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Deadline Day: Liverpool reject $300m Saudi offer for superstar, Barca's No.10 joins Brighton, Ange gets a striker

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1st September, 2023

Liverpool rejected a near $A300 million offer for Mohamed Salah from Saudi Arabia Pro League side Al-Ittihad while Brighton completed the signing of Barcelona forward Ansu Fati.

Salah has been the subject of interest from the Middle East for some time and the PA news agency understands a verbal offer was made on Friday.

However, the club have rejected it out of hand and consider the matter closed as the forward is not for sale.

The offer is understood to have been 100 million pounds up front with a further 50 million pounds in add-ons.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates

(Photo by Str/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Liverpool have completed the signing of Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich.

ESPN reported Thursday that the two clubs had agreed a fee of €40 million ($43.4m) for the 21-year-old.

The transfer was briefly thrown into doubt on deadline day when Bayern’s proposed move for Fulham midfielder João Palhinha fell through but Liverpool were able to get it over the line.


“I’m very happy. Very happy that the deal is done and I’m finally here,” Gravenberch said.

“If you see it from the outside, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. Also the fans, the stadium, I think everything from the outside is top. So that’s why [it was the right club].”

Gravenberch won the Bundesliga title in his only season with Bayern after signing from Ajax last summer.

He arrives at Anfield as Liverpool’s fourth signing of the summer and will bolster a midfield that has seen the departures of several key players.

Brighton have signed Fati on a season-long loan from the Catalan giants.

The 20-year-old Spain international made 36 LaLiga appearances last season for Xavi’s men as they went on to win the title.


“This is a great deal for all of us,” Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi said on the Premier League club’s website.

“I am sure Ansu will help us to reach a new target and we can help him get back to the level he deserves to be.”

Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United were all doing early business.

City completed the signing of Matheus Nunes from Wolves after both clubs were able to come to an agreement on a $66.7 million move – a club-record sale for Wolves.

The 25-year-old Portugal international was keen to move to the Etihad Stadium and did not train with Wolves in order to push the move through.

Midfielder Tommy Doyle, 21, heads the other way, joining the Molineux club on a season-long loan with the option to make the switch permanent next summer.


Doyle’s exit follows that of fellow City academy product Cole Palmer, who has joined Chelsea on a seven-year contract.

United confirmed the signing of Turkey international goalkeeper Altay Bayindir from Fenerbahce before announcing that Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon had arrived on loan from Tottenham until June 2024.

Bayindir, 25, has signed an initial four-year contract at Old Trafford, with the option of a further year.

“It is a huge honour to join Manchester United and become the first Turkish player to represent this incredible club,” Bayindir said.

Reguilon, 26, who has also played for Real Madrid, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, has moved to Old Trafford after United lost left-backs Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia to injury.

United also signed 27-year-old Morocco international Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina.

Japhet Tanganga has also left Tottenham by joining Bundesliga side Augsburg on loan for the remainder of the 2023/24 season, with a conditional obligation to make the deal permanent next summer.


Nottingham Forest signed Arsenal full-back Nuno Tavares on a season-long loan, with the option of making it permanent. Another Arsenal defender, Rob Holding, left for Crystal Palace.

Forest forward Brennan Johnson is heading to Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham and Aston Villa brought in French defender Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan from Barcelona.

The centre-half spent last season on loan at Spurs, making 35 appearances in all competitions.