There’s not long left to go until the new Premier League season begins on September 12th, but there’s still plenty of time remaining for clubs to get their squads in order before the transfer window slams shut on October 5th.
We’ve already seen plenty of high-profile departures this summer, including Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich, David Silva to Real Sociedad and Pedro to AS Roma.
Now the question is who could be joining that trio on an outbound flight from the Premier League before Jim White dons his famous yellow tie at the start of October?
Hector Bellerin – 1/3 to join PSG
Can you think of a footballer that screams Paris more than the world’s number one fashionista full-back, Hector Bellerin? Aside from just how well matched the pair are culturally, it’s a move that makes sense for all parties.
PSG are in for a right-back following the departure of Thomas Meunier to Borussia Dortmund, and Arsenal already have two readymade replacements for Bellerin in Cedric Soares and fan favourite Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The Gunners have already been offered in the region of £30m according to reports, and with Emirates targets Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey set to cost a pretty penny, Bellerin’s departure would free up some cash.
Ricardo Pereira – 5/2 to join PSG
There’s no guarantee PSG can prise Bellerin away from North London, and if a deal cannot be struck this summer, then Thomas Tuchel may turn his attention to Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira, who is 5/2 to join the Parisians.
The Portuguese ace has long been linked to a move away from the King Power Stadium, with the likes of Juventus, Barcelona and of course PSG all monitoring his services over the course of the last 12 months.
Leicester have made £80m from Harry Maguire and £50m from Ben Chilwell in the last two summer windows, so while there’s no need for the Foxes to sell Pereira, he’d command a high fee if he did choose to leave.
Timothy Castagne’s imminent arrival in the East Midlands from Atalanta further increases the likelihood of Pereira being allowed to depart the King Power if PSG offer the right price.
One man who made Leicester a tidy profit in 2016 was N’Golo Kante. The 29-year-old midfielder cost £5.6m from Caen in 2015 and left for Chelsea as a Premier Winner 12 months later for a whopping £32m.
Kante has enjoyed four happy years at Stamford Bridge, winning another Premier League title, an FA Cup and the Europa League, but his time in West London could be coming to an end.
The Blues will have splashed out over £200m this summer once a deal for Kai Havertz is completed, and that could require the pen-pushers upstairs to balance the now quite weighty books.
Injury-prone Kante is one of those who has been linked to a move away from Frank Lampard’s side, with old boss Antonio Conte reportedly keen on bringing the Frenchman to Inter Milan this summer.
Ozil and the Emirates exit door are more will-they-won’t-they than Ross and Rachel in Friends, except people presumably cared more about the sitcom saga than they do the German’s next port-of-call.
It’s clear for all to see that the 31-year-old midfield maestro (that’s Ozil, not Ross from Friends) isn’t in Mikel Arteta’s plans, it’s just finding a new club for him which is proving the problem.
An initial loan deal looks likely to be the only way around his enormous wages, but even then, top level European suitors would appear to be at a premium.
A move to Qatar or Saudi Arabia has also been mooted, although it’s unclear whether Ozil would welcome a switch to the Middle East.
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