Ramsey, Rojo and Ings possible deals ahead of Premier League transfer window deadline

Matt Jones 7/08/2018
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It’s approaching crunch time for a number of Premier League clubs looking to scramble together squads for an assault on Manchester City’s title – with Manchester United and Chelsea in particular still keen to do business ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Elsewhere, others are looking to bolster their ranks as they bid to survive a torturous campaign, including newly-promoted Cardiff and Europa League-chasing Burnley.

Below are a list of the most in-demand players for Premier League clubs and the likelihood of deals being completed before Thursday’s deadline.

CHRISTIAN PULISIC – BORUSSIA DORTMUND TO CHELSEA

Is Pulisic Chelsea-bound?

Chelsea again here. To be fair, did you see the gulf in class between them and City at Wembley? The 19-year-old has been linked with a move to a myriad of clubs this summer, although this seems another one that is likely to happen in the future rather than be rushed through in a few days.

Undoubtedly talented, it would perhaps be more beneficial for the American teenager to hone his craft for another season at Dortmund where manager Lucien Favre has a young side to mould for the future.

However, with Chelsea possibly losing the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian, they may be pushed into a move for Pulisic.

Chances of it happening – 3/10

AARON RAMSEY – ARSENAL TO CHELSEA OR LIVERPOOL

Aaron Ramsey’s contract is up in 2019.

 

This is a deal that has come to light very recently and for that reason, seems unlikely to come to fruition.

The Welshman would be a quality addition to either side’s midfield but Unai Emery would be foolish to want to let the 27-year-old leave for a Premier League rival. Having lost the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Robin van Persie in similar circumstances in recent seasons, that would see the amount of rants on Arsenal Fan TV skyrocket at a time when they’re happy to have just got rid of Arsene Wenger.

Ramsey himself is surely keen to see what unfolds in the Spaniard’s debut season at the Emirates. He is though entering his prime as well as the last year of his contract, so if the Gunners fail to fire this season, this could be a move we’ll see next summer.

Chances of it happening – 2/10

THEO HERNANDEZ – REAL MADRID TO FULHAM

On the move? Theo Hernandez.

From the Santiago Bernabeu to Craven Cottage. Not a move that’s been completed too often in football history, but it could just happen before Thursday’s deadline.

Fulham have already had a sensational summer window – signing Jean Michael Seri, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Alfie Mawson and Andre Schurrle – and it could get even better if they pull this loan move off.

The 20-year-old left-back has not pulled up any trees in Madrid and is in need of a move to rejuvenate his career.

Chances of it happening – 7/10

MARCOS ROJO – MANCHESTER UNITED TO WOLVES OR EVERTON

Rojo seems set to move on.

Whether it’s Alderweireld, Maguire or Jerome Boateng, one of them looks likely to be a United player by the end of the week.

And if they are, the current Old Trafford defender most likely to be shifted on is the Argentine. Erratic, unreliable and injury-prone, his initial signing after the 2014 World Cup was a head-scratcher.

He has failed to convince since but the good thing is that Mourinho isn’t short of suitors for the 28-year-old, with Everton and promoted Wolves after reinforcements.

Chances of it happening 7/10

DANNY INGS – LIVERPOOL TO CRYSTAL PALACE, NEWCASTLE, SOUTHAMPTON OR BOURNEMOUTH

Plenty of admirers: Danny Ings.

The former Burnley striker has endured a nightmare few years at Anfield with injury and his Reds future was underlined when he was left at home while they went to the US on their pre-season tour.

Although he’s going to be taking a step down, the good news for the 26-year-old is he won’t be short of options, with a string of lower tier Premier League clubs looking to snap him up.

Ings is in need of a fresh start and a £20 million fee feels like a great deal for someone.

Chances of it happening 9/10

JAY RODRIGUEZ – WEST BROM TO BURNLEY

Source of goals: Jay Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is one of those perennial players that seem to make a career out of being a nomadic Premier League player. Nowhere near good, or consistent, enough to be an elite operator – to be fair horrendous injuries have curtailed his career – yet he appears in demand after relegation with West Brom last term.

The Clarets will have to stump up £20m if they want to bring Rodriguez back to Turf Moor – the 29-year-old scored 41 goals in 128 games from 2007-12 before moving on to Southampton.

Burnley’s striking corps is stacked with middling forwards –  Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood and Jonathan Walters – so what’s one more to add to the mix.

