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Five transfers that could happen before Thursday’s deadline

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Five transfers that could happen before Thursday’s deadline

On the whole, there haven’t been too many blockbuster transfer deals that have taken place this month, with a lot of the teams at the top preferring to stick rather than twist with the squads they have.

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have all shunned the chance to bring in any new faces so far, while Arsenal and Chelsea have been snooping around loan deals. The latter have signed Gonzalo Higuain in what is arguably the biggest deal of the month thus far, while Christian Pulisic will come in at the end of the season.

Bournemouth have been the most active side, bringing in Nathaniel Clyne, Chris Mepham and Dominic Solanke, while Ryan Babel and Samir Nasri have both made Premier League returns with Fulham and West Ham respectively.

However, so many teams leave their business to the last minute these days, that there still could be some action in this final week of activity. Read below to see five deals that could still take place before Thursday night.

Ivan Perisic to Arsenal

Long-term Manchester United target Ivan Perisic could finally get his move to the Premier League - but not to the destination many would have expected.

As reported by the BBC’s David Ornstein, Arsenal have made an enquiry to Inter Milan to take the Croatia international on a season-long loan, with a view to buy him at the end of the season for £35m.

It has resulted in the player placing a transfer request with his parent club, as he looks to complete a transfer that would see him finally play in England. The 29-year-old has started just 14 of the club’s 21 games in Serie A this season, playing not as regularly as has been the case in recent seasons.

Arsenal are keen to sign a winger this month, having also been linked with a move for Barcelona’s Malcolm - who they tried to sign in the summer - after a frustrating start to his career at the Nou Camp.

But following the reported transfer request, it seems the Perisic deal is far closer to getting across the line as Unai Emery attempts to strengthen his squad ahead of a huge four months at the end of this season.

Perisic Croatia

Callum Hudson-Odoi to Bayern Munich

If recent reports are to be believed, then Callum Hudson-Odoi has also handed in a transfer request as he seeks to secure a move from Chelsea to Bayern Munich.

Despite his desire to seal a transfer to Germany, the 18-year-old was named in Chelsea’s starting XI for their FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday evening. The winger scored during the 3-0 win for the Blues and impressed throughout the clash.

When asked about his future after the game, Hudson-Odoi said: “I don’t know [if it’s my final game]. I can’t say. I keep working hard and you never know what’s going to happen.

“I can’t say [if spoken with Bayern Munich].”

The Bundesliga giants have already lodged three bids for the winger this month, all of which have been rejected by Chelsea who are keen to keep hold of their academy product. However, given the success - or lack thereof - of previous Chelsea academy products, Hudson-Odoi is keen to play first-team football now.

Jadon Sancho is the prime example of the opportunity given to young English players in the Bundesliga, while Reece Oxford, Ademola Lookman and Reiss Nelson have all had good spells in the Bundesliga.

Hudson-Odoi Fabregas

Denis Suarez to Arsenal

Another potential Arsenal move, Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has seen his name associated with the Gunners for the majority of the month so far.

Suarez has been an outcast at the Nou Camp so far this term, failing to start a game in La Liga or the Champions League, making a combined four substitute appearances in both competitions.

The 25-year-old is keen to seal a move elsewhere to play more regularly, but Barcelona are keen to sell him on a permanent deal, while Arsenal are only able to secure loan deals this month. The Gunners are reportedly willing to pay £25m for him at the end of the season.

With Aaron Ramsey set to join Juventus at the end of the season on a free transfer and Mesut Ozil still out of favour under Emery, Arsenal need to bring in a central midfield player as well as a winger this month.

Suarez has previously spent time in England, having played out two years with Manchester City between 2011-2013 before moving to Barcelona B.

Denis Suarez

Youri Tielemans to Leicester

It has been revealed that Leicester City are in discussions to sign £20m-rated Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans this month.

The 21-year-old only joined Monaco last summer, but has been a regular in their poor first half of the season which has seen the club drop to 19th in the Ligue 1 table. Leonardo Jardim is now back at the helm and is keen for there to be more senior players added to the squad, which goes against Tielemans.

Naldo, Cesc Fabregas and Gelson Martins have all joined the Ligue 1 strugglers this month, with the returning Jardim keen to trim his squad ahead of a huge relegation battle in the remainder of the campaign.

A player of undoubted potential, Tielemans was signed for €25 million from Anderlecht after the midfielder scored 18 goals in his final season with the club at the age of 19.

However, he has since been named in France Football’s lists of the biggest flops of the first half of the season and the season overall. Leicester are keen to boost their midfield options this month, with Adrien Silva also appearing likely to depart the King Power Stadium.


Olivier Giroud to Lyon/Marseille

Even before Gonzalo Higuain arrived at Stamford Bridge, Olivier Giroud’s game time at the Chelsea was less than what he wanted and looks set to be reduced even further in the second half of the campaign.

Eden Hazard has played plenty of football as a false nine this term, with neither Giroud nor Atletico Madrid-bound Alvaro Morata really establishing themselves under Maurizio Sarri.

The Frenchman recently spoke about his future, saying: "The coach makes [Eden] Hazard play nine which is detrimental to strikers. But he is the best player I've ever played with.

"If the club decides to get another striker, like Higuain, it will certainly darken my future at Chelsea.

"I have never said no to a return to France. Lyon and Marseille are two great clubs. My priority is to stay in the Premier League though."

Giroud came off the bench during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, claiming an assist for Willian’s second goal of the game in doing so. It remains to be seen whether his come and get me plea to French clubs pays off.

Olivier Giroud France