Wednesday is one the most anticipated day of the transfer window as deadline day has panicked Premier League managers running from place to place desperately trying to arrange last minute deals to appease fans, while Harry Redknapp turns up at various grounds hinting at mystery signings.
As we are sure you know, Redknapp is ‘a football advisor to Central Coast Mariners and a director at Southern Football League side Wimborne Town’ so we fully expect Sky Sports News HQ to be following ‘Arry’s every movement.
However, unfortunately for us we do not have the pleasure of seeing the wheeler dealer strut his stuff in the Premier League these days, but there are plenty of managers in the top flight hastily putting the finishing touches to their squads.
West Brom have finally kicked into life after a quiet summer, whilst there is a flurry of transfer activity proceeding at White Hart Lane.
Elsewhere, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is doing his late shopping in Serie A whilst Arsenal are close to confirming a double deal.
Premier League champions Leicester have men in Portugal negotiating deals for a Sporting Lisbon duo, and Everton are closing in on a £24 million signing from Napoli to partner Romelu Lukaku up front.
Here’s our comprehensive round-up of all the moves expected in the Premier League.
Marcos Alonso: Fiorentina to Chelsea, £24m
Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign the former Bolton left-back who has been outstanding in Italy for Serie A outfit Fiorentina, something that Antonio Conte will know a considerable amount about given his spell as Juventus manager. Alonso is still only 25, and is expected to cost approximately £24m.
Source: Sky Sports.
Nacer Chadli: Tottenham to West Brom, £13m
Mauricio Pochettino has been targeting numerous players in Chadli’s position so it was hardly a surprise that Tottenham have accepted West Brom’s offer for the wide man.
The Baggies are in desperate need of some creativity going forward and Spurs have made moves to sign both Marseille’s Georges-Kevin NKoudou and Crystal Palace’s star asset Wilfried Zaha.
We can expect the move to be completed well ahead of Wednesday’s deadline.
Source: Sky Sports.
Shkodran Mustafi: Valencia to Arsenal, £35m
The transfer to bring Mustafi to the Emirates is a formality at this stage. The Valencia centre-back has been one of La Liga’s most consistent defenders and has impressed going up against the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann.
One of the few players to best him last season was a certain forward from Deportivo la Coruna..
The German international is expected to complete his move to Arsenal on Tuesday, signing a five-year, £35m deal, after a long summer of drawn-out negotiations.
Lucas Perez: Deportivo to Arsenal, £17.1m
It was indeed Lucas Perez who infuriated Mustafi in Deportivo’s draw with Valencia in January, but thankfully for the former Everton trainee he will be able to celebrate when the 27-year-old scores instead of falling into an angry rage.
The forward, who can play on either flank, scored seventeen and assisted in eleven goals for Deportivo last season and brings a variety and flair to Arsenal’s side, with the Gunners expected to make the acquisition this week.
Source: Sky Sports.
Marcelo Brozovic: Inter to Chelsea, £21.3m
It has been reported that Chelsea have had a €25m bid accepted by Inter Milan for Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic in a move which should strengthen the Blues’ midfield.
Antonio Conte has already acquired N’Golo Kante from Leicester, but Brozovic is probably a player required to add cohesion to a midfield that is slowly rebuilding under the Italian tactician.
Vicente Iborra: Sevilla to Sunderland, £7m
Sunderland have today agreed a £7 million fee to sign Sevilla’s defensive midfielder Vicente Iborra in what is a coup for the Black Cats.
David Moyes had been hoping to sign Yann M’Vila from Rubin Kazan in order to shore up his weak midfield, but Iborra is arguably the better signing given his fine performances in a competitive environment,
Source: Sky Sports.
Manolo Gabbiadini: Napoli to Everton, £24m
Everton are in deep talks with Napoli over the sale of another of the Italian side’s forwards in the form of Manolo Gabbiadini.
Described as a versatile, creative and hard-working striker, Gabbiadini joined Napoli from Sampdoria at the start of 2015 for €13m and has scored thirteen goals in fourty-two appearances.
Napoli are said to want £25 million for the 24-year-old and Everton have already had a £19.6 million offer rejected, but the conversation between the two clubs seems to be progressing.
Thus, a move before Thursday could come to fruition, with the Toffees hardly short of finances following their takeover.
Source: Sky Sports
Ignachio Camacho: Malaga to West Brom, £15.3m
Another extremely likely done deal, Camacho provides the cover in midfield that Tony Pulis has been searching for. The Baggies manager is a well-reputed to demand defensive rigidity from his teams, and the capture of the 26-year-old certainly fortifies Pulis’s starting eleven.
The signing is expected to cost an initial €18 million, with the fee rising to €3 million in add-ons. The player has already agreed terms with the club.
Islam Slimani: Sporting to Leicester, £34.1m
The defending Premier League champions are in advanced talks with Slimani over a move which will smash the Foxes’ transfer record, set only earlier this summer for Ahmed Musa.
The Algerian scored twenty-seven times for Sporting in the Portuguese top flight last season, but the stumbling block is found in the transfer fee.
Neither club are willing to come to an agreement just yet, with Sporting demanding £34m. However, Slimani is keen on a move, and appeared to confirm he is departing Portugal after breaking down in tears following last night’s victory over Porto.
Adrien Silva: Sporting to Leicester, £21m
Finally, the Foxes are set to continue their raid on the Portuguese club by also making a move to sign talented midfielder Adrien Silva, who was one of his country’s key players on their way to success in the European Championships this summer.
Silva is another player who has seemingly confirmed to his move to the Premier League. In an interview published today the long-serving Lisbon man revealed his next destination.
“Yes, I confirm this proposal [Leicester’s offer]. Leicester is very interesting and corresponds to my career goals.
“After the past 15 years at Sporting, this opportunity is something exceptional for me and can allow me to express and impose myself in another championship, and also to evolve in the Premier League, which is a stunning league.”
Silva is expected to join on a long-term deal, with the 27-year-old joining for £21 million.
Source: O Jogo.