The 2021-22 Premier League campaign is now in full swing, but there is still the small matter of deadline day to cap off what has been a jaw-dropping summer of transfers.
After clubs across Europe were financially hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a quiet summer – filled by clever swap-deals and an increasing number of loan moves – would have come as little surprise.
That’s not been the case, however, with the Premier League powerhouses, in particular, splashing the cash as much as ever.
Manchester City broke the British transfer record with the £100m signing of Jack Grealish
Manchester United have completed the £73million signing of long-term target Jadon Sancho, with Raphael Varane also arriving to partner Harry Maguire at the back.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have re-signed Romelu Lukaku for a whopping £98million, with Manchester City still pushing for a Harry Kane mega-deal – despite having already broken the British transfer record with the £100m acquisition of Jack Grealish.
Oh, and Lionel Messi left Barcelona… for Paris Saint-Germain.
With time running out, clubs across the continent are now desperately finalising their squads, with a number of high-profile players still pushing for a move.
With the summer transfer window set to close in just a matter of days, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku (L) for £98m, while Man United finally signed Jadon Sancho (R)
When is deadline day?
The Premier League transfer window opened on June 9 and will close 12 weeks later at 11pm BST on August 31.
The dates have meant that, unlike last year, Premier League clubs have still been able to make additions to their squads after the season began.
The decision to bring the window to a close prior to the season’s commence last year was initially met with applause, but it subsequently led to concerns that the rest of Europe – where the windows were still open – were gaining an advantage.
Is this the same across Europe?
So, what’s the situation across Europe?
Well, the windows in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Scotland will all close on the same day, though at varying times.
Germany will bring a halt to their summer of transfers at 5pm, while Spain is expected to be around midnight.
Who are the big names potentially on the move?
As reported by Sportsmail on Wednesday, Manchester City are undeterred in their pursuit of Harry Kane and set to continue pressing to sign the England captain over the coming days.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has remained steadfast that the club’s top scorer in each of the past seven seasons is not for sale this summer. Indeed, Sportsmail revealed on Monday that Spurs chiefs are confident they are winning the battle to keep hold of their wantaway striker.
City, however, hope Kane’s desire for a move to the Etihad Stadium will force the issue before next Tuesday’s transfer deadline and are not giving up hope of thrashing out a deal.
Any potential transfer would eclipse the £100million British record fee spent on Jack Grealish earlier this month, with indications that City were willing to bid north of £120m.
Manchester City will make one final push for Harry Kane as deadline day fast approaches
Real Madrid have made an opening offer of £137million for Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, which is likely to be rejected by the French club.
The opening offer, confirmed by the Spanish club to Sportsmail, could shake the transfer market to its foundations if accepted, opening the way for the French club to move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Madrid have pursued Mbappe since he moved to PSG from Monaco in 2017. His contract runs out next summer and he has so far rejected three bids by the club to extend his deal beyond 2022.
PSG, who have yet to field Mbappe alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi, are set to reject the opening bid, according to reports in the French media.
But they have been offered Ronaldo as a replacement and have also been urged by Neymar to consider his international teammate, the Everton striker Richarlison, as Mbappe’s replacement.
Real Madrid have submitted a £137million bid to PSG for their star forward Kylian Mbappe
Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele could be on his way out of the club before the end of the transfer window after reportedly telling the north London side that he wants to leave.
The Frenchman didn’t feature in any of Spurs’ pre-season matches and despite being fit and available, he was left out of the squad for their Premier League wins over Manchester City and Wolves.
Tanguy Ndombele has not featured in any of Spurs’ games despite being available for selection
Arsenal are reportedly ready to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they look to raise funds for new players following their worst start to a season in their 118-year history.
The Gunners no longer consider Aubameyang indispensable and will not stand in his way if another club offers to buy him this summer, with Barcelona reportedly monitoring his situation.
The striker, who only 12 months ago signed a huge, new £350,000-per-week contract at the club, is understood to still be part of Mikel Arteta’s plans but will be sold if an acceptable offer is made.
