Four Last Minute Transfers That Could Go Through
August 19, 2016
The summer transfer spend is the EPL has now surpassed the £600 million mark, with the potential for more deals to be completed before the August 31st deadline. While some of these may seem anti-climactic after the transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, the opportunity for managers to surprise and delight fans is one that should not be ignored.
With this in mind, here are four exciting transfer deals that may still go through during the summer window…
Jose Fonte, Southampton to Manchester United
While you could be forgiven for thinking that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has concluded his summer spending after the procurement of Paul Pogba, there is still the potential for one more deal to be completed. The Portuguese has reportedly held informal talks with Saints’ defender Jose Fonte, as he looks to add some strength and experience to his back-line.
Fonte himself is said to be keen on a move, so this one could happen quite quickly.
Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City to Arsenal
The speculation surrounding this deal has cooled recently, but Leicester’s opening day defeat at Hull may have Riyad Mahrez thinking slightly differently about his future. Arsenal are still thought to be interested in signing the talented winger, while manager Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure to add to his seemingly frail squad. Do not be surprised if this deal is completed before the end of August.
Saido Berahino, West Bromwich Albion to Crystal Palace
The transfer speculation surrounding Baggies’ striker Saido Berahino has gone on for years now, but this summer may finally see the talented forward make his move. Ambitious Crystal Palace are thought to be keen on signing the hit-man, particularly after their pursuit of Christian Benteke failed. He would be available for around £20 million, while it is well-known that the player would favour a move.
Rui Patricio, Sporting Lisbon to Manchester City
New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola left star goalkeeper Joe Hart out of his starting line-up against Sunderland, after weeks of speculation that the England number one would be sold.
While Barcelona stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been suggested as the Catalan-bosses first choice replacement, he has recently turned his attention to Sporting Lisbon and Portugal keeper Rui Patricio as an alternative. This is certainly one to watch, although whatever happens it appears as though Joe Hart has no future at the Etihad Stadium.