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Transfer Deadline Day: Top deals expected to happen

The Premier League transfer window officially closes in a few hours, and the usual whirlwind of transfer rumors of big-name players going into and out of the Premier League are flying around and changing direction seemingly by the minute.

Ishaan Dutta
Last updated: 08.08.2019
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The Premier League transfer window shuts at 5 pm(BST) today, 9th August, with teams across the land trying to pull off deals and get the players they desire in for the new season. With ever-increasing revenue and new structured deals, player transfer fees have been going through the roof. As managers begin to form their desired XI for the new campaign, we take a look at the sides and the possible deadline day deals which might still go through-

  • It has been the saga of the entire transfer window, but Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba looks set to stay in England, at least this year. Real Madrid and Juventus have both been interested in the French superstar, but have both baulked at United’s £150m valuation. Madrid is short on required funds having spent over 300 million euros this summer, while Juventus already have two new midfielders, Adrien Rabiot, and Aaron Ramsey, both free, to add to their already spectacular team. However, should United find a replacement, namely Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes or Spurs’ genius Christian Eriksen, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be willing to listen to offers? Romelu Lukaku is also expected to depart for Inter Milan in the coming days.

  • Tottenham could be on the brink of a sensational swoop for Argentine star Paulo Dybala as well as Real Betis midfielder Giovani lo Celso and/or Bruno Fernandes in what would be an impressive window for the north London outfit. Mauricio Pochettino is also keen on adding young English winger, Ryan Sessegnon, to his ranks. He is seen as a long term prospect and can play at full-back too. However, with Christian Eriksen looking to move on, Spurs will be looking to get Dybala or lo Celso through the door, having already spent £65m on Tanguy Ndombele.

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  • Chelsea centre back David Luiz is reportedly trying to force through a move to Arsenal, in a bid to be reunited with his former PSG manager, Unai Emery. He did not train with his Chelsea teammates yesterday, and will be looking to get the deal done as soon as possible, despite signing a new two year deal in May. The Gunners are also set to sign Celtic left back, Kieran Tierney. He has been a long-term target and, after two rejected bids already this summer, they are expected to go back with an offer which is closer to Celtic’s demand of £25m. Emery is also keen on RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano or Juventus’ Daniele Rugani with the team currently short on centre backs.

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  • Everton could be the busy spenders on deadline day, looking to bring in Palace and Arsenal wingers Wilfried Zaha and Alex Iwobi. Zaha has made it clear that he plans to leave Crystal Palace this summer, handing in a transfer request on Wednesday in a bid to force a move. Everton are expected to respond to the request today by making a sizeable offer. As for Iwobi, the club have already bid £30m, which has reportedly been rejected by Arsenal, but they would be more willing to listen to offers that are closer to the £40m mark.

  • As for the rest of the Premier League, Leicester are on the search for a centre back with Harry Maguire having left for United. Lewis Dunk or James Tarkowski of Brighton and Burnley respectively, have been mooted as their preferred options. The Foxes could also sign Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet, to provide more competition for James Maddison and Youri Tielemans, their £40m summer signing from Monaco. Meanwhile, Watford might break the bank to sign Ismaila Sarr, the pacy Rennes winger, if they can finally conclude a deal for their top target of the window. Watford value the 21-year-old at around £25m but Rennes have been holding out for a fee closer to £30m.

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