There’s not long now until the transfer deadline as the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur all attempt to make late additions to secure a boost for the remainder of the season. The Premier League is among the most active leagues across Europe ahead of Friday’s deadline, while Serie A clubs are always willing to do business.
United’s pursuit of Sporting Lisbon skipper Bruno Fernandes in what has been the biggest saga of the window, looks have reached a stalemate, with the club ready to admit defeat in handing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reinforcements despite losing Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay to serious injuries. Former United boss Jose Mourinho looks to have more joy at Spurs, namely through Steven Bergwijn from PSV.
Barcelona are frantically searching for a new striker due to Luis Suarez’s serious injury, with Rodrigo the main candidate, though their search has seen them linked to Olivier Giroud, while a move for ex-Sevilla star Wissam Ben Yedder could prove smart due to the expected speedy transition back to La Liga, but Monaco would demand around £67m if rumours are to be believed. Arsenal, at the beginning of a new era with Mikel Arteta, have resisted spending this month as the Spaniard assesses his options, while Frank Lampard is set to be disappointed with Chelsea unable to spend the Eden Hazard money from the sale to Real Madrid last summer despite having their transfer ban lifted. The Blues could pick up a loan deal, with Krzysztof Piatek, also a target for Spurs, mentioned, but they may otherwise keep their budget for next summer.
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Manchester United are prepared to close the window without a major signing, as their pursuits of Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes and a striker have stalled. That means United’s primary targets for next summer are Leicester City’s James Maddison and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, and they plan to move for one in the summer.