With the transfer deadline approaching its Tuesday conclusion, deals and rumored deals are hitting the headlines at a head-spinning rate.
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Of course as we’ve learned with Kevin De Bruyne and Pedro Rodriguez, any deal can be delayed, hit a snag, or find a new destination. Yes, even on Deadline Day.
Ten deals to watch
A big named striker to the Emirates — Arsenal has looked anything but clinical, and fans will feel quite worried after another pass-heavy performance led to… winning by a Newcastle own-goal despite being up a man for 76 minutes at St. James Park. Edinson Cavani? Aleksandr Kokorin? Andriy Yarmolenko?
Paul Pogba to Chelsea — Juventus is 0-2 to start the Serie A season — yes, seriously — and is already dealing with the new identity that comes with life after Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal. Might now be the time to cash in on their big French playing chip? He would instantly boost Chelsea’s befuddling start to the season, and is among the most exciting and influential players in the world.
Anthony Martial to Manchester United — This one looks pretty cut-and-dried, as the 19-year-old Monaco man has left France camp for a quick trip to Manchester and a $56 million move to Old Trafford.
Julian Draxler finally leaves the rumor mill (UPDATE: Done… off to Wolfsburg) — Schalke has been dealing with Draxler rumors for ages, and reports say the club is actually going to sell the player in the next couple days. Will he help replace Kevin De Bruyne at Wolfsburg, aid Juventus in ending its early season funk, or is Arsenal a landing spot? And what would the trickle down do for his new club’s deadline day ideas?
Victor Wanyama to anywhere — Southampton’s 24-year-old Kenyan dynamo has apparently asked to leave St. Mary’s, but manager Ronald Koeman has been adamant that no one will be leaving the club before Sept. 1, and referenced Saints holding onto Morgan Schneiderlin last year at this time:
“Maybe it is good for Victor to talk to Morgan, because I think he is more happy now than he was last year even to do the move he wanted at that moment,” said Koeman.
Which side will blink?
[ MORE: Sunday’s done deals include De Bruyne ]
Adnan Januzaj to Borussia Dortmund (UPDATE: Done deal) — Is it a loan or a permanent move seems more on the mind than will it happen, as Januzaj didn’t play for United on Sunday. It’s a curious move, as the youngster looked lively for the Red Devils this early season, but if Martial’s on the way perhaps it’ll work out?
Kevin Nolan to somewhere — The longtime West Ham, Newcastle and Bolton man, who becomes a leader wherever he goes, has apparently left Upton Park by mutual consent. Dick Advocaat lies in wait, but would the 33-year-old really be primed to take the Northeast abuse that comes from joining his former rivals? Or will rumored moves to Burnley and Cardiff City give the promotion player his next lease on life?
Charlie Austin back to the Premier League — QPR’s big goal man is now being linked to — wait for it — Manchester United after a summer of Newcastle, Everton and Spurs talk. One thing’s for sure, we’d love to see the Englishman back on our televisions this Fall. Bonus name: Will valuable midfielder Matty Phillips remain at Loftus Road come the deadline?
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen [ UPDATE: Confirmed ] — And it would be two Old Trafford attackers to the Bundesliga if El Tri’s ‘Little Pea’ moves to Bayer. $18 million is quite a risk for the German powers (although what’s $18 million in the transfer market these days? Could he reclaim his form with Stefan Kiessling and company?
Gyasi Zardes to Europe — He’s in USMNT camp right now and he will get a big raise soon (one that won’t probably come from an L.A. squad with Steven Gerrard, Gio Dos Santos, and Robbie Keane on the books). Genk and Reading have been linked. Will Zardes leave the Galaxy (the team, not the Milky Way. Haven’t read of any interest from FC Andromeda 964).