Liverpool midfielder searches among ten transfers that could still happen before the deadline

Liverpool transfer targets Kouadio Kone and Jude BellinghamCredit: PA Images

The transfer deadline is approaching, but these 10 deals could still be done before then, even if they are not too late

10) Layvin Kurzawa at Fulham
The three promoted clubs separated into separate transfer categories this summer.

Nottingham Forest have risen to the challenge of building an all-new starting XI, bench and reserve team, making nearly 20 additions to a squad that was gutted at the end of last season.

Bournemouth reside on the other end of the spectrum, with their spending of around £20million on Marcus Tavernier, Marcos Senesi, Neto, Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell doing little to persuade Scott Parker that the cherries will no longer fall in oblivion at some point this season.

In the middle are Fulham, whose business has been sensible, thoughtful and quiet. Joao Palhinha and Andreas Pereira make a surprisingly effective midfield tandem, Bernd Leno has been snared for almost nothing and the defense has been improved thanks to Issa Diop and Kevin Mbabu.

The Cottagers are hoping for an equally smooth track by signing Layvin Kurzawa to provide cover and competition at left-back. It would complete an accomplished summer, all things considered. After all, they’ve already done the forest thing and it kinda backfired.

9) From Jan Bednarek to Aston Villa
Steven Gerrard has a type. His first signing with Rangers was Scott Arfield, followed soon after by Allan McGregor. At Aston Villa it was Lucas Digne, then Philippe Coutinho, Robin Olsen and Calum Chambers.

His first summer continued on the theme of valuing experience above fanciful ideas like fit, team balance and salary structure. Coutinho joined permanently, Diego Carlos shunned Champions League possibilities and five players were signed early, of which only Boubacar Kamara is under 28.

Plagued by an injury crisis in midfield, it’s no surprise to see Gerrard scour the market to Southampton and find current reserve Jan Bednarek, with his vivacious but positively battle-hardened 26 years 132 appearances in Premier League speaking something deep for the Villa manager.

Southampton have conceded four or more goals in 11 Premier League games since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as manager. Bednarek started all but one of those games. Give him the armband.

8) James Garner to Everton
Although it is always intended to ‘save Manchester United millions’, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious future for James Garner at Old Trafford. It represents both the long and the short term, as the midfielder patiently waited for a chance that never was under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and now Erik ten Hag.

A pair of impressive loans to Nottingham Forest and a move to Watford ensured Garner’s star shined bright enough to attract Premier League interest. Leicester, Southampton and Tottenham are considering their options.

It also must have been quite difficult for Garner to watch the situation unfold at the City Ground. Having helped Steve Cooper and co. winning promotion to the Premier League, the midfielder could have imagined his chances of being swept away in the wave of transfers that would follow. Nothing ever materialized and with the arrival of Casemiro to finally separate the composite parts from McFred, the executive’s decision was made to sell Garner.

7) Tiemoue Bakayoko in Newcastle
The difference between Newcastle with and without Bruno Guimaraes was laid bare against Wolves, when Sean Longstaff provided the energy but nothing close to technical quality.

This level of decline could have alarmed Eddie Howe by improving his midfield options, with Chelsea legend Tiemoue Bakayoko emerging as a seemingly viable alternative.

The waters are somewhat muddied by Bakayoko’s relatively unique situation: he joined AC Milan on a two-year loan in August 2021 but hasn’t made an appearance for them this season and would not be welcome back. Stamford Bridge any time soon.

A termination of that deal with Milan, then either another temporary stay at Newcastle – who have kept his two Premier League loans available so far – or a Ross Barkley-style cancellation of his Chelsea contract, has been filed. . And honestly, it’s unclear if he would be a better replacement than Longstaff.

6) Cody Gakpo at Southampton
The year started with Cody Gakpo being linked with Liverpool, Manchester City and Bayern Munich. With 15 goals since January, including Dutch Cup goals and Johan Cruyff Shield final wins over Ajax to end last season and kick off this one respectively, the striker’s list of potential clientele has been demoted.

Everton, Manchester United and Southampton are believed to have established a mutual admiration for Gakpo, with PSV’s bargaining position significantly weakened by his failure to reach the Champions League group stages. It should be said that they have come very close to these three Premier League clubs, but the possibility of adding another zero to his salary could well please.

