha has moved to Paris on a three-year deal worth up to €3m in performance-related add-ons.

But City and Barca failed to reach an agreement as Garcia, 19, awaited developments from Madrid, where he’s based with the Spain national team. Sources have told ESPN that Barca believed City would reduce their asking price for Garcia given his contract expires next summer, but a middle ground was never reached. The Blaugrana can sign him for free at the end of the season, but for now he remains at the Premier League side.

Despite personal terms being agreed with Lyon striker Depay, 26, sources always told ESPN the signing would be impossible if Ousmane Dembele didn’t move to Manchester United.

Barca and United did hold talks over the French forward but wanted very different deals. Barca wanted a permanent move while United only wanted to take Dembele, whose three years at Camp Nou have been plagued by injuries, on loan.

07.00 BST: Deadline Day is over and the window is closed, but you can see what went on here.

And here’s a snapshot of the major deals that were done.

– Manchester United add experience up front with deal for free agent Edinson Cavani and also signed his fellow Uruguayan Facundo Pellistri, 18, from Penarol on a five-year contract.

– United were busy as they landed Brazilian left-back Alex Telles from Porto for €15m and also agreed a €41m deal sign teenage winger Abad Diallo from Atalanta in January

Arsenal spent the most on one player as Thomas Partey joined for his release clause of €50m from Atletico Madrid, with Lucas Torreira joining the Spanish club on loan.

– Bayern signed their former winger Douglas Costa on loan from Juventus, added a €10m right-back in Marseille‘s Bouna Sarr, also picked up striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on a free transfer.

– French champions Paris Saint-Germain completed the signing of midfielder Rafinha Alcantara from Barcelona

– Juventus signed Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa in a potential €50m move. Juve will pay a total of €10m over the two seasons of the loan with €3m for the 2020-21 campaign and €7m for the following term. The Bianconeri will pay a fee of €40m to make the deal permanent payable over three years, which could rise by a further €10m

– Everton signed Norwich and England U21 defender Ben Godfrey on five-year deal for around £20m.

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Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens dive into the most talked about deals that didn’t pan out this transfer window.

PAPER TALK: (by Danny Lewis)

AC Milan already have eyes on January deals

Calciomercato is reporting that AC Milan are already looking ahead to January. Their first port of call is to ensure they tie goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and forward Hakan Calhanoglu down to new deals, in an attempt to prevent either of them leaving for free in the summer.

Following that, signing a centre-back is the priority, with Mohamed Simakan and Ozan Kabak, of Strasbourg and Schalke, respectively, the preferred options.

However, Milan are seeing the added time as an opportunity to scout out any further options before making a move.

Khedira destined for Juventus exit next year

Sami Khedira may not have left Juventus this transfer window, but it seems certain that he will do in a year.

Calciomercato is reporting that the German refused to terminate his contract ,with the Serie A champions looking to save on wages.

In addition to that, Khedira has stated that he will not be renewing his contract, which ends in 2021, meaning he will be free to leave Juventus soon.

There is also little hope of reconciliation between the player and club, as it is being reported that the midfielder won’t be included in Andrea Pirlo’s Champions League squad.

Tap-ins

Xherdan Shaqiri will be staying at Liverpool until January at least, reports Goal, as Liverpool are refusing to let him leave on loan. The club had turned down loan moves to Roma and Sevilla back in January, while there have been no concrete offers for the Switzerland international to make a permanent switch this time around.

Milot Rachica’s proposed move from Werder Bremen to Bayer Leverkusen faltered in the final moments. According to Kicker, the two clubs failed to agree on the purchase option that would have been attached to the proposed loan move. Therefore, the Kosovo international will be staying at Bremen for now, though there seems a chance there will be another move made for him in January.