The transfer window has shut for incoming players in the Premier League, but that will not stop clubs cutting their squads down by selling abroad or striking loan moves.
Dissatisfied players, unhappy with their clubs strengthening in their position, could push for a move away too.
While late moves may finally allow clubs to reconsider selling some of their players itching to move.
The next few weeks should be pivotal in terms of how the premature closure of the window is viewed – remember, big European clubs may look to pressure Premier League clubs into selling some of their better players, can they resist without the opportunity to replace said players?
We’ll soon find out, here are five deals that could go ahead in the coming weeks.
Transfer Deadline Day
1. Michy Batshuayi – Chelsea to Valencia
The Belgian striker enjoyed a fine loan spell with Borussia Dortmund and at one point: scoring nine times in 14 games before injury curtailed his time in Germany.
Despite Alvaro Morata’s struggles, there is no guarantee than Batshuayi will receive any more playing time and the temptation to try his hand in a top league such as La Liga may prove too much.
Chelsea, too, would benefit, with his market value likely to improve yet further, though next summer will see the 24-year-old have two years remaining on his deal and likely bring the moment to decide whether to move on permanently or not.
2. Matteo Darmian – Manchester United to Inter Milan
The recent injury to Antonio Valencia has given Jose Mourinho a reason to put the Italian’s move back to Serie A on hold, but the move still has plenty of time to happen.
Inter Milan have long since been linked to the former Torino star and Darmian himself is likely to push for the move and regain first team football with Roberto Mancini newly-installed as the Italy manager.
With Napoli signing Kevin Malcuit, that is one less option for Darmian, though Benfica, another club able to sign players in the next few weeks from the Premier League, could emerge as an alternative destination.
3. Danny Rose – Tottenham to Schalke
Danny Rose appears to be keen on leaving Tottenham in order to secure first team football, with Mauricio Pochettino likely to favour Ben Davies.
After losing his first team place with England, though retaining his squad place for the World Cup, Rose needs to secure a move.
Schalke has emerged as a surprise suitor, and the opportunity to test himself in the Bundesliga will be attractive.
The Germans have Champions League football to offer too, which will appeal to Rose.
4. Yannick Bolasie – Everton to Middlesbrough
Now fit again after a horrific knee injury, Yannick Bolasie will surely be keen to secure regular football with Marco Silva unlikely to be able to offer it with the signings of Richarlison and Bernard.
A move back to Crystal Palace has failed to materialise, while Tony Pulis, who brought the best out of him at Selhurst Park, could be keen to reignite Middlesbrough’s promotion push.
A reluctance to drop down to the Championship could prevent the move, but deciding to turn down the chance to reignite his career following his injury setback could prove unwise if Silva fails to use him even off the bench.
5. Tiemoue Bakayoko – Chelsea to AC Milan
Tiemoue Bakayoko is well down the pecking order at Chelsea and he likely knows the deal a year on from his £40m move from Monaco: Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Drinkwater are all ahead of him in Maurizio Sarri’s pecking order.
The French midfielder is low on confidence, but Sarri’s style of play will likely not compliment his qualities.
Milan will gladly take him in their pursuit of a top four finish after adding Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara. The move could appeal to Batshuayi too, with Gennaro Gattuso’s style of play likely to offer him more opportunities to operate box to box.
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