Arsenal are willing to sell club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer
After his stunning 2019-20 season in which he effectively became City’s main attacking threat, it seemed almost a formality that Bernardo Silva would become the leading light at City for many years.
Despite his versatility and many attributes, Silva has now somehow found himself out in the cold at the Etihad and now, following the British record £100m arrival of Jack Grealish, there seems to be no way back.
The Portuguese midfielder wants to leave City this summer and has his heart set on moving to LaLiga – with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid among his supposed suitors.
City are expected to grant Silva his wish should their minimum £45m valuation be met with the 26-year-old falling down the pecking order after Jack Grealish’s £100m arrival.
Bernardo Silva wants to leave Manchester City this summer to move to Spain
Robert Lewandowski has put Europe’s top clubs on alert by telling Bayern Munich he wants to leave this summer – but the German champions want £110m for their star striker.
As reported by Sportsmail, Lewandowski – who turned 33 earlier this month – is ready to leave Bayern in pursuit of a new challenge and remains hopeful of securing a move before the transfer window closes.
With his fitness levels and physical condition renowned, Lewandowski is confident he still has at least three or four years left at the highest level.
Bayern have not offered the Pole an extension on his contract, which has two years left to run, and it is believed they are lining up a move for Erling Haaland next summer as a replacement for their No 9.
As Sportsmail revealed last month, Manchester City have been monitoring developments with Lewandowski while Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are other potential destinations.
Robert Lewandowski reportedly wants to leave Bayern Munich for a new challenge
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also indicated that Jesse Lingard is set to stay at Old Trafford this season despite spending the end of the last campaign out on loan at West Ham.
Lingard is understood to be concerned about a lack of game time, but Solskjaer reassured the England international he has ‘a big part to play’.
West Ham want him back on loan, but are unwilling to meet the £25m asking price. Another loan doesn’t appeal to United because his contract expires in June.
West Ham target Jesse Lingard looks set to stay at Manchester United this summer
Arsenal midfielder Willian is set for a return to Brazil with Corinthians.
As reported by Sportsmail, The two clubs are in talks over a deal for the former Chelsea star, who would return to his homeland on a free transfer.
Discussions are understood to be at an advanced stage with a willingness from all parties to complete a deal.
Willian signed for Arsenal on free transfer last season, but his move has not gone according to plan as the Gunners struggled under Mikel Arteta last season.
The Gunners are keen to remove his £190,000-per-week salary from the wage bill and would allow the South American to leave the Emirates.
Willian is set for a return to Brazil with Corinthians and all parties want the deal to go through
James Rodriguez cast further doubt on his Everton future after remarkably admitting he did not know who his club were playing last weekend.
Everton travelled to Leeds, which ended 2-2, without Rodriguez who was isolating after contracting Covid-19. He was one of five players who missed the opening 3-2 victory over Southampton.
How long he will remain at Goodison Park is currently a matter of debate. Rodriguez, 30, is so disengaged with the club that he made the admission in a live stream on the digital platform, Twitch, that he was unaware of which team Everton were set to face.
James Rodriguez shockingly admitted he doesn’t know who Everton are playing last weekend
Rodriguez moved to Everton 12 months ago, primarily to play for former manager Carlo Ancelotti.
He was rewarded with one of the biggest contracts in the club’s history, worth more than £11 million a year but, after a bright start, his form fizzled out and he suffered with injuries.
His agent Jorge Mendes is actively looking for solutions to find Rodriguez a new club before the deadline and Rafa Benitez, Everton’s manager, would be more than happy to sanction his exit as it would free up opportunities for him to bring in his own players.
The Toffees midfielder was chatting on his Twitch stream when he made the admission
When is the January transfer window?
With the summer window now coming to a close, it’s time to have a quick glance forward at the winter window.
The window will open on January 1, 2022 with deadline day falling at the end of the month on January 31, 2022.
Loan moves dominated the window earlier in the year, but with fans back in stadiums and clubs showing signs of intent throughout the summer, it could be a more exciting prospect this time around.