With Premier League clubs voting to end this summer’s transfer window before the season starts, teams have until 5pm on 9th August to get their deals done.
Expect panic buys and leftfield loans aplenty, but here are some of the latest names who could be on the move.
After a stellar World Cup, Maguire has caught the attention of Man Utd. The Red Devils value the defender at a hefty £65m, but Leicester are adamant their Sheffield star is going nowhere. It’ll take an eye-watering offer to prize Maguire away from the King Power, but it also raises the bigger question of value for money in the transfer window. With Premier League clubs having deeper pockets thanks to bumper TV deals, ever-inflating transfer fees are seemingly inevitable. Or do we really want to live in a world where a player who looked half-decent against Tunisia and Panama costs more than Kevin De Bruyne?
The Belgian shot stopper has made no secret of his desire to return to Spain, with Real Madrid looking ready to pounce. With just 12 months remaining on his Chelsea contract, a deflated transfer fee – estimated at around £35 million – would only add further insult to injury for The Blues. For many punters, it’s a done deal but the Chelsea hierarchy are insistent no deal can be done until a potential replacement is brought in. And amazingly, that probably isn’t Rob Green.
Having plummeted into the Championship with Stoke City, it seemed a given Jack Butland would be one of the first out the door and back to the Premier League. Perhaps clubs thought twice after seeing him concede 61 goals in only 35 games last season. Admittedly, playing in front of Glen Johnson and Ryan Shawcross – the latter now sadly having the turning circle of a moon – hardly helped. But with Chelsea looking to fill a Courtois-shaped gap in goal, a move to the Bridge could be on the cards for the England keeper.
After missing out on France’s World Cup winning squad, contract disputes and getting limited game time under Jose Mourinho, speculation has been rife about Anthony Martial’s future. Suitors have been put on alert after the former Monaco man flew home from United’s US preseason tour for the birth of his second child, leaving Mourinho fuming. Clubs have balked at the rumoured £80m asking price thus far. Yet, for for a player capable of making Martin Tyler erupt into a bout of feverish delight akin to a kid getting a BMX for Christmas, he could be worth every penny.
No silly season would be complete without a transfer so expensive it would be bigger than the GDP of a small country. After lighting up the 2018 World Cup, Kylian Mbappe is the talk of the footballing town. He may already be the world’s most expensive teenager after signing for Paris Saint-Germain for £166m, but that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill going into overdrive. Money doesn’t just talk, it shouts like Delia Smith through a megaphone, and Real Madrid have had to deny agreeing a £240m fee for the Frenchman. There’s also the small matter of PSG trying to comply with financial fair play. It couldn’t happen, could it?
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