With the deadline day just a week away, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are among the teams still keen on new players. The last week of the window is always the craziest, with rumours flying all over the place, and all the tension to land good players. Here’s a look at all the expected transfer moves and analysing what it means for each team!
Contrary to previous reports, it seems like Southampton open to offers for Pelle. The 30-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next season and Southampton are in no rush to discuss a new deal. Although Pelle was extremely beneficial for the club when he first joined, it might not be a bad idea for him to take a look at his offers and make a decision. The grand arrival and expectations surrounding Charlie Austin is likely to limit his chances at Southampton.
He will miss the rest of the season after suffering an unfortunate knee ligament injury. Arsenal right-back Jenkinson, currently on loan at West Ham, suffered the injury in the game with Manchester City, thanks to striker Sergio Aguero, which led to a penalty at Upton Park on Saturday. Jenkinson saw specialists today and will undergo surgery in the next few days. He is expected to return to Arsenal for his rehabilitation.
The blow is likely to mean that Arsenal will now only consider loaning Mathieu Debuchy rather than doing a permanent deal. Aston Villa, Sunderland and Bayer Leverkusen are interested in Debuchy.
One rumour that has been doing the rounds lately is the news regarding Liverpool legend Phil Thompson, who believes signing Ryan Shawcross would solve the club’s transfer woes.The Reds have been poor at the back in recent weeks with boss Jurgen Klopp becoming increasingly frustrated at his team’s performance.
In fact, Phil Thompson has said, “When Liverpool evaluate at the end of the season and look at the sort of goals they conceded, I wouldn’t be averse to see them looking towards Shawcross as a solution.
In fact I think he would be absolutely ideal and he’s been one of the most underrated centre-backs over the last five seasons.
You just have to look at Stoke’s stats with and without him.”
If rumours surrounding Chelsea are to be believed, the club has appeared to have finalised a deal for Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato. The Blues have agreed a six-month loan deal with Corinthians for the forward, who is expected to travel to London to further the deal.
Chelsea will pay the entirety of the 26-year-old’s wages – believed to be around £30,000 a week – over the loan period.
Claudio Ranieri has made a £10million move for Sampdoria’s Brazilian-born striker Eder.
The Leicester boss wants to find a frontman to help Jamie Vardy, and if this deal closes, then Leicester City’s surprise surge is likely to continue in the upcoming seasons. Eder has scored 40 Serie A goals since joining Sampdoria in 2012 from fellow Italian side Empoli.
Genoa-based Sampdoria are understood to want around a fee of around £10m for the 29-year-old who, despite his place of birth, is an Italy international. A three-year contract worth around £29,000-per-week is understood to be on the table.
Leicester City are also expected to be considering a bid for Lois Remy.
Arsenal are tracking the progress of Athletic Bilbao’s young goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. But then, the question is whether or not Arsenal need a new goalkeeper. The 21-year-old has been touted as possible long-term replacement for Petr Cech.
Arrizabalaga is currently on loan at second tier side Real Valladolid, which is reportedly where he caught the eye of Arsene Wenger and his scouts. A move for a goalkeeper could spell the end of David Ospina’s Arsenal woes.
Chelsea will have to pay €50million if they want to sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis, but is he really worth it?
The Colombian forward is currently on loan with the Premier League champions, who are paying his wages and medical bills. However, in contrast to his loan at Man United last season, Chelsea are not paying Monaco at all to borrow him. In the unlikely event they want to sign Falcao on a permanent deal at the end of the season they would have to fork out a staggering €50m for a striker who has scored just seven goals over the last two seasons.
Chelsea midfielder Ramires is close to a shock £25million move to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning. The Brazilian, 28, has started 15 games for the champions this season, scoring three goals. It will be surprising if he does make a move, since he has been reported to sign a new contract just a few months back. But he has struggled for opportunities under interim boss Guus Hiddink, and has a deal on the table to work for ex-Chelsea favourite Dan Petrescu in China.
Gareth Bale has turned down a move to Manchester United because of the growing turmoil at Old Trafford. It has been reported that Bale gave serious consideration to a move back to the Premier League when United offered £100million for his services last summer.
But the uncertainty at United is believed to have played a major role in Bale’s decision to turn down a move to Manchester. Rafa Benitez then convinced him that his future continued to lie at Real Madrid. Even since Benitez’s departure, Bale and his representatives are reportedly going to need serious convincing from United’s board if they are to come in with another offer.