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Transfer Q&A: Sancho to Man Utd latest, Arsenal eye two deals, Chelsea, Tottenham and more

The clock is ticking and with the October 5 transfer deadline quickly approaching, Express Sport is on hand to keep you up to date with all the latest deals, rumours and more. For the very first time, we’ve asked fans to send in questions for our reporters to answer with plenty of movement expected in the coming days. Here are our responses…

Q) “Why have United left their transfer business so late and could we finish the window having only signed Donny van de Beek?”

A) Gideon Brooks (@GideonBrooks) says…

It would be disappointing for United fans if the Dutchman was their only addition given comparative activity at other top six outfits.

But given the way they have conducted themselves in the last few seasons not the biggest surprise in the world.

It is easy to level two criticisms at United for their approach to windows.

Firstly they let transfers become drawn out sagas rather than pouncing with the stealth exhibited by others.

In the case of Jadon Sancho it allowed Dortmund and his representatives to use pressure buildling on United to ramp up his price to a clearly overweight £109m.

Secondly, United have struggled once again to get bodies out of the club which might make such eye-watering sums possible.

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Phil Jones, Marcus Rojo, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Sergio Romero, and Diogo Dalot do not have futures and all need to be shipped out with only the latter showing signs of moving on.

Yet getting players to move on when they are on over-generous deals is tough.

And the fact it seems likely all five will still be drawing salaries on Tuesday morning leaves a club already facing a huge drop in revenue, struggling to balance further extravagant outgoings.

Q) “If we sign Carlos Vinicius is a title challenge realistic for Tottenham and will there be extra pressure on Jose Mourinho from Daniel Levy?”

A) Matthew Dunn (@MattDunnExpress) says…

Yes, but not yet.

Tottenham are too far off the pace right now to launch a title bid this season unless they sign Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to join Gareth Bale.

But Jose Mourinho likes to talk about his jigsaw and a striker to support Harry Kane is a piece that has been missing for years. The trouble Spurs have found is that the signings they have made in that position – Roberto Soldado, Vincent Janssen – tended to go to pieces as soon as they got in the box… a common problem for jigsaws.

Vinicius could be different, though. At 25, the Brazilian is still finding his feet in European football but has an undoubted natural eye for goal. He should relish the opportunity to hone his skills alongside one of the best goalscorers in the game without getting frustrated by an inevitable lack of game time, or feeling under unnecessary pressure to produce when given a rare opportunity.

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An over-reliance on Kane, especially with his recent run of injury problems, has knocked Spurs out of balance in recent seasons, but Daniel Levy has backed Jose Mourinho by bringing in other attacking options alongside other key additions.

That does put pressure on Mourinho to at least finish in the top four this season – I would say his job depended on it.

But the more positive hope for Levy is that Mourinho has the experience to use that platform to challenge for the title properly in 2021-22.

Transfer Q&A: Our reporters answer your questions on Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and more (Image: GETTY)

Q) “Who has had the best transfer window in the Premier League?”

A) Neil Squires (@squiresexpress) says…

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Liverpool. It’s not what you spend but where you spend it that counts and Jurgen Klopp has made smart additions with the arrival of Thiago, Diogo Jota and Konstantinos Tsimikas.

The total outlay of £80m was relatively modest by insane Premier League stands but as horses-for-courses picks they hit the nail on the head. Thiago, a midfield metronome, is the standout. In one half against Chelsea he showed exactly what he can add to an already formidable line-up with his precision passing.

As a master lockpicker, he gives the side a different slant and once he is back after Covid self-isolation he can be expected to elevate the champions’ game still further. Jota is more of an insurance policy up front should any of the established trio come a cropper but a high-end one at that as he has shown at Wolves.

A goal on his Anfield debut against Arsenal – albeit after an easier miss – was the perfect start. Tsimikas is the least likely of the trio to feature regularly but again offers back-up to Andy Robertson. After a productive window, Liverpool look to have all bases covered.

Q) “Are Southampton looking at doing any business before the transfer window ends?”

A) Tony Banks (@TonyBanksXP) says…

Saints’ priority is to strengthen their midfield, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mario Lemina and Harrison Reed all leaving in the summer.

