With just four days remaining before the transfer window slams shut, Premier League sides across England are scurrying to complete last-minute deals.
In order to help you keep up-to-date with all the latest, ‘From the Sideline’ will be giving you a daily roundup of what to expect in the final four days of transfer activity.
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott looks set to leave the Emirates Stadium after negotiations to extend his current contract stalled overnight. The England international has attracted interest from Manchester City and Liverpool, and reports of a £12 million move away from Arsenal don’t look far off the mark. ‘From the Sideline’ understands that although Walcott is willing to remain a Gunner, he may be forced out in order for manager Arsene Wenger to fund new signings.
Tottenham are poised to finalise a deal for Fulham’s Moussa Dembele. The two sides have agreed a £15 million fee for the Belgian midfielder, and he looks likely to join Andre Villas Boas at White Hart Lane within the next 24 hours. Dembele is a strong, mobile central midfielder and will anchor Tottenham’s midfield nicely in the absence of Luka Modric, who has just completed a £30 million move to Real Madrid.
Champions Manchester City are close to securing the services of 19-year-old Serbian defender Matija Nastastic. The teenage defender is set to arrive in Manchester today to complete a medical after his Italian side Fiorentina accepted a £12 million offer. Nastastic would become Roberto Mancini’s second summer signing, despite the reigning Premier League title holders sitting on a pile of cash.
City are also hopeful of signing Swansea winger Scott Sinclair, despite the Welsh side rejecting a £6 million offer yesterday. Sinclair has been granted permission to leave Swansea, however only if their valuation of the player is met.
QPR look likely to sign Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar on a free transfer from Inter Milan. Rangers have conceded six goals in their opening two Premier League matches and are hoping the 32-year-old keeper would add stability to their defence. Cesar could join Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho at Loftus Road, although Tottenham skipper Michael Dawson is unlikely to be persuaded to join Spurs’ London rivals.
Meanwhile former QPR captain Joey Barton is currently in ongoing discussions with French side Marseille regarding a season-long loan deal. Barton, who already updated his Twitter followers to tell them the deal wouldn’t be going ahead, looks as if he’s backtracking on his statement, later revising his statement to say, “The Marseille deal may not be dead in the water yet.” Barton is in the midst of serving his 12-match suspension following his controversial red card on the final day of last season.