Today’s transfer deadline day deals may well be overshadowed by the news that Real Madrid have signed Gareth Bale from Tottenham for a world-record fee of £85.3million.
However, there still looks to be some big deals happening around the country on this very interesting day.
Liverpool have been the most active in the transfer market so far today. The Reds have completed the signing of young Portuguese defender Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon for a fee believed to be around £7million.
French defender Mamadou Sakho has arrived from PSG for a fee around £18million and attacker Victor Moses has joined the Reds on a season-long deal from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Stoke City have signed Austrian forward Mario Arnautovic from Bundesliga club Werder Bremen for a fee of around £2million. The mercurial forward is highly-rated and has previously been with Italian giants Internazionale.
Manchester City have strengthened their defence with the signing of Argentinian centre-back Martin Demichelis from Malaga for a fee believed to be in the region of £4.2million. The 32-year-old had previously played under City boss Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga.
Wigan Athletic are believed to have rejected a bid of around £12million for Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy. The Championship outfit are holding out for £14million according to Latics chairman Dave Whelan.
The Toffees are likely to return with an improved bid, as boss Roberto Martinez seems to see McCarthy as an ideal replacement for Manchester United target Marouane Fellaini.
The Red Devils have the Belgium international at the top of their transfer targets for today’s deadline. However, Everton could also replace Fellaini with Manchester City’s Gareth Barry, who could be set to move to Merseyside on a season-long loan deal Sky is reporting.
Manchester United could also make a renewed move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, after having a bid of around £26million already turned down by the Basque club. However, despite speculation it seems United have lost interest in signing Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines.
United are also being linked with a move to Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid, whose position at the Bernabeu could come under threat from Bale’s arrival.
Another Real Madrid player Mesut Ozil is in advanced talks with Arsenal over a £42.5million move. The Gunners are also believed to be keen on signing Di Maria in a double deal also involving DI Maria, so United face competition for the Argentine’s signature.
Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaka is close to joining AC Milan from Real Madrid on a two-year-deal. The 31-year-old has fallen out-of-favour in the Spanish capital and is close to joining Ozil and Di Maria through the Bernabeu exit door.
A player that could be leaving Merseyside is Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, who is undergoing a medical in the north east at Sunderland. The young forward only arrived at Anfield last summer, but endured a miserable time due to sustaining a long-term injury.
West Brom are in desperate need of strengthening their attacking options and according to Sky Sports are in talks with two players. Those players are Everton’s Victor Anichebe and Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon.
Baggies out-of favour forward Peter Odemwingie looks set to leave the Hawthorns before the transfer window shuts with Welsh duo Cardiff and Swansea on his trail. The Bluebirds currently look favourites to sign the Nigerian international forward, with Swansea turning their attention to Getafe striker Alvaro Vasquez according to Sky Sports.
Real Madrid could make a last-ditch to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, as Los Blancos look set to recoup a large chunk of the Gareth Bale fee on sales today. The Reds have told the Spanish giants that the Uruguayan is not for sale, but according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague Real could try again to sign the Reds star striker.
It is inevitable that there will be more deals happening throughout Europe before the transfer window closes at 11PM this evening. My colleagues at Soccernews will keep you up to date with all the big deals that take place around Europe today and I will return tomorrow with a round-up of all the big deals.
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