They are in talks with Brest over Ibrahima Diallo, and also like Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham. Those would be permanent deals if they can be done – but Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, on a loan deal is being worked on – as is Ryan Sessegnon from Tottenham.

Otherwise, Ralph Hasenhuttl is intent on keeping what he has – and especially top scorer Danny Ings.

Premier League done deals: Every confirmed transfer in the summer window so far

Q) “Is Jadon Sancho to Man Utd still on before the transfer deadline?”

A) Luke Gardener (@LukeGardener82) says…

The chances are now 50/50 that Manchester United can seal a deal for their top summer transfer target.

Personal terms and agent fees have been agreed between the Red Devils and the player but an offer Borussia Dortmund find suitable remains the problem.

The Bundesliga side have not changed their position in wanting £108million – a stance Ed Woodward thinks is unrealistic.

United are looking at several alternatives including Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele who could arrive on loan with renewed efforts to sign Sancho next summer if that ends up being the case.

Sancho wants a move to Old Trafford but is not prepared to force a transfer and Dortmund do not need to sell.

Woodward has played the long game in hoping Dortmund will lower their asking price but so far they are showing no signs of doing so.

Expect this one to rumble on all the way to transfer deadline day.

Q) “What is the status of Antonio Rudiger? Is he going to White Hart Lane? Has he played his last game for Chelsea?”

A) Ryan Taylor (@RyanTaylorSport) says…

It looks like Frank Lampard is willing to let Antonio Rudiger leave Stamford Bridge before the deadline.

First though, Chelsea want Rudiger to sign a one-year contract extension to protect his value.

Tottenham have been in talks with Inter for Milan Skriniar but the Slovakian is out of their price range.

Rudiger is on their list as a potential alternative and there’s every chance it could happen.

The German international has not made Lampard’s last three squads which would suggest he has no future at the club.

Fikayo Tomori looked set to leave on loan but he could now stay in place of Rudiger

Transfer Q&A: Man Utd are not giving up on Jadon Sancho (Image: GETTY)

Q) “Is Luka Jovic coming to Manchester United?”

A) Jack Otway (@JackOtwayJourno) says…

In short, potentially.

Luka Jovic is one of a few strikers on United’s radar, with the club also admirers of Edinson Cavani and Joshua King.

Jovic’s time at Real Madrid hasn’t worked out. The Red Devils would prefer a loan move, rather than a permanent deal.

Zinedine Zidane does like the forward but he’s likely to spend most of this season on the bench if he stays. So this one is definitely in the potentially bracket.

Q) “Will Arsenal sign Houssem Aouar or Thomas Partey before the transfer deadline?”

A) Stuart Ballard (@StuartBallard) says…

Arsenal are leaving it late to get deals done for either Thomas Partey or Houssem Aouar but there seems to be more progress on the latter.

A £32million bid has already been made earlier this week with reports suggesting Lyon are willing to accept a bid of £41m plus add-ons.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has also indicated a deal could be struck before the weekend with Arsenal being the frontrunners for his signature.

The Gunners could well be waiting to see if they’re able to offload a few players before making a second bid with Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi.

But it’s clear Mikel Arteta favours a move for Aouar and Arsenal are seemingly not too far away in meeting Lyon’s demands.

Premier League done deals: Every confirmed transfer in the summer window so far

Q) “Do you think Chelsea could move for a defensive midfielder between now and the deadline?”

A) Charlie Malam (@CharlieMalam) says…

Chelsea’s start to the season shows exactly why Frank Lampard is so enamoured by Declan Rice of West Ham – they need more midfield control.

The likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic have their qualities but they lack a player who can sit and be a shield for the back-line and they need a No 6 who is mobile enough to help prevent counter-attacks – Jorginho isn’t and Kante can’t do it all alone.

But will Chelsea get Rice or another defensive midfielder? I can’t see it. West Ham’s £80million valuation is just too high and Frank Lampard hasn’t gone for back-up options outfield.

