Transfers

Transfer Window Watch – FPL Updates

With many of us applying the finishing touches to our Fantasy Premier League squads, developments on Thursday could leave us with a selection headache or two ahead of the Gameweek 1 deadline tomorrow night.

Premier League clubs have until 17:00 BST today to complete any remaining transfer business, although a caveat is that players can still depart for Europe and beyond until the end of the month.

Amid the carnival of yellow ties, made-up sightings and besieged television reporters, we’ll analyse the confirmed deals that could present Fantasy managers with new targets or have a negative impact on existing assets.

19:20

Jordan Ayew has joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal from Swansea City.

19:05

Brighton have signed 27-year-old right-back Martin Montoya from Valencia on a four-year deal. Fulham have provided back-up for Aleksandar Mitrovic, meanwhile, with the loan capture of striker Luciano Vietto.

18:35

Harry Arter has joined Cardiff City on loan from Bournemouth, while centre-back Federico Fernandez has signed for Newcastle United from Swansea City on a four-year deal.

18:05

Another centre-back has arrived at Leicester City in the shape of Caglar Soyuncu. The Freiburg defender has joined a deal that could reportedly set the Foxes back up to £19m.

17:50

Another significant development at Craven Cottage. Left-back Joe Bryan has signed for £6m from Bristol City, which could have a positive impact on Ryan Sessegnon’s starting position. Sessegnon had featured at full-back himself for part of pre-season, with Slavisa Jokanovic forced to turn to his teenage prodigy at left-back with alternatives few and far between.

17:30

An interesting one, this: Fulham have signed Seville’s first-choice goalkeeper Sergio Rico on loan, just weeks after snapping up Besiktas custodian Fabri (£4.5m).

17:20

Huddersfield Town have added versatile forward Isaac Mbenza to their squad on a season-long loan deal, while Brighton & Hove Albion have signed teenage winger Peter Gwargis and centre-back Dan Burn – neither of whom will likely be troubling the Seagulls’ starting XI any time soon. Burn, indeed, has rejoined former club Wigan Athletic on loan until January.

17:10

A mad last half-hour of business after a barren afternoon of transfer news.

Everton have completed the signings of centre-back Yerry Mina from Barcelona and winger Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk, while central midfielder Andre Gomes has also made the move from the Nou Camp to Goodison on a season-long loan deal.

Those signings could have an impact on Phil Jagielka (£4.5m), Theo Walcott (£6.5m) and Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.5m) in their respective positions. Intriguingly though, Bernard is predominantly a left-winger, the same position that summer signing Richarlison (£6.5m) tends to occupy.

West Ham United have bolstered their midfield ranks with the capture of the experienced Colombian international Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina, meanwhile. That would seemingly put Declan Rice’s (£4.5m) “out of position” status at risk.

14:35

Leander Dendoncker has become Wolves’ 11th summer signing after joining from Anderlecht. The defensive midfielder, who can also play at centre-back, has joined the newly promoted club on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

The Belgian international’s arrival adds competition for Ruben Neves (£5.0m) and Joao Moutinho (£5.5m) in the centre of the park, while also giving Santo cover at centre-half. Romain Saiss (£4.5m) has struggled in the defensive three since dropping back there this summer and it could well be that Dendoncker first gets a run in the team at centre-back, with Neves and Moutinho established in the double-pivot.

13:20

Neil Warnock has added much-needed depth to his central midfield with the signing of Victor Camarasa from Real Betis on a season-long loan deal.

Warnock was forced to play centre-back Sol Bamba in an advanced role in the 2-1 loss to Betis at the weekend, a match that Camarasa didn’t feature in.

12:25

Thibaut Courtois has, as expected, completed his move from Chelsea to Real Madrid.

Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko has turned down a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, meanwhile.

10:55

Leicester City have signed centre-back Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb. The Foxes are short in the heart of defence, with Wes Morgan (£4.5m) and Yohan Benalouane (£4.0m) the only options available to Claude Puel for their final pre-season friendly against Lille last weekend.

Harry Maguire (£5.5m) – long linked with a move away from Leicester – has only just returned to training with City and Jonny Evans (£5.0m) is struggling with injury.

Puel said of his new arrival:

Filip is an exciting young player who has the potential to develop even more at Leicester City Football Club. He has made a big contribution to Dinamo Zagreb over the last three years and has also benefitted from experiencing European football. I know he will give us some great options and competition in the squad and I’m delighted to have him here.

10:40

Lucas Perez has joined West Ham United from Arsenal for a reported £4m. The 29-year-old forward made only 11 league appearances (just two of them starts) for the Gunners in 2016/17, before spending all of last season on loan at Deportivo.

Perez scored six goals in 32 La Liga appearances in 2017/18 and gives Manuel Pellegrini another alternative in attack, with Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m) and Javier Hernandez (£6.5m) previously the only fit options available to him.

