With just a week to go until the summer transfer window slams shut on September 3rd, clubs across Europe have until Friday to conclude their business until January. So where is the money for the big moves to occur before the weekend?
After Lionel Messi’s headline-busting move to PSG from Barcelona only weeks ago, a good deal of transfer speculation remains centred on the Parc des Princes.
The Argentine’s arrival in the Parisian capital has sparked wild conjecture that Kylian Mbappe could make a move away before deadline day, with Real Madrid the most likely destination. Indeed, despite drifting out to 9/2 with SkyBet, the Frenchman forward could yet make a blockbuster switch from one capital to another.
The outcome of that could set quite the domino effect off across the continent, and Everton’s Richarlison is rumoured to be a big player in that process.
Having never quite reached his top level in the Premier League, the chance to reunite with his Brazilian teammate Neymar in Paris would be a significant pull, and PSG believe they could get their man should Mbappe make way. Again, SkyBet value any switch at 11/2.
Staying with the Toffees, James Rodriguez has predictably fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park since the departure of Carlo Ancelotti and the arrival of Rafa Benitez.
The Colombian now looks certain to leave Merseyside in the coming days, and his odds of making a return to former club Porto now are now as short as 4/5, however AC Milan have become a late contender for his signature at 3/1, both again with SkyBet.
Another Premier League switch that could happen before Friday is that of Bernardo Silva. Having lined up in Manchester City’s 5-0 thrashing of Arsenal at the weekend, the Portuguese still appears to be a peripheral figure at the Etihad, not least when Kevin De Bruyne returns to the fold. For the moment his most likely destination appears to be Turin, with Juventus hurriedly looking to fill their attacking line with bodies in the light of Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock departure to Manchester United last week. Unibet are touting this move at 7/1.
Looking at switches between English top-flight clubs meanwhile, Liverpool could see a busy final few days of the window in terms of outgoings.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rather become lost in the shake-up at Anfield in the last two seasons, and a return to Southampton has been mooted. In the case of West Ham also, though the Irons have begun the season in sparkling form with Michail Antonio hitting four goals in three to begin the new term, doubts linger over his long-term fitness. As such a loan moan for Divock Origi makes sense. Both moves to be made before Friday are priced at 5/1 and for Origi, at as short as 4/6 respectively, both with SkyBet.