20 Bold Predictions for the Final Week of the Summer Transfer Window

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20 Bold Predictions for the Final Week of the Summer Transfer Window
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The final week of any summer transfer window has an intriguing habit of both uniting and dividing the sport's community, where friends and enemies alike look to share common ground in the hunt for last-minute business.

Everywhere in Europe, clubs are attempting to thrash out deals as we near the almighty climax on September 1, and a sea of questions will receive their answers over the next seven days.

In Mystic Meg fashion, predictions have been placed on a raft of the biggest deals said to be taking place, some with more context and reasoning behind them others, which may seem of the shot-in-the-dark variety.

As has become plain to see in recent summers, football tends to shock in these closing stages, meaning there's not a lot of departures and arrivals that can truly be ruled out.

Financial constraints and player allegiances are just some of the factors that may give a transfer a status verging on the impossible, but we've gone about foretelling some of those biggest moves and events to materialise in the coming days.

It should be noted that transfers nearing completion have been omitted, such as Angel Di Maria's proposed move to Manchester United, per BBC Sport, or Mehdi Benatia's switch to Bayern Munich, per James Horncastle.

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