15 Bold Predictions for Summer Transfer Deadline Day
The summer transfer window has given us plenty of tasty gossip and speculation, with added spice and column inches generated on the back of the 2014 World Cup.
It’s almost over, but until trading ceases at 11 p.m. on Monday, September 1, there will be plenty of movement between Europe’s clubs. In this slideshow, we try to guess who will be going where.
The following slides are arranged in from 15 to one, in an order befitting how "bold" we feel these predictions are.
The choices are all based on existing rumours—but remember, they are purely speculative. Read on for more.
Destro on His Way to Chelsea
Romelu Lukaku is long gone, Fernando Torres looks like he might be leaving, Didier Drogba is 36 and it looks like Diego Costa will be on the sidelines for the next few weeks, as reported by Matt Law in The Telegraph.
All of which may see Jose Mourinho dipping into the transfer market for another striker before the window closes.
A good and seemingly viable option would be Roma's Mattia Destro. The 23-year-old notched 13 Serie A goals in 14 starts last season and is being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and to AC Milan, as reported by David Wright in the Express.
In The Guardian, Dominic Fifield reports that Radamel Falcao is another option for the Blues. However, as will be mentioned elsewhere in this slideshow, we believe the Colombian is on his way to La Liga.
Don't bet against seeing the young Italian in blue before long.
Rabiot Exit Rumours Will Prove True
Adrien Rabiot could be on his way to a number of clubs, if reports are to be believed. Recent quotes from Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc seem to confirm that the 19-year-old will be leaving the Parc des Princes this summer.
As reported by Alex Harris in the Express (h/t L'Equipe), Blanc said:
I believe he will leave, but I can't tell you where. Rabiot has received a good [contract] offer from PSG but apparently it doesn't interest him. It's a shame. I think his entourage is taking advantage of his contractual situation.
The two-time Ligue 1 winner is reportedly a target for Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, according to Harris. There have also been links with a move to Serie A, with Juventus and Roma being named as potential destinations on Goal.com.
Whether he chooses the Premier League or Serie A, one thing is looking increasingly certain—the Frenchman will no longer be a PSG player in a week's time.
Reus to Remain at Dortmund
Marco Reus' name has become a permanent fixture in transfer rumours, yet we think the 25-year-old will remain at Signal Iduna Park until summer 2015.
The Germany international has reportedly attracted interest from a host of clubs, most notably Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, as reported by Anthony Chapman in the Express. In the Daily Star—where all rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt—Alex Harris claims that Real Madrid are also interested in the Borussia Dortmund man.
But despite the steady stream of speculation that links Reus with a move away from Jurgen Klopp's side, we can't see him going. This time next year, Reus will be on the move, but for now, he will remain a Dortmund player.
William Carvalho to Arsenal
Arsenal's need for a new defensive midfielder has seen them linked with a number of new recruits this summer, with William Carvalho's name popping up more than most.
The 22-year-old, who currently plays for Sporting Lisbon, comes very highly rated. In February, the Sky Sports Scout said of the player:
The one thing that immediately impresses with Carvalho is his maturity, and his calmness—very rarely is he panicked on the ball, but he also has the ability to release the ball quickly.
A good defensive midfielder is worth his weight in gold and there is little doubt Carvalho is a real find for Sporting.
The Portugal international's price may have put off interested suitors in the past, with several reports suggesting that Marco Silva's side were demanding upwards of £35 million for the player, as reported by Marc Williams in The Independent.
With just 35 appearances clocked up for the Primeira Liga side, that translates to £1 million a game for Sporting's academy product.
However, the latest rumours indicate that the asking price could now be significantly cheaper, with Jamie Anderson claiming in the Express that a fee could now be set as low as £24 million.
Manchester United have also been linked with the Angola-born player, as written by Ben Jefferson in the Express.
However, we predict that Carvalho will be at the Emirates by September 1.
Petr Cech Will Stay at Chelsea Until January
Doubts have been cast over Petr Cech's Chelsea future after the 32-year-old lost his spot to Thibaut Courtois for the first two games of the Premier League season.
Reports indicate that Cech—who has been at Stamford Bridge for the last 10 years—could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain or Monaco on a year-long loan, as claimed in the Daily Mail by Matt Barlow.
The Czech Republic international has also been linked with Real Madrid by Tony Banks in the Express.
