The transfer window may have closed for Premier League clubs, but that does not mean that there will be no more transfers. Premier League clubs are still free to sell to leagues where the transfer windows are still open. In France, Spain and Germany the window does not close until the end of the month, while in Italy the window will close on Friday.
As a result, there is a very good chance of more transfer activity over the coming two weeks. Here we take a look at some of the players that may find themselves moving abroad in the not too distant future.
Matteo Darmian – Manchester United
There have been rumours about Matteo Darmian leaving Old Trafford all summer, but time is now running out for Darmian to secure a return to Italy. He has said that he is looking to “play more regularly”, while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said last month that, “Matteo wants to leave and I think when a player wants to leave if the right offer arrives you have to try to be human and let the player follow his instinct, but not at any price.”
There have been reports that Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli are all interested in the full back, but so far, there have been no reports of solid offers. Darmian played the full 90 minutes in the team’s win over Leicester City last week, but it is clear that he is desperate to leave. He has been staying in a hotel since he returned to England from holiday last month, and his wife, Francesca, is believed to be staying in Italy.
Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet – Liverpool
After Liverpool signed Alisson earlier this summer, there is a chance that they will be looking to sell one of their senior goalkeepers. It was reported by Sky Sports that Besiktas have made contact with the club about the availability of Mignolet, and Barcelona are also thought to have expressed an interest.
Karius has had a difficult summer after his mistakes in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, and Besiktas are reportedly interested in a loan deal. Liverpool have already sold Danny Ward to Leicester City, so it seems unlikely that they would allow both Karius and Mignolet to leave, but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see one go before the end of the month.
Yannick Bolasie – Everton
Yannick Bolasie’s future at Everton does not look good. He was not given any playing time in their pre-season games and he was left out of the squad for the 2 – 2 draw with Wolves in their opening game of the season.
There is a fair amount of competition for places in Everton, with the team having signed Richarlison and Bernard over the summer, and Ademola Lookman is still with the club despite rumours of interest from RB Leipzig.
All of this together suggests that Bolasie will have very few opportunities at Goodison Park. There have been no reports of any interest in Bolasie from abroad, but clubs in the EFL are able to sign players until the end of the month, and there have been reports that Middlesbrough and Aston Villa are interested.
Marcos Rojo – Manchester United
Manchester United did not sign a centre-back over the summer, but there is still a chance that they could lose one, with Marcos Rojo reportedly holding talks about a loan move to Fenerbahce.
Rojo was left out of the team’s pre-season tour of the United States, and he was also absent from the team’s win over Leicester last week. Instead, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly started for the team. Furthermore, last season Rojo made just 12 appearances in all competitions for the team.
All of this suggests that Rojo may very well be on his way to Fenerbahce. However, reports emerged this week that boss Mourinho would like Rojo to stay, at least until January.
Anthony Martial – Manchester United
It appears that Manchester United could lose a number of players before the end of the month, including one of their superstars, Anthony Martial.
Back in June Martial’s representative Philippe Lamboley said, “After thinking about all the factors and possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United.” Since then, there have been constant rumours about his departure from Old Trafford, and he has been linked with teams such as Juventus, Olympique Marseille, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
It is known that Martial has a difficult relationship with manager Mourinho, and he did not feature from the bench against Leicester last Friday. With two weeks left of the transfer window, it seems a very real possibility that Martial may soon have a new home.
Danny Rose – Tottenham
It seems that last season Danny Rose fell out of favour with Spurs manage Mauricio Pochettino, and there has been mounting speculation that he could be about to leave the team.
Despite his successful run at the World Cup with England, Rose was not in the squad for last weekend’s game against Newcastle. However, while there have been numerous reports claiming that Schalke wish to sign him on loan, this week it was reported by Sky Sports that the rumours are false. He has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, but so far, there has been no real news.
Were Rose to leave, then Spurs would be left with just Ben Davies and the young Kyle Walker-Peters to play as left back. It means that Pochettino may be reluctant to let him go, but the possibility cannot be ignored.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea
Ruben Loftus-Cheek enjoyed an encouraging summer with England at the World Cup and seemed to improve with every game. However, he has never received much playing time at Chelsea and it is not known how he will feature under new manager Maurizio Sarri.
Loftus-Cheek was a second half substitute in the team’s opening game of the season against Huddersfield last weekend, but he faces stiff competition for a starting role. Both Jorginho and N’Golo Kante look secure in their spots in midfield, and that leaves just one place up for grabs, which many believe will go to Mateo Kovacic, who has joined on loan from Real Madrid.
There have been reports that Schalke are interested in signing Loftus-Cheek on loan, but so far there has been no official word.
Divock Origi – Liverpool
Divock Origi may feel that he has a limited future at Liverpool after Daniel Sturridge’s impressive pre-season performances.
Origi has just 12 months left on his contract with the Reds and he is now facing competition for a starting place from Roberto Firmino, Sturridge, Xherdan Shaqiri and Dominic Solanke. Last season Origi was on loan at Wolfsburg, and there are now reports in Turkey saying that Fenerbahce are eager on taking him on a temporary deal.
Mohamed Elneny – Arsenal
Over the summer Arsenal have significantly strengthened their midfield, and this may mean that Mohamed Elneny is forced to move on.
He was left on the bench during the team’s Premier League opener against Manchester City, while Lucas Torreira and Mateo Guendouzi both featured. Elneny signed a new four-year deal with Arsenal in March, but there are reports that Marseille are strongly considering making an offer.
Mousa Dembele – Tottenham Hotspur
Reports have emerged that Spurs’ Mousa Dembele is considering his future in the Premier League. A number of Serie A clubs, including Juventus, Inter Milan, and Napoli, has targeted him. There are also reports that he is considering a big-money move to the Chinese Super League.
At present, there is nothing but rumours, but there is a real chance that the Premier League could find itself without one of its top players before the end of the month.
Paul Pogba – Manchester United
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 10, 2018
While it may sound farfetched that Manchester United could lose Paul Pogba this month, after Barcelona recently lost Andres Iniesta and Paulinho Bezerra, the team are eager to sign a world-class midfielder to strengthen their squad.
There are reports that Barcelona have identified Paul Pogba as their prime target, and they are looking at ways of tempting him over in the coming weeks.
Pogba became Manchester United’s most expensive player when he left Juventus in 2016. However, since then he has had a difficult relationship with manager Jose Mourinho, and this has led to speculation that he may be open to a move. On the other hand, this week reports emerged saying that all is now well between the two men.
Pogba was fantastic for France during the World Cup and Manchester United are unlikely to let him go without a fight. However, if they were offered enough money, then there is every chance that Pogba will soon be taking to the pitch at Camp Nou.