Some say it’s the most exciting day of the year, yes, today is transfer deadline day so let the madness begin! Here we will take you through the big deals to look out for and how likely they are to happen.
Interested clubs: Liverpool
There is no such thing as a certainty in football but one deal looks to be done is the Ox’s to Anfield. It became clear he would leave the Gunners at the beginning of the week when he rejected their offer of a new deal, believed to be in the region of £180,000 per week. Instead, he was keen to gain more playing time in his desired preferred position of centre-midfield. The same motives that led him to reject Chelsea’s interest after they had agreed a £40m deal with their London rivals yesterday, with the Ox believed to not be keen on playing in a wing-back role. Pictures have already emerged of him in Liverpool gear, so it appears to be only a matter of time before personal terms are agreed and the Ox officially becomes a Liverpool player.
Virgil van Dijk
Interested clubs: Liverpool
Football’s worst kept secret is Liverpool’s pursuit of Virgil van Dijk. In June, the deal, in the region of £70m, looked to be done but Liverpool were accused by Southampton of an “illegal approach” and were forced to end their interest after admitting wrongdoing. Interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City is yet to materialise but on deadline day, as they desperately look to plug holes, some sort of deal could be struck. Clearly though, the player has his heart set on a move to Anfield after refusing to train and play for the Saints has seen him banished to the reserves. Yet, with the Saints bringing in centre-backs Wesley Hoedt and Jan Bednarek from Lazio and Lech Poznan respectively, it looks as though Mauricio Pellegrino has already begun preparations for life without van-Dijk.
Interested clubs: Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea
One of the standout defenders of the last few seasons in the Premier League, at the age of 29, Jonny Evans has proven his credentials to the top sides in the league that he is ready to make the step back up. He joined the Baggies in 2015 from Manchester United, after making 198 appearances for the Old Trafford club, however, there were doubts about whether that level was where he truly belonged. His impressive recent displays have caught the eye of both Arsenal and Leicester who have reportedly had £25m bids turned down this window and now Manchester City looked poised to strike as the hours tick down, so long as they can shift flop Eliaquim Mangala. Any deal for Evans could reach above £35m, a figure West Brom would find hard to turn down.
Interested clubs: Chelsea
After the rude awakening of the Community Shield final and the opening day defeat to Burnley, Antonio Conte seems to have steadied the ship but he is still very much in the market for reinforcements. One such player is Premier League winner Danny Drinkwater. His passing ability combined with his willingness to get stuck in for a tackle could see him lined up as a replacement for Nemanja Matić. Another draw would his partnership with Kante in the middle of the park that contributed so much to Leicester’s dream title win in 2015/16. The player is keen on the move and has handed in a transfer request to speed up the process. As with any big departure, it could all depend on whether or not the Foxes can source an adequate replacement.
Interested clubs: Manchester City
One of the sagas of the summer, Arsenal’s desperate resolve to hang on to their star is being sternly tested by Manchester City, who have made the Chilean their main target. The club rubbished reports that their recent £50m bid included Raheem Sterling heading the other way and insisted it was cash only. That was rejected but City are expected to come in again, this time perhaps entering at the £70m mark. Sanchez could have only moved closer to the exit door on Sunday after making his return in the 4-0 demolition at the hands of Liverpool and £70m would represent a good return for a player that could leave for free in the summer. However, there are serious questions being asked of this Arsenal board and could they seriously survive selling another of their best players to a direct rival? This factor alone could see Arsenal stay strong and resist any offer from England for Sánchez.
Interested clubs: Roma, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal
All Leicester City fans will be sweating tomorrow as their Algerian magician seems to want a move away from the King Power, handing in a transfer request earlier in the window after supposedly hearing of Roma’s interest in him. This move has rather gone under the radar so far though, mainly due to his attitude. In this modern era, we are used to seeing player strikes, mystery injuries and tantrums but Mahrez has provided a breath of fresh air with his dedication to the job, impressing in Leicester’s opening three matches, laying on two goals for his teammates. His positive attitude will fill fans with the confidence that he will give his all, should any move not materialise but that won’t stop the nervous wait to see if he stays at all.
A deal that may bring a rye smile to the face of any Southampton fan, for once Liverpool are experiencing the boot being on the other foot. Barcelona are hounding them for the services of Coutinho and the Brazilian clearly wants the move. He has already handed in a transfer request, ruled himself out of Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League squad and insisted he has been injured for Premier league matches, luckily the “injury” is causing him no ill effects as he joins up with the Brazil national team. Time is running out on his dream move though; Barcelona have already made Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele the second most expensive player in the history and surely aren’t keen to go much higher than the reported £138m Liverpool reportedly turned down last week. It’s said that Barcelona always get their way but will it be in this window? Watch this space.
Interested clubs: Chelsea, Tottenham
The 23-year-old currently finds himself sidelined with a hamstring injury but has little hope of being in Ronald Koeman’s plans even after his recovery. The Everton manager has been very vocal in his criticism of the player’s decision to not sign a new Everton deal (his current one expiring at the end of the season). Insisting, “he signs that contract or we need to sell the player” and even going as far as to say that he could well have played his last game for the club. According to reports, Everton have rejected a £25m offer from Chelsea in the last few days but the Blues are expected to come again, especially if Leicester continue to play hardball over Drinkwater. However, expect Spurs to keep a close eye on the situation as they chase “three new players.”Barkley’s absence until perhaps the new year hampers any deal though.
Also look out for Demarai Gray to be on the move with Crystal Palace and Tottenham interested in the Leicester man’s services. Elsewhere, strikers Kenneth Zohore and Nakhi Wells could secure lucrative moves to Brighton and Burnley respectively, while West Ham chase Abdul Majeed Waris. Also look out for shock loan signings of West Brom in the form of PSG’s Grzegorz Krychowiak and Swansea securing hot-prospect Renato Sanches.
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