Lukaku to Manchester United and other top Premier League deals of the summer transfer window so far

David Cooper 31/08/2017
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Romelu Lukaku.

Premier League clubs have spent two months trying to sign the players who will make their seasons.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at five of the best deals so far ahead of the final day of the summer transfer window.

Jordan Pickford – Sunderland to Everton

Pickford impressed for Sunderland despite their relegation last season and at 23 years old he could be an England goalkeeper for many years to come.

Costing an initial £25million, Pickford did not come cheap but he has both the talent and time to make that look like a bargain.

 Jordan Pickford.

Jordan Pickford.

Harry Maguire – Hull to Leicester

To sign a young defender who has proven himself in the Premier League for £17m is impressive enough but one that is English too is nothing short of remarkable.

Leicester caught their rivals cold by moving so early in the transfer window. In Maguire they have a gem.

Harry Maguire.

Harry Maguire.

Steve Mounie – Montpellier to Huddersfield

Perhaps the key ingredient to Premier League survival is a player that knows where the net is and Huddersfield may have found one in Mounie.

He scored 14 goals in 32 starts for Montpellier last season and at £11.5m he already looks a shrewd piece of business.

Steve Mounie.

Steve Mounie.

Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United

Lukaku’s ability is no secret and there was nothing subtle about the £75m United splashed to get him either.

But the manner they plucked him from under the noses of Chelsea may yet be a turning point in the title race.

Lukaku’s goals could prove decisive.

Romelu Lukaku.

Romelu Lukaku.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea to Crystal Palace

Chelsea have opted to let a handful of talented youngsters leave, most of them on loan – including Loftus-Cheek.

The powerful 21-year-old will be desperate to prove he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League and Palace stand to be the chief beneficiaries.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

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Manchester City prepare £70 million offer for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez

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Alexis Sanchez.

Manchester City will return to Arsenal with an offer of around £70million for ALEXIS SANCHEZ on transfer deadline day and have already sent a team of legal and medical officials to South America to finalise a deal with the Chile international – who is on World Cup duty – if the Gunners give the green light for a transfer, reports the Independent.

Arsenal could sanction Sanchez’s sale but only if they can complete a deal for Paris St Germain playmaker JULIAN DRAXLER, according to the Mirror.

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN is one player who is on his way out of Arsenal and he is set to be part of a £175m spending spree by Liverpool on the last day of the window, with moves for Monaco winger THOMAS LEMAR and Southampton defender VIRGIL VAN DIJK also in the pipeline, says the Times.

Staying in London, and Premier League rivals Tottenham and West Ham are going head-to-head to sign Portugal midfielder ANDRE GOMES on a season-long loan from Barcelona, according to the Telegraph.

Tottenham could also launch a late bid to pip Chelsea in the race for Swansea striker FERNANDO LLORENTE, the Sun says. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants support for Harry Kane and powerful Spain forward Llorente fits the bill.

Fernando Llorente.

Fernando Llorente.

SOCIAL/ONLINE ROUND-UP

@GuillemBalague: Juve says no to E160m from Barcelona for Dybala (via @CorSport)

@PurelyFootball: Monaco have set a pricetag of £92m for Liverpool and Barcelona target Thomas Lemar💰

@TheSunFootball: Inter Milan make new Shkodran Mustafi offer to Arsenal: thesun.uk/60128IWYM

PLAYERS TO WATCH

RIYAD MAHREZ: The Leicester winger has been granted permission to temporarily leave the Algeria camp and finalise a deadline-day move, with the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United, Roma and Liverpool among those sides who have been linked with the 26-year-old winger.

ELIAQUIM MANGALA: Crystal Palace have switched focus to the Manchester City defender after failing in their bid for Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho, reports the Sun. Mangala, who could cost Palace around £23million, appears surplus to requirements at the Etihad, with City boss Pep Guardiola keen on West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans.

DIEGO COSTA: The wantaway Chelsea striker continues to be linked with a return to former club Atletico Madrid, but Spanish sports daily Marca suggests a deal will not be struck before transfer deadline in Spain, which is on September 1.

Diego Costa.

Diego Costa.

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Philippe Coutinho trains with Brazil amid continued Barcelona interest

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Philippe Coutinho.

Philippe Coutinho was put through his paces during Brazil training on Wednesday as his future continues to hang in the balance.

The 25-year-old trained as normal with teammates Roberto Firmino and Neymar as they prepare for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia.

Barcelona continue in their pursuit of the star attacker but have had three bids rejected by Liverpool – the most recent worth £114 million.

But with just a matter of hours left in the transfer window, a more enhanced figure will be needed if a deal is to get over the line.

Liverpool themselves are targeting Monaco ace Thomas Lemar in a deal worth £74 million.

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