05 October 2020 04:41
Premier League clubs are working round the clock to bring in players ahead of transfer deadline day. The transfer window shuts at 11pm on Monday, and the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are still trying to add to theirs squads. United are set to sign Edinson Cavani but are still chasing Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, with Chelsea having been linked with West Ham midfield Declan Rice. Liverpool look to have completed their transfer business after signing Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas - but as always there could be a few surprises on deadline day. That duo have added depth in central defence and midfield, but Graham Potter's side looks light on the striker front, with the onus currently on Neal Maupay and Aaron Connolly.Solly March has filled in at left wing-back, but there is a need for another body in that area of the pitch – Tottenham's Ryan Sessegnon is a potential option – while there may also be room for another central midfielder following Dale Stephens' departure to Burnley.In terms of outgoings, Brighton will be desperate to keep Tariq Lamptey from joining suitors Bayern Munich, who have expressed an interest in the former Chelsea youngster in recent weeks.The manager's viewBrighton boss Graham Potter: "I think it wasn't so long back we were talking about football maybe resetting in the middle of the pandemic and that seems to have gone out of the window.
There's only a few days left and maybe we can get back to talking about coaching and developing players."Dyche wants late Burnley additionsIt has been a frustratingly quiet summer for Sean Dyche so far, with midfielder Dale Stephens and back-up goalkeeper Will Norris the only senior additions up until now.The Clarets boss is eager to bring in cover at centre-back, and the need for defensive reinforcements will become even greater if one of James Tarkowski's suitors come in with an offer too good to turn down. The club are confident of keeping Tarkowski having already rejected a string of bids from West Ham, but they need additions elsewhere, too, regardless of what happens with the 27-year-old.The club would like to sign a right midfielder having lost Jeff Hendrick to Newcastle during the summer, and they would also like a right-back to provide competition for Phil Bardsley and Matt Lowton.The manager's view Antonio Rudiger could be on his way out and is open to leaving the club on loan, with AC Milan, PSG and Spurs interested, while there are also doubts around the futures of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Emerson, Jorginho and Marcos Alonso, among others.Tiemoue Bakayoko has also arrived in Napoli ahead of completing a season-long loan move.The saga surrounding Callum Hudson-Odoi also continues, with Lampard insisting he wants the youngster to stay, but Bayern eager for a deal having seen a loan with a £70m option to buy offer rejected by the Blues.The manager's view Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson on the prospect of late bids for Zaha: "Well, I have been told and I think Wilf has had it made clear to him that we are not interested in late bids."If it was going to happen, it would need to happen in a timeframe which would give us a chance to see what we would want to do with the money."So close to the end of the transfer window, I would certainly hope it will not happen now and I want to continue working with him."Everton in hunt for defensive help Ancelotti is confident the winger will not leave the club in the transfer window after omitting him from the squad for the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last Saturday.The manager's viewEverton manager Carlo Ancelotti hinted that there could be more business before the end of the transfer window after his side continued their perfect start to the campaign with a 4-2 win over Brighton.When asked about potential incomings and outgoings, the Italian said: "Really as I said I'm not focused on this. When a squad is small if there are players who can play in more than one position it's an advantage and a necessity."Leicester business almost completeHaving already signed Timothy Castagne from Atalanta and Cengiz Under on loan from Roma, Leicester have now clinched a £30m deal for the Saint Etienne centre-back Wesley Fofana. The highly-rated 19-year-old, who was also wanted by West Ham, will provide competition for first-choice pairing Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu.The deal for Fofana is likely to end their interest in Burnley's James Tarkowski, and the Foxes are unlikely to bring in any more players before the deadline.In terms of outgoings, Adrien Silva, a £22.5m signing from Sporting Lisbon in 2017, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Monaco and has now signed for Sampdoria in a permanent deal.Leicester's start – three wins from four – will encourage Brendan Rodgers that he already has a squad capable of challenging for another European finish in place.The manager's view What do you get the team that seemingly has everything after Liverpool once again quietly went about their business this summer without attracting much attention?In have come Kostas Tsimikas, to provide much-needed cover for Andy Robertson at left back, Thiago Alcantara to add a touch of stardust to a sometimes workmanlike midfield and Diogo Jota for some serious competition in attack for the first time under Jurgen Klopp.However, early-season injuries to both Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have exposed a lack of depth at the heart of the champions' defence – especially with Dejan Lovren having left Anfield – forcing the Liverpool manager to again deploy the versatile Fabinho as a makeshift centre-back in their 2-0 win at Chelsea.While the holding midfielder produced a masterclass in defence at Stamford Bridge, snuffing out the threat of the pacy Timo Werner, Klopp would much rather the Brazilian did what he does better than anyone in the Premier League in putting out fires in front of his back four.Liverpool have reportedly been monitoring Sevilla's Diego Carlos and Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, although moves for either appear unlikely with Klopp recently confirming the club "will not even try if nothing more serious happens" to sign another centre-back before the transfer window closes.But you do feel Liverpool could be one injury away from a crisis at the back.In terms of outgoings, meanwhile, Rhian Brewster has signed for Sheffield United and Xherdan Shaqiri could also be set for a departure.The manager's view Manchester City have signed two centre-backs and a winger, but the Good Morning Transfers team feel there are still areas Pep Guardiola may look to strengthen during this transfer window Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says the club must sign its transfer targets if they are to improve their squad and compete in the Premier League Chris Wilder was after a new striker at the start of the summer transfer window and the Blades boss' search is finally over after Rhian Brewster completed a permanent move to Sheffield United from Liverpool in a deal worth up to £23.5m.Wilder frequently rotated his forwards in an otherwise settled side last season but Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie were top scorers – with just six goals each. Southampton had been one of the quietest Premier League sides in the transfer window so far, with Kyle Walker-Peters – who was on loan at St Mary's last season – and Mohammed Salisu the only signings initially, before they completed the capture of Brest defender Ibrahima Diallo on Sunday.They may still need to reinforce in midfield, however.