We’re into the final 24 hours of a transfer window which has seen some of the biggest names in the world arrive in the Premier League to the tune of more than £1bn and counting.
Cristiano Ronaldo is back, as is Romelu Lukaku and Jadon Sancho, while Jack Grealish broke the British record transfer fee as he joined Manchester City.
But as the players all depart for the international break, some could be coming back to different clubs.
Here are five transfers that could still happen before the end of the transfer window…
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KYLIAN MBAPPE TO REAL MADRID
This is the big one to keep tabs on as Real Madrid wait to see if PSG finally crack and sell their golden goose for the £180m they paid for him as he enters the final 12 months of the season.
It’s a ridiculous battle of brinkmanship between two clubs with clearly far too much money and too little sense.
Real Madrid are willing to pay £180m for a player they can sign for free on a pre-contract agreement in four months, while PSG are rejecting a bid of £180m for a player they will lose for free in four months.
It’s difficult to ascertain which one is the more bizarre decision.
Mbappe is desperate to leave and Madrid are leaking all of the stories of him feeling kept against his will by PSG to the press, while the Parisian top brass are determined to not let Madrid bully them into getting their way.
It’s an odd battle and one it looks like PSG will stubbornly win to give us one season of Neymar, Mbappe and Lionel Messi running together, and it will be their best chance of finally winning a Champions League.
JULES KOUNDE TO CHELSEA
This one has been on the cards for a long time but Chelsea have had to offload some players before they can bring in the Sevilla defender to bolster their defence.
Now Kurt Zouma has been sold to West Ham, the space in the squad and in the wage bill is available to bring in someone new and this transfer, which has seemingly been a formality for months, should finally go through.
It seems crazy that a squad as strong as Chelsea’s is about to get even stronger but it looks like it will be a busy final 24 hours for the Blues.
ODSONNE EDOUARD TO CRYSTAL PALACE
Fresh from losing his first Old Firm derby on the weekend, Ange Postecoglou is about to lose his star striker Odsonne Edouard.
According to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, Crystal Palace are closing in on bringing him to the Premier League and a deal is expected to happen on the final day of the window, local time.
The fee is expected to be around £20m and he is a key target for new manager Patrick Vieira’s rebuild.
Edouard’s contract is due to expire at the end of next season so Celtic always knew there would be a possibility of him leaving during the transfer window.
However, it’ll still come as a blow to Postecoglou, who will lose his star striker in the final day of the window, with not much time to bring someone else in as a replacement.
SAUL NIGUEZ TO MANCHESTER UNITED OR CHELSEA
Atletico Madrid have reportedly offered Spain midfielder Saul Niguez to both Manchester United and Chelsea as they look to get him off their wage bill.
Saul is available on loan initially but with an obligation to buy, which has become the sticking point for both of the Premier League rivals, who would rather it be an option to buy.
It is unlikely United will make a move this late in the window, despite the obvious need for a defensive midfielder, with the deal for Cristiano Ronaldo already being an unexpected signing they perhaps didn’t take into account for.
Chelsea are the favourites now, especially after the injury to N’Golo Kante but with the aforementioned deal with Jules Kounde likely to take priority, it could be a very busy final 24 hours for the Blues.
DANIEL JAMES TO LEEDS UNITED
As is so often the case when a player arrives, one needs to leave to balance the books somewhat and unfortunately for Manchester United winger Daniel James, he is the fall guy for Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrivals.
Leeds were going to sign him six months before he joined Manchester United initially, when they were still in the Championship, but two and a half years later, they look set to finally get their man.
It will be a good deal for all three parties, with Manchester United making a handsome profit on a back-up player they’re selling for around £24m, while James will get to play regularly under Marcelo Bielsa, who will likely only improve his game.
James has started two of United’s three games already this season but an injury to Amad Diallo has meant he will now not go out on loan and instead remain with the club for the season, meaning the Welshman is the one to move on.
JESSE LINGARD TO WEST HAM
This deal has been in the offing throughout the window but looks like a decision will come down to the final day as West Ham look to bring back the player that transformed their season last year when he arrived on loan in January.
Lingard has one year remaining on his Manchester United contract and but wants to sign a new one before heading back to London as he sees his future at Old Trafford.
United, too, would like to protect his transfer value by extending his deal rather than selling him at a cut price, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is undecided as to whether he wants him in his squad this season or not.
This one could go right down to the wire and could be something permanent, temporary or even nothing at all.
AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES TO EVERTON
Everton and Arsenal are locked in talks to take Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Merseyside and way from the struggles at the Emirates.
The Toffees are keen to strengthen at right back and want the Gunner on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
The 24-year-old can also play in central midfield and his versatility would be of high value to Rafael Benitez going into the new season.
However, Arsenal are seemingly not playing ball and Maitland-Niles has made his displeasure known on social media.
“All I want to do is go where I’m wanted & where I’m going to play @Arsenal,” he wrote.