Arsenal FC wanted Cavani? Chelsea FC missed out on targets? Berahino to strike? Wednesday’s back pages

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Edinson Cavani (credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

The top stories making Wednesday’s back pages in the UK…

The Sun: Chelsea made two shock deadline day swoops — but missed out on the men boss Jose Mourinho really wanted.

Also: Saido Berahino has threatened to down tools and risk becoming West Brom’s most hated ‘striker’.

And: Manchester United fired back at Real Madrid in the war of words over David De Gea’s transfer fiasco.

Daily Mirror: Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal an unwanted statistic on transfer deadline day. The Gunners are the only club in Europe’s top five leagues not to have signed an outfield player for their first team. Deadline day came and went – and they did nothing.

Also: Jonathan Walters has been left stuck at Stoke — because the Potters could not agree a deal for Crystal Palace’s Mile Jedinak.

Daily Star: Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United fans to have patience with Anthony Martial.

Also: Real Madrid tried to land David De Gea on the cheap with an opening bid of just £11.4m – before getting cold feet when Keylor Navas had second thoughts about being a makeweight in the deal.

Daily Mail: Dimitar Berbatov failed to seal a shock deadline day return to the Premier League after negotiations with Aston Villa.

Also: Manchester United have been slated for failing to tackle a mice infestation at Old Trafford.

Daily Express: Sergio Ramos is disappointed Real Madrid failed to sign David de Gea from Manchester United after a “bumpy summer.”

Also: The two biggest clubs in the world were locked in a bitter war of words last night over the dramatic collapse of David de Gea’s transfer.

And: Arsenal refused to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani, according to reports.

Metro: Arsenal rather predictably signed nobody on transfer deadline day, so many fans immediately started calling for Arsene Wenger to be sacked.

Daily Telegraph: Emmanuel Adebayor killed off any chance of playing football again before January after rejecting a Tottenham Hotspur pay-off and turning down a host of summer moves on the advice of his pastor.

Also: Joey Barton has said that Premier League clubs believe signing him is like “inviting Charles Manson or Fred West into the building”, as he hit out at West Ham United’s failure to give him a contract.

The Guardian: Charlie Austin will stay at Queens Park Rangers, with the west London club having fielded no concrete bids for him over the past four weeks.

The Independent: Manchester United believe that David De Gea will be reintroduced smoothly into Louis van Gaal’s plans and are happy for the player to stay to see out the final year of his contract.

Also: Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Gregorz Krychowiak were all linked but Arsene Wenger and Arsenal fail on deadline day.

Henry Bown
Henry Bown is a UK-based sportswriter with a particular passion for soccer. Henry has been writing a range of sports content for several years, but has more recently decided to focus on soccer specifically. When he's not writing, you'll usually find him watching a match - or two!

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