The summer transfer window draws to a close
Last updated: August 7, 2019 by Leon Marshal
The summer transfer window is heating up in the final days and we can expect to see big movements from the leagues biggest contenders. One thing is for certain, this has been a very exciting window. The Premier Leagues biggest clubs have all strengthened their squads, and this season looks to be one of the most competitive in recent memory.
After the departure of Eden Hazard, the dominos effect around Europe begun. Chelsea acquired the services of Pulisic to replace the Belgian winger. There was a much-anticipated departure of De Ligt, who eventually chose to go to Juventus after a brief pitch conversation with Ronaldo. Elsewhere, Man Utd have been spending heavily on their defence, signing English full-back Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, and recently splashing £80m on Harry Maguire. Arsenal has made two significant signings in a young defender, Saliba from Saint Etienne, and Pepe from Lille. Everton perhaps made one of the best deals of the summer in their capture of the young Italian striker Moise Keane from Juventus.
The rest of the EFL has been active, and the future of several players remains to be seen. Fulham has made their intentions very clear, retaining key players such as Mitrovic, Cairney and Sessegnon as they mount their campaign to return to the top flight. Following the departure of Anguissa and Seri, the Cottagers strengthened their midfield with the signing of Harry Arter from Bournemouth.
At the top of the table, there have been big moves. Man City completed the signing of Rodrigo from Atletico Madrid, a versatile defensive midfielder who has been heavily touted in Spain as the replacement for Busquets in the national team. Liverpool has remained relatively quiet, which following the Champions League win, is understandable. Tottenham have let right-back go to Atletico Madrid, and are pursuing several targets to bolster their squad, whilst also dealing with mounting interest in Christian Eriksen.
Last deals of the summer
As the transfer window draws to a close Thursday at 17:00 BST, there is still a few deals that look on the brink of completion. The fate of Paulo Dybala, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen, Ryan Sessegnon, Leroy Sane, Kieren Tierney and Giovani Lo Celso. With all the late drama that is expected to unravel in the final minutes of the transfer window, it is certainly due to be an exciting last 24 hours.
The final moves of the window could be decisive in deciding the outcome of the Premier League title race. With the bookies heavily anticipating some last-minute frantic deals, keep your eyes peeled on the latest football transfers. It’s one of the most thrilling times of the year to be a football fan, it’s transfer deadline day!