As we all know today is transfer deadline day, as we reached the end of the January transfer window of 2018. In the last few days, we have had a flurry of transfer activity, involving the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Here is the latest on deals that could complete today:
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal to Chelsea)
The France international is expected to complete a move across the capital to reigning Premier League Chelsea, with a fee of between £15-20million mooted.
The Blues have been linked with a number of strikers in recent weeks, as they look for an alternative to Spanish striker Alvaro Morata. Giroud is surplus to requirements at Arsenal after the Gunners completed the club-record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund.
Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea to Dortmund)
A knock effect of Giroud’s potential move to Chelsea could be that Batshuayi joins Dortmund as a replacement for Aubameyang. The former Marseille striker has struggled for first-team football at Stamford Bridge, despite scoring on a regular basis in cameo appearances.
However, with a World Cup less than six months away, the striker will be keen to play regularly to stay in the plans of Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.
Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City to Everton)
The French centre-back is another player looking to improve his chances of a place at World Cup 2018 by moving clubs on deadline day. According to Sky Sports, the 26-year-old is set to join the Toffees on loan for the rest of the season. The Merseysiders will pay a £1million loan fee for the defender.
Mangala has fallen down the centre-back pecking order at City after the recent arrival of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao. Everton have endured major defensive problems this season. Everybody connected with the club will be hoping that Mangala’s arrival will shore things up at the back.
The former Porto defender has plenty to prove in the English top-flight after costing City £41.4million back in 2014.
Lucas Moura (PSG to Tottenham)
The highly-rated Brazilian attacking midfielder has completed his medical in north London ahead of a £25million move from PSG. Spurs are now just waiting for the paperwork to be finalised to add the star to their exciting young squad.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed a successful spell in Paris making 150 appearances for the big spending capital outfit while winning the French Ligue One title on three occasions. Moura has not quite lived up to expectations at PSG.
However, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is renowned for his ability to help develop players. At 25, he has time to improve and make the Brazilian World Cup squad.
Islam Slimani (Leicester to Newcastle)
Newcastle look set to seal the loan signing of Algerian striker Islam Slimani from Leicester. The forward is currently sidelined through injury. However, that is not expected to hamper the deal.
Newcastle’s Premier League rivals West Ham and reigning French champions Monaco were reported to have held an interest in signing the striker. However, it appears that Slimani has decided that Newcastle is his preferred option.
Ibrahim Amadou (Lille to West Ham, Crystal Palace or?)
According to Sky Sports, the Lille midfielder is interesting three Premier League clubs, including West Ham, Crystal Palace and another unnamed top-flight club.
West Ham are reported to have offered a £2million loan fee and would be ready to sign the 24-year-old for a fee of around £14million. Palace have seen a similar offer rejected by Lille.
The French club are looking for a fee of around £18million for their highly rated midfield man. However, they are willing to let the player go on loan until the end of the season if the new club has an obligation to sign the player in the summer.
Lots more to come
Transfer deadline day is always an exciting one for football clubs. The above deals could just be the start of a very day and I am sure there will be a lot more deals taking place before the transfer window shuts this evening. Stay with my colleagues at Soccernews for all the latest news.
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