The transfers that can still happen before deadline day

Kylian Mbappe could seal sensational Real Madrid move, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to quit Juventus with PSG lurking and Man City are still chasing £150m Harry Kane… the transfers that can still happen with a week left until deadline day

  • Clubs have just one week left to make signings before transfer deadline day
  • There are several big-money moves that could go through before August 31 
  • Kylian Mbappe is wanted by Real Madrid while Man City are chasing Harry Kane
  • Cristiano Ronaldo could also leave Juventus with PSG a possible destination 

Just a week remains of what has already been an exciting and hectic summer transfer window.

But August 31’s deadline day is now fast approaching and managers are scrambling to get their squads in shape for the rest of the season. 

Manchester City broke the British transfer record to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for £100million but Pep Guardiola’s side could break that once again if they can agree a deal with Tottenham for Harry Kane.

Kane is not the only star who could be on the move before the end of the window, with the futures of Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo both still up in the air.

With that in mind, Sportsmail takes a look at the potential transfers that could still go through across Europe before the end of next week’s deadline. 

Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could all bring in new signings before the end of the summer transfer window

Paris Saint-Germain already had a formidable attack with Mbappe and Neymar but the addition of Lionel Messi has given Mauricio Pochettino an even more devastating forward line. 

But the French club could see one of their brightest talents depart this summer if they cannot tie him down to a new deal.

Mbappe is out of contract at the end of the 2021-2022 campaign and has been reluctant to agree to an extension, with Real Madrid making a £160m offer on Tuesday which has been rejected.

But PSG risk losing Mbappe on a free transfer if they don’t sell him this summer and the forward has previously admitted a switch to the Bernabeu would be a dream move. The ball is in Madrid’s court now as to whether they return with an increased bid for the Frenchman.

Reports from RMC in France claimed Mbappe rejected the club’s latest offer of a new five-year deal and his stance could force the Ligue 1 club’s hand. 

Kylian Mbappe has not signed a new contract with PSG and could join Real Madrid this summer

Harry Kane (Tottenham to Manchester City)

The transfer saga of the summer still remains unsolved with Manchester City having been unable to meet Tottenham’s asking price for their star striker.

Sportsmail learned that Tottenham believe they are winning the battle to keep Kane as it emerged City’s opening offer for the striker was worth only a guaranteed £75m.

The feeling inside Tottenham is that any move for Kane is virtually impossible with Levy more determined than ever to fend off fresh advances from the Etihad. 

Guardiola’s side face an uphill task to agree a deal this week as there would be little time for Spurs to find a replacement. 

However, City are expected to launch a fresh bid to land Kane this week and it remains to be seen whether meeting Spurs’ £150m valuation would suddenly alter his club’s stance.

Man City are still chasing Tottenham striker Harry Kane after their £100m bid was rejected

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus to PSG)

Could we finally see Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the same team? The Portugal captain is reportedly looking for a way out of Juventus with PSG considering a swoop for the 36-year-old.

Ronaldo asked to be left out of the Juventus starting XI for their opening game with Udinese on Sunday – though boss Massimiliano Allegri insisted it was his decision. 

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed Ronaldo’s absence was a request by the player himself ‘because he hopes to find a solution’ in the transfer market over the coming days, adding that no official bids have been lodged for the superstar forward.

The forward has just one year left on his contract at Juventus and, as Sportsmail has recently reported, was offered to Manchester City this summer for just £25million.

Ronaldo could be key to a potential deal for between PSG and Real for Mbappe. If the French side can entice Ronaldo to Paris, they may soften their stance on selling Mbappe to the Spanish club. 

Cristiano Ronaldo could join PSG after indicating his desire to leave Italian giants Juventus

Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid to Manchester United/ Chelsea)

It’s looking increasingly likely that Saul Niguez will leave Atletico Madrid after a summer of speculation.

The midfielder has been on Manchester United’s radar for some time but Chelsea are also interested and have made significant progress in discussions with Atletico over the past 24 hours.  

And Sportsmail reported on Tuesday that United are distancing themselves from an imminent move for the Spaniard.

Finances, plus the transfer strategy at Old Trafford, dictate that unless they lose a midfielder in the next few days they will wait before adding another player in that department. 

Saul, who is valued at around £38million by Atletico, has started both of their LaLiga matches so far this season despite being made available to clubs around Europe at the start of the summer window. 

