The August, 2017 transfer window is coming to a close tonight with club sides hustling to hijack footballers of their choice to boost their chances of competing in their different leagues.
Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger
Barcelona have opened talks with Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, according to AS.
The Blaugrana are still hopeful of signing Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, but they have now identified Mahrez as an alternative. The Algeria international is likely to cost around €50 million after Roma had a series of bids rejected for the Foxes star.
Juventus have rejected a €160 million offer from Barcelona for Paulo Dybala, Corriere dello Sport claims. The Catalan club have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool and have turned to the Juve star in the wake of Neymar’s €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain. However, the Serie A side are unwilling to sell the Argentina international and knocked back Barca’s approach on Wednesday.
Having thus far failed to land a suitable back-up for wing-back Victor Moses, Chelsea are considering a deadline day move for Bacary Sagna, reports the Daily Star.
Southampton’s Cedric Soares and Bayern Munich’s Rafinha are also said to be options, but the 34-year-old former Man City man would likely be the easiest to pick up.
Manchester United have also been credited with an interest in the former France international.
Everton are considering a move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, according to French outlet FootMercato. The Toffees are keen to bring in another striker before the end of the deadline and, with a loan move for Diego Costa looking unlikely, Ronaldo Koeman sees the Belgian as a suitable option.
With Dwight Gayle unsettled at Newcastle, Rafa Benitez is hopeful of bringing in Liverpool forward Divock Origi as a replacement, according to Express .
Any move for the Belgian forward would depend on whether Gayle, valued at £18 million, is sold, and whether Jurgen Klopp’s Reds add more players to their squad on deadline day.
Everton have made an offer to add Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen on a season-long loan, reports the Daily Mirror .
The 31-year-old former Arsenal man has played in just 11 league games for Barca since joining in 2014 and played nine games last year in Serie A on loan with Roma.
Arsenal have set their sights on Paris Saint-Germain forward Julian Draxler and will not sell Alexis Sanchez unless the Frenchman signs, reports the Mirror .
The Gunners are bracing themselves for another offensive from Manchester City on deadline day, as Pep Guardiola continues his bid for the Chilean until the very last moment.
But Arsenal are equally adamant that, after Sunday’s 4-0 capitulation to Liverpool, they will not risk further wrath from fans by selling the favourite without a replacement lined up.
Draxler, whose first-team chances look bleak with Neymar and possibly Kylian Mbappe joining PSG, would be the big-name signing needed at the Emirates to calm irate supporters if Alexis exits.
Tottenham are set to battle Chelsea for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, according to The Sun .
The Blues are in pole position to sign the Spain international in a £15 million deal, but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful he can steal in to provide competition for Harry Kane in north London.
West Ham want Jack Wilshere on a loan deal from Arsenal after seeing their bid for William Carvalho fail to advance, claims the Sun . The Hammers have made a disastrous start to the Premier League season, losing three games out of three and shipping 10 goals.
And as Portugal international Cavalho seems no closer to east London, the club’s eye has fallen on Wilshere, who is desperate to kickstart his career after falling out of favour with the Gunners.
Swansea City are on the verge of sealing a sensational loan deal for Bayern Munich youngster Renato Sanches, reports DiMarzio.com .
The 20-year-old Portugal international has failed to settle in Germany since moving from Benfica last season, and is now expected to leave the club.
And Swansea, whose manager Paul Clement worked with Sanches at the Allianz Arena, reportedly are set to complete a loan deal worth €5 million along with a purchase option of €30m.
Arsenal have ruled out signing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero as part of any deal which could see Alexis Sanchez head in the opposite direction, claims the Daily Mirror .
Reports have claimed that City could offer Aguero as part of their bid to persuade Arsenal to sell Alexis before the transfer window closes.
However, even if City are prepared to let Aguero go, Arsenal have no interest in signing the Argentine due to the attacking options they already have.
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini could be set to leave Old Trafford with Fenerbahce looking to sign the Belgium international next summer, according to the Sun.
Fellaini is seen as a key part of the United squad by manager Jose Mourinho, and the Super Lig club are prepared to wait 12 months to secure a transfer. The 29-year-old was linked with Juventus earlier in the summer but a move did not materialise.
Arsenal have made an offer for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez, according to Diario Gol.
The Spain international has become an important option for Zinedine Zidane, but has not locked down a place in the starting XI due to competition from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and more. Roma, Juventus and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old.
Diego Costa could be set for a surprise loan switch to Las Palmas to help facilitate his transfer to Atletico Madrid, according to the Sun .
The 28-year-old is expected to leave Chelsea before the end of the transfer window in order to return to Atletico, but cannot play for the Madrid club until January due to their transfer ban.
The Liga side cannot register any new players until January 1, so a loan move to Las Palmas would help Costa keep fit ahead of the new year.
Chelsea have seen their opening £25 million bid for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley rejected, according to a report from the BBC .
The Toffees are said to be holding out for £50m for the 23-year-old, though with only a year left on his contract the asking price may be dropped before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Barkley has turned down a new deal at Everton, with the midfielder wanting to make the move to the Premier League champions.
Sergio Aguero may seek to leave Manchester City this January if he continues to be overlooked by manager Pep Guardiola, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Aguero was left out of City’s 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth at the weekend, with Gabriel Jesus instead picked to lead the line.
City have had a £50 million bid rejected for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez but remain confident of signing the Chilean, meaning more competition for Aguero may soon arrive.
The club do not currently want to sell the 29-year-old, but are aware he may seek a transfer at the turn of the year if he is still down Guardiola’s pecking order, particularly with the World Cup in Russia looming.