Following the news that Wesley Fofana faces a spell on the sidelines, Chelsea could be forced into the market to replace the French centre-back. One defender who is definitely available is former the Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, who might be more suited to life in west London where they are likely to play with a back three this season. He might be even keener to head south because he is currently at risk of dropping below Jonny Evans in the pecking order.
As with anyone contracted to Chelsea, there is a chance they will be sold this window. Conor Gallagher is ripe for a good selling and West Ham are showing an interest in the midfielder who is not guaranteed to start under Mauricio Pochettino. David Moyes will need to source more than £40m if he wants to prise Gallagher away from Stamford Bridge, although it might be money well spent.
It has already been a pretty busy summer at the Emirates but Arsenal are still very willing to add to their squad. The latest person on their transfer conveyor belt is Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus – the Dutch club will demand £40m for the midfielder.
Hands have been shaken with Rasmus Højlund, who has supposedly agreed terms with Manchester United. There is a slight issue in that the Premier League side are yet to settle on a fee with Atalanta for the Danish striker, which might cause a few issues. The Italian club want around €70m for his services, a fee that may prove too much for United. They do have an alternative, in the form of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani, whom they hope might be a bit cheaper.
Jürgen Klopp has spent his summer strengthening the Liverpool midfield but he still wants more. Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich is on his radar and the German side’s manager, Thomas Tuchel, is open to letting him leave for pastures new. An alternative option to replace Fabinho, who looks set to join Al-Ittihad, is Fulham’s João Palhinha. The Portuguese international has attracted interest from West Ham this summer and would cost in excess of £40m. Another option is Crystal Palace’s Cheick Doucouré, who has the advantage of youth by being six years younger than Palhinha.
Riyad Mahrez is the latest to become the inevitable subject of a transfer bid from the Saudi Pro League. Al-Hilal have offered Manchester City £18m plus another £5m in potential add-ons but the Premier League champions want a hard £30m in cash to let the 32-year-old depart.
In order to balance the FFP books, Newcastle are required to sell. Allan Saint-Maximin is one player available and Al-Ahli are the cash to spend £25m on the Frenchman, which is very convenient. His departure would help Eddie Howe’s pursuit of the Leicester winger Harvey Barnes.
Some might, understandably, forget that Giovanni Lo Celso is still a Spurs player but we can confirm you he is. The Argentinian spent last season at Villarreal on loan and impressed in their midfield, so much so that the Serie A champions, Napoli, think he could be the man to help in their Champions League campaign.