10:25

Mateo Kovacic has joined Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid for the rest of the season. The deep-lying midfielder’s arrival could spell bad news for the likes of Ross Barkley (£6.0m) and Cesc Fabregas (£6.5m), with Kovacic looking a strong candidate to line up alongside Jorginho (£5.0m) and N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) in Maurizio Sarri’s central midfield three.

FPL managers needn’t get too excited about the Croatian’s arrival though: Kovacic scored on only one occasion for Real during his three years at the club. The former Inter Milan midfielder also has just one international goal to his name from 46 caps.

09:45

Only one piece of business confirmed this morning, but it’s not one that will have any impact on our Fantasy squads: Daniel Arzani has joined Manchester City from affiliated club Melbourne City, with the 19-year-old Australian international set to be farmed out on loan to continue his development.

A more significant deal happened yesterday evening, with Chelsea snapping up Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71m – a world-record fee for a goalkeeper. The 23-year-old shot-stopper looks set to replace Thibaut Courtois as the Blues’ number one, with the Belgian international ready to depart Stamford Bridge today.

Kepa saved 99 shots in La Liga last season – Courtois registered 76 for Chelsea – and stopped two of the three penalty kicks he faced for Bilbao in 2017/18. Although the Basque club finished in a lowly 16th place last season, they conceded only five more goals (49) than Real Madrid in third.

Kepa has been priced up at £5.5m in FPL this morning.

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  1. BOATIES FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 2 hours ago

    How important is flexibility? My preferred team had three at 7 million odd up front, it seems like having 2 x 7 million and 9.5 million. Striker gives a bit more flexibility to change things up without using a wildcard. Impossible to bring in say auba or Aguero with the 3 cheap strikers without a whole raft of transfers..

    1. Joe
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 1 hour ago

      Agreed, better to have at least one premium player in each outfield position IMO

  2. boc610
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 2 hours ago

    spurs could salvage some pride and just unveil one of those FIFA Gamers at a press conference as a new signing

  3. Alejo - CFC
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 2 hours ago

    Pickford - Fabianski
    Robertson - Mendy - Kelly - Peltier - (Suttner)
    Salah(c) - Hazard - Richarlison - Neves - (Hudson-Odoi)
    Auba - Aguero - (Kamara)

    4-4-2 formation

    How does this look lads?

    1. waitinginthelonggrass
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      Decent IMO.

      I like the Auba and Aguero combo upfront too

    2. FPLchess.net
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      Looks good to me.

  4. rdpx
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 2 hours ago

    Any predictions on who is going to be the stand-out-super-bargain of the season.

    The 2018/19 Michu, Yakubu, Ramsey, Zaki...

    ?

    1. Tomerick
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 1 hour ago

      Jota/Mitrovic

    2. ChelseaBlues223
        11 days, 20 hours ago

        Moura if you count him as a bergain

    3. HenryPham13
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      Thoughts on this team? Is there any player that I miss?

      McCarthy
      Shaw, Van Aanholt, Alexander-Arnold
      Salah (C), Eriksen, Millivojevic, Bernado Silva
      Zaha, Rashford, Aguero

      Bench: Fabianski, Diop, Neves and Cedric

      Thank you in advance 🙂

    4. waitinginthelonggrass
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      Jesus it’s been a few years but I’m back and ready to become addicted again.

      Feedback on where I can improve this team appreciated. Happy to go with 4.0 goalkeeper and defender. Worried about lack of City attack.

      Kepa 4.0

      Mendy Robertson Bellerin Yedlin Peltier

      Mane Salah Cairney Jota Kenedy

      King Kane Mitrovic

      1. Joe
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 2 hours ago

        Would downgrade Kane to Aguero, at least for the first couple of weeks while Kane fires up his engine. Also not a fan of two Newcastle players considering their horrid fixtures. The rest looks pretty good.

        1. waitinginthelonggrass
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 1 hour ago

          Cheers for the reply, will consider the changes

      2. ChelseaBlues223
          11 days, 20 hours ago

          How do you know how much Kepa will cost?

      3. rdpx
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 2 hours ago

        a. KDB
        b. Mahrez

        ?

        1. waitinginthelonggrass
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          A

        2. FPLchess.net
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          B, with a £1M in the bank to switch to A.

          1. AB 92
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            11 days, 21 hours ago

            This!

      4. j_hudson_90
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          Hey guys,

          So im a newbie to FPL only posted once before. What do you think of my team ? I think its my final draft.

          Patricio

          Mendy / Robertson / Daniels

          Salah / B Silva / Milivijevic / Jota

          King / Aguero / Auba

          Bench: Fabiansko / Peltier / Stephens / Wan-Bissaka

          My only issue is not having Arnie ? and having 2 Cherrie plays. Also do I downgrade Aguero due to rotation ? and swap him for Arnie plus upgrade Daniels. to a 5.5 def and Milivijevic to Erikson

          1. JurgenRocks
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 22 hours ago

            Looks a nice team. Daniels may only play the first three matches, as Bournemouth have signed Rico.

