Ross Barkley to Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs have only made one signing so far this Window but are expected to kick into gear in the last ten days. The Barkley/Spurs saga has dragged out across the window, and the Everton player is out of contract at the end of the season and is currently injured. Daniel Levy will be licking his lips at the prospect of a cut-price transfer.
If the move doesn’t materialise, then it will be interesting to see whether Ronald Koeman would welcome Barkley back into a squad that is now swamped with attacking midfielders.
Cedric Soares to Chelsea
Chelsea are in need of reinforcements and have been strongly linked with Southampton’s Soares. Doubts remain over Victor Moses at right wing back and the Portuguese has proven himself to be a solid defender who likes to get forward. He may not be the biggest name but he is reliable and would be a solid alternative to Moses for Antonio Conte.
It would be unlikely that the Saints would let both Cedric and Virgil van Dijk leave, so if Chelsea want to bolster their defence they may have to prioritise one over the other.
Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool/Chelsea
Southampton are surely going to lose another one of their star defenders. Liverpool have been desperate to bring in the Dutchman and even got into trouble over possible tapping up. Van Dijk has made his feelings clear and is desperate to leave the club to play Champions League football.
At the moment, the Saints are playing hardball and look impermeable in their barrier between Van Dijk and a move to a top six side. Whether Chelsea or Liverpool stump up the record price for a defender remains to be seen, but Southampton won’t give up without a fight.
Kevin Wimmer to Southampton
In a transfer merry-go-round sort of way, the Saints are rumoured to be looking at Spurs outcast Wimmer to replace Van Dijk. The Austrian is a very good defender who is cultured on the ball but has struggled for game time due to Spurs’ impressive centre half options. Could turn out to be a bargain at the reported £15million.
Southampton have a knack of creating a platform for central defenders to thrive – with Van Dijk and Toby Alderweireld as two examples – and regular game time for Wimmer could see his pedigree rocket.
Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea
It’s fair to say it was probably a mistake letting Nemanja Matic go to Manchester United for £40million. Chelsea are looking to replace his role in the team with Englishman Drinkwater. Drinkwater was extremely impressive in Leicester’s title win and performs a similar deep lying playmaker role to the one Matic performed.
This would be one of the strangest signings of the summer but, combined with N’Golo Kante in the middle of Chelsea’s midfield, Drinkwater could be a valuable asset to Conte.
Jonny Evans to Manchester City
This would be an extremely surprising transfer. Pep Guardiola expects his defenders to be extremely comfortable on the ball, which isn’t necessarily the strongest attribute of the former Manchester United player. Yet Evans knows how to win, after his time at Old Trafford, and at 29 years of age could prove a valuable squad member of a title-winning side.
City could certainly do with another centre back that they can depend upon, and Evans is solid if unspectacular.
Serge Aurier to Tottenham Hotspur
The second player in this list expected to join Spurs. With Kyle Walker leaving to join Manchester City, Tottenham could do with a right back who can replace his explosiveness and quality out wide, and Aurier certainly fits the bill.
There are doubts over Aurier’s character, so much so he isn’t currently allowed into England. However, should that case be resolved in time, expect this transfer to go ahead.
Dennis Praet to Newcastle United
The Magpies are in desperate need of some reinforcements and a spark of magic in the attacking third. Playmaker Praet can certainly provide that. The 23-year-old is expected to join from Sampdoria to bolster the ranks.
The Belgian was rated as a wonderkid a few years ago, and is looking to finally live up to his potential to earn a spot in Roberto Martinez’s Belgian World Cup squad.
William Carvalho to West Ham United
It has been a shocking start to the season for the Hammers. Their signings were very good Premier League players… five seasons ago. Carvalho would bring some much-needed youth and quality. Slaven Bilic’s side have so far shipped in seven goals in the opening two games of the season, and Carvalho will certainly shore up the midfield.
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder is one of the highest-rated in his position, and it would certainly be a coup if Bilic can add the Euro 2016 winner to his squad.
Sam Clucas to Swansea City
One of the few bright sparks in Hull’s relegation campaign last season, Clucas is expected to move to Wales. He fits in with the Swansea DNA and provides a bit more steel to a rather flimsy midfield.
Swansea are expected to be busy in the final days of the window, with £45m of Gylfi Sigurdsson money burning a hole in their pocket, and Clucas is only expected to be a drop in the water for the Swans.
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