At this point of the summer, there’s usually over a month to go until the transfer window closes, and nobody is panicking just yet. This year it’s a different story.
With the window slamming shut (it never closes gently does it?) on the eve of the season, August 9th, we are now into the final 20 days of the summer transfer market and there are a few clubs starting to look nervously at the calendar. How’s that striker situation looking, Chelsea?
Today’s transfer rumours throw up the usual mix of solid and tenuous links, plausible and implausible rumours, as well as the now-mandatory appearance of Yerry Mina. Won’t someone just sign him already?!
6. Leicester Target Given Hefty Price Tag
Marvin Plattenhardt may have endured a difficult World Cup debut with Germany this summer but that hasn’t deterred Leicester from continuing their pursuit of the 26-year-old left back.
However, Hertha BSC will not let their man go without a fight and the Leicester Mercury claims that they’ve set a €25m (£22.3m) asking price for Plattenhardt in an effort to put Leicester off.
Hertha manager Michael Preetz has fuelled rumours that Plattenhardt could leave, telling Bild: “if there is a desire for change and it fits all sides, then we will deal with it.” At that price though, he’s unlikely to be going anywhere.
5. Yannick Bolasie in High Demand
If Marco Silva decides that Yannick Bolasie is surplus to requirements at Goodison Park, the Congolese winger will have no shortage of potential suitors.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Bolasie has several Premier League sides interested him as well as admirers from abroad. Leicester, Crystal Palace and Fulham are all said to be eyeing him, with Fenerbahce also keeping close tabs.
Bolasie has not earned rave reviews since joing Everton from Palace two summers ago and with Richarlison set for a big-money move to Merseyside, he could find himself looking elsewhere for first team football.
4. Spanish Keeper Nears Fulham Switch
Fulham have reportedly reached a verbal agreement to bring Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri to Craven Cottage.
The London Evening Standard claims that the Spanish shot-stopper will travel to London this coming week to become Fulham’s third signing of what has been a relatively quiet summer window in terms of both arrivals and departures.
This transfer could have a knock-on effect as it would allow Besiktas to pursue David Ospina, who is now third in the pecking order at Arsenal and seeking a move away.
3. Wolves Join the Hunt for Yerry Mina
Another day, another club linked with Yerry Mina.
Yesterday we heard that the Colombian had turned down a possible move to Merseyside to stay in Spain, but could the bright lights of Wolverhampton tempt him? That’s what Wolves are hoping with a surprise move for the Colombian, according to the Sun.
Nuno Espirito Santo is hoping that Jorge Mendes can use his connections to try and wrangle what would be a sensational loan deal, although the report claims that Mina would prefer a ‘bigger club.’ Someone educate this lad on English football history!
2. Eagles to Offer Yaya Toure His Swansong
Crystal Palace are lining up a contract offer for Yaya Toure in the hope that he will choose to end his career with them.
The Sun on Sunday (via HITC) claims that the Eagles will make a £100,000-a-week contract offer to Toure, who is currently a free agent after leaving Manchester City at the end of last season.
They probably won’t have much competition for the 35-year-old, but with 230 Premier League appearances behind him he could offer invaluable experience to Roy Hodgson’s squad.
1. English Keepers Vie to Replace Courtois
Chelsea are considering two members of England’s World Cup squad as possible replacements if Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid.
Jordan Pickford and his second-in-command Jack Butland are both under consideration according to the Daily Mail, which adds that Joe Hart has been mentioned in the frame too.
It’s a difficult choice. Pickford is England’s first choice, and comes into the season off the back of a heroic World Cup campaign. Butland is cheaper and still a very competent goalkeeper who deserves to be playing in the Premier League. Hart also exists.