Transfer deals to watch in final 24 hours

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There are just over 24 hours to go until the January transfer window shuts and Premier League clubs will no longer be able to buy and sell players.

It will be extremely busy for players, clubs, managers and agents across Europe. Bring. It. On.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at players who could be on the move in the next 24 hours.

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Dries Mertens (Napoli to Chelsea) – The 32-year-old Belgium international is in a race against time to seal his move away from Naples but it appears the Serie A side aren’t keen to lose him. Chelsea need a striker but Mertens does seem very similar to the attacking players they already have in Pulisic, Willian, Pedro and Hudson-Odoi. Maybe Mertens could feed off of Abraham in a more central role? His clinical finishing would certainly fit the bill perfectly as Frank Lampard‘s side continue to squander big chances game after game. Mertens has scored 118 goals in 300 appearances for Napoli.

Olivier Giroud (Chelsea to Inter Milan or Tottenham) – This is very, very interesting. Giroud, 33, hasn’t played much this season at all at Chelsea as Lampard has preferred Michy Batshuayi and Abraham to the French international. With the European Championships coming up he needs to be playing and he would get some game time at Inter Milan. But he would get more at Spurs. Even though he is a former Arsenal favorite, Giroud has been linked with a move to Tottenham. But why would Chelsea strengthen a top four rival in the Premier League?

Islam Slimani (Leicester City to Man United) – Wayyyyy out of left-field but it could happen. Slimani has been scoring goals on loan at Monaco from Leicester this season and United need a short-term emergency loan with Marcus Rashford out injured. A cheap option and he will add some experience to their forward line. Why not? Ed Woodward and Co. will get plenty of stick for this move but it could end up being pretty savvy.

Edinson Cavani (PSG to Atletico Madrid or Chelsea) – It looks like his move to Atletico Madrid may have collapsed at the last minute as Inter Miami are also said to be in the mix, but what about Chelsea? Cavani, 32, won’t be a regular for PSG in the final months of the season but his quality is undoubted. Lampard needs a clinical frontman who can hold up the ball. Cavani fits the bill.

Jarrod Bowen (Hull City to West Ham or Crystal Palace) – This is a move which is very interesting. Bowen, 23, has been banging in the goals for Hull this season (17) and is a real fox in the box with a value of $26 million. He reminds me of Danny Ings. The Hammers took a punt on a Championship striker a few windows ago, Jordan Hugill, and that didn’t work out well. Hoping Bowen will adjust to the big step up right away is a risk but both Palace and West Ham will have a punt because they are two of the lowest scoring teams in the PL.

Willian Jose (Real Sociedad to Tottenham) – Another forward option for Spurs and someone they’ve been linked with all month long. Could this finally get done? Jose, 28, has scored eight goals in 20 games for Sociedad this season as they continue to push for a top four finish and although he isn’t a household name, the Brazilian striker has something about him. There could be a problem with the $34 million Sociedad were asking for and this move is in serious danger of collapsing late on.

Mykola Matviyenko (Shakhtar Donetsk to Arsenal) – Much like the deal for Willian Jose, a transfer fee of $40 million seems to be putting Arsenal off. Matviyenko is just 23 years old and a left-sided center back, which is exactly what Mikel Arteta wants, but after signing Pablo Mari on an initial loan deal, perhaps they will go back in for Matviyenko in the summer.

Cedric Soares (Southampton to Arsenal) – This is a bit of a bizarre deal but it is going to happen. Cedric, 28, is out of contract in the summer and will join Arsenal on a loan deal with Southampton paid $6.5 million. They are happy to get something for a player they would be losing for nothing, while Arsenal will be happy to add an experienced Portuguese international who has been solid and reliable in the Premier League in recent years. Cedric, who is expected to then negotiate a long-term contract with Arsenal which he will sign in the summer, will provide cover for Hector Bellerin and can also do a job at left back. Arsenal need reliable defenders and Cedric isn’t the most glamorous signing but makes sense at this price.

Antonee Robinson (Wigan to AC Milan) – The USMNT left back, 22, has been wanted by AC Milan but Wigan have reportedly rejected several offers from the Italian giants, with the latest over $8.5 million. Robinson has impressed in the Championship with the Latics after joining on loan and then permanently from Everton and the USMNT defender will see this possible move to Milan as a huge chance to make the next step in his young career. Watch this space.

Reports: Tottenham Hotspur to hire Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou as next manager


Multiple reports say that Ange Postecoglou will be leaving Celtic to become the next manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

Celtic had reportedly granted permission for Spurs to speak with their trophy-collecting boss, and things apparently progressed quickly as the 57-year-old looks set to oversee the club’s big rebuild.

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Spurs suffered through an inconsistent 2022-23 season with Antonio Conte at the helm, followed by Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason in interim stints.

Tottenham will not have European football this season and is at risk of losing legendary center forward Harry Kane. The club has eight players including Kane going into the final year of their contracts, including Ivan Perisic, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, and Hugo Lloris.

