As Deadline Day approaches, we run through the deals that are still on the table involving Premier League sides.
The race to get deals over the line looks set to be more dramatic than ever, as seven Premier League matches are also scheduled for Wednesday night
After several years of frustration in the transfer market, Arsenal fans will be terribly miffed if this one doesn’t get over the line come 11pm on Wednesday.
Behind Alexis Sanchez, this has arguably been the saga of the January window, but what’s the latest? It seems there’s still a fair bit to be done by close of play.
Arsenal are close to agreeing a fee of around £60m for Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang, according to Sky sources.
It is understood that talks are ongoing between the clubs, but a deal has not yet been reached for the striker.
The Aubameyang situation leads us nicely into this one. Could Giroud be heading to Dortmund?
Sources told Sky Sports News on Sunday night that Arsenal striker Giroud may yet be involved in a deal to bring Aubameyang to the Emirates. Arsene Wenger said on Friday that Giroud would not leave unless another player came in.
Like dominoes, Aubameyang’s move may have a knock-on effect on Moura’s future. if Aubameyang does leave, Dortmund’s number one target is PSG winger Moura.
However, Moura’s preference is to move to the Premier League and Tottenham are in talks to sign him on a permanent basis, Sky Sports Newshas been told.
Moura sees England as the best opportunity to revive his hopes of playing in the World Cup for Brazil in Russia.
PSG will only consider permanent offers for the player as they are conscious of complying with FFP rules following the signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and would be willing to sell for around £23m.
Moura’s coach Unai Emery has already said he has no future at PSG and has urged him to find another club.
Top of the league, fighting strong on four fronts, but Pep Guardiola wants to improve his defence. Enter Laporte, who City tried and failed to get in 2016.
City have agreed a deal to sign defender Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, according to Sky in Italy.
City are thought to be happy to match the defender’s £57m release clause, which would break the club’s transfer record of £55m that they paid for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.
Laporte, who has made 19 appearances for Athletic this season, was left out of their squad to face Eibar on Friday.
To say Chelsea have been keen on a striker in January is an understatement. The latest target is former Man City frontman Dzeko, but could he be prised away from Roma?
Chelsea are willing to pay Roma £26m for Dzeko, Sky Sports Newsunderstands. The 31-year-old is understood to want a basic salary of £90k-a-week, and a contract to run until the summer of 2021.
It is the latest twist in Chelsea’s search for a new striker, following Roma’s denial on Thursday that a deal had been agreed for Dzeko.
The Birmingham-born striker could be heading back to the Midlands before Wednesday night, having been linked with a move away from Watford for the last few transfer windows.
West Brom have made contact with Watford to discuss a possible deal to buy striker Deeney.
Albion are prepared to pay around £16m for Deeney and the club’s officials believe they have found a way to fund the fee without being in breach of FFP rules.
It was previously understood that Albion boss Alan Pardew needed to sell players to generate the money to make new signings.
Centre-back Evans, who has been a target for Arsenal and ManchesterCity, is the club’s most obvious asset to cash in on during the January window.
However, there has been no contact from City or Arsenal since the opening week of the window. With City chasing Laporte, and Arsenal focused on getting Aubameyang done, will Evans stay put?
Speaking last week, Pardew confirmed no official bids had been placed for Evans, though enquiries have been made – while quashing reports of an Arsenal bid of £10m plus Mathieu Debuchy.
“We might sell if the price is right, that’s that deal, everything else is pure speculation.”
Take one stubborn Championship side, add one Premier League side desperate for more quality, and what do you get? A Deadline Day saga, most likely.
West Ham have had a £15m bid for Fulham’s Cairney rejected, according to Sky sources.
The bid for the Fulham captain was made last week and West Ham were told they were wasting their time and not even an offer of £40m would be considered.
Cairney was a notable absentee for Fulham’s 3-1 victory over Barnsley at the weekend, with manager Slavisa Jovanovic confirming he missed out as a result of his ongoing knee injury and was not fit enough for a place on the bench.
The Scotland international is understood to want a move to West Ham but the player and his representatives accept he will not be sold this month, according to Sky sources.
There is not much time left for Liverpool striker Sturridge to sort out his future.
There are loan offers on the table from Newcastle and Inter Milan, and Liverpool will allow him to go.
It’s now up to Sturridge – does he want to go out on loan or stay at Liverpool? Remember, it’s a World Cup year and Sturridge has started just five league games this season.
The coming hours are extremely important to the future of Newcastle, and Rafa Benitez’s overall satisfaction at the club.
Sturridge is on the wish list, but Feyenoord are demanding more money if they are to consider selling Jorgensen. Newcastle are refusing to be held to ransom over the striker.
Newcastle have made two offers for Jorgensen, the second of which was worth £15m, but both were rejected by Feyenoord. Surely, surely they’ll come in with more dosh?
Benitez also confirmed at the weekend that Aleksandar Mitrovic may be allowed to leave the club if a new striker is brought in
Chelsea have a deal in principle agreed for Roma full-back Emerson Palmieri, and that is likely to be completed before the window closes, costing around £20m.
Southampton remain in talks for Spartak Moscow’s Dutch winger QuincyPromes, with the Russian side holding out for around £30m.
Stoke are in talks with Galatasaray over midfielder Badou Ndiaye, and West Ham are in for Russia captain Fedor Smolov.
Crystal Palace target Vincent Guaita is expected to stay at Getafe beyond the January window, and a loan offer for Lille midfielder Ibrahim Amadou has been rejected. It could be a busy last few days for Palace, who are also interested in Burnley’s Ashley Barnes.
As for Merseyside, outgoings are more likely than incomings at both Liverpool and Everton.