Sean Dyche’s side are looking to improve on a superb seventh-place finish last term and need more goals – they were the fourth-lowest scorers (36) in the Premier League last term.

Chances of it happening – 8/10

ALVARO NEGREDO – BESIKTAS TO CARDIFF

Is Negredo set for a Premier League return?

A Premier League winner with Manchester City in 2013/14, Alvaro Negredo certainly has Premier League pedigree, something Cardiff will desperately need as they look to try and survive their second attempt in the top-flight.

In 2013/14 they finished rock bottom and will be favourites for 20th place again. Last season’s promotion was built on solidity and they have wily Neil Warnock in charge so they will be tough to crack – even more so if they land the burly Spaniard.

Their other summer acquisitions hardly strike fear into the rest of the league – Josh Murphy, Bobby Reid, Greg Cunningham and Alex Smithies coming aboard a ship most are already saying will struggle to stay afloat.

The 32-year-old would add some quality to a Bluebirds striking department that currently includes Kenneth Zohore, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Gary Medine.

Chances of it happening – 8/10

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Burnley now have three England goalkeepers on their books after signing Joe Hart from Man City

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Joe Hart has ended his 12-year stay at Manchester City after signing for Burnley, who now boast three England goalkeepers on their books.

Hart, who has agreed a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee thought to be no more than £4million, has been looking for a permanent club after season-long loans at Torino and West Ham. The Clarets emerged as an unexpected destination after injuries to Nick Pope and Tom Heaton.

Manager Sean Dyche decided to enter the market with Pope facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder in the Europa League qualifier at Aberdeen and Heaton returning to fitness after a calf strain.

Hart has known he had no future at the Etihad Stadium, where he played a key role in two Premier League title wins and three cup successes over the course of 348 appearances, ever since Pep Guardiola’s arrival as manager.

The 31-year-old’s situation became even more stark when he was axed by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate on the eve of this summer’s World Cup, with Pope beating him to a place in the final 23 and Heaton named on standby.

Hart has not given up hope of adding to his 75 England caps, and starting the season in the starting XI of a side who finished seventh in the league last season and have a chance of reaching the Europa League group stages is a good place to start.

He will wear number 20 at Turf Moor, where his drastically reduced wage has reportedly been topped up by a pay-off from City.

His departure was marked with warm words from his former employers, who have promised supporters the chance to show their appreciation at a “formal tribute” in the autumn.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak led the praise in a statement which read: “Joe Hart’s contribution to Manchester City cannot be overstated.

“His 12 years at the club have seen him produce some remarkable performances and heart-stopping saves that will live in the memory for a long time to come. His passion for and commitment to this club, evidenced by a remarkable tally of 348 appearances, means he will rightly be regarded as a City legend in perpetuity.

“I want to personally thank him for everything he has given to us over very many years and he leaves with Sheikh Mansour’s and my heartfelt best wishes for the next step in his career. He will always be welcome at the club.”

City captain Vincent Kompany also offered a glowing reference.

“Joe joined as a young lad from Shrewsbury and leaves a City legend,” said the Belgian.

“When you look at the club he joined and the club as it is now, we have come so far during his time in Manchester and Joe has been a huge part of that.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to play alongside him for so many years and I know I speak on behalf of every City fan when I say I hope he means as much to his next club as he has meant to us.”

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Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld and Wilfried Zaha - players likely on the move in the Premier League

Matt Jones 7/08/2018
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Will he stay or will he go? Thibaut Courtois.

It’s approaching crunch time for a number of Premier League clubs looking to scramble together squads for an assault on Manchester City’s title – with Manchester United and Chelsea in particular still keen to do business ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Elsewhere, others are looking to bolster their ranks as they look to survive a torturous campaign.

Below are a list of the most in-demand players for Premier League clubs and the likelihood of deals being completed before Thursday’s deadline.

SERGEJ MILINKOVIC-SAVIC – LAZIO TO MANCHESTER UNITED OR CHELSEA

Sergej Milinkovic Savic

Real Madrid seemed his most likely destination ahead of a much-hyped appearance at the World Cup, with Manchester United and Chelsea his predicted landing spots in England.

However, all the noise seems to have gone quiet rather than ratcheted up since Serbia’s exit from Russia.

United appear to be more concerned with bringing in a centre-back and a winger, unless Paul Pogba makes a surprise exit, while Los Blancos need a bona-fide superstar to replace Cristiano Ronaldo. Stamford Bridge appears the most likely destination, with only Jorginho coming in this summer.

