The Transfer Deadline may have now passed, but the transfers deals may not have finished there. Here are four to watch out for today.
Adrien Silva to Leicester
This one would technically be a Deadline Day deal as Premier League clubs are now not permitted to complete signings until January 1st.
The Portuguese midfielder flew into the U.K. late last night to try to conclude a £15m. The Foxes asked the Premier League for an extension in order to get the deal over the line, and despite that being granted it has yet to be officially announced.
Leicester were adamant that they were not going to allow Danny Drinkwater to leave the club unless they had a replacement. Drinkwater’s £35m move to Chelsea was announced late last night, indicating that Leicester are confident that the paperwork was submitted on time and the deal is complete.
Diego Costa to Atletico
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has refused to return to training after being told that he was no longer part of Antonio Conte’s plans at the end of last season. However several months after receiving that text message from the Italian, Costa is still officially a Chelsea player.
With the Spanish window still open until tonight, Costa could yet still complete his dream return to the Spanish Capital.
However, the striker will be unable to play until January, thanks to their transfer ban that prohibits them from registering any new players. One big problem for Costa now is that with the rest of Europe’s transfer windows closed, if he did want to play between now and January, his options to be sent out on loan will be severely restricted. Everton and AC Milan were believed to be interested, but they are now unable to complete a short term move.
Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona
It’s been another one of the protracted deals of the summer, with Barcelona looking to Coutinho, who could be a long term replacement for Andres Iniesta.
Barcelona have had a number of bids rejected for the Brazilian, with Liverpool refusing to do business this summer, despite the player handing in a transfer request.
However, in reality, we think Liverpool will stand fast on their promise not to sell, and could keep Coutinho for one more year.
Riyad Mahrez to Barcelona
It was one of the big breaking stories of Transfer Deadline Day, as the Algerian national side announced they had released Mahrez from their training camp to conduct his transfer business.
However, after various unconfirmed reports suggesting he was some kind of shapeshifter who could be in London, Paris and Barcelona all at once, there were very few talks about the Algerian winger.
However, reports yesterday in Spain claim that Barcelona had made Mahrez aware that he was their plan B in the event that they couldn’t sign Philippe Coutinho. With Liverpool looking like refusing to sell Coutinho, Mahrez could make a move away from the King Power stadium.