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Joelinton
Joelinton

The transfer window is rapidly coming to a conclusion, with a number of big deals being done by clubs across Europe already.

Eden Hazard's big money move to Real Madrid has caught the headlines, but other clubs across Europe have also made some significant additions.

Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix has opted to sign for Atletico Madrid, while Ajax star Frenkie de Jong has completed a switch to Barcelona and Mattijs de Ligt is due to have a medical at Juventus.

English clubs have also played their part, as Manchester City broke their transfer record to bring in Rodri - while Spurs got the chequebook out to complete the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.

With the transfer window closing in England on August 8, just 22 days from now, clubs will be scrambling to ensure that they can get deals over the line.

Here, using odds from Sky Bet, we take a look at some of the transfers that have been backed to happen this summer.


Kieran Tierney to Arsenal

Sky Bet odds: 1/6

Kieran Tierney
Kieran Tierney

The Celtic full-back has been heavily-linked with a move to Arsenal this summer with the Gunners looking to secure a player to line up on the left side of defence.

Tierney is defensively sound while posing an attacking threat that would suit Unai Emery's style of playing, particularly with Hector Bellerin on the opposite flank.

A running theme in this window - a sticking point for Arsenal may well be the transfer fee, with numerous areas needing improvement but limited funds available.

The 22-year-old has been backed to make a switch to the Emirates Stadium this summer though.


Neymar to Barcelona

Sky Bet odds: 1/3

Neymar is hoping for a return move to Barcelona
Neymar

The Brazilian is a player that can be seen as difficult to control, and after two successful seasons at PSG, Neymar has been backed to make a return to Barcelona.

The 27-year-old made the switch to France for a measly €222 million fee in 2017 but apparently wants out, with the cash-rich club unable to make an impact in the Champions League.

Ousmane Dembele was brought into replace him, but Philippe Coutinho has struggled to establish his best position at Barca, which could spark them into making a move to bring back the talented forward.


Romelu Lukaku to Inter

Sky Bet odds: 2/7

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku

A move to Inter Milan looked to be most likely for the Belgian, but the Italians face competition from rivals Juventus who have seemingly joined the race.

Sky Sports Italia claim Juve are ready to meet United's demands to push through a move for around £75million, with Lukaku apparently willing to take a wage cut in order to get a fresh start away from Old Trafford.

Inter initially offered to take him on loan before making the move permanent in 2021 for £62million, but it was rejected by United. The fact Lukaku headed to Australia with United for pre-season made it tough for a deal to happen imminently for either side.

But Inter chief Antonio Conte has supposedly told Inter Milan he wants the club to land Romelu Lukaku, Edin Dzeko and Nicolo Barella this summer, with the latter already secured.


Giovani Lo Celso to Tottenham

Sky Bet odds: 1/2

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso

Spurs have started to spend and Real Betis' Giovani Lo Celso is reportedly another target for Mauricio Pochettino.

Despite smashing their transfer record once already this summer, Football Insider say that they are preparing a 'mammoth £100m offer' for the Argentina international.

They may have to move quickly though, even with a big offer apparently being readied, as Atletico Madrid and Manchester United have also been linked with his signature.


Harry Maguire to Manchester United

Sky Bet odds: 1/10

Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire has reportedly told Leicester that he wants to leave the club this summer if his valuation is met.

That valuation stands at a huge £80m, and it appears that Manchester United are keen on doing a deal.

Rivals City are also reported to hold an interest in the England international, although they seem unwilling to match the price tag.

If a deal went through at that price, Maguire would become the most expensive defender in history.

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Lewis Dunk to Leicester

Sky Bet odds: 1/4

Lewis Dunk
Lewis Dunk

Leicester are preparing for life after Harry Maguire and various reports say that they have identified Brighton defender Lewis Dunk as his replacement.

He won't come cheap, with some outlets saying that it'll cost £45m for the Foxes to sign him.

It's a lot of money, but they've got someone to come in to fill the void left by Maguire and a further £35m in the bank as well.


Tom Heaton to Aston Villa

Sky Bet odds: 1/3

Tom Heaton
Tom Heaton

Aston Villa are said to be in the market for a goalkeeper and Tom Heaton has reportedly been identified as the ideal candidate.

Dean Smith gave up on the chase for Stoke's Jack Butland due to the £20m price quoted, which has forced them to look elsewhere.

Burnley have three first-team goalkeepers on their books and are aiming to move out Tom Heaton and Joe Hart this summer.

Nick Pope will become number one, with Leeds' Bailey Peacock-Farrell identified as the back-up.

For Heaton, a move here would mean regular game time.


Joelinton to Newcastle

Sky Bet odds: 1/2

Joelinton
Joelinton

Steve Bruce may have only just been appointed, but Newcastle are fancied to sign Hoffenheim forward Joelinton.

The Magpies are looking to replace the firepower of Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, who won't be a part of the new manager's squad after moving on this summer.

Joelinton netted seven goals in the Bundesliga last season, contributing a further seven assists, and various outlets have quoted prices between £36m-£52m for the player.

While you're here, we've looked at why it's set to be a terrible summer for Newcastle, even with the Joelinton signing.


Paul Pogba to Real Madrid

Sky Bet odds: Evens

Paul Pogba in action in Australia
Paul Pogba in action in Australia

Pogba made a big money move to United in 2016, but last season appears to have been his last with the World Cup winner wanting a move away from Old Trafford.

The midfielder scored 16 goals and contributed a further 11 assists in all competitions during 2018/19, but a breakdown of relationship with then-manager Jose Mourinho dominated headlines earlier in the campaign.

His agent, Mino Raiola, has also recently said publicly that he is working on a potential move for Pogba after he expressed a desire to leave.

"Everyone within the club from the manager to the owner knows Paul’s wishes," Raiola told The Times.

"Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are."


Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United

Sky Bet odds: 8/15

Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes

The attacking midfielder has caught the eye of a number of elite clubs around Europe, although Manchester United are fancied by most to be his next destination.

Fernandes had a remarkable campaign with Sporting last season, scoring an incredible 32 goals and contributing another 18 assists in 53 games across all competitions.

He'll carry a heavy price tag, particularly at the age of 24, but United could have a big windfall incoming with Pogba's potential departure and that could be reinvested to bring in the Portugal international.


Odds correct at 1500 BST (16/07/19)

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