Transfers that could happen on the last day of the window
Updated: Sep 1
Ollie Jones - 1/9/23
The transfer window deadline gets closer and closer, as months turn into weeks, weeks into days, and now days into only hours. There have been some huge transfers this window, like Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice, Messi, Harry Kane, Neymar, Nkunku, Gvardiol and so many more, but the window isn't quite done, and as ever, there's likely to be a flurry of activity on the most chaotic day in football. Here is an overview of some of the biggest transfers that could happen within the last hours before the 11pm BST deadline of September 1st.
Ryan Gravenberch -
Liverpool's desperation for a midfield overhaul this summer has been evident, and the signings of Mac Allister and Szoboszlai have been great acquisitions to rebuild that midfield, however one more addition could be through the door by the deadline, as Bayern Munich's Ryan Gravenberch looks ever closer to joining the Reds, to complete that midfield trio. The Dutch international broke onto the scene at Ajax, where he was tipped for a bright career, however his move to Bayern Munich hasn't seen this come into fruition for now, as he has struggled for minutes, only making 3 starts last season. His talent is still there for all to see and a move away could be key to him reaching the heights he was tipped for. This would be an astute acquisition by Liverpool, with the fee in the region of £40 million with add-ons, and should be completed today.
Ansu Fati -
In 2020, Ansu Fati had his breakout season for Barcelona, scoring 8 times in the 19/20 La Liga season, at the age of 17! His potential was immeasurable, with comparisons made with Messi, which were only heightened by him taking the number 10 shirt when Messi left. That same breakout season, Brighton finished 15th. If you were to say that 3 years later that Ansu Fati would be joinging Brighton, it would've been unthinkable. However on the last day of the window, Ansu Fati looks all but confined to join Brighton for the 23/24 season. Brighton's recruitment has been deservedly hailed over the past years, however this transfer is maybe the most impressive yet, and should be a real coup for the Seagulls. Ansu Fati has struggled to live up to the hefty expectations placed on his head, largely because the past few season have been blighted by injuries. This transfer is great for all parties and will hopefully be the move needed for Ansu Fati to kick-start his career again.
Sofyan Amrabat -
Argentina were the ones to lift the 2022 World Cup trophy, however, Sofyan Amrabat left Qatar as one of the winners of the competition, as he firmly cemented himself as one of the world's best defensive midfielders, as his heroics were crucial to Morocco's incredible run to the semi-finals. His performances didn't go unnoticed, and he's been linked with a big-money move since. Currently playing his football in Italy for Fiorentina, come the end of window, he could be playing in Manchester for United, with a move being linked all window, although yet to be completed. He has been heavily linked with other clubs, however he looks destined to join Manchester United, and an agreement could be made in the last hours of the window, a great addition for United if completed.
Matheus Nunes -
After the injury suffered by Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City's opener with Burnley, that'll see the midfield maestro out for a number of months, City have been searching for a replacement to fill the large void he leaves. City lost Gundogan this summer and replaced him with Kovacic, however he looks set to be joined by the Portuguese prodigy that is Wolves' Matheus Nunes. The 25 year-old has been on Pep Guardiola's radar for some time, and previously stated he is "one of the best players in the world today", after Manchester City's tie against Sporting Lisbon in February 2022, when the midfielder was still playing in his home nation. Since then, he made 34 appearances in the Premier League last year and has been polished into a very complete player that should excel at City. The fee is a reported £53 million and will be an exciting addition.
Johan Bakayoko -
One deal that could be in jeopardy on deadline day is Bakayoko' reported £35 million move to Brentford from PSV. With only hours left on the clock, Brentford looked set to have their man, a target they've had all summer, a statement signing given they've had to fend off interest elsewhere to acquire the services of the 21 year-old. However in the final hours, it's being reported that he's chosen to stay at PSV, could this deal be rekindled on the dying hours, or is it dead in the dust, we will know come 11pm.
Sergio Reguilon -
Manchester United's search for a new left-back looks finally complete, as Tottenham's Sergio Reguilon is set to join the Red Devils on loan of deadline day. United were heavily linked with Marc Cucurella towards the end of the window, however this hasn't come to fruition and instead Manchester United have turned to Reguilon as an alternative. This deal looks done and should be announced today if the medical goes well.
Joao Palhinha -
One off the rumour mill here, as Fulham will have to reportedly fend off interest from Bayern Munich in the final hours, to retain arguably their best player, since Mitrovic's move to Al-Hilal. As Palhinha becomes the latest target of the Bavarians to fill the number 6 position, which Tuchel is looking to fill before the deadline. The outgoing of Gravenberch could open the door for this move, as the dominoes fall on the last day. Although Fulham will unlikely be open to selling this late in the window, a reported bid of £50 million could be landing in Fulham's inbox today, a fee they may struggle to reject, especially if the player is pushing for the move. Chelsea's Trevor Chalobah is reportedly an alternative for Bayern so Fulham could hold onto their key man.
Cole Palmer -
One transfer that few would've expected, not only because it has come rather out of the blue, but also the huge potential he has shown at City means that it comes as a huge surprise to see Cole Palmer set to join Chelsea today. The left-footed winger has shone in his few appearances for City, and looked a big part of Manchester City's future, with game time likely to increase this season with Mahrez's departure. He started the campaign by featuring in the 2023 UEFA Super Cup and Community Shield, impressively scoring in both. This has only transpired into 11 minutes of Premier League minutes so far however it comes as a shock to see him move to Chelseas. The fee is reportedly in the region of £40 million plus £5 million in add-ons, which if completed, would be the highest fee received by Manchester City for an academy product.
Mo Salah -
Lastly, the transfer that although looks very unlikely today, if completed, would be the biggest shock on deadline day, and possibly all window given how late this deal would be. Mo Salah has been linked with a move to Al Ittihad, which would see him become one of the latest players to move to Saudi Arabia. A fee in the region of £150 million is on the table for Liverpool and for Salah himself, a salary of £1.5 million per week! The astronomical fees being thrown around have thus far not tempted Liverpool to sell but on deadline day, anything can happen.
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