It’s going to be a busy end to the transfer window as the Bruno Fernandes saga nears completion after Manchester United made a breakthrough over a fee, which promises to be around £46.6m with a further £8.5m in add-ons. The Red Devils may finally deliver Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the upgrade he needs amid an injury crisis involving Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay. While there will be much more away from Old Trafford as Tottenham Hotspur appear keen to be innovative to salvage their hopes of beating rivals Chelsea to a top four place: namely through a surprise Olivier Giroud, who is unwanted by Frank Lampard and now Jose Mourinho is eager to sign the French striker on an 18-month deal to cover for the injured Harry Kane – though it remains to be seen whether the Blues will accept a deal from a direct rival.
Serie A clubs are always active late in the window and Barcelona promise to make a significant move late on as they bid to replace Luis Suarez. Rodrigo from Valencia is the most likely option, though they will have to pay up, with Los Che knocked back when they asked about Nelson Semedo being sent to the Mestalla as part of the deal. Liverpool FC are sitting easy at the top of the Premier League and did their business nice and early with the signing of Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg, though Jurgen Klopp may yet send out a youngster on loan for experience.
Arsenal have been quiet, with Mikel Arteta still assessing his squad and utilising his youngsters before making key decisions on the first team squad. Pablo Mari appeared to be the first signing of Arteta era but the Brazilian centre-back was sent back to Flamengo with a deal seemingly collapsing. Look out for Krzysztof Piatek too, Spurs and Chelsea have been mentioned, with AC Milan possibly open to a loan deal after the Polish forward’s struggles this season saw the Rossoneri snap up Zlatan Ibrahimovic to drive their second half of the season.
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Bruno Fernandes is expected to fly to Manchester today for a medical to complete his move to Manchester United.
Real or fake?
Steven Bergwijn appears to have already signed for Spurs with pictures leaked of his unveiling.
The Dutch forward would cost Spurs around £30m from PSV.
Sheffield United are progressing talks over a £27m deal to sign Genk's Sander Berge.
West Ham have also been linked while the Blades will consider moves for Mady Camara of Olympiakos and Hoffenheim's Florian Grillitsch if Genk fail to agree a deal over Berge.