Saudi transfer deadline day LIVE: Liverpool face £215m Mo Salah bid, John Terry EXCLUSIVE, Demarai Gray 'to Al Ettifaq' | The Sun

CHELSEA legend John Terry is on the verge of agreeing a deal to manage Saudi Pro League side Al-Shabbab, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The former England defender has had stints as an assistant coach with Aston Villa and Leicester, but now he's set to be Saudi's latest managerial recruit, following in the footsteps of Steven Gerrard.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have been offered a staggering £215million for winger Mohammed Salah.

Al-Ittihad made the eye-watering bid just hours after the Reds rejected £150m, and the Saudi Pro League window is still open until Thursday.

Elsewhere, Everton winger Demarai Gray is set to join Steven Gerrard's Al Ettifaq.

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Stay up to date with all the latest from the world of transfer news as the window slams shut.

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Demarai Gray signs for Al-Ettifaq

    Demarai Gray has signed for Steven Gerrard's Al-Ettifaq.

    The winger joins the club on a four year deal, with Everton receiving £8million for his services.

    Gray made his desire to leave Everton clear last week, posting on his Instagram story: "[It's] difficult to play for someone who doesn’t show you respect as a person"

    Everton have made a healthy profit on Gray, having signed him for just £1.8million in 2021.

  • By Cosmo Teare

    John Terry to become Al-Shabbab head coach

    John Terry has verbally agreed to become the head coach of Al-Shabbab, according to Sky Sports.

    The role will be John Terry's first as a manager.

    Terry, 42, was approached by bosses at Al-Shabab around a month ago and has been offered a contract of at least two years and up to four if it is rubber stamped as expected.

    He is currently working on a one year deal as a consultant in the Chelsea academy.

    Chelsea have already said they will not stand in his way as a mark of respect to his service to them over almost two decades – even though it will be a big blow to their youth team losing such a figurehead from their camp.

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Eric Dier holds talks with Levy

    The Telegraph report that Eric Dier held talks with Daniel Levy this week after being frozen out by new manager Ange Postecoglou.

    The talks were apparently cordial, with no suggestion that there has been a row or a fall out between Dier and Postecoglou.

    The details of the meeting were kept private but it is likely that Dier wanted clarity on his position within the squad after falling down the pecking order behind 19-year-old centre-back Ashley Phillips.

    There is some interest in Dier from clubs in Saudi Arabia so that will be one to keep an eye on today.

    Although it is more likely Dier will see out the remaining year of his Spurs contract before moving to a European club on a free next summer.

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  • By Cosmo Teare

    Tebas regrets Messi decision

    LaLiga boss Javier Tebas has told Fabrizio Romano that he regrets that Lionel Messi will not finish his career at Barcelona.

    Messi held talks with the club over the summer about a return to the Nou Camp but ultimately opted to join David Beckham's Inter Miami.

    Tebas said on the matter: "Leo Messi didn't finish his career at Barcelona because they couldn't find an agreement.

    "I wish he could have finished his career in LaLiga. It would have been the best for him, for me, and for Barcelona.”

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Potter rejects Lyon

    Graham Potter has turned down the chance to take over as Lyon boss, according to reports.

    Potter was the club's number one target after they parted ways with Laurent Blanc following a difficult start to the season.

    But according to Sky, Potter has turned down the move.

    He reportedly felt as though now was not the right time to take on the job, despite being intrigued by the project.

    Potter has been out of a job since being sacked by Chelsea in April this year.

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  • By Cosmo Teare

    John Terry set for Saudi move

    John Terry is set to begin his managerial career in the Saudi league as manager of Al-Shabbab.

    Terry, 42, was approached by bosses at Al-Shabab around a month ago and has been offered a contract of at least two years and up to four if it is rubber stamped as expected.

    He is currently working on a one year deal as a consultant in the Chelsea academy.

    Chelsea have already said they will not stand in his way as a mark of respect to his service to them over almost two decades – even though it will be a big blow to their youth team losing such a figurehead from their camp.

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Saudi deadline day

    Today marks the last day that Saudi clubs can make transfers before the window re-opens in January.

    It could be a busy day with many Premier League sides still seeing the league as an ideal place to shift their deadwood for a good price.

    But the window also represents a threat for some clubs, particularly Liverpool.