Spurs finished eighth last season, 15 points off the top four despite spending much of the season inside of it. The club’s finished fourth just once in the past four seasons despite qualifying for the Champions League the previous four seasons.

Ironically, Celtic is being linked with pursuit of Brendan Rodgers and Jesse Marsch if Postecoglou departs this week.

Who is Ange Postecoglou?

Postecoglou, 57, was born in Greece and moved to Australia at a young age, starring for South Melbourne as a player and earning for caps for the Socceroos.

He is coming off a domestic treble with Celtic and won five of six trophies available to him in his two seasons with the Bhoys.

At Celtic, Postecoglou played with a 4-3-3 for much of the first half of his tenure but played a lot of this campaign in a 4-2-3-1.

Postecoglou won trophies as a manager with South Melbourne, Brisbane Roar, and Yokohama F. Marinos, claiming the Asian Cup during his stint as Australia national team coach.

He said he expects tricky early times wherever he goes.

“Wherever I’ve been, the initial part is always rocky, because my ideas are… well they’re not extreme to me but I can see how they can be seen as extreme from the outside. It takes a while. Usually it can take me six months, it can take me a year to really bed them in, depending on how many opportunities I have to change the playing squad and the staff and all those kinds of things.”

Five players to watch in the Premier League’s summer transfer window


There’s going to be turnover in the Premier League this offseason, and it seems likely the big boys will again be looking to the top young talents in other leagues to get in when the getting is good.

There will be big price tags attached to some players this summer, but in the case of the players below we may be talking about players just a window away from having unattainably high price tags for most clubs.

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Most of these names have danced through ProSoccerTalk‘s transfer rumor mill at least once during the past season or two, and in one case have been on the radar for a half-decade or so.

Here’s a look at five players who may well find their way to the Premier League in the very near future, and could move somewhere this summer.

Xavi Simons, PSV Eindhoven

At times the teen hype around Xavi Simons coming out of Barcelona’s academy was akin to the recruitment of Martin Odegaard out of Norway so many years ago. But Simons couldn’t break through at Barca and his move to Paris Saint-Germain didn’t take off as expected. So Simons, who just turned 20 in April, landed at PSV Eindhoven. All he did was lead the Eredivisie in goals. PSG has a buyback clause but Simons would have to want to go there… and there are plenty of rumored suitors for the playmaker. Simons chipped in eight assists and was Fotmob’s highest-rated Eredivisie player.

Possible fits: Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool

Jurrien Timber, Ajax

Still 21 for a couple more weeks, Timber got Mancunian tongues wagging when he attended the FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Manchester City. The star center back played under United boss Erik ten Hag at Ajax and now has 15 caps for the Netherlands senior team. He has a ridiculous passing and ball progression profile for his position, and has showed enough attacking acumen to get any team excited about him.

Possible fits: Manchester United, Manchester City

Randal Kolo Muani, Eintracht Frankfurt

The 24-year-old has acknowledged dreams of playing in the Premier League following a blockbuster first season at Eintracht, where he scored 23 goals with 17 assists amongst all competitions. Moving to a new country did not slow him at all after his time at Nantes, and he was linked with a number of PL sides even before he admitted his interest in the league.

Possible fits: Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United

Sepe Elye Wahi, Montpellier

The 20-year-old nearly scored as many goals as his age in his third season with Montpellier’s first team, and has attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, and Chelsea amongst others. Wahi is still very raw when it comes to passing the ball but part of his statistical deficiencies could have to do with his club’s relative struggles. A eager presser, his best traits are finishing and that’s the stat that drives the bus for him.

Possible fits: Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal

Gabriel Veiga, Celta Vigo

Here’s another playmaker linked with Arsenal, but you can see why he could fit in Mikel Arteta’s system. His 11 goals were 13th in La Liga this season and his four assists means he had a goal contribution on 15 of Celta’s 43 league goals. An eager dribbler, he delivered 80 shot creating actions this season and ranked in the 99th percentile for midfielders when it came to non-penalty goals.

Possible fits: Newcastle, Arsenal, Man CIty

How many times has a team won the treble? Man City goes for history


There’s been a lot of treble talk these days, talk that’s found a new level of buzz since Manchester City moved within one win of joining the club.

It’s an elite club, by the way, of teams that have won their domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Nine times in history has a team won the treble, and only once has it been done by a Premier League club.

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That’s why Man City’s defeat of Manchester United earlier this month in the FA Cup Final rings so true for the Citizens; The blue side of Manchester would join the red side as treble supporters, as United won the treble in 1998-99.

Man City goes for the third jewel of its treble crown on Saturday versus Inter Milan in Istanbul when it kicks off the UEFA Champions League Final.

For more treble trivia, head below the jump.

How many times has the treble been won?

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


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Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

[ LIVE: Manchester City vs Inter Milan ]

The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

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Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

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What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

Over 2.5 goals (-160). Under 2.5 goals (+110)

Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
Nick Mendola: Man City 2-0 Inter Milan

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options


Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.