15 Transfer Deadline Day Loan Deals That Would Make Sense
The transfer window is drawing to a close. While the big-money moves and high-profile switches have attracted the most attention, a number of important loan deals will likely take place between now and September 1.
Some of the moves that will come to pass between now and the close of business will come out of the blue, but there are some loan deals that have already been mooted which would make complete sense.
The moves profiled here make sense for player, selling club, buying club or all three parties.
Danny Welbeck to Spurs
According to Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports, Danny Welbeck has been told he no longer has a role at Old Trafford. While this author finds the decision somewhat strange, considering the player’s youth, versatility and intelligence, it’s hard to envisage the unwanted 23-year-old sticking around for six months on the shelf under Louis van Gaal.
This may well open the doors to a number of Premier League sides keen for a talented England international who would surely have a point to prove.
Thomas has indicated that Tottenham Hotspur are not interested in a permanent deal for the player, but they would be keen to recruit him on loan.
While White Hart Lane is understood to be the player’s choice, Hull City, Sunderland and Newcastle United are also interested.
Wilfried Bony to Arsenal
However, could another Premier League heavyweight be set to make a move for the proven EPL goalscorer?
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud will be out until December following a leg operation, and the Gunners find themselves in dire need of a forward. Yaya Sanogo remains an option, but he has struggled to convince, while Lukas Podolski has long appeared to be heading towards the exit door at the Emirates Stadium.
Could, therefore, Wenger be set to turn to Bony?
The striker has scored 47 goals in his last two seasons, both in the Eredivisie and in the Premier League, and he would surely jump at the chance to move to north London.
Incidentally, jump is something the forward does well. According to WhoScored, he won 105 headers last season and his lethal, physical forward play would complement the Gunners’ array of talented playmakers.
Swansea City, who have already recruited Bafetimbi Gomis, ought to be well covered for goals should a loan deal with a hefty buy-on clause come along on deadline day.
Loic Remy to Arsenal
The injury to Giroud may also prompt Wenger to renew his interest in Loic Remy, Giroud’s international colleague.
The former Olympique Marseille forward had a potential move to Liverpool aborted earlier in the window due to medical concerns, but should Arsenal seek a loan deal, the risks would obviously be lessened.
As demonstrated last year, while Queens Park Rangers would prefer to keep the player, they are open to a potential loan move. The striker thrived on loan at Newcastle United last season, scoring 14 goals, and he may relish another temporary deal.
Wenger, for his part, would doubtless be excited by the prospect of receiving a year’s service from a player with a proven record of scoring in the Premier League.
However, Lee Ryder of the Newcastle Chronicle reports that the Magpies are interested in bringing Remy back to St. James’ Park.
Lukas Podolski to Juventus
Obviously, Giroud’s injury may affect Podolski’s chances of securing a move away from the Emirates Stadium, but Juventus will remain hopeful of acquiring the Germany international.
The former Bayern Munich forward was overlooked for the Gunners’ last Premier League game against Everton, and according to Simon Jones of the Mail Online, he has made little secret of his anticipation of a move on social media.
Wolfsburg are believed to be open to a permanent move, but the World Cup winner would prefer a switch to Juve.
The Old Lady, however, are concerned that the player’s £3 million wages are too high. Not only are there some fiscal details to iron out, any move for Podolski may well depend on who Arsenal are able to bring into the club.
Alex Song Back to the Premier League
Barcelona have seemingly offered Alex Song to clubs across the continent as they attempt to offload a player who no longer has a role at the Nou Camp (some would question whether he ever did).
Having tried to sell him permanently, Barca realised that there were no potential suitors.
Therefore the club have acknowledged that they would be willing to see him depart on loan.
Spurs have been linked to the player, as per Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports, but the likes of Galatasaray and Napoli are also interested.
Spanish outlet El Mundo Deportivo (via Tyrone Webb-McGarthland of Squawka), believes that Song—who managed only 19 appearances in La Liga last term—is being tracked by Liverpool, who are intrigued by the offer of a loan deal.
Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph has also revealed that Everton may well be alerted by the midfielder’s availability.
Although he has been much maligned in recent times, the Cameroon international has Premier League experience and has demonstrated, during his latter seasons at Arsenal, that he has the ability to influence high-profile contests in the EPL.
Lucas Leiva to Napoli
Brendan Rodgers may be particularly keen to get Song on board should Lucas Leiva complete his rumoured switch to Napoli.
According to Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Kevin Pogorzelski of Forza Italian Football), the two clubs have already agreed the particulars of a deal. It would involve the Brazilian defensive midfielder heading to Naples on a season-long loan, for a fee of €1.8 million, with a purchase-clause of €10 million at the season’s end.
Should he make his move to the Stadio San Paolo, he would be reunited with Rafael Benitez, the man who brought the international to Merseyside from Gremio back in 2007.
This wouldn’t be the first time the Spanish manager has returned to his former club to recruit trusted personnel. Last season, Benitez enjoyed the services of compatriot Pepe Reina, who spent last term on loan with the Partenopei.
A move for Lucas, however, may be dependent on the outcome of Napoli’s attempted signing of Espanyol defensive midfielder, David Lopez.
Toby Alderweireld to the Stadium of Light
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is keen to enforce his defensive options before the transfer window closes.
