Tuesday 16 January 2018

The 10 biggest Premier League transfers that could still happen

Angel Di Maria continues to be linked with a £50m move to Manchester United.
Angel Di Maria continues to be linked with a £50m move to Manchester United.

Tom Sheen

There are still just under two weeks until the transfer window closes on Monday 1 September. With the Premier League season just started, it has become clear that certain sides still need to strengthen while others could cash in on players who want out.

Brendan Rodgers may have seen Daniel Sturridge continue his stunning goalscoring form since arriving at Anfield from Chelsea, but the Liverpool manager has £75m (or £65m according to Barcelona) burning a hole in his pocket.

If Liverpool are to realise their ambitions of winning a Premier League title and competing at Europe's top table, Rodgers must know that he can't allow a world class striker to leave without finding an adequate replacement.

Sturridge is a world class goalscorer, but he is not on the same level as Barcelona's new No 9. Rodgers has admitted he is chasing a player from the top end of the market, with Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani the two players most heavily linked with a move to the club. Either of those would cost a small fortune, but are should thrive in England.

Down the road bitter rivals Manchester United are ready to spend big to cure the hangover left by the David Moyes reign. They dominate this list after Louis van Gaal lost his first match as a Premier League manager, naming a severely weakened side that included two debutants.

Arturo Vida and Angel Di Maria have been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer and one of those two, plus some defensive reinforcements - perhaps Marcos Rojo, Mats Hummels, Mehdi Benatia or Alex Song - are needed if United are to force their way back into the top four.

Sami Khedira may yet move to London, but it is unclear whether he will wind up at Arsenal or Chelsea, while Petr Cech could find himself leaving the city after Jose Mourinho elected to make Thibaut Courtois the club's No 1.

Expect plenty of twists and turns between now and 1 September.

Here are the 10 biggest moves that could still happen:

1. Radamel Falcao - Real Madrid/Liverpool

Despite missing more than six months with injury, the Colombian striker remains one of the hottest properties in Europe. Falcao is unhappy at Monaco but is believed to prefer a move to Real Madrid over the Reds; however, with Los Blancos already having spent huge money this summer, a deal to Spain could be impossible because of Financial Fair Play.

Falcao remains a huge injury concern for Colombia

2. Angel Di Maria - Manchester United/PSG

Di Maria is a world class player that Manchester United should break the bank to get. A £50m bid transfer would break the club record, but United are seemingly in crisis again and need something to lift the gloomy mood at Old Trafford. If the Argentine arrived it wouldn’t just lift fortunes on the pitch, but would signal to the rest of football that United are not yet a spent force

Angel Di Maria continues to be linked with a £50m move to Manchester United.

3. Sami Khedira - Arsenal/Chelsea

Will he, won’t he, will he, won’t he? Sami Khedira is clearly surplus to requirements at Real Madrid after the arrival of Toni Kroos but his wage demands and fee seem to be getting in the way of a resolution. He is a fantastic player and would be a major coup if he were to arrive at either London club, but this transfer will probably rumble on until deadline day.

Sami Khedira's injury history is putting Arsenal off a move for the Real Madrid midfielder. Photo: Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

4. Edinson Cavani - Liverpool

Another striker unhappy in Ligue 1, Cavani scored 25 goals for PSG last season but is reported to be unhappy playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Paris. PSG don’t want to sell, but Brendan Rodgers is looking at the top end of the market to replace Luis Suarez and could spend big on Cavani or Falcao.

Edinson Cavani reacts after missing an opportunity to give Uruguay a 2-0 lead. Photo: DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images

5. Mehdi Benatia - Manchester United

The classy Moroccan centre-back would perfectly fit the profile as one of the back three in Louis van Gaal's system. The Roma man, believed to be available for about £30m, is very good on the ball, an excellent athlete and a fierce competitor. He is comfortable taking the ball forward and is a threat at set-pieces.

Mehdi Benatia is a €25m target for both Manchester United and Chelsea

6. Arturo Vidal - Mancester United

This potential transfer seems to have been rumbling on all summer but appears unlikely. Vidal is supposedly keen on a move and a midfielder of Vidal’s quality would be an upgrade over United’s current crop, but Louis van Gaal is believed to have doubts about the Chilean’s knee.

Arturo Vidal has been strongly linked with Manchester United

7. Petr Cech - Real Madrid/PSG

Jose Mourinho wants Cech to stay in west London but the giant goalkeeper is too good to waste his away on the Chelsea bench. Real Madrid, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain seem the likeliest destinations for the 32-year-old, who is still one of the very, very best in the world.

Petr Cech is thought to be interested in the prospect of moving to Spain, with Real Madrid reportedly interested in securing his signature. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

8. Mats Hummels - Manchester United

Again, this deal appeared to be dead after Jurgen Klopp said he had no intention to sell and made the World Cup hero his club captain. But rumours for the German centre-back continue to swirl and given United’s defensive woes – Tyler Blackett is not the answer – a huge bid could tempt the Bundesliga side.

Borrusia Dortmond defender Mats Hummels is a target for Manchester United. Photo: Martin Rose/Getty Images

9. Marco Reus - Various

One of the world’s best young players, Reus is being linked with just about every major European club. Manchester United and Liverpool appear to be leading the race in England, but Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and several other clubs would be delighted with the youngster. Reus’ cheap release clause, the cause of all the speculation, doesn’t take effect until next summer, so a big bid may tempt Dortmund to sell now.

Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus is a transfer target

10. Alex Song - Arsenal/Manchester United

Alex Song has never really made his mark in Spain and is now reported to be available on a year-long loan deal. He can play in either centre-midfield or at the back and his versatility would be handy for Arsene Wenger. The Gunners are lacking options at centre-back and Song can fill in if needed – he would also be an upgrade on club captain Mikel Arteta.

Alex Song is eyeing silverware after joining Barcelona from Arsenal

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