Transfer Window: Who could still make a big-money move?
1. John Stones — from Everton to Chelsea
The most protracted saga of this year’s trade period, Everton are doing everything they can to hang on to their young defender. Jose Mourinho has regularly expressed his admiration for, and interest in, the England international. Stones himself is reported to have handed in a transfer request, which was swiftly rejected by the powerbrokers at Goodison Park. Everton manager Roberto Martinez has steadfastly stated Stones isn’t for sale. The 21-year-old is clearly in favour of the move, but bids of up to £34 million (S$73.7 million) haven’t been enough to tempt Everton to sell one of their key assets. It is rare indeed for Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich and his chief negotiator Marina Granovskaia to fail to get their desired targets, so we suspect this saga has a few more twists and turns to come yet.
2. Kevin De Bruyne—from Wolfburg to Manchester City
While there are plenty of question marks still revolving around the Stones situation, De Bruyne will be joining current Premier League leaders Manchester City. It’s understood a whopping deal in the region of £54 million has been agreed between the clubs, the type of money Wolfsburg simply can’t turn down. “Talks have progressed,” club sporting director Klaus Allofs said on Friday. “Now only minor issues remain.” In his regular FourFourTwo column, former Manchester United defender Paul Parker questioned where De Bruyne would fit into a line-up that has had such a strong start to the new season, notching four wins from as many starts. But it is a problem City manager Manuel Pellegrini will no doubt relish.