We owe to ourselves and to everyone else to report on what’s changed since yesterday in football (soccer) as Transfer Deadline Day for the English Premier League comes down to the wire. Things are heating up, and clubs are scrambling to get their option A or option B of players across the line to join their sides. This year, the transfer window closes one hour earlier than previous seasons, the door slamming shut at 11pm GMT tonight, so this makes the chase even more desperate for managers wishing to seal their deals in on time.
Moving on from yesterday’s speculations, we have new news of who’s going where and what’s likely to happen in the beautiful game before the most exciting deadline in the world comes to a head. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal is reportedly doing a medical on the England training ground, but for Liverpool, after agreeing a £35m to £40m deal with the Reds to join the Jurgen Klopp’s Merseyside revolution. Looks like Arsenal have decided not to lose him for nothing at the end of this current season.
In a domino effect, this will make Alexis Sanchez even more antsy to leave. Arsenal have already rejected a £50m bid from Manchester City and asked to send Raheem Sterling the other way to the Gunners, which didn’t sit well with Pep Guardiola. As for shopaholic Pep Guardiola, he is reportedly going to table a £70m bid for Alexis Sanchez, which will surely be an offer too good to turn down.
What could Arsenal actually do with £35m plus with £70m before the deadline after losing Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sanchez, respectively? Well, Arsene better break out the bank book and put on his thinking cap and very fast, if they’re to elevate to new levels this season.
Furthermore, Jurgen Klopp isn’t content with only signing the “Ox”, and yearns for more wing talents. He is reportedly in a £70m chase to sign AS Monaco’s left winger Thomas Lemar. It’s clear that Jurgen Klopp likes his wingers all over the pitch, and he’s even willing to let Divock Origi to go out on loan to AS Monaco for one season in a cash plus player loan deal. This might sweeten the deal as Divock Origi is no slouch, and he would fit into AS Monaco’s attacking style of play without any question. Klopp also wants to bring in Virgil Van Dijk, but it seems like Southampton are holding him for ransom and it doesn’t look like Klopp will get the Dutch centre back during this window. Did Klopp even consider another centre back or at least a new goalkeeper? Guess not…
Now what about the Philip Coutinho/FC Barcelona saga? Well, Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he’s not for sale at any price, and even Neymar Jr. warned Coutinho from signing for Messi’s team. Has Coutinho now changed his mind?
Well, Barcelona aren’t sleeping on that possibility so they’ve earmarked Riyadh Mahrez of Leicester City as quite possibly a better option to fit into their side, (with his like-minded trickery and skill), for a £50m transfer, which in today’s market seems like a bargain. If we were Leicester City, we would be pushing for £60m instead. Apart from the almost certainty of Barcelona landing Mahrez in a hijack of AS Roma’s earlier interest of the Leicester City player, Lionel Messi would welcome the signing of Paulo Dybala, the wily Argentinian striker. However, with Juventus unlikely to sell him, this doesn’t seem like it will happen during this window.
What else? Well, Antonio Conte has tabled bids for Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and for Fernando Llorente, but not all three will surely be arriving on time, and with money in the bank to spend, Chelsea could come up with some last-minute surprises perhaps. We’re actually very surprised that Antonio Conte hasn’t moved for wantaway Barcelona man, Arda Turan, who is available on a free transfer, however, Arsenal are reportedly in the market for him despite his demand for £120,000 a week wages. Perhaps Leicester City should swoop for Arda Turan as well to replace the departing Riyadh Mahrez. You know, just in our own personal opinion. Could Manchester United swoop in for another clever free transfer with Arda Turan, who is a magnificent player that can play wide or through the middle. Hey Jose, are you listening?
In strokes of bizarre news, Southampton Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie has joined Club Brugge on loan for a season. Fabian Delph has reportedly turned down a move to Stoke City, wishing to fight for his place at Manchester City… Wait, what?
Tottenham have signed 19-year-old Argentine defender Juan Foyth from Estudiantes for £8m, which pleased nobody but Mauricio Pochettino. Then after that, Serge Aurier signed for Tottenham in a deal reportedly worth £24m, including add-ons. Seemingly manager Pochettino is only signing defenders and is neglecting his somewhat weak attacking options. Could Danny Rose be signing for Chelsea? We think so…
Now lastly, in a serious transfer coup for Swansea City, managed by the esteemed manager Paul Clement, has gone and done a seriously clever move by bringing in Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich on a season long loan deal. Seriously?! Yes, the mini-powerhouse Portuguese central midfielder will be seen as some serious top quality acquisition for Swansea City, who are looking to turn things around with a squad of young and talented players.
Kylian Mbappe has sealed a one year loan deal to PSG, ahead of a £166m deal to PSG for the next official season to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. Take a look at all the money made by AS Monaco and expect yet more clever signings to come as they challenge for the Lique 1 title and in the Champions League once again. They’ve already captured Jovetic earlier this month for a mere £10m. They might be selling off their top stars for huge deals, but they’re also bringing in equally talented players for cut-price deals. That’s good business, indeed.
So there you have it! Keeping in mind that surprises could come up at any moment, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears perked for any sudden changes. We will return tomorrow with an official round-up. How did we do, and who do you want to see go where? Tell us in the comments section below.
Brainstain, over and out!
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