    Al-Ittihad are desperate to complete a move for Mo Salah and could test Liverpool's resolve one last time with a bid north of £200million.

  • By Joshua Hall

    Man Utd could move for Palhinha

    Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha. 

    The Portuguese star looked set to move to Bayern Munich this summer, but saw a deadline day move collapse after the cottagers couldn’t find a suitable replacement. 

    And The Athletic are now reporting that United could move for the 28-year-old in January. 

    They would face competition still from Bayern who are said to remain interested in re-entering the race for Palhinha’s signature by The Evening Standard.

  • By Joshua Hall

    Mbappe not ruling out Prem switch

    Kylian Mbappe is reportedly open to a move to the Premier League next summer.

    The PSG star has just one year remaining on his current deal before he becomes a free agent next year.

    And according to L’Equipe, Liverpool is still a potential destination for the French superstar.

    However it has been widely reported that Mbappe is keen on a move to Real Madrid with PSG officials convinced a deal has already been agreed.

    It is most likely that the World Cup winner will head to Los Blancos next season.

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  • By Joshua Hall

    Pepe heading for Trabzonspor

    Nicolas Pepe is reportedly edging closer to a move to Trabzonspor.

    According to Foot Mercarto, the Turkish outfit are advancing talks with Pepe over a deal. 

    The move would see the Ivorian join Trabzonspor on a one-year contract if all goes to plan. 

    The Gunners winger has also been linked with a move to Besiktas and also to Saudi Arabia, but it looks as if they could be off. 

    Pepe joined Arsenal in 2019 for £72million, but has failed to live up to his price tag.

  • By Joshua Hall

    Salah saga ‘over’

    Mohamed Salah’s transfer saga with Al-Ittihad is reportedly over.

    The Liverpool forward has been linked with a move to the Saudi Arabian outfit with the club said to be willing to pay The Reds up to £200m for his services.

    But it looks like the saga could have finally come to an end before Saudi’s transfer deadline day.

    According to Foot Mercato, Salah will now stay at Liverpool and won’t be making a move to the Middle East this summer.

    The news will come as music to the ears of Jurgen Klopp who has been desperate to keep hold of his star man.

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  • By Joshua Hall

    Palace include new Olise release clause

    Crystal Palace have reportedly allowed for another release clause in Michael Olise’s new contract with the club.

    Olise almost left the Eagles to join Chelsea this summer after The Blues activated the Frenchman’s £35m release clause.

    But instead Olise signed a new deal at Selhurst Park that will see him stay in South London until 2027.

    However The Evening Standard, have reported that the 21-year-old’s new deal also contains a release clause.

    It is said that the clause doesn’t become active until next summer’s transfer window and it is not yet known what kind of fee would trigger it.

  • By Joshua Hall

    West Ham face competition for Lingard

    West Ham are reportedly in a battle to sign Jesse Lingard as the free agent assess his options.

    Lingard, whose deal with Nottingham Forest expired this summer, has been training with The Hammers at the start to the campaign.

    It is said that he has impressed David Moyes and the East London outfit are reportedly keen to offer him a short-term deal.

    But it won’t be easy with Football Insider now suggesting that Turkish duo Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are both interested in the 30-year-old.

    Any deal can be completed outside of the transfer window as a result of Lingard’s free agent status.

  • By Joshua Hall

    Mbappe ‘open to Liverpool move’

    Kylian Mbappe is reportedly open to a move to Liverpool once he leaves PSG.

    According to L’Equipe, the superstar could make the move to Merseyside in 2024 when his contract expires with the Parisians.

    He is said to be a big fan of the club and Jurgen Klopp with the German boss also a huge fan of his.

    However Mbappe has been long linked with a move to Real Madrid and the Spanish giants are certainly still considered his most likely destination next summer.

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  • By Joshua Hall

    Bayern to relaunch Palhinha move in January

    Bayern Munich are reportedly going to go in for Palhinha in January after missing out the their man this summer.

    The Bavarians saw a deal for the Fulham star collapse on deadline day after the cottagers were unable to find a replacement.

    It was reported that Palhinha had even done media duties and posed for pictures with a Bayern shirt before the deal fell through at the last minute.

    But all may not be lost for the 28-year-old with the Evening Standard reporting that Bayern Munich are going to try and sign him again in January.

