10 Premier League Moves That Will Happen Before Deadline
We are counting down to deadline day and with less than a month until the transfer window slams shut, there is still plenty of business to be done.
For much of this summer, talk in England has centred around whether Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez will move on, and right now the hot topic is whether Liverpool can cling on to Philippe Coutinho.
However, we are taking a moment to step away from those obvious issues and instead focus on other Premier League names who are going to be on the move.
Transfer deals are taking shape—and then falling apart again—every day all over the country.
Here are 10 deals you should look out for.
Fernando Llorente to Chelsea
He has been on Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's wanted list since January, and eventually we are going to see Fernando Llorente in a blue shirt.
There was a slight setback over the summer when the Swansea City forward suffered a broken arm, but the signs from within Stamford Bridge are that Conte has not changed his mind about wanting him as part of the setup.
Chelsea hope for four more signings before September, and Llorente would add a different option up front. Alvaro Morata is obviously going to be the main man, and Michy Batshuayi is already in place as back-up.
But Conte knows Llorente's style and traits from their time together at Juventus and is aware that he has the characteristics to help Chelsea on all fronts.
Swansea want to be sure they are prepared for any such loss, though, as they are under no pressure to sell.
Wilfried Bony to Swansea City
Swansea are going to need another striker if Llorente is to leave, and Wilfried Bony is a deal that has been on the cards for the past year.
When Bony moved to Manchester City from £28 million in 2015, he was seeking to take his game to new heights, but things just did not work well for him in the shadow of such big names.
Now aged 28, he is looking to return to form and wants to remember how it feels to be loved again—so there would be no better home than his old stomping ground.
Sources have indicated that Bony is aware of interest from clubs abroad too, but he would prefer to rejoin Swansea.
City are looking for more than £12 million for Bony and do not want him to leave on loan. It could prove to be a bargain in a crazy market like the current one.
James McCarthy to Newcastle United
James McCarthy has been told he can leave Everton if a suitable offer arrives, and right now there are two clubs in the frame for his services.
Sources have indicated that Newcastle are interested, while West Bromwich Albion are also looking to see what type of conditions will be required in order to sign him.
Noises coming out of Goodison Park suggest it will take an offer in advance of £20 million to sign the midfielder.
McCarthy is open to offers as there is a feeling he is going to have limited game time next season if he stays.
One issue that needs to be resolved for Newcastle is the level of financing they are able to push out, as owner Mike Ashley has been left bewildered by the incredible inflation on top-level players.
Moussa Sissoko to Trabzonspor
Tottenham Hotspur have been waiting all summer for someone to sign Moussa Sissoko. The trouble they have now is that the only offer on the table is a loan.
Trabzonspor have confirmed they want the 27-year-old, and this week they have been in talks with his representatives.
It's the Turkish club's 50th anniversary, so they are willing to splash the cash this summer—but that doesn't mean they can afford the type of money being asked for when it comes to Sissoko.
Spurs spent £30 million on him last summer deadline day, and the plan has been to recoup as much of that cash as possible.
Trabzonspor are trying to secure an initial loan deal, though, and third parties are holding talks with club officials to try to make it happen.
Ross Barkley to Tottenham Hotspur
If Spurs can cash in on Sissoko, they plan to use the money on Ross Barkley.
Good news has arrived as Everton are finally dropping his price tag from £50 million in the hope that they can spark an end-of-window tussle for their unhappy midfielder.
It is understood his sale price is now being cut to £35 million. The next problem, though, is Tottenham still see that figure as at least £5 million too high.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has not been particularly impressed with the fact Barkley seems so adamant he wants a new challenge at another club. Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright would happily keep the 23-year-old, despite the failure to agree a new contract. But it's just not going to happen.
Chelsea have been monitoring the stand-off as they still want to sign an English midfielder. But Barkley is most likely to make a move to White Hart Lane Wembley Stadium.
Adrian to Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace set Adrian as their top priority in the search to find a new goalkeeper, and the player is eager to get away from London Stadium.
So far, the Eagles have offered £3 million but have not been able to convince West Ham United to go ahead with a deal. It is believed the Hammers value him at closer to £7 million.
Joe Hart has been signed this summer, so Adrian has been seeking clarity from the Hammers board about how he will fit into the future plans. It is understood that talks about the situation took place on Monday.
Palace are hopeful a move will still be possible, even though Adrian will not be on board for the start of the season as planned.
They have begun looking into other targets, though, as West Ham will not sell the 30-year-old unless they can sign a worthy replacement beforehand.
Thomas Vermaelen Back to the Premier League
A host of clubs have been checking out Thomas Vermaelan's situation at Barcelona and have become aware he is up for grabs this summer.
My understanding is that he is already in the process of buying a house in England and there are two teams who have been particularly keen to sign him.
Everton boss Koeman feels he would be a great addition to his squad for the new term and is trying to get a deal going, while Crystal Palace are also in the frame.
The Eagles are looking for defensive options and will play a three-man defence next season, so Vermaelen fits the bill for new head coach Frank de Boer.
With the Belgian's new home being close to London, the Palace link seems to be an obvious fit.
Nacer Chadli to Swansea City
We first revealed Everton's interest in Gylfi Sigurdsson in March.
While the deal is still not completed—Swansea are playing hardball over his price tag—the Iceland international will eventually make the move, which is when the door will open for a new creative midfielder to arrive.
West Bromwich Albion's Nacer Chadli is looking likely to be the man to make the switch to the Liberty Stadium.
The 28-year-old was left out of their pre-season tour to Austria last month after a disagreement with manager Tony Pulis over a rigorous training schedule.
The Baggies want to hold on to Chadli—and he has figured in pre-season since that issue with his boss—but Swansea have been plotting their move and are confident he wants the transfer.
Lucas Perez to Fenerbahce
Newcastle have been weighing up a move for Lucas Perez all summer, but they were caught off guard when he began talks over a move to Turkey.
Fenerbahce are in the market for a new frontman as Robin van Persie is their only real option up top—and they have agreed personal terms with the player.
Now they just need to find a way around Arsenal's valuation.
The Gunners are holding out for £13 million, but something has to give as the player is not in manager Arsene Wenger's plans and has been assured he will be able to move on.
Chris Smalling to West Bromwich Albion
This seems a strange one, but West Brom are looking into whether it could prove possible.
Pulis wants another central defender, and Chris Smalling is a player he believes would complement players already at the club.
Another United defender, Phil Jones, has also been on the radar as they seek to discover whether one of the two could join them this summer.
The stance on Jones is that he will not be leaving Old Trafford, but there is growing belief that a deal for Smalling would not be impossible.
West Brom had success before in this area when they signed Jonny Evans from United, so a late push for Smalling is something to look out for.
If United block the move, then Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough could become the go-to man, but he will cost £25 million.
Either way, expect another centre-back to be lining up at the Hawthorns soon.