        • Joga Bonito®
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          Keita vs B. Silva for 7.5 spot.

          Silva has done great pre-season but we know he's massively prone to rotation risk.

          Keita's Bundesliga record looks around a goal or assist every other game playing for an inferior team. He's also pretty much nailed.

          Anybody doing Keita? I'm currently on Silva but trying to talk myself round.

          1. Ghost Gooner
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 1 hour ago

            Keita got 4 red cards last season btw

        • j_hudson_90
            12 days, 1 hour ago

            A) Mendy and King

            B) Bellerin and Arni

            1. waitinginthelonggrass
              • 7 Years
              12 days, 1 hour ago

              A

          • JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 1 hour ago

            Chances of following starting as a Striker.

            A)Arnautovic
            B)Zaha
            C)King

            1. j_hudson_90
                12 days, 1 hour ago

                I've got king due to a great run of fixtures and his pre season form but my gut is saying Arni. But then have to downgrade Mendy to Bellerin to do so

            2. waitinginthelonggrass
              • 7 Years
              12 days, 1 hour ago

              A. Auba Aguero Kamara DSilva

              Or

              B. Kane Mitrovic King Mane

              (Have Salah)

              1. waterboy
                • 6 Years
                12 days, 1 hour ago

                Kane is very unlikely to start GW1 so A and change to Kane when he is back if you want him.

            3. Joe
              • 9 Years
              12 days, 1 hour ago

              A few quick questions:
              1) Best 4.5 defender (already have AWB and Patricio)?
              2) Best 5.0 midfielder apart from Cairney?
              3) Best 6.5 midfielder apart from Richarlison?

              Thanks!

              1. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 1 hour ago

                1) Cedric if you don't want to double up with Boly
                2) All crap
                3) Jota

              2. FIRMFIST
                  12 days, 1 hour ago

                  Mid - Jota/Mata 6.5 Fab/Hughes 5.0

                • kanat_karktl
                  • 1 Year
                  11 days, 6 hours ago

                  2) Murphy from Cardiff for 5.0

              3. Austin 3:16
                  12 days, 1 hour ago

                  Keppa available from gw1??????

                • HazMac
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 1 hour ago

                  A) Silva + Son + Fraser (5.5)
                  B) Mkhi + Sane + Townsend (6)

                • Edwards123
                  • 2 Years
                  12 days, 1 hour ago

                  Teams all but set, I just keep switching between theses 2 options so another opinion would be great

                  A) Pedro/Maddison, Neves, Mitro

                  B) Willian, Cairney, Jimenez

                  Thanks

                  1. Edwards123
                    • 2 Years
                    12 days, 1 hour ago

                    Could also have a third option sorry

                    C) Pedro/Maddison, Cairney, Josh King

                • Itscominghome
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  12 days, 1 hour ago

                  Anyone know if Pickford is starting in game week 1?

                • bordalo
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 47 mins ago

                  I have patricio

                  My 4.5 defender should be:

                  Daniels?
                  Boly?
                  Sacko?
                  Cedric?

                  Thanks

                • Yip Jaap Stam
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  12 days, 16 mins ago

                  Will Traore start for Wolves?

                • avolaris
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 13 mins ago

                  Can i have some feedback for my squad please?

                  Ederson (Speroni)
                  Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, Cedric (Daniels, Wan-Bissaka)
                  Mane, Sane, Hazard, Neves (Stephens)
                  Aguero, Firmino, Zaha

                  Wouldn't mind hearing some thoughts on better backup players or choices you would go with.
                  Cheers 🙂

                  1. Audacious Goose - Meyer of …
                      11 days, 20 hours ago

                      Seems pretty solid, goes to show how strong a team can be without Salah. I would replace tripper for the beginning of the season with a mind to bring him back, he may get tested at the start and your defence isn't strong enough without him. Also watch out for hazard not playing so maybe Sanchez for the first week.

                  2. Sᴄʜᴜ̈RRʟᴇ ⓝ
                    • 6 Years
                    11 days, 23 hours ago

                    Klaxon

                  3. BigMeZzY
                      11 days, 23 hours ago

                      With United not signing a CB is Lindelöf going to play for the first few weeks whilst injuries comes back ?

                      1. osullg26
                        • 1 Year
                        11 days, 23 hours ago

                        Is it worth dropping salah for mane and then upgrading say richarilson to mahrez/sanchez?

                        Mane seems to be on apot kicks now :/

                    • Audacious Goose - Meyer of …
                        11 days, 20 hours ago

                        Is there a reason I've seen no hype around thos board for jorginho at Chelsea? He's 5m and looks integral to sarris new 4-3-3 formation?

                        1. Dthinger
                          • 1 Year
                          11 days, 20 hours ago

                          we think he's going to play deep

                      • Slouch87 On The Up
                        • 2 Years
                        11 days, 6 hours ago

                        Anyone picked Scotty B's squad for him yet?