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Fabrizio Romano Exclusive: 5 biggest transfers which could happen before deadline day

Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Juventus this transfer window
Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Juventus this transfer window
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe are the two players who have been heavily linked with an exit before deadline day of this transfer window. There are some other great players who could be making interesting moves as well.

The transfer market is entering its final days and there is a huge opportunity to still see many possible surprises in business and negotiations. In particular, there are still these five players who can be protagonists in these last few days of the transfer market. We will need to pay close attention to their situation as deadline day approaches.


#1 Kylian Mbappe - PSG to Real Madrid

Paris Saint Germain v RC Strasbourg - Ligue 1 Uber Eats
Paris Saint Germain v RC Strasbourg - Ligue 1 Uber Eats

Real Madrid have made an official offer of €160 million. Paris Saint-Germain rejected this offer because it was deemed insufficient. PSG Sporting Director, Leonardo, has been very tough in tone with Real Madrid, attacking the ways in which the Spanish club have approached Mbappé in recent months.

PSG have decided to let Mbappé leave only on their own terms, which means an offer that cannot be less than €200 million. The final figure has not yet been communicated.

Nasser Al Khelaifi, president of PSG, has repeatedly assured in public that Kylian Mbappe will remain and therefore does not want to lose his credibility for an offer that is not really indispensable. PSG will in fact have to pay part of the amount to AS Monaco, with whom they had an agreement at the time of the sale.

It is very important to specify the player's decision: Mbappé wants Real Madrid as his next club. There are no English clubs in the race and Kylian Mbappe's intention is to wear a Real Madrid shirt this summer or next.

This is why Mbappé has turned down over 3 offers to renew his contract from Paris Saint-Germain. His desire is to play for Real Madrid, but only an agreement between the two clubs will allow it immediately, otherwise it will be necessary to study the free agent deal in June 2022. Florentino Perez, Real Madrid's president, is calm and confident about the Kylian Mbappe situation.


#2 Cristiano Ronaldo - Juventus to Manchester City

Udinese Calcio v Juventus - Serie A
Udinese Calcio v Juventus - Serie A

What is happening with Cristiano Ronaldo? First of all, it is fair to clarify that Ronaldo did not play as a starter in the Udinese-Juventus game because he was waiting this week to look at transfer offers.

Paris Saint-Germain have not made any moves so far and Real Madrid have confirmed that they will not take back Cristiano Ronaldo. Jorge Mendes has been in direct contact with Manchester City for days as a possible solution for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mendes is currently in Italy in Turin just to talk about it with Cristiano Ronaldo. The deal is complex because Manchester City do not intend to pay the €30 million fee, which is what Juventus are asking to free Ronaldo immediately.

In addition, there is an agreement to be reached for a multi-year contract because CR7 currently earns €31 million net per season at Juventus. The Italian club would have liked Gabriel Jesus in the deal as a replacement for Ronaldo, but there is no possibility.

Guardiola does not want to let Gabriel Jesus leave after a great start to the season. That's why with so few days left, the deal is complicated. We will see if Manchester City will choose to make an official offer to Juventus for Ronaldo, so far none have arrived.


#3 Jules Kounde - Sevilla to Chelsea

Sevilla v FC Barcelona: Copa del Rey Semi Final First Leg
Sevilla v FC Barcelona: Copa del Rey Semi Final First Leg

Chelsea have been working on the Jules Kounde deal for weeks, a deal which was first thought of in July. The transfer has not moved ahead because Chelsea are waiting on Kurt Zouma's transfer to West Ham.

The dominos of the defenders are ready to begin but there have been some issues related to agents involved in the deal for Zouma with West Ham. That's why Koundé is waiting. He has an agreement on personal terms until June 2026 with Chelsea but there is a need for a new official offer (already ready) to be presented when Zouma is sold.

Chelsea are ready to reach the final stages of the Koundé deal when all the steps are completed. Patience is needed and the player is also waiting for the next few days to understand his future. Work is in progress, but Koundé has chosen Chelsea for more than a month now.


#4 Saul Niguez - Atletico Madrid to Chelsea/Manchester United

Club Atletico de Madrid v Villarreal CF - La Liga
Club Atletico de Madrid v Villarreal CF - La Liga

Chelsea are pushing to complete a deal for Saul Niguez. Manchester United are also interested in the Spanish midfielder who is preparing to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of this transfer market. He wants to be a protagonist with more playing time.

Chelsea have made a loan offer with an option to buy. Atletico Madrid are in negotiations with the English club to be able to find an agreement by Deadline Day. They also have to reach an agreement on the payment of the salary of the Spaniard.

Manchester United have so far moved quietly and any move for Saul could be linked to potential sales first. But could there be any surprises? Meanwhile, Chelsea are the frontrunners for Saul and are going ahead with negotiations.


#5 Houssem Aouar - Lyon to Arsenal/Tottenham

Manchester City v Lyon - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final
Manchester City v Lyon - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final

The French midfielder could be an interesting option for many clubs, because unlike a year ago, Olympique Lyon are now ready to release him on favorable terms.

He could become one of the surprises of the end of the market. Arsenal and Tottenham have received this opportunity to sign Aouar. Spurs have so far not given final answers for Aouar because they have other priorities and are not dealing with him as of now. Arsenal are very satisfied with Lokonga and Odegaard but will soon give an answer. Meanwhile, Aouar is one transfer which could go right down to the wire this transfer deadline day.

It will be a great transfer market finale with many important names and possible surprises. Here-we-go!


Also read: Jim Beglin's column - Ranking the 5 greatest central midfielders of all time


Edited by Ashwin
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