The Premier League transfer window shuts down tomorrow leaving the clubs with just another 40 odd hours to get their houses in order. So what are the few last minute transfer deals we can expect them to pull through?
1. Paulo Dybala to Tottenham Hotspur
The Juventus man has not been happy in the club recently. And it seems the club is not too happy with him either. Juventus first tried to sell him to Manchester United in a swap deal and bring in Romelu Lukaku but for whatever the reason, Dybala did not agree personal terms with Manchester United and the move was called off. Now Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly had a €70m bid accepted, meaning that the Argentinian could be a very late addition Pochettino’s men.
2. Philippe Coutinho to Arsenal
He joined Barcelona from Liverpool a year and half ago when he was desperate to win the Champions League and felt his former team from Anfield were unable to do so. However, ironically, Liverpool made it to the finals that very season and bettered it by one last season by winning the Champions League and of course beating Coutinho’s Barcelona en route. Things have otherwise also not gone well for the Brazilian at Nou Camp who has constantly been played out of position and hence been unable to shine or make an impact. Coutinho has now been rumoured to be joining Arsenal on a loan move who want an attacking midfielder behind their front three but the Gunners are said to be put off for now with Barcelona demanding €21m for the loan move!
3. Christian Eriksen to Manchester United
It is a big wonder why a player of Eriksen’s qualities has not been able to find a new club when in the summer he made it clear he wants a new challenge and everyone knows he only has one year left on his current contract! Real Madrid were rumoured to be in pursuit but that never materialised and now it seems, another giant in Manchester United want Eriksen to arrow head their midfield. With two days left, it would surely make a hell of a signing at the last minute and combining Pogba with Eriksen in midfield could spell doom for many a team in the Premier League.
4. Lo Celso to Tottenham Hotspur
A player who has been reported to be linked with Tottenham all summer but no move has yet come through. He was being primarily looked at by Tottenham as a replacement for Eriksen, who even the club it seemed was sure would leave. However, with Eriksen staying, Tottenham has not had the need to sign Celso but things could change if United come knocking for the Danish meaning Spurs would have to hurry.
5. Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United
Another player who has been now linked for almost the full length of the summer window to move to England. Multiple clubs including the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal were reportedly chasing him but it seems Manchester United are the ones who were the most likely to land him. However, fast forward to August and no deal has gone through yet. Fernandes is a brilliant attacking midfielder who racked up an impressive stats of goals and assists last season and United could well do with a player like him if they cannot get an Eriksen in.
6. Milinkovic-Savic to Manchester United
What Manchester United need is a defensive midfielder who can make the dirty tackles and also push the ball forward fast enough. Savic of Lazio is just the man for that. He is still a relatively young midfielder but has already primed at Serie A and is considered a seriously talented player across Europe. The player can definitely add more steel to the United midfield while being smart at the same time on the ball and most importantly, someone like Paul Pogba will benefit immensely from having him on the team.
7. Dayot Upamecano to Arsenal
He has a €92m release clause, a rather high number for a 20 year old defender from Ligue 1. Although he has proven to be exceptionally talented so far, he is yet to make an impression on the big stages of football and Arsenal’s move for him seems more like a last minute desperate attempt to complete their team rather than a strategic move. The Gunners reportedly had a €55m bid for the player turned down but with another two days still to go, do not rule out a second bid from a depleted defensive unit like Arsenal.
8. Gareth Bale to Manchester United
The move everyone was expecting this summer was for Gareth Bale to leave Real Madrid. The dynamic winger has not lived up to his billing since his record move to the Spain more than half a decade back. His numbers make an impressive reading on paper but Bale’s influence on that Madrid team has been rare. Moreover, new boss Zidane seems to be on the warpath and would rather play with 10 men than have Bale on. It seems Manchester United could be an ideal destination for the player, specially because Madrid want Pogba and offering Bale plus cash might convince United to sell their prized asset.
9. Kurt Zouma to Everton
Chelsea have a transfer ban but it does not stop them from selling players. The Blues have had a host of players coming back from loan and one defender who has done really well while away was Kurt Zouma at Everton. The French defender is now wanted at Chelsea due to the Blues’ lack of depth in defence but the problem is Zouma wants a starting role and Everton can offer him that while Chelsea cannot. With two days left, and Everton fans gunning for the move, can we see Zouma in Merseyside soon?
10. Rugani to Arsenal
An initial bid rejected was not enough to keep Arsenal out who has now come back with a loan offer with a compulsion to buy after two seasons. It seems Juventus could also be willing to sell after discovering that Chiellini’s injury is not serious. It would definitely be a brilliantly smart move for the Gunners who desperately need a centre back.
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