The only area in which he has accepted a cheaper alternative is in goal, where Jan Oblak was thought to be higher up the list than Edouard Mendy. All of their other top targets have been signed, such as Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz.

Chelsea’s spend this summer leaves them needing outgoings to raise cash for a move for Rice but I can’t see them raising enough to make an offer that would truly test the Hammers’ resolve. This is one for the summer of 2021.

Q) Could Matteo Guendouzi leave Arsenal?

A) Lewis Winter (@LewisAWinter) says…

Yes, Guendouzi could leave Arsenal before Monday’s deadline.

Mikel Arteta has made it clear the Frenchman is not part of his plans having not included him in a match-day squad since his clash with Brighton striker Neal Maupay in June.

Like with Lucas Torreira, Arsenal most likely want to sell the 21-year-old and raise as much money as they can in order to push through deals for the likes of Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

Interest in Guendouzi had been relatively low up until reports from France on Wednesday that Marseille were keen on him.

But the Ligue 1 club are currently only proposing a loan deal, so the Gunners may hold out and see if a permanent option becomes available.

Transfer Q&A: Could Declan Rice be on his way to Chelsea? (Image: GETTY)

Transfer Q&A: Arsenal could sell Matteo Guendouzi before the transfer deadline… (Image: GETTY)

Q) Which players do you think Man Utd will bring in before the transfer deadline?

A) Luke Gardener (@LukeGardener82) says…

Jadon Sancho remains the top summer target but if a deal can’t be done I would expect an alternative to arrive in his place.

Ousmane Dembele on loan from Barcelona would be my current prediction.

Alex Telles should arrive from Porto and bolster the left-back area for United with Luke Shaw’s injury problems a concern.

United could also move for a striker late but they would have an extra two weeks to sign Ismaila Sarr who is another Sancho alternative.

I would be very surprised if a central defender was signed before Monday’s 11pm deadline.

Q) “Have Wolves taken a step back this summer having sold Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota?”

A) Ryan Taylor (@RyanTaylorSport) says…

Nuno Espirito Santo has been clear that he wants to change the identify of his team and move away from their counter-attacking style.

It was no doubt a blow to lose Doherty even before Jota but you have to take the positives in that Wolves have acquired two top players in Nelson Semedo and Fabio Silva.

It’s a sign of the times that Wolves are now attracting players who played 42 times for Barcelona last season.

The Premier League is more competitive than ever and it’s hard to seeing Wolves immediately improving on two seventh-place finishes but with patience, they could break the top six.

Premier League done deals: Every confirmed transfer in the summer window so far

Transfer Q&A: Liverpool signed Diogo Jota from Wolves for £41m (Image: GETTY)

Q) “Is Alex Telles coming to Manchester United?”

A) Jack Otway (@JackOtwayJourno) says…

This one falls into the ‘probably’ category.

United like to keep their cards close to their chest these days – and Telles is understood to be one of a few options they’re pursuing.

Typically, their opening bid was far too low. Porto didn’t even respond, which speaks volumes.

But they need the cash and Telles is keen to move on. This one should get over the line – but likely late in the day.

Q) “How likely is it that Everton sign Ben Godfrey and will there be any other incomings at Goodison Park?”

A) Ryan Taylor (@RyanTaylorSport) says…

It was widely reported yesterday that Everton had bid £20m plus a further £6m in add-ons.

That could be enough to entice Norwich into a sale although talkSPORT’s Alex Crook claimed the Canaries would push for £30m.

Carlo Ancelotti said after the Carabao Cup win over West Ham that Godfrey is a “fantastic player.”

With Mason Holgate still sidelined, I think Everton will push to try and get this deal over the line.

Besides that, the future of Moise Kean is an interesting one and he was left out of the squad for the win over West Ham.

He could return to Italy and Ancelotti will need to replace him. Everton have been offered Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.

Q) “Which creative central-midfielder would suit #NUFC in your opinion? God knows we need one!”

A) Ryan Taylor (@RyanTaylorSport) says…

Todd Cantwell would be a great option and there has been reported interest from the Magpies. He looks to be closing in on a move to Leeds though.

Source:Daily Express :: Sport Feed

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