However, we predict that no matter how big the clubs that come in for him are, Cech will remain a Chelsea player beyond deadline day.
We think he will be on the move in January.
Fernando Torres to Join AC Milan on Permanent Deal
This time last year, AC Milan brought Kaka back to the San Siro on deadline day. This time around, we predict that Fernando Torres will be doing the same thing.
Chelsea shelled out £32 million to buy Diego Costa over the summer and brought Didier Drogba back to the club from Galatasaray, so it will come as no surprise to hear that Torres could leave Stamford Bridge, should the right club come calling.
According to Martin Lipton of the Mirror, Torres is resisting a move to Filippo Inzaghi's side because he wants a permanent deal, rather than a loan.
Elsewhere, on BBC Sport, it has been reported that Milan have already lodged a bid to bring Torres and his Blues teammate Marco van Ginkel in on loan.
We predict that the 30-year-old striker will agree a long-term deal with the Serie A side on September 1.
Micah Richards to Leave Manchester City
Playing time has dwindled over the years for Micah Richards and this summer it looks like he could be on his way out of Manchester City.
The 26-year-old has been with the club since 2001, when he swapped Oldham Athletic for City and came up through the youth ranks with the Manchester club.
Last term, he played just two games in the Premier League. The previous season it was seven (largely due to injury). It's in stark contrast to the 2011/12 campaign, when Richards made 29 appearances in the English top flight.
From one of England's best defensive prospects to the reserve bench, and with his outlook bleak under Manuel Pellegrini, it's time to go.
Richards has less than a year left to run on his current contract and should be on offer for a bargain price. Sunderland have been linked with him, according to Gary Johnson in Metro. Elsewhere, in the London Evening Standard, Ken Dyer claims that West Ham are also interested.
We'd be very surprised if Richards remains at Eastlands.
Cambiasso a Last-Minute "Yes" to Leicester
It's going to be rather strange to see Esteban Cambiasso in a Leicester City shirt, but it looks like that's exactly what will happen before the transfer window shuts next Monday.
The 34-year-old, who is currently unemployed, spent 10 years with Inter Milan where he racked up more than 400 appearances after joining the club from Real Madrid in 2004.
The Foxes have been described as "hopeful" of landing the Champions League winner by SkySports, whereas Goal.com recently suggested that the Argentina international had rejected an offer to join Nigel Pearson's side.
However, on BBC Sport (h/t BBC Radio Leicester) this week, Pearson said: "There has been a bit more encouragement in terms of the Cambiasso situation. I'm more hopeful now than I was before the weekend."
We think it's a prospective deal that will happen, probably right at the last minute on deadline day.
Wilfried Bony to Exit Swansea on Deadline Day
We can see Wilfried Bony leaving the Liberty Stadium next week, despite the assertions of Swansea boss Garry Monk that the club are yet to receive "one offer" for the striker, as reported by Tom Sheen in The Independent.
The Ivory Coast international scored 27 goals in all competitions for the Swans last season and—according to Sheen's article—has been linked with a move to Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and "a number of other Premier League clubs" this summer.
Bafetimbi Gomis joined Swansea in July, with the club at pains to point out that the French striker was signed to compete with Bony, rather than replace him, as reported by Phil Blanche in the Daily Mail.
The Mirror's Darren Lewis believes that "Swansea are ready to ditch Wilfried Bony’s £19 million release clause to offload the unsettled striker."
With injury ruling Arsenal's Olivier Giroud out until the new year, per BBC Sport, perhaps the Gunners will come calling.
No More Arrivals at Old Trafford
Manchester United are being linked with plenty of new recruits, following their record signing of Angel Di Maria.
Ajax and Netherlands international Daley Blind has been strongly rumoured to be on his way to Old Trafford, as reported by Jamie Jackson in The Guardian, although only for an "absolute top price" (h/t De Telegraaf).
Arturo Vidal has also been the subject of summer-long gossip, with Nigel de Jong also mooted as being on his way to Manchester, both are mentioned in Jackson's article above.
It has also emerged that the signing of Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon is yet to be 100 per cent completed, per Laurie Whitwell of the Daily Mail, who writes that "the Premier League are yet to sign off on Marcos Rojo’s transfer, partly because of Sporting Lisbon’s involvement with funding group Doyen."
