8 major transfers that we think could still happen this week
Daniel Sturridge to Inter, Newcastle or West Brom
The career of Daniel Sturridge promised so much when he broke onto the scene at Manchester City, then got a move to Chelsea. Although he impressed initially at Liverpool alongside Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan’s departure seemingly coincided with a dip in form and a series of injury issues.
There have been murmurs of a loan spell to one of the bottom-half Premier League clubs - Newcastle and West Brom are in need of proven goalscoring talent. However a move abroad may give his career the reboot it needs. The 28-year-old would no doubt benefit from time at the San Siro club, currently fourth in Serie A and looking for back-up to Mauro Icardi.
Jonny Evans to Arsenal
Last summer, it was apparently Manchester City who were after the former Manchester United defender’s signature but fast-forward six months and – to little surprise – Arsenal are once again suffering defensive issues.
The West Brom and Northern Ireland man is valued at £23m by the Baggies, but his worth in terms of the club's push to stay in the Premier League is incalculable. However with 18 months left on Evans’s contract, the West Midlands side could think of cashing in, if the player strongly wants the move - but Arsenal's desire to tie up the Aubameyang deal could take precedence over this.
Islam Slimani to Newcastle
Leicester’s record signing joined from Sporting in 2016 but has not taken to the Premier League as the Foxes expected or hoped. Since Claude Puel took over from Craig Shakespeare in October, Slimani has been very much out of favour with first-team opportunities limited.
The Algerian front-man may be seeking a move away from the King Power Stadium and although a transfer to Monaco has been rumoured and he is on Chelsea’s ‘big man list’, Newcastle looks a more likely destination.
Rafael Benitez’s side has scored just 22 goals in the league so far this season, although Leicester would be looking to recoup most of the £30m they paid for Slimani.
Thomas Lemar to Liverpool
Yep, we thought this one had gone quiet too. After Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona earlier in the month, many thought Liverpool would try and make a swoop for Thomas Lemar, the 22-year-old Monaco midfield star.
It appeared off the cards when Monaco effectively ruled out the Frenchman’s departure until the summer. However Lemar was left out of Monaco’s squad for their cup defeat to Lyon, then got the same treatment this weekend as he missed Monaco's 2-2 draw Marseille. Could a deal still be on the cards?