Philippe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: The odds-on transfers ahead of Deadline Day
By Tim Clement
Last Updated: 30/08/17 10:19pm
Which players are likely to seal a transfer before Thursday's deadline? We take a look at Sky Bet's transfer markets to get the traders' view on the late business likely to be done.
The online bookmaker has markets on more than 75 players ahead of the 11pm deadline, with a string of high-profile names in demand as Premier League clubs seek to strengthen.
You'll find transfer news and confirmation of the latest deals on Sky Sports News and the Transfer Centre blog - but here are 14 big deals still deemed likely according to the odds...
Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona
A long-running saga but the deal toughest to call, according to Sky Bet. With both sides of the market - to stay at Liverpool or make the move to the Nou Camp - priced at 5/6, this is what the industry calls a 'pick 'em'. It's a market that has also fluctuated the most, with both possibilities drifting out to bigger than 3/1 at different points.
Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool
Another potential deal that has commanded plenty of column inches, a Liverpool move only drifting out to odds-against on the back of last month's alleged illegal approach that prompted an apology from the Reds. The Netherlands centre-back is now just 4/7 to move and 5/4 to stay at Southampton, with Arsenal (20/1) seen as the side most likely to gatecrash the deal.
Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City
This one had looked increasingly unlikely as we crept closer to the deadline without any action, but Tuesday saw Manchester City come in from 9/4 to 8/15 to secure their top target. Reports have suggested a swap deal including Raheem Sterling, but the winger is odds-against at 5/2 to join Arsenal, who are now 6/4 to retain their prized asset.
Thomas Lemar to Liverpool
Monaco have been similarly staunch in insisting they will not sell Lemar this summer but, as with Kylian Mbappe heading to PSG, are expected to bow to financial pressures. Liverpool have been backed into 4/7 to get their man, who is 5/4 to remain in the principality, with Arsenal out to 20/1 after previously linked with securing the winger's services.
Jonny Evans to Man City
Kevin Wimmer's move from Tottenham to Stoke City looks to have paved the way for Manchester City to get their man, with Evans odds-on again at 8/13 to head to the Etihad. Wimmer was backed into odds-on to join Crystal Palace last week - perhaps the reason this deal has been held up - but the Baggies seemingly have adequate cover now with Ahmed Hegazi also arriving.
Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea
Chelsea attracted their fair share of criticism for allowing Nemanja Matic to join Manchester United after the Serb helped them regain the Premier League title, but they are expected to replace him with another recent champion. Drinkwater is just 1/6 to renew his partnership with N'Golo Kante in a different blue shirt after handing in a transfer request, with Leicester 7/2 to retain his services.
Shkodran Mustafi to Inter
There are plenty of puzzling aspects when it comes to Arsenal's defence, but the prospect of allowing Mustafi to leave after their Liverpool demolition is perhaps the most bizarre. Just 12 months after arriving for £35m, the German centre-back is expected to join Inter Milan - initially on loan - at odds of 8/15, with his remain price of 7/4 marginally shorter than his price to join Juventus (11/2).
Serge Aurier to Tottenham
The shortest priced deal in Sky Bet's Transfer Specials is Aurier's move from PSG to Tottenham, with only a work permit reportedly required to see the £23m move completed. That is actually less straightforward than might seem, with the 24-year-old handed a two-month suspended jail sentence last year for assaulting a police officer and refused entry into the country to play for PSG in their Champions League clash with Arsenal. He has since appealed against that sentence and is still awaiting the result.
Fabinho to PSG
PSG's summer raid shows no sign of letting up, with Brazilian central-midfielder Fabinho 10/11 to join expected Paris new boy Kylian Mbappe in switching allegiances. Monaco have already lost a host of the stars which led them to the Champions League semi-finals last season, but have been reinvesting, with Stevan Jovetic in through the door and Keita Balde set to follow suit.
Angel Di Maria to Barcelona
Barcelona look like they'll actually end up out of pocket this summer, with Ousmane Dembele snapped up, Coutinho maybe on his way (8/11) and Di Maria now deemed a 11/10 chance of signing for the Catalans. They've also splashed £36m on Paulinho, £27m on Nelson Semedo and another £10m on Gerard Deulofeu, although the Di Maria rumours have been talked down by agent Jorge Mendes, who has insisted a deal has not been done after meeting with the Catalan club.
Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace
Sakho's return to Palace on a permanent basis has long been mooted, with a £30m move thought to be in the pipeline for the out-of-favour Liverpool defender. Despite the Reds rejecting a third bid for the France defender, the Eagles are still 1/6 to get the reinforcement they so desperately need after a nightmare start to the season, with Liverpool's ongoing pursuit of Van Dijk likely to have implications for the transfer.
Nacer Chadli to Swansea
Exactly a year since West Brom spent £13m on securing the services of the Belgian winger, odds of 11/10 suggest he will still be at The Hawthorns come the close of this summer's window. Swansea are 6/4 favourites to secure his services as they look to replace Gylfi Sigurdsson, while Leicester follow at 3/1.
Renato Sanches to Swansea
Not yet odds-on, but Swansea are being backed for an even more audacious move as favourites to secure the services of Renato Sanches, who is 6/1 to stay Bayern Munich. A loan looks most likely for the talented midfielder and despite the player being unlikely to join the Swans, say Sky sources, according to Sky Bet the Liberty Stadium is still thought his most likely destination at 11/10, while Liverpool (2/1), Monaco (10/1) and Arsenal (25/1) have all also been linked.
Sky Bet odds correct at 9am on August 30