Transfer News: We look at the big deals that could happen before deadline day for English sides

Harry Maguire looks set to complete his move to Manchester United with Romelu Lukaku almost certain to leave, while Bayern’s pursuit for Leroy Sane is in the balance… how 10 mega-money deals are progressing ahead of the transfer window closing

  • The summer transfer window for English sides closes next Thursday at 5pm
  • Romelu Lukaku is set to leave Manchester United amid Serie A interest 
  • Arsenal remain in the hunt for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney
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There are just 10 days left of this summer’s transfer window and a string of deals in the pipeline or mooted but yet to be completed. 

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at some of the biggest transfers that could still be done before the transfer window closes next Thursday.

Nicolas Pepe – Arsenal

This would be a major statement signing from Arsenal if they can pull it off. Arsenal have moved quickly to agree a structured £72million deal with Lille for the Ivory Coast winger, who would significantly bolster their attacking options. Now they need to hold off the competition from home and abroad to finalise the club record deal.

Likelihood rating: 4/5

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Arsenal are close to finalising a £72million deal for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe (left)

Arsenal are close to finalising a £72million deal for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe (left)

Wilfried Zaha – Everton

Wilfried Zaha wants out of Crystal Palace and Everton’s interest offers him fresh hope of securing a move with Arsenal’s attention now turned to Pepe. They have the money to pull off a deal which will be needed with Palace holding out for as much as £80m. Everton had opening bid of £55m rejected but returned with an improved offer on Monday.

Likelihood rating: 3/5

Wilfried Zaha is being pursued by Everton as Arsenal can't match Crystal Palace's valuation

Wilfried Zaha is being pursued by Everton as Arsenal can't match Crystal Palace's valuation

Wilfried Zaha is being pursued by Everton as Arsenal can’t match Crystal Palace’s valuation

Harry Maguire – Manchester United

Manchester United badly need a new centre back and Harry Maguire ticks many of the boxes. United’s highest offer so far of £70m is close to what Leicester want but not quite close enough.

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He wants to move to Old Trafford and time is running out for United to up their offer.

Likelihood rating: 4/5

Leicester centre back Harry Maguire (left) wants to join Manchester United amid their interest

Leicester centre back Harry Maguire (left) wants to join Manchester United amid their interest

Leicester centre back Harry Maguire (left) wants to join Manchester United amid their interest

Ryan Sessegnon – Tottenham

A move to Tottenham has seemed a near certainty all summer following Fulham’s relegation but until a deal is done there is always doubt. Fulham want around £25m for Sessegnon but Spurs have yet to stump up the cash and are hoping they can agree a cheaper price.

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Likelihood rating: 4/5

Ryan Sessegnon (left) is wanted by Tottenham as they haggle over Fulham's £25m asking price

Ryan Sessegnon (left) is wanted by Tottenham as they haggle over Fulham's £25m asking price

Ryan Sessegnon (left) is wanted by Tottenham as they haggle over Fulham’s £25m asking price

Kieran Tierney – Arsenal

There is confidence that Kieran Tierney will end the window as an Arsenal player. He wants to make the move, Arsenal are optimistic and Celtic won’t stand in his way providing price offered is right. So far it hasn’t been from two bids but only the structure of the offer remains to be sorted.

Likelihood rating: 4.5/5

Arsenal remain optimistic over signing Celtic left back Kieran Tierney before next Thursday
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Arsenal remain optimistic over signing Celtic left back Kieran Tierney before next Thursday

Arsenal remain optimistic over signing Celtic left back Kieran Tierney before next Thursday 

Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United

Another possible in at Old Trafford before next week’s deadline. United have been linked with the goalscoring Portugal midfielder all summer but that interest has yet to develop into a bid. Wants move to England which increases chances of a deal getting done.

Likelihood rating: 4/5

Manchester United are keen to sign Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes to bolster their midfield

Manchester United are keen to sign Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes to bolster their midfield

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Manchester United are keen to sign Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes to bolster their midfield

Romelu Lukaku – Inter/Juventus

His exit is only a matter of time. Now just a case of where and when, rather than if. Inter ready to offer cash with United wanting to recoup the £75m they paid Everton for the Belgian striker. Juventus could offer players to make up a deal that satisfies United. His omission from the United squad for their friendly in Norway is the latest sign that he is off. 

Likelihood rating: 5/5

United striker Romelu Lukaku looks destined to leave with Inter and Juventus keen to sign him

United striker Romelu Lukaku looks destined to leave with Inter and Juventus keen to sign him

United striker Romelu Lukaku looks destined to leave with Inter and Juventus keen to sign him

Paul Pogba – Real Madrid

Paul Pogba wants a new challenge and one of his idols, Zinedine Zidane, wants to offer him that at Real Madrid. United want at least £150m though and having failed to strike a deal with either of Gareth Bale’s Chinese suitors there are now doubts about whether Madrid can accommodate Pogba’s wages. His exit will also be dependent on United finding a replacement.

Likelihood rating: 2/5

Yet, Lukaku's team-mate Paul Pogba doesn't seem likely to leave despite Real Madrid's interest

Yet, Lukaku's team-mate Paul Pogba doesn't seem likely to leave despite Real Madrid's interest

Yet, Lukaku’s team-mate Paul Pogba doesn’t seem likely to leave despite Real Madrid’s interest

Leroy Sane – Bayern Munich

Manchester City are not short of wide options but could they really let such a key contributor in the last two years go so late in the window? Bayern Munich will try to convince them. Germans have gaps to fill in their wide areas following the retirement of Arjen Robben and free transfer departure of Frank Ribery and are confident they can prise Sane away.

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Likelihood rating: 3/5

Leroy Sane (right) could leave Manchester City before next Thursday with Bayern Munich keen

Leroy Sane (right) could leave Manchester City before next Thursday with Bayern Munich keen

Leroy Sane (right) could leave Manchester City before next Thursday with Bayern Munich keen

Giovani Lo Celso – Tottenham

Another deal with plenty of the pieces already in place. The Argentinian playmaker wants to join suitors Spurs and Real Betis have signed his replacement. Now for the small matter of the fee. Difference of opinion over that with Betis holding out for around £68m. Having already spent just under that sum on Tanuguy Ndombele, Spurs are aiming to negotiate that valuation down.

Likelihood rating: 3/5

Real Betis playmaker Giovani Lo Celso is valued at £68m with Tottenham wanting to lower that
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Real Betis playmaker Giovani Lo Celso is valued at £68m with Tottenham wanting to lower that

Real Betis playmaker Giovani Lo Celso is valued at £68m with Tottenham wanting to lower that


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