Chances of it happening 2/10

NABIL FAKIR – LYON TO CHELSEA OR LIVERPOOL

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The little Lyon magician was on the brink of joining Liverpool before the World Cup, only for him to do a complete U-turn after his club kicked up a fuss. The Reds, meanwhile, were subsequently pushed to sign Xherdan Shaqiri as cover in attack.

A gap filled at Anfield could again see the Blues come in for the 25-year-old as Maurizio Sarri is belatedly in through the door and clearly needs reinforcements, judging by Sunday’s meek Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.

The player has told Lyon’s in-house TV station he’s happy for now, but has not ruled out a move in the future, so this window might be a little premature.

Chances of it happening 4/10

WILLIAN – CHELSEA TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Willian-Chelsea (1)

“Sometimes we talk, we text, we send messages to each other via WhatsApp. He is a great manager, I really enjoyed working with him. I hope I can work with him again someday.”

Willian on former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The wideman followed these comments on ESPN Brazil by saying he is happy at Chelsea. Hmmmmm.

This deal would be a good bit of business for United, who have had a poor transfer window this summer, with Mourinho searching for options out wide.

Chances of it happening 6/10

YERRY MINA – BARCELONA TO EVERTON OR MANCHESTER UNITED

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You should always be wary of signing players on the back of good World Cups, particularly if the club they’re at are still trying to get rid of him.

But Yerry Mina’s biggest fault seems to be that he doesn’t fit into the tiki-taka style at Barcelona.

Well, to be fair, it’s always going to be a bit much for a 23-year-old 6’ 5” juggernaut to fit into that sort of system at one of the best clubs in the world.

But he has age on his side and as evidenced in Russia, Mina is a menace in either penalty box and would thrive in the physical jungle that is the Premier League. United appear keener on Harry Maguire or Toby Alderweireld, which could leave Goodison Park as his most likely destination.

Chances of it happening 7/10

THIBAUT COURTOIS – CHELSEA TO REAL MADRID

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The player wants the move – desperate he says to be reunited with his family – as do Madrid, while Sarri even said he would not stand in Courtois’ way. We’re sure the lure of the most famous club in world football and a probable hefty wage increase is a pretty big carrot too.

The Belgian starred at the World Cup as the Red Devils made the semi-finals and failed to show up for Chelsea training on Monday in the hopes of forcing through a deal.

Chelsea have signed Robert Green as back-up and could move for Jack Butland if Courtois is sold. Reports in Spain suggest the deal is close to being agreed.

Chances of it happening 8/10

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD – TOTTENHAM TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Alderweireld

One of the areas which Mourinho has been desperately keen to address – his dreaded defence.

Apart from the fact he has two converted wingers playing at full-back, he requires a leader for the heart of his backline.

Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are injury prone, Chris Smalling is not top drawer and Marcos Rojo is not cut out as an elite-level centre-back.

United are still short of Tottenham’s £55m valuation of Alderweireld apparently, but he’s eminently cheaper than £75m-rated Leicester defender Maguire. At 29, the Belgian is vastly experienced and would instantly upgrade United’s back four.

Chances of it happening 8/10

ANTE REBIC – EINTRACHT FRANKFURT TO MANCHESTER UNITED

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United want Ivan Perisic, well Mourinho does anyway. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s mantra, meanwhile, is looking more towards youth.

United were quoted £44m for the Croatia winger 12 months ago. Now, after shining at the World Cup, he is more likely to cost in excess of £60m, which is a stretch for Wooodward to agree to for a player approaching 30.

So, in a bid to get bodies in through the door, United could turn to compatriot Rebic. Industrious and energetic, he fits the Mourinho mould. And at 24, fits Woodward’s too.

Chances of it happening 7/10

WILFRIED ZAHA – CRYSTAL PALACE TO CHELSEA OR TOTTENHAM

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The player is keen on staying in London, which is why a move to either side makes sense, but Chelsea have so far struggled to agree a fee for a player whose current employers are in the driving seat as he only signed a lucrative five-year contract around 18 months ago.

A single fee transfer doesn’t suit Palace as a percentage of the price will be given to Man United as part of a clause agreed in his contract when he rejoined the Eagles in 2015. This means a player exchange could be more likely, with Palace said to be keen on Ruben Loftus-Cheek who spent last season on loan with them.

Chances of it happening 7/10

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