By the time you read this, the European transfer window will be closed in just about every significant league in Europe except England and Portugal. Normally, the transfer window closes for everyone on Aug. 31, but in the UK, Monday is a bank holiday, so Premier League teams have been granted an extra working day to get their business done. However, the UK window will shut at 6 PM local time on Tuesday, instead of midnight, because Sept 1 is also the deadline for teams participating in the UEFA Champions League to submit their squads. In Portugal, the transfer window will remain open until Sept. 22.
As the window rapidly closes, there is frantic business happening all across Europe. Here is everything Off The Post thinks you need to know that’s happened as of 6 PM EST (the deadline for most countries) on Aug 31:
The biggest news of the day on Monday came out of Spain as the transfer window’s longest running saga looks to have ended now that Manchester United and Real Madrid have agreed a fee of $44.5 million for goalkeeper David De Gea. According to widespread reports, the 23-year-old Spain international will head to the Bernabeu with Costa Rican international Keylor Navas heading to United as part of the deal. However, this one is not yet concluded, and doubts arose as of press time as to whether United got the paperwork in before the Spanish deadline.
Elsewhere, Valencia beat Chelsea to the signing of Tunisian center-back Aymen Abdennour, who joins the Spanish club from AS Monaco on a five-year deal. Also on Monday, former Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia joined Athletic Bilbao for a fee believed to be close to $15 million, ending his eight-year stay at the Vicente Calderon
In Germany, Wolfsburg has been by far the most active over the last few days. On Sunday, midfielder Kevin de Bruyne joined Manchester City for an undisclosed fee believed to between $77 and $80 million with up to $10 million in add-ons. The Belgian was followed out the door on Monday by left-sided winger Ivan Perisic, who joined Inter Milan on a five-year deal for a reported $22 million. Shortly after announcing the sale of Perisic, Wolfsburg swooped in to secure the signature of 21-year-old Germany international Julian Draxler for a reported $40.4 million. Draxler, a one-time Arsenal and Juventus target who joins from Schalke, is considered quite a coup for the Wolves, as is the addition of former Bayern Munich center-back Dante, who also joined the club on a three-year deal on Monday.
Elsewhere in Germany, defending champ Bayern had a relatively quiet end to the transfer window but it did manage to add 19-year-old forward Kingsley Coman from Juventus on an initial two-year loan rumored to have cost the Bavarian club $7.9 million, with an option to buy the Frenchman on a permanent basis for $23.5 million at any point until April 30, 2017. Title-rival Bayer Leverkusen scooped up Mexico international Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez for a reported $13.5 million. Bayer needed another attacker following the $33.6 million sale of Heung-min Son to Tottenham Hotspur last week. Finally, Adnan Januzaj, another former Manchester United attacker, joined Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season.
In Italy, Inter was by far the busiest club on transfer deadline day. Aside from adding the Croat Perisic, Roberto Mancini & Co. also signed defensive midfielder Felipe Melo and left-back Alex Telles from Galatasaray, as well as crafty Serbian Adem Ljajic, who joins on loan from AS Roma. The Nerazzurri then sold Brazilian midfielder Hernanes to defending champ Juventus for a reported $12.3 million.
Elsewhere in Serie A, Jakub Blaszczykowski has joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan from Borussia Dortmund, Emmanuele Giaccherini joined Bologna on loan from Premier League club Sunderland, and AS Roma signed French midfielder William Vainqueur from Dinamo Moscow, although the terms and length of the deal were not released by press time.
In the England, the market was relatively quiet on the penultimate day of player-trading, with the exception of Anthony Martial’s reported $55.3 million move to Manchester United from Monaco. Not yet a done deal, this will be a mammoth move for a 19-year-old, but Martial’s speed and power could be just what Louis van Gaal needs following the sale of Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month. In other noteworthy EPL moves, striker Fabio Borini joined Sunderland from Liverpool in a permanent switch this time, and Chelsea finally looks like it will sign a center-back -- though not Everton’s John Stones -- as Papy Djilobodji is close to completing a move to the Premier League champ from Ligue 1 club Nantes.
As with any transfer window, there will be more switches to report than what you see here, as scores of deals are still being processed or held up for various reasons. Look for a second report tomorrow, following the close of the UK window.