The Gameweek 1 countdown is on and late developments in the transfer market on Thursday could potentially shape Fantasy managers’ thinking going into this weekend and beyond.
Amid the carnival of yellow ties, made-up sightings and besieged television reporters, we have rounded up the confirmed deals that could present Fantasy bosses with new targets or have a negative impact on existing assets.
Any prices given in brackets are the players’ Fantasy Premier League cost, rather than their actual transfer fees.
09:00 – West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Swiss striker Albian Ajeti, who will reportedly cost the Hammers £8m.
Ajeti is expected to provide backup to Sebastien Haller (£7.5m) up front in east London.
11:00 – Newcastle United have completed the signing of Swedish defender Emil Krafth from Amiens for an undisclosed fee.
Krafth is a right-back by trade and his capture will likely have ramifications for Javier Manquillo and the injured DeAndre Yedlin (both £4.5m).
11:30 – Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of French right-back Romaric Yapi from PSG.
The teenager is expected to link up with Brighton’s under-23 squad initially, so Martin Montoya (£4.5m) doesn’t appear to be under any initial threat.
14:15 – West Ham United’s Grady Diangana (£4.5m) has joined Championship side West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season.
15:20 – Southampton
That reduces the competition for places among the Saints forwards, although Che Adams and Danny Ings (both £6.0m) were already well ahead of Austin in the pecking order.
15:30 – Watford
15:45 – Brighton and Hove Albion have signed central midfielder Aaron Mooy on a season-long loan deal. That potentially impact on Leandro Trossard’s (£6.0m) involvement at set-pieces?
15:55 – Inter Milan have finally announced the signing of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
16:00 – Budget FPL forward Eddie Nketiah (£4.5m) has joined Leeds United on a season-long loan deal.
16:50 – Andy Carroll has rejoined Newcastle United on an initial one-year deal. Carroll may well be back up to Joelinton (£6.0m) and Miguel Almirón (£6.0m), who have been playing up front in Steve Bruce’s new-look Newcastle team.
16:50 – Left-back Kieran Tierney has completed his long-awaited move from Celtic to Arsenal. Sead Kolasinac‘s (£5.5m) first-team prospects look fairly bleak as a result.
17:00 – Manchester City have signed Scott Carson on loan, while Josh Murphy has left Newcastle for Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long deal.
17:10 – Spurs have secured the season-long loan signing of Giovani Lo Celso, with an option to make the transfer permanent.
17:45 – Spurs have also brought in Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham. The 19-year-old defender-cum-winger has signed a contract with the club until 2025.
Sessegnon has played at both left-back and left-wing for the Cottagers, which gives Mauricio Pochettino plenty of options down that left flank.
17:50 – Burnley have signed Danny Drinkwater (£4.5m) on loan from Chelsea.
The former Leicester midfielder will stay at Turf Moor until January.
18:30 – Sheffield United have signed 22-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Michael Verrips from KV Mechelen.
Verrips is expected to play understudy to Dean Henderson (£4.5m).
19:00 – Sheffield United have signed midfielder Mohamed Besic on a season-long loan from Everton.
That could potentially have an impact on ‘out of position’ FPL defender John Lundstram (£4.0m).
19:05 – Leicester City
Praet almost exclusively played in a central position for the Serie A club last season.
20:00 – David Luiz (£6.0m) has joined Arsenal on an £8m deal.
The departure of Luiz would seem to cement Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) and Andreas Christensen‘s (£5.0m) places at centre-half for the time being, with Antonio Rudiger (£6.0m) still sidelined through injury.
21:00 – Wolves have completed the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Meritan Shabani.
The Germany youth international will initially join up with the under-23 side at Molineux.
21:20 – Everton
Marco Silva says he sees Iwobi as playing on the left flank or behind the striker – which could have implications for Bernard (£6.5m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m).
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