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Transfer Rumours - Top 10 deals that could happen on deadline day

Dean Smith 30 Aug 2017
  • We could be set for one of the busiest transfer deadline days in recent times on Thursday
  • Here are ten huge deals that could still happen before the window slams shut at 23:00 BST
Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez

It's Transfer Deadline Day in England and we're looking at ten deals that could still happen before the end of the window - could Liverpool's Philippe Countinho be set for a record-breaking move to Barcelona?

Philippe Coutinho - Liverpool to Barcelona

In what could be the biggest deal ever involving a Premier League club, Brazilian Philippe Coutinho could be set to join Barcelona to help Ousmane Dembele shoulder the burden left by the departing Neymar, who joined PSG for a world record fee earlier in the window when his minimum fee release clause was met by the French moneybags to shock across the footballing world.

The Reds hierarchy have been very clear throughout the window that they are not willing to sell the player that many consider to be their talisman, although as the offers rise in value from the Catalonians, they will become more and more difficult to reject, particularly since the 25 year old has already reportedly handed in a transfer request earlier in the window.

Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal to Man City

Alexis Sanchez cut the figure of a broken man during Arsenal's 4-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool over the weekend. The Gunners forward has been the club's star man over the last few years, but has understandably grown increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress at the Emirates Stadium and indeed now, the lack of Champions League football.

Like Liverpool with Coutinho, the powers that be at Arsenal are attempting to hold firm and keep hold of their prize asset, but it's worth noting that the Chilean superstar has only one year remaining on his contract. Manchester City have the money to make an offer that the North London club will struggle to refuse with the fear of losing the player on a free in 12 months time.

Thomas Lemar - Monaco to Liverpool

Monaco starlet Thomas Lemar has been linked with a move to Arsenal over the course of the summer, but since Arsene Wenger commented that a deal was not going to happen, it is Liverpool that have been linked with the 21 year old winger as he looks set to be the next player to move from Stade Louis II this summer following the likes of Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

If Barcelona's attempts to prise Coutinho from Anfield are successful, the Reds will have a hole to plug in their first choice eleven and money to spend thanks to the transfer. In Lemar, they'd be signing a pacey, versatile young star who has already made his debut for a strong France national team, so it could be money well spent.

Could Brazilian attacker Philippe Coutinho be on his way to Camp Nou? (Getty Images)
Virgil van Dijk - Southampton to Liverpool

Along with the signing of Thomas Lemar, the money coming in from a potential sale of Coutinho could see the Reds finally get a deal for Southampton centre back Virgil van Dijk over the line. This particular transfer saga has had more twists and turns than any this summer, with Southampton at one point even receiving a formal apology from the Merseyside club following an illegal approach.

Since then, the Dutchman has handed in a transfer request at St Mary's Stadium and looks set to move on, although the Reds may have to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United who are also reportedly expressing a late interest. Whoever he joins, the 26 year old is likely to be a fantastic addition to any of the top Premier League sides.

Riyad Mahrez - Leicester to Man Utd

Ever since Leicester City's title victory in 2016 Riyad Mahrez has been linked with a move away from the club, but could he finally be set to move on from the King Power Stadium on the final day of this summer transfer window? Given his obvious quality and the unlikelihood of more silverware at Leicester, it's not difficult to see why clubs would be interested in his signature.

Although it's fair to say Mahrez wasn't at his best in the 2016/2017 season, he has been in solid form in the opening stages of the new campaign and the Algerian international won the PFA Player of the Year only two seasons ago. He has the skill, delivery and pace to be a real option for any of the top clubs and that's why Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly chasing him right now.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal to Chelsea

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Arsenal career has been a strange one. Although he has racked up just short of 200 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners since his 2011 switch from Southampton, 'the Ox' has never really managed to nail down a starting spot in the team and his position has regularly changed between central midfield, attacking midfield and either wing.

Perhaps his versatility is what makes him an intriguing option for Chelsea and Liverpool, who have both expressed an interest throughout this window. There is undoubted quality in his game and at 24, he still has room for further improvements and after appearing to stagnate somewhat at Arsenal, now could be the perfect time for him to make the move to another club. 

Danny Drinkwater - Leicester to Chelsea

Antonio Conte has grown frustrated with the lack of movement in the transfer market this summer. The Italian boss was hoping to restructure his squad slightly following the title win last year, but he is still looking to add numbers to his squad and even if the likes of Mahrez and Oxlade-Chamberlain come through the door, he is reportedly still after the signature of Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater.

The 27 year old, who started his career as a trainee with Manchester United, is unlikely to be a regular starter at Stamford Bridge and the Foxes are unlikely to allow him to leave on the cheap, but the temptation of a huge wage rise may be too much for Drinkwater to resist, although he won't expect to be a regular starter and it could stall his hopes of another call-up to the England squad.

Daniel Drinkwater of Leicester Getty Images)
Jonny Evans - West Brom to Man City

The likelihood of Jonny Evans securing such a big-money move to one of the Premier League's elite clubs a couple of years ago following his switch from Manchester United to West Bromwich Albion seemed unlikely to say the least. The Northern Irishman has progressed hugely in the last few seasons though and with homegrown quotas to fill, clubs are taking a serious look at the centre back.

At 29, Evans is not going to be a long-term option, but with almost 200 appearances as a Manchester United player under his belt, he has the experience of playing for a big club and he could be a handy rotation option for the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal who are interested, although a return to the North West appears to be the most likely option for Evans.

Demarai Gray - Leicester to Tottenham 

Another man who could be on the way out of the King Power Stadium on transfer deadline day is young winger Demarai Gray. The ex-Birmingham City man has never been able to become a surefire starter at Leicester since joining midway through the title-winning campaign of 2015/2016 and despite flashes of brilliance including a fine goal in last year's away defeat to Manchester United, he hasn't yet been able to win over the Foxes fanbase either.

Enter, Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur. The Lilywhites' Argentinian boss has a reputation of being able to get the best out of youngsters with raw talent and Gray certainly fits that bill, whilst Spurs are in desperate need of attacking options off the bench and with the pace and directness he possesses, Gray would provide a more exciting option than the likes of Moussa Sissoko for the North London club.

Mamadou Sakho - Liverpool to Leicester

Crystal Palace have been looking to raise the funds to secure a permanent deal for central defender Mamadou Sakho over the course of the summer following his highly successful loan spell with the club last season. Now however, it appears as though the Eagles are set to miss out on their man as Leicester City are reportedly preparing a late bid for his services.

The French international is strong in the air and in the tackle and has the quality and experience to slot right into the heart of Craig Shakespeare's backline. What's more, the Foxes look set to sell up to three first team players in the final stages of the window, so they're likely to have money to spare and gaps to plug in their squad, with Sakho likely to be towards the top of their shopping list.

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