This transfer window has been one of the most exciting in the modern game’s history, with the previous world-record being broken by more than double its value after Neymar sealed a £200 million move to Paris St Germain. We’re in for a little bit more drama, though, as deadline day approaches. The final day of the window always has some unforeseen news in store for football fans, with many players seeking better moves out of desperation, or clubs needing improvement in particular positions that encourages them to spend over the odds. We’re going to look have a look at some of the most likely moves to happen as managers look to get their squads in order.
The multi-functional midfielder currently plying his trade at Arsenal has rejected a £180,000 per week contract at the Emirates and is looking to move to another Premier League club. After Wenger adopted the 3-5-2 formation during the latter part of last season and continued its use this season “the Ox” has found himself playing right wing back, a position that he isn’t known for and that wastes his good ability on the ball. Chelsea and Liverpool have both shown interest for his services, but it appears that the Reds have all but sealed the deal.
The back and forth between FC Barcelona and Liverpool has been frustratingly drawn out after Neymar left the Catalan club. They identified Coutinho as a replacement but Liverpool is understandably unwilling to let Coutinho leave. As the saying goes, though, “every man has his price”, and Barcelona have apparently bid north of £100m for Coutinho several times but have had all their bids rejected. Should they come in with an even higher bid on the final day Liverpool may be forced to consider what they could do with over £100m and whether or not it may be worth it in the long term to relinquish Coutinho’s services. The club as a whole must be questioning his dedication as he feigned injury to remain on the sidelines while he awaits clarity on his future.
The deterioration of Arsenal has accelerated remarkably over the last couple of seasons, with fan protests and criticism from pundits seeing a notable uptick. Arsene Wenger has failed to deliver major trophies for an unusually long period considering Arsenal’s stature as an elite European club that has caused dissatisfaction among senior players. Sanchez is chief among the complainants as his tireless work ethic on the pitch doesn’t seem to be shared by his colleagues or manager and his frustrations have been growing as their performances have declined. Manchester City is his main suitor and they’ve allegedly tested the waters with bids of around £50m, which were rejected. Sanchez only has a single year left on his contract, though, so Arsenal risk losing him for free next season if they don’t cash in now.
Mahrez was one of the integral players in Leicester City’s shock Premier League victory a couple of seasons ago but word on the grapevine suggests he isn’t loving life at the King Power Stadium anymore. He hasn’t gone as far as submitting a transfer request but his desire to leave appears to be a common fact and Leicester have allegedly rejected low bids from Roma already, suggesting that they’d be willing to let Mahrez leave if an adequate bid comes in. Besides Roma’s interest there’s supposedly also potential interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in the Algerian’s services, while Arsenal have also been mentioned as a potential destination should Alexis Sanchez leave the Emirates.
Despite the Welshman continuously reiterating his happiness at Real Madrid he has never been one of Zinedine Zidane’s favored players since Zidane took over as manager. Bale is 28 years old now and probably only has one major transfer left in him, so if he moves it’s likely to have to be rather soon. Manchester United have always been admirers of his, and they failed to lure him to Old Trafford when he chose Real Madrid as his preferred destination in 2013. If he has doubts about getting minutes with Zidane he may be intrigued by the rebuilding project Jose Mourinho is heading up in Manchester, but it will likely take a club record of over £90m to get Bale to swap sunny Spain for rainy Manchester.
Deadline day has featured some massive signings in the past as clubs are desperate to improve their squads, and judging by the moves already made in this window deadline day this year may have some surprises in store for us. Which moves do you think may come off and which others do you wish would happen? Let us know below!