Transfer window: Deadline moves
Monday is Transfer Deadline Day and Tom McDermott looks at four players who could be on the move before the window shuts.
There is sure to be drama at the end of this summer's transfer window.
We have seen Manchester United break the British transfer record to sign Angel Di Maria and Mario Balotelli return to the Premier League with Liverpool just in the past week!
Who else could change clubs before we reach Tuesday September 2? Tom McDermott offers his verdict...
According to reports in Portugal, Arsenal are closing in on the midfielder for a reduced fee of £24million.
That’s quite a drop from the figure mentioned in May when Carvalho was reportedly on the verge of signing for Manchester United for around £35million.
So, what does Carvalho bring that warrants such a fee?
Well, it’s everything Arsenal’s current midfield lack. The Sporting Lisbon powerhouse combines his physical presence with excellent technique and would slot in front of any defence in the world comfortably.
Born in Angola, Portugal manager Paulo Bento is expected to build his midfield around Carvalho ahead of the qualification campaign for Euro 2016.
In summary, it’s a case of ‘when’ he will be a star not ‘if’, and with Sami Khedira now tipped to stay in Spain with Real Madrid the time to make the next step in his career might be before Monday.
Verdict: No deal unless a significant offer arrives.
The Liverpool defender admitted after Monday’s defeat at Manchester City that he is unsure where his future lies.
The vice-captain hasn’t featured this campaign due to an injury he picked up on the club’s pre-season tour of America.
Agger also rejected claims that he made an emotional appeal to Brendan Rodgers while on tour in order to force through a move to Barcelona. Thomas Vermaelen has recently made the switch to the Spanish giants from Arsenal so a move to Catalonia for Agger now looks unlikely.
Dejan Lovren was signed from Southampton for £20 million earlier in the window so Rodgers does have options if Agger decides to move on.
With time running out though it’s hard to see where Agger might go and with the extra Champions League games this season it might be in everyone’s best interests if he remains on Merseyside.
Verdict: No deal
Welbeck was reportedly the subject of a £14million offer from Hull City last week. It wasn’t long ago that he was a regular for club and country, scoring vital goals in the Bernabeu and in tournaments for England.
Strikers are judged on goals though and because Welbeck has struggled to find the net regularly in previous seasons, opinion is divided on the 23-year-old.
Welbeck’s poor scoring record isn’t all down to him however. The former Sunderland loanee would often find himself in a wide role supporting the likes of Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
What Welbeck does possess without any doubt is genuine pace and power. That is a combination that would frighten defenders anywhere.
"Louis van Gaal is far more qualified than me to make an assessment on Welbeck but I do believe that he will move on during this window and that it will be a mistake to let him go."
Tom McDermott on Danny Welbeck
The emergence of James Wilson towards the end of last season and the start of this one probably hasn’t helped Welbeck and his performance as a senior member of the squad against MK Dons on Tuesday evening could well be his last appearance in the red of United.
I for one hope not.
Milner is growing frustrated at not featuring regularly for Manchester City but with an array of stars in front of him he may have to take Gareth Barry’s lead and decide to move away from the Etihad.
The former Leeds United player’s biggest problem is that he is competent in many positions, something which we have seen at international level too. With that in mind it’s still hard to pinpoint where he is most useful.
With his experience and ability to turn in performances in a variety of positions against top opposition Milner would surely appeal to a side chasing a European spot.
His wage situation at City may mean that an initial loan deal would need to be struck but he certainly wouldn’t let anyone down and would prove to be a shrewd signing for any side between now and when the window shuts.