But with Manchester United focusing on a deal for Antony and Everton busy pursuing goals in other positions, Southampton could have a relatively clear run. An offer has already been tabled and rejected and although compared to their other summer signings, Gakpo is a little too old and experienced for the Saints at 23 with 169 senior appearances, seven international caps and a winner’s medal. Eredivisie makes sense. Moussa Djenepo, Adam Armstrong and Moi Elyounoussi barely nailed the left wing spot between them.

5) Yannick Carrasco at Tottenham
It didn’t look like a real summer window until Yannick Carrasco’s name came up. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was ticked off a few weeks ago and Nottingham Forest nearly sucked up William Carvalho at one point, so Carrasco completes the set of transfer rumor mainstays.

It also makes more than minimal sense. The Belgian’s versatility to play as a winger or winger on either side makes him an absolute managerial dream for Antonio Conte, who could be itching given his last signing was a fortnight ago.

The move has already been denied in some reliable neighborhoods. Fabio Paratici may have realized that Carrasco is neither Italian nor employed by Juventus. But it at least spiced things up for supporters who were struggling with the idea of ​​Daniel James unleashing down the flank.

4) Kouadio Koné in Liverpool
With a helping hand from the particularly rotten performance in the middle at Old Trafford, Jurgen Klopp came to the eventual realization that it was actually him rather than the children who were wrong.

The Liverpool manager has spent the last few months dismissing any suggestion that Liverpool need midfield reinforcements, but one look at his squad was enough to convince most. Their eight options in the job include teenager Harvey Elliott and academy graduate Curtis Jones, with the 21-year-old’s age jump to the next youngest cab in the row, Naby Keita at 27, proving rather brutal.

With the Guinean’s continued struggles to adapt fully, Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury issues and Jordan Henderson and James Milner’s respective aging processes all providing similar hurdles, the late decision was made to appease the masses.

But the Reds won’t sign somebody – there will be no Denis Suarez or Kim Kallstrom at Anfield to catch up. The shoe should always fit at an affordable price, narrowing their choices down to a select few. Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Kouadio Kone, a young French international with considerable Bundesliga experience, ticks more boxes than most.

3) Abdou Diallo in Leicester
“Our recruitment team behind the scenes have done an amazing job and have players lined up if we are capable of anything,” was not the news Leicester fans wanted to hear from Brendan Rodgers after the loss to Chelsea. They might disagree with the assessment of the club’s scouting network, which admittedly appears to have been caught in an awkward FFP crossfire.

It is hoped that Leicester would be ‘able to do it all’ with the many millions they will receive from the eventual sale of Wesley Fofana. The Foxes took their time but acquiesced to the player’s wishes and should be left with a small fortune to play.

The reality is that they will only be able to spend part of the fee on the next central half that the elite decide they like the look of in a few years. With the shortlist so limited and time a major factor, it might be better to hunt down rejects from a wealthy club rather than trying to procure another team’s starter at such short notice. PSG probably wouldn’t even notice Abdou Diallo’s departure.

2) Conor Gallagher at Crystal Palace
It felt like everything was planned and played out perfectly. Conor Gallagher joined Chelsea aged eight and so went through Chelsea’s full program before being allowed to branch out, albeit with a harness attached to ensure his quick return.

There was a gradual escalation in loan moves and the midfielder was even allowed to skip the Speed ​​chapter of the Stamford Bridge experience. Gallagher went instead to Charlton in a Championship relegation battle, Swansea in a fight for second-tier promotion, West Brom in a high-flying fight to avoid the drop, then Crystal Palace, lodged firmly in the middle of the table.

It was the prelude to his big comeback this summer as a Chelsea lifer with experience elsewhere. Still, potential suitors were encouraged by his blues Blues: Gallagher was a stoppage time substitute against Everton; came late beating Tottenham in an eventual draw; was substituted after a dizzying hour in the loss to Leeds; and was sent off after half an hour against Leicester.

Whether a £27million palace bid does not tempt Chelsea, the hiding Newcastle may be willing to test their resolve before the deadline.

1) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Chelsea
For all the derision reserved for their abandoned shadowing of Anthony Gordon, one could say that Chelsea’s decision for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is equally baffling.

The Blues have yet to accept that their striker curse cannot be reversed by such basic methods as simply signing more players. They could do with a reliable goalscorer, although Raheem Sterling is already carrying much of that burden.

But a 33-year-old on a substantial salary offers a short-term answer to a question Chelsea can afford to ponder: no player has scored more than 20 goals in a season for them since Eden Hazard’s departure, and they won the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup while reaching four other finals during that time.

That’s before we even note that Aubameyang has failed to score in his last five Premier League starts for Arsenal, who might still have his record somewhere.

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