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail has acknowledged that the Uruguayan manager is monitoring Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
A more tangible option, however, appears to be Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld.
Jones has reported that Sunderland have made a bid for the versatile defender, who would certainly bring poise and versatility to the back line.
Alderweireld, however, isn’t particularly happy with the prospect of playing for one of the Premier League’s lesser lights, without the promise of continental football. It remains to be seen if he can be won over by the glitz and glamour of…er…Wearside.
Miguel Delaney of ESPN FC has reported that AS Monaco are keen to offload Radamel Falcao and his wages ahead of the close of the transfer window. As a result, the club of the principality are touting the player to would-be suitors.
The club have reportedly set a loan fee of €20 million for the season, which, while an empty investment, would not be beyond the realms of possibility for some of the world’s major sides.
Delaney believes that Real Madrid—not short of money following the sale of Angel Di Maria—would be the most likely destination for the player.
However, as acknowledged by Pete Sharland of Squawka, Premier League pair Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as Italian giants Juventus, have all also been linked to the Colombian hitman.
Fernando Torres to AC Milan
Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, Diego Costa has looked the part. The powerful, tenacious forward looks like an ideal fit for the Premier League and has already averaged a goal per game in the top flight, with strikes against both Burnley and Leicester City.
The fortunes of one Spanish striker, however, generates problems for another.
Fernando Torres, by contrast, has rarely looked like the complete package since arriving at Stamford Bridge and, at 30, with a £9 million per year contract, risks becoming a burden to the club.
Fortunately, Milan could be about to offer him a way out, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, with the Italian side paying a fee of £7 million for a one-year loan move to Serie A.
Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph believes that Milan have identified Torres as the ideal man to replace the departed Balotelli.
Javier Hernandez to Juventus
The protracted transfer of Arturo Vidal to Old Trafford looks set to rumble on until deadline day. Could Louis van Gaal introduce Chicharito to the bargaining to sweeten the deal?
As reported by Alex Harris of the Daily Express, the Mexican forward has been linked with several Italian clubs, and the prospect of attempting to rejuvenate the striker may well appeal to Juve.
The Old Lady are reported to have made Falcao their premier target, but should another club step in for the forward, or should his wages prove to be a stumbling block, then Hernandez may emerge as a more realistic alternative.
Mexico boss Miguel Herrera, as reported by Jeff Carlisle of ESPN.co.uk, has expressed his desire for the striker to leave Old Trafford.
I think [Chicharito] needs to leave. I think [Juventus] would be a good option for him. When a coach doesn't want you - when you have your best experience, your best moment with them, and now the coach that wanted you is no longer there - it's time to move. I think there are a lot of opportunities. They are not bad opportunities. If he goes to Juventus that would be an extraordinary team. Without a doubt, it would be a nice change for him. Hopefully he'll see more minutes.
Micah Richards and Matija Nastasic to West Ham United
Ken Dyer of the Daily Standard has reported that West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is desperate to recruit some more defenders before the transfer window closes.
Defence has typically been an area of strength for the Hammers under Big Sam; they conceded only 51 goals last season, the second-best record in the bottom half and only one goal more than second-placed Liverpool.
However, this term, the east London side are facing an injury crisis, with doubts surrounding James Tomkins and Carl Jenkinson. According to Physioroom.com, James Collins is also suffering with a hamstring injury.
A solution may be found at the Etihad Stadium, where Micah Richards and Matija Nastasic find themselves out of favour.
Dyer believes that the Citizens would favour permanent departures for the pair (with Richards valued at £7 million and Nastasic at £12 million), but the Hammers would favour loan deals.
A loan move might leave the door open for Nastasic to return to the club, although Juventus are considering making an offer for the defender, according to Tony Mahoney of Goal.com.
Shinji Kagawa to Dortmund
Shinji Kagawa may well become another departure from Old Trafford over the coming few days.
The Japan international has endured an unhappy few years in Manchester, where his progress has stalled, and he has seen his playing time reduced even further.
There has been little indication that the East Asian star has a role to play under Van Gaal.
Mark Brus of CaughtOffside.com believes that the arrival of Di Maria will push the playmaker out of the club.
A loan move to his former side, Borussia Dortmund, looks like the most likely option, and it is one that would be welcomed by both player and club.
Petr Cech to France
The goalkeeper situation at Chelsea has been one of the most intriguing subplots of the Premier League season so far.
The Czech stopper has lost his place in the first team to youngster Thibaut Courtois, and despite the mutual respect between he and Jose Mourinho, a world-class stopper such as Cech can surely not spend a whole campaign on the sideline.
According to Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail, the Pensioners may be receptive to a deal which sees the goalkeeper depart on a temporary basis.
French sides Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco have been linked with the player, and Chelsea are believed to be open to a deal as long as they can retain the right to recall the player.
Andre Schurrle to Atletico Madrid
Strangely, despite being a World Cup winner, Andre Schurrle appears to be considered expendable by the Chelsea hierarchy.
Nick Ames of The Guardian believes that the club are willing to offload the German in order to comply with home-grown player regulations.
Champions League finalists and reigning Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have targeted the versatile, energetic forward as a potential addition.
Los Colchoneros have recruited well this summer, after the departures of several key players, and Schurrle would appear to fit the profile of a player sought by the club.