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Transfer Deadline Day: 8 transfers that could still happen



It is a notoriously difficult window in which to do transfer business and the numbers do not lie.

There have been just 22 new signings across 12 Premier League clubs so far during the January transfer window.

But, with the final week now in full swing, we anticipate things hotting up ahead of the 11pm deadline on Friday.

There are plenty of big names that are still up for discussion as we assess the state of play regarding 10 of the most high-profile, unfinished transfer sagas of this month.

Olivier Giroud – Chelsea to Inter Milan

World Cup winner Giroud is not part of Chelsea’s plans and has one foot out of the door at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard has said: “There’s been contact with other clubs, and if and when that’s agreed, I’ll let you know, but it’s not yet so he’s still our player.”

It would be remarkable if the striker were to remain at the club beyond this window, given his importance to the French national team ahead of next summer’s championships.

At 33, he will want to head into that tournament match fit, and it appeared earlier this month that a move to Inter Milan was a done deal. Antonio Conte was said to be desperate to get Giroud to the San Siro having been the man who signed him from Arsenal for Chelsea in January 2018.

A fee hasn’t been agreed between the two clubs, which led Inter to turn their attentions to former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente as part of a swap deal with Roma involving Matteo Politano.

But a twist emerged at the end of last week with Sky in Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that the Llorente loan to Inter is off, which will lead to the resumption of negotiations between Inter and Chelsea over Giroud.

Edinson Cavani – PSG to Atletico Madrid

Edinson Cavani was left out of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad for their match against Lille on Sunday night – with manager Thomas Tuchel admitting it was due speculation surrounding the forward’s future.

The Uruguay international has been tracked by Chelsea, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window, and he is said to have his heart set on joining the latter club.

Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett on United’s link with the striker: “If you look at the facts, he fits exactly their profile.

“United have done this in the past. Look at Radamel Falcao, look at Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“They go for world-class strikers with huge reputations that are coming to the latter ends of their careers, and they’ve been very successful for United, on the whole. It’s kind of in United’s DNA.

“Cavani is 32 and his contract expires at the end of the season with PSG. He hasn’t started a game for PSG since November 9 and all of that points to the fact he’s available.”

Islam Slimani – Leicester to Manchester United

Will Manchester United sign a striker? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted United need “quality” signings to help his mentally fatigued young squad after the 2-0 home defeat to Burnley last week – a fifth loss since December 22.

The scramble has turned desperate – Odion Ighalo and Islam Slimani are two of a number of players United have looked at as they try to bring in a striker on loan following the long-term injury to Marcus Rashford.

It would be the biggest shock of the window, but time is running out for United to get a striker over the line.

Solskjaer has insisted the club are still working on reinforcements in a “difficult” market – and signing one of the two could prove to be a fall-back option if a stellar name cannot be lured to the club on a short-term deal.

Cedric Soares – Southampton to Arsenal

A link between Cedric Soares and Arsenal has somewhat come out of the blue but the Portuguese defender, who was close to joining Inter Milan in the summer after a six-month loan spell, looks like he could be moving on before the transfer window shuts.

The 28-year-old has started 16 times for the Saints and been a mainstay in their recent strong run of form which has lifted them to ninth in the Premier League.

Arsenal have been forced to play Ainsley Maitland-Niles as an emergency right-back in recent times with Hector Bellerin suffering a succession of injuries.

Moussa Dembele – Lyon to Chelsea

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard made his priorities for the final week of this January transfer window very clear ahead of his side’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Hull.

He said: “The impetus to bring in a striker or players who can get on the end of the chances we’re creating is there.

“I think we have to be really honest about that. We had more than 20 shots in both games against Arsenal and Newcastle so we have to find solutions. We’ve lost points because of these situations.”

Lyon striker Moussa Dembele was watched by scouts this week but the French club are desperate to hold onto him.

The 23-year-old has made no secret of his desire to one day return to England to play in the Premier League, where he has previously made just three appearances as a youngster with Fulham.

A switch back to the capital may be more appealing for the former Celtic striker than a move to United, given the lure of Champions League football

Mykola Matviyenko – Shakhtar Donetsk to Arsenal

Flamengo defender Pablo Mari arrived at Heathrow over the weekend alongside Arsenal’s technical director Edu, but Mikel Arteta does not look like he is finished with his January transfer business.

With Arsenal set to complete the first signing of the Arteta era, might a second defensive reinforcement follow suit?

The Gunners look to be finally adding some solidity to a leaky backline – having been frustrated in their pursuit this month of Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.

They will have to pay £30m if they are to buy Ukrainian defender Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The player’s agent, Yuriy Danchenko, says the clubs are in talks about a deal for the 23-year-old, who has 18 months left on his contract. Watch this space.

Boubakary Soumare – Lille to Chelsea

Another player that United have been linked without throughout the window is Lille’s Soumare, but they face competition from Chelsea.

The French U21 international, described by team-mates at Lille as “Paul Pogba without the baggage”, has been earmarked to leave the Ligue 1 club this week.

Lille boss Christophe Galtier says he is unsure on the future of his player, saying last week: “I don’t know about Soumare. Nobody told me something about this situation. I don’t know if this could be his last game [against Paris Saint-Germain].”

With that game now out of the way, the moment of truth is arriving.

Krzysztof Piatek – AC Milan to Tottenham

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho says the club need a striker and are “doing everything possible” to sign one during the January transfer window – but time is running out.

Spurs laboured to victory over Norwich having fired blanks at Watford, underlining the need to ease the burden on Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son in the absence of Harry Kane.

Piatek is struggling for game time with AC Milan, and the Poland striker’s father said last week that his son was “too good to be left on the bench”, stirring up speculation that he could be about to leave the San Siro.

With the European Championships this summer, the 24-year-old is desperate for regular first-team football, and while several Premier League clubs including Everton, West Ham and Newcastle have expressed an interest, it would cost £25m to prise him away from Milan.

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