Thursday 22 August 2019

Eight deals waiting to happen before the transfer window closes

Tierney: Arsenal interest. Photo: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire
Tierney: Arsenal interest. Photo: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

The transfer window closes today at 5pm but here are eight deals that could go through before it slams shut.

David Luiz  to Arsenal

Luiz did not train with the Chelsea first-team yesterday as part of his attempts to force a move to Arsenal and reunite with Unai Emery, his former manager at Paris St-Germain. The move is complicated by the two-year deal the 32-year-old signed at Chelsea in May.

Wilfried Zaha to Everton

Zaha has made it clear that he plans to leave Crystal Palace this summer, handing in a transfer request yesterday in a bid to force a move. Everton are expected to respond to the request today by making a sizeable offer.

Kieran Tierney to Arsenal

Arsenal's pursuit of the Celtic left-back has continued until the final day. He has been a long-term target for Arsenal 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 €27 million.

Ryan Sessegnon to Tottenham Hotspur

Sessegnon is a key target for Tottenham and the 19-year-old is keen to work with Mauricio Pochettino and remain in the Premier League after Fulham's relegation. He is viewed as a long-term option on the left flank, where he can play as a full-back or a winger. Spurs are also close to agreeing a €70m deal with Real Betis for Giovani Lo Celso

Alex Iwobi to Everton

Everton's shock €32.5 million bid for Iwobi was swiftly rejected by Arsenal, but they would be more willing to listen to offers that are closer to the €43 million mark. The 23-year-old made 51 outings for Arsenal last season, scoring six goals.

Ismaila Sarr to Watford

Sarr, the pacy Rennes winger, will become Watford's most expensive ever player if they can finally conclude a deal for their principal target of the summer. Watford value the 21-year-old at around €27 million, but Rennes have been holding out for a fee closer to €32.5 million.

Dennis Praet to Leicester City

Praet is set to cost Leicester around €22million if Brendan Rodgers's side can finalise a move for the Sampdoria midfielder. The 25-year-old, who has three caps for Belgium, would provide more competition for James Maddison and Youri Tielemans, their €43  million signing from Monaco.

Danny Drinkwater to Burnley

Burnley are hopeful of securing a loan move for Drinkwater, who has long been out of favour at Stamford Bridge. The 29-year-old midfielder, who joined Chelsea from Leicester after helping them to their fairytale title success in 2015-16, did not make a single Premier League appearance last season.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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