Transfers bound to happen before the 2020 window closes

20.9.2020.  
Transfers bound to happen before the 2020 window closes

Surely the most unusual transfer window is slowly coming to a close. The usual end date of earliest in September has been moved all the way up to 5th of October. Fewer transfers have been concluded as a result of the financial crisis the clubs faced battling COVID-19 measures. But it has still been a fun ride full of moments of joy and excitement, as well of those of disappointment and gloom. But there’s still two weeks to go and we take a look at the transfers bound to happen before the 2020 window is done.


Declan Rice - West Ham to Chelsea


Believe it or not. Strong, reputable sources are stating that Chelsea have turned their head towards yet another player they left through their fingers. Rice grew up at Chelsea's training ground Cobham from 2006 to 2014 when he moved to West Ham and turned into an England international and club vice-captain.


Yet, it seems that The Blues are unstoppable in this transfer window. Those same respected sources state Chelsea aren't probing and testing the waters - they are getting Rice for Frank Lampard this window. As the goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is a certainty, a matter of signature now, Rice will be the only player left on the long shopping list filled exclusively with checkmarks. The Hammers claim that the 21-year-old is not for sale but the club who sold a talented youngster for peanuts this window already certainly won't say no to a bid of around €77,000,000


Tiemoue Bakayoko - Chelsea to Milan


Milan are having an enviable transfer window without spending a lot. Zlatan Ibrahimovic resigned the contract, veteran Simon Kjaer was paid only €3,500,000, same as the youngster Alexis Saelemaeakers, Sandro Tonali arrived on a loan with an obligation to buy pretty cheaply for top Italian talent. While Brahim Diaz was loaned in and Ante Rebic is already familiar with the team but hasn't be paid a ludicrous sum.


The club is left with a need for a defensive midfielder and their first choice from the start has been Tiemoue Bakayoko. As the 26-year-old already played at San Siro for the whole 2018/2019 season on loan, recording 42 appearances total, he was the natural pick. Rossoneri are gunning for a €3,000,000 loan with an option to buy for ten times the sum. Although there is concern regarding this deal as it's taking far too long to conclude and now Paris Saint-Germain are interested as well.


Marko Grujic - Liverpool to Borussia Monchengladbach


Even though it was first reported that Marko Grujic will be staying at Anfield following his two years at Hertha Berlin, the Serbian won't be at Liverpool come October 5th. As The Reds activated their player acquisition department and signed Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota, the coffers need filling.


As reported by reputable sources, the 54 appearances 191cms-tall midfielder gathered with the German Old Lady should warrant a fee of around €22,000,000. Even though Hertha is one of the new richer clubs on the scene, they decided not to pursue Grujic. But the Champions League playing Borussia Monchengladbach will and the 24-year-old is likely going back to the Bundesliga.


Chris Smalling - Manchester United to Roma


It's a true miracle that this transfer hasn't happened at the start of the window but it seems like Roma will make one last push. Even the manager Paulo Fonseca issued a public plea to the club owners to get the Englishman back after he was sublime on loan last season.


"I need Chris Smalling. It's so important for me to bring him back, we've only 3 centre-backs so I want Smalling here," said Fonseca. Roma were just three million shy away from United's demands of €20,000,000 so maybe with so little time left the two sides will compromise a bit.


Memphis Depay - Lyon to Barcelona


A move that was seen as a consolation prize for the departure of Leo Messi is now seen as Ronald Koeman's first major impact on the arrivals to Nou Camp. Barcelona's best player staying, as well as Philippe Coutinho, didn't change Koeman's resolve to get the player he worked with in the Dutch national team. 


As Lyon have missed out on the Champions League football this season due to the cancellation of Ligue 1 last season, they are in dire need of money. The club already sold eight players and others beside Depay are expected to leave as well. Memphis insinuated at his desire to leave earlier this season and there seems to be no other option than Barca. A fee of €30,000,000 is being mentioned for Lyon's captain.


Ivan Perisic - Inter Milan to Manchester United


Antonio Conte doesn't have Ivan Perisic in his plans due to his reliance on wing-backs, not wingers. The Croatian spent the last season on loan at Bayern Munich, winning a treble, but he the Bavarians confirmed Perisic won't be returning. Inter don't want him, he wasn't the first choice at Manchester United but now he seems like the best one available.


Jose Mourinho tried to bring the 31-year-old while he was at Old Trafford but the club didn't make it happen. Now, Ed Woodward will face almost no resistance in trying to get the always-committed veteran. Bayern would've paid €20,000,000 after paying the loan itself five million so United won't get him cheaply though. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer asked for a left-back, centre-back, and a right forward, receiving none of them so far.


Alex Telles - Porto to Manchester United


It's brave or foolish including two deals of incoming transfers to Manchester United considering Ed Woodward's efficiency in the market but the CEO is backed against a wall. Club's first desire for the left-back position Sergio Reguilon went to Tottenham, alongside another target Gareth Bale.


This left United with few options, two only, the first one being Porto's highly-rated attacking left-back Alex Telles. The second is most likely Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax. But Telles is the priority although both of them are sound options. An agreement hasn't been reached at this time but at least Thomas Tuchel confirmed PSG won't be looking for a left-back this window so the competition isn't there.


Arturo Vidal - Barcelona to Inter Milan


One of the transfers most certain to happen as all parties want for the deal to happen. Yet the two clubs have been drawing out the negotiations far longer than expected. Arturo Vidal and Antonio Conte have worked together at Juventus and have a matching intensity, so the move looks beneficial for all sides too, as Barca is looking to offload high salaries.


Conte has a similar player on the payroll in Radja Nainggolan and the Belgian is still hoping he'll get a chance to prove himself. Even though there's nothing to prove to Conte because his quarrel is with the board. On the other hand, the suspicion is raising that perhaps Messi's stay at Nou Camp has swayed Vidal's decision. Although we would still put money on this move.


Cengiz Under - Roma to Leicester City


Of all these transfer sagas bound to happen Cengiz Under's is the most public as Leicester City's manager Brendan Rodgers said he is hopeful of signing the Roma player. The tactician sees Under as someone who can contribute with skill rather than just athleticism and Under has gathered a lot of fans due to his playing style.


This transfer is centimetres away from being concluded too. Leicester will pay €3,000,000 for a one year loan and that's not being disputed from any party. Roma wants an obligation to buy for €24,000,000 while the Foxes want an option to buy. A compromise in the form of an automatic signing if the player reaches a certain amount of games is most likely to happen.


Edin Dzeko - Roma to Juventus


Now it's apparent that Juve's primary striker target isn't Luis Suarez but Edin Dzeko and that his transfer is bound to happen. Roma's veteran striker didn't start the match against Verona as the club is keeping him safe in order to secure his move to Turin. That would in turn open the place for Arkadiush Milik to join them.


Dzeko's best friend in football Aleksandar Kolarov moved to Inter to chase a title opportunity late in his career and it seems that the Bosnian is doing the same. Juve apparently knows that Cristiano Ronaldo best operates when he has a big, powerful striker like Karim Benzema in front of him. As Paulo Dybala is the only other forward in the team, going for Suarez isn't impossible but then the Old Lady would have a striker trio of players 33 or older with massive wages.


Hopefully, these transfers will be done and they won’t end up on the list of most disappointing transfers a year from now but on the list of the best signings.


These 10 transfers bound to happen are of course not the only ones that will be concluded in the fun last two weeks of the window. Follow InsideSport to find out the most important arrivals and departures, how they came to be, and how the players will fit in their new teams.



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