10 major transfer deals we think could still happen this week

Wilfried Zaha

The sun is getting real low, but these big deals could still happen before the summer transfer window closes, writes Greg Lea

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Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham to Manchester United)

Alderweireld’s departure from north London seemed inevitable midway through last season, when talks over a new contract broke down and he was increasingly left out of Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI. The Belgium centre-back’s current deal runs until 2019 but contains both a one-year extension option and a clause which would make him available for transfer at a cut-price £25m next summer.

Manchester United have long led the race for his signature and now appear to be on the verge of tying up a deal, rumoured to be worth around £60m.

Anthony Martial (Manchester United to Tottenham)

Tottenham may have been resigned to losing Alderweireld this summer, but they could soften the blow by bringing Martial in the opposite direction.

The French forward has endured a turbulent relationship with Jose Mourinho throughout the latter’s time at the club, and the prospect of once again starting less than half of United’s Premier League games (as he did in both 2016/17 and 2017/18) is unlikely to appeal to a young player in need of regular minutes. The Red Devils hierarchy seem reluctant to sell a potential star of the future, though, and allowing him to join a domestic rival could prove a major mistake.

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea to Real Madrid)

Courtois has been linked with a move to the reigning European champions ever since the 2017/18 campaign ended. The former Atletico Madrid loanee has never hidden his love for the Spanish capital – home to his two young children – and is keen to secure a move to Atleti’s local rivals. His agent, Christophe Henrotay, has implored the Blues to accept Real’s offer.

New manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he doesn’t know what the future holds for the Belgian, but Chelsea must line up potential replacements before they even consider granting Courtois’ wish.

Marco Verratti (PSG to Manchester City)

Manchester City missed out on Jorginho to Chelsea earlier this summer, while Manchester United new boy Fred was another reported target for the Premier League champions. Pep Guardiola seemed content to work with what he’s got when both of those players went elsewhere, but rumours suggesting that City could make a late move for Verratti have surfaced in recent days.

It would be a difficult move to pull off: PSG dug their heels in when the Italian attempted to move to Barcelona last year. Against that, however, is the fact that the French giants need to balance the books, which could force a change of attitude this time around.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace to Chelsea)

Crystal Palace have remained adamant that Zaha is going nowhere throughout the summer, and Tottenham have now supposedly pulled out of the race for the Ivory Coast international.

Chelsea have since emerged as suitors, but it remains to be seen whether they will pay the £75m Palace are said to be holding out for. The south Londoners would hate to lose their star man regardless of the fee, so Zaha would probably need to ask his boyhood club if he can leave for this deal to go through.