A look at 50 potential late deals for players whose futures remain unresolved.
It’s been one of the busiest summer transfer windows ever, with some of the best talents and most exciting youngsters in world football making big-money moves to big clubs.
For months there was speculation over the future of the likes of Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani, Neymar and Isco, and now most of these stories have been settled. However, deadline day is known for bringing about a lot of last-minute surprises, and there are still plenty of players hoping to get their dream move, and plenty of summer-long sagas still unresolved.
Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United
After a storming season for Everton last year, it’s no surprise to see Marouane Fellaini being linked with a move away from Goodison Park, particularly with his former manager David Moyes making the move to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. The Belgian would be a great addition at Old Trafford, giving them a new dimension in a midfield currently lacking options. United have been unsuccessful in their pursuit of Fellaini so far, having two bids rejected, but with the 25-year-old keen to be playing Champions League football, this certainly seems like one that’s going right to the wire.
Leighton Baines to Manchester United
Along with Fellaini, left-back Leighton Baines was one of Everton’s most impressive performers last season, and Moyes has been keen to bring both players with him to his new club. Baines’ ability going forward and excellent delivery with his left foot would make him an upgrade on the ageing and inconsistent Patrice Evra, but understandably Everton are keen to hold on to him. Some rumours suggest he has submitted a transfer request at the club, though his manager Roberto Martinez has moved to deny this. It seems probable that United will come back with one final bid on deadline day to bring in these two top targets.
Ashley Williams to Arsenal
Arsenal desperately need reinforcements in defence, and have been linked several times with a move for impressive Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams. The Welshman has been a key performer for the Swans since their promotion to the Premier League, and even led the side to silverware last season as they won the Capital One Cup. The 29-year-old may be a crucial ingredient in tightening things up at the back for Arsenal, which could see them finally end their eight-year wait for a trophy. Swansea say they haven’t received any formal offers yet, but that could still change late on.
Peter Odemwingie to Swansea
After trying to force a move to Queens Park Rangers in January, Peter Odemwingie has been frozen out at West Brom ever since, and has been linked with several moves away from the Hawthorns all summer. Newly-promoted sides Hull and Crystal Palace have been his main suitors, though it now seems that he could be part of Michael Laudrup’s plans to strengthen Swansea’s attack. Despite his disciplinary problems, the Nigerian remains a proven Premier League striker, and could fit in well at the Liberty Stadium.
Tiago Ilori to Liverpool
Liverpool are in trouble at the back due to recent injuries to Sebastian Coates and new signing Kolo Toure, leaving just Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel as the club’s fit central defenders after the retirement of Jamie Carragher at the end of last season. Sporting Lisbon youngster Tiago Ilori is one player who has been a target for Brendan Rodgers for much of the summer, and although this exciting talent won’t come cheap, the Reds boss may now feel he is willing to pay up to bring a new player in for that area.