Manchester United and Chelsea both want to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez

Kurt Zouma (Chelsea to West Ham) 

West Ham are thought to have agreed a £26m fee for Chelsea centre back Kurt Zouma but the defender’s wage demands are proving to be an issue.

According to The Athletic, the 26-year-old reportedly wants to be the best paid player at the club with a salary of £125,000 per week, which risks scuppering the move.

The Hammers are understood to be working on a limited transfer budget this summer, meaning Zouma – whose contract expires in 2023 – will need to reduce his wage demands if the east London club are to land him.

The 26-year-old would prefer to stay in the capital and West Ham remain favourites to sign him despite interest from Tottenham.

Zouma has been an unused substitute in Chelsea’s opening two Premier League fixtures this season. 

Kurt Zouma could join West Ham in a £26m deal if he lowers his wage demands with the club

Jules Kounde (Sevilla to Chelsea)   

Should Zouma seal a move to West Ham, Chelsea are likely to step up their pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

The Blues’ swoop for the 22-year-old has been held up by their need to sell before they can buy – with Zouma’s move to the Hammers the stumbling block in the way.

Chelsea made Kounde their No 1 defensive target this summer but delayed their pursuit of his signature to focus on securing Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan first.

Sportsmail recently revealed that Tuchel is looking to streamline his squad to make way for the £68m rated France international.

Full back Davide Zappacosta is joining Atalanta on an initial loan with view to permanent £8million deal, while striker Ike Ugbo is joining Genk for £5m.

Chelsea want to sign Jules Kounde but a deal could depend on Zouma’s move to West Ham

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United to West Ham)

David Moyes has made no secret of his desire to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal after the midfielder’s impressive loan spell with the Hammers last season.

But the 28-year-old remains at United and came off the bench in their 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously said Lingard still has a future at United but the midfielder could push for a move in order to guarantee game time, especially if the Red Devils land Saul.

Hammers coach Stuart Pearce admitted the club would love to have Lingard back but insisted the ball was firmly in United’s court.

‘We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year,’ Pearce told talkSPORT.

‘The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.’

West Ham would still like to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United this summer

Adama Traore (Wolves to Tottenham) 

Nuno Espirito Santo is thought to be keen on a reunion with Wolves forward Adama Traore and could launch a loan bid with a view to a permanent deal. 

According to The Telegraph, Wolves value Traore at £40m but could be forced to accept a loan offer which includes an option to buy. Traore has two years left on his contract and has not yet signed up to a new deal. 

The forward only managed two goals and three assists last season but would perhaps have had higher numbers had Raul Jimenez not spent the majority of the campaign injured.

Traore would also offer Spurs valuable versatility, with the 25-year-old capable of playing as a right-wing back as well as on the right-wing and through the middle. 

The report also states the club could accept a similar deal to the one Liverpool agreed for Diogo Jota. This saw the Reds stagger payments, with only a small fee paid at the beginning. 

Tottenham could launch a loan bid for Wolves forward Adama Traore with an option to buy

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal to Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace could add another talented youngster to their ranks with Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah said to be in their sights.

Nketiah’s current deal at the Emirates expires next year and the Gunners are prepared to sell the 22-year-old rather than let him leave on a free transfer.

According to The Athletic, Patrick Vieira is said to be ready to part with £10m to sign the forward as he looks to strengthen his squad. However, Arsenal are said to value him at £20m.

Nketiah rose through the ranks at Arsenal’s academy but has fallen down the pecking order under Gunners boss Mikel Arteta this year.

He made 29 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal last season and scored six goals, but failed to cement a regular place in the starting XI. 

Crystal Palace could make a move for Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah before deadline day

Pape Sarr (Metz to Tottenham) 

Tottenham are on the brink of completing a deal for Metz midfielder Pape Sarr with the French club’s president Bernard Serin confirming the two sides were in advanced talks.

He said: ‘We are in advanced talks with Tottenham for Sarr, yes, but it is not done yet. The final fee will be higher than €10m (£8.6m).’

The 18-year-old is expected to sign a six-year contract and return to Metz on loan for the season once his fee is agreed.

Sarr has attracted interest from Aston Villa, Everton and Chelsea during the summer. The all-action midfielder made 22 appearances in Ligue 1 last season, scoring three times.

He was only promoted to the first team in November after just one reserve-team appearance. The teenager, who made his international debut for Senegal back in March, signed a five-year contract at the French club last September. 

Tottenham are closing in on a deal for highly rated Metz midfielder Pape Sarr this week

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