    It is also said that Fulham are willing to let the Portuguese midfielder leave if they are able to find a suitable replacement.



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  • By Joshua Hall

    Veratti ‘expected’ to leave PSG

    Marco Veratti is reportedly expected the leave PSG after agreeing a deal to move to Qatar.

    According toFabrice Hawkins, Veratti has agreed a switch to Qatari outfit Al-Arabi.

    It is said that there are still details to be worked out between the parties, but that the Italian midfielder is “very close” to leaving.

    The 30-year-old has spent the last 11 years of his career with Paris Saint Germain.

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  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Celtic make contact over Liverpool star

    Celtic are reportedly eyeing a January move for Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

    The Irish goalkeeper could leave Anfield in January in search of more first-team opportunities despite Jurgen Klopp's adoration for him.

    According to TeamTalk, Celtic are one of a number of clubs to have made an enquiry during the summer.

    The Scottish champions have also been tipped to return for the £20million-rated stopper when the window re-opens in January.

  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Gundogan breaks silence on City exit

    Ilkay Gundogan has explained his decision to leave Manchester City.

    The Germany international left the treble winners to join Barcelona this summer after seven years in England.

    "City waited a relatively long time until the talks really intensified," Gundogan told Bild.

    "In the end it was the perfect ending, it couldn't have come at a better time. It was also my childhood dream to play for FC Barcelona."

  • By Ellie Grant

    Mbappe tempted by Prem move

    Kylian Mbappe has not ruled out a move to the Premier League next summer.

    According to L'Equipe, Liverpool remain an option for the French forward if he leaves PSG in 2024.

    Mbappe had looked set for a move this summer after confirming he would not be extending his contract.

    However, he has since returned to the fold after initially being banished from first-team training.

    The report claims, though, that Mbappe "could be tempted" if Liverpool made an approach.

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  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Coutinho nears Villa exit

    Philippe Coutinho is closing in on a move away from Aston Villa.

    An agreement on a loan deal is on the verge of being struck with Qatari side Al-Duhail, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    Coutinho agreed to join Al-Duhail last month after rejecting offers from Besiktas and Real Betis.

    It is understood that his wages will be fully covered by his new club.

  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    West Ham fend off Saudi interest

    West Ham are set to keep hold of Nayef Aguerd amid interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, the Morocco defender will not leave the Hammers before Thursday's Saudi deadline.

    The player is said to be happy at West Ham, who are equally pleased with his performances in claret and blue.

    West Ham rejected several bids for Aguerd this summer after his fine debut season in East London.

  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Ex-Prem star seals loan transfer

    Former Wolves defender Romain Saiss has joined Saudi side Al-Shabab on loan.

    The Moroccan arrives from Al-Sadd in Qatar, where he played just three matches after signing in July.

    Saiss has completed his move ahead of Thursday's Saudi transfer deadline.

    During six years with Wolves, Saiss made over 200 appearances and won promotion to the Premier League.

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  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Ex-Liverpool keeper completes Bundesliga move

    Former Liverpool goalkeeper Kamil Grabara is set to join Wolfsburg next summer.

    The German side have agreed a £5.75million deal with Copenhagen for the Poland international to arrive in 2024.

    Liverpool will receive just under £2.5million as part of a 20 per cent sell-on clause included in his departure in 2021.

    Grabara spent five years at Anfield after signing as a 17-year-old but never made a first-team appearance.

  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Liverpool attempted Nunez swap deal

    Liverpool were willing to include Darwin Nunez in a swap deal for Joao Felix, according to reports.

    The Reds were one of a number of clubs linked with Felix before he joined Barcelona on loan from Atletico Madrid this summer.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool were even prepared to offer Nunez to Atletico in order to sign the Portuguese playmaker.

    However, Felix instead rejected a return to England, also turning down offers from Manchester United and Aston Villa to stay in Spain.

  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Chelsea want new deal for youngster

    Chelsea reportedly want full-back Ian Maatsen to sign a new long-term contract.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, the Blues want to clarify the 21-year-old's future.

    Maatsen is out of contract next summer and Chelsea will look to sell him if a new deal cannot be agreed.

    Burnley had a £31.5million bid accepted on deadline day before the player rejected the move.

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