United have been successful in buying Di Maria. Will they see any more new faces arrive? Not until January.
Toby Alderweireld to Sign for Saints, Despite Arsenal Rumours
Toby Alderweireld has been with Atletico Madrid for less than a year, but it looks like he could be on the move again this summer.
The defender's stock was high when he joined Diego Simeone's side on deadline day in summer 2013 after coming through the ranks with Ajax, where he made 186 appearances for the senior team.
With Atletico, Alderweireld made just 10 appearances in La Liga as a starter and was left on the bench 22 times in the league and nine times in the Champions League.
The Belgian can play in central defence or at right-back, a position that he nailed down at the summer's World Cup—in all but one game—en route to a quarter-final exit against Argentina.
After failing to establish himself in Spain, the 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Vicente Calderon, with Southampton and Monaco both mentioned as potential destinations, as Simon Jones has reported in the Daily Mail.
Earlier this summer, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United were also linked with Alderweireld by the Sunday People's Neil Moxley (h/t the Mirror).
Even though the Express' Jamie Anderson believes that Arsenal are now in "pole position" to sign the Belgium international, we believe that Alderweireld will be plying his trade under Ronald Koeman at Southampton this season.
Juan Cuadrado to Stay at Fiorentina
Juan Cuadrado has been a mainstay in the rumour mill this summer, following his performances with Colombia at the World Cup.
The 26-year-old also impressed for Fiorentina last season. In his first term at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, the winger notched 15 goals (in all competitions) and registered 10 assists.
It's a sum that looks to be fairly prohibitive, with Barcelona already said to have pulled out of a prospective deal, as reported by David Wright in the Express. According to Hamish Mackay in the Daily Mail (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Barca deemed the player too expensive.
More recently, it has been suggested by Jamie Anderson in the Express that Manchester United are also no longer interested in Cuadrado this summer, as they prefer to focus their efforts on Arturo Vidal.
Expect to see the 26-year-old play out another season with Fiorentina in Serie A before getting a move next year.
Andriy Yarmolenko to Stoke City
He's been linked with a raft of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham, as reported by the Express' David Wright, yet Andriy Yarmolenko could be making a surprise move to Stoke City.
Nobody saw it coming when Bojan Krkic signed for the Potters, and on deadline day, the Ukrainian winger may be joining the Spaniard at the Britannia Stadium.
He has already been linked with a move to Mark Hughes' team, who sit 15th in the Premier League after two games. As Simon Jones reported in the Daily Mail: "The Ukraine winger is available for around £8million plus add-ons but his wages of £75,000 a week are an obstacle."
Already into the final 12 months of his current contract with Dynamo Kiev, Yarmolenko would be a fantastic, if ambitious, addition to Hughes' team.
Arturo Vidal: Going Nowhere
You might be over the Arturo Vidal-to-Manchester United story by now, and who can blame you? It has been one of the most talked about transfers of the summer.
The on-again, off-again speculation has started to gather steam once more this week, with the Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman claiming that United are now in "serious talks" with Juventus to bring the player to Old Trafford.
However, it has been claimed that concerns over the 27-year-old's fitness, following knee surgery over the summer, are the reason that Vidal has not yet put pen to paper with United, as reported in The Telegraph.
We don't see Louis van Gaal's side pushing through a deal before the window closes, despite reports that the Chilean remains United's "top midfield target," according to Ian Herbert of The Independent.
Expect to see Vidal in the black and white stripes of Juve for at least one more season.
Radamel Falcao: Finally at Real Madrid?
Real Madrid have long been making eyes at Radamel Falcao, who could be the latest addition to Carlo Ancelotti's expensively assembled side.
Money does not normally stand in the way of Madrid—who always seem to get who they want, when they want—yet the £59.7 million that the club pocketed for the sale of Angel Di Maria has served to heighten speculation that they may be about to dip into the transfer market once again.
According to ESPNFC.com, "Falcao has met with his agent, Jorge Mendes, to discuss his future at Monaco after Real Madrid 're-activated' their interest in the Colombia striker, according to reports in France and Spain."
Last October, club president Florentino Perez hinted that Madrid might make an offer for the 28-year-old Colombian in summer 2014, as seen in The Guardian.
Despite only just entering the second year of a five-year contract with Ligue 1 side Monaco, we think this move is very much on.