The biggest teams in the Premier League still have over three weeks to flex their financial muscles this summer.
Preparations for the 2021/22 season, which started quickly after the end of Euro 2020, are in full swing.
The transfer window closes on Tuesday, August 31st, giving clubs plenty of time to close last-minute deals.
Manchester United have dominated the window so far, with Borussia Dortmund’s £ 73m signing Jadon Sancho certainly one of the most iconic moves of the summer.
Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is expected to join him at Old Trafford for a £ 34m fee that could climb to £ 43m, but United won’t be the only club busy in the coming weeks.
Here, Star Sport takes a look at the eight transfers expected to be completed by the end of the month.
Harry Kane – Tottenham to Man City
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The summer transfer window has been defined by the future of Kane, who is still pushing for a Spurs exit.
Kane, who is on for another three years, started the week skipping Tottenham training to add to the heat against his employers while trying to force a move to Man City.
Chairman Daniel Levy has stood firm so far, insisting the star striker is not for sale, but it will surely go on the wire.
The Athletic reports that City remains confident about landing Kane and is ready to pay around £ 130 million for his signature.
James Maddison – Leicester to Arsenal
Arsenal want an attacking midfielder this summer and with Martin Odegaard reportedly out of reach at Real Madrid, they have switched to Maddison.
According to football.london, the Gunners have proposed a player-plus-cash deal for the Leicester midfielder.
The 24-year-old is set to move to north London despite the lack of European football.
The only stumbling block is Leicester’s asking price of £ 60million, but Mikel Arteta’s determination to strengthen his roster could see the deal go over the line.
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Jules Kounde – Seville to Chelsea
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Chelsea are desperate to have a world-class striker this summer but have a lot of problems with Kane keeping an eye on Man City, Borussia Dortmund hesitating to sell Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku who likes to stay at Inter Milan.
But you are also making progress in other areas. Kounde has been a long-time target and while an offer worth £ 30m plus Kurt Zouma has already been turned down, Chelsea are continuing negotiations with Seville.
The Blues are reluctant to honor Kounde’s £ 68m release clause but are ready to send their unwanted players to Spain in return.
According to Goal, Kenedy has been offered and Marina Granovskaia will continue her efforts until the deadline.
Kieran Trippier – Atletico Madrid to Manchester United
Trippier is determined to return to England after two successful years in Spain, which brought him a La Liga title with Atletico.
United want competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a right-back and see Trippier as a good, versatile and experienced option.
Initial reports suggested the England international would be available for around £ 10million, but The Star estimate the Spanish club can now hold out £ 30million.
United believe Atletico’s asking price is too high for someone who is now in their thirties and starting the last 12 months of their deal, but they hope the Spanish side will buckle as the window nears completion.
Takehiro Tomiyasu – Bologna to Tottenham
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Tomiyasu’s move to north London has been on the agenda for some time. The Athletic reported on July 14th that Spurs was finalizing terms on a £ 15 million plus add-ons deal.
Tottenham’s move to Japan international has stalled, with Romero being a priority, but the club have always had two defenders in their sights this summer.
Tomiyasu was part of the Japanese team at the Tokyo Olympics and things are expected to improve upon his return in the coming weeks.
Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan to Arsenal
Arsenal have always been expected to be big promoters this summer after a hugely disappointing eighth place finish in the 2020-21 season – and the Gunners are still working hard to win some big names.
Maddison could occupy the offensive midfield, but a striker is another requirement and that’s where Martinez comes in.
Eurosport reported earlier this week that Arsenal are negotiating with Inter over the 23-year-old, who scored 17 goals and six assists to win Serie A last season.
Inter value Martinez at around £ 65m, which may prove too high for Arsenal, but the Italian side’s financial troubles could call for a transfer.
Tammy Abraham – Chelsea to Aston Villa
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Abraham is another player who has long had his eye on a summer transfer after falling into the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.
The Blues placed a £ 40million price on the head of the English striker at the start of the window and have not received any offers in the region as many Premier League and Championship clubs tried to loan him out.
However, the Telegraph now says that Aston Villa made Abraham their preferred target for a center-forward after Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia landed from Bayer Leverkusen and Norwich respectively.
Abraham impressed on loan with Villa in 2018/19, scored 25 goals in 37 league games and would love to move on from Chelsea.
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Kurt Zouma – Chelsea to West Ham
West Ham want a center-back this summer and have been negotiating with Chelsea over Zouma for about a week.
Zouma is under contract with the Blues until the summer of 2023, but faces a great deal of competition under Tuchel.
West Ham are ready to pay £ 20m for the Frenchman, according to Sky Sports, but Chelsea are currently waiting for a higher transfer fee.
The Hammers have also been linked to a move from Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic, but Zouma seems to fit the bill.
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