Icardi, Mkhitaryan set for loan deals on deadline day

PARIS (AP) — While a blockbuster deal for Neymar seemed unlikely, clubs across Europe have been completing transfer business before the window shuts later Monday.

Paris Saint-Germain seemed more likely to add a forward rather than sell Neymar as reports from Italy said Mauro Icardi was heading to Paris to complete a one-year loan move.

Icardi, an Argentina international, has had an often volatile relationship with Inter during his six years in Milan.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan arrived in Italy to sign for Roma on loan from Arsenal, with his intended new club publishing photos of him undergoing his medical.

Also in Italy, defender Matteo Darmian joined Parma after four years at Manchester United. Parma said the 29-year-old Darmian signed a four-year contract. The transfer fee was not announced.

Darmian played only 92 games for United, and was out of favor with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Napoli said it signed free agent forward Fernando Llorente, who previously won two Serie A titles at Juventus. The 34-year-old Spain international was available on a free transfer after his contract at Tottenham expired in the offseason.

Llorente, who was used as a late substitute in the Champions League final against Liverpool in June, will return to the competition with Napoli. The Serie A runners-up will play defending champion Liverpool in the group stage.

Another former Tottenham player at Napoli, defender Vlad Chiriches, has left to join Sassuolo.

Sassuolo said it signed the 29-year-old Romania captain on loan with an obligation to buy in a permanent deal.

Mexico forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández returned to Spain to join Sevilla from West Ham. He previously spent a season on loan at Real Madrid from Manchester United.

Colombian defender Eder Balanta is stepping up from the Europa League to a team in the Champions League. Club Brugge signed Balanta from Basel on a three-year contract. The fee was not announced.

Last week, the Belgian league runners-up were drawn in a Champions League group with Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Galatasaray.

Also Monday, Brugge said it signed Galatasaray forward Mbaye Diagne, a Senegal international, on loan.

Source: FOX Sport

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