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Maguire to United and Zaha to Arsenal… 10 deals in the balance with one month left

With players and managers back in training and boarding flights for extensive pre-season tours, time is quickly running out in this summer’s transfer window.


Premier League clubs now have exactly one month to finalise deals as Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal remain likely to be busy filling out their squads before the start of the new campaign.  

Sportsmail takes a look at 10 deals which could still happen before the Premier League window closes on August 8. 

The Crystal Palace winger is a man in-demand this summer and Arsenal have identified the Ivorian as one of their priority targets.

Palace rejected the Gunners’ opening £40million bid but Unai Emery is likely to test the waters with another bid before the end of the window draws closer.

Currently away with the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations and with Palace determined to land no less than £80m, it will be a tough ask for Arsenal to thrash out an affordable deal.

: 2/5 

Deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, Ceballos has no interest in staying where he is not wanted and Tottenham has emerged as a likely destination for the Spaniard.

Having impressed at the Under-21 European Championships last month – which Spain won –  Mauricio Pochettino appears determined to land the talented 22-year-old.

Christian Eriksen’s long-term future appears to be away from north London and Ceballos is seen as a player who can add creativity to Tottenham’s midfield for next season.  

: 3.5/5 

Manchester United are determined to add a dominating central defender this summer and if they get their way, that man will be Harry Maguire. 

The England international is one of the finest in his position in the Premier League but finds himself being priced out of a move by Leicester’s demand of at least £80m.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola saw him as a replacement for the departed Vincent Kompany before balking at the Foxes’ demands. 

It now looks a clear path for United if they are prepared to meet the asking price. 

: 3/5 

Strength in depth is what Liverpool crave now after winning the Champions League last season.

They missed out on the desired Premier League title by a single point and manager Jurgen Klopp knows he needs to have players ready to relieve the pressure on striking trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Over the weekend, Lille president Gerard Lopez said Liverpool have made contact with Pepe’s agent over a potential summer move. 

With 22 goals and a further 11 assists last season, he won’t come cheap but would represent genuine quality as they plot another assault on Manchester City. 

: 2/5 

With Marko Arnautovic out of the door, all eyes have now turned to the Austrian’s replacement at the London Stadium. 

Celta Vigo forward Gomez impressed in Spain last season and given he has a £44.5m buy-out clause, West Ham are said to be willing to pay it to seal the deal.   

The difficulty for West Ham is that they are not the only one interested in a player who, across 70 La Liga appearances so far, has notched an impressive 30 goals and nine assists. 

Valencia can offer Champions League football and so the Hammers have no time to waste to get this deal over the line before rivals swoop in.  

: 3.5/5 

An impressive loan spell for the Frenchman has convinced the Toffees’ hierarchy to push for a permanent switch. 

Zouma is manager Marco Silva’s prime target this summer, despite the defender returning to Chelsea for pre-season training under new boss Frank Lampard.

Silva said this week he is ‘hopeful’ Zouma will return but that alternative options are being put together. The interest is there and the player knows the club. 

But given Chelsea are unable to replace him due to a year-long transfer ban, the Toffees’ could find any talks of an exit quickly quashed. 

: 3/5 

The success of Andy Robertson at Liverpool has seen Premier League sides look over the border for value – for Arsenal, that has seen them push to sign Kieran Tierney from Celtic. 

The boyhood Celtic supporter is a mainstay of the side at left back and the Scottish champions had no interest in Arsenal’s £15m opening bid.

But Sportsmail understands a deal totalling £25m – a portion of that in additional clauses – should be enough to persuade Celtic into allowing the Scotland international to leave. 

Your move, Arsenal.  

: 3/5 

The England U21 star is said to be keen on linking up with Pochettino at Tottenham and the feeling is almost certainly mutual from the Argentine boss.

The 19-year-old’s contract at Craven Cottage expires at the end of the coming season and he would be willing to run his deal down if he cannot secure a move away this summer. 

Tottenham have long admired the Fulham youngster and after the Cottagers suffered relegation back to the Championship, the Champions League finalists now look set to make their move.  

: 4/5 

Much like the Maguire deal, the path appears to be clear now for United to seal a move for Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes. 

Sporting Lisbon are reported to be after £70m for their star midfielder but it is believed that personal terms of £100,000-a-week have already been agreed with United.

The future of Paul Pogba remains up in the air at Old Trafford – despite the Frenchman travelling out to Australia for the pre-season tour – and Fernandes could be seen as a big-name midfielder to take the place of Real Madrid target Pogba.

Given United have a number of positions they want to strengthen, expect them to be busy right until the end of the window.  

: 4/5 

Guardiola wants a replacement for Kompany and after backing out of the Maguire pursuit, attention could now switch to Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake. 

The Dutchman, at £40m, would represent a significantly cheaper switch than Maguire and having played more than 100 Premier League games, he would be able to slot straight into City’s side. 

John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are yet to nail down starting spots alongside Aymeric Laporte and Ake could well fancy his chances if Bournemouth allow the talented defender to move to the Etihad Stadium.

: 3/5 

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