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Six transfer sagas that could rumble on until deadline day

A look at some of the deals which could go down to the wire.

FOOTBALL 26/07/17 09:42
Six transfer sagas that could rumble on until deadline day

A summer of big spending has already seen Romelu Lukaku join Manchester United from Everton and Chelsea splash out to bring Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

Manchester City have also paid more than £200million on Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy.

But some deals are yet to happen and, here, we look at the transfers which could turn into sagas before the summer transfer deadline.

Alexis Sanchez

The forward is Arsenal’s talisman but they face a battle to keep him in north London. PSG, Manchester City and Bayern Munich have all be credited with an interest although PSG have been heavily linked with a move for Barcelona’s Neymar. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has insisted the Chile international is not for sale despite Sanchez telling the Chilean media he wants to play in the Champions League – something Arsenal cannot offer next season. Any talks over a new contract at the Emirates have stalled and there are no guarantees Sanchez will remain a Gunner.

Diego Costa

There seems only one way out of Chelsea for Costa with his relationship with boss Antonio Conte seemingly irreparable. A return to Atletico Madrid is the most likely with Costa having ruled out a move to China. Morata has already arrived at Stamford Bridge leaving little room for his Spain international team-mate at the Blues. Costa was given extra time off by Chelsea and did not travel to China for their pre-season tour. It is inevitable he will leave but it just depends when.

Riyad Mahrez

The forward wants to leave Leicester this summer to play Champions League football but the Foxes will not sell the Algeria international on the cheap. Roma have already had a bid rejected and are reportedly ready to return while Arsenal have been constantly linked for the past year although no team has met Leicester’s asking price of around £50million. Mahrez’s public declaration that he wants to leave puts him in a tricky position should he remain at Leicester at the start of the season. The 26-year-old has already been warned by boss Craig Shakespeare and his team-mates that they will not tolerate him downing tools.

Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona have held a long-standing interest in the Brazil international and firmed that up with a £72million bid this month. That was quickly rejected by Liverpool with boss Jurgen Klopp swiftly insisting they are not a selling club. Coutinho signed a new five-year contract with Liverpool last season, reportedly worth around £150,000-a-week, to leave the Reds in a strong position. They will look to keep the midfielder as Klopp prepares for a return to the Champions League this season.

Ross Barkley

The midfielder looks to be on his way out of Everton but where he will end up remains to be seen. Everton’s persistent chase of Gylfi Sigurdsson – a player who fills Barkley’s position – leaves the 23-year-old’s future at Goodison Park even more precarious. Davy Klasssen’s £24million switch from Ajax already adds to the competition and Everton are not hanging around before possibly selling Barkley. Tottenham have been strongly linked and they are hunting a No 10 armed with cash following Kyle Walker’s £50million move to Manchester City.

Virgil van Dijk

The Southampton captain has been made to train on his own after telling boss Mauricio Pellegrino he wants to leave. Liverpool’s well-publicised interest saw them issue an apology to Southampton after the Saints said they would report the Reds over their conduct towards the defender. Southampton are standing firm and are determined not to sell the former Celtic centre-back, who joined the club in 2015 for £13million. It may be a case of who blinks first with Van Dijk and Southampton locked in their own personal